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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
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



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 May, 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 Staffordshire

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.


Accommodation and facilities for Handel's Muse, Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)in Uttoxeter in East Staffordshire District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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.


5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)

Handel's Muse, Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Lovely place to stay, such high standards

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at handels muse & we were not disappointed! Really cosy place to stay out in the countryside but very close to Ashbourne. Hosts Vaughan & Diane were very friendly & very welcoming of our 3 month old boy. Defiantly recommend for your stay in the Peak District

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your return visit to Handel's Muse with your young child and we hope to welcome you back for a longer stay sometime.
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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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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
East Midlands
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: necessary


Due to the rural location and lack of local bus services a car is really essential (unless you're avid walkers or cyclists!). The nearest train station is Uttoxeter (20 minutes drive away) but for mainline services you will need to go to Derby (30 minutes drive away). The nearest airport is East Midlands, approximately 30 miles, or 45 minutes away by car.


The picturesque village of Snelston is a short 10 minute walk away. The market town of Ashbourne is 3 miles away and this is considered to be the doorway to the Peak District with many places of interest. The popular attraction of Alton Towers is only 3 miles away.

For high street shopping and all major outlets and services Derby is 20 minutes drive away.

Further Details:

Ashbourne is the nearest town, with a Marks and Spencers, Waitrose and Sainsbury's for provisions, and a Barclays, RBS and Nat West for banking. There's plenty of good pubs and restaurants in the surrounding villages.

Some of the more popular local attractions include:

Dovedale’s stepping stones appear on thousands of post cards and the area attracts a million visitors a year. Keep away on sunny weekend afternoons.

Ashbourne (founded by the Saxons) is one of Derbyshire’s finest old market towns, combining a medieval street pattern and historic buildings with a wealth of high quality shops. Lying in a lovely green valley on the southern edge of the Peak District, the town attracts many visitors who come to enjoy a scene which has changed little in appearance since the 18th century. The cobbled market place, hidden alleys and yards are a delight to explore, and the wide and elegant Church Street is considered to be the finest street of Georgian buildings in Derbyshire.

The Tissington Trail runs along a 13 mile route from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the traffic-free trail is ideal of horse riders, cyclists, naturalists and walkers. It is suitable for wheel chairs and pushchairs along the flat sections.

Tucked away in the Peak District’s wild rolling hills lies the Tissington Estate which presides over a quintessentially English village, complete with duck pond and village green. There are a number of interesting shops here, as well.

Escape to the fabulous world of the Alton Towers Resort – there’s so much going on, the fun never stops! As good for the big ones as well as the little ones. Great swimming open all year in a palm tree oasis.

Chatsworth House has a stunning backdrop, adventure playground, lovely gardens, great walks and farmyard fun – certainly a 2 day visit when linked with beautiful Baslow (and its village trail) only next door. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Devonshire Arms, or Lupo’s Italian Restaurant.