The Peak District National Park will always be the major attraction in Derbyshire. Here, visitors will find a rich mix of large and small Derbyshire self-catering holiday accommodation in which to enjoy a holiday at any time of the year. Most visitors opt to stay in a Derbyshire holiday cottage to enjoy the delights of the Peak District, whether on foot by bike or in a car. If walking this natural marvel is not enough, adventurous visitors can go potholing in limestone caves and climb down the Hope Valley. You might even try paint-balling at Wild Park Leisure in Ashbourne. If you fancy a swim, then why not book a luxury Derbyshire holiday cottage with a pool?
Culture lovers should head for the historic spa town of Buxton with its wonderful Opera House, Pavilion and grand Victorian architecture. Take time to visit Chatsworth House and Gardens near Bakewell with their beautiful lakes, cascading waterfall and views of rural Derbyshire. While Chatsworth is regarded as the best and most impressive of England's stately homes, the lesser-known but equally impressive Kedleston Hall, also located in Derbyshire near Quarndon, will give Chatsworth a good run for its money. Visit both and decide for yourselves!
Within the Peak District, walkers and cyclists will find some excellent trails such as The High Peak Trail or the Tissington Trail for exploring on foot or by bicycle. Some of these have been converted from railway lines closed by Dr. Beeching, now enjoying a new life as scenic trails through the Derbyshire Countryside.
Broadway Barn at Lydford Farm in the rural Peak District hamlet of Priestcliffe is a large high-quality holiday cottage lovingly created from converting a traditional Derbyshire barn. This pet friendly holiday home sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms (2 en suite), perfect for large or dual family holidays.
Caxterway is a pet friendly, luxury holiday cottage in the Derbyshire Peak District in secluded rural surroundings at Farditch Farm in Chelmorton. This large holiday cottage near Bakewell is a beautifully furnished barn conversion that sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms - one on the ground floor.
Barn Croft Cottage is a paradise for walkers and couples seeking seclusion and relaxation. The stone-built cottage in a picturesque village near Winster lies in an elevated position affording beautiful rural views over the Peak District. Truly a well-presented cottage for couples and pets.
Milkens Cottage at Endamoor Farm is a luxury Peak District holiday cottage located in glorious rural surroundings near Bakewell. It in Derbyshire that sleeps 4 very comfortably in 2 bedroom. This pet friendly cottage is perfect for walking or cycling holidays on the Tissington and Manifold Trails.
Rakes Cottage at Endamoor Farm near Buxton and Bakewell is a luxury Peak District holiday cottage in a beautiful, secluded rural location on a working farm. This stylish, comfortable Derbyshire barn renovation sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (both en-suite) and welcomes pets.
Nestling in the rural hamlet of Bottomhouse near Ipstones village, Bottomhouse Barn is a large and spacious 18th Century barn. It offers self-catering holidays to large families or groups of friends. This Derbyshire holiday home sleeps 15 and benefits from gorgeous rural views and a hot tub.
Set in a quiet residential area of Oakerthorpe Village, this cosy two-bedroom rural cottage is fully equipped, delightfully furnished, and perfectly located for holidays exploring the Peak District. You’re sure to love this cosy, quaint and modern Derbyshire cottage sleeping 3 in 2 bedrooms.
Lees Farm is a stone-built detached farmhouse surrounded by open countryside It captures stunning views to Priestcliffe and the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales. The pet-friendly cottage features country charm as well as modern comforts and ample grounds, open fires and rare rural seclusion.
Winster Hall is a Peak District beauty: A one-time 17thC coaching inn, the large Grade II listed, pet friendly holiday home now welcomes guests on a self-catering basis, sleeping 16 in 7 bedrooms in the rural conservation village of Winster in the Derbyshire Dales.
The Loft is a gorgeous Grade II listed detached cottage set on the open countryside near Millthorpe in the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales. Oozing tradition and charm, the pet-friendly cottage boasts stonework and original beams, as well as a billiard table and hot tub, plus style and serenity.
