A perfect location, simply perfect memories
Waterhead sits serenely in its prime location at the head of Windermere, on the fringes of Ambleside, with views across the lake to the Lake District fells. This stunning boutique hotel cleverly combines traditional Lakeland elegance with the comfort and luxury of a contemporary town house hotel, making it ideal for couples wanting an exquisite, modern and sophisticated wedding experience in the Lake District. The stunning Lake District scenery provides an ideal backdrop for intimate celebrations and the jetties adjacent to the hotel allow you to incorporate a romantic lake cruise into your special day.
Thank you for your interest and for considering Waterhead Boutique Hotel in Ambleside to hold your wedding celebrations. The Lake District is full of truly breath-taking locations and we would consider that we have one of the best settings to hold such a memorable occasion.
Here at Waterhead we specialise in high quality weddings providing delectable food with wine to match, along with a personal but not intrusive, service for up to 80 guests. As well as providing the packages we have enclosed, we also offer a truly unique and specially tailored wedding package to all couples to allow you to create the wedding day you desire.
This boutique hotel cleverly combines traditional Lakeland elegance with the comfort and luxury of a contemporary town house hotel, making it ideal for couples wanting an exquisite, modern, yet sophisticated wedding experience in the Lakes.
The hotel benefits from stylish interior design, offering a contemporary theme throughout and our 41 bedrooms can accommodate your guests in supreme luxury, not forgetting that we offer full use of the extensive leisure complex located at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, just one mile away.
We understand that no two wedding days are the same and we work closely with both bride and groom to deliver the ultimate day of your dreams. As well as working together with the bride and groom we understand that wedding days are very personal to the wedding party and we strive to allow you to make those all-important touches to the day.
The Spa at Low Wood Bay is only a mile away and offers a range of spa days and treatments, perfect for making the most of your special day.
The Bride & Groom sat at the Wedding Breakfast head table - The Waterhead
The Wedding Breakfast table in The Bar & Grill at The Waterhead
Wedding table decorations - The Waterhead
Wedding guests awaiting the wedding ceremony - The Waterhead
Couple posed for wedding photos by the rowing boats at Waterhead
Couple posed for the wedding photographer on the Waterhead lake jetty
Couple posed for the wedding photographer
Cocktails lined up for the wedding celebrations at The Waterhead
Mini burgers in buns, part of the wedding day celebrations at The Waterhead
The newly weds' after wedding Kiss at The Waterhead
Dancing Bride and wedding guests at The Waterhead
If you do not wish to have exclusive use of Waterhead, we can offer an intimate package for those wanting a smaller, more informal day. Your wedding breakfast can be accommodated in our restaurant between 12noon and 5.30pm, and you would then have the use of our Brathay Suite in the evening, set up as a private lounge with background music for you to carry on your celebrations until 11.00pm.
Our intimate package is based on 30 guests, and additional guests can be added at £100 per person, up to a maximum of 40 guests. There is no reduction in price if numbers are under 30.
Our intimate package includes:
Selection of 3 canapés either on arrival or after the ceremony
Cocktail of your choice either on arrival or after the ceremony
3 course wedding breakfast with coffee or tea
2 glasses of either Pouilly Fuisse or Chateauneuf Du Pape with the Wedding Breakfast
(or an equivalent wine of your choice)
A glass of Champagne for the Wedding Toast
A gourmet meat and cheese evening buﬀet
Complimentary luxury lake view room for the Bridal Suite on the wedding night
Complimentary ﬁrst anniversary stay
This package is available any day of the week throughout the year, subject to availability.
We will send a full list of menus for your wedding breakfast nearer the date.
Exclusive Use Package
Exclusive use means you have use of all the public areas of the hotel, including the Bar & Grill, together with the garden area. Exclusivity has countless benefits, including total flexibility of timings, use of space, different entertainment options, and it also creates an intimate house party atmosphere. Exclusive use will start from 11am on your day of arrival and end at 11am on the next day. There are two options for exclusive use outlined in the following pages.
November - February
The Lake District is an incredibly picturesque venue for a winter wedding, especially at Waterhead. Looking out over the Lake onto snow-topped fells, the golden trees, and of course not forgetting a festive Christmas wedding, each month brings a new life to your surroundings. As the winter weddings package is exclusive use, if the weather is ‘typically Lake District’ you can stay cosy inside Waterhead safe in the knowledge that it is only you and your guests in the hotel, and the venue truly is all yours for your big day.
Our winter weddings package is available November to February and is based on 50 guests. Additional guests can be added.
The package includes;
- Ceremony room hire
- 3 course wedding breakfast and coffee
- Drinks package
- Evenings buffet
This package requires that your guests take a minimum of 20 bedrooms on the night of the wedding, which guarantees exclusive use of the hotel.
Certain days may require additional bedrooms to be taken.
March - October
If you wish to have your dream day at Waterhead in the fresh spring, the (hopefully hot!) summer, or the golden autumn, then our Big Day package is just for you. This is an exclusive use package meaning the hotel and grounds will be all yours. Our Big Day package is available March to October and is priced as a per person package which includes;
- Wedding breakfast & coffee
- Drinks package
- Evening buffet
This package requires that you and your guests take a minimum number of bedrooms on the night of the wedding. Bedrooms requirements as follows;
- Sunday – Thursday (excluding bank holidays) minimum 25 bedrooms
- Friday – minimum 30 bedrooms
- Saturday – All 41 bedrooms on the Saturday and a further 30 on the Friday night
(Excluding Bank Holiday weekends)
Contact our Weddings Co-ordinator
If you would like further information regarding hosting yours wedding at The Waterhead then please contact The Waterhead wedding co-ordinator on: