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Shortner Croft

Biggin near Ashbourne, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 931808)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely nothing needs improvement."

    A most enjoyable holiday

    Reviewed by JenniferJun 2022

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage perfect location for walking on Tissington , High Peak and Monsal Trails , we hope to be back next year we loved it."

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MaryJun 2022

  • "The things we look for in a cottage were all there."

    Comfy bed Good shower Well equipped kitchen Very clean and nice surroundings.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WilliamMay 2022

  • "Only complaint and not a complaint more a recommendation a lighter tog duvet now that the warmer weather is with us."

    Thank you. There is a normally a lower tog duvet under the bed, but i will make sure it's on now its getting warmer Property Owner

    Reviewed by CalumMay 2022

  • "We have enjoyed a week in this delightful cottage, every comfort needed for a a week away from home."

    Plenty of space and nice and warm. Will hopefully return next year to continue cycling the Tissington trail.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2022

  • "We have thoroughly enjoyed our lovely holiday at Shortner Croft - been before and was as expected thank you!"

    All was immaculate with comfortable beds & settees with everything necessary for a well earned Break. An added bonus is the fast Wi-Fi (which we took advantage of) along with the extra fridge/freezer to accommodate the fresh food we brought along. As somewhat disabled, the level shower worked well for me! The quiet cottage is so well situated with many places of interest nearby - many walks, along with lovely Buxton and various National Trust properties! So Thank you for loaning us this idyllic hideaway - we hope to return!

    Reviewed by JanetMar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage accomodation."

    Extremely well equipped. Great communication with owners. Local pub meals very reasonable. We didn't get the weather but still got out every day in waterproofs which we hung out to dry in the huge bathroom. The hob flummoxed us. Embarrassed to say we had to get instructions out. Who new won't turn on unless a pan is sitting on it. Recommend this lovely tucked away cottage.

    Thank you for your lovely review. I'm sorry the induction hob was a mystery! I'll make sure to mention it to future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JanetFeb 2022

  • "We stayed over New Year and on arrival we found the cottage was decorated for Christmas, with decorations and trees in the lounge and kitchen making it very festive and welcoming."

    The cottage has everything you can think of and more, lots of little extras not normally found in other holiday lets. The bathroom is very modern with a walk in shower plus a bath to relax in after long country walks. The TV had Netflix and as the wi-fi is excellent was a bonus. The garden area was lovely to sit in and watch/listen to the hundreds of birds especially when it was frosty and sunny. There are numerous walks from the village, so many we will have to return to complete them all. We caught the bus from the end of the lane for a 25 minute bus ride through the countryside into Ashbourne to pick up more supplies. The walk into Hartington was approx. 45 minutes where you can find shops and pubs. All in all a relaxing break in a lovely cottage away from the hustle and bustle, just what the doctor ordered. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by VictoriaDec 2021

  • "To be really honest the weather was very foggy at the time of our arrival and only lifted in time for us to leave."

    Never the less the view upon lifting was very impressive and it was not hard to imagine what the Countryside would have to offer in The Spring or Summer. The cottage was very clean and all the amenities were of a high standard, especially liked the layout and the hob which is induction. The bed was comfy but people do have their own opinions about beds and how comfortable they are as it would rarely match what they have at home. The living area has excellent wi fi and the Bathroom is modern and very functional with a nice deep bath. The cottage served us well as we stayed over the Christmas period, fogbound basically. We enjoyed our stay though as we watched the Xmas TV and it was cosy. The owners left us some goodies upon our arrival which were welcome. We would visit again as we did miss a lot. But the purpose of our visit was well served to get away and have a change of Scenery.

    Reviewed by CorinaDec 2021

  • "Great cottage , we picked a bad week weather wise to stay."

    The things that stood out were , the very best walk in shower of any cottage / hotel / caravan we have ever stayed in. Decent TV. Lovely well equipt kitchen. Very comfortable bed. In very cold weather it does take a short while for heating to warm cottage. So can be cold when getting up or arriving back. There are two steps into kitchen and the seating is very low so cottage would probably not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

    Reviewed by AnnDec 2021

  • "A well designed and equipped spacious warm property on a large private plot in a quiet location for two people to relax and use as a base whilst exploring the area."

