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108 luxury cottages and self catering accommodation in Central England. A range of superb quality cottages across Central England.

 
 
 
 
 

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Dartmouth House in Olney, Buckinghamshire, Central England

Dartmouth House, Olney, Buckinghamshire, Central England

Sleeps 13
Weekly prices from £868 to £ 2059

Self catering accommodation in Olney sleeps 13.

Features include: • Garden • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 13

Accommodation overview: Originally owned by the Earl of Dartmouth and situated in the Georgian market town of Olney, Dartmouth House has records dating back to 1745. A spacious and comfortable, stone-built property with the owners’ home close by, it can sleep up to twelve people. It has retained many of the original features - such as flagstone, wooden and quarry-tiled floors, beamed ceilings and fireplaces. The large, mature, south-facing, stone-walled garden is enclosed, and its beautiful aspects may be enjoyed in all types of weather when dining or relaxing on the large verandah, which is attached to the house.
Olney (situated on the River Great Ouse) is one of the most sought-after destinations in North Buckinghamshire and is within easy driving distance of Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, in an area with beautiful rolling countryside and many country and town attractions. Olney is located in the middle of England and Dartmouth House is handily set along a main road just 20 minutes from junction 14 of the M1 - making London very accessible. Olney itself has tea rooms, antique shops, boutiques and the William Cowper Museum and are all within easy walking distance of the property. A few minutes’ drive leads to Woburn Abbey, Castle Ashby and Bletchley Park. There is plenty to keep children entertained - from Gullivers World and Woburn Safari Park to the popular Whipsnade Zoo. For the more energetic, there are vast areas of outstanding walking and cycling country, including Salcey Forest and Emberton Park. Milton Keynes offers a different experience with its cinemas, excellent shopping, the Milton Keynes Theatre (the most popular theatre outside London) and a huge choice of sporting activites including the Snowdome. Shops 50 yards, pub 20 yards.

Large, beamed living room with wood-burning stove and flagstone-tiled floor. Spacious beamed dining room with original 18th-century wooden floor. Large, well-equipped kitchen with fitted units and quarry-tiled floor. One step down to utility leading to shower room with toilet. Six steps up to double bedroom with TV. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV. Twin bedroom with TV and additional Z-bed (alternative sleeping only). Four steps up from landing to two bathrooms with toilet, anti-slip flooring and heated towel rail; one with two wash basins. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV. All double bedrooms with 5ft bed.


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Darwin Lake - Hopton in Matlock, Derbyshire, Central England

Darwin Lake - Hopton, Matlock, Derbyshire, Central England

Sleeps 7
Weekly prices from £550 to £ 1284

Self catering accommodation in Matlock sleeps 7.

Features include: • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 7

Accommodation overview: Spacious stone cottages with fine facilities, in a beautiful, tranquil woodland setting...

In an idyllic setting in the Darwin Forest on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this group of holiday cottages enjoys a wonderfully peaceful location from which to enjoy the area’s great natural beauty. Built in traditional Derbyshire stone to blend effortlessly into their surroundings, they are set around the lake and surrounded by mixed woodland, an ideal habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. The cottages are modern and spacious, with comfortably furnished living rooms, several enjoying views over the lake, and an excellent standard of fixtures and fittings throughout, including superbly equipped kitchens. A central courtyard area creates a focal point, and each cottage has its own patio, as well as shared use of the nine acres of beautiful wooded grounds which include an enclosed, elevated woodland walk around the lake.
This peaceful spot is the perfect stopping off point for walking and cycling amid superb countryside, and a trekking centre just around the corner provides plenty of opportunity to explore on horseback. For the more adventurous, a whole host of outdoor pursuits is available nearby, including sailing, wind-surfing and canoeing on Carsington Reservoir, 13 miles away, while Derbyshire’s gritstone edges and deep caverns attract rock climbing and pot-holing enthusiasts.
The popular Derbyshire Dales town of Matlock is only 4 miles away, with a good choice of pubs, restaurants and shops. Among the attractions here are the Peak Rail steam trains, the Heights of Abraham pleasure grounds, reached by a cable car across the gorge, dramatic show caverns and Gulliver’s Kingdom. There is also a fascinating Lead Mining Museum and an excellent Tramway Museum at Crich, providing something of interest for everyone. A short drive away is the splendid Chatsworth House with its fine collections of paintings and furniture, and Haddon Hall in the beautiful Wye Valley. Village shop and local pub 2 miles.
Darwin Lake is the perfect place to get away from it all amid beautiful surroundings, and to enjoy the many attractions that make this region so popular. The attractive cottages at Darwin Lake are cosily heated, insulated and double glazed throughout, with fine co-ordinated furnishings, fitted kitchen, superb bathrooms and high quality fixtures and fittings. The countryside is especially beautiful in the quieter seasons, and this tranquil location is accessible from major routes – ideal for Short Breaks and for holidays at all times of the year. Shop 2 miles.


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Meadowside Cottage in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Central England

Meadowside Cottage, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Central England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £452 to £ 877

Self catering accommodation in Ashbourne sleeps 4.

Features include: • Internet Access • Easy Walking Access • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: This 18th-century Peakland stone barn has been converted and refurbished to an exceptionally high standard. It has its own large garden, and is set close to the owner’s home, surrounded by 40 acres of farmland. Dove Dale and the spectacular Manifold Valley are close by. Alton Towers 5 miles. Ashbourne’s fine country shops, inns and restaurants, 5 miles. Shops 1½ miles.

Refurbished sitting-room with electric ‘wood burner’ and doors to patio and garden. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom with four-poster bed (5ft), remote control colour TV and en-suite shower room (power shower), bidet and toilet. Twin bedroom and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet.


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The Cow Shed in Kingsley Holt, Staffordshire, Central England

The Cow Shed, Kingsley Holt, Staffordshire, Central England

Sleeps 10
Weekly prices from £681 to £ 1636

Self catering accommodation in Kingsley Holt sleeps 10.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 10

Accommodation overview: This large detached barn has been converted to a very high standard and combines a strikingly modern interior with the features expected in a barn conversion. Situated on a non-working farm and adjoining another residence, The Cow Shed enjoys a paved sitting area perfect for enjoying pleasant summer evenings. The large living area boasts a gallery and a wood-burning stove. The property also boasts a unique double bedroom with a very large bed and a walk-in shower in the bathroom. Kingsley Holt is an ideal area for Alton Towers and for exploring the great outdoors in the Southern Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands, one of Britain’s best kept secrets. Riding, cycling and walks are in abundance locally, especially on the Staffordshire Way and Tissington Trail. The Potteries with Trentham Awakes and the monkey park, Churnet Valley and Dovedale are all within 12 miles. Market towns such as Ashbourne, Cheadle, Leek, Bakewell, Stone and Uttoxeter are all a short drive away. Two steam railways, historic places of interest such as Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House, many industrial museums and potteries are all within easy reach. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Spacious modern living/dining room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. Large, well-equipped, modern kitchen with gas range (for cooking). Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two beamed double bedrooms, each with oak floor; one with 7ft bed. Further double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, one beamed. Beamed bathroom with walk-in shower, Victorian bath and toilet. Large bathroom with Victorian-style bath, toilet and trusses. Second spiral staircase from kitchen to first floor landing.


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Harthill Hall - Harthill Barn in Alport, Derbyshire, Central England

Harthill Hall - Harthill Barn, Alport, Derbyshire, Central England

Sleeps 16
Weekly prices from £1406 to £ 3811

Self catering accommodation in Alport sleeps 16.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Hot Tub • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 16

Accommodation overview: Take a beautiful Peak District National Park setting, just 3½ miles from Bakewell, add a historic hall (first recorded in the Domesday Book), and an ancient cluster of listed buildings converted to form superb holiday cottage accommodation....and the result is the captivating blend that is Harthill Hall. Nestling in 14 acres of grounds on an upland called Priest’s Hill with excellent walking available from the doorstep, the properties have the use of an extensive range of leisure facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, solarium and treatment rooms. Noble names have woven the threads of the hall’s long history including Henry de Ferrers, the Cokaynes and the Harthills. Henry VIII is also believed to have stayed at the hall.
It was here in 1259 that Sir Richard de Hartle was issued a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander II, allowing him to appoint his own chaplain. The chapel ceased its functions as a place of worship in 1546 and now takes the form of The Chapel and Hartle Cottage. The eight cottages are furnished with antiques and surround a medieval cobbled courtyard. They all retain a wealth of original features including thick stone walls, large oak beams, mullion windows and flagstone floors. Derbyshire’s bustling market towns, villages, hills, dales and rivers offer majestic scenery, and a rich variety of customs. Boasting a varied and beautiful landscape, they offer a blend of heritage, history and family attractions. The beautiful market town of Bakewell (3½ miles) is situated on the River Wye, crossed by a 13th-century five-arched bridge which has coffee shops and restaurants. Within easy reach are Matlock, Hall Leys Park, Chesterfield, Alfreton and Buxton. National Trust properties and gardens nearby include Riley Graves, Longshaw, Mam Tor, South Peak, Dovedale, Hardwick Hall and Kedleston Hall. Close by are both Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Games room with free wireless internet connection. Shop and pub 3½ miles.


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The Flint Mill in Consall, Staffordshire, Central England

The Flint Mill, Consall, Staffordshire, Central England

Sleeps 8
Weekly prices from £493 to £ 1346

Self catering accommodation in Consall sleeps 8.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 8

Accommodation overview: Set within Consall Forge Nature Reserve adjacent to the Caldon Canal, this former mill (one of a pair) dates back to the 1830s. Lovingly refurbished, this spacious holiday home retains its character with beams and vaulted barrel ceilings, alongside modern day comforts. The Churnet Valley Steam Railway runs through the reserve close to the mill, as does the Staffordshire Way and several marked trails. Chatsworth, 11 miles. Alton Towers, 7 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile along towpath.

Six steps to entrance: Living/dining room with electric fire and wooden floor. Kitchen with gas range and tiled floor. Double bedroom. Spiral staircase to lower ground floor: Games room with patio doors and vaulted ceiling. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Three beamed bedrooms with Velux windows; two double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, and one twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, toilet and Velux window.


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Grange Cottage in Biddulph, Staffordshire, Central England

Grange Cottage, Biddulph, Staffordshire, Central England

Sleeps 6
Weekly prices from £404 to £ 816

Self catering accommodation in Biddulph sleeps 6.

Features include: Short Breaks Non smoking Pub near by Luxury accommodation sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: On the doorstep of Biddulph Grange Gardens (NT) this completely rebuilt cottage boasts an extremely smart contemporary interior with superb furnishings. It enjoys lovely views over the local countryside and the adjacent woodland of the country park is ideal for walks. Many places of interest are nearby and it is in the enviable position of being centrally placed for great visitor attractions in Staffordshire Cheshire and Derbyshire. Little Moreton Hall Tatton Park Jodrell Bank the Peak District Chester and The Potteries are all in easy reach. Shops 4 miles pub 0.5 miles.

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Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceiling 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment toilet and sloping ceiling.

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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The Manor House in Alport, Derbyshire, Central England

The Manor House, Alport, Derbyshire, Central England

Sleeps 18
Weekly prices from £2875 to £ 4766

Self catering accommodation in Alport sleeps 18.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 18

Accommodation overview: In a beautiful Peak District National Park setting, 3½ miles from Bakewell, the magnificent 16th-century Manor House nestles in 14-acre grounds; entrance is via the formal Knott garden. It is set on an upland called Priest’s Hill with excellent walking available from the door and has use of an extensive range of leisure facilities (1hr per day private use) including a shared indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, solarium and treatment rooms. Shops, coffee shops and restaurants in Bakewell 3½ miles away.

