Wedding Venues in Plymouth
Wedding Venues in Plymouth
Take your pick of the city's most glamorous locations, from pretty lakeside settings to the grandeur of venues steeped in rich history
THE DUKE OF CORNWALL HOTEL
Built in 1863, Plymouth’s first luxury hotel is steeped in history. While the beautifully refurbished building may be filled with modern facilities, it retains the glamour of a bygone age, echoed through the elegant architectural features: you’ll find ornate plasterwork and Corinthian-style columns alongside wood-panelled walls, an impressive stone fireplace and a majestic staircase. The Lounge, with its plush leather chesterfields dotted around a roaring fireplace, is the perfect spot to relax with a drink, while the impressive Ballroom evokes memories of balls and dances from years gone by.
Once described by Sir John Betjeman as “one of the nation’s best examples of Victorian architecture”, the hotel’s generous proportions and striking original façade help to retain its charm and Victorian heritage. The 72 individually decorated rooms echo this spacious feel, blending comfort, elegance and modern conveniences. Choose one of the Luxury Rooms for an ornately carved four-poster bed and a separate lounge area – ideal for the pre-wedding preparations.
And it’s not just the hotel’s impressive history that brides, grooms and guests fall in love with. The Duke of Cornwall is just a short stroll from Plymouth Hoe and the water’s edge, and within driving distance of some of Devon and Cornwall’s most stunning scenery. Indeed, the Duke’s tower offers a sublime vantage point to take in 360-degree views across the surrounding city, ocean and countryside.
From low-key to lavish, the hotel offers a chic setting and creative wedding package to suit each couple’s requirements: choose from The Drake, Mayflower, Grand Duke and Civil Ceremony. Parties of up to 300 can be accommodated, and a host of celebratory options, including a red carpet arrival and canapés, a Prosecco toast, delectable wedding breakfast, a pianist and homemade petit fours – to name just a few – will create a tailor-made and captivating celebration.
Civil ceremonies may take place in the stately Ballroom, beneath the domed ceiling and exquisite chandelier of the Dining Room, or in the more intimate climes of the Millbay Suite. A Master of Ceremonies will be on hand to guide you through every step of your ceremony. The hotel’s knowledgeable wedding planners will ensure your day runs smoothly and is curated just the way you want it, with a little help from expert local partners who will be on hand to supply everything from creative cakes and floral masterpieces to photography, videography and on-the-day transport.
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel has proven an irresistible draw for generations of couples embarking on the chapter of married life. Driven by a genuine passion for great service, you can be assured that the team will go the extra mile to ensure your day is as iconic as this historic – and oh-so romantic – setting.
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth
It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful and romantic location to tie the knot than Langdon Court. Nestled in the glorious South Hams countryside and within touching distance of the coast, this 16th century manor house offers quintessentially English charm and romantic atmosphere in abundance.
The lakeside setting of this elegant house can be admired from the minute you crunch on to the sweeping driveway lined with wild flowers. Dating back to Norman times and bearing the legacy of figures such as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, Langdon Court’s history echoes through spectacular features such as the 17th century Jacobean Gardens, the elaborate stained glass windows and magnificent fireplaces.
The venue houses a selection of opulent bedrooms. Perfect for the bridal preparations, the Queen Suite overlooks the vineyard and lake. Roll-top baths, freestanding showers and Molton Brown toiletries come as standard in the bathrooms, while the bedrooms, beautifully finished with soft furnishings, will see you ensconced in luxury ¬– including the finest cotton linens as you fall into a peaceful slumber in this romantic and relaxing setting.
Ceremonies may take place in the wedding room, which can be made cosy with roaring fires and candlelight in winter; or in the warmer months there’s the gazebo – a dreamy al fresco option for the exchanging of vows, complete with spectacular views across the lakes, vineyard and the valley that slips down to the sea beyond. Those planning a church ceremony might consider the picture-postcard setting of Wembury Church; crowning a hill overlooking the sea, the 15th century church is just a short walk through the grounds.
After the ceremony, champagne and canapés can be enjoyed in the 17th century formal gardens, where you can revel in the history of this gorgeous location while your photographer works their magic (not that they’ll need to with such stunning surroundings).
Celebrated for slick service and award-winning cuisine, which has merited two AA rosettes, the sumptuous wedding menus from head chef, Jamie Lee, promise top quality dishes designed according to each couple’s tastes. Tuck into the freshest local seafood, organically reared meat and game and exquisite desserts: think Beesands crab soup with a brandy cream; lamb rump served with dauphinoise potatoes, carrot and vanilla purée; or sea bass fillet served with chorizo jam, wilted spinach and citrus dressing. This gastronomic heaven can be followed at the end of the night with bacon sandwiches and rare breed hog roasts.
