Wedding Barns in Cornwall
The popularity of barn weddings in Cornwall has increased and for more and more engaged couples, beautifully converted wedding barn venues are becoming the number one choice.
For some couples, the beauty of these barn wedding venues is that you have the option to create your perfect wedding theme against a fairly neutral background.
This neutral background allows free reign to create your own unique setting and decorating it to your own taste, adding a sense of personalisation to your day. A huge impression can be made with carefully positioned floral displays, table decorations, decor hung from the exposed beams and little touches that are oh so important. Barn venues in Cornwall give you the freedom to let your imagination and creativity run wild, creating a truly bespoke setting for your wedding day.
Wedding barns also have the added benefit of invariably being set in the most beautiful rural scenery, giving complete privacy and a perfect backdrop for your wedding photography.
The unique rustic charm and atmosphere of many barn venues in Cornwall is hard to beat. If you are about to start looking for your wedding venue in Cornwall, here’s a list of 10 of the best barn wedding venues to choose from.
*Shown in alphabetical order
Set in a beautiful courtyard of historic granite buildings and enclosed by mature Cornish hedges, this boutique winery sits in the small, rural village of Trethurgy, is about two miles north-east of St Austell, and just a stone’s throw away from one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions, The Eden Project.
Knightor’s history dates back as far as 1305, when the settlement named “Creghtyer” was first recorded. In 1699 Joel Gascoyne’s map of Cornwall records it as Nighter, and depicts an important house with what appears to be two ranges and a tower indicative of a grand building. The site’s name was later changed to Knightor in 1842.
Records show that the grand house was demolished and rebuilt in the mid to late 19th century but the remains of windows, a date stone of 1623 and other masonry of a similar date are incorporated into the main barn complex; a fine example of typical late 18th or early 19th century multi-purpose farm building incorporating both a shippon and a threshing barn.
The venue’s picturesque location and history make a perfect back drop for your country wedding with ample opportunity for wedding photographs within the grounds, including inside the vineyard itself.
Ceremonies can be held either inside or outside in the grounds of the winery, in the recently erected arbour positioned in front of the lake.
Knightor is known for their beautiful wedding decoration both inside and out. If you decide to take your vows outside, you can expect milk churns filled with wild flowers to be dotted around and guests to be seated on hay bales, offering a truly rustic experience for your Cornish wedding.
To view some weddings in Cornwall that I have photographed at Knightor Winery, please take a look here.
Although Launcells Manor House is referred to in the Domesday Book of 1086, Launcells Barton as we know it is made up of two halves. The varied heritage of the house and its different architectural details are part of what makes this wedding venue in Cornwall so unique.
Thought to date back to the 14th century, the older half of the house was once held by a cell of Augustine monks affiliated with Devon’s Hartland Abbey. Having originally included a chapel, this part of Launcells Barton retains a number of charming original features.
With its distinctive, regal facade, large, light rooms and high ceilings, the newer half of the property is very obviously Georgian. In its entirety, the house has been lovingly restored and brought back to life by the current owners.
The brand new, purpose-built Reception Barn at Launcells Barton has been designed to complement the original house and the surrounding countryside while providing a state-of-the-art space for your wedding.
The converted 19th century stone built Mill Barn features beautiful exposed beams and large French doors that allow natural light to come flooding in while also revealing incredible views of the surrounding countryside.
Open right up to the rafters, the neutral tones of the barn’s original construction provide the perfect blank canvas for your wedding decor. While the walls have been repaired and refreshed, much of the original stone work remains exposed, emphasising the unique charm and character of the building.
The historic building opens on to a beautiful courtyard with ample space for you and your guests to enjoy drinks and canapés after the ceremony.
Brimming with carefully tended seasonal blooms, the large walled garden at Launcells Barton features a beautiful custom-built licensed arbour and a seating area for up to 150 guests. The original archway leading into the garden has been reinstated to create the perfect entrance for your outdoor wedding ceremony.
You can choose to exchange vows in the historic Mill Barn or beneath a custom-built arbour within the beautiful walled garden.
For couples who dream of an intimate elopement wedding in the lap of luxury, look no further than Lower Barns.
Situated in beautiful rural surrounds between the exotic realms of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the sheltered south Cornish coast, Lower Barns offers the perfect setting in which to relish an intimate or elopement wedding of the most memorable kind.
The venue’s proprietors, Janie and Mike discovered the venue back in 1998, a beautiful yet derelict building that was in need of some tender loving care. Twenty years later, it has been transformed into a luxury boutique retreat in Cornwall, which is licensed for civil ceremonies.
With a spectacular series of facilities and features, this award winning boutique guest house will treat you and your guests to super stylish interiors and surrounds.
