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Luxury Peak District Cottage With Private Pool



Updated: 04-Dec-2016
Cottage in Fenny Bentley, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire - Rural Tranquility, But Only 2 Miles From The Bustling Georgian Market Town Of Ashbourne

Just 2 miles from the Georgian market town of Ashbourne, Swallows Cottage sits down a private lane, amidst 5 acres of gardens and orchards (help yourselves to plums, damsons and apples in Autumn.) Take a footpath directly from your back door to the historical village of Tissington and beyond. Lounge by the private pool (only shared with owners) during Summer months (Mid-May, June, July & August) or bring a rod and try your luck fishing on the Bentley Brook. Curl up on the huge leather sofa watching one of the many dvd's in front of the wood burning stove in the sitting room, furnished with French antiques. There are plenty of books and games, too. Rustle up your favourite meal in the well-equipped, large kitchen/dining room with large scrubbed pine table (seats 8) and Smeg fridge/freezer,Nespresso machine, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer or treat yourself to a home-made ready meal from one of the delightful delicatessens in Ashbourne. Sleep peacefully in the antique four poster bed with crisp linen sheets -this room also has a tv - and far reaching views of the fields beyond. The cosy twin-bedded room has plenty of storage and we can also supply a travel cot and high chair, too. Modern bathroom with limestone flooring and underfloor heating. Derbyshire's Jewel in the Crown, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Kedleston Hall, Sudbury Hall and Alton Towers/Splash Landings are just 30 minutes away. Enjoy traditional local pubs, gastro pubs and restaurants with excellent food and real fires. Explore Derbyshire in comfort. Try horse trekking at Tissington, Cycling and Sailing at Carsington Water. Fluffy white towels, bath mats and all linen provided, apart from swimming towels. Kitchen basics - tea, coffee, sugar, spices, dish tabs, washing powder all included. Private patio with seating for four and Weber bbq.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Simon and I bought The Priory, Swallows Cottage and The Old Engine house some three years ago. Since then we have renovated The Priory and Swallow's Cottage to ensure maximum comfort - whether it be beds, heating or endless hot water. Our landscape gardener has developed the grounds, especially around the swimming pool, sympathetically and with great detail. Our three teenage children are often away and we relish the chance to look after our Swallows Cottage guests and love introducing them to our special Derbyshire "finds". We love being in such a peaceful spot but are endlessly grateful that we are just such a short distance from Ashbourne.

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Just perfect" - our family of four had a fabulous time at this lovely cottage set in its extensive and beautiful gardens.

"A very warm welcome!" - An ideally placed cottage that is well equipped with all the home from home comforts. All the basics were available in the kitchen and it seemed that nothing would be too much trouble for Izzy."

"A home-from-home - only better" . We booked the cottage for a relaxing girly weekend away and it was just perfect. We received a very warm welcome from the owner Izzy who is lovely.

"Total relaxation in a beautiful cottage, in beautiful, peaceful location"

"Gem of a place"
Oct 2013
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Swallows Cottage is in an idyllic setting. It is a charming and very welcoming holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time in Fenny Bentley at Swallows Cottage. The cottage is well appointed and very comfortable - we had some great family dinners around the large kitchen table! Watching the Autumn mists slowly disperse from the long lawn was a breakfast treat. Ashbourne is only a couple of miles away and has a good range of food shops and eating places. The Derbyshire countryside is glorious with Dovedale, Tissington and Ilam at your doorstep. We live in a large city so the quiet, and the chance to experience real darkness and to see the stars, was a rare pleasure. Izzie, our host, was welcoming and helpful. Altogether lovely!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review - we loved having you to stay and were thrilled that you had such a good holiday and so pleased that you managed to explore some of Derbyshire's gems, especially Tissington which is one of my favourites, too.
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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage and wonderful, helpful hosts.

The cottage is in a great location for exploring the surrounding area and is lovely and peaceful too.

As a family we don't tend to return to the same place twice but we wouldn't hesitate to return here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely weekend break

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a relaxing weekend break in late May. Izzy made us feel very welcome and was on hand to help with any request. The cottage was immaculate, the surroundings peaceful and idyllic, and the children loved the pool. I can recommend this property without reservation.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My family had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay at Swallows cottage. Izzy was very friendly and helpful and provided lots of useful information on what to see and do in the surrounding area. We only wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review - we hope to welcome you all back to Derbyshire again soon. All the very best, Izzy
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Superb Swallows Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have returned fully refreshed after a fantastic long weekend break at Swallows Cottage. There was everything we needed and more to make our stay really relaxing including homemade shortbread which was delicious. The location is perfect for those walkers wanting to visit Monsal Head and Dovedale. Tissington is very close by which has great biking trails. Plenty of towels made the packing a much lighter task. This cottage is one of the most comfortable we have ever booked through Owners Direct. We would love to revisit when the pool is open for business as this is a luxury obviously not to be missed. Although right next door Izzy was helpful but not intrusive during our stay and she was so friendly, a lovely hostess. Thank you so much for letting us stay in your pretty cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your fantastic review...it is wonderful to know that you all had such a good time and not only enjoyed the cottage but made full use of local "things to do". Please do come back when the pool is open - we would love to see you all again.
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Fabulous break

