Autumn is a popular time of year for couples to say ‘I do’ and around 36% exchanges vows this season.
Looking for wedding venues can be overwhelming and if you live in the north, there are a tonne of scenic locations to get hitched.
Crown Pavilions, who aim to create the world’s finest outdoor spaces, has analysed the most Instagrammed National Trust wedding venues in the North and identified two Cumbrian locations.
Out of the top six venues, Wordsworth House in Cockermouth and Steam Yacht Gondola in Coniston fell at numbers five and six respectively.
What location could be better than a childhood home of romantic poet?
Wordsworth House, located on tree-lined Main Street, is where William Wordsworth grew up with his sister Dorothy. The 17th century home is presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants.
Together with its beautiful riverside garden, the Georgian townhouse offer the perfect opportunity to have a fairytale Lake District wedding.
There are a choice of atmospheric rooms with one being the dining room where Wordsworth used to dine.
Ceremonies of up to 40 guests can also take place in the upstairs drawing room or in front of the fire in the atmospheric Georgian kitchen.
The summerhouse on the terrace, where William and his sister Dorothy loved to play, is available for more intimate gatherings that can incorporate your intended, witnesses and registrars a handful of guests seated outside.
Champagne and canapés can be enjoyed indoors or out and your photographs can be taken in the house, on the terrace or in the walled gardens that William remembered so fondly in later life.
The award-winning Trout Hotel next door offers partnership packages that offers fine dining and accommodation.
To fine out more, please visit the National Trust website here.
Steam Yacht Gondola
The steam yacht gondola is a rebuilt Victorian, steam-powered passenger vessel found on Coniston Water.
Launched in 1859, she’s the oldest Steam Yacht Gondola in the North of England to carry passengers from the Furness Railway and from the Coniston Railway.
The vessel offers an opportunity to celebrate your special occasion as the Victorians once did and oozes a luxurious ambience with opulent saloons and relaxing open air decks.
The Gondola is not able to hold official wedding ceremonies on board, however the National Trust works closely with Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin on the shores of Coniston Water, which is licensed for weddings.
Passengers can embark at Brantwood Jetty before or after the ceremony for canapes and champagne from Brantwood’s own restaurant.
A private cruise offers inside seating capacity for 50 and a total carrying capacity of 86 passengers. When catering is provided, the maximum number of passengers recommended is 50. A catering package can be chosen from three excellent local businesses – The Bluebird Café, Steam Bistro and Wilfs Outside Catering.
Entertainment such as a jazz band or string quarter can be arranged.
To find out more, please visit the National Trust website here.
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