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Derbyshire provides for the most perfect cottage holiday break, with a contrasting landscape that includes the rugged open moorland found in the High Peak to the picture postcard villages set amongst the pretty vales and winding rivers to the south.

The region is dominated by the magnificent Peak District National Park; a playground for walkers, cyclists, naturalists and those seeking the simple pleasures of an outstandingly beautiful part of the UK. In fact Derbyshire has been attracting visitors for decades, with its convenient location, bordering no less than five adjacent counties and of course its abundance of natural assets.

Derbyshire's varied landscape is perhaps its most notable feature, so it stands to reason that it's perfect for all sorts of different breaks. If you're after an active holiday you'll be spoilt for choice, with fantastic cycling trails, country walks and climbing spots. Pets and their owners will be in heaven too with all that open countryside and unspoilt scenery to explore. Despite its proximity to the urban conurbations a cottage holiday in the Peak District will transport you to rural bliss!

The county has a large collection of excellent visitor attractions and a rich cultural and historical pedigree, including the renowned Chatsworth House home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The House is set amongst 100 acres of magnificent grounds, with miles of walks and floral displays. Inside you'll find a wonderful collection of rare treasures, antiques and paintings.

If you'd like to further explore historic Derbyshire then visit Bolsover Castle and Sudbury Hall; both combine wonderful architecture, great locations and stunning views to make for a great way for visitors to pass the time.

Families will love scaling the Heights of Abraham and is one of the best ways to gain an appreciation of the region's beauty from its cable cars! Drop by Buxton with its unique charm and wonderful Opera House and don't miss Solomon's Temple and Poole's Cavern.

If you're ready to begin your exploration then take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Derbyshire.

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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
The Old Barn Ref: RTT6

Set in 2 acres of land, this unique 300-year-old stone barn has been converted into very stylish and spacious living accommodation. The furnishings are of the highest standard and its position above Chapel-en-le-Frith in the Peak Park means that the Old Barn commands some spectacular views. This property offers open-plan holiday accommodation over five levels and is well equipped for a relaxing, 5 star stay. Included amongst its features are a covered, outdoor heated swimming pool, outside ‘English-styled pub’ with integral W.C. and changing facilities, cinema room, full-sized pool table and the use of musical instruments as well as broadband internet, desktop computer stations plus lots more. Set in the heart of the Peak District National Park, near to Castleton and Hope Valley, there are footpaths and bridleways for walking direct from the door, or guests can simply relax in the garden and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Castleton is a popular village, only 10 minutes away, with the Blue John Caverns and various other caverns to discover. The Old Barn is ideally situated for exploring Whaley Bridge, the spa town of Buxton and Matlock, as well as Chatsworth House which is a beautiful country mansion and popular with visitors. Local attractions include paintballing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, golf and much more. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Entrance hall with large dining area. Well-equipped kitchen with oil Aga, electric cookers, breakfast bar, TV, slate floor and two steps up to dining-room. Utility. Shower room with toilet. Lower ground floor: Sitting room leading to games room/study with wood-burning stove, TV, pool table, keyboard, guitar and projector cinema room. Upper ground floor: Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with additional double sofa bed (alternative sleeping only). Further double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. There are four steps to two of the double bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Most bedrooms with TV. There is an extremely wide, large, central staircase giving access to all floors (as well as a featured spiral staircase).

  • Wood-burning stoves - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, oil, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV (in cinema room)
  • Four Freeview TVs
  • Video
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD (small library)
  • Internet access
  • Oil Aga included
  • Combination microwave oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • Freezer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large 2-acre enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • External bar with darts
  • Covered outdoor heated swimming pool (30ft x 15ft, depth 6ft), heated overnight (£20 per day for additional day heating if required) with changing facilities and toilet
  • Games room with slate pool table and projector cinema
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 4 steps in the garden

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£1067-£3136
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
20
Bedrooms
10
Pets
2
Lea Hall Ref: RSS7

Lea Hall is a Grade II* listed 17th and 18th-century manor house sleeping 20 guests in 10 en-suite bedrooms. The holiday property has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is set in the heart of rural Derbyshire. Located within the village of Lea, it has been sympathetically and stylishly refurbished by the owner, and extras such as fine toiletries and bathrobes are also provided. The drawing room with crystal chandelier, open fire, flatscreen TV and soft furnishings is the perfect setting in which to relax. The dining-room is set in the older part of the hall, which dates back to the 1600s, and has a wood-burning stove and seating for 20.
The parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway is steeped in history and Lea is recorded in the Domesday Book as Lede; the notorious Babington Plot of 1586 was planned at Dethick and Florence Nightingale spent much of her early life at Lea Hurst (and almost certainly lived at Lea Hall while that house was being built). The peaceful village of Lea offers visitors friendly pubs, tea rooms, restaurants and the famous John Smedley factory. Rural Derbyshire is a real treasure trove offering everything for the visitor including country houses, historic halls, medieval ruins, heritage railways, cycleways, beautiful unspoilt countryside and pretty villages. One of the closest attractions to Lea Hall is the Heights of Abraham. Built on the site of historic lead mining, the hilltop park is approached by cable car which rises up and offers some spectacular views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District. Visitors can tour the network of caverns and passageways left behind and explore the 60 acres of woodland hillside and buy souvenirs at the gift shop. Alternatively, for those who appreciate stately homes and gardens, magnificent Chatsworth House (3½ miles from Bakewell) is highly recommended, as well as Haddon Hall and Lyme Park, all of which have been film or TV locations over the years. Shop 1 mile.

Entrance hall with flagstone floor. Sitting room with wood-burning stove, original shutters and wooden floor. Three steps up to large, beamed, chandelier-lit dining room with inglenook, open fire and wooden floor. Beamed kitchen with tiled floor and dual fuel range (for cooking). Two steps down to beamed library with open fire. Separate toilet. Stone steps to vaulted cellar games room with small table tennis and billiard tables. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom (ball & claw bath) with toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft canopied bed and en-suite bathroom (ball & claw bath) with toilet. Second separate staircase to: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two double bedrooms with 5ft bed, each with en-suite shower room with toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet (own staircase access). Low doorway to double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet (can interconnect with double bedroom which has its own staircase access by prior request). Low doorway to beamed double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet. 8 steps up to two bedrooms: one four poster double with 5ft bed and slipper bath and toilet (low headroom), one double with 6ft bed and sitting area, sofa bed, slipper bath and toilet. All bedrooms have LCD TVs with iPod dock; nine beds are zip & link (can be twin by prior request). Some staircases have no handrail due to age of property.

  • Open fires and wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Twelve TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Ten iPod docks
  • Dual fuel range included
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Huge flagstone terrace to front with lawn and mini-croquet lawn
  • Extensive 4-acre garden to rear with small, trout pond - experienced anglers welcome to fish on strict catch and put back policy
  • Ample parking
  • Games room with small table tennis and billiard tables
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Waterfall in the garden and very deep trout pond in grounds

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£3500-£5200
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