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Luxury self-catering In a lovely setting on the doorway to the Peak District - Handel's Muse, Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Handel's Muse, Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)

This cute converted mews property contains a double bedroom with canopied tester, designer marble shower room, large beamed fully-fitted kitchen with breakfast bar, cooker, microwave, toaster, 'pod' coffee maker, washing machine, fridge with icebox, and a lofty open plan lounge containing an ancient wooden fire surround and flame effect electric fire.

This is a perfect retreat for those romantic weekends away with someone special. Outside Handel’s Muse, with views across towards the 'Breeze House' and bridle path, is a private patio and garden complete with bench, table and chairs. We also have a gym and table-tennis table available for guest's use.

About the property


Diane and Vaughan offer all our guests a warm welcome to our farm which is set in 12 acres of delightful Derbyshire countryside. Nestled in the quiet valley of the River Dove just south of the pretty market town of Ashbourne and several hundred yards from the inspirational birthplace of Handel’s ‘Water Music’ and Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’, is Oldfields Farmhouse with its barn conversions of Handel’s Muse and Gorsey Hayes. Formerly part of Snelston vicarage, the farmhouse was built in 1828 and designed by Cottingham (the father of Gothic Revival architecture, teacher of Pugin and designer of Snelston Hall and its ‘chocolate box’ conservation village, just down the lane). Our lovingly restored barn and mews are a mixture of contemporary and antique country furnishings offering a fabulous opportunity to relax in idyllic and secluded surroundings. High quality fittings, furnishings and decoration throughout make Oldfields an ideal destination to relax and enjoy the countryside.

Vaughan Collins
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
15 February, 2017

About Vaughan Collins

My wife Diane and I are a very friendly couple who are happy to welcome people to our property located in a lovely part of Derbyshire. We enjoy being able to walk out the front door and explore the lovely surroundings nearby on foot, or by car if we want to go further afield into the Peak District.

Vaughan Collins purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Vaughan Collins chose Derbyshire Dales

We moved to this property early in 2012 after searching the midlands area for a lovingly restored country property with grounds and accommodation facilities. We fell in love with the place as soon as we first drove up to it and have felt at home ever since.

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Reservations will only be secured on receipt of a Booking Deposit of 25% of the total holiday cost. Deposits can be made by direct payment into our bank account or by cheque. A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75 for Handel’s Muse or £100 for Gorsey Hayes will also need to be paid, in addition to the balance of the total cost of the holiday, 6 weeks prior to the date of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred change-over day is Friday, but we are happy to consider any other arrangements that may better suit our guests. Accommodation will be available from 4.00 pm on the day of arrival and we request that guests leave by 10.00 am on departure day.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for full weeks, however we are happy to consider a minimum stay of 3 nights in some circumstances.


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Absolutely fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at both Handel's Muse and Gorsey Hayes over the weekend of 07-Jul through until 11-Jul-2016. The cottages were our base in the lead up to a wedding locally. The grounds and cottages are beautiful, comfortable and perfect in the lead up to the wedding. We managed to have some fabulous photos and there was more than enough room for the bridal party to get ready. Vaughan and Diane were so welcoming and even decorated the cottage upon our return as Bride and Groom. We also had numerous family and friends to visit us on the Sunday, even this wasn't a problem and Vaughan and Diane just wanted to accomodate everyone as best as possible. I cannot recommend it enough!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review of your stay with us. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that we were able to accommodate your wedding party, friends and family during your special week-end.
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Accommodation and facilities for Handel's Muse, Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)in Ashbourne in Derbyshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: For those wishing to explore the area we have an extensive selection of guide books for your perusal. If you have forgotten the wellies, we have a modest ‘welly bank’ which you are free to use. Cycles are also available (nominal £5 per day, fully serviced) and can be secured with a refundable damage deposit. Please note that we do not supply adult safety helmets and recommend you bring your own. The less energetic of our guests may simply wish for a pleasant picnic at Monsal Head, or a romantic glass of bubbly by the bridge at Chatsworth House; in which case, Oldfields can provide a picnic set for such a venture. Please let us know. For couples with a young family we have a travel cot and high chair available for use. Outside: With over 12 acres of land there is plenty of grounds to explore. We have a small orchard where there are two brick built BBQs, patio, grass lawn, swings and additional furniture. Boules, rounder’s bats, footballs and other play items are available on request. Visitors are welcome to ramble across our fields, although there are lots of great walks in the immediate vicinity either down by the river, along quiet lanes or a stroll around Snelston conservation village.

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