If 2024 has wedding bells on the horizon, then make your big day truly unique by choosing a venue in North Devon.
Whether you’re looking for a hotel that can provide everything you need or somewhere a little less traditional where you can have a day that completely matches you and your partner, you’ll find something to suit you in North Devon. To help you pick the perfect venue, here are some of our suggestions of where to host the most important day of your life.
One of the reasons why North Devon is so beloved is the coastline. If you and your partner are surfers or water sports enthusiasts or just love to be by the sea, there can be nowhere better to host your nuptials. You can even combine a beach wedding with a hotel one by booking the Saunton Sands Hotel. Located right on the beach at Saunton and with exclusive use, you can have the whole place to yourselves. Alternatively, the Tunnels Beaches near Ilfracombe also host weddings for something atmospheric and picturesque.
Image: Saunton Sands Hotel
To make sure things go as smoothly as possible, a hotel wedding is a good choice. Many of the hotels in the region offer dedicated wedding planners to see you through every step of the way, as well as sorting the catering, providing accommodation and more. As many of them are also licenced, you won’t need to move the party around for each section of the day either.
If you want to be somewhere central that gives you easy access to the coast for those all important photos and has all the luxury you could want for your wedding day, take a look at the Royal Hotel in Bideford. It’s a beautiful Regency hotel with gardens overlooking the River Torridge and has a variety of spaces, which can be made to suit your style and décor.
For somewhere with good transport links for those family members travelling from around the country, why not host your wedding in Barnstaple? Again, you’re close to all the best bits of North Devon and there are several beautiful Georgian hotels to choose from including the Barnstaple Hotel which offers wedding packages all year around and can host any type of ceremony. Elsewhere in the heart of the town is the Royal and Fortescue, which has an atmosphere so special everyone will be feeling the love. The Park Hotel is a sophisticated choice with some lovely spots for the wedding photos including the River Taw and the leafy Rock Park, both of which provide a stunning background. Inside you can really create a venue that represents the two of you as a couple and plenty of features and facilities to make it a truly special day.
Image: Moreton House
Not keen on the idea of a hotel wedding? Why not choose a Georgian country house? Moreton House is a Grade II listed building set in a peaceful five acre garden with woodland and the ancient port of Bideford just a stone’s throw away. With rooms full of period features, accommodation and support throughout the planning process up until the end of the event, this is a great choice for the romantics among you. Corffe House and Holiday Cottages are another option. The estate features a large Grade II listed manor house, a 13th century chapel and a selection of cute cottages. The estate is available for exclusive hire for wedding parties and allows all your guests to stay in one place, as well as being somewhere atmospheric and unique.
Hartland Abbey is another impressive building that is available as a wedding venue. With beautiful gardens leading to a remote cove overlooking the ocean and licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies you can create a magical atmosphere here. With the summerhouse, gazebo and even space to land a helicopter, Hartland Abbey is the place for grand ceremonies.
Image: Hartland Abbey, image from here.
What about getting married in beautiful gardens? North Devon is blessed with some incredible countryside and landscaped areas, including the garden at RHS Rosemoor, which is available as a wedding venue. The garden has seven romantic venues, each are licenced and the team are happy to help you plan everything from the ceremony to the catering. Or how about Castle Hill Gardens, where you’ll find 50 acres of historic parkland, an 18th century Palladian house and an altogether magnificent venue for your wedding.