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Darwin Lake - gorgeous location
Darwin Lake - idyllic setting by the water
Darwin Lake - contemporary lounge with feature fure in Dovedale
Darwin Lake - dining for the number of guests
Darwin Lake - open plan living area including diner and kitchen
Darwin Lake - Dovedale kitchen
Darwin Lake - hall set up for a wedding
Darwin Lake - 5 Dovedale external aspect
Darwin Lake - dine outdoors and enjoy the tranquil surroundings
Darwin Lake - Dovedale living area
Darwin Lake - feature fireplace and French door access to outside
Darwin Lake - up to date kitchens and facilities
Darwin Lak - lots of work top space for food prep
Darwin Lake - comfortable twin bedroom
Darwin Lake - kingsize zip and link beds
Darwin Lake - stylish soft furnishings
Darwin Lake - contemporary large walk in shower
Darwin Lake - dual aspect in this bedroom
Darwin Lake - blue gold bedroom in Dovedale
Darwin Lake - tasteful design in bedrooms
Darwin Lake - cosy single
Darwin Lake - bath with shower over
Darwin Lake - overlooks pretty lake
Darwin Lake - events hall
Darwin Lake - fishing on site
Darwin Lake - woodland trail enjoy the outdoors in our private wildlife haven
Darwin Lake - Peveril Cottage
Darwin Lake - celebrating the big day at Darwin Lake
Darwin Lake - a lakes wedding
Darwin Lake - guaranteed a great time with loved ones
Darwin Lake - idyllic setting by the water
Darwin Lake - contemporary lounge with feature fure in Dovedale
Darwin Lake - dining for the number of guests
Darwin Lake - open plan living area including diner and kitchen

Darwin Lake, Darley Moor, Matlock, Derbyshire

Sleeps 2 - 100 52 Bedrooms 101 Dining

Group of holiday cottages near Matlock sleeping 100 with a party hall for celebrations, for families, friends, hens and stags

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Darwin Lake, Darley Moor, Matlock, Derbyshire, sleeps 2 - 100 in 52 bedrooms.

Darwin Lake is a private, beautifully maintained event and holiday village in Darwin Forest with the National Park on the doorstep. Ideal for group events with activities and accommodating up to 127 overnight guests. 17 crafted stone houses are centred around a stunning lake with woodland walks and a village green. Families, friends, corporate groups, hens and stags are all welcome and can take a combination of cottages to suit their needs.

Darwin Hall is a wonderful events space for groups, family celebrations, corporate events, retreats and weddings. The ground floor is perfect for dancing, wedding receptions or parties. The first floor has a kitchen and meeting space for up to 150 guests. Catering options and a bar are available for special occasions.

The Haven is a newly developed event space for smaller groups to meet, socialise and party! It has space for a group of 30 where tables, sofas, a kitchen and toilet facilities are available. Dovedale property has a large open plan living area for similar group numbers.

All cottages are well equipped with modern appliances, contemporary sofas, feature fires and Smart TVs. Dovedale has dining capacity for 16 guests (more can be arranged). Bedrooms are all very comfortable, configured as kings, doubles and twins using zip/link beds.

Darwin Lake offers a range of on-site activities - try raft building or canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding on the lake, archery or bushcraft in the woods, or tackle the climbing wall. Guests can use the complimentary rowing boat or fish on the lake, free of charge. Add Spa and Beauty treatments, hot tubs and other activities such as cocktail making, mega assault courses and mega slides.

This is a tranquil place to spend a few days enjoying the lake and indigenous wildlife, with many wonderful walking and cycling trails nearby. Darwin Lake is an ideal base from which to explore the Peak District, Matlock Farm Park is close by, there's also Gulliver’s Kingdom in Matlock for the children in the group. Carsington Water is nearby for watersports and outdoor pursuits. Alton Towers can be reached in under an hour, or visit Chatsworth House, one of the best-preserved stately homes in Britain. The Blue John Cavern and The Heights of Abraham Cable Cars are worth a visit. Explore caving, potholing, mountain biking and abseiling and many more attractions in the National Park, all can be organised by Darwin Lake.

Our customers include many school groups, institutions and a whole range of organisations both local and international. With many returning year after year, it’s a good idea to book your dates as early as you can!



Dog Friendly

We allow pets in some cottages including Eyam and Tissington. £30 per dog per stay.


Please phone to discuss.

Hot Tub

Dovedale has a private hot tub (£270 per stay). Please enquire about hiring in a hot tub for other cottages.


WiFi is available throughout.


Fully equipped fitted kitchens. The larger cottages have dishwashers and all have washing machines. BBQs available.

Dining Room

All have dining space. Dovedale has capacity for around 24 on request. Event dining available in Darwin Hall.

Sitting Room

Each cottage has a sitting area with comfy sofas, LCD or Smart TVs and some feature fireplaces.

TV and Music Facilities

All have LCD or Smart TVs.

Heating and Open Fires

Central heating with some feature fires in cottages.


Mixture of kingsize zip and link, doubles and twins. Some en suite.


All linen and towels included in the price.


Mixture of shower and bath rooms, some en suite.

Children's Facilities

Cots and high chairs available, please bring your own cot linen.


Secluded private grounds, including a woodland trail and wonderful lake.


Private parking.


No smoking please.

Booking Information

30% deposit to secure booking, balance due 6 weeks prior to stay. No minimum stay. Check in from 4pm, check out by 10am.

Please enquire for prices for your group.

Show Availability

Find the availability for each of our units.

Dovedale sleeping 8
Peveril sleeping 4
Eyam sleeping 4
Tissington sleeping 4

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Please contact the owner for availability dates

Please contact the owner for availability dates


Darwin Lake has the best of both worlds being situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park and having easy to access (25 minutes from M1).

  • Matlock, 4 miles.
  • Two Dales has a Spar and Matlock has Sainsbury's, Iceland and Morrisons.
  • Local village pub serving real ale and home cooked food.
  • Derby, Birmingham and Manchester.
  • Matlock.
  • Main bus routes from Matlock.

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Planning an Event?

This venue is available for Weddings

Darwin Lake - a lakes wedding
Darwin Lake - hall set up for a wedding


A truly unique and exclusive venue to ensure your wedding is the best time for you and your guests. Darwin Lake nestles in 10 beautiful acres of natural woodland with its own lake.

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Please contact the owner for availability dates.

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