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Lavender Cottage

(Ref. 1063939)

Milford near Duffield, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful week with my parents, who are in their 80s, teenage son and 2 dogs."

    The cottage was very comfortable, well equipped and perfectly safe for our dogs. There was plenty of space for us all to spread out and ‘have our own space’ if necessary and lots to do both inside (DVDs, games, books) and outside (places to visit, lovely walks, places to eat/drink) the cottage. A wonderful garden - we just wished the weather had been better so that we could have made use of it.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Feb 2024

  • "Another fabulous stay here!"

    One minor issue which was fixed within an hour. Excellent! We will be back..again.

    Reviewed by Ali5.0Nov 2023

  • "Everything we needed for a happy, comfortable stay."

    Lots of information about the property and the surrounding areas. We found the locals particularly friendly. Happy renters.

    Reviewed by Phillip4.7Nov 2023

  • "Lovely property that fully lived up to its description."

    Just a shame that it was never cold enough to justify lighting the fire in the living room! But a lovely spacious house. The parking space - as indicated by some of the reviews - was tight and anyone with mobility problems would find the descent through the garden challenging. But small issues in the scheme of things.

    Reviewed by Doug5.0Oct 2023

  • "Well equipped cottage."

    Lovely location. Particularly appreciated the email from Dee with a lot of helpful tips regarding the property. Would recommend with the only caveat being the difficult access via steep steps but there is a flat access area to the side of the property.

    Reviewed by Tracey3.8Sep 2023

  • "A lovely, comfortable and well-equipped cottage less than two miles from Belper, with pubs and restaurants within walking distance."

    Our only issue was the restricted space for parking, which we wished we'd known about before we arrived. We parked in the road outside the cottage.

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Aug 2023

  • "Great place"

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lavender Cottage is an absolute gem."

    It’s beautifully furnished and has everything we needed to cook and relax: we felt instantly at home.

    Reviewed by Hannah4.7Jul 2023

  • "This is definitely a new 'happy place' for us!"

    We will be back again! Plenty of space for us to chill out in.

    Reviewed by Ali5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lavender Cottage is a very pleasant cottage for a family holiday; there is a well-equipped kitchen, the cottage is spacious and there are a choice of sofas for a family to either sit together or find a bit of space."

    The garden is pretty, well kept and has seating which gets the sun well. We are critical of the parking and access arrangements: the parking space is not easily accessed due to its narrowness off a very steep road and the frequency of large vehicles parking close to or blocking the entrance (as happened three times during our stay). Some signage, or an 'H' bar on the road might help, and a widening of the access would improve it. The parking bay itself has a drop off several sides in excess of three feet and there is no guard rail - dangerous to young children & the infirm. Similarly, the steps down to the cottage have no handrail and a straight drop off the side - my elderly parents used it once and walked around to the side gate afterwards, finding it too risky. Unloading luggage, shopping etc. was a bind. We also had a safety concern: the first floor window handles all lock if the button is pressed and we could only locate one key in the property. Whilst the notes provided highlight this and there are warning labels (in English) we feel this is a dangerous flaw if there were a fire. This would seem a risk that could be cheaply remedied with replacement handles and we would suggest this be done or even replace the windows with escape windows.

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely spacious, clean cottage with a lovely dog safe garden."

    Back garden steps are very steep but the gate onto the street gave easy access. So much equipment in the kitchen we didn't need to bring anything. Pubs and clubs close by were very friendly and we had a great few days.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was like home from home, everything we needed for our stay, and Dee the host was only a call away if we needed anything, we loved the little secure garden that was lovely to sit and relax in after a long walk in the evenings and the parking space was defiantly a bonus, great location to explore Derbyshire, plenty of local walks and pubs, we had a great stay and are likely to return in the future."

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Apr 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage, very well appointed."

    Lovely walks in surrounding countryside. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Apr 2023

  • "We can't fault Lavender Cottage."

    ..infact we love it so much we've already booked to return in September ! Dee and Derin have put their heart and soul into the cottage to make it feel warm and inviting as soon as you walk through the's like coming home ! Facilities and cleanliness are 5*. Thank you for having us and we look forward to many more visits to Lavender Cottage and glorious Derbyshire. Christine, Steve, Murphy & Quinn.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is, by far, the nicest and most comfortable cottage we have ever stayed in."

