Askham Hall and Bank Barn, an exciting new style of country house hotel and wedding venue for Cumbria and the Lake District.
Opened in Autumn 2013 with 19 bedrooms, a restaurant, private gardens, spa and converted wedding barn. It's style? Luxurious, intimate, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of charm.
Within the grounds, a beautiful Grade II listed building 'Bank Barn' has been sympathetically converted into a sizeable first class wedding and events venue. With capacity for approximately 150 seated guests, the layout also works well for more intimate groups and parties. Original features such as bare stone walls and an open beamed oak ceiling, together with contemporary lighting, stylish décor and large glass doors, make it a truly special and unique setting for your wedding reception, party or event all year round.
A variety of catering options are available from our onsite kitchen, utilising locally sourced produce, much of it grown and reared at Askham Hall itself or the 800 year old family estate, the Lowther Estate.
Renowned chefs from our sister establishment the George and Dragon, Clifton, repeated winners of the Cumbria Tourism Taste Awards. A fully stocked bar tailored specifically to your requirements can be set up in the main room. Toilets, along with baby changing facilities, are located on the lower level of the barn, these are easily accessible via steps or around the outside of the barn for disabled access. Tables, chairs, linen, crockery, cutlery and glasses are all provided inclusive of the venue hire fee.
The barn can be decorated to your requirements at an additional cost. Alternatively you may decorate the venue yourself, access on the day before your event can be guaranteed providing your guests use all the rooms in the main hall for a minimum of 2 nights. A variety of florists, hair and make-up stylists, dressmakers, photographers, cake makers, music bands and other services can be recommended.
We are licensed for civil ceremonies, both in the barn for larger parties at weekends and in the main house for smaller parties during the week.
We now have a garden pavilion also licensed for civil ceremonies, as well as a newly refurbished Medieval Banquet Hall for pre reception drinks!
St. Peters Church, Askham is located a stone's throw from the venue. A romantic walk takes you from the church through a secret door into the gardens and onto the wedding barn. Thirteenth century St. Michael's Church with its strong Lowther family connections, overlooking Askham Hall, the River Lowther and with views of Lowther Castle, is also a short distance from the venue. Contact details can be provided for either church.
Intimate weddings in the house
We also offer the perfect environment for smaller weddings. Whether it is a cosy winter wedding in the house or a summer wedding in the garden, we have plenty of options to suit your requirements…
We imagine the perfect intimate wedding involving getting married in the old chapel or the garden pavilion followed by a wedding breakfast in one of the private dining rooms, followed by a party in the medieval hall.
The old chapel is licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 30. There are also other rooms licensed for more and fewer numbers and the garden pavilion is licensed too. Your wedding breakfast can be held in one or more of the private dining rooms for as few as 2 people up to about 40.
For later in the evening, you can then move to the medieval hall if you wish for dancing and drinks or just relax in the main house. The medieval hall is a beautiful room dating back to the 1500s with many original features intact, including a large medieval fireplace and traditional low hanging beams.
An example package
An example price for an intimate wedding in the house, based on 18 people is £2,180 including:
Civil ceremony in the private dining room; drinks reception in the Front Hall including two glasses of champagne per person, a 3 course wedding breakfast, half a bottle of wine per person* and toast drink. Accommodation is additional (a minimum of 3 rooms to be taken).
*Any extra drinks needs to be planned and added to the Bride and Bride's/Groom and Groom’s bill
Askham Hall is proud to have been nominated as a FINALIST for CUMBRIA TOURISM’S ‘BOUTIQUE GUEST ACCOMMODATION OF THE YEAR 2018!
Receive £1,000 off the first five 2019 mid-week barn weddings booked! This is a really fantastic offer!
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Spring weekend wedding offer
We have also just released an exceptional offer for our last remaining peak weekend date next spring – Saturday 13 April. Receive not only £2,000 off the cost of your barn wedding, but also a complimentary bridal/grooms suite for the night of your wedding, and a glass of fizz on arrival for all your day guests.
Contact us for more information.
If you said 'YES!' over Christmas or New Year and are hoping to get married this year, we wanted to let you know that we have just one peak summer weekend date left available, on SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2019! This is our last summer weekend wedding date available this year and is likely to sell fast, so get in there and contact our friendly and helpful weddings team to arrange a viewing!
On Sunday 7th April we are holding a wedding open afternoon, from 1pm - 4pm. A chance to meet the staff, view the facilities and see Bank Barn set up for a wedding.
The fabulous Willow & Fig - Wedding and Event Styling will be styling our barn! There will be group show arounds throughout the afternoon and of course our friendly weddings team will be on hand to answer all your questions.
Free entry and no need to book.
We hope to see you there!