I have recently moved to The Cotswolds from London. Whilst I am still working in London I am starting to photograph more weddings here. Some of them are very different to London venues, with large gardens and rolling countryside nearby and they are all very beautiful. There are some absolutely fantastic wedding venues in The Cotswolds and if you decide to get married here you will be spoilt for choice.
I have only been here for six months and I’m sure over the next few months I will discover other fantastic venues, but for now here are my top five. They vary from traditional, elegant country houses to barns you can decorate in any way you please. They are all incredible in their own way and they also all offer beautiful opportunities for photography. Wherever you chose you will not be disappointed.
1. Barnsley House
In the South Cotswolds, not far from the beautiful village of Bibury and Cirencester town lies the little village of Barnsley and within it Barnsley House. This is a quintessentially English country house hotel set in landscaped gardens. At Barnsley House they manage to perfectly blend the traditional with all the contemporary facilities you could wish for, including a spa. Exclusive hire of the house (18 bedrooms) is available and this together with the exceptional service make it the perfect venue for an intimate wedding. The truly magnificent gardens designed by Rosemary Verey offer many places for fabulous photography including a Gothic Summer House and a Temple.
2. Dormy House
Nestling in the hills in the North Cotswolds and close to the town of Broadway is the relatively newly opened Dormy House. It has a stylish home from home feeling, where nothing is too much trouble. The hotel is relaxing not least because the whole house (38 rooms) is always yours should you choose to get married there. They also have a fabulous spa. With plenty of beautiful countryside on the doorstep photography can take place in the gardens or for the more adventurous in the open countryside itself.
3. Cowley Manor
Close to Cheltenham Cowley Manor is a perfect choice for a relaxed stately home wedding. Although its Italianate architecture and imposing columns are very traditional Cowley Manor is much more of a designer hotel than a country house. With 30 contemporary rooms, seasonal food and a beautiful spa (with indoor and outdoor pools) it is the ideal place for couples looking for a sophisticated but fun place to get married. Its 55 acres of grounds, with woodland and lake make a stunning backdrop for your photographs.
4. Oxlease Barn
A restored barn on a working farm in Oxfordshire this is a very peaceful place to get married. Whilst the barn itself is beautiful you can personalise it with anything from pretty and vintage to elegant and formal, enabling you to create your own unique wedding space. With a lovely courtyard, pond and rolling fields, photography here can take in all the beautiful Cotswold landscape has to offer.
5. Calcot Manor
It can sometimes be difficult to find a stylish venue for your wedding if you have young children. You still want an elegant day but you also want your children to have a good time. For those people with children who are still looking for a sophisticated place to get married Calcot Manor could be just the place. Although the fine dining and spa appeal to adults, when children are brought along their needs are given the same amount of attention. With stylish rooms, high tea, an all day crèche and babystitting facilities everyone is made to feel welcome meaning you can enjoy your wedding day knowing your children will be having fun too. The beautiful gardens with views of the rolling hills behind will provide a lovely backdrop for your wedding pictures.