and our magical private small wedding venue
Naturally secluded, uniquely romantic
Located in a secluded location in the heart of the Lake District, we are an exclusive use wedding venue offering small intimate weddings, micro weddings and Elopements. Whether it’s just the two of you or sharing the day with close family and friends, we guarantee that you and your chosen wedding party will be the only guests at Cote How during your celebrations.
Cote How has been here for over 500 years as a dwelling place, a shelter and now a fantastic place to get married! (you can read all about its history here) our beautiful rustic barn oozes Lake District charm with lots of fairy lights thrown in for good measure, and the historic main house offers tradition, warmth and elegance. Every room and space has been thoughtfully designed, styled and decorated with your perfect day in mind.
A Warm Welcome Awaits you...
Owners Caroline and Steve have been running Cote How, a family-run wedding venue, since 2013. Rebecca and Dan joined the team in early 2022 and together have found the perfect partnership to make all of your wedding dreams come true. We love creating unique, relaxed, intimate wedding experiences and will be there every step of the way to help guide you and plan your perfect day.
Meet the team...
aptly named the Wedding Angel, she creates amazing weddings and is constantly revamping the venue!
Your Own Wedding Planning Guru
Caroline is the brains behind Cote How, a former wedding dress designer who adores helping lake-loving couples create their perfect wedding day. A keen artist who enjoys painting in her spare time, Caroline’s creative flair is evident all-around Cote How. Her keen eye for interior design and styling makes every room and space at Cote How feel beautifully elegant but still in keeping with the charm and history of the building. Caroline is passionate about creating the best for you and your guests. She loves getting to know you, your friends and your family!
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Here is “Mr Cote How”. Steve ensures that everywhere looks ‘top notch’ for those all-important wedding photos. Keeping the grounds beautiful, the lawns perfectly manicured, the terrace full of colourful flowers and the paintwork looking fresh. Many passers-by mistake Steve for the gardener, which we chuckle about, considering he is a former nuclear engineer with a first-class Engineering Degree. Steve loves being out and about on the fells with our Labradoodle Alfie and also enjoys wildlife photography – he takes some beautiful pictures, so give him a follow on Instagram! Yes, he is the quiet one working hard behind the scenes.
How We help plan your wedding
HOW TO ENQUIRE… Now that you’ve found us, get in touch here by completing your initial enquiry form. We will send you our wedding brochure and pricing information. Once you’ve had all the information, ‘book a chat’ so that we can discuss your wedding requirements in more detail.
COME AND MEET US
You’ve probably seen images on our social medias channels, but nothing beats seeing Cote How in person, plus we would love to meet you! Book a visit to see our incredible wedding venue, meet the team and together we can build your dream day.
Now that you’ve booked your wedding, we can begin your wedding planning journey together. We will be on hand at all times to offer help, support and guidance. We can assist with all the little and big arrangements from giving your “notice to marry“, booking the registrars to officiate on your day, advising on how best to book your photographer and providing you with our wedding suppliers list
YOUR OWN PERSONALISED WEDDING PLANNING HUB
Our wedding hub is super fun and easy to use. You will have your own personal LOG IN which will include all of your important documents, emails and checklists. You can even upload your favourite images, so we can ensure every tiny detail is tailored to your scheme, style and vision, creating the wedding of your dreams.
A Historic Lake District Wedding Venue
ABOUT COTE HOW
HISTORIC FARMHOUSE AND BARN – BUILT IN 1535
Cote How is nestled in the heart of the English Lake District on the stunning shores of Rydal Water, located between Ambleside and Grasmere.
Originally built in 1535 as a Lakeland farmhouse, it sits proudly amid 4 acres of private grounds and 7 acres of meadow on the shores of the lake and riverbank. Rydal Woods and Rydal Cave are just a short stroll away, giving endless opportunities for those all-important Lake District wedding photographs.
A PERFECT WEDDING VENUE
As Cote How is exclusively yours, we have many options for you to choose from when planning your special day. Our rustic 500-year-old barn oozes Lake District charm and offers the perfect space to enjoy your wedding breakfast and reception. The main house features a choice of indoor ceremony spaces and a gorgeous elegantly styled room to welcome your guests and enjoy drinks pre and post-ceremony. Our outdoor areas are simply stunning, and your guests will be wowed, taking in the incredible Lakeland scenery whilst enjoying a glass of fizz on our outdoor terrace.
A Special Place for Centuries...
THE HISTORY OF COTE HOW
“Cote How” derives from the word “Cote”, meaning shelter and “Howe”, meaning small hill.
Cote How and its pretty boathouse are featured 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.
DID YOU KNOW…
- 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 on a farm.
- 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 fantastic and romantic place. Our boathouse is built on a rock known as Wordsworth’s Seat.