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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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  • The Stables at Riber Hall

    Riber, Matlock

    Grade
    20
    10
    0
    10
    Ref: RDDB

    High in the hamlet of Riber in the shadow of the castle just outside Matlock and surrounded by tranquil rolling countryside, The Stables is situated in the grounds of the privately-owned Riber Hall. This destination is offered for adults and children over twelve years old, and is inclusive of a beautiful garden with heated furnished terrace. There are ten en-suite bedrooms of 17 to 40 square metres, equipped with Sony LCD TVs, dining areas and micro kitchens with combination microwave oven, fridge, kettle/toaster and Wedgwood china. For days out there is plenty to do and see. In the neighbouring village of Holloway is the former home of Florence Nightingale whilst down in the Derwent Valley at Cromford, the World Heritage Site boasts the world’s first water-powered cotton-spinning factories, built by Sir Richard Arkwright and Jedediah Strutt. Just under four miles is the delightful town of Matlock Bath boasting smart riverside cafés and bars slotted in between more traditional pubs, restaurants, tea shops, ice-cream parlours and plenty of restaurants. Here visitors can also sample a ride to The Heights of Abraham by cable car and admire the views of ‘Little Switzerland’ as Byron once described this area. For the more inquisitive visit the Mining Museum for a fascinating look into the area’s past. Shop 2 miles, pub 11/2 miles.

    External steep stone staircase (alternative access via sloping lawn) to communal area: Spacious conservatory/living area with wood-burning stove and flagstone floor. Kitchen/dining room with Brazilian granite tables and flagstone floors. Main accommodation: Three double bedrooms, each with four poster bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with four poster bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Double bedroom with four poster bed and en-suite shower room (monsoon shower) with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with four poster bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Twin bedroom with zip and link beds and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. All bedrooms with TV, combi m/wave, small f/freezer and dining area.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, bathrobes and towels included
    • Eleven TVs
    • Ten iPod docks
    • Ten combi microwave/oven/grills
    • Laundry by arrangement
    • Fridge/freezers
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed 1/2-acre garden with furniture
    • Natural unspoilt woodlands
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking

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  • Somersal Farmhouse

    Somersal Herbert, Ashbourne

    Grade
    20
    8
    0
    5
    Ref: W3993

    Shared tennis court / Full sized snooker table

    A particularly delightful and exceptionally spacious detached farmhouse set amidst mature gardens with lush lawns and a shared flood-lit all weather surface tennis court. A superb holiday property for the larger family party or groups of families with the house having the benefit of a lower ground floor, with games room and snooker room with full size snooker table and table tennis table. There is an electric range and one bedroom boasts a four poster bed. Excellently situated in a rural location on the outskirts of the tiny village of Somersal Herbert, but approximately 9 miles from the bustling market town of Ashbourne. Alton Towers is only 7 miles away. Can be booked with properties W40521, W7921, W7922 and W8968 for larger groups. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Lower ground floor: Games room. Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms; 3 double, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet, one (four poster) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 2 twin bedrooms, one with additional single. 2 additional folding beds available.

    Open fire in living room included (November-March). Oil central heating and electricity included (£70per week November-April). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Aga (winter only). Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. Shared tennis court. Games room with snooker table and table tennis. No smoking. NB: There is a pond close to the property.

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  • Turpins Cottage

    Blackbrook, nr. Belper

    Grade
    20
    9
    3
    5
    Ref: 23512

    This imposing 19th century building was originally the coach house and stables for the nearby ‘Owl Coaching Inn’ (reputedly a haunt of highwayman Dick Turpin), that’s now a farm some 2 miles from the historic Derwent Valley mill town of Belper. The building has been most sympathetically converted and retains hand-cut lintels, vaulted coach-ways on the exterior, and superb barrel-vaulted ceilings, all emphasise the historical importance of this Grade II-listed structure. The original arched coach entrances now have French windows that open onto flag stone terraced areas. Turpin’s Cottage, in the grounds of the farm with another property, overlooks a wooded dell, and adjoins a 2-acre paddock and a play field with ample parking. Belper’s formal river gardens, visitor centre, and historical mills, now a World Heritage site, are within 2 miles. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Matlock and Matlock Bath, and the popular market town of Bakewell, are all a short drive away. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 step down to 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Second living room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin. 2 shower rooms with toilet. Games room. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional pull-out single, 1 twin with wooden floor and Veluxes. 2 bathrooms with shower over bath and toilet. Separate staircase to: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional pull-out single, 1 twin, both with beams and wooden floor.

