The Square

Ashbourne, Derbyshire
+44 (0)1335 346104
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£100 - £115
per night
£700 - £790
per week

A restful space with a pretty garden in a quiet Derbyshire village - the pub a short stroll away and Chatsworth near


3 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Pets welcome

£100 - £115 per night

£700 - £790 per week

The Experience

Those who appreciate English elegance will feel very much at home in this beautiful 18th-century weavers’ cottage with mullioned windows; the village is rather reassuring too with a proper green, a Grade II listed church and a friendly pub. Inside discover much light and space, a drawing room with original stone fireplace – wood-burner inside all ready to light – wooden floors, bright rugs and elegant watercolours. The kitchen is a cosy hub with warming Rayburn, terracotta tiles and dresser; there’s all you need to cook but if you’re feeling idle you can ask for a simple supper to be left. You’ll also find bread, eggs, wine, decent coffee and a jar of the owners’ River Dove honey (Sue and Victor, who settle you in, are doing their level best to bolster the local bee population). Bedrooms are up fairly steep stairs but are worth it: vast beds with linen from Harrods no less, a sweet single, books and antiques; the shower room gleams and towels are nicely thick. Chatsworth, gorgeous walking and antique-hunting await, but you could just take a book to the fecund garden through the gate – all yours.


  • 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 £100
Weekly price
from £700
Short breaks: 5-night stay, £600.
1 House for 4
From £1003 beds3 bedrooms


Booking information

Check in
From 3pm or flexible
Check out
By 10am or flexible
Other details
Minimum stay: 4 nights (sometimes 3 nights - please ask).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Supper can be arranged. Restaurants 2-minute walk.


This is a lovely place to stay - ideally located for some beautiful walks and in a very attractive and friendly village. We were welcomed by Vic who was really helpful in recommending walks and we were very appreciative of the welcome pack. Very comfortable bed and bedding and everything to make your stay a happy one. Our dog was made very welcome too.

Catherine, Bristol

This cottage was so warm and comfortable it felt like home and not a holiday let. The furnishings and particularly the beds are of the highest standard. Lots of books and CDs were appreciated. It was lovely to be greeted by Vic to show us around. The location was perfect.

Jenny, Oxford

This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful village with outstanding pub food and walks nearby.The hostess, Susan, was extremely helpful and organised and even supplied a pot of her own honey. The cottage is furnished and decorated to a high standard. A perfect break!

Andy, Henley in arden

Had a wonderful stay in The Square, despite hitting the week with three storms and plenty of rain. Victor was so welcoming on arrival and Sue so helpful with communications.The cottage was just ideal for all our needs with real antique feel lounge , so cosy with wood burner, and a second lounge area on top floor. Beds so comfortable. Really appreciated the welcome pack with few basics plus lovely honey and a bottle of wine. Very accommodating with flexible time of arrival and departure. We really hope to return but next time in summer months to enjoy the garden and Parwich in the sun.

Steve, Shrewsbury

A delightful, comfortable house, very well equipped and perfectly situated for terrific walks (required by young Labrador) along the trails. A really good selection of books in every room, exceptional furniture (superior to most holiday cottages), quality Wentworth jigsaws. Splendid welcome from Vic. Good info, village pub with convenient shop inside. Loads to do nearby (Tissington, Dovedale, Minninglow, Hardwick Hall, Keddleston, Chatsworth a little further away, Haddon Hall, Calke Abbey). We are going back!

Annie, Ledbury

This is a wonderful cottage to relax and unwind in well curated comfort. The stunning walks, market towns and stately homes of the Peak district are just on your door step or a short trip on the amazingly empty and fun to drive twisty roads. We also need to mention and thank our host Vic, for the warm welcome and top local tips for a gastronomic 5 days. We thoroughly recommend the village pub, The Sycamore, for great food and friendly chat with the locals. Superb!

Alison, Windsor

We’ve just spent a wonderful 10 days at The Square. Sue gave us a lovely welcome, and left fresh delicious local eggs, milk, bread and honey for our first morning. We loved the big sunny West facing windows, the comfy beds, the games room full of things to keep us entertained on rainy days. We made lovely toasty fires on the wood burner and the Rayburn aga-type cooker was easy to use too. There’s a good stock of maps and walks above the fridge, so we had lovely ventures on the Tissington Trail, in Dove Dale and in the local surrounds. We are very much looking forward to our next visit!

Jessica, London

What a fabulous house, everything you could ask for set in a beautiful village. Would highly recommend and Sue was a great host.

Andrew, Pulborough

What a find, I am almost tempted not to review in case the word gets out! Parwich is surely one of the prettiest villages in the Peaks. The Square overlooks a delightful bluebell public wood, and a private garden. Sue and Victor were amazing hosts, settling us in, and some lovely local free range eggs and groceries to great you. Particular thanks for posting back our forgotten goods. Oops and thank you!

Kiran, Harpenden

We loved this cottage so much we lengthened our stay and were so pleased that Sue and Victor could accommodate us. A beautiful cottage full of charm and character fully equipped for our ten nights. Lovely furniture, a great selection of books and a marvellous DVD collection. The front courtyard was larger than anticipated and to watch the sun go down whilst sitting with a glass of wine in hand at the end of the day was therapeutic. The garden another bonus. The complimentary honey from the owners own hive was delicious and we ordered many. Great location. Great local pub. We will return!

