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Luxury Peak District Cottage With Private Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

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.

Property Manager
Isobel James
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2017

About Isobel James

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.

Isobel James purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Isobel James chose Derbyshire Dales

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fenny Bentley in Derbyshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


Great little location away from the world...

  • 4 of 5

Originally I booked this apartment for the pool but misread that its not actuallly open until Mid-May. Still we had a great time. One thing to note is that you will have no telephone reception at this location and there is no landline provided by the owners so you are cut off from the world. Internet speed is 2MB down and 0.5mb up. and the wifi signal does not reach the bedroom. Was a little worried as we have small kids with us and incase of emergency did not have a phone service

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do think that part of the charm of the cottage is, as you say, "away from the world" - and naturally would have provided a land line phone if you had needed one - we are only a few steps away and totally understand the need for contact if you have small children. We do have mobile service at the house - I am not sure what provider you have, though. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
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Exceeded Expectations

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was simply perfect for a family get away in the Peak District.

The property itself was bigger than I expected, a large kitchen with a good sized (easily seat 6) pine table and a sizeable living room. It was very well appointed with good crockery and cutlery - a small thing but indicative of the care taken to ensure that guests can feel relaxed.

I have no hesitation in recommending this to anybody looking for a cottage in the Peaks.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage with everything we needed

  • 4 of 5

Good location for walks directly from the cottage, close to ashbourne and great fire!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments - so pleased that you had such a good stay and made the most of local walks and the cosy woodburner!
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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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
24 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
27 May 2017 - 6 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
7 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Late Summer
10 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
30 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £25

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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