We recently had our wedding at Horsley Lodge on Friday 1 August, having placed our initial booking with them in September 2013. On top of the basic wedding package we also reserved 9 of the rooms and for a very reasonable fee and we upgraded the bridal suite for the Barn Cottage, which the bride used for the night before the wedding, and on the wedding day.
The venue itself is in immaculate condition and the setting is beautiful. All the rooms (hotel and function) are clean and very well maintained and perfectly suited for a wedding. There is also the added bonus that our wedding was the only wedding being held that day - a lot of other venues usually charge for that kind of exclusivity but not at Horsley Lodge - exclusivity is immediately assured. The Barn Cottage comes highly recommended as an upgrade, the spiral staircase makes for great photos and the facilities in there were amazing. Felt like a real treat.
The staff at Horsley were amazing, very polite and attentive to all of our guests. We cannot thank them enough for their efforts. Laura was our wedding co-ordinator and she delivered a quite brilliant personal service, from the moment we booked in September, right up to and including the big day itself. All of our personal requests were catered for and nothing was left to chance. On the day, all of the staff knew our names and were clearly under instruction to make sure that if something was needed for the wedding, it was taken care of quickly with minimum fuss.
The food and service was simply A Grade. The Wedding Breakfast was well timed and none of the tables were left waiting long for their food or drinks. The co-ordinators even allowed us a little bit of time to 'mingle' with our guests between courses without compromising the timings or the food. We had goats cheese and red onion tart for starter, braised steak, homemade yorkshires and veg for mains, followed by chocolate fudge cake and ice cream for puds. For our evening buffet we had a 'hot cob' carvery of pork (with some great crackling of course) and topside beef, with pasta, chips and salad. It was all delicious and lots of guests commented on just how good the meat was. We couldn't disagree, the braised steak in particular just melted in the mouth. The bar was well stocked and in the circumstances, reasonably priced. The following morning our guests that stayed overnight enjoyed a cooked breakfast, made to order and that was also great - it helped clear up a few sore heads!
The practicalities of our wedding were also taken care of. The ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception were all held in the same room and each time it only took the staff a brief 20-30 minutes to turn the room around. They are clearly well practised at this and it showed. Very smoothly done. The in-house DJ also deserves a mention for being very accommodating as well, as I (the groom) had some very specific requests, but they were all dealt with!
All-in-all, we had a brilliant day and Horsley Lodge played a huge part in that. For some reason the AA only give this hotel 3 stars and quite frankly that is harsh. We received nothing but 5* care and service from the start and for a wedding, Horsley Lodge is very reasonably priced. We have had several family events there in the past (prior to the wedding) and I have no doubt that when we are planning more in the future, Horsley Lodge will be top of our list.
We really did have a truly perfect day, thank you Horsley Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the City of Derby and within easy access of the Peak District National Park, Horsley Lodge Hotel offers a quiet retreat for those looking to stay, dine, golf, relax or attend a function. Just driving through the gate is promising, but the Hotel at Horsley Lodge has received significant investment over recent years with all bedrooms and bathrooms being refitted and now combining the comforts of home with stylish design. Modern chic meets old style country retreat. The hotel has also recently totally refurbished its restaurant and function suite with Award Winning Interior designers. The restaurant serves a variety of food for guests to suit all tastes and dining styles. This fine Country House built 150 years ago has 14 suites and rooms, each have super-king size beds, surrounded by fine fabrics and wall coverings giving each room an individual design, most with a view of the Par 3 ninth hole and service standards of a very high quality. Recently re-awarded 86% by the AA inspectors. We look forward to welcoming you to see for yourself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Horsley Hotel Horsley
- Horsley Hotel Derby
- Horsley Lodge Derbyshire