    It is beautifully maintained and has all the equipment you would need in the kitchen. The garden is secure and very prettily planted. The owners, Dee and Derin, are lovely people who go out of their way to help with any queries.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Mar 2023

  • "A very spacious cottage for 4 adults."

    Huge ensuite . Everything you need is there. Lovely enclosed garden. Situated in a village with great walks . Indian Restaurant/pub a few steps away with good quality food. We all had a great time and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was just perfect."

    Arrived to a lovely welcome card and bottle of Prosecco. Each room was clean, comfortable, supplying anything we may need for our trip. Lots of little touches making it extra special. Large secure garden for the dogs and in an excellent location with walks right on the doorstep. Alternatively you had the option to visit local tourist attractions such as Chatsworth, Matlock etc all within a 30 minute drive from the cottage. Will definitely be returning and recommending!

    Reviewed by Paige5.0Nov 2022

  • "A wonderful property."

    Everything you could need - and more. Great location, with generous amenities. We had such a good time, in great comfort. Definitely intended to return …. Hope to make use of the lovely garden in the better weather.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable."

    Plenty of room to move around with a lovely garden for our dog to run around in. Plenty of walks to do directly from the front door as well as places to visit. We will definitely come back

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Oct 2022

  • ""Perfection"."

    A well appointed cottage, extremely comfortable with a wonderfully warm and homely feel. Absolutely loved it ... so much so that we're booking again for next Spring.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in great position."

    Very comfortable and good garden for our dog. Kitchen well stocked and great showers. Would recommend

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very comfortable and homely cottage which was very well equipped with everything we needed and cleanliness was excellent."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely short break at Lavendar Cottage, it is a really comfortable and welcoming cottage."

    .....the pictures do not do to garden justice and the space inside is welcoming and spacious. The local area is very dog friendly and I managed a decent circular walk from the front gate and, with a slight detour due to cows blocking a still, 8 miles later popped out at a local pub for a refreshing break. The location is also an ideal base for exploring further afield and near good transport links. While I was walking my thrill seeking family visited Alton Towers and other days out were very dog friendly.....exactly what we were looking for when we booked the cottage. Unfortunately the pub across the road had no food, but this is out of the control of the cottage and the information provided pointed us in good directions nearby to eat out and for delivery...... my dog liked the 'dog cafe' a few steps away......and made a beeline for it each time we walked past. We would return in a heartbeat and recommend this to families and friends with or without a canine companion.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Aug 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, spacious, comfortable and well equipped."

    The location is great for exploring Derbyshire. There is lots to do in the area for all ages, also allowing dogs. If I had to be picky it would be about the parking. The cottage has off road parking but the space is extremely tight for a family car and steps to the cottage are very steep. Due to congestion by residents, it is not easy to manoeuvre in and out of the parking space. Wherever possible we tried to park on the road but this was also tight.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2022

  • "Really loved "lavender cottage" it was comfy and spacious and had everything we needed."

    Especially loved the garden.. only complaint was we wish we could have stayed longer!!.. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful spacioius cottage ideally located for the Dales."

    Lovely garden & 1st class garden furniture.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jul 2022

  • "17june2022."

    Really enjoyable stay at a very well appointed cottage. Don't be put of by junior school opposite - we rarely heard them. Plenty of places to eat and drink. Soi kitchens opposite currently closed. Hollybush Inn stops serving food at 2.30pm. The Palfrey at New Inn closed Tuesdays. But good food at those 2. The Castle Pub at Bakewell do an excellent Sunday roast. The Spanker Inn at Belper has amazing home made pies. The Windmill farm has a small restaurant at ILkeston with lovely views and an old pole windmill. Cromford mill is worthy a visit for its history and to spot the huge trout cruising the small stream. Then over the road for a canal barge 2hr trip wed,sat,sun. Advise booking in advance as it sells out fast. Kids n dogs welcome . Back at the cottage,Walk up sunny hill road to a bridle path that traverses the ridge line along to Bakewell for amazing views. 2 points worthy of mention. Parking - easier to back on with someone guiding over the drop or park on the street no problem. Gas Hob and Oven - oven requires pushing dial in and holding til gas established by listening only as flame not visible when using oven. Worth mentioning there is an iron and board at the property as that's something people look for.onky a few minutes drive north along the A6 is a Morrison's and Lidl + petrol station. All in all a beautiful property ideally situated.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2022

  • "Such a lovely comfortable cottage."

