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Beautifully Appointed Character Property With Large Private Gardens.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Stone Built Character Property in Dronfield Woodhouse, Peak District, Derbyshire, England - Perfect location for exploring the attractions of the stunning Peak District National Park.

'The Gables', is a beautiful stone built character property dating back to the mid 1800's. It is located on the rural fringe of Dronfield Woodhouse in a Conservation area on the edge of the town, just three miles from the edge of the Peak District.

The property is set in large well maintained gardens, bordered on three sides by open fields used for grazing of livestock from the nearby farms. The gardens are flanked by hedgerow and traditional stone walling offering total seclusion and privacy.

With views of open countryside, the old village and the Derbyshire moors, the property offers guests a real feeling of life in the country, but with the convenience of still being in close proximity to a full range of services.

The historic local town of Dronfield offers a comprehensive range of shops, restaurants and services, whilst Dronfield Woodhouse and the neighbouring village of Holmesfield offer a selection of more traditional country pubs which are within walking distance or no more than a short drive away.

For those wanting to balance time in the country with city life, the property is perfectly located only seven miles from the cosmopolitan city of Sheffield with its comprehensive range of shopping, restaurants, museums, art galleries, sporting and concert venues, theatres etc. The popular market town of Chesterfield with the world famous 'Crooked Spire' is also within easy reach.

The property is well equipped and tastefully furnished to provide you with everything you need for an enjoyable holiday or weekend break. The spacious ground floor offers versatile living and dining accommodation and the large dining conservatory offers further versatility particularly in the warmer months.

The Peak District on the doorstep offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor attractions to suit all tastes. From stunning scenery, to picturesque villages and grand stately homes. From gentle strolls and rambles in the country, to serious hill walking, rock climbing and off road cycling. The Peak District is guaranteed to offer something for everyone.

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Iain Bough
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2017

About Iain Bough

We are a professional expat couple both originally born, raised and educated in Dronfield Woodhouse prior to leaving for University and to follow our respective professions. We have two young boys and for the past eight years or so have been living and working in the Middle East.

We purchased The Gables at the end of last year with the intention that it is to be our family 'forever' home as an when we return to the UK and somewhere we can use as our base whenever any of us are back in the country visiting.

Iain Bough purchased this house in 2013

Why Iain Bough chose North East Derbyshire

Dronfield Woodhouse is a pleasant, safe town which is so conveniently located for Sheffield and Chesterfield, but sits right on the edge of the Beautiful Peak District, where we love to spend our spare time.

Whilst not really looking, when 'The Gables' came on the market in mid 2013 it was of immediate interest to us. An imposing character property set in beautifully maintained, private gardens. It had everything we wanted in our 'forever home' with a unique location which offered a real rural/countryside feel whilst maintaining the convenience of its proximity to many of the other services we required.

A viewing last July and we were all smitten. We had to have it and by Christmas it was ours!.

We hope you enjoy sharing it until we are ready to make it our permanent home!

What makes this house unique

We love the fact that as you turn into the driveway of the property you instantly get a real rural feel, even though you are so close to everything.

The large gardens on three sides offer complete privacy (apart from the odd nosey Dairy cow from the nearby farm). Almost every window overlooks open fields, usually occupied by grazing farm animals to give you a real away from it all countryside experience, but with the convenience of all the amenities you are likely to need being just minutes away.

