Under New Ownership

Viewings available from mid-June 2021


Have your perfect wedding weekend in the perfect English castle!

Upper House is hired exclusively for the whole weekend, so all your guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside in this spectacular National Park in the centre of England.

Manchester Airport is 25 miles from the property, and private Upper House transport can be provided for all your guest transport needs during your stay, from airport runs to visits to local landmarks such as Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Castle Howard.

This private castle was the secret home of the Knights Templar for 100 years. The Mayor of Manchester used it as his hunting lodge in the centre of his 6,000 acre country estate and the property still retains a private shooting ground and the fishing rights for Kinder Reservoir.

The moorland estate of Kinder, that once belonged to Upper House, is now owned by the National Trust and is one of the most famous mountains in the country.

It was the first National Park to be created in the world, and has spectacular geological features appreciated by climbers, walkers, wildlife enthusiasts, artists and athletes, and is protected for all to enjoy. 

Today, you can recreate the days of a private staffed country estate and hire the place for a memorable wedding weekend. From the moment you arrive, you will be served the best of English cuisine, including traditional English breakfast and afternoon tea. 

In part of the castle is an original English pub, where you can enjoy a traditional English beer, your own selection of contemporary cocktails, or fine wines from the personally selected cellar. 

The owners, Sovereign Events, will make sure that the whole weekend is created for you to enjoy just as you wish. They can help with all aspects of planning your wedding and planning your weekend.

If you want a traditional English experience, or a combination of different cultural traditions, Sovereign Events will support you to achieve the wedding you want, and help you to choose the suppliers you need.

You can select from our established partners to provide flowers, cake, the wedding feast, wine, photographers, videographers, musicians, hairdressers and make-up artists, or you can bring your own event experts as you wish. 

You can say your wedding vows in the historic Medieval Great Hall, which dates from 1430. 

Your wedding feast can take place in the huge tipi dining hall, with surround sound, feature lighting and temperature control, and guests can socialise in our pretty castle courtyard and discover the delights of our ancient pub and hidden Woodstore bar. 

The nearby village of Hayfield has plenty of additional accommodation for your wedding guests. Clients are able to access all information regarding their event and the surrounding area via a personal client portal on the Upper House website.

Your £25,000.00 (2022/23) / £27,000.00 (2024/25) Upper House wedding package includes:

  • Exclusive hire of the castle from 9.00am Friday until 10.00am Monday
  • Minimum of 24 residents, maximum of 30 residents. Maximum of 130 wedding day guests
  • Minibus transfers to/from Hayfield Village for all non-resident guests on the wedding day
  • A choice of indoor and outdoor licensed wedding ceremony spaces – the Solstice tower, The Medieval Great Hall, The Large Lounge, The Clock Tower Archway
  • Medieval Great Hall with capacity for 130 ceremony, 66 dining, ceremony table and banqueting chairs, heating & logs for fires, candelabra flower hoop included
  • Contemporary Tipi Dining Hall with capacity for up to 130 dining, dark wood effect decked floor, dining chairs, 13 circular banqueting tables, selection of oblong tables, bespoke flower hoops and contemporary lighting, surround sound, heating, wine fridge
  • Central Castle Courtyard with covered reception space, 6 outdoor patio heaters, festoon lighting, outdoor lounge and bistro seating furniture
  • On site traditional English pub with fully stocked bar – open during staffed events
  • Woodstore cocktail bar – open during the event evening.
  • 30 acre woodland grounds
  • Licensed shooting ground for clay target shoots
  • Simulated game shoot rifle range
  • Private access to the Kinder Mountain walks 
  • Exclusive access to Kinder Reservoir with exclusive fishing rights for residents (terms and conditions apply) 
  • 5 lounges 
  • 5 fully equipped house kitchens, stocked with complimentary teas & coffees 
  • 12 bedrooms including 3 family suites and a downstairs study room with a quality occasional bed. All bedrooms equipped with guest bathrobes, slippers, towels for each guest, ‘Cloud 9’ hairdryers, Kinder Spring Water
  • 12 bathrooms with complimentary luxury toiletries. Hand wash, hand cream, body wash, shampoo and conditioner from The Bath House, Cumbria, England  
  • Event equipment for use as required – post box, present table, blackboards, easels, large incense burner, candleholders, outdoor cushions, throws and blankets, storm lantern candle holders, vases, PA system 
  • Management and support from the experienced family team throughout the booking period 
  • All day management and co-ordination on the wedding day until the close of the event 
  • Schedule of client meetings throughout the booking period 
  • Client access to Upper House online Client Portal 
  • Invitation to complimentary wine tasting day at Upper House 
  • Options for extended stays.
Please note:
  • The price of £27,000.00 includes 24 Residents for a two night stay and any number of Non- Resident guests up to a total of 130 people for the Wedding Day.
  • The Wedding Feast is not included for any guests and you can choose the style of catering you wish. 
  • Additional events and parties which include non-residents must be supported by Upper House and are subject to additional charges
Marriage Ceremonies in England

Legal Ceremonies

Upper House is a venue licensed to hold legal marriages, same sex marriages and civil partnerships. You will need to book the venue in advance of applying for a legal marriage ceremony. Local Government Registrars will perform the ceremony at Upper House. You can email them (highpeak.registrars@derbyshire.gov.uk) to request their availability for the date you prefer. Once the date is booked, you will need to ensure that any visas and documents you will require for a legal marriage in the UK are in place. 

The British Government website can inform you of the requirements for a marriage in England. www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships

Personal Ceremonies

Upper House can also source a suitable personal celebrant for a non-legal marriage ceremony. Translators and translation services can also be sourced, and payment for any such services can be met with the provider.

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