On the border of Hampshire and Dorset, overlooking Christchurch Bay and the Isle of Wight, Grade I-listed Highcliffe Castle is a majestic building from the 1830s, set in a beautiful nature reserve. Say your vows in the elegant Wintergarden with its baby grand piano, then spill into the Drawing Room or onto manicured lawns for drinks. For your reception, choose from the incredible Great Hall with its 30ft-high stained glass window, or the State Dining Room, with its exposed brick and full-length windows onto the coast.
For Mediterranean vibes in Cornwall, Hotel Tresanton has a collection of beautiful whitewashed buildings right on the waterfront in St Maws. Thanks to its marriage licence, you’ve got options for the ceremony: the restaurant with its elegant mosaic floor and incredible views; the Cinema function room overlooking a terrace; or the modern Beach Club, with its blue and white parasols, tropical plants and holiday feel. Prefer to marry in a church? Fourteenth-century St Just in Roseland is nearby. For the celebration, choose a formal wedding breakfast or go al fresco for a barbecue. With 30 unique rooms and suites – each with sea views, sumptuous linens and antique furniture – your guests will appreciate Tresanton’s laid-back luxury.
The George in Rye
In the centre of the medieval Sussex town of Rye, The George is a charming and eclectic hotel. It’s a short walk to the town hall for your ceremony, then guests can repair to the cosy hotel bar to wait for the married couple. Hold your wedding breakfast in the original and elegant Georgian ballroom, where locally sourced produce is showcased on Mediterranean-tinged menus. Many of your guests will be able to stay over too – the hotel has 34 luxurious bedrooms. Currently undergoing refurbishment, it's taking wedding bookings from 2021.
If yours is going to be an intimate wedding, Penally Abbey may be what you’re looking for. Near Tenby, but also just ten minutes’ walk from the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path, this Grade II-listed boutique hotel with woodlands and gardens has been lovingly restored by its owners. Exchange vows in the gorgeous Courtyard room, with its vaulted ceilings and twinkling chandeliers, then sit down in the acclaimed Rhosyn restaurant for a seasonal menu full of local produce. The hotel has 12 luxurious rooms for your guests.
Set in beautiful woodland with sea views, Launcells Barton is a family-owned Grade II-listed manor house in north Cornwall. Marry in its converted 19th-century stone Mill Barn, beneath characterful exposed beams and original brick, before taking drinks and canapés in the courtyard. Alternatively, marry outside in the walled garden under a beautiful arbour. If you’d prefer a church ceremony, it’s a short stroll to the romantic 15th-century parish church of St Swithin’s. Afterwards, dine in the light and airy new reception barn, with its cosy bar, outdoor seating area and large lawn. Some of your guests can stay in the luxurious rooms in the main house, and there’s always the option of glamping in the grounds.
Made famous by chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage sits in a stunning glen, close to Lyme Regis and the coast. Marry in the beautifully rustic Threshing Barn, which has been recently restored, or choose the 17th-century farmhouse for a more intimate ceremony (up to 20 guests). Prefer to say your ‘I dos’ outside? There’s a gorgeous walled garden. Come evening, guests can sip champagne in a pretty yurt under twinkling lights. And, of course, food is a main event at River Cottage, with local, organic and seasonal menus designed by the chef for your day.
The Royal Pavilion
In the heart of Brighton’s cultural quarter, the Royal Pavilion is a magnificent building from the Regency period. Say your vows in its dramatic gold and red Music Room, beneath lotus-shaped chandeliers, watched on by painted dragons. Or there’s the Red Drawing Room, with palm-tree pillars and its own private entrance from the gardens. Hold your wedding breakfast in the beautiful King William IV Room, with its hand-painted wallpaper and Chinese lanterns, before dancing and drinks in the Dome Studio Theatre.
The Barn at South Milton
If panoramic sea views in an area of outstanding natural beauty sound appealing, The Barn at South Milton might be the one for you. In south Devon, the charming barn is a blank canvas for couples to decorate as they wish. Long tables, festoon lighting and a twinkling ceiling give a magical feel, while stunning coastal sunsets promise to make the photographs even more special. Three-bedroom Beech Cottage can accommodate some of your guests, while the gorgeous paddock is available for glamping – and bell tents can be hired from the owners.
Finally, if you already know the stunning coastal view you want to show off, perhaps the answer is to simply hire a marquee. Based in Devon, Hatch Marquee Hire supplies elegant clear marquees for weddings across the South West. With its blank canvases, you have the freedom to decorate and customise your marquee to your vision. Hatch can help with furniture hire, lighting and floors, then work with your chosen suppliers to add the magic – whether that’s twinkling ceilings, hanging flowers, long rustic trestle seating or round tables for a more traditional feel.
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