Morley Hayes

Morley Hayes Gin Festival

Bondholder Morley Hayes has announced that it is to host its first ever Gin and Fizz festival, with an eight-day event taking place later this month.

Gin lovers can have their taste buds tantalised by 100 different gins from across the globe, and will be treated to a mouth-watering selection of 19 proseccos and sparkling wines.

The event comes on the back of the increasing popularity of gin and prosecco at Morley Hayes and follows the hugely successful beer festivals that have taken place over the past couple of years.

The Festival is taking place in the Old Stables Bar, a specially refurbished barn at the complex and opens its doors at 6pm on Thursday 22 August.

Admission to the event is free and there will be live music on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August.

Commenting on their decision to stage the Gin and Fizz Festival, managing director Andrew Allsop, said "“We’re really excited to be launching the first ever Gin and Fizz Festival at Morley Hayes. A refreshing gin and tonic or a glass of prosecco is the drink of choice for many people during the summer months, so it made sense to focus on gins and fizz for this festival."

For more information about the Morley Hayes Gin and Fizz Festival, contact the events office on 01332 782005 or email


Take it to the Max


Bondholder Morley Hayes has boosted its golf team with the appointment of Max Howard as golf manager.

Max joins the Morley Hayes team from the Marriot Breadsall Priory Hotel and Country Club, where he spent more than six years working as a golf advisor and golf operations supervisor.

In his new role at Morley Hayes, Max will head up the golf team and oversee the day-to-day operation of the golf department to ensure that golfers get the most out of their experience.

He will also use his experience of working at a membership-based golf club to exploit new opportunities to expand the golf offer at Morley Hayes, both for the domestic and the corporate golfer.

Max said “Morley Hayes has a great reputation in the golfing world and is one of the most popular golf complexes in the region."

Commenting on Max’s appointment as golf manager, managing director Andrew Allsop said about Max, “His experience over the last six and half years makes him the perfect fit for this role and his understanding of the local golfing scene will be invaluable.

“We continue to invest heavily in the golf facilities here at Morley Hayes and Max joins us at an exciting time, with phase two of the redevelopment our driving range currently underway.”


MBO at Morrison Design

Bondholder Morrison Design Limited has announced its acquisition by its management team.

The new owners and directors will be Peter Newman-Earp, David Gardner and Nik Clarke, who will take control of the business from former owners Nigel Walding and George Love. Nigel will continue to be involved in a consultancy role to continue to provide his wealth of experience and knowledge.

Morrison Design was founded in 1948 by war veteran Sam Morrison and recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. The company provides architectural design, planning and project management services on commercial design and build and refurbishment projects for hotels, schools, fire stations and company offices and manufacturing facilities.


Morrison Design has been the appointed architect on many local, UK and overseas projects. These include work for Bondholders Morley Hayes Golf Club and Rolls-Royce, as well as a £91m five-star hotel in Grand Caymen and multiple hotel projects in London, Dublin and Portugal.

Commenting on the management buyout (MBO), Dave Gardner, Director said, “It’s a great relief to be able to talk more publicly about the deal and announce our plans for building our business as a team. We have worked on some really high-profile projects in the past, and going forward we hope to profile our work more prominently as we seek to expand our portfolio of clients and further build our credibility.”

Advisers on the deal were David Mellor from Johnson Tidsall and David Tomlinson from Bondholder Powell & Co who acted on behalf of the MBO team.

Winning Businesses

The winners of the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 have been announced at a prestigious event in Bondholder Derby College Group’s Roundhouse. Marketing Derby was a proud sponsor of the pre-dinner Champagne reception.

Now in its sixth year, the Awards, run in association with Bondholder Champions UK plc, celebrate the best of our local businesses and their successes.

So who won what?

Sponsored by Derby College

Winner: Ward

Runners-Up: Gin & Rum Festival, YMD Boon

Winner: Hackwood Farm

Sponsored by University of Derby
Runners-Up: BlocDigital, ThreeGuru

Winner: White Peak Distillery

Sponsored by Wheeldon
Runners-Up: Bear, Gin & Rum Festival

Winner: Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print)

Sponsored by HUUB
Runners-Up: Steve Haseldine (Alerter Group), Leah McLaren (Hotpod Yoga), Robert Carlin (Superior Spas)

Winner: Smith Partnership

Sponsored by Cloud Central
Runners-Up: Rhodes Wealth Management, Sibbalds

Winner: Ward

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Runners-Up: Air IT, Midland Lead

Winner: Stirland Paterson

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Runners-Up: EPM Composites, HL Plastics, TidyCo

Winner: Imperial Commercials

Sponsored by Apprenticeships by Impellum
Runners-Up: Derby Homes, HL Plastics

Winner: Cosy Direct

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Runners-Up: Gift Wellness, RDS Global

Winner: Headway

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Runners-Up: Derventio Housing Trust, Treetops Hospice Care

Winner: Silver X Logistics

Sponsored by Thomas International
Runners-Up: Midland Lead, Xpertise Recruitment

Winner: Bloc Digital

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Runners-Up: Busy Things, FutureProof Films

Winner: Oviso Financial Services

Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine
Runners-Up: Morley Hayes, Silver X Logistics

Winner: Tecquipment

Sponsored by DNS Limited
Runners-Up: Anchor & Crew, Smith Partnership

Winner: University of Derby

Sponsored by FurnitureCloud
Runners-Up: Derby College Group, Chameleon School of Construction

Winner: Xuper

Sponsored by Specsavers
Runners-Up: Gowercroft Joinery, Nowcomm

Bondholders in blue. We apologies if we've missed anyone. Congratulations all winners and finalists.


Morley Hayes wins top award

Bondholder Morley Hayes has been named East Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year at the 2019 I Do Wedding Awards.

The venue in Morley beat off fierce competition from venues across the region to win the coveted award.

Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, said “We’re so delighted to have been recognised with this prestigious award, especially as it is voted for by the couples themselves rather than a panel of judges."

Now in their fifth year, the I Do Magazine Wedding Awards celebrate success and recognise achievements of wedding suppliers from across the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside.

Dubbed the ‘People’s Awards’, they are decided entirely by the votes of the couples who have personally used their services. The Wedding Venue of the Year award recognises those venues across the East Midlands that offer an exceptional wedding experience and go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction.

Andrew Allsopp said “Your wedding day should be an unforgettable experience and our dedicated team of wedding coordinators work hard to ensure the bridal party enjoy the perfect day."

Morley Hayes has been performing wedding ceremonies since 2006. In 2012, the venue was granted a licence to perform outdoor weddings in a specially constructed wedding dome, situated in the picturesque Morley Hayes gardens.

In 2017, Morley Hayes launched its woodland wedding service, which gives couples the chance to take their vows amongst wildflowers and beneath spectacular towering pines, horse chestnut and beech trees, with breath-taking views beyond.

New for Summer 2019 is The Meadow at Morley Hayes - a new woodland meadow area, where the wedding party can enjoy drinks and canapes following the ceremony. There are plans for blessings to take place in this area too.

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Rams tee off new driving range and café


Golf enthusiasts and friends of Bondholder Morley Hayes turned out in force to see Derby County stars Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn carry out the official opening of the new driving range and Tower Café at the facility on Main Road in Morley.

The event marked the completion of extensive renovation works to expand the golf provision at Morley Hayes, which includes a 17 bay, all-weather floodlit driving range. The expansion has also seen the creation of better disabled access and 18 more parking spaces.

Alongside the driving range is the new Tower Café, which serves hot and cold drinks and a selection of snacks, cakes and light bites. There is a new comfortable lounge area where golfers can relax after a session on the range.

The café is also open to business customers and includes power sockets on each table and free wi-fi.

A new retail area showcases a range of golf clothing, accessories and golf balls from leading golf brands such as Under Armour, Footjoy and Titleist.

The new driving range complements the golf facilities available at Morley Hayes, which include a championship length 18-hole Manor course, 9-hole Tower course, golf pavilion and the highly-respected East Midlands Golf Academy.

After the event, Jack and Martyn signed autographs and posed for photos, before heading out on the driving range and trying their hand at hitting one of the new illuminated signs, another new addition for golfers.

Commenting on the launch, Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, said:

“Our thanks go out to Jack and Martyn for taking time out of their busy schedules to cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of our new driving range.

