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Paddock House

(Ref. 961334)

Ilam near Ashbourne, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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88 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent property in a superb position with spectacular views."

    The property is spotlessly clean with everything you would want for a stay there. The furnishings, appliances and equipment are all high quality with condiments, foil, clingfilm, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, hand wash etc all supplied. We loved the complimentary biscuits, home laid eggs and milk that were supplied. I'm sure we will back.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    We had a bad experience with Sykes as we had a poorly cleaned property in Cornwall and had been reluctant to book with them again but Paddock House was spotless and we appreciated the milk, eggs and delicious homemade biscuits left for us. We all loved visiting the lambs. We will definitely be returning.

    We are so pleased you all enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind comments. We very much look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2024

  • "A wonderful holiday cottage!"

    Probably the best place we have stayed in over many years of self catering holidays. Spacious and comfortable. Equipped with care and thought, everything we needed was there. We loved the stunning views down the valley and that we could walk straight from the front door. Although a wet week, we thoroughly enjoyed our family gathering of three generations, Thank you.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, they are much appreciated. We are so pleased you all enjoyed your stay at Paddock House and we hope to welcome you back in the future (hopefully with the sunshine ) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2024

  • "Paddock House is absolutely perfect!"

    We stayed for 4 nights over Christmas and cannot think of a single negative. The house is clean, comfortable, very well equipped and peaceful. We would definitely visit again. The owners went above and beyond to make our stay like home away from home. The dogs also settled in very well and loved it too!

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your Christmas stay and thank you for your lovely comments. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely wonderful accommodation, have had a few "staycations" this year and this definitely topped the list."

    Great accommodation and location everything you could ask for a great get away from it all break. Have all ready recommended to friends and am sure we will be booking again. Brilliant.

    Thank you for your review and your kind comments are very much appreciated. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a fabulous few days at Paddock House."

    Beautiful, peaceful surroundings and whilst we didn’t do a huge amount, a great base for walks and exploring. The house was a great size for our party of 7 with everything we needed. The fire was great after chilly afternoon walk and the table tennis was appreciated by the kids. Immaculately clean, plenty of towels and the kitchen had everything needed and more. Great house, great location, we hope to return!

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope we can welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Nov 2023

  • "Customer service from the owners was excellent."

    The location was ideal, close to Ilam park, many walks and excellent restaurants / pubs nearby. Cleanliness was 10/10 as was every aspect of our stay. A much needed few days away surpassed our expectations. We’ve stayed in several Sykes properties - this is the first where our overall experience was 10/10.

    Thank you for your very kind comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cleanest holiday rental we have ever stayed in!"

    House and surroundings are absolutely beautiful and we didn’t want for anything. Would return in a heartbeat.

    Thank you for your lovely review, it really means a lot to us. We hope to be able to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Oct 2023

  • "We were delighted with the cottage which was probably the best we have ever stayed at."

    The farmer's family fell over themselves to be helpful, particularly when unfortunately our car broke down just before we arrived. The owner's family kindly fetched all our luggage up to the cottage, gave us food and even a lift to Buxton to collect a hire car. In spite of this we had a wonderful holiday, the views are so good you have no need to go out for the day but there are some lovely places to visit - with small children we particularly enjoyed Heights of Abraham and Sudbury Hall museum of childhood. Around the cottage is wonderfully quiet and peaceful, a very beautiful area. Thank you so much for making our holiday so memorable and enjoyable, the perfect hosts.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review. It really means a lot to us when our guests enjoy the property and our surroundings. We were only too pleased to be able to help you under the circumstances. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely house Well equipped Beautiful view Accurate description supplied ."

    Lovely garden and enjoyed table tennis!Also the home baked biscuits and free range eggs

    Thank you for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Morag4.4Aug 2023

  • "Wonderful property in an excellent location."

    Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of booking this property.

    Thank you for your kind comments, it is greatly appreciated. We are so pleased you all enjoyed your stay and that the dogs felt at home too. We hope you had a safe journey home and your timings fit in for the crossing. Look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Merrill5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great time had , Very comfortable accommodation and well kitted out in the kitchen."

