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Ash House

Alton near Alton Towers, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 922587)



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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything we needed to feel at home."

    Brilliant host, who contacted us early on the day we were due to arrive to let us know about a power cut after the overnight storm, he updated us with the situation during the day to avoid us getting to the cottage before electricity was back on. We agreed to delay arrival for a day and he kindly arranged to get our grocery delivery collected and refridgerated as necessary and a generous refund for the delayed delivery. We enjoyed lots of walks directly from the village and we were made to feel very welcome not only by the owner but all the villagers we met as we left the house. It was indeed a home from home.

    Reviewed by HazelNov 2021

  • "Just returned from a lovely comfortable stay at Ash House."

    The village of Alton has great facilities and on the doorstep to Alton Towers. Although the road is busy, this cottage is very quiet! A lovely welcome pack was a joy to receive on arrival. Very comfortable beds and a well-equipped kitchen led to a very cosy stay! Lovely woodburning stoves in many rooms. The attic room is fun! Our boys enjoyed the adventure of sleeping up there. We were able to find a variety of walks and many pubs!

    Reviewed by HeatherOct 2021

  • "Had a wonderful time staying at ash house."

    Such a great stay base for Derbyshire and surrounding areas. Alton towers on the doorstep, local pubs amazing and other amenities close by too. Had everything we needed in the cottage too. Thanks will definitely recommend and will hopefully stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by JuliaAug 2021

  • "We had a fab time…."

    The house had everything you need and was very warm and comfy…. We had a small issue with the TV which was sorted out instantly by the owner ……The surrounding areas are beautiful and we spent many hours enjoying the Peak District….. discovering lots of villages ….. Thoroughly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by FranJul 2021

  • "Fantastic location for our Alton Towers mini-break."

    Lovely food options nearby; the house was very comfortable and well equipped. The kids loved the attic room. Information from the hosts very thorough and the welcome pack was really nice touch.

    Reviewed by SarahJun 2021

  • "Superb cottage - feels so homely and the decor is so home conforting, really recommend this!"

    Only 5 minutes away from Alton towers. Owner and the person looking after property are very reasonable and nice, Bullshead bar is only 1 minute away - has a magnificiant beer garden with pods and the food is amazing and drinks are quench thirsting!

    Reviewed by GordonMay 2021

  • "We loved this cottage."

    Perfect location. Perfect little touches. Clean, very comfortable and cosy. We shall definitely be staying again.

    Reviewed by KellyApr 2021

  • "We felt very welcome with fresh flowers and basic supplies!"

    Reviewed by ChristopherOct 2020

  • "Lovely spacious cottage."

    Hughe well equipped kitchen diner and lovely little enclosed courtyard garden. Especially liked the wood burner. The bedrooms were spacious and the kids loved the attic room. Had to park over the road which was busy crossing at time’s with our young children, and the road noise was quite loud when the windows were open, but expected with the location. Great base to explore the surrounding area and lovely local pubs within walking distance. Really near for Alton towers visits. We would advise to taxi there rather than take the car (like we did!) to save on the parking and long walk to and from the park! Really enjoyed our stay and would return!

    Reviewed by LauraAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely village setting although on a very busy road."

    Comfortable beds and very clean, the grandchildren loved their attic bedroom/playroom and. TV / games machine. Good connection to WiFi at all times, parking wasn't a problem, just opposite the cottage there is road where you can park on the right hand side. Lots of places to see within easy reach from Alton,Leek is only 20 miles away lovely maket town,Threntham gardens 15 miles, Burton on Trent Adventure farm and corn maze 20 miles,we went to a different area every day for fun and adventure,Go Ape, Walk with the monkeys etc all within 30 minutes drive. We had an amazing holiday in lovely setting.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2020

  • "Really lovely quirky cottage With lots of character - would definitely stay again."

    Do note third bedroom is loft room With stairs that go off second bedroom with No door in between. Wood burner is a real treat.

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 2020

  • "We are a family of 5 with 3 young boys, the house was perfect for us and very clean."

