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Shepherds Retreat

(Ref. 1073051)

Coldeaton near Hartington, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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76 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely compact cottage everything you need is there & very quiet & peaceful."

    Had a wonderful week there.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2024

  • "We had a lovely relaxing weeks holiday."

    Shepherds Retreat has everything we need being spotlessly clean, well equipped and comfortable. We walked everyday from the door along either the picturesque Dove River or the Tissington Trail. The lovely adjustable settee was ideal after a long walk.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2024

  • "We have been to many cottages over the years…and this was by far the best one…."

    Well equipped, very clean and perfect location….so much so, we have already booked a return visit. Easy access to lots of places of interest and lots of lovely walks. Thank you…looking forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2024

  • "A very cozy and warm cottage under floor heating a bonus ideally situated in the countryside but to far away from towns and villages."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2024

  • "Warm welcome, clear communication throughout."

    Regular cleaning during three week stay. All the facilities we needed and well equipped. Beautiful surrounds and easy access to all parts of the Peak District. Activities galore; great pubs

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2024

  • "We had a really wonderful week staying at Shepherds Retreat."

    It is a comfortable and cosy place to stay. We loved having walks right from our front door, especially the walk down to the river Dove and beyond which we did a few times. We loved the nearby village of Hartington and again we enjoyed the walk through Beresford Dale. It was so peaceful and tranquil. We enjoyed this holiday so much that we have already booked to come back again!

    Reviewed by Annice5.0May 2024

  • "First rate."

    Nice, clean and peaceful

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Apr 2024

  • "Loved Shepherds Retreat."

    Perfect cottage getaway for two, feels like you’re away from it all but yet you are within easy distance of Ashbourne and Buxton for anything you need. Ideal for walkers with so many great walks on your doorstep, especially the river walk to Hartington. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean, well equiped kitchen, warm, comfy, lovely views, brilliant shower, 5*"

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Mar 2024

  • "Second time staying at Shepherds Retreat, a fabulous place with everything needed for a fantastic holiday."

    Great walks from the door and Alison is a first class host, thank you for another lovely break

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Feb 2024

  • "One of the best cottages I’ve been in"

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Jan 2024

  • "Absolutely superb."

    Spotlessly clean, well furnished and very well equipped. This is a cosy paradise in a lovely spot.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Dec 2023

  • "A very warm cosy cottage, extremely well equipped and ideally situated for walking."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely stay in a well equipped, cosy and very clean cottage."

    Lots of walks from the property with amazing scenery.

    Reviewed by Naomi4.1Dec 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Shepherd's Retreat."

    Perfectly placed for visiting many areas in the Peak District. The cottage was immaculately clean, comfortable and lovely and warm, we stayed in very cold, frosty and snowy weather. The Tissington trail is within a five minute walk and the views from the cottage are great. Thank you for a lovely, peaceful holiday.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Nov 2023

  • "A very well appointed cottage in an excellent location."

    Home from home. Going next year.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great cottage, beautifully clean and kitchen is really well equipped."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have loved our stay in the cottage it is spotless."

    The shower is fantastic the bed is so comfortable. WiFi really good. It's the perfect location for getting out and about we went to the opera house in Buxton to see a show and had pizza at the Bull and thorn along the way, we can highly recommend. We will definitely be back. ///cars.once.broached is the what 3 words location.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great property, equipped to a high standard, very clean and well-maintained, ideally situated, friendly owner,"

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a fab week at Shepherds Retreat, a stunning location lots of walks from the cottage."

    Alison was very helpful, a lovely touch to find milk and eggs waiting for us. A lovely, clean, well equipped cottage perfect for us to enjoy the beautiful Peak District

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2023

  • "Quite small but very comfortable."

    Follow directions carefully or you'll overshoot and end up on the farm. Brilliant access to Tissington Trail & Dovedale.

    Reviewed by Bryan4.7Aug 2023

  • "Everything was ok the main problem we had was the back door was sticking and very difficult to open."

