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Willow Cottage

(Ref. 967883)

Ashford-in-the-Water, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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  • river (16)
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44 Customer Reviews

  • "Great place for exploring the peaks and lovely village with pub on your doorstep!"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Nov 2023

  • "This a lovely cottage set in a small village."

    A very nice kitchen with with everything you need. Cosy room with dvds and games. Great size bedrooms with the main room having a four poster bed. Everything was clean. Loved seeing the Ducks and Swans at the bottom of the garden. Lovely 12th century church across road,which we looked around. Accessible busses from village to go to other places, Derby and Buxton. The pub across the road The Black Bull do great food. There's also tearooms nearby and a shop.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us, and we much appreciate your wonderful review of our cottage. Thank you so much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautifully situated for walking and visiting various places of interest but still property in lovely quiet location but Bakewell is not as stated a 10 minute walk away."

    It is more like 40 mins. Nice local pub in village for an evening drink.

    We are so glad you enjoyed the stay and the location. Bakewell is only round the corner but when you are walking, you are quite right it is around 30 to 40 mins walking through the fields. We will get this adjusted with Sykes. Thank you so much for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cynthia4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was gorgeous and we would love to return there in the future."

    Everything was perfect and we all had the most wonderful holiday. The cottage is in an ideal position being close to lots of attractions and eating places. Superb cafe in the village and some very lovely walks. Maureen Jones

    Thank you for your lovely comments, its so nice to receive wonderful feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Aug 2023

  • "We chose the cottage for its location and ease of travel with Saturday to Saturday availability."

    There is a decent pub, tearoom and small shop/newsagent close by in the village. Several good walks, such as to Monsal Head, can be made without resorting to the car. Nearby Bakewell is a pleasant town and the Thornbridge Brewery and Taproom has a superb range of beers and their own pizzas. The house is comfortable, but no frills (or welcome pack) and very limited supplies of soap etc. Only the main bedroom TV worked consistently. The green house seating was locked. Watching the birds on the river was fascinating - with Little Grebe, Kingfishers, Mergansers and many more. We had an excellent holiday and can recommend Willow Cottage.

    Hi, Many thanks for your feedback. I am sorry that we fell short in some areas and we will of course address these urgently. I must admit that we tend not to supply soap, as most people bring their own choice of soap with them. Also we have not provided a welcome pack since the Covid crisis as we were advised to to do this. I will of course check the TV in the bedroom. The key for the greenhouse should be on with the main key. Many thanks again for your comments. Kind regards, Mrs Collins Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger3.8Jul 2023

  • "We throughly enjoyed our stay at willow cottage, it was very cosy and warm and had everything we needed for a lovely stay."

    The village is beautiful with pub, cafe and shop and walks straight from the cottage. We even sat outside, with our coats on though, and fed the cheeky ducks. We would definitely recommend it to anyone we’re sure they would not be disappointed.

    Hi, Many thanks for your lovely review, we are glad you had a lovely stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jannette4.4Mar 2023

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Willow Cottage, our 2 children (age 13 & 11) actually really enjoyed feeding the ducks that came into the back garden from the river everyday!"

    The house was well equipped, comfortable and very clean. There are a couple of maintenance issues that need some attention such as the dishwasher door is very stiff and it feels like you’re going to break it every time it’s opened, there was one drawer in the tall boy in the main bedroom that wouldn’t open and it would have been nice to be able to use at least some of the wardrobe in the twin room to hang clothes up. However these are very minor things and we had a really lovely stay at the cottage.

    Hi, Many thanks for your review, I just wanted you to now that we have addressed the hanging and storage space in the twin room and this now provides space to hang clothes. Also, we are sorry that you could not access the Greenhouse, as it is a lovely place to sit, near the river and to watch the wildlife. Unfortunately one of our customers took away the key and did not return it. We have now unlocked the greenhouse and will leave it unlocked. Many thanks again for your comments, it is always helpful to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Feb 2023

  • "A great cottage with everything you need for a wonderful stay"

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Aug 2022

  • "Willow cottage is one of the most comfortable places we have stayed, it wants for nothing, it is situated in the perfect village and very close to all attractions in the area."

    My only negative point would be that the listed gas barbecue wasn’t there anymore and the small greenhouse could do with a bit of tlc just for visual content whilst enjoying the perfect rear garden and river. So glad to have stayed here, perfect, thank you

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage and generally well equipped."

