For a romantic wedding and luxury country house experience like no other, Heather Glen is the perfect exclusive use only wedding venue catering for parties, groups and weddings of all sizes.

Based in the village of Ainstable, close to the village of Armathwaite and mid way between Carlisle and Penrith, we offer the highest levels of comfort and exclusive use service for the weddings of our guests. Under the current ownership, we first opened our doors hosting private hire weddings in May 2007, and since then we have worked with couples and families in order to facilitate their perfect weddings in our lovely home.

Following extensive refurbishment and additions to the original house (seven en suite bedrooms with more planned for 2023/24) we can offer a number of private and bespoke weddings to select from, always including our country house as a venue for your wedding or civil partnership.

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Set in 2 and half acres of country garden, Heather Glen was built in 1900 by a local stonemason for his family home. Our traditional country house it the perfect option when looking for private hire venues to use for your beautiful weddings.

We are fully equipped to serve as one of the most lovely exclusive hire venues for weddings and parties of all sizes (as well as opening our restaurant and bedrooms to guests Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when not hosting a private occasion).

Our West View Room is licensed for private civil ceremonies, accommodating for up to 110 guests, and then later our Eden View Room where your guests will be seated for your Wedding Breakfast. We understand that our guests dream of exclusive services and the ideal venues for their big day and with Heather Glen you can count on total privacy and the kind of luxury that comes with the hire and exclusive use of our

Eden Valley house.

Exclusively yours, Heather Glen is a home away from home, where every promise made is met.

By far the most important thing that underpins your weddings, celebrations and events here at Heather Glen is the fact that if you choose us, our entire country house together with its gardens, becomes yours for the duration of your stay. Quite unlike many other venues, when we talk about exclusive use, we actually mean it.

No country wedding venue could be complete without luxury accommodation for you and your party. We offer 7 unique en suite rooms for you, your family and friends to use.

Ther is a further option of a luxury two bedroom/en suite holiday apartment close by, and further accomodation in our village and neighbouring village of Armathwaite.

For more information about our range of bespoke luxury wedding packages please contact us via phone or email.



Everything is in the detail, from the beautifully painted wood panelling, open staircase, or our lovely wood burning stove in our welcoming entrance lounge, looking out over where wedding guests enjoy welcome drinks, sitting looking out over the village.

A homely and relaxing setting, this lounge provides a comfortable and relaxing area.

Feel right at home with your family and friends in this warm and cosy setting, soaking up the atmosphere throughout the celebrations.



Moving on in to the Heather Glen this lovely lounge has several comfortable seating areas, with a warm and welcoming open fire.

Coupled with our lounge bar, this is the perfect place to sit and chat over all the day’s events, and catch up on old times, rekindling precious memories.



Heather Glen Country House is fully licensed for civil ceremonies, so whether you choose to get married at church or host your full day of celebrations with us, we have the perfect setting to say ‘I do’.

With beautiful panelling and bespoke decor we are ready to welcome up to 110 guests in the West View Room for your ceremony or evening refreshments.

The authority covering Heather Glen is Carlisle City Council.

Tel number: 03003032472



Looking out over the gardens, our Eden View Room seats up to 110 guests

for a served wedding breakfast, but is equally welcoming for numbers of 30 and over.

A lovely balcony, positioned behind the top table, is perfect for capturing those special moments, of which there will be many during your stay with us.

You will find our second and largest bar in this light and spacious room, ensuring your guests do not have to wander far to find an extensive range of beverages.

We work closely with our brides and grooms making sure they have the perfect seating plan for their very special day, guests seated at oblong tables which can be a mix of sizes making planning as flexible as possible.

For your evening celebrations, be this with band or disco, this lovely room is totally transformed and becomes the perfect party venue with own permanent dance floor.



Celebrate your marriage in true exclusivity and intimacy, with freedom to create your own bespoke celebration in a country home that is entirely yours.

At Heather Glen, with our guidance and experience, we want to ensure you create an utterly unique and memorable experience that will be treasured forever.Whilst our beautiful space lends itself perfectly for small and intimate gatherings (minimum 30), we also offer capacity of up to 110 seated day guests, and 200 evening guests.


Welcome Drinks

We would like to suggest for your welcome drink bottles of beer served from a silver ice bucket with either,Pimms, Bucks Fizz or Bellini.Served on our sunny terrace, or in one of our beautiful lounges.


Prosecco to toast your speeches (we are happy to quote for champagne, please ask).

Wedding Breakfast

We are pleased to offer your guests a choice of dish from our menu, devised and cooked in house by our dedicated chefs from carefully selected locally sourced products.


