Planning a Hen or Stag Party on a budget

Are you tasked with the difficult job of organising a hen or stag party that keeps everyone happy?

We have some tips to help keep costs down, so that you can plan a party to suit all budgets:

1) Self-catering accommodation

Firstly, you’re in the right place if you are planning a hen weekend or stag do on a budget. Self-catering accommodation gives you the flexibility to eat in or out, thereby cutting down costs. Pre-plan by ordering a supermarket delivery for the evening of your arrival. If you don’t fancy doing the cooking yourselves, you can save money on traditional caterers by hiring a street food van. This can lower the traditional cost of hiring caterers to under £15pp, for pizza, fish and chips or even a toastie van. You can see all of our hen-friendly self-catering properties here.

2) Midweek stays

The easiest way to save money is by having a mid-week hen party or stag do, provided it is outside of school holiday dates. If your guests are able to make it Monday-Thursday, you can save up to 50% on the accommodation, with extra offers on your activities and caterers. Another benefit is that there will be more availability, which helps if you are planning a hen or stag party at late notice.

3) Location, location, location!

Check the location of your accommodation in relation to the activities you’re looking at, to cut down on travel costs during your hen or stag weekend. If your holiday cottage offers a spacious dining room and living room, the entertainment can come to you. This means that the group doesn’t have to travel anywhere, saving time and money. For outdoor activities, look at Shiningford, which is within walking distance of Carsington Reservoir, where you can do water sports and bike rides. For bars and restaurants that you don’t need a taxi to get to, look at Ashbourne Hall, which is a 5-minute walk from numerous pubs and eateries.

4) Look at the extras

Most of our properties include extra facilities within the price of the accommodation, which reduces the amount you have to spend on activities. Some of our venues have private hot tubs, for example Hillside Croft and The Barn, which give you a relaxing place to spend the afternoon. Bring some face masks and have a pamper day at one of our venues with a sauna and hot tub – take a look at Billys Bothy or Sandybrook. During the summer months, Shiningford opens its outdoor pool, which you can have exclusive use of for groups of 28+.

Many of our venues, such as The GrangeStandlow and Latham Hall, offer a games room with snooker tables, perfect for a stag party.  High View Grange has a cinema room, while Ashbourne Hall comes with a karaoke machine and starlit bar! So keep an eye out for any fun extras that are part of the hire price, as these can provide entertainment without the additional costs.

5) Fun that doesn’t break the bank

Coming up with fun activities doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, all of our accommodation is within easy reach of the Peak District, so outdoor activities are a must. If the weather doesn’t hold up, try a cookery class or gin/wine/whisky tasting, which cut out the additional cost of a caterer or alcohol for that meal. You have both an activity and food or drink within the price of just one! You can find local events for under £10 per person, such as firework displays or ghost tours. Check out Visit Ashbourne to see what is on during your holiday.

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We are getting to the top of most the local searches for the Holiday Cottages, Camping & Bed and Breakfast in the Ashbourne and surrounding areas. 

You will receive a listing for all your properties with access to special offers page. List last minute deals and unlimited special offers images and unlimited text. Your availability calender and links to your social media.

We offer a great package at very low rates so if your looking to increase your bookings then drop as am email via the advertise with us link at the bottom of the page.

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Hopton Hall Snowdrops Gardens

Hopton Hall are opening the gardens for the annual Snowdrops Gardens.

Open every day from Monday 1st February to Sunday 6th March 2016

 The current Hall can trace its roots back to the 1400’s when it boasted an estate of 3,700 acres, some of which now stands under the Carsington Reservoir.

Since 1996, Spencer has gradually cleared and restored the woodland and its walks. This has produced wonderful displays of Snowdrops and Aconites. The more we clear, so more of them appear.

After much dedicated hard work, we have added a Laburnum Tunnel and a number of walks, the Beech, Badger and Spring walks: a small Arboretum and Pinetum have been created as well as the generation of two small ponds and a wildlife lake.

Within the walled garden they have restored the Crinkle Crankle wall on which the beech hedge at Chatsworth was modelled and created two large Rose gardens consisting of some 2,000 roses and 5,000 box plants!

