Situated in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Derbyshire countryside, beautiful lakes, and stunning backdrops - a wedding at Gainsborough Retreats is a breath of fresh air for the bride and groom from the moment they arrive into the courtyard to the last farewell down our picturesque driveway. The unique tranquility and attractive location of our venues are what couples love when they visit us.
We accommodate for almost any wedding - guests will experience a dream wedding unfolding as our team work closely with the wedding party to ensure a perfect celebration is imagined, created and brought to life. From large parties for up to 100 guests with ceremony, marquee, catering and reception, to small intimate gatherings with cottage accommodation. We have the space and staff to accommodate for all wedding requirements just the way the bride and groom has planned - so they can have a great time while we do all the hard work. Our team will help to book local suppliers who we recommend for catering, decorating and entertainment needs - allowing for a stress-free, memorable wedding.
There are plenty of areas for guests to enjoy their freedom and admire the views. A ceremony in our plainly decorated Brackendale Room allows for a versatile backdrop where personal touches can be added to reflect a theme. The wedding breakfast can be held inside our events room with live music, fairy lights, table planners and caterers. The entertainment in a marquee/tipis and party in our Brackendale Room with DJ and ambient lighting - with a buffet to devour. For parties staying over a weekend, guests will naturally treat Gainsborough Retreats as ‘home from home’ - having the flexibility to come and go from their cottages, visit neighbours, the Spa, swimming pool, local attractions and hunt for the secret gate to the country pub!
We can organise exclusive hire of the entire wedding site with no bride and groom hot on your tail!
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
# Of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
# Of People In Team
Public Liability Insurance
Press & Awards
Press and Awards (1)
Location & Contact Details
Knockerdown, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1NQ, England
Nearest Motorway & Junction
M1 junction 28
Nearest Train Station
Cromford. Matlock Bath. Whatstandwell. Derby is the 'main' train station
Knockerdown Holidays Cottages is situated near to Carsington Water Reservoir just outside of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
East Midlands Airport
Follow this supplier on
Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
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.
What’s your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
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’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.
Stunning. Unique. Elegant. Similar to "A Midsummer's Night Dream" Fairytale
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
Through the Avenue Of Trees or taking a romantic stroll down Badgers Walk.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
A Politician, and a Radio One DJ.
What’s your favourite canapé?
Anything by our recommended caterers made from all local produce.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Tucking into a treat from The Pudding Room opposite Knockerdown Cottages.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Our wedding ceremony/reception room has stunning views of the Derbyshire Peak District through landscape conservatory style windows.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Our personal touch and close relationships we build with all our guests.
Viewing Show Round
9th November 2017
Knockerdown Cottages evening viewing show rounds from 4pm, please get in touch if you would like to make an appointment on 01629 540525
Bridebook Discount: £2,000.00 OFF in December 2017 & £4,000 OFF in January/February/March 2018 (Exc Half Term)
Bridebook Special Offer: Spa Package for up to 5 guests on arrival day in Brackendale Spa at Knockerdown Cottages