    It would have been nice to have slightly bigger drinking glasses i.e. pint sized ones and also the TV in the front bedroom took quite sometime to get a signal. we had to move the indoor aerial and tuck it on top of the doorway to get any sort of signal. These are very minor quibbles and overall we were delighted with the property. We had to speak to the owner to get extra bedding as we had guests at short notice and she sorted this out for us really efficiently and with no fuss, so our thanks to her for that.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Jul 2022

  • "Superb and well equipped cottage in quiet location."

    Lovely secluded garden by the stream, a beautiful tranquil setting. Recommended!

    Hi, Thank you so much for your lovely review, it is much appreciated, we aim to please. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very comfortable home well appointed in a lovely village"

    Hi, Many thanks for your lovely review, it is much appreciated and we are glad you had a lovely stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent cottage and lovely village"

    Reviewed by Austin5.0Mar 2022

  • "Amazing property, really fantastic holiday retreat."

    Every bit as good as the photos suggest. Beautifully decorated throughout, very spacious property that easily accommodates 6 without feeling cramped. Stunning back garden and river views from living room and master bedroom. Great location for walking into Bakewell or along monsal trail. Pub & cafe 1 min at top Street, local shop 5 mins walk, what more could you want other then not having to leave!

    Hi Mr. Thompson, Thanks you so much for the lovely review, it is much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phil4.7Mar 2022

  • "Great for a couple or family."

    Would be even better with a 6ft bed in the main room. Twin room very cramped and noisy with boiler in there so didn't use. Great sofas with high backs and lovely fire. Was very chilly the first night especially in bedrooms, as think most probably been empty for few weeks. Did have to turn up boiler temperature for first two days until house warmed up again. Lovely situation for walks, would use again in warmer weather.

    Hi, Many thanks for your feedback, I have now set the boiler for all day so that it just comes on automatically when the temperature drops. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Jan 2022

  • "Willow Cottage looks lovely in the pictures, but when you get there it is even better, it has such a lovely atmosphere, and the village is beautiful."

    I really felt like I had got away from it all and was able to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Aug 2021

  • "We enjoyed the ducks!"

    Generally a lovely stay. The bathroom door needs some tlc as sticks and very noisy to close.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had an amazing stay in this lovely Cottage by the river."

    I was a little worried it would not be big enough for a family of 5 adults but there was plenty of room. The location was excellent too - a great base for exploring the surrounding area and in the heart of a gorgeous village. If I was being super picky I would say the bed was way too soft - but that’s only because I suffer from a bad back. I have already recommended this property to a friend.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely location by the river in very picturesque village."

    Great access to Bakewell, Buxton and Matlock and plenty of walks nearby. Private parking for 2 cars outside and village has a shop and pub just across the road. Cottage well equipped and very cosy. Would stay there again.

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.4Jun 2021

  • "Willow Cottage is very well situated for exploring the Lake District."

    There was ample parking outside the cottage which is very well equipped and has a beautiful garden. The owner was very responsive.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2021

  • "The lay out of the house really helped with my dads dementia."

    His issues are mainly memory issues, but he managed to navigate around throughout the week, making it a real home from home. There was everything we needed and sitting in the ‘green house’ was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable and well equipped."

    The location was outstanding with the river at the bottom of the garden and a lovely decking area for sitting out, sharing the space with the ducks. The "greenhouse" was also useful for late afternoon sun. The location is ideal as a centre for walking and hiking through the area, with the Monsal Trail withing easy reach. It was disappointing that the Ashford Arms, the Riverside House Hotel and the village shop are all closed at the moment. There are a few light bulbs that need replacing e.g. in the kitchen and the shower.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely location (and weather helped!"

    ). Loved the River at bottom of garden. Well located in the the village and for walks.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was even better than depicted in the photos."

    A perfect location for getting to Bakewell and surrounding villages and walks. The owner was really attentive and very pleasant. We would definitely recommend the cottage to our friends and family.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Aug 2020

  • "Willow Cottage was lovely and beautifully located next to the River Wye."

    There is a little road noise but not too bad. We could also hear the ducks, which was nice. The house was very clean throughout and well supplied with everything we needed. The laundry arrangements made us feel safe (I was a bit nervous about travelling during Covid). The TV in the village view bedroom was very pixellated and kept freezing but I didn't want to watch much TV so it wasn't a problem. The house is really centrally located in the Peak District for sightseeing. We visited Chatsworth, Buxton, Mondal Dale, Castleton, Tideswell, Tissington, Bakewell and more. There's a pub in the village - The Bull's Head is within a one-minute walk (but wasn't at all noisy). The Ashford Arms, which is also close by, has sadly ceased trading recently. The small village shop is changing hands from end August 2020 and was only open for ice creams at the weekend whilst we were there but will be very handy when it opens up for business again. The welcome letter could be updated to reflect the changing situation. We loved having the garden and it was lovely to have somewhere to sit outside in the sunshine. We ordered a Tesco delivery on arrival, though there's an Aldi just a mile or two down the road and Bakewell has a couple of supermarkets (parking can be very busy in Bakewell).

