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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Superb views

These 4 quality and characterful barn conversions are set in striking ’White Peak’ scenery and each enjoys one of the most breathtaking views in the Peak Park, across to the jagged and dramatic Chrome and Parkhouse hills. There are some lovely walks to be enjoyed in the area. The pretty market towns of Buxton, 4 miles, and Bakewell, 12 miles, and the village of Hartington, 5 miles, are an easy drive from the properties. Climbing at the Roaches and Froggatt, the caves at Castleton, Chatsworth House and Alton Towers theme park are all under a 30-minute drive away. Three of the properties (refs 10847, 10848 and 10849) are single-storey and suited to partially disabled guests. Harebell Hill (ref 10848) has its own garden with chairs and has 4 steps to the front door, with Poppies Court (ref 10847) having two steps. Their creative conversions have given the properties individual charm, with old stone arches, high vaulted ceilings and original beams. Jerusalem Cottage (ref 9603), 120 yards across the road from the other properties, is a 4 level conversion which features a galleried bedroom, split-level living room and kitchen, with its own washer/dryer and dishwasher. Jersuslaem Cottage has its own garden with lawn, patio and bench. The other three properties have shared washing facilities, complete with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shop 2 miles, pub ½ mile.

4 steps and level access to entrance from rear garden. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with beams and arrowslit windows. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden and chairs.

All properties: NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared barbecue. Ample parking.

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£234-£716
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
New Pastures Ref: E5161

Less than a mile from the Conkers Forest Centre in the new National Forest and within 7 miles of Calke Abbey (NT), Snibston Discovery Park and Twycross Zoo, this detached property is ideally located for an action packed, fun-filled holiday. Smartly furnished in contemporary style and boasting a hot tub in its private enclosed garden, it sits within a half hour’s drive of a myriad of attractions including Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest, The Potteries and Shugborough and Sudbury Halls (both NT). To the north, the Peak District is an hour’s drive as are Matlock Bath, Chatsworth House and Waterworld pool. Burton upon Trent is 6 miles. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet, one with additional single (for child).

Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot (on request, at cost). H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Hot tub. No smoking.

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£372-£950
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Warmbrook Cottage Ref: 29754


Perfectly proportioned for couples wanting to explore Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park, this terraced holiday cottage, dating back to the 1900s, provides comfortable accommodation in the popular historic market town of Wirksworth, whose annual arts festival (September) is well known. The cottage is located within a few minute’s walk of the town centre, which hosts a weekly market and offers a good selection of independent shops, pubs and cafes. A wider range of amenities can be found in Matlock, 5 miles, Ashbourne, 10 miles, Bakewell, 13 miles, or Derby, 14 miles. The local countryside offers wonderful opportunities for walking and cycling. The High Peak Trail is only a mile away and offers 15 miles of off road cycling and walking on the track bed of the historic Cromford and High Peak Railway. Tissington Trail and Dove Dale are also very accessible from here. Nearby attractions are the National Stone Centre, Matlock Bath and Carsington Water for watersports, cycling and walking. Other activities available locally include horse riding, fishing, canoeing and sailing. Guests also have access to the owners’ orchard and river in Turnditch, 6 miles. Shop 100 yards, pub 75 yards and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Open-sided stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Car park 75 yards (foc). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 5 steps in courtyard.

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£245-£606
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Mabel’s Cottage Ref: E5320


This very carefully extended and improved mid-row cottage offers a really smart and surprisingly spacious holiday home. Set in a peaceful side street location yet only a short stroll from the shops, bank, 4 pubs, cafe and takeaways of this quaint village. Within a few hundred yards, walkers can access country footpaths to Millers Dale, the Monsal Trail towards Buxton or through Tideswell Dale to Monsal Head and Bakewell - some of the most beautiful parts of the Peak District. Castleton Caves and Castle 5 miles. Bakewell and Buxton are 8 miles, Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within 10 miles. Golf, cycle hire, summer swimming pool and fly fishing within 10 miles

Ground floor: Utility room. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft), one with additional single bunk over (for child). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. H/chair. Freeview TV/DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi available at £10pw, £5 per short break. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"Fine cottages and facilities – in a county of unspoilt landscapes, deep dales and winding rivers . . ."

