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Cottage In Wetton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire - Thors Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights



Thors Cottage

Delightful self catering accommodation set in a peaceful rural setting within the National Peak District National Park overlooking the magnificent Manifold Valley and Thors Cave. Village pub and church 5 mins and walking and cycling from your door step.

About the property


Hall Farm Holiday cottages offer delightful accommodation on the edge of the village of Wetton within the Peak District National Park. Accommodating up to twelve people in three cottages, we are in an ideal location for exploring the many activities and attractions within the Peak District, whether it is walking, cycling, golfing or just relaxing in the beautiful peaceful surroundings.

Ian and Christine Royle
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Ian and Christine Royle

After successful business careers and many years of long days and long commutes, in 2002 the opportunity arose for us to make the lifestyle change which we had both dreamed of and worked for.

In July 2005 after numerous property viewings and the difficulties of negotiating the property market both in terms of buying and selling, we finally moved to Hall Farm Wetton.

We are never happier than when we have visitors to our cottages as we love to share our wonderful location.

We are always happy to give advice on walks or what to do and see but equally we understand that some of our guests simply want the peace and solitude which our location offers.

Ian and Christine Royle purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Ian and Christine Royle chose Ashbourne

We had first viewed the house and cottages in 2003 and had been immediately captivated by its stunning location and its potential for development. Ian had walked the area many times since the late sixties (and spent many a happy hour hour in the Royal Oak Wetton) and considered the Staffordshire Moorlands one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of the Peak District. Christine, a keen amateur gardener, was blown away by the potential for the gardens and was undaunted by the six foot high beds of nettles which formed the borders.

Nine years on it is still work-in-progress and will always be so as we strive to continually improve the properties and their environment and consequently the experience for our guests who incidentally have often become our friends too.

What makes this cottage unique

We never tire of the wonderful view of the Manifold Valley and Thors cave which has remained unchanged for thousands of years and every day we feel privileged to live in such a wonderful environment and most of all we love the opportunity of sharing it with our guests.

Our guests too love the peace and tranquility of our location yet the tourist hotspots of the Peak District are all within easy reach.

You can walk or cycle from the door, explore the surrounding area or simply watch the local bird life fighting for the best spot on the birdfeeders, whatever your preference we are sure that you will fall in love with Hall Farm as we did.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A lovely cottage in a peaceful location lots of places to explore and close to many activities.

The setting is straight out of a fairy tale, tranquillity at its best.

Beautiful, peaceful holiday and lovely hosts.
Jun 2012
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Booking Notes:
£100 secures your booking with full payment 28 days prior to holiday start date.
3/4 night bookings cost 75% of the weekly price.
All breakages must be reported and paid for unless this is thought to be reasonable wear and tear.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is change over day for 7 day breaks.
Monday and Friday for mini breaks.


Ashbourne Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • spelunking
Notes on accommodation: Towels, linen and electricity are included in the price. Unfortunately, in consideration of future guests we are unable to accept pets. Outside: The cottages have use of a shared Utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer. We also keep a selection of provisions in the utility e.g milk and bread because the nearest shop is 3 miles away. We have ample off road car parking and a dry secure bike store. There is an indoor activities centre with table tennis, snooker, play stations and various toys. There is a large patio area with BBQ's and adjacent to this is a children’s play area with swings and climbing frame. Behind the cottage is a large paddock with badminton and space for other energetic pursuits or you can simply relax and watch the birds on the bird feeders.


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Thors Cottage
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews

Nice cottage in outstanding area

  • 3 of 5

A nice cottage in outstanding surroundings; Ian and Christine met us when we arrived and were very helpful. They even lent us a compass as we forgot ours. There are some good walks in the folder and the local Thor's Cave is a great, if muddy, short walk which can be extended to a day walk. The facilities were a bit variable, the heating is all electric, mostly bar fires and freestanding heaters which was fine; although it took some time for the house to warm up. The shower could do with a little more power. We did use the washing machine as the walks were muddy, a reasonable £2 a wash. There are plenty of facilities for washing up, cooking and vacuuming, at the end, but you do have to search a bit for things such as hair dryers (bottom draw bedside table behind the hair dying products) and there are also a range of little notes around the house asking you to do things; however the views out the window are excellent. The decor was a little twee for me and I was worried about breaking all the bits of miscellaneous china spread round the house! The internet connection is good and helps plan your walks in this outstanding area. The pub down the road is a gem, amazing food and brilliant engaging bar staff! If you have younger kids there is a play barn which we didn't use and a green area out the back to play ball games. I'm sure a lot of people would adore this place it's just wasn't our cup of tea.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning setting; warm and cosy. Perfect

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time staying here; the views are stunning. Loved looking out to see a passing cow or sheep.

The cottage was really cosy; fully equipped and a great base for exploring nearby towns and attractions.

The owners were fantastic hosts; and the local pub is a ten minute walk away and offers a lovely warm welcome.

Great walk to Thors cave.

We will return.

Thank you - A & L

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Thirteen of us ranging in age from 2 to 75 enjoyed a wonderful family holiday in Wetton last August/September. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and we particularly appreciated the provision of essential supplies and of course the play barn with entertainment for all ages. Not only would we highly recommend the property but plan to come back ourselves.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent cycling and walking base

  • 5 of 5

Some of our cycling club members wanted more challenging terrain, so the Peak District seemed an ideal choice; we booked all three cottages for a long weekend, having noted that secure cycle storage was available. The cottages were comfortable, clean, and reasonably well kitted out with the usual self-catering equipment and facilities - the storeroom of essentials (for a small price) was especially handy on arrival, for staples such as milk and eggs.

The cottages form an excellent base from which to explore the Peaks, and there is the awesome Thor's Cave just up the road to start your adventure off - it's definitely worth the short scramble up to the cave mouth. The local pub, the Royal Oak, serves decent portions for a reasonable price, and we made sure we enjoyed the Blue Moon craft beer, on tap.

Our weekend was predominantly spent trying to cycle up the hills, whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery. We enjoyed it so much, there is already talk of booking again for next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent short break in all 3 cottages

  • 5 of 5

We rented all 3 cottages for a family get together. Which was great. We were all right next door to each other but also had our own space, plus it didn;t mean the earliest riser woke everyone else up.

The single story cottage was great for the grandparents, no stairs, and the two families had the 2 beds v(kids ranging from 5 to 9 years old). The kids loved the playbarn. There are lots of toys and they found things to play with. Remember it is a barn so can be chilly. They also liked the independence of going out to the barn or paddock without parents in tow.

The walk to the cave was a big hit, we were only there 3 days but the kids went on two of them. You'll need a torch to look around properly but can go a fair distance in without one.

The cottages were small but cosy (i.e. cottages) and we enjoyed staying there very much. There is no dishwasher so take something to wash up with.

The local pub was great, a five minute walk, very friendly. We had sunday lunch there and they set up a big table for the 10 of us.

The village is small but you can walk around it on the quiet lanes and see the sheep, which the kids enjoyed, or go to the village play area. There isn't much there but take a ball or a cricket set or just play chase.

Getting there, it is deep in the country side so check you know the directions. Sat nav gets you close but you just need to have a check for the last bit.

In summary, we enjoyed staying here very much and would recommend it.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Mike and your helpful comments for future guests. We are finding that more and more family groups and groups of friends are using the cottages for a celebration or simply a get together. We are pleased too that you enjoyed the village of Wetton which we think is a haven of peace in the lovely Staffordshire Moorlands whilst being close to all of the attractions of the Peak District.
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Wonderful relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a very restful week in Thor's cottage. The views were beautiful - valley to the front and fields to the back. It felt very secluded and a real escape from urban life. I thought the cottage might be drafty but it soon warmed up and stayed snug throughout the week - even when we awoke to find everywhere covered in snow! Christine and Ian were so helpful giving us suggestions for walks / lending maps / suggesting where to buy a real Bakewell tart! Our young children (7, 5 and 3) had a great time. The play barn was a real hit (it was cold but they didn't seem to notice!) as was the large garden with play equipment. We had beautiful walks everyday as the surrounding countryside is stunning. Thank you very much for a wonderful holiday, we hope to return and next time will bring bikes.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Laura and we are delighted that you so enjoyed your stay with us. The snowmen that you made were still with us a week later! We will look forward to meeting you all again and yes do bring your bikes. The Manifold trail is only five minutes away and the other cycle trails, Tissington, High Peak, Monsal and Carsington Water are all only a short drive from the cottages and we are able to provide secure dry storage for the bikes.
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East Midlands and Manchester airports are about an hours car journey and Birmingham is about an hour 15 mins.

Buxton train station is 30 mins and Derby is 45 mins.

Staffordshire Moorlands Community bus, which can be ordered from your door to take you to local areas is a phone call away.


Ashbourne 10 miles

Alton Towers 12 miles

Bakewell 15 miles

Buxton 15 miles

Chatsworth 20 miles

Derby 28 miles

Leek 10 miles

The Roaches 6 miles

Further Details:


Hulme End which is 3 miles away has a small village store which also sells newspapers.

Hartington (5 miles) has a village store, newsagent with cash point, post office, cafe, petrol station and cheese shop.

Ashbourne and Leek have a much wider selection which includes Waitrose, Sainsburys, Boots, Co-op, Morrisons etc.

Sainsbury, Tesco, Waitrose and Asda provide 'Home Delivery'.

Pubs & Restaurants:

There is an excellent choice of good pubs in the area.

The Royal Oak, Wetton is the nearest a 5 minute walk. The George in Alstonefield is 3 miles away and food is excellent but more expensive and the Manifold Inn at Hulme End is also good along with the Devonshire Arms in Hartington and the Greyhound in Warslow. Hartington Youth Hostel offers a good real ale selections and good food and also has a lovely play area for the children.

There is a wide choice of restaurants in Leek & Ashbourne

Doctors: Hartingdon, Ashbourne and Leek.

Chemist: Ashbourne and Leek.

Banks: Ashbourne and Leek.

Church services: Rotated throughout the Diocese, We can provide details.

Cycling: The Manifold, Tissington, High Peak and Monsal trails are all close by. Cycle hire is available too.

Walking: Thors Cave is a must, it can be seen from the cottage and is only a 20 minute walk away, remember to take a torch for the scramble in, then climb to the top to appreciate the best views. Dovedale and the famous stepping stones is 5 miles away or can be accessed from Milldale (3 miles). The Roaches are a particular favourite of ours, with fantastic views and on a clear day you can see Snowdon (allegedly!). A local walking booklet has been produced which offers many walks directly from Wetton. It is available for £3 with proceeds going to the Church.


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