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The Lavender Patch - The Duck House Sleeps 2 (additional sofa bed can sleep 2 more)

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights


The Duck House Sleeps 2 (additional sofa bed can sleep 2 more)

The Duck House is a beautiful ground floor barn conversion, recently refurbished to a very high standard. It has a modern feel, but still boasts wonderful old beams throughout the property allowing a sense of space with pitched ceilings in both the sitting room and bedroom. French doors on the west side of the property give the barn wonderful amounts of light throughout the day, and has a private terrace and garden which is completely dog proof. Well behaved dogs are welcome.

About the property

The Lavender Patch

The Bed and Breakfast accommodation is located in the wing of the farmhouse. Guests have use of their own entrance, which leads into the hallway of the wing. Double doors lead to their private sitting room, which boasts beautiful soft furnishings and antique furniture. The sitting room has an oak beamed ceiling, with the focal point being a wonderfully large brick fireplace with a log burner. This is where breakfast is served, at a well appointed table for two. There is a flat screen television and a selection of DVD's for guests to watch whilst relaxing in front of the fire. Wifi is available.

French doors lead out onto a terrace area, which guests are able to use during the warmer months. There is also a ground floor WC and an area to store wellies and coats.

A private staircase leads to the enormous bedroom which is located above the sitting room. Some 30ft long by 20ft wide allows guests to experience true space. Apex ceilings with A frame beams allows wonderful amounts of light into the bedroom. A sumptuous super king size bed occupies the far wall with bedside tables and lamps either side. Again the bedroom is decorated lightly with antique ornaments. High quality Egyptian sheets are used with seasonal duvets, and appropriate throws depending on the time of year.

There is a large flatscreen television together with an alarm radio in the bedroom. There is plenty of storage space with an antique pine chest of drawers together with a wardrobe situated just off the bedroom in a separate small room which can hold bags/suitcases. There is also a small fridge in this room which will hold a couple of bottles of wine, and a small amount of food. An ironing board, iron and hair dryer are also provided.

There is a refreshment tray in the bedroom, with a selection of teas, herbal teas, fresh coffee pods and biscuits. Milk is provided in the fridge along with bottled water.

The ensuite boasts a wonderful roll top bath, twin sinks, a WC and a walk in shower. Two heated towel rails, bath robes, large bath sheets, hand towels and flannels are also provided.

There are some wonderful pubs and restaurants in the area. Please do ask when booking and we will be only too assist in making a reservation for you.

Check in time is from 3.30pm onwards. Check out time is by 10.30am please unless previously discussed when booking.

Sadly we don't alow dogs in the main farmhouse, but will happily provide a bed and breakfast hamper in The Duck House where dogs are allowed. Please note that the hamper is an additional cost, and start from £12.00 per person. Please ask for further details when booking.

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Sally Hibbert
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Sally Hibbert

We have slowly and lovingly restored the family farm back to life - it has taken over ten years, but we have almost finished. We are incredibly proud to have achieved a Five Star Gold Award, and a Breakfast Award for the Bed and Breakfast accommodation which has now been running for over 5 years. We have a wonderful flow of returning guests. Some say its the cooking, others come to admire the views of a working farm, especially during the summer months at harvest time. We are really thrilled with The Duck House conversion, and there is already a list of guests forming who would like to move into it permanently! The Old Tea Room is a superbly appointed wooden cottage conversion which is tucked away from the main farmhouse but sits on the edge of the garden allowing visitors to have that extra bit of privacy. Both properties can be rented out together for larger groups and we can also offer room only in the B&B if that extra bed is needed and the barns are full!

Why Sally Hibbert chose Derbyshire Dales

The farm was inherited over fifteen years ago, and we are the fourth generation to live here. Originally it was one of the biggest dairy farms in Derbyshire. Now however, it is run as an arable farm. The farm is easily located and because we are so central, you can get to various parts of the country really easily which also means you can have a touch of the rural qualities without being off the beaten track. Very accessible to the M1 and M6, and yet you can be in the Peak District within 10 minutes drive.

What makes this barn unique

Incredibly private accommodation and not overlooked at all. The property offers open field views and there is a small enclosed verandah with tables and chairs for guests to use.

The lake during the summer months is wonderful, and offers some superb coarse fishing, or if you are feeling a little more keen, open water swimming is allowed. The lake is only a very short walk away from the cottage - literally 100 metres. There is also a lockable shed for bicycles and fishing equipment. The verandah is dog proof and has a gated entrance onto it. The garden is also fenced with a gated entrance onto the cottage driveway.

