Devon weddings, as well as ceremonies performed elsewhere in the South West of England, are always popular. Picturesque counties such as Devon (the home of our exclusive Lord and Lady of the Manor titles), Cornwall and Somerset offer brides, grooms and guests the perfect union between stunning landscapes and prestigious wedding venues.
The South West is a particularly good choice of location if you and your partner dream of a stately home wedding, country house wedding or similarly superior event. Tying the knot in aristocratic surroundings holds tremendous appeal for many aspirational couples. Plus, you’re likely to ‘get exclusive hire of the house and gardens’, as the Visit Devon tourist guide points out.
There’s an incredible range of elite wedding venues across the South West, from enchanting castles to majestic manors. Starting in Cornwall and working our way inland, we’ll discuss our favourites to give you plenty of inspiration for your celebrations.
Boconnoc House, Cornwall
If you’re looking for a historic venue with strong links to the nobility, Boconnoc House in Lostwithiel is surely a front runner. This Cornish delight has its origins in the 11th century, and former owners include the 2nd Earl of Bedford (godfather to explorer Sir Francis Drake) and the 1st Baron Grenville, the Prime Minister who abolished the slave trade in the British Empire in 1807.
Greenway House, Devon
Dame Agatha Christie, novelist extraordinaire, adored the Devon holiday home she bought in 1938. In fact, she called Greenway House, near Dartmouth, ‘the loveliest place in the world’. Now looked after by the National Trust, it boasts elegant Georgian architecture and breathtaking views of the River Dart.
If you and your partner love luxury and literature (naturally, the library is first class!), Greenway could be the ideal venue. For a taste of what to expect, check out Whimsical Wonderland Weddings’ photos of a summer wedding there followed by a river cruise.
Bridwell Park, Devon
Beautiful Bridwell Park, near Exeter, is home to titled Devon landowner Lord Ivar Mountbatten and his husband, James Coyle. In addition to hosting fine-dining events, the couple welcomes small wedding parties to their superb mansion (which is also a Georgian gem). Parkland views, private chefs and a highly personalised approach ensure Bridwell stands out.
Mapperton Estate, Dorset
Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke (who you may know as YouTube’s American Viscountess), has succeeded in putting the Mapperton Estate on the map as an elite wedding venue after having her own big day there in 2004. The Grade I listed estate in Beaminster, complete with garden pavilion, is the ancestral home of her father-in-law, the 11th Earl of Sandwich. Take a virtual tour with the Viscountess and fall in love with this ‘enchanting, intimate and wildly romantic’ venue.
Pennard House, Somerset
The grand, Grade II listed Pennard House in East Pennard offers couples a ‘magical setting’ for elite, quintessentially English weddings. Upmarket interior design magazine Elle Decoration is full of praise for this ‘incredibly welcoming and somewhat bohemian country house’, which is surrounded by 130 acres of Somerset’s most beautiful countryside.
You may wish to marry in the historic church, the manor house itself or the pavilion (the latter seats 120 guests so is perfect for an extravagant big day).
Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire
The team at Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean regard this striking property as a ‘fairytale dream wedding venue’, and we certainly agree. Think roaring log fires, awe-inspiring reception rooms, a hidden lake and centuries of history.
Wedding ceremonies often take place in Clearwell’s captivating ballroom. With a 75-foot long aisle and chandeliers, it’s truly a venue for Lords and Ladies!
Manorial Titles Make Wonderful Wedding Gifts
As you prepare for your elite wedding, why not upgrade your title to Lord/Lady and do the same for your partner? Thanks to the team here at Elite Titles, you can become a Lord/Lady of the Manor of your chosen place name. (Options for opposite-sex and same-sex couples are available.) This is a legal change of title for show purposes, complemented by ownership of a small land parcel in Dartmouth, Devon, one of the South West’s gems.
Alternatively, if you’ll be a wedding guest rather than walking down the aisle yourself, why not give Lord and Lady of the Manor titles to the happy couple?
Reserve your aristocratic-style Lord and Lady manorial titles today – what a wonderful wedding present!