    The only thing we found difficult was the parking that was over the busy road but it does say there is no parking so it's not a negative to the owners just a little warning if you need parking. But saying that our oldest boy is in a wheelchair and we will definitely be returning as the house and location 5 minutes from Alton Towers is ideal for a family and we managed the parking situation. Thank you for a lovely home from home experience. Sian Hughes

    Reviewed by SianNov 2019

  • "Great location, lovely cottage, helpful and friendly hosts!"

    Worth mentioning that there is no grass area though.

    Reviewed by TamrinSep 2019

  • "Very nice house, well thought out, everything there that was needed."

    Would stay againb

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2019

  • "After the initial problems on our first night with the neighbour."

    Was a pleasant stay. Beds are comfortable and the house has lots to offer.

    Reviewed by CheriseJun 2019

  • "Friendly and helpful owners and amazing property"

    Reviewed by AlexandraMay 2019

  • "Ash House was perfect for what we needed."

    It had a great location, in the lovely village of Alton, with a pub (serving great food) & shop around the corner. It's a 5 minute drive from Alton Towers too. The house itself was very clean, welooming & accommodating. It had everything we needed & also included a welcome of some food bits & milk - which was very handy arriving at night time. There was wood provided for the open fire, lots of games/books/dvds, and even a playstation & games in the upstairs room. We had to call the number provided to ask for assistance near the end of our stay, and the phone was answered promptly and dealt with, we were even offered a later check out stay due to the issue. We wouldnt hesitate in recommending Ash House or returning - which we hope to next year.

    Reviewed by BethApr 2019

  • "Love this cottage close to everything, and feels really homely!"

    Will be back no doubt for our 3rd visit!

    Reviewed by AmyMar 2019

  • "We have just returned from a weekend at Ash house."

    There were 4 adults 2 children and 1 infant, along with 2 little dogs (permission given by owners in advance). Despite this number, we had plenty of space, and were all very comfortable. Lots of little extra touches making it very homely. Beautiful area, with lots to do around, literally 10 mins from Alton towers. As stated, there is a busy road to cross to get to car, as you have to park opposite the house, but we did it with 2 children, an infant, pushchair and 2 dogs with no problems at all! I cannot praise this property highly enough, we will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by HeatherFeb 2019

  • "This is the second time we've stayed at Ash House."

    We love the location, right in the heart of Alton, close to the Bull's Head and the local store. It has all the comforts of home, including comfy beds, a real fire, fully equipped kitchen, games, books and DVDs for cosy nights in. Note the third bedroom is accessed via stairs within the second bedroom – great for families, but might compromise the privacy of groups of friends. Parking is across the road, but this was no problem. There's a washing machine and drier in the garage, which was handy. Alton is a nice little village, worth visiting for more than the Towers. It's worth stopping at Denstone Farm Shop to fill the larder.

    Reviewed by IanJan 2019

  • "We had a fabulous time at Ash House, the cottage is lovely and very comfortable, the location was excellent."

    Would thoroughly recommend it and will definitely be stopping there again.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2018

  • "The kitchen could do with a deep clean, and there were not enough cooking utensils, like baking trays etc."

    Making it difficult to cook. The parking was an issue, as we were told we could load and unload on the drive, but before we had chance to take one bag out, we were met by an irate lady shouting for us to move the car NOW!!! We tried to explain what we had been told, which she said was incorrect and she was going to get her solicitors involved. Not a nice start to the holiday at all. Other than that was ok. We will be staying somewhere next time with designated parking.

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2018

  • "Stayed with 5 friends for a weekend, the house looks small from the outside but loads of space inside."

    Good sized kitchen for hosting, cosy living area and decent sized bedrooms. The beds were really comfortable, including the camp bed in the attic. Fully equipped kitchen had all you would want and a lovely welcome hamper which went down a treat. The only downside was there were only 5 outside seats for the six of us and there were a lot of persistent pesky wasps in the sitting area outside. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend this property and the village for a visit.