    Good TV system and table tennis table were made good use of when weather was not good, Views from the property were stunning and would book again.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us a lovely review, it is greatly appreciated. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2023

  • "We were extremely pleased with our accommodation at Paddock House."

    The rooms were a good size and the whole house was very well equipped. Plenty of parking and great views.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a spectacular setting - the pictures don’t quite do it justice - the house set on the side of a beautiful valley surrounded by peaks and farmland."

    It is about a mile from Ilam and the road only leads to the farmhouse where the owners live so there is no traffic at all. There are sheep grazing in fields all around the house and multiple walks you can do directly from the house. We had a wonderful weekend here celebrating my fathers 80th. The house itself was really comfortable with everything we needed. The garden is pretty and we made use of the outdoor seating for meals in the sunshine. What a great find - highly recommend it and hope we can return.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your weekend of celebrations and hope to be able to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nina5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful house and location."

    Great for a family holiday. All the amenities were brilliant. Beautiful surroundings!

    Thank you for your lovely comments, it means a lot to us and we hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sacha5.0Jun 2023

  • "Comfortable house in an truly outstanding location."

    Lovely garden for al fresco dining. Would really love to come again - the dogs loved it too! P.s the anzac biscuits were delicious :)

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and very much hope to see you again in the future. Thank you for your lovely review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2023

  • "We loved Paddock House and our weekend break with friends."

    The location is lovely with countryside views from the house and garden and walks on the doorstep (quite literally). The house is well equipped, comfortable and spacious and was even better than we expected. Lovely to meet the lady that owns the house and farm and to be able to bottle feed the baby lambs and learn a little more about the farm and surrounding area too. Thank you!

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your weekend stay at Paddock House. Thank you for the lovely review, it really means a lot to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage; spacious; very well equipped; spotlessly clean; and fabulous views from every room."

    Wonderfully quiet and peaceful - just the sound of sheep, cows and birds. We hope to return.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back in the future. Thank you for your lovely comments, it is much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2023

  • "Exceptionally well furnished with everything you need to make the stay unforgettable."

    Would go again and certainly recommend to others. The owners were very welcoming and our grandsons will long remember being able to visit the lambs and bottle feed them. Thank you for a fantastic weekend.

    We really appreciate your lovely review and are so pleased you all enjoyed your stay together. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "We have just returned from our second visit to Paddock House."

    The house is clean and cosy and has everything that you need to enjoy your stay. The views are beautiful and set in the perfect position for countryside walks or just relaxing in the garden. Barbara and her family are extremely welcoming and our boys throughly enjoyed seeing the lambs again. Thank you for the milk, eggs, biscuits and Easter treats. We will be returning.

    Thank you for your lovely review and we were so pleased to welcome you all back to Paddock House for your Easter break. We look forward to seeing you all again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2023

  • "The perfect house for our family weekend away."

    Set in beautiful countryside, covered in snow when we arrived but we still had the most amazing time. Barbara and Richard were really welcoming and showed us the lambs on the farm too. The house was well really well equipped including some additional homely touches- home made cookies, fresh eggs and milk. I would highly recommend staying here to explore the Peaks.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, it really means a lot to us. We are so pleased you enjoyed your weekend away with the family and hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Mar 2023

  • "We spent an amazing Christmas at Paddock House with our family."

    Everything we needed and more was provided for us to spend 4 nights relaxing together in this beautiful property. We attended the local church on Christmas Eve and met Barbara, the owner. The children loved the setting and the sheep. Walks were taken and the peace and quiet appreciated greatly. Just what we all needed, thank you so much, highly recommended x

    We are so pleased you all enjoyed your stay and had the special Christmas that you had planned. It was great to meet you and hope to see you again in the future. Thank you for the lovely review. Barbara Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Dec 2022

  • "The house had everything we needed, was clean, tidy and warm, and had an amazing view."

