10 of the Best Intimate Wedding Venues in Cornwall
With approximately 20 miles between the North and South Coast of Cornwall and with plenty of rolling countryside in between, you are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to finding an intimate wedding venue of your dreams.
Whether you are looking to elope to Cornwall to get married, or if you have your heart set on a small wedding with only your nearest and dearest in attendance, I’ve compiled a list of 10 of the very best elopement/ intimate wedding venues to get you started with your search…
*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 and is about two miles northeast of St Austell.
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 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.
Today Knightor makes premium quality, limited production wines from grapes grown in English vineyards and their own vines at Portscatho and Seaton on the south Cornish coast.
Licensed for civil ceremonies in St Austell and available for exclusive hire, Knightor is a popular choice as a small wedding venue in Cornwall.
Its picturesque location and history make a perfect back drop for your country wedding with ample opportunity of 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.
For couples who dream of an intimate elopement wedding in the lap of luxury, look no further than Lower Barns, which is located in Bosue near to St Austell in Cornwall.
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.
Presenting 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.
Stage a civil ceremony in any of the venue’s fabulous and fully-licensed spaces, from an outdoor wedding in The Wed Shed, to the intimacy of a winter wedding in The Love Shack.
Lower Barns is a totally unique wedding venue in Cornwall that offers a bespoke wedding service to design your special day, exactly as you would want it.
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 intimate 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.
The current owners, the Blewitts, have been at Pengenna for over 150 years and seven generations, only deciding in 2012 to open it up for others to enjoy as much as they have over the years.
Couples can choose to say their vows in the four licensed 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, the Cow Yard Barn, a beautiful 200 year old former cow shed that has been lovingly converted to a superb, rustic open space, or inside the summer house, which is close to a beautiful avenue of apple and cherry blossom trees, boasting wonderful views down over the valley.
Ta Mill is a unique Cornish wedding venue in the heart of the St Clether countryside that allows for truly special celebrations and events.
Set in 45 acres of rolling Cornish countryside, Ta Mill can provide you with the perfect venue for a secluded wedding.
Take your wedding vows in front of your nearest and dearest in their beautifully decorated ceremony room, overlooking the pretty courtyard or choose an outdoor venue in the luscious gardens, with far reaching views.
For intimate weddings of up to 24, you have everything that you need for an unforgettable wedding. Relax for a night or two in their luxury cottages, and after the ceremony, enjoy canapés and drinks in the gardens or inside Ta Mill house, whilst feasting on a luxury buffet or BBQ provided by your own personal chef.
Elopement weddings are also catered for and perfect for a romantic, private wedding. The two of you can say ‘I do’ in an intimate ceremony and Ta Mill will take care of the rest.
Situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor and close to both Cornish coasts, 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.
Set in a wonderfully secluded spot with 14 acres of grounds, this luxurious Cornish escape is positioned within a private estate and is surrounded by orchards, meadows and a lake.
For intimate weddings, a ceremony inside the house, with its five-star comforts and moorland vistas, is an option for up to 20 guests. Or, for something smaller still, celebrate in a cottage with up to six guests.
Couples have the choice of tying the knot outdoors in one of two stunning outdoor locations:
Set on the hillside and framed by two majestic English oaks, 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.
Or 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, there’s the wedding barn, with original beams and tons of character. The Rustic Barn, where you can really let loose with your own styling touches, the Green Room, which is a bright, 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.
The Scarlet is the eco chic hotel set amongst the breathtaking cliffs of Mawgan Porth in Cornwall.
This unique coastal wedding venue has been beautifully designed with expansive sea views and a unique tranquil atmosphere, making it the perfect beach-side sanctuary.
Promoting themselves as a small and intimate wedding venue in Cornwall, The Scarlet Hotel specialises in elopement weddings and can even supply two witnesses for your the ceremony.
Held in their Reception Lounge which overlooks the beach, it has a wood burning stove to bring warmth to any winter wedding and a balcony for sunny days.
For weddings of between 7 – 20 people, ceremonies take place in their Retreat Lounge at the top of the hotel.
For more than 20 guests, the couple have the option to hire The Scarlet Hotel exclusively for a minimum of two nights with use of the hotel’s facilities which include, an Ayrvedic-inspired spa with an indoor pool and steam room, a cliff top outdoor swimming pool and tented treatment zones for deep relaxation.
Within the grounds of The Scarlet Hotel there is ample opportunity for wedding photography and being so close to Mawgan Porth Beach, why not head down to the sand for some couple time pictures.
The Vean / Old Coast Guard Lookout
The Vean is a beautifully restored Georgian country house nestled in the wooded Porthluney valley, in a tranquil setting, with views over Caerhays Castle Gardens.
This idyllic rural location is less than a mile from the beaches of Porthluney and Portholland.
This large luxurious 8 double bedroom country house in the village of Caerhays has a license for civil ceremonies and can hold smaller wedding receptions inside the house.
Being a private house and not a hotel, you can guarantee complete privacy at The Vean, with the house being yours for the whole occasion.
The Old Coastguards Lookout is a totally romantic and unspoiled venue on the headland overlooking Veryan Bay with inspiring views out to sea and along the coast.
The Old Coastguards Lookout is licensed for intimate weddings of up to 20 guests and available to hire between April and September.
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.
Located in Shepherds in Newquay, Treseren is a beautiful country house that is licensed for smaller weddings and elopements.
The venue’s pretty Wedding Room is a beautifully light and flexible space, licensed for ceremonies for up to 22 people. It offers views out to the garden and French doors to the terrace.
Couples can choose to seat their guests inside, or on a beautiful day, there is the option to throw open the French Doors, create a stunning flower arch and marry underneath, looking out to the gardens and Grade II listed barn, with your guests seated al fresco on the slate terrace.
The secluded garden provides a romantic setting with its wide lawn, framed by trees and flowering shrubs, with the Shepherds House’s slate hung facade providing a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photography.
Located in an idyllic and secluded setting, just on the edge of Bodmin Moor and within 142 acres of Cornish countryside, Trevenna is a gorgeous 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 barn wedding venue in Cornwall.
The views from Trevenna form a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photography; 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.