Outdoor Elegance - The Perfect Spaces for Your Celebration
Lovingly tended by Head Gardener, Janet Queen, Rose Castle’s spectacular outdoor spaces showcase the glory of a Cumbrian autumn. From intimate ceremonies in pretty Pettinger’s Garden, with its views of Helvellyn, to lively receptions on the Bishop’s Lawn, every corner exudes charm and any number of photo opportunities.
Party under a canopy of golden leaves in our apple-scented orchard and dance the night away beneath the stars - Rose Castle provides the canvas, and your love story paints the masterpiece. Venture beyond the mantle wall into a sprawling playground that’s perfect for games. Descend beneath the elder tree and meander into the moat woodland, where oak and birch trees create a captivating play of light and shadow.
On the far side of the woodland lies our 14th-century stew pond, adding a touch of mediaeval charm to your celebration. The venerable dovecote, erected in 1700 during Bishop Thomas Smith's tenure, stands proudly on a distinct mound, not far from the stew pond's boundary.
The gardens beckon, inviting you to explore their timeless beauty. Immerse yourself in nature, relishing the freedom to set your own pace and revel in the whimsy of this unique setting for your special day.
Let Mother Nature Inspire Your Wedding Theme
The autumnal colour palette is Mother Nature's gift to your wedding decor. For an inviting fusion of warmth and elegance, start with rich, earthy tones like deep burgundy, burnt orange, and gold.
Incorporate seasonal elements like pumpkins, rustic wooden accents, and autumnal foliage. Soft, ambient lighting with fairy lights or candles will complement the cosy atmosphere. Think plush fabrics and textured table linens for a stunning mix of sophistication and rustic charm. We will be only too delighted to help you bring your dream autumnal wedding decor to life.
As the sun sets, and the temperature drops, retreat indoors to the castle's warm embrace. Cosy firesides, plush couches, and a glass of red in the opulence of our State Drawing Room – the recipe for an intimate and romantic setting. The castle becomes your haven, where the love between you and your partner is reflected in the flickering flames.
A Feast for the Senses
Let's talk about the pièce de résistance – the culinary delights awaiting you and your guests. Rose Castle's in-house chef will craft a menu that’s not just food; it's an experience. Rich, warming dishes, made using fresh, seasonal produce from our gardens and served in an elegant setting will capture the flavours of autumn.
Think roasted butternut squash bruschetta and goat cheese-stuffed fig canapés, a main course of herb-infused roasted lamb or vegetarian Wellington, paired with seasonal sides like maple-glazed carrots and sage-infused smashed potatoes. Conclude your culinary journey with spiced apple tarts, traditional sticky toffee pudding, and cinnamon-dusted profiteroles. Our elegant State Dining Room will comfortably sit 68 guests; for larger wedding parties, talk to us about a marquee, teepee or pavilion option.
Movies Under the Stars
As the evening unfolds, the fairy tale continues with an outdoor cinema experience. Surrounded by twinkling lights and the vast night sky, snuggle up under blankets with your loved ones and enjoy a cinematic adventure in the castle's grounds. Nibble on caramel popcorn and sip mulled cider and local ales from your very own pop-up bar for a unique touch that will add a playful element to your special day.
Snuggle up and Sleep in Cosy Opulence
As the day concludes, retreat to your bridal suite, adorned with elegant furnishings and bathed in the soft glow of autumn’s rosy hues. Boasting an en-suite bathroom with a charming roll-top bath and twin basins, it’s a haven of indulgence and comfort. The allure of Rose Castle extends beyond the bridal suite, offering an additional 14 bedrooms, ensuring ample space for up to 26 of your nearest and dearest to unwind and reflect on the day.
Your Dream Autumn Wedding Venue Awaits
Rose Castle is the perfect venue for your dream autumn wedding. The Lake District's natural beauty, combined with the castle's heritage and charm, creates an atmosphere of love, warmth, and magic. Say 'I do' in a place where every detail is tailored to give you an unforgettable day. Get in touch with us now and start planning your dream autumn wedding.