Osmaston Park

Osmaston ParkWhere: Between Ashbourne and Derby.

What: A huge stately estate with everything apart from the big house.. so think sweeping lawns, ornamental lakes, perfect terraces etc. etc.

Weddings:  A huge marquee has been erected on the site (and is included in the price). Its sited where the big house was, so the views across the lake and the woods are world-class, and will take your breath away. Its not licensed for weddings but Ashbourne Town Hall is only 3 miles away.

Who: contact enquiries@osmastonpark.co.uk

Web: www.osmastonpark.co.uk

Locko Park

locko park derbyshireWhere: Just east of Derby.

What: Another magnificent, privately-owned stately home in landscaped ancient parkland with stunning views and lakes.

Weddings: Two rooms licensed for weddings with space for marquees for your reception. The venue only ever accepts one wedding on one day, so the site is exclusive to you.

Who: Nina Grant may be telephoned on 01332 662785, or e-mail her on nina.grant@lockopark.co.uk

Web: www.lockopark.co.uk

Meynell Langley

Where: A superb country estate in southern Derbyshire, Near Kedleston, between Ashbourne and Derby.

What: Big house in landscaped deerpark and views that go on forever.

Weddings: Two ancient and characterful rooms within the house are licensed for weddings. You then have an amazing flat lawn to the side of the house for a marquee.

Who: Contact Helen Meynell on 01332 824815

Web: www.meynell-langley.co.uk

Woodthorpe Hall

woodthorpe hallWhere: North Derbyshire (close to Sheffield)

What: Private seventeenth Century country house on the edge of the Peak District in North Derbyshire.

Weddings: Woodthorpe Hall is set in a large colourful garden on the edge of the Peak National Park near Sheffield.
Ceremonies are conducted in the ciderpress with covered seating for 80 guests.
The beautiful gardens can host a marquee reception for up to 150 people and there are fantastic locations for photographs.

Who: Contact the owner, Dick Shepley on 0114 236 0134 or e-mail him at shepleys2001@btinternet.com

Web: There is no dedicated website for this venue.

Shingingford

shingingford derbyshireWhere: Derbyshire Dales over-looking Carsington Water, see pic.

What: A marquee area, 5 acres of lawns, no noise restrictions, parking, luxury accommodation for 34 people, 2 hot tubs… space, space, space.

Weddings: Not licensed, but what a reception venue!

Who: Call Julia 01335 346864 or email her on Julia@pmwproperty.com

Web: www.ashbourneselfcatering.com

Foremark Cottages

foremark cottagesWhere: Perched on a ridge in South Derbyshire, Near Repton.

What: Tucked away up a lane lies the isolated Medieval Church of St. Saviours, surrounded by open fields and undulating countryside. Just beyond, and in the shadow of the church lies a secluded complex of barns, out-houses and workshops, all tastefully restored to form a self-contained ‘wedding village’ with huge barn for a magnificent wedding breakfast (for 150) and great accommodation for up to 30 people.

Weddings: Site not licensed, but its a short stroll (through a romantic orchard) from St. Saviours Church, Foremark.

Who: Contact Greg Hanson on 01283 707471 or email him on foremarkcottages@googlemail.com

Web: www.foremarkcottages.co.uk

Gawsworth Hall

gawsworth hall cheshireWhat: A superb example of a Cheshire ‘black and white’ Tudor manor house. When you book you get exclusive use of the wonderful modern gardens set within the undulating earthworks of an Elizabethan garden.

Where: Deepest Cheshire… rolling farmland, North of Congleton.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings, and you can choose a range of ways to use this pristine property. Site your marquee on the camomile lawn, under the trees, between the string of Medieval lakes and the exquisite village church.. peace, tranquillity, bliss.

Who: Contact the irrepressible Elizabeth Richards on 01260 223456 or e-mail her on gawsworth@btinternet.com

Web: www.gawsworthhall.com

Clonter & Clonterbrook Farm

clonter and clonterbrookWhere: Farmland in South Cheshire, just outside Congleton.

What: Two sites are available.. Clonterbrook Farm (Licensed for weddings) with the unique music Room and gallery for you to use, then just down the road the Clonter Opera.. lots of versatile spaces for your bigger reception. All furniture included, plus a big commercial kitchen for Kemp & Kemp Catering.

The site is (as the name suggests) an opera venue, so at times you may use the scenery  within your photographs – quite unique.

Weddings: Licensed for weddings.

Who: Contact Anita by e-mail at creativespace@clonter.com or call 01260 224266

Web: creativespaceatclonter.co.uk/wedding-receptions-civil-marriages

 

Blakesley Hall

blakesley hallWhere: In the northern suburbs of Birmingham.

What: Late sixteenth century timber framed farmhouse built by Richard Smalbroke who was from a local merchant family.

Weddings: The Hall and Barn (both ancient) are licensed for weddings, but you need to find a separate reception venue.

Who: Anne-Marie Hayes books weddings and she can be phoned on 0121 464 2193 or e-mail her on anne-marie.hayes@birmingham.gov.uk

Webwww.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley

The Dudley Canal Centre

the dudley canal centreWhere: Dudley, North of Birmingham (or rather beneath Dudley).

What: You get married in the unique underground ’Singing Cavern’ – how unique is that!

Weddings: The space is licensed for up to 50 guests seated in the caverns. Guests travel by boat and are joined by the Bride and Groom for the ceremony. Licensed for weddings, but no reception facilities on site. June (administrator) can point you in the direction of nearby venues such as Stourton Village Hall which is not far from this site, and in a rural location. Contact the Village Hall Secretary, Margaret Rogers on 01384 872073, or e-mail her on margaretmhrg@aol.com

Who: June Hodgetts runs the wedding bookings and may be phoned on 01384 236275, or e-mailed on bookings@dudleycanaltrust.org.uk

Webwww.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk