Luxury Derbyshire cottages

Choose from our great selection of luxury Derbyshire cottages for a get-together with family, friends or just as a couple. Dramatic countryside with endless opportunities for outdoor activities, a wonderful legacy of stately homes and gardens and picturesque villages to explore, there’s so much to see and do for visitors to Derbyshire. Here’s our guide to the Best Places To Visit and the Top Ten Things To Do in Derbyshire.

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Best places to visit in Derbyshire


Ashbourne is a picturesque small market town situated at the southern tip of the Peak District and famous, amongst other things, for its annual Shrovetide football match. Lying in a lovely green valley the town attracts many visitors who come to enjoy a scene which has changed little in appearance since the 18th-century. The cobbled market place, hidden alleys and yards are a delight to explore, and the wide and elegant Church Street is considered to be the finest street of Georgian buildings in Derbyshire. It is rare that a history of English football does not mention Ashbourne as is the only remaining venue of the Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday ‘football’ match which was a tradition across the land in the Middle Ages. The comparison to modern day football is tenuous. Despite the name, the ball is rarely kicked, though it is legal to kick, carry or throw it. Instead it generally moves through the town in a series of hugs, like a giant scrum in rugby, made up of dozens if not hundreds of people.



With its attractive courtyards, independent shops and cafes Bakewell is a hugely popular destination for tourists and the only market town within the Peak District National Park. Of course many also come to taste Bakewell Pudding – just one of Britain’s great local delicacies and one which is very hard to find outside the town. It is similar to the ubiquitous Bakewell Tart, which was named after the original pudding.


Buxton was a world famous spa in the Georgian period and later became a popular Victorian holiday destination. As a result it is known for its spectacular Georgian and Victorian architecture including The Crescent and the Opera House respectively. Blessed with spectacular scenery, wonderful architecture, a wealth of shops, and a thriving arts scene Buxton is a great location for a holiday or short break.


The Roaches, Peak District

The Roaches, Peak District

Castleton is an outstandingly pretty village situated at the head of the lovely Hope Valley in the heart of the National Park between the Dark and the White Peak areas of the Peak District. The village is surrounded on three sides by steep hills including the mighty Mam Tor and the ancient Peveril Castle, a ruined Norman castle, dominates Castleton. Not surprisingly to some it is known as the ‘Gem of the Peaks’ and is a popular tourist attraction thanks to its wonderful scenery and fantastic location. Once you’ve experienced the beautiful Peak District countryside, don’t forget to visit the stunning underground scenery just below your feet. Castleton is famous for its four show caves, once all lead mines, each offering a different experience to the visitor.  The entrance to Peak Cavern is the largest in Europe and Speedwell Cavern offers a boat ride underground through half a mile of passages to the end, with views down the ‘Bottomless Pit’. Treak Cliff Cavern has two distinctly different series of caves – the first half is full of minerals and fossils including the local fluorspar unique to the area, called Blue John, the second half features a ‘fairytale’ world of stalagmites and stalactites. Blue John Mine is the deepest of the caves and also contains Blue John stone, but its real beauty lies in the enormity of the cave system.

Edale Valley

Edale Valley is a wide expanse of green overlooked by the Iron Age fort on Mam Tor lying just to the south of the great gritstone and peat mass of Kinder Scout, which is usually accepted as being the southern most point of the Pennines. It is the starting point for the demanding Pennine Way which stretches all the way to Scotland and is also a popular centre for walkers venturing out onto the local fells.  Today we take for granted our right to enjoy walking on the moors and hills throughout the country however it was not the case 80 years ago when most of the land was inaccessible. A now-famous mass trespass on nearby Kinder Scout in 1932 caused a national outcry and was the catalyst for the right to roam campaign which culminated in legislation in 2000 giving everyone the right to walk anywhere in ‘open country’ currently defined as mountain, moor, heathland, downland and common land.




The town of Matlock is situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Matlock’s growth was rapid during the Victorian era and it became a fashionable resort in conjunction with Matlock Bath a few miles away. Whereas Matlock itself seems solid and Victorian with neat stone cottages ascending in rows up the hill, Matlock Bath has a more frivolous air. It became a tourist and spa resort for the wealthy more than 300 years ago when the warm springs, which emerge at a constant 68 degrees farenheit, were discovered. The large houses of the wealthy were built high up the steep hillside, giving rise to its description, ‘Little Switzerland’, by the poet, Lord Byron. The road and river are enclosed within a deep-sided gorge with limestone cliffs on either side. The town’s wide open main route gives it the appearance of a seaside promenade and it is split into two parts, known as North and South Parade. One side is lined with souvenir shops, amusements, cafes and food outlets and the other by a wide walkway alongside the River Derwent.

Top ten things to do in Derbyshire

1. Cycle the Tissington Trail

The 13-mile long Tissington Trail follows the route of a former railway line through some of the most beautiful countryside in the Derbyshire Dales from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay. It passes through the picturesque village of Tissington and close to Dovedale, a dramatic limestone ravine with stunning scenery.