This fine courtyard of old stone barns was part of a working farm, but has now been sensitively converted to offer sixteen beautifully furnished and well-equipped cottages, four of which are featured here. Boasting a wealth of original features, they enjoy shared use of a rich choice of leisure facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool in an adjacent purpose-designed building. With a shallow area for children, the pool has its own changing rooms and a sauna, and there is a separate games room. Brackendale Spa offers luxurious treatments. There are two conference/dining rooms to accommodate large groups, and a separate laundry room with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Close to the cottages are patio and barbecue areas. All set in 3 acres of shared grounds, offering a children’s play area and plenty of space in which to relax.
This is an ideal setting for a Peak District holiday. Knockerdown Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Ashbourne and Matlock, within walking distance of beautiful Carsington Water, a superb windsurfing and sailing centre, which has an area devoted to wildlife and nature conservancy. Throughout the year they have special fun days for children of all ages. At the water sports centre guests can hire (with tuition) kayaks, windsurfers, Canadian canoes and bicycles. Professional fly fishing is available to enable guests to try their hand at fishing this popular, well-stocked reservoir. Fine walking country is virtually on the doorstep, and the renowned Tissington and Middleton cycle trails are both close by (with bikes available to hire). The principal centres of the Derbyshire Dales are nearby - Wirksworth, the market town of Ashbourne, attractive Bakewell (of pudding fame) and Matlock: all are fascinating ancient towns. Matlock Bath (6 miles) is popular as an inland resort, standing on the River Derwent amid lovely scenery, and offering boating, angling, bowls, tennis and cricket. The young (and the young at heart) will enjoy a day out at the National Tramway Museum - where visitors may enjoy the fun experience of trams from around the world! Magnificent Chatsworth House (16 miles) boasts a famous collection of art treasures as well as beautiful gardens. Haddon Hall (13 miles) is England’s most complete and authentic medieval house dating back to the 14th century. It is set in lovely countryside overlooking the River Wye, near Bakewell, which houses one of the National Park’s information centres. One of Britain’s premier theme parks, Alton Towers, within easy reach is amongst appealing countryside close to the picturesque village of Alton, offers a fun-packed day out for all the family. There are several country inns within walking distance. Shop 5 miles, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor entrance with stairs to first floor: Sitting-room with dining area. Spacious fitted kitchen. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and over-bath shower with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

  • Wall mounted convector heating
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included (cot linen not included)
  • Cots and high chairs on request (no high chair straps provided)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Shared patio areas with garden furniture
  • Shared grounds of 3 acres with children’s play area
  • Shared barbecues
  • Parking
  • Shared use of indoor heated swimming pool – open all year round, except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (8.30am–6.30pm)
  • Shared sauna
  • Brackendale Spa
  • Shared pool table (coin-operated)
  • No smoking

SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR

  • Indoor heated swimming pool (34ft x 15ft, depth 3ft to 5ft 9in), with changing rooms and children’s shallow area – open all year round, except Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (8.30am to 6.30pm)
  • Sauna
  • Shared 3-acre grounds with children’s play area, patios and BBQ area
  • Spa
  • Brackendale function room and Carsington dining room for hire

WAS
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£494-£1490
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Far Phoside Cottage Ref: CC414004
Set at the end of the owner’s 18c hillside farmhouse, this little cottage, complete with a large woodburning stove and oak beams, offers an away-from-it-all retreat especially for anyone who loves the outdoors. Surrounded by the spectacular countryside of the ‘Dark Peak’ its location, whilst rural, is less than a mile from the centre of the attractive village of Hayfield and within easy reach of both Buxton and Glossop.

