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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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53.240631, -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

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

Eight The Green

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 22nd Jul 2024 for 4 nights, £324Save £36"Discover the Derbyshire Dales this summer with 10% off any July or August stay: 4 nights (Mon-Fri) = £324 (was £360)"
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

53.355299, -1.773548

Discover the allure of Shepherd's Cottage, a picturesque 5-star retreat approved by Visit England Tourist Board. Embrace the charm of two beautifully appointed bedrooms—one graced with a luxurious king-sized bed, the other with twin beds. Experience the convenience of two well-equipped bathrooms, including a relaxing upstairs bath and a practical downstairs shower room. This cozy abode accommodates up to four guests, showcasing original oak beams that accentuate its heritage. Stay snug with central heating, an electric log fire, and double-glazed windows. Entertainment awaits with a smart TV, Free sat, and high-speed Wi-Fi, while the kitchen boasts modern amenities like an oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge-freezer. Your comfort is our priority, with complimentary access to a laundry room featuring a washing machine and tumble dryer. Unwind in the private parking area and outdoor seating, offering stunning views of the valley and Castleton. Book your stay at Shepherd's Cottage for a harmonious blend of comfort and scenic splendour.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £835
Short breaks from £120 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.218246, -1.680607

This charming stone cottage is in a quiet location and only a five-minute stroll along the river from the centre of Bakewell. It can accommodate up to six people in two lovely bedrooms, with a layout that makes it ideal for couples as well as families. Everything you need for a relaxing self-catering cottage holiday in the Peak District National Park is included; and with the historic Bakewell market on the doorstep together with an array of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, eating well is not a problem. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Buxton and Tideswell are just a few of the many places to visit during your stay, and there are fantastic footpaths and cycling routes from the door.

Weekly guide price:
£795 to £1295
Short breaks from £165 per night

4-6  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.095362, -1.844576

Dovedale Cottage at Hall Farm is a highly-rated Peak District retreat for couples or small families. This delightful single-storey stone holiday cottage sleeps three in two bedrooms, featuring an open-plan living space with stunning Manifold Valley views, a well-equipped kitchen including a dishwasher, and a comfortable seating area with an electric fire, Smart TV, Amazon Echo, books and games. Outside, enjoy the sheltered garden seating and views. Located in the picturesque village of Wetton and two miles from the famous Dovedale stepping stones, the property is a great base for exploring local attractions like Thor's Cave, the Manifold Trail, and nearby villages. There is a village pub and tea rooms in the village. Onsite amenities include BBQ space, outdoor play areas, a heated play barn, a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer, and our friendly resident Hall Farm hens. Top destinations like Alton Towers and Chatsworth House are easily drivable for fun days out.

Weekly guide price:
£660 to £860
Short breaks from £95 per night

3  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

53.268262, -1.624493

Who wouldn't want a romantic break in the Peak District? These former stables have been transformed into a stylish, contemporary holiday home which is ideal for couples but which can accommodate up to four people. There is a friendly pub just a five-minute stroll from the door, and stunning Curbar Edge is not much further. The Monsal Trail and favourite attractions like Chatsworth House, the Heights of Abraham, Gulliver's Kingdom, Bakewell and Buxton are all within easy reach to make The Stable convenient as well as comfortable.

Weekly guide price:
£555 to £770
Short breaks from £75 per night

2+2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 1 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

The Orchards

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 27th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £760"Short Break Prices - 3 nights £532. 4 nights £589. 5 nights £646. 6 nights £703."
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

53.095362, -1.844576

Thors Cottage in Wetton provides a comfortable base for exploring the Peak District. This holiday cottage sleeps five and includes an open-plan living area with modern amenities including smart TV, Amazon Echo and Electric fire. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, the master bedroom has a double bed along with plenty of storage. The second bedroom has a triple bunk (double under a single) along with a wardrobe and chest of drawers. There is a family bathroom with bath and shower. Ideal for families, the site features a play barn, outdoor play area, extensive lawns with toys, BBQ area along with our friendly resident Hall Farm Hens. Situated within walking distance to a pub and tea room, and just a short trek from Thor’s Cave, it offers relaxation and adventure. Nearby attractions include Alton Towers and Chatsworth House, with plenty of trails for walking and cycling.

Weekly guide price:
£670 to £890
Short breaks from £95 per night

5  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

53.095362, -1.844576

Manifold Cottage, a charmingly converted former cowshed and hay loft at Hall Farm, is a lovely two-storey stone holiday cottage in the Peak District. It sleeps four, with a cosy double bedroom and a fun bunk room, both offering beautiful views over the Manifold Valley. The open-plan living area includes a well-equipped kitchen, dining table, and comfortable seating with an electric fire, smart TV, Alexa Echo, and games. Outside, there's a lawn with seating, access to a play barn, a large rear lawn, and two play areas. It's located within walking distance of a pub and Tea room in Wetton and perfect for exploring the Manifold Trail, Thor's Cave, and nearby attractions like Alton Towers and Chatsworth House.

