Fern Cottage

Ashbourne, Derbyshire
+44 (0)1335 310393
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£90 - £140
per night
£640 - £840
per week

Traditionally furnished, spacious cottage with far-reaching views and terraced garden for recovering from days spent walking and cycling


3 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

£90 - £140 per night

£640 - £840 per week

The Experience

Up a steep, bumpy road, with no sign of habitation… a mystery tour? Then a sturdy, limestone cottage, with deep-set windows and handsome proportions appears. Turn around, and you’ll stagger at the views over the Staffordshire/Derbyshire hills. There’s even a wall seat from which to enjoy them. Originally the mine manager’s house for nearby copper workings, and then the owners’ family home, it’s been thoughtfully updated without losing authentic charm. Window seats, alcove cupboards and original fireplaces mix with pale colours, cottagey furnishings and a sprinkling of well-chosen antiques to create a calm, tranquil atmosphere. Pale-painted floorboards lend an airy feel to the small, well-kitted kitchen. A window seat plump with cushions and a wood-burning stove make the sitting room cosy while a sunny conservatory extension cleverly doubles as a dining space. Large, light-filled bedrooms and bathroom are comfortably pretty yet unfussy, with wake-you-up views. Go walking and cycling; explore Chatsworth and local industrial heritage. The biggest joy is the secret corners in the terraced gardens, perfect for reading and dreaming.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £90
Weekly price
from £640
1 Cottage for 4
From £903 beds3 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm Monday-Friday
Check out
By 10am
Other details
Minimum stay: 3 nights at weekends & high season. 4 nights on weekdays. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Dog treats, bowls and bags.

Dogs £40 per dog. Max. 3.

Enclosed garden; walks from the door.

Restaurants 3 miles away.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Robert & Jo Wood

  • The Manifold Valley Trail runs just below the cottage, perfect for biking and hiking. Use the trail to get to The Manifold Inn, shop and tea rooms at Hulme End or follow it down to Wetton Mill.
  • Visit the National Trust site of the famous Ecton Mine and the recently restored Engine House located just above the cottage.
  • Visit Chatsworth House, Kedleston Hall (NT) Caulke Abbey (NT), Haddon Hall and Lyme Park (NT)
  • Visit the David Mellor Museum and Design Factory, John Smedley Factory Shop, Cromford Mill or the famous Wedgewood Museum.
  • Spectacular walking right from the door so you can explore the White Peak area of the National Park.


Robert & Jo Wood

Jo and Robert manage a collection of cottages. They feature a blend of countryside charm with rustic materials and clean lines to create a homely yet contemporary space. Jo’s style has been influenced by her time working in Boston, USA and thus heartily associated with shaker style – simple with subdued earthly materials, vintage finds and traditional trimmings.