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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Derbyshire

Derbyshire sits conveniently right in the heart of the UK, in the East Midlands area of England. This magical county is home to a great countryside landscape including the woodlands of The National Forest and the famous Peak District National Park – a vast playground for enjoying a host of outdoor activities.

Holiday cottages in Derbyshire have much to offer history lovers, with magnificent stately homes to explore, along with ancient sites of intrigue. Whether you are looking at staying within the boundaries of the national park or searching for accommodation near major attractions, we have a great selection of holiday rentals in Derbyshire to suit all budgets. Read more

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53.177787, -1.606483

Comfortably sleeps 5 over 3 bedrooms. open plan kitchen/ dining-room with french doors opening onto a patio with stunning countryside views. A separate living room with ample seating. Ridgeway has a downstairs toilet and then an upstairs family bathroom, roll top bath and walk-in shower.

Weekly guide price:
£1120 to £1400
Short breaks from £220 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.029862, -1.508130

Live the luxurious life of a star at Hollywood House. The substantial holiday house sleeps 40 people in 16 bedrooms with 14 bathrooms. It's the perfect group accommodation for hen parties, work events, retreats, and unforgettable celebrations. Amenities include a casino, dining room/conservatory with a bar, a games room, and five acres of grounds with a spa pool, hot tub, and secret cabin in the woods. Hollywood House is two miles from Belper and just over half an hour from Chatsworth House and Alton Towers. 

Weekly guide price:
£9130 to £11550
Short breaks from £1304 per night

40  |   16  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.756302, -1.505466

Tuck yourself away in the countryside in this little slice of heaven. The Whimsy is a stylish modern cottage in a fantastic location in The National Forest. It is opposite fields and has a gorgeous outlook, especially as it is on a quiet lane with no through traffic. There's a pub just a short walk from the door, with an excellent choice of places to eat, drink and shop in Ashby de la Zouch, only three miles away. The self-catering cottage sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and boasts stylish decor and a high standard of finishing throughout. It's perfect for couples, families or friends in the area on holiday, to attend a wedding, or who want a home-away-from-home rather than an impersonal hotel while visiting for business.

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £595
Short breaks from £60 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.912635, -1.740949

Escape to the beauty of the Derbyshire countryside at Hollytree Garden. The cosy, private apartment is perfect for a break for two visitors (or solo travellers!), giving easy access to the Peak District National Park, Ashbourne, Alton Towers and other fantastic attractions.  Whether you enjoy walking, cycling or touring, you will find ample opportunities to enjoy your favourite pastime. Explore the wealth of towns and villages nearby, including the market town of Ashbourne only seven miles away where you will find an excellent choice of interesting shops, markets, cafes and pubs.  

Weekly guide price:
£364 to £455
Short breaks from £67 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.019265, -1.593088

Discover the delights of the Derbyshire Dales from this charming cottage near Ashbourne. The Cottage is a self-catering holiday home for up to four adults, featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a private enclosed garden. It's ideal for walking and cycling holidays, being close to the southern Peak District and Carsington Water. The surrounding area has lots of charming market towns and picturesque villages, including Matlock and Bakewell. Other local attractions include Chatsworth House and Alton Towers. There are two pubs within walking distance, and the property is dog-friendly. 

Weekly guide price:
£455 to £546
Short breaks from £125 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

53.240631, -1.762002

A single storey self-catering cottage in the heart of the picturesque Peak District within easy reach of Bakewell, providing an ideal base for visiting the many local attractions of the area. Maigold Cottage is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the peace, tranquility, lovely views and superb walking and cycling on the doorstep. Wi-Fi and off-road parking for two cars.

Weekly guide price:
£645 to £850
Short breaks from £170 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.240631, -1.762002

Albertine Barn has been converted into a lovely holiday cottage, accommodating up to eight guests. With exceptional views across the Peak District countryside, this is a perfect place to relax, enjoy excellent walks or visit the attractions of the area. Wi-Fi and off road parking for four cars.

