If you read the blog on Monday you’ll know I was still feeling blissfully relaxed and spoilt after a wonderful weekend courtesy of The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa in Grasmere. Regular readers will know the Lake District is my home, and every other (sunny!) weekend I’m to be found with my guy wandering up and down the mountains here. So to be offered a relaxing break on a rainy Saturday in February was a dream come true – and while we couldn’t tick off any summits this weekend, we had the most amazing time exploring Grasmere and The Wordsworth so we could tell you all about the place here on English Wedding.

All wedding images on this blog post are by Steve Holcroft Photography http://steveholcroft.com

For those of you who haven’t been to the Lakes, Grasmere is one of our most picturesque villages, nestled in between high mountains and two of the prettiest little lakes. Most buildings here date from the 19th or early 20th century, and the village is famous for being home to William Wordsworth. It’s basically a destination for a ‘home from home’ wedding on UK shores – ideal for couples who’d like to travel a little but without the hassle of flying – and perfect for a weekend wedding.

Stoke Place wedding venue, image by Damion Mower Photography

I know a lot of you lovely brides and grooms to be live in and around Buckinghamshire – and today I have a very special feature for all of you. The charming folks at Stoke Place asked if we could come and visit their magnificent wedding venue and write about it on the blog. Luckily I was having an email chat with wedding photographer Damion Mower on the same day (Damion is one of our recommended wedding photographers and a regular feature on English Wedding) and he very kindly went along on behalf of us all to have a nosey around and tell us all about Stoke Place! – Damion, thank you! – It’s an incredibly beautiful venue with a choice of ceremony rooms and extensive landscaped gardens… as you’re about to see from the photos Damion took for us.

Nestled in the gorgeous Buckinghamshire countryside, approximately 30 minutes outside of London is the stunning Stoke Place country house. If you’re in the throes of deciding on your wedding venue then a visit to Stoke Place should certainly be on your shortlist. As you drive into the 26 acre estate you’re greeted by a mature row of hornbeam trees leading you to the country house.


Good morning everybody! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. This morning I have the absolute pleasure of welcoming Yorkshire’s new favourite wedding venue to the English Wedding Blog. Ox Pasture Hall has appeared on more wedding blogs in the last 12 months than I can count! It’s a beautifully restored and developed luxury country house nestled in the Forge Valley and is available for exclusive use hire, for outdoor weddings and for large or intimate celebrations.


Ox Pasture is the only hotel in Scarborough to have been awarded 2-rosettes for culinary excellence, and with their head chef’s reputation for cooking fabulous food you won’t be disappointed. (The wedding brochure which you can download from the official website includes a fantastic choice for every course – do have a read.)

For those seeking true exclusivity, Ox Pasture Hall is available for exclusive use and with 32 bedrooms offering sumptuous accommodation for you & your guests, you may not want to leave! Licensed for civil ceremonies, both inside and out, this stunning venue can be tailored exactly as you wish, no matter how elaborate or different you want your big day to be.


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!
Broadoaks Country House (2)

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.