In the second in our series of Somerset Wedding Venue features, we head out to West Somerset. Travel through glorious Exmoor National Park, 85 miles East of our last featured venue, and you’ll find our western outpost tucked away between Exford and Dunster. Little Quarme Cottages are set in 17 acres of a private estate on the edge of Dunkery and Horner Wood Nature Reserve. It’s hard to think of a more idyllic spot!
Ceremony With A View
Katherine and Nick Daniel have been running Little Quarme for two years, offering relaxing rural getaways and romantic rustic weddings. They’ve hosted 17 weddings to date, and amazingly have not had to use the backup indoor ceremony barn yet. With a Little Quarme wedding, you can expect to have your ceremony in their wooden gazebo, in the shade of a majestic oak. It’s perfect for setting a relaxed atmosphere, with rolling hills and woodlands all around. The view really is simply gorgeous.
Your Wedding, Your Way
Weddings here have a fantastic DIY feel. With the venue and accommodation taken care of, couples are free to put their own personal stamp on the celebrations. There’s total freedom to choose suppliers, though Nick & Katherine do have a list of local companies if suggestions are needed. They’re on hand to help you through the whole process, or are happy to leave you to run things yourselves. Thanks to the rural setting and informal vibe, it’s not uncommon for couples to opt for a festival style feel. Facilities include a giant barbecue – perfect for communal bacon butty making the morning after – and toasty fire pits will help keep you warm as the celebrations stretch into the evening.
Buffet, BBQ, BYO – Pick Your Perfect Wedding Breakfast
According to Katherine, catering choices have included hog roasts, BBQ, picnics, vintage tea parties, buffets, fish and chip suppers and big pot stews. So far, not a single traditional three course meal in sight! There’s no corkage charge, so couples can organise their own alcohol, hire in a local bar, or ask guests to bring along whatever tipple they prefer. The joy of being able to have exclusive use and a free rein in planning means you can organise something that you know will suit you and your guests.
West Somerset Hospitality
Little Quarme has six cosy cottages that sleep 22, yours for the whole weekend if you need them. Just across the fields is the village of Wheddon Cross where another 30 guests can find a place to stay. Apparently, some hosts are even willing to come and collect you at the end of the festivities. That’s real Somerset hospitality!
Little Quarme caters for weddings for party sizes from 2 to 150, so you can plan a cosy cottage retreat or have plenty of space to invite all your friends to the party. Normally, weddings are available through the spring, summer and autumn. Katherine and Nick can also make arrangements for a winter wedding if you have your heart set on a special date.
Find Out More
Find Little Quarme in our Venue Directory. Get in touch to book a viewing or find out about upcoming open days to see if they are the wedding venue for you.