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Top 10 wedding hotels in UK and Ireland

19/05/2015
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Getting married is a wonderful time when you want everything to be just right. If you’re looking for a special wedding venue, then look no further as The Good Hotel Guide has come up with the top 10 wedding hotels in UK and Ireland – so you can make sure you start married life in the perfect place.

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1.    Augill Castle

If you dreamed of a fairy tale wedding then there’s no better place to tie the knot than in a real castle. Augill Castle in Cumbria is a romantic neo-Gothic Victorian folly complete with turrets, stained glass windows and antiques.

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But a wedding at Augill Castle is not about stiff pomp and ceremony – it’s all about exactly what you want and can be as informal as you want.  Hire the whole castle or go for something a bit different – with a marquee or tipi in the grounds. The hotel is happy to follow your wishes for your wedding whether that’s an intimate afternoon ceremony followed by a decadent afternoon tea or a full-on two-day wedding house party.

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2.    Ardanaseig

The remote, beautiful setting of Ardanaseig Hotel on the banks of Loch Awe in the Scottish Highlands makes it for a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery, tranquil views and wildly romantic gardens. The Georgian Manor is filled with fine pieces of antique furniture and works of art giving a lovely country house feel to any wedding.

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The wedding team at Ardanaseig Hotel will arrange a bespoke day for you – whether that’s formal or laid-back, peaceful or bustling. The hotel has the capacity for up to 50 day guests and a licence to hold civil ceremonies inside the hotel or within the grounds. Check out the purpose-built amphitheatre on the loch shore which offers a particularly beautiful setting for the exchange of vows and those memorable wedding snaps.

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3.    Ballymaloe

Celebrating its 51st anniversary this year is the family-run Ballymaloe Hotel, famed for its food and its idyllic setting in 400 acres of green land with ancient woodland and tranquil ponds. You can make a big entrance on the day by arriving at the hotel by helicopter, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the lush countryside of East Cork.

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Flexibility is key at Ballymaloe and everything comes with a portion of charm – have 180 guests in the newly-converted 17th century grainstore – an elegant high-roofed space - or choose an intimate do in a small dining room.  The hotel is well-known for its high-class food – it has its own cookery school too – so expect your wedding breakfast to be top notch with an emphasis on fresh home-grown quality produce – washed down with some celebratory bubbly of course!

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4.    Bridge House

Flanked by the River Brit, the 700-year-old Bridge House Hotel was once home to a dozen priests – but now it’s an inviting boutique hotel with a beautiful walled garden. If you want a distinctive romantic setting to say ‘I do’, then head down to Beaminster in Dorset.

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It’s possible to book the whole hotel or have a smaller do if that’s what you fancy. Choose from a ceremony in the unique medieval lounge with a cosy historic feel, tie the knot in the sunny, stylish conservatory or make your vows in the intimate Georgian restaurant in front of a beautiful fireplace with candlelit reflection. Or have a garden blessing under a magical ivory vaulted canopy, flowing with flowers!

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© Knockinaam

5.    Knockinaam

If you love dramatic coastal scenery and Scottish hospitality, then your ideal wedding venue could be the gorgeous grey-stone Knockinaam Lodge in Dumfries and Galloway. With cliffs and wooded hills and close by to a private beach, the 19th-century hunting lodge stands in extensive grounds – making for some fabulous wedding photographs.

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Take over the whole hotel for your wedding and feel like the lord or lady of the manor. Or keep it small and simple in spectacular surroundings. Wedding couples can choose from religious or civil ceremonies at the lodge with many couples getting married outside - looking over the Irish Sea towards Northern Ireland. A magical beginning to your married life.

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6.    Langar Hall

There’s a church right beside Langar Hall if you want to combine a civil service with a blessing. The honey-stone Georgian mansion in the Vale of Belvoir is quintessentially English and has been run by the same family since 1860.  

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Wedding options vary from a small party of four to full-on friends and family with 120 guests in a marquee. There’s also the opportunity of taking over the hall completely and enjoying the country house feel and luxurious 12 bedrooms all to yourself. The hotel oozes romance – and was a favourite spot for the author Barbara Cartland, known as the Queen of Romance, to stay.

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7.    Montagu Arms

Become husband and wife at the elegant wisteria-clad Montagu Arms Hotel nestled deep in the heart of the New Forest. The 17th century country house, in the picturesque Beaulieu village, is in a really romantic setting – and if food is something you’re passionate about too it’s ideal as it has Michelin-star dining.

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Get married in either the opulent Terrace Restaurant, with views across the charming gardens or The Oakwood Room which has a beautiful fireplace, making for an intimate and cosy setting. The hotel arranges a red carpet for a special entrance, a master of ceremonies to keep things flowing smoothly and you can hire all 22 bedrooms for friends and family to make the hotel feel just like home.

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8.    Rose In Vale

If you’re after serenity and calm for your big day, then the family-run Rose In Vale Hotel would be a good option. This hidden retreat, on the north Cornish coast, is in the heart of the peaceful countryside – yet it’s easy to reach the city for arriving guests and right by the coast too so you can enjoy the uplifting feel of the sea air on your face.

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Tie the knot outdoors in the hotel’s pretty summer house or make your vows in the lovely Valley Room overlooking the tranquil gardens. Book exclusive use of the hotel or opt for a modern-day elopement (with just a few family and friends to celebrate).

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9.    Swinton Park

Enjoy the grandeur of getting married at an ancestral stately home at Swinton Park in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The 19th-century gothic castle hotel is set in 200 acres of parkland – complete with graceful lakes and about 100 deer roaming the green area. It really is a majestical, magical place which you can personalise to suit your own taste.

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Choose from three distinctive rooms – including the turreted Lister Room for just 10 people – or tie the knot in the hotel’s restaurant. If you’re after something a little different, have a humanist ceremony or your wedding breakfast in the converted Deerhouse. Alternatively head to Swinton Bivouac for a unique glamping wedding.  Nearby in the woodlands is the Druid’s Temple, a magical setting for a ceremony, wherever you hold your celebration at the hotel. Large stones make up an altar, with an awning, hay bale seating and wild flowers on shepherd hooks to set the scene.

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10.    Ynyshir Hall

Once Queen Victoria's country retreat, pretty Ynyshir Hall is in a quiet, relaxing spot, between the sea and Cambrian mountains in rural Wales. The hotel is luxurious through and through and is renowned for its food (having a Michelin star) and you can even start your wedding with a striking arrival by private plane.

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Ynyshir Hall is great if you’re after a small, intimate ceremony.  The remote country location means the air is fresh, you’ll only hear birdsong and the stars shine in the dark sky like a sparkly engagement ring! The whole of the hotel can be hired for your nuptials if you want to make yourself truly at home as you celebrate your perfect wedding.

For a full range of independently-reviewed hotels pick up a copy of The Good Hotel Guide.


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