“The new facilities really complement what we’ve already got at Morley Hayes, with fantastic restaurants, a luxury four-star hotel and two golf courses.

“The new driving range and Tower Café are already proving a hit with our customers and we they continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.”

James Whatley, academy director of East Midlands Golf Academy (EMGA) and head professional at Morley Hayes, added:

“The changes you’ll see include the new café, which is open seven days a week, a new retail shop and new power tees.

“Out on the driving range there are new rugby posts which can be used as targets. We’ve also got a new game card for people to come and use when they practice.”

Set in the stunning Derbyshire countryside overlooking parkland golf courses, Morley Hayes boasts a luxury four star, 32-bedroom hotel and a choice of three restaurants, including the award-winning two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant, Roosters and Spike Bar.

The new driving range is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7.30am to 9.00pm.

Morley Hayes one of Europe's best

Bondholder Morley Hayes; the hotel, restaurant and golf venue in Morley, has been named UK Private Luxury Hotel of the Year at this year’s Luxury Travel Guide Awards, Europe.

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. The judging criteria is focused on championing the most innovative facilities and takes into account design, service excellence, employee satisfaction and location. 

The judging panel for the awards included TV personalities Shane Green (Resort Rescue) and Marianela Pereyra (Resident Beach Expert), Claire Newell (Travel Expert), luxury travel photographer Antonio Cuellar, as well as the in-house team at Luxury Travel Guide. 

The awards aim to identify the highest quality in travel and hospitality across the globe, with accolades handed out to businesses across every continent.

Speaking of being awarded this prestigious accolade, Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, said: “To be recognised by these international awards is an incredible achievement.

“The Morley Hayes team work so hard to make sure that our hotel and leisure facilities consistently deliver the very highest standards, so for their efforts and hard work to be recognised on the global stage is hugely gratifying.” 

Woodland Weddings

Last April Bondholder Morley Hayes launched a woodland wedding service in response to couples looking to take their vows whilst being at one with nature.

The woodland area has been transformed into a romantic Midsummer Night’s Dream-style setting, which enables couples to take their vows amongst forest ferns and wild flowers, shrouded beneath spectacular towering pines, horse chestnut and beech trees, with breath- taking views beyond.

Woodland wedding ceremonies take place in a private lodge, an open structure situated in a secluded part of the Morley Hayes woodlands. Guests can enjoy the intimate ceremony seated on oak benches, beside the old-fashioned lych-gate overlooking the woods.

The new woodland wedding service has proved a huge success, with ceremonies scheduled to take place throughout the spring and summer months.

Speaking of the new service, Andrew Allsop, Managing Director of Morley
Hayes, said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve our service offering in line with the changing demands of our customers and are really pleased with the feedback we’ve received from couples who have already exchanged their vows in our wedding lodge or have already booked their woodland wedding for 2018 and 2019.

“Here at Morley Hayes we’re blessed with an idyllic location, so the woodland wedding package is the perfect opportunity for us to take advantage of this fabulous setting to give couples the chance to have a romantic and truly enchanting wedding.”

Many couples have now enjoyed a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding within
the spectacular Morley Hayes woodlands.

Morley Hayes Makes Top 25 UK Hotels

Bondholder Morley Hayes has been named one of the Top 25 hotels in the UK by TripAdvisor, one of the world’s biggest travel resources.

The four-star 32-bedroom hotel on Main Road in Morley was ranked 21st in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards, which recognise the best hotels across Britain.

This is based on the reviews and ratings given by travellers on TripAdvisor, which features more than 570 million reviews, covering 7.3 million hotels and accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and receives a massive 455 million unique visitors every month.

The Morley Hayes Hotel was the only hotel in the East Midlands to be included in the Top 25 listing. It is ranked 1st out of 97 hotels in Derbyshire, with more than 96% of visitors ranking it "Excellent"; or ‘Very good’ and guests praising the venue’s ‘five star food’, ‘marvellous staff’ and ‘gorgeous’ and ‘spacious’ rooms.

Commenting on achieving a place in this year’s Traveller’s Choice 2018 awards, Andrew Allsop, managing director at Morley Hayes, said: “To be recognised as one of the Top 25 hotels in the UK by TripAdvisor is a tremendous achievement for Morley Hayes and a reflection of the high standards we set ourselves.

“We are committed to customer excellence and work hard to deliver the highest possible standards. To be named alongside some of the finest establishments in the UK is hugely gratifying and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team at Morley Hayes.

“We strive to offer our customers an enjoyable and memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that we are achieving our goals."

Set in the stunning Derbyshire countryside overlooking parkland golf courses, Morley Hayes boasts a luxury four star, 32-bedroom hotel and a choice of three restaurants, including the award-winning two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant, Roosters and Spike Bar.

Morley Hayes Scoop Top Accolade

Bondholder Morley Hayes' two AA rosette Dovecote Restaurant scooped the titles of Restaurant of the Year - East Midlands and the overall Restaurant of the Year award at the 2017 Food Awards England.

The Dovecote Restaurant went up against a diverse range of restaurants from across the East Midlands to win the regional Restaurant of the Year title, before beating off the challenge from the seven other regional winners to be crowned the national Restaurant of the Year at the award ceremony, which took place at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

The Food Awards England celebrate and reward the very best in the English food sector. Based on a public vote, the awards commend the talented individuals and businesses dedicated to constantly delivering high-quality dishes, produce and supplies to ensure impeccable service to their customers.

Commenting on winning these two prestigious awards, Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, said: “Winning the regional award is an incredible achievement in itself as we were up against some really fantastic restaurants, but to then go on and scoop the national title is really gratifying and testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team.

“The Dovecote Restaurant has received many awards and accolades over the years, but to win two awards which are voted for by the public really is the icing on the cake for us.”

National Recognition for Morley Hayes

Bondholder Morley Hayes’ two AA star Dovecote Restaurant has been shortlisted for the prestigious Restaurant of the Year - East Midlands award at the fourth annual Food Awards England. 

Voted for by the public, The Food Awards acknowledge the efforts of England's restaurants, takeaways, pub food, hotel food, cafes and bistros. They also shine the spotlight on local producers who provide their delicious ingredients.

The Restaurant of the Year award recognises regional establishments that provide cuisine of a truly exceptional standard, as well as demonstrating innovation, ambience and a high standard of service and hospitality. 

Morley Hayes will find out if its Dovecote fine-dining restaurant has been crowned the East Midlands winner at a black-tie award ceremony taking place at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on Monday 2 October 2017

Andrew Allsop, Managing Director of Morley Hayes, said: “The Dovecote Restaurant has been recognised as one of the region’s finest dining establishments by many awarding bodies over the years and it’s fantastic to hear that we have been shortlisted at The Food Awards England.

“The entire Morley Hayes team works hard to ensure that the Dovecote restaurant maintains its reputation for serving up incredible food and delivering outstanding service. Winning the Restaurant of the Year award for the East Midlands would be testament to their hard work and dedication.”

Denby Plates it up at Morley

Clay taken from a site within Bondholder Morley Hayes’ Derbyshire Farms has made it back home, after being used by fellow Bondholder Denby Pottery to craft a selection of tableware which is now in use in Morley Hayes’ two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant. 

Some of the clay used to produce Morley Hayes’ new ‘Halo’ crockery originated from an open cast mine on Holly Mount Farm, Smalley, which is located close to the Morley Hayes complex and owned by Andrew and Robert Allsop.

Denby Pottery purchased 50,000 tonnes of clay from the open cast mine, which was the last mine of its kind in the UK. Some of this clay has gone into creating Morley Hayes’ new plates, bowls and mugs from Denby’s popular ‘Halo’ collection, which are now being used in the award-winning Dovecote restaurant.

The stoneware clay, named after its stone-like appearance and hardness after firing, will also be mixed with quartz, feldspar and recycled clay and used in Denby products for at least another two decades.

Denby is in fact the only pottery that acquired any of the Holly Mount Farm clay, with none of the remaining clay being sold to any other potteries.

Commenting on the creation of Pottery from the Smalley clay Dean Barlow, head of manufacturing at Denby Pottery, said: "We’ve previously supplied Morley Hayes with crockery that has been used across the complex, but this collaboration has been particularly satisfying as we’ve taken materials from Morley Hayes’ own land and transformed it into beautiful pieces of tableware that will be used daily in the restaurant.

