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Planning an Intimate Lake District Wedding?


Many couples are now moving away from the lavish large-scale wedding and opting for a private celebration, sharing their wedding day with they see as their nearest and dearest.

Perhaps for you the thought of eloping just the two of you, although desirable in some respects, is not quite right. The thought of a larger scale wedding with the stress of organising and hosting such is just too much to bear. So an intimate wedding with just those special people in your life might be perfect for you?

Imagine you and your ten guests arrive at Cote How and enjoy an informal, relaxed and intimate wedding, available year round. If you opt to enjoy a bite to eat here this is served in the cosy Woodrow Dining Room with log fire in Winter, or inside the rustic Lakeland barn in Summer.

Check out these options below - Of course nothing is fixed in stone so as with all weddings, they can be tweaked to suit your own style.



 For more details intimate weddings here at Cote How


Winter Wedding Video

by Simon Hughes Photography
This is a fabulous Highlights video from a beautiful winter wedding here at Cote How Lake District Weddings in Rydal. 

Small Lake District weddings with fully exclusive use

All of our weddings are considered small and intimate -, so this can get a little confusing.
If I explain it as the Intimate weddings are for a maximum of 12 people including the two of you, then small weddings still have a close circle of family and friends, all the elements of a larger more traditional wedding but for up to 24 or upto 32 guests.

Which days is this available?

We can offer these weddings either Tuesday or Saturdays.
The weekends include accommodation for up to 6 adults and fully exclusive use of the entire venue form Friday afternoon through til Sunday morning departure.
This therefore attracts a higher cost, and although less numbers and cost than our traditional weekend weddings for upto 50, it is only the food and drink elements that are flexible, the hire charge remains the same - There are more pricing guidelines in our brochure. This is available by making an enquiry only.

Midweek Wedding Option

The midweek small wedding was created to be able to offer all the elements of our larger weddings without the expense of extended time and accommodation. It is perfectly suited to those who might travel and take a week's holiday let locally and pop in here midweek to get married as part of their holiday. This allows the wedding of your dreams at a realistic price where you will feel your value for money is being maximised.

This style of wedding includes your small wedding ceremony followed by an optional toast and possibly a bite to eat. The style of food you choose will determine how long your wedding needs to be.

We have outlined a few options below to show you:



Off Peak Special Offers

At Cote How we specialise in elopement weddings for ‘just the two of you’ and small, intimate weddings for you and your close family and friends. Winter Special Offers include upto 20% off usual prices on all weddings taken before 29th March 2019. Please enquire for more information.

Valentine Day Weddings

Valentine's Day Special:

Are you planning to POP the question this St Valentine's Day?

Great News!
You can still beat the summer rush and get married this Spring! 

If you are looking for a simple way to tie the knot, with no fuss, no guests, simply just the two of you, then why not think about our super elopement weddings.

We will be happy to show you around our venue, and if you are not planning on taking a l-o-n-g engagement did you know that it only takes 28 days to arrange a wedding....! Yes literally just 28 days! 
BUT...Spaces are limited so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.



Winter Wedding Couple

Winter Specials:

To celebrate the launch of our very exciting intimate “ELOPEMENT WEDDINGS” we are offering these very relaxed and private destination weddings for “just the two of you” on any available day of the week to suit you between 7th Jan and 29th March 2019
For more information on our ELOPEMENT style Destination Weddings for Just the Two of you please see our Elopement page.

Or for a longer celebration:

Our Winter Midweek All Inclusive Wedding for up to 12 guests may suit you better. 
This is based on an intimate wedding ceremony in our Wordsworth ceremony room, followed by an intimate 3 course meal by the fireside in our cosy Woodrow Reception Room. As with all of our weddings we guarantee fully exclusive use of our house and grounds for the entirety of your wedding.
For more details please visit our 5 Hour Winter Midweek All Inclusive Wedding page



Special Wedding Offers

FREE wedding video with all elopement weddings for Just the TWO of you or Just you Two booked before 31st MArch 2019.

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Fully Exclusive Weekend Use

Travel then check in on the Friday, add your finishing touches to the decor if you wish, then relax with friends and family ahead of your big day. The whole weekend is dedicated to you and you will enjoy privacy and discretion throughout with our fully exclusive use policy for the entire venue for the duration of your stay until departure Sunday morning.

