Your Devon and Cornwall Wedding - September/October 2023 (Issue 45)

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Website: Instagram: @osborne_hotel_torquay Facebook: @osbornehotel The best day of your life deserves a unique and memorable setting, and where better to celebrate your love than overlooking the sparkling sea in a historic regency hotel. The Osborne Hotel is grand enough to be luxurious and yet small enough to offer unrivalled care and attention to each guest. With our historical ambiance and contemporary styling, we believe we offer a unique venue, tailored individually for your dream wedding. We have two options for your civil ceremony or partnership, each with their own unique character and charm. With panoramic sea views that overlook Meadfoot beach our venue brings an oceanic touch to your ceremony. Weddings & Civil Ceremonies THE OSBORNE HOTEL Osborne Hotel, Hesketh Crescent, Torquay, TQ1 2LL E: T: 01803 213311

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Claire 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around both regions 23 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts are up for grabs 60 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer big-day advice 90 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 VENUES 13 SPOTLIGHT ON...SOUTH DEVON AND EXETER We reveal where to wed 19 BIG-DAY BARNS AND FARMS Rustic-inspired, countryside venues O th cover This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by renowned wedding venue Hawke Barn (, a romantic, rustic and tranquil barn venue set in the stunning Devon countryside. This image, of Megan and Zach Spivey - and the handsome Joey - was taken as part of a shoot collaboration between the following suppliers: Planner and stylist, Anomaly Weddings ( | Photographer, Louise May Photography ( | Hair stylist, Zach Spivey Hair, ( | Make-up, Gemma Burgess Beauty ( 86 FEATURES 43 SUMMER OF LOVE Little Silver Weddings in Umberleigh, Devon provided the stunning backdrop for this family-focused wedding set-up 47 APPLE OF MY EYE Harefield Barn in Devon provided the romantic wedding venue for this autumn-themed shoot styled with rich, earthy colours 51 HELLO PETAL Big-day floral and fauna 57 HOT LIST Relax your mind with these pre-wedding occasions 63 3

HONEYMOONS 83 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa 84 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 86 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 88 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave FASHION & BEAUTY 63 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news buys and launches 64 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 65 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 70 FASHION Q&A Local jewellers talk heirloom pieces 71 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 76 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance 78 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal musthave treatment, HydraFacial 64 84 80 REAL WEDDINGS 24 MADE IN DEVON Gemma and Christopher’s timeless wedding at The Horn of Plenty in Tavistock was styled with an elegant green and white colour theme 31 STEP BACK IN TIME Devon’s Bickleigh Castle provided the magnificent setting for Jessica and Michael’s magical day 36 A WATERSIDE WEDDING Sarah and Sam’s special day enjoyed a navy colour theme GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 80 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be 82 SKIN DEEPWarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be 65 74 4

A day to remember AT THE GRAND HOTEL, TORQUAY HOTEL & GROUNDS CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS UNIQUE PACKAGES & MENUS VENUE & TERRACE Do you want your dream wedding overlooking one of the most picturesque bays on the South Devonshire coastline? If you are seeking a unique location and a venue with olde world grandeur and steeped in British tradition and charm, look no further. The Grand Hotel is your perfect choice. CALL 01803 296677 INSTAGRAM @WEDDINGSGRAND WEDDINGS.GRAND@RICHARDSONHOTELS.CO.UK WWW.GRANDTORQUAY.CO.UK

$150 Silver Package ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A VENUE FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENT? Come and visit our large, versatile hall, set in beautiful surroundings in the stunning village of Stockland in Devon. We are holding an Open Event on Sunday 8th October 2023, 11am - 4pm See the hall in all its finery with its unique muslin drapes, themed tables and much more. Free admission. Stockland Village Hall, EX14 9EF for more information email "Supporting you in the creation of your highly bespoke and beautifully heartfelt wedding ceremony. It will honour your love story and bring smiles, laughter and tears of joy". Website: Mobile: 07837 988120 Facebook: Instagram: @celebrant_sue_byyourside Cornwall, a county of beauty and magic; a place of wedding dreams. | 0300 1234 181 | @MyCornwallWedding Image Credit: omas Frost Photography My Cornwall Wedding: O cially Yours - the only source of bespoke, legal, celebrant-led civil weddings in Cornwall.

