Best all round wedding venue in the Cotswolds: Kingscote Barn
If you’re looking to have a barn wedding in the Cotswolds you are a little spoiled for choice. There are a lot of options but Kingscote Barn is definitely up there with the best of them! 17th century and in traditional Cotswold stone it’s sat amongst rolling hills and quite honestly ticks all the boxes. Again it offers an outside ceremony option and when you’re drinking and chatting on the lawn afterwards it has that garden party feel with lovely views to match.
Location and capacity:
Nestled 5 minutes from Stroud and 10 minutes from Tetbury Kingscote can cater for 150 in the daytime and 200 in the evening. Their (rather special) accommodation can sleep up to 50 guests for the night of the wedding.
Address: Binley Farm, Kingscote, Tetbury GL8 8YE.
Best rustic wedding venue: Cripps Barn
Cripps barn was another venue that really impressed me. It’s a converted barn like many other pretty venues, but in my opinion is just a little more special than many. With tastefully modern additions the barn remains very old and is complete with a gorgeous original fireplace. In contrast however the dining room offers light and space with lovely curved oak beams and plenty of glass. As many of my favourite venue do, it too offers an outside ceremony option and if I remember correctly the canapés afterwards were sublime!
Location and capacity: Cripps is located just north of Cirencester and is temptingly close to Bibury if you’ve got time to nip away for photos! They state their capacity as: “Licensed for 120 guests in the main stone barn, however a further 30 can be seated in the adjoining Oak Room. Reception capacity: Space for 150 guests for your reception and up to 250 for an evening party.”
: Fosscross Ln, Cirencester GL7 5BA. (45 minutes from Oxford)
Most impressive: Tortworth Court
Any ‘best of wedding venues’ list, even for the country should include Tortworth. It’s grand orangery alone warrants such an honour but they have a multitude of spaces set across 30 acres of country estate grounds, including access to a beautiful arboretum. If you’re looking for classy, grand, opulent or ornate I’d recommend having a good look around their website
Location and capacity: They say: ‘Just 20 minutes from Bristol, 30 minutes from Bristol airport and with easy access to J14 of the M5. Able to host weddings and celebrations large and small with ample space for up to 280 guests’ – not bad!
: Tortworth, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 8HH
Most exclusive: Babbington House
I’m going to be honest here and say that I’ve not actually photographed a wedding at Babington House, but it no doubt deserves a place on the list of best wedding venues in the Cotswolds. Sister venue to Soho House in London it’s typically reserved for members and perhaps no surprise that it’s often the choice of impressive celebrities. Luckily when it comes to weddings it can be yours for the day!
Location and capacity: Technically sat just South of the Cotswolds border between Bath and Frome. Weddings at Babington cater for up to 120 guests.
: Charity Ln, Frome BA11 3RW.
Most Award Winning – and closest to Cheltenham:
Manor By The Lake
Winner of the Best Town or City Wedding Venue Award in the South West 2020, Manor by the lake ticks every box. The first two big ticks are obvious but worth mentioning, it’s a gorgeous Manor, with a picture perfect lake surrounded by 7 acres of well pruned gardens. As you’ve perhaps come to expect at this point you can have your ceremony outdoors under the Italian pavilion if the weather lovely, but the inside option isn’t too shabby either.
Location and capacity: Easily accessible on the outskirts of Cheltenham The Manor can cater for 300 guests during both the day and the evening. For accommodation it and can sleep 12 in beautifully-appointed rooms.
: Hatherley Ln, Cheltenham GL51 6PN
Best Location: Hyde House
Hyde house has many spaces with it’s crown being a more modern barn style building they call The Grange. ‘Bright and airy, large bay windows, rustic oak beams’ – perfect! As with all great venues it also has an outside option with ‘The Arbour’ and once again you’ll be sipping on prosecco with quinticentially British countryside views. The House and barn just so happens to be 5 minutes from one of the prettiest villages in the cotswolds, Lower Slaughter. You can of course have your ceremony at Hyde House but the church in the village would be rather lovely too!
Location and capacity: Ceremony & dinner 150, standing capacity 170. Accommodation: 20 bedrooms
: Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1JX
The best of the rest! Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire
A genuine Palace in Oxfordshire! Once home to Sir Winston Churchill you’ll no doubt feel like royalty getting married here.
A beautiful Asian inspired venue with outside ceremony options and well looked after gardens.
A lovely spacious barn with lots of accommodation. Not far from The Prince of Wales’ House!
A traditional Cotswolds Stone Manor house sat on a 215 acre estate near Dursley.
Another Cripps and Co triumph, Stone barn near Cheltenham meets all of their high ‘rustic chic’ standards.
Not far from Bath Hamswell House is an enchanting little Manor house and winner of ‘Bridebook best of Britain award for outstanding wedding venue.’ Not bad!
Set on 500 acres of Cotswolds countryside between the border of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire Merriscourt has three beautiful barns for you to plan the perfect wedding day around.
Top Cotswolds Wedding Venues
So there we have it! The best wedding venues in the Cotswolds. If you’re also looking for a photographer I’d love to hear from you, you can contact me here: Contact
And If you’re still looking I have another ‘best venues’ blog post for Bristol also: here