Weekly guide price:
£1300 to £1686
Short breaks from £347 per night

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

The Orchards

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 15th Mar 2024 for 3 nights, £330Save £72"Treat yourselves to a pre-Easter break in the stunning Manifold Valley. Available from Wednesday 13th if required."
53.060442, -1.817871

The Orchards' views are so beautiful that you will be mentally moving in before the end of the stay. This lovely holiday cottage is near the village of Ilam in the Peak District National Park, surrounded by fields and woodland on the owner's farm. There are no near neighbours (unless you count the horses and lambs in the meadow!) and no passing traffic to interrupt your peace and privacy. The opportunities for walking and cycling are plentiful, and The Orchards is within easy reach of favourite attractions like Chatsworth House and Alton Towers. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is ideal for families and couples. 

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £845

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.085614, -1.568863

This comfortable holiday cottage is close to excellent footpaths, including the beautiful High Peak Trail, just a few minutes walk from the door. It's at the end of a quiet lane on the outskirts of Wirksworth, within walking distance of shops, cafes and pubs. Baileycroft Mews sleeps three to four people in two bedrooms, welcomes children over the age of three and is dog-friendly. It's perfect for exploring the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park, including places like Bakewell, Buxton, Chatsworth House, and Matlock. There is lots to see and do whether you're visiting for a short break or a longer stay. 

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £740
Short breaks from £125 per night

3-4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.102649, -1.589809

This pretty stone cottage sits opposite the village green in Middleton by Wirksworth, within walking distance of the pub. Eight The Green is a wonderful holiday cottage for couples or solo visitors who want great access to some of the best walks and beauty spots in the Peak District. Spend your days exploring Middleton Moor, Wirksworth, Cromford and the Derwent Valley, and your evenings stretched out by the log burner before sleeping soundly in your king-sized bed. The period charm of the 200-year old cottage is brought into the 21st Century with modern features that make it ideal for your self-catering stay. 

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £560
Short breaks from £70 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.092794, -1.562460

Couples, families and friends love this charming holiday cottage. 17 The Lanes is in Bolehill, about a mile from Wirksworth and close to Matlock, on the edge of the Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District.  It has fabulous walking from the doorstep and is superbly located for exploring all the area has to offer. Matlock, Matlock Bath and Buxton are all within easy reach, as are favourite attractions that include Carsington Water, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Gulliver's Kingdom, Alton Towers, and The Heights of Abraham. The former miner's cottage is dog-friendly and has been refurbished to offer accommodation for four people in two bedrooms.  Operating as a holiday cottage since April 2019, The Lanes has over 180 excellent reviews.

Weekly guide price:
£680 to £826
Short breaks from £105 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.155553, -1.643774

As long as you've got the legs for it, you won't need a car once you arrive at Barn Cottage. The pretty one-bedroom cottage is in the Peak District village of Birchover, within walking distance of two friendly pubs serving food and having direct access to footpaths and cycling routes from the door. Walking, bouldering, caving and climbing are all popular, as are mountain biking and road cycling. Bakewell and Chatsworth House are just over five miles away, with other local attractions, including the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Spa, Buxton, and Alton Towers. Barn Cottage is ideal for couples or individual visitors, offering comfortable accommodation in all seasons. 

Weekly guide price:
£360 to £440
Short breaks from £65 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

53.366354, -1.756371

If you love the idea of tucking yourself away in a romantic retreat which is a little different, then Haddy's Hut is perfect for you. This romantic shepherd's hut has everything couple's need for comfort, including underfloor heating and a log burner. It is the heart of the Peak District, on a family-run farm just outside the village of Hope and within walking distance of the 16th-Century Cheshire Cheese Inn. Nearby, beautiful footpaths lead to stunning locations, allowing you to combine a glamping-style holiday with some of the best sights and attractions in the Peak District.