Approached by a winding track up the hill, the views from the property are across the green valley. There are footpaths and bridleways from the door up onto Chinley Churn and across to Kinder Scout, ideal for walkers and mountain bikers. Easier routes are available along the nearby Sett Valley Trail.

Hayfield village, with its rows of gritstone cottages, shops and pubs is now reknowned as the setting for the TV drama ‘The Village’. To the north Glossop is an historic thriving market town with a wide range of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, from where the Snake Pass winds over moorland to the lovely Derwent resevoirs. To the south Buxton’s opera house, gardens and festivals are popular with visitors, especially in the summer.

Ground Floor: The accommodation, has oil fired heating and comprises:
Lounge/diner: with sofa and armchair, TV/DVD and woodburner stove
Kitchen: with electric hob and oven, fridge with icebox, washing machine and microwave, dining table and chairs
Bathroom: with shower over bath, WC and handbasin

First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed
Bedroom 2: with single bed

All electricity and logs for stove included. Bed linen and towels provided.Garden with outdoor furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars. Cycle store.

WAS
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£275-£455
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Birch Lodge Ref: E4723

Nestling in individual secluded woodland glades, these attractively furnished lodges sit in the National Forest Centre’s 154-acre site, a sustainably managed area. The Forest Centre offers various activities which are at an extra cost and must be booked in advance. The wildlife is abundant and lake fishing 0.5 miles away (at cost), way marked walks, cycle hire, falconry displays and a restaurant are just some of the Centre’s attractions, whilst a myriad places of interest lie within easy reach. Alton Towers 20 miles. Pubs are 0.5 miles’ walk. All lodges have some special adaptations for the disabled, and Birch Lodge can accommodate a hospital bed and hoist if required, making them ideal for groups and families with or without special needs.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft, can be twin on request), 1 twin. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

CH inc. Freezer.

All properties: Elec and bed linen inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Verandah and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Games room with pool table (300 yards). No smoking. Wheelchair access - additional disabled facilities. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£368-£780
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Mill Pond Cottage Ref: 27331

This charming holiday cottage sits alongside Cromford Mill Pond and the centre of this historic village. From inside or out you can relax and watch the wild fowl cruise the pond. The pond was used to feed the Arkwright Mill and the wheel is still turning. An ideal location with excellent walks nearby leading to Black Rocks, High Peak Trail, Cromford Mills and canal. Carsington Water with watersports and birdwatching is within easy reach. Matlock Bath only 1 mile and Abraham Heights and Gullivers Kingdom. Matlock for antiques and shops is 2 miles. Visit the old market town of Bakewell and sample the famous Bakewell pudding in one of the many tea rooms. Just a few miles from here is Chatsworth House and medieval Haddon Hall. Shop and pub 50 yards, restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Pond (5 yards).

WAS
NOW
£213-£625
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Annie’s Meadow has three stunning properties set in 6 acres of parkland which include a fishing lake, unspoilt woodland and daffodil paddock with fantastic views across and down the valley. Enjoying peaceful surroundings, these comfortable holiday homes provide the ideal base for exploring Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park. Single-storey Meadowside (ref REEO) is detached, whilst Woodside (ref REEN) and Lakeside (ref REEM) are ground floor and first floor wings of the same larger property. The area is popular with walkers and many walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep. Other activities available locally include cycling, horse riding, climbing, canoeing and water sports. Fishing in the private carp lake (for guests’ use only) and trout stream is available by arrangement with the owner (please note that no equipment is provided and barbless hooks are necessary). It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with many species of waterfowl flying in and out of the parkland at various times of the year. Other species of birds include oystercatchers, heron, cormorants, owls, kestrels, woodpecker and even the occasional red kite flying over and a yearly visit from swans. Each property has its own seating area and there is seating all around the grounds from which to enjoy the scenery. Lakeside (ref REEM) also has use of the summerhouse. Located in the small parish of Offcote, the barns are just 2½ miles away from the market town of Ashbourne, which, apart from its historic buildings and cobbled market place, offers a good selection of shops and cafés. Other places of interest within driving distance include Chatsworth House, Carsington Water, Alton Towers, Churnet Valley Steam Railway and Bakewell, as well as NT attractions such as Kedleston Hall (9 miles), Dovedale which is great for walkers (7 miles), Haddon Hall and Sudbury Hall. Shop and restaurant 3½ miles, pub 2 miles.