Eight uniquely designed suites redefine the words snug and welcoming.
There are three suites within in the main house and four scattered across the gardens, three of which have their own private gardens.
Choose from any of the fully-licensed spaces for your wedding ceremony, from an outdoor wedding in The Wed Shed, to the intimacy of a winter wedding in The Love Shack.
Lower Barns offer a bespoke wedding service to design your special day exactly as you would want it.
Wedding packages are based on two people eloping, or exclusive use of Lower Barns for up to 20 people.
To view some weddings in Cornwall that I have photographed at Lower Barns, please take a look here.
Nancarrow is an organic working farm and wedding venue nestled in an idyllic hidden valley near Truro in Cornwall.
Their family have reared traditional breed cattle and sheep, and rare breed pork at Nancarrow for nearly 250 years.
Since opening their barn doors to the public in 2014, their organic produce is now reared, prepared, cured and consumed on the farm.
Nancarrow have lovingly restored several historic barns to create inspiring spaces for gathering, feasting, celebrating and staying.
Their barns are wonderfully secluded in the heart of the farm, but only 4 miles from Truro and the North Cornish coast.
With a backdrop of open grassy spaces, fruit orchards and wild flowers growing in their walled cottage garden, the farm is an atmospheric venue in all seasons. In the spring, summer and autumn the courtyard is filled with the colours and scents of flowers and herbs; guests can relax on picnic blankets on the lawns, or find a shady spot next to the idyllic millpond. In winter, a large wood burner in the Oak Barn adds warmth and atmosphere, whilst gentle lighting creates a magical feel. Throughout the year, the venue’s wood-fired kitchen and outdoor fireplace add to the atmosphere.
Nancarrow have lovingly converted 5 barns to create into a beautiful venue tucked away in the heart of their farm. Rambling roses clamber up the walls of the barns which surround a pretty, south facing courtyard where your guests are warmly welcomed.
Pengenna Manor is an 800-year-old private family home set in over 300 acres of beautiful Cornish countryside.
Tucked away in a quiet, secluded valley just three miles inland from the North Cornish coast, this Elizabethan country house can be hired on an exclusive basis for your wedding and civil partnership in Cornwall.
Pengenna Manor has its origins as a small medieval hall house that was dramatically extended during the reign of Elizabeth I, refaced in the late 17th century, and further extended in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Couples can choose to say their vows in four different locations on site: The archway of the 450-year-old front door of the Manor, with your guests sat out on the front lawn, inside the Grade II* Manor House itself in the historic surroundings of the Drawing Room, in the venue’s newly created cow yard barn, a beautiful 200-year-old former cow shed that has been lovingly converted to a superb rustic open space, or in the summer house, which is close to a beautiful avenue of apple and cherry blossom trees, boasting wonderful views down over the valley.
Pengenna have a purpose-designed marquee garden within the grounds and couples have the option of hiring any style of marquee they choose to suit their wedding style, whether it is an English summer tea party with trestle tables, vintage china and miles of bunting, or maybe a more relaxed celebration with giant tipis, hand-made wooden benches and tables set with wild flower centrepieces.
In and around the grounds there is ample opportunity for wedding photography, making Pengenna a wedding venue in Cornwall that really has it all.
To view some weddings in Cornwall that I have photographed at Pengenna Manor, please take a look here.
The Cowshed – Freathy Farmhouse
Nestled at the bottom of a hill and a stones throw from the picturesque coastal villages of Cawsand and Kingsand, lies a cherished secret of bygone Cornwall, Freathy Farmhouse, a very special and unique luxury farmhouse in Millbrook, Cornwall.
Set in an acre of mature grounds, with a small stream running through it, you will find wild flowers and swathes of cow parsley amongst the hedgerows, with the sea only minutes away.
Three generations of the same family have diligently and loyally farmed and nurtured the land and its livestock since the 1600s, until 2007 when the current owners took over and completely refurbished the farmhouse, giving it a new breath of life.
The venue’s beautifully restored cowshed barn, old milking parlour and 18th century farmhouse offers a unique rustic elegance for your wedding in the picturesque and tranquil Cornish countryside.
The cowshed is a popular backdrop for rustic weddings, it embraces a host of country inspired elements with blanket covered hay bales for seating during the ceremony.
Freathy have one of the last few remaining milking parlours in existence, which they have loving restored as seating, making it both a rare and exquisite location to get married.
Situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor, this former dairy farm has had a remarkable makeover. The farmhouse and huddle of granite-faced barns now offers luxury accommodation and an idyllic setting to get married in Cornwall.
Set in a beautifully secluded spot with 14 acres of grounds, The Green Cornwall is a luxurious Cornish escape positioned within a private estate and is surrounded by orchards, meadows and a lake.
