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Lion House

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    The property is of a very high standard and so spacious. It is ideally placed to enjoy all that Ashbourne has to offer. We really hope to return.

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Dec 2023

  • "Had a fantastic short stay at Lion House , six adults, plenty of room, very nice ."

    Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Chris4.1Nov 2023

  • "A beautiful property with plenty of room for a family of six."

    We enjoyed cooking and sharing meals in the large kitchen, dining area. We were fortunate to have some lovely weather so we could also enjoy the garden. Everyone had their favourite downstairs areas that they relaxed in during the evening. The only negative for me is the heavy traffic at night on the road outside, as I prefer to keep a window open rather than using the fan provided. Other wise this is the perfect holiday property to enjoy and explore Ashbourne and the Peak District.

    Reviewed by Terry4.4Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Very spacious and well maintained. Fantastic location. Great for walking, cycling and visiting the peaks. Owner was very accommodating and great communication with answering our questions. Shame there wasn't a brush to sweep floors or a washing line to hang out washing rather than using the tumble drier. Great week away had by my family and so lovely we booked to return whilst still on holiday!

    Reviewed by Claire3.8May 2023

  • "Lovely stay at Lion House over New Year."

    Well maintained property, beautiful layout for a party of six, with ample space and three bathrooms. Lots of crockery and top notch appliances. Perfectly situation right in the middle of Ashbourne, a minute's walk from the market square. Lots of nice pubs, bars, shops and restaurants and walks within a stone's throw. Highly recommended - thank you!

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Dec 2022

  • "Great property."

    Really well set up, so much space. Super comfy beds! Great location. Extras like batteries, good cleaning products and the Christmas tree set up were lovely touches and show that you have really thought about your guests wants and needs. Thank you for an excellent stay! We will be back!

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Dec 2022

  • "Needed weekend accommodation in centre of Ashbourne & this was perfect for our needs - spacious, clean & comfortable."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay, few issues with crockery not being clean and no bottle opener."

    It didn't stop us enjoying ourselves.

    Reviewed by Bev3.8Oct 2022

  • "Lion House is a great place to stay in the lovely town of Ashbourne."

    The house has lots of character and space- both things we appreciate. There are a lot of things to see and do nearby. Thoroughly recommended. Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely, spacious, comfortable house in a great central position, and we really enjoyed being there."

    Just one suggestion to make - the property is situated on a major thoroughfare through Ashbourne and has a constant flow of lorries and tankers passing 24/7. We were lucky to have hot, sunny weather during our stay, but were unable to have windows open in the front two bedrooms as the traffic through the night was so disturbing. The rooms subsequently became very hot, and the provision of fans and also lighter weight summer duvets and/or flat top sheets would be a really helpful addition in the summer months.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Jun 2022

  • "Amazing cottage ,perfect location and wonderfully equipped!"

    Reviewed by Sally5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay!"

    Great facilities and very comfortable. Thanks very much for everything.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Apr 2022

  • "Our second visit to Lion House and just as lovely as the first."

    We had one issue with the property whilst we were there but David did a marvellous job in resolving it for us. Many thanks, great holiday !

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great property in the heart of Ashbourne."

    Very clean lots of space for everyone!

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent facilities."

    Plenty of space for 3 families to enjoy their stay. Bedrooms very comfortable with ensuites. Games room an added bonus for little and big kids!! Just a short stroll into town and 14 seconds to the pub.....would recommend staying here...

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage, the facilities are fantastic for family gatherings with good equipment and lots of extra thought on making our break comfortable."

    Great festive decorations.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Dec 2021

  • "So 1) outside light seemed to trip the downstairs lights - we just flicked the fuse in box."

    2) Mirror in main bathroom - couldn't get the sensor light to come on. 3) As some have commented, the water in the ensuites was very hot... managed to get in for 'splash' but not to stand under for washing hair. However, in no way did this take away from what a fantastic weekend we had. Comfortable, spacious, luxurious, high standard of decor and appliances. Perfect location. Absolutely loved Lion House. We all want to go back!!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful accommodation in the heart of Ashbourne very handy for our Alton Towers trip we wish we would have been able to stay a further night to chill & take in the sights."

    Very spacious & lovely stylish comfortable decor was great to hear of the history of Lion House.Unfortunately the two en suites showers water was boiling with no way of turning them down or able to shower in them comfortably and the first bedrooms en suite smelt quite foul. Due to which meant we all to share to main bathroom shower which had we been pushed for time in the morning would have been inconvenient which means will drops a star on my rating otherwise lovely & very comfortable and we all had a great stay and were very impressed otherwise. The additional sky tv,games room & sound system was an added bonus.unfortunately due to the rain we couldn't use the spacious terrace area.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Oct 2021

  • "The house was absolutely wonderful."

    We loved everything about it. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2021

  • "Really nice property in a great location."

    It has all the facilities you would need for a comfortable stay. There was noise from the main road with large trucks, but you don't realise it after a while and it did not put us off. We would definitely be willing to stay here again

    Reviewed by Milan4.7Sep 2021

  • "The house was amazing, we can’t wait to come back."

