Finalist - Wedding Venue of the Year 2019

Finalist Wedding Venue of the Year CTAwards 2019

We are very proud to announce that Cote How has been shortlisted in the’ Cumbria Tourism Awards 2019 for “Wedding Venue of the Year”.

Winners Already

As you can imagine both Steve and I are absolutely thrilled and extremely proud to have been shortlisted, which is a massive achievement for our small family business. It is already a magnificent morale boost to have made it to the final four wedding venues in Cumbria, which has some of the most prestigious and beautiful wedding venues in the UK.

Steve and Caroline - Owners of Cote How Lake District Wedding Venue

Steve and Caroline

What this award means to us

Of course, we’d love to win the award, which would be the ultimate thank you to all involved, but it would also give us much valued independent recognition of our hard work in developing the Cote How brand. We also believe that this award would provide inspiration for other small and independent family businesses to do the same.

Stunning Romantic Lake District Landscapes by Colin Bell

Photo courtesy of Colin Bell

We believe our success reflects our passion and tireless dedication to giving our couples the most memorable wedding possible. We are constantly listening to the needs of our couples and understand that every couple wants their day to be like no other. This is reflected in our unique mix of  wedding styles that encapsulate the venues distinctive character and relaxed atmosphere. We aim to give our couples the greatest flexibility while maintaining our guarantee that all weddings enjoy complete privacy with full exclusivity of the whole venue, regardless of wedding size.  As a wedding-only venue with no other business distractions, our couples know that they will always receive our full attention. We believe that this helps us to deliver the best possible wedding journey for our couples and is something they value highly.

Bride and Groom by the lake at Rydal Water - By Rachel Joyce Photography

Photo courtesy of Rachel Joyce


Being short-listed is a huge achievement for us and we would like to thank our staff and suppliers for their support. We would also like to thank our many couples, who over the last five years have placed their trust in us to deliver their truly exclusive special day. See what they say about Cote How here.

Bride and Groom Getting Married in an Outdoor Barn Wedding Ceremony at Cote How


Good luck to the other contestants in our category and may the best venue win!
Of course, we will not get to find out until the Oscar type awards are revealed on 19th June and we are sure a good night will be had by all celebrating the best that Cumbria has to offer.

Barn Wedding Breakfast set up at Cote How - Photo Simon Hughes Photography

Photo courtesy of Simon Hughes

Other Awards:

Winner - Bridebook UK Barn Venue of the Year – 2019 
Highly Commended - Cumbria Tourism – Best B&B Award – 2010 
Winner - Cumbria Tourism Sustainable Tourism Award - 2008

Wedding Couple Just Marry in the Wedding Barn at Cote How - Photo Rachel Joyce Photography

Photo courtesy of Rachel Joyce

Wedding Couple Bride and Groom in Cote How Meadow - Derwent Photography

Photo courtesy of Derwent Photography

 Elope to the Lake District... Still Exclusively YoursElope Just You Weddings - Lorraine Oates Photography

 Elopement Couple in the flower meadow which leads directly to the edges of Rydal Water
Photo courtesy of Lorraine Oates

Plant a Celebration Tree:

During a recent conversation one of our couples marvelled at our latest idea of letting each wedding couple have the opportunity of planting a celebration tree in our grounds to mark their wedding. In this way each can add their own little part to the Cote How story and can watch their tree mature as their relationship as a married couple does likewise.

As in the words of Eric Clapton: " Let it Blossom, Let it grow!

Celebration Wedding Tree planting - Rachel Joyce Photography

Claire planting her and Caroline's Crab Apple tree - Sept 2018
Photo above courtesy of Rachel Joyce
Plant a Tree - Green Wedding ideasTheir tree in blossom just 6 months later!

 For more information plant a celebration wedding tree here

 Inside Barn Wedding Ceremony Set Up

Wedding Ceremony Set up in our 16th Century Barn

Further Information

For more information on the awards and to see a full list of all the finalists - please visit Cumbria Tourism website