10 of the Best Intimate Wedding Venues in Cornwall
With approximately 20 miles between the North and South Coast, we are spoilt for choice in finding an intimate wedding venue in Cornwall.
Whether you are looking to elope to Cornwall, or have a smaller wedding, here’s a list of 10 of the very best elopement/ intimate wedding venues…
*In alphabetical order
Set in a courtyard of granite buildings, this boutique winery sits in the small, rural village of Trethurgy and is two miles 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 are incorporated into the main complex.
Today Knightor makes premium quality, limited production wines from grapes grown in English vineyards and their own vines at Portscatho and Seaton.
Licensed for civil ceremonies in St Austell, Knightor is a popular choice as a small wedding venue in Cornwall.
Its location and history make a perfect back drop for your country wedding with ample opportunity for wedding photography.
Ceremonies can be held either inside or outside in the grounds of the winery in the arbour positioned in front of the lake.
Guests are seated on hay bales, offering a truly rustic experience for your Cornish wedding.
As a St Austell wedding photographer, I live close by to Knightor Winery.
If you are getting married at Knightor and would like to discuss a pricing review or check my availability, please drop me a line.
For couples who dream of an intimate elopement wedding, look no further than Lower Barns.
Situated in beautiful rural surrounds, Lower Barns offers the perfect setting in which to hold an intimate or elopement wedding.
This award winning boutique guest house has super stylish interiors and surrounds.
Stage a civil ceremony in any of the 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.
Tucked away in a secluded valley, this Elizabethan country house can be hired on an exclusive basis for your intimate wedding 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 have been at Pengenna for over 150 years, only deciding in 2012 to open it up for others to enjoy.
Couples can choose to say their vows in the four licensed locations…
The archway of the front door of the manor, the Drawing Room, the Cow Yard Barn, or within the Summer House.
Ta Mill is a unique Cornish wedding venue in the heart of the St Clether countryside.
Set in 45 acres of Cornish countryside, Ta Mill provides the perfect venue for a secluded wedding.
Take your wedding vows in their ceremony room overlooking the courtyard, or choose an outdoor venue in the gardens.
Elopement weddings are also catered for and perfect for a romantic, private wedding.
Situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor, this former dairy farm has had a remarkable makeover.
The farmhouse and barns offers luxury accommodation and an idyllic setting to get married.
Set in 14 acres of grounds, this 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, is an option for up to 20 guests.
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, The Green‘s wooden arbour looks down onto a canopy of trees and offers a perfect setting for your wedding ceremony.
Or there’s the venue’s lake arbour which is set beside their lake and is nestled amongst the trees.
For indoor ceremonies, there’s The Wedding Barn, The Rustic Barn, The Green Room or The Red Brick Barn.
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, 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.
Held in their Reception Lounge which overlooks the beach, it has a wood burning stove to bring warmth to any winter wedding.
For weddings of between 7 – 20 people, ceremonies take place in their Retreat Lounge.
There’s ample opportunity for wedding photography, especially with Mawgan Porth Beach just a short walk away.
The Vean / Old Coast Guard Lookout
The Vean is a beautifully restored Georgian country house nestled in the Porthluney valley, with views over Caerhays Castle Gardens.
This idyllic rural location is less than a mile from the beaches of Porthluney and Portholland.
This luxurious 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, 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.
The Old Coastguards Lookout is licensed for intimate weddings of up to 20 and available to hire between April and September.
Tredudwell Manor is an 18th century country manor house in Fowey, set in its own gardens and woodlands.
The venue’s elevated position has breathtaking views across the Cornish coastline and is close to the 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 is the perfect location for couples looking for romance and picture-perfect panoramas to make their wedding day truly special.
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.
Located in Shepherds in Newquay, Treseren is a beautiful country house that is licensed for smaller weddings and elopements.
The Wedding Room is a beautifully light space, licensed for ceremonies for up to 22 people.
Couples can choose to seat their guests inside, or open the French Doors, create a flower arch and marry underneath, looking out to the gardens and Grade II listed barn.
The garden provides a romantic setting, with the House’s slate hung facade providing a beautiful backdrop.
Located on the edge of Bodmin Moor and within 142 acres of Cornish countryside, Trevenna is 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 and still has some of the original 400 year old beams.
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.
Licenced for civil ceremonies, couples can choose to say their vows in several parts of the venue depending on guest numbers.
Smaller more intimate parties can have the choice of using the Farm House or Shippon Barn for their celebrations and reception.
For a more intimate space, the Garden venue is available if preferred.
Larger parties can opt for stylish Threshing Barn, or outside in the open countryside under the venue’s arbour, with breath-taking views across the countryside.
For the reception, the Threshing Barn merges with the Garden Venue to create a light and airy space.
The heated structure is decorated with soft drapes and twinkling ceiling lights, making this a reception space you can truly make your own.