Knockerdown Cottages

£4000 - £16000 for a package
Up to 100
42 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Bridebook Deal
Seasonal Offer Available
An idyllic county wedding venue set within the Derbyshire Peak District…
Pricing & Costs

(total price)

Prices Start At
Maximum Price
Number of Guests Included
Knockerdown Cottage Pricing - Are you looking for a Day Wedding, Mini Weekend Wedding OR a 3 night Weekend Wedding? Just remember when viewing our prices, please bear in mind that some of our packages include cottage accommodation at the venue for all of your guests, which means that your guests also get a weekend retreat in the Peak District. TOP TIP - The majority of our wedding couples charge their guests for the weekend accommodation to recover the package costs - so we would advise you to charge approx £130 to £150 per person on our exclusive venue package for up to 90 guests, which then means you would only pay from £1,500 to £2,300 for "Your Wedding Village" for the weekend (assuming you have 90 paying guests).
What is included in this pricing:
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Guest accommodation included
Furniture included
Couple accommodation included
Day before set up available
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Wedding Village
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted


Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Spa On-Site
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
Knockerdown Wedding Village Knockerdown cottages and reception room is an idyllic setting for you to celebrate your wedding with close family and friends. Set with in the Peak District, surrounded by beautiful woodland and countryside. We are perfectly situated in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, within easy reach of the local surrounding areas of Derby, Nottingham and Chesterfield. At Knockerdown Cottages Wedding Village, we truly understand the meaning of “weddings” and how to celebrate them, we want to offer you the whole wedding experience, from the moment you have your show around, to the moment you book, through your wedding planning journey and on the day of your wedding. Knockerdown Cottages Wedding Village offers a blank canvas, ideal for couples who want to include their own personal touches, to show their unique vision on their wedding day and with flexibility. Whether you are planning a small intimate wedding or having a grand celebration Knockerdown’s reception room and accommodation offer comfortable and flexible surroundings, whatever the weather. Our reception room is beautifully decorated with high windows on two sides, allowing natural light to shine through, the reception room blends itself to any style including rustic, natural, modern and contemporary. One of our dedicated Wedding Coordinators will be on hand to make sure that your wedding day runs smoothly, so you can relax and enjoy your memorable day with close family and friends. We are licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and have the facilities for you to get married indoors in our reception room or outdoors under our beautiful garden gazebo. Don't forget we now have 2 dog friendly cottages!!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Fiona Buxton
We encourage you to bring your own ideas and make your day or weekend wedding dreams a reality. Ask your friends and family to help you, choose your own band, entertainment, decorations, food and drink to really make your guests feel special. We will help in any way we can or recommend a local business to make your ideas really come to life. We look forward to hearing from you!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Joanne & Edward
Wedding: September 2016
April 2020
The Eccles Experience
Amy Unwin
Wedding: April 2018
April 2020
Amazing Weekend
We just want to say a massive thank you again to you and everybody who helped on Saturday! We couldn't have done it without your help and you've been brilliant right from the start! :) Thanks again for everything! Many Thanks, Amy and Cameron 20-23 April 18
Kay & Andy
Wedding: June 2018
April 2020
A Weekend to Remember
Fiona & the Knockerdown Team Thank you for making our day so Special, you`ve helped so much and made this weekend a weekend to remember. Looking forward to coming back in future years to relive it all again!!! Love Kay & Andy x 22-25th June 2018
Jo & Ed
Wedding: September 2016
April 2020
The perfect day 🙂
On the 17th September 2016… A very early start for us! Driving through Derbyshire , round skinny country lanes, through tiny little towns, and finally arriving at Knockerdown Cottages in Ashbourne. And wow- what a venue! The perfect little holiday retreat – our Couple had the whole venue to themselves and their guests, for the entire weekend. It’s made up of many tiny cottages, an indoor swimming pool, playground, and a huge room for the wedding ceremony and meal. Within walking distance to Carsington Water Resivoir too, so theres plenty to do! We were greeted by Fiona who is the Events Coordinator, who assured us that both the bride and groom were cool as cucumbers that morning. As we both went off in our separate ways to the bride and groom, we knew this day was going to be so much fun… The large courtyard area was arranged with blue and white, polka dot and patterned bunting, and a chalkboard with a welcome sign complete with an alpaca drawing, a sign of things to come… As I entered the Brides cottage at the very end of the accommodation, I was welcomed with a super excited giddy Jo in the middle of having her makeup done by Sophie, rollers in! The prep was well underway, and as they chatted amongst themselves I snuck off to take some dress and shoe shots – not your average wedding shoes! We just loved Jo’s quirky twist to her outfit with her pencil shoes, so cute! All the while Ed was still chilling out – taking his time getting ready and chatting with his best man, Eoghainn, who was also practicing his speech while Ed was nipping out. Back with the bride, hair was being curled and parts put up into braids. After the most beautiful coloured wildflowers were delivered, a few were added to Jo’s hair which complimented her gorgeous hairpiece perfectly. I got a sneaky peek at their absolutely stunning custom made weddings rings by Rhona Mccallum too, what a beautiful style. It would be soon time for the Bride to get into her dress – but first a quick play on the slides and swings out side was in order with her bridesmaids of course. Her mother helped her get into her dress, and her Bridesmaids helped her down the stairs to meet her very proud Dad, and the veil was on – and a few excited squeals later, she was ready! The guests and Groom awaited in the Ceremony room as Jo, her Father, and two Bridesmaids made their way over. Once Ed saw his beautiful bride the happiness beamed from him – and Jo the same when she saw her groom, greeting him with a quick kiss and a giggle. After the elegant ceremony followed, (with the couple exchanging their personal vows, there were sniffles and sobs all around), it was on to the longest confetti line ever! And then… The alpaca’s and Mens Choir! Guests listened to the lovely singing of the Choir, Ed’s Father being among the voices, and mingled while feeding the alpacas, I’m not sure who was more excited at all this, the guests or us! 🙂 Of course a few couple shots with the alpacas were a must – including a highly requested photoboming picture, so much fun! The tables for the meal had been decorated with with movie themes – each one a custom made terrarium with figures made by Jo and Ed themselves. Such a lovely idea and a great personal touch, it was obvious so much time and effort went into the planning of this wedding from start to finish with such fine details. (Even the cake toppers were hand made – a little fox and robot , the same for Jo’s bouquet with tiny figurines in resin!) It was then time for the speeches, with a guest appearance from Jo’s old teddies, and a heartfelt speech from the Best man and Groom. Later on while the guests ate, it was time to set up our photobooth! With lots of silly props, and glittery tinsel background. The cake was, quite literally, a cheese mountain! With block of cheese stacked on top of each other, decorated with grapes and crackers, and was cut using a custom made cheese knife engraved with the words “we brie-long together”. A quick rush back out while we took some couple shots and candid photos in the sunset – our absolute favourite time of day. After a quick change of dress from the Bride, it was on to the first dance to the live band, which the couple had been taking dancing lessons for, and performed perfectly. Knockerdown Cottages at Gainsborough Retreats is such a beautiful venue – the large open areas are perfect for groups images and for the guests to mingle , which is the best for candid shots (our favourite!). Throughout the day was filled with a calm, professional but relaxed atmosphere. It really seemed like your own private land where you can fully focus on your guests without disturbance – the perfect day 🙂 Thank you to Jo & Ed once more for making us such a huge part of your special day – see you soon! Hue Of Two x
Jade & Chris Angell-Jones
Wedding: June 2018
April 2020
We have loved this weekend
To Justeen, Dave and the team at Knockerdown Cottages Thank you for all your help throughout Wedding Planning and during our special day. We have loved this weekend. All our love Mr & Mrs Angell-Jones 29th - 02nd July 2018
Mr & Mrs Fellows
Wedding: April 2016
April 2020
The beautiful but relaxed ambiance of Knockerdown
"Thank you for all your help with the wedding, it was truly a special day (and weekend) which we got to share with all of our family and friends. The beautiful but relaxed ambiance of Knockerdown made it the prefect location for us to get married. The flexibility and freedom to choose who, what, when and where to do everything meant we could tailor the wedding to suit us. We would not have changed a single thing!" Nick & Rachael Fellows, Celebrating their Wedding at Knockerdown Cottages, April 2016

Wedding Fayre 11.00 to 3.00 Free Admission

1st March 2020
Wedding Fayre 11.00 to 3.00 Free Admission Registrar at
Location & Contact Details


Knockerdown, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1NQ

Travel Notes

Knockerdown Holidays Cottages is situated near to Carsington Water Reservoir just outside of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M1 junction 28

Nearest Train Station

Cromford. Matlock Bath. Whatstandwell. Derby is the 'main' train station

Nearest Airport

East Midlands Airport

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Derbyshire Life

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Our personal touch and close relationships we build with all our guests.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Tucking into a treat from The Pudding Room opposite Knockerdown Cottages.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

We love to see all the different table decorations and favours revolving around the theme of the Wedding, there have been some wonderful and quirky ideas seen on the tables. We also love all the 'extra' entertainment guests bring in like a Pop Up Movie Screen, Blow Up Rodeo, Photobooths, Novelty Bars... the sky really is the limit at Knockerdown Cottages.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

As we are a DIY Wedding Venue, absolutely all of our weddings have been so unique in theme and style so it is impossible to compare! All our wedding couples bring their creative flair to dress the site in their own individual way, every week we walk into the Wedding Room and it looks like a completely different room to the week before.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

A Politician, and a Radio One DJ.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Stunning. Unique. Elegant. Similar to "A Midsummer's Night Dream" Fairytale.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Through the Avenue Of Trees or taking a romantic stroll down Badgers Walk.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Our wedding ceremony/reception room has stunning views of the Derbyshire Peak District through landscape conservatory style windows.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

To fill in and check off all the questions on the information gathering forms for your event coordinator/wedding planner - when all of the points are ticked off, all parties will feel stress free and your special day will run as smooth as clock work!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Anything by our recommended caterers made from all local produce.
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