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.
Smalldale is a charming stone-built cottage situated at the end of a small terrace in the village of Bradwell in the Peak District. The pet-free, rural cottage blends traditional character with modern comforts and offers an open fire as well as garden spaces with views of the surrounding region.
8 Tawney House apartment occupies the first floor of the stone-built traditional house in Matlock. The rural apartment offers access to the village of Matlock and the wonders of the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales, plus furnished grounds and light and airy modern rooms with mullioned windows.
Birch Cottage is a large stone-built Peak District Holiday Cottage with shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool in Derbyshire. The cottage sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with beautiful views over the Hope Valley and is well-placed for large families of groups of friends to explore the Peak District.
Spa House is a period townhouse nestled in the spa town of Buxton in the Derbyshire Peak District. Renovated to a luxury standard, this delightful terraced six-bedroom home that sleeps 12 boasts chic contemporary decor, state of the art amenities and ample character for guests. Pets welcome.
Overbrook Holiday Barn is a large holiday cottage in Derbyshire, part of a beautiful Grade II listed 18th century farm on the edge of the village of Flash, near Buxton, located in a quiet rural valley in the Peak District National Park. Pets welcome. 4 bedrooms, sleeps 8. Wi-Fi.
Enjoy a romantic rural retreat in the Derbyshire Peak District at Hathaway Cottage, a stone-built cottage for couples on a working hill farm in the hamlet of Oilerbrook near Castleton. Enjoy majestic views of the countryside, comfortable accommodation, and easy access to the Pennine Way.
Family-friendly Pippenwell Cottage at Farditch Farm is a luxury Peak District holiday cottage amidst beautiful rural surroundings in Derbyshire. This dog-friendly cottage sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (1 en-suite) in a high-quality barn conversion.
13 Hope Road is a 3-storey terraced holiday cottage in Edale boasting a blend of traditional charm and modern refinement as well as stunning views over Edale and the Peak District Within easy reach of Derbyshire attractions such Blue John Cavern and Kinder Scout.
Rose Barn is an idyllic resting place for a family of four to lay their heads. With rural views of the stunning Derbyshire hills, this small country cottage with two bedrooms and one bathroom is a rural retreat for Peak District walking and cycling holidays in the hamlet of Sparrowpit near Buxton.
Romance resides at Sparrows Roost, a gorgeous rural cottage in Alderwasley, Derbyshire. The pet-friendly cottage features a stone exterior housing an interior that blends contemporary comfort with traditional charm. Bring the pet and enjoy a cottage with fireplace, style and countryside views.
Jasmine Cottage deftly combines traditional features with modern touches for the perfect Peak District holiday retreat near the village of South Wingfield, Derbyshire, a child-friendly countryside cottage featuring a waterfall shower in the en-suite bathroom and wood-burning stove.
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.
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.
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.