Holiday Cottages in the Peak District and Derbyshire

A cottage holiday in Derbyshire and the Peak District has something for everyone. It may be your main holiday, a second chance to get away or just a weekend short break, but it is oh so easy to get here. Many people say that Derbyshire is the first nice hilly area you get to coming up the M1. The county is also well served by train services to Derby and Chesterfield, on the Hope Valley line between Sheffield and Manchester or to Buxton in the midst of the Peak District.

Lots of visitors just come to walk, cycle or drive through the magnificent scenery that inspired Britain’s first National Park. There are footpaths, cycle ways and bridleways across the whole of the county, taking you into lovely valleys with sparkling rivers, and with lots of country pubs where you can break your journey.

Good food and drink are one of Derbyshire’s real strengths. Many of the village and town pubs serve great food and locally brewed beer. We have some fantastic restaurants specialising in every type of cuisine. Takeaway or delivery services are in abundance. And if you would like private dining in your cottage, we can put you in touch with some great chefs who will prepare and serve you a super meal.

If you enjoy looking around stately homes then we have lots for you to visit. Chatsworth House is perhaps the jewel in the crown, but there is also Lord Manners’ Haddon Hall, Bess of Hardwick’s Hall, Kedleston Hall and Calke Abbey to name but a few. And we have a few castles too including Bolsover Castle and Peveril Castle.

For people who are interested in industrial heritage the county was of course at the heart of the industrial revolution as recognised by UNESCO with the Derwent Valley Mills World Site nomination. The valley stretches from Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford, past William Strutt’s Belper and down to John and Thomas Lombe’s Silk Mill in Derby.

Heritage transport must have a mention too. Peak Rails’ steam trains will take you up the valley from Matlock. Explore the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on a heritage steam or diesel train from Wirksworth. The Midland Railway Centre in Ripley offers a full day out. Catch a 2d ride on a tram at the National Tramway Museum. Barrow Hill’s Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse with an operating turntable.

We often get asked what is exciting for kids. Well the answer is lots. Adventure playgrounds at Chatsworth and Buxton. Exploring the caverns in Castleton. Riding the cable cars in Matlock Bath. Cycling along the numerous trails. Dinghy and windsurfing at Carsington. Storming the battlements at Bolsover Castle. And don’t forget that Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest and even Alton Towers are an easy drive away.



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