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
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 email@example.com
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.