Photo credit: Derwent House in Matlock. Sleeps 12. Click on the title to View Chatsworth House - A Derbyshire Landscape

Derbyshire

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.

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The Malthouse is a luxury 9-bedroom self-catering Derbyshire apartment in Arkwright's historic Cromford Mill near Matlock Bath. This luxuriously furnished Peak District apartment in Cromford sleeps 18 guests and is perfectly suited for large families of groups of friends.

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Take a wonderful family holiday to South Derbyshire and enjoy your stay at Mill Farm – The Farmhouse, a pretty child-friendly cottage perfect for up to 10 guests seeking a countryside escape, set amidst extensive gardens with five bedrooms, snooker room, hot tub, and two sitting areas.

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7

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.

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A charming chapel conversion near Claycross in Derbyshire, sleeping up to four people in two bedrooms.

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Manicured gardens & open countryside surround Ardsley Cottage, a stylish rural cottage at Longford Hall Farm in Hollington. The elegant cottage sits among the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales & features spacious grounds with lovely views, contemporary comforts, seclusion, serenity and a hot tub.

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South Lodge is a luxurious rural cottage surrounded by the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales. Sitting on spacious grounds, the detached cottage in Longford sleeps 4 and possesses immaculate gardens with beautiful views, a hot tub and fresh air, plus an interior boasting beam and a cosy log fire.

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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.

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Dovedale Lodge offers comfortable accommodation for up to four guests in the quiet Peak District hamlet of Blore, Derbyshire, a charming countryside cottage on the grounds of the Old Rectory featuring French furnishings, modern well-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, and fabulous views.

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Memorial Cottage lies a short walk from the centre of the Peak District village of Eyam, Derbyshire, a stone-built romantic cottage perfect for couples seeking a holiday retreat amidst marvellous moors, featuring a handcrafted oak kitchen, wood-burner stove & two bedrooms with elegant features.

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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.