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2021

  • "Shortner Croft was the perfect set up for a week away in The Peak District."

    Very well appointed, clean and comfortable. The location was a dream for people, who, like us, enjoy the joy that countryside can bring you, with walks right on your doorstep. We hope to come back one day and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by TracyOct 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage, peaceful location lovely private garden."

    Everything you want for a pleasant holiday.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2021

  • "Excellent facilities at the cottage for a Peak District holiday."

    The welcome pack was appreciated and a great surprise. Located within easy reach of Matlock, Bakewell and many beautiful walks. We had a really great week and definitely will use Shortner Croft again.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "A comfortable, well equipped cottage quiet and relaxing location, Shortner Croft has everything you could want for a weeks holiday away from it all."

    After reading previous reviews, we decided on this property to spend our first holiday break for over two years. Our only concern at the time of booking was that there was no internet access but on arrival we were pleasantly surprised that this has also now been installed. The cottage had everything we needed for a most enjoyable weeks break. Facilities and surroundings first class. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by RogerJul 2021

  • "First time at Shortner Croft and we weren’t disappointed!"

    . It was beautiful both inside and out with everything you would need for your stay. A credit to the owners

    Reviewed by SteveJul 2021

  • "Now enhanced by wifi, and still no mobile signal, which as far as I'm concerned is an excellent combination."

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2021

  • "The property was spacious, comfortable and well-equipped so it made for an excellent week in lovely countryside with lots to see and explore."

    The weather was very good with plenty of sunshine so we got out for some lovely walks in the area. We would definitely go to this porperty again!

    Reviewed by Duncan AndrewJun 2021

  • "Shortner Croft was just great - very well equiped, comfortable, and warm."

    We enjoyed the sunsets, morning chorus - and seeing the black-caps hopping about ont he lawn! For us, it was the ideal possition for everything we wanted to do, and the furthest we travelled was to Buxton for the wonderful Museum and shops - and on the return journey to visit the Briarlow Bookshop. We managed to combine walks with visiting many industrial heritage sites loacally and at Cromford, and Matlock. Must make a return visit!

    Reviewed by AdrianMay 2021

  • "The Croft is exceptionally good value - very spacious, comfortingly clean, well-equipped and with plenty of useful extras in the kitchen and bathroom."

    It's nicely situated in a pleasant village, with easy access to cycling and walking trails and a good pub 10 minutes' walk away. We only used the car to travel to the next village to get a mobile signal. We aim to return - but it's evident from the Visitors' Book that there will be competition from the Croft's loyal following.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2020

  • "We had a lovely week at Shortner Croft, the first holiday of the year not cancelled due to C-19."

    We found a beautifully clean, light and comfortable holiday home equipped with everything you could possibly need. The new addition of the spacious fridge freezer will be especially useful for any future stays here. There are many beautiful walks from the door so we will certainly try to book again.

    Reviewed by SheilaSep 2020

  • "My wife and have no complaints about this property and would certainly recommend it."

    Reviewed by FrankSep 2020

  • "One of those cottages that you could live in."

    Well designed and comfortable. Well maintained and clean. And in a lovely area. Quiet, peaceful and surrounded by wonderful countryside.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2020

  • "Such a lovely cottage very clean and has everything you need."

    Exceeded expectations, the photos do not do this justice. Will definitely be staying again.

    Reviewed by LewisFeb 2020

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    Absolutely spotless - well done to the new cleaning company. Everything you could possibly need is there.

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2019

  • "Excellent cottage spotless clean, beautifully finished, comfortable, lovely position,"

    Reviewed by DianeNov 2019

  • "Beautiful location in the Peak District, and the cottage was newly fitted with all modern appliances, and was very warm and cosy."

    Reviewed by GregOct 2019

  • "Home from home!"