    Lovely power shower, comfy beds, great kitchen with all the facilities and utensils. Cosy and comfortable lounge with Netflix. We binge watched After life in the evenings. Great garden to sit out in. We had fantastic weather so had a couple of BBQ's. Great pubs in walking distance Strutts Arms, nice food and the lovely oldy worldy Holly Bush Inn. The cottage is not far from so many lovely locations, Bakewell, Carsington Waters, Cromford Mills and the beautiful Dovedale. We had a lovely week in this comfortable cottage. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Melany4.7Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful kept cottage with lovely garden."

    Very very clean with everything you would need. Showers fantastic, beds comfy We would definitely recommend and stay again Thank you

    Reviewed by Trudi5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very comfortable cottage with a lovely enclosed garden, perfect for our stay with our two dogs."

    The shower in the en suite bathroom is the best we’ve had in a holiday cottage anywhere, with great water pressure. The beds are comfy and Lavender Cottage is in a great location for interesting walks with or without dogs. We loved the industrial heritage locally too. We had a lovely meal with at The Palfrey and at The Strutt Arms opposite and if you like beer The Holly. Bush Inn is a must. Excellent communication from the owners too. The only problem was we had to come home!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2022

  • "Quaint and quirky cottage, deceivingly large inside in a lovely location."

    Well equipped, great layout, and contained everything you would expect of a property with modernised kitchen, bathroom and en-suite facilities. Spacious garden very suitable for our two dogs. The Strutt Arms is a very handy 50mtres or so from the property and has a great menu at exceptional prices. Thursday night is steak night (two sirloin steak dinners and a bottle of wine for under £30).

    Reviewed by Lionel5.0Apr 2022

  • "A beautiful place, spacious but still cosy."

    Clean and tidy. Garden is beautiful. Great welcome from the hosts. Access was difficult for one of our party with mobility issues but this was solved by accessing through the lower gate and parking on the road.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with a great little garden for the dog."

    Comfortable beds and we appreciated the range of games / DVDs to enjoy in the evening.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Apr 2022

  • "A fantastic cottage, has everything you need, lots of wonderful walks from your doorstep and plenty of dog friendly pubs nearby."

    A welcome package greets you helping to make your stay an extra special one .Would certainly recommend, as an excellent place to explore the Derbyshire Dales. Can’t wait to go back .

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay at Lavender cottage."

    Loved the garden, dog friendly. Had everything in the cottage we needed, kitchen well equipped. Parking in space but tricky but soon got hang of it, best to reverse in. Very clean. Lots of opportunities for walking and loads of places to visit within local area.

    Reviewed by Spencer5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage (and location) with ample space, well furnished and with (almost) everything we could ask for - the only thing I'd suggest is a DAB radio or music player of some sort - but that would really be nit-picking on my part!"

    When we arrived there was a personal welcome card and bottle of prosecco which was such an unexpected but welcome touch and really sums up the care we felt. We've come away wishing we could have stayed longer. Thank you for helping to make such a brilliant weekend!

    Reviewed by Alex4.7Mar 2022

  • "This lovely cottage has everything you need for a comfortable home from home get away."

    Local shops and pubs within easy reach and plenty of places to explore.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Feb 2022

  • "We spent a most wonderful Christmas at Lavender Cottage."

    When we arrived the local school children were singing carols just across the road, it was almost magical. When we entered the property, we were all hugely impressed by the cleanliness, layout and fantastic facilities on offer. The Christmas tree in the living room and fairy lights in the bay window were a nice touch too. Couldn’t resist constantly using the open fire in the living room for an extra Christmassy effect. The kitchen was spacious, very well equipped and had a modern feel about it . All bedrooms were very clean and comfortable especially the main double room with its huge ensuite bathroom. The garden was spacious and safe enough to let the dog have a wonder round. I imagine that in the summer it would be lovely to sit in. Didn’t get to go on many walks due to the weather (well it was winter), but not complaining as we didn’t really want to leave the wonderfully cosy cottage and its real open fire. Overall, Lavender Cottage deserves a rating of outstanding! We are definitely going to return, possibly for Christmas 2022!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2021

  • "A delightful and very well equipped cottage, obviously well loved by the owners, who also provided a lovely welcome gift and card, which was a lovely thoughtful touch."