The Peak District on the doorstep, as well as many beautiful country walks starting literally at the end of the drive, are the biggest benefits for us. Dronfield in itself holds a number of attractions and the lively City of Sheffield is only 20 minutes or seven miles away by car.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We enjoyed our stay in your lovely home. It did rain a lot, but in the clear spells we saw what a wonderful garden you had - A good place to have family and friends together!' - Mr and Mrs Parkin, West Yorkshire
May 2014
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Dronfield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Ground floor: WC First floor: En suite to bedroom 1 with walk in shower and WC. Good sized family bathroom with large bath, separate walk in shower, wc and heated towel rail.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: First floor: Large Master Bedroom with king size double bed and en-suite Bedroom 2 with twin beds, Bedroom 3 with double bed. Ground floor (via two steps) Bedroom 4. Single bed which can be converted to double when required. Adjacent to WC.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Notes on accommodation: Guests have access to a double garage adjoining the property if requested, which is perfect for securely storing bikes, climbing and walking gear etc. There are also outside facilities for washing down bikes and equipment after a day in the Peaks! Outside: The property is set in beautiful large well maintained gardens bordered by established hedgerow and traditional Derbyshire dry stone walling, which offers complete seclusion and privacy. There are four individual lawned areas facing East, South and West meaning the best of the English weather can always be accessed if the sun shines. Set well back from the road and surrounded on three sides by open farmland, the only neighbours you will be likely to see during your stay will be the sheep and cows in the neighbouring fields! There are several patio and seating areas scattered around the garden. The main patio is accessed directly from the large conservatory and has a range of garden furniture including table and chairs and a barbecue for al fresco dining. There is also a small Summer house. The large driveway on the side of the property has ample space for up to seven cars. Utility Room: Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Iron and ironing board. Drying racks. Sink and storage. Second fridge. Freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Rooms are provided with fresh 100% white cotton linen and plentiful supply of white towels, all of hotel standard. The property is cleaned by professional cleaners immediately prior to your stay. Other: Large West facing dining conservatory overlooking and providing access via double doors to main garden and patio. Three piece suite conservatory suite and dining table with seating for eight. Access to the living room and bedroom 4.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Beautifully Appointed Character Property With Large Private Gardens.
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Milton Keynes

Great building and lovely grounds

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the property for a long weekend with family to celebrate our mum's 60th birthday. Wanted a property suitable for 7 adults, baby and dog and The Gables catered for all. Rooms and living space excellent for all and we enjoyed eating in both the dining room and conservatory. The local area is lovely, and enjoyed a walk around Dronfield and Bakewell, which is only a short drive away. Iain communicated well with us prior to the visit and ensured everything was to our needs. We had a great stay and the whole family enjoyed it. Would recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home holiday base!

  • 5 of 5

A thoroughly enjoyable family holiday, with four generations being represented & an ideal location in the centre of the country. A lovely clean, well maintained house & garden with Iain & Karen being very accommodating owners. The property is well equipped for self catering, but there are also many options for eating out locally. Our Chatsworth visit appealed across the generations, & lovely walks in the beautiful Peak District were amongst our highlights. Have booked again for a third visit, the next one being for a university reunion weekend in the autumn.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Week!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful week at "The Gables". It was a great place for our family to stay and near enough Sheffield University for our youngest who is a student there to join us too. The house was spotlessly clean and is furnished and decorated to a high standard with plenty of space for 7 adults to relax.

Although near Sheffield it was only a short drive into the Peaks where we enjoyed some wonderful walks in spectacular surroundings.

The owners were very helpful and the housekeeper was very accommodating and thoughtful. Thank you!

We really hope to return next year!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Helen Thanks so much for your positive feedback on 'The Gables'. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your time in our home and that it served its purpose so well. We hope to see you again in the future. Iain and Karen
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Fabulous Christmas at The Gables

  • 5 of 5

Christmas at The Gables was great. Iain even laid on 8" of overnight snow in the middle of our rental week. A magical Christmas finished off by this unexpected event. We were seven in total with our daughter and son, and respective partners, traveling from Abu Dhabi and Birmingham together with Judith traveling from our neck of the woods in the North East of England. The Gables has everything, as all previous reviews have noted, with the exception, in this instance, of a snow shovel!!!! All the arrangements for setting up the week were handled quickly and efficiently. Thank you. It was great to have all our family together on this most joyous of occasions, The Gables played its part as host extremely well.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike and Family Thanks so much for your kind review of 'The Gables'. We are pleased that the property allowed you to bring your family together from far and wide and that you were able to have such a lovely Christmas together. Most importantly from our perspective we are pleased that the property met all your requirements for your family Christmas. The snow was indeed perfectly timed for the festive season and thank you for the lovely pictures you sent to us of the gardens etc, white over from the snow. We had not seen this before and it left us feeling quite homesick and wishing we were there, instead of basking in the Middle Eastern Sun!!!. We thought we had thought of everything when kitting out the house, but will be sure to add a snow shovel to our facilities for next Winter!! Thanks for the tip! Hope to see you at 'The Gables' again in the future! Best Regds Iain and Karen.
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New year in the Peaks

