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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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53.155553, -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

53.033699, -1.725349

The current Ashbourne Hall is modern compared with the original medieval house. Dating from the 1780s, this spacious Georgian manor overlooks Ashbourne Park and sleeps 22 guests in 10 luxurious bedrooms. It's ideal for a holiday with your extended family, hen parties, and work functions. The property is on the edge of the Peak District, a short stroll from Ashbourne's superb bars and restaurants.

Weekly guide price:
£3990 to £5200
Short breaks from £1000 per night

22  |   10  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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

53.092794, -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

53.211546, -1.683032

We are Ideally located for exploring the Peak District.  10 minutes drive to Chatsworth house and close to the Monsal Trail.  Welcome pack included with every booking, along with most essentials needed for a relaxing break away.  Private secure garage parking for 1 car (further parking available on the roadside) .  Quaint garden area with seating.  Pub and shop within 1 mile.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £875

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

53.533436, -1.689984
Weekly guide price:
£2455 to £3240
Short breaks from £975 per night

16 +  |   8  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.256682, -1.789869

The perfect marriage of traditional charm and stylish comfort, the Wriggly Tin is a unique holiday home providing large groups with plenty of space, peace and tranquility in a simply stuning position within the Peak District National Park. Nestling between Buxton and Bakewell in the Derbyshire village of Miller's Dale, there is a village pub a short walk away and super opportunities for walking and cycling.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1400
Short breaks from £180 per night

9  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

53.211546, -1.683032

A light, spacious and contemporary three bedroomed cottage, within 10 minutes walk of Bakewell town centre.  We are Ideally located for exploring the Peak District.  10 minutes drive to Chatsworth house and close to the Monsal Trail.  Welcome pack included with every booking, along with most essentials needed for a relaxing break away.  Private parking for 3 cars, large private patio area, and benches at the top of the garden with fabulous views over the Peak District.  Pub and shop within 1 mile.

Weekly guide price:
£800 to £1100

6  |   3  |   No  |   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

53.268262, -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

53.082421, -1.571823

Fabulous holiday house for large group holidays on the edge of the Peak District National Park and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and wine bars. Agricola House can sleep up to 14 guests in seven beautiful bedrooms and boasts an enormous kitchen, a spacious sitting room and a cinema room, as well as a private courtyard with a barbecue. The recently refurbished house was designed to make it easy for guests to socialise and have fun. It's high-quality amenities and a fantastic location make it the perfect choice for hen weekends, a holiday with friends, or a memorable Christmas with your extended family.

Weekly guide price:
£3595 to £3975
Short breaks from £922 per night

14  |   7  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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:
£693 to £1100

4  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   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

53.069200, -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

53.218246, -1.680607

You don't have to decide between town and country when you stay at 3 Riverside Cottage. The pretty period cottage is only a short walk from the centre of Bakewell, yet close to the beautiful countryside that attracts countless visitors to the Peak District National Park every year. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Buxton and Alton Towers are all within easy reach of this pretty period cottage which comfortably accommodates up to six people in three bedrooms and is ideal for couples and families.

Weekly guide price:
£995 to £1350
Short breaks from £195 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   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

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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