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Walnut Barn

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Nether Heage near Ambergate, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "We have a wonderful surprise 60th weekend away with our family."

    The barn was everything that described. The owner was on hand to greet us on our arrival. There was everything that we needed in the barn and the view was beautiful. Would highly recommend this property.

    Hi Angela, Thank you for the great feedback, much appreciated. I'm so pleased you guys had a great break here, and I hope the rest of the 60th surprise went as well? Best regards, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2024

  • "Perfect location for our visit to the Peak District / Derbyshire Dales."

    Facilities and cleanliness were first class and the alpacas were a joy! The owner was there to meet us on arrival and everything was as described on the website. The cottage is cosy and well maintained, would thoroughly recommend

    Hi there. I know you only had a very short break here, but lovely to hear that you guys enjoyed your stay and our barn. Thank you very much for the positive feedback and comments, they are greatly appreciated. Hope to see you again, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Walnut Barn is a beautifully converted barn."

    The decor is lovely and it is very well equipped with all you need. It has easy access to facilities with a short walk to the local pub and a short drive to the local large supermarket.

    Good afternoon. Thank you for the lovely comments and positive feedback. I love to hear when people have enjoyed their stay with us. It makes all the hard work of converting the barn worthwhile! - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent property well furnished and immaculately clean."

    Great location throughly enjoyed our stay.

    Hi there. Thank you very much for your positive feedback. It is much appreciated and it does make a difference. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay here. Best regards, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful, clean, compact cottage with all the essentials, lovely Host Rob, thank you for the extras and top up of Alpaca feed,, lovely having the Alpacas right by the property and to see them through the windows every morning when you wake was lovely!"

    The only one thing I would say is, if 6 adults were to stay here there isn’t enough seating, ok for 4 adults and 2 children which I think it’s perfect for but we had 5 adults one child so we were one seat short on an evening if we wanted to relax! There are extra bench seats for dining as you can’t get 6 around the table! Saying that it wouldn’t put me off staying here again and we will definitely try to return, the beds and bedding were so comfortable, had great nights sleep! We made trips to Matlock Bath, heights of Abraham which was a beautiful day, also Chatsworth house was amazing,, if you are National trust members, Hardwick hall is definitely worth a visit! We went into Belper for essentials, easy to park in CoOp there and the chippy on kings street down the main run had the best chips we’ve ever tasted! Bakewell is a nice little village, if going when busy though best park just outside the centre, we stumbled upon a huge car park after driving abit through the village looking for parking, it had a cafe, the best views and it was perfect as the village was only a 2 min walk over a bridge, better than trying to park in the centre! (Sorry can’t remember the name) but it was through the centre, carry on for a few mins and you won’t miss it! We wanted to eat in the spanker inn but on the night we went it didn’t do food(mon/tue) so we drove back into Belper and eat in the Devonshire pub which was really nice food and good value! Really good location to get to places, everywhere we wanted to visit was within 30 mins away! Thanks again Rob for a lovely stay!

    Hi Vicky. I'm so pleased you guys enjoyed your stay. Great weather too! And you certainly crammed in a lot. I'll make a note for other guests that that the Spanker doesn't do food on a Monday or Tuesday now. Sounds like you parked at the Showground or 'Smiths Island' car park in Bakewell? Thank you for leaving everywhere nice and tidy. My cleaner thanks you :-) Hopefully see you again in the future. Best regards, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had such a lovely stay in this beautiful barn conversion."

    The cottage is really well positioned, close to lots of lovely places to visit. We loved how quiet and peaceful it was and the alpacas were great to come home to everyday! The owners were extremely friendly and helpful. We honestly didn't want to come home We would love to visit again in the future!

    Hi Annette. Thank you for the lovely feedback. I'm really pleased you guys enjoyed your stay. In spite of the rubbish weather! That was a very soggy week. I'll book more sunshine if you make it back this direction again :) Thank you, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Apr 2023

  • "Another great stay at Walnut Barn."

    Perfect location to explore the Peaks. Thanks to Rob for the endless Alpaca feed!

    Hi there, Thank you very much for the positive feedback, it is really helpful and very much appreciated. I'm pleased you enjoyed your break. Lovely to see you guys again. And the alpaca's weren't complaining about being fed either! Hopefully you'll get the chance to stay here again. Many thanks, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "Walnut Barn is an absolutely lovely place to stay."

