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Barn Weddings in our Rustic Lake District Wedding Barn

Welcome to one of the prettiest wedding barns in Cumbria! 

Cote How’s stunning historic 16th Century wedding barn set in the very heart of the Lake District National Park. Originally a barn and stables this beautiful slate barn now plays host to our rustic Lakeland barn weddings. If you are looking for a unique, beautiful barn in a stunning location that is ideal for smaller, more intimate weddings, then here it is!


Said to be one of the most authentic truly Lakeland style barns Cote How’s heritage in sheep farming and host to the Master of the hunt, sets this wedding barn apart from the rest. 

The views from the barn terrace are second to none, with views right up the Rydal Valley, this location has been a sought after beauty spot and inspiration for many romantics, including our local poet William Wordsworth. 


Enjoy the barn and the outdoor space around the barn terrace, for your official outdoor wedding ceremony, and evening reception, then sit and relax in the barn gazebo after dinner. The barn and terrace really does come to life in the evenings as the twinkling fairy lights and terrace festoon lighting dance at dusk as the sun sets over Rydal Water – A real treat for you and your guests to look forward to!


Seasonal Use

Our beautiful Rustic wedding barn is available from May – October. But while it is so stunning even in winter – we do use the pretty threshold and terrace space for outside winter ceremonies when the weather permits – Although snow cannot be guaranteed! 

Barn Wedding Ceremony

Barn Wedding Ceremony
The barn offers a more rustic feel to your Lake District wedding, where you can choose to get married inside the barn beneath our willow and fairy light heart, or facing the open doorway with it’s impressive arch of apple blossom and fairy lights. Other ceremony options include in The House or Outdoor Barn Weddings..

Inside Barn - Perfect Barn Weddings
Inside Barn - Classic Wedding Ceremony Only

Outdoor Barn Wedding

Lake District Barn Weddings can also be held outside the barn threshold with your guests outside the barn amid the stunning landscape.
We can hold an outside wedding for all weddings – Weather Permitting!

  • Choose from:
    Outside the barn with the happy couple beneath the eaves of the barn! (Technicality)
  • or in the Garden Gazebo – Ideal for smaller gatherings of upto 12
An Outdoor Lake District Lake District Weekend Wedding
An Outdoor Weekend Barn Wedding Ceremony

Your Wedding Breakfast

The wedding barn is ideally sized for all weddings. Not too big and not too small!
You can choose from a variety of layouts depending on your guest numbers from 12 to 50 guests – See our Venue Layouts page for options on table plans and venue dressing.

Choose your Wedding Menus here – Ranging from self served buffet, staff assisted hot buffets or formal served meals

Happy Wedding Couple in stunning 16th Century barn
Happy Wedding Couple in the barn before dinner

Barn Evening Reception

We aim to smoothly design your wedding day with no awkward breaks. So after dinner you will be able to sit outside on our barn terrace enjoying the views or entertaining each other with our Gazebo Photo Booth while we adapt the barn for your evening reception. You can keep it simple and benefit from our in house Sonos System to play your own playlists, or you may wish to engage a professional musician or DJ.

Depending on the wedding package you choose the finish times vary:

Midweek weddings – until 9:00 pm
Weekend Weddings – until 11:00 pm

Evening wedding reception on the barn terrace
Evening wedding reception on the barn terrace

Wedding Entertainment

We have a fabulous Sonos system both in the house and in the barn which play your own music throughout the day and during your ceremony. This can be extended to use in the evenings
Alternatively you can hire in entertainment. As we are a small venue we are only allowed acoustic musicians (no drums or bass). 

TIP: Find a small band (up to 3 pieces max) with minimal set up time who are flexible and happy to adapt to your own style. 

The evening reception flows directly from the daytime and so a band who can quickly set up in the background without too much disturbance of the barn is key to a seamless transition…
Most live entertainers will also play as either a solo guitarist/singer like James here during your daytime drinks reception and wedding ceremony.


Foe more tips and information please see our:
Frequently Asked Questions page

Bride and Groom enjoying their first dance in the wedding barn at Cote How
Bride and Groom enjoying their first dance
The Beard Band evening wedding reception in the Old Rustic Barn at Cote How venue - Lake District
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"From the moment we contacted Caroline to arrange a viewing we felt at ease. Her genial and welcoming nature was one of the fundamental factors in choosing Cote How as the venue for our wedding."
Simone and Abbie
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