The average wedding now costs £18,000 – all very well if you can afford it, but what about those who can’t? Luckily, there are some fantastic affordable wedding packages out there for those on more of a budget, and here are five to get you started…
5. Britannia HotelsWith hotels all over the country – including seaside venues such as The Royal Albion Brighton – Britannia Hotels offer wedding packages from just £999 including welcome drinks, a wedding breakfast for 50 guests and an evening buffet for 100 guests.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to £18,000, there are plenty of more affordable options available, without needing to compromise on quality.
In recent years, many couples have shunned the stress of huge, grandiose wedding ceremonies in favour of peaceful getaways, where they can exchange their vows in private or accompanied by just a select group of close family and friends.
There’s a lot to be said for quiet weddings for two. With many people attending several marriage ceremonies per year, it is tempting to buck the trend and escape the pressure of putting on a big party, by simply sharing your love with the people who really matter in your life.
If you’re looking for an idyllic and intimate location to get married in the UK, the Lake District is an ideal choice. Home to well-known poets such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, this romantic region of Northern England is subject of some of the most beautiful poems in English literature.
With some splendid country houses and hotels, the Lake District is the perfect setting for both secluded summer ceremonies and cosy winter wedding. Hotels in the mountains promise stunning views, set in acres of rolling countryside, with plenty of opportunities to steal away on twilight walks and enjoy being alone together, at one with nature. Many of the hotels and guesthouses in the Lake District have exclusive spa facilities so you can enjoy some time away, relaxing and pampering, before you embark upon married life. Why not try the Holbeck Gyhll Hotel near Bowness-on-Windermere, which offers luxurious spa treatments and attentive staff, for the ultimate relaxing and romantic experience.
There are many benefits to quiet weddings for two. Without hundreds of guests to cater for, you can get married for a fraction of the price of more extravagant ceremonies, meaning you have more cash to splash on your honeymoon or to put towards your new life together. The idyllic scenery in the Lake District is ideal for intimate celebrations. Instead of a large, formal reception, you could enjoy a quiet afternoon tea with friends and family in the hotel gardens, a private picnic or even opt for a barbecue on a summer evening. The Fayrer Garden House Hotel is set in five acres of beautiful gardens, looking out over Lake Windermere and has an amazing terrace area where you can sit out with a cool glass of prosecco or enjoy and indulgent afternoon tea.
As well as being the perfect romantic hideaway, the Lake District is perfect for active couples who want to combine a wedding for two with a chance to explore the landscape. From walking and climbing to biking and open water swimming, there are all sorts of outdoor activities on offer in the Lake District. The Langstraff Inn is a friendly, family-run hotel which is a favourite haven for walkers and those who want to make the most of the great outdoors. Situated near to Borrowdale, this cosy country inn has just 8 rooms, all with en suite facilities, and is famous for its fine, fresh food. What better way to start your new life together, than by taking on a physical challenge amid some of Britain’s loftiest peaks? You could even scale Scaffell Pike, England’s highest mountain, which is just a short drive from the Langstraff Inn – you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world!
Here is our list of recommended wedding venues for two:
- Holbeck Gyhll Country House Hotel, Troutbeck
- Fayer Garden Country House, Bowness-on-Windermere
- The Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere
- Langstrath Country Inn, Borrowdale
The Lake District’s fairytale fells and moors epitomise the magic so many couples are yearning to capture for their big day.
However, considering the complexity and skill required to provide a truly memorable wedding experience, great views are not enough. This article will review the five best wedding venues in the Lake District to aid you in your search for perfection.
5. The Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere
In at number five, the Wordsworth is a very experienced wedding venue, and their range of wedding packages on offer certainly reflects this. For a bride and groom requiring a wedding on a budget, while still remaining within a Lake District setting, this could be a good choice. However, think twice before committing; while service is impeccable and the staff very accommodating, the decor is somewhat dated, and the experience falls just short of luxury.
4. Broadoaks Country House, Troutbeck
Broadoaks Country House is a warm and nourishing choice for a wedding venue. Staff are delightful, dogs are welcome, and the lovingly tended gardens are a great choice for an outdoor wedding. Again, there are many packages on offer, including late booking, so it is a good choice for couples on a budget. Although a hotel that describes itself as ‘boutique’ always invites suspicion, the Broadoaks Country House has certainly earned it: each room is individually decorated in a William Morris-esque style. But be careful not to drink too much on the big day: waking up the morning after to the very busy wallpaper may prove a challenge, and the frequently cold coffee served at breakfast will not help either.
3. Swan Hotel Spa, Newby Bridge
In at number three, the Swan is a truly brilliant all-rounder. Able to cater for 100 people during the day, and 150 in the evening, this is a great choice for a traditional knees-up reception. Equipped with a decent sound-system and fibre-optic lighting, a wedding at the Swan (with its reputation for killer cocktails) is bound to be a hit. Luckily the hotel is not all about the party, and the luxurious rooms, well equipped spa, and daylight filled ceremony room overlooking the river Leven will add a touch of magic to your day. However, where it invites praise with its efficiency it also invites criticism: it feels a little like a wedding ‘factory’, and that may not be to every couple’s liking.
2.Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere
The Gilpin is set in 22 acres acres of gardens, moors and fells, and is wild and green to its core. Architecturally the hotel is a little twee, but this is more than made up for by the luxury of the rooms and the utterly enrapturing views in every direction. The Lake House is set up for intimate and peaceful weddings for 25, and a chauffeur is provided to ferry any guests staying at the main house to and from their rooms. This is a bespoke choice, as is reflected by the fact that they do not advertise wedding ‘packages’ for the main hotel. This could be a little daunting for couples wanting to relinquish the logistical planning of the event. However, there does not seem to be any length staff will not go to to accommodate guests’ needs. This only difficulty you might come across here is getting your guests to leave!
