£1800 - £4300 for Venue Hire
Up to 156
19 Bedrooms
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Askham Hall is a Country House brought into the 21st Century, with converted Bank Barn featuring rustic oak beamed ceilings and bare stone walls paired with modern lighting and beautiful glass doors.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£1,800
Maximum Price
£4,300
Our barn hire rates depend on whether you are looking for weekend or midweek (Thursday) and what season you are wanting. Our barn hire rates include tables, chairs, linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware. For a weekend in high season minimum numbers are 100 day guests. You will have access to the barn the day before to set up from around 12pm and check in for bedrooms is 3pm. We also have a heated outdoor swimming pool which you and your guests staying in the hall will have access to after check in.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£55
Maximum Price
£65
Our minimum price per head includes canapes, three course wedding breakfast plus tea/coffee. If you would like something a little different/less formal for your day, please speak to one of our experienced wedding coordinators who will be happy to work with you and our chefs to create your perfect menu.

Packages
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£55
Maximum Price
£75
Minimum Number of Guests
60
Our minimum price per head for day guests is £55 which includes canapes, three course meal plus tea and coffee - but we can also discuss other ways of using the minimum spend if you would like to have something different for your wedding breakfast. Venue hire is not included in the minimum spend per head. For accommodation you need to take a minimum of 15 bedrooms for two nights, you will then have exclusive use of the venue and also discounted room rates. We will close the restaurant for the night before so you can have a relaxing BBQ or Buffet in our Medieval Hall for up to 50 people - a perfect way to kick off your wedding celebrations!
What is included in this pricing:
Canapés included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Day before set up available
Wedding coordinator available on the day

Packages
(total price)

Prices Start At
£5,000
Maximum Price
£10,000
Number of Guests Included
30
We offer a Michelin wedding for up to 30 people in-house. With this package you need to take a minimum of 15 rooms for the two nights - this will give you exclusive use of the venue over the two days allowing you and your guests to really feel at home! There is a minimum £5000 spend on food and drink for your wedding day and we can work with you to create the perfect menu for your wedding or you can leave it up to our Michelin chefs to create a delicious seasonal menu for your wedding breakfast. Our Sommeliers will also be able to help you select wine to accompany your meal from our award winning wine menu.
What is included in this pricing:
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Furniture included
Canapés included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
156
Reception Capacity
200
No. of Bedrooms
19
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
8:00AM
Usual Finish Time
2:00AM
Late Night Extension
Yes

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted

Venue

Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Open Flame Permitted
Marquee Permitted
Spa On-Site
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Ballroom

