Wedding venue inspiration - Manor house, Stately homes

Deciding on your ideal wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning.

There is a huge choice of different venue types in Bristol and Somerset including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.

Check out these stunning wedding venues and those further afield in our listings below.

Manor house, Stately homes: North Cadbury Court, Yeovil

North Cadbury Court, Yeovil

Set in its own 1,500-acre estate, this exclusive-use wedding venue is surrounded by sweeping lawns, parkland, lakes, woodland, tennis courts, walled gardens and incredible views. Visitors first glimpse the breathtaking building down a tree-lined driveway. Inside, the Grade I listed country house exudes a homely feel. Restored to a five-star luxury standard, there's a spa wing, casino, disco and the incredible Balcony Room – a spacious suite with room for the whole bridal party to get ready in. The venue also has a real sense of fun, showcased by the rooftop golf tee and putting green. There's even a mini lift to bring your drink up to you!


Manor house, Stately homes: Berwick Lodge, Bristol

Berwick Lodge, Bristol

Berwick Lodge offers a grand location for big-day celebrations, with its 18 acres of woodland and views across to Wales. The stunning gardens, managed by former royal gardener Robert Dunster, boast ornate fountains, a marble gazebo, an orchard and a summerhouse. The imposing red-brick Victorian manor is first glimpsed at the end of a tree- and lantern-lined driveway. Guests step inside to find the interior has an east-meets-west feel, with sumptuous oversized sofas, crystal chandeliers and open fires bringing a luxurious touch to this homely venue. Visitors climb the sweeping staircase to find 14 individually designed bedrooms.


Manor house, Stately homes: Orchardleigh Estate, Frome

Orchardleigh Estate, Frome

Nestled among 5,000 acres of parkland and lakes, Orchardleigh is a family-owned estate just 10 miles from Bath. It boasts a 19th-century stately home wedding venue, a romantic island church, an 18-hole golf course and plenty of gorgeous accommodation. The house and grounds can be hired exclusively for weddings, and the expansive gardens and vistas provide endless photo opportunities.


Manor house, Stately homes: Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton

Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton

The happy couple can enjoy a choice of historic wedding venues within 50 acres of lovingly restored gardens, featuring lakes, light-dappled pathways and stunning views of the Blackdown Hills, Taunton. The idyllic scenery is tended by a team of skilled gardeners all year round.


Manor house, Stately homes: Tracy Park Hotel & Country Club, Bristol

Tracy Park Hotel & Country Club, Bristol

On the outskirts of Bath, in the heart of 240 acres of lake-dotted parkland and two championship golf courses, is this Grade II listed stately home wedding venue. The hotel provides a stunning setting for big-day celebrations with its contemporary reception elegantly entwined with the individually designed 19th-century accommodation blocks and Grade II listed manor house. The superior converted stables were inspiration for Anna Sewell's book Black Beauty.


Manor house, Stately homes: Batch Country House, Weston-super-Mare

Batch Country House, Weston-super-Mare

Found within award-winning landscaped gardens overlooking the Mendip Hills, this scenic wedding venue setting offers endless photo opportunities alongside ponds, waterfalls and fountains. Inside, visitors find a comfortable country house with a traditional farmhouse feel. Extended over many years, the venue features a handcrafted oak bar, cosy lounge areas and ample space for couples to celebrate with their nearest and dearest.


Manor house, Stately homes: Old Down Manor, Bristol

Old Down Manor, Bristol

This beautifully refurbished manor house wedding venue and its stunning grounds offer a wonderful big-day backdrop with stunning views of the Severn Bridge overlooking the Welsh countryside. There is a choice of venue on site. The Manor offers lavish interiors, a grand sweeping staircase, pretty orangery and a vaulted atrium, while The Barn is full of rustic charm.


Manor house, Stately homes: Woodlands Castle, Taunton

Woodlands Castle, Taunton

Set within 12 acres of magnificent parkland with an abundance of vibrant plants, majestic trees and pretty gateways, this wedding venue is picture-perfect all year round. The light pink castellated manor house is a wonderful backdrop for weddings along with its Victorian veranda where roses trail and provide a wonderful fragrance. Step inside, and visitors find a house brimming with period features, lavish decor and even the odd suit of armour. The opulent Garden Pavilion is situated next to the house and overlooks a pond, manicured lawns and secluded woodland.