    Loads of nice walks from the door, so the perfect accomodation for people who enjoy rambling or those with dogs. The owners were very friendly.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you are able to visit again in the future. Kind regards, Barbara Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2022

  • "Just perfect all needs catered for Situated in beautiful location"

    Thank you for your kind review and hope you are able to visit again in the future. Kind regards. Barbara Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2022

  • "Paddock House was the perfect holiday cottage for us."

    It was clean, comfortable and very well equipped. It was peaceful and relaxing in the most beautiful of settings. I would highly recommend this property to my family and friends.

    Thank you for your lovely review. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to be able to welcome you again in the future. Barbara Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a fab week at Paddock House."

    The property had everything we needed. Comfortable house to rest up after being out during the day, tne kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our meals. The location was ideal for exploring areas round about. We enjoyed our stay that much we even tried to extend our stay unfortunately there was another booking. I would highly recommend this property.

    Thank you for the great review, your positive comments really mean a lot to us. Sorry we were unable to extend your stay as we had other guests arriving but we hope we get the chance to welcome you back again in the future. Best regards. Barbara Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Paddock House is in a lovely scenic location."

    The house was beautiful & had everything we could possibly need during our stay. Comfortable beds, lovely living room & dining room. Well equipped kitchen. Outside dining area & garden. I don’t think we had any occasion where we needed any thing that wasn’t there. We also had fabulous weather on probably the hottest week of the year.

    Thank you for the positive feedback, it really does mean a lot to us that our guests enjoy their stay. You certainly picked a great week for the sunshine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Aug 2022

  • "We have just spent the last week in this beautiful house with all the family."

    It is clean, spacious, dog friendly, fully equipped with everything you could possibly need and it is surrounded by the most stunning scenery and walks. The hosts were helpful and very friendly and had thought of everything to help us feel welcome, including a super welcome pack with gorgeous homemade biscuits. We would recommend Paddock House to everyone and we very much hope to return again sometime.

    Thank you for your lovely comments regarding your stay at Paddock House, we really do appreciate it. We are so pleased you all enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Barbara Property Owner

    Reviewed by Grace5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, surrounding scenery was just gorgeous."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable, with everything you could need. Rooms were all a good size, with all furniture and furnishings of high quality. The attention to detail by the owners was impressive, and the little touches really elevated this cottage above many others.We really felt like the owners had put a lot of time and effort into making this place special. Willl definitely recommend this place to anyone, and can't wait to come back.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review, it means such a lot to us. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at Paddock House and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Barbara Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a fantastic break at Paddock House the views from the cottage in all directions are breathtaking."

    The property is spacious and very well equipped, there is nothing more you would need. We were made very welcome including our dog who was left some treats. The property is as described and is about 15-20 minutes from Ashbourne through some lovely countryside. We were very fortunate that the weather was great allowing us to spend many an hour enjoying the outside space and the garden. It is also ideally located if you want to walk directly from your doorstep or travel a little further a field. We would definitely recommend this to others and would like to visit again in the future.

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and very much hope to welcome you back one day. Thank you for the lovely review, it means a lot to us. Barbara Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful location, fabulous cottage, two tiny points (purely constructive) - A) the lower part of the garden could be made a little more 'escape-proof' for the dogs to be able to explore off lead, and B) the beds were a little firm for some of our party."

    These are very minor and overall the place was spotless, incredibly well equipped with everything you could need. Very tasty home made biscuits, a jar of dog treats and fresh farm eggs, were brilliant touches to make us feel so welcome. We would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone we know, and we have already begun doing so!

    Reviewed by Michael4.4May 2022

  • "Another fantastic, relaxing break at Paddock House."

    Wonderful property in a stunning location. The owners have really thought of everything to make Paddock House as welcoming, comfortable and equipped as possible - which is very helpful due to its remote location! Our dog had a wonderful time walking the local countryside. Honestly if you do want to get away from it all, stretch your legs and sit in front of the fire in the evenings - this is the place to go.

    Reviewed by Laurie5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful and larger than we expected."

    It was warm and very clean, we wanted for nothing in the kitchen and found everything we needed for hosting Christmas Dinner for 7 people. The welcome pack was a lovely touch and the mince pies very moreish. Local walks were numerous so it was a perfect location for us.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Dec 2021

  • "This property was perfect for us."

