Rocking Stone Cottage

Matlock, Derbyshire

A beautiful place in acres of rural peace - gaze from the terrace in summer, sit by the wood-burner in winter, explore Peak District sights


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


This old barn has been beautifully crafted to be stylish and comfortable on the inside whilst still rustic on the outside. Follow a long bumpy track to the old farm, built of pink Birchover Gritstone. Well-travelled owners Rachael and Gerry came to live here, along with children, dogs and horses, after living and working in Hong Kong, and have renovated the barn for guests. Heaps of handy touches – underfloor heating, huge wood-burner in the sitting room, pretty Shaker-style kitchen and a neatly laid terrace with barbecue. A Chinese table picked up in the Far East, blue and white vases and a jolly tribal rug add character and colour. Up the steep stairs, the main bedroom is glorious – sit up in bed and look through the arched window at fields and dry stone walls. The bathrooms have drenching walk-in showers, plus a bath in the en-suite for the twin room. Walks are straight from the door, past the important megalithic rocking stone – keep going for miles of stunning rocks and tors. A short stroll takes you to good eating places including a micro-brewery. Heaps to do further afield – Bakewell, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Parking on-site.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Pubs/restaurants 6-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £130
Weekly price
from £840
Short breaks £130 per night.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1303 beds2 bedrooms


Rocking Stone Cottage was a glorious New Year's break; the enormous woodburning stove and stacks of wood were put to good use warming us after walks in the snow. Rachael and Gerry were wonderfully kind and gregarious, inviting us to share some drinks and helping tow one of us up the hill in the icy conditions. The cottage itself is beautifully done, with plenty of space for four adults to stay comfortably for nearly a week. We loved the walks in the area, but the best part was coming back to a warm stove and a glass of wine. All in all, it was great, thanks Rachael and family.

Hannah, Bristol

It was a pleasure to stay in Rocking Stone Cottage which was extremely well presented and furnished to a very high standard. Our hosts (Rachael and Gerry) were very friendly and helpful with a knowledge of the surrounding countryside and sites which would be hard to surpass. It was a delight to return to the cottage after a day walking and sightseeing. As a high quality cottage we would return without hesitation.

Liz, Cambridge

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rachael O'Rourke

  • Spectacular walks from the door to Stanton Moor, the 9 Ladies Druid Stone Circle, The Druid Rocks, Lathkill Dale, Robin Hood's Stride and a short trip to Dovedale, Ilam Park, Edale or Curbar Edge (where Kiera Knightly stood in Pride & Prejudice).
  • Famous county houses Chatsworth and Haddon Hall are within 15 mins drive. Kedleston Hall, Hardwick Hall, Eyam Hall and Bolsover Castle all under 45mins away. Explore the pretty market towns of Ashbourne and Bakewell, famous for the Bakewell Pudding.
  • Take a picnic up to the rocks and rock our megalithic rocking stone or visit the movie locations from the cult classic 'Princess Bride' scattered around the property and just beyond.
  • Hire bicycles and cycle along the Monsal, Manifold Valley or Tissington Trails.
  • Travel back in time and visit the Crich Tramway museum or travel on the steam trains at The Peak Railway from nearby Rowsley.
  • Visit the David Mellor Museum and Design Factory, John Smedley Factory Shop (huge discounts on London prices), Cromford Mill cradle of the industrial revolution and World Heritage Site, Caudwell's Mill, Peak District Mining Museum Matlock Bath.