Just 2 miles from the Georgian market town of Ashbourne, Swallows Cottage sits down a private lane, amidst 5 acres of gardens and orchards (help yourselves to plums, damsons and apples in Autumn.) Take a footpath directly from your back door to the historical village of Tissington and beyond. Lounge by the private pool (only shared with owners) during June, July & August or bring a rod and try your luck fishing on the Bentley Brook. Curl up on the huge leather sofa watching one of the many dvd's in front of the wood burning stove in the sitting room, furnished with French antiques. There are plenty of books and games, too. Rustle up your favourite meal in the well-equipped, large kitchen/dining room with large scrubbed pine table (seats 8) and Smeg fridge/freezer,Nespresso machine, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer or treat yourself to a home-made ready meal from one of the delightful delicatessens in Ashbourne. Sleep peacefully in the antique four poster bed with crisp linen sheets -this room also has a tv - and far reaching views of the fields beyond. The cosy twin-bedded room has plenty of storage and we can also supply a travel cot and high chair, too. Modern bathroom with limestone flooring and underfloor heating. Derbyshire's Jewel in the Crown, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Kedleston Hall, Sudbury Hall and Alton Towers/Splash Landings are just 30 minutes away. Enjoy traditional local pubs, gastro pubs and restaurants with excellent food and real fires. Explore Derbyshire in comfort. Try horse trekking at Tissington, Action-packed fun at Alton Towers, Cycling and Sailing at Carsington Water. Fluffy white towels, bath mats and all linen provided, apart from swimming towels. Kitchen basics - tea, coffee, sugar, spices, dish tabs, washing powder all included. Private patio with seating for four and Weber bbq.
Peak District (Nr Ashbourne) 2 Bedroomed Cottage within 5 acres with private swimming pool
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 6, 2018
About Isobel James
Simon and I bought The Priory, Swallows Cottage and The Old Engine house in 2009. Since then we have renovated The Priory and Swallow's Cottage to ensure maximum comfort - whether it be beds, heating or endless hot water. Our landscape gardener has developed the grounds, especially around the swimming pool, sympathetically and with great detail. Our three teenage children are often away and we relish the chance to look after our Swallows Cottage guests and love introducing them to our special Derbyshire "finds". We love being in such a peaceful spot but are endlessly grateful that we are just such a short distance from Ashbourne.
Isobel James purchased this Cottage in 2009
Why Isobel James chose Fenny Bentley
Having lived in a local village (some 6 miles from Asbourne), very happily, for 10 years, we were thrilled to find the combination of rural peace but without being miles from civilization - with Ashbourne just 2 miles away we can easily whizz in for milk, papers and take-aways without feeling that we are in a built-up area. An added bonus is that we can walk by footpath, directly from the front door, to Tissington and Fenny Bentley.
What makes this Cottage unique
When we bought the property we were advised by many friends not to put a pool in - how glad we are now that we ignored their advice! This Summer has been glorious - Derbyshire at its very best. Breakfasting by the pool on a quiet Summer's morning can't be beaten. We have fishing rights on the Bentley Brook (just across the lane) and you are welcome to bring your fishing kit.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great location and amazing pool!
The location of the cottage was perfect for trips to Dovedale, the Tissington Trail, Chatsworth House and Carsington Water. Two local pubs were perfect for eating out with children.
The cottage itself was lovely - we didn't spend much time inside though as the pool was fantastic. We also enjoyed playing on the croquet lawn each evening.
We high recommend this property.
Excellent weekend break!
A lovely old cottage with real character. Well-furnished with a very well-equipped kitchen and a good powerful shower with plenty of hot water. An excellent location for walking, a good walk to Parwich is literally outside the front door (but be warned, you'll need some proper boots after rain, it gets very muddy!). A very friendly host, the welcome bottle of bubbly was most appreciated!
The only downside was having to go home at the end of an all-too-brief break. A return visit earlier in the year could well be in order, to sample the pool...
Home from Home !
Lovely cottage, everything you could want and need. Pool was lovely, my partner and girls loved it - although a bit cold for me ! Lots to do and some lovely villages around, Ilam and Tissington were gorgeous. Pubs were lovely and we had great weather. We were left to ourselves, but knew someone was there if we needed to know anything. Izzy keeps the cottage very homely. The Hood-Hughes family - North Wales.
