Weddings for up to 156 seated people in the barn.
Our charming Grade II listed Bank Barn has been sympathetically converted into a first class wedding venue with a capacity for up to 156 guests seated and up to 200 guests for the evening. With original features, bare stone walls and an open beamed oak ceiling together with contemporary lighting, an oak dance floor and large glass doors, Askham Hall really is a special and unique setting for your wedding.
Toilets and baby changing facilities are located on the lower level of the barn. These are easily accessible via the stairs or around the outside of the building. Within the barn hire fee we offer round tables with a capacity of 10 people, a trestle table top table, lime wash Chiviari chairs, white linen table cloths with napkins, crockery, cutlery and glasses all provided by ourselves. For additional trestle tables, charges may apply. Plug points are available with different options for the location of a band or DJ. You may decorate the Bank Barn yourself with access on the day before your wedding, provided your party uses a minimum of 15 bedrooms for two nights. Alternatively we can recommend venue decorators from our suppliers list.
We have 18 individually styled double bedrooms and suites available including two bedrooms with disabled facilities. Prices start from £150 for a double room in low season and £170 in high season, inclusive of breakfast and VAT. A complete list of room rates is available, please enquire for details.
For a wedding taking a minimum of 15 bedrooms for two nights we offer a 10% discount on room rates.
Our luxurious and relaxing Scandinavian spa with heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, treatment room and private gardens are also available for exclusive use of hotel guests.
Our country inn sister establishment The George and Dragon, located just a few miles away in nearby Clifton has 11 individually styled and comfortable double bedrooms. Prices start at £95 for a double room including breakfast. Lunch and dinner are also available here, see our website for current menus.
Our Bank Barn is family and child friendly. We are more than happy to cater to these needs as necessary. In addition to baby changing facilities we can also provide children’s meals, travel cots and highchairs. We have a playground right in front of the animal viewing area to keep the little ones entertained. Our facilities in the main hall are a little more limited so please enquire for details.
Here at Askham Hall we have a variety of in house catering options available from our onsite kitchens, utilizing locally sourced produce. Many of the ingredients we use are either grown in our own Kitchen Gardens, reared at Askham Hall itself or from the 800 year old Lowther family estate.
Overseeing our kitchens at Askham Hall and devising our wedding menus is head chef Richard Swale. Please see his profile on our website. The style of our food at Askham Hall is to concentrate on making the most of ingredients from our farms, kitchen garden and surrounding wild areas and turning them into delicious plates of food!
If you choose to take a minimum of 15 bedrooms for two nights, you then have exclusive use of our restaurant and/or the Medieval Hall on the night before your wedding.
The restaurant will be open to the general public on the night of your wedding. If you would like the restaurant to be closed, there will be an additional charge.
We have a fully stocked bar in both the Bank Barn and the Medieval Hall. For your wedding reception we can either supply your wine and champagne, or you can pay a corkage charge supplying your own. We don’t allow corkage for spirits or beers.
Here at Askham Hall, we have a unique variety of locations in which you can hold your wedding ceremony. We can offer either a civil ceremony or a celebrant ceremony at Askham Hall itself or you can opt for a church ceremony.
Not even a five minute walk through our gardens, there is St. Peter’s Church, a beautiful 19th Century church overlooking the River Lowther. Further along up the hill you will find the majestic 13th century St. Michaels Church in Lowther, overlooking Askham Hall itself along with stunning views of Lowther Castle. Both are under the care of Revd. Janet Cox and Revd. Katharine Butterfield. The initial contact email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You would need to contact the vicar directly to discuss church availability and requirements.
Askham Hall is an approved venue for civil ceremonies. We are licensed for ceremonies with up to 156 wedding guests in the Bank Barn, 70 in the Medieval Hall and for smaller parties in the main house on weekdays. Our outdoor garden pavilion is also licensed for ceremonies (weather dependent!) for up to 156 people. Additional barn and room hire costs apply. After checking availability at Askham Hall, you need to book your ceremony directly with Cumbria’s registration office, please visit http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/registrationservice/marriages/marriages.asp for full details including costs and contact details.
The same applies for a celebrant ceremony.
Parking is available in our Bank Barn car park in front of the barn and the overflow car park behind it. More limited car parking is also available for residents in front of the hall itself.
We are able to recommend a large variety of wedding service providers including: florists, hair and make-up stylists, dressmakers, photographers, videographers, cake makers, music bands, DJs and mobile discos, wedding planners, wedding transport coaches and classic cars, table, chair and venue decorators, stationers, marquee hire companies, plus many more. Please enquire for details.
Fireworks and fire lanterns are not permitted so as not to disturb the animals living at Askham Hall and the nearby farms, except by prior arrangement at certain times of the year.
Pricing guide for 2018
You can hold either a licensed civil ceremony or celebrant ceremony in either our Bank Barn for up to 156 people which will cost £600. The Medieval Hall holds 70 people for a ceremony and costs £300. We can also hold ceremonies outside in our Garden Pavilion. Ceremonies can take place in the Hall but this is only available for smaller parties, mid-week, at a charge of £300.
