Beautiful large group self catering house full of character in stunning gardens with a riverside setting. A five minute stroll to arguably the most beautiful village in the Peak District, Ashford in the Water.
There are eight fabulous bedrooms in total. We know that groups come in all shapes and sizes and have different requirements so there is a mix of doubles, twins and bunk beds so you can pick and choose your layout to suit up to 20 adult guests.
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There is plenty of space to cater for your group with a Range Master double oven with grill and 6 gas hobs plus an additional smaller oven has been added for extra cooking capacity. The kitchen is well stocked with all the equipment and mod cons you need to self cater for large groups. You can enjoy delightful views of the stunning garden and direct access to a large paved terrace.
To one end of the kitchen there is a lovely informal dining space with built in comfortable bench seating and a separate beamed dining room with plenty of space to dine up to 20 guests.
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After a day exploring The Peaks, you can relax in the beautifully styled sitting room with the warmth of an electric fire creating a cosy atmosphere. Decorated in neutral decor and filled with gorgeous soft furnishings and comfy sofas. The rich tones of the mahogany finish and solid oak floor provide a lovely place to gather.
The floor to ceiling windows attract masses of light that flood the room and enjoy views of the garden towards the river and the hills beyond.
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Although the house is located on the main road (A6 between Buxton and Bakewell), you’ll find the established and beautifully manicured garden to be a riverside refuge. Guests often congregate at the edge of the river of an evening, usually with a glass of wine, and enjoy watching the trout and the ducks competing for food.
There is plenty of garden furniture with an extendible table for outdoor dining. When the weather is kind you could cook outside and use the large BBQ available for use from 01st April through to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment, so you can eat and drink whilst enjoying some fresh country air, riverside views with dramatic hills as a backdrop.
River Cottage is situated on the edge of Ashford-in-the-Water, one of the most scenic and popular villages in the Peak District National Park. You are a few minutes level stroll into the village which is well served with amenities such as a country pub and village store.
Just two miles (3.2 km) to the north west of Bakewell and conveniently located on the main A6, River Cottage makes a great base for visiting the most amazing of Peak District treats for you to enjoy - the ancient market town of Bakewell (2 minutes dive), Chatsworth House (10 mins drive), Haddon Hall (10 minutes drive), historic spa town of Buxton (12 minutes) to name just a few.
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. The famous Monsal Head is one of our recommended circular walks from Ashford or you can drive there to enjoy the view in only 3 minutes.
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Buxton Road,Ashford-in-the-Water,Derbyshire.DE45 1QP
Approx GPS coordinates of the property are: 53.222239, -1.716592
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The following comments are taken straight from the guestbook we keep for River Cottage. Verbatim.
We had a great time in a lovely venue. Thank you.
Lovely accommodation with fantastic facilities. Great for adults who want an escape in a cosy cottage environment
Thank you. We had a great time, the property was excellent.
We really enjoyed our weekend there – the house and its surroundings are lovely and we had good weather for walking and sightseeing. Please thank the owners. Thank you for your attention and help in the more than two years since we made this original booking!
We had a fabulous weekend in River Cottage, it was a stunning venue for our celebrations. Thank you! it was extremely well equipped for us, especially in the kitchen and all the bedrooms were very comfortable. Even the weather was kind to us!
“What a truly brilliant time we had here! We were so lucky with the weather so the kids we able to run around and play safely outside - which was big enough but not so vast we couldn't always see them. The cottage was impeccably clean, with nice new pillows, really tastefully styled and decorated. I was super impressed that though there were lots of us we never had a problem finding enough plates/cups etc and all the bathrooms were modern and beautifully clean. We had a wander into the village one afternoon which was a perfect little stroll with a nice park, cafe, pubs etc and we were within a short drive for a lovely day at chatsworth! All in all a great weekend and we will definitely book it again next time we want to get families together.”
