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rustic lake district Barn Weddings

Welcome to one of the prettiest wedding barns in Cumbria! 

Cote How’s stunning historic 16th Century wedding barn is 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 barn for your barn wedding 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 do 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 ONLY available from May – September.
If it is the barn you love then please opt for a summer wedding only!

Rustic Charm With a Luxury Feel

Barn Wedding Ceremony

The inside of the barn is only available if you are not eating after the ceremony, as it will already be adorned with your gorgeous breakfast table.

Indoor barn weddings do offer a more cosy rustic feel to your Lake District wedding. Choose to get married beneath our willow and fairy light heart or face the open doorway with its impressive arch of apple blossom and fairy lights.

See all of our Wedding Ceremony options here

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 from May to September- Weather Permitting!

If you are planning a meal as part of your wedding package then an outdoor ceremony is perfect, with the backup of the House should the weather be unsuitable. We always have a backup space ceremony ready for just that occasion! 

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 – See link below for options on table plans and venue dressing.

Our delicious wedding catering is all provided in-house, so you don’t need to worry about it, sourcing your own and the stresses that can bring.
We pride ourselves on good wholesome locally sourced produce, handmade by our own staff.
Your wedding style will influence the style of food you prefer, along with the time frames we have to serve it, so please ask for suggestions if you are unsure.
From a delicious three-course meal to light bites and nibbles on our sharing platters, including vegan options and special dietary requirements, we have something for all.

Luxury Weddings

Fancy making your wedding breakfast the star attraction??
(after the ceremony obviously). 

If you are planning a small and intimate wedding of up to 12 guests, and you are real foodies, fancying a relaxed wedding centred around food, why not treat yourselves to individually chosen menus with up to 5 courses, with selected premium wines to compliment your choices? Look for the Private Dine options on the menu link below.

Barn Wedding 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 Wedding Barn


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.
This is included in every wedding package, and is in use for every wedding.

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 including a longer evening reception.
These are available for our full Weekend All-Inclusive Wedding Packages only which allows time for a single acoustic live entertainer who can set up quickly after the meal in the barn using the space avaialable around your dining table. 
The evening reception flows directly from the daytime and so an entertainer who can quickly set up in the background without too much disturbance of the barn is key to a seamless transition…

Twilight after a day wedding

more information

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

Check out our blog to read about our real-life barn weddings!

Take a look at this blog by photographer Rachel Joyce- Wedding Venues in the Lake District – Cote How

Family Fun Wedding playing Jenga outdoors

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