    Very clean, peaceful and some lovely added extras and everything you need. There was plenty of room for the 6 of us. And the Alpacas are great! Lots to do around the area also we would definitely come back here again.

    Hi Sarah, Thank you for the fantastic feedback, it does make a real difference! I'm so pleased you guys enjoyed your New Year in our barn. Wishing you a very happy and prosperous New Year. Hopefully see you again, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had an amazing time and the property was perfect!"

    We will definitely stay there again if we are back in the area.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2022

  • "This was a lovely property, although a little small for 6 people."

    Could have done with additional bins bags, only one was supplied.

    Hi there Norma, Thank you for the feedback. I'm pleased you had a good break. Apologies, there is usually a roll of bin bags in there but must have run out. I noticed this morning after it was cleaned there are lots in there. I've got rolls and rolls of them in here if you asked. I'll note your comment to the cleaner though. Thank you, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Norma4.7Sep 2022

  • "Nice little place in a good location."

    Rob is a good host and the place is well protected by Escobar

    Thank you for the feedback Trevor. I'm pleased you enjoyed your break here. - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trevor3.8Sep 2022

  • "We have just returned from a lovely week at walnut barn, everything you will need, and more, is here for you."

    Rob has converted the barn into a great holiday cottage, he is on hand when you need him, as we did with a couple of hick ups which he sorted out for us. The stars of the show are the alpacas, ducks and chickens, thank you Rob for the eggs and other treats left for us. If you want a cosy cottage in beautiful surroundings then book walnut barn you with not be disappointed.

    Hi Jannette. Thank you for the great feedback. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay and had great weather for it. Both showers were changed completely the morning you left. I think the thermostatic controllers were sticking so better just to renew them. Many thanks, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jannette4.4Sep 2022

  • "Just returned from a 5 night stay at Walnut Cottage and thoroughly enjoyed it."

    Rob is an attentive host, whilst always on hand to help and pass the time of day also respected our privacy completely. The property is a wonderful conversion. The attention to detail and finish of the property is amazing and has everything you could need or wish for, including the lovely welcome pack of eggs and alcohol to toast our arrival. Make sure you take time to meet and feed the animals - the alpacas are amazing but the stars of the show for us were the ducks: such little characters! Walnut Cottage is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding area. We would recommend the Great British Car Journey (evoked such great memories of my Dad’s cars, as well as some of my own) and Arkwright’s Mill, where the guided tour is a must. All in all, we would not hesitate a stay at the beautiful place. Book it now, especially if you want to escape the daily rat run - the peace and stillness sitting in the garden area will immediately relax you. Thank you Rob for a great time

    Wow, thank you for the feedback Mark. You missed your vocation, should have been a travel writer! I'm pleased you had a great stay. Enjoy the rest of your summer. - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very clean."

    Wonderful area. Flight of stairs were a little tricky and could cause a problem for the older generation and semi mobile people. Downstairs toilet useful

    Hi Michael, I'm pleased that you two had a great break. Sorry if the stairs cause d a problem at all. They are brand new and Building Regulations compliant, but I know dog-leg winders at the bottom aren't always ideal. Lovely to meet and chat with you, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with modern amenities in beautiful surroundings."

    Rob and Sarah have put their heart n thoughts in each and everything. Their welcoming gestures with detailed email had set the mood but Alpacas stole the show

    Thank you for the great feedback. I love to think that my barn is part of people's happy holiday. Lovely to have met and chatted with you. And don't worry, Pablo Escobar has not complained about being over-fed! Enjoy the rest of your summer holidays, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Preeti5.0Jul 2022

  • "Loved staying here."

    Such a beautiful place in stunning settings. It had everything you could need, & the wine and beers from Rob was a welcome surprise after a long journey. We loved waking up and sitting outside with the alpacas in the field especially Pablo, what a character he is. Highly recommend and would definitely stay again.

    Good morning Christina. Thank you for the really nice feedback. I love hearing that people have enjoyed their time in our part of the world. Even in 39 degrees heat! I'd love to see you here again. Have a great summer. - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful property, recently converted to a high standard."

    Perfect location to get out and about. Local pub a two minute walk serves great pub grub. Rob, the owner, was so friendly, welcoming and kept our 9 year old in endless supply of Alpaca food for the resident Alpacas!