Manor house, Stately homes: Leigh Court, Bristol

Leigh Court, Bristol

Shielded from the bustle of Bristol city by Leigh Woods, this honey-coloured Grade II* listed wedding venue was designed by architect Thomas Hopper for Bristol's first recorded millionaire, Sir Philip John Miles. Built in 1814 from Bath stone, its graceful Palladian architecture includes grand columns and terraces. Inside, its bold Greek-revival style is showcased through original features, a stunning floating staircase and an ornate ceiling. Sweeping lawns, which lead to fields and woodland, provide plenty of space for a marquee, a tipi or an outdoor reception.


Manor house, Stately homes: The Clifton Club, Bristol

The Clifton Club, Bristol

Nestled in the heart of Clifton village, a stone's throw from the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, wedding venue The Clifton Club boasts views over the beautiful Mall Gardens. Occupying a historical landmark, the building features an impressive columned façade standing proud above the street. Its classic Regency décor gives a nod to a rich 200-year history, with a host of romantic and luxurious touches. Think extravagant chandeliers, marble columns and grand domed glass ceilings. Visitors will also enjoy the snooker room, art collection and the quirky weighing machine with members' records dating back to 1832.


Manor house, Stately homes: Old Bridge, South Petherton

Old Bridge, South Petherton

Old Bridge, and its beautiful wedding marquee, is set in two acres of mature gardens and woods. Built in the local honey-coloured hamstone, the Elizabethan manor is a wonderful big-day backdrop. Inside, couples will find a traditional ambience through its portraits, shields and large inglenook fireplace.


Manor house, Stately homes: St Audries Park, Taunton

St Audries Park, Taunton

Spanning more than 100 acres in the rolling Quantock Hills, wedding venue St Audries Park estate boasts an elevated position with fabulous coastal views. The deer park and lake are serene settings, and the immaculate grounds feature neatly striped grass and a manicured croquet lawn. The building provides an impressive backdrop for weddings, with towers, turrets, huge stained-glass windows and its Victorian-style Orangery. Inside, there are endless period features to enjoy in splendid surroundings.


Manor house, Stately homes: The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells

The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells

Hidden within ancient ramparts and protected by a moat, 14 acres of tranquil, Grade II listed gardens await visitors to this stunning wedding venue. With herbaceous borders, pretty pools and the scent of roses in the air, there are endless photo opportunities against the backdrop of the cathedral. In 2016, the gardens were awarded RHS Partner Garden status.


Manor house, Stately homes: Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath

Bailbrook House Hotel, Bath

Set on a hillside and reached via a tree-lined drive, wedding venue Bailbrook House Hotel overlooks the glorious landscapes of Bath and the Avon Valley. Its idyllic gardens provide endless photo opportunities, with its lover's seat a particular favourite. A warm welcome awaits inside this handsome Georgian mansion, and visitors will find wonderful period features from intricate stonework and carved pillars to sash windows and grand fireplaces.


Manor house, Stately homes: Dillington House, Ilminster

Dillington House, Ilminster

Wedding venue Dillington House offers an exquisite backdrop for celebrations. With its romantic gardens, patios and surrounding woodland, this dreamy manor house is fit for the most elegant of weddings. Constructed from the local mellow-toned hamstone, its fairytale architecture echoes Downton Abbey. The inside is equally spectacular with an array of spaces to suit all tastes. Due to undergo a facelift, the building has 16 stunning bedrooms with magnificent countryside views.


Manor house, Stately homes: Maunsel House, Taunton

Maunsel House, Taunton

Wedding venue Maunsel House is found in 100 acres of grounds including stunning gardens, orchards and lakes. The venue is hidden away behind a driveway of chestnut trees and is surrounded by quintessentially English country gardens, which include a pergola and bandstand, walled garden and Victorian kitchen and herb garden. Visitors will love seeing the resident peacocks, Shetland ponies and other creatures roaming free.


Manor house, Stately homes: Crowcombe Court, Taunton

Crowcombe Court, Taunton

Set at the foot of the Quantock Hills is wedding venue Crowcombe Court. With its lake, hydrangea beds, kitchen garden, lawns and wild woodland, the venue provides plenty of stunning backdrops for photographs. The magnificent Grade I listed squire's mansion was built in English Baroque style in the 1730s from amber-coloured bricks with Bath Stone pilasters and frontispiece. Once inside, visitors find sumptuous interiors and 11 superb rooms with king-size beds, Edwardian furniture and luxurious en suites.


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