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Cosy log fire, super views, wildlife & walks. Short breaks. Alton Towers 9 miles

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Fireplace
  • children welcome


About the property

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, dining room, log fire, views and garden. SHORT BREAKS.

The Orchards, Ilam, is a large detached country cottage with amazing views, surrounded by meadows and bluebell woods. Large enough for families and friends to get together, yet secluded and cosy enough for couples wanting a romantic hideaway with a lovely log fire (10% discount for two). SHORT BREAKS available - please enquire for prices.

A birdwatching paradise, from ravens to redstarts. Based on a sheep farm in the Manifold Valley, Dovedale, Derbyshire.

'Some of the best walking country in England' right on your doorstep. After an exhilarating hike, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the many good local pubs.

Alton Towers 9 miles. Pony trekking, Bike trails (with bike hire), quiet leafy lanes, sailing at Carsington, and much more. Derby, Stoke and Buxton around 20 miles. Chatsworth, Haddon, Bakewell all just a short drive away.

Please Note:

There are 9 STEPS up to the front door.

Sorry, NO PETS

A wide oak-floored entrance hall leads to all other rooms. Three bedrooms to accommodate up to six people - one twin room, one double and one with full-sized bunk beds (very popular with children but quite adequate for adults). Snuggle into non-allergenic quality bedding and wake up to green fields and birdsong.

Relax and unwind in your large living room, with a proper fire, satellite TV and picture window to watch the world go by. Sunlight streams into the separate dining room with views to make your mouth water.

A well-equipped kitchen, with everything you would expect from a Four Star property, plus a sparkling bathroom with bath / shower, complete the picture.

Play games or lounge on the lawns that surround the cottage. There is a garage for your car or your bikes. A gate at the bottom of your drive stops unwanted guests (sheep) from wandering in.

The cottage is owner managed and cleanliness is paramount.

More Details

Vanessa Holland
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

About Vanessa Holland

I am a farmer's wife with a love for the countryside. I have owned The Orchards cottage since 1984 and over the years of meeting guests I have made good friends who return again and again.

Vanessa Holland purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Vanessa Holland chose West Midlands

The Orchards cottage was bought as part of the farm and it seemed the logical thing to rent it out as a holiday home as this is such a beautiful and popular area. I am so glad we did as it has been a source of pleasure and interest, and meeting new people who then become friends has been the best of all.

What makes this cottage unique

The Orchards is a great base for exploring all parts of the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and the Staffordshire Moorlands and is centrally placed in England so easy to reach wherever you are.

40 miles from Manchester airport and 40 from East Midlands Airport.

A smart, comfortable and very spacious cottage offering perfect peace and tranquillity with stunning views, or speed and excitement at Alton Towers (9 miles) Excellent walking country, great bird watching and wildlife, take a peek at the world of farming - really there is something to suit everyone.


Waterhouses Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Modern bathroom with bath/shower over, wc, sink, shaving point, illuminated mirror, airing cupboard.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Adult size bunk beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: Cot available for child under 2. High chair also. One room with double bed. One room with twin beds. Full size bunk beds in one room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
SHORT BREAKS - SHORT BREAKS - SHORT BREAKS Available on request. A 3 night short break is priced at around 75% of the weekly rate. If you book a 3 night midweek break (between Monday and Friday) you can have an extra night ABSOLUTELY FREE. Please mention this when booking. Please contact us for Prices and Availability. NOTE - 9 STEPS up to the Front Door. SPECIAL OFFER - 10% discount when only one bedroom required - at any time of year! Max 2 people plus baby please. Our woodlands have orchids and other rare plants. We would be delighted to show you. In Spring the fields are filled with little lambs.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Cosy log fire, super views, wildlife & walks. Short breaks. Alton Towers 9 miles
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews

Tucked away in the hills

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fantastic time at The Orchards. The house became a home away from home. The owner is very friendly and available if necessary and nature begins right at your door. With an open fireplace, the cold stayed outside and our holidays got off to a great start. The accommodation suits a family of 6 perfectly. The idyllic town of Ashbourne is a short 20 min. car ride away so you can go for a day shopping or get a Thai curry to bring back home or the kitchen is equipped for making everything from an English breakfast to Christmas meal. Ilam Park and its short walks are perfect for younger kids and walks galore begin right at the front door.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you found The Orchards to your liking after coming all the way from Belgium and the U.S.A. Having a log fire does make the cottage cosy and homely after a brisk walk in the wonderful Peak District.
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Wonderful, relaxing stay.

