Knockerdown Cottages

£8000 - £18000 for Venue Hire
Up to 100
42 Bedrooms
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A rustic self catering Wedding Village set in stunning countryside in rural Derbyshire. Total exclusivity for a whole weekend including a licensed wedding room, guest accommodation and a swimming pool
Pricing & Costs

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Venue Hire Price. TOP TIP for a weekend package - The majority of our wedding couples charge their guests for the accommodation to recover the package costs - so we would advise you to charge approx. between £100 to £120.00 per person for up to 93 guests, which then means you would only pay from anywhere between £840 to £2,700 for "Your Wedding Village" for the weekend (assuming you have 93 paying guests). The price after choosing which package suits you both is down to you on what you pay the venue!
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Day before set up available
Couple accommodation included
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day

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Prices Start At
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Number of Guests Included
Exclusive Use of Knockerdown Venue from £8,000 (Mid Week 2 night stay) and £12,000 (Weekend 3 night stay) Including accommodation for up to 93 guests. Please bear in mind our Exclusive Wedding Packages include cottage accommodation at the venue for all of your guests, which means that your guests also get a retreat in the Peak District. What we offer: “Do it Yourself Weddings” Recommend suppliers list or source your own suppliers Exclusive weekend weddings for easy set up Mid-week weddings On site accommodation for up to 93 guests Flexible option, to bring your own drinks in for your guests to enjoy at your evening reception.
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
Exclusive use
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Wedding Village
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Standard Room
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Alcohol Licence
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available


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

Cultural Specialists

Full Description
Exclusive use is a phrase often used for wedding venues but at Knockerdown we really mean it! You can create a wedding celebration unlike any other for you, your family and your guests. Knockerdown offers you a blank canvas, to create an unforgettable weekend of celebrations based on your personality, style and beliefs. With the venue entirely yours for the whole weekend we want you to treat it like it’s your home. Once you and your guests have arrived, you can just park up, check in and relax for the duration of your stay. Your guests can choose to stay in one of our sixteen well equipped self-catering holiday cottages (4 being Dog Friendly). On site facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, on site massage & treatment room, children’s play area, a communal games room and lots of grounds to explore. We of course understand that organising a wedding can be tricky and time consuming so our events team will be on hand and aim to support you with your wedding weekend arrangements to the utmost, should you need them. Say "I Do" Getting married at Knockerdown means you can create a wedding that is truly unique and special to you. You can choose to hold your ceremony outdoors, in the meadow surrounded by far reaching views over rolling hills and open countryside, and we are fully licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies under the specially designed oak framed garden gazebo. The outdoor gazebo includes a walkway providing a wonderful alfresco aisle, guests chairs and registrar table. You can even walk through the avenue of trees, down the meadow and to the gazebo to make for a truly stunning start to your ceremony.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Fiona Buxton
We encourage you to bring your own ideas and make your 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 Davidson
Happy couple Married on October
November 2021
To Fiona and the Knockerdown Team. Thank you for making our Wedding Weekend so special. We had an amazing day/weekend and wouldn't have been able to achieve it all without your support. All of our guests enjoyed their weekend and loved the wedding and cottages Love Mr & Mrs Davidson
Amy & Will
Happy couple Married on September
October 2021
Everything was lush
You will not regret booking with Fiona, Justeen and the rest of the amazing staff at Knockerdown. Not only is the venue absolutely beautiful, the cottages were like a mini honeymoon before the honeymoon! Everything was lush, little treats such as prosecco in the room on wedding day, signs up wishing us luck for the big day, the rustic decor and the support needed! It was just all so lovely. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Fiona, you made our day magical. Married Sept 21 Image by Richard Gardner Photography
Mr & Mrs Phipps
Happy couple Married on September
October 2021
ABSOLUTE GEM! Fiona, you are an absolute gem. I had no worries on my wedding day at all. Not one bit. Everything, right down to the signs on the doors to the complimentary prosecco in our rooms was just amazing. Thank you all at Knockerdown for the best weekend ever, it feels like a dream that I want to live over and over again. If you're thinking about your wedding in Derbyshire, don't look anywhere else. Married Sept 21
Mr & Mrs Phipps
Happy couple Married on September
October 2021
Thank you so much. We both love you all.
I honestly don't have the words for how grateful I am for all the suppliers that made our day fabulous. I'd like to start with Knockerdown Weddings & Events Fiona and the gang, you are absolute angels and I could not have wished for a better day. Thank you! Our hard work payed off with the decoration but it would have been nothing without Chloe Stubley and her gorgeous woodwork, go check her out on etsy! (Bully's workshop) Little Bear Crafts as always Hope your crochet skills are amazing, so much so that everyone knocked your pumpkins and took them home! Stitch It & Fix It made our gorgeous bunting and I cannot wait to see the professional photos of our confetti tunnel! When thinking about our first dance, we wanted something elegant yet simple Rendezvous For Dancing Charlotte was an amazing instructor and we can't wait to join the group lessons! Thank you so much to Kelly Bryan for my gorgeous hair do, felt like a princess all day. I can't go without saying, Cupid Connections my dress was absolutely stunning, thank you so much for altering the length, it was the perfect length for running around a field with a pupper! Have you noticed my beautiful bouquet and autumn flowers? Hannah Allsopp your floristry skills made our wedding beautiful. Richard Gardner Photography you are the most sweetest photographer ever, thank you for dealing with my brothers shenanigans in the morning and for just rolling with everything we threw at you! As you all know, mine and wills relationship runs on food so it's fitting that The Butler's Pantry - Derby Limited made us a gorgeous two course meal with multiple options and that Dove's Delights provided our beautiful cheese and ice cream carts. You were both amazing to work with and I literally wanted to steal those mouse cheese knives. Our night couldn't have been anything without our entertainment, Halo Events UK your photo booth was hilarious and the memories I have with the photo book are priceless, MRC Entertainment UK Mark! You were awesome my friend! The mix was amazing, the lights, the atmosphere, I'm so happy how well it all worked out! Lastly to all my family and friends who helped by either making over 80 cupcakes or painting 79 rocks, or reading a poem whilst crying your eyes our or flouncing down the runway to shania twain, or just being there to let me moan about wedding planning, you are my world and yes the day went by so quick but the memories are here forever From Mr and Mrs Phipps.
Elan-Mai & Adam
Happy couple Married on August
October 2021
Simply a perfect weekend
We just want to give another huge thanks to Justeen, Fiona & the whole team at Knockerdown for helping us put together what was simply a perfect weekend for not only ourselves but also our guests. We could not think of a single thing that could have gone better and this is due largely in part to the team and their tireless efforts that weekend. Thank you. Not only did we feel the venue offered a high level of quality in terms of the finish of the cottages and the surrounding environment but after meeting Justeen and Fiona we felt assured and confident that everything we required for our big weekend would be handled with a care and attention to detail that meant we could relax a little and enjoy it ourselves along with our guests.
Mr & Mrs Day
Happy couple Married on August
October 2021
We had an amazing day!
Fiona, Justeen and the Knockerdown Staff We wanted to Thank-You for all the help you provided for our Wedding. We had an amazing day and hopefully you were able to enjoy yourselves too, or at least the extra cake. All the best for the future weddings Lots of Love Charlie & Tim Day xxx
Location & Contact Details


Knockerdown, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1NQ, England

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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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?

We have a tick list waiting for you with all the questions you will need to answer to run your event - 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! 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 £150.00 per person for up to 93 guests, which then means you would only pay from £2,050 for "Your Wedding Village" for the weekend (assuming you have 93 paying guests).

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 caterer made from all local produce.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Tucking into a treat from Sauced Here

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.

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