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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


Everything we could have asked for and more

  • 5 of 5

The duckhouse was absolutely fantastic and better than we could have ever imagined. We stayed for 1 week over Christmas. Sally had tastefully decorated The Duckhouse House in preperation for our arrival, along with mince pies and a jug of milk. The house was spotless when we arrived and there was plenty of room for the two of us and our two dogs. Parking is in the courtyard right next to the duckhouse front door. There are lots of places to walk around the farm and into the village. Dovedale was 25 minutes drive away. Sally and Charlie were fabulous hosts and were on hand with anything we needed. We are definitely going to book again and will be recommending to our family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5 Star Stay, Great Value, Clean, Relaxing A+++

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place! As far as I understand there is a small B&B on site and also 2 cottages that could be rented. We stayed in the smallest which was 'The Duck House.' This was a lovely, well decorated one bedroom property with an open plan kitchen/diner and living room. Everything was finished to a high standard and truly felt no that expense had been spared.

Upon arrival we had a lovely welcoming committee of ducks and hens greet us. I'm not sure if they were trained to do so but it was a nice surprise all the same and a reminder that you are on a working farm. The host had left us 6 gorgeous chicken eggs, a pint of milk in the fridge, a packet of luxury biscuits and two very tasty caramel slices. These are all small touches which did not have to be made but really did make the difference to us and made us feel welcomed and looked after.

You have all you will ever need inside the cottage however a stones throw away in either direction you have a number of village pubs and restaurants. There is a supermarket not too far away and it is about a 20 minute drive into Burton if you want to wander around the shops.

Sally who hosted us was really friendly, polite and we felt could not do enough to help us. All of this together made for a truly relaxing stay. We would really recommend to anyone who is after a nice relaxing break.

Thank you for having us!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

There are dog friendly cottages then there is the Duck House. The garden is enclosed and secure, open fields for the dogs to run in and the icing on the cake as far as our 4(yes 4 were allowed) were concerned a fantastic lake for swimming. For us humans the cottage had absolutely everything we could ask for and was An easy 15 min stroll to the village shops and two nice pubs. We have booked for next year already.

Bill, Liz & Roy, Poppy, Jethro and Bawbee

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to the Duck House as it is ideal for a couple with the added advantage of allowing a well behaved dog. The property is modern, bright, exceptionally clean and has everything you need for an enjoyable stay.

Situated at Hall Croft farm with a large lake it makes an excellent holiday location for our four legged friends. We will be back.......we love it.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the Duck house. Very comfortable. Enclosed garden was perfect for the dog. Would definitley stay again. Perfect, i would recommend to anyone wanting a rexaing stay away

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Whitsun at Duck House Cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Sally and Charlie made us feel very welcome. The property had all we needed and lots of extra's too. The cream tea was lovely and the free range eggs a bonus. The courtyard garden a pleasure to sit in, lots of places to visit nearby.

The fishing for Mick was enjoyable scenery wise but weather still a bit chilly but caught Bream and Tench.

We had a wonderful holiday and would recommend it to friends and family. Sally a great host, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Accommodation and facilities for The Duck House Sleeps 2 (additional sofa bed can sleep 2 more)in Ashbourne in Derbyshire

Property Type:
  • barn
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • village
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • This is an ensuite to the bedroom. Lovely large freestanding basin, WC, which has a hand rail next to it and superb shower with a large fixed head and a moveable smaller head. Another hand rail is also located in the showering area. Heated towel rail. Underfloor heating.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , The sofa bed is located in the sitting room.
  • Stylishly decorated with French doors overlooking the garden, this room has everything you need. A kng size bed with a memory foam mattress and bedside tables with lamps either side. A decent size wardrobe with mirrored doors, and a pine chest of draws allowing plenty of storage. There is a flat screen tv, and hairdryer in the room as well as a digital radio/cd player.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Entrance to the property is from the main courtyard with very easy access and is suitable for those in a wheelchair or those with disabilities. Excellent lighting at night. The property boasts open plan living accommodation with under floor heating. The main living accommodation has a spacious kitchen with everything you would need. Electric oven, hob, microwave, toaster, fridge/freezer, slim line dishwasher, and washing/dryer machine. Excellent cooking equipment located in the kitchen units, and plenty of storage space for guests to bring their own food. Extendible kitchen table. The sitting room has a leather sofa together with an arm chair and footstool where guests can enjoy views of the garden and farmland through the French doors. Flat screen TV/DVD. Free wifi. The bedroom has a super king-size bed which can be split into twin beds. Excellent storage, hair dryer, TV and radio. Super en-suite shower room with twin headed shower, grab rails, sink and WC. Cot/highchair. Outside: There is a nicely established private garden, which is completely dog proof. The terrace offers two easy loungers during the summer months and a seating area with table and chairs. There is also a BBQ. The farm boasts the most wonderful lake (approx 5.5 acres in size) which guests are allowed to use for open water swimming during the summer months. It also holds a good selection of coarse fish.

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