Wedding Barns In The Lake District & Cumbria
Nestled in the stunning landscapes of Cumbria, the Lake District national park offers an perfect backdrop for weddings. With its breathtaking mountains, lakes, and lush greenery, it's no wonder couples adventure here to tie the knot. Among its hidden gems are the charming wedding barns, blending the rustic working landscape with the natural beauty of the surroundings. This page explores the magic of barn weddings in the Lake District, perfect for those dreaming of a day wrapped in romance and rustic elegance.
The Lake District is synonymous with romance, making it an idyllic setting for your special day. Wedding barns here offer a unique combination of rustic charm and sophistication, set against a panorama of the national park and Cumbria as a county. These venues provide an intimate and private setting, allowing you and your guests to celebrate in exclusivity. From the wooden beams with lights to the breathtaking outdoor spaces for your wedding ceremony, and wedding reception. A barn wedding in the Lake District promises a day of unforgettable memories.
Check out some Lake District & Cumbria Barn Weddings below.
Cumbria is known for its hospitality, amazing food, and its working landscape. Whether you're planning a summer wedding with big festival vibes or maybe winter weddings & open fires are your thing. You'l find a perfect venue in Cumbria, a hidden gem set in a beautiful location ready for your dream wedding. Below are just a few of the wedding barns that Cumbria has to offer!
Yew Tree Farm
Yewtree Farm is an historic farmhouse, once owned by Beatrix Potter, but the 17th century barn is where the magic happens. Set in the Yewdale Valley, the barn can hold 80-100 seated guests, with up to 120 evening guests, and is available in summer from late May to late August. The farm operates a “do it yourself” wedding style, so you’re hiring the space and the running of the day, but have complete freedom to choose the rest of your suppliers, for a day that’s irrevocably ‘yours’.
The farmhouse is available too for wedding parties – three bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen, and a private garden with a hot tub – is there a better way to wake up newlywed?
For the full Lakes experience, there are smiley Herdwick sheep experiences to try, or take home a unique momento of your stay with a piece from the artist in residence, Jo McGrath.
Nearest town: Coniston, 2 miles. LA21 8DP.
New house Farm
New House Farm has three dynamic spaces nestled in Lorton Vale. The grade 2 listed wedding venue and country guest house boasts 15 acres of fields, ponds, woods and streams, with it’s origins dating back to 1650, and much of the original charm intact.
The Hayloft is the main ceremonial space; with oak beams and stone walls, hosting up to 130 guests, with versatility at its heart. This space can be as dressed up or down as you choose, with plenty of nooks and aged features to hang fairy lights, place candles, floral arrangements, bunting.. the possibilities are endless. The Hayloft has its own private kitchen, and although it has been fully kitted with all modern facilities, the barn has been lovingly restored with traditional materials, leaving you with a feeling of rustic warmth.
For more intimate weddings, The Cart Shed is another option, with a show stopping sandstone fireplace, and panoramic views towards Haystacks. The Cart Shed will hold up to 60 guests, and on a summers day guests can take advantage of its patio area to mingle, or follow the path to the garden to simply sit and take in the views.
The Milking Parlour dates back to 1886, and caters for a sit down celebration of up to 16, or a mingling space of up to 30, also with its own professional kitchen. With its original flooring and stalls, the Parlour exudes warmth and character.
New House Farm is listed as a World Heritage site in the heart of the Lakeland Fells, and for those staying overnight, the House has five double en-suites, with a cooked breakfast included.
Nearest town: Lorton, Cockermouth. CA13 9UU.
Long Acre Barn
Long Acre Barn is not a stand alone feature, but has five separate spaces for a truly gorgeous experience. Long Acre Barn fits hand in hand with the working Keld farm, so don’t be surprised if the odd sheep or Lincoln Red crosses your path.
