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A gem in the Peak District National Park surrounded by rolling countryside.

Bedrooms 3
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Just step outside the cottage and explore the beautiful countryside.

Bankside Cottage is situated just 200 yards from the main run of houses which adjoin the River Dove in Milldale on the valley road to Hope and Alstonefield with views up and down the beautiful wooded valley.

The cottage has been renovated by the current owners to provide a lovely country cottage with a well equipped kitchen, utility, sitting room with beamed ceiling and old range, separate dining room and on the first floor there is a large double bedroom, two further bedrooms and a bathroom with separate shower. The cottage has the benefit of oil central heating, double glazing and off road parking for one car.

A beautiful place to visit with some of the most beautiful British landscape all around you with fine views, walks and other leisure pursuits to enjoy. The well renowned beauty spots of the “Stepping Stones” and Thorpe Cloud are approached over the aviator bridge and then a lovely walk down Dovedale. From Bankside Cottage a braising walk up the hill to Alstonefield will find the highly rated George Public House and farm shop.

Milldale is about 7 miles from Ashbourne, 17 miles to Matlock and 20 miles to Derby where there are fast (about 11⁄2 hours) trains to St Pancras International.

* Bankside Cottage offers a 3 comfortable bedrooms one with bunk beds, all with antique furnishings.

* A large family bathroom with separate shower and bath.

* A cosy sitting room with a traditional open range fire.

* The kitchen is well equipped and the separate dining room seats 6.

* Plus a utility room for the family pet.

* Outside the cottage the property has private parking for one car (further parking is available very close by).

* A sitting area for alfresco eating with BBQ to enjoy the sunshine.

* 3 Adult bikes and 1 child (8 yrs up) available to use at your own risk.

This is a beautiful place to visit with some of the most beautiful British landscape all around you with fine views, walks and other leisure pursuits to enjoy. The well renowned beauty spots of the “Stepping Stones” and Thorpe Cloud are approached over the aviator bridge and then a lovely walk down Dovedale. From Bankside Cottage a braising walk up the hill to Alstonefield will find the highly rated 'George Public House'.

We are situated within easy reach of Ilam, Ashborne Buxton and Bakewell.

The Tissington cycle trail runs within a mile of Dovedale.

Dovedale is one of the finest examples of a limestone and ash woodland habitat to be found in Europe. What makes the Dovedale landscape truly special is the incredible relationship which sees grassland changing into scrub/woodland and vise versa, creating a rare semi-natural and ancient ash woodland containing remnant true ancient woodland around the crags.

You will see the rare and beautiful blue of the wild flower Jacob's Ladder, when walking through Dovedale where there is significant amounts of the wild flower to be found there. Please remember that they look more beautiful covering the landscape than in your pocket.

Milldale is a quaint English Hamlet today, used to be a bustling and busy hamlet with a Camomile mill that closed in the late 1870’s. The remaining mill buildings have now been converted into our information barn. The ancient packhorse bridge is the most famous of all in the Peak District. It is known as the Aviator’s Bridge, and was made famous in the English classic ‘The Compleat Angler’ by Izaak Walton. .

Milldale, is the first welcoming view and entrance to Dovedale looking down the wooded ravine, cross over Aviators Bridge to walk down through Dovedale to the stepping stones or north along the quieter stretches of Dovedale. All along the route watch out for dippers, kingfisher or even herons who will be looking for food in the clear waters of the River Dove.

The steppng stones which join the two banks of the River Dove at the Southern end of Dovedale, were originally built by the Victorians due to the ever increasing popularity of the area, to find an easy way to cross the river. They have become one of the most iconic features of Dovedale in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Fun for adults and children alike, hop from one stone to the next to continue exploring the rest of Dovedale. A little further up from stepping stones are a flight of steps, that were built during the Second World War by Italian prisoners of war, they lead to Lover’s Leap. Climbing this hill is the only way to continue your journey north through Dovedale.

When the river is low the stepping stones can easily be crossed, however after heavy rainfall the stepping stones become difficult to cross. Steep slopes and undulating terrain make this area difficult for visitors with disabilities; however they are constantly upgrading accessibility to ensure that more visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of Dovedale. Accessible parking can be found at Stepping-Stones end of Dovedale with a portable snack bar to have a welcoming hot/cold drink.

More Details

Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About The Owner

Walking along the Dovedale River with our dogs Dorothy and Eric is one of our favourite walks. Grandpa was the local police constable in Parwich as a young couple they would walk along Dovedale River.

Why The Owner chose Alstonefield

We fell in love with this beautiful cottage when we were looking around the area, we have enjoyed making it the lovely home it is today and enjoy visiting regularly.

What makes this house unique

Fantastic walking and cycling just outside the front door.


Alstonefield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • If the make up of your party changes once you have booked please notify the owner before the start of you holiday.
  • Pets must not be left at the property unattended.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Bathroom suite includes bath toilet sink and enclosed shower heated towel rail. Towels and bath mats provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 child bed , The bunk beds are suitable for children and or small adults
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , A beautiful king size bed clothes rail and chest of draws.
  • All bedrooms are carpeted.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • spelunking
Fishing on the Dovedale – permits can be purchased from the Izzak Walton Hotel: 01335 350981.


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A gem in the Peak District National Park surrounded by rolling countryside.
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Great place to rest and recharge!

  • 5 of 5

We are three friends who often go on trips together. We loved staying here because we had our own rooms, with very comfortable beds (but be aware that the bunkbeds are small - the owner has stated this). We had everything we needed in the cottage and loved having our breakfast and evening drinks in the garden. The cottage is very quiet, but in a great place to walk along the river to Dovedale. There were lots of walkers who passed by the cottage. The village is lovely. We enjoyed food in a local restaurant at Alstonefield (The George) and liked that we were close to Ashbourne too. We had everything we needed in the cottage and found it to be a great place from which to explore the area. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review and look forward to you returning soon.
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage, lovely area. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Solihull, West Midlands, UK

Beautiful cottage in an ideal situation for exploring the Peaks

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a long weekend in this cottage. Plenty of places to explore in the local area. Thank you for the use of the bikes perfect for the Tissington trail.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had a great time exploring the area. Look forward to hearing from you again.
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a long weekend and loved every minute. The cottage is very well-equipped and has everything that you could possibly need. The location is stunning and there are fantastic walks on the doorstep. We had a very relaxing weekend and definitely want to come back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hearing from you again in the future. Thank you for your booking.
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A beautiful cottage in the Peak District National Park

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this delightful cottage for 3 nights during the Easter break with our 3 children (17, 13 and 11). The cottage itself is extremely well equipped with kitchen utensils, towels, blankets, a BBQ and even a couple of bikes should you feel adventurous.

The location is perfect - not too far to the larger towns but quiet enough to feel as though you are hidden away. We had a couple of days in Alton Towers and visited Poole Cavern in Buxton which was great and had a couple of lovely walks.

The cottage itself is homely and, whilst the rooms are fairly small (which you would expect in a cottage) it worked really well for us.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Chatsworth House Park & Garden
Old Trafford
Eyam, Hope Valley
Lyme Park
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
East Midlands Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The George Alstonfield
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Derby Train Station
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Motorway MI Jct. 25
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
The George Alstonfield
Car: necessary


The Watts Russell Arms ‘Gasropub’ Approx.. (½ mile walk from cottage). Tel. 01335 342111


The George Alstonefield: was constructed between 1710 and 1720 and is a traditional village pub, well placed for Dovedale. "Village local with comfort food" – The Good Food Guide Tel: 01335310205 Weekends get busy so advisable to book early.

Chatsworth House and farm shop, "Farm Retailer of the Year"

The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

The Buxton Brewery.


Wi-Fi café and licenced restaurant open 7days, 9am – 5pm approx.. 100m from Tissington Trail midway between Tissington & parsley Hay. Serving cooked breakfast, pastries, cakes, drinks. Flagged sun terrace and licensed for alcoholic drinks with meals.


The Jug and Glass Inn:

A 17th century Inn which has been completely refurbished and modernised. The Jug in Glass Inn is on the A 515 Ashbourne, Buxton road with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.

Hartington Cheese Shop:

Hartington Creamery:

Derbyshire Cheese factory

The Charles Cotton Hotel: Tel 01298 84229

Manifold Inn:

‘Gastropub’ Hulme End Harlington SK17OEX

The Lighthouse Restaurant:

Boyestone, Ashbourne DE65AA Tel: 07335 330658 (in good food guide).

Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud

Dovedale is the name given to the section of the Dove Valley between Milldale and Thorpe Cloud on the boundary between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Famous for its scenery and fishing. (Fishing on the Dovedale – permits can be purchased from the Izzak Walton Hotel: 01335 350981).

Ilam Hall:

The remains of the hall built by the Watts Russell family in the 1820’s close to Ashbourne. The Hall and Park now belong to the National Trust.

Tissington Hall:

Tissington Hall is the 17th contrary home of the Fitzherbert family in Tissington near Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Wondeful furniture, paintings and a superb porcelain collection. An old fashioned sweet shop, coffee shope/café, antique shop, a great local Butchers Shop and a farm shop. Lovely walks and local bike trail.

Carsington Water:

A great day out lots of things to do walking, cycling, fishing, water sports, children’s play area and wildlife /bird watching. Dogs and Barbeques welcome.

Ladybower Reservior:

Situated on the Upper Derwent Valley at the heart of the Peak National Park. The Dams were used in the Second World War to perfect the ‘bouncing bombs’ technique. Surrounded by magnificent countryside where water and woodland, topped by high moors predominate. Beautiful walks and great cycling.

Chatsworth House:

The Historic seat of the Duke of Devonshire. Both gardens and house are well worth a visit.

Haddon hall:

“The most romantic house to survive from the Middle Ages”.

Buxton Opera House:

A beautiful Edwardian theatre, one of the country’s finest examples of Frank Matchem theatre designs.

Walks in the area:


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $207.73
Pet Fee $13.85

Please note the rental agreement: If you wish to change the makeup of the party once you have booked or include a pet you must have either show it on your booking form detailed in correspondence and agreed with in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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