Beautiful location, lots to do and still relax in the evenings.
Had a great week away and even though the weather wasn't great, still kept busy with many beautiful local places to visit. Wonderful views all around to clear the mind and get away from the hustle of city working life. The pool is a bonus. I'm not great with mobility but this pool is easy access with graduated steps at one end. There are a few small steps into the cottage itself but then its all on one level so perfect for me. Both hosts very friendly and happy to help. They are on-site, and available without you even noticing they are there. We are hoping to re-visit.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments - I am so pleased that you managed to not only get a good, peaceful break, but also managed to relax in the pool, too. We would love to welcome you back...
The cottage was simply perfect for a family get away in the Peak District.
The property itself was bigger than I expected, a large kitchen with a good sized (easily seat 6) pine table and a sizeable living room. It was very well appointed with good crockery and cutlery - a small thing but indicative of the care taken to ensure that guests can feel relaxed.
I have no hesitation in recommending this to anybody looking for a cottage in the Peaks.
Great little location away from the world...
Originally I booked this apartment for the pool but misread that its not actuallly open until Mid-May. Still we had a great time. One thing to note is that you will have no telephone reception at this location and there is no landline provided by the owners so you are cut off from the world. Internet speed is 2MB down and 0.5mb up. and the wifi signal does not reach the bedroom. Was a little worried as we have small kids with us and incase of emergency did not have a phone service
We do think that part of the charm of the cottage is, as you say, "away from the world" - and naturally would have provided a land line phone if you had needed one - we are only a few steps away and totally understand the need for contact if you have small children. We do have mobile service at the house - I am not sure what provider you have, though. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
East Midland's Airport is just 45 minutes away
Manchester Airport - 1 hour
Birmingham Airport - 1 hour
Car hire essential
Ashbourne - 2 miles
Bakewell - 30 minutes
Derby - 30 minutes
Chatsworth - 30 minutes
Alton Towers - 30 minutes - (14 miles)
Stoke on Trent - 40 minutes - Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop, "The Potteries"
Nottingham - 45 minutes
Carsington Water - 15 mins (5 miles)
National Memorial Arboretum - 45 mins (29 miles)
Gullivers Kingdom - 30 mins - (14 miles)
Tissington Village - 7 mins - (3.5 miles)
The Georgian market town of Ashbourne is just 2 miles away, with plenty of independent retailers (antique shops, clothes and delicatessens) alongside a Waitrose, Majestic Wine, Sainsburys, M&S Food, and Co-Op. The village of Brassington (5 miles) has a wonderful, unspoilt pub serving excellent pub food - The Old Gate Inn. The Duncombe Arms at Ellastone (8 miles) is a fabulous, buzzy pub with delicious food. The George at Alstonefield (6.5 miles) has truly amazing food - all of the above are worth booking beforehand. Newly opened "Whites" in Ashbourne offers relaxed French food and a great selection of cocktails. We also love Cafe Impromptu on Church Street in Ashbourne...when they say home-made they really mean it....open for breakfast, lunch and tea.
The estate-owned village of Tissington can be reached by footpath from your back door (or a quick 5 minute drive). Frequently used for historical filming this unspoilt gem is great for walking around...village duck pond, butchers, old fashioned sweetie shop and great tea rooms...their annual Well Dressings (on Ascension Day) are not to be missed. Take the Tissington Trail (walk or cycle) to Ashbourne or north towards Parsley Hay.
A visit to Chatsworth is a must....look on their website for behind-the scenes tours and special events. Don't forget Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall, too.
Younger children will love the farmyard at Chatsworth, Gulliver's Kingdom, Alton Towers, china painting at Sticky Fingers in Ashbourne or just cycling round Carsington Water.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Changeover Day: We are completely flexible on changeover days. 2 nights minimum stay out of school holidays and bank holiday weekends. Arrival after 3pm, departure 10am Notes on prices: Prices quoted are guideline and may vary during school holidays and bank holiday weekends. Please ask about special prices for weekly stays. We can occasionally offer one or two night breaks and last minute special rates. Please call us for details. 01335 350 737. 07870 171 872