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Open plan living area including diner and kitchen
Dine outdoors and enjoy the tranquil surroundings
up to date kitchens and facilities
Kingsize zip and link beds
Woodland trail enjoy the outdoors in our private wildlife haven

Darwin Lake, Darley Moor, Matlock, Derbyshire

Sleeps 2 - 127 52 Bedrooms 130 Dining 150 Venue Capacity

Peaceful Peak District venue for wedding celebrations for 130 guests, with an event hall and accommodation

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Darwin Lake, Darley Moor, Matlock, Derbyshire, sleeps 2 - 127 in 52 bedrooms.

Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, and in a stunning setting within the Peak District, Darwin Lake is the perfect place in which to exchange your vows and hold your wedding reception,  all in one superb wedding venue in Darwin Forest. A choice of inside settings are available for your ceremony and reception, or opt to be outdoors, with a ceremony by the stunning lakeside – a unique setting for your wedding day.

The newly decorated stunning Hall provides a perfect setting for your special day; featuring floor-to-ceiling panelling and a bespoke designed bar, the Hall is the perfect canvas to paint the day of your dreams.

The outdoor surroundings are also an option for your special ceremony. Take a rowboat across the lake to your ceremony. Take advantage of the beautiful surroundings, as you say your vows. After the ceremony, you can enjoy a drinks reception whilst you mingle, and make the most of the setting to provide the backdrop for your wedding photographs.

Darwin Lake is a spectacular all-year-round wedding venue!

• All in one location: civil ceremony, reception and celebrations!
• Outdoor and indoor weddings
• Space for up to 130 guest wedding breakfast
• Marquee for larger weddings up to 150 guests for ceremony and celebrations
• Overnight accommodation for up to 127 guests
• Design your own perfect day, in your own style
• Rural and rustic, yet luxury vibe
• Full catering and bar service
• Forest backdrop and picturesque lakeside views
• Celebrate your marriage with family & friends over a weekend in Derbyshire
• One day weddings where required

Wedding Package – Bronze:
•Bride and Groom stay for up to 3 nights
•Accommodation for 16-30 guests for 1-2 nights, cottages included: Kedleston, Hardwick, Tissington
•30-60 reception/ceremony guests
•Darwin Hall for up to 3 nights
•Late check out for all guests on Sunday
•Catering, bar and decorations
•Midweek options available

Wedding Package – Platinum:
•Exclusive use of the entire village for up to 3 nights
•Bride and Groom stay for up to 3 nights
•Accommodation for up to 127 guests for 2 nights, in all 17 cottages
•Darwin Hall for 3 nights
•3 drinks for overnight guests included
•Up to 150 reception/ceremony guests
•Late check out for all guests on Sunday
•Catering, bar and decorations

Bespoke – Flexible Package:
1-3 nights
Accommodation for anything up to 150 guests

We plan everything for you for your dream wedding inclusive of catering, bar, entertainment and decoration.

Available for your wedding group

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Dog Friendly

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

Disabled Facilities

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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