Please note, all your guests attending the ceremony must be seated.
Monday – Thursday = £1,800 for up to 100 people seated and £15 per head thereafter up to 156. Friday – Sunday = £2,800 May to August, £2,300 September to April inclusive for the whole party.
The barn is most suited to around 100 up to a maximum of 156 seated. If you are thinking of fewer than this please discuss this with us as charges may apply.
If your numbers exceed 156 we can offer a bespoke option, please call to discuss with us.
Drinks and canapés are served either in the Front Hall and Lawn or the Medieval Hall and Orchard, before the party heads up to the barn.
Devised and cooked ‘in-house’ by our dedicated chefs, our bespoke menu with a minimum spend of £55 per person offers plenty of choices for your wedding breakfast.
A rough estimate can be calculated from the “2018 Sample Wedding Menu Options” sheet which can be found on our website. On a per head basis we suggest a format of:
- Canapés with the drinks reception (your guests are very likely to be hungry at this stage, and will be drinking alcohol)
- Starter once you move up to the barn (this could be substituted with more canapés earlier)
- Main course
- and then tea and coffee (additional charge)
We do not accept any external caterers except for the wedding cake.
The Kitchen Garden Cafe is closed on a Saturday. As it may be open on other days please discuss your timings with us prior to booking your ceremony.
Evening food is, again, calculated on a per head basis and included within your £55 per person spend. A rough estimate can be taken from our “Sample Wedding Menu Options” sheet. You must provide evening food for any additional evening guests.
Wine and champagne can be provided either by ourselves (see our “Wedding wine selection” for prices) or can be supplied by your party with a corkage charge of, £12 for wine, £18 for sparkling wine and £18 for Champagne (all based on a 75cl bottle).
We normally work on 5 glasses of fizz per bottle, allowing you to calculate the number of bottles needed for your
drinks reception or toast (no. of guests x no. of glasses budgeted for).
- reception drinks (we would suggest 2/3 glasses per person per hour)
- toast (1 glass per person)
- Wine during wedding breakfast (1/2 bottle per person)
We offer a range of different options regarding your wedding accommodation. Overall we have 18 very unique bedrooms full of character and you can find all of our individual room prices along with brief descriptions on our website under ‘rooms’.
If you book 15 bedrooms or more for two nights (i.e Friday and Saturday), not only will you get a 10% discount off the bedroom rates, you can use either the Front Hall and Lawn or the Medieval Hall and Orchard (dependant on guest numbers) for your drinks reception free of charge.
- Low season 2018 – 15 bedrooms, including 10% discount £5220 (2 nights including breakfast) 18 bedrooms, including 10% discount £6264 (2 nights including breakfast)
- High season 2018 – 15 bedrooms, including 10% discount £6444 (2 nights including breakfast) 18 bedrooms, including 10% discount £7722 (2 nights including breakfast)
When booking 15 bedrooms or more at Askham Hall for two nights the restaurant is exclusively yours the evening before your wedding. The menu can be discussed and created especially, please enquire for further details.
If you do not want to book all the bedrooms for two nights then you can book a minimum of 6 bedrooms for two nights instead. Using the Medieval Hall and Orchard for your drinks reception at a charge of £400 as the remaining bedrooms will then be open to the general public.
The 6 bedrooms that come with this accommodation option are the 3 bedrooms on the 1st floor in the Pele tower, Lonsdale, Admirals and The Old Dressing Room along with 3 from in the wing, the Old Playroom, Griffin and Parkview.
- Low season 2018 – £2400 plus £400 drinks reception charge = £2800
- High season 2018 –£3000 plus £400 drinks reception charge = £3400
Please note, high season includes Easter, Christmas and New Year.
If you book a minimum of 10 bedrooms on the night of your wedding, including the 1st floor Pele Tower you can then use either the Front Hall and Lawns or the Medieval Hall and Orchard for your drinks reception with a charge of £400 as we will then close the remaining bedrooms to the public.
- Prices will vary depending on which bedrooms you choose.
If you would like to book less than 10 bedrooms, you can book a minimum of 6 bedrooms instead, (same ones as weekend option 2) for the night of your wedding. If you do this you can hold your drinks reception in the Medieval Hall and the lawns. The Front Hall will be open to other guests using the hotel, so not available for the drinks reception if you take less than 10 bedrooms. There is a charge of £400 for the reception room use in this instance.
- Prices will vary depending on which bedrooms you choose.
If you wanted to book all of the bedrooms or a minimum of 15 bedrooms for two nights, then a 10% discount off the bedroom rates would apply along with no reception room hire charge (see weekend option 1).
- An accommodation deposit of £35% is required 6 months prior to the booking, and the remainder of your
accommodation balance is then required 1 month prior to the wedding, paid in one lump sum.
- The restaurant is open to non-residents Tuesday – Saturday whilst your wedding party is enjoying the
evening in the barn, unless you wish to pay a supplement to close it.
- High season room rates are from April to September (including Easter, Christmas and New Year).
Ready to book? – A £1200 non-refundable deposit is required to secure the date and the hire of the barn.