“Denby have generations of experience of using clay locally sourced in Derbyshire and the stoneware clay that was uncovered in the Smalley mine was a perfect fit and met all the specifications required to make Denby pottery.

“We’ve visited the Dovecote Restaurant at Morley Hayes several times since it started using our ‘Halo’ crockery, and it is holding up fantastically. The unique design of the items is incredibly striking, and the pieces look fantastic within the Dovecote’s setting.”

Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, added: “We’ve developed a close relationship with Denby Pottery over the years as we are both committed to supporting our local community.

“When we heard that Denby Pottery were acquiring some of the clay taken from the mine on our Farm, we spoke to the development team about producing some bespoke crockery for us. It’s quite fitting that materials that have been taken from our land, are back with us, being utilised throughout the Morley Hayes complex.

“We’ve received many compliments from customers commenting on our new crockery, and I really enjoy telling people that the pieces were made from clay taken from our own land!”


Got to be Morley

On the back of the success of its first ever Beer Festival which took place in May, Bondholder Morley Hayes is set to host another event over the August Bank Holiday - this time showcasing a selection of gins too.

The eight-day Gin and Beer Festival is taking place in the Old Stables Bar, a newly refurbished barn at the complex on Main Road in Morley, from Thursday 24 August to Thursday 31 August, with live music taking place on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the very best beers that Derbyshire and the nearby areas have to offer, whilst gin lovers can have their taste buds tantalised by a range of different gins from around the world.

Andrew Allsop, Managing Director of Morley Hayes, said:“Our Local Beer Festival which was staged in May, was attended by hundreds of people and we received such fantastic feedback that we have decided to stage another event over the August Bank Holiday.

“An ice cold, refreshing gin and tonic is the drink of choice for many people during the summer months, so it made sense to introduce a number of special gins for visitors to sample too.

The Gin and Beer Festival will be open from 3pm every day, with the bar set to close at 11pm each evening except Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August, when the bar will close at 10.30pm. Admission to the event is free.”

Morley Hayes Shortlisted for National Award

Bondholder Morley Hayes has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. 

The hotel and wedding venue on Main Road in Morley is a finalist in the East Midlands Venue category at the I Do Magazine Wedding Awards 2017, which are recognised as the ‘People’s Awards’ of the wedding industry.

Speaking of being shortlisted for the East Midlands Venue award, Andrew Allsop, Managing Director of Morley Hayes, said: “We are delighted that our customers have taken the time and trouble to vote for us for this prestigious award.

“Here at Morley Hayes, we always go the extra mile to make sure our brides and grooms have the most memorable experience possible and to know that our efforts have been recognised in this way is incredibly gratifying.”

Morley Hayes ranks 4th in UK

Bondholder Morley Hayes is flying the flag for Derbyshire after being named one of the top hotels in the UK.

The luxury four star Morley Hayes Hotel took fourth place in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice™ awards. The awards are based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe.

To be voted the fourth best hotel in the UK by such a respected organisation as TripAdvisor is a wonderful achievement and a tremendous vote of confidence in everything we do
— Andrew Allsop, Managing Director of Morley Hayes

Morley Hayes placed amongst luxury, well-known hotels such as the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire, the Milestone Hotel in London and the Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate with 429 of its 501 reviews rating the hotel as 'excellent'.

The Morley Hayes Hotel boasts 32 luxurious rooms and lavish suites, which provide the perfect setting for everyone from business customers and golfers to guests looking to get away from it all in a tranquil country hideaway.

Each room features its own private terrace or balcony where guests can look out onto the parkland golf course, or take in the spectacular views of the picturesque Derbyshire countryside.

Andrew Allsop, Managing Director of Morley Hayes, said: "To be voted the fourth best hotel in the UK by such a respected organisation as TripAdvisor is a wonderful achievement and a tremendous vote of confidence in everything we do."

He continued: "We will continue to provide the highest levels of service, from sourcing local produce, through to the continued investment in our services and facilities."

Barbara Messing, Chief Marketing Officer at TripAdvisor added: "As well as its hotel, Morley Hayes also has two golf courses, a pavilion and a choice of three restaurants, making it the ultimate venue for anyone looking for a delicious meal, a relaxing drink, a great round of golf or somewhere special to stay."