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Large luxury Derbyshire self catering cottage near Peak District

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome


About the property

Luxury Five starPeak District country cottage nr Alton Towers

Winner of Silver Award - Self Catering Enjoy England Excellence Award. Hillside Croft is a picturesque grade 2 listed historic, Derbyshire sandstone self catering country cottage, with many interesting features. Located in large private landscaped gardens with attached pastureland this picture postcard cottage is a delight. Beautifully furnished, extremely well equipped with all modern amenities whilst retaining its character and charm this cottage is centrally located for all that Derbyshire and the surrounding counties have to offer.

Ancient oak beams in every room, pretty leaded windows and cosy inglenook fireplaces with wood burning stoves add character to this beautiful cottage. Fitted and furnished to an exceptionally high standard with antique pine furniture and co ordinated furnishings. With five bedrooms this cottage can sleep up to 14 plus 2 plus 2 cots. There are also 2 quality single bed chairs if required.

This delightful self catering cottage is set in over six acres of beautifully maintained cottage gardens and pastureland with fenced ponds, located at the edge of the Peak District and a short drive to Alton Towers.

A delightful retreat offering the chance for families and friends to get together for celebrations or to relax in peaceful surroundings. The perfect cottage for large groups. Centrally located just outside of Ashbourne it is the perfect base to explore this fascinating area.

Pampering and meals can be arranged. Hen parties are welcome.

Our pretty Derbyshire cottage has been given a 5 star grading by the English Tourism Council. It is safe and secure for children, quiet, private and relaxing for those wanting peace and wonderful scenery. There is car parking for over 10 cars in a secure environment. The cottage has 3 floors, there are 2 shallow staircases between every floor each with a half landing, making access for children, the elderly or infirm very accessible and safe. There are 5 bedrooms one of which is en suite and there is a fabulous master bathroom with roll topped bath and a second walk in shower.

The dining room with an inglenook fireplace and cosy wood burning stove is a delight for entertaining and adjoins our beautiful farmhouse kitchen which is equipped with all you will need for your creative cooking.

Meals can also be provided at the cottage to enhance your stay.

The main lounge has 3 quality settees, Colour TV, DVD, Ipod dock, video and music centre. It has a fireplace with a wood burning stove for those colder nights. The large dining room along with all other rooms is fitted with quality antique pine furniture and also has a wood stove. The table seats 12 comfortably, and there are chairs for 4 more guests if required. Two high chairs are provided.

The cottage has a fully fitted antique pine farmhouse kitchen, with tiled and marble worktops and a French double pottery sink. There is a halogen cooker with 2 ovens, a large fridge/freezer and a further large fridge. microwave, automatic washer, tumble drier, dishwasher, slow cooker, hoover, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and every other item you may wish for in a well equipped kitchen.

Wi fi is provided and a payphone is available.

Master Bedroom; 1 Double bed, travel cot, 1 single sofa bed,, dressing table and triple wardrobe. En suite facilities with power shower, WC, wash basin and shaving point. Colour TV.

Bedroom 2; two single beds and single sofa bed, dressing table, triple wardrobe and cabinets all in antique pine.

Bedroom 3; 1 double bed, 1 single bed, 1 cot, drawers, cabinets and wardrobes. Bedroom 4; 1 Double bed, 1 single bed, wardrobe, drawers, coffee table, colour TV.Bedroom 5 1 double and 2 single beds

Bedroom 5; Access through bedroom 4, contains 1 double bed, 2 single beds, bedside tables, wardrobe, chest drawers.

Outside in the beautiful gardens is quality teak garden furniture, solid fuel fire pit BBQ, Cimera , and private hot tub. There is lots of space in the gardens to relax and wine and dine with friends and for children to play and explore

Please be aware that this website does not have the facility to display our pricing structure, prices shown are the highest and the three day rate for the highest. Prices vary throughout the year and according to if you require a short break or full week. Please send us your dates and we will send you an accurate quote for the period you require.

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Mrs Pat Walker
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

What makes this cottage unique

This fabulous cottage is picture postcard perfect, a grade II historic listed building dated 1709, heavy oak beams, inglenook fireplaces revealed stone and timber walls, oak and stone floors, stone mullion and leaded glass windows in a beautiful setting with 6 acres of private landscaped gardens and pastureland. A large exclusive hot tub sits within the gardens, with BBQ, chimera and patio to add to your relaxation experience. That special meal can be prepared for you by caterers or a pampering session by experienced masseurs and nail technicians to add to your perfect holiday in our large luxury Derbyshire cottage.


