Polhawn Fort


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Nestled into the cliffs with extensive private gardens and very own private access beach, Polhawn Fort has been welcoming couples to the ‘Hidden Corner of Cornwall’ for over two decades.

Offering you an extended stay in luxurious, spacious accommodation, Polhawn Fort is the perfect home from home to celebrate your special wedding celebrations. You can enjoy complete freedom of choice of suppliers as well as support from our team of experienced wedding professionals.

We aim for you to be able to enjoy the venue as your own home for the duration of your stay. We value your privacy and ensure that you have exclusive use from the moment you arrive until you depart after your wedding day.

We try not to say NO, most of our restrictions are put in place due to licensing or planning legislation. We discuss your individual needs at length and if they are outside of our T’s and C’s explain the reasoning behind the restriction and offer alternative solutions.

Being HELPFUL is our middle name!

Our curated recommended suppliers’ lists are developed with the purpose of ensuring that you have an incredible experience during your time in Cornwall. Suppliers are handpicked to showcase the best our region has to offer as well as consistently delivering excellent service and value. From the first time we talk we can recommend our local transport, accommodation and eating establishments. We recommend walks and activities so that you really get under the skin of this glorious location.

Polhawn Fort is a unique venue with a bomb-proof roof, 8-foot thick walls and a Grade 2* listing. It also has a unique space used for wedding ceremonies and receptions that was designed for 19th century soldiers, not 21st century parties! Our team have carefully planned all of the best ways to utilise this space, ensuring the comfort of your guests and smooth running of your wedding from beginning to end. We provide table plans for every number of guests from 8 to 120 (our maximum). While you are welcome to use the Fort how ever you wish for the duration of your stay we do offer advice on optimal placement of Bars, Buffets and Entertainment to maximise the space. We encourage the transformation of one of our larger rooms to be used as a second reception space and this makes a wonderful alternative location for families to hang out and chat. Our bedrooms are spacious, and we offer flexible accommodation. We can help you plan sleeping arrangements to suit your family situation. Our accommodation is luxurious with top-quality mattresses, the fluffiest of towels and thick white bed linen. We try to think of everything, from Cornish organic soap and shower gel, to a range of refreshments in each room. We provide laundry facilities and a much-coveted steamer for wedding attire. The kitchen is of commercial quality with choices of tableware, glassware and cutlery provided along with crisp white table linen included in the venue hire. Our furniture is vintage leather and tweed, painted solid wood with some natural wood pieces. We provide props that can be used for decorations including living, green chandeliers and storm lanterns.

Outside we maximise the use of our beautiful roof terrace that stretched the length of the Fort. We have planted a unique Mediterranean garden in this sheltered spot and it lends itself perfectly to a welcome reception area as guests arrive over the drawbridge. The sweeping lawns in front of the Fort overlook the bay. You can enjoy garden party style entertainment or a glamourous ‘picnic’, a range of garden games are provided in the ‘Games Shed’. The new oak summerhouse stands at the top of the lawns and is surrounded by a paved area. Popular for wedding ceremonies in the summer it is can also used as a beach style bar, outdoor ‘snug’ or BBQ area. We are lucky enough to enjoy our own private access beach which you can also build into your plans. Early morning swims, paddle boards and kayaks, a bonfire, it’s completely up to you how you enjoy the spaces but our team will be here to guide you all the way.

A wedding at Polhawn Fort is an incredibly memorable experience!

Polhawn Fort at a Glance

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Established 30 years Private access beach Exclusive use Luxurious accomodation Seaview weddings Dry hire - Freedom of choice Pricing Category : ModerateMinimum Price : 4000Reception Capacity ( Indoor / Outdoor ) : 120Seated Dining Capacity ( Indoor or Outdoor ) : 100Has AccommodationBridal Suite : Honeymoon Suite View More
Sleeps No Of People : 2BeachHistoricCastleWedding Contact : Gemma CavellNumber of People In Team : 8No of Weddings Hosted : Number of Weddings Hosted - More Than 50Location : CoastalNearest Town : TorpointNearest Airport : NewquayNearest Motorway : A38Nearest Train Station : St GermansChurch Within Walking DistanceLandmarkAlternativeCoolUnique Wedding VenueAffordableUnusualCasualIntimateAsianConfetti PermittedCeremony LicenceAlcohol LicenseBYOB PermittedExternal Catering PermittedPre-Wedding ConsultationSet UpTables And Chairs ProvidedTableware ProvidedSound Systems Available Public Liability InsuranceBridal Changing FacilitiesDisabled AccessExclusive UseGrade Listed BuildingLandscaped GardensMarquee or Tipi PermittedOnsite ParkingOutdoor SpacePet FriendlyWater ViewGreat ViewsBlank CanvasLovely GroundsAsian Wedding SpecialistJewish Wedding SpecialistMuslim Wedding SpecialistOther Wedding SpecialistRomanticRusticGarden OutdoorSame-Sex View Less

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Top Wedding Tips

No question is too small! You know that it is the little details that make your day unique. Your venue should know what works and what doesn't. We love helping you, please do not hesitate to ask!