    . amazing house, great location.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Aug 2021

  • "The location was really disappointing."

    The house was located on an extremely busy main road, lorry’s going past every few minutes. Especially terrible in the morning, woke us up promptly at 6am each morning, and impossible to go back to sleep with constant noise of lorry’s. Would not recommend if your looking for a relaxing, restful holiday location.

    Reviewed by Sara4.1Aug 2021

  • "Superb spacious accommodation."

    Extremely well equipped to a very high standard with luxury extras. Ideal location with local amenities one minute walk away.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jul 2021

  • "Just returned from a lovely bank holiday weekend at the Lion House."

    The property was simply gorgeous, and totally suited our family of 5. The owners have made so many little touches have been put in place to make the stay feel luxurious. The children LOVED the games room, and the mix of the games consoles and traditional board games ensured some quality family time was coupled with some kids downtime! The location is perfect, the amenities on offer in Ashbourne are vast, the Tissington trail on the doorstep (tip - start from the tunnel entrance down near a Sainsbury’s) and Dovedale only 5mins drive away. The weather was kind enough for us to enjoy a beer in the evening sun on the top terrace out the back. Would thoroughly recommend a stay here - we will look to come back again for sure.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2021

  • "Lion House is perfectly situated, we loved exploring Ashbourne, the park, the shops, and the river."

    We especially loved walking through the old railway tunnel, and following the Tissington trail. The house was wonderful - so spacious and comfortable. Everything we could possibly need was there ! Even Mr Fox and friend. The kitchen was amazing! The main television was great with a wide choice of channels. We hope to stay there again .

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Apr 2021

  • "What is not to love about Lion House?"

    It was absolutely wonderful. So much space, and all the items in the house that you could want, including toilet roll, kitchen roll, washing up liquid, etc. Yes, the main road out the front is very noisy, but you get used to it. The off road parking was plenty for 2 cars. Everything is in walking distance in the town. Friends Cafe does amazing cake! :) I absolutely recommend Lion House to anyone and I would love to return one day! We had an amazing stay and I did not want to leave.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2020

  • "Great property, great location."

    Would use again. Problem with front door lock sorted by owner very promptly.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.1Sep 2020

  • "Central location."

    Very spacious and we had a very comfortable stay. There is a cloakroom in addition to the 3 bathrooms. There is a notebook to write any housekeeping points - which we completed for the cleaners for next guests- a few niggles.. The kitchen is fully equipped. Lovely outdoor area . Comfy beds, showers were warm and the provision of toys and other things in the games room was excellent . Handy with parking outside. As expected being on a main road, it can get noisy with heavy traffic but it wouldn’t put us off staying here again. Welcome tray with tea coffee biscuits and milk in fridge was a lovely touch ! Highly recommend this cottage. Graysons early September 2020

    Reviewed by Stephen and Shamini5.0Aug 2020

  • "We chose Lion House for a getaway and were blown away at how beautiful the property was, we didn't want to leave!"

    Every detail had been thought of and was shown through the highest quality amenities. The location was the perfect walk into town and surrounded by cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as walking routes. We would definitely return, thank you :)

    Reviewed by Anika5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage, so well equipped and beautifully presented."

    A real home from home and we didn’t want to leave! Would highly recommend this cottage, location is just above the market square in Ashbourne so perfect for exploring the town itself and local area. The games room was a fantastic addition for the kids..... and adults! We’d definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Aug 2020

  • "We stayed for a week at Lion House from the 7th August."

    The property is outstanding and equipped to a very high standard indeed. There are also excellent spaces outside to relax, have a drink or eat when the weather is good. The location is perfect, right next to the centre of Ashbourne and easy travelling distance to the many attractions of the Peak District. The owners have really thought of everything to make your stay a really enjoyable one and I would highly recommend Lion House. We will certainly want to return when we are able to.

    Reviewed by Jerry5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely break in the peak district."

    The house was spotless and really comfy. Right in the middle of town so walking distance from everything and easy to drive to the walking routes!

    Reviewed by Herbie5.0Jul 2020

  • "We loved this house."

    It had everything we needed and more... the location was great for exploring the Peak District. It was warm, even despite what the weather tried to do!!! If we visit the area again, we would stay here. Thank you

    Reviewed by Jon4.4Feb 2020

  • "We loved everything about the cottage all good quality furniture fixtures and fittings except for one of the bedroom door handles that kept falling off, but nothing that can't be fixed with longer screws."

    We slept in the back bedroom but my friends who slept in the front found it noisy with the traffic noise and lorries on the busy road outside. Ashbourne itself is a lovely place and always lovely to come back to the cottage. The garden looks nice on its different levels although we didn't get chance to use it.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Jan 2020

  • "We have recently stayed at lion house over the Christmas break."

