Boutique Country Cottage in Ashford in the Water!


  • A beautiful Grade II listed cottage, which started life as a Stocking Mill in the early 19th Century is ideal for couples or families of up to 4. 
  • Perfectly placed in the most picturesque village in The Peak District, Ashford in the Water, which is served by two well-regarded pubs and a village shop.
  • A luxury ‘bolt-hole’, which has been recently renovated, retaining beautiful features, it fuses traditional charm with a stunning contemporary take on the cottage theme .
  • Ideally located for Bakewell, Chatsworth and all the Peak District has to offer. Bring your walking boots for days out in the world-renowned hills or your bikes to make the most of the nearby Monsal trail.
  • After your day out exploring, snuggle up in front of the wood burner or, perhaps walk around the corner to one of the village country pubs to sample a local ale.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The newly renovated cottage is over three floors and has two generous sized double bedrooms both individually designed with an elegant mix of old and new.

The spacious first floor master bedroom has a King Sized bed with the main feature of the room being the beautiful restored original fireplace.

With stairs rising to the second floor, there is a further double bedroom with a standard size double bed .

Off the landing on second floor is the recently fitted light and airy family sized bathroom. Fitted with a modern suite comprising of a shower enclosure, separate bath, wash basin and wc.

Cooking and Dining

If you are not tempted to dine out every night in one of the Peak District's fine eating establishments, then you can cook happily in the fully equipped modern kitchen.

With a contemporary slate gray finish and gleaming work tops, the kitchen is is well stocked, with all the equipment needed for a self-catered holiday. The kitchen has an electric oven and hob, an abundance of cookware, pots and pans, microwave and crockery/utensils/glassware.

The cleverly designed flexible dining space has been added in the cosy lounge. The bespoke drop leaf dining table pulls up to provide enough seats for four.

Cosy Sitting Room

Decorated in a modern palette of grays and yellows and furnished with modern fabrics with a country style, this is a charming snug to curl up and relax in after a day out in the fresh air.

The toasty warmth of the log burner provides a focal point in the room, set in the restored ‘Grit stone’ fireplace, revealed during the recent renovations.

The TV and DVD player with Sky TV and WIFI help you keep in touch with the outside world (this is not obligatory!).

Downstairs WC with coat hooks.

Outdoor Space and The Peak District

There is a shared courtyard with a table and two chairs. The courtyard provides access to lockable bike storage for up-to two bikes and also access to the washer/dryer

Tucked away down a sheltered lane yet in the heart of the popular village of Ashford in the Water you can walk from you doorstep to two traditional pubs, a country hotel, a village shop and a delightful tea room.

The popular market town of Bakewell has a rich array of independent shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants is within a 2 mile drive or walk along the meandering River Derwent .

You are literally a short drive away from the most amazing of Peak District treats for you to enjoy - Bakewell (2 minutes), Chatsworth House (5 mins), Haddon Hall (10 minutes), historic spa town of Buxton (12 minutes) to name just a few .

From Bakewell you can jump onto The Monsal Trail which can take you all the way off road by foot or bicycle to Buxton with lovely cafes to stop off on the way. Alternatively, head off on foot in whatever direction takes your fancy with access to the most incredible walks and dramatic landscape the Peak District has to offer right from your door step.

Plenty of on street village parking.

Availability & Price

At Peak Venues, we understand how tricky it can be organising large group holidays, each and every booking has unique requirements and deserves individual attention. For this very reason, we choose not to offer on line booking. Our prices and availability are upon request via email or phone (we answer emails 7 days a week!). We know our properties inside and out and can offer advice to make sure you are booking the perfect venue so contact direct with our sales team makes sure that you get the information that you need to ensure a fantastic stay. Please contact us for more details.

What People Are Saying

Lovely, comfortable cottage. Perfect for a short getaway!