“We had an absolutely superb few days with friends at River cottage and it was beautiful. Firstly its a huge cottage but still manages to feel cosy and very welcoming. Our room was lovely, large comfy bed and all the normal facilities you could need. We stayed in the corner room so could see part of the garden as well as the rolling hills out of the other window and despite being roadside we couldn't hear traffic at all. The rooms are to a high standard - good sleep all round for us! We stayed here in summer so we were outside much of the time so didn't use the sitting room or the ample dining area much - although it is well equipped with a small bar and a very handy toilet. The sitting room was really useful for a chill out area for the children. The outside space is a lovely mature garden with a koi pond which the children loved, and of course you have the river right at the end of garden! Several different seating areas and a sizable lawn which was great for the children to play. The BBQ area is fabulous, which of course we made use of. The location is stunning and it was easy to find, wonderful to be nearby such pretty villages so there is always something to go and do or go and look at or even hike to. We loved our stay and cannot wait to return. Highly recommend.”
“We had the most phenomenal stay at River Cottage! The house is simple exquisite. So much space, yet lots of intimate cosy areas to relax in. Beautifully and tastefully decorated, felt like we were staying in our very own boutique hotel. The beds were exceptionally comfortable and we slept like logs, despite being with a large group of friends the bedrooms were extremely quiet. The cottage was set in the most divine location; we enjoyed lots of al fresco meals out on the terrace overlooking the stream. The garden is simply beautiful. I cannot recommend this cottage enough, counting down the days until we return!”
The house was great and was its location.
I cannot tell you how much we loved our few days at River Cottage. We had a ball and my husband loved his celebrations. As for the house, it had EVERYTHING you could possibly need and suited our large party down to the ground. We thought it was absolutely gorgeous, the actual house itself, the soft furnishings and everything in it … beautiful. We actually couldn’t fault it, it was truly wonderful and are thinking of returning in the summer as we would have liked more time to explore and sit out next to the river. I hope we left the house as we found it. Thanks once again for being great and for enabling us to have such a wonderful memorable time.
Honestly it was such an amazing venue for the weekend... our bride to be loved it!
Truly fabulous venue and service.
Super service, good comms via email, really good recommendations of local produce suppliers, delivery of other shopping and pubs etc.
Many thanks, we had a wonderful weekend and the house was beautiful and the perfect location for us.
Fantastic venue in a lovely village, the cottage was ideal for our family celebration.
We had a great time at River Cottage over the weekend - the house was perfect for our group.
We had a wonderful stay and the house and your service was amazing.
We had a great stay!
Thanks again for everything. The cottage, your communication and Gilly's we're all amazing. We will definitely be back with our families!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The house was brilliant! The decor was fab, there was great communal space for us all, and it was very well equipped!
We had a fabulous weekend at River Cottage, it really has been superbly finished, furnished and equipped.
House was amazing, perfect for what we needed!
It was a great trip and I have already recommended River Cottage and Peak Venues to friends. It was well decorated and well appointed. Many thanks
We all enjoyed the stay and the house was lovely!
Just to say how VERY much we all enjoyed being at 'River Cottage' this weekend. We were a large family group of retired people, young professionals, teenagers, students and a 9 month old and it suited us all!!! We spent lots of time in the garden of course and made friends with the ducks and the fish. I intend to send an email to 'PeakVenues' to say what a lovely place you have. We would love to come back next year about the same time and will try to get it booked up asap.
We had a great weekend, thank you
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Ashford in the Water is probably one of the most beautiful villages in the Peak District and is famous for its beautiful low arched medieval Sheepwash Bridge. You can easily spend an hour or so exploring the pretty village, it is particularly worth visiting when the well dressing festival is on as the village has 6 wells to dress, making it one of the largest well dressings in the area.
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 a great place to stop for a bite to eat or for a coffee and piece of homemade cake! There is also a lovely little gift shop and book shop and a children’s play area. If walking it is also worth leaving the trail and dropping down in to Monsal Dale itself to enjoy walking along down by the river.
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.
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 into today's farming community. The town also hosts a craft and gift fair every weekend in the 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 original recipe and still makes the puddings by hand from the secret recipe.
Click here for a link to further information on Bakewell.
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.
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A basic weekend supply of the following (as there are no staff on site if you run out you will have to replace):
For any kitchen items that are absolutely vital for your stay, please check with us before your visit to ensure that they are at the property (as things do sometimes get broken).
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 arranged 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 are no Peak Venues 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.