English Tourism Council 5 Stars Gold
Built in 1709 and listed as a building of historical interest, Hillside Croft is an exceptionally attractive detached self catering character cottage. Built of warm sandstone, with stone mullions and leaded light windows, original heavy oak beamed ceilings and Inglenook fireplaces with cosy log stoves, Hillside Croft is a delight. Whilst retaining all of its charm, it has been tastefully restored to provide a luxuriously furnished home of high standards and extreme quality, with every modern comfort.
Centrally located between the historic market town of Ashbourne and Mill Town of Belper it is the perfect base from which to explore all that Derbyshire and the Peak District have to offer. There are many things to see and do close by for all ages and many exciting activities. There are two pubs in the village just a 10 minute walk from cottage both serving food and many others in surrounding villages.
It has a separate lounge and dining room both of which have cosy log stoves for those cooler nights to compliment the full oil central heating. The lounge had a large flat screen Tv with Freeview and a DVD player, there is also an IPOD doc and CD Player. The cottages has wi fi.
The well equipped farmhouse kitchen is a delight, with handmade antique pine units and French Belfast sink double sink with granite and tiled worktops. it has a double oven with glass ceramic rings, a microwave, slow cooker one large fridge and a large fridge freezer. There is a dishwasher , washer and tumble drier. There are 2 high chairs available. There is a payphone available in the cottage.
It is set in over six acres of beautifully maintained cottage gardens with fenced ponds and adjoining pastureland, and is safe and secure for children, quiet, private and relaxing for those wanting peace and wonderful scenery. This cottage has its own private hot tub subject to terms and conditions of use. There is a built in BBQ, a second fire pit BBQ, chimera and patio furniture near the hot tub. There is also a shed on site for bicycles.
Within five beautiful cottage bedrooms, Hillside Croft sleeps 14+2 if required. plus 2 cots. Two of the bedrooms have LCD TV's. There are four double bedrooms and 1 twin. Within 3 of the double bedrooms are also 4 single beds. These are proper spring mattresses, but they are only 14 inches from the floor having been made to slide under the eaves. There are also 2 quality fold up bed chairs within the other two rooms, to be used by arrangement only.
There is 1 en suite shower room in master bedroom with WC and sink , 1 extra WC downstairs with sink and a large master bathroom which has a roll top bath, 3rd WC, sink and a separate walk in shower.
Catering and pampering can be arranged to make your stay special.
For our hen parties we have a list of 'activities' both at the cottage also close by to keep you entertained.
Visit us at Christmas or New Year when this cottage when decorated is outstanding.
All utilities, wi fi, linen, towels and wood for the stoves is provided.
This cottage is just over 1 mile from Carsington Water which has some lovely walks, cycle hire, restaurant and water activities and just 6 mile from Wild Park Leisure with quad biking, laser tag, paintball and archery- great fun onthe door step.
Our cottages are centrally located in the beautiful county of Derbyshire, close to the edge of the magnificent Peak District National Park with its heather covered moorlands and rocky outcrops. Walking the White and Dark Peak moorlands, climbing at Froggatt Edge or Matlock Bath is a challenge. Land here is a myriad of limestone walling around fields peacefully grazed by sheep and cattle. Everything mentioned here is but a short drive from our cottages. There are stone circles and burial mounds in this area.
There are over 30 reservoirs in Derbyshire. the most famous Ladybower and Derwent Water, during the 2nd world war, 617 Squadron practiced low level flying for the raid famously known as the Dambusters. There are many wrecks of planes to be found on the moors.
Derbyshire is a joy for walkers of all abilities. The county is covered in footpaths for you to enjoy.
Visit Castleton caves, Treak Cliff, Blue John Caves and jewelry shop, Peak Caverns, Speedwell Cavern explored by boat.
Steeped in history, this area has pretty limestone and sandstone villages, market and spa towns, and historic houses to visit, including Tideswell with its Cathedral in the Peaks, the picturesque Ashford in the Water and Hartington, Castleton, Hathersage, the historic market towns of Ashbourne and Bakewell famous for Bakewell Pudding.
Ashbourne’s church St Oswalds is worth a visit. The town has many ancient timber framed and Georgian buildings A picturesque town to explore,steeped in history, with hidden cobbled alley ways Full of cafes, restaurants,antique and art shops. The gateway to Dovedale and the start of the Tissington Trail. Cycles can be hired close by. June and early July each year is the Ashbourne Festival and is worth a visit. Ashbourne is home to the Historic Royal Shrovetide Football held on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday each year.
There are many sports to enjoy around Ashbourne with Quad biking, Archery, Laser Tag, Paintballing , Clay Pigeon Shooting, Hang Gliding and Paragliding. Motor Bike Racing at Darley Moor, Pony Trekking, Golfing, Tennis, swimming, and Fishing. Climbing, Caving, hot air ballooning are all available close by.
Buxton and Matlock Bath are Spa towns- Buxton is famous for the Crescent, and the former Devonshire Hospital. Visit Buxton Museum, the Pavilion Gardens and Pooles Cavern. Go Ape is at Buxton.
Picturesque Matlock Bath set in a steep gorge is famous for the Illuminations. If you like motorbikes then this is the place to stroll down on a Sunday. Full of gift and food shops next to the river Derwent. Here is the Heights of Abraham cable cars with a cave and shop, the Mining Museum and Gullivers Kingdom. In Spring visit the Rhododendron Gardens at Lea.
Lead mining was big influence in Derbyshire, the town of Wirksworth was a large lead mining community. Here you will find Black Rocks, with some fabulous views also the National Stone Centre, Mount Cook, Steeple Grange Light railway and the Middleton Top Engine House.
Cromford with Masson Mill shopping and a cotton museum and other mills sit along the Derwent Valley Unesco World Heritage site. The Derwent Valley Trail runs down the centre of Derbyshire where the amazing 7 storey Belper Cotton Mill stands. Next door are Belper River Gardens which are lovely to sit and relax in, boats can be hired. Cotton Mills follow the Heritage Trail down the spine of the county, wealth from these and the mines contribute to the quantity of large houses throughout the county.
Ones to visit in this area include Chatsworth House, with magnificent gardens, childrens play area, garden centre and farm shop, also the hauntingly beautiful Tudor country house Haddon Hall with its Elizabethan Gardens, Thornbridge Hall, Eyam Hall in the famous plague village of Eyam, Ilam, Tissington, Kedleston, Renishaw,Melbourne and Sudbury Halls. Calke Abbey, Pickford House, The Old Silk Mill and Derby MUseum and Art Gallery.
Derbyshire is home to the Derbyshire Dales, each of these scenic Dales are so very different and are a joy to walk along, enjoying the rivers, fisheries, caves, walks and cycle trails along them. These include most famously Dovedale just outside Ashbourne, Lathkill Dale, Beresford Dale, Bradford Dale, Monsal Dale, Manifold Valley to name a few.
Carsington Water sits between Ashbourne and Wirksworth, a lovely day out walking around the reservoir, cycles can be hired here. There are activities for children, climbing frames, water activity centre, bird hide, water activities with canoes and boats, shops and restaurant.
Nearby are Crich Tramway Museum and Midland Steam Railway, both an excellent day out. Visit Crich Stand a war memorial tower built for the Sherwood Foresters.
The Market town of Chesterfield is home to St Marys and All Saints Church with its Crooked Spire. Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall, Cresswell Craggs are closeby.
For fun then Alton Towers, Rollerworld, Ice skating and bowling are close by.