Yeldersley Hall

yeldersley hall derbyshireWhere: In the rolling hills south of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

What: Large private manor house with huge courtyard. You hire a suite of dedicated wedding rooms for the weekend and you get 4 self-catering suites thrown in. As a bonus you also get lots of superb lawns, 2 walled gardens and the exclusive use of an external hot tub!

Weddings: Licensed for weddings and with lots of great spaces for you to play with. You hire the place for the weekend and then paint your own perfect wedding onto a blank (but very striking) canvas.

Who: Contact the ever-helpful owner Andrew Bailey on 01335 343432 or e-mail him at info@yeldersleyhall.co.uk

Web: www.yeldersleyhall.co.uk

Stoop Farm

stoop farm derbyshireWhere: In the wild, wild hills south of Buxton.. think crags, undulating sheep country.

What: a remote farmhouse B&B with a marquee in the most astounding location yet. Even the approach is wild up a deep, craggy limestone valley. You need to see this location to appreciate its wildness.

Weddings: A room in the farmhouse is licensed for weddings.

Who: Karen Beresford will look after you.. call her on 01298 23618

Web: www.stoopfarm.co.uk

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