    We were a group of 7 adults and two dogs celebrating an early Christmas and we had an amazing time. The house, especially the kitchen is very well equipped and coped with two Christmas dinners.The property is in the most beautiful location. We all loved it.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Dec 2021

  • "Thank you for such a wonderful stay in a beautiful home."

    Everything we could possibly have needed was thought of in advance, and our hosts were so thoughtful and went out of their way to ensure we had a fantastic time. Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Dec 2021

  • "We rented the property to celebrate a family birthday in December - not the best time of year for good weather!"

    Paddock House and its owners are very welcoming. The property is very clean and tidy and extremely well equipped and comfortable. Its location 200m up a hillside is somewhat isolated, but it is in a lovely quiet spot and with a number of good walks literally on the doorstep this is also one of its many attractions.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2021

  • "This property was immaculately clean."

    The owners had put a lot of thought and care into welcoming us to the cottage. Due to the rural location of the cottage, travelling to a local shop was a 20-30 minute drive away. This had been taken into account for incoming guests and the property was supplied with milk, tea, coffee and other basic essentials on arrival. The cottage is ideally located for local walking/attractions of interest. If a quiet retreat is what you desire, then this is a perfect venue. It is set in idyllic countryside and apart from the local farmers and sheep, you’ll only encounter the occasional group of ramblers. The cottage has a well stocked kitchen with good quality kitchenware and the open fire is ideal for putting your feet up and relaxing after a long walk in the beautiful countryside. You are supplied with plenty of coal, but will need to purchase extra logs and kindling if you are staying in the colder months. (We stayed in November). All-in-all a perfect retreat. We were sad to leave and could have easily stayed for another week. I would definitely recommend Paddock House Cottage. As with all reviews, it is only fair to balance the positive with the negatives. The only negative point of note for this cottage was that the internet was quite slow, the maximum speed we achieved was 1.5MB/Sec. Not totally a negative as it gives a welcome break from being constantly contactable, especially as a phone signal is non-existant. (A landline is provided for you to use if needed). However, knowing we needed to entertain ourselves on an evening. We had made ourselves some music quizzes etc.. beforehand and uploaded these to Youtube to entertain ourselves and our visiting friends. Due to the slow connection, we were unable to have our quiz nights. We did however, manage. There are numerous board games available in the cottage as well as a collection of DVD’s, so only a small negative. I would highly recommend Paddock House Cottage and have already done so to some of my colleagues at work, (NHS) including my manager who was very interested as she owns a horse, as I believe horses are welcome with advance notice.

    Dear Mr Madden. Thank you for your comprehensive review and kind comments, we do strive to provide everything our guests need. Our welcome pack states further supplies of firewood are available free of charge if required and we are happy to provide these at any time. As you say, our internet connection is slow due to our location and we are constantly looking at ways to improve this - hopefully one day! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you again and for your kind recommendations. Barbara & Richard Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Nov 2021

  • "The place looks amazing in the photos buy they still don't do it justice."

    The setting is beautiful with great walks from the front door. The place was so well equipped, you could tell serious thought had been put into providing us with everything we might need on our trip. Without doubt the cleanest and tidiest place I have ever stayed and my favourite place yo stay in the peak district.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2021

  • "A nice, comfortable cottage with breathtaking views and very hospitable owners."

    Really enjoyed our stay at Paddock House.

    Reviewed by Ishtiaq5.0Aug 2021

  • "Paddock House is a fabulous, brilliantly equipped and beautifully located property."

    The views are spectacular. Would hugely recommend.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Aug 2021

  • "Paddock House is a gem hidden away in the Peak District and there is only one word to sum it up - WOW !"

    Wonderful location with amazing views, outstanding level of equipment and facilities and a Welcome provided by the owners that is second to none. It has something for everyone - those who want to explore the various walking trails around the area to those who want a quiet home away from home. It's certainly a place we will be looking to return to.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful comfortable accommodation."

    Position and views were wonderful

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2021

  • "We booked this cottage to get the family together from the West Midlands and South Yorkshire to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday."