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Jewish Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
Full Description
Askham Hall is a beautiful setting for your wedding. With a grand and luxurious Grade 1 listed manor house dating back to the late 1200s and stunning Grade II gardens along with a stylishly converted 17th century Bank Barn full of character, we have plenty to offer. Originally built as a defensive Pele Tower, the main house itself was extended in the 1400s to allow for a Medieval Hall, more rooms and various annexes. Subsequently, we evolved into a majestic 16th Century Elizabethan mansion with additional wings dating from the 17th century. It is the former family home of the 7th Earl of Lonsdale and is still to this day owned by the family. We provide everything you need for your wedding to happen, from planning to napkins. Your choices are your own, as we provide only bespoke weddings with exclusive use. Your menus are provided for by our own Kitchen Gardens on site, and by the wider 800-year-old Lowther family estate. Your day is brought to life by our dedicated wedding team, making you and your guests the priority throughout. We are fully licensed for civil and celebrant ceremonies both within the House and Barn, though if you prefer a church ceremony we have two beautiful 13th and 17th century churches within a 5 minute walking distance from our grounds, complete with secret garden entrance. Our Allium restaurant maintains its Michelin Star, 3 AA Rosettes and Best Wine List Award; our venue was recently awarded the Good Hotel Guide's 2022 "Cesar Award for the Best Country House"; and our weddings have been awarded the Good Hotel Guide's 2021 "Editor's Choice". We, as a family run business, are so proud to be able to share the products of our hard work and are continually grateful for our incredible guests and couples for their support.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: The Wedding Team
We're already excited to plan with you and see your day come to life. We'll be with you from the moment you enquire to the parting goodbye the day after, and we hope to create the best possible memories for all of your guests. We specialise in making your day your own, and we look forward to hearing what your wedding has in store!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2014
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
10
Reviews
(9)
India and Ricky
Married in July 2021
November 2021
We wouldn't change a thing
We had the most magical day we could have ever dreamed of, and after the coronacoaster that led us to it we can honestly say we would not change a thing. The wedding team were so supportive throughout and attentive on the day and every single member of staff at Askham Hall went over and beyond. The weekend from start to finish was the best service we have ever experienced and the best experience of our lives as a whole. We can't wait to visit Askham Hall again in the very near future!
Danielle and Tim
Married in July 2021
November 2021
Third time lucky!
Third time lucky and our day finally came! Given the circumstances of the last year and a half it was a difficult planning process but Askham Hall were amazing throughout. Our day was just perfect from start to finish. The staff were great and the food was absolutely amazing. The team that were there to help set up and clean up were super helpful and the process was made so easy. We really couldn't recommend Askham Hall enough. Incredible in every way!
Hannah and Michele
Married in June 2021
November 2021
We loved the character and history!
Stunning venue and location for our dream wedding! We loved the character and history of the venue and exploring the beautiful grounds, especially the meadows. Staff were outstanding - with the planning and on the day - nothing was too much trouble and they went beyond what they needed to do every time. Our Michelin star tasting menu was incredible and we have really special memories of our big day. Thank you Askham Hall, you knocked it out the park!
Ani and Toby
Married in June 2021
November 2021
Nothing stuffy or formal
Askham Hall is the most beautiful setting, we loved the area already but couldn’t have anticipated how comfortable & welcome we would be made to feel throughout planning and the weekend of our wedding. The staff are excellent, as you would expect given the Michelin star restaurant, but there is nothing stuffy or formal. We could not have asked for anywhere better to celebrate our wedding. A special mention to Jenny, who executed the day with great care & precision, she & her team are wonderful
Matthew
Married in August 2016
August 2016
When we woke up the morning after the wedding...
When we woke up the morning after the wedding and the reception the night before, it felt like we were in a dream. We didn't want to move in case it wasn't real it was that magical. Two months later I still have a massive smile on my face because of the efficiency, splendour and character of Askham hall and its staff. Truly wonderful.
Sarah
Married in July 2016
July 2016
The staff at Askham Hall were amazing throughout the whole...
The staff at Askham Hall were amazing throughout the whole wedding process. We felt they were friendly, organised and realiable. The venue itself is simply breathtaking. There are so many different aspects and back drops and the accommodation over the weekend (we had exclusivity) was more than we could have ever wished for. We would most definitely recommend the venue to friends, family and anyone who would listen! We got only positive feedback from all our guests, both in residence and not.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2PF, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Penrith

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M6 junction 40

Nearest Train Station

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Press & Awards
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Press & Awards (1)

Accreditations / Associations (3)

'Best Wine List Award' across Europe and Russia 2022
3 AA Rosettes
Michelin Star

Industry Awards (4)

Good Hotel Guide 2022 Cesar Award for Best Country House
Taste Cumbria 2017 and 2015
Good Hotel Guide 2020 Editor's Choice for Wedding Venue
Bride Magazine - 2016 Top Wedding Venues
FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

All of our weddings are unique, and I couldn't pick one - we love them all.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Leave the nit-picking to your wedding team, so the only decisions you're making are the ones that matter.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Surprise recorded speeches by guests who couldn't make it!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Historic, bespoke, exclusive, homely, welcoming

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

Immediately in front of the House, overlooking the River Lowther, our flower terrace and garden pavilion, all from of your bridal suite window!

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

It involves Strictly Come Dancing...

What’s your favourite canapé?

Tempura prawn, with the sweet chilli dip! Delicious.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Woodfire pizza's in the night time, you will love it.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

We are a family run, multi-award winning venue and each wedding is totally unique, no two weddings are the same!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our friendly, welcoming team and personalised service