    Gas central heating and electricity £60per week, £45 per short break. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Raised decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared use of 2-acre paddock and wooded dell. Ample parking. Games room with pool table. NB: Steps to grounds with stream adjacent.

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  • The Old Baptist Chapel

    Belper

    Grade
    20
    8
    0
    5
    Ref: 11621

    This fine old stone chapel was built in 1817 and is set in the heart of ‘The Clusters’ conservation area of the Derwent Valley mill town of Belper. It is about 10 miles from Matlock Bath and Ashbourne, and on the doorstep of the Peak District Park. Carefully transformed into a spacious split-level residence, it can accommodate a large party seeking a well-equipped, comfortable holiday base. There’s a huge 40ft galleried and beamed living room. Pubs, bistros and heritage trails at the door, with riverside walks 400 yards. American Adventure, Alton Towers, Chatsworth all under 30 minutes, with climbing, caving and gliding under 20 miles and watersports at Carsington Water 6 miles. The ground floor areas suit partially disabled guests. Shops, pubs, restaurants 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/play area. 4 bedrooms: 1 double with shared en-suite access to shower room with toilet (also accessed from living room), 3 twin, one with additional single and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, two with access to shared bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Second living room. Galleried dining area. Kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one with additional single, with shared en-suite access to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included (November-Easter). Gas central heating, gas and bed linen included. Electricity by £1 meter. Two cots. Two high chairs. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and picnic tables. Two barbecues. Ample parking (100 yards). Sauna suite (£1 meter).

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  • Lea Hall

    Matlock

    Grade
    20
    10
    2
    9
    Ref: RSS7

    Lea Hall is a Grade II* listed 17th and 18th-century manor house sleeping 20 guests in 10 en-suite bedrooms. The former childhood home to the household name Florence Nightingale, this 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 furnished 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. 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
    • Extensive 4-acre garden to rear
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Waterfall in garden and small pond in grounds
      Please note this property only accepts 3 and 4 night short breaks.

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  • Kinder Court

    Edale, Hope Valley

    Grade
    24
    12
    2
    4
    Ref: E1671

    Only a 5-minute walk across meadows from the peaceful and sheltered farmstead setting of these two cottages leads to the shops and village inns of picturesque Edale (a mile by road) and the start of the Pennine Way and its trail over 30,000 acres of National Trust owned High Peak. Converted from an old stone barn and very comfortably fitted and equipped, these spacious cottages enjoy shared use of a paddock garden with a stream, and are adjacent to the owners’ farmhouse home. They are bookable as completely self contained cottages, or, as one very large property sleeping 22 and 2 children in 12 bedrooms. This is excellent walking country, with a glorious landscape of heather clad moors and wind sculptured stones. Pony trekking locally. Cycle hire available 2 miles. Good fly fishing is available at Ladybower Reservoir, 8 miles away. Within 4 miles are the village of Hope (with good shops and pubs) and Castleton, with its Blue John Caverns, Peveril Castle and bustling cafe’s, inns, restaurants and craft shops. Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Bakewell and Buxton are all within 15 miles and Alton Towers is about 1 hour’s drive. The local railway station (0.5 miles) enables return rides from Hope Valley walking, or easy visits to Magna and Meadowhall in Sheffield, and the Science Museum in Manchester.

    Pennine Cottage and Jacob’s Cottage can be connected by the following additional rooms at both ground and first floor levels to accommodate up to 24 guests. Ground floor: Dining/games room (this is formed from the games room when booked as one property and situated next door to the kitchen of Jacob’s Cottage enabling catering for 24 people). Bar area. Two separate toilets. First floor: 3 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep staircase to second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    3 cots. Bar area – owner will arrange barrel delivery (request in advance). Patio.

    All properties: Electricity by £1 meter. Oil central heating, bed linen and hand towels included. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Laundry room with washing machine (foc). Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Parking. Shared games room with TV, satellite TV (full package) and pool table (sole use when booking both cottages together or Kinder Court). Dinner party catering (by arrangement).

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