One of the most romantic wedding venues in Devon, Powderham Castle sits at the heart of ancient parkland on the edge of the Exe estuary
Where grander to mark the most memorable day of your life than the home of the Earl and Countess of Devon? One of the most romantic wedding venues in the county, Powderham Castle sits at the heart of 200 acres of ancient parkland on the edge of the Exe estuary. Rich in the fairytale factor, the 14th century castle has been the setting of many a love story, its tales of romance winding back centuries, including that of the current Earl and Countess, Charle and AJ, who themselves tied the knot on the Rose Terrace.
The castle and its grounds set the scene for the most unforgettable day, whether you're planning a simple ceremony for your nearest and dearest, a magical reception or a weekend-long ceremony. If you're dreaming of taking your vows al fresco, there are some enchanting options for an open-air ceremony. Choose from a pavilion in the American Garden, tucked away amidst a glade of exotic trees sourced from early voyages to America; the Belvedere, an iconic tower recently restored to allow couples to marry overlooking panoramic views of the estate and estuary; and the Victorian Rose Garden, where the dramatic backdrop of the castle meets the heady scent of the roses. Rich on romance and timeless charm, each setting offers couples the chance to savour those all-important moments immersed in the beauty of South Devon.
The grandeur of the castle's state rooms provides the perfect contrast to the great outdoors. The State Dining Room is a magnificent setting with its fine oak panelling and large open fire. Licensed for ceremonies of up to 100, it's also a wow-worthy space for a banquet and can host a band, DJ or harpist on the minstrels' gallery above. The Libraries offer the perfect backdrop for a ceremony or reception bathed in the natural light with picturesque views across the Deer Park. Then there's the Music Room, a spectacular setting for a celebration with far-reaching vistas across the estuary. The largest room in the castle, it can accommodate 140 for a ceremony or 120 for dinner; home to a recently refurbished organ and grand piano, and complete with a stunning dome that will take the magic of your first dance to new heights, it is a captivating space for a reception.
When it comes to your wedding breakfast, Powderham has handpicked a selection of caterers who provide delicious menus rich in Devon-sourced produce, whether you envision a feast of locally caught seafood, fine meats, sharing platters or delectable desserts.
As night falls, the celebrations need not stop. From foot-stomping ceilidhs to dazzling firework displays, the castle and its grounds were designed for entertainment in its most spellbinding form, while sumptuous accommodation for up to 12 means family and friends can enjoy an overnight stay. Imagine ascending the majestic staircase to your honeymoon suite and waking in a four-poster bed to panoramic views and a full cooked breakfast served in the comfort of your room - could there be a dreamier way to begin married life?
Powderham Castle, Exeter
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