Dragon Hill Barn

Brassington near Carsington Water, Peak District (Ref. 2484)

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Cottage features

  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A charming, 16th century stone-built barn conversion, with particular attention to detail in its renovation, this is a truly outstanding Peak District cottage.

Many original features are retained, while at the same time the barn is well equipped with modern appliances, granite worktops in the kitchen, inviting woodburner and comfortable furnishings to provide guests with a delightful stay.

A romantic retreat or cosy family base, this Peak District cottage is in the centre of the picturesque village of Brassington, boasting a beautiful Norman church, historic streets, two quaint pubs and a children's play area.

Numerous walks from the doorstep lead into the scenic Peak District National Park and tranquil Carsington Water, with lots of activities such as cycling, walking, watersports, an adventure playground and a waterside restaurant.

This Peak District cottage boasts an open plan living area with a raised timber floored sitting area, a woodburning stove, a stone floored kitchen with dining area, two elegant bedrooms and a contemporary shower room, ensuring guests will be delighted with their stay.

Alton Towers, Matlock Farm Park, Chatsworth House and Kedleston Hall are all a short drive away, as are pretty Matlock Bath, Ashbourne, Bakewell and Buxton.

An ideal Peak District cottage for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday at any time of year.


Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin. Shower room with shower, basin & WC. Ground floor WC & basin. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area & raised sitting area with woodburner.


Electric storage heaters with woodburner. Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, Blu-ray/DVD, CD/DAB/internet-enabled radio & iPod dock, WiFi. Small library of books/DVDs. Fuel, power and logs for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair available on request. Quiet roadside parking directly outside property. Secluded, attractive patio seating area with garden furniture, BBQ & space for bicycles. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 4 miles, village pub with small self-service shop 1 min walk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Beautiful cottage, excellent location!”
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    • “A small but beautiful cottage, very comfortable with everything one would hope for. In an excellent location for getting around to see all the sights, within 30mins you could easily be in Ashbourne or Bakewell. Chatsworth & Haddon Hall are only a short drive away. It's great to have a pub just over the road that serves good honest food, It's so quiet considering its in the middle of the village.”

    Yuhu2015, Winchester, United Kingdom, June 2015

    • “Great cottage - relaxing family stay”
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    • “The 2 bedroomed cottage (1 kingsize & 1 twin) is conveniently located to explore the Peak District. The cottage has lots of extra facilities (books; dvds; local walk leaflets; board games; free wifi - TIP take your laptop/tablet etc) The electric, towels and bed linen are included. There is no mobile 'phone reception but a land line 'phone is provided with free weekend & after 7pm on week day calls. There is no shop in Brassington so remember to shop when you are out & about or use the grocery vending machine in the Miners Arms car park. The Miners Arms pub is opposite and there were 2 other pubs in the local area. A great comfy cottage made extra cosy by the log burner.”

    Marie B, Altrincham, United Kingdom, August 2014

    • “Lovely”
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    • “A lovely cosy barn, good peaceful location, great walks from the door, everything we needed was supplied and in excellent condition. Several nice pubs, two within a 2 minute walk. The welcome folder with local info was invaluable. Only down side was no bath and no garden, but the other features more than made up for it!”

    A TripAdvisor Member, August 2014

    • “Excellent preoperty in lovely area”
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    • “This is a small but excellent property. Modern inside with excellent kitchen equipment, tv's and fast broadband. Ideal for a couple or with children. Lots to do in the area.”

    Derren C, Chelmsford, United Kingdom, May 2014

    • “Absolutely Superb, perfect place to escape from it all!”
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    • “We have just returned from a very wet and foggy week in the area, but Dragon Hill Barn is the perfect place for sheltering from the elements! The log fire makes the already cosy cottage even more so and is super for warming up from a wet walk. The cottage has everything in it that you'd need for a stay - the towels are just wonderful! There is no phone signal in the cottage - heavenly! - but there is wifi if you need to connect. The 2 pubs in the village are lovely and welcoming. There is plenty to do in the area, even in bad weather! Would thoroughly recommend.”

    Peta B, York, United Kingdom, October 2013

    • “Everything you could possibly want!”
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    • “Dragon Barn is situated in a lovely village and close to towns in a beautiful scenic area. The barn is tastefully presented and the owners have provided all the extras you might need. It is warm, comfortable and charming. We enjoyed being able to walk to the village pubs and eat out and to walk during the day and visit small towns . Ashbourne especially good for shopping. Dragon Barn is excellently placed for a relaxing break.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Glasgow, December 2012

    • “A spotless and well presented barn conversion in a delightful vi”
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    • “Dragon Hill Barn is a well equipped and modern property, with parking immediately outside. It is warm and comfortable - the woodburning stove is very efficient and easy to use. Two pubs are close by, with the Gate Inn particularly recommended for its warm welcome, good beers and excellent food. The property is within a 30 minute drive of the major tourist attractions of the Peak District. Over the years we have stayed at many cottages, and invariably there is some fault somewhere. However, with Dragon Hill Barn there were none, and we will most certainly book again.”

    Howard1955, March 2012

    • “A spotless and well presented barn conversion in a delightful village”
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    • “Dragon Hill Barn is a well equipped and modern property, with parking immediately outside. It is warm and comfortable - the woodburning stove is very efficient and easy to use. Two pubs are close by, with the Gate Inn particularly recommended for its warm welcome, good beers and excellent food. The property is within a 30 minute drive of the major tourist attractions of the Peak District. Over the years we have stayed at many cottages, and invariably there is some fault somewhere. However, with Dragon Hill Barn there were none, and we will most certainly book again.”

