Take boots and bikes – or borrow one of four in the garage; helmets provided – forget the car and cycle or walk the nearby Tissington Trail that runs 13 miles between Ashbourne – great cafés and a really good cheese shop – and the spa town of Buxton, with its theatre and music festivals.
The cottage was built in around 1850, probably for mill workers on the Tissington Estate; what wouldn’t they have given for an underfloor-heated bathroom and a big bath to soak away the day? Oh – and there’s an overhead speaker for your sounds of choice.
There’s food and good cheer a couple of minutes’ walk away at The Coach and Horses and only a mile between you and one of Bassettwood Farm’s memorably good cream teas. Take time too to walk in the hills and by the rivers; the White Peak Estate and Ilam Park, has fine walks, one takes you over the famous stepping stones in Dove Dale.