Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

Character Cottage Sleeping Up To Six People. Peak District. Good pub close by.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in Kniveton, Nr. Ashbourne, Peak District, Derbyshire Dales, England - Village Location, Close To Carsington Water.

This recently refurbished stone built cottage sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms, two of which have double beds, the third having twin beds. Smaller groups of up to four people can be accommodated with 1 double bedroom locked. Outside is parking for up to three cars and a secluded patio area with table and chairs for al-fresco dining. Owners John & Liz live next door so should be on hand to welcome you when you arrive, show you round and answer any questions. If you need any help during your stay, just come round to us to ask. For those evenings when you don't fancy cooking, the village pub is just 75 yards down the road serving good food and real ales. As an alternative there's another pub just half a mile away, again with a great reputation for food. The bustling market town of Ashbourne, often referred to as "The Gateway to the Peaks" is just a couple of miles away, and has four supermarkets where you can get food - Sainsburys, Waitrose, Co-op and Marks & Spencer Simply Food. There are many small, private shops in the town, ensuring it is not just your "typical" high street, and in Church Street you'll find a selection of around a dozen antique shops, one of Derbyshire's largest collections of this type of shop. A couple of miles in the other direction is Carsington Water where you can find so much to do. There's water sports, sailing, cycle hire, a children's play area, a bird watching centre with several hides, or you can just walk around the reservoir. A full circuit is around 8.5 miles. Obviously Derbyshire's fabulous Peak District is right on your doorstep with so much opportunity to walk, cycle and generally enjoy the wonderful countryside. Within a short drive you can get to Dovedale, possibly the most famous of Derbyshire's dales, but also close by are Milldale, Monsal dale and Lathkill dale. You can walk or cycle along the High Peak Trail and the Tissington Trail, or if you fancy some of Britains finest heritage, then Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Kedlaston Hall and Hardwick Hall are all close by, as is the Derwent Valley Mills, a World Heritage site. For those of you wanting excitement of a different sort, the famous Alton Towers resort is within half an hours drive, perfect for keeping the kids happy or for entertaining the child in you! All this and more is close by to keep you busy for the whole period of your stay. Or you can just chill, relax, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful part of England.

John & Liz Astle
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2017

About John & Liz Astle

John & Liz moved into Kniveton late in 2013 and immediately began to refurbish Upper Bank House to a high standard as a self catering holiday cottage. We live next door so are available to meet and greet, help you settle and answer any questions you may have.

You will be fully independent, but help is at hand if you need it.

This is our only holiday let ensuring it receives our full attention. We are very proud of it and make every effort to ensure the quality on offer to guests remains at a very high standard.

Why John & Liz Astle chose Derbyshire Dales

Village location in country community. We are Derbyshire people and wished to remain in the county where we enjoy its magnificent scenery. Living in the other half of the cottage ourselves ensures that you enjoy quiet privacy which we know is important to our guests.

We are also keen bird watchers - well John is keen, Liz enjoys - and we wanted to be close to Carsington Water which attracts much of interest.

What makes this cottage unique

Village location

Very convenient for Ashbourne and Carsington Water

Friendly local community

Local pub - The Red Lion - serving good food and real ales.

Fresh country air!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Ashbourne, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • One bathroom with feature "slipper" bath, large walk in shower, wash basin with mirror and wc. Mirror has "hands free" electric lighting. All towels included.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two bedrooms with double beds. One bedroom with twin beds. All bed linen included.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We accommodate up to six people, but can offer a small reduction if your group numbers no more than four and only two bedrooms are needed. One of the double rooms can be locked if this is the case. There is parking for up to three cars. Sorry, no pets. Outside: There is parking for up to three cars and a small but attractive patio area with a table and six chairs for warm summer evenings. There is a covered shed where two - three bicycles can be left. It is not secure, but not visible from the road. Utility Room: A separate part of the kitchen, the "wet" area includes the sink unit and drainer, dishwasher and washer dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included and the property is cleaned every week, or at the end of each visit if sooner. Other: Dining room with table and six comfortable chairs beside a large old feature fireplace. Included is a hostess trolley to help keep food piping hot.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

Character Cottage Sleeping Up To Six People. Peak District. Good pub close by.
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews

beautiful,warm and welcoming

  • 4 of 5

A very enjoyable weekend. A beautiful cottage, clean, warm and comfortable with the owners on hand to help if needed. Located in a very convenient pretty village close to the lovely Derbyshire tourist attractions.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, we do our best to make the cottage as warm, comfortable and welcoming as possible. It is our only holiday let so take a great pride in its presentation and facilities. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. John & Liz.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

One of the best cottages we've stayed in.

  • 5 of 5

It's obvious that a great deal of effort has gone into the cottage. The rooms are very nicely decorated and impeccably clean. The kitchen is modern and very well equipped. What also impressed us was the preparation of the cottage before we arrived. We were there with my parents and children for Christmas and were expecting to have to pop out and get a tree and decorations. However, everything had been done for us - the whole place had been decorated. We just had to drop our bags and start to relax. John and Liz were just next door and were very friendly and were very happy to help, organising some logs for us. We really couldn't have wished it to be any better.

I would certainly consider coming back but this time in the warmer months as there are great opportunities to go out walking and cycling in the area.

