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Knockerdown Cottages

£3750 - £16500 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
42 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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Gainsborough Retreats offer Exclusive or Part Use hire accommodation and stunning countryside locations to make the start of your married life a weekend you and your guests will never forget.
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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
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


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

Ceremony & Reception

Confetti Permitted
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
External Catering Permitted

Cultural Experience

Full Description
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
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
Mr & Mrs Fellows
Married in April 2016
April 2018
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 relax...
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Mr & Mrs Pickup
Married in July 2017
April 2018
We had a magical weekend
To Fiona, Candice & Team - just a quick note to say Thank you for helping make our "Wedding Village" at Knockerdown the perfect base for our wedding. We had a magical wee...
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Mr & Mrs Hopkins
Wedding: July 2017
April 2018
It really is a beautiful place and I can't wait to
I'd just like to say a massive thank you to Fiona for all the help she gave, honestly she is a super star!! It was truly one amazing experience to be part of my best frie...
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Mr & Mrs Hopkins
Wedding: July 2017
April 2018
It as been truly magical.
Congratulations to my best friend Claire and her hubby Andrew. It has been an amazing weekend Fiona was lovely and helped Claire and Andrew out every step of the way espe...
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Mr & mrs Hopkins
Married in September 2017
April 2018
we made so many great memories at Knockerdown
To all at Gainsborough Retreats, your team is amazing thank you so much for making our special day run so smoothly, we made so many great memories at Knockerdown thank yo...
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Ellie & Alex Beveridge
Married in September 2017
April 2018
YOU made our Wedding day PERFECT
To Everyone at Gainsborough Retreats, (Especially Hannah and Fiona) YOU made our Wedding day PERFECT & we could never thank you enough. I hope our Wedding Party wasnt t...
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Viewing Days Every Thursday in June

7th June 2018
At Knockerdown Cottage's we have a few Viewing Days coming up, a chance to look round our wedding village where we do "DIY Wedding Weekends" and to meet one of our Wedding Team.
Location & Contact Details


Knockerdown, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1NQ, England

Travel Notes

East Midlands Airport

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

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

Nearest Train Station

M1 junction 28

Nearest Airport

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

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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 is your No. 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.

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook DiscountEXCLUSIVE USE HIRE ONLY - 35% OFF in December 2018 and 35% OFF in January and February 2019
Bridebook Special OfferSpa Package for up to 5 guests on arrival day in Brackendale Spa at Knockerdown Cottages