Enchanting countryside, pristine beaches, stunning architecture and a thriving food culture: the South West ticks all the boxes for a magical setting to say ‘I do’ – and in winter offers wow-worthy scenery without the crowds or the spring/summer price tag. Planning your special day? Check out these South West winter wedding venues
Lusty Glaze Beach, Cornwall
This wedding venue in a private cove near Newquay makes a stunning setting all year round, but it’s in winter that the Atlantic’s crashing waves combine with climatic skies to create a truly breath-taking landscape.
The couple and their guests get front row seats to the drama, watching all the action from the shelter of Lusty Glaze Beach’s horseshoe cove. Roaring log burners, twinkling fairy lights and flickering candles create a cosy winter setting in which to celebrate with friends and family.
Whatever the weather, the sandy beach provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop for wedding photographs. Those brave enough to embrace the elements can even go for a post-first-dance dip.
The Horn of Plenty, Devon
With a first-class restaurant and talented head chef at the helm, The Horn of Plenty has earned a reputation as one of the best wedding venues for foodies in the South West. However, the country house’s beautiful Tamar Valley setting and historic architecture extend its selling points well beyond the wedding breakfast.
The luxury hotel is located on the Devon/Cornwall border, just a short drive from the wilds of Dartmoor. In winter, nature puts on a dramatic show for couples who can say their vows in one of four charming ceremony rooms before heading outside for pictures with a backdrop of snow-dusted hills.
The main house hosts up to 90 guests in the day and 120 in the evening, making it a fabulous setting to gather your loved ones for a day of celebration. Foodie couples can even work with the head chef to devise their own bespoke menu for the day.
Underwood Bar & Kitchen, Bath
The centre of Bath isn’t the first place you’d think to hold a wedding in the South West, but this restaurant overlooking the River Avon and Parade Gardens is a unique spot to exchange rings.
For those who care about what they’ll be eating as much as what they’ll be wearing, Underwood is a fabulous choice. Couples get to sit down with chef founder Andrew Dombrowski to create a one-of-a-kind line up of dishes for the wedding breakfast – catering-style starters and humdrum mains this certainly isn’t.
The rustic-chic decor of the modern bar and kitchen complements the refined country-style cooking and provides a gorgeous backdrop to the celebrations.
Read our restaurant review of Underwood here.
Two Bridges Hotel, Devon
The rugged Dartmoor landscape makes a magical setting for a South West winter wedding and this historic hotel on the banks of the West Dart River is a popular spot to say ‘I do’ in the rolling Devon countryside.
Two Bridges’ crackling log fires, eye-catching antiques and blackened beams manifest a rustic country-glamour atmosphere. The oak-panelled Tors Room is where couples say their vows in front of up to 130 of their nearest and dearest, before feasting in the Fountain Room which opens onto the riverside gardens.
The hotel features in the Trencherman’s Guide and has won a clutch of awards for its seasonal food, so newlyweds can look forward to tucking into a delicious three-course meal crafted with local ingredients.
Read our restaurant review of Two Bridges Hotel here.
Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Dorset
Perched on the banks of Christchurch Harbour and with panoramic windows from which to drink in the view, Christchurch Harbour Hotel is a glamourous spot to host a winter waterside wedding.
A luxury spa and two top-notch restaurants are reasons to extend the stay before or after the big day. Bridal parties can wash away any pre-wedding nerves in the hydrotherapy pool before chilling out in spacious rooms with water views.
Depending on numbers, there are three different rooms in which the ceremony and wedding breakfast can be held. For the best water views, opt for the Waterford Suite which can host 100 guests.
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