    A beautiful cottage, decorated and presented to a high standard with all the mod cons. It really felt like a home from home and was so inviting and relaxing. Close to all amenities in Ashbourne- we sampled many of the fabulous local cafes and there are some lovely little shops to mooch in close by. Within walking distance to tissington trail too which we enjoyed. We have visited many Sykes cottages over the last few years with our children but this is a true gem - would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2019

  • "The house felt so homely we didn’t want to leave!"

    ! The town was beautiful and all the restaurants were lovely near by

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Nov 2019

  • "Wonderful little cottage in Ashbourne ."

    ..actually not at all little, but very spacious for a family of 4, easily cater for more like 6 too. All fixtures and fittings of a great standard, and it was spotlessly clean. 2 minutes walk to nearest pub or supermarket just 5 minutes walk. Only slight negative is the noise from the road, particularly heavy good vehicles trundling past at 7am or earlier. Staggering really, considering the small road thru the village. It was a niggle but certainly didn’t spoil our stay and the cottage itself more than makes up for this.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lion house is an absolutely beautiful old house right in the centre of Ashbourne."

    Totally 5 star! I wanted to move in and never leave. So stylish and comfortable and kitted out to a really high standard. I’ll hopefully return.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2019

  • "Absolutely beautifully renovated house."

    Extremely clean and luxurious. In a great location. I strongly recommend this house. Nothing negative to be said about it. We extended our stay by another week as we loved it so much.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Sep 2019

  • "Fabulous property equipped to the highest standard."

    It seemed more spacious internally than the photos show. Located in the centre of Ashbourne with all of its shops and facilities . The terraced gardens are a delightful place to breakfast in the sunshine. We can’t recommend this property too highly.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting/dining room
  • Snug
  • Games room
  • Gas central heating
  • Fridge/freezer, microwave, electric oven, induction hob, coffee machine, dishwasher, washer/dryer, games console, sound system, table football, selection of games and books, TV with Sky and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car (note that this is accessed over pavement with no dropped kerb)
  • Rear garden area with furniture
  • No pets or smoking allowed
  • Pub within 0.1 miles, shop within 0.2 miles
  • Note: garden divided into four areas at varying levels

The property

Boasting a superb position in the market town of Ashbourne and within striking distance of the majestic Peak District National Park, is the elegant retreat, Lion House.

Steeped in history, being over 400 years old, the property benefits from modern spacious living accommodation which has been fully modernised by the current owners.

This stylish accommodation has been designed to bring together a family of six to this splendid location for a relaxing break or an action-packed adventure.

Upon entering the property, you are welcomed by the contemporary interior, housing all the essentials you could possibly need, in addition to quality features to ensure a memorable stay for a group of all ages and tastes.

Spend your wind down time within the large sitting room, where you can curl up on the plush sofas which rest in front of the TV and the traditional feature fireplace.

Or retreat into the cosy snug for a quiet read or pre dinner drink.

Younger guests will be delighted to find a well-stocked games room, where hours of entertainment can be enjoyed playing on the games consoles, enjoying some more traditional games or just chilling out with a book on the comfy bean bag chairs.

Continuing to impress is the well-equipped kitchen, housing all the essentials you could possibly need to whip up your own delicious meal.

Choose between eating more informally at the large round kitchen table or (assuming it is not taken up with board games or a jigsaw) in the dining area overlooking the lounge.

As the evening draws to a close, venture up the staircase to find three elegantly-styled bedrooms, comprising of a king-size double with an en-suite, a double with an en-suite, a twin bedroom and a family bathroom (with bath and overhead shower), ensuring flexible sleeping and bathing arrangements to suit the requirements of your group.

If the weather is kind Lion House has a tremendous outside space.

Enjoy a bit of alfresco dining on the beautiful dining table outside the kitchen or perhaps a morning coffee and croissant from the nearby bakery on one of the elevated terraces.

Views of Ashbourne can be seen from the top terrace whilst relaxing on some comfy sofas.

However, if you don’t feel like cooking one evening,Lion House is just a few steps away from a superb selection of cafes, pubs, restaurants and takeaways to suit all tastes, as well as a number of shops for picking up the essentials.

For those looking to explore, you will find miles of walks upon the Peak District National Park, where you will find the Dovedale valley and the peak of Thorpe Cloud.

Lion House is also just around the corner from the start of the Tissington Trail, a thirteen mile traffic free trail ideal for a relaxing walk or ride (bikes can be hired from the trail centre).

Alternatively, spend an afternoon at the National Trust property of Ilam Park, spend some time on the water at Carsington Reservoir or for those thrill seekers Alton Towers is within close reach..

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About the location


Matlock 15.7 miles; Bakewell 16.6 miles; Chatsworth 20.4 miles.

Lying at the southern end of the Peak District, Ashbourne is a perfect example of an English market town - market place with stalls, eccentric street plan, narrow cobbled alleys, coaching inns and almshouses. In its heyday in 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 in terms of restaurants and inns and is regarded as something of a haven for antique hunters - but don’t expect a bargain! For those who prefer more outdoor pursuits, the Dove and Manifold Valleys are close by and for thrill seekers Alton Towers with its exciting collecting of rides and attractions is just a short drive away.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas