Top 5 Rustic Wedding Venues in the UK for 2014
Looking for something a little closer to nature for your wedding day? Escape the pomp and ceremony of country manor houses, or luxury hotels and opt for a relaxed, fairytale wedding at one these UK rustic wedding venues.
Best Barn - Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire
This medieval style barn combines rustic charm with all the mod cons you could need for your wedding. Boasting exposed oak beams and wrought iron chandeliers, the barn was purpose-built as a wedding venue in 2005. Unlike authentic barn conversions, the venue has plenty of natural light, thanks to an entire wall of floor to ceiling windows. Surrounded by countryside and overlooking a large, tranquil lake, Sandhole Oak Barn provides a rural wedding venue, with plenty of space to explore.
Best For History - The Tudor Barn, London
image via The Tudor Barn
London wedding venues tend to be more boutique hotel, or elaborate mansions than rustic chic. Nestled in leafy Greenwich, Tudor Barn Eltham is a Grade II listed building, with links back to King Henry VIII. Built in the 16th century, the barn still boasts the original flooring, beams, fireplace and stain glass windows. Outside you will find 13 acres of award winning parkland to explore.
Best For Merriment - The Ashes, Staffordshire
Image via The Ashes Venue
There's a lot to love about The Ashes, including flagstone floors, exposed brickwork and views of the Peak District. But for those planning a jovial wedding, there are two words that will bring cheer to their heart and happiness to their wallet - no corkage.
You will enjoy exclusive use of the whole farm, including one barn for vows and another for celebrating. With so much space, charm, and opportunity to have fun, it's no surprise The Ashes was declared the Best Wedding Venue at the National Wedding Industry Awards, in January 2014.
Best For Festival Fun - Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire
This isn't just a barn conversion, this is a barn conversion with free accommodation. When you hire Cripps Barn for your wedding, your guests get exclusive, free use of the campsite. You won't be hosting a wedding, you will be running a 24-hour festival of marriage.
During the day you can exchange vows under the oak ceremony ceremony in the woodland glade, then celebrate in the 18th century Cotswold stone barn. Later your guests can wind down around a campfire, before crashing out under canvas. Tent erection before partying is recommended.
Best For Fairytale Magic - Alnwick Treehouse, Northumberland
Ten feet in the air, in the boughs of an ancient tree sits The Treehouse. A small intimate venue, with a fairytale atmosphere, you would be hard pressed to get closer to nature than this. In the winter guests can get cosy around a roaring log fire and in the warmer months, the veranda, sheltered by the tree canopy, provides an outdoor area to relax in. The surrounding Alnwick Gardens provide an ideal space for wedding photographs, and somewhere to take a post-meal stroll.
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