Where: South Staffordshire and close to M6 and M54.
What: A superb 18th Century mansion surrounded by an ancient moat which is in turn surrounded by mature parkland, walled gardens and open fields. There are several suites in the house you can use for smaller weddings and then there is a fully equipped marquee in the grounds that can take up to 650 guests.
Weddings: Three rooms/spaces are licensed for weddings including the circular, domed and unique Victorian glass and wrought-iron summerhouse next to the moat.
Who: The ever-helpful Alana is available to assist you on 01902 249247 or e-mail her on email@example.com
What: The Peak District Holiday Barn is exactly that – a large, yet cosy self catering holiday barn that is suitable for intimate weddings. The barn sleeps up to 24 guests in 6 bedrooms and features a wonderful open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge for socialising.
Where: The Peak District Holiday Barn is near to Tideswell in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District. A great base for exploring, walking and climbing!
Weddings: Not yet licenced for civil ceremonies. The barn is a great venue for pre and post wedding celebrations. There are lawned gardens for a marquee, a BBQ area and even an outdoor pizza oven and fire pit for weddings with a difference. We have lots of contacts for all of the ‘DIY’ wedding equipment that you may need – portable loos, generators etc. There are also camping facilities at the farm next door to facilitate extra guests!
Who: Amanda and Mark will help to make sure that you have everything you need for your intimate wedding. You can get in touch by calling Amanda on 07525 051226 or mark on 07791667027, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding venues in Derbyshire
Barn Wedding Venues
What: Darwin Lake is a breathtaking exclusive wedding venue set in 10 acres of natural woodland. The perfect setting for a weekend or mid-week wedding break with accommodation for up to 110 guests on site. This beautiful village includes a private lake and lawns, the charming Darwin Hall and 17 four star, stone built cottages – all wonderfully decorated and each named after local, historical landmarks. Make sure you head to the lake to watch the sunrise and sunset it’s truly magical.
Where: Hidden away in the very heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District, with rolling hills and pine forests. Just three miles from Matlock.
Weddings: They are licenced for civil wedding ceremonies and have two large function rooms within Darwin Hall, which can seat up to 130 people on either floor. You never have to leave!
Who: Maurice will make sure that you have everything you need for your mini wedding holiday. You can get in touch by calling 01629 735859 or email email@example.com.
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What: Somersal Cottages is the perfect rural retreat for a whole weekend of wedding fun! This venue has ample garden space for a large marquee or Tipi wedding, with accommodation for around 80 guests in 31 bedrooms. For smaller weddings, they can comfortably seat up to 40 guests without the need for a marquee.
Arrive at the venue on Friday afternoon, celebrate your wedding day on the Saturday and carry on the celebrations on Sunday with a lazy brunch or BBQ before returning home. This self catering venue allows you to do things your own way, in true Independent Wedding style.
Where: The cottages are situated in the small countryside village of Somersal Herbert in Derbyshire. Just a short stroll away from Somersal Church.
Weddings: Not licenced, but just a short walk away from the beautiful St Peter & St Blaise Church, or 15 minutes from Ashbourne Registration Office.
Who: Bridget will do all she can to help you with the preparations and planning for your wedding weekend. You can get in touch with her by phone: 01283 840252, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: Somersal Cottages website: www.holidaycottagesderbyshire.uk
What: Portland House c1870 is a gorgeous gentleman’s residence. This TripAdvisor ‘Excellent’ rated house features 12 bedrooms, as well your very own bar room for intimate weddings of up to 24 guests. You can keep your guests in check with the ‘Downton Abbey’ servant bells and organise your intimate wedding just as you’d like it.
Where: Perfectly positioned on the edge of Matlock Bath in the Peak District. With breathtaking views of ‘little Switzerland’ outside, you’ll want to make this wonderful wedding break last as long as possible.
Weddings: Not licenced – yet. But a wonderful venue for a weekend wedding with lots of beautiful places to marry nearby.
Who: For more information about this small wedding venue in Derbyshire, get in touch with Juliet on 01629 734414 or email email@example.com.
Web: Portland House c1870 website: www.portlandhouse1870.co.uk
Established in 1909, this wonderful company have been supplying marquees for over 100 years. This means what Burgoynes don’t know about marquees isn’t worth knowing. They have also kept very much with the times so can supply traditional canvas ‘village fete’ style marquees, through to the latest in clearspan tents.
They are based in Herefordshire and that means they can also cope with sloping ground and will find imaginative solutions to every problem you can throw at them. A one-stop shop to create the perfect venue, just about anywhere you choose – and the best customer service you will find.
Call them on 01544 340283
or visit their GREAT website at www.burgoynes-marquees.co.uk
Where: In the leafiest of leafy, tree-lined suburbs in South Birmingham. Easy for the M42 and equally for the City.
What: a wonderfully light, airy hall looking over open grass to a landscaped lake beyond.
Weddings: Great for a wedding reception and they will allow you to use Kemp & Kemp Catering too!
Who: The whole team at Rowheath are WONDERFUL, but esp the irrepressible Sam – call her on 0121 458 1711 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Birmingham City Centre – Brindley Place in fact, one of the most ‘happening spots’ in the Midlands.
What: An art gallery with spaces you can hire for your wedding reception.
Weddings: Not licensed for the ceremony, but what a place for your reception!
Who: Sam Newman is super-responsive, helpful and efficient. Call him (or one of his team) on 0121 248 0708.
Where. In deepest Derbyshire, near Matlock, near the M1, but in lush, green, rolling countryside of the Amber Valley.
What. A wonderfully modern, flexible village hall with a professional manager (Amy) and a very warm welcome. There is a huge cricket field at the back and wonderful views of trees, fields etc.
Weddings. The village hall makes a perfect reception venue with all you could need as part of the price.
Who. Contact Amy on 01246 590005.
www. Go to www.ashoverparishhall.co.uk
Where: In the depths of the rolling hills that are the Staffordshire Moorlands.
What: A glorious stone-built Victorian country house (1871) up a tree-lined drive and set in intimate gardens. Close to Leek.
Weddings: Licensed for weddings and you can choose one of three caterers including (we are delighted to say) Kemp & Kemp Catering.
Who: Call Delphine on 0781 3984949 or e-mail her at email@example.com