Small weddings, beautifully formed

Helford River Hotel | Budock Vean | Cornwall

Your Wedding by the Helford

Your Wedding by the Helford

Our beautiful country house hotel is nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the south Cornwall coast. Privately owned and managed by the Barlow family, our four-star hotel is set in 65 acres of glorious gardens, golf course and woodlands which lead down to a private river foreshore.

With our excellent reputation for cuisine and friendly service, we’re a popular choice for couples looking for a wedding or civil partnership in a beautiful and calm setting.

Boutique Weddings

Boutique Weddings

We specialise in boutique weddings for up to 40 people.

From the really small … we’ve hosted elopements, (where we have provided the witnesses), to weddings with 6 guests who enjoyed an intimate ceremony followed by dinner in the restaurant and a whole range of beautiful events for up to 40 people.

We hold a Civil Licence so can host your ceremony as well as your reception, so if you’re thinking ‘smaller is more beautiful’ then come and pay us a visit.  Our beautiful rooms offer you and your guests the chance to make a stay of it.

Wedding Venue in Cornwall | Budock Vean Hotel
Weddings in Cornwall | Budock Vean Hotel

Large Weddings and Evening Functions

Large Weddings and Evening Functions

During December and January each year there is the opportunity to take over the hotel for your event, this means you get the run of the place! 

Of course, this gives you the opportunity to have a larger wedding for up to 120 guests and you can have an all out evening bash. Talk to us and we can explain how that works and how many people need to stay overnight.

Your Ceremony

Your Ceremony

Exchange your vows in our beautifully light and bright function suite overlooking the garden and golf course. We’ll dress the registrar's table with white linen and arrange the room so you and your guests are comfortable (up to 40 guests).

If you are taking over the hotel during December or January up to 80 guests can enjoy your ceremony in the main restaurant. 

You may choose to dress the chairs and we can help you arrange this. 

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We could not be more delighted! You were so kind and thoughtful and the hotel looked beautiful. The staff were so helpful and charming and the tables looked lovely. All our guests have said how much they liked the hotel and it was the perfect location for the happy day.

Bride & Groom, 2019

Everyone remarked on how delicious the food was … I loved my wedding breakfast, especially the dream roast potatoes!

Bride, 2019

We really can’t thank you all enough for making the weekend so special and run so smoothly!

Bride and Groom, 2019

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Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception

Whether you have enjoyed your ceremony with us or have tied the knot elsewhere, we can offer a lovely space for your wedding reception for up to 40 guests.

Our room hire package includes a wedding co-ordinator to assist you along the way, bud vases and white linen on all tables and a PA system for speeches. You may also plug and play background music through the built-in AV system.



Our talented team of chefs have an enviable reputation for serving wonderful food using locally sourced ingredients. Our team can work with you to create a menu that fits the style of your wedding and suits your budget.

For elopements or very small weddings you may choose to dine in our main restaurant, or if you’re happy in the function room that’s great too... we can talk that over when we’re helping you make your plans. If you’re putting together your own wedding breakfast you can choose a beautiful buffet or a sit down meal to enjoy in your private function room.

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Menu Ideas

Menu Ideas

We can offer sit down meals, fork or finger buffets. To get the ball rolling here are some examples.

We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, GF and other dietary requirements. We’ll work with you to see what produce is in season, what’s on offer and the type of meal you are looking for.

Sample Dinner Menu

West Country ham hock and pistachio roll, celeriac remoulade, mustard frills

Granny smith apple, Helford blue, chicory, watercress, walnuts

Gravadlax of Scottish salmon, fennel and beetroot salad, vodka crème fraiche

Roasted and spiced Cornish monkfish, cauliflower purée, pancetta, curry oil, potato chips, coriander

Cream of leek and potato soup
Lemon sorbet

Roast fillet of Cornish beef, black cabbage, wild mushrooms, roast shallots, garlic roast new potatoes,

Madeira sauce Pan-roasted breast of Barbary duck, Savoy cabbage, carrot purée, Parmentier potatoes, piccolo parsnips, sherry sauce

Grilled fillets of locally landed plaice, samphire, fine beans, Greenland prawns, sauté potatoes, nut brown butter

Pan-roasted supreme of Cornish wild sea bass, wilted spinach, crab and Parmesan mash, chive butter sauce

Pear delice, Cornish clotted cream, toasted seeds, grilled figs

Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, Cornish vanilla ice creams