    Reviewed by KatherineAug 2018

  • "The accommodation was lovely with spacious rooms and everything you need for your stay."

    It is situated just a 5 minute drive from Alton Towes which was really convenient. There are a few pubs in the area which are really nice for a quiet evening. If you’re looking for nightlife you will have to go further afield. Overall it was a lovely stay and I would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by EmilyJun 2018

  • "This is a beautiful property and we all loved it!"

    !! Everything is provided and it was spotless. I didn't realise there is a 'snug' in the loft with TV and playstation, the children loved it! Great communication and right near all amenities.

    Reviewed by MindyDec 2017

  • "House is fabulous, owners non intrusive, better equipped than expected (even had a PlayStation 3)."

    I will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by HollyDec 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage in a great area, however it should be made know in your literature that parking is off site in a road opposite."

    This can be a deal breaker for customers and that there are disputes over whether you can park on the shared access for 5 mins to load/unload. We were met forcibly by a lady stating that there are no rights to park at all on her drive and the owners know this. This did not however detract from our holiday.

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2017

  • "We enjoyed a 3 night break - the cottage was more spacious than we anticipated with well equipped kitchen."

    The small courtyard was secure - perfect as we took our dog. Alton is quite small but there is a Londis, Post office and a couple of pubs. Locals very friendly and found a couple of good walks to take dog. Overall a very nice cottage and an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by JeanetteJun 2017

  • "Absolutely lovely little cottage, which is well equipped and cosy."

    Our girls absolutely loved the attic room, which was perfect for them. Road outside is very busy with Alton Towers traffic, so crossing the road to where the car was could be tricky at times. It was a perfect base to go to Alton Towers though, I'm not sure that we could have stayed much closer! May be a little noisy for those bothered by traffic.

    Reviewed by MichelleMay 2017

  • "What a lovely place, they had board games, dvds, computer games and books for kids to have a play with."

    The place was very much more like a home than a holiday cottage, which made holidaying with young kids that much easier. They also left us a welcome pack which included a bottle of wine, which after forgetting to pack any and having a nightmare day with kids before getting there, was a real life saver. Very close to Alton towers (5 mins drive maximum), and 15 mins from peak wildlife park which was a great day out with the kids. Also if you had kids and want somewhere nearby to take kids to ride bike and scooters and feed ducks only 10 mins drive from nice lake next to JCB lakeside club. Free and lovely on a nice day.

    Reviewed by GarethApr 2017

  • "I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at Ash house and was greeted with a bottle of wine, biscuits, bread, milk and butter."

    The facility was nicely decorated and very homely. A added bonus was the 5 minute drive to Alton Towers. A fantastic property which I highly recommend.

    Reviewed by GemmaMar 2017

  • "No - all good"

    Reviewed by EstelleFeb 2017

  • "What a brilliant cottage!"

    I booked Ash house as an inexpensive girls weekend getaway for myself and 5 friends. We all had the best time and would definitely consider returning. We felt like it was a special place to be, but with the same comfort as being in our own homes. (We barely left the cottage!) The beds were very comfy and we found everything we needed. Only negative we found was the dog hair. We couldn't sit without getting some on us. The village of Alton was very different to what we are used to- very quiet, but friendly. We went for a meal at the Bridge pub, which we would recommend!

    Reviewed by AdeleNov 2016

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and cosy."

    The welcome gifts were lovely. It was a pity that the stair gate for the top of the stairs was broken. When we used the bath for the little en, it did leave a dirty drain smell. Not sure of it hadn't been used for a while. Other than that we would definitely stay here again. Its on a very busy road but located well for things to do and see.

    Reviewed by HelenNov 2016

  • "The owners and housekeepers where brilliant and very helpful, the house is beautiful and so well presented and looked after I definitely will be returning!"

    Reviewed by NatalieOct 2016

  • "The whole experience."

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2016

  • "Beautiful cottage"

    Reviewed by StephanieSep 2016

  • "Alton is a lovely little village and Ash House was a great choice to stay."