    Reviewed by Sarah-leigh4.7Aug 2020

  • "The gas range cooker is in fact electric, and off road parking for 2 cars is a bit optimistic."

    Overall Willow cottage was clean and comfortable and we would stay again.

    Reviewed by James4.7Nov 2019

  • "Despite the weather we managed to go on several hikes in the area."

    We took the bus to Bakewell, Matlock and Buxton with ease. The beds were very comfortable. The Bathroom was fine except that the extractor fan did not work, so we had to open the window. This made the room rather chilly. The location is wonderful; having the river behind the house was a joy to see. We loved the tea room, the Bull's head and the shop. All in all, it was a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2019

  • "Although the cottage was listed has having parking for two cars it was unclear on arrival exactly where the two spaces were."

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7Jul 2019

  • "I booked this cottage because it was advertised as having 2 bathrooms but it actually has one bathroom and a downstairs toilet off the kitchen."

    Reviewed by David4.1Jun 2019

  • "The owners were very nice and helpful - made us very welcome."

    The cottage was comfortable and very clean. Kitchen was well equipped. Bedding was good and beds very comfortable. There were one or two problems but the owners dealt with them immediately - it was really nice to sit in the garden by the river and feed the ducks and swan. The village is lovely with a very good shop and two pubs. The Ashford Arms is brilliant with good atmosphere and good food. Would recommend this holiday cottage to anyone. Good value for money.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2019

  • "Great location, lovely village shop and very near to the start of lots of great walks."

    Very nicely appointed cottage, enjoyed watching the ducks and swans on the river. Great to have smart TV with Netflix for the children. Some instructions on rubbish/recycling might have been helpful. Only slightly negative comment is on the beds, especially the master bedroom. The mattress was extremely soft (though of good quality) and if you are used to a firmer mattress, like I am, it caused havoc with my back!! In my experience of rentals/hotels I think it is better to have a firmer/orthopaedic mattress.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Apr 2019

  • "Beautifull village location."

    Cottage great. Warm clean good bedding, lots of towels, comfortable sofas. Garden pretty and river views a bonus. Would definitely book again. Only slight negatives for owner are in kitchen area to adjust are saucepans very tired scratched. No clean scourers//cloths . Only 2 dishwasher tablets and no washing powder also. O usual supply of foil and cling film and only enough washing up liquid for one wash. Seems petty but for the price of property would usually find these things provided. All said we had fabulous week in our favourite place The Peak District. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Pauline3.8Mar 2019

  • "Excellent location and a beautiful cottage Everything that we could have hoped for"

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Feb 2019

  • "Everything exceeded our expectations, from the bottle of Fizz when we arrived, to the standard of bed linen and facilities."

    The central heating and fire in the lounge made it so cosy in the evenings and the location was great, with a choice of pubs a couple of minutes walk away. We will certainly return!

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Dec 2018

  • "Willow cottage in Ashford in the Water was a lovely cottage in a fantastic location."

    Great walking from the door and convenient to lots of sights including Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2018

  • "This cottage is the best we have been to in all the years of using Sykes, it was very comfortable and had all the things you need a real home from home."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2018

  • "The accommodation provided was very clean, comfortable and in an ideal location for local services and amenities."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2018

  • "Ashford in the Water may be the best location from which to tour the Peak District."

    It is a lovely village on the aRiver Wye. Willow Cottage is wonderful...clean, roomy and beautifully furnished and fully equipped. The garden fronting on the river is amazing. We loved having wine on the deck over-looking the river and feeding the ducks.

    Reviewed by Leonard5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday in Willow cottage."

    It was very comfortable, the owner was very friendly. The river running by the end of the garden was just fantastic - we fed the ducks, swans and moorhens every day. The village is great - fab local shop, two pubs and a tearoom! Such a pretty location. Great walking in the area. We also visited Chesterfield, the Heights of Abraham and the Derwent Valley Mills. We hope to be back very soon.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage, well equipped in pretty village"

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Aug 2018

  • "Convenient location for walks and exploring the area."

