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Wedding Hire


Set within the heart of the Borrowdale Valley, the Borrowdale Institute is an ideal setting for a rural wedding. 

Our large Main Hall, with a seated capacity of around 90 people is accompanied by the Community Room which offers a fully fitted kitchen and lounge area. Our upstairs area (accessible by either lift or stairs) completes the building. This floor houses the Herdwick Suite that features a balcony with breathtaking views of the valley and beyond - the perfect place for a celebratory glass of bubbly. 

The Main Hall

Pricing starts from £2,750

Local occupants are eligible for a discounted rate. 

View our Wedding Brochure here:

Our Main Hall measures approximately 12.2 metres x 8.4 meters and has a seated for dining capacity of around 90 people. Though comfortable numbers are recommended around 85-90 people. 

The Hall is decorated in a neutral colour scheme that lends itself perfectly to be decorated in line with any colour scheme for your wedding day. Complete with wooden floors, high ceiling with exposed beams and a total of six large windows, the room is ideal for celebrations from day to night.

There is a bar located in the Main Hall. The staffed bar is part of the wedding pricing, number of staff will depend on your guest numbers. 

Key Points

  • Large room (12.2m x 8.4m)- capacity of 102 seated for dining, 204 standing/dancing 

  • 6 large windows provide lots of natural light and make the most of the views at this side of the building 

  • Point of access straight from the road 

  • 2 other doors - 1 that leads into the Community Room (kitchen area) and 1 that leads to the hallway (toward WC's another door to carpark)

  • Self contained bar - the staffing of which is included in the price

  • Neutral decor - solid wood floor, white woodwork, high ceilings and beams

  • Sound systems and hearing loop

  • We do have some furniture that is available to use, however in the video above and pictures below the furniture was hired from 


The Community Room 

The Community Room is situated next to the Main Hall on the ground floor of the building. It houses the kitchen (please Contact Us for more information of the facilities and appliances). 

The Community Room can be closed off so that it can be used solely by a catering team, or it can be used a dual space for a catering team in the kitchen and as a reception area for guests in the lounge area. The lounge area benefits from views of Castle Crag and the valley beyond. 

Key Points

  • Main kitchen housed within this room

  • Honister Slate worktop 

  • Local stone faced wall - built by local legend Billy Bland 

  • Spectacular views of the valley

  • Relaxed seating i.e. armchairs, sofas, bar stools and dining chairs 

  • Large 65" TV screen 


The Herdwick Suite

The Herdwick Suite is situated on the top floor of the budding. It is accessible either by stairs or by a lift, meaning it is accessible for all.

The Herdwick Suite has a standing capacity of around 60 people and works well as a reception room. There are wonderful views of both Rosthwaite village and the surrounding fields and fells that can be enjoyed either form the many windows inside the Herdwick Suite or from the balcony. 

Key Points

  • Self contained kitchenette 

  • Balcony with views of the valley 

  • Standing capacity of around 60 people 

  • Large 65" TV screen 


Have a question?

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If you have any questions at all, then please get in touch.

You can contact us in a variety of ways; 

Via our Contact Form

Emailing us at

Messaging us on our social media platforms

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