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Lion House

Ashbourne, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 1012562)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

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

    Reviewed by SallyMay 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay!"

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

    Reviewed by LizApr 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 AnnMar 2022

  • "Great property in the heart of Ashbourne."

    Very clean lots of space for everyone!

    Reviewed by SallyMar 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 HelenMar 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 PeterDec 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 LouiseNov 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 ClaireOct 2021

  • "The house was absolutely wonderful."

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

    Reviewed by KateOct 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 MilanSep 2021

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

    . amazing house, great location.

    Reviewed by DanielAug 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 SaraAug 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 ClaireJul 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 SteveApr 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 RayApr 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 SusanSep 2020

  • "Great property, great location."

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

    Reviewed by SandraSep 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 ShaminiAug 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 AnikaAug 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 JerryAug 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 JamesAug 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 HerbieJul 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 JonFeb 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 CarolJan 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 LouiseDec 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 JoanneNov 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 VictoriaOct 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 SusanOct 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 JeanetteSep 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 JohnSep 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 14 miles, Ticknall 24.7 miles, Bolsover 33.5 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. Alton Towers is just 20 minutes away.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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