The hotel has earned a four-star rating from both the AA and Visit England, reflecting the close attention to detail, service and quality you can look forward to in this atmospheric and oh-so beautiful setting.
Langdon Court, Down Thomas, nr Plymouth
BORINGDON HALL HOTEL
The name ‘Boringdon’ comes from the Saxon ‘Burth-Y-Don’ meaning ‘enchanted place on the hill.’ Steeped in a rich history which stretches back as far as the Domesday Book, the Boringdon Hall of today inspires a plethora of adjectives: magnificent, luxurious, stylish, opulent, incredibly romantic – and that’s just for starters.
The charm of this historic venue is palpable from the first glimpse of the stone tower, the mullioned windows, the turrets and arrow slits. This stirring character continues inside: there’s ornately plastered ceilings, grand fireplaces, wood panelled walls and curious nooks here and there. This air of history has, however, been blended brilliantly with sumptuous, modern design and contemporary comforts.
The interiors are beautifully designed, the furnishings plush and the bathrooms luxe. There are two restaurants, 40 bedrooms and suites – the lavish Royal Suite comes complete with a marble bathroom and an outdoor Jacuzzi within an original Elizabethan turret – and a choice of events spaces. Then there’s the latest, and utterly heavenly, addition: Gaia Spa. Inspired by nature, this sublime new spa experience features everything from an infinity pool and hydrotherapy pool to a Finnish sauna, crystal salt steam room and Spatisserie restaurant; there’s also an extensive range of treatments, including a selection of signature Gaia rituals developed using potent natural ingredients and highly skilled therapeutic techniques.
Blend these luxuries and cutting-edge spa facilities with the fairytale climes of an Elizabethan stately pile – and you have one breathtaking wedding venue. As versatile as it is stunning, there’s a choice of settings to take your vows and celebrate: The Parker Suite is an elegant and characterful space for ceremonies with its high, arched ceiling, exposed beams and beautiful windows; there’s also a vintage gazebo nestling amidst the landscaped grounds for an outdoor ceremony with the parkland and majestic building as your backdrop. Depending on the scale and style of your wedding, there’s a choice of settings for the wedding breakfast, including a marquee and ballroom.
The ethos of flexibility extends to the wedding breakfast; Boringdon’s talented team of chefs will serve everything from work-of-art canapés and a sumptuous banquet to a relaxed buffet or fish and chip supper. And, with 40 rooms to choose from, your family and friends may stay overnight, too, creating the feel of your very own home-from-home for the duration of the celebrations. You might even organise a spa session, a ramble on nearby Dartmoor and an afternoon tea to round off a magical weekend.
Boringdon Hall Hotel
MOORLAND GARDEN HOTEL
Take a moment to picture the scene: nine acres of tranquil landscape, nestled right on the edge of Dartmoor National Park – the views of rolling hills and wooded valleys reaching far into the distance.
Weddings here benefit so greatly from the vast amount of space on offer, meaning every W-day wish you have ever dreamed of can come true. Up to 160 guests can watch you take your vows either outdoors under the Rose Arbour, or in one of the ornate, beautifully lit, wonderfully romantic ballrooms. The expansive and oh-so charming moorland gardens will provide the perfect muse for your wedding-day vision, enabling you to take a walk among the flowers, or enjoy a glass of bubbles under the blue skies with your guests. There are even helipads on the front and side lawn, should you wish to arrive in the grandest of style, flying into your ceremony after soaring above the miles of moorland.
A total of 42 bedrooms, including four luxurious suites, means your guests can stay right there with you, allowing the celebrations to continue before and after the wedding day – and there are even dog-friendly rooms for those whose family members include a four-legged friend! Almost all rooms boast balconies or garden views, and staff can arrange champagne, fresh fruit or afternoon tea to be delivered to rooms, to really bring the luxe factor.
The dining experience offers a veritable gourmet of delights to choose from. Whether you’d prefer to be served baked sea bream, beef bourguignon or a hearty hog roast, you’ll be safe in the knowledge it’s being created by the team behind the award-winning Wildflower Restaurant.
And as well as the magical moorland setting, there is a wealth of complimentary little extras for those booking a wedding package. From a red carpet and an experienced Master of Ceremonies, to a suite for your wedding night and a full English breakfast the next morning, your day – and first night as a married couple – will be absolutely exceptional.
Moorland Garden Hotel, Yelverton