English Tourism Council 5 Stars Gold Award 2015
Billy's Bothy is a beautiful brick Derbyshire self catering cottage in a quiet rural location surrounded by large landscaped gardens and pastureland, peacefully grazed by cattle and sheep and our cute donkeys and cheeky chickens- the perfect place to relax! Located just 1 mile from the historic market town of Ashbourne at the edge of the magnificent Peak District.
This large luxury Derbyshire cottage is suitable for large groups, parties, special celebrations, family holidays and hen parties.
Restored to an exceptional standard, with beamed ceilings, revealed brickwork and oak floors, giving character, charm and a cosy glow throughout.
The ground floor has 3 en-suite bedrooms, 2 double and 1 twin plus the option of 6th en suite annex bedroom.All 5/6 bedrooms are en suite with underfloor heating.
A magnificent oak staircase leads to a very well equipped galleried kitchen on the first floor.The kitchen has a halogen double oven cooker, slow cooker, microwave,fridge freezer, cooler, dishwasher, washer and tumble drier. All hand made pine units are topped with granite and a Belfast pottery sink.
On this floor are two further en-suite bedrooms. There are also several sofa beds if required. All bedrooms have Tv,s and the lounge has a large flat screen smart tv. There is an ipod dock, and CD player and all rooms have wi fi.
The large dining room is a delight for wining and dining with friends and family and a large comfortable lounge with log stove will keep you warm and relaxed. French windows open onto a patio area with teak furniture, and fire pit BBQ;s and orchard with lovely views.
There are large landscaped gardens in which you can relax with an option to BBQ in different places, there are cast iron tables and chairs throughout the grounds for you to sit and enjoy the views.
Pampering and catering can be provided by arrangement, we have a sauna, hot tub and full size snooker table on site which can be hired by arrangement.
We cannot achieve wheelchair access but have designed the cottage so that all rooms needed for someone with limited mobility are on one level, accessible from the car park area via the patio doors avoiding all stairs.
We have a Seinnheiser hearing device, please book before arrival if required in order that it can be charged.
All utilities, wi fi, linen, towels, wood for the stoves and vat are included,the cottage has full oil central heating throughout.
Bring centrally located this cottage is the perfect base from which to enjoy all that Derbyshire and the Peak District has to offer.
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.