    Howard1955, Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom, March 2012

    • “Lovely cottage in a very pretty village”
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    • “The cottage was very well serviced, very neat, clean and comfortable. The owners provided items for kitchen/bathroom cleaning/washing up-even dishwasher tablets, condiments, and liquid soap.Plenty of logs for the fire (though we didn't need them this week!) and plenty of CDs, DVDs, books and games. Also a lot of local information and booklets provided. The only downside at the property was the double bed was a little big for the room, and you just had to be careful not to bang your knees on it. Also the bedrooms had window shutters, not curtains, but this wasn't too much of a problem. The village was very pretty and served by 2 good pubs-The Miners Arms is a good real ale pub, serves good pub fayre and is a good place to chat with the locals. Ye Olde Gate is a lovely 'olde worlde' type pub complete with real fires, and tankards hanging from its beams. The food here could compete with any high class restaurant and the chef even offered to cook whatever our vegetarian friend liked (which you don't find happens often). The cottage is not far from many pretty villages- Ashbourne is great on market day and has lovely individual shops and plenty of places to eat. Carsington Water is close by and is a lovely place to walk and has a lovely restaurant overlooking the reserve.There are also a few shops there. Dovedale is beautiful -great for short and easy or more strenuous walks. We also visited Kedlestone Hall and Calke Abbey- both interesting and about 3/4 hr away. At Calke you can even have a picnic at the side of the Deer reserve. It also has a lovely garden with organised tours-well worth it. We had a lovely week. The cottage made a lovely comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area. Would happily recommend it.”

    Cababness, Swansea, United Kingdom, October 2011

    • “Small but cosy”
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    • “We have stayed at Dragon Hill Barn now on a number of occasions. Usually over New Year period with a couple of friends. The cottage is always clean & tidy, wifi & all you would expect. The storage heating can be a bit cool in the afternoon but is quickly backed up by the roaring log burner. The only problem is then, the bedrooms are roasting through the night. Brassington village is a lovely place to be at New Year. The 2 local pubs are warm & welcoming & have great food & ales. We love Dragon Hill Barn although it's an acquired taste.”

    Mal D, Bebington, United Kingdom, September 2014

    • “Dragon Hill Barn summer 2010”
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    • “Good value cottage ,good location ,handy for a lot of places which are fairly close by”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Aviemore, September 2010

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    • “We had a lovely time at Dragon Hill cottage. it was clean and well equiped and the furnishings were of good quality. it was as was described in the brochure. ideally situated to abraham heights, carsington water and about half hour from alton towers. we also expliored Dove dale area. good walks around the barn. the only issue was that the TV picture was poor so you could only watch DVD's. we didn't try the local pubs due to the comments in the visitors book there. we would go back again. the owner was very friendly and helpful”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Kent, December 2009

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    • “A very nice, comfortable and well equipped cottage finished to a high standard. In a lovely village and area with good pubs for food in the village and nearby. There was good local information in the cottage.”

    Mr Carver, Lutterworth, March 2015

    • “Liked everything! Great location and friendly village with two public houses. Gorgeous accommodation with very thoughtful and kind owners. Loved everything about it.”

    Mrs Barnes, Rugby, December 2014

    • “All the directions provided were helpful and the cottage is beyond beautiful. It felt like home, all the house is set up for a stay. Beautiful and comfortable beds, fluffy big white towels and a lot of attention to detail makes the property exceptional. Thank you to the owners (you made our first trip as a married couple amazing!) and we will be definitely coming back to stay and recommend our friends and family.”

    Miss Paliakaite, St. Albans, November 2014

    • “This cottage was excellent: beautifully clean, very well-appointed, lots of little extra touches from the owners. The bed was super comfy with lovely, crisp white bed linen and the cottage was very warm which was wonderful to return to at the end of a long hike, especially if it was raining outside.”

    Mrs Tee, Thames Ditton, October 2014

    • “The Cottage was extremely well equipped in every area. Comfortable beds, very good standard of linen and towels with everything at hand. Very well thought through with best quality white goods also.”

    Mr Cheesman, Melton Constable, October 2014

    • “Dragon Hill Barn was lovely, newly decorated and had everything we needed and more. There were lots of thoughtful touches which made it a "home from home" stay - a great cottage!”

    Mrs Brooke, Altrincham, August 2014

    • “Lovely cottage with very comfy beds in an ideal location for exploring the local area.”

    Mrs Hill, Hastings, June 2014

    • “We had a very happy holiday here.”

    Mrs Rothery, Sandy, June 2014

    • “Perfect accomodation. Very clean and well kitted out. Well situated for all that the Peaks has to offer.”

    Mr Childs, Colchester, May 2014

    • “The barn is outstanding and renovated to an exceptional level. Very comfortable for a family of four. Would recommend highly.”

    Mrs Hill, Sheffield, April 2014

    • “A great base to explore the Peak District. The cottage was superb, tastefully decorated and a pleasure to stay in.”

    Mrs Preston, Northwich, April 2014

    • “Great cottage, very clean and warm. The best we have ever stayed in. Perfect Christmas cottage. the owners put up a tree and some decorations. Kitchen facilities were perfect, beds really comfy. Excellent cottage we really cant find a negative point and will 100% look to going back again.”

    Mr Reay, Huntingdon, December 2013

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About the location


Carsington Water 2 miles; Matlock 8 miles.

The attractive and unspoilt conservation village of Brassington is perched on a hillside on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park in the midst of glorious open countryside. It is a traditional Peaks, limestone village with many cottages dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. There are two pubs (both serving good food), and further amenities are available in nearby Matlock, Ashbourne and Bakewell. Close by is beautiful Carsington Water, covering 750 acres with some of the best sailing in the country. The site also offers boating, biking and windsurfing, along with shops, a restaurant and a children’s adventure playground. An excellent base for exploring the Peak District.

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