The Old Smithy

Hollington near Ashbourne, Peak District (Ref. 16163)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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  • Pets


The property

This outstanding semi-detached barn conversion is located in the pretty Derbyshire village of Hollington near Ashbourne. Luxurious throughout and providing spacious, sumptuous accommodation, this Hollington cottage is just ideal for that romantic getaway in this pretty part of Derbyshire. With open plan living throughout, there is a superbly equipped kitchen and cosy seating area complete with 3D HD TV, and also on the ground floor is a twin bedroom with original beams and en-suite facilities. Upstairs is a romantic super king-sized bed, and a bathroom with luxurious deep tub to soak in after a day of exploration in this beautiful area. Outside, this Hollington cottage there is a pretty gravelled garden with furniture, which overlooks the owner’s field and pet sheep, from where you can enjoy either a morning coffee or evening glass of wine. Hollington has a traditional pub, and the area provides numerous walks, cycling, fishing and golf opportunities throughout some of the most scenic countryside in the Peak District. With the market towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock all within easy reach, this Hollington cottage is the perfect romantic retreat for that touch of luxury. Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs. 1928 and 2287, together they sleep 14.


Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.


  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 3D TV with Freeview, CD, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Gravelled area with furniture and BBQ across yard
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles
  • Pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Owner may be able to supply breakfast pack by prior arrangement, contact owner for more details
  • Note: Two steps down from living area to twin bedroom.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Excellent Place”
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    • “We stayed here for about 7 days and loved it. The property was lovely perfect for what we wanted. The owners are very friendly and lovely people greeted us when ever we see them had a good chat. This is situated in a very good area you are able to get to everything within about 5 minute drive and about 30 Minutes to the peak. I would highly recommend staying here with out a doubt.”

    Russell B, Essex, United Kingdom, October 2015

    • “Excellent accommodation”
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    • “The Old Smithy is very well situated for getting to all parts of the Peak District. The accommodation is very comfortable and tastefully decorated and furnished. Everything that you might need whilst self catering is provided. The outside space is an ideal area to sit in the evenings and watch the resident sheep in an adjacent field. (Neil was my favourite!!). Philippa was very welcoming and left us a delicious cake! I hope to return to stay there as soon as I can.”

    Dmb269, Enfield, United Kingdom, September 2015

    • “Gorgeous cottage!”
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    • “It can be stressful holidaying with children but Philippa & Julian are amazing hosts and put us at ease with their relaxed & friendly hospitality! We welcomed the delicious homemade cake. The boys loved feeding the sheep, choosing fresh eggs and walking Dave the dog (not sure who took who for a walk ☺️)! The cottage is stunning! We loved the bath and resented sharing it with the boys”

    A TripAdvisor Member, August 2015

    • “Lovely place and people.”
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    • “We stayed in the Smithy and had the most lovely time. The owners Julien and Philippa could not have been more friendly and helpful. We are hoping to return again in the near future. You can't get a better recommendation than that!”

    SVW68, Greater London, United Kingdom, April 2015

    • “Relaxed perfection :)”
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    • “Hot tub under the stars on a chilly winter evening, kitchen with everything you need and more, fantastic toasty fire - all in beautiful surroundings. Perfect way to spend a weekend, the only regret is we couldn't stay longer!”

    PilliUk, UK, January 2015

    • “Excellent Couples retreat”
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    • “My wife and I had just got married and due to the nature of our arrangements we were not going on honeymoon straight away so looked at renting a cottage for a few days before and after the wedding to which we could retreat to and just relax. The Old Smithy fitted the bill perfectly. Situated in the very quiet village of Hollington near Ashbourne it was close enough to the facilities you might need , shops, restaurants etc etc but nice and peacefull for a relaxing time. Phillippa the owner is a perfect host, we were even treated to homemade sponge cake waiting for us when we arrived. Excellent. Spotless property with all the mod cons you would expect in a holiday rental.”

    Stashmore, January 2015

    • “overall lovely”
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    • “Very friendly welcome , lovely people to stay with. The old smithy was very well equipped with everything we needed, heating system was very good, did not get cold once. The big bath was also amazing to soak and relax in. The big comfy bed made for a great nights sleep as well . This is a truly an amazing place to stay , in amazing scenery. It all made for a great first family holiday . Hope to return some time in the near future.”

