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Luxury Peak District Cottage With Private Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage in Fenny Bentley, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire - Rural Tranquility, But Only 2 Miles From The Bustling Georgian Market Town Of Ashbourne

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 Summer months (Mid-May, 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, 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.

Property Manager
Isobel James
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Isobel James

Simon and I bought The Priory, Swallows Cottage and The Old Engine house some three years ago. 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 Derbyshire Dales

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Just perfect" - our family of four had a fabulous time at this lovely cottage set in its extensive and beautiful gardens.

"A very warm welcome!" - An ideally placed cottage that is well equipped with all the home from home comforts. All the basics were available in the kitchen and it seemed that nothing would be too much trouble for Izzy."

"A home-from-home - only better" . We booked the cottage for a relaxing girly weekend away and it was just perfect. We received a very warm welcome from the owner Izzy who is lovely.

"Total relaxation in a beautiful cottage, in beautiful, peaceful location"

"Gem of a place"
Oct 2013
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Fenny Bentley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Family bathroom with shower over bath, loo, underfloor heating and heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom boasts an antique four poster double bed with duck down duvet, and pure cotton linen, own tv. Twin room has two single beds. Travel cot available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The owners, Simon and Izzy, lived in the accommodation whilst they were renovating their house nearby. It has been equipped with every modern facility and for maximum comfort. There is plenty of storage space - in-built wardrobes in both bedrooms and plenty of living space. Children are welcome but please be aware that there are ponds in the garden. Outside: Enjoy the best of English Summers by the landscaped heated outdoor pool, overlooking the croquet lawn and orchard. Relax on sun loungers and whip up a barbecue on your own Weber. Try your hand at table tennis or just wander around the 5 acre gardens and orchards. Private river walk and fishing on the Bentley Brook. Pick wild garlic in Springtime, plums, damsons and apples in Autumn. Utility Room: Washer/dryer, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Pure cotton linen in both bedrooms, fluffy white towels, bathmats, tea towels are all included. Mid-stay cleaning can be arranged on request. Swimming towels can be hired on request.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Luxury Peak District Cottage With Private Pool
average rating of 4.909091 based on 12 reviews

Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage with everything we needed

  • 4 of 5

Good location for walks directly from the cottage, close to ashbourne and great fire!

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments - so pleased that you had such a good stay and made the most of local walks and the cosy woodburner!
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Swallows Cottage is in an idyllic setting. It is a charming and very welcoming holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time in Fenny Bentley at Swallows Cottage. The cottage is well appointed and very comfortable - we had some great family dinners around the large kitchen table! Watching the Autumn mists slowly disperse from the long lawn was a breakfast treat. Ashbourne is only a couple of miles away and has a good range of food shops and eating places. The Derbyshire countryside is glorious with Dovedale, Tissington and Ilam at your doorstep. We live in a large city so the quiet, and the chance to experience real darkness and to see the stars, was a rare pleasure. Izzie, our host, was welcoming and helpful. Altogether lovely!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review - we loved having you to stay and were thrilled that you had such a good holiday and so pleased that you managed to explore some of Derbyshire's gems, especially Tissington which is one of my favourites, too.
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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage and wonderful, helpful hosts.

The cottage is in a great location for exploring the surrounding area and is lovely and peaceful too.

As a family we don't tend to return to the same place twice but we wouldn't hesitate to return here.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely weekend break

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a relaxing weekend break in late May. Izzy made us feel very welcome and was on hand to help with any request. The cottage was immaculate, the surroundings peaceful and idyllic, and the children loved the pool. I can recommend this property without reservation.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My family had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay at Swallows cottage. Izzy was very friendly and helpful and provided lots of useful information on what to see and do in the surrounding area. We only wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review - we hope to welcome you all back to Derbyshire again soon. All the very best, Izzy
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
East Midlands
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Ashbourne Golf Club
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Car: necessary


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)

Further Details:

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 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

Fenny Bentley Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Easter Holidays
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Apr 24 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jun 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 7 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
October Half Term
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 30 2017 - Dec 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $31.96

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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