Weekly guide price:
£675 to £890
Short breaks from £96 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

53.069200, -1.684852

With two en-suite flexible bedrooms, a log burner and an indoor heated swimming pool, Wood Shed Cottage is perfect for families or couples (one or two) who want to relax and unwind in the glorious scenery of the Peak District National Park. Nestling in the picturesque Derbyshire hamlet of Bradbourne close to the market town of Ashbourne and just a mile from Carsington Water, there are an abundance of attractions close by, as well as the Tissington and High Peak Trails for walking and cycling. Family friendly pub serving food just a mile's walk away for meals out.

Weekly guide price:
£460 to £1100

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.069200, -1.684852

A fabulous large dog-friendly holiday cottage for eight guests in the small peaceful Derbyshire hamlet of Bradbourne on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park. The market town of Ashbourne is close by, Carsington Water is just a mile away (as is a good local family pub!) and you can walk to Tissington and Brassington, possibly the Derbyshire Dales prettiest villages. Superb walking, cycling and horse riding with access onto the Tissington and High Peak Trails and an abundance of attractions within easy reach. All year round appeal with the use of a fabulous indoor heated swimming pool, log burner and stunning views.

Weekly guide price:
£800 to £2000

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.069200, -1.684852

Sleeping four guests, this welcoming dog-friendly holiday cottage has all year round appeal with a log burner, enclosed patio for alfresco dining and indoor heated swimming pool for guest use. The cottage sits in the pretty little hamlet of Bradbourne in the Derbyshire Dales on the edge of the Peak District National Park and is close to the market town of Ashbourne and only a mile from Carsington Water offering great water sports. Good family friendly pub serving food a mile away and within easy reach of Tissington and Brassington as well as the Tissington Trail, High Peak Trail and lots of attractions for day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £1000

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.069200, -1.684852

With a romantic four-poster double bedroom, use of an indoor heated swimming pool, enclosed patio for alfresco dining and log burner for cosy winter breaks, this welcoming dog-friendly holiday cottage has all year round appeal. Sitting in the lovely little hamlet of Bradbourne on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park, Dumble Cottage is a great base for exploring the areas many attractions. The market town of Ashbourne and pretty villages of Tissington and Brassington are close by, and Carsington Water Reservoir is just a mile away offering great water sports, walking and cycling. Guests can enjoy easy access onto Tissington and High Peak Trails, and a pub for meals out within a mile walk away.

Weekly guide price:
£340 to £450

2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.227960, -1.835415

The Peak District National Park is one of the nation's favourite holiday destinations not only for the stunning scenery but for the friendly towns and villages like Chelmorton, where James Cottage is located. This charming holiday home sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms, with a layout that is ideal for couples, families or friends. It's a short walk from the excellent local pub, five miles from Buxton and within easy reach of places like Bakewell and Chatsworth House. James Cottage is available for short breaks and longer stays all year round.

Weekly guide price:
£625 to £995

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.094173, -1.572090

Couples love Hillside Cottage not only for its proximity to fantastic Peak District walks but for its Victorian charm and contemporary comforts. The owner has taken great care to ensure that the holiday cottage provides everything you need for a self-catering holiday, including a great night's sleep in a beautiful kingsized bed. The cottage is a ten-minute walk from the centre of Wirksworth and it is easy to reach shops, cafes and pubs like the Royal Oak. Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Matlock, Derby, and Buxton are all within a 30-minute drive, making this an ideal place for a Peak District holiday.

Weekly guide price:
£320 to £450
Short breaks from £70 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.225776, -1.704872

Enjoy the stunning Peak District from the comfort of this gorgeous first-floor apartment in a beautifully converted barn. Grange Barn is located at the owner's property in Ashford in the Water, within walking distance of two pubs and the village's famous 17th Century Sheepwash Bridge. It's less than two miles from Bakewell and close to the Monsal Trail and Chatsworth House. There are gorgeous walks from the door and lots of choice for road cycling and mountain biking. The Peak District is spectacular in every season, so book yourself a romantic escape in this wonderful holiday rental. 

Weekly guide price:
£645 to £715
Short breaks from £160 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.222133, -1.704283

Ashford Mill gives guests a rare opportunity to stay in a Grade-II listed riverside holiday cottage in the Peak District. The winner of multiple awards for the high standard of renovation and accommodation, the holiday home sleeps seven people in three bedrooms with the option to sleep two more on a sofa bed. The mill is on the banks of the River Wye in Ashford on the Water, convenient for Bakewell, Buxton, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth House, and other popular Peak District attractions. Dogs are welcome and, depending on availability, short breaks are possible all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£2300 to £2520
Short breaks from £320 per night

7+2  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

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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