    Shortner Croft has everything you could possibly need to ensure a comfortable stay in this lovely cottage. This was our third holiday here, and there is still so much more to explore in this beautiful part of Derbyshire. Biggin is well placed for visiting other places, Ashbourne, a busy town is approx. 6 miles away, lots of high quality shops there, Tissington village is well worth a visit, lovely tearoom opposite the church, Hartington, just down the road, has a famous well stocked cheese shop, and unusually these days, a Post Office! Although I have limited mobility I find the cottage well suited to my needs, getting about on crutches indoors. As a wheelchair user outdoors I have to choose places with easy access, so can recommend the canal path at Cromford, and the tearoom there, also Masson Mills for shopping, the Tissington Trail and Monsal in fine weather. Chatsworth Gardens are well laid out for wheelchairs, and the farm shop sells a huge range of food, and serves good food too! Bakewell is always worth a visit, especially going 'over the tops' via Monyash. The owners, Glyn and Karen listen to the needs of their guests, and where possible will implement them. The wine and delicious cookies are always appreciated. We hope to return.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2019

  • "So happy to have found this little gem, ideally situated and so peaceful."

    Cottage was very welcoming, clean & comfortable it's clear the owners look after this property. We had a very enjoyable holiday and would love to return again.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "Owner had his cottage well kitted out had supplied us with everything you could ..."

    Owner had his cottage well kitted out had supplied us with everything you could possibly think of was in very peaceful location and supplied loads of information about the area cottage and garden well kept had a wonderful weeks holiday there

    Reviewed by AAug 2019

  • "We had a good holiday at Shortner Croft, but the shortcomings of the accommodation means that we are unlikely to book this or any other cottage via Sykes again."

    Here's a list of the most annoying issues: The cottage is described as having a fridge/freezer, but it actually has a fridge with an ice making compartment. We had booked a delivery from Sainsbury's which included frozen food, but discovered that the fridge had not been defrosted for a while, and we had to defrost the ice making compartment using bowls of hot water before the delivery van arrived, so we could fit our food in. We own a holiday home in France, and it is standard practice for guests to turn the fridge off and leave the door open when leaving. And please correct the description on your website. The mattress and pillows are rock hard. I suffer from back problems, and I didn't have a single decent nights sleep due to the discomfort. Also, the windows do not seal very well, and we were both woken up every morning by the dawn chorus and other noise. We literally became so tired from the lack of sleep, we left and went home a day early. The kitchen was tidy, but I can't say the same for the interiors of the cupboards. To put it bluntly, they looked as though they had been equipped from a car boot sale. There was far too much equipment, and the cupboards were totally disorganised. I couldn't find a set of saucepans with lids, so I had to empty several cupboards and rearrange them. There was a single cast iron casserole, which I couldn't pick up due to may bad back. One of the cutlery drawers was just as bad - I found 6 pairs of scissors, and about 8 bottle openers. It was a horrible kitchen to cook in. Our house in France has simple sets of matching cookware and tableware neatly arranged in the cupboards, with plenty of space for guests' food and equipment. The shoe rack in the kitchen/diner was nice, but there was literally nowhere for us to put our personal things such as maps, guidebooks, torches, backpacks etc. The shelf unit was full books, leaflets, pads, pens and stationary (including a 2 volume dictionary). It's nice to have a few books, but we ended up storing our stuff on the end of the dining table. We regularly stay in Eurocamp caravans in France, and they have plenty of shelf and cupboard space for guests in the living area. There were glass jars and vases all over the place. It's nice to have a vase for flowers, but they should be in a cupboard rather than on a windowsill where a guest may break it. Finally, the website says 'the beautiful furnishings include an L-shaped sofa and armchairs'. Sorry, but there are actually 2 uncomfortable sofas - we didn't use them much as we were out and about so much, but you might want to correct the description. As I said at the beginning, we had a good holiday in spite of all this. We liked Biggin, and the loved the area, especially the pubs, so we will probably be back. But next time, we will make sure that we are booking a cottage that is not so personalised, and is simply let as a holiday home (like our house in France) - it's a lot less hassle.

