20 Gorgeous Venues For Micro Weddings In England

With so much uncertainty around weddings now, many couples are opting for a more intimate celebration. From a pretty working winery in Cornwall to a grand hotel in London – and all with great food and unique character – here are some of the best venues for a smaller, but no less special, day.

NORTH

Middleton Lodge Estate

This impressive Georgian estate in North Yorkshire is set on over 200 acres of beautiful grounds. The Main House works well for smaller weddings, as guests will have the whole space to themselves, including 16 bedrooms, while dining can be arranged around one large table. Alternatively, opt for the Forge, the property's fine-dining restaurant complete with large windows and exposed beams. A final option is the cosy and atmospheric Map Room, which overlooks the picturesque courtyard. 

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Storrs Hall

Sitting on the edge of beautiful Lake Windermere, and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Grade II listed Georgian mansion house Storrs Hall could hardly offer a more idyllic setting. With 17 acres of grounds, including views of the lake and mountains, there’s no shortage of wedding-photo opportunities. Marry in the elegant Study or The Garden Pavilion, both of which look out over the lake and lawns. Food is also prepared using only the freshest local ingredients.

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Casterton Grange

Casterton Grange Estate is an exclusive use country-house wedding venue set between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, steeped in history and beautifully presented. Once inside the impressive gates, the estate becomes your own private sanctuary. Hold your intimate ceremony in the Library, the beautiful Orangery or in the stunning grounds, enjoying drinks on the terrace afterwards. With sumptuous rooms for all your guests, and delicious menu choices, it might be the one for you.

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Stock Exchange Hotel

Located in the heart of central Manchester, the Grade II listed and fully restored Stock Exchange Hotel comes with some grand heritage behind it. Enjoy champagne and canapés with your wedding party before exchanging vows under the beautiful dome of The Bull & Bear. Then, hold your intimate wedding breakfast in The Bank – a gorgeous wood-panelled room complete with beautiful light – while Tom Kerridge’s refined British cuisine will delight everyone who attends. 

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SOUTH

Treseren

Located near the North Cornish Coast, the setting at Treseren is magical, with secluded gardens, lawns and winding pathways. After holding the ceremony in The Wedding Room – a light and airy space – or outside in the picturesque garden, enjoy drinks on the terrace before heading inside for the wedding breakfast. Food is the owner’s passion at this boutique venue, and with locally sourced produce and a seasonal menu, foodie couples will want for nothing. Later in the evening, light the fire pit and gather round with drinks and toasted marshmallows. 

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Camel Studio

Set in the Camel Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Cornwall, is the Camel Studio – a bright and light wedding space. This pretty venue can be hired exclusively – from the acres of gardens to the main house that sleeps eight, plus a specific bridal suite. Choose to marry in the studio, in the beautiful gardens, or in a Sperry Tent on the lawns. Food is locally sourced and seasonal, and later in the evening you’ll have the chance to opt for wood-fired pizzas, served from a converted horsebox.

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Knightor Winery

If you dream of marrying surrounded by trees and wildflowers, Knightor Winery near St Austell might be for you. Exchange your vows under an arbour overlooking the pretty pond, in the vineyards, or in the traditional granite stone threshing barn. Enjoy a glass of crisp Cornish sparkling wine after the ceremony, while you and your guests have photos taken in the four acres of grounds, pastures and orchards. The wedding breakfast consists of locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, with the option to choose from fine dining, a BBQ or an informal hog roast. There’s a six-bedroom manor house for guests, and the chance to ‘glamp’ on the lawns. 

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The Stack 

Overlooking the Fal Valley and set in magical woodland and gardens in Poldark country, The Stack is a former 19th century engine house, and now a beautiful intimate wedding venue. Get hitched in the woodland grotto under the twinkling lights or on the terrace with fabulous views as your backdrop. Three cosy bedrooms can sleep six and there’s a sunken hot tub, cinema room and pizza oven. The Stack is licensed, but there are also pretty churches and chapels nearby.

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EAST

The Secret Garden

This pretty venue is one of Kent’s best-kept secrets. Set within a beautiful walled garden, it consists of three potential spaces – the main coach house, a beautifully restored Victorian glasshouse, and a historic cobbled courtyard. The wedding breakfast is sourced from local produce, while a talented team of chefs will work with couples to create their perfect meal. Opt for local Kent sparkling wines for the toasts, too.