    I can only describe it as perfect, the views were amazing, the quality and presentation was first class. The cottage was spotless and contained everything we needed and the welcome pack was lovely too. The owners were very friendly but left us alone to enjoy this beautiful cottage. I can 100% recommend it for anyone, you wont be disappointed. If I had to make one negative comment (which did not apply to us) out of season might be quite difficult to access do to the remote location, but for us it was not a problem.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2021

  • "A fabulous house in a great location - we loved it!"

    The house is one of the best kitted holiday homes we have every visited. Lovely accommodating owners and would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely rural setting with a spectacular view."

    Homely cottage with some lovely finishing touches. Homemade cookies with milk and freshly laid eggs. Great weather most of the week for late September. Enjoyed the local sites and walks in Ilam especially the Dovedale trail. Would recommend the steak and ale pie at the local pub.. Enjoyed a cream tea at the Old Schoolroom. Spent some time strolling around Ashbourne picking up some provisions. The highlight was the open fire being set up ready on your arrival. A lovely cup of tea homemade cookies watching the flickering flames of the open fire. Exceeded our expectations and planning our return trip to share with family and friends. Brilliant to get away with family during these strange times. Thanks!

    Reviewed by Vivienne5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location ."

    All the facilities were there. Also the personal touch of the owner is amazing . Love the hand made cookies. They thought about us and bought milk and also provided eggs. Big Thank You

    Reviewed by Chinu4.7Sep 2020

  • "The house we couldn't fault."

    It lived up to expectations above & beyond & the owners were very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful scenery and a most welcoming reception."

    It was thoughtful to have provided milk, eggs etc for our arrival and everything in the cottage worked perfectly for us. We all returned home happy and refreshed.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7Sep 2020

  • "Amazing location with fantastic views and great walks from the door!"

    The house is spacious and well equipped and the owners are friendly and helpful .

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2020

  • "The owners ensured that we had everything needed inside the property."

    Plenty of room throughout and everything well stocked in the kitchen. We used the Gas BBQ supplied and sat outside on the patio one evening. The two gardens gave our children room to move and views over the countryside were outstanding. Our children especially enjoyed the drive up and down to the property because of the sheep grazing in the field being close enough to touch from inside the car. We couldn’t fault the effort the owners have put into this holiday home. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2020

  • "Paddock house is large, very clean and very welcoming."

    We loved our holiday and fully intend returning to paddock house again. The views are amazing!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2020

  • "Wonderful house."

    ..all home comforts including log fire wonderful views of beautiful peak district only small comment...…road .access was a bit scary when we arrived due to snow....track was quite steep and twisty

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Feb 2020

  • "Cottage was superbly equipped and location fabulous even in dreadful weather at end of storm Dennis."

    Wonderful log fire and owners so friendly and helpful. Would definitely return x.

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Feb 2020

  • "Incredible location, views outstanding."

    House wonderful, homely but beautiful, and owners thought to provide everything you would need and more, with delicious welcome package. WiFi rubbish which made the holiday complete as with an older family we spent more time talking and playing games, of which plenty were provided. The best holiday ever, thank you.

    Thank you for your comments. I am happy to advise that the WiFi has now been fixed and I hope this didn't impact your stay. Look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Beautiful location. Very comfortable and clean - perhaps decor a little old fashioned but did not detract from stay. Kitchen incredibly well equipped. Owners very helpful. Lots of fuel left for log fire. Everything you could think of for dogs. Would fully recommend and aim to return.

    Reviewed by Anya5.0Nov 2019

  • "Paddock House has the most amazing location."

    It’s about a 1.5 mile Walk to Ilam Hall for a National Trust Cafe. You can reach Dovedale and Climb Thorpe Cloud Easily. In the other direction is the Manifold Valley and Thor’s Cave. Ideal for a larger family gathering.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2019

  • "We couldn't fault the accommodation or location."

    Everything was spacious, comfortable, clean and welcoming.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2019

  • "This was our second stay at Paddock House, Barbara & Richard were most welcoming."

