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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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53.136497, -1.832115

Scaldersitch Farm offers an exclusive use hire package, perfect for groups of friends or family looking to enjoy a luxury location all to themselves. Luxury tipi and yurt accommodation comprises of superking beds (that can be split to twins if desired), extra singles can be added sleeping up to five guests per unit. Each accommodation has it's own log burning stove, tea and coffee making facilities, outdoor hot tub and seating areas and beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. All accommodation also has a private underfloor heated washroom in the main stone barn area

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner
Short breaks from £1875 per night

25  |   5  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

53.323293, -1.983426

Cloud Cottage is a charming 18th Century stone cottage in Whalley Bridge in the High Peaks. It's next to the owner's antique shop and tastefully decorated in a style that suits the age of the holiday cottage yet is practical and comfortable for 21st Century visitors. The cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is perfect for couples and families, especially those who love walking, cycling and mountain biking. Buxton is eight miles away, Castleton is 10 miles, and you can reach Chatsworth and Bakewell in half an hour. Cloud Cottage is within walking distance of shops, cafes and pubs, and available for bookings all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £595
Short breaks from £95 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

53.240631, -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

53.092794, -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

53.366354, -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

53.242663, -1.701369

Planning a memorable holiday or event deserves a spectacular venue like Bleaklow Farm. This gorgeous property is a few miles from Bakewell in an incredibly peaceful location with panoramic views. It sleeps 30 people in 15 beautifully presented ensuite bedrooms and feels more like a boutique hotel than a self-catering holiday home. There is a catering standard kitchen, huge barn for entertaining (or corporate events), multiple living areas, spaces to congregate and socialise and areas to unwind in peace. It's ideal for hosting wedding parties, celebrating milestone birthdays and events, or hosting team building sessions. 

Weekly guide price:
£14000 to £18000
Short breaks from £2500 per night

30  |   15  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.225401, -1.705060

The Carriage House is a beautifully furnished country holiday cottage tucked away on the grounds of Ashford Hall Estate in Ashford on the Water. It is a short walk from the village shop, a good pub and two cafes, two miles from Bakewell and five miles from Chatsworth House. There is plenty of space for six people to sleep in three ensuite bedrooms, making it an ideal choice for families or friends who want to walk, cycle, and eat their way around the Peak District. 

Weekly guide price:
£1890 to £2310
Short breaks from £275 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.075049, -1.569107

Hog Cottage is located a short stroll from the heart of the Derbyshire market town of Wirksworth on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park. Offering cosy self catering holiday accommodation for four guests, the cottage is an ideal base for exploring the areas many attractions and taking advantage of the outdoor activities available in this vast outdoor playground.

Weekly guide price:
£370 to £620
Short breaks from £90 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.355299, -1.773548

Shepherd's Cottage, a distinguished 5-star destination endorsed by Visit England Tourist Board, boasts two elegantly appointed bedrooms – one adorned with a regal king-sized bed, and the other featuring twin beds. The accommodations include two well-appointed bathrooms, with an upstairs facility offering a bath, basin, and WC, while a convenient downstairs shower room is equipped with WC and basin. Tailored for a comfortable stay for up to four guests, this charming cottage preserves the authenticity of its heritage with original old oak beams accentuating the bedrooms. The cottage ensures a cozy ambiance throughout, benefiting from full central heating, an electric log fire, and double-glazed windows. Entertainment is at your fingertips with a smart TV, Freesat, and high-speed Wi-Fi, enhancing the sitting room experience. The kitchen area is fully equipped with modern amenities, featuring an oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, and a convenient fridge-freezer. Your every need is anticipated and met. For added convenience, a dedicated laundry room provides a washing machine and tumble dryer, both available for your complimentary use. The cottage encompasses a private parking area, complemented by outdoor seating that allows guests to savor the breathtaking views spanning across the valley. Shepherd's Cottage invites you to experience a delightful blend of comfort and scenic beauty.

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

53.069200, -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

53.227960, -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

53.249714, -1.619916

A luxury 2 bedroom period stone holiday cottage, near Chatsworth House in the Peak District. Situated in the gorgeous village of Baslow, it sleeps 2-4 people and is ideal for walkers.  Perfectly located within walking distance of the village green, shops, pubs and an award winning restaurant. There are lovely walks from the door, including routes beside the River Derwent and and up onto Baslow edge. Bakewell and Buxton are also within easy reach, as are favourite attractions like Haddon Hall and Pooles Cavern. Hall Cottage is perfect for couples, friends or families with older children.

Weekly guide price:
£585 to £900
Short breaks from £113 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.106851, -1.881382

Foggs' Barn enjoys a picturesque location with footpaths and cycling trails from the front door. Formerly used to house the cows, the barn has been brought back to life as a stylish holiday home which sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms. Located in the Manifold Valley in the Peak District National Park, Foggs' Barn is half a mile from the Black Lion pub in Butterton and within easy reach of Buxton, Bakewell, Chatsworth House, Alton Towers, World of Wedgewood and other favourite attractions. The layout is ideal for families or friends. The owners also have a second, similar holiday home and the two can be booked together to accommodate extended families or group of up to 14 friends. 

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

53.116197, -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

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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