Millard, Dec 2016

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How To Find The Stocking Mill

The Stocking Mill is very easy to find. As you are looking at the village shop called Roberts on the corner of Church Street bear right up the hill onto Greaves Lane (sign posted Monsal Head). You will find Hall End Lane on your immediate right with The Stocking Mill the 3rd cottage on the left.

As Hall End Lane is a no through road, you may find it easier parking on Greaves Lane just a very short walk away.


The following comments are taken from the guestbook we keep for The Stocking Mill. Verbatim.

We've had the most lovely time staying in the stunning Stocking Mill. It has been perfect in every way. We will definitely be returning to stay again. Thank you so very much.

Billings, Sep 2017

Beautiful cottage, fantastic weather, great walks and lovely pubs. What more can you ask for! Next time we are in The Peaks we will be back!

McCurry, Aug 2017

Wonderful stay in the beautiful Stocking Mill. Perfect location for exploring the Peak District We will hopefully be back one day Thank you

Tatlock, Jun 2017

We have had a wonderful visit to the Peak District. The Cottage is a fabulous base for exploring - Dovedale, Ilam, Monsal Trail and Gullivers Kingdom. It is a very comfortable cottages and the girls loved staying here. Thank you

Elgin, Jun 2017

We've thoroughly enjoyed our stay - thank you for all the thoughtful touches. Your cottage is lovely and Ashford in the Water is a delightful village to walk round. Thanks again.

Jacqui, May 2017

I was very pleased with the cottage. It was immaculately clean. Excellent beds. Everything you need was there. Would recommend it to friends and family. Five star accommodation.

Swift, May 2017

Lovely birthday weekend treat and retreat for this old fella (53) - thanks to my gorgeous wife Angela x Smashing little character cottage in this pretty village has been well done by Lauranne and Greg. Thanks folks it has been a real pleasure!

Loggie, Feb 2017

What a lovely cottage in a pretty part of the country! We had a great time exploring the local area, including Bakewell and walks around Curbar Edge and the Monsal Trail (the guide books came in handy) The pub recommendations of The Manners (Bakewell) and The Bulls Head (Ashford) liuved up to expectations. We will definitely be telling our friends and family to come here

Hayley & John, Jan 2017

Thank you for a lovely weekend. Have enjoyed some walks, delicious food and a generally relaxing time as a little family - 5 month baby and dog! Beautiful part of Derbyshire and perfect cottage - love the styling!

Tomlinsons, Jan 2017

Thank you for providing a beautiful weekend away. Such a wonderful part of the country to explore. We will be definitely be back!

Beth & James, Jan 2017

Lovely comfortable cottage, the location was perfect and the owner could not be more helpful.

van Konijnenburg, Dec 2016

Lovely, comfortable cottage. Perfect for a short getaway!

Millard, Dec 2016

A lovely stay in a beautiful cottage. Thanks very much.

Nicklin, Dec 2016

A beautifully 'put together' cottage in a village that we love. Lauranne was extremely helpful and fantastic to have milk, tea and cake on arrival - it's very much appreciated after a long Friday night drive from Oxford! We often stay in the area when visiting the in-laws in Sheffield - so will be back!

Eden, Dec 2016

What a lovely cottage and perfect for our break away in countryside with our little dog! You have made the cottage so easy to be able to just unwind immediately - cosy and comfortable.

Cunningham, Nov 2016

Really enjoyed our time at The Stocking Mill. Lovely walks and fab views at Monsal Head! Good Food at The Bulls Head and a very warm welcome. Thanks very much!

Ben, Nov 2016

We had a lovely time, great location. Thanks for having us.

Ryo, Nov 2016

We've had a great time in your beautiful cottage! Thank you for the maps and local tips - we tried Fischers for lunch and it was wonderful! Sad to leave the lovely countryside and fresh air before returning to London!

Charlotte and Martin, Oct 2016

What a wonderful few days we have had. Lovely sunny days for family walks and fun evenings in the delightful Stocking Mill. We won a holiday in the 'Eroica Festival' in Bakewell in June - The 'Best Dressed Family' and really enjoyed our prize. Thank you so much!

Rees Edwards, Oct 2016

The Stocking Mill was perfect - very comfortable and welcoming. Very good walks around Eyam found in the books in the cottage - thank you! Bulls Head very friendly. A really lovely stay.

Julia, Oct 2016

I would like to say a massive thank you for our time staying at your property, the cottage was like a home from home and really made for a wonderful week away. I’d also like to mention a special thanks to Lauranne who couldn’t have been more friendlier, helpful and accommodating.

McElligott, Sep 2016

Many thanks for a lovely stay at the Stocking Mill. We absolutely loved it. The Mill is absolutely gorgeous and has been decorated to a very high standard. We loved our time there and my husband and I would definitely consider booking again should we be up that way.

Mills, Sep 2016

We have had a wonderful time at 'The Stocking Mill' The weather has been fantastic which has made the challenging walks worth it for the views alone!! Our favourite was the climb from Edale to Mam Tor to Lose Head (probably pushed the kids and dogs a bit but no moaning.) The walk to Monsal Head was also well worth it. The Bulls Head pub in the village was very welcoming and so close, but if you have the time we really enjoyed the 'Royal Oak' in Hurdlow (so much we went twice!) The cottage was perfect and in such a nice village (kids were happy with the wifi and sky+ for olympic viewing) We will be back! Thank you

Smith, Aug 2016

I just wanted to say that we had a lovely few days at The Stocking Mill. You have decorated it beautifully. It's in an ideal position for exploring the area and it was so quiet - well with the exception of the odd moo from the cows in the field but that was fun!

Stephenson, Jul 2016

Thank you for a splendid home from home - its been great

Martin, Jul 2016

Our holiday surpassed all expectations so well done The Stocking Mill. Bakewell Carnival, walk up to Monsal head with ice cream! Lunch at Fischers in Baslow and Lemon Drizzle cake from the local store 'Roberts'

Ashendon, Jun 2016

To all at The Stocking Mill - we all enjoyed our stay very much and we hope to visit again soon

Chew, Jun 2016

I just wanted to say a big thank you for a lovely stay at your gorgeous cottage and what a great village to spend the weekend - a perfect combination! Thanks again.

Habisrittinger, Jun 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and will recommend your cottage highly. Thank you for making the cottage so welcoming, the starter food basket was very much appreciated!

Yates, May 2016

We have had a wonderful stay in your small cottage with our two Labradors. We have walked miles and enjoyed the great Spring weather and good pub food locally.

Collins, May 2016

Thank you for everything, we've really enjoyed our stay here, you've been very kind. We will definitely be recommending :)

Whileman, Apr 2016

We have loved our time in your cottage thank goodness there are people like you that create such a beautiful environment and take dogs !!!

Love, Mar 2016

We had an amazing stay at the stocking mill in Ashford. It was just what you would imagine it to be set in such gorgeous surroundings in the Peak District. It felt like a home away from home inside with beautiful furniture that was not only stylish but comfortable as well- everything you need for stay in the country. Thanks for having us will definitely be back again soon.

Chapman, Mar 2016

Had a fab weekend at Stocking Mill. Lovely cottage in a village with plenty of facilities and in a beautiful spot in the Peak District. Doesn't get much better!

Colton, Mar 2016

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Floor Plans

To view or download the floorplan for this property click here.

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The Finer Details


A basic weekend supply of the following essentials are supplied (as there are no staff on site if you run out you will have to replace):

  • Hand soap
  • Loo rolls (1 x on the holder and 1 spare per bathroom)
  • Washing up liquid
  • 2 x tea towels
  • 1 x dish cloth
  • Basic cleaning materials
  • Utilities - Electric, gas, heating and hot water
  • Mop & Bucket
  • Hoover


  • 1 x travel cot (if requested - please supply your own cot linen)
  • 1 x high chair (if requested)
  • Fresh linen with beds made up upon arrival
  • Fresh towels - Bath towel per guest & hand towels in the bathrooms
  • 1 x log burner in the main lounge - 1 x complementary basket of logs supplied upon arrival (due to health and safety we cannot supply fire lighters or matches)
  • 1 x TV with Sky
  • Ipod docking station
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine & Dryer accessed in an external outhouse
  • Iron & ironing board & indoor clothes airer
  • On line deliveries welcome but please make sure that you have booked the slot to arrive after you have checked in as there are no staff on site to take care of your delivery. Location and address is on the directions page.


