Venue review: Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire

As we arrive at the entrance of Breadsall Priory, and wind our way down the long driveway, we’re struck by the beauty of this former stately home’s setting. The grand country hotel is surrounded by acres of lush parkland, with a mix of manicured lawns, mature gardens and 18-hole golf course – it really is an impressive sight.

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The Priory dates back to 1266 and is the oldest Marriot property in the world. Noteable residents over the centuries include Erasmus Darwin, the grandfather of Charles Darwin. It’s a venue steeped in history, and with a dedicated weddings team and three unique ceremony and celebration spaces, is a popular choice with couples.

Celebrate in the charming Haslam Room
Celebrate in the charming Haslam Room

How many guests can attend the wedding?

There are three ceremony and celebration spaces to choose from, which fit a range of guest list sizes. The Haslam Room, in the main hotel, captures the spirit of the Priory. It features dark wood paneling, has lovely views out over to the grounds and can host up to 120. Couples with more guests may choose the Pavillion, a newer building that’s separate from the hotel, with its own entrance and space for up to 140 guests. For more intimate weddings, there’s the Morley Room, a pretty period room in the main hotel with space for up to 70.

Do they hold a wedding license?

Yes, the venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, which can take place in any of the three rooms.

Couples can say their vows overlooking the pretty gardens
Couples can say their vows overlooking the gardens

Is accommodation available?

There is plenty of accommodation available in the hotel – making it extremely convenient for guests. Many of the bedrooms have lovely views out over the grounds, lake and golf course.

What about food?

A range of wedding menu options are available, and the experienced and enthusiastic team are on hand to guide you through the choices. An in-house chef is also available to create a menu to meet each couple’s needs, whether you’re choosing a formal sit-down meal for 60 people, or opting for a more relaxed affair.

Where are the best places to take photos?

The grounds are stunning, and provide an instant picture-perfect backdrop for photos. Pose for group pictures outside the hall on the tiered lawns, or couple shots by the lake. It’s also guaranteed to look good whatever the season. We visited on a grey October day, and it still looked beautiful.

The perfect backdrop for on-the-day photos
The perfect backdrop for on-the-day photos

How much does it cost?

The Priory has created a number of wedding packages to suit a variety of budgets. Packages start from £4,550, which includes a three-course wedding breakfast for 60 people, welcome drinks, evening buffet for 100, table linen and overnight accommodation for the bride and groom. Other packages include a summer BBQ buffet, DJ, first anniversary meal and even a complimentary round of golf! Bedrooms at Breadsall Priory start at £67 per night. Preferential room rates are available for wedding guests.

What about down-time?

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As a country club with an 18-holf golf course, the hotel is well equipped for sporting pursuits. There’s a well-equipped gym, as well as a number of fitness classes running throughout the week. Guests can also take advantage of the pool, jacquzzi, sauna and steam room. And for pre-wedding pampering, look no further than the spa, where you can enjoy a relaxing facial or massage treatment.