  • 5 of 5

This property is simply fantastic. The house offers everything you require for a truly relaxed getaway. The surrounding area is perfect for families. The local people are brilliant and most welcoming. Being just on the edge of the peaks you will find plenty of fantastic walks and brilliant pubs!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rachael and Family. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review on 'The Gables'. Receiving positive feedback from our guests is really important to us. We are really pleased that the house was the perfect venue for your New Year celebrations and met all your needs. We are also pleased that you got the chance to see the stunning local scenery and got the chance to visit some of the local pubs which are always so welcoming. We hope you will get the chance to return at some point in the future. Best Regds Iain and Karen.
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Immaculate property

  • 5 of 5

The Gables is without doubt one of the best holiday homes we have ever rented. It is immaculately presented, very well equipped, and the owners are a pleasure to deal with. We have two young children (5 and 7 years old) who absolutely loved the large gardens, and my wife has decided that this is her dream home! The property itself is extremely spacious and comfortable, and the refurbishments have preserved the wonderful original character whilst adding everything that a modern home requires. The only drawback - that we couldn't have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Rates & Availability

Dronfield House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 5
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 6
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 7
Apr 18 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 1
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Rate 2
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25

Changeover Day:
Ideally changeover days are Fridays and Mondays.
4 night midweek stays (Mon - Fri)
3 night weekend stays (Fri - Mon)
7 night stays (Fri to Fri or Mon to Mon).
Other changeover days may be possible in low season. Please contact us to discuss.

Notes on prices:
Prices include provision of all bedding, linen and towels, utilities and cleaning before and after your stay. In Winter we also provide an initial stock of logs for the wood burners.

Note all major supermarket chains will deliver to the property.

We allow up to two well behaved dogs per stay and charge a small extra charge of £20 per dog per stay (up to a maximum of two) to cover any additional cleaning required.

A deposit of 25% is required to confirm bookings made more than six weeks in advance. Payment must be received in full for bookings made six weeks or less prior to arrival. Deposits will only be refunded if property can be successfully re-let.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Local bus and railway services provide access to neighbouring towns and the Peak District, as well as access onto national networks. However a car is highly recommended to get the most from your stay and exploring the local area.

Nearest Railway Stations:

Dronfield (1.5 miles)

Dore (2 miles)

Sheffield (7 miles)

Chesterfield (9 miles)

Nearest Airports

Manchester (43 miles)

East Midlands (44 miles)

Birmingham (79 miles)

London Heathrow (159 miles)


Chatsworth House (9 miles)

Hathersage - Setting for Jayne Eyre (8 miles)

Bakewell - Home of the Bakewell Pudding (10 miles)

Longshaw Estate - National Trust (5 miles)

Eyam - Historic Plague Village (10 miles)

Ladybower and Derwent Reservoirs - Setting for the film The Dambusters (12 miles)

Haddon Hall (13 miles)

Castleton - Famous for Blue John stone and numerous caverns (14 miles)

Hardwick Hall - National Trust (18 miles)

Meadowhall Shopping Centre (11 miles)

Alton Towers (43 miles)

Further Details:

The property is perfectly located on the edge of the stunning Peak District National Park, which can be accessed in less than three miles, by simply taking a right turn out of the driveway and following your nose. Nearer still a range of beautiful walks in miles of open countryside start literally at the end of the driveway, making this a perfect destination for walkers, cyclists, climbers etc.

Whilst having the advantage of being on the edge of some of the most beautiful countryside in the country, the property is only 7 miles from both the thriving city of Sheffield; famous for its Steel Industry, Cutlery, Snooker etc and the historic market town of Chesterfield, home of the world famous 'Crooked Spire'.

Both offer a wide choice of shopping, restaurants, theatres, museums and galleries. Further afield the historic town of York is only around 75 minutes drive away, whilst the ever popular Alton Towers theme park is little more than an hour away.

The property sits on the rural fringe of the old village of Dronfield Woodhouse within a Conservation Area. In recent years the town has grown into a commuter town for the neighbouring cities of Sheffield and Chesterfield, but still retains many features of interest, as well as providing a good range of facilities such as shops, pubs etc.

The neighbouring town of Dronfield, less than 2 miles away, offers a greater range of facilities including a Sainsbury's, sports centre, numerous restaurants and pubs.

This historic town is mentioned in the 1086 Doomesday Book and boasts a beautiful 12th Century parish church of gothic architecture. It has an historic high street with numerous buildings dating back to the 1600's and also is home of Sheffield FC, the oldest football club in the world.

There are a number of traditional pubs all within walking distance or a short drive (taxis are easy to book). The neighbouring village of Holmesfield offers a further range of pubs and an award winning Thai restaurant.


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