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The Whimsy

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7 Nights See prices

  • £350  to  £595

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Short Breaks From

  • £60 p/night
    Off peak
    (2 night min)
  • £95 p/night
    Peak season
    (3 night min)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    2 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    3 (peak)
    2 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    3+ Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Log Burner

About The Whimsy

The Whimsy is a beautiful home in a quiet location within the National Forest. The modern cottage sleeps up to four people in two comfortable bedrooms and is very pet-friendly, making it perfect for couples or families with dogs. There’s a good choice of countryside walks from the door, and the local village pub, the Black Lion, is just a short stroll away. The leafy outlook and lovely village location make The Whimsy a charming holiday destination for all seasons.

The cottage is on the edge of Blackfordby village. The closest town is Ashby de la Zouch, just three miles away and within easy walking or cycling distance if you'd rather not take the car. In addition to a choice of shops, including a market hall that's open six days a week and a monthly farmers' market, the town has restaurants, tea rooms and a 15th Century castle irreversibly damaged during the Civil War. Just outside of town (and in much better condition!) are the National Trust's Calke Abbey and, in Donnington-le-Heath,The 1620s House and Garden. The site of the famous Battle of Bosworth is about 10 miles away, where there is an award-winning visitor's centre, while the Bluebell Arboretum and nursery is much closer to home, being about two miles from Blackfordby.

You'll never run out of fun things to do. In addition to those listed above, local attractions include the Charnwood Forest Alpaca centre with its animal experiences and café, Staunton Harold Reservoir, Twycross Zoo, and the Conkers Waterside Marina. Explore on foot or hire a bicycle from Hicks Lodge and make the most of their off-road trails. Statfold Barn Railway is always a hit with children and train fans alike. Derby, Nottingham and Leicester are all within around half an hour's drive for a day of shopping and sightseeing, and Birmingham is not much further.

The cottage is on a quiet lane with fields on one side and very little passing traffic. It appeals to guests who appreciate being able to simply stroll down the lane to access countryside walks and rural views, yet is also perfect for visitors who enjoy having a choice of attractions and places to eat, drink and shop.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Sam Hinton joined Independent Cottages in September 2020

Enquire online / Phone:

Amenities / Facilities

  • Log Burner
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Pub Nearby
  • Golf Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • Enclosed Garden
  • DVD Player
  • Smart TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Electric Vehicle Charging

Location (Derbyshire)

Accommodation Comprises:

The Whimsy offers accommodation that is both stylish and practical for modern families. It is furnished and decorated to a very high standard throughout.


  • Huge windows in the living room make a fantastic feature of views over the garden and surrounding trees, and there is a glazed door that opens onto the terrace. At night, a modern log burner takes centre stage with its flickering warmth, and there is a comfortable sofa and armchairs where guests can relax and put their feet up to watch a film, read or chat.
  • Start your days with a lazy breakfast in the spacious kitchen/diner, where cupboards are equipped with all of the utensils and equipment guests need for a self-catering stay. A long bar provides plenty of seating for four people.


  • Master bedroom with a kingsize bed (which can also be a twin), bedside tables with reading lights and big windows with a leafy outlook.
  • Second bedroom with two single beds (which can also be a double), and bedside tables with reading lights.
  • Bathroom with a shower over the bath, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: The cottage has a private rear garden with a terrace, lawn and seating. There is off-street parking for two cars.

Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, sheets and towels are included. Departure cleaning is extra. Well behaved dogs are welcome for a surcharge and with the owner's prior agreement. Please enquire before booking. Short breaks are possible depending on availability. Smoking is not permitted.

The Whimsy Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Mon, 1st Apr 2024 - Sun, 30th Jun 2024
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 2
Short break prices:
2 nights: £150 - £190 | 3 nights: £225 - £265 | 4 nights: £300 - £340 | 5 nights: £375 - £415 | 6 nights: £470 - £490
Additional Notes: Minimum stay 2 nights. Cleaning is £95 (includes unironed linen, towels and a contribution towards the maintenance service, and heating bills).

7 Nights

2 Nights

Mon, 1st Jul 2024 - Sun, 22nd Dec 2024
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 2
Short break prices:
2 nights: £150 - £190 | 3 nights: £225 - £285 | 4 nights: £300 - £360 | 5 nights: £395 - £435 | 6 nights: £490 - £495
Additional Notes: Add £95 for end of stay cleaning, and £30 per dog (£15 for stays of 3 nights or less).

7 Nights

2 Nights

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (2 x King/Twin)
3 or more dogs welcome
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Paypal, Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +33 626 80 77 67 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Owner Area

Sam Hinton
Member Since September 2020

The Whimsy Noticeboard

Please note, prices shown here are indicative only, my rates fluctuate depending on the time of year and demand. Contact me for an accurate quote. There is a departure cleaning fee of £95. Dogs are charged at £15, per dog, per stay. Contact me if you have several dogs. I may discount the rate.

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The Whimsy 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 17th June 2024

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