Weekly guide price:
£565 to £730
Short breaks from £133 per night

2  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.366354, -1.756371

Old Dairy Cottage is a fantastic country retreat for couples or individual travellers who want to immerse themselves in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The pretty stone cottage is on a family-run farm just outside the village of Hope and within walking distance of shops and a pub. Nearby attractions include Haddon Hall, Blue John Cavern, Peveril Castle, and Chatsworth House and Gardens. Buxton, Bakewell and Castleton are all only a short drive away, while Alton Towers, Manchester and Sheffield can be reached in around an hour. There are miles of stunning walks and mountain bike trails in the area, including beautiful walks to Win Hill, Lose Hill and The Derwent Dams.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £575
Short breaks from £56 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

53.366354, -1.756371

This peaceful cottage is on the outskirts of Hope village in the heart of the Peak District National Park, close to Blue John Showcaves, Chatsworth House, Eyam, Buxton and Bakewell. The charming property has space for up to four people to sleep in two bedrooms as well as a sitting room with a log burner for snuggling up on winter nights. The stone cottage is ideal for families and couples, who appreciate that it is not only convenient for some of the Peak District's best sights but also because it is less than an hour by train from both Manchester and Sheffield.

Weekly guide price:
£505 to £795
Short breaks from £72 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

53.366354, -1.756371

This pretty stone holiday cottage is in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Manchester's Piccadilly station is less than an hour away, while Sheffield is even closer, making it easy to escape to the country with minimal effort. Losehill Cottage has space for up to four people to sleep in two bedrooms and is a favourite with couples and small families who appreciate being close to the welcoming village of Hope and within walking distance of the popular Cheshire Cheese Inn. Chatsworth, Bakewell and Buxton are all within easy reach, as are beautiful walks and bike rides.

Weekly guide price:
£505 to £795
Short breaks from £72 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

53.116197, -1.865435

Surrounded by glorious scenery, The Haybarn is ideally placed inside the Peak District National Park and is a great choice for families as well as couples who appreciate a high standard of holiday accommodation and the chance to enjoy outdoor activities. Beautiful dales, dramatic highlands, picturesque little villages, ancient towns and an abundance of attractions are just waiting to be enjoyed as well as pubs, eateries and shops nearby for convenience. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£940 to £1195

5  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star

53.116197, -1.865435

An idyllic and private location set in some of the most spectacular scenery in the National Park. The perfect, romantic self-catering retreat for couples wanting comfort and luxury whilst on holiday. Explore lush, peaceful dales and wild romantic highlands or visit pretty villages with lovely old churches and ancient inns. Shops, pubs and wonderful places to eat close-by. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£690 to £810

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star Gold

53.116197, -1.865435

An 18th Century stable block converted into a luxurious, detached holiday cottage surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the Peak District National Park. Deluxe kitchen and fabulous lounge with wood burning stove. Lush peaceful dales, dramatic romantic highlands, pretty villages and many family attractions, along with shops, pubs and wonderful places to eat close-by. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£1118 to £1480

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

53.077635, -1.625719

Lovingly Restored  Grade II Listed Stone Barn Now a Celebration House  for Groups of 16+2 in the pretty Derbyshire village of Carsington, in the Derbyshire Dales.    A wonderful  location for  walking, cycling,  climbing, water sports & fishing.   With a  lovely Village Pub just a stroll from the Barn.   Emily Barn is perfect for families & friends wanting  to holiday or celebrate a special occasion.     Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£2800 to £4000
Short breaks from £300 per night

16+2  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

Where to Stay in Derbyshire

The Peak District lies in the north of Derbyshire. Forming the southern part of The Pennines, the landscape is a wonderful mix of hills and moors. Popular with walkers, hikers, climbers and cyclists, the area offers a vast range of outdoor activities for visitors and a great selection of Derbyshire holiday cottages to relax in at the end of an action-packed day. Whether you are getting away as a couple or a large group of friends, the central location of this magical county makes it a popular choice at any time of the year.

The National Forest is another of Derbyshire’s enchanting places to visit for nature lovers. It combines ancient woodlands with new planting sites and is an ongoing environmental project. At the heart of the forest is Conkers, a visitor centre which is suitable for the whole family, offering tree-top adventures, nature trails and great ways to explore the area. There is also a Fairy Labyrinth for the little ones to get lost in and if you visit on a rainy day and prefer to stay indoors, there are a range of pubs, restaurants and cafés which are full of amazing local produce.

There are many more places across Derbyshire that are worth exploring. We recommend using our search filter to find the best location for you!

Derbyshire Travel Guide

Before booking your Derbyshire holiday cottage, you can find all the information you need for your trip here.

