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18th Century 1 Bedroom Holiday Cottage With Modern Facilities In Beautiful Conservation Village

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Cottage in Foolow, Peak District, Derbyshire, England - At Centre Of Peak Park And At Crossroads Of Many Of The Area's Footpaths.

Four star Enjoy England accredited Fern Cottage dates back to the 1700’s and is built in limestone in keeping with this area of ‘the white peak.’ Stands within a beautiful conservation village just around the corner from the village green with its pond and ducks and is convenient for the Bull's Head pub restaurant. The property provides modern facilities such as a log burner, a modern kitchen and a state of the art shower room without compromising on the comfort and ambience of a traditional historical cottage. Gas fired central heating is in place. The small garden area has a stepped stone terrace. There is both a garage and a car standing space just “off the road”. Foolow is well known as being a small friendly village and our guests certainly seem to enjoy being at “the hub” of village life. A feature is the number who return to Fern Cottage year after year. Changeover day Fridays.

Property Manager
Jenny Vickers
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

About Jenny Vickers

The owners, Jenny and Rodger Vickers, grew up within the southern suburbs of Sheffield. They have known each other all their lives. They have walked the hills and Dales of the Peak District and patronised its pubs, coffee shops and restaurants for as long as they can remember. They purchased Fern Cottage at Foolow as a 'bolthole' to get away from busy city life in 1984 and, following the birth of their two boys in the late 1980's, took the plunge and purchased nearby Brosterfield Hall and its neighbouring Brosterfield Cottage in 1994. Rodger is a Chartered Surveyor who specialises in the leisure industries, Jenny having been head of PE within a large Sheffield school changed career paths after the birth of the boys and has since then been involved in the cottages and in dog training

Jenny Vickers purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Jenny Vickers chose Derbyshire Dales

Foolow is a scenic conservation village in the centre of the Peak District National Park. When Fern Cottage became available this made a perfect choice for us as a holiday cottage for our own use. A charming holiday cottage in a quiet location within a beautiful village at the crossroads of a number of footpaths and convenient for attractions such as Chatsworth, Castleton, Eyam, Bakewell, Haddon, Ladybower etc. We came to love the village and were extremely fortunate to be able to purchase Brosterfield Hall to make Foolow our permanent home in 1994.

What makes this cottage unique

Fern Cottage dates from the 18th century and we have been anxious to maintain its character ensuring that more modern facilities such as the log fire range, the kitchen, the state of the art shower facilities, renewed window frames with double glazing, renewed central heating and other improvements do not detract from the ambience of a traditional holiday cottage with every comfort. We find that guests welcome the proximity of the Bull's Head in the village, a welcoming traditional Peak District Tavern with food.

Guestbook comments from the manager

'The cottage provided a lovely retreat from the world with a log fire to gaze at in the evenings. The scenery is breathtaking. Mary and Andrew.

Loved the cottage and the village - we could live here!' Joy and Michael.

'Thank you for another lovely holiday in your very special cottage - we walk through the door and immediately feel totally relaxed' - Bryan and Chris.

'Just love your cottage and would happily live here. Ever so cosy, excellently equipped and full of character. Love the new shower room too. Foolow is very pretty and and an excellent base for exploring the Peak District.' Isabel and Lee.

'Perfect week, perfect cottage, perfect place, perfect weather. What more could anybody ask for? Thank you.' James and Rachel.
Jan 2013
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Foolow Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: with double bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theater
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Owner will at its discretion accept a well behaved house trained dog, at an additional charge of £20 per week or part of a week, on the understanding that it is not left unattended in the cottage and is never allowed on the furniture Outside: A stepped stone paved terrace garden. Garage and separate off the road car standing. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and are changed on a weekly basis. The cottage is cleaned to await the arrival of new guests.


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(2 traveler reviews)

18th Century 1 Bedroom Holiday Cottage With Modern Facilities In Beautiful Conservation Village
average rating of 4.5 based on 3 reviews

Lovely old stone cottage.

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Traditional cosy stone cottage, with a garage & parking space. Cottage was small but perfectly formed & had all that you would need for a warm & comfortable stay. In a excellent location with a good pub just down the lane.

Pretty dales village with ducks on the pond & very friendly villagers. Many walks from the door, easy reach of Tideswell, Bakewell, Chatsworth, etc.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved it - cosy, comfortable, home from home.

Great little cottage in a fantastic location.

Will be back Keeley Thorne

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
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Chatsworth House Park & Garden
Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
19 Miles
M1 junction 29 if vtravelling from south
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
80 Miles
Car: necessary


80 miles


Manchester airport 32 miles

East Midlands airport 49 miles

Liverpool airport 63 miles

Birmingham airport 84 miles


Eyam plague village 2 miles, Tideswell 3, Chatsworth 7, Haddon Hall 8, Bakewell 6, Hathersage 6, Longshaw Country Park 8, Castleton 8, Matlock 14, Ladybower reservoirs 9, Monsall Head viaduct and the Monsall Trail 3, Ashford in the Water 5, Lathkill Dale 8, Buxton 11, Ashbourne 27.

Stanage Edge (Pride & Prejudice) 9, Hayfield (the Village in BBC series) 14 miles, Curbar Edge 5, Longstone Edge 3, Bretton Edge 1 mile. Sheffield city centre 15, Manchester city centre 31.

Further Details:

There are no shops in Foolow. The nearest small supermarkets are to be found in Eyam (2 miles), Tideswell (3 miles), Carver Crossroads (3 miles). Major supermarkets are in Buxton 10 miles, Chapel en le Frith 9 miles, Sheffield 11 miles, Chesterfield 11 miles. Internet supermarket deliveries are made to the village. Changeover day Fridays.


Rates & Availability

Foolow Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Winter 2017
Feb 16 2017 - Mar 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
Mar 14 2017 - Apr 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 28 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
May half-term 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 14 2017 - Aug 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 8 2017 - Oct 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
October half-term 2017
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2017
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25

Booking Notes:
Whilst our cottage usually lets on a weekly basis during the summer, autumn and spring months there are times we accept short breaks during such periods subject to availability. Please ring 01433 631254 to enquire or e mail

A 50% non returnable deposit is taken at the time of the booking with the balance payable on arrival. Most cards are accepted. Changeover day Fridays except for certain festive holidays. For availability details click on owner's website

Your accommodation will be available to you from 3 pm. Please be ready to leave the accommodation by 10 am on day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Friday changeover day (Tuesday at Christmas and New Year 2014 only). Short stays may also be arranged at short notice when vacancies exist. For availability details click on owner's website in the bottom right hand corner of this page.

Owner will at its discretion accept a well behaved house trained dog, at an additional charge of £20 per week, on the understanding that it is not left unattended in the cottage and is never allowed on the furniture.

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