Yes, you guessed it, I have been lucky enough to take a trip to this honeymoon hotspot this year and it didn’t disappoint! Mauritius has always featured high on my travel wish list and thanks to the Paradise Cove hotel and the Sunrise Attitude resort, this trip became a reality – read all about it in our honeymoon section on page 86. For those of you not braving the airport crowds this year and vacationing closer to home, our latest issue is packed with staycation ideas in Devon and Cornwall. Check out and our social channels for more dreamy destinations! Also in this issue is a vibrant and colourful Summer of Love shoot that was photographed at Little Silver Weddings (read more about this intimate venue on page 60) and an autumninspired shoot at the magical Harefield Barn. There’s also fashion, beauty, expert advice, offers and all the latest wed-day news from both regions so enjoy and happy planning - I’ll see you next issue! Claire x ISSN 2397-4133 Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Devon & Cornwall Wedding is published six times a year. Claire Ridley, Editor With love from Mauritius cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ADVERTISING Account Manager Tony Smith | 01376 538 562 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Ridley | 01376 535 611 How stunning does Paradise Cove hotel and the Sunrise Attitude resort in Mauritius look on page 86? I enjoyed a trip to this dreamy honeymoon destination and I didn’t want to leave! How cute do Sarah and Samuel look here on their special day? They married at St John the Baptist Church, Stowford, followed by a reception at Roadford Lake Cafe and Venue in Lifton, Devon. Read their love story on page 36. I love a tipi wedding so when hire company Tipi Spaces sent me their shots of these magical structures for our venue round-up on page 19, I was in love! I’m a big fan of Devon-based wedding venue Little Silver Weddings in Umberleigh. Turn to page 43 to see our colourful Summer of Love photo shoot that was exclusively photographed there. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Nearlywed All the latest from around both regions HARBOUR HOUSE CORNISH PUB WITH FOOD OPENS Jeffrey Robinson, one of the UK’s first chefs to have attained a green Michelin star, is heading up the new Cornish pub with food, Harbour House. Set on the waterfront in the historic village of Flushing, Harbour House heralds a determination to create and achieve new levels of sustainability in the pub trade. Working with owners Tamara Costin and William Speed, who also own thriving restaurants in Devon, Jeffrey and his team helped with the significant refurbishment of the historic free house. The team worked with Oscar Stockman of Stockman Joinery, a local boat builder and joiner to design and craft a bespoke bar, made from oak as well as eight hand-crafted outside tables. The friendly, open kitchen features a charcoal grill made by Tom Bray from Country Fire Kitchen. The kitchen also has a ‘chef’s table’ for two so diners can quite literally feel they are in the mix with the innovative team of pub chefs. All Harbour House cooking will be over coals from Tom Kemp of Working Woodlands Cornwall, the only eco-sustainable supplier in the entire country who use local coppice sourced from surrounding woods. Antique lighting has been supplied by local Penryn-based business Skinflint and furniture has been sourced from Kernow Furniture and David Lay in Penzance. The logo, a queen scallop design, has been created by Sarah Jane Humphrey, an awardwinning botanical illustrator from Falmouth. Following the same local sourcing philosophy, work will soon begin on the four bedrooms above, expected to be completed in the new year. Harbour House’s daily, and sometimes hourly, changing menus offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options with pub snacks and small plates. All offer an array of dishes that showcase the freshest of produce from the surrounding sea, rivers, fields and gardens with daily producers and suppliers including New Dawn Traders, Sailor’s Creek Shellfish and Soul Food Farm, an organic, regeneratively led market garden. The kitchen also holds an in-house bakery. Beers from Penryn’s Verdant Brewery, St Ives Brewery, Treens Brewery, Padstow Brewing Company and Lacuna Brewery available at Harbour House are making headway with the local sourcing of their hops. Cornish-made gins are from Loveday based in Penryn and the wine list has been carefully curated using organic wines with Ben Mudditt from Wanderlust Wines. Jeffrey Robinson reflects, “We are delighted, and somewhat relieved, to finally throw open the doors of our new Cornish pub - Harbour House. Alongside the beers, spirits and wines, my committed team is bringing all of our previous restaurant learnings with us to this utterly idyllic, shoreline pub kitchen and setting. We’re using produce from the top of the hill in Flushing, seafood harvested right outside the front door and imports delivered by sailboat. By allowing forward-thinking farmers from Cornwall to dictate my menus, we are honouring how previous generations sourced and traded ingredients from this very location.” Jeffrey continues, “Harbour House now offers a pub snacking or dining experience that is my signature but in an affordable way. We’re all about supporting the local community, local producers and a year-round passionate pub team who simply don’t want to be anywhere else. ‘Sustainable’ is an umbrella term that perhaps isn’t policed as much as it should be. But we’re committed to ‘resetting the compass’ in the pubs with food trade, bringing the same high green Michelin-style standards to this new location, sharing what we know and developing with the industry for years to come.” To book, visit NEWS BEACHSIDE BAKERY OPENS AT BEDRUTHAN HOTEL & SPA, CORNWALL Inspired by its picturesque surroundings on the cliffs of Mawgan Porth, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa has opened the new artisanal Bakery at Bedruthan. The bakery aims to build a community through food, bringing guests and locals together. Serving traditional Cornish treats with imaginative twists, the bakery offers freshly baked pastries, artisan bread and celebratory cakes available to pre-order. The new bakery also offers hands-on workshops, bread and butter tastings and seasonally inspired cookery classes, inviting visitors to learn new skills and fall in love with the art of baking. Led by Bedruthan’s head pastry chef Georgia Mugford, the team are proud to offer sweet treats that change daily depending on available produce, from a pear and pecan Danish to vegan cinnamon rolls or a classic pain au chocolat. Savoury delights include products ranging from a honey and oat bloomer to a white sourdough and pumpkin tin loaf. A milkshake menu and deli-style salads will also be available and all food is prepared fresh each morning. The Bakery at Bedruthan is committed to safeguarding the environment through a low-waste approach, using exclusively local produce to lower delivery mileage and support local businesses. The team utilise croissant trims to make cinnamon rolls each day and the crystallised lemon produced for syrup is then repurposed to garnish cakes. Meanwhile, any unsold bread is kept for use in the hotel restaurant that evening. To find out more, visit DIARY DATE Stockland Village Hall based in Honiton, Devon is hosting an Open Event on Sunday 8th October 2023 from 11 am until 4 pm. The large versatile venue will be dressed with muslin drapes, the themed tables will be elegantly styled and there’ll be local suppliers on hand to meet. Admission is free – for more information, email 9 LOCAL NEWS

THE MOLE RESORT LAUNCHES FULL RESORT OFFERING Following a hugely successful first stage launch earlier this year of The Mole Resort, L+R Hotels has announced the full completion of the highlyanticipated North Devon destination, which now features 58 premium eco-conscious lodges, 39 hotel rooms, more than 40 adventure activities and an all-new bistro and bar. Guests can choose one of the self-catering lodges which sleeps up to eight people, from £206 per lodge per night. The lodges accommodate all party sizes thanks to their selection of twobed, three-bed and four-bed spaces, boast a large deck with outdoor dining, hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens and, of course, unrivalled views; many of the lodges also accommodate dogs. As well as the option to self-cater in the lodges, guests can also enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks in the on-site restaurant and bar or head to the locally stocked Farm Shop in the resort’s Hub, which offers cooking ingredients, snacks and drinks, as well as dog treats. Set on 125 acres, The Mole Resort is a countryside lodge destination combining stunning lodge and hotel accommodations, locally-sourced ingredients and dishes for inspired dining - and a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities for both the young and young at heart. Activities - led by a dedicated and experienced team - include indoor and outdoor swimming; golf; axe throwing; archery and disc golf. The £25 million redevelopment investment resort is one of the latest ventures in the L+R Hotels portfolio which spans the UK, Continental Europe, the US and the Caribbean. To book, visit EDITOR’S FAVOURITE Indulge in this Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s Hamper, £49, from Devonbased which includes a selection of their Cow & Cacao bean-to-bar chocolate including a delicuous white chocolate and strawberry slab. CHECK OUT THE NEW WEBSITE for Devon-based Estrel Wedding & Event Hire, THE FARMERS ARMS AT THE COLLECTIVE AT WOOLSERY LAUNCH A NEW FARM-TO-FORK DINING CONCEPT If you’re dreaming of an autumn or winter staycation full of country strolls, roaring fires and hearty pub lunches look no further than The Collective at Woolsery. Located off the beaten track in a stunning part of North Devon, this is the perfect place to escape for cosy weekends in the country. After a walk along the South West Coast Path or in the surrounding countryside, snuggle up in one of The Collective at Woolsery’s designled rooms or suites, with super-soft beds, sofas and furnishings. The Collective at Woolsery offers a collection of three cottages, two suites, and two rooms within the village, each showcasing its unique character. Carefully crafted by Hannah Lohan of New Heritage Designs, these accommodations pay homage to the history and heritage of the village, with nostalgia and decadence permeating every corner, creating an ultimate sanctuary to relax and unwind in. The interiors are adorned with beautiful artwork, while vintage pieces lend an air of authenticity to every room. The meticulously curated décor pays homage to the village’s farming history, providing guests with an immersive experience that transports them to a bygone era of rural life. Surrounded by open countryside and a stone’s throw from the romantic and dramatic Hartland Peninsula coastline, The Collective at Woolsery is a peaceful haven where the stars shine bright and the darkness of night envelopes and cocoons. Guests can explore the nearby tracks, footpaths, and lanes, or take a short drive to the rugged South West Coast Path. With fires aplenty to warm chilly toes after any adventure, guests will be rewarded for braving the elements. Alternatively, stay in, kick back and truly relax with everything you need at your fingertips. The food at The Collective at Woolsery is well worth travelling for. Guests can choose between dining at The Farmers Arms or savouring a gourmet takeaway of fish and chips. Executive chef Ian Webber, in collaboration with head gardener Josh Sparkes and livestock manager Chris Jenn at Birch Farm, crafts a delicious menu that exemplifies integrity and celebrates local produce. The contemporary offerings draw inspiration from the traditional fare of farming families, ensuring a nourishing and comforting dining experience that perfectly showcases the season. Breakfast at The Collective at Woolsery is an extraordinary affair, unlike anything guests have experienced before. Served in-room, with guests selecting their meals the night before, the breakfast menu boasts an array of mouth-watering options. From honey-glazed ham to hoggett and homemade porridge and yoghurt to freshly-baked muffins, sourdough, and crumpets, plus farm-fresh eggs, each dish is a testament to the kitchen’s dedication to flavour and wholesome nourishment. A stay at The Collective at Woolsery is an unparalleled experience that transcends ordinary luxury. Every tiny detail is meticulously crafted and embellished with love and comfort, redefining the concept of a truly indulgent cosy retreat. To find out more about it, visit 10

An enchanting 16th century barn, with an abundance of authentic rustic features, nestled amongst some of Mid Devon’s most beautiful scenery. • A selection of packages from 2-7 nights • Secluded countryside location • Luxury accommodation for up to 19 • Barn, front lawn or lakeside ceremony • options • Wonderful photo opportunities New for 2024! 1 day Dusk to Dawn Wedding Package @hawkebarn Hawke Barn Contact Us! • Professional catering kitchen • Pets and ponies positively encouraged • Camping and glamping options • 15 minutes from mainline railway • Plenty of on-site parking

Boringdon Park Golf Weddings Plymbridge Road . Plympton . PL7 4QG 01752 339113 Call or email Amanda Taylor for more details A premier venue in Plymouth for the perfect wedding Plan your dream wedding with an exclusive personalised package at one of Plymouth and Devon’s favourite wedding venues. With stunning panoramic views across Plymouth Sound and Dartmoor, Boringdon Park is an elegant and modern venue thats the perfect location for your special day. Set in the heart of 200 acres of delightful grounds savour the magnificent vista as you approach our ever-popular venue up the impressive driveway – views that will give you a memorable backdrop to an unforgettable day. We are now booking weddings for 2024-2025 with limited late availability for 2023. 01392 832483 A beautiful location for your perfect day LORD HALDON COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL What do we o er? Use of Xanadu as ceremonial or handfasting space & Bridal Suite Optional use of Artist’s Retreat and/ or Reforge Longhouse Suite for up to 4 additional guests We are now available for Magical Elopement 07825 187746 Reforge Retreat @reforgeretreat

Spotlight on... Wedding venues in South Devon & Exeter PALACE THEATRE PAIGNTON Drum roll, please! Raise the curtain on a wedding that you and your guests will remember forever! The Palace Theatre Paignton is fully licensed for weddings with various event spaces available for both the ceremony and reception. Prices for wedding hire at this Victorian building start from just £1,200 which includes hire of the main auditorium and stage, plus the bar area. This cost includes theatre lights and sound on the stage and use of the dressing rooms before the ceremony. The recently renovated event space, Stage Left, offers a flexible space for the ceremony and reception, comfortably seating up to 100 guests banquet style, and costs from £1,500. This includes the use of a private bar and a sound and lighting system. A theatre takeover is possible with the hire of the entire venue for just £2,000. This includes the stage and auditorium plus the bar and Stage Left event space. Why not add a theatrical twist by having your ceremony on stage, then welcome drinks served in the bar with Stage Left set up for the reception? Additional spaces include a children’s playroom. Couples can enjoy a ceremony booked elsewhere and hire the venue for their reception with Stage Left available from 4 pm for an evening reception from £700. The team at the venue can cater a wedding breakfast for up to 100 guests with a selection of delicious home-cooked buffet options to suit each budget, starting from just £10 per person. They pride themselves on making each wedding as unique as the couple, with a wedding coordinator available every step of the way Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01803 665 800, We love... the extensive list of shows that are on - what a fun way to return to the venue and celebrate your first wedding anniversary! BICKLEY MILL INN This charming 12th-century former flour mill blends history with contemporary touches. The Millers room, with its oak floors and striking beams, serves as a versatile space that adapts to all wedding styles. Offering exclusive use of this self-contained venue, there’s ample room for live music and dancing. Located in a valley, the grey-stone exterior of the mill is flanked by lush, tiered gardens and a newly decked, covered outside space providing big-day photo opportunities. The nearby barn has a rustic-chic feel with a gazebo and an additional elevated seating area that help to make this property the ideal modern country wedding venue. Ceremonies take place in a variety of places including in the Millers room, an elegant and rustic-inspired space accommodating up to 86 guests. Alternatively, the Panel room is ideal for more intimate gatherings of up to 28 loved ones. The dark-panelled walls, oak floors, and French windows leading to the decking create a cosy and romantic atmosphere. The Millers room has a capacity for up to 40 guests, with features including a grand open fire. This space exudes warmth and character, making it an ideal ceremony choice, especially for winter weddings. Accommodating up to 50 guests, the Fireside room boasts a stunning copper fireplace, creating a cosy backdrop for the exchanging of vows. The Mill Deck outside space can host up to 50 guests. With some fixed seating, it offers a seamless blend of natural beauty and modern comfort. It also conveniently adjoins the Millers room for easy access. Receptions take place in the choice of areas listed above, with the Millers room an excellent option for a sit-down wedding breakfast for up to 86 guests; the Panel room perfect for a cosy evening soirée and the decked area offering romantic open-air evening receptions. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01803 873201, We love... the 12 bedrooms for guests and ample parking, plus the stylish bridal suite. Interior images courtesy of 13 FOLIO

CLIFF HOUSE, SALCOMBE This elegant Victorian property commands a prime position overlooking Salcombe Estuary, benefitting from unrivalled views. It’s a landmark building in the town that’s instantly recognisable, and it’s a popular wedding venue in a magical setting that’s also the home of Salcombe Yacht Club. Guests can make use of the outside terrace as part of the celebration, enjoying the coastal views. This classically styled and elegant venue with multiple function rooms provides the flexibility to cater for weddings large or small with a dedicated area for live music and dancing; a fully licensed bar and use of the on-site catering kitchen. For ceremonies, the main function room, the Assembly Room, with its tall ceilings offers enviable views of the estuary from the large bay windows with direct access to the outdoor terrace. The elegant Reading Room located on the first floor accommodates up to 80 loved ones. Both ceremony rooms enjoy an abundance of natural daylight and boast windows directly facing on to the stunning estuary backdrop. The natural setting of Cliff House is one of the standout features - it’s located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The talented team are well connected with the local businesses for accommodation, catering, photography, florists, live music, beverages and artisan suppliers. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01548 844 704, We love... the panoramic coastal views. POWDERHAM CASTLE Step into Powderham Castle where history and luxury intertwine. With ornate plasterwork, portraits adorning the walls and secret bookcase doors, each room writes its own narrative. The architecture is a fusion of various styles reflecting the periods spanning more than 600 years. The castle boasts two enchanting open-air ceremony garden buildings, surrounded by woodland, providing a beautiful contrast to the grandeur of the state rooms within the castle. The Victorian Rose Garden enjoys farflung views across Deer Park to the estuary beyond. The terrace is ideal for a sunny ceremony for up to 100 guests, or a champagne reception. Alternatively, The American Garden is a wooded glade of exotic trees brought over from early voyages to the USA that surround the hidden garden pavilion. It’s an idyllic setting for a ceremony or drinks reception for up to 120 guests and it’s also wonderful for festival-style receptions. Inside the castle, The State Dining Room was an extension created in the Victorian era with oak panelling. It’s licensed for ceremonies of up to 80 guests and provides an exquisite and warm space, thanks to the most impressive open fire. It can also host a wedding breakfast for up to 60 people, and a band, DJ or musician in the minstrels gallery above. With large windows overlooking the Deer Park and Terrace Rose Garden, the First and Second Libraries are ideal reception choices. Surrounded by an extensive book collection, vows can be exchanged in front of 70 guests, and up to 90 loved ones can gather for dinner. The Music Room, also known as the secret ballroom because of the secret doorway from the library, is the largest function room and can host up to 120 guests for a ceremony or wedding breakfast. It’s home to the refurbished organ and grand piano, and the spectacular dome sets the scene for the first dance. An iconic landmark standing above the Exe is the 18th-century Powderham Belvedere, originally a ballroom and banqueting house. The tower is available for ceremonies for an intimate 30 guests and the Belvedere garden can house a modest marquee for a reception of up to 90 loved ones. The Barn at Powderham Castle has had many purposes, from a tennis court to most recently a riding school. It’s now a show-stopping space available for up to 200 guests for a ceremony and reception. The rustic charm of this space makes it perfect for couples looking for a relaxed, barn wedding. The adjacent garden provides outdoor seating and lawn games and is just a few steps away from a peaceful spot beside the lake. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01626 890 243, We love... that as the sun sets, the castle’s exterior transforms into an enchanting building, overlooking the Exe Estuary. 14 Call 01803 400600 Weddings at New Small Wedding Options from only £1295 We’re social, join us on #TLHhotels

Canonteign Falls offers an impressive venue in a breathtaking setting Home to one of England’s highest waterfalls Canonteign Falls is a magnificent example of a Victorian folly set in 90 acres of ancient woodland and estate on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. The waterfalls themselves descend for over 70m through ferns and woods. At the base of the falls, the woodland gives way to meadows and lakes making this one of the most breathtaking venues in Devon. With a lakeside Pagoda, event Barn, excellent facilities, and free parking the site is well set up to service any bespoke event and provides an impressive backdrop to suit any occasion. Our small but experienced event team is on hand to coordinate all events seamlessly at Canonteign Falls estate. Please contact Managing director Lianne Bell on to arrange a site visit. 01647 252614 ext 2 |

BERRY HEAD HOTEL & APARTMENTS, TORBAY This stunning hotel provides the perfect waterside wedding location, offering excellent facilities for formal and less formal occasions, catering for between two and 250 guests. The hotel offers well-appointed AA four-star accommodation plus an indoor swimming pool and spa pool. Nestled at the water’s edge in six acres of gardens and woodland, the stunning location provides the perfect backdrop for big-day photos with its uninterrupted sea views and picturesque grounds. As a family-run business for more than 28 years, the talented team provides a personal and professional service, traditional hospitality and menus that can be tailored to suit each couple’s requirements. Ceremonies take place outside in the walled garden, or in the Mulberry Room which has its own bar, toilets and walled garden. Alternatively, the library, which also has its own bar is perfect for more intimate ceremonies and receptions, and the restaurant is another reception spot. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01803 853 225, We love... the romantic Celebration Breaks that can be enjoyed at the hotel, with flowers, chocolates and champagne delivered to the room or suite on request. TLH LEISURE RESORT TORQUAY Set in seven acres, this fun-filled resort comprises four hotels and leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, the luxury Aztec spa plus a gym and games area. The hotels have been tastefully remodelled to reflect their individual style, incorporating more up-to-date facilities while keeping their grand Victorian features. Three of the hotels offer something different for weddings. TLH Toorak Hotel is set in lovely landscaped gardens and can host outdoor ceremonies in its pretty gazebo. It’s also home to the Rougemont Room situated close to the Conway bar and function room that’s ideal for smaller ceremonies of up to 50 guests. TLH Carlton Hotel property boasts far-flung views of Tor Bay from its main reception room and offers the Art Deco Madison Suite for up to 60 loved ones for a ceremony. It suits a sit-down wedding breakfast and a buffet reception, and a temporary dancefloor can be laid for an evening disco. An alternative option is The Riviera Lounge, a sunny space with panoramic views across Torbay for up to 100 guests to gather for a ceremony. Between the properties, there are seven function rooms available for a wedding breakfast and reception seating up to 150 people, and hosting up to 200 during the evening. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01803 400 153, We love... that bed and breakfast accommodation for the happy couple is provided on the night of the wedding, along with a bottle of sparkling wine and late checkout. FOLIO 17

SCAN TO VIEW VIDEO     THE 2021 WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARDS: NATIONAL WINNER IMAGE BY JOSHUA GOODING PHOTOGRAPHY Upton Barn - Advertorial - Your Devon & Cornwall Magazine (quarter page)_rev 2.indd 1 29/09/2021 14:44 Here at Cuckoo Down Farm, there is the opportunity to hold a small number of weddings every year. For this, you will have exclusive hire of the farm. This includes the glamping accommodation, use of the three-acre woodland and additional festival-style pitch-your-own camping for guests. The farm is very much a blank canvas for your wedding. You can hire a marquee or tepee, organise your own bar and catering, book your own entertainment and devise your own ceremony. CUCKOO DOWN FARM LOWER BROAD OAK ROAD WEST HILL DEVON EX11 1UE Telephone: 01404 811 714 or 07738 687 246 • Email:

DEVON & SOMERSET MARQUEES, EVENT MANAGEMENT AND MARQUEE HIRE If you’re thinking of organising your own farm or barn wedding, the talented team at Devon and Somerset Marquees can help transform a farm setting. Located on their family farm in the heart of Devon, with more than 30 years of experience in supplying wedding marquees, Chris and the team understand how important it is to celebrate a wedding in a place you love creating memories. Specialising in wedding marquees, the team is bursting with practical advice and inspiration to make sure your day goes without a hitch, and they have an event planner who can offer a completely managed service, or support a couple’s chosen wedding planner. They can also provide everything from furniture and lighting to dancefloors, accessories and even toilets! For those preferring a barn wedding venue, Devon and Somerset Marquees offer barn linings. These beautiful swags, drapes and floors can transform a space into an opulent backdrop. Contact: 01398 351 210, We love... that the clearspan marquees feature a clear exterior that lets the light shine in. MANHAY FARM WEDDING & EVENTS, HELSTON, CORNWALL This newly opened Cornish venue is set on a farm, which dates back to the 1600s. It’s home to two barns that have been beautifully renovated to accommodate modern demands, while carefully maintaining the original features. Both of the barn venues feature high ceilings and exposed beams. As you enter Byghan Barn, the first thing you’ll notice is the impressive large oak wedding arch that frames the back wall. Dressed in silky fabrics and flowers, it creates an Instagrammable backdrop for big-day photos. Next door is the large reception barn with carpeted floors creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests. There’s plenty of outdoor space in front of the barns for garden games and a four-acre field for wedding guests to camp (or glamp) overnight. The sub-tropical garden is secluded, surrounded by lush greenery and filled with palms and fragrant flowers. The large decking area overlooking the pond is the garden’s focal point, with its tranquil waters reflecting the surroundings. The stream feeds the pond that’s home to various fish, frogs, and dragonflies. The barns are surrounded by rolling hills and lush meadows with vbrant colours changing with the seasons. Celebrant-led ceremonies take place in the Bygharn Barn for up to 84 guests. The ceremony venue hire fee includes the following: Two-day hire with access for suppliers to set up the day before. Wooden chairs for up to 84 guests. Speakers to play the wedding playlist. Guest meet and greet – the team will welcome guests, the bridal party and the celebrant to ensure that everybody is in position before arrival. The venue hire fee for the garden includes the last three listed above, plus a floral arch made with white silk roses and greenery. Bygharn Barn will be reserved on standby in case of wet weather. The Large Barn featuring tall ceilings and exposed beams can seat up to 120 guests at trestle tables and 80 loved ones at circular tables. The venue hire fee for this space includes the following: Two-day hire with access suppliers to set up the day before. Tables and chairs for up to 120 guests. A PA speaker and microphones for the speeches and dancing. Posh portable toilets. A generator to power all catering and entertainment needs. A fully staffed and stocked bar. Wedding coordination – the team are on-site to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Two nights in The Bridal Bijou, a luxury one-bedroom cottage hideaway. Contact: 07808 554 537, We love... that couples are offered a reconnection service on their first anniversary where they’re invited back to the farm. Countryfile For an English country wedding, pick one of these big-day barn or farm venues, or hire a magical tipi or marquee 19 THEMED VENUES

DEER’S LEAP RETREAT, SOUTH MOLTON, DEVON This stunning wedding venue is surrounded by 15 acres of farmland, situated on the edge of Exmoor’s national park which provides stunning vistas of rolling fields and moorland from everywhere on the property. The stone barn features a private bar with comfy sofas and chairs, exposed wooden beams offset by cartwheels draped in fairylights, a large wood-burning fire, stone-flagged flooring and large doors opening out on to the sundrenched, south-facing patio that overlooks the lake and gazebo. The patio area provides a relaxed space for champagne and cocktails and garden games can be enjoyed on the large adjacent lawn. An extended terrace outside the barn and the column heaters and firepits provide warmth during the balmy evenings. At dusk, fairylights and festoon lighting lead guests down to the lantern-lit lake for fireworks reflecting in the water fired to the couple’s choice of song. Outdoor ceremonies take place under the wooden lakeside gazebo perched on the side of the lake surrounded by rolling countryside. It accommodates up to 150 guests under a stretch canopy lit with romantic festoon lighting. Alternatively, the rusticinspired barn with original stone walls offers an indoor option with its hand-crafted wooden fixtures and fittings adding to the ambience for up to 150 guests and receptions also take place here. The large luxury farmhouse that’s home to a sauna, hot tub, large kitchen and lounge sleeps up to 21 guests. There’s a onebedroom bridal suite with a conservatory and hot tub plus a glamping village perfect for guests that are all set on a secluded site offering complete privacy, surrounded by nature. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01398 341 407, We love... the virtual mapping of the barn. VALLEYSIDE BARN, BICKLEIGH, DEVON This rustic-inspired, timber-clad barn has an industrial feel to it inside, finished with a sleek black steel framework and wooden beams. It’s located in the stunning Exe Valley and accessed via a hedge-lined driveway that passes by a picturesque pond and beautifully manicured gardens home to a weeping willow tree covering a jetty providing many big-day photo opportunities. Couples can even take a stroll and have their portraits taken along the River Exe. The interior of the spacious barn, where ceremonies and receptions for up to 150 guests take place, provides the wow factor with its handmade chandeliers and bespoke glazed bar leading to a terrace adjoining the paddocks where ceremonies can also take place for up to 150 guests overlooking the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. An al fresco ceremony option for up to 90 loved ones is in the Mediterranean-style courtyard that’s tucked away and draped in sweet honeysuckle and magnolia, also a great spot for a summer drinks reception. New for 2023 is the gallery ceremony space accommodating up to 100 loved ones. Couples can enjoy the stylish honeymoon suite while their nearest and dearest can stay in the three luxury glamping safari tents sleeping up to 20 people. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01884 855 538, We love... the honeymoon suite and three luxury glamping safari tents. Scan to see more Scan to view video David Fielding 20

GRAYS BARN WEDDING AND GOFFIN LAND, EXETER This eco-friendly wedding and events barn is a two-storey timber frame barn offering exclusive use for weddings. It’s fitted with a stage for music and dancing and provides a PA system for DJs to use. Upstairs there’s the opportunity for a chill-out lounge equipped with atmospheric lighting, low tables, rugs and cushions and the experienced team can provide venue dressing and wedding décor making it the perfect pick for couples wanting a blank canvas to host a DIY-style day. For weddings, they have partnered with Gemma Halliwell from West Country Wedding Planners ( The venue is located on Goffin Land, a 96-acre hidden valley in Pinhoe, close to Exeter that boasts beautiful countryside views. Located down the hill is a specially created amphitheatre available for ceremonial use holding up to 100 guests. Catering is provided by their catering partners who can provide anything from a woodfired hog roast to a vegetarian banquet using fresh local organic ingredients wherever possible. Camping is available for wedding guests by arrangement with wood-fuelled showers available in a shepherd’s wagon. The venue offers a late-availability wedding package offer for any remaining 2023 or 2024 dates for up to 70-day guests and 100 evening guests. It includes the venue hire including the day before to set up and the day after to clear down; an on-the-day coordinator; a bar; a cheese cake tower or an evening cheese board served with crackers and chutney; a barbecue wedding dinner for up to 70 guests and a DJ priced at £4995 with a £500 discount for mid-week or October weddings. Ceremony licence? No (need to book a celebrant) Contact: We love... that Goffin Land is a regenerative farm and Biophilia Project working for social and ecological change TIPI SPACES This tipi supplier provides these ivory-white canvas structures offering a light, bright and inviting space. They offer a blank canvas so you can style the interior however you like. Inside, they’re large enough for up to 200 guests but the tapering walls encircle guests so the space never feels too vast. The raised sides allow you to bring the outdoors in at summer events. This is the only hire company in Devon and Cornwall to offer ivory-white Nordic tipis. The lighter colour of the canvas means that more natural daylight filters inside and after dark, they reflect the electric lights and candlelights beautifully. The tipis are tall and stand at an impressive 7.5 metres. Their conical shape is an impressive sight, especially at night as the sun sets. Festoon lighting can be added creating a romantic ambience. The tipis can be delivered almost anywhere! Couples can choose what they want the view to be, whether that be a field with a sea view; a woodland glade; a country garden or an urban space. Whilst the tipis are linked to create an open-plan space, the structure is such that internal divisions between the tipis can be created to form separate areas for drinking, dining and dancing. They can host up to 216 guests for the wedding breakfast and up to 240 loved ones for the reception. The tipis are manufactured in Sweden and engineered to withstand severe Arctic weather conditions. They offer a built-in air conditioning system. On a hot day, as the warm air inside rises, the smoke caps attached to the peak of each tipi can be raised to allow the warm air to escape, drawing cooler air inside. The tipi structure is infinitely flexible, the sides can be raised or lowered. A solo tipi or two, three or more linked together provide space for larger weddings. Window walls can be added to keep the weather out but maintain a view from inside and the Iroko wood doors create more of an entrance. Contact: 01884 277306, We love... that ceremonies for up to 216 guests can take place inside the tipis provided the main venue has a wedding licence and the team offer a venue-finding service. Scan to view video 21 THEMED VENUES

HAWKE BARN, TIVERTON, DEVON This beautiful 16th-century former threshing barn is home to exposed oak beams, a high open-vaulted ceiling, exposed stonework, flagstone floors and contemporary full-height windows filling the barn with natural light. Bi-fold doors open out on to the sheltered south-facing private courtyard complete with seating and a terrace, revealing views sweeping across the rolling countryside. The timeless and natural aesthetic of the barn lends itself to different wedding themes and the team has partnered with the Stretch Tent South West company to extend the space outside the barn, covering the seating. Hawke Barn hosts ceremonies for up to 80 guests and the reception party can spill out on to the courtyard. The Mead Barn’s undercover outside space is an ideal option for an intimate ceremony of just ten guests, while The Smithy Barn holds up to 20 with expansion plans. The front lawn is another ceremony spot, where a wooden ceremony arch frames the trees in the distance and where more than 100 guests can gather to watch. A lakeside ceremony is also possible, with vows being exchanged under a beautifully crafted wooden gazebo complete with a character-filled corrugated roof looking over the picturesque lake. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01278 555 107, We love... the impressive cluster of mature beech trees that creates a wonderful photographic backdrop - extra guests will be the horses looking on from their stable windows! RIVER COTTAGE, AXMINSTER, DEVON This working farm enjoys a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and stunning sunsets. The Kitchen Garden is at the heart of River Cottage, which makes a picturesque ceremony spot. Vows can be exchanged under the rose-covered archway, or in front of the iconic farmhouse. Food is at the heart of everything the team does. All of the wedding menus feature the finest, seasonal, organic ingredients sourced from local farms and fishermen, as well as using produce grown and reared on-site. Every week in the kitchen, the chefs create dishes using what is at its best at that moment. During the planning of a wedding, the couple will meet with one of the talented chefs to design their bespoke wedding menu featuring their favourite dishes. There are a variety of spaces and charming corners at this exclusive-use venue for a ceremony and celebration. The refurbished threshing barn is a versatile venue seating up to 70 guests while the iconic 17th-century farmhouse, which sits at the centre of the farm, can provide an intimate setting for a wedding breakfast. For the evening party, the venue can accommodate a band or DJ and up to 120 guests for dancing into the small hours. Ceremony licence? Yes Contact: 01297 630 300, We love... that the use of all furniture, cutlery, crockery, linen and glassware is included in the venue hire as well as jam jars of seasonal wildflowers for the dining tables. Scan to view video 22

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