When to Visit Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a beautiful part of the UK, making it an excellent place to visit any time of year. However, if you’re looking to plan your trip around the weather, here’s a little more information about the different times to visit the region.

Spring is a great time to visit Derbyshire as the weather is pleasant and the scenery is stunning. With flowers blooming across the region, the landscapes come to life with beautiful bright colours. Between March and May, you can expect temperatures of around 11°C, this is perfect for those looking to get outdoors and active.

Summer is perfect for those looking to visit Derbyshire when the days are longer and the weather is warmer. Temperatures average around 18°C-19°C during July and August, with plenty of sunshine and blue skies. It is important to note that summer is a particularly busy time, this is when tourists go here to make the most of the pleasant climate.

Winter is the coldest time of year in Derbyshire. The days become darker and temperatures average around a much cooler 5°C-6°C. However, don’t let this deter you from visiting as there is still much to do and plenty to see during this time. Wrap up warm and wander around quaint towns with pretty lights and celebrations for the festive season. Alternatively, stay cosy in your holiday cottage in Derbyshire. With frosted landscapes and stunning scenery, winter still allows for a great trip to the region.

No matter when you choose to visit Derbyshire, you will find lots to do for the whole family. This beautiful region has something to offer in every season, making it an ideal holiday destination.

What to Do in Derbyshire

For those seeking thrilling adventures, and opportunities for rock climbing, abseiling and caving, you will find them in abundance in Derbyshire. If you want to experience The Peak District from the air, why not jump into a cable car at the Heights of Abraham or try a relaxing hot-air balloon ride around the area?

Historical sites can be found all over Derbyshire. Derwent Valley Mills, a World Heritage Site, commemorates the rise of industrialism in the county. It runs from Masson Mill in Cromford, to the Silk Mill in Derby.

A great venture for fans of history and the rise of industry in Northern England. Wingfield Manor, in Alfreton, boasts of late-Gothic architecture. Its Great Hall and HighTower are wonderful sights, striking against the beautiful backdrop of the countryside.

For lovers of stately homes, Lyme Park with its grand gardens is a popular attraction made famous by Pride and Prejudice and Chatsworth House is unmissable. For those looking for more ancient history, the Arbor Low Stone Circle is a great stop. The site of the stones is a magical and mysterious place which offers panoramic views of the county.

How to Travel to Derbyshire

If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below displays an average distance to Derbyshire so you know what to expect when choosing to visit by car.

London: 151 miles

Birmingham: 54 miles

Glasgow: 265 miles

Liverpool: 76 miles

Bristol: 148 miles

Manchester: 52 miles

Leeds: 74 miles

Edinburgh: 282 miles

Newcastle: 161 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to Derbyshire. Its excellent public transport links in many of its towns and villages mean you can journey by train or bus from numerous major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.

Learn More About the Region

From nature to history and stately, opulent homes, Derbyshire offers a unique experience. The National Forest and The Peak District National Park provide a great choice of Derbyshire cottages for those wanting to embrace the natural environment and beautiful landscapes of the county. Alternatively, we have cottages near the city of Derby for those seeking the buzz of a city break.

Derbyshire FAQs

  • Are holiday cottages in Derbyshire dog-friendly?

Some beautiful Derbyshire holiday cottages are dog-friendly. This provides the perfect place to get away with your four-legged friend. Plus, with so much lovely countryside to explore, it makes sense to take your furry companion with you!

  • Are there luxury cottages in Derbyshire?

If you are seeking a luxury holiday cottage in Derbyshire, you’re in luck! There are many stunning cottages to choose from, adding plenty of luxury to your trip. Whether you’re seeking cottages with hot tubs, or beautiful interiors and decor, browse our collection to find the perfect one for you!

  • Are there holiday cottages in Derbyshire that sleep 10 people?

If you’re on the hunt for a holiday cottage in Derbyshire for groups, you’re in luck! There are several properties to choose from, meaning you can visit here with plenty of friends and family. Some of these group cottages are split into two, with the second rental being just next door. This means you get to explore the region with the whole clan whilst staying in one of our beautiful cottages in Derbyshire!

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