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News and Events at Hargate Hall – self catering and wedding venue in the Peak District

May 7, 2015
by Hargatehall

Welcome to Hargate Hall’s blog

Welcome to our blog about Hargate Hall!

Hargate Hall offers self-catering accommodation in 12 apartments sleeping up to 77 people in total. Hargate Hall makes a fantastic base for holidays, as we are located centrally in the heart of the Peak District National Park. We are also very popular for Weddings and for parties. In fact, most of our weekends get booked up many months in advance for weddings and parties. Don’t worry though,  there are always a few quieter weekends over the winter months.

Our main website gives lots of details about Hargate Hall, the self-catering accommodation, and what we offer. The purpose of this blog is to be able to give you a bit more detail about the challenges we have faced, and what we have been doing at Hargate Hall. We also like to do some write ups to give examples of what people have done when they have been here. We are very happy for you to post and comment on here. It is always nice to get some feedback.

We hope you enjoy reading the articles we have written.

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December 5, 2017
by Hargatehall

Tiffany and Simon’s DIY Wedding

Tiffany and Simon’s DIY Wedding

We first visited Hargate Hall two weeks after getting engaged and straight away fell in love with it. We already loved the idea of a DIY wedding at a place where all our guests could stay, but after meeting Anthony we knew that Hargate was exactly the right venue for us. The location, beautiful house and grounds, and helpful hosts made it an easy decision!
The whole process was so simple and easy, and throughout it all Anthony & Julie were on hand to answer all questions whenever we needed. The community of Hargate couples past, present and future is so wonderful. Through access to the Facebook group it was great to see what other people have done previously. It helped work out some of those practical details that you can only understand if you’ve been through it yourself.

wedding sign

Hargate Hall is such a wonderfully unique DIY wedding venue. Being able to have our friends and family together for a weekend was such a joy. Everyone who attended our wedding commented on what a fantastic idea it was and we all felt right at home straight away. Everything was provided for in the apartments. The freedom to do our own thing meant that our Wedding Day was everything we could’ve asked for and more, suiting our personalities and relationship perfectly.

all ready for the wedding


Setting up a DIY wedding

Getting set up on the Friday before our wedding was so simple, and Tabby from Mode For… Events – one of the recommended caterers/organisers – helped us immensely with her expertise and knowledge of the venue. Filling the empty hall with our decorations and personal touches made the wedding really feel like a communal event. As guests arrived, they helped to unpack boxes and supermarket deliveries. Everyone mucking in meant that by the time the ceremony came around on the Saturday they’d all made friend. People from different circles connected beforehand which eliminated that typical wedding awkwardness. We even fitted in some Yoga in the morning!yoga at hargate

realaxing after the wedding breakfast

We chose to have the whole event in the main hall rather than using the marquee. On a cold November day it was such a good decision to keep things cosy in one place. Walking down those stairs (to Jurassic Park!) Tiffany was overwhelmed to see everyone’s smiling facings from below, and our dinner of pie & mash carried on the rustic pub feel we were going for.
We were lucky to have a relatively clear day so we could make the most of the gorgeous grounds for our photos. Our photographer Ben Pollard also set up an atmospheric shot that evening with the rain illuminating the house.first dance at hargate

Throughout our engagement and planning, we never once doubted our choice of Hargate Hall. We knew that whatever we wanted to do (just about!) was totally okay and we could really make the day our own. It resulted in a day we’ll never forget, and that our guests will hopefully remember forever too!

wedding interviews

October 28, 2017
by Hargatehall

Wedding Venue – Hargate Hall Derbyshire

Wedding Venue in Derbyshire

Q. Hello, can you tell me a bit about you both?
A. We are John & Katie Ivison from Sheffield
Q. How long had you been engaged for before you started looking for a wedding venue?
A. 6 years engaged and 5 years together before that! We had a lot of time to dream about this wedding and what we wanted before actually going out and looking at venues.
Q. When you were searching for a venue, what were you looking for and where?
A. We were looking for a DIY wedding venue where we could stay for a few days not too far from Sheffield. We had around 20 people coming from abroad and 100 guests coming from all sides of the UK so we wanted to be able to spend a full weekend together as well.
John is a chef so we also wanted to be able to do our own catering and bring our own booze which we went to France to get!
We put in google search DIY wedding venue Yorkshire/Derbyshire and up popped Hargate Hall!

