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7 Nights See prices

  • £472  to  £795

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£453 Mon, 18 Jul 2022
4 nights - Save £163 - Monday to Friday. Cottage sleeps 6.

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    3 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    3 (all year)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    No Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Star Rating

    4 Star

About The Orchards

The Orchards is a comfortable and welcoming holiday cottage on a family-run farm close to the village of Ilam in the Peak District National Park. It's near to some of the sights and attractions that make this a favourite year-round holiday destination. Being slightly off the beaten track means that you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the spectacular setting. It is far from isolated, being only 15 minutes from Ashbourne and even closer to Dovedale. The cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms with a layout that suits couples, families and friends.

Ilam is on the border between Derbyshire and Staffordshire in what is known as the White Peak area for its distinctive limestone outcrops. The landscape is perfect for walking and cycling, and there is a vast network of footpaths and cycling routes to enjoy. The village sits on the River Manifold banks, and local beauty spots include Bunster Hill, Thor's Cave, and Thorpe Cloud. You can walk from the cottage to Ilam Park's grounds, a beautiful estate managed by the National Trust with gorgeous gardens and woodland trails. The Dovedale Stepping Stones cross the River Dove around 2.5 miles from The Orchards, while other places to walk include Milldale, Wolfscote Hill and Biggin Dale. Cyclists can use the Tissington Trail, High Peak Trail and Manifold Trail, all of which cater for every ability. There is also a loop around Carsington Water, and the traffic-free Monsal Trail is easily accessible from Bakewell and Buxton, both around half an hour's drive from the cottage.

Places to visit during your stay include Chatsworth House and estate, Alton Towers, Haddon Hall, the Uttoxeter Racecourse, Trentham Gardens and Monkey Forest, and the National Memorial Arboretum. Browse the Monday markets in Bakewell, promenade through Buxton's beautiful Pavilion Gardens, or visit the Staffordshire Potteries. Visitors can play golf or go fishing, horseriding or caving. There's no limit to the fun you can have when you stay at The Orchards, no matter what time of the year you visit.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Vanessa Holland joined Independent Cottages in March 2021

Enquire online:


Amenities / Facilities

  • Open Fire
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Cot
  • Highchair
  • Pub Nearby
  • Bike Storage
  • Golf Nearby
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Microwave
  • CD Player
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Farm Stay

Location (The Peak District)

Accommodation Comprises:

The Orchards is a detached cottage surrounded by gardens and next to woodland on the owner's farm, where your nearest neighbours are horses in the adjacent field and sheep and lambs in the meadow outside the cottage window. Accommodation is all on one level although there are steps leading into the property.

  • Honey-coloured oak floorboards in the welcoming entrance hall set a lovely tone for the rest of the cottage. It leads into the comfortable sitting room where there is ample seating, a fireplace with an open fire, TV with Freeview channels and a DVD player, and seating for six people.
  • Far-reaching views from the separate dining room will have you lingering long over meals. The dining table has a stunning outlook over the owner's fields and the Manifold Valley from multi-aspect windows.
  • Crockery, glassware, cooking utensils and equipment are all in the fitted kitchen which also boasts incredible views. There is ample space to store groceries and prepare meals. A welcome pack of local treats is a lovely touch.
  • Master bedroom with a double bed, bedside tables with reading lights, and storage for clothes. As with all of the other bedrooms, it has beautiful views.
  • Twin bedroom with two full-sized single beds, bedside tables with reading lights, and storage.
  • Bunk room with full-sized bunk beds to accommodate children, big teenagers or adults. All beds are made up for guest arrival and bath towels are provided.
  • Tiled family bathroom with a shower over the bath, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: The cottage has a garden with lawn and outdoor seating so you can sit and appreciate the view in comfort. Bring binoculars to spot a mix of birds that include ravens, garden warblers and chiffchaffs. There is off-street parking with a garage that provides storage for bikes.

Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi (this can be slow), bed linen and bath towels are all included. An initial basket of logs is provided with more available to buy. A travel cot (no bedding) and a highchair are available on request. A 10% discount is offered to couples occupying only one bedroom. Short breaks (minimum of three nights) are available all year round, depending on availability. Smoking and pets are not permitted.

Star Rating: 4 Star

The Orchards Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Sat, 7th May 2022 - Fri, 27th May 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 28th May 2022 - Fri, 3rd Jun 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 4th Jun 2022 - Fri, 10th Jun 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 11th Jun 2022 - Fri, 8th Jul 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 9th Jul 2022 - Fri, 2nd Sep 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 3rd Sep 2022 - Fri, 21st Oct 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 22nd Oct 2022 - Fri, 28th Oct 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 Double, 1 Twin, 1 adult-size Bunk)
Sorry, the owner does not accept pets
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Paypal, Cheque, 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: +44(0)7973 772538 before paying by bank transfer.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Owner Area

Vanessa Holland
Member Since March 2021

The Orchards Noticeboard

WE NOW ACCEPT SHORT BREAKS - please enquire.

We are now FLEXIBLE on START DATES, just ask.

There are 7 STEPS TO THE FRONT DOOR of the cottage. INSIDE all rooms are ON ONE LEVEL.

10% DISCOUNT when just the two of you require only one bedroom (maximum 2 plus baby)

FREE WI-FI but it can be very SLOW due to our rural location.

Last Minute Offers

Mon, 18 Jul 2022 for 4 nights, £453
Save £163. Monday to Friday. Cottage sleeps 6.

Reviews and comments from our guests

The Orchards 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 24th May 2022

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