    There was everything provided to make our stay enjoyable. We had a wonderful time. The cottage is well situated to enable access to the many beautiful and interesting places of interest. We would love to return and would recommend the cottage without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely touch to have a Christmas tree in the lounge, and a welcoming bottle of prosecco, loads of hangers too, always welcome, the lean to was good for putting soggy and muddy walking boots in."

    .. very good location for walking from the door and some lovely pubs in easy walking distance, a dab place to stay, highly recommended

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lavender Property fulfilled all expectations, clean, cosy and comfortable."

    An excellent centre for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Nov 2021

  • "Excellent. Loved everything about the cottage - location, ambiance, facilities."

    It made for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2021

  • "Loads to do in this area, in the Derwent Heritage Valley and this cottage is well placed for exploring with walks from the door , good friendly pubs and plenty of choices for eating out or having a takeaway."

    Cottage well equipped, we wanted for nothing.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2021

  • "Brilliant cottage, well eqipped and very comfortable."

    The garden was perfect for the dogs and once we got the hang of the parking space it was okay. Well placed for exploring the area. Have a look at the public footpaths around the area for great dog walks. The local pubs were amazing and the whole place so dog friendly I would definitely recommend it for you and your furry friends.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2021

  • "The beautiful cottage had everything you needed and was very clean throughout."

    Flowers and a welcome bottle of fizz was a lovely touch. Perfectly located, local supermarket and towns, and even joined the locals in Belper for a evening of Bingo. Welcoming pubs very close by with great food and plenty of walks to explore.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Aug 2021

  • "A delightful, well equipped cottage set in beautiful countryside on the edge of the Peak District."

    Within easy reach of some lovely places to visit. Lavender cottage has everything you need for a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was even better than we expected and description very accurate."

    We had dogs with us and the garden was very safe for them. Nice little extras like the bbq and lovely outside furniture made it possible to have chilled afternoons in the garden after days out exploring. Will definitely stay there again as so much more to see.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2021

  • "From the heading on your site, it sounds as though the cottage is in 'The Peak District' - and although actually we were really pleased with the facilities and the location - lots of pubs (loved the Holly Bush with its real ales and the Strutt Arms did lovely food and takeaway) and places to walk the dog, I'm not sure that it really is in 'The Peak District', being just a few miles from Derby!"

    So it was less rural than we were expecting. But otherwise, a fabulous place and we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lovely homely cottage with plenty of space."

    Well stocked kitchen made it a real home from home experience. Beautiful countryside and not far from shops with a good restaurant on the doorstep. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jul 2021

  • "Had a lovely holiday."

    The cottage is cozy and has all we needed very much home from home feeling Beds comfy but bedding could have looked better if quilt covers and pillow cases were ironed as they were very creased. Overall a lovely cottage in a lovely location that we hope to visit again one day ….

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Jun 2021

  • "Absolute beautiful cottage which was ideally located for getting out and about."

    The strutt Arms hotel and restaurant was only yards away where we had a superb meal. The owners had left Prosecco and fresh flowers which were a wonderful welcome. We sat out in the garden at every opportunity as it was beautiful. This was the best cottage we have stayed in so far.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was perfect for us 4 adults and small dog."

    Kitchen was well equipped and there was also a separate laundry room which we didn't need to use. Living area and dining room comfortable, spacious and attractively decorated. Bedrooms, again, perfect for 2 couples. The garden was stunning and we used the outdoor seating many times during the week which was pretty much sunny every day. Nearby local walks were explored with our dog every day as the round-about countryside is beautiful. We texted the owner, Dee, several times for advice, she was so helpful and responsive every time. Flowers and Prosecco on the table on arrival, this holiday stay was an absolute gem.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage and owners."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely Cottage with all amenities nothing left wanting two weeks of peace and relaxation"

    Reviewed by Charles5.0May 2021

  • "Accommodation was great and the location to."

    Cottage was spotless great amenities and local pubs on the door step would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Alfred5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Well equipped. Charming owners.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with WC
  • Kitchen
  • External utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Snug
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Large gas cooker and hob, microwave, coffee maker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, slimline dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for one car on drive and on-street parking available
  • Enclosed multi-level garden with lawn, patio, seating, barbecue and pond
  • Secure bike storage adjacent to the house
  • Two well-behaved medium-sized dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • Please note: Children under 12 are not permitted at this property

The property

Duffield 1.0 miles.

Situated in the charming village of Milford, which sits alongside the River Derwent, is this lovely detached dwelling, Lavender Cottage.

Offering five guests a beautiful base from which to enjoy the delights of Derbyshire and the Peak District, Lavender Cottage boasts everything you need and more for a wonderful self-catered stay from a beautiful multi-level enclosed garden to an elegant master bedroom with en-suite.

Soak up the picture-perfect exterior before stepping through the front door, finding the homely sitting room to your right where a large TV sits within the bay window facing the plush sofas for you to relax on.

From here, head into the snug for some quiet reading time, or walk back through to the other side of the house to the dining room for board game, with this spacious and social room home to both a large dining table and some plush seating too.

A well-equipped kitchen awaits you at mealtimes to get creative with your cooking, with a large gas cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, coffee maker and microwave all at your fingertips, complemented by the original stonework still showing in places throughout.

A handy cloakroom lies off the kitchen, while stepping out into the small courtyard, which will also bring you to the external utility where a washing machine and tumble dryer provide further convenience.

Head upstairs to discover three beautiful bedrooms, with a single room, a double room and finally a master king-size bedroom with a large en-suite shower room all featuring plenty of storage and lovely decoration and colour schemes.

Serving two of the bedrooms is the family bathroom, home to Victorian style tiling with a bath and shower overhead.

Spend time out in the pretty garden, with a patio area home to seating for alfresco dining and drinks, and lawn spaces for your canine companions to stretch their legs on, perfect for warm summer days, there is also secure bike storage to the side of the property.

Discover plenty to do in the vicinity of Milford, with the village home to five pubs, all within walking distance so you'll have plenty of choice when it comes to dining out and finding a well-deserved pint at the end of a busy day.

The Chevin Golf Club is a popular course nearby and lies on the road to Duffield where you'll find the nearest supermarket for all your essentials and ingredients, whilst in the opposite direction is the bustling town of Belper with a larger selection of amenities.

Belper is also home to rich local history being the world's first Cotton Mill town, with Strutt's North Mill Museum offering an insight into what the town was like in the height of the milling industry.

Wander around Belper's 'Jewel in the Crown', the beautiful River Gardens created in Edwardian times by the Strutt family in 1906, taking a stroll along the promenade by the river before finding the local cafés and tearooms for an afternoon treat.

This cottage has easy access to terrific walking and cycling paths, and also to several picturesque villages and towns, the local bus route is also very useful for travelling to either Derby, Belper, Matlock or Buxton.

A scenic car journey will bring you to the magnificent Peak District National Park, bursting with stunning walking routes and beautiful open countryside, and also the stunning historical houses of Chatsworth, Haddon Hall or Kedleston Hall.

Enjoy a relaxing break in Derbyshire with your loved ones at Lavender Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Matlock 14 miles; Ashbourne 18 miles.

The upmarket village of Duffield is set just south of Belper and is home to some fantastic attractions and a number of pubs and restaurants. Visit the remains of Duffield Castle, play a round at Chevin Golf Club or explore one of the numerous walks in the area. Nearby Belper is a town with a long and famous history dating back to the 13th century, when it was then called Beaurepaire (beautiful retreat), a name that still holds true today. Now you'll find it to be a spirited and bustling town, with attractions including the North Mill, Long Row and the River Gardens. Just 14 miles away, the popular Peak District town of Matlock, together with its neighbour, Matlock Bath, are set in the beautiful wooded gorge of the River Derwent. The Matlocks offer a range of shops, pubs and restaurants as well as a whole host of other exciting attractions.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas