I wish I could have taken you with me on Tuesday when I went to visit Broadoaks Country House in the Lake District. Since I came to live on the edge of the Lakes in 2012 I’ve visited a few venues but nothing comes close to the charm of this little gem. Broadoaks Country House is described as “one of the most romantic hotels in the UK” by the AA. The website promises “secluded gardens, a magical beck that runs through our grounds and the Lake District scenery… the perfect backdrop for romantic photographs”. And oh my goodness do they deliver on those promises, with bells on!
A Lake District wedding venue with real charm and unique style
The drive up to Broadoaks Country House is fun (especially in my Mini!) – winding country roads lead from the touristy madness of Bowness on Windermere away from the crowds and into rolling countryside. Broadoaks appears on the horizon and with its green lawn and traditional fountain looks ever so lovely from the very first moment.
Stepping inside, I was transported to another time: the venue entrance made me feel instantly welcome with clear entrance signs, and even a helpful sign pointing to the doorbell! I was treated to a coffee in vintage china while I noseyed around the William Morris music room with its cosy sofas, antique piano, real fire and enormous chess set with headless bishops!
A warm welcome and friendly introduction to Broadoaks
Everyone I’ve met and spoken to at Broadoaks has been lovely. The team are genuinely friendly and welcoming. I chatted to the lovely Jane and then met with Joanna. Joanna’s one of the wedding coordinators at Broadoaks Country House and greeted me with the biggest smile – we chatted about weddings at Broadoaks and this is where the venue stands head and shoulders above the rest – by a million miles! We were joined by my lovely friend Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography to talk secret plans…
Your unique wedding day at Broadoaks Country House
There are no set rules at Broadoaks – anything goes. The venue is truly yours for exclusive use hire, and the staff will look after you from day one. You can go to town with decor and styling if you wish; or relax in the natural beauty of the venue as it is. Although Broadoaks lends itself especially well to vintage styling there’s no pressure to have things a certain way. Joanna told me they’d had the most intimate of weddings with just two guests, relaxed celebrations with a few dozen guests and larger weddings with a hundred guests at Broadoaks. All are different and Joanna remembers them well! We reminisced over Emma and Paul’s wedding, which was featured on the English Wedding Blog back in 2012 – unforgettable for Emma’s stunning red dress!
I hope with all my heart I can work with some of the couples at Broadoaks Country House to give them gorgeous calligraphy details for their wedding day. I left some samples with Joanna so if you’re planning your wedding at Broadoaks do ask to see those, and don’t be afraid to ask for a little saving on my published calligraphy prices!
Creative wedding ideas shoot at Broadoaks Country House
Most excitingly of all, I’m styling a creative wedding ideas shoot at Broadoaks Country House in May and working with my friend Jamie of the fabulous Vickerstaff Photography. Jamie is based in Chester and photographs weddings all over the north west of England. We’re searching for wedding suppliers locally and even nationally – if you are a creative genius and have something to contribute to the shoot do get in touch! I’m keeping the theme and style of the day close to my heart for now, but you can email me for details at email@example.com 🙂
You will be seeing a LOT more from Broadoaks Country House on these pages in the next few months and I’m really looking forward to getting to know this amazing little venue even more. For a Lake District wedding there isn’t a venue I’d recommend more highly – in fact there are no negatives to Broadoaks whatsoever. It’s perfect.
Weddings at Broadoaks Country House
- Leandra and Jose’s outdoor wedding at Broadoaks, with pastel yellows and daisy cupcakes! Photography by Neil Redfern
- Emma and Paul’s unforgettable intimate wedding at Broadoaks – and that stunning red dress! by Shutterleaf Photography
- James and Julia’s classic English wedding reception at Broadoaks by the lovely Freer Images (Chris Freer)
- Becky and Paul’s traditional wedding at Broadoaks Country House has some gorgeous images of the venue’s quirky bits! by Tiree Dawson Photography