First Impressions of Hargate Hall

Q. What appealed about Hargate Hall when you first found us?
A. Everything! The description was exactly what we wanted. The venue, sleeping capacity, marquee, location, price and then so much more!Q. What did you think when you first came to look around?
A. Wow! Better than expected. The building, the main hall and the staircase as we walked in wowed us and then it just kept on giving. We couldn’t believe the size of the place. It felt grand but with a very relaxed homely feeling. It was the first and only place we visited. We knew it was the perfect venue for us as soon as we walked in.
Q. Did you have any doubts or concerns letting yourself in for compared to a “traditional” wedding venue?
A. None what so ever. We do a lot of party’s (not to this scale) but we saw this as a bit of a challenge.
The only worry was the allocation of the apartments as some people had to share with people they hadn’t met before but this was explained to them and no one complained.

The Wedding Plan

Q. What was your plan for your wedding weekend?
A. The Friday we planned it to get everyone staying for the weekend involved with decorating the Hall, setting up the marquee and help prepping the food for the wedding breakfast, this way the guests could get to know each other. We made lasagnes, Garlic bread & salad for tea, followed by Tiramisu and enjoyed a few drinks in the main hall once all was set up.
The Saturday, we had everything at Hargate so we didn’t have to worry about the logistics of getting all the guests back and fro for the ceremony. This was thought about because we were getting married on NYE, we were slightly worried about the possibility of snow so wanted to minimalise the travelling.

We did our drinks after the ceremony in the bar/main hall and then we moved over to the marquee and had a 3-course meal for the wedding breakfast. In the end, we moved up to the Main Hall for the desert as it was on the cold side. We opened up the big downstairs apartments for the evening which was nice for people to just wander around and relax. (Note: for all new bookings, we now include a 2nd heater automatically during winter months)
For the evening, we did joints of beef & pork for sandwiches which went down a treat without costing the earth!
The Sunday, those who were still feeling human helped clean up and then we caught up with guests. It was nice because everyone just came and went as they pleased so guests went walking, eat comfort food, and relaxed. Food wise, we did loads pots of soup, Stews and dumplings with crispy bread, cheese & pâtés and had a load of leftovers to finish off.

After the wedding

Q. Did everything go to plan?
A. More or less. There were a few oven issues in the marquee on the day but the apartments all have ovens so we managed the cooking this way. We forgot the kid’s food in the fridge at home (of all people!) but again we had far more than enough of the adult food so we just shared this out (luckily the guests were all understanding and helpful).
Q. Was it more, or less effort, than you thought and was it worth it?
A. It was what we expected, which was a lot of work and planning! But all so worth it! We would recommend anyone to give it a try!
Q. Would you do anything differently?
A. We would plan more heaters in the marquee as it was pretty cold and our food menu a bit better (the salmon roulades fell apart!) but other than that, we wouldn’t change a thing!

Tips and Advice for others

Q. How would you describe Hargate Hall?
A. BEST WEDDING VENUE EVER!!! It made our wedding weekend what we wanted, which was absolutely perfect for us! We had so many guests compliment us on our choice of venue too. Thank you Julie and Anthony for providing such an amazing place.
Q. And finally, because we are different to a lot of other venues, do you have any advice to others starting out on their wedding planning?
A. Check lists are great. Work out a budget and try and stick with it. Get a few quotes and shop around for stuff. It’s so easy to overspend or get carried away! We got a popcorn machine for a few hours, our one indulgence…we wouldn’t bother in hindsight. Ask others on the Hargate face book page for advice, it is great for that!
We are both quite chilled people (much to my mums’ annoyance!) and of the mind frame that if anything went wrong to just go along and take it in our stride. At the end of the day as long as the ceremony went ahead, and our loved ones were there to share our special day with us, that was all that really mattered to us!

Thank you both very much for your answers. If anyone would like to know more please comment below!

wedding interviews

October 5, 2017
by Hargatehall

Peak District EQM

We are  delighted to announce that Hargate Hall now holds the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM). “What’s all that about?” I hear you ask. The Environmental Quality Mark CIC runs the award on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority. So to quote a bit from their website

The Peak District National Park Authority presents the EQM award to organisations that:

  • support the local economy
  • protect the global environment
  • enhance the local environment
  • invest in people and communities
  • celebrate what’s special about the Peak District National ParkPeak District EQM logo 


What do we do to get the Peak District EQM?

Essentially we look at everything we do and buy to see if we can improve, but with a local and environmental focus. For us this covers things like having the biomass boiler (covered in a previous post ). This has significantly reduces our CO2 emissions. We aim to buy from local shops and business and also to use environmentally friendly products where possible and practical. Also, we hope that guests staying here, will explore the local area, and support local businesses by buying from them.

If you would like to find out more about the award then have a look at these 2 websites.  www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/eqm and www.eqm.org.uk/peakdistrict

Even better, support some of the other EQM businesses. Attached is a list of EQM award holders