    Thank you for your feedback. We do regularly defrost the fridge and like to leave it on so that it is cold, ready for people to put their shopping in, but we will amend the description. We provide two medium and two soft pillows, and a medium firmness mattress. We are in the countryside, not urban and love to hear the birds, sheep and other trappings of country life. The main crockery is plain white. We deliberately leave a drawer, a double wall cupboard and a vegetable rack empty for guests to store their food in. The L shaped sofa was replaced with two, 2-seater leather sofas last year, as people preferred a higher back chair, but the description will be changed. We like people to feel that this holiday cottage well equipped and has everything they need. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanJul 2019

  • "Another absolutely brilliant week in this lovely cottage."

    Ideally situated in the heart of the white peek. Spotlessly clean and everything thought of by the owners .

    Reviewed by ColleenJun 2019

  • "We had been to the cottage before so knew what to expect."

    We don't often return to a cottage but this one has so much going for it. Also it is located in a great spot for walking and cycling. I think there will be a third visit!

    Reviewed by LucyMay 2019

  • "Well situated for getting to locations in derbyshire as most were within 20 miles."

    not that much traffic which made driving more pleasureable. well supplied market in bakewell on mondays. limited parking so do not get there too late. while travelling towards buxton look out for turning on rights with sign for raw milk, the farm sells ice creams made from milk of jersey cows. property has small dishwasher but only small ice tray in fridge. so do not expect to store frozen foods.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2019

  • "Fantastic property furnished to a very high standard in a beautiful setting."

    Lovely touch of wine and biscuits and starter tea coffee etc. Left by Glyn and Karen definitely a place to come back to

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2019

  • "Excellent location with good walks, with restaurants nearby."

    Exceptional property all round. Can only be improved by having some new softer pillows

    Reviewed by AnthonyApr 2019

  • "It was our second visit."

    The first last year in snow so we were warm and comfortable but restricted in travelling about. This year was better weather. The cottage is so well equipped and maintained. My husband has limited sight and mobility and he felt comfortable and safe there.Glyn was always available and helpful if I had any queries.

    Reviewed by PennyMar 2019

  • "Shortner Croft is a beautiful property ..."

    Shortner Croft is a beautiful property It was spotlessly clean, with lovely bedding and towels (all of high quality) The cottage was so well equipped with everything we needed, including hair dryer/straightners, iron, ironing board There is a great selection of books/dvd's/games We would definitely return to Shortner Croft and hope to do so in the Spring/Summer

    Reviewed by JoanneJan 2019

  • "A lovely cottage with all we needed (and more) with comfortable settees & bed, good heating and excellent wet room/shower along with on site parking!"

    Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by JanetDec 2018

  • "Shortner Croft was a beautiful, large and clean cottage."

    We were surprised at how large the accommodation was. Everything we needed in a self-catering cottage was available. We felt at home and were comfortable and warm. The area is full of places to explore and we made use of our time in the area. We had no problems with the unpaved road leading to the cottage, but there was not much rain. I imagine the road might cause problems after heavy rainfall. A larger sign at the junction of Drury Lane, for Shortner Croft Cottage would be a help. We did have some problems finding the cottage. I highly recommend this cottage and would return if coming to this area of England again. Thanks for sharing your cottage.

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2018

  • "The cottage was beautifully finished very clean and comfortable it is in a very picturesque part of Derbyshire."

    It is very central area for travelling to different venues in that area a perfect place for walking and site seeing. I would definitely recommend it and would go again. The only issue i have if any, is the lane up to the cottage although giving it a great deal of privacy is very rough and full off pot holes that when raining fills up substantially with water.

    Reviewed by AllanOct 2018

  • "Shortner Croft is a little gem in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, we are so pleased we found it."

    This was our second visit to this cosy, well maintained cottage, and we hope to return. The cottage is exceptionally well equipped, everything you need has been provided, and a few extras you wouldn't usually find, hot water bottles and hair straighteners as well as a hairdryer! The bathroom has lovely toiletries provided, both for bath and shower, is very spacious, and, like the rest of the cottage, spotlessly clean. The owners, Glyn and Karen have listened to guests' comments, and where needed, provided what has been requested. Their local knowledge is a bonus, as are the walking and cycling books provided, together with lots of information on places to visit. The local pub The Waterloo is a typical old country pub, warm and welcoming, serving very tasty meals, good value too. In the nearby village of Hartington Beresfords Tea Rooms, and post office, serves delicious scones, breakfasts and lunches, and is the heart of the village, where everyone knows everyone! Tissington village is a pretty old village to wander round, Ashbourne a few miles away is a busy market town, lovely architecture, but very hilly! Several old railway lines, now cycle tracks are within easy reach, gentle walks amid glorious scenery, something for everyone.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2018

  • "It would be useful to make people aware of Porridge Lane being a poorly maintained track."