Owned and run by the Addisons, this family venture has all the warmth and authenticity you’d expect, in a stunning setting suitable for any kind of celebration. Long Acre Barn is arguably the most “typical” wedding venue, a large and versatile space, but the real conversation starters are the smaller spaces.The old Granary has been transformed into a bar, with both inside and outside areas, local beers and home grown larch wood stairs. A log burning stove will meet you at the top, and is the cosiest spot in the grounds, where older guests can rest their legs or take some quiet time for yourselves. Reminiscent of a ski chalet, the Granary is ideal for those with a winter wedding planned.
For those with a more relaxed, boho vibe, The Log Store is located at the end of the garden with an airy, festival feel – think street food, fire pits, blankets and benches.
The Damson Orchard is last but by no means least. Your guests will meander through the Orchard until they find themselves at a door in the stone wall, leading to gardens of wildflowers – how enchanting! The lawn path can be utilised as a natural aisle for outdoor ceremonies, lights adorning the damson trees, and the Orchard has plenty of seating and a fire pit next to the bar.
Overnight stays can be accommodated across the old stack yard, in a home from home, with two bedrooms, lounge and kitchen.
Nearest town: Kings Meaburn, Penrith. CA10 3BS.
Low Hall The Lakes
Described as wildly romantic, Low Hall farmhouse and Old Barn are 17th century beauties, set in two acres of woodlands, complete with views over the Lakeland fells and babbling brook. Low Hall provides exclusive use for 2 days, and caters for up to 110 for the ceremony and 130 for the party.
The boutique farmhouse sleeps 12, and camping is even available for the brave. Say your vows in the barn between the old cow stalls, upstairs in the eaves, in the charming yet stylish library, in front of a fire in the ‘snug’, or even outside, Low Hall really does have it all.
Despite the large grounds, micro weddings and elopments are always welcome – think picnics in the Lakeland hills and candlelit soirees in the woods.
Dated back to 1645, this family run venue boasts as much history as it does vibrancy, complete with hand-picked antiques and art.
Nearest town: Lorton, Cockermouth. CA13 0RE.
Now, if you’re looking for a traditional 200 year old Westmorland stone barn, with limestone flagged floor, vaulted ceiling, and a hand-thatched gazebo outside, then search no more. Eden Barn is set in 100 acres of the Lakes’ Upper Eden Valley. Family run, secluded, and beautifully restored, Eden Barn seats up to 144 daytime guests and up to 200 in the evening. With an adjoining bar, ‘The Meadow’ to mingle in, ‘The Shack’ for night time street food, and the ‘Couples Lounge’, an enclave to steal time away, Eden has everything you could need for a perfect day.
Think suspended canopies, festoon lights, mirror walls, ambling streams and cosy seating. Catering is taken care of by their partner supplier, Southcott Events, for an honestly stress free experience.
Nearest town: Kirkby Stephen. CA17 4PQ.
If your hearts are set on an outdoor, festival style wedding, Paddock Barn is the place for you. Situated in 35 acres, the threshing barn has exposed beams, fairy lights, log burner and a hand made wooden bar, with fire pits in the field, just begging for a marquee or teepee. The Barn itself has two rooms, one for the ceremony and one for dining, holding up to 70 day time guests and 100 in the evening.
With hook ups in the covered wooden gazebo, this venue is perfect for those who would prefer a BBQ style or food van for their catering – a truly laidback feature.
Guest accommodation can be found in the local village, and Paddock Barn will even send you a list of local and trusted suppliers upon booking – stress? Never heard of it.
Nearest town: Underbarrow. LA8 8DN
Cote How may be seasonal, with the rustic barn available between May and September, but it packs a punch in a short time. Originally a 16th century farm and stables, the intimate but beautiful venue caters for up to 24 guests, and already decorated with silk flowers, fairy lights and candles. Catering is offered by an in-house team, from 3 course meals to grazing table buffets of Cumbrian delights, all locally sourced of course. Set in 4 acres of land, with Rydal Water only 200 metres from the barn gate, don’t be surprised if you visit the Barn but fall for the historic house. The house sits high, atop the Rydal Valley and has done for over 500 years. If history is your thing, this house was once a Roman look-out post, and is flanked by mountains, and naturally secluded by river fell and lake. Cote How also hosts a pretty boathouse, an idyllic setting for photographs or a brief reprieve for newlyweds. Small ceremonies, elopements and micro weddings are all welcomed, Cote How provides a secluded yet central countryside feel.