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Chapel Barn Estate

Near the village of Heveningham in Suffolk, the Wilderness Reserve brand has just launched its second country estate: Chapel Barn. A collection of luxury period properties, all of which are available to hire, and set in more than 5,000 acres of carefully maintained countryside – choose from the one-bed electricity-free Hovel, set by the lake, all the way up to the Chapel Barn itself, a beautiful licensed 15th century farmstead which comes with 18 en-suite bedrooms, an indoor pool, cinema, gym and spa.

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Bruisyard Country Estate

This 700-acre estate, found in the Suffolk countryside, includes informal grounds, a large lake and historic woodland. At the heart of the estate sits the beautifully renovated five-star country house, which has 14 luxurious bedrooms. Small wedding ceremonies can be held in the impressive entrance hall, the drawing room, or in the vaulted medieval barn. Enjoy your wedding breakfast in the pretty dining room where regional and seasonal produce define the estate’s ethos.

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Birch

Set in 55 acres of Hertfordshire countryside just 30 minutes from London, the new Birch hotel is the epitome of cool, as well as a Grade II listed building. Beautifully restored, the hotel retains plenty of its original features, including vaulted ceilings and reclaimed tiled floors. Marry in the Lang room, full of natural light and wooden floors, before feasting on a wedding breakfast of farm-to-table produce overseen by chef Robin Gill. Enjoy drinks outside under the fairy lights, before nesting in one of the contemporary bedrooms. 

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LONDON

The Zetter Town House

If you’re looking for a beautiful and eclectic venue, The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell might just be ‘the one’. This 13-bedroom Georgian townhouse in East London is licensed for ceremonies, with either The Dining Room or the intimate Games Room serving as ideal spaces for a wedding breakfast. The hotel also has a small terrace available to hire, as well as a beautiful garden just across the cobbles.

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The Ned

Set in the former Midland Bank building in the heart of the city, The Ned has nine restaurants, 250 bedrooms, a rooftop pool, gym, spa and lounge bar. Weddings of up to 15 people are being hosted on the sixth floor – in the RWB room with its light oak paneling and intimate atmosphere; The Saloon with its stunning 18th-century chandelier; and the Drawing Room, which has a cosy, club-like feel. Couples can liaise with the hotel’s executive chef to create their own bespoke five-course wedding breakfast, too.

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Petersham Nurseries

An especially pretty and flower-strewn setting, The Petersham Private Dining Room in Covent Garden is a great choice. Following your wedding ceremony, head out through the sweeping glass doors onto a private terrace, where you can mingle with your guests while sipping on sommelier-chosen wines, before indulging in your wedding breakfast. Respecting the ’slow food’ philosophy, Petersham focuses on the finest seasonal produce, quality ingredients and Italian flavours.

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Spring 

Located in the new wing of the iconic Somerset House is Spring, an elegant restaurant and private dining space from Skye Gyngell – one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs. The food is beautifully presented, simple and wholesome, with an emphasis again on seasonal produce. Weddings are held in the stylish garden dining room, in an enclosed atrium where black olive trees stand majestic under a twinkling ceiling.

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WEST

No. 131

This Georgian townhouse in the cool Montpelier area of Cheltenham is a wonderful choice for a small, chic wedding. Marry in the lounge or dining room, and enjoy cocktails and canapés on the terrace, or in the beautiful bar, before tucking into your wedding breakfast in the impressive private dining room. Guests can choose to stay in one of the sumptuous bedrooms – complete with contemporary art, leather sofas and roll-top baths. 

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Backwell House 

Set into the rolling hills of North Somerset, yet only a short drive from Bristol, the historic and honey-coloured Backwell House was built in 1813 and recently underwent an extensive renovation to turn it into a gorgeous boutique hotel. With nine luxurious bedrooms, an elegant bar and cosy dining room, consider it a country gem. Choose to marry in or outdoors and opt for exclusive use to really enjoy the day with your guests. 

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Barnsley House

Nestled in a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds, Barnsley House is a beautiful country house hotel set in magnificent gardens. Say your vows in the elegant restaurant or garden, before dining with your guests on fresh ingredients (many of them from the venue’s own kitchen garden). The hotel has 18 gorgeous bedrooms to accomodate your wedding party, a private cinema for you and your guests to chill out and watch a movie in, and a beautiful spa.

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Clevedon Hall

Clevedon Hall, a recently restored, exclusive-use Jacobean-style manor house on the coast of North Somerset, provides a glorious wedding backdrop for an intimate day. Marry in the elegant surroundings, or outside in the 2.5 acres of beautiful gardens under a pretty gazebo. Enjoy drinks on the lawn in front of the lake, while your wedding breakfast is prepared by a Michelin-trained chef. There are 25 beautiful bedrooms if you and your guests want to stay, too. 

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