1.Holbeck Ghyll Country House, Windermere
The winner has to be the Holbeck Gyhll Hotel in Troutbeck, because it truly embodies the magic of the Lake District and lacks the slight stuffiness of the Gilpin. The Holbeck boasts the most expansive views of all the contestants, with most rooms overlooking the Lake Windermere from high up on the adjacent fells. This is your venue if your priorities are luxury and exclusivity. Their wedding packages cater for a maximum of 55 guests, but what is lost in quantity is made up for in quality, and the head of their wedding team planned Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s big day. The Arts and Crafts heritage of the buildings add personality to the setting, and the rooms are absolutely stunning. Staff are a little overattentive, which can grate for longer stays but is an ideal trait in the provision of a wedding. The chef is Michelin starred, so the food at your wedding will be impeccable.
The North West of England is easily accessible via the M6 and is home to some of the most beautifully picturesque areas of countryside in the UK, including the much-lauded Lake District in Cumbria, where there is a multitude of north west business conference venues on offer. Providing ample opportunity to get away from the pressures of city life, the regenerative qualities of time spent in the peaceful surroundings of the Cumbrian fells and lakes are paramount in helping you and your business associates come up with the goods, when it comes to developing fresh ideas and strategies.
Of course, there are a plethora of North West Business Conference Facilities to choose from, and Holbeck Ghyll, situated on the edge of Lake Windermere in the heart of the English Lake District, is one that comes highly recommended. Regarded in high esteem as the premier North West business meeting venue by many returning clients, Holbeck Ghyll is suited to a wide variety of different conferencing needs and requirements.
Holbeck Ghyll boasts state of the art facilities, including a boardroom which is able to cater for up to 30 guests. The spacious room features air conditioning, comfortable seating and private washrooms, with all the required devices supplied in order to conduct business effectively – LCD projectors, a large television screen, private phone/fax lines, WiFi access, and stationery are all included.
Michelin Star dining and luxurious accommodation is available for delegates staying overnight, and there are a variety of parlour games and assorted activities to help clients wind down and relax at the end a day’s business. All facilities and accommodations are offered at incredibly reasonable rates.
With a long-standing reputation as one of the most beautifully unspoiled regions in the UK, the county of Cumbria has plenty to offer as a setting for corporate events. There are stunningly picturesque lakeside and mountain views aplenty, and these rural, tranquil surroundings provide a distraction-free backdrop, allowing you to concentrate on the business at hand. Of course, one of Cumbria’s unique selling points as an area for conference hosting is that the fresh country air and wide open spaces all facilitate clearer thinking and generation of ideas, which in turn helps you make the most of your business. There are a plethora of locations to choose from, suited to all manner of different requirements.
Holbeck Ghyll, situated in the fells of the Lake District, boasts Michelin Star dining, and the boardroom facilities are suited to small-medium sized meetings, with the moderately-sized room capable of hosting around 30 people. The room includes all standard features, including stationery, an LCD projector, private phone line, air conditioning and comfortable seating.
Close by is Broadoaks, a boutique country house hotel close to Lake Windermere, the entire seven acre grounds of Broadoaks can be hired if you so require – perfect for larger, broad network conferencing. For smaller conferences, the lounge area or music room can be booked, and the staff there endeavour to tailor their services to your specifications. All the necessary facilities for conducting business are available.
The corporate facilities on offer at the Langdale Estate are ideal for events of any size, and they offer a wide variety of packages to suit most budgets. The activities package in particular brings home the advantages of hosting an event in Cumbria. Team exercises, the likes of abseiling and ghyll-scrambling for example, can really refresh conference-attendees attitudes and boost team relations, which of course is conducive to great business strategy.
Of the many business meeting venues North West of the UK, Lakeside Hotel & Spa offers an emphasis on relaxation. It features a large variety of suites, suitable for conferences of all sizes, with the Windermere Suite in particular an ideal choice for larger conferences. All delegates have complete access to the pool and spa areas of the site, providing ample opportunity to refresh and revive, facilitating new ideas.
There is certainly a corporate event venue Cumbria can offer your business, regardless of size or requirements. All venues offer something unique, although ultimately, the area and surroundings are the key ingredients to what makes the Lake District a great business conference venue.
Finding an ideal location for your conference or your corporate event is important. The location can say much about your business and it can also affect how clients respond to your business, if the location is of poor quality, then this can negatively affect your business.
On the other hand the right location, with the right facilities can get any conference or event off to a great start.
If you’re looking for a North West corporate meeting venue, then Holbeck Ghyll offers some of the best facilities in the country. Located in the Lake District the executive meeting rooms offer not only superior quality, but all the conference facilities you could possibly need.
The venue offers stunning views of the Lake District, making it the ideal location for any business meeting, executive board meeting or any corporate event.
The Lake District conference facilities include air conditioning, a 42 inch LCD televisions, telephone (Including a private line), Wi-Fi, private washrooms, an LCD projector as well Flipcharts and stationary.
Obviously, it’s not all work, you can also enjoy all the luxuries of Holbeck Ghyll, including our Michelin star restaurant, once the hard work is done.
The venue is also the perfect place to let your hair down and get to know your employees or clients. Holbeck Ghyll offers many different activities for breaking the ice. This includes croquet on the front lawn, complete with Pimms, straw boaters and a trophy. There’s even a chance to be part of a treasure hunt around the house and grounds with maps, clues and prizes.
The Holbeck Gyhll corporate conference venue, near Windermere, takes just two and a half hours to reach from central London.