Ashbourne Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 16
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 -
  • Hillside Croft has a master bathroom with bath and seperate shower. A second shower is in the en suite bedroom. There is a ground floor WC also.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • There are 4 single beds within 3 of the double bedrooms, these are very low down but comfortable 8 ' sprung mattresses.There are also two single bed chairs with an extra charge of £20 per bed for linen for these. For couple suitable for 5 couples, for hen parties or family groups suitable for 14 to 16 people.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 18 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This property is a wonderful place to relax with friends and family,beautifully landscaped gardens are a delight to enjoy whilst the children play. Six acres of private fields are great to let the children explore and discover the delights of nature. Owners horses and ponies can be grazed at the cottage for guests by arrangement. We can provide catering for sit down meals, buffets or BBQ to help you to relax and unwind. You may wish to enjoy pampering with a relaxing massage, manicures or pedicures, whatever your needs we will do our best to ensure you have a wonderful holiday. Wi Fi is available at the cottage. An ideal property from which to explore and enjoy all that Derbyshire has to offer with enough to keep everyone occupied for thier stay and longer. We guarantee you will wish to return again.


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Large luxury Derbyshire self catering cottage near Peak District
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Had a really fab hen weekend here recently. Booked for 13 of us, although only 11 went in the end. Absolutely stunning cottage although it would've been a bit of a squash upstairs with 13. I think 11 or 12 adults is the perfect number for this cottage really.

Very well equipped place, clean, beautiful bathroom, gardens and hot tub was a definite hit. We had lovely weather so were sunbathing in the garden which was so peaceful and relaxing. Can't recommend this place highly enough and a very good price compared to others out there. Difficult to find though - could do with better signage!! Thank you

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I organised a hen weekend here recently for 12 professional women who wanted a different kind of hen weekend, that involved mostly relaxing and eating but also some walking and running. This cottage is beautiful, feels luxurious, is very well maintained and so is the perfect place to relax.

The kitchen is well equiped, hot tub a real treat, beds comfy with good quality linen. Log burning fire and beautiful bathroom were also a hit. The large dining room was perfect for long slow breakfasts and evening meals for everyone.

On organising the weekend Pat was very helpful answering my endless questions patiently and clearly.

A beautiful part of the Peak District. I would recommend this idyllic, secluded cottage to anyone. Many of the 'hens' asked how I found it and were very impressed. The cottage was pivotal in making the weekend a success and by Monday is was quite missed by all!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments I am so pleased that Hillside Croft met your expectations and added to the enjoyment of your weekend, it is important to us to have customer feedback in order for us to continue to add to the facilities and comfort of the cottage. Have a wonderful wedding and I hope to meet you all again.
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Superb cottage in a delightful setting

  • 5 of 5

First sight of the cottage was stunning - beautiful stonework and stone mullioned windows in a landscaped garden - and the sun was shining! The description of the cottage, facilities and grounds in the listing is accurate and it provided a very comfortable week for 8 retired gents who were reliving some of their youth on a cycling holiday. The property and grounds were in good condition throughout and are being well maintained. The cottage was also very clean on our arrival. Beds were comfortable (be careful not to sit up too quickly if you get a bed under the eaves!), facilities generally first class with plenty of crockery and other equipment for a houseful. To be honest, we didn't put too much strain on the kitchen, eating most of our meals out. The owners visited on arrival and gave a good intro to the property, its facilities and the surrounding area. They also explained how to manage the hot tub, which provided welcome relaxation after our busy days. Very good customer service! We would all like to visit this cottage again and warmly recommend it. The immediate locale is also welcoming, with pleasant company and tasty meals in The Black Horse Inn and the Nags Head (walking distance), the Red Lion (Hognaston), the Cross Keys (towards Belper) and the Knockerdown Inn (how could we resist it?). The only place we didn't feel welcome was the Tiger Inn towards Belper - very busy and understaffed when we visited.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback and I am glad you enjoyed the beauty and character of Hillside Croft with all its quirks and historic features. I am sorry the Tiger proved a problem for your meal- they do get busy as the food is good, but I will pass on your comments about the staffing levels to see if they can improve their service. I do hope we have the pleasure of accommodating you again on your next cycle jaunt into Derbyshire.
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Fantastic Stay! Highly Reccommend!

