The View From Lees Farm, Priestcliffe in Derbyshire.

Peak District

 

The Peak District National Park straddles Staffordshire and Derbyshire and offers a wealth of outdoor activities for the intrepid (and more sedate) explorer. Known as ‘The Peak District or ‘The Derbyshire Dales this is a beautiful region in which to take a short break or longer holiday. For holiday ideas, view this splendid choice of self-catering accommodation in quaint, cosy Peak District cottages. Some of these are in historic towns such as BuxtonBakewell and Matlock, while, for a real rural escape, there are plenty of remote moorland cottages or farm cottages from which to choose. 

Being in the Midlands, this is a great location for large family gatherings or reunions. Unsurprisingly therefore, the region is nicely blessed with a wide choice of large holiday cottages. If you like walking or cycling, there are miles of stunning hills, valleys and trails. There are plenty of cycle paths such as The Monsall Trail to explore on your own or with friends, family or just the dog (you’ll find plenty of dog-friendly cottages within this Midland walkers paradise). Go underground and explore the [Peak Cavern](http://peakcavern.co.uk/ (known locally as The Devils Arse! Alternatively, to ensure you don’t miss anything, try many of the Peak District Ranger-guided tours.

 

Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5

Don’t let the unassuming stone exterior of this large Peak District holiday cottage fool you. Walk inside Goldcrest, this former 17th-century farm barn in Meerbrook near Leek, Staffordshire, and admire how the interior skillfully blends the original character with contemporary styling. Sleeps 12.

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Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
9

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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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Pastures Barn is a beautiful stone-built conversion sitting on lush grounds in Leek, Staffordshire. The pet-friendly cottage offers an escape, as well as a hot tub, a wood burner, a sauna, spacious gardens, a games room, contemporary comforts and proximity to the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

The Shearing Shed is a sleek rural cottage with beautiful rural views over the Peak District. The pet-friendly cottage sits on an alpaca farm near Flash, the highest village in Britain. It boasts a log burner, an open-plan design, a spacious patio, various farm animals and lots of fresh country air.

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Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5

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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Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
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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4
Bedrooms
2

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

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6
Bedrooms
3

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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Enjoy a ramble with a Derbyshire Dales expert knowing you won’t get lost and have all your questions answered along the way. A Peak District cottage holiday doesn’t have to be about walking the hills. From Chatsworth House and Alton Towers to the Blue John Caverns and the Heights of Abraham, the Derbyshire Dales offer a wide choice of adventurous and relaxing days out.

For other active holiday options, consider booking a luxury Peak District holiday cottage with a hot tub, swimming pool or games room. Trips to some of the beautiful Peak District villages such as Ashford in the Water (known as the Peak District’s Little Venice), Whaley Bridge and Fritchley are a must and a great way to enjoy all the area has to offer.

Take a trip to the market town of Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District. Like many of the market towns of the Derbyshire Dales, the variety of pubs, shops and restaurants makes this charming town a great place to visit. You can always try some of the famous Bakewell Pudding while you’re there. While Bakewell is known for its pudding (or tart), the little village of Winster is known for its pancakes, in particular, its Pancake Race, which runs the length of its main street every February on Shrove Tuesday.

Nearby Bakewell is the famous Spa town of Buxton, which is most famous for water but is also well worth a visit to enjoy the old streets and pretty shops. For those interested in architecture there’s the Devonshire Dome - it’s the largest unsupported dome in Britain. It is bigger than the one in St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

My Favourite Holiday Cottages has a beautiful collection of Derbyshire cottages scattered throughout The Peaks in such picturesque towns and villages as Hope Valley, Bakewell, Castletoun, Buxton, Matlock and Matlock Bath.