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DECEMBER DEALS A Lovely Cosy Cottage In The Heart Of The National Forest,



Updated: 08-Dec-2016
Cottage in Hartshorne, Derbyshire, England - Ideal For Any Couple Looking For An Adventure Or Just A Cosy Retreat

Mill Wheel Cottage is an ideal place to stay in this popular Derbyshire village with views to the rear towards National Forest. A period cottage with many original features including exposed beams and open-plan living accommodation, open-plan living kitchen with multi-fuel stove and fireplace, open-tread staircase to first floor landing, double bedroom and three-piece white bathroom suite. Outside: Front forecourt garden with off-street parking and rear landscaped patio garden with generous outdoor store. Dogs welcome on request.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a married couple local to the property. We have always loved the cottage and we now want others to enjoy what it has to offer.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

A great base for travelling round. We came for a wedding and stayed the week. Places of interest visited include Calke Abbey, Kedleston and Sudbury Hall, National Memorable Arboretum, Lichfield, Foremark Reservoir. Mill Wheel great for Sunday lunch and the Bulls Head good for evening meals. Thank you very much for a lovely time.
Jul 2015
  • 1 of 5

7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Clumsy start, lovely stay

  • 4 of 5

In the 'your trip is coming up soon' email from Home Away, it only mentions Hartshorne. I had forgotten the name of the cottage, and the directions in the app just mention number 59 Ticknall Rd. When you click on the map in the app, it names 29 Ticknall Rd. There is, no cottage with the number 59, so we spent 10 minutes driving around and looking.... before the pub... round the corner on Ticknall Rd etc. Probably getting the name of the cottage up front and centre in the app/arrival address for tired drivers would help.

We also had no direct communication from the owner about how to get in, and it was the local pub owner who affirmed which cottage to go to and that there was a key box. He mentioned that it wasn't the first time he'd had to help people out. (We've been a bit used to another online b&b app lately, where we exchange directions and arrival info in the couple of days before arriving.)

When we phoned on arrival, the first call, to a business, went straight to a 'buy parts' option, so I cut the call and only tried later when we got a bit desperate (and got the owner). This could be fixed by updating the info in the app, checking the map and putting in entry details. We were waiting hopefully for the owner to turn up!

Anyway we were very glad to get in, and the cottage was perfectly fine and comfortable, so thank you.

There are a couple of other things that need updating:

The internet password in Home Away is wrong. I found it by turning over the modem.

The kitchen tap needed dripping, needed a new washer.

There were no tea towels that I could find - no problem -I used a hand towel.

The TV is mainly not bad, but on the first evening it was unwatchable and after that broke up periodically.

No coffee plunger - the teapot did the job.

A couple of supplies e.g.toilet paper, and a bit of coffee and milk would have been pleasant.

So, we had a pleasant stay but better communication would have made a world of difference

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A quaint little cottage with olde world charm

  • 4 of 5

Lovely break in quaint cottage in beautiful countryside. Lots of lovely walks on the doorstep and right opposite the Mill Wheel bar and restaurant which served delicious meals and which was dog friendly too.

The cottage was clean and had just about everything you would need for your break.

On the negative side however, the cottage had a tiny garden but no outdoor seating which was a shame and also the TV reception was not brilliant. We did have an issue with the flush on the loo but Simon came right away and sorted the problem out.

The stairs to the bedroom and bathroom were varnished wood which curved round at the bottom and could prove to be difficult for older folk although they looked very nice.

All in all we enjoyed our stay and would certainly recommend the cottage to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay.lovely cottage .great for a couple, all you ever need.The mill wheel restaurant only seconds away and does great food .and friendly. Would stay again .Stephen and Sue .....suffolk

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you in the future. King regards Simon and Louise :)
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Nugget of gold in Hartshorne

  • 5 of 5

I first stayed in this beautiful little cottage in September and am a frequent returner because of the location and it's such a great place to stay. A one bedroom compact and modern cottage with everything you need to be extremely comfortable including washing machine and tumble dryer. Backing into the national forest affords guests the stunning greenery that surrounds the cottage in the heart of the country bordering on Leicesteshire and Derbyshire. Easy access to Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's and plenty of really nice pubs within walking distance for lunch or an evening meal. A mobile fish and chip van visits on a Thursday evening too! The owner Simon is extremely helpful, knowledgable and responds quickly to queries including where to buy logs from for the log burning fire. I have spent many happy and settled weekends and mid week stays at this lovely cottage and would highly recommend Simon both for the lovely accommodation and great customer service. I almost would prefer keep the cottage a secret as it really is a nugget of gold!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thanks Lyn. Lovely comments and we look forward to having you stay again. :)
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Wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have just spent a wonderful Easter weekend in this amazing little cottage. I was just perfect for the 2 of us, with the log burner and exposed beams, very romantic.

