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Peak District Cottages

Rivalling the Lakes, the Peak District has its fair share of lakes and reservoirs which add to the charm of this tranquil setting. Carsington Water is the largest and offers a wide range of water-based activities for all levels.

This is nature's playground at its very best and a superb setting for enjoying outdoor activities including walking, climbing, cycling, horse-riding, pot-holing, fishing and canoeing to name just a few. Rich in flora and fauna, the area attracts wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, who want to capture its pure natural beauty.

Where is the Peak District?

The Peak District is the oldest National Park in the British Isles and is located in Central and Northern England, making it one of the most frequently visited. Easily accessible, it provides a perfect environment for enjoying country living in the serene setting of the Derbyshire Dales. Read more

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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

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

53.177787, -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

53.268262, -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

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

53.068828, -1.636467

The Shiningford estate provides peace, privacy, and picture-perfect views. The holiday rental is spread across three beautifully converted buildings. The Manor House, Stables, and Tack Room sleep up to 35 guests in 16 gorgeous bedrooms. Five acres of grounds include manicured lawns, orchards and paddocks. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, two hot tubs, and two barbecue areas. It's an excellent venue for your self-catering holiday, hen weekend or family reunion. 

Weekly guide price:
£7260 to £12705
Short breaks from £1037 per night

35  |   16  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.054176, -1.683618

Standlow is on the edge of the Peak District National Park within walking distance from the Red Lion pub in Kniveton and only three miles from Ashbourne. It is perfect for walking, cycling and discovering favourite attractions including Chatsworth House and Alton Towers. The owners have transformed the lovely stone buildings into six stylish self-catering holiday homes which sleep from 4 to 17 guests and which can be booked together to accommodate large groups of up to 52 people. Each cottage is furnished to a high standard with guests having a private garden as well as shared access to the wider grounds and a fun games room.

Weekly guide price:
£1800 to £2400
Short breaks from £400 per night

8-10  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.205560, -1.668315

Ideally placed in a quiet area close to Bakewell town centre, this single level holiday home provides comfortable self-catering accommodation that is both child and pet friendly. A good base for exploring the Peak District National Park and the many attractions of Derbyshire.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £680
Short breaks from £75 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

53.315146, -1.819693

Spacious and stylish, The Cow Shed is an excellent choice for getting together with friends and family and centrally located close to Buxton in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Sleeping up to ten guests in five bedrooms, this welcoming holiday home is beautifully presented, has stunning views in every direction and a hot tub on the patio for relaxing at the end of the day. Perfectly placed, The Cow Shed is a mile from the Derbyshire village of Peak Forest with a pub for a pint or meal out.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner
Short breaks from £700 per night

10  |   5  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2

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

53.227960, -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

Lighthouse Barn

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 8th Mar 2024 for 2 nights, £2100Save £300"Sleeps 16 with Option of 3 nights if preferred at additional £300 Also option to sleep 20 guests at £2600 for 2 nights"
53.110886, -1.734236

The Peak District is the perfect place for your weekend getaway, reunion, hen celebration, yoga retreat, or corporate event. The Lighthouse Barn is a stunning property in an unspoilt and very private location, with its own long drive and huge secure tarmac car parking area for up to 20 cars, with dawn to dusk lighting. It has the flexibility of sleeping 16-20 guests in eight ensuite bedrooms when combined with Coach House (approx. 30 metres away). The beautiful multi-functional celebration or events venue has enviable panoramic views over the surrounding rolling fields with pretty stone walling typical of the Peak District.  Boasting high-quality fixtures and furnishings, and ample space for all your fun plans. Guests rave about the area, how welcoming the property feels, and how easy the owners made it to plan their special occasion with a large group of family and friends.  Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£3200 to £5500
Short breaks from £950 per night

20  |   8  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star

53.110886, -1.734236

Stay in a traditional Peak District farmhouse with an AGA, two log burners and an open fireplace. The Farmhouse and Annexe at Uppermoor Farm sleep 20 people in nine beautiful bedrooms, four reception rooms, fantastic self-catering amenities, and unforgettable views. It's wonderfully private, is set amongst 70 acres on a family-run farm 15-minutes from Ashbourne and within easy reach of favourite Peak District attractions, including the Tissington Trail and Chatsworth House. The big group holiday home is ideal for hosting a celebration, accommodating your wedding party or guests from out of town, or running a yoga or wellness retreat. 

Weekly guide price:
£4000 to £6500
Short breaks from £1250 per night

20-24  |   11  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Fenns Barn

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 22nd Mar 2024 for 2 nights, £520Save £100"Use of the wood fired hot tub is an additional cost. Mid-week stay is £550, week stay £600"
53.106851, -1.881382

Fenns Barn is a superb barn conversation with space for up to seven people to sleep in three bedrooms with a layout that suits families and friends, located on Fenns Farm in the beautiful Manifold Valley in the Peak District National Park. There are footpaths and cycling routes from the door and an excellent pub half a mile away in Butterton. It's perfect for a holiday at any time of the year as it is within easy reach of favourite attractions that include Chatsworth House and Alton Towers, and picturesque towns like Bakewell and Buxton. 