  • 5 of 5

We had a super break at Swallows Cottage and just wish we could have stayed for longer. It is a great place to recharge, relax and enjoy the countryside. We went on some great walks to Dovedale, Ilam and surrounding areas. We would recommend cycling the Monsal trail which is great for youngsters as it is flat and safe. Nearby Tissington is lovely for a wander round and of course the children loved the sweetshop! The cottage itself is very cosy and has everything that you could possibly need. We enjoyed spending our evenings by the fire playing board games and generally relaxing. Izzy was very welcoming and helpful. We couldn't have asked for more and can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Having lived in a local village (some 6 miles from Asbourne), very happily, for 10 years, we were thrilled to find the combination of rural peace but without being miles from civilization - with Ashbourne just 2 miles away we can easily whizz in for milk, papers and take-aways without feeling that we are in a built-up area. An added bonus is that we can walk by footpath, directly from the front door, to Tissington and Fenny Bentley.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : East Midlands at 37 Miles Nearest Golf : Ashbourne Golf Club at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Derby at 18 Miles Car: necessary


East Midland's Airport is just 45 minutes away

Manchester Airport - 1 hour

Birmingham Airport - 1 hour

Car hire essential


Ashbourne - 2 miles

Bakewell - 30 minutes

Derby - 30 minutes

Chatsworth - 30 minutes

Alton Towers - 30 minutes - (14 miles)

Stoke on Trent - 40 minutes - Emma Bridgewater Factory Shop, "The Potteries"

Nottingham - 45 minutes

Carsington Water - 15 mins (5 miles)

National Memorial Arboretum - 45 mins (29 miles)

Gullivers Kingdom - 30 mins - (14 miles)

Tissington Village - 7 mins - (3.5 miles)

Further Details:

The Georgian market town of Ashbourne is just 2 miles away, with plenty of independent retailers (antique shops, clothes and delicatessens) alongside a Waitrose, Majestic Wine, Sainsburys, M&S Food, and Co-Op. The village of Brassington (5 miles) has a wonderful, unspoilt pub serving excellent pub food - The Old Gate Inn. The Duncombe Arms at Ellastone (8 miles) is a fabulous, buzzy pub with delicious food. The George at Alstonefield (6.5 miles) has truly amazing food - all of the above are worth booking beforehand. Newly opened "Whites" in Ashbourne offers relaxed French food and a great selection of cocktails. We also love Cafe Impromptu on Church Street in Ashbourne...when they say home-made they really mean it....open for breakfast, lunch and tea.

The estate-owned village of Tissington can be reached by footpath from your back door (or a quick 5 minute drive). Frequently used for historical filming this unspoilt gem is great for walking around...village duck pond, butchers, old fashioned sweetie shop and great tea rooms...their annual Well Dressings (on Ascension Day) are not to be missed. Take the Tissington Trail (walk or cycle) to Ashbourne or north towards Parsley Hay.

A visit to Chatsworth is a must....look on their website for behind-the scenes tours and special events. Don't forget Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall, too.

Younger children will love the farmyard at Chatsworth, Gulliver's Kingdom, Alton Towers, china painting at Sticky Fingers in Ashbourne or just cycling round Carsington Water.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Half Term
11 Feb 2017 - 20 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter Holidays
8 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer
24 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
27 May 2017 - 6 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
7 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Payment can be made by BACS or cheque, with a 50% deposit to secure the booking, the remainder payable no less than 30 days before arrival date.

Changeover Day:
We are completely flexible on changeover days. 2 nights minimum stay out of school holidays and bank holiday weekends. Arrival after 3pm, departure 10am

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are guideline and may vary during school holidays and bank holiday weekends. Please ask about special prices for weekly stays.
We can occasionally offer one or two night breaks and last minute special rates. Please call us for details. 01335 350 737. 07870 171 872

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

When we bought the property we were advised by many friends not to put a pool in - how glad we are now that we ignored their advice! This Summer has been glorious - Derbyshire at its very best. Breakfasting by the pool on a quiet Summer's morning can't be beaten. We have fishing rights on the Bentley Brook (just across the lane) and you are welcome to bring your fishing kit.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom with shower over bath, loo, underfloor heating and heated towel rail.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom boasts an antique four poster double bed with duck down duvet, and pure cotton linen, own tv. Twin room has two single beds. Travel cot available.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The owners, Simon and Izzy, lived in the accommodation whilst they were renovating their house nearby. It has been equipped with every modern facility and for maximum comfort. There is plenty of storage space - in-built wardrobes in both bedrooms and plenty of living space. Children are welcome but please be aware that there are ponds in the garden. Outside: Enjoy the best of English Summers by the landscaped heated outdoor pool, overlooking the croquet lawn and orchard. Relax on sun loungers and whip up a barbecue on your own Weber. Try your hand at table tennis or just wander around the 5 acre gardens and orchards. Private river walk and fishing on the Bentley Brook. Pick wild garlic in Springtime, plums, damsons and apples in Autumn. Utility Room: Washer/dryer, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Pure cotton linen in both bedrooms, fluffy white towels, bathmats, tea towels are all included. Mid-stay cleaning can be arranged on request. Swimming towels can be hired on request.

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