Unfortunately we had to leave our dog at home as she was ill but I know she would've loved it too.

There's lots of nice walks to do, from right outside the cottage so that was great.

We had a lovely meal in The Mill Wheel pub opposite although I would say if you don't like black pepper, tell the waitress when ordering as the chef automatically seasons his steaks with salt and black pepper whilst cooking, it was a little too peppery for me.

We would recommend The Bulls Head for meals as they are much nicer and the landlady is so friendly and welcoming.

The only drawback to both of these places is no dogs are allowed, however there is another pub in between which is dog friendly.

All in all, we had a fabulous time and would recommend it to our friends and family.

Hopefully we'll be booking again soon

Thanks again :-) x

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for you kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to hearing from you soon. :)
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Millwheel Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A really enjoyable stay, comfortable with cosy log burning stove. Our weather ranged from frost overnight to 23C! Very local walks within metres of the cottage, and good for birdwatching, as was the surrounding area. Would recommend to others, particularly those who enjoy walking.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Catherine and Bob, thank you for your great review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We hope you come back soon and recommend us. :)
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From the Owner

The area has so much to offer. There is something for everyone. Walking, cycling, skiing, golf, a zoo, historical interests and more.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : East Midlands at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : 3 in the village. The nearest is at 20 Metres Nearest Golf : Many courses around at 5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : 1 of 2 in the village at 20 Metres

Special interest holidays:

If you have any interest at all please feel free to ask and we will try our hardest to sort this for you. Everything from booking at a time to suit and transport if required. This could range from a day activity or to a relaxing meal in the evening.


Very good MAIN bus route.

East Midlands Airport 20min

Birmingham Airport 35min

Car hire available

Bike hire available


Old Mill Wheel Pud and Restaurant 4* 30sec

Calke Abbey House and estate 5min

Staunton Harold House and estate 10min

Market town of Ashby de la Zouch 8min

Melbourne with its Hall, pool and tea rooms 15min

Cinema 6min

Twycross Zoo 25min

Foremark Reservoir 3min

Staunton Reservoir 15min

Rosliston Forestry Centre 20min

Conkers 10min

Drayton Manor theme park 45 min

Snibston Discovery Park 25min

Shugborough Hall

Sudbury Hall 30min

Alton Towers

Chatsworth +60min

Cycle hire,


Further Details:

The Mill Wheel Cottage faces an AA**** restaurant and pub with others nearby, shops,supermarkets, banks are within 10min. Greenbank leisure centre is 10 min alway with modern pools and gym equipment at hand. Fishing and Clay pigeon shoots grounds also on offer.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 1
23 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter 2
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 3
7 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Apr 2017 - 22 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit is required to confirm the booking.

Short breaks and Last minute breaks very welcome: priced on request.

Food can be provided before arrival if required.

Changeover Day:
Arrival from 15:30
Departure 10:30

Notes on prices:
Please contact for prices not shown.
Please contact for short stay costs
Last minute breaks very welcome.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The property has everything to offer. You only have to look on Google maps. Dry Ski slope, Real snow ski slopes, Twycross Zoo, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Leisure Centre, Calke Abbey Park, Staunton Harold Hall with Shops. Great local pubs and restaurants. Footpaths/Cycle paths, two reservoirs, fishing. Bus routes within very short walking distance.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Television


  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Fitted with a three-piece white country suite comprising panelled bath with electric shower unit over, Pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, half tiled walls and splash-backs. Extractor fan.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 Bedroom with exposed beams, built-in double door louvre wardrobes and UPVC double glazed window to the front elevation.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Heating fuel supplied. Food can also be supplied on request. Wi-Fi Broadband. Dogs welcome on request. Outside: The rear gardens comprise of a block-brick patio garden with raised pebble seating area, outside tap and light. Access to rear store with electric light and power supplies. Utility Room: Washer, Dryer, Ironing board and Iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided. The property is cleaned before being occupied with spare linen provided. Other: Dogs welcome on request.

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