    As per last time there was homemade biscuits, fresh eggs,tea coffee and milk. We have had many holidays in cottages but have always had to shop to buy the normal household goods before we could settle down so to speak. Every thing that is needed was already in place and with the help of OCADO we even had all our groceries. Paddock house is beautiful and has exceptional views.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2019

  • "Paddock House is delightfully situated at the top of the valley with amazing views over the countryside."

    The cottage is spacious and welcoming and really well appointed with everything required for a family holiday away from home. A couple of minor points; if your dog is adventurous and fond of cattle please note you are right in the middle of farming country and we felt the garden wasn't fully enclosed meaning dogs needed to be supervised in the garden. Also the large amount of livestock also meant a fair number of flies. However, these were minor points, they didn't detract from the beauty of this cottage. The owners are next door, and are ultra friendly leaving a very nice welcome pack on arrival. We will definitely be back in the future.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jul 2019

  • "This is a well equipped and comfortable house in a great location."

    No shops, no cars - just beautiful views and wonderful walks on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Edna5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely lovely, very clean with excellent facilities."

    The setting of the cottage was amazing, it gave us a very relaxing and uplifting break. We will certainly visit again and will definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2019

  • "A very comfortable four bedroom house - we appreciated the remoteness whilst still being 20 minutes or so away from Ashbourne."

    Great base for Ilam and Dovedale which are in walking distance down the road. You can also plan circular walks although you need a proper OS Map and some care with navigating. Also went to the Ashbourne cycling centre for a day out on the Tissington Trail. We all enjoyed the quietness and green landscape around the house whilst being a well appointed base for meals and relaxation.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful location top of the hill surrounded by farmland."

    Extremely helpful owner who lives in farm behind. Let the little ones feed the lambs and pick chicken eggs. Great trails and walks in right next to property

    Reviewed by Billy5.0May 2019

  • "Fantastic place."

    A real home from home. Nothing was too much trouble. An immaculate property

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was in a wonderful location, better than we had hoped for, all the family really enjoyed the long weekend and we were able to eat every meal outside and chat (weather played a major part in this)."

    Within walking distance of Ilam and Dovedale it was great for those of us who like walking. The rooms were very spacious and the Kitchen had everything you could want,including some milk, local eggs, tea and coffee and an Easter Egg! Richard and Barbara did a wonderful job I would recommend this cottage to anyone wanting peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Apr 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a gorgeous location with wonderful views."

    Generous hosts and very well appointed house. We had a fantastic family holiday and would definitely recommend Paddock House!

    Reviewed by Ros5.0Apr 2019

  • "The owners were very accommodating in letting the children visit and feed the lambs in the nearby barn which really helped make the holiday."

    Lovely homemade welcome biscuits on arrival and well equipped cottage. beautiful and quiet location at the end of a private road with many nice walks on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2019

  • "Paddock House was exceptional."

    .....very clean, modern and well equipped. Picturesque location and suitable garden for our dogs. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Marcia5.0Mar 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage - location was perfect with plenty of walks from the front door."

    Dog friendly - a couple of sheep in a nearby field but once through they were off! Biscuits were a treat on arrival as was the open fire. Will definitely be visiting again!

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Mar 2019

  • "We were a group of 5 ladies and my cockapoo."

    The house was extremely dog friendly which was important to me. The position of the house was just so amazing perched on top of the world. Views were unbelievable. It was well stocked with everything we needed for cooking. Beds were comfy and the area was outstanding with lovely parks and walks nearby. Can’t wait to go again.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Mar 2019

  • "The hosts are accessible and keen too please and help in any way."

    It fulfilled every requirement and in fact probably exceeded most. No one wanted to come away!!!

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic location."

    Beautiful well equipped cottage with everything you could possibly need. Delicious homemade Anzac biscuits. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Feb 2019

  • "The house was lovely and very comfortable."

    It met our needs well and was very clean. The kitchen was very well stocked-I have never been to a kitchen with so much equipment. This helped us to cook an early Christmas meal with ease. A very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Nov 2018

  • "A supremely comfortable, well-equipped house with wonderfully helpful owners."