Truly embodying the rural surroundings, Garden Cottage is a semi-detached barn conversion, just on the edge of the hamlet of Sparrowpit within the Peak District. Set on a working dairy farm, the one bedroom countryside cottage offers a secluded, romantic getaway for couples amidst verdant fields.
Aunt Jane’s lies just outside of Winster, amid the beauty of the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales. The family-friendly cottage is also within easy reach of Bakewell, Matlock and Ashbourne and Alton Towers.
Pendleton Cottage is an undeniably cute romantic cottage in Alderwasley, Derbyshire. The stone-built, pet-friendly cottage enjoys seclusion and fresh country air and boasts a lovely garden, exposed beams and exposed stone walls, a wood burner and the opportunity to escape with your better half.
A beautiful hillside traditional stone built end terraced house in the Peak District village of Bakewell, River Cottage has been thoughtfully renovated to a high standard and sleeps up to four people. Pets welcome.
Enjoy the rustic beauty of Bay Tree, a cosy barn conversion in remote Turnditch, Derbyshire, that provides the perfect romantic retreat for a self-catering holiday in the Peak District. Pets welcome.
In the heart of the Peak District near Matlock lies Stubben Barn, a beautiful gem of a small holiday cottage with rural views. Two bedrooms, one bathroom and a beautiful garden ensure a family of four has the perfect place to return to rest and relax after a day of exploring the Peak District.
For a family friendly self-catering holiday in the Derbyshire Peak District countryside, the 2-bedroom Clematis Cottage in Baslow will sleep 4 guests in comfort after days out in the great outdoors. With a village shop next door and a pub nearby - what more could you want?
An historic Georgian property offering accommodation for groups up to 12. Derwent House provides 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, oak panelled dining room and large superbly equipped kitchen. Great venue for special occasions and meeting with friends and families. Ideally for exploring the Peak District.
The Mill Manager’s House is an elegant Grade I listed cottage in the Cromford Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cromford. Surrounded by the Peak District & Derbyshire Dales, the stunning rural property boasts wooden floors, an open fire, original windows and shutters, modernity & an ample garden.
Heath Cottage in the rural hamlet of Ollerbrook, Derbyshire, is the ideal High Peak romantic cottage for couples on holiday in the East Midlands, a stone-built barn conversion situated close to the owners’ farmhouse with cosy beamed living room and patio with lovely views of the countryside.
Moor Cottage at Endmoor Farm is a luxury holiday cottage for couples of all ages seeking a romantic rural retreat within the Derbyshire Peak District. Endmoor is a working farm between Bakewell and Buxton and Moor Cottage sleeps 2 in a high quality barn conversion. Pets welcome.
Going up: If you’d prefer another form of travel, then head for the beautiful town of Matlock Bath at the foot of a steep valley and take a cable car up to the Heights of Abraham. Going down: You don’t have to be an expert pot-holer to go underground: just visit the inspiring Poole’s Cavern, often referred to as Derbyshire’s ‘hidden wonder’.
There’s plenty for children to do as well, even if joining the family for a walk or cycle ride through the stunning countryside is not enough. Gulliver’s Theme Park at Matlock Bath will entertain them (and the young at heart) for hours. Alternatively, treat them to a workout on the Go-Ape ropes course near Buxton.
Visitors in the latter part of June will be able to enjoy a very local tradition, that of well dressing, when villages in Derbyshire decorate ancient village wells. This is a charming and pleasant way to pass a couple of days, especially if combined with a lunch in the many pubs, restaurants and tea rooms to be found in the locality. Return to your holiday home for a relaxed evening toasting crumpets by the fireside or eating al fresco on the terrace on a warm summer evening. Whether staying in the Peak District or elsewhere in this historic midland County, self-catering visitors will be delighted with the splendid choice of Derbyshire cottages to rent.