Nearest town: Ambleside. LA22 9LW.
A reclaimed rustic barn, eco-friendly and sustainable, Ghyll Barn was born from making something new from something old. Set in 70 acres of land, home to Herdwick sheep and a pond built in partnership with the Eden Rivers Trust, these grounds really are a diverse and beautiful setting for any celebration. Eco-conscious couples often donate any decorations and styling pieces to the venue for future use by all, and single use crackers are replaced by handwritten jokes on each guest chair. Although Ghyll doesn’t provide food, they have trusted suppliers to recommend, same with flowers, crockery, celebrants..
Ghyll Barn is settled in the Eden Valley, and is both a distinctive and boutique experience, and is best described by the founder himself, as “a soulful space.. rich in texture and heritage.. creating a deeply grounded sense of place”.
Ghyll is also incredibly convenient, only 20 minutes from Penrith, so local accommodation is no issue. ‘Lean on Me’ bar service will keep your guests in tip top shape, and The Barn can host up to 150 seated guests, with 200 for the evening do. By all accounts, Ghyll Barn is a bejewelled rustic adventure. Bespoke, vintage and spectacular.
Nearest town: Long Marton. CA16 6BY.
Fairbank Barn is set in a whopping 370 acres of incredible countryside with uninterrupted views, and offers both the barn venue and accommodation, so you can really make the most of this gorgeous place. The barn is centred around the traditional stone Lakeland feel, exposed beams, rendered white wall, but with an adjoining bar that leads down in to the Lower Courtyard and another traditional barn, The Shippon. Both barns can be used as wedding venues, or celebrate in majesty with your wedding breakfast in the main barn after saying “I do” under the eaves in the quaint Shippon.
The Lower Courtyard is the ideal space for after-ceremony drinks, and Fairbank farm is home to a private 12 acre tarn. The team at Fairbank will shuttle you and your photographer (or take a short scenic walk) to enjoy a boat ride, just you two, with only the rolling hillside for company.
Fairbank really is a blank canvas, and all suppliers are welcome, whatever your vibe may be, so get creative!
Nearest town: Staveley. LA8 9PS.
Town Head Estate
It will come as no surprise that Town Head Estate is a historic venue on the shores of Lake Windermere, we are still talking about The Lake District. But not all venues are made equally – Town Head has a new addition in the shape of a Princess F45 Flybridge luxury yacht.
Read that again. “Marguerite” is available for a bespoke charter on the Lake, for a truly unique and luxurious touch to your day. Total privacy and tranquillity with personal service and attention to detail.
The grounds boast over 130 acres, including a walled garden, boat house, jetty and glasshouse, for those picture perfect moments and opportunities to explore. The bridal cottage is available for accommodation, but the wedding barn is the jewel in the crown. With access from either the lower or upper level, there is a bar and lounge area downstairs, with a light and airy upstairs which can host up to 120 guests for a ceremony and wedding breakfast. In case it rains, there is a covered and heated marquee area attached to the barn, and your guests can commandeer the East Wing of Town Head House, Barn Cottage, and Farm Cottage, sleeping up to 24 in total. Similarly, if the sun is cracking the flags, you can choose to say your vows outdoors, in The Orchard, The Lake View Terrace & Croquet Lawn, The Lake Shore, The Park, The Tree Circle, The Kitchen Gardens, or The Beach (phew).
If you want a show-stopping one-stop-shop, guaranteed to wow, then it has to be Town Head Estate.
Nearest town: Newby Bridge. LA12 8NP
Bank Barn at Askham Hall
Romantic, secluded, and a Michelin star? It can only be Askham Hall. A family residence, the grade 2 listed building dates back to the 13thcentury and is surrounded by fell-scapes, available to host up to 150 guests. The house reveals itself on your approach, with the house itself accommodating up to 38 guests, including dogs and children. The Lonsdale is recommended for the bridal suite, once the preference of Queen Elizabeth 2nd, with the estate itself spread across several acres. Bank Barn is the ceremonial space at Askham Hall, with a vaulted ceiling, exposed wooden beams, un-polished stone walls and perfectly irregular windows, making it cosy yet rural, and unapologetically authentic. Floral arrangements and canopy lights adorn the ceiling, with the surrounding grounds providing the perfect photo stop offs – choose from the gardens, stream or library. If cosy, private, soft and joyous is your vibe, Askham Hall is the place.
Nearest town: Askham. CA10 2PF
Barn in the Fells
Barn in the Fells breaks the monotony of traditional wood and stone Lakeland barns, instead being crafted from slate. Nestled in the fells, this particular barn has been repurposed from holding a herd and a flock, to holding celebrations to last a lifetime. The owners live and work on site, so you may have some gate-crashing dogs, cows and sheep! The Barn itself has a massive capacity for up to 180 guests, and the Crow How Guests House just next door is the perfect B&B for up to 19 of your nearest and dearest. For a fairly new undertaking, the Barn in the Fells has a surprising choice of spaces for your special day. The Barn is the main ceremonial space, but there is also the Chapel End Bar, The Undercroft (a quaint ceremony choice), and The Sheep Yard for reception drinks. Small but mighty, your guests wont be tripping over each other but you will easily find Auntie Val for the family photos. All in all, a beautifully renovated and rurally sympathetic venue.
Nearest town: Rydal. LA22 9PN.
This manor house is set in 20 acres of formal gardens and grounds, including The Walled Garden and The Italian Garden, both exquisite choices for a ceremony. The Old Barn Main Hall however, can hold up to 120 guests for dining and 160 in the evening, and has underfloor heating throughout – who said it was cold up North? If you fancy a smaller ceremony, you can choose one of the reception rooms of the grade 2 listed manor house, or the painfully romantic Italian Garden, overarched with roses and sweetpea, then move into the Long Room for a dinner party or utilise the space in the Barn Hall for your evening shenanigans.
The Barn nods to the economy of the time, with wrought iron chandeliers, but the huge glass entrance porch has to be seen to be believed. Grand, and yet rustic, the sandstone walls, oak floorboards, and stained glass window all add to the ambiance. Deck the hall with flowers, lights, bunting, the possibilities are endless with the superbly high ceilings, and the pond or wildflower meadow make for soft, textured photos post ceremony. The whole barn ceiling is covered with fibre optic lights, so you can dance the night away under the stars – come rain or shine. On-site accommodation can sleep up to 50 people, and although you will need your own catering, the entire estate is yours for the duration of your stay.
Nearest town: Penrith. CA10 3HX
Eden Hall Estate
The High Barn at Edenhall Estate offers both onsite accommodation for up to 6 guests, although more can be requested, and a large flat garden area for up to 200 guests, complete with views of the Pennines and Northern Lake District fells. Eden Hall seems like a break from the norm as there is so much space. The original Hall was demolished in 1934, but the Italian style gatehouses, courtyard and clocktower remain on the estate, dating back to the 17th century.
The Barn itself has a cosy adjacent seating area, ideal for post ceremony drinks or nibbles, overlooking the estate, with an outside bar available to top up your guests glasses. The brick barn is surrounded by woodlands, and fairies if you believe the folklore. The acres of lawns at Edenhall will easily accept large marquees or teepees, up to 160 people, overlooking the lake and Fallow deer park, all it needs is you. Across the Estate, there is accommodation for 62 people across 12 properties.
Simplicity is the name of the game at Edenhall, leaving you to create whatever kind of day you’re dreaming of, with understated, natural elegance at the core.
Nearest town: Penrith. CA11 8ST.