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Nightingale Cottage


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Whatstandwell, near Matlock, Derbyshire
Grade 3 Star rating
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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 and abundant with wildlife, with less common species of birds and badgers, foxes and water voles. Nestling in Derbyshire, on a small working farm, Shire Cottage (ref UK10035) and Nightingale Cottage (ref UKC1570) 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 this charming cottage 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 National Park 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.
Shire Cottage (ref UK10035) and Nightingale Cottage (ref UKC1570) can be booked together to accommodate up to 11 guests.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and beams.
Kitchen/dining room: With 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.

LPG radiator (in kitchen/dining room) included. Residents’ car park on-site.

Both properties: Electric central heating, 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 garden furniture. Fishing on-site (free of charge). Bike store. 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

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/07/2018
    What a beautiful cottage to stay in. Spotlessly clean and a real homely feel. Weather was also glorious which was an added bonus. Ideal location for visits to Matlock and Chatsworth House and 10 steps away from the canal. Was great to talk to the owners about the local area. All in all, a great place to stay and we would definitely go again.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2018
    Such a lovely and cosy cottage. The little touches like the eggs and flowers on arrival were lovely to arrive to. The animals were a great experience for the children. And there was plenty to do and see around the area. The negatives for us were that it was a very hot weekend, and we couldn't keep the windows open as all the bugs came in. So some fans in summer would make the stay more comfortable. The shower also didn't work very well - maybe we missed a knack to it?

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    Lovely cottage in a great location. The owners were extremely helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Comfy and cosy.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2018
    Amazing cottage in great location. Easy access to lovely walks by the river and friendly owners who introduced us to their cute lambs that had been born a few days before we arrived. Would definitely return. The cottage felt spacious, very clean and was perfect for a little getaway.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/04/2018
    The cottage was perfect, great location right on the canal,we had a lovely walk out with no need for jumping in the car. The shower is a bit of a challenge to get temperature right,we found it worked best to keep it running and jump in one after the other. That was literally the only bad thing you could pick out,such a cute and cosy little cottage.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    Great value for your money, a wonderful location... The owners are very friendly and made us feel so welcome. Would highly recommend staying at Leashaw farm, will be returning again at some point. Laura & Andy.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/04/2018
    We all absolutely loved it! The interior is decorated so nicely and is very clean. The surrounding areas and local walks are beautiful. The landlord was very welcoming and helpful!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/03/2018
    It was difficult to get the cottage warm. To be fair though it was an exceptionally cold weekend

  • 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.

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9.0 out of 10 – based on 19 reviews collected by Reevoo
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