Early beamed entrance/sitting room with open fire. Three steps down to study. Beamed living room with sofa bed (alternative sleeping for two adults) and open fire. Large beamed kitchen/dining room with dual fuel Range (for cooking), open fire and flagstone floor. Four steps to small beamed double bedroom with stained glass window and low ceiling. Steam shower room with toilet. First floor: Henry’s room: Double bedroom with four-poster bed, wood panelling, double mullion window and step up to en-suite shower room with toilet. Jemima’s room: Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link) bed, two additional chair beds (for +2 children under 8 years) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Chelsie’s room: Double bedroom with four-poster bed, wooden floor and step up to en-suite shower room with toilet. Sam’s room: Split-level double bedroom with two day beds (each for +1 children under 8 years) and en-suite shower room with toilet, low headroom on one level and steep stairs to glazed sitting area with double bed. Mum and Dad’s pad: Beamed double bedroom with exposed trusses, 6ft four-poster bed, child bed (for +1 child under 5 years), Calvari rain bath, double basin and toilet. All bedrooms with LCD TV.


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The Barns at Annie’s Meadow - Meadowside in Offcote, Derbyshire, Central England

The Barns at Annie’s Meadow - Meadowside, Offcote, Derbyshire, Central England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £341 to £ 594

Self catering accommodation in Offcote sleeps 4.

Features include: • Garden • Fishing near by • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview:

The Barns at Annie’s Meadow are three stunning barn conversions set in 6 acres of parkland which include a fishing lake, unspoilt woodland and daffodil paddock with fantastic views across and down the valley. Enjoying peaceful surroundings, these comfortable holiday homes provide the ideal base for exploring Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park. Single-storey Meadowside (ref REEO) is detached, whilst Woodside (ref REEN) and Lakeside (ref REEM) are ground floor and first floor wings of the same larger property. The area is popular with walkers and many walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep. Other activities available locally include cycling, horse riding, climbing, canoeing and water sports. Fishing in the private carp lake (for guests’ use only) and trout stream is available by arrangement with the owner (please note that no equipment is provided and barbless hooks are necessary). It is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with many species of waterfowl flying in and out of the parkland at various times of the year. Other species of birds include oystercatchers, heron, cormorants, owls, kestrels, woodpecker and even the occasional red kite flying over and a yearly visit from swans. Each property has its own seating area and there is seating all around the grounds from which to enjoy the scenery. Lakeside (ref REEM) also has use of the summerhouse. Located in the small parish of Offcote, the barns are just 2½ miles away from the market town of Ashbourne, which, apart from its historic buildings and cobbled market place, offers a good selection of shops and cafés. Other places of interest within driving distance include Chatsworth House, Carsington Water, Alton Towers, Churnet Valley Steam Railway and Bakewell, as well as NT attractions such as Kedleston Hall (9 miles), Dovedale which is great for walkers (7 miles), Haddon Hall and Sudbury Hall. Shop and restaurant 3½ miles, pub 2 miles.

Exterior stairs to first floor: Open-plan living/dining room with oak floor and kitchen area. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Full CH by air source heat pump
  • Washer/dryer
  • Enclosed patio with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)

  • Elec, bed linen and towels inc
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • M/wave
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Shared 6-acre natural and landscaped woodland grounds with furniture
  • BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Carp and trout fishing by arr
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • No children
  • NB: Unfenced lake and unfenced stream in grounds


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Bakewell Barn in Bakewell, Derbyshire, Central England

Bakewell Barn, Bakewell, Derbyshire, Central England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £424 to £ 887

Self catering accommodation in Bakewell sleeps 4.

Features include: • Internet Access • Pub near by • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview:

This holiday barn conversion, adjacent to the owner’s home, is in a great location in the heart of Bakewell and enjoys a quiet courtyard setting. Bakewell is an historic market town with high quality shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants and is surrounded by spectacular countryside. Chatsworth House, with its 100 acres of landscaped gardens, and Haddon Hall are both nearby. Other places of interest include Monsal and Lathkill Dales, both a short distance. Get active with cycle hire, walking, golf, swimming, a gym and tennis courts all available locally. Shop and pub 100 yards.

