Cote How Lake District Weddings

£1450 - £16620 for a package
Up to 24
3 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
SMALL INTIMATE LUXURY WEDDINGS FOR UP TO 24 MAX A unique private country house & wedding barn, set in the heart of the Lake District National Park - One of the most romantic destinations in the world!
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All weddings are bespoke and range from a simple 2-hour ceremony for just 2 - to a formal weekend wedding for up to 24 Our pricing includes venue hire, staffing, all equipment, linen, cutlery, crockery, candles, playing of your own ceremony and background music on your behalf, full planning service, all food and drinks selected. Weekend weddings include 2 nights luxury B&B accommodation for 6 adults.
What is included in this pricing:
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Canapés included
Guest accommodation included
Furniture included
Couple accommodation included
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
01:00 PM
Usual Finish Time
11:00 PM


Open Flame Permitted
Water View
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception

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

Food and Drink

In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
A versatile venue with FIVE licensed ceremony spaces, set in 11 acres of stunning landscape, including Rydal Water lakeshore, in the heart of the Lake District - The UK’s Most Romantic Destination Cote How is a family run all-inclusive, award-winning Lake District wedding venue with full exclusivity. Steeped in history and set in the heart of Wordsworth's Romantic English Lake District, Cote how commands an amazing location at the head of the Rydal Valley, naturally secluded by river, fell and lake. With a choice of five ceremony locations, it offers a unique, flexible and authentic Lakeland experience for smaller more intimate weddings in the historic house and rustic slate barn. Caroline and Steve are renowned for their dedication and treat every wedding as if it was their own, creatively crafting all aspects of your experience from initial contact and planning through to departure ensuring you enjoy the best possible wedding experience. Traditional Weddings - Choose from the Fairfield ceremony room with its oversized gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers or an outdoor wedding in the historic and rustic barn. Elopement Weddings - Weddings for Just the TWO of you are our speciality. The newly developed Wordsworth ceremony room is perfect for weddings of up to 12. Barn Weddings - Our 16th-century barn is unique, romantic and approved for civil ceremonies. So, you can now get married under the eaves of the barn with your congregation inside, or outside with spectacular views of the surrounding fells. Lawn Weddings - Never a more stunning location, completely surrounded by the spectacular and the most romantic landscapes here in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Equal Weddings - Cote How is delighted to offer marriage ceremonies to same-sex couples and is one of the premier destinations for equal weddings in the Lake District. Civil partnerships are, of course, available and the choice is yours.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Caroline
Hi, Thanks for finding us and wanting to know more! I would love to help in your wedding journey... and with my 30 years of experience, we can design your relaxed and seamless Cote How wedding together. Here we specialise in smaller more intimate weddings, and everyone, whether for 2 or 24 people, has fully exclusive use of our venue. We host only a select number of weddings each year, enabling us to commit our full attention to each. Please check out our social media and reviews for more!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Ryan and Emma
Happy couple married in June
June 2021
The Best Day Of Our Lives!
As soon as we met Caroline and Steve we knew we were in good hands! Not only is Cote How a truly beautiful and unique location, but you can feel the love and attention to detail they put into the venue. They made our intimate family wedding a magical occasion, understanding exactly how we wanted our wedding to feel and making our dream a reality. Everything was taken care of - flowers, cake and food, even during these Covid times. Communication and planning was so smooth, easy and completely stress free with nothing too much to ask or too silly to check. We are so pleased with our wonderful day, and so sad it couldn't go on forever!! Thank you, Caroline, Steve and Sophie, for giving us the best day of our lives!
Claire and Andy
Happy couple married in May
May 2021
Cote How - Incredible
How do you sum up such an incredible experience? It wouldn’t be going too far to say it was perfect. Caroline and Steve have carefully curated the best suppliers, we had the best food, best cake, best flowers. All the hard work and worry of selecting the right suppliers had been taken away. They made sure the day ran so smoothly, all we had to do was enjoy it. Every need of our guests was catered for. The numerous person touches didn’t go unnoticed. The venue is of course stunning and our guests were wowed. What a breathtakingly wonderful day. Thank you, Caroline, Steve and Sophie xx
Vicci & Mark
Happy couple married in December
December 2020
Our perfect Christmas wedding ❤️
We were lucky enough to get married at this beautiful venue on the 15th December 2020 with our closest family present.. and others on Zoom! From the moment we booked Cote How Caroline and Steve made the whole process seamless. We really didn’t have to worry about a thing! Even with all the uncertainty of Covid restrictions Caroline was always on hand to guide (and calm) us. Apart from the obviously STUNNING venue and grounds, and the warmth and professionalism from Caroline and Steve, we were overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness towards our 2 year old daughter. A keen fan of the gruffalo (she carries a tiny gruffalo soft toy everywhere she goes) Steve noticed this and dug out his own (now teen) daughters old gruffalo soft toys (a mouse and a fox) and gifted these to our little girl. She was absolutely thrilled and happily played by the roaring log fire for most of the day. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The hospitality was fabulous, food delicious and the bar well stocked! Our guests all commented more than once that we couldn’t have picked a more perfect venue and how lovely and accommodating our hosts were. We truly couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect day so thank you to Caroline and Steve and to all at Cote How who helped make our ‘Christmas’ wedding the most treasured, memorable day. Mr & Mrs Gibson ❤️
Celia Stanley
Happy couple married in October
October 2020
What a perfect day!
We were lucky enough to get married at Cote How on Tuesday. It was a blustery, dramatic autumnal day and the location could not have been more beautiful. The whole experience was amazing. Getting married outside in the Lake District was our dream and Cote How is such a magical setting in which to do that. We can not thank Caroline, Steve and Sophie enough for all their help, support and understanding through the many changes and last minute decisions we made due to the pandemic. One the day, everyone at Cote How went above and beyond to ensure we had the day we always dreamed of. The day was just perfect, and we are so grateful that we were able to celebrate our love with both families at Cote How and we can not recommend them enough to any couples wanting to get married! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Celia & Adam
Samuel and Rosie
Happy couple married in October
November 2020
Sheer perfection!
Cote How is an idyllic setting for anyone looking for a small, exclusive and beautifully organised wedding in the Lake District. We cannot thank Caroline, Sophie and all the team at Cote How enough for an amazing day. As a bit of a wedding phobic couple not even we knew what we really wanted but every last detail was perfect and the day ran so smoothly. Every need was catered for and our guests were full of compliments for the venue and its location. Not only were the house and barn immaculate and beautifully decorated, Rydal Water is but a stone’s throw away and the perfect location for photographs. We cannot praise highly enough and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else.
Craig & Michelle
Happy couple married in August
September 2020
Fantastic day, amazing venue
In February 2020 we decided to visit Cote How, Rydal in the Lake District, (mainly as this part of England is our favourite place), as a possible wedding venue so​ we set off from Stockton on Tees in high spirits, even higher winds and driving rain, it was a pretty scary drive on the A66 and when we did get to the Lakes we then had to contend with the flooding but we made it - and oh boy was it worth it! We were welcomed by Caroline and Steve Langham to their very beautiful and private home.​ Caroline was fantastic, she took us through all of the options available to us, but never pressured us into making a decision there and then, she gave us plenty to think and talk about on our journey home.​ She showed us around the venue and the outside space we could use, depending on the weather of course, she left the barn until last - WOW!, WOW!, WOW! we were smitten, it was an amazing space both inside and out and on the journey home we knew that Cote How was where we wanted our special day to be. It was booked for 19/08/2020 and we were due to re-visit in May but by then Covid had reared it's ugly head and the next time we would actually see Steve and Caroline would be on our wedding day.​ I lost count of the emails sent between Caroline and myself, she was absolutely amazing dealing with the ever changing rules and regulations that Covid brought but nothing and I do mean nothing was ever too much trouble for her.​ On the big day itself all our family met on the terrace (as the sun was shining!) and were made to feel so welcome by Steve, Caroline and Sophie.​ They attended to ours and our guests every need. Caroline walked us through everything and the day went without a single hitch.​ It was such a special day that was shared with our loved ones and is definitely one of best memories - ever. If you are looking to hold an intimate wedding with very passionate and professional people at the helm, then you must check out Cote How.​ It is a truly stunning location, we can not recommend it enough. Thank you Caroline, Steve and Sophie.
Location & Contact Details


Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LW, England

Travel Notes

Travel by public transport using the 555 or 599 Stagecoach buses throughout the lakes.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M6 Junction 36

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Press & Awards

Press & Awards (1)

Accreditations / Associations (2)

5 Star Visit Britain
Breakfast Award

Industry Awards (4)

Bridebook UK Barn Venue of the Year 2019
Green Tourism Gold Award
Cumbria Tourism 2019 Finalist Wedding Venue of the Year
Cumbria Tourism Sustainable Tourism Award 2008

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

So hard to choose one - They all vary so much. The small and intimate family wedding for Lynne and Graham last Summer. Brilliant sunshine all day with an intimate house ceremony for 24 people in the stunning Fairfield ceremony room, clad with gilt mirrors and crystal chandeliers followed by drinks and canapes on the terrace. Photos by the lakeshore followed by an intimate 3-course dinner in the rustic 16th-century barn. The barn doors open and decked with pretty apple blossom and fairy lights. The evening sunset as the bride and groom smooched at dusk to backing songs played via Sonos throughout the venue.

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

Take your time, pre plan your dream wedding then try to find a venue that can offer you that. You need to trust your venue provider, and they need to listen to you and offer flexibility.

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

One couple requested that each guest provide a photo of themselves as a baby. These were distributed to all guests who then had the task of finding their owner. That guest then wrote a wedding message on the back and hung it on the photo peg line in the gazebo for all to see! It was an amazing ice breaker and great fun!

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique, intimate, exclusive, stunning, flexible

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

In the flower meadow looking towards the lake or back to the house - Stunning skies and lake district fells all around. Wordsworths county!

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

A few secret ones!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Beef and horseradish on mini Yorkshire puddings

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Cheese and homemade biscuits

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The C16th Barn and spinning gallery on the house

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The wedding services we provide

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook GiftFree Bottle of Champagne
Bridebook Special OfferFree bottle of prosecco for every couple who book their wedding via Bridebook