Nestled on the Cornish Coast, St Mawes Castle is the most perfectly preserved of all of Henry VIII’s forts. With its unusual clover-leaf shape and surrounding banked gardens leading down to the sea, it is one of the most elaborate castles ever built.
Entering the castle grounds, your guests will be utterly impressed with the amazing views of the castle and the ocean below. Inside the Castle Keep, say ‘I do’ in the Upper Gun Room. At the top of the castle, this bright round room features stunning arched windows giving glimpses of the surrounding sea. Simple wooden benches and a red carpet make this an elegant and tranquil room for up to 70 of your guests to witness the exchanging of your vows.
Right at the water’s edge, the Little Fort is a charming rustic spot for outdoor wedding ceremonies. The arched alcoves in its round walls were built to house cannons for Henry VIII, but today the ancient walls provide shelter making this outdoor room a real sun trap for you and up to 60 of your guests.
After your ceremony, you and your partner can lead your guests into the grounds for photos, drinks and canapés. Choose from the gardens or the decked terrace to raise a glass to your future and watch the boats go sailing by on the sea below.
For large ceremonies, the Garrison Mess Room is the ideal setting for up to 100 guests to witness you saying your vows in this enchanting space. With its whitewashed walls and atmospheric alcoves, the room looks stunning when decorated simply with candles and flowers.
For your wedding breakfast, the Garrison Mess Room can be transformed for you and 72 of your guests to celebrate and enjoy dinner. The impressive fireplace is an ideal backdrop for your top table and can be simply decorated with candles and flowers. After dinner, you can dance the night away to your evening’s entertainment.
In the grounds, marquees can be set up for those wanting to take full advantage of the stunning panoramic sea views. The perfect backdrop to your wedding reception, you and your guests can spend the night toasting to your future under the stars.
Come and meet our Hospitality Co-ordinators and see the castle dressed for a wedding ceremony at our Wedding Preview on Saturday 5 March. Then, join us the following day at our sister castle, Pendennis Castle, where you can meet a selection of excellent local wedding suppliers including caterers, photographers and florists.