The Stocking Mill

Sleeps 4

Boutique country cottage in a superb village location in the heart of Ashford in the Water


  • ​2 Individually styled double bedrooms
  • Shared Family Sized Bathroom
  • Sleeps 4 guests.
  • Dog Friendly.
  • 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 the village country pub to sample a local ale.
  • Recently featured in Conde Nast

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 the 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.

Please click here for the bedroom layout.

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 compact yet well equipped modern kitchen.

With a contemporary slate grey finish and gleaming work tops, the kitchen is well stocked 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 greys 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.

There is a Smart TV with Sky and you are able to log into your Netflix / Apple or Amazon Prime accounts. There is also free WIFI to help you keep in touch with the outside world (this is not obligatory!).

Downstairs WC with coat hooks.

Please click here for the floor plans.

Property Information

Our standard arrival and departure times are:

  • ​4pm on the day of arrival

  • By 10am on the day of departure 

Please do respect these times as they are in place to allow the housekeeping teams enough time to thoroughly clean the property before and after your stay

House Rules

  • Please remove any dirty or high heeled shoes on entry
  • Please do not bring any candles, tea lights or incense sticks as they are not allowed at the property
  • No fireworks or Chinese lanterns are allowed
  • No smoking or vaping inside the property. Vaping can trigger the fire alarms
  • Can any outside socialising please be brought inside by 10pm, we kindly ask that neighbours and local residents are not disturbed after this time, for more information please see our Noise and Behaviour Policy 
  • No glitter please as even the most eco friendly kind is impossible to remove from the soft furnishings and hard wearing floors

If you are looking for a holiday cottage that is accessible for everyone we have a wealth of properties that are suitable for guests with varied access needs. Many of our properties are situated in rural locations, offering peaceful settings that would be suitable for guests with autism & learning difficulties.

  • Downstairs Toilet with wash basin
  • Level access to the cottage from outdoors
  • The stairs are steep and narrow and a further stairway to the top floor
  • We are supportive of anyone who needs to bring an assistance dog or guide dog to the property

​​Peak Venues have a dedicated Accessibility Champion who will be able to assist you with specific property information, please contact them by email for any further help at

Outdoor Space and The Peak District

There is a shared courtyard with local residents so please do not block any access with a table and two chairs. The courtyard provides access to an outhouse where it houses the washing machine.

There is a BBQ which is available for use from 01st April through to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment.

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 the village pub, 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.

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How To Find The Stocking Mill


The Address for The Stocking Mill is:

3 Hall End Lane, Ashford-In-The-Water, Derbyshire, DE45 1QJ.

Approx GPS coordinates of the property are:
53.2249713601 -1.7068980934000137

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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.

We do ask that you do not park on Hall End Lane as access at all times is needed- you are allowed to load and unload your car outside the property but then we kindly ask for parking to be on Greaves Lane or any nearby street parking. Access is tight and limited near the property with residents access to their properties being restrictive and have experienced issues with larger vehicles not being able to gain access.

Floor Plans

To view or download the floorplan for this property click the button below

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Your Stay At The Stocking Mill

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 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 - traditional Sunday roasts, homemade pub food, serving local real ales and a great selection of wines all 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 LionLitton - 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, 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 - located near to the river in a stunning location. Serving pub classics, local ales and great wines. Beer Garden to enjoy too.
  • The Bull i'th Thorn, Hurdlow - pub and pizzeria, enjoy a selection of made to order oven pizzas in the refurbished spacious room, with a mixture of booth seating and individual tables - or sit in the bar area, still featuring some of the traditional charm from the days of the old coaching inn and enjoy burgers / sandwiches/ grazing boards, pub classics, children's menu and desserts to die for.


  • The Woodyard, Bakewell - Great location by the river in Bakewell for a family friendly Restaurant –  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.
  • 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.
  • Rafters at the Riverside Hotel - Ashford in the Water - A luxury Hotel with a fine dining restaurant, they also offer afternoon tea.


  • Aisseford Tea Room, Ashford in the Water - Pretty village tea room with lots of outdoor seating.
  • 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 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.

Fresh Delivered Meals and Take Aways

  • 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
  • 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 Trail 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.Enjoy the Thornbridge Experience and Tap Room

This award winning brewery is just down the road from the property and ideal for the  real ale lover . They generally have a range of 10 cask and keg Thornbridge beers, including Thornbridge favourites and also some of their rarer beers.  Contact them to enjoy the history of the company and tutored tasting. Next door there is a great Tap Room, with comfy seating, serving freshly made pizzas to order daily and on various dates there are open mic gigs and live entertainment.

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.

Key Facts

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

Useful Information

  • 1 x high chair (if requested)
  • 1 x Travel Cot we provide basic travel cot's that comply with BSI. Please note that due to health and safety reasons, you will need to bring cot linen and any extra padding you require over and above the lightly padded standard base that is supplied by the manufacturer.
  • 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 complimentary basket of logs supplied upon arrival (due to health and safety we cannot supply fire lighters or matches)
  • 1 x Smart TV with Sky - you are able to log into your Amazon Prime/ Apple / Netflix accounts. 
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Washing Machine accessed in an external outhouse
  • Iron & ironing board & indoor clothes airer
  • Hairdryer
  • Roberts Bluetooth Radio with DAB/FM-can be paired with a phone for music. Has a AUX (lead not supplied though)
  • Christmas - throughout December there will be a Christmas Tree decorated with a set of lights

Cooking and Dining

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-taking the original coffee capsules
  • Cafetiere
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Dining for 4 on a drop down table in the lounge with stools


  • We do ask that you do not park on Hall End Lane as access is required at all times- you are allowed to unload and load your car outside the property but then kindly move your car
  • Access is tight and limited near the cottage with residents access to their properties being restrictive and there has been issues with larger vehicles not being able to gain access (bin lorries etc)
  • Parking can be on Greaves Lane or any nearby street parking
  • For reasons of both safety and property insurance, under no circumstances should you use the domestic plug sockets in the property to charge an electric vehicle. Our domestic supply in the property does not have the capacity or set up to support EV charging. Please find this useful link to nearby charging stations.

Outdoor Space

  • ​There is a small shared courtyard behind the property which does allow access to all 3 cottages
  • There is a bistro style table and chairs for The Stocking Mill guests
  • BBQ- charcoal- which is low, small and round- available between the 1st April to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment.
  • The BBQ is stored in the outhouse and the utensils are in the kitchen

Property Quirks

  • ​Due to the character and age of the listed cottage please be aware that the stairs are very steep so may not be suitable for toddlers and the less agile of us- there are 2 flights of stairs in the cottage
  • Some of the door frames are low height so please mind you head
  • The table for Dining can be pulled up from the wall so it can be folded away when not in use- this will seat 4
  • The fireplace in the bedroom is for decoration only
  • There is an external outhouse which has the washing machine and tumble dryer in


  • We allow 1 dog at the property and we charge £30 for the duration of their stay
  • We do ask that dogs are kept off the furniture and out of the bedrooms
  • Please do make sure you clear any dog litter from the courtyard area at all times as this is shared access with local residents
  • Please do not leave your dog unattended in the property or shared courtyard area at any time
  • There are plenty of lovely, local walks to exercise your dog


Wi-Fi is provided free of charge, however, as the Peak District is in a beautiful rural location sometimes there may be intermittent signal beyond our control.  We also hope you appreciate that we cannot guarantee Wi-Fi if there are technical issues in the area. There is good coverage throughout and can achieve 10mb at it's fastest


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