    This only came to light the week before we were due to travel.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2018

  • "Lovely and comfortable accomodation in a really nice country village setting."

    Close to cycle trails, excellent walks and nearby villages and towns. Would definitely stay again in the future

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2018

  • "Absolutely fabulous, had a wonderful week celebrating our 25th silver wedding anniversary, cottage was very well equipped, cosy, spacious, comfy bed&sofas, beautiful views, would definitely recommend, lovely hosts, would definitely stay here again!"

    Very happy

    Reviewed by ElizabethFeb 2018

  • "The key pad was not very easy to use - this was the only criticism of the cottage."

    One of the best cottages!

    Reviewed by JeanneOct 2017

  • "The only thing was you can only get ee on your mobile phone,which makes it hard if you are on another provider."

    Otherwise couldnt fault it.

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2017

  • "The cottage was exceptional in every way"

    Reviewed by EnidJun 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One king-size double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, separate walk-in shower, twin basins and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • LPG central heating with electric underfloor heating in bathroom and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, free standing fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, DVD, iPod dock, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Secure bike storage
  • Enclosed lawned garden to front and side with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub and Biggin Hall restaurant 5 mins walk
  • Note: There is a private locked room off the sitting room. Please Note: The property is 50 yards down an unpaved lane.

The property

An immaculate, detached, limestone built cottage, offering single-storey accommodation in the centre of the village of Biggin in the Peak District, surrounded by beautiful countryside.

The cottage is tastefully decorated throughout and provides spacious living areas to relax in, as you plan your activities for the days ahead.

This property may be suitable for those with limited mobility, with a superb, large bathroom which benefits from a walk-in shower area and underfloor heating.

The spacious, light and airy lounge boasts feature windows with views over the garden and the countryside beyond; the beautiful furnishings include two, two seater leather sofas and armchairs.

Outside is a third of an acre of enclosed garden to enjoy, with a south-facing sheltered patio with furniture and a BBQ, perfect for enjoying an evening meal or drink on a summer’s evening.

The tiny village of Biggin is situated on the edge of the Dove Valley, meaning there are wonderful walks from the doorstep and cycling trails directly accessible from the village, while the lovely village church and pub allow you to soak up the local Derbyshire atmosphere.

Explore the Peak District National Park and Dovedale, enjoy walking and cycling on the Tissington or High Peak Trail, or why not catch a bus in the village and spend a day visiting the market towns of Ashbourne, Buxton or Bakewell?

With Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and the spectacular Neo-classical Kedleston Hall to discover, together with the popular Alton Towers also within easy reach, you'll want to return to this Peak District cottage time and again!

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About the location


Ashbourne 10 miles; Buxton 12 miles.

The lovely, small rural village of Biggin is situated perfectly for exploring the Dove and Manifold valleys within the Peak District National Park. The village was founded in the 13th century and is a scattered stone-built village with a church, a lovely pub serving good food and Biggin Hall Restaurant. Biggin is close to a national nature reserve, the wonderful National Trust owned Dovedale and the Tissington Trail, with excellent access for all for walking and cycling. The well known village of Hartington is close by, offering a wider selection of shops and amenities, including the world famous cheese shop selling the delicious Dovedale Blue. The whole area is a paradise for walking, cycling and horse riding. Buxton with its famous opera house and spa water has an array of shops and bars and is just a 20 minute drive away, while the antique searcher’s paradise of Ashbourne is also an easy drive away in the opposite direction. Visit Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, or take a trip to Alton Towers for a fun-filled day out. Carsington Water a 30 minute drive away offers walking, cycle hire, birwatching and watersports. Biggin is perfectly placed for exploring the whole Peak District.

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Please Note: The property is 50 yards down an unpaved lane.