    The other thing was the setee was uncomfortable. Shower was excellent, kitchen was ok only room for one person in at a time . Was excellent position for all rides and walks . The bed would be better kingsize. Overall an excellent Holiday was had and an excellent place to stay .

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Jul 2023

  • "Enjoyable few days in a lovely property just right for the two of us as it had everything we needed"

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in a great location, very clean and comfortable."

    We could not have asked for anything more. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Les5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent cottage set in beautiful and easy accessible walking country, Derbyshire can be easily overlooked except for some of us who have walked in the hills there for decades."

    Recommend Shepherds Retreat as a clean, comfortable, warm, visually great, stay surrounded with beautiful scenery which is easily accessible. Rachel the owner is very helpful as well.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was extremely clean and well maintained."

    It was equipped with everything we needed for our holiday (not a grumble or a problem but maybe a dish washer would be preferable to a washing machine). The cottage is very cosy, it was wonderful to come back to a warm hug after a day enjoying the countryside in a somewhat 'damp Derbyshire'. Unfortunately, because of the weather, we were unable to take advantage of the outdoor furniture but it looked very inviting and the enclosed garden meant it was also very private. Our second visit and it won't be our last.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely property."

    Extremely well placed for cycling...the Tissington Trail is visible from the house. Although we had terrible weather for our cycling and walking we have lovely memories, thanks to returning to the wood burner and the comfort of the property.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Mar 2023

  • "Absolutely brilliant."

    Booked it again.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Excellent location. Owner friendly and welcoming . Everything we’d hoped for. Highly recommended .

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Feb 2023

  • "Spotlessly clean, everything that you would need for a perfect peaceful break in the countryside."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2023

  • "Really nice warm homely cottage."

    Everything you could need in the kitchen to make a meal is there. This is a walkers paradise, there are a number of walks from the doorstep. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind to us but we still managed to walk 50 miles in the week. Good job we took our wellies! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jan 2023

  • "Fabulous. We have now stayed at this cottage four times and have already booked for the next visit."

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely, cosy, comfortable cottage."

    Beautifully clean with some welcome festive touches and treats. Great walks from the doorstep… we walked down to the river and into Hartington then came back through Biggin and picked up the Tissington Trail back to the cottage…9.5 miles. We also turned the other way at the river, through Milldale to Dove Holes then to Alsop Station to pick up the Tissington Trail back to the cottage. Close to a bus stop….great for catching the bus to the Waterloo Inn in Biggin where we enjoyed a delicious meal. Also great food at the Sycamore Inn. We would love to have a second visit. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2022

  • "Second time visiting, will be back for a third."

    Beautiful holiday cottage in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely warm cottage in a beautiful location, very clean and comfortable."

    Would definitely stay again, the only down side was we had to come home!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2022

  • "I have 1 complaint."

    It is depressing returning home...

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Nov 2022

  • "We throughly enjoyed our stay at Shepherd's Retreat."

    Very relaxing .Just what we needed . We look forward to coming back with family to stay in the other two accommodations.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is our second holiday at Shepherds Retread and all was as lovely as our first visit nearly a year ago."

    We would have no hestitation in booking again when circumstances allow.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2022

  • "We have now visited this cottage four times and that should tell you how happy we are with it."

    The owners are attentive, the cottage is wonderful and the location is perfect if you want somewhere quiet, remote and with lots of great walking right on your doorstep - great pubs too.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful little cottage."

    It was spotless with everything you need for a super stay. Lovely touch of a bowl of fresh eggs and a small bottle of milk. Beautiful walks from the door, and fantastic views with wonderful sunsets. The owners were helpful and friendly and we were told to ring them if there was a problem. We are hoping to return to this lovely spot.

    Reviewed by Allida5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wonderful location, so close to some lovely walks."

    Excellent accommodation, spotlessly clean. Lovely welcome pack including milk, eggs, biscuits and flowers. If I am really picky though, we would have preferred a king size bed to a double.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely well maintained cottage in a great location for visiting the Peak District."

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Aug 2022

  • "Fantastic we loved our stay would love to come back maybe with all the family in ..."

    Fantastic we loved our stay would love to come back maybe with all the family in the other two cottages loved the egg thank you Trish&phillxx

    Reviewed by P5.0Aug 2022

  • "Cottage exactly as listed."

    ....stunning location with everything we required for another brilliant holiday. We loved coming in to our warm and welcoming cottage and being able to cook our dinner and relax forthe evening. The cows opposite were always looking out for us and expected us to make a fuss of them....we will be back to the glorious Peak District for sure.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Jun 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cosy cottage offering exactly what it advertises & extra touches too in a perfect location."

    We loved it ,thank you . If we were to be a bit picky the bedroom door catches on the beautiful floor tiles making it noisey,bathroom door hinges need oiling & the bathroom sink waste doesn't easily open fully to drain the water. Finally a 2nd toilet roll would have been nice, but thankfully we took our own

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jun 2022

  • "Had a fabulous stay at this cottage."

    The area was amazing, beautiful countryside. Lots of young animals around the property which was lovely. Definitely would return.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was our 2nd visit."

    That says it all ready. Beautiful, clean, functional cottage. (Great shower). Home from home. Everything to hand. 500 yds off Tissington trail. Easy reach of lovely villages. What more could you want.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2022

  • "This was our second visit to Shepherd’s Retreat."

    Everything was just as good as the first time. The cottage is so comfortable and welcoming. The whole layout is spacious and the underfloor heating is wonderful. It was lovely to meet Alison and talk to her about the farm - particularly the lambs! There is so much to do in the surrounding area - beautiful walks, spectacular views and interesting places to visit. Check the drawer under the tv for lots of local information. We will very likely return.

    Reviewed by Daphne5.0May 2022

  • "A beautifully appointed cottage in the most idyllic of surroundings."

    Very restful and serene.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0May 2022

  • "Wonderful little cottage, amazing location, will definitely come back as so much to see in the area,"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "I would like to thank the owners of the property for a very beautiful and comfortable stay."

    We arrived and the cottage was just like in the pictures, in fact it was better than the pictures, it felt almost homely, the pictures did not do it justice, the high ceilings and the wooden beams were a beautiful feature. The kitchen was fully kitted out to our needs, and there was even things like washing up liquid and washing machine tablets. The underfloor heating was bliss in the mornings on the tiles, the view was spectacular, especially looking over the sheep and lambs in the surrounding field spaces, the bathroom was beautiful and very spacious, as well as the bedroom being as pictured too. We were thankful for the welcome book, it was very helpful for things within the cottage and also contact numbers for any questions we may of had. We loved the outside courtyard area, and the outdoor seating. We had such an amazing time here, and we would definitely recommend Shepherds Retreat to anybody that is looking to visit the Peak District and stay here, and we would 100% return in a heartbeat. Again, thank you for your hospitality, and thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage with us!

    Reviewed by Billie4.7Apr 2022

  • "Spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable and an excellent location so close to the exceptional walking in and around Dovedale."

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Apr 2022

  • "A beautiful, cosy, well equipped and clean cottage."

    The cottage was in a peaceful spot but close enough to a main road giving access to many places to explore. Tissinton Trail and two beautiful Derbyshire Dale's were in walking distance of the front door. When the weather became unseasonably warm the owner went to the trouble of getting out the garden furniture so we could enjoy the sunshine and the views in the enclosed sheltered garden

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Mar 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our week's stay in such a lovely and well appointed property in a delightful setting."

    It's an excellent base for local walks and trips to nearby market towns. Although the weather was cold, the underfloor heating made it so cosy we didn't even need to use the log burner. We'd had to cancel an earlier booking due to illness but were so glad we'd rebooked. It was kind of Alison to take the time to check in with us when lambing was in full swing and the welcoming bottle of wine was appreciated too!

