Opened in Spring 2014, Askham Hall is an exciting new style of wedding venue for Cumbria and the Lake District. The Country House hotel has 15 bedrooms, a restaurant, private gardens, spa and converted wedding barn. It’s style is most definitely luxurious, intimate, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of rustic charm.
The historic Askham Hall is a distinctly different place to say ‘I do’ in the Lakes. Sitting proudly on the edge of the Lake District National Park, this grade I listed hideaway dates back to the late 1200’s and is the former family home of the Earls of Lonsdale.
As well as a new Medieval Hall and a stunning Party ‘Barn’ for weddings, there is a recently installed Wedding Pavilion in its Grade II listed gardens. There is even a freshly refurbished Gypsy Caravan for couples to sign the register, all set amid 12 acre gardens boasting an orchard, formal lawns and a 230 foot long double herbaceous border.
Later, wedding parties can take a stroll around the grounds and enjoy uninterrupted views of the River Lowther and surrounding countryside.
The Grade II listed building ‘Bank Barn’ has been sympathetically converted into a sizeable first class wedding and events venue. With capacity for approximately 150 seated guests, the layout also works well for more intimate groups and parties. Original features such as bare stone walls and an open beamed oak ceiling, together with contemporary lighting, stylish décor and large glass doors, make it a truly special and unique setting for your wedding reception, party or event all year round.
The barn can be decorated to your requirements at an additional cost. Alternatively you may decorate the venue yourself, access on the day before your event can be guaranteed providing your guests use all the rooms in the main hall for a minimum of 2 nights. A variety of florists, hair and make-up stylists, dressmakers, photographers, cake makers, music bands and other services can be recommended.
Askham Hall offers wedding menus overseen by internationally acclaimed Consultant Chef Steven Doherty and his team. He was the first chef to head up a 3 Michelin Star restaurant, Le Gavroche in London, and knows a thing or two about serving up a wedding feast bursting with seasonal style and ingredients straight off the Lowther family estate.
Wedding guests can also lap up the unpretentious luxury of this 13th Century retreat with an overnight visit to Askham Hall itself.
With 15 unique bedrooms, they can even stay in the ancient Pele Tower – the oldest part of the house which has previously hosted members of the Royal family. With an invitation to unwind and feel totally at home, there is no need for formalities as couples celebrate their big day with the ones who matter most.
Askham Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies, both in the barn for larger parties at weekends and in the main house for smaller parties during the week.
St. Peters Church, Askham is located a stone’s throw from the venue. A romantic walk takes you from the church through a secret door into the gardens and onto the wedding barn. 13th Century St. Michael’s Church with its strong Lowther family connections, overlooking Askham Hall, the River Lowther and with views of Lowther Castle, is also a short distance from the venue. Contact details can be provided for either church.
Askham Hall also offers the perfect environment for smaller weddings. Whether it is a cosy winter wedding in the house or a summer wedding in the garden, they have plenty of options to suit your requirements… They imagine the perfect intimate wedding involving getting married in the old chapel or the garden pavilion followed by a wedding breakfast in one of the private dining rooms, followed by a party in the medieval hall.
The old chapel is licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 30. There are also other rooms licensed for more and fewer numbers and the garden pavilion is licensed too. Your wedding breakfast can be held in one or more of the private dining rooms for as few as 2 people up to about 40.
For later in the evening, you can then move to the medieval hall if you wish for dancing and drinks or just relax in the main house. The medieval hall is a beautiful room dating back to the 1500s with many original features intact, including a large medieval fireplace and traditional low hanging beams.
An Example Package
An example price for an intimate wedding in the house, based on 18 people is £2,180 including:
- Civil ceremony in the private dining room; drinks reception in the Front Hall including two glasses of champagne per person, a 3 course wedding breakfast, half a bottle of wine per person* and toast drink.
- Accommodation is additional (a minimum of 3 rooms to be taken).
*Any extra drinks needs to be planned and added to the Bride and Groom’s bill.
Now, you simply must take a peek at the gallery!
Cumbria Tourism’s new ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ award 2016!
Country Brides North West Wedding Awards – best Cumbria venue!