Looking for something a little different for the Groom? Centrally located in Derbyshire, and easily accessible from the M1 and M6. With direct trains from London, and East Midland Airport close, our venues are easy to reach from all over the UK and Europe.

3 fantastic venues for hire, each offering something a little different for your stag weekend!

A multitude of activities on your doorstep to take the planning and worry out of your stag party, giving you time to enjoy it too. We offer outdoor activity packages for £26 per person, from mobile climbing walls to archery tag – take a look here.


With a football pitch, BBQs, games room and hot tubs, Standlow is ideal for stag weekends. It is a complex of rural cottages and a farmhouse, together with a large dining barn. In total, Standlow can sleep from 6-52 guests, depending on your stag party size.

At Standlow you can keep the whole stag party entertained, whatever the weather! The Barn, Foxglove Cottage and High View Grange each have a hot tub, and High View Grange also offers a cinema room.

The unique feature of this venue is the large games room, housing 2 full-size snooker/pool tables, air hockey, table football, bar billiards and table tennis. We also provide footballs, cricket bats and balls that you are welcome to use on the paddock, where you'll find goalposts.

Within walking distance is the village of Kniveton, featuring The Red Lion, a good local pub that welcomes Standlow guests.

Situated a mile from Standlow, Carsington Water offers cycling, walking trails, water sports and a Visitor Centre. The historic town of Ashbourne is located 3 miles away, and contains an assortment of shops, pubs, bars and restaurants. The nearest city is Derby, where you can find nightclubs, escape rooms and laser tag.
Shiningford is perfect for outdoor stag weekends, and cycling & water enthusiasts.

Shiningford is a country estate, sleeping from 12-35 stags in a Grade II listed manor house together with converted stables.

Shiningford provides countryside accommodation for up to 34 in separate beds. Gather with friends in the two hot tubs or compete for supremacy in the wonderful outdoor swimming pool.

A short walk down the private drive brings you to the Carsington Water, where you can try your hand at a variety of water sports. Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and raft building are all available. You can also hire bikes to take the cycling route around the reservoir.

Aside from outdoor sports, a walk in the opposite direction leads to the Miners Arms pub at Carsington Village, where you can sample the wide selection of Cask Ales.
Friday night is 'Steak Night' at the Knockerdown Pub, under a mile from Shiningford.
Ashbourne Hall is our large town house, within walking distance of the market town of Ashbourne. Ashbourne Hall can sleep up to 21 stags in separate beds, or 22 in total. It offers a spacious dining conservatory, and a hot tub in the courtyard.

If you want space for outdoor activities during your stag weekend, Ashbourne Park is just across the road. At Ashbourne Hall you have the advantage of being able to recuperate in the plentiful array of bars and restaurants that Ashbourne offers.
We offer outdoor activities for stag parties, which you can book for either a half or full day if you are feeling adventurous:

Half day package - £26 per person, for a minimum of 12 people
* Mobile climbing wall
* Archery
* Bushcraft skills
The half day package lasts 3 hours, and can be done at a local activity centre, or at our venues if you are staying at Standlow, Shiningford or Hollywood House.

Full day package - £55 per person, for a minimum of 8 people
* High ropes
* Lunch
* Zip wire through the trees
* Archery tag
The full day package takes place at a local activity centre, so transport will be necessary. We can also arrange for the 6 hour session to come to Standlow or Shiningford, with alternative activities, such as kayaking and a treasure hunt. Please get in touch for further details or with any special requirements.

Dinner Party Menus

If you want to spend more time relaxing and less time cooking, we can help!


For £30 per person we can organise a 3 course meal for your group, to be served in the comfort of our holiday cottages. And best of all, you don’t have to worry about the washing up afterwards!


Choose from a formal 3 course dinner or a more casual dining experience that can be added onto your reservation, either at the time of booking or at a later date. Please be aware that these are subject to availability though, so advance notice is highly recommended.


Simply email us the date and time you’d like your meal, along with your preference for either the £30 or £35 per head dinner. The menu is seasonal, but you can see examples of the types of dishes that will be on offer below:

"An idyllic setting which makes us want to come back time and time again!"

Complex of self-catering cottages, country farmhouse and dining barn with hot tubs. Accommodating up to 52 guests, Standlow is the perfect venue for weddings, large gatherings & family holidays. Standlow Lane, Kniveton, DE6 1QZ.

"Large dining barn able to dine up to 40 - for all your group activities and entertaining"

Large group dining barn with hot tub. Offers a space for celebrations and activities, all nestled in the Derbyshire Dales overlooking Kniveton village.

"Stunning venue with swimming pool and hot tubs, at the side of Carsington Water"

Shiningford offers large group accommodation for up to 35 guests with a swimming pool. Shiningford Lane, Carsington, DE4 4PS

"Spacious self-catering house, within walking distance of the centre of Ashbourne, Derbyshire"

Ashbourne Hall has ten bedrooms and eight bathrooms/wet rooms decorated with a contemporary feel. This large impressive property can accommodate up to 22 people. Cokayne Avenue, Ashbourne, DE6 1EJ.

Explore and Book your unforgettable experience with us today!

Caterers in the area

Need some help with catering? Try these tried and tested local services.

Entertainment during your stay

Make your time at our venues even more memorable with a choice of unique entertainment.

Want a food van or bartender with a difference?

Not sure of the best way to cater for your guests?
Try one of these local suppliers to take the worry out of your stay.

Why not learn a new skill?

Whether it's a team building event or just a group of friends wanting to try something different, why not experience something new?

Time on the tee

The Peak District has plenty of courses if you fancy a spot of golf in the beautiful countryside.
There's a good choice of fine 18 hole and 9 hole golf clubs to be found within comfortable driving distance of our venues.

Restaurants & Taverns in villages around Ashbourne

Wanting to eat out? Ashbourne and the surrounding villages offer some great restaurants and pubs to suit all budgets.

Try your hand at these sports

Whether you are looking for a new pursuit or just want to try something new, golf, fishing or shooting may well be the sport for you.

Takeaways in Ashbourne

If you are staying at Ashbourne Hall, Standlow or Shiningford and don't fancy cooking, try our local takeaways

Local taxi companies

Many of these companies can offer minibuses or small coaches to help with larger numbers. They should all be booked in advance.
Remember with our venues Shiningford & Hollywood House, full size coaches cannot get access

Thrills & Spills!

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