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Leashaw Farm - Nightingale Cottage

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Whatstandwell, near Matlock, Derbyshire
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A great base for a family holiday and perfectly placed for exploring the Peak District whether it be hiking or visiting quaint towns and villages.

Leashaw Farm is a fabulous setting for Nightingale Cottage and Meadow View Cottage, abundant with wildlife, less common species of birds and badgers, foxes and watervoles. Nestling in Derbyshire, on a small working farm, the cottages date back to the 1600s. They have a commanding position off the beaten track, in one of the most delightful valleys, which once formed part of Florence Nightingale’s country estate.
The historic Cromford Canal and the beautiful River Derwent pass through the farmland offering cool walks and riverside picnic sites in the summer months. Whatstandwell is pivotal in the designated World Heritage Site of the Derwent Valley. There are many fine walks straight from the door of these charming cottages and it is only a short drive to Matlock Bath with its famous illuminations and Gullivers Kingdom, The National Tramway Museum, Carsington Water, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Alton Towers and not forgetting the old market towns of Bakewell and Ashbourne, and of course the fabulous Derbyshire Dales.
Fishing is available free of charge in the owners’ private pond, which has tench and crucian carp, and a ½ mile stretch of the River Derwent where you will find trout and grayling. The Peak District is famous for providing glorious scenery and is a must for ramblers to the most serious walkers. Once you have visited Leashaw Farm and sampled all the delights these cottages have to offer you’ll never want to leave. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and beams.
Kitchen/dining room: With LPG radiator, electric cooker, microwave, fridge and beams.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds, leading to...
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.

Electric central heating.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. External laundry room with washing machine (shared with other property on-site). Patio with with garden furniture. Fishing on-site. Bike store. Residents car park on-site. No smoking.

Show amenities 


  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Stairgate
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    Lovely historic cottage. Excellent access to canal and cycling routes. Friendly welcome and owners were very helpful. Great cottage for a family of four. Kids loved having their own rooms.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/01/2018
    We had a lovely weekend at Nightingale Cottage would highly recommend

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 04/01/2018
    We had a fantastic holiday. Nancy and John in particular made us feel so welcome. It was fantastic to see the chickens roaming outside our front door and the cows from our hallway! Thoroughly recommend for a peaceful getaway.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    A lovely cottage and a great base for a range of visits and activities.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    Beautiful cottage in wonderful location. Kids loved it. Warm friendly welcome

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    lovely cottage, beautifully decorated, lovely park of Derbyshire. Our next holiday will be somewhere different, because we like to cover different parts of the country.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/04/2017
    My family and I had a wonderful few days over Easter at Leashaw Farm. The farm, a bowl of rich grassland edging the River Derwent, is organically managed and it shows—otters frolic in the river, kingfishers nest on the bank, birdsong fills the air and a family of badgers emerge each night from beneath an old oak to worm on the farmhouse lawn. The Slaney family—John and Nancy, Neil and Sarah, Warren and Melissa, all of them!—proved warm and engaging hosts, showing us numerous kindnesses throughout our stay. Deeply attached to the land, they allows others to see its riches through their eyes. In just three days, we had climbed a peak, hugged a lamb, patted a horse, spotted a rare flycatcher and gathered Easter eggs from beneath real hens. A memorable time indeed. Thank you!

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9.2 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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