Go with the Flow! Sometimes things just don't run to plan but you can trust in your venue team to keep things on track so you can get on with the serious business of having the BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!

Be bold! Don't be defined by age old traditions, this is truly YOUR day so do what brings you joy.


Step into the Fort

Polhawn Fort is a one-off, unique kind of place. It stands alone, quite literally. So if you’re looking for a coastal wedding venue to make your own, you’ve probably found it. Imagine a home-from-home vibe and you’re halfway there (if ‘home’ happens to be


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Jasmine and Reuben
We are so excited!
Polhawn Fort ticks all the boxes for us, wild, Cornish and all the things we need to throw a really memorable day. They've really helped us so far with all the planning and it's been really stress-free.
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Katrina Blott
A Breathtaking Place
Such an amazing and unique place to get married. The grounds are stunning and the views are breathtaking. Our wedding day was beyond what I thought it would be, it was just amazing. All the staff I encountered were helpful and lovely and the place was spotless. It really is the best place! It will always have a special part in my heart.
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Trudi Moss
A Dream Venue
This place is a dream venue, the setting is awesome, the whole feel of the place is so lovely and you are left to it once you are married, we absolutely loved getting married here and would recommend it over and over
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Tania Reid
A Hardworking Team
What a wonderful place to get married. Absolutely stunning! We had a fabulous four days and the sun was shining bright! For Matthew and Dayna wedding. James you are the best! Thank you for all your hard work.
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Michelle Carter
Well Worth the Distance
What an amazing place!! The building, gardens and beach is breathtaking. The staff are wonderful, Kieran and James helped us get everything together and kept the day running smoothly. And Steve was on hand to welcome us in to the fort and greeted us as we left. We feel so lucky to have had such an amazing venue for our big day. Well worth the 6hr drive!!
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Sarah Hardy
A Visit from Dolphins!
We got married here on the 3rd January, what an absolutely cracking day we had!! The whole place is stunning, with the added bonus of being able to decorate it to suit you, so you know your special day will be unlike any others! We even had a visit from a pod of dolphins!! Absolutely love this place and highly recommend it to everyone!! x
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Helen Harrison
A Three Day Celebration
Our daughter got married there last Saturday the 19th October. We had the Fort for 3 nights and we had the best wedding we could wish for.
The weather was very kind to us too( had a little shower after the wedding ceremony outside) but our daughter hired a marquee
The celebration carried on till Sunday night in a very relaxed atmosphere .
Thank you so much xxx
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Becky Colthurst
It's Dog Friendly Too!
We got married here in May and from the moment we first saw the venue we knew this was the only place we could get married. It is such a beautiful place and was made even more special by being able to have the place to yourselves for five days where friends and family can stay with you. Another massive benefit its dog friendly and our two dogs had a great time roaming round the fort and on the beach. The people we spoke to were so helpful and their recommended suppliers are well worth a look with us using several of them who were brilliant (James buss, alternative styles, Ruth Andrew, piglet cottage and Gemma Viant). Even though we just got married a few months ago we are already discussing coming back for a wedding anniversary as it's such a special place. Thank you for making our wedding so memorable.
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Andrew Weckermann
A Week's Stay - Perfect Venue
I was lucky enough to get married here in the 6th of March 2019. We stayed here from Monday to the Friday and I am blown away by my stay. I can not imagine a better place to get married at and the views are breathtaking. The rooms are spectacular, the beds are comfy and the fireplace just made the trip. The guests were absolutely blown away by the views from the fort. If you are thinking of a place to get married I believe this to be one of the top ten In country easily. It’s features are so unique that it will top anyone else’s venue by a mile. A beautiful part of the world in my opinion.
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Katrina Southey
The Venue is Beautiful
We were lucky enough to have our wedding here on 16th September 2017. The venue is absolutely beautiful, no matter what the weather, and we couldn't be happier to recommend it to other couples. There is plenty of room to sleep family and friends in lovely rooms and both the grounds and interior are absolutely stunning. It doesn't need much dressing at all! Having the venue for longer than a day really does mean you get to catch up with your loved ones in a way you never would if you had one big wedding day. 10 million stars x
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Polhawn Fort, Polhawn, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1LL

Polhawn Fort

  • Polhawn Fort
  • Polhawn
  • Torpoint
  • Cornwall
  • PL10 1LL
  • United Kingdom

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John and Teresa Wicksteed

With the foresight of John & Teresa Wicksteed the historic ‘Guardian of Whitsand Bay’ has served as the perfect wedding venue for our couples, providing a breathtaking backdrop for celebrations and family gatherings since dropping the drawbridge and throwing open the doors.