Blaithwaite House


Blaithwaite House



Welcome to Blaithwaite!

Our family home for over 6 generations, here you will find a Cumbrian country House, Gardens & Estate Grounds bursting with ornate features and unique character.

From humble beginnings as a mill workers cottage in the ...1700’s era, through the Victorian iron and cotton industries, to a working farm and estate, Christian centre and now to us.

Our journey; from 2015 we have breathed new life into this magical place. Beautifully refurbished, uncovering old treasures, restoring features, developing the gardens and preserving our heritage, rest assured Blaithwaite still retains a world of rustic charm.

Our aim is simple for couples to have a wedding day that is as individual as they are!

We offer a fantastic flexible venue for celebrations big or small, with a friendly and personal service.

Come and see for yourselves, we’d love to show you around!

There is a choice of three very different settings for your wedding, civil ceremony or vow renewal, whatever your taste, style or numbers.

Drawing room: Inside our Mansion House with its many original period features, accommodating 2- 60 guests.

Our Barn: In the heart of Blaithwaite, this handsome, sandstone, threshing barn with exposed beams is rustic and atmospheric. Seating 140 guests.

Last but by no means least, is Mary-Jane’s Summer House: Built in the Victorian era for William Donald’s only daughter, situated on a little island at the bottom of the formal gardens, it is truly magical. A totally unique outdoor woodland feel to your ceremony and seating 200.

Drinks Reception:
Where all your guests come together in celebration, whether this is in our Orchard gardens, Infinity terrace, Rose garden or Courtyard. Taylor your drinks to suit your own style or use our quirky pop up bar or a mixture of both, the choice is yours!

Endless Photo Opportunities:
Our 200 year old family estate supplies the perfect backdrop to capture the memories you will create today and treasure forever. Formal gardens, ornate interiors, rustic and quirky features, ancient orchard, cobbled courtyard and romantic rose garden; a photographers dream!

Wedding Breakfast:
With freedom to choose your caterer, the only limit is your imagination.
Your wedding breakfast may be a relaxed hog roast or BBQ, a chic afternoon tea or a fabulous formal five course meal. A range of catering kitchens (in the Mansion House, Stables and Ellrigg) and outdoor cooking spaces allow your wishes to come true.

An extensive drinks menu inc. your table wines are provided by Blaithwaite House with free drinks tastings and bar consultation included.

Party into the night in our barn, with a stage for entertainment, superb acoustics and lighting opportunities.

A fully stocked bar awaits, inc. local craft ales, artisan gins and malt whiskies, stocked and staffed without additional charge.

Our spacious conservatory leading through from the barn and onto the orchard terrace is a super room.

Great for evening food, chill out space, photo booth or perhaps a candy cart or children’s area. Just enjoy it fully and use it your way!

Tepee & Marquee Weddings:
Blaithwaite ’s extensive grounds give couples a choice of locations to host everything from a festival style tepee with magnificent views and superb sunsets over the Solway, to a Front lawn Garden party Marqee wedding. Whatever your choice, you can be sure the setting will meet your expectations!

Our Mansion House (sleeps 40 in 13 rooms) and our stables (sleeps 20 in 8 rooms) are two characterful properties. Hire on a self-catering basis so everything from the front door is yours to enjoy. You can relax safe in the knowledge that you are surrounded only by your family and friends! This creates a great family atmosphere, so an ideal option to make your stay for the weekend, not just for the night!

Open to the public, our 44 pitch campsite with new toilet and shower facilities has electric hook-ups, fantastic views and a play area. Or why not hire our glamping tepees? Dressed to impressed and great for 6 people.
(unless hired on a whole exclusive estate booking)

Ellrig is great if you require the extra beds we have 52 in our basic bunk house. Why not bring your guests together for a pre or post wedding gathering in our large, self catered open plan loft space.

The Coach House is a splendid 3 bedroom cottage sleeping 8 with spectacular views. All of our accommodation is hired separately on a nightly basis, so you can book as much or as little as you need. For those who choose an exclusive event, you can hire the entire estate.
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Venue Details

  • Venue Type:
  • Civil Ceremony Licence
  • Exclusive Hire
  • Countryside Location
  • Manor House
  • Barn
  • Historic
  • Outdoor Licence
  • Tipis and Yurts Permitted
  • Marquees and Tents Permitted
  • Woodland
  • Capacity:
  • Intimate (2-20)
  • Nearest & Dearest (20 - 40)
  • Simple Surety (40 - 60)
  • Party People (60 - 150)
  • Grand (150 - 300)
  • Accommodation
  • For Wedding Couple
  • For 1 - 10 guests (dependent on availability)
  • For 10 - 20 guests (dependent on availability)
  • For 20 - 50 guests (dependent on availability)
  • For 50+ guests (dependent on availability)
  • Dining
  • Seated Meal Facilities
  • Buffet meal facilities
  • In house catering
  • Alcohol licence
  • Corkage option

Additional Info

  • Evening Reception Facilities
  • Marquee Available
  • Dance Floor
  • Entertainment Licence
  • Live Band Facilities
  • DJ Facilities
  • Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
  • Wedding Co-ordinator
  • Master of Ceremonies / Toastmaster
  • Confetti permitted
  • Disabled facilities
  • Car parking
  • Helipad
  • Pets welcome