River Cottage

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Stunning Large Self Catering Cottage in the Picturesque Village of Ashford in the Water


  • 7 gorgeous bedrooms
  • 7 private bathrooms
  • 1 Bunk Room
  • Sleeps up to 20 guests
  • Dog Friendly
  • Set in a stunning garden setting, right on the banks of the River Wye, enjoy watching the wildlife while sitting in the established manicured gardens. 
  • Village location - take an easy 5-10 minute stroll down the country lane, to arguably the most beautiful village in the Peak District National Park
  • You can enjoy walking to the local village pub, The Bull's Head, or the tea room and  village shop.
  • Conveniently located near to Bakewell, known as the ‘heart’ of the Peak District as well as being near to the stately homes of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

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. 

Please click here for the bedroom layout.

Cooking and Dining

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.

Please click here for the finer details of what to expect at the property.

Living Spaces

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.

Please click here for the floorplans of the property.

Garden and Outdoor Space

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.

The Peak District and Surrounding Area

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.

Please click here for our recommendations to help you plan your stay.

How To Find River Cottage


The address of River Cottage is:

Buxton Road,Ashford-in-the-Water,Derbyshire.DE45 1QP

Approx GPS coordinates of the property are: 53.222239, -1.716592

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Directions to River Cottage by car from Bakewell (approx. 5 mins):

  • Follow signs to the A6 (Buxton Road)- continue along this for 1.8 miles.
  • You will go past a right hand turning to Ashford / Ashford-in-the-Water, Chesterfield & Sheffield.
  • Shortly after there will be a smaller turning on your left to Sheldon
  • At this point make your right signal, River Cottage is situated on the corner of the next right-hand side turning.
  • Take the turning and River Cottage will be immediately on your right hand side.
  • You have arrived at River Cottage!

Directions to River Cottage by car from Buxton (approx. 15 minutes):

  • Follow signs to the A6- continue along this for approximately 9 miles.
  • You will come to a sign post on your left saying Ashford /  Ashford-in-the-Water take this left turn and River Cottage is immediately on your right hand-side.
  • You have arrived at River Cottage!


  • There is off-road parking for approximately 4 cars.
  • Either side of the off-road parking there is roadside swing on/swing off parking for a further 3-4 cars either side.

Floor Plans

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Your Stay At River Cottage

Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby


  • 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 Bull, Ashford in the Water - Traditional Robinson small character pub serving great food, less than a 10 minute walk from the property. Lovely cosy fire in the winter months.
  • 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, hearty homemade pub food, 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 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.


  • 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.
  • Riverside House 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 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  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 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
  • Eastern Court (Chinese)
  • 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. Explore the pretty village of Ashford in the Water

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.

Click here for a link to further information on Ashford in the Water.

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 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.

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. 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 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.

5.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.

Finer Details

What To Expect At River Cottage

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

  • Anti Bacterial Hand soap
  • Loo rolls
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cling film & kitchen foil
  • Dishwasher tablets
  •  4 x tea towels
  • 1 x dish cloth
  • Basic cleaning materials
  • Utilities - electric, gas, heating and hot water

Useful Information

  • 2 x high chairs (if requested)
  • 2 x Travel Cots
  • 5 x hair dryers
  • Fresh linen with beds made up upon arrival
  • Fresh towels - Bath towel for each guest & hand towels in the bathrooms
  •  Iron & ironing board and indoor clothes drying rack.
  • Hoover and mop
  • Washing machine and separate tumble dryer
  • Sonos 5 smart speaker
  •  6 x TV’s located throughout the property. All of the TV’s have Freeview, the largest TV which is a SMART, curved, 55inch TV is located in the sitting room.
  • Books and board games
  • Christmas - throughout December the property will have a Christmas Tree decorated with a set of lights

Cooking and Dining

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).

  • Crockery, glassware and cutlery enough for the maximum allowance of guests
  • Pans consist of 2 large, 3 medium and 3 small two handled ones. 2 one handled pan, large frying pans x 4, 1 x medium and 1 x small frying pan
  • Colander
  • 3 large, 2 medium, 2 small baking trays
  • Yorkshire Pudding tray x 2
  • Ceramic oval serving platter x 2
  • Large and Medium Flan Dish
  • Medium Cake Tins x 2
  • Glass Salad Bowl / 2 large wooden salad bowls
  • Large Plastic Pitchers x 2
  • Large Glass Lasagne dish
  • Pizza trays x 2
  • Wooden Chopping Boards x 5
  • Plastic Chopping Boards x 8
  • Double oven with grill, 6 gas hobs. Also a further smaller oven.
  • 1 x microwave
  • Nespresso Pixie coffee machine (guests will need to bring their own pods - takes the original Nespresso capsules).
  • Large fridge and separate freezer, there is also a drinks fridge located in the dining room.
  • 2 x Double toasters
  • 3 x Cafetieres
  • 2 x Kettles
  • 2 x Dishwashers
  • Kitchen scales
  • Kitchen Diner seating for 5/6 guests
  • 2 long refectory tables and benches in the dining room, and a further 4 chairs. Dining for up to 20 guests.


  • Large charcoal BBQ – available for use from 01st April through to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment.
  • Outdoor seating and extendable tables to seat 20 guests, available for use from 01st April through to 31st October.
  • Riverside seating 
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fencing against the river 1.1metres tall and the fish pond is covered with railings for children’s safety.

You Should Know

  • 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 two dogs are allowed on site if pre-arranged - you will be expected to keep them out of the bedrooms and off the soft furnishings. We have oak flooring throughout the ground  floor entertaining areas suitable for dogs. We do charge £30 per dog for the duration of your stay. Please see our dog policy for further details.
  • There is a fast flowing river at the bottom of the garden. For those with young children, you can rest assured that the garden has been made safe and is fully secure but as always we advise that you must never leave your youngsters unattended in this environment.
  • There is also a steel grid covering the fish pond.
  • There are steps down from the parking area which are not ideal for anyone with restricted mobility.
  • Bedroom two has a raised platform with double mattress (3ft from floor accessed via steps with low ceiling height) – great for children (not suitable for guests with mobility issues as there are steps up to it.)
  • Mobile reception - as this is a lovely rural location mobile reception can be limited dependent on your network.
  • No fireworks.
  • Noise Policy - due to the quiet village location, late night noise must be confined to inside the building by 10pm. Neighbours are in close proximity.
  • 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 1QP - Important please check directions page as the post code does not take you direct to the property.
  • On the outskirts of the village of Ashford in the Water the village has a shop and also a pub
  • Further shops, cafes and pubs in the nearby town of Bakewell only 2 miles away.
  • Nearest Supermarkets are Aldi which is on the main road just before Bakewell and then The Co-op situated in Bakewell's town centre
  • Parking for 4 cars on the drive and then 3-4 cars on either side of the drive (parking for at least 10 cars in total.)
  • There is a bus stop by the off-road parking which the Transpeak buses run hourly. Details of destinations can be found here . Please note this is a flag-down bus stop and the bus will only stop if you flag it down - you need to wait on the same side where the bus stop sign is for both directions

Booking and Payment Process

  • 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
  • A cautionary damage deposit of £400 is held and returned after your stay
  • Click here for a full description of how to make a booking

Standard Supermarket Deliveries

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).

Local Shopping Delivery From Local Producers - Sauced Here

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.

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