Weekly guide price:
£638 to £1100
Short breaks from £170 per night

6+1  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

53.027400, -1.735002

A cosy home from home sitting on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire borders on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Enjoy the space of self-catering, the facilities of the holiday park for entertainment, and an abundance of attractions close by. Walking distance to Ashbourne and twenty minutes to Alton Towers by car.

Weekly guide price:
£460 to £790
Short breaks from £117 per night

2-5  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.013754, -1.730501

Rose Cottage is in the beautiful Peak District village of Ashbourne, close to the National Park and within walking distance of shops, cafes, pubs and other amenities. It sleeps five people in three bedrooms and is ideal for families. The fantastic Tissington Trail starts in Ashbourne, connecting visitors to the Pennine Bridleway and the High Peak Trail. It's a superb area for walking and cycling, with many stately homes, including the magnificent Chatsworth House. Alton Towers is 10 miles away, and other places like Bakewell, Buxton, Gulliver's Kingdom and Carsington Water are all only a short drive from the holiday cottage. 

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £1500
Short breaks from £137 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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

Holiday Cottages in the Peak District

Where to Stay in the Peak District

Bustling market towns and pretty little villages nestle amongst beautiful countryside offering farmer's markets, independent shops, country pubs and restaurants. Some of the most popular towns include Bakewell, the picturesque riverside market town, the spa town of Buxton, host to many festivals and events and Ashbourne, a fine old market town with interesting shops and antiques. The cosmopolitan city of Derby offers buzzing nightlife and beautiful little villages such as Ashover and Matlock Bath offer a taste of country living in the Derbyshire Dales.

Peak District Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in the Peak District, you can find all the information you need for your trip here. For more tips, check out our complete Peak District Guide.

When to Visit the Peak District

Each season in the Peak District brings its own unique magic. From the warmer sunny days of summer to the milder, blue skies of spring and the frosty, cold winters. Whatever the weather, you will be sure to find plenty of interesting things to do all in a beautiful setting.

Summers in the Peak District offer a mix of mild and warm days, with infrequent hotter days. There is also more daylight throughout summer, so you get more time to explore the great outdoors. Temperatures average around 20°C, making it a pleasant and comfortable time to visit.

The Peak District in spring is utterly breathtaking, with an array of spring flowers popping up all over the gardens and countryside. This is an excellent time to visit for those seeking to get active in the outdoors as the temperatures drop to around 14°C, making for comfortable hiking weather.

Winter in the Peak District is utterly magical. You will find frozen landscapes at every turn, festive lights illuminating the quaint towns and villages and numerous Christmas markets scattered throughout the county. Get cosy by the fire, or bundle up and head outdoors to witness the snow-capped peaks and brisk winter air. Temperatures average around 5°C in the Peak District during this time, so be sure to pack plenty of warm clothes.

What to Do in the Peak District

Family attractions in the Peak District are plentiful (see our things to do in the Peak District guide for more info) – take a ride on a steam train or a cable car up to the Heights of Abraham where you can admire the view and explore the show caves. Spend a day in a country or wildlife park or learn about mining methods and discover the network of caverns that run under your feet at Temple Mine. Alternatively, enjoy a fun day at a theme park with Gulliver's Kingdom for the children and Alton Towers for the older kids!

How to Travel to the Peak District

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

London: 168 miles

Birmingham: 54 miles

Glasgow: 236 miles

Liverpool: 48 miles

Bristol: 148 miles

Manchester: 24 miles

Leeds: 31 miles

Edinburgh: 246 miles

Newcastle: 129 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to the Peak District. Its excellent public transport links mean you can journey by train or bus from many 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

Rich in heritage, the Peak District has an abundance of fascinating historic sites to visit. Discover prehistoric rock art or visit the ruins of the Norman Fortress, Peveril Castle. Romantics will fall in love with Bolsover Castle and Chatsworth House and Gardens. Or be intrigued by the mysterious stone circles at Arbor Low and captivated by the Peakland traditions and customs that are evident wherever you go.

Peak District FAQs

  • What is the nicest part of the Peak District?

The Peak District is brimming with beautiful places. From its multiple lakes to its mighty peaks, there is beauty no matter where you look. However, Hope Valley is known to be one of the nicest parts of the Peak District. Its incredible views over winding rivers and tall peaks make it a breathtaking sight to visit.

  • What is the Peak District known for?

The Peak District is widely known for its incredible walking routes, impressive lakes and multiple towering peaks. However, it is also renowned for its cave offering, with its deepest cave being over 400 metres below the surface.

  • Is the Peak District expensive?

When deciding to visit the Peak District, you can make this trip as expensive or inexpensive as you choose. If you aim to spend most of your time outdoors, hiking up to the numerous peaks, then you will find your visit to be much cheaper. However, if you plan to visit the many towns in the county to enjoy delicious food in cosy pubs, or perhaps shop in the many small, local stores, your stay here will be more expensive.

  • How many days do you need in the Peak District?

The great thing about the Peak District is that you can visit for a short weekend break, or a longer stay and still have much to do and see. If you plan to wander around the stately homes, check out the many walking trails and stroll through the quaint towns, 3-4 days should be enough time. However, if you choose to extend your stay, you will have plenty of things to do, all as impressive as the next.

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