Served in our West View Room, following your Wedding Breakfast, and whilst resetting the Eden View Room for your evening party.

Evening Menu

Cumberland Sausage and Bacon rolls served with chips and sautéed onions.We have several more options on this menu and are pleased to quote,

or for any other dishes you may wish.

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We are pleased to offer Heather Glen as the perfect option for those choosing a more private day.On any day Monday to Wednesday, we host weddings for 25 guests or more.Again, this would include all the main elements for your perfect Wedding Day,

With exclusive use and our seven boutique bedrooms with breakfast the following day.Dates allowing, why not stay the night before and start your celebrations earlier.


Should you wish to say ‘I do’ at the Heather Glen, our beautiful bespoke West View Room, added in 2016, is contemporary in style with lime washed Chiavari chairs, and is licensed for civil and celebrant ceremonies.

Ceremony Charge £300


As we do not as rule host weddings on two consecutive days, we are happy to discuss accommodation for you, your bridal party and friends the night before your wedding day

Our charges cover all the setup costs, crockery, cutlery, glasses, white table linen and napkins, seating plan easel, cake knife and silver cake stand, highchairs and booster seats.We also stock several styles of vases and other wedding decorative items should you wish to use them.


Following your Civil ceremony or upon arrival from church, you may choose to welcome your guests with a delicious mouthwatering selection of canapés, served on the terrace (weather allowing), or in one of our welcoming lounges.Canapés £5 per Guest


You may wish to choose one of the highly recommended wines, supplied by our wine merchants to accompany your Wedding Breakfast Menu.

No extra charge is made should you choose to offer your guests a choice of dish from our menu, devised and cooked in house by our Head Chef and his dedicated team, from carefully selected, locally sourced products.


Choose either homemade vegetable, tomato or broccoli & stilton soup

Made with local seasonal vegetables

Chilled melon with fresh strawberries

Finished with lemon sorbet

Chili meatballs served on a tomato and basil sauce

With a warm crusty roll

Smooth liver pate with Cumberland sauce

Served with a warm crusty roll

Sautéed mushrooms in an herb garlic cream sauce

Served with a warm crusty roll

Smoked salmon with prawns and salad garnish

Dressed with Marie rose sauce

Oven baked camembert with sun blush tomato and basil wrapped in filo pastry

Served with salad garnish


Hand selected topside of Eden Valley Beef with Yorkshire pudding & mild creamed horseradish tartlet

Lakeland Lamb Joint served with a redcurrant tartlet and mint sauce

Roast fillet of Cumbrian Pork topped with herb crust and served on Calvados sauce

Oven baked fresh Scottish Salmon finished with a choice of

· white wine and prawn sauce,


·topped with asparagus andsweet peppers

Kirk Oswald Cumberland Sausage award winning sausage set on a bed of mash, topped with red wine & onion gravy

Fillet of chicken served either

·Pan fried topped with cheddar cheese and leek cream sauce,

·Stuffed with Border Haggis, wrapped in smoked bacon, and finished with a Drambuie cream sauce,

·Char grilled coated with a white wine, mushroom and oregano cream sauce,

·Pan fried in white wine, asparagus and sage cream sauce

Golden Sweet Potato Cakes with cheddar cheese and leek, served on a fresh tomato salsa

All served with seasonal vegetables

TRIO OF SWEETSChoose three you would like, all beautifully presented, and doesn’t need a preorder!

Martindale Sticky Toffee Pudding with extra toffee sauce on top

Fresh fruits of the season crème Brule

Chocolate and orange roulade

Homemade meringue filled with cream and fresh fruit

Vanilla cheesecake drizzled with raspberry sauce

Chocolate profiterole

Please include a note asking your guests to provide you with ‘any special dietary requirements’ when ordering


Evening food is calculated on a per head basis, and you must provide evening food for all day and any additional night guests.

We have several evening menu choices, but if there is something else you would like us to quote for please do not hesitate to ask.

 Cumberland Sausage and Bacon Rolls  

Served with chips and sautéed onions

(no supplement charge for day guests)

 Posh Pizzas 

Served with salad and chips

 Hot Buffet  

Including choice of three main dishes, served with a

Selection of salads chips/rice and garlic bread

Cold Buffet  

Including two roast meats, poached dressed salmon,

fruit kebabs, salad, chips and selection of breads


Selection of two cold and one hot

Cheese Board

Made up of a varied selection of local cheeses, served with

fruit and biscuits

(please note when quoting all our prices are inclusive of VAT)