    Reviewed by Bill5.0Mar 2022

  • "Shepherds Retreat is a very cosy, comfortable and well positioned holiday home."

    Ideal for walkers and those who enjoy the beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely place, high standards and very relaxing place to stay"

    Reviewed by Barrie5.0Feb 2022

  • "Shepherds retreat was very warm and cosy thoroughly enjoyed the week"

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, hardly needed to use the fire, very good underfloor heating."

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jan 2022

  • "Awesome cottage, faultless facilities."

    Would happily live here. Cannot recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic little retreat and some great walks in the vicinity."

    Hopefully be back sometime in the future

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Jan 2022

  • "This was our second visit to the Shepherds Retreat and it was another fabulous experience."

    Beautifully situated, excellently equipped and the hosts are amazing.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely great place to stay and really enjoyed our visit"

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Dec 2021

  • "The cottage was just as described."

    Warm and cozy, particularly as the weather took a definite downturn. Even though the power went down, we had a wood burner to keep us warm and our hosts kept us supplied with wood. Alison also made sure we were ok. Will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a fantastic location, one of the best we've staryed in."

    Only personal comment - would have prefered a dishwasher to the washing machine but knew what we were getting when we booked and this in no way affected our 10 out of 10 score for this property.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2021

  • "Stunning property and equally amazing location." relaxing was debating locking ourselves in and never leaving!!! We will definitely be back and would recommend to anyone wanting to get away from it all. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Magdalena5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was a jewel in the crown of the Peak District and the views were out of this world."

    It felt like home when you walked in the front door. Thankyou. Colin Lovesy

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Nov 2021

  • "The peace and quiet of the countryside, ideal location for cycling the trails"

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2021

  • "Shepherds Retreat is a great place to stay for two people,everything you need,here's the BUT, being out on long walks returning to base had to be content with a shower as there is no bath to relieve the aches of a couple of s."

    70 year olds. Not put off we would stay there again .

    Reviewed by Lyndon5.0Sep 2021

  • "A lovely holiday cottage."

    The only slight problem we had was with the directions. We found the group of three cottages quite easily, and pulled into what seemed the obvious area. But then we couldn't see the "nameplate" with the keysafe for "our" cottage. Eventually worked out that we should have stayed on the road a few yards further and pulled into the "layby" where "our" entrance was.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2021

  • "We thought the situation of Shepherds Retreat was exceptional."

    A short walk to the River Dove, very near the Tissington Trail and a short drive to shops at Hartington and Ashbourne. Also convenient for days out: we loved Chatsworth House and Carsington Water. The cottage was comfortable and welcoming after a day out walking. In fact we enjoyed our stay so much we have rebooked for next May!

    Reviewed by Daphne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic experience."

    In fact, it was so good, we immediately booked to return.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely location"

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Aug 2021

  • "Shepherds Retreat was beautifully presented with many luxury finishes."

    To name a few would be the underfloor heating, quality towels/bedding and instant access to Netflix & amazon prime. A great deal of thought has clearly been put in to the Retreat. The Retreat is well positioned close to many of the must-see places in the Peaks, normally only a 30 minute drive. It's then nice to come back to peace and quiet, with the sheep and lambs for company in the nearby field. The owners surprised us with a bottle of Prosecco as we were away for our anniversary. They were also quickly on hand to help when needed, providing a great service.

    Reviewed by Abigail4.4Jul 2021

  • "Really a lovely lovely place."

    The Shepherd Retreat is off a very high standard. Clean and tidy with everything you could ask for. Set back off the main road with easy access to Derbyshire, and Tissington Trail.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2021

  • "The local towns are really nice, especially Bakewell as there is a lot to see and do there."

    Shepherds Retreat is a lovely place to go away as a couple.

    Reviewed by Hattie5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage for a romantic break away."