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a family get away to this beautiful cottage. It was spotless, spacious and had all you could possibly need. Could not find one bad thing about it, fantastic views from all windows and a relaxing log fire. Looking forward to booking again for the next family holiday.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your second visit here. Hopefully we will see you next year.
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Perfect for a family break in perfect surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful property far exceeded our expectations. The views from the picture windows meant we didn't want to leave the house at all! However, the weather was perfect so we enjoyed the breathtaking scenery nearby. The cottage has everything one needs, and more, so many thoughtful items in every room to make us feel right at home. The cleanliness was 10/10 and the gift pack was delightful and unexpected ( I wont spoil the surprise!) Our hosts were attentive and made us feel very welcome. Poppy the dog added extra fun for our teenage we miss her! We would love to return one day. An ideal holiday cottage for a family or just a couple, you wont find better views!

Wifi was available but intermittent.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. To know that we exceed expectations is very gratifying for us as we do try hard to make every guest's experience a happy one. Although the wi-fi can sometimes be slow and intermittent, there are many places locally where you can access free fast internet.
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Peace and tranquility in the Peak District

  • 5 of 5

Really loved this place, set in the beautiful rolling hills of the Peak District. Took my family of 6 and we had plenty of room, spotlessly clean, well equipped and just had everything we needed. Every morning our kids loved looking out and seeing the farmland in motion. Despite its rural location, its really central to many attractions (Stepping Stones to Alton Towers) and we travelled each day out and about to all.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. The views are truly lovely in this peaceful corner of the Peak District.
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Beautiful home from home

  • 5 of 5

Really lovely location with stunning views. Very spacious, clean and well equipped cottage - plenty big enough for 2 adults, 2 teenagers & 2 toddlers. Lots of fabulous little touches from fresh flowers, milk, eggs & biscuits to greet us right through to safety measures for the little ones. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. The cottage is spacious and uncluttered, perfect for a family to make it their own for a week or two. We try to think of everything but welcome suggestions on how to make it better.
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A little bit of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Having returned to this little gem over a period of twenty four years, we can only add that what brings us back again and again is the peace and quiet, the views from the large windows and a sense of unwinding. The fact that you can stretch your legs immediately you come out of the front door and venture out into the countryside is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the many attractions to what this property has to offer. Aim to walk for breakfast at Ilam Hall and you'll be blown away by the resulting views. This has set us up for many a wonderful day. Now all we need to do again is try and encourage Vanessa, the owner, to sell us this wonderful holiday home!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. So glad that you like our little corner of England. It is always a pleasure for us, as owners, to welcome back guests as friends - and to keep those friends for decades is an honour. Thank you for choosing The Orchards again and again and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
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Rates & Availability

Waterhouses Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low 2017
Feb 25 2017 - Mar 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Econ 2017
Mar 25 2017 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
High 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid 2017
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
High 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
High 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Econ 2017
Oct 7 2017 - Oct 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid 2017
Oct 21 2017 - Nov 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Low 2017
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
High 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $62

SHORT BREAKS AVAILABLE - Please contact Vanessa Holland direct at The Orchards, Rushley Farm, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2BA. Telephone 01538 308205. Mobile 07973 772538. vwholland at icloud dot com (use symbols please).

Booking is done direct with Mrs Vanessa Holland where at all possible or through this site if you prefer. Contact us on 07973 772538 or send an email to vwholland at icloud dot com (use symbols please). When you make an enquiry, you will be informed of the procedure which is very simple and secure for both parties. Ask if you wish to see our Terms and Conditions beforehand. We will send you a booking form which must be read, signed and returned please.

Saturday is our usual changeover day but we are flexible depending on the request.

We have four price bands for 2017 - £385 low, £475 economy, £525 mid and £599 peak. Short Breaks may not be available during some Peak Weeks. Please enquire.

3 night Weekend Short Breaks are priced around 75% of the weekly rate. If you book 3 nights mid-week (between Monday and Friday) you can have an extra night ABSOLUTELY FREE.
Short break prices as follows - Low - £285, Economy - £345, Mid - £390 and High - £449. Extra nights pro rata (maximum 3 or 4).

10% Discount when just two people require one bedroom, at any time of year. Max 2 people plus baby please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Special interest holidays at The Orchards:

In Spring there will be little lambs in the fields. There is always something happening in the farming calendar, from shearing to hay-making.

This is superb walking country and there is a warm garage for muddy boots and wet jackets, or to store your bikes (there are two cycle trails nearby).

Horse-riding available locally with excellent quiet trails.


East Midlands and Manchester airports 40 miles each. This is a rural area and a car is useful but not essential. There is a local bus service which will collect and return you to the door. Otherwise, buses run from Ilam to Ashbourne.


Ilam village 1 mile, Ashbourne town 5 miles. Alton Towers 9 miles, Bakewell 19. Buxton, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth around 40 minutes.

Further Details:

Good shops and all amenities in Ashbourne, 5 miles. Derby and Stoke on Trent both 20 miles. Leek is a great antiques centre, 9 miles.


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