historic 16th century lakeland barn with stunning view

Perfect Outdoor Wedding Venue...

rustic lake district Barn Weddings

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!

The views from the barn terrace right up the Rydal Valley, are second to none, making this location a renowned 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! 

Rustic Charm With a Luxury Feel

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 its impressive arch of apple blossom and fairy lights. Other ceremony options include in The House or Outdoor Barn Weddings…

Rustic barn wedding ceremony

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!


Micro Weddings

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 the self-serve buffet, staff assisted hot buffets or formal served meals

Barn Evening Reception

We aim to smoothly design your wedding day with no awkward breaks.

We offer 
Midweek 6-hour weddings – until either 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm which allow an hour or so post dinner to kick back and watch the world go by whilst enjoying some low-key background music from our Sonos system.

Or you may have opted for our Weekend All-Inclusive Weddings – until 11:00 pm where after dinner you will be able to sit outside on our barn terrace enjoying the views or entertaining each other with games on the terrace 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

Evening Barn Courtyard Wedding Reception by Tom McNally

traditional Lakeland Heritage


We have a fabulous Sonos system both in the house and in the barn which plays your own music throughout your wedding from arrival to departure.

is a fabulous idea, but for the evening part of your wedding we can only accommodate a live set up with a full Saturday wedding. This is where we have a longer wedding day and an evening reception from 7-11 pm.
These are available for our full Weekend All-Inclusive Wedding Packages only which allows time for a low-key acoustic 2 or 3 piece to set up quickly after the meal in the barn (Note: Due to licensing restrictions this must not include drums or bass). 
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.

In line with the latest Government Guidance, we are not providing a dancefloor but the wedding couple is allowed the first dance and this can be accommodated using our in-house Sonos system and your own Spotify Playlists. 

Twilight after a day wedding

more information

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

Check out our blogs featuring our Rustic Barn Wedding 

Family Fun Wedding playing Jenga outdoors

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