    Lovely nature surrounding the fields with lots to take photographs off. Bicycle track 200 m from the property, public right of way through the fields which is lovely to have a walk and watch the sheep and cows. So much to do around the area we spent a week here And run out of time to do everything we wanted to. The owners were very accommodating and helpful nothing is too much trouble, they even left us fresh eggs and two bottles of wine. Would highly recommend would definitely return worth a visit. And I am fussy where I stay so this is an honest review.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.4May 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, Smart TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden patio with furniture
  • Portable BBQ
  • Secure bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.7 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note - The changeover day is Saturday

The property

Hartington 3.7 miles.

Tucked away within splendid Peak District National Park is this attractive, single-storey barn conversion.

Shepherds Retreat is a chocolate box property welcoming couples looking to break away from normal life and place themselves in the heart of Derbyshire’s fine countryside.

Boasting an open-plan aspect and beautiful exposed crick barn beams, this cottage is full of character and makes a lovely base to return to each evening.

Spend your down time beside the woodburning stove, resting your legs after a day of rambling, or take to the amply-equipped kitchen to prepare a hearty feast, offering all the essential appliances, crockery and cooking utensils needed for a short break.

Sit at the dining table and toast to a charming getaway with your loved one, or perhaps the sound of alfresco dining on a warm summer evening is more to your taste?

Freshen up within the walk-in shower in the shower room before making yourself at home within the double bedroom, with excellent solid oak furniture to make use of.

However you decide to spend your holiday, Shepherds Retreat is a great base for exploring the whole of the Peak District.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1073049, 1073047, together sleeping up to 14 guests.

Lees Barn

Set within the gorgeous green landscapes of the Peak District National Park, on a quiet lane up to the owners' farm, are Lees Barn resting in the small hamlet of Coldeaton, near to the village of Hartington. The properties consist of one detached single-storey cottage, Shepherds Retreat, sleeping two guests, along with two semi-detached barn conversions, Owls Barn and The Haybarn, both sleeping six guests each. The properties each benefit from quality oak furniture, underfloor heating, and magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, with a lockable bike store to share. The location of the properties is perfect for hopping onto the Tissington Trail resting within walking distance, spanning 13 miles from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne, it's perfect for traffic-free bike rides and walks. Amble down to the River Dove from your doorstep for riverside strolls and wildlife watching in the epic Dove Valley, with lots of walking trails to discover and natural landmarks like Thor's Cave and Reynards Cave, along with Ilam Rock, one of the 'Wonders of the Peak'. For a great day out, travel over to Bakewell to Chatsworth House and Gardens and explore the magnificent stately home and grounds, or head up to Buxton for the day to admire the delights of this traditional spa town including Buxton Crescent, The Pavilion Gardens, and Poole's Cavern and Country Park. The fun-filled theme park of Alton Towers lies within easy driving distance, perfect for thrill-seekers to get their fix, with the Peak Wildlife Park nearby too and watersports awaiting you at Carsington Water, there's a wealth of choice for your group. Discover the beauty of Derbyshire and the Peak District from the comfort of Lees Barn.

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About the location


Bakewell 10 miles; Buxton 10 miles.

Hartington, situated in the Dove Valley in the Peak District National Park, was an important market centre in the Middle Ages, having been granted a market charter in 1203. Today the ever-popular village boasts lovely tea rooms, a cheese shop, old curiosity shops, traditional pubs and a splendid market square where the stone-carved village pump, once an important source of water for the villagers, still stands on the green. The local bars stock local ales brewed at the Leatherbritches Brewery in Fenny Bentley and Whim Ales in Hartington itself. The former Hartington railway station, about a mile and half from the village itself, is now a picnic area and the converted track is known as the Tissington Trail, popular with both walkers and cyclists. Hartington is also a good starting point for walking along Beresford Dale, a beautiful place with its curiously formed cliffs and rocks. Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are both within a 20 minute drive, and Alton Towers is within easy reach.

The changeover day is Saturday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas