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Ceremony Spaces…

Cote How has five unique ceremony spaces, which are all licensed, offering excellent choices for your legal ceremony.


Outside Ceremony in Barn Courtyard

A gorgous light and airy room with crystal chandeliers and oversized gilt mirrors


Wordsworth Ceremony Room

A smaller cosier ceremony room - perfect for elopements and intimate ceremonies


Woodrow Ceremony Room

Main reception with oak beams, open fire and bar. Also licensed for ceremonies


Barn Wedding Ceremony Set up

Rustic ceremony with oak beams, original ceiling and adorned with fairylights


Outside Ceremony in Barn Courtyard

Perfect outdoor weddings and elopements with the magestic mountains as your witnesses

Outdoor Spaces

Cote How is nestled in the heart of the English Lake District on the shores of Rydal Water. 
With 4 acres of private grounds, 7 acres of meadow on the shores of the lake and riverbank, Rydal Woods and Rydal Cave just a short stroll away, you are spoilt for choice for your treasured wedding photographs. And all accessible while your guests enjoy their post ceremony drinks – No car required! 

The House

Lakeland Historic House Wedding Venue

A stunning house built in 1535 during the reign of Henry VIII and extended in stages during the Georgian period. A typically Lakeland home with spinning gallery and famous Lakeland round chimneys. 

The Barn

Rustic Lake District Weddings

This magnificent Tudor wedding barn offers a rustic outdoor feel for your wedding. The courtyard is a fabulous celebration space with stunning panoramic views over the Rydal valley and glorious sunsets over Silver How 

The Grounds

Small Lake District Weddings

The 4 acres of gardens at Cote How, Landscaped in the late 1800s, are the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. Our manicured lawn is ideal for a celebrant-led (unofficial) wedding, the terrace perfect for mingling with your guests. And exclusively Yours…

An Historic Venue

With a few famous faces...

The Name

“Cote How” derives from the word “Cote” meaning shelter and “Howe” meaning small hill. 

Cote How and it’s pretty boathouse features in many photographs and paintings with its stunning location, surrounded by river fell and lake.

Once a lookout post in Roman times and later a Medieval watchtower, Cote How is built into the foot of Loughrigg Fell and dominates the Rydal Valley, with stunning views towards Grasmere.

In 1535 the farmhouse was added, including the original Tudor spinning gallery, arched porch and round chimneys. Said to be built on the convergence of two lay lines, this special place oozes energy, warmth and spirit, and is an experience to behold.

  • Our famous little boathouse features in the film “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” starring Meryl Streep!
  • Woodrow Wilson had his portrait painted here in 1906 by a local artist (then tenant) Fred Yates
  • William Wordsworth lived in Rydal and drew much of his inspiration from this amazing and romantic place. Our boathouse is built on a rock known as Wordsworth’s Seat. 
  • Our beautiful south-facing Tudor spinning gallery is one of only 4 in the Lake District and was used for spinning the wool when Cote How was a farm. 
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