    Very quiet. Garden and outdoor facilities excellent. Good decor. Just a few shortcomings in equipment, such as no bowl/dish small enough to fit in the microwave, frying pan small if cooking for 6. Two pubs within a couple of minutes walking. Enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2018

  • "The whole package was just right, accommodation, location, village, pubs, restaurants, food, walks, tourist spots etc etc."

    More time in the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District is on my to do list for the future, and the Bakewell pudding! Wow.

    Reviewed by Terry4.8Feb 2018

  • "The cottage was immaculate and had everything we needed."

    The beds were comfy, kitchen was modern and included a Range which we used. The lounge was nice and the bathroom was amazing- better than our one at home. The village had a shop and the pub opposite does lovely food. The location was ideal - easy to access lots of different places in the Peak District. I would definitely recommend his cottage. PS Kids were happy as there is WiFi.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Feb 2018

  • "A fabulous cottage and location."

    We really enjoyed our stay in Willow Cottage, the house was decorated beautifully for Christmas and was warm and welcoming, and we loved being by the river and watching the ducks. Ashford is a lovely village and we made the most of the park, church and Bulls Head pub with family. It's a great location for exploring the area by car and on foot - we walked to Bakewell and Monsal Head, visited Chatsworth, and enjoyed the stunning scenery. The Wifi was a bonus! We are definitely planning to come back again.

    Reviewed by Joanna4.6Dec 2017

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with gas fire.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire
  • Electric range cooker and electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, Wi-Fi, DVD, sound system
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking 2 cars
  • Rear lawn and decking with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 minute walk
  • Note: The unfenced river Wye runs along the bottom of the garden, care must be taken and children must be supervised at all times in the garden
  • Note: This property may not be suitable for toddlers and young children due to the unfenced river at the rear of the property
  • Note: Winter Short Break arrivals on Saturday and Monday only, please
  • Please note that for property insurance purposes, car charging is strictly prohibited
  • There are several charging points in the local areas including in Bakewell

The property

This beautifully furnished cottage is located in the picturesque village of Ashford-in-the-Water in the hub of the Peak District National Park.

The superb location and excellent accomodation make this cottage the perfect stay for friends and couples to come and experience this scenic area.

The sitting room features stylish leather sofas, a TV and a flame gas fire for you to curl up in front of after a day of exploring the hills and fields nearby.

Experience a true traditional country cottage feel with Willow Cottage's rustic kitchen and dining area, with a superb range cooker.

The ground floor is complete with a charming little cloakroom.

Take the stairs to the first floor where you will find the three cosy bedrooms with great attention to detail ensuring you have a comforting night's sleep.

The interior of Willow Cottage is topped off with a luxurious family bathroom, offering a bath and three steps up to a sleek, black shower.

Outside you have the choice of a greenhouse-style sitting area and a decking overlooking the nearby River Wye.

Admire your surroundings with a glass of wine or even treat yourself to some al fresco dining.

Ashford-in-the-Water can be enjoyed throughout the year, with beautiful scenery, two pubs and a shop, it has all you need for a relaxing retreat.

If you fancy some adventure, explore the dramatic Peak District National Park with its walking, cycling and wildlife spotting opportunities.

The charming town of Bakewell comes just 2 miles away and is a fabulous day out for everybody to enjoy.

Willow Cottage is a warming country cottage to be enjoyed all year round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Bakewell 2 miles.

The picture-postcard village of Ashford-in-the-Water nestles on the banks of the River Wye, just two miles from Bakewell, at the heart of the Peak District National Park. This historic village, once famous for its marble, consists of 18th century stone cottages, two lovely pubs, an exquisite restaurant and a superb village store, renowned for its quality produce. The medieval Sheepwash Bridge, overhung by whispering willow trees, was once a major crossing point over the Wye for packhorses delivering malt from Derby and is flanked by a former sheep washing pen. Ashford Cricket Ground is a perfect spot to spend an afternoon supporting the local team, whilst Ashford 'Orchard' provides an ideal children's play area. The nearby, renowned market town of Bakewell offers a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs, together with frequent local farmers' markets. Visit the many stately homes, including Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, or explore the rugged Dark Peak and softer limestone White Peak, all within easy reach. With Britain's premier theme park, Alton Towers and the impressive caverns at Castleton close by, you'll be spoilt for choice at this fantastic location.

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Note: River Wye runs along the bottom of the garden, care must be taken.
Note: this property is not suitable for young children or toddlers due to the unfenced river at the rear of the property. Babes in arms welcome.
Note: Winter Short Break arrivals on Saturday and Monday only, please

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter