Rustic Romance: 8 Quaint & Pretty Countryside Wedding Venues

It’s officially spring and we have a serious pep in our step. With nature about to come into full bloom and a crisp stretch in the evenings, we couldn’t think of a better time to share some of our favourite countryside wedding venues with all our newly-engaged followers. If you’re seeking rugged romance, rolling hills and the sweet scent of the outdoors, then look no further. They don’t come more quintessentially English than these beauties…

The Black Swan Hotel

Happily ever after starts at The Black Swan Hotel, and we could get lost for hours swooning over this venue’s sheer prettiness and breathtaking setting. Beautifully different, The Black Swan Hotel encompasses everything Yorkshire has to offer. A warm four-star boutique hotel sitting on the boundary of the stunning North York Moors National Park in the bustling market town of Helmsley, its boundless hospitality offers a home from home in the country. With a history dating back over five centuries, the exterior of the property is a rare gem. Comprising of three unique houses; a black and white terrace, a Georgian house and an Elizabethan building, the venue oozes character. Inside, the decor is stylishly contemporary yet complements the history of the property perfectly. Snug lounges, roaring open fires and old world antiques provide a colourful and inviting ambience for a country affair.

With two stunning wedding packages to choose from, you can opt for an intimate wedding of 50 guests priced at £5,600 or a larger celebration for £8,200 based on 80 guests. T&C’s apply. You can see the hotel’s new 2017 packages here. To arrange an appointment to view the venue, call their Wedding Coordinator Nicola Bolden on 01439 770466 .

Our Favourite Features:

  • Old World Country Meets On-Trend Style
  • The Wedding Team’s Attention To Detail + Decor
  • This Venue Is The Definition Of Rustic Romance

Petwood Hotel

The sky is the limit when it comes to country weddings at Petwood Hotel. Steeped in aviation history, quirky features are hidden around each corner at this spectacular Lincolnshire venue – the stunning grounds are a wedding photographer’s dream! In WWII, the hotel was an Officers’ Mess for RAF squadrons including The Dam Busters. Flypasts from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight can be enjoyed from the gardens in summer. Believed to be the most northerly site designed by the eminent landscape architect Harold Peto, the hotel lovingly restored the recent Peto garden creating a peaceful space where newlyweds can explore and share a few tender moments alone on their special day.

Petwood has built an outstanding reputation for excellent service over the years, with a focus on treating each celebration uniquely and guiding each couple throughout their wedding planning journey. This goal to strive above and beyond will be carried right through. With a one wedding per day policy in place at the hotel, you and your guests will enjoy undivided attention from the dedicated Wedding Team. Only select dates remaining for summer 2017, call Petwood Hotel’s Wedding Coordinator on 01526 352411 to chat about late availability. You can also email for more details on winter wedding packages or midweek offers.

Our Favourite Features:

  • Outdoor Ceremony Space
  • The Squadron Bar + Gardens For Unique Wedding Photos
  • Deliciously Consistent Food Service

The Charlecote Pheasant hotel

It doesn’t get more romantic than Shakespeare, and The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel boasts a beautiful hamlet location near Stratford-upon-Avon. Originally an old hay loft dating back to the 16th century, the hotel’s Hampton Suite is self-contained, offering complete privacy with a personal bar and dance floor where your guests can party into the night. Staying true to its authentic country roots, the pleasant space displays original beams and rustic brickwork in spades. Catering to 100 guests at your wedding breakfast and an extra 50 for your evening celebration, it is the perfect spot for a summer soiree. With beautiful landscaped gardens and a sunny decking area at the entrance to the suite, you can enjoy pure relaxation whilst you sip champagne and toast your new marriage with family and friends.

The Hampton Suite will soon be undergoing an extensive refurbishment, so watch this space for the big reveal! The hotel would also like to cordially invite newly-engaged couples to their upcoming Wedding Marquee Weekend on April 1st and 2nd 2017 from 11:00am until 4:00pm. In association with Artisan Marquees, five marquees will be set up in the field adjacent to the property featuring over 20 wedding suppliers who will provide lots of ideas and inspiration. An exclusive offer will be given to couples who book their marquee wedding on the weekend; there will be no hire charge for use of the field and the bridal party will receive two complimentary bedrooms at The Charlecote Pheasant. The Wedding Events Manager and her team will be delighted to chat with you and show you around the wedding venue.

Our Favourite Features:

  • In The Heart Of Shakespeare Country
  • Save The Date! Inspiring Wedding Marquee Weekend April 1st & 2nd 2017

The Bell Inn

Country weddings don’t get more special than at The Bell Inn. Perfectly intimate and surrounded by the romantic expanse of the New Forest National Park, horses roam free and spectacular views meander for miles. This Hampshire hideaway will most certainly steal your heart.

Period features dating back to 1782 are marred with contemporary interiors adding a sprinkle of modern luxury and comfort. Bespoke menus can be specially created for your wedding day by the venue’s renowned chefs who man the two AA rosette-awarded restaurant. Wedding couples can avail of hiring the entire venue exclusively for the weekend, providing the utmost privacy on this very special occasion. Call the team on 023 8081 2214 for more details on wedding packages.

Our Favourite Features:

  • Picture Perfect Setting
  • Free-Spirited + Serene

Hatton Court Hotel

In the heart of the Cotswolds and a mere three miles from Gloucester, Hatton Court Hotel is the perfect country house venue for every season. During the summer months, the garden marquee is ideal for larger parties of up to 300 guests. While during winter, the elegant Cotswold Room is luxuriously decorated for smaller weddings. Boasting panoramic views, the space is particularly magical during the festive season where a cozy inviting atmosphere awaits your guests upon arrival while the hotel grounds are powdered with snow outside.

We love when a venue goes that extra mile to offer something really special to the happy couple, and Hatton Court Hotel’s Winter Wonderland Wedding Package most certainly has that wow factor. Between November and March, each pair of newlyweds will enjoy a  romantic mini moon to Jersey as part of the package. T&C’s apply.

Our Favourite Features:

  • Christmas Weddings
  • The Cotswold Room For Civil Ceremonies

The Last Drop Village hotel

Recently awarded Top Rated Venue in Great Manchester for 2016 with WeddingDates, The Last Drop Village Hotel is a unique 17th century village setting on three acres of land overlooking the beautiful Pennine Moors. Brimming with history, traditional architectural features and a truly distinctive setting, every wedding at this Bolton-based venue is incredibly special. You and your loved ones can retreat to The Last Drop Village to enjoy picturesque country living at its finest. Cleverly designed to portray a quaint village, shops are located within the hotel grounds to complete its theme, including; a hairdressers, a vintage wedding boutique, pretty tea room, a wishing well and more. The setting is sure to make a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your wedding photos!

Whether you are planning a civil ceremony, traditional religious service, civil partnership or a self-catered wedding, the team are happy to discuss your specific requirements and are completely flexible. The Last Drop Village is now offering a romantic Intimate Wedding Package for couples looking to celebrate a midweek affair with up to 20 of their nearest and dearest for only £1,000. Package includes a three-course wedding breakfast, use of The Drop Inn for your evening party, complimentary executive bedroom for the newlyweds and much more. T&C’s apply. Email the team at for full details.

Our Favourite Features:

  • The Whole Package For A Weekend-Long Celebration
  • One-of-a-Kind Setting

The Lambert Hotel

A traditional coaching inn for the modern wedding. Located just 15 minutes from Oxford and at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, The Lambert Hotel is nestled in an area of outstanding beauty. The food is undeniably the shining star of this venue – which is sure to go down well with your wedding guests! The accomplished Head Chef and his talented kitchen team are seriously passionate about serving top notch dishes in a relaxed environment. Using locally-sourced produce and seasonal ingredients, the highest level of service and attention to detail will ensure your wedding reception is memorable for all the right reasons.

The Lambert Hotel would like to invite you to join them at their upcoming Wedding Open Day on Sunday 19th of March from 11am until 3pm. Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and nibbles as you chat with the hotel’s Wedding Coordinator who will be delighted to show you around and answer any queries you may have. For more info, email or call the Events Team on 01844 351496.

Our Favourite Features:

  • Locally-Sourced Produce + Seasonal Dishes
  • Cute + Cozy

Wainstones Hotel

Converted from a 17th century farmhouse, the Wainstones Hotel exudes a traditional North Yorkshire atmosphere; a rare and highly sought-after quality for those seeking true countryside authenticity. Originally featuring a thatched roof, the property was owned by the Bradley family of Great Broughton who milked their cows in the rolling fields during the warmer spring and summer months. Today, the Wainstones Hotel has retained much of its old world charm. Earning a renowned reputation in the local area for quality and comfort, it is the perfect choice for wedding couples seeking an intimate family affair that is full of heart.

Limited dates remaining for 2017 weddings. The hotel is currently running a Late Availability Wedding Offer, where couples can book their complete wedding package for 60 guests for only £2,750. The package includes; room hire for your civil ceremony, a three-course reception meal, evening buffet and much more. T&C’s apply. Call the team on 01642 712268 for more details.

Our Favourite Features:

  • Traditional Yorkshire Atmosphere
  • Full Of Heart

Ciara Moore is the Blog Editor & Social Media Manager at WeddingDates HQ. Anything you want to know about weddings and what is on trend - she's your woman!

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