    We arrived to a welcome pack of milk, farm-fresh eggs, homemade Anzac biscuits and a bottle of bubbly! The kitchen has been thoughtfully equipped with everything you could possibly think of including a large fridge-freezer, double oven and induction hob. The bedding and towels were plentiful and of high quality, as was all the furniture in the house. The heating was superb and easy to control. We used the house as a base for our son's wedding in Derby and it was ideal for the 3 generations who stayed. The surrounding area is beautiful and the house would make a great base for a walking holiday in the Peak District. Thanks to Barbara and Elizabeth for all your help - including sorting out a hairdresser for us! If you are thinking of renting Paddock House, we know that you will not be disappointed! We hope to return to Paddock House sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Oct 2018

  • "Extremely thoughtful owners who certainly made us feel welcome during our stay."

    Location is superb.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2018

  • "Paddock House is a superior holiday home in every respect."

    The owners, Barbara and Richard, who own the farm to the rear of the property where, extremely, helpful in every way. If you want to get away from it all and enjoy undiluted countryside Paddock House is for you. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2018

  • "The wonderful landscape made it an unforgettable time, e."

    G. the view from my bed!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, in a fantastic quiet location, great views off the surrounding Peak District."

    Very welcoming owners, milk, fresh eggs straight from their farm next door and tasty home made biscuits waiting for us. Really wonderful place to spend some time. Hopefully we’ll head back there again soon.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was exceptional, more than we were expecting reading from the Sykes website."

    We would definitely book again should we revisit the Peak District. Everything we needed for the beginning of the holiday such as tea, eggs, biscuits, milk etc had been supplied. Even items like dish washer tablets and paper towels were supplied. Plenty of towels and good quality crockery. What more is there to say!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2018

  • "This is a really spacious house which is beautifully decorated and designed."

    The kitchen is extremely well equipped and the owners thoughtfully left us milk, eggs from the farmer and home made biscuits - which were delicious! The view from the cottage was amazing as it is situated quite high on a hill (might be difficult to get to during snow). There is a lovely garden and gas bbq which is really well kept and plenty of great local walks. There is a cosy log fire which we didn't use due to the glorious weather and the beds are so comfortable with good quality pillows and duvets. Absolutely fantastic! Will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by Pearce5.0Jun 2018

  • "This is the first time we have booked with Sykes."

    Although we have enjoyed many years of cottage holidays, the service provided (particularly in terms of communication before the holiday) and the standard of the cottage were both far superior to anything we have experienced before. The cottage was spotless, extremely well-equipped and well-serviced, and the owners had provided a very generous welcome pack. We have used other “high end” cottage rental agencies before and been disappointed by the service provided. We had the opposite experience on this trip and will certainly be booking with you again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2018

  • "Kids loved feeding the lambs."

    The photos don’t do this place justice it is truly wonderful.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0May 2018

  • "We loved this place!"

    It's location is quite remote but you are rewarded with fantastic views and an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside including Ilam, the Dovedale and Manifold Valleys. The house is light, clean, comfortable and very well equipped with plenty of home comforts. As a group of 8, we certainly had plenty of space as the rooms are all a generous size. Paddock House exceeded our expectations and we will be sure to visit again.

    Reviewed by Sonja5.0May 2018

  • "Paddock House was perfect for us all as a family ranging from 3 to 83 years of age."

    It was a birthday celebration weekend and Paddock House was ideal. The owners were delightful and we would certainly recommend the property without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Apr 2018

  • "The cottage is spacious and equipped to an extremely high standard; nothing had been overlooked."

    There were a number of welcoming, personal touches which we very much appreciated, and we felt that the owners treated us as valued guests. It's in a beautiful, quiet rural location, with open south-facing views - a great spot for wildlife. We thoroughly enjoyed our week there, and would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage. Five stars.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Mar 2018

  • "Paddock House is a really lovely house, spacious, well equipped, and warm."