Exterior stairs to first floor: Open-plan living/dining room with oak floor and kitchen area. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Full central heating by air source heat pump
  • Washer/dryer
  • Enclosed patio with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared 6-acre natural and landscaped woodland grounds with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Carp and trout fishing by arrangement
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • No children
  • NB: Unfenced lake and unfenced stream in grounds

WAS
NOW
£311-£709
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Pigsty Ref: 30401

This charmingly converted pigsty is located in the rural conservation village of Stanton on the southern edge of the Peak District, just 3 miles from Ashbourne. Outside you can enjoy summer evenings on the patio area, overlooking a wildflower meadow, and with views of the dramatic scenery of the four surrounding counties. From The Pigsty, Alton Towers is a 15-minute drive and the delightful market town of Ashbourne is also well worth a visit. The Peak District National Park, just a short drive away, offers stunning walks, cycle routes and other outdoor pursuits, all surrounded by magnificent English countryside. Shop 2½ miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Step to kitchen with dining area. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned area with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£285-£606
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Croft Ref: CC418017
This rural retreat for two is down a quiet country lane and offers an architect - designed barn conversion with stunning views from the balcony onto the quaint town of Wirksworth in the Ecclesbourne Valley. A cosy studio , this conversion has a wood burning stove and under floor heating. Twenty minutes walk takes you into Wirksworth for shops, restaurants and take away’s. Five minutes walk up the hill offers a friendly local pub serving home cooked food.
The Croft is a 300 year old former cow house and barn, now saved from collapse by the present owner and renewed as a comfy holiday home. The property is on two floors; downstairs a dining kitchen and well appointed shower room, and upstairs a living area with a wood burning stove and double futon bed/ sofa. Perhaps its most interesting feature is the galvanised steel quadrant- shaped balcony, where guests can sit and have an alfresco drink whilst watching the sun go down, sitting at the bistro style table and chairs. The Croft is situated along a secluded, quiet country lane cul de sac. It has its own private parking space and is totally separate from the owner’s house which is nearby. There is a wonderful variety of wildlife here and at dusk tawny owls are often seen, along with badgers and foxes.

Ground Floor: Property has under floor and oil filled radiators and comprises:
Kitchen/Diner: With table and chairs, electric halogen rings, combination microwave oven and fridge with ice box.
Shower Room: With WC, wash basin, shower and shaver point.
Spiral wooden staircase leads to.....

First Floor: Studio Lounge/Bedroom Area: With futon/sofa bed, flat screen TV, DVD, wood burning stove, free view and radio/CD player

All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. One well behaved dog welcome. First bag of logs and sticks included further available direct with owner at £5 per bag.Parking bay for 1 car.  Balcony with table and chairs and use of small garden with bench.

WAS
NOW
£265-£405
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
The Bothy Ref: 29764


This semi-detached, single-storey converted barn, which has its own enclosed garden, sits in the grounds of the owner’s farm, just outside the village of Stretton. Offering open-plan studio accommodation, this makes an ideal holiday base for couples to explore the many attractions of the surrounding area. For days out, try a visit to Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham, 4 miles, or the stately homes of Chatsworth House and Haddon House, both only 8 miles. A little further afield is the spa town of Buxton in the centre of the Peak District National Park, where activities abound, including walking, cycling, climbing, angling or, for the more adventurous, pot-holing or paragliding. Shop ½ mile, pub ¼ mile and restaurant 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/3 steps to kitchen/bedroom area with double bed. Shower room with toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV/DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£213-£599
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