  • 10.30am with last entries at 4.00pm
  • Admissions £4.00 per person children 6 to 16 £2
  • Tea room serving light refreshments including Soups, homemade cakes and hot beverages.
  • Parking free
  • Please wear appropriate footwear
  • Wheelchairs will experience some difficulty
  • With regret they cannot accept dogs except guide dogs

Please call 01629 540923 for latest opening updates.

Hopton Hall




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Late Pre Christmas Deals

Have a look at our late offers, we have some great pre Christmas deals in both large and small cottages. Still time to catch up with friends and family or get on top of that last minute shopping in a beautiful area.

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Holiday Cottages for Groups in Derbyshire

Holiday Cottages for Groups in Derbyshire

 Are you looking for a large holiday cottage for groups in Derbyshire, then the Derbyshire Dales Ashbourne Accommodation Group is here to help you to find what you are searching for.

We have a large selection of really beautiful large holiday cottages in some fabulous Derbyshire locations waiting for your call.  Our properties are all approximately within a 12 mile circle of the pretty Market Town of Ashbourne, full of historic buildings, antique shops and cafes, and located just a short drive from the popular towns of Matlock Bath, Bakewell and Buxton.

Derbyshire has many pretty villages to visit, with character cottages and listed buildings that are steeped in history.  There are many holidays cottages for large groups in Derbyshire that are either in these villages or dotted in between to make them easily accessible for you to visit.  Ashbourne, Wirksworth, Carsington, Alstonefield, Throwley, Ilam, Bradbourne, Tissington, Whetton, Yeldersley, Offcote, Kirk Ireton, Sudbury, Ashford in the Water, and the plague Village of Eyam are but a few.

Many of our holiday cottages are perfectly tailored to accommodate groups in Derbyshire with, large dining areas, hot tubs, saunas, pampering available and a host of activities available either at the cottages or close by to ensure guests have their choice of either an action packed weekend or the peace and tranquillity they need. The choice is yours to make.

Each of our large cottages, all featured on our website will also have a link to their own personal website giving you full details of all they can offer, enabling you to choose the one most suited to your group and requirements.

Derbyshire is centrally located in the middle of the UK, giving the most optimum distance for your guests to travel from all areas, which is an important criteria as families and friends move across the country and indeed the globe over the years.

For large, luxurious holiday cottages for groups in Derbyshire look no further, we are here to provide you with the cottage to suit your needs and the memories to cherish of your time with us.

Holiday Cottages for Groups in Derbyshire

Holiday Cottages for Groups in Derbyshire

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Derbyshire Holiday Cottages

Ashbourne Accommodation Group

Our local Ashbourne Accommodation Group has a large selection of Derbyshire Holiday Cottages ranging from those sleeping from 2 up to 40+. Whether you like country cottages full of character and charm, cosy log cabins, large farmhouse accommodation, the outdoor life of caravans or camping then we can help.

Our select group offers you the choice to stay in either town or country accommodation with a delicious breakfast included or self-catered with the freedom to do your own thing. All are located within the wonderful Derbyshire Dales or Peak District National Park, providing you with some of the most delightful Derbyshire Holiday Cottages around here.

You may be holidaying with family and friends, celebrating that special birthday, planning your hen party or wedding celebrations, enjoying a walking holiday with friends or seeking a cottage which is disability or pet friendly, look no further we have accommodation that will meet your requirements and provide you with the quality you deserve.

Derbyshire has many holiday cottages dotted around this amazing county and you are sure to find your perfect place. Owners will be delighted to have the opportunity to accommodate you and to offer you that special something that they choose to provide to make their property special. It may be a welcome pack, a homemade cake, a bottle of wine or the provision of luxury items such as hot tubs, saunas, games rooms, or just a warm and friendly welcome. They will be more than happy to answer your questions and provide you with information to help you plan your holiday or event.

The ancient Peak District National Park, is our mini Scotland or Lake District and indeed rivals them in beauty. It is on a smaller scale but no less attractive, with magnificent heather covered moorlands and forested areas and a county steeped in history that has an incredible number of private or National Trust properties to explore.  The need for a selection of quality Derbyshire Holiday Cottages in which to accommodate our tourism sector year after year has provided some amazing places in which to stay and to which we hope you will choose to return year after year..

 Offcote Grange - Hillside Croft

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