Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Cornwall

Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, courtyard with farmhouses
Credit: Dan Ward

Wedding venue Knightor is a beautiful courtyard of historic and traditionally restored granite barns with an adjoining farmhouse used for on-site accommodation. The winery is set in four acres of vineyards, pasture and orchard in a secluded area of countryside nestled just above St Austell Bay. The grounds include a sunny courtyard perfect for drinks and dining al fresco, pretty cottage gardens that surround the farmhouse and lead to the arbour, and a wildlife pond which is a stunning outdoor blessing location. The main Threshing Barn comprises an oak-topped barrel bar, comfy sofas and a dancefloor on the ground floor, with doors leading out to the sunny courtyard. On the second floor, the large room filled with natural daylight has vaulted ceilings, oak beams and stone walls offering a traditional Cornish barn feel.

Ceremonies take place indoors and out. The second floor of the Threshing Barn, that has disabled access, holds up to 90 guests and is used for all indoor ceremonies. Outside, the arbour overlooking the pond and lawns leading down to the orchard is a traditional oak structure with a Cornish slate roof and seats up to 90 loved ones on rustic-inspired straw bales. It's a peaceful spot for small and large gatherings, and the nearby pond makes a wonderful photo opportunity in summer when it's topped with lily pads and surrounded by bulrushes and wildflowers. Blessings can take place here, as well as in the orchard and vine polytunnel, and it's also a superb spot for drinks and canapés.The wedding breakfast and reception takes place in the Threshing Barn for up to 120 guests seated, or 160 loved ones standing during the evening. Guests have the option to relax upstairs with dancing taking place downstairs, and the venue benefits from a late licence. For those wanting to host all of their celebrations outside, the courtyard can be set up for outdoor dining for up to 120 guests seated at long banquet tables in addition to the top table. It's also a great spot for a drinks reception and looks romantic at night decorated with festoon lighting and bunting. Within the courtyard, there's a small lawn, ideal for a spot of croquet. More garden games and even a traditional egg-and-spoon race can be arranged in the orchard and most of the site is safe for children, although there's a designated children's play area.

An outdoor kitchen can be set up in the courtyard, where the in-house chefs will cook over a fire in front of guests, and during the evening, firepits are permitted along with live music until 11 pm so those wanting a festival-theme wedding with a band and DJ can make full use of the outside space. The first dance under the candlelit arbour is a very special option. A marquee can be erected in the courtyard and orchard, and guests can enjoy the accommodation available in the farmhouse, or, tipis or yurts can be hired and pitched in the orchard for more accommodation options.

We love... that the wedding barns and gardens are set within the same grounds as the boutique, working winery producing still and sparkling wines and Cornish vermouth. Couples wanting to incorporate the winery element into their wedding can do so with photographs taken amongst the stillages and oak barrels. Wine tours and tastings for guests can be arranged as part of the wedding entertainment. In addition to this, all couples that book receive a complimentary meal and wine tasting plus discounts on wines, feast nights and Sunday lunches at the estate.

Contact: 01726 851 101,
Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, Cornwall, PL26 8YQ

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