  • 5 of 5

We hired the cottage for a hen weekend, there were 10 of us in total. The cottage is breathtaking and had plenty of room for us all to cook and dine together. We were impressed with the fully equipped kitchen and use of a dishwasher helped enourmously. The outdoor space was great too, we sunbathed in the garden, had a BBQ, dined and used the hot tub which was a real treat. The owners were really helpful and quick to respond to any questions I had in the lead up to the booking. I would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review and positive comments, it is much appreciated, I do hope we have the pleasure of accommodating you again in the future Pat and Chris
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Rates & Availability

Ashbourne Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $500

Cottages are normally rented Saturday to Saturday, time of arrival 4.00 pm, time of departure 10.00 am.
Other start dates may be agreed by arrangement and we will endeaver to be as flexible as we can be.
Mid week and weekend breaks are taken throughout most of the year

Prices are from £1800 for 1 week to £2450 for 1 week dependent on the time of year. Plus a security deposit of £25 per person. Short breaks of 3 nights can be provided. Please contact us for prices particularly for short breaks as this website will not display accurately our pricing structure..Security deposits are in addition to the prices given above.

Our hot tub and sauna may be hired by arrangement.
For up to date availability, please see our website (link below) or contact us by email or telephone.

All electricity, heating, wi fi, towels and linen are included in the price, Initial logs are provided.. There is ample car parking for guests, we would ask that care be taken whilst parking due to children and pets that may be in the vicinity.

Children are most welcome at all of our properties, it is asked that extra care be taken . We must emphasize that we are a No Smoking, No Pets establishment.

Payment by either Cheque in £ sterling, bank transfer, BACs Payment, Paypal , cash. Any charges incurred by the choice of payment must be paid by the hirer. Deposits within 1 week of the reservation, final balance and security deposit 8 weeks before your arrival date. Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Insurance available on own website.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
East Midlands
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Black Horse Hulland Village
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Derby Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
M1 or M6
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Black Horse
Car: recommended

Hillside Croft is beautiful, luxury grade II listed country cottage has 5 bedrooms sleeping 10 to 16 people within these rooms. Located in central Derbyshire and edging the beautiful Peak District National Park it is ideally situated for all the many attractions and activities that this beautiful county has to offer.

The lovely historical Market town of Ashbourne is close by, ancient timbered and Georgian buildings are a joy to explore with many secret alleyways between them. Full of antique shops, cafes and small shops, with beautiful St Oswalds church it is worth a visit. Ashbourne is also the start of the Tissington Trail which has cycle hire if you dont have your own bike.

Visit the many stately homes such as Chatsworth House, Calke Abbey, Kedleston, Sudbury, Renishaw, Hardwick and Haddon Halls, Bolsover Castle, Tutbury Castle, Peveril Castle, TIssington Hall, Ilam and Eyam Halls.

Close by are the theme parks of Alton Towers, Gullivers Kingdom or GO Ape at Buxton. A trip down some of the many stalagmite and stalactite or blue John Caves at Castleton and Buxton are a must. Try climbing, caving. canoeing, walking, hot air balloons, cycling, golfing, quad bikes, paint balling, pony trekking, all closeby. The magnificent scenery of the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales is a joy to explore, full of pretty rivers in the many picturesque dales, magnificent scenic heather covered moorland and quaint character villages and is excellent for walking and exploring for all ages and abilities.

Carsington water sports and cycle hire center is just 5 minutes from the cottage and has some beautiful walks around its perimeter. Midland Railway, Peak Rail steam train museums and rides and CrichTramway museums are close by. Along the UNESCO Derwent Heritage Trail are many historic cotton mills with museums and shopping centers. There are some beautiful walks along the many canals..

Other Activities near Ashbourne include: Paint Balling, Clay pigeon shooting, archery, quad bikes, archery, lazer tag, Para gliding, hang gliding, Bi plane flights, chocolate making, pottery painting, rides in vintage cars, Canal boat rides, cinema, ice skating, bowling, ten pin bowling, Darley Moor Motorcycle racing.

The county is full of garden centres and magnificent gardens to explore.

Golf: Ashbourne, Brailsford and Matlock have golf courses. At Ashbourne is a leisure centre with swimming, gymnasium and all the usual sports.

A little further afield you can visit the National Memorial Arboretum, Castle Donnington Race Track, The Potteries in Stoke .


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