    Craig S, Norwich, United Kingdom, March 2014

    • “Fantastic getaway!”
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    • “We wanted a long weekend away for a bit of rest and relaxation and The Old Smithy was absolutely perfect! Modern yet cosy, we had everything that we could need. The luxurious stand alone bath was a highlight and the huge bed super comfy! It was great curling up on the sofa after a long walk with a glass of wine and the tv or a book. The Sarasons Arms in the next village served superb food and the service was brilliant. Within good driving distance from most places that we wanted to visit and the many cafés in Ashborne kept us occupied on particularly rainy days! Can't wait to come back - thank you Phillipa!”

    Ameliakaye, Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom, February 2014

    • “Calm after a December storm”
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    • “We really needed a getaway after a stressful December and this place hit the spot perfectly. We knew we'd dropped onto a good thing when we arrived and met Phillipa - she is fantastic, easygoing and has done a great job with the old Smithy. We had been hankering for some kick back time together and the cottage was perfect for that. The added touches of luxury - the stand alone bath, the super kingsize bed and in fact, all of the top floor, is a real oasis while downstairs is comfortable, warm and had everything we could need. We happened to have our first anniversary on the Sunday and Phillipa recommended a superb pub with great food. We also met Neil the sheep who is quote the character. It has great access to nearby walks including Dovedale which is just lovely. We will, without doubt, return. I'm saying I'd recommend it to a friend and I would, except I'm tempted to keep it to myself.”

    Sam P, Lincoln, United Kingdom, January 2014

    • “Perfect for much needed R”
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    • “We booked The Old Smithy for a 5 night break after our wedding as we couldn't face travelling abroad...we are so glad that we did. The cottage is amazing in a lovely peaceful location with a lovely pub (serving delicious food) just a short walk away. The owner, Phillipa, welcomed us on arrival and was very friendly (as were the pet cats and dogs) and helpful. Perfect for a much needed break.”

    Rachel S, Stevenage, United Kingdom, November 2013

    • “Perfect for much needed R&R”
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    • “We booked The Old Smithy for a 5 night break after our wedding as we couldn't face travelling abroad....we are so glad that we did. The cottage is amazing in a lovely peaceful location with a lovely pub (serving delicious food) just a short walk away. The owner, Phillipa, welcomed us on arrival and was very friendly (as were the pet cats and dogs) and helpful. Perfect for a much needed break.”

    Rachel S, Stevenage, United Kingdom, November 2013

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    • “As a couple we have stayed in numerous locations throughout the UK & Ireland. This one we would have to say was perfect in every way, one the BEST in fact. Lovely location, very welcoming owners & pets. Everything we needed was provided and we thoroughly enjoyed the scones. We found it great for travelling to many locations within the area and even beyond. We would fully recommend "The old Smithy" to all. We have had a full 10 day relaxing Holiday and have enjoyed it thoroughly.”

    Janetcliff, Bristol, United Kingdom, September 2013

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    • “We found the cottage very comfortable and well equipped. It was very conveniently situated and the surrounding area was very pretty.”

    Mr Barber, La Salvatat Peyrales, November 2015

    • “The cottage was very comfortable and contained everything we needed. It was spotlessly clean and the beds were very comfortable. There was plenty of room to spread out. It was great having an outdoor space where we could sit out in the evening.”

    Mrs Noshib, Enfield, September 2015

    • “Very friendly owners.”

    Mr Hayes, Skegness, October 2014

    • “Everything was first class; it was quiet, comfortable and relaxing. The Sun shone every day!”

    Mr Mccullagh, Carrickfergus, July 2014

    • “The perfect little retreat. A fabulous welcome and a weekend of utter relaxation in an idyllic setting. The bed and linen were beautiful. Relaxing with a film in the wonderful open plan sitting room. Wish we could have booked a week.”

    Miss Lewandowski, Halesowen, March 2014

    • “We loved this spacious, open-plan cottage with it's high standard of fixtures and fittings, a huge bed and very well-equipped kitchen.”

    Mrs Robinson, Keighley, December 2013

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About the location


Ashbourne 6 miles.

Steeped in history and situated at the southern end of the Peak District, the lovely village of Hollington, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, provides home to a scattering of traditional brick built cottages, old farmhouses and barn conversions, whilst being surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside and offering a number of country pubs renowned locally for excellent service and fine cuisine. Nearby Ashbourne is the perfect example of an English market town, boasting an eccentric street plan, narrow, cobbled alleys, old market stalls and many fine coaching inns. In its heyday, during the 18th century, the town was a fashionable social centre and many fine Georgian buildings remain from this period. Today the town still has much to offer with a good selection of restaurants, whilst being regarded as something of a haven for antique hunters - but don't expect a bargain! For those who prefer outdoor pursuits, the Dove and Manifold Valleys are close by offering good walking and cycling, whilst Alton Towers is just 25 minutes away!

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