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
Where: In the wonderfully undulating countryside in deepest Worcestershire.. miles and miles from anywhere.
What: A lovely lawn next to a small lake both perched on the edge of a wide rolling green vista. Lots of space for your own marquee or Tipi, or the venue can organise one for you. The Medieval manor house lies behind you.
Weddings: Not licensed yet, but watch this space.
Who: Call Tanya on 01299 271832, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Set in quintessential English parkland, about 3 minutes from junction 19 of the M6.
What: A Georgian mansion overlooking a rural scene, with lakes, trees, sheep and more green.
Weddings: You can get married in one of two rooms and have your drinks and canapés in the Portico Room, or on the steps, or on the front lawn. You can then eat in your own marquee across the fields. No restrictions on who you use for catering either.
Who: Contact the administrator in the first instance at 01565 750151 or e-mail email@example.com,
Where: In a lush valley just west of Welshpool.
What: A wonderful, newly renovated mansion built in 1859, with 10 bedrooms, including a stunning bridal suite. There is even a boat you can use on the lake, a stunning walled garden and a cellar bar. You get exclusive use of the whole place for the weekend.
Weddings: The venue features several locations which are licensed for weddings.
Who: Julia Pugh will look after you from booking through to saying goodbye the day after. Highly experienced in all wedding matters and always calm, collected and uber-responsive. E-mail her at Julia@garthmylhall.co.uk or call 07716 763567.
What and Where. In the rolling hills between Cheadle and Ashbourne is the compact village of Whiston, and just on the fringes of the village, perched on the edge of a magnificent green valley is their amazing village hall. Its a huge modern structure built into the hill-side with masses of parking, a vast main hall, committee rooms (perfect for drinks if its wet outside), a bar and a kitchen.
Weddings. Not licensed for wedding ceremonies, but a wonderful venue for your wedding reception.
Who. To book the hall call 01538 266711 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: Great modern website at www.whistonvillagehall.co.uk
Where: perched halfway up the amazing Manifold Valley in the deepest depths of darkest Derbyshire.. superb views.
What: The Snook family have converted their stone farm complex into an idyllic holiday hide-away, and are now offering a marquee site that fits neatly into the complex as well. Lots of wonderful accommodation for the wedding party and a level, dry marquee site with power and water.
Weddings: Not licensed – – yet!!
Who: Contact Chris or Liz Snook on 01298 84530
Where: Just outside Solihull in the village of Hampton-in-Arden.
What: A huge Victorian Meeting Hall, with modern facilities attached. There are toilets, furniture, a huge car park, a bar and a massive main hall that will seat 200.. plus a lovely sun-terrace with superb views across open countryside, and (most important of all) a GREAT kitchen that Kemp & Kemp can use.
Weddings: Licensed for weddings. A perfect reception location where you can make your mark without spending money on the things that no-one sees, like power supplies, toilets and a kitchen.
Who: Contact the caretaker Janice on 01675 442633, or e-mail email@example.com
Web: For more go to www.georgefenthamtrust.org.uk
Where: The rolling hills west of Worcester.
What: A listed country house from the mid-Victorian period, complete with marble stairs, a portico, Italian Gardens, lakes, terraces.
Weddings: Not licensed for weddings but everything else is superbly catered for. Your choice of caterer, use your own wine and NO CORKAGE.
Who: Call Heather on 01886 821165, or e-mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Just outside historic Warwick in open countryside and on the banks of the River Avon.
What: Just the most amazing location for a marquee (or tipi).. the grade 2 listed house on one side; the Victorian Gothic church on the other (a Gilbert-Scott masterpiece); an avenue of lime trees with skippity lambs, sheep and horses safely on the other side of the ha-ha grazing the river banks; and open 18th century parkland on the fourth side. Tranquility personified.
Weddings: Get married in the church and stroll across the gardens and cherry orchard to the marquee. BLISS.
Who: Mrs Coton looks after bookings and will help you.. call her on 01926 624215 or e-mail email@example.com