    Everything has been so well thought through - it was difficult to think of anything that could be improved. It is quite isolated in terms of pubs and shops (Ilam has neither) but the position of the house and the amazing views across the beautiful valley more than make up for that. And Ocado delivers! We had a golden retriever dog with us who had a wonderful time - no access to sheep so we were able to let him wander in the garden which isn't enclosed but is on a no through road where the only traffic is from the owner's farm above the property. The owners are warm and welcoming while totally respecting your privacy. We were left fresh eggs and home made biscuits and milk and had the added bonus of viewing lambs on our last day. Can't recommend the place highly enough.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Feb 2018

  • "A wonderful quiet location for a relaxing getaway, with plenty of walks accessible from the cottage."

    The accommodation was very clean and spacious. It was equipped with everything we needed and so much more! We would definitely recommend this property to others and would certainly book it again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2017

  • "The cottage was lovely - nice and clean and with everything we needed."

    The home-made biscuits on arrival went down particularly well! Its remote location meant that the views were amazing - and we would love to return there to do some walking.

    Reviewed by Joy4.6Nov 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x doubles (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor WC & basin
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Dining room with electric fire
  • Sitting room with an open fire
  • Games room
  • Oil central heating with electric fire and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 2 x tumble dryers, dishwasher, TV with Sky ic sports and movies, DVD, CD, WIFI, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Table tennis table
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio, furniture and gas BBQ
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles and pub 2 miles
  • Note: this property will accept horses by prior arrangement with owner.

The property

Ashbourne 7 miles.

A traditional detached farmhouse situated near Ilam in Ashbourne.

Resting close to a working farm above the Manifold Valley in a small remote hamlet called Castern, this accommodation promises a wonderful stay for families all year round.

Walking inside, you will be greeted by a porch where you can store your shoes and coats after a day exploring the area.

This leads to a charming hallway, with rose coloured carpets and a delightful stairway.

The dining room is to the right with an electric fire.

All of the family can gather round and relax in the evening hours.

Neighbouring there is a kitchen which is neutrally designed and comes complete with a table and chairs, so you can enjoy breakfast before heading out for the day.

Continue through the hallway to find the cloakroom with a toilet and handbasin.

A lovely sitting room is close by; a cosy space to relax in front of the open fire after a day exploring the area.

With a music system and a collection of DVD's you can sit back and feel right at home.

Take the stairs, and you will find two double bedrooms, one of which has an adjoined en-suite.

There are also two twin bedrooms which are neatly styled and in three of the bedrooms you will find beautiful views of the countryside.

A family bathroom also awaits and is beautifully finished.

Outside, you can relax on the patio area and admire the views, or enjoy a barbecue with friends on a pleasant evening.

Explore the town of Ashbourne - an English market town with narrow cobbled alleys, interesting buildings, coaching inns and almshouse.

Just under 2 miles away you will find the village of Ilam which has many footpaths for you to explore, or go to the famous Ilam National Trust Park which is close -by.

The Dove and Manifold Valleys are in distance, while Alton Towers is just 20 minutes away.

You will not want to miss this holiday adventure, with so much to do and see.

A fantastic property in a great location for all the family to enjoy.

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About the location


Ashbourne 5 miles; Stoke-on-Trent 22.2 miles

This picturesque village lies beside the River Manifold, among the limestone hills of the Staffordshire Peak District. Brushing borders with Derbyshire, close to the famous Dovedale valley, this village boasts a historic church and pretty, Alpine-style cottages. Ilam Park, owned by the National Trust, is the perfect place to picnic or stroll with your families and four-legged friends, boasting a riverside backdrop and popular tea-room garden for all to enjoy the year-round. The neo-Gothic Ilam Hall is a stately home now housing a youth hostel within the grounds, as sheep graze peacefully in the open grassland. The views stretch for miles across the Italian Gardens and a challenging circular walk leads you through 10 miles of stunning scenery, taking in Thor's Cave and Wetton village. About five miles away, at the southern end of the Peak District, is the quintessential English market town of Ashbourne, with narrow cobbled alleys, coaching inns and almshouses. There are many restaurants and pubs to choose from, as well as antique shops. For those seeking a thrill from rollercoaster rides, Alton Towers is easily reached from here and further afield you have the cities of Derby and Nottingham. A wonderful location for your next adventure.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas