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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 door step to take the planning and worry out of your Stag Party, giving you time to enjoy it too.


Shiningford is perfect for outdoor pursuits, and cycling & water enthusiasts.

Shiningford is a country estate, sleeping from 12-34 stags in a Grade II listed manor house together with converted stables.

Shiningford provides bespoke, luxury accommodation for up to 33 in separate beds. Gather with friends in the two hot tubs or compete for supremacy in the wonderful outdoor swimming pool, with views over Carsington Water and the Derbyshire countryside.

A short walk down the private drive brings you to the Carsington Water Visitor Centre, where you can try your hand at a variety of water sports. Sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and raft building are all available.

Aside from outdoor sports, a walk in the opposite direction leads to the Miners Arms 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.
On a quiet country lane and surrounded by 9 acres of its own land and gardens, Standlow has something for everyone. It is a complex of luxury cottages and a farmhouse, together with a large dining barn. In total, Standlow can sleep from 6-52 guests, depending on your group size.

The Barn and High View Grange both offer a hot tub. 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.

At Standlow you can keep everyone busy, whatever the weather!

A short stroll into the village of Kniveton brings you to 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, bars and restaurants.
Ashbourne Hall is our large boutique-style 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 plenty of space for your activities, 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.
Ashbourne and the surrounding Derbyshire countryside offers a plethora of activities on your doorstop.

Try fishing and golf, clay pigeon shooting or quad biking at local estates.

If rock climbing or abseiling are more your thing, Derbyshire offers local sites and guides.

For the thrill seeking, try visiting Alton Towers or Go Ape, and for something different, 'It's a Knockout' or Tank Mania.
If you wish to stay indoors, then let them come to you. Beer tasting, wine tasting or bushcraft are all available for stag parties.

Dinner Party Menus

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


For £28 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!


The fantastic chefs from In Sync Dining and OlivePot Catering have created three delicious menus that can be added onto your reservation, either at the time of booking or at a later date. Simply email us with your menu choice from the 3 below:

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

Complex of Luxury Self-Catering Cottages, spacious farmhouse and dining barn with hot tub. Situated in 7 acres and accommodating up to 52 guests, Standlow is the perfect venue for weddings & large gatherings. 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 is situated in its own grounds of 5 acres, with swimming pool and 2 hot tubs. Shiningford can accommodate gatherings of up to 34 guests. Shiningford Lane, Carsington, DE4 4PS

"5* luxury self-catering house, within walking distance of the centre of Ashbourne, Derbyshire"

Ashbourne Hall has ten bedrooms and eight bathrooms/wet rooms to 5* standards 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!

Feeling adventurous?