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On since 2022

Last update: June 2024

Charm and character in spectacular surroundings

Originally built by the Earl of Sitwell as a wedding present for his son in 1863, Horsley Lodge has earned a reputation as one of Derbyshire’s finest country hotels and wedding venues.

Since 1990 the former Manor House has been lovingly restored by the Salt family, retaining all of the original character and charm - from the sweeping drive in to the exposed limestone walls and original tiled floors. Set in the foothills of the Peak District on the picturesque 180 acre golf course and surrounded by green fields and wildflower meadows, this beautiful venue will have you and your guests feeling a million miles away from the rest of the world.

Exclusively yours...

From the moment you arrive you will enjoy exclusive use of the Amber Suite and adjoining atrium. As a family run business, we treat every wedding as if it was our own. Your experienced, passionate and dedicated wedding co-ordinator will be on hand, from the planning to your big day, to ensure all aspects of your wedding are as perfect as you’ve dreamed.

Say ‘I do’ in the stunning surroundings of Horsley Lodge

With two licensed rooms we are the perfect venue for civil weddings and partnerships of any size. For smaller weddings our Old Restaurant room provides an intimate, romantic space and for larger weddings our Amber Suite can accommodate up to 120 guests for your ceremony

The Amber Suite

The Amber Suite is a large and airy reception space perfect for dining and dancing. This Suite offers an opportunity to enjoy the courtyard which leads from the atrium where the reception drinks can be served. Your guests can enjoy canapés as they take in the stunning views of the golf course and countryside beyond, before moving inside for a mouth-watering wedding breakfast..

The stylish, neutral decor allows you to be creative and make it your own for the day. Whether it is a quiet, intimate gathering, renewing your vows or a traditional full wedding celebration, we can help to create your perfect wedding.

Celebrate at the end the day dancing the night away with your guests. Our Amber Suite offers the perfect party space with a private bar serving an impressive selection of drinks.

The dedicated wedding co-ordinator will help plan your wedding and make sure that every detail is covered, so that everything goes smoothly on your big day. We can recommend trusted suppliers from flower designers to photographers to ensure all aspects of your wedding are as perfect as you’ve dreamed.

From farm to fork

From intricate canapés and wedding breakfasts to informal buffets, every mouthful has been sourced locally from the best suppliers we know and trust – the head chef makes it his business to get to know the farmers. So, whether it’s our meat, poultry, eggs or fresh fruit and vegetables, we know where our food comes from and who has grown or reared it.

With over 30 years experience providing the best hospitality, we can assist you in selecting your food and wine. Choose your own three course wedding breakfast from our selection of menus created by our talented chefs or design your very own bespoke dining experience with our range of delicious additional options.


Horsley Lodge offers a total of 14 en-suite bedrooms within the Lodge House and the three-story limestone cottages in its grounds. Individually designed and beautifully appointed, each room expertly combines original features and contemporary decor and offers you and your guests a memorable stay as part of the celebrations. The Bride and Groom are offered a complimentary luxury suite for your wedding night where you may be tempted to get cosy and stay on for a day or two.

We’d love to talk to you about your plans, your ideas and your aspirations and let us help create your dream wedding day and ensure a seamless beginning to your own happily ever after.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Horsley Lodge

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Michelle C. Sent on 18/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect from start to finish

We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Laura was fantastic, as were the staff on the day. Everyone commented on how amazing the food and service both were. We have various special requests and Laura was very accommodating. We would highly recommend this venue….Thank you
Sheila H. Sent on 13/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Horsley lodge wedding

We had a fantastic day everything was perfect. Laura and staff was brilliant so helpful for our wedding day
Rachel Sent on 19/12/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Our Special Day

We booked our wedding ceremony & reception at Horsley Lodge with Laura & her team, everything was perfect, the weather, the setting & the staff, from start to finish we couldn't fault it. Laura made us feel at ease through the booking to the actual day itself, nothing was too much trouble, for her & all the staff. The venue itself was as other reviews have said, it is very picturesque & down by the fountain is perfect for wedding photos, even had a ride down to it in the golf buggy, which was great fun & recommended! The room & Atrium were great for our wedding party & the in-house DJ went down a storm! The food & service at the Wedding Breakfast & Evening Reception was second to none & everyone enjoyed it, & said how nice it was. My Wife & i had the Salt Suite & The Rutland Suite which suited us as she stayed over the night before, so she & the bridal party got ready in the morning in The Rutland, & the conservatory was used for that & also for photos for the wedding both were lovely spacious rooms. Other members of the wedding party booked rooms in the main part of the hotel & were really pleased with the facilities & the breakfast. All in all a perfect day & couldn't have asked for anything better & thanks to Laura for adding the personnel touch
Mark Sent on 19/12/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Day Perfection

We got married at Horsley Lodge on 11th Nov 2017. We cannot fault anything it was quite literally “The perfect Day” We we’re helped with the planning by Wedding coordinator Laura who guided us through the whole process! She went over everything with us and made sure everything was just how we wanted it! The day was overseen by Matt who did a tremendous job of making sure everything thing ran smoothly! The wedding breakfast was excellent and a nice touch was the chef came out of the kitchen to ask us if everything was ok! The evening buffet was also spot on! The whole day from the ceremony to the last dance was truly memorable and we would have no hesitation in recommending Horsley Lodge to anybody considering the venue for their wedding! Well done Horsley and thanks for everything!
Kirsty Sent on 19/12/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding

Well what can I say, it was the most perfect day from start to finish! We had been planning our wedding for 18th months and Laura has been with us all the way, I've thrown so many emails at her and she's responded to everyone! The staff at Horsley Lodge are fantastic, the food was amazing, the grounds are perfect for your wedding photos and the bedrooms are beautiful! I can't recommend Horsley Lodge enough, if we could have our wedding all over again we would but it couldn't have been any more perfect than what it already was. Thank you to all the staff at Horsley Lodge especially Laura, Linda and Dave you were all fabulous! X
Anonymous Sent on 19/12/2017
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Our Fantastic Wedding

We had our wedding at Horsley Lodge on 18th June .The service , food ,facilities and staff where all fantastic, everything was perfect .Laura was brilliant helping us through all our concerns .We picked all the people and product we needed at their wedding fair and couldn't fault anything .Would highly recommend.
Laura Sent on 15/12/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Strongly Recommended

We would like to thank Laura and the team at Horsley Lodge for ensuring our special day ran smoothly with no issues. Fantastic venue and would strongly recommend it to others. We first looked at Horsley lodge back in December 2014 and we fell in love with the place.
Aaron Sent on 15/12/2017
5 out of 5 rating


My day was absolutely perfect & couldn’t of gone any better... our meal was delicious & suited everyone... staff were very pleasant & helpful. We were made to feel very welcomed & everything went very smoothly... we stayed in the barn cottage, which was gorgeous, very homely & relaxing.... would 100% recommend Horsley Lodge for your special day.
Big thank you to all the staff there.
Ricardo Sent on 04/10/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Daughter's Wedding

Excellent venue, Congratulations to the Management & Staff in all areas, nothing seemed too much trouble and the service could not have been better this made it a day to remember.
Thanks Laura & your team
Ricardo Sent on 04/10/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Our Beautiful Wedding Day

My wife and I held our marriage ceremony here at Horsley Lodge, along with our wedding reception. We could not fault the service of both Laura, on the run up to the wedding and organisation for the day, and also Dave who was fantastic on the day making sure everything was going to plan and that the guests were all ok. That evening Katie and I stayed in the Saltsuite and again could not fault it at all. Very accommodating and very well presented. The morning after we went into the restaurant to enjoy a first breakfast as husband and wife. This topped off a fantastic weekend as the food was phenomenal. Would highly recommend Horsley Lodge as a fantastic wedding venue and the service you receive is first class. Finally would just like to thank Laura, Dave and all the other staff members that made our wedding so magical. Thank you. Zack and Katie
Ricardo Sent on 15/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Wedding Day

Horsley Lodge is such a beautiful place, very picturesque. The food and the hotel rooms are to die for. Luxurious! Everything went smoothly throughout the day. They played the music too long before I walked down so it had already finished. Everything else was great and a fabulous wedding day was had by all.
Catherine Sent on 15/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

The Perfect Wedding Venue

Simply a fantastic day mostly thanks to Laura and the team as everything went without a hitch. Food, service, location and ambiance all 2nd to none. Visited a few venues and so glad we chose this one. A big thank you to everyone at Horsley for hosting the best day of my life in such a great way.
Jodie Sent on 12/05/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect day

We choose Horsley Lodge after a work Christmas meal there, I'm from Nottingham so I wouldn't of found this beautiful place otherwise. The rooms have been refurbished and look beautiful as does the surroundings for the photos. Everyone said how great the food was and how pretty the place was. Everything flowed so well plus there is a smart bar in the room which means everyone can stay in one room without the men in congregating in another room.
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Horsley Lodge Drive, Smalley Mill Road DE21 5BL Nr. Derby (Derbyshire)
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