Where: In deepest, chirping Staffordshire, near Burton on Trent. Good for the A38, M42 etc., but a million miles away from civilisation.
What: A wonderful peaceful field surrounded by a bluebell wood with huge ancient oaks in an ecological oasis of calm. You take this perfect canvas and add your own marquee, caterers, toilets etc. etc. There is a tap with fresh potable water on site to make life that little bit easier. Everything else you need you’ll find on the Independent Weddings website.
Weddings: Not licensed, but lots of magical spaces for a blessing in the deepest countryside imaginable.
Who: Call Dave on 07534 163861
Where: On the sunny side of the magnificent Malvern Hills, nestled in the countryside, yet close enough to the M5 to make this site VERY accessible to Bristol, Birmingham and London.
What: An elaborate complex of Medieval timber-framed barns and outbuildings next to a landscaped lake. All in all pretty perfect and a characterful ‘blank canvas’ onto which you can add your own character and vibe.
Weddings: Not yet licensed, but plans are afoot.
Who: The energetic, ever-helpful Lisi owns this amazing venue and can be contacted at email@example.com or call her on 01684 311147.
Web: Not yet, but watch this space.
Where: Buckinghamshire.. mid-way between the M1 and M40, near Silverstone.
What: THE most amazing, mind-boggling, perfect piece of 18th Century real-estate ever.. house, gardens, lakes, 40 monuments. You can get married in the marble hall, a stunning oval space surmounted by a perfect oval dome – drinks then in the south portico with a world-class view, before dinner in the State Dining Room. You will feel like Royalty!
Weddings: Licenced for weddings.
Who: Becky or Sam are soooo attentive and brilliant at the detail, you’ll never be in safer hands.. e-mail Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (but wonderfully cosy) self catering holiday barn. There is lots of room for guests to stay over and plenty of socialising space!
Where: The Peak District Holiday Barn is near to Tideswell in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District. A great base for the adventurers among you.
Weddings: Not yet licenced for civil ceremonies, but a perfect place for pre and post wedding celebrations. Lots of ‘weddingy’ space – a lawned garden (ideal for a marquee), a BBQ area and even an outdoor pizza oven (yum!). The friendly folk next door also offer their camping facilities for extra guests.
From May 2018 there will be a dedicated wedding barn for 120 guests as well as a games room and facilities. We’re also very excited about the new wood burning Scandinavian hot tub for guests to use!
Who: The lovely 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