Any kitchen items that are absolutely vital for your stay, please check with us before your visit to ensure that it is at the property (as things do sometimes get broken).

  • Microwave
  • Kitchen scales
  • Pots, pans, roasting tins, crockery, glassware and cutlery
  • Electric hob and electric oven
  • Under counter style fridge and freezer compartment
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine - a selection of complementary capsules to get you started.
  •  Cafetier
  •  Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining for 4 on a drop down table in the lounge with stools


  • The Stocking Mill courtyard has shared accessed by three cottages. We do provide Bistro style table and chairs for outside dining for your personal use so you are welcome to enjoy the space. If you crave more outdoor space, you are a two minute walk to sit by the river, the village park and the beer gardens of a couple of local pubs.
  • BBQ – please bring your own charcoal
  • Access to secure bike storage for up to two bikes


  • Please note that we are dog friendly at this property however there are livestock in the surrounding fields so dogs must be kept under control at all times. For your information, a maximum of one dog is allowed on site if pre-arranged - you will be expected to keep it out of the bedrooms and off the soft furnishings. We do charge £20 per dog for the duration of your stay. Please see our dog policy for further details.
  • Due to the character and age of the cottage. Please note the stairs are very steep so may be unsuitable for the elderly or toddlers.
  • Wifi – we provide free wifi however as the Peak District is in a beautiful rural location sometimes there can be intermittent wifi signal that is beyond our control, we also hope you appreciate that we cannot guarantee wifi if there are technical issues out of our control.


  •  The postcode is DE45 1QJ
  • In the heart of the village of Ashford in the Water with village shop, tea room and two lovely pubs
  • The nearest town is Bakewell
  • Plenty of on street parking in the village


  • We ask for a 25% deposit to confirm a booking
  • The balance is due 12 weeks prior to arrival
  • Full payment is due upon booking if it is booked with 12 weeks prior to arrival


  • Check in 3pm or after
  • Check out is by 10am prompt

Practical Information


For ease, lots of our guests organise a pre-ordered shopping delivery. You are very welcome to organise this however, please do make sure you have arrange the delivery time slot to arrive after you have checked in, as we are unable to accept it on your behalf (as the property is let as exclusive use there is are no Peak Venus staff on site).


Keep it local! This is a brilliant alternative to the supermarkets. Our guests often ask for recommendations for local farm shops and butchers for the all-important celebration meals. Sauced Here has similar functionality to an on line supermarket but is only stocked by 30 or more local suppliers in the Peak District - order your wine, meat, vegetables, dairy and so much more with a choice of over a thousand products and at reasonable prices. It's a great service which delivers straight to your holiday cottage or you can click and collect at a local pick up point.

Click here to book a delivery slot.


There is a superb village shop in the heart of Ashford in the Water called Robert's with a well-stocked deli which is best known for its home-made pickles. Bakewell is a short drive away with a small/medium sized supermarket and a variety of good quality local stores.

Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby


  • The Bull, Ashford in the Water - Traditional Robinson small character pub serving great food, just a 2 minute stroll away. Lovely cosy fire in the winter months.
  • The Ashford Arms, Ashford in the Water - Again less than a 2 minute walk away, a traditional village pub serving food.
  • The Manners, Bakewell - Gastro pub with great food and a family friendly beer garden in the heart of Bakewell.
  • The Royal Oak, Hurdlow - Our award winning pub offers open fires, hidden corners, local ales and of course ‘great home-made pub food’ as it should be. Groups welcome - booking advised.
  • The Packhorse, Little Longstone - Lovely historic character features in this compact pub – promotes itself with ‘Walkers and Muddy boots welcome.’ It is worth booking a table for a group as it is popular with the locals.
  • The White Lion, Great Longstone - Recently refurbished gastro pub situated in the pretty village of Great Longstone.
  • Monsal Head Hotel and Stable Bar, Monsal Head - This place has a great viewing area and is a fabulous place to rest and enjoy a pint in the old Stable Barn when walking along the Monsal Trail.
  • The Red Lion at Litton - Nestled on the green in the picturesque village of Litton, The Red Lion is one of a very few unspoilt traditional Peak District pubs. This historic inn combines character & quality in a way that is rare in modern pubs.
  • Devonshire Arms at Beeley - Set on the Chatsworth Estate, The Devonshire Arms is one of those picturesque country inns at the heart of village life. It offers the charm and character of an historic inn with a contemporary twist! The Brasserie is modern, bright and relaxing while the Inn is cosy and inviting.
  • The Bull’s Head, Monyash - A traditional pub located in the heart of Monyash, serving good pub food. Popular with families and walkers.
  • The Bridge Inn, Calver - A pub which serves great Spanish tapas.


  • Pointing Dog & Duck, Bakewell - Great location by the river in Bakewell for an upmarket family friendly Italian Restaurant – Homemade pizzas and pasta are both excellent. Serves both lunch and dinner.
  • PieDaniels, Bakewell - A fine French restaurant and cafe bar in the heart of Bakewell offering a selection of fine French & English cuisine.
  • The Steak and Burger Merchant, Bakewell - Contemporary restaurant and bar in the centre of Bakewell.
  • Rajas Indian Restaurant, Bakewell - A great Indian restaurant located in the Bridge House just on the edge of the famous Bakewell Bridge. They also do take-aways.
  • Juniper, Bakewell - Gin bar with a great pizza menu in the centre of Bakewell. They also do take-away pizza.
  • Riverside House Hotel, Ashford in the Water - A luxury Hotel with a fine dining restaurant, they also offer afternoon tea.
  • Hassop Hall, Hassop - Set in beautiful gardens and rolling parkland, the hotel and restaurant offers you a retreat where you can relax and enjoy the comforts offered in this family run establishment.


  • Aisseford Tea Room, Ashford in the Water - Pretty village tea room with lots of outdoor seating.
  • The Bean and Bag, Bakewell - Family run café in the heart of Bakewell offering locally sourced freshly prepared meals, cakes and scones.
  • The Upstairs Café, Bakewell - A nice child –friendly café located in the centre of Bakewell.
  • Lavender Tea Rooms, Bakewell - A lovely quaint tea room, hidden in the corner of Hebden court, the charming décor includes vintage memorabilia and there’s outside seating in the sheltered courtyard. A great place for afternoon tea.
  • Hassop Station Café & Bookshop - A new family friendly cafe with outdoor covered seating and play, with a focus on food, family & fresh air. Enjoy brunch, lunch or afternoon tea on the terrace on the renown Monsal Trail or in the newly refurbished station building.
  • Hobbs Café, Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head - Situated at Monsal Head this cosy café offers great views and serves locally made ice cream.
  • The Old Smithy Café, Monyash - Rustic! Famous for its breakfast featured in the Top 50 Breakfast Book in the country. Character décor, open year round – walkers and bikers welcome. Also serves lunch daily with dinner on certain days.


  • Sauced Here - fantastic selection of home made prepared meals from local chef/cooks - great for large groups. They also provide a full basket of groceries from local producers that can replace a supermarket delivery.
  • Scoff - Delicious, home-cooked food, delivered to you in the Peak District.
  • Bakewell Fish and Chip Shop
  • Rajas Indian Restaurant
  • Bamboo Cottage (Chinese)
  • Juniper (Take-away pizza)
  • Pointing Dog & Duck, (Take-away pizza)
  • Hope Valley Pizza Co - Take away pizza with free delivery
  • Maazi- Sumptuous Indian meal or buffet delivered to your door. Numerous catering options and can also provide waiting on staff and even take away the washing up.