Thanks for making it such a lovely Christmas.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, we do put a lot of effort into preparing the cottage for all our guests throughout the year. Christmas is special though so we make sure the cottage is decorated nicely for the whole festive season. We're so glad you were happy with our efforts. There is much for our guests to enjoy all year round, come rain or shine. The scenery is magnificent for walkers or cyclists to enjoy in all weathers whilst for those who would rather be inside on colder, wetter days there are many historic houses and museums within easy reach. The historic market towns of Ashbourne, Buxton, Bakewell and Wirksworth are also worthy of visits. It will be lovely to welcome you back again soon. Best wishes John & Liz.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

A lovely property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this lovely cottage. It was very well equipped and very clean.The owners who live next door were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, we do our best to ensure that our guests have the best possible holiday experience. If help is needed we're there for you, otherwise we just leave you in peace to enjoy your stay. We'll hope to see you all again soon.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

We can't recommend it enough!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Upper Bank House, and would definitely return. It is situated in a lovely rural area, which is a great base for walks (long and short) or drives to local towns/attractions. There is a pub a few doors down the road too, which serves food. We didn't sample this, but it certainly smelled good!

There were five of us staying in the cottage (all adults) and it was very comfortable - six would be fine, too. Very comfy beds and bedding. Very clean rooms. Spotless bathroom, with a huge shower.

John and his wife were lovely, and very welcoming, yet left us to do our own thing, which was nice. We were touched to find a welcome gift on the kitchen table when we arrived, including wine and nibbles.

The kitchen is very well equipped, and we managed to easily whip up a roast dinner with all the trimmings, alongside many other meals. The garden is small but lovely, with table and chairs for sunny days.

We had brought our own games with us, however there is an impressive array of books, games and DVDs to choose from in the cottage, if you are stuck indoors or just fancy a night in.

Our only criticism was the fact there is only one bathroom/toilet. This probably wouldn't bother most people, however it always makes me a little bit anxious due to health issues.

Overall, I'd book this cottage again in a heartbeat. Thank you for a great weekend!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this kind review, Liz and I are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We do work very hard to maintain the standard of the cottage, both for cleanliness and its contents. Many guests have commented to us that the kitchen is better equipped with pans, pots, utencils etc than they have at home. The bathroom also draws considerable praise for both the shower and the feature bath. One guest wanted to take the bathroom with them when they left!! We can confirm the food at the pub is excellent, we often eat there ourselves. The chef has won awards and to maintain the standard food isn't served on his day off. We're so glad to hear you'd love to come and stay again, it will be our pleasure to welcome you back here soon. John & Liz.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Lovely well equipped, comfortable and very clean cottage.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed to stay at this cottage for three nights. It's in a lovely part of the country with plenty of lovely walks. The pub just down the road (Red Lion) serves lovely meals (and apparently good real ale). My only real disappointment was that I did not realise the cottage was so near the road. It was too hot to sleep with the windows closed and very noisy with them open, so we were unable to get very much sleep. That aside, John and Liz were lovely hosts and made us feel very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving this review, we're really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay here. We're lucky to have the pub so close and they do have an excellent chef. The Peak District is renowned for its beauty and walks so we're glad to hear you found some lovely walks close by. The B road through the village does sometimes get a little busy during the day, especially during peak times, but is generally very quiet at night. We have our bedroom windows open all the time and have no trouble sleeping. I suppose it depends on what you're used to at home if you find the occassional vehicle disturbing. We'll hope to see you all here again soon. John & Liz.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Very nice spacious and comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this cottage and thought it was decorated and furnished really well. The kitchen was particularly well equipped and the sitting room had plenty of comfortable chairs. As well as being able to eat in the kitchen, there is a separate dining room which is an added bonus. Outside there is a small courtyard garden which provided a safe play area for our small grandson. On the down side, there is just one toilet located in the upstairs bathroom ( which is beautiful!!). It wasn't a problem for us but if you had six people staying it might be. It is also on a busy country road which meant you couldn't leave the windows open at night.

The cottage is located in a village near to Ashbourne. There is a good pub close by, although it seems to stop doing food very early evening ( at least it did on the Sunday we went) and is quite small so you need to book.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and useful thoughts. We do try hard to maintain a high standard of comfort, quality and fittings. Many guests comment that the cottage is better equipped than their own homes! Our local pub is excellent and serves food late Wednesday - Saturday. On Sunday they choose to serve lunch right through the afternoon until early evening when the chef finishes having already done a long, hard shift. The chef is excellent and to maintain standards food is only served when he is there. We agree that due to its popularity booking is essential and we give the phone number of the pub in the facts folder in the cottage. We'll hope to see you again soon, John & Liz.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
29 Miles
East Midlands Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Red Lion
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Red Lion
Car: necessary


Nearest airports -

East Midlands - 30 miles

Manchester - 50 miles

Birmingham - 51 miles


Village pub - The Red Lion - 75 yards

Ashbourne - 2 miles

Carsington Water - 2 miles

Dovedale - 7 miles

Alton Towers - 14 miles

Chatsworth House - 19 miles

Further Details:

Ashbourne has four supermarkets, Co-op, Waitrose, Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer Simply Food.

There are many other small, independent shops in Ashbourne, together with many banks, restaurants and antique shops.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Ashbourne, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
17 Low
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 High
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 Low
3 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 Medium
17 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 High
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 Low
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 Medium
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 Very Low
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 Low
16 Dec 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
17 High
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$129.79

Changeover Day:
During busy periods our changeover day is usually Saturday, but we try to be as flexible as possible. Guests may arrive at any time after 4pm, and leave us by 10am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Reduced prices available for 3/4/5 night stays at our discretion. Do please enquire for our prices for 3 night + stays.
Stays of 6 nights are charged at the 7 night rate.
For groups of up to 4 people and if only two bedrooms are required, a small reduction may be offered and one of the double bedrooms will be locked. This is at our discretion. Please enquire if this option may suit you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Enter dates to see total
Send a Message Send a Message