    The house was lovely and relaxing which made our stay all the more enjoyable. Perfect for a family getaway or just a weekend away with friends!

    Reviewed by ChristianMar 2016

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful, a real home from home."

    We had a brilliant time and would definitely recommend it to family and friends.

    Reviewed by HannahFeb 2016

  • "Our stay at Ash House was perfect!"

    The house is so beautifully decorated and well equipped. The fire makes the living room feel very cosy! The cottage is set in idyllic surroundings - we had a lovely walk around Llam which is a short drive away. We had such a great long weekend and wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to anyone!

    Reviewed by EllaNov 2015

  • "This is a beautiful cottage which has been furnished to a very high standard, much more than an average holiday cottage with everything you could need."

    Reviewed by HannahOct 2015

  • "We enjoyed the cottage, it had everything we needed and Alton was a nice relaxing village that we enjoyed, we would like to return one day."

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2015

  • "Liked the high quality of all the fittings and equipment in the kitchen, the cosy feel of the rooms and the charming location."

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2015

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful stay in Ash House."

    The house is well equipped, spacious, clean and very cosy. Our three little boys loved the attic bedroom and they didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2015

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The property

A superb, semi-detached, Grade II listed stone cottage in the centre of the pretty village of Alton, just 1.2 miles from the popular Alton Towers Theme Park.

Tastefully furnished to a contemporary theme, the cottage has two king-size bedrooms.

The first bedroom is spacious and includes a king-size double bed with beautiful oak furniture and soft furnishings and a woodburner.

The second bedroom is equally finished but also includes a permanent staircase which leads up to the second floor loft conversion with a single bed and a cabin-style bed, meaning it also has the flexibility to act as a family bedroom.

The cottage would therefore equally lend itself to two couples wanting to enjoy the pubs and restaurants of Alton or a family of six wanting a base very close to Alton Towers.

Set over three floors, guests enter the cottage to the open plan and superbly-equipped kitchen/diner which boasts an oak dining table, seating six, and a kitchen with a Belfast sink and a range-style cooker.

The living room is beautifully finished with contemporary soft furnishings and high quality furniture.

A stone fireplace features a woodburner which is perfect for snuggling up in front of at the end of the day after you have exhausted yourself with the many activities available on your doorstep.

The bathroom, with boutique finish, designer bath and separate shower, completes the wonderful accommodation.

Outside, there is a private, enclosed patio with furniture and a door leading into the garage where you are free to securely store bikes.

As the cottage is in the centre of Alton there are shops, pubs and restaurants just a stone’s throw away and there’s even a Gothic castle to explore!

For the adrenaline junkies in your party, the popular theme park, Alton Towers, is just 1.2 miles away from your holiday cottage.

A fantastically-located, luxury cottage to be enjoyed throughout all seasons.


  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with woodburner, 1 x king-size double with stairs leading to 1 x second floor attic twin with 1 single and 1 cabin-style bed
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburners
  • Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, Blu-ray/DVD, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburners inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Roadside parking opposite the property
  • Secure bike storage
  • Front enclosed patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Twin loft conversion can only be accessed through one of the double bedrooms and limited headroom in attic bedroom. Please Note: No parking, loading or unloading on the shared drive

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About the location


Ashbourne 7 miles, Leek 13 miles, .

The attractive rural village of Alton lies on the western fringes of the Peak District in lovely moorland countryside, between the market towns of Leek and Ashbourne. The village offers a post office, village shop and pubs serving food. The surrounding countryside is excellent for walking and cycling with miles of woodland trails and moorland hikes to enjoy. Dovedale and the limestone Churnet Valley are on the doorstep and The Manifold Trail is close by. There is easy access to many of the area's attractions including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Lyme Park (NT) as seen in TV’s Pride & Prejudice and the NT Ilam Estate. A great touring base for all the Peak District - and Alton Towers is just a 10 minute drive away.

Region Information

Note: Twin loft conversion can only be accessed through one of the double bedrooms and limited headroom in attic bedroom.
Please Note: No parking, loading or unloading on the shared drive

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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