Our Top 5 Places to Visit Nearby

1. Spend a day exploring the historic market town of Bakewell

Bakewell is the largest town within the Peak District National Park and is a hub of activity. Market day is on a Monday and as well as a large range of stalls there is also an agricultural market which is definitely worth a look around as it offers a great insight todays farming community. The town also hosts a craft and gift fair every weekend in Brigade town hall. The Bakewell Old House Museum occupies one of the oldest buildings in Bakewell and dates back to 1543, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the towns past and is very interesting and informative with lots to appeal to all ages. Obviously no trip to Bakewell would be complete without sampling an original Bakewell pudding. The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop claims to have the old the original recipe and still makes the puddings by hand from the secret recipe. 

Click here for a link to further information on Bakewell.

2.Cycle or Walk the Monsal Trail

With the Monsal Trial so close by it would be rude not to take the opportunity to cycle/walk along this old Midland Railway line which runs from Bakewell right up to Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale. The trail offers 8.5 miles of traffic free and mud free cycling/walking and with the recently reopened tunnels offers one of the most spectacular leisure routes in Britain for cycling, walking and horse riding. The nearest cycle hire is at Hassop station which is great place to stop for a bite to eat or for a coffee and nice piece of homemade cake! There is also a lovely little gift shop and book shop and a children’s play area. If walking it also worth leaving the trail and dropping down in to Monsal Dale itself to enjoy walking along down by the river.

Click here for a link to cycle hire at Hassop Station or here for more information on the Monsal Trail.

3.Take a tour around the Thornbridge Brewery

This award winning brewery is just down the road from the property and for any real ale lover taking a tour of this state-of-the art brewery is not to be missed. Tours take place very Wednesday and Friday at 3pm, booking is advisable. Also if you are lucky enough to be staying with us in the last week of the month, the brewery holds two socials on the last Wednesday (5-9pm) and the last Saturday (12-8pm) of each month. They generally have a range of 10 cask and keg Thornbridge beers, including Thornbridge favourites and also some of their rarer beers. They also run brewery tours on these socials at 6 and 7pm on the Wednesday and 3 and 5pm on the Saturday, again booking is advisable. 

Click here for a link to Thornbridge Brewery.

4. Chatsworth House and Park

No visit to the Peak District would be complete without visiting the fabulous Chatsworth House. At Chatsworth there is something to do for every member of the family. The Farmyard and Adventure playground is a brilliant day out for children of all ages - with animal handling, milking demonstrations and daily activities, plus a woodland adventure playground with slides, trampolines and more!Then there is obviously the house itself, steeped with history it’s one of Britain’s greatest stately homes and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The gardens are equally as impressive as the house, over 100 acres and as well and the beautiful flowers and plants, there are giant water features and sculptures dotted around. Again suitable for all the family, with the maze, the garden trails, and the famous water cascade to keep the little ones occupied.

Click here for a link to Chatsworth House and Park.

5.Walk along the Edges

Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges are only a short drive away and offer a spectacular walking route where you can view both the Dark and White Peaks. These three gritstone edges are part an almost continuous line of cliffs running from Stanage Edge down to Birchen Edge at the southern end. These Edges once famous for millstones, are now known as great places to rock climb. There over 200 rock-climbing routes on Curbar Edge alone, making the edges a mecca for walkers and climbers alike. For walkers Baslow Edge also offers interesting features including a memorial to the Duke of Wellington, a giant rock called the Eagle Stone which in years gone by the young men of Baslow used it to show off their prowess and fitness for marriage by climbing to the top and even some resident Highland cows.There are many different routes, some circular, some linear around the edges and also different staring/finishing points. A nice circular route which also includes walking along the river Derwent can be viewed by clicking here.