Winnow Stables

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

A beautifully restored 1700s coach house for 4 in deepest Derbyshire. Feed the animals, ramble to pubs, take in the rural views


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Families will enjoy getting stuck in on the farm collecting eggs, feeding the pygmy goats and making friends with the donkeys. Owner Andrea will leave you her famous lemon drizzle cake, plus a basket of logs to load up the wood burner.Outside there’s a table and chairs and space to play but no garden – unnecessary with the patchwork quilt of fields to romp in. Bring your bikes and cycle along the narrow (and quiet) country lanes – there’s a lockable shed to keep them in when you’re not pedalling.The Peak District is yours to marvel at, with a number of National Trust properties a half-hour drive away: Chatsworth House hosts festivals in the summer, or you could try orienteering at Ilam Park. Active families can walk straight from the doorstep to Dovedale’s Stepping Stones; pack up a picnic and make a day of it. 

Light and airy bedroom with white linen and tartan pillows

We think you'll love

  • The greedy goats to feed
  • The stunning setting
  • The careful restoration
Open plan kitchen and lounge area with white sofas and original stone flooring

Home truths

  • There are other holiday cottages on site
  • White sofas not ideal for sticky fingers


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Available with Winnow Barn & Winnow Nook for parties of up to 14.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub 2.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £160
Weekly price
from £640
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 4
From £1603 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Tiny Ilam’s clutch of chocolate-box cottages is a pretty distraction, but for pub grub you’ll need to walk 30 minutes to Alstonefield to find The George or to Wetton for The Royal Oak. Nearby towns include Ashbourne and Bakewell – the latter famous for its cakes and weekly farmers’ market. It’s blissfully quiet here, the only sound being the not-too-early morning braying of the two resident donkeys, who you’re welcome to visit, and there are plenty of walks on the doorstep which display the best bits of the Peak District.

Local points of interest from Andrea Clarke

  • Amble up the fields just as the sun is about to set, perhaps take a picnic rug and a bottle of fizz to see the sun set over the hills... look up and see the noisy curlews heading home and spot a scurrying hare whizzing through the meadows
  • Fabulous walks and cycling from the doorstep suitable for all abilities. Exert yourself in Wolfscote Dale, admire views from the top of Thorpe Cloud or simply amble beside the river in Milldale.
  • Spend a day at Chatsworth pottering around the gardens and looking around the house before a lazy picnic on the lawns beside cascade. Kedleston, Sudbury, Haddon and Hardwick Halls are all within easy reach too.
  • Take a morning walk from the doorstep across the fields. Take in the gorgeous views as you hike across Bunster and then descend to the famous Dovedale Stepping Stones. A little more walking over fields until you reach The Old Dog in time for lunch.
  • Check out the wildlife, curlews, skylarks, buzzards and kestrels are amongst a few of the regular visitors visible from the barn.If you prefer something slightly less flighty we have pet goats Wilfy and Jimbo who are always happy to receive a cuddle
  • Explore the local market towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell and Leek. Wonderful cafes and restaurants to try out.


Andrea Clarke

Andrea and John Clarke took on the restoration job of a lifetime when they bought Damgate Farm seven years ago, swapping their professional careers in Sheffield for rare-breed sheep and converting dilapidated barns into three beautiful holiday lets. Now that their two daughters have flown the coop for university they’ve moved in a flock of rescued ex-battery hens and two donkeys, along with a host of other animals who call the farm home.