We include relaxed B&B using all three of our luxurious Super King sized bedrooms, including a delicious and freshly prepared breakfast each morning and a lavish all-inclusive wedding on the Saturday.
You can then depart for home or honeymoon after breakfast on the Sunday. 

Weekend All Inclusive Weddings

Included in ALL Weekend Weddings:

• Your own dedicated wedding planner
• Free access to our client website area for interactive wedding planning tools
• Fully exclusive use of the venue for the entirety of your 2 day wedding
• Check in Fri from 4 pm - Assistance to decorate the barn until 6 pm
• Luxury Accommodation for 6 people for TWO nights to include bed and breakfast - See Accommodation
• Access to Woodrow reception room, dedicated ceremony room, barn, terrace and lawned areas plus wild flower meadow giving direct lake side access to Rydal Water
• Your personalised Civil Ceremony in a choice of locations – See ceremony options below
• Your own ceremony music  - played by us on your behalf via our Sonos system
• A post ceremony glass of prosecco and canapes served on the terrace
• A choice of wedding breakfast formal or informal – See Wedding Menus
• Choice of wines with dinner
• A choice of dining layouts / seating plans 
• A glass of prosecco for your toast /  speeches
• Cutting of your wedding cake - Added to your supper buffet
• Evening Barn Reception including your own entertainment – See Options Below
• Interval Supper – See Wedding Menus

Outdoor Weekend Wedding
Barn Round Tables


Your Options

Ceremony Options:
• House Fairfield Ceremony Room – Up to 50
• House Wordsworth Ceremony Room – Up to 12
• Outside Barn Ceremony (Weather Permitting) - Up to 50
• Garden Gazebo – Up to 12

The barn is available May – Oct inclusive
Winter weddings are house based with a maximum capacity of 24

Wedding Breakfast Options:
• A two or three course wedding breakfast served to your table  
• A delicious roasted BBQ chicken buffet with a selection of hot and cold salads- served from the gazebo   

Supper Options:
• Hot baguettes
• Hot Cumberland Sausage Soft Baps
• Cumberland cheese platter
• Cumberland cheese and cold meats Platter
• Wedding cake made from cheese rounds layered with Cumberland tea-bread decorated and displayed as a cake then served as a cheese platter buffet with breads, crackers, chutneys and fresh fruits

Drinks Options:
• Add an arrival drink – Choose from Pimms, Beers, Cold Lagers or prosecco
• Add a Bar Tab for informal drinks options

Rustic Barn Weekend Wedding
Weekend Barn Wedding Breakfast
Rustic Lake District Barn Weddings

Entertainment Options:

Sonos and Spotify: Our own Sonos System plays throughout your wedding day playing your own personalised playlists which is of course all included in your wedding.

Professional entertainment: 
This is arranged and paid for by you:
• A live singer providing 2 or 3 acoustic sets with playlists in-between
• A three piece acoustic band - No drums or bass permitted.

Evening Entertainment at Cote How Wedding Barn

A lovely Weekend Wedding Review...

Franco and Jenny - May 2019
Simply Perfect!
After being together for 30 years and making the decision to finally get married, from the moment we saw Cote How and met Caroline we just knew this was the place for us. Whilst we currently live in Hampshire, the Lake District has personal connections for both of us and Cote How full of Lakeland charm in a stunning location close to Rydal Water, was the perfect setting for us to hold a small and intimate wedding with the people we love. It was certainly worth the wait, with every detail taken care of by Caroline, Steve and and their friendly team. The food, flowers, cake and overall decor were clearly all made and presented with care and looked stunning too! The weather was kind to us so we were able to enjoy parts of the day outside on the terrace, breathing in the lovely fresh air and basking in the spring sunshine, with a glass of bubbles, what wonderful memories! Thanks to Caroline and the team, we were able to completely relax and enjoy every moment of our special day, knowing everything was taken care of. We had the most perfect day and would certainly recommend Cote How to anyone looking for a small and intimate wedding venue hosted by people who truly go the extra mile to make you feel special. Thank you so much Caroline and Steve, you're amazing!

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Weekend Weddings start from £9,975.00 - enquire now for current availability and a copy of our latest wedding brochure with outline pricing

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