Ashford MillSleeps 7

Luxury Self Catering Award Winning Restored Historic Mill. Stunning Riverside Position in the Picturesque Village of Ashford in the Water


  • A Grade 2 listed 3 bedroomed historic conversion​
  • 2 en suites and 1 luxury private bathroom
  • Sleeps up to 7 guests.
  • Dog Friendly. 
  • Winner of Best Conservation Project Peak District National Park 2018 
  • Gold Winner of Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism 2020 Self Catering Property of The Year
  • Cover article of I Build Magazine November 2017. Featured on BBC Country File & in House Beautiful Magazine
  • Transformed to provide the most unique and beautiful self catering dwelling incredibly spacious with exposed original features throughout, a mixture of industrial heritage with a contemporary feel
  • Set in a stunning garden setting, right on the banks of the River Wye, you can enjoy a short 5 min walk to arguably the most beautiful village,  Ashford in the Water with two traditional country pubs, a tea room and a village shop selling lovely local produce.
  • Conveniently located one and a half miles from Bakewell, as well as being near to the stately homes of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.

First floor 40ft lounge
Beautifully restored original features
Dining table with view towards the kitchen
Superb kitchen

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Bedroom two en suite
Bedroom one
Bedroom one with en suite
Family Bathroom
Bedroom two

​Ashford Mill is ideal for family groups or a retreat for couples alike wanting a totally unique experience in beautiful surroundings. With two stylish double bedrooms with rustic charm sleeping up to 4 guests and a further cosy bedroom with one single bed and a set of full size bunk beds. The layout is as follows:

  • ​ Bedroom 1 - a good size double room furnished with a 6ft superking sleigh bed and an en suite with large glass fronted shower enclosure. As you enter the room you are struck by the partial glass feature floor lit for ambience from below.
  • Bedroom 2 – a huge room with an impressive quirky centre piece of two exposed mill stones and original machinery. There is a 5ft King size sleigh bed, dressing room which leads to a stunning en suite in stone finish with double shower enclosure.
  •  Bedroom 3 - A cosy room which is one of the original grain bins of the mill. It has been cleverly designed to accommodate three adult guests/children in full size built in bunk beds and an additional single bed.
  • Family bathroom with modern design and free standing double ended bath. 
  • There is an additional sofa bed that can be added onto your booking for an 8th guests if requested(additional charge will apply) 

    Cooking and Dining

    As you enter into the hall through the main arched glass doors you are immediately met by the vast natural wood and stone walls, warm lighting and striking original machinery all preserved to their former glory.

    The contemporary polished concrete floors lead through to the open plan dining area and meets the original flagstones in the enormous kitchen beyond. The focal point is the 4m x 2m island, with plenty of cooking and storage space. The kitchen is well stocked with all you should need for a self catering stay and all the mod cons you would expect in a high standard property including a dishwasher, American fridge freezer, microwave and four oven Aga.

    To the far end of the kitchen is a comfortable seating area with plush Duresta sofa with deep cushions, easy chairs and wall mounted 50" smart TV.

    In the remainder of the ground floor there is a boot room/utility room and downstairs w/c.

    Click here for the finer details of what to expect in the property.

    Dining area
    Superb kitchen
    Snug at the end of the kitchen
    Dining area

    Living Space

    First floor 40ft lounge
    Additional sofa bed
    First floor 40ft lounge
    Main entrance hall

    The first floor is equally as impressive, with high apex ceilings, traditional beams and an abundance of interesting features.  The 40ft lounge stretches the whole length of the property and is furnished with sumptuous Duresta leather sofas to sink into, a 49in smart TV, oriental Persian rugs and a Sonos sound system.

    There is a computerised controlled lighting system throughout the property which is changeable and variable in colour and brightness creating different ambience as you wish.

    There is an additional beautiful comfortable double sofa bed in the main sitting area tucked out of the way (although the mill sleeps up to seven persons, we do not want anyone to miss the opportunity to stay. There is a sofa bed that can be added at an additional charge - please enquire).

    Garden and Outside

    Established as a working mill on the River Wye since before 1043 AD and active producing corn as recent as 30 years ago, Ashford Mill estate is steeped in history. Situated in a beautiful lush setting with two mill races and a 400 yard long mill leat it provides a welcome riverside refuge. 

    You can enjoy plenty of garden space with outdoor furniture and Gas BBQ available from 01st April through to 31st October.

    There are a maximum of three car parking spaces directly outside, with additional parking in the private car park opposite or on the country lane.

    Snug at the end of the kitchen
    View through the main entrance into the grand hall
    Ashford Mill
    Beautifully restored original features

    Ashford in the Water and The Peak District

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    Ashford Mill is situated on the edge of Ashford-in-the-Water, one of the most scenic and popular villages in the Peak District National Park. A gentle level five minute stroll over the river and past the cricket pitch will take you into the village which is well served with amenities such as country pubs and a village store.

    Just 1.5 miles to the north west of Bakewell and conveniently located just off the main A6, Ashford Mill 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. You can follow the meandering river and walk off road all the way to Bakewell or the famous Monsal Head and trail is one of our recommended circular walks from Ashford or you can drive there to enjoy the view in only 3 minutes.

    Click here for our recommendations to help you plan your stay.

