Cragwood Country House Hotel Wedding

The Cragwood

Cragwood Country House Hotel Wedding Venue

HELLO! I’M Janet.
I am a cragwood country house hotel wedding photographer and visual storyteller.

Nestled on the shores of England’s longest and most beautiful lake. You will find Cragwood Country House Hotel.  Set in its own secluded, twenty-acre estate of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland. It’s hard to resist a relaxing Lake District break at Cragwood.

With stunning gardens leading down to the shores of Lake Windermere. There could be no place more beautiful to take in the fabulous Lake District views. Than at the end of our private jetty on Windermere.

Cragwood is big enough to feel grand but still small enough to be intimate and relaxed too. The atmosphere is informal, welcoming and really quite special.

three wedding packages

At Cragwood we have three wedding packages for you to choose from. All of which give you exclusive use of the entire hotel and grounds.  Our wedding packages, named after the majestic Lakeland Fells. Based on 40 guests but can be increased for up to 80 day guests and 120 evening guests. And are all available seven days a week.

However if you’re looking for a more intimate affair then our popular ‘Just Us’ package is perfect for you!

Rest your head in one of our 23 individually designed bedrooms. No two rooms are the same and each has its own charm and character.

All have the modern comforts you would expect. To make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Our ‘Just Us’ wedding package. Designed for couples who want to enjoy an intimate wedding celebration. In a fabulous location, with wonderful service and amazing food, just for two.

Our specialist wedding cakes are designed, baked and beautifully decorated. With the finest attention to detail especially for you. With over 20 years’ experience, our in house cake designer Kate Sumsion will work closely with you. To produce a unique creation as individual as your big day.


Kate is a highly skilled baker, cake designer, sugar artist, patissiere and chocolatier. She is passionate about craftsmanship and prides herself on attention to detail. Every decoration is individually hand crafted. From her delicate sugar flowers to her quirky character models. 

History of the hotel

Cragwood Country House was deigned by Frank Dunkerly. And built in 1910 for the industrialist Albert Walburton. Built with stone quarried from its own grounds, which are now a feature of the water gardens.

Other Information

Cragwood. Situated right next to the incredibly popular attraction of Brockhole Visitor Centre. Brockhole is a fantastic location filled with activities. Such as a high ropes course, adventure play. All sorts of family activities from pony trekking to crazy golf. And you can also catch the famous Windermere Lake Cruise from their jetty. We are also 2 miles (3.22 kilometres) from Ambleside. And 3 miles (4.83 kilometres) from Bowness. Where you will find popular activities such as the world of Beatrix Potter. Wray Castle is also a short drive away, as is the famous writer, Wordsworth’s old house, Dove Cottage.


Our perfect wedding on 18 May 2019

truly unique ceremony

My husband and I chose the Cragwood as our wedding venue because of its immaculate gardens. Peaceful and secluded location, stunning views of the lake and mountains. For those all important photographs and the little garden gazebo. Which, if the weather permitted, would provide a truly unique ceremony.

intangible excellence

What we weren’t aware of beforehand is the intangible excellence of all the staff. who transformed our entire weekend from “fabulous” to “perfect”.  From the moment we arrived. Albert the GM greeted us with the enthusiasm and warmth you could expect from one of your wedding guests. He and all the team could not be more attentive. Not just to us, but to all our guests throughout the whole weekend. And the feedback received was simply impeccable. 

The food was absolutely exquisite. The Chefs there are particularly talented. A Michelin Star at some point in the not too distant future ? . 

truly fabulous

I can not express enough how truly fabulous the Cragwood is as a wedding venue. And my husband and I will be sure to revisit again on many occasions in the future.

‘Just us’

We have just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. Renewing our vows at Cragwood Country House Hotel. From checking in to departure, we felt so special from start to finish. Our intimate event was only 9 people. But the service we received was absolutely amazing and the staff couldn’t do enough for us. The manager, Albert went above and beyond- and was excellent with our two children. The wedding coordinator, Emily, and Trudy were also amazing. And made sure that they went through every detail on arrival to make sure everything was perfect!  The venue itself was immaculate and the grounds, stunning. Also, the food was delicious and beautifully presented. I cannot recommend Cragwood highly enough- we are already planning to stay again. Thank you for the most amazing time and wonderful memories. Nicole and Philip x

Perfect venue, perfect wedding…a wonderful weekend and memorable stay. Superlative staff and accomodation.

Perfect, perfect

Where do I start? Perfect, perfect… Why would you NOT choose this for your wedding venue or, indeed, any celebrations? OK, I will try to describe our wonderful experience. From the groom’s mother perspective. From walking into reception. Warm, friendly, attentive and very professional staff. This highest level of service remained a constant throughout our weekend stay. Room service, restaurant, bar, ceremony. Staff were always on hand to support, smile and meet our every need. Never have I been presented with such a knowledgeable young bar expert.

range of Gins

The range of Gins and his product knowledge was more than exceptional, amazing really. Our room was superb. Well equipped, beautifully clean and serviced. And perfectly positioned for us to admire the joyously beautiful views of the surrounding well tended gardens and the Lake. Simply breathtaking. The gardens were pleasure personified. Breakfast was superb with many choices available, accommodating different dietary requirements very nicely. Thank you. Lots of room to ensure quiet times, peaceful moments. Group activities all well appointed. The house is beautiful with an interesting history and is very well maintained.

guest rooms

I visited a lot of guest rooms. All individual, beautifully presented, comfortable and with exceptional views. The wedding day was joyous from waking to the wee small hours. The ceremony, outdoors, was beautifully set up and managed. Special credit to the registrars who were wonderful. The wedding breakfast. Held in the large hall was again, simply beautifully set up and executed. Greatly valued the opportunity to find a space for quiet contemplation. There were many of those both indoors and outside. If I could find a criticism, I would, if only for balance here but honestly, I can’t find one. Thank you to Cragwood House management. And every single staff member for your care, diligence, thoughtfulness and professionalism. And clear desire to help create what became a perfect day, perfect weekend and happily memorable wedding.

plan to return

My husband and I plan to return for our own little celebration. Assured that it will be peaceful and luxurious as soon as we can. And I plan to encourage our son and newest daughter in law to return for their anniversary. Finally, a special Polska thank you to our MC on the day, our shared heritage was another special memory. Well done Bride and Groom for finding and booking this wonderful venue. Job very well done my dears. Cragwood.stay as perfect as you are. We wish you and the staff team success.

staff are a highly trained

How wonderful to be able to contribute to lifelong memories in such a capable manner. For those considering a wedding or celebratory package. I hope that you will find this venue as wonderful as our families and friends found it to be. I would not hesitate to book this hotel again and will reiterate that the staff team. From management through to departmental staff are a highly trained and most effective team. And really do strive to be available and accommodating.

gardens are exquisite

What more could we ask for? Back to our room… loved the Nespresso machine. Fluffy towels, premium bed linen, comfortable furniture, room service. And views onto the terrace, gardens and lake. Finally, the gardens are exquisite. Detecting the hard work of the gardening team. Amazing backdrops for those all important photography opportunities. Did I say thank you? To finish… Memorable day and memorable weekend. I will cherish until my memories begin to fade. And then I will have the many photos in which Lake Windermere features.

Janet Ridley Photography | cragwood country house hotel wedding

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