Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, dining room, log fire, garden and amazing views!
About Vanessa Holland
I am a farmer's wife with a love for nature and the countryside. I have owned The Orchards cottage since 1984 and over the years of meeting guests I have made many good friends who return again and again.
Vanessa Holland purchased this Cottage in 1980
Why Vanessa Holland chose Staffordshire Moorlands District
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 great 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. Fantastic walking country, probably the best in England. Scenic Dovedale nearby and Alton Towers just 9 miles. Bakewell, Buxton, the Potteries, Uttoxeter Races all within easy reach. 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. Walks from the door, great bird watching and wildlife, space for the kids to run around, take a peek at the world of farming - really there is something to suit everyone.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Perfect little cottage
My father and I came to stay at this cottage, so we were spoilt for space. We live a long way from each other, so this was a great place to meet up and relax in the village of his childhood. Great views, very peaceful, and everything we could wish for provided in the cottage.
Had the best time ever. More beautiful then we ever expected. Our son absolutely adored the abundance of animals literally on our doorstep. Vanessa is also amazing and looks after you. Couldn't find a fault at all.
home from home
Clean, welcoming and well equipped holiday home. Helpful attentive owners. Beautiful views from every window , peaceful and very relaxing. Close to fantastic walks most from the doorstep.
Highly recommend and look forward to a return trip. Thank you Vanessa and Vic for a lovely holiday x
Thank you for your kind review. It is good to know that you would recommend us. I understand your stay at The Orchards was a particularly special time as you got engaged. Congratulations! We look forward to seeing you soon as man and wife.
Outstanding tranquility and views
The third visit for us as a family of four (two boys 10 and 7). The reason we love the Orchards so much:
The views are breathtakingly beautiful and ever changing. Even beats a sea view in our opinion!
The house is cosy, perfect size for a family. We love the fireplace, it really makes it homely. Everything you need is there. We like to bake and all equipment is there. You don't get that in most other cottages. It is also spotlessly clean.
There are no neighbours anywhere near, so refreshing when you come from a London terrace!
The boys love the cottage, the seven year old said the bed the most comfortable he has ever slept in!
There are many beautiful walks, cycle trails, theme parks etc to keep us active all week - and then back to the tranquillity of this fantastic setting.
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you chose to stay at The Orchards once again. It is always a pleasure to welcome back old friends. We are very pleased the boys found their beds comfortable. We try to make the cottage a home-from-home.
We hope you choose to stay at our cottage in the future.
Tucked away in the hills
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.
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.
Wonderful, relaxing stay.
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.
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your second visit here. Hopefully we will see you next year.
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.
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.