Derbyshire Holiday Cottages
For Derbyshire self catering cottages, see the companies featured below. They've been arranged in ascending order, according to the amount of Derbyshire properties
they offer. All have a wide range, that are situated throughout the county. Visit the sites for news of deals and availability.
Cottages 4 You
- About 100 Derbyshire holiday cottages
, in places like Markeaton, Belper and Pentrich. There's also another 200 in the Peak District section Their selection of self catering cottages are located throughout the county and are all individually inspected.
- More than 170 Derbyshire cottages
and Peak District self catering properties. Week-long breaks can be arranged for as little as £200 during low season with prices rising significantly during the summer and spring months.
Holiday Rentals -
Over 160 cottages in Derbyshire and The Peak District, from Holiday Rentals. They're varied collection includes luxurious modern holiday cottages to traditional beamed-ceiling properties. User reviews are included for certain cottages - rates start at £250 p/w.
Premier Cottages -
70 Derbyshire cottages properties in Derbyshire and the Peak District. They can be found in towns like Buxton, Ashbourne and Parwich. Many have received awards for location, standards and accessibility - all are inspected regularly.
Derbyshire is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in all of the UK. From the picturesque grandeur of the Peak District in the North, to the more tranquil, rolling wheat fields in the South, Derbyshire is a region of timeless splendour. There are countless opportunities for escape and relaxation in this charming county.
In addition to the afore mentioned Peak District
, Derbyshire offers the visitor a rich array of idyllic settings. The Dove and Trent Rivers meander their way through a colourful, plush landscape that includes the villages of Marston on Dove, Ashbourne
The Seven Sisters
and Monk's Bridge date back to the 13th century and are magnificent reminders of this region's past. Derbyshire also has a notable industrial history that played a key role in the Industrial Revolution. Little remains of this heritage with its landscape bearing considerably fewer scars than that of other neighbouring counties.
However, the towns of Repton and Melbourne indicate a more ancient history through Anglo-Saxon architecture and 14th century castles.
on the outskirts of Repton is popular amongst walkers and offers attractive wooded scenery. In addition, the town of Bakewell,
one of the jewels of Derbyshire, is notable for its gabled cottages and country houses. See the guide below, which details popular Derbyshire visitor attractions, entertainment and activities.
Derbyshire visitor attractions
Visitors will find a wide range of visitor attractions, entertainment and outdoor activities in the county of Derbyshire. We've included a summary of the most notable below, with details of admission prices and entry times.
Derby Aero Club and Flying School offers flying training and aircraft hire, which allows visitors to appreciate the impressive countryside from the air. 1/2 hour lessons cost around £70 and there's also a pilot's shop selling aviation related items such as logbooks, pilot guides and books. Paragliding
is also provided by Parapente who run lessons, courses and hands-on practical sessions. See the site for more information.
situated just outside Derby, offers paintballing and quadbiking which uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment for both pastimes. Bookings can be made online and prices vary from £50 for all-day paintballing and £55 for 15 miles, go karting. Alternatively, try Formula One Indoor Carting
in Burton-on-the-Wolds. They have 200cc karts, an impressive course that includes a flyover with bridge, computer lap timing and podium presentations. Opening times are 12pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday.
Food and drink
The Orangery Restaurant at Shottle Hall
serves contemporary European cuisine, sourced from local suppliers and made from local ingredients. Dishes are kept simple but are no less impressive and feature Derbyshire lamb and spiced monkfish tail. It's open from 10am to 9pm and courses average at about £45 in price.
Two-course fixed lunches are between £16 and £20. For modern British food, try Rowley's in Baslow
. The one-time country pub has been renovated and converted into a bar and restaurant. The menu is a blend of contemporary and traditional and includes dishes such as steak and black pudding. Children are made welcome with their own menu and course begin in price at around £14.
Ye Olde Gate Inn
dates back to the 17th century and is said to have been built from materials salvaged from the stricken Amada fleet. The interior consists of old oak beams, stone-tiled floors and a cast-iron log burner. Beers and ales sold include Marstons Pedigree, Hobgoblin and a selection of guest ales. Visitors will also find an excellent pub menu which specialises in traditional pub fare.
The outside garden area is also suitable for families and pets. The George
in Alstonefield is an 18th Century coaching inn, popular with ramblers and hikers. It's been run by the same family since the 1960s and the interior is classically furnished. It offers an excellent range of beers and guest ales as well a pub menu that changes according to season. The George also has a large beer garden which is well-suited to families and pets.
History and Culture
Ashby-de-la-Zouch Castle was the setting for the famous jousting scene in the book Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott. It includes a 24 metre high tower that can be climbed by visitors - the views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside are particularly inspiring. Opening times are 10am to 5pm.
Other castles worth seeing are Peveril Castle
and Bolsover Castle. Crich Tramway Village
in Matlock is also a popular destination and is a well-restored period village which is home to the National Tramway Musuem. Visitors will find exhibitions, vintage tram-rides and a woodland area for picnicking.