There’s a lot to think about when you’re planning your perfect wedding day, from the wedding dress to your song choices for the evening reception. Yet probably the biggest and most difficult choice you’ll face over the whole process is deciding on a venue for the big day. Devon’s picturesque countryside and glut of historic properties means you’re spoilt for choice for the traditional country wedding, while there are also some wonderful options for a coastal wedding.
However you want to spend your big day, be it a formal affair or something far more relaxed, you’ll be able to create the perfect wedding day in Devon. Here are our recommendations for ten of the best wedding venues in Devon.
Rockbeare Manor, Exeter
Are you picturing a large, grand wedding at a country house that can create a stunning day to remember for years to come? This captivating venue can do that, with its gorgeous setting in beautiful parkland near Exeter. Sweeping staircases, contemporary chandeliers, an antique billiards table and a stately dining room contribute to making the manor house a very special place to get married.
Boveys Down Farm, Honiton
Looking for something a bit different? This scenic retreat in the heart of east Devon offers woodland weddings, with far reaching views of the Coly Valley in a truly tranquil setting. The woodland pavilion will host your ceremony, just a stone’s throw from the indoor barn for your wedding breakfast. The wooden pavilion and log pews will make you feel like you’re truly connecting with nature and offers something truly different to most other venues.
Lewtrenchard Manor, Lewdown
One of the most popular manor houses in Devon — and with good reason. Nestled in a secluded valley beneath the wild tors of Dartmoor and virtually untouched by time, this opulent Jacobean manor dates back to the early 1600s and has a tranquil atmosphere thanks to its amazing location. From the ornate decoration of the dining hall to the relaxing chairs in the lounges, every detail has been thought of and refined to perfection at Lewtrenchard.
Northcote Manor, Burrington
Enjoy the run of the house when you book your wedding here; there are three licensed venues on site for the ceremony, two AA Rosette dining for up to 90 daytime guests and 180 guests and 16 gorgeous bedrooms/suites for guests. The views over the River Taw and surrounding valleys are beautiful and the gardens are wonderful for a relaxing walk.
Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot
This truly feels like a fairy tale venue with 100 acres of fairy tale gardens, woodlands, follies and grottos in a stunning location by the River Tamar. The gardens and hotel itself — the height of understated luxury — have something of a highland air, while the complete lack of light pollution, traffic or aircraft noise adds a magical element of seclusion.
Bickleigh Castle, Tiverton
Located in the beautiful Devon countryside and nestled next to the river Exe, Bickleigh Castle is a truly romantic wedding venue for all seasons. The castle setting adds grandeur, making sure the bridge will feel like a proper princess! while attentive and professional staff will ensure your big day runs without a hitch.
Holne Park House, Ashburton
Located at the heart of Dartmoor within the grounds of River Dart Country Park, the interconnecting reception rooms of these grand house mean you can use the space in your own way, while the house itself a 90 acres of grounds and gardens lend themselves to fun-filled photos. The award-winning team have a reputation for bending over backwards to make your day extra special.
Paschoe House, Crediton
A small, luxury hotel hidden away in the heart of rural Devon, Paschoe House overlooks a lake with rolling fields in all directions. An idyllic oasis for your big day, you’ll take over the entire house and grounds, guaranteeing absolute privacy. The hotel is licensed to hold weddings in a variety of locations including the beautiful and intimate Morning Room, a Victorian walled garden and a games lawn.
Soar Mill Cove Hotel, Salcombe
Imagine holding hands with your new spouse while dipping your toes in the sand as the south Devon waves tickle your feet. The tiny sandy inlet of Soar Mill Cove Beach, set below the craggy black towers of Bolt Head, is a romantic and intimate place to get hitched, while uninterrupted sea views and award-winning food only contribute to making the day even more special.
The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock
This luxury hotel is located on the border of Devon and Cornwall, overlooking the famous Tamar Valley with a truly spectacular view. A charming hotel, the Horn of Plenty makes every wedding completely bespoke. The owners will help you design, organise and implement your dream day from start to finish. From your own menu to attentive service, luxury rooms and exquisite grounds, the Horn of Plenty has everything you need to create the perfect wedding day.
And that’s our list! Have you got married at any of these venues, or are considering them for your big day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.