    How To Find Us


    The address of Ashford Mill is: 

    Ashford-in-the-Water, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PZ

    Approx GPS coordinates of the property are:
    53.222378, -1.704315

    (The postcode does not take you directly to the property so please use the below directions!)

    Directions to Ashford Mill by car from Bakewell (approx. 3 mins): 

    •    Follow signs to the A6 (Buxton Road)- continue along this for 1.4 miles
    •    There is a right-hand turn with national speed limit signs & dead-end signs, take this turning
    •    Once you have taken the turn up the ‘dead-end’ follow it up for 0.1 mile and take the first left (signposted private)
    •    Follow the lane to the end (you will go past a house and cottage on your right and the river will be on the left)
    •    The mill will be on your left-hand side opposite garages.
    •    You have arrived at Ashford Mill!

    Directions to Ashford Mill by car from Buxton (approx. 20 mins): 

    •    Follow signs to the A6- continue along this for 9.7 miles
    •    You will go past a junction with a left turning to Ashford-in-the-Water/Monsal Head/Chesterfield/Sheffield. Do not take this left, it is the one after.
    •    After the junction there is some houses on your right with a bus stop, almost immediately after there is a corner with a left turn on that has national speed limit signs & dead-end signs. Take this turning.
    •    Once you have taken the turn up the ‘dead-end’ follow it up for 0.1 mile and take the first left (signposted private)
    •    Follow the lane to the end (you will go past a house and cottage on your right and the river will be on the left)
    •    The mill will be on your left-hand side opposite garages.
    •    You have arrived at Ashford Mill!


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    Your Stay At Ashford Mill

    Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby


    • The Bull, Ashford in the Water - Traditional Robinson small character pub serving great food, just a 5 minute stroll away. Lovely cosy fire in the winter months.
    • The Ashford Arms, Ashford in the Water - Again a 5 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 ArmsBeeley - 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.
    • 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.


    • ​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.
    • Wyes Waters Tea Rooms A family friendly cafe in the heart of Bakewell offering a good range of reasonably priced meals
    • 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.

    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)
    • Juniper (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. 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 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. 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 Ashford Mill

    A basic weekend supply of the following (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
    • Kitchen roll, cling film, kitchen foil
    • Dishwasher tablets
    •  5 x tea towels
    • 1 x dish cloth and pan scrubber
    • Basic cleaning materials
    • Store cupboard essentials – a basic supply of tea, coffee, sugar and salt and pepper.
    • Utilities - electric, gas, heating and hot water
    •  Underfloor heating
    •  The mill is powered by renewable energy from its own historic turbine
    • Wifi is available - see notes under house restrictions

    Useful Information

    • ​1 x travel cot if requested (please remember to bring your own cot linen)
    • 1 x high chairs if requested
    •  Fresh linen with beds made up upon arrival
    • Fresh towels - bath towel and hand towel for each guest in bedroom
    • Open plan living area has a 50 inch Smart TV
    • First floor lounge has a 49 inch Smart TV and DVD player
    • Sonus sound system/speakers
    • 2 x hair dryers
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Vacuum cleaner
    • A selection of local walking guides and local information books
    • A selection of board games
    • The owners do live in a private dwelling on site

    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).

    • Pots, pans, roasting tins, crockery, cutlery and glassware (including champagne flutes)
    •  Microwave
    • Kitchen Scales
    • Aga
    • Full height fridge freezer
    • Double toaster
    • 1 x cafetiere
    • 1 x kettle
    • Dishwasher
    • Large oblong dining table seats up to 8 guests


    • Gas BBQ shall be available for use from 01st April through to 31st October 
    • Outdoor furniture shall be available to use from 01st April through to 31st October

    • Really near to the Monsal Trail, so bikes are a must!

    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 do charge £20 per dog for the duration of your stay.  Please see our dog policy for further details.
    • 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.
    • No fireworks due to nearby livestock
    • With the property being a mill, there is a river right next to the property so you will be able to hear the flow of the water.
    • 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  - not suitable for stag/hen groups or 30th birthday celebrations.


    • ​The postcode is DE45 1PZ – Important check directions page for more details as postcode does not take you direct to the property
    • There are a maximum of three car parking spaces directly outside, with additional parking in the private car park opposite or on the country lane
    • The nearest town is Bakewell (1.5 miles)
    • The nearest village is Ashford in the Water (5 minute level walk)
    • Nearest village shop is in Ashford in the Water
    • Nearest pub is The Ashford Arms or The Bulls Head both an easy 5 minute walk

    Booking and Security Deposit

    •  Click here for a full description of how to make a booking
    • A cautionary damage deposit of £500 is held and returned after your stay

    Arrival and Departure

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

    Shopping Delivery Information

    For ease, lots of our guests pre-ordered a 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).

    As our properties are in rural areas please make sure you use our directions page for more further directions details for your supermarket delivery.

    Local Shopping Delivery From Local Producers - Peak Venues Recommend Sauced Here

    Our guests often ask for recommendations for local farm shops and butchers for the all-important celebration meals and this is a brilliant and very easy service.  Sauced Here has similar functionality to an on line supermarket but is only stocked by 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 for your arrival or you can use a click and collect point. 

    Click here to book a delivery slot.

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