2 steps to living room with wood-burning stove, beams, vaulted ceiling and oak floor. Dining room with kitchen area and tiled floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail at cost
  • Elec, full gas CH (underfloor in kitchen), bed linen and towels inc
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Satellite TV (film and sports package)
  • iPod dock
  • M/wave
  • Washer/dryer
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Gas BBQ
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday


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Hathaway Hamlet in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Central England

Hathaway Hamlet, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Central England

Sleeps 3
Weekly prices from £342 to £ 595

Self catering accommodation in Stratford-upon-Avon sleeps 3.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 3

Accommodation overview: A famously historic location! This very pretty listed cottage is only 200 yards from Anne Hathaway’s beautiful and famous cottage. It is of similar style and period, much smaller and one of a group. Situated in the quiet village of Shottery, about 1 mile from the centre of Stratford, with easy access to the many and varied attractions of this historic town catering for all interests, and in a quiet setting away from the bustle. Historic Warwick, Kenilworth, Evesham and the Cotswolds are all close by. Shop and pub serving food ¼ mile.

Attractive and comfortable beamed living/dining room with large stone feature inglenook fireplace, TV/video and leaded mullion windows. Modern fitted, beamed kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Large double bedroom with 17th-century oak four-poster bed and beamed sloping ceilings.


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Lea Hall in Matlock, Derbyshire, Central England

Lea Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, Central England

Sleeps 20
Weekly prices from £4147 to £ 5195

Self catering accommodation in Matlock sleeps 20.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 20

Accommodation overview: Lea Hall is a Grade II* listed 17th and 18th-century manor house sleeping 20 guests in 10 en-suite bedrooms. The holiday property has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is set in the heart of rural Derbyshire. Located within the village of Lea, it has been sympathetically and stylishly refurbished by the owner who lives in a wing of the property, and extras such as fine toiletries and bathrobes are also provided. The drawing room with crystal chandelier, open fire, flatscreen TV and soft furnishings is the perfect setting in which to relax. The dining-room is set in the older part of the hall, which dates back to the 1600s, and has a wood-burning stove and seating for 20.
The parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway is steeped in history and Lea is recorded in the Domesday Book as Lede; the notorious Babington Plot of 1586 was planned at Dethick and Florence Nightingale spent much of her early life at Lea Hurst (and almost certainly lived at Lea Hall while that house was being built). The peaceful village of Lea offers visitors friendly pubs, tea rooms, restaurants and the famous John Smedley factory. Rural Derbyshire is a real treasure trove offering everything for the visitor including country houses, historic halls, medieval ruins, heritage railways, cycleways, beautiful unspoilt countryside and pretty villages. One of the closest attractions to Lea Hall is the Heights of Abraham. Built on the site of historic lead mining, the hilltop park is approached by cable car which rises up and offers some spectacular views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District. Visitors can tour the network of caverns and passageways left behind and explore the 60 acres of woodland hillside and buy souvenirs at the gift shop. Alternatively, for those who appreciate stately homes and gardens, magnificent Chatsworth House (3½ miles from Bakewell) is highly recommended, as well as Haddon Hall and Lyme Park, all of which have been film or TV locations over the years. Shop 1 mile.

Entrance hall with flagstone floor. Sitting room with wood-burning stove, original shutters and wooden floor. Three steps up to large, beamed, chandelier-lit dining room with inglenook, open fire and wooden floor. Beamed kitchen with tiled floor and dual fuel range (for cooking). Two steps down to beamed library with open fire. Separate toilet. Steps to vaulted cellar games room with small table tennis and billiard tables. First floor: Double bedroom (6ft bed) with en-suite bathroom (ball & claw bath) with toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft canopied bed and en-suite bathroom (ball & claw bath) with toilet. Second separate staircase to: Double bedroom (6ft bed) with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two double bedrooms (5ft bed), each with en-suite shower room with toilet. Second floor: Gallery double bedroom (6ft bed) with en-suite shower room and toilet. (own staircase access). Low doorway to double bedroom (6ft bed) with en-suite shower room and toilet (can interconnect with gallery bedroom by prior request). Low doorway to beamed double bedroom (6ft bed) with en-suite shower room and toilet. 8 steps up to two bedrooms: one four poster double (5ft bed) with slipper bath and toilet (low headroom), one double (6ft bed) with sitting area, sofa bed, slipper bath and toilet. All bedrooms have LCD TVs with iPod dock; nine beds are zip & link (can be twin by prior request).


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