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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in the Derbyshire Dales your home away from home

Lying between the Amber Valley and the High Peak of Derbyshire, the Derbyshire Dales are one of the loveliest unspoilt areas in England to stay. The area offers a host of things to do and the small villages and market towns close by are a hive of activity. The best known towns are Matlock, Bakewell and Hathersage, home to Charlotte Bronte. The attractive villages of Tissington, Osmaston and Hartington are delightfully unspoilt to visit.

Things to Do in the Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire Outdoor Pursuits

With so much scenic countryside right outside your door, there are host of activities to enjoy from your Derbyshire Dales holiday home. Walking, hill walking, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, caving, fishing, kayaking and can all be enjoyed in this unspoilt area.

Shopping

As well as a host of gift shops in each local village, the Derbyshire Dales have many factory shops. John Smedley is known for its fine knitwear and bargains can be found at the factory shop in Matlock. Denby Pottery is another great place to pick up "seconds" or head for the Peak Village shopping centre in Matlock which has 20 discounted retailers.

Ride a Historic Tram

The Crich National Tramway Museum offers endless trams rides (included in the price of admission) on the fleet of historic electric trams. The museum is set in a quaint village with a pub, old fashioned sweet shop and a tram depot. It also offers spectacular views across the Derbyshire countryside.

Places to Visit Near the Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire Matlock Bath

The spa town of Matlock Bath lies on the River Derwent, close to the busier centre of Matlock. Shopping and dining can be enjoyed in the area or visit the Heights of Abraham, with its underground caves and cable cars which give great views from the top of Masson Hill.

Bolsover Castle

The 12th century superbly maintained Bolsover Castle offers an interesting day. An audio guide is available telling the life of the owners and the history of the castle with its elaborate fireplaces, panelled rooms and ornate wall paintings. The Venus Garden has a restored fountain with 23 statues and the original indoor Riding School can also be seen.

Cresswell Crags

Cresswell Crags are set in a limestone gorge which is honeycombed with caves and crevices dating back to the Ice Age. This unique site is the only known example of Paleolithic cave art in Britain.  

Weather in the Derbyshire Dales Derbyshire

The Derbyshire Dales enjoy warm summers and fairly mild winters with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. Snow is common on the higher ground. Temperatures in August average 21°C (70°F) and the area has moderate rainfall throughout the year and can be cloudy.

Travel to the Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire

The nearest airport to the Derbyshire Dales is the East Midlands (EMA) Airport. A car will then be required to reach your holiday home in the Derbyshire Dales. Trains frequently run to Derby from all over the country and offer a convenient way to reach the area. For those who want to drive, the Derbyshire Dales are easily reached via the M1 to the east or the M6 to the west.

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                                                                                            Fantastic place to stay, home from home.

                                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                                            Wow! What a beautiful place, very clean, very comfortable, the beds were especially so, just could not fault it. Owners made us feel very welcome, were there if you needed them, but not intrusive in any way. Loved the fact that the tramway museum is at the back, sat outside listening to the" ting ting " of the trams, ( this is not intrusive in any way, and can not be heard inside the property). The bedrooms are smaller than we expected, but this did not spoil the wonderful time we spent there. I would recommend this property for couples or a small family with young children.There was three of us, and it was perfect. The shop in the village centre we found to be fantastic, we could buy all we needed without having to travel miles to the nearest supermarket. We are hoping to stay again in the near future. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to stay in the area.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                            A little bit of Heaven

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                                                                                            Having returned to this little gem over a period of twenty four years, we can only add that what brings us back again and again is the peace and quiet, the views from the large windows and a sense of unwinding. The fact that you can stretch your legs immediately you come out of the front door and venture out into the countryside is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the many attractions to what this property has to offer. Aim to walk for breakfast at Ilam Hall and you'll be blown away by the resulting views. This has set us up for many a wonderful day. Now all we need to do again is try and encourage Vanessa, the owner, to sell us this wonderful holiday home!
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                            Great cottage in a lovely village

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                                                                                            We had a very comfortable stay here and Ellen couldn't do enough to make sure we were comfortable. Thank you!!
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2016