Dark chocolate pavé, raspberry sorbet, pistachio

A trio of cheeses supplied by Hawkridge farm, Cornish blue, Cornish yarg and Keltic gold served with walnut quince jelly, celery and biscuits

Fresh fruit salad

A selection of Roskilly’s ice cream

Sample Fork Buffet

Fanned seasonal melon with a forest fruit compôte and creme fraiche

Smoked chicken, prawn and citrus fruits with a herb oil dressing

Cold roasted gammon ham

Cold roasted Norfolk turkey

Cold topside of beef

Poached salmon

served with a selection of salads and hot new potatoes

Choice of hot or cold pudding

Cafetiére of freshly ground coffee

Sample Finger Buffet

Assorted sandwiches

Monkfish kebabs

Mini-crab and prawn cocktail

Crispy fried chicken strips

Cocktail pasties

Quiche Lorraine

Fresh cafetiére of coffee

Something Different

The following options are also available to you, should you require something a little different to a wedding breakfast

Celebration Afternoon Tea
A selection of sandwiches, scones with jam & Cornish clotted cream, cakes and tea.

You can also add a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne

Cornish Cream Tea with Champagne
Scones with jam & Cornish clotted cream, tea and a glass of champagne

Cornish Cream Team with Prosecco
Scones with jam & Cornish clotted cream, tea and a glass of Prosecco

Savoury Option
Canapés and a glass of Champagne
Selection of four canapés including vegetarian

Selection of four canapés including vegetarian

All of the above options are for a minimum of six guests and if over 15 people will include 2 hours room hire within the main hotel.

Fine Dining Hotel Cornwall | Budock Vean
Wedding Venue in Cornwall | Budock Vean Hotel
Fine Dining Hotel Cornwall | Budock Vean

Evening Functions

We are only able to offer evening functions for guests taking over the hotel during December and January each year. If you take over the hotel on this basis your evening function could have up to 120 guests, live bands, music, dancing or discos for a big all out bash.

This is subject to a minimum of 90 people staying overnight at an agreed bed and breakfast rate.

Hotel Rooms

Standard Room | Budock Vean Hotel in Cornwall

Standard Rooms

Comfortable and spacious but without the garden views

Superior Room | Budock Vean Hotel in Cornwall

Superior Rooms

Similar to Standard, but with garden and golf course views

Signature Room | Budock Vean Hotel in Cornwall

Signature Rooms

Modern, contemporary rooms with garden and golf course views

Luxury Suite | Budock Vean Hotel in Cornwall

The Suite

Spacious Signature Suite with lounge; golf course and garden views

Time Together

Time Together

Take some time out from your planning and preparations to enjoy some time with friends and family before your wedding. Get active or just sit back and relax, we can help you create a joyful pre-wedding day to remember.

Our leisure facilities include a 15m indoor pool, (complete with an open log fire), two all-weather tennis courts and a 9-hole, 18 tee parkland golf course.

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Take a stroll through our woodland valley garden to reach our private foreshore on The Helford River. From here you and your friends could set out with our partners Koru Kayaking or Helford River Cruises to explore the river, perhaps taking in Frenchman’s Creek or the beautiful hamlet of Port Navas… keep your eyes peeled for cormorants, herons, seals and the occasional dolphins who have been known to put in an appearance.

We can help you arrange all sorts of outdoor pursuits such as archery, laser clay shooting; running excursions or Nordic walking.

Getting Wedding Ready

Getting Wedding Ready

Our Natural Health Spa offers a variety of treatments to get you looking and feeling tip top. We’ll carry out a personal consultation in advance of any treatments to ensure you get the best out of your time with us. We have skincare ranges for all skin types, for men and women, and can advise on homecare routines as your wedding day approaches.

Groups of up to 20 can enjoy a seasonal spa day which includes a 45-minute treatment, a beautiful light lunch, use of the leisure facilities and, of course, a robe – essential attire for a day at a spa. Our seasonal spa days are designed to ensure your body gets the nourishment it needs.

And of course, we offer waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures to make sure you’re wedding ready. Give our spa a call on 01326 252101 to discuss treatments, or a series of treatments, in the run up to your big day.

These days do get full quickly so please be sure to book as soon as you can.  

Spa Hotel in Cornwall | Budock Vean | Natural Health Spa
Spa Hotel in Cornwall | Budock Vean | Natural Health Spa
Spa Hotel in Cornwall | Budock Vean | Natural Health Spa