Couples have the choice of tying the knot outdoors in one of two stunning outdoor locations:
Set on the hillside The Green’s wooden arbour looks down onto a canopy of trees in the lush green valley below and offers a perfect setting for your wedding ceremony with views towards Dartmoor.
Alternatively there’s the venue’s lake arbour which is set by the river, beside their lake and is nestled amongst the trees.
If you would prefer your ceremony to be indoors, you have the choice of the wedding barn, with original beams and tons of character, the Rustic Barn, where you can let loose with your own styling, The Green Room, which is a bright and contemporary space, with views towards Bodmin Moor, or for larger groups, there’s the Red Brick Barn (once a cow shed) with it’s original brick walls and beams and floor to ceiling glass doors, opening up onto the fabulous views across Dartmoor.
To view some weddings in Cornwall that I have photographed at The Green, please take a look here.
Tredudwell Manor is an exquisite 18th century country manor house in Fowey set in its own peaceful gardens and woodlands. The venue’s elevated position is perfect to admire the breathtaking views stretching out across the Cornish coastline and is just 10 min walk from the stunning secluded beaches of Lansallos and Lantic Bay.
Entirely renovated from 2011-2014, Tredudwell are delighted to open their doors to offer a unique stay in the heart of this area of outstanding natural beauty. The house offers a charming blend of historic atmosphere, elegant accommodation and modern luxuries, making it the perfect location for couples looking for romance and picture-perfect panoramas to make their wedding day truly special.
For couples looking to get married out in the open, outdoor ceremonies can take place in the stone Garden Temple, which is located by the pond. Alternatively, the carefully designed space of Tredudwell Pavilion offers flexibility and modern facilities. Bi-folding doors allow you to customise the internal space according to the number of guests; French windows opening onto the south-facing, granite terrace and underfloor heating, making the Pavilion the perfect venue for any season.
Tucked away in the beautiful Cornish countryside near to Polperro in Looe, Trenderway Farm is mentioned in the Domesday Book, giving some indication of it’s age. At one time, it was one of the manors of Trelawne, this being of some importance as the Trelawney family have a vital place in the history of Cornwall. Historic documents show that Trenderway was part of the Trelawney estate until the first decade of the 20th century before being sold. It was then farmed by different parts of two families until 2008 when the original owners took residency.
Set in the heart of 200 acres of beautiful green farm-land and surrounded by woodland, an authentic restored 200 year old listed Cornish stone barn, with solid oak floors and rustic whitewashed walls, provides the idyllic venue for an authentic barn wedding, all year round.
Overlooking the backdrop of lush grassland and stunning lakes, a wedding at Trenderway Farm offers a unique and tranquil setting for your wedding day; with four exclusive locations to set your sights on, Trenderway can cater for intimate gatherings or grand affairs of up to 120 seated guests for the wedding breakfast, with many more for the reception.
Spill out of the barn into our spacious marquee, attached to the length of the front and dressed with twinkly festoon lights to be used and decorated in any way you wish.
Trevenna Barns (Trevenna Farm)
Located in an idyllic and secluded setting, on the edge of Bodmin Moor and within 142 acres of Cornish countryside, Trevenna is a stunning cluster of stylish barns creating a unique barn wedding venue right in the heart of Cornwall.
Trevenna sits within a small village and civil parish called St Neot and it is located between the towns of Bodmin and Liskeard.
The land and what has been built on it, has been in the same family for 100s of years. One of the barns, called the Granary, was once part of the old Monastery at Trevenna and still has some of the original 400 year old beams built into the roof.
Trevenna is a popular choice with couples when it comes to choosing a wedding venue in Cornwall.
The views from Trevenna form a beautiful backdrop for your wedding pictures, with wooden gates and country lanes, grand old trees and meadows filled with wild flowers, provide a variety of photographic opportunity.
Licenced for civil ceremonies in Cornwall, couples can choose to say their vows in several parts of the venue depending on the amount of guests invited.
Smaller more intimate parties can have the choice of using the Farm House or Shippon Barn for their celebrations and reception, or for a more intimate space, within The Garden venue if preferred.
Larger parties can opt for stylish Threshing Barn, with natural stone walls and a large glass fronted log burner, or outside in the open countryside under the venue’s beautiful handmade wood and slate Arbour, with breath-taking views across the local countryside.
For the reception, the Threshing Barn merges with the Garden Venue to create a light and airy space which forms a stunning setting for any celebration. The heated structure is decorated with soft drapes and twinkling ceiling lights, mood lighting and a choice of tables, chairs and table layouts, making this a reception space you can truly make your own.
To view some weddings in Cornwall that I have photographed at Trevenna Barns, please take a look here.