Whether you want a traditional wedding, something a bit more quirky or just an intimate ceremony for just the two of you and your closest family and friends, the Isle of Wight has the perfect venue. With 45 locations licensed for wedding ceremonies, you really are spoilt for choice. Here we have chosen our top five most picturesque settings for your wedding and reception.
Nestled in leafy St Lawrence, Lisle Combe was built in 1815 by Lord Yarborough, founder member of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, for his brother, Captain Pelham to have a country retreat. Lisle Combe was purchased by the writer Alfred Noyes who lived here with his family until his death in 1958, and this upmarket boutique B&B is run by his grandson Robert and his wife Ruth.
Built of local hewn stone, with quirky architecture that includes wonderful carved barge boards and barley sugar chimney stacks, the house is a perfect wedding venue. Imagine your drinks reception on the lawns, or under the veranda, looking out over the English Channel with a string quartet or jazz band. Or you could have your drinks reception in the Drawing Room, with guests spilling out on to the patio.
Wedding ceremonies for up to 30 can be accommodated in Lisle Combe house, but an additional marquee can be set up on the front lawn, seating up to 80 guests. Upstairs, again with fabulous views out to sea, there is accommodation for up to 10 guests, and an additional 28 guests can stay at their self-catering farmhouse just a short walk away.
Northwood House is a grand ‘country manor’ style house built in 1838 by London businessman George Ward for entertaining, notably during Cowes Week Regatta, and all of the rich and famous of the day would flock to this stunning location high above the town of Cowes.
This grade II* star-listed manor is can offer everything from a lavish banquet for 150 seated guests, to an intimate gathering for just close friends and family. Set in picturesque Northwood Park, just off Ward Avenue, the venue has six reception rooms of various sizes – choose the room that best suits your ceremony and reception.
The beautiful lawns are available to hire for wedding marquees – all of which are supplied by the in house event team. With views down to the sea, the house and gardens are perfect for photographs and socialising during your wedding day.
Create your own ‘royal wedding’ at the Royal Hotel in Ventnor, where Queen Victoria would take afternoon tea with her entourage, driving out from her home at Osborne. Built in 1832, it is now a top notch hotel with luxurious interior and beautifully landscaped gardens.
The Royal Hotel has an impressive entrance with glass portico to the front conservatory for arriving in style. And for a suitably grand location for an unforgettable wedding ceremony, the opulent dining room, with crystal chandeliers, high ceiling and ornate décor can accommodate up to 110 guests for the wedding ceremony and up to 150 for a wedding breakfast.
Achieving 2 AA Rosettes for excellent food for over 20 consecutive years, The Royal Hotel and has appeared in every Michelin Good Food Guide since the guide began. The beautiful dining room has full length French doors, leading out onto a geranium terrace and gardens for photographs and as the sun goes down, twinkling lights appear in trees.
Take your wedding vows at East Afton Farmhouse, an impressive 1700s farm house in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you’ll be looking out over the original 1970 Isle of Wight Festival site – the stage was in line with the farm house.
Part of the Tapnell Farm Group, you’ll be spoilt for choice for accommodation options with rooms for 19 across both the main house and annex, and facilities and luxuries that include a large hot tub and plush cinema room. Plus you have award-winning glamping at Tom’s Eco Lodges, eco pods and modulogs plus Tapnell Manor and holiday cottages just minutes away.
Wedding breakfasts are offered in the adjoining modern barn, with large bi folding doors to the courtyard, where up to 80 guests can be seated comfortably. A marquee can be added to provide additional space for up to 150 guests, along with dancefloor and additional entertainment space.
Push the Boat Out
Included as the quirky, but definitely gobsmackingly impressive option, No Man’s Fort is actually part of the Isle of Wight (it pays council tax!) and has amazing views of the north east coast, including Seaview and Ryde. The bride and groom can arrive by helicopter if you want to make a really impressive entrance.
Steps lead up to a stunning glass covered circular atrium for your drinks reception – there’s even a grand piano – and it’s licensed for ceremonies of up to 200 guests. The Lighthouse, on top of the fort, is licensed for up to 20 guests and boats the most breath-taking views on the fort, with floor to ceiling windows, and hexagonal windows in each floor from top to bottom. A stunning spot from which to say, ‘I do’.
Built in the 1860s for fear of a French invasion, the fort has 15ft granite walls and armour plating, and each of the 23 spacious en suite bedroom suites has sea views. Spend your first night together roasting marshmallows around the fire pit on top of the fort, where you can take a sauna or hot tub beneath the stars.
21 June 2018