2. Admire the splendour of Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is one of the true treasure houses of Britain Devonshire and among Britain’s finest stately homes. Standing on the banks of the River Derwent, Chatsworth is set in expansive parkland. Everything is on a massive scale, opulent and designed to impress.

3. Head down the Blue John Mine

The Blue John Mine is one of the four show caves around Castleton. The cavern takes its name from the semi-precious mineral, which is still mined, and made locally into jewellery. Blue John Mine is the deepest of the show caves and its real beauty is in the enormity of the cave system.

The National Forest

The National Forest

4. Explore the new National Forest

The National Forest is one of the most ambitious and imaginative environmental projects in the UK. Stretching across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire 200 square miles of countryside are being transformed, merging ancient woodland with new planting to form a new national forest. The gently undulating landscape is perfect for walking, cycling or horse-riding. Through the creation of new habitats the National Forest is also an ideal location for bird and wildlife watching.

5. Taste some genuine Bakewell pudding

The attractive market town of Bakewell is home to the Bakewell Pudding, one of Britain’s great local delicacies and one which is very hard to find outside the town. It is similar to the ubiquitous Bakewell Tart, which was named after the original pudding, The town has three pudding shops; all claim to possess the original (and supposedly secret) recipe, so the only way to find out which is the best is to try one from each!

6. Climb the Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham is a unique hilltop park set above a dramatic limestone gorge amid great natural beauty. Its cable cars were the first of their kind in the country and provide an easy way to reach the top of the Heights estate. There are stunning views of the Derwent Valley and beyond to Matlock and the wider Peak District as well as acres of beautiful woodland to explore and spectacular show caves.

7. Enjoy a pint in an old-fashioned pub

There are still some unspoilt pubs to be discovered in Derbyshire. One such is the Barley Mow, one of the oldest buildings in the picturesque village of Kirk Ireton and one of the last premises in the country to recognise decimalisation. The pub itself dates from the 17th century and the interior has not changed much since. The beers sit in barrels behind the tiny bar, all from small breweries.

8. Take the stepping stones across the river in beautiful Dovedale

Beautiful Dovedale is one of the highlights of the Peak District and arguably the prettiest of the Derbyshire Dales. This dramatic limestone ravine runs for just over three miles and is famous for its stunning scenery, wildlife and the much-loved stepping stones which cross the River Dove. For the walker, the area holds mile after mile of paths – both alongside the river and over the surrounding countryside, linking villages and hamlets. The most easily accessed section of Dovedale is the three-mile stretch that begins at Milldale in the north and runs through a wooded section where the River Dove meanders slowly through the valley.

9. Discover the cradle of the industrial revolution

The historic village of Cromford lies at the heart of a World Heritage Site stretching 15 miles down the Derwent Valley from Matlock Bath to Derby comprising a fascinating series of historic mill complexes. The village is regarded by some as the birthplace of the modern factory system. Here, water was first harnessed to provide power for the large-scale manufacture of cotton at Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mill.

10. See the pagan art of well dressing

The Peak District is home to the ancient custom of well dressing. The tradition of dressing village wells, where thousands of flower petals are pressed to create elaborate tableaux of some biblical or topographical scene, is something of a mystery. Some believe it dates back to Medieval times when villagers gave thanks for fresh water at the time of the Black Death. Today the well dressing will often involve a procession around the village accompanied by a brass band for a blessing of each well.

We have a great choice of luxury Derbyshire cottages to suit everyone. So, why not browse our selection and see what catches your eye?

Bridge House, luxury cottage in Overseal, Derbyshire Check availability Bridge House, Overseal, Derbyshire
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5511096 per week * Ref: GCG5119
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

This attractive cottage with a hot tub stands in an acre of enclosed gardens in the National Forest and three miles from Ashby’s famous castle....
West View Cottage, luxury cottage in Matlock, Derbyshire Check availability West View Cottage, Matlock, Derbyshire
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £374741 per week * Ref: GCG5118
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

This restored cottage combines sophisticated contemporary comfort and artistic style whilst retaining the proportions of the original Victorian building and enjoys lovely views. West View Cottage enjoys a prime position on the edge of Matlock....
Mullions, luxury cottage in Castleton, Derbyshire Check availability Mullions, Castleton, Derbyshire
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £6381355 per week * Ref: GCG5117
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This cottage, in the heart of Castleton, combines original beams, fireplaces and mullioned windows with ‘country living’ style contemporary furnishings. This really special holiday home enjoys far reaching views across the Hope Valley and surrounding hills from its peaceful position on a quiet s...
Old Smithy Barn, luxury cottage in Wincle, Derbyshire Check availability Old Smithy Barn, Winkle, Derbyshire
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 5 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £7191624 per week * Ref: GCG5116
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

A contemporary barn conversion with spacious beamed rooms, lots of character and a delightful enclosed garden in the Peak District. Old Smithy Barn is set in a peaceful and pretty countryside location on a quiet lane on the borders of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. ...