Rhona & Robert, East Sussex

The house is the best of Sawday's selection - so pretty, full of charm and character combined with great practical touches, particularly in the kitchen. Sue is a lovely host who greeted us personally and ensured we were comfortable with the house and the Aga. Our family of four really liked the locations as it was close to a pub/shop so we didn't have to cook all the time; and close to walks. Thoroughly recommended!

Vivienne, London

We had a wonderful week staying at The Square. Lovely warm welcome from the owners who showed us around their beautiful house. The welcome hamper was very much appreciated especially the local honey which we bought two further pots of for when we got home. The house was perfect, the village absolutely stunning and the local area devine.

Wendy, Okehampton

Thanks for a wonderful weekend. Lovely walking along Dove dale return to Parwich fto a local pub with great food and back home to one of the most comfortable b Cottages I have stayed in. All this and local honey and French wine waiting for us on arrival. Just perfect. Ill be back for fly fishing lessons on the Dove and maybe to enjoy the well dressing festivities at the end of May. Thank you.

Matthew, London

Parwich seems a World away from the hubbub and bustle of modern life. Nestled in the valley a couple of miles from major roads, it makes an excellent base for walking or cycling in the South Peaks. The Square is a charmingly restored cottage a short walk from the village centre and contains a treasure trove of antique furniture, fine china and well appointed equipment providing all you could need for your stay. Sue's welcome pack of wine and local produce was most welcome as was her flexibility with arrival and departure times and clear prompt communication; highly recommended!

Ian, Lichfield

Thank you for a wonderful weekend in your lovely and well appointed cottage. This is special place, with its oak beams, fine furniture, art work, books, antique rugs, Harrods beds, luxurious sheets, cosy wood burner, and even a Rayburn making the cottage perfect for hot summer days, cool evenings and winter getaways alike. With eggs and honey from the owners chickens and bees for breakfast, and the fresh air and sound of birdsong flowing in through the lovely stone mullioned windows, this is a place to enjoy life in the delightful village of Parwich and the stunning Derbyshire dales

Isabel, Nottingham

What a treat of a cottage in such a beautiful village. A generous welcome and accommodation that catered for our every need. The bathroom was so much nicer than we had expected; warm, tastefully decorated and piping hot baths. Only rain prevented us from enjoying the delightful garden. Maybe we need another visit.

Samantha, Worcestershire

This a fabulous holiday cottage in a very pretty village close to good pubs and walking ...what more do you need ? This is a holiday cottage with all the touches of a Sawday's B&B !!

Mark, Leominster

A gorgeous cottage in a stunning location. The house is so well stocked and homely. Great local tips in the house folder. Had a lovely walk from our door step. Thank you for a lovely weekend.

Lucy, Sheffield

We had a very enjoyable stay at the Square - very lovely, comfortable well equipped cottage in a very pretty Derbyshire village with a very good pub - what more could you want? Ideally placed for lovely walks with the dog and visiting Derbyshire villages and the Peaks. Thank you Sue and Victor for making our stay so enjoyable.

Peter, Fakenham

What a great place to stay , Sue and Victors house is one of the best places that we have ever stayed in , the facilities that they have to offer are amazing with the quality of all that is in the house being excellent.The meal that Sue cooked for us was top notch as well. We were really comfortable and enjoyed every minute of it. The inhabitants of Parwich were so friendly and although we were only there for three nights it was as if we had been there for so much longer. With great countryside on your door step this all made for a really great stay. Top marks.

bruce, Grantham

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Susan Bridgett

  • Parwich itself is an active and very sociable village, the Sycamore pub is a hub of community life, there are regular film shows, art exhibitions, an annual "Gardens Open" day in June and the hugely popular and well supported "Wakes Week", in early July.
  • Majestic scenery of the Peak District & Staffordshire Moorlands literally on your doorstep - a memorable backdrop to walking, cycling and pic-nicing - Tissington & High Peak trails, the Dove & Manifold valleys, the Roaches, Ilam Park and ancient Minninglow
  • Carsington Water, our local reservoir, has a busy programme at its Visitor Centre and offers a raft of outdoor pursuits - bird & nature watching, kayaking, sailing, fishing. It's an 8 mile circular route, great for dog walking and you can hire bikes too.
  • A clutch of distinctive market towns - fine architecture, quirky shops, antiques, farmers' markets and eateries in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Leek, Matlock, & Wirksworth. There is also Buxton spa town with its stunning Opera House and annual literary festival.
  • Packed with heritage interest - the great houses of Chatsworth (and its Farm Shop), Haddon Hall, Kedleston & Calke Abbey, industrial history at Cromford Mill, David Mellor's design museum and steam train rides at Ecclesbourne and Churnet Valley railways.
  • So many wonderful pubs & restaurants - it's a gastronomist's dream. Here are a few of our favourites - The George at Alstonefield, the Old Dog at Thorpe, the Shirehorse at Wyaston, the Gate at Brassington, the Cavendish at Baslow, the George at Hathersage.