Hollywood House, Blackbrook, Derbyshire DE56 2DE
Hollywood House, in the Amber Valley, Derbyshire, is the perfect place for escapist celebration. The house has a retro theme, and has been described as ‘1950’s Hollywood glamour, with a modern twist’.
Guests can choose to sleep in rooms such the Elvis Presley Room (thank-you-very-much), or Greta Garbo (if you’d like to be alone), or they could relish the madness of the Walt Disney room (great for a family), which has a Mickey-Mouse inspired head-board and the funkiest Disney bunk beds you could ever imagine.
The house has 16 bedrooms, and can sleep 40 (some of rooms are family rooms, sleeping up to 5). There are 14 bathrooms – most of which are en-suite.
Downstairs, the spaces have very much been created with entertaining in mind, and there’s a huge catering kitchen, leading into a dining conservatory (which can seat up to 90 guests). The conservatory leads out through bi-folding doors onto a magnificent hanging terrace, complete with a swim spa and hot tub, sunk into the decking.
There are also two large lounges, and the Games Room, which is set up as a casino (you can book proper croupiers, to over see the tables).
The house is set in five acres of gardens, and is reached by a winding drive, flanked by Monkey Puzzle trees. Within the garden is a spinney, with an Arctic Cabin, in which guests can sprawl on fur rugs, around the fire.
Edmund’s Choice of Extraordinary Feature
“I adore Hollywood House, it’s completely mad and excellent fun. It’s the sort of place to fling off your inhibitions and really enjoy yourself away from the pressures of the ordinary world. I particularly love the random brilliance of the Arctic Cabin.”
About the Location
Hollywood House is easy to get to – it’s about 30 minutes from the M1. The nearest town is Belper, which has buses running to Manchester and London, and a limited amount of trains stop at the station.
Things To Do
Derbyshire’s a great county for getting out and about in. Matlock is barely twenty minutes away, known as the gateway to the Peak District National Park (plenty of adventures to be had there), or there’s Carsington Water, if your group would like some watery challenges.
Closer to the house is the Amber Valley Individual Factory Shop Trail, where you can snaffle great Designer Brand bargains, then go for an artisan coffee in the restored mill.
Or if you’d rather something more rural, there are beautiful walks from the house, lots of which lead to traditional pie-and-pint pubs.
Hollywood House is a fabulous house for a chic retro wedding. It’s great for about 80 guests, and there are registry offices and churches to be found locally.