    Hi Paul. Thank you very much for the great feedback. It is hugely appreciated. My boys enjoyed your company too. I don't think they've ever been fed as much :). Please call by if you are passing this way again. - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fabulous, well equipped comfortable accommodation with the advantage of alpacas as neighbours"

    Hi Jane, Thank you very much for the great feedback. I love to know that people have enjoyed their stay. Sorry I missed you the morning you left. I didn't realise you were leaving then, as you have a stealth car! It was lovely to chat to you guys. - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a great stay at Walnut Barn (4 adults in May)."

    The cottage is beautiful, well-equipped and in a quiet location with good parking. The extras provided were much appreciated and Rob, the owner, was really friendly and welcoming. The delightful alpacas just added to the overall enjoyment!

    Hi Lynne, Many thanks for the nice feedback, it really is much appreciated. I'm pleased that you guys enjoyed your stay here. Best regards, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0May 2022

  • "Walnut Barn has been sympathetically restored and is immaculate."

    The owner, Rob, was helpful and informative, but not intrusive, and he also provided delicious fresh eggs and other goodies in the fridge. :-) Location was great with rural views, yet within easy reach of local pubs and other holiday attractions with great walks from the doorstep too. Heage Windmill is fascinating so well worth a visit. We also helped round up the three alpacas for their annual shearing which was great fun. They are real characters!! This was a short break which incorporated my 60th birthday and was thoroughly enjoyable.

    Hi Simon, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your short stay here. You certainly fitted a lot in (some of it unplanned activities - alpaca herding!). Lovely to have met you both. Paul at The Spanker asked if you had enjoyed your stay. Best regards, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2022

  • "Brilliant spot, owner and village,"

    Hi Eric, Thank you for the positive feedback. Could only have been improved if you did better in the pub quiz :) It was lovely to have met you guys. I hope you had a good journey back. - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very clean & tidy."

    Small touches very welcome, i.e. tea, coffee milk, welcome beers and fizz in fridge. Friendly owner.

    Hi David, I have just seen your feedback. Thank you very much and I'm very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Have a great summer! - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely house that we enjoyed for the week."

    Will recommend to any friends wishing to have a holiday in the area.

    Hi Darren, Thank you so much for the great feedback. I love to know that people have enjoyed their stay here. Just a shame the weather wasn't a bit better! Hopefully see you guys here again. Best wishes, - Rob & Sarah. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Feb 2022

  • "An excellent barn very clean and tidy."

    Getting to feed the alpacas was a bonus great place for a little family break. Would definitely vist it again.

    Thank you very much for the kind feedback. Lovely to meet you, and it would be lovely to see you guys again :) Many thanks, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mohammed5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a lovely time at Walnut Barn."

    The cottage was clean, tidy and had all the things you need for a comfortable stay. Rob was always at hand for any questions we had and always most helpful.All the little ones in the family (and all the adults!) loved the alpacas, especially when they were hungry. We would happily visit again.

    Thank you very much for the kind feedback. Lovely to meet you, and it would be lovely to see you guys again :) Many thanks, - Rob Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2021

  • "Lovely location with private garden and alpaca neighbours."

    Great location for Nat Trust properties and Chatsworth. Friendly pub nearby for food and refreshments. Good walking.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2021

  • "The setting of the Walnut Barn is beautiful at the top of the village, there are some great walks nearby and some great friendly pubs in the village."

    Only 6 minutes drive away is a great classic car museum where you can drive the cars, brilliant!.. The owners are very friendly and willing to help to make your stay very enjoyable. An exceptional holiday cottage it’s been our pleasure to stay in, would totally recommend.

    Reviewed by Greg5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a very relaxing weeks holiday at Walnut Barn."

    A clean and modern cottage. The Alpacas, ducks and chickens in the owners field added to our enjoyment, as did the weather.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage is a wonderful little find, utilises the space really well and was more than comfortable for our family of 4."

    The interior is clean and modern and the owners have ensured you have everything you need, including a couple of extra little treats! The first thing that was said when our holiday came to an end was, when can we come back again? A clear indication of a perfect break!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2021

  • "Walnut Barn is a fantastic place to stay for a family break."

    Our children loved feeding the alpacas each day, the barn is very well equipped & a great location for exploring the Derbyshire dales.

    Reviewed by James4.7Aug 2021

  • "Overall very good Cottage with modern facilities while maintaining the ambience of the farm."

    It had all the requirements and was very clean and attention was paid to detail. The kids had great fun with the animals and was able to feed the Alcapas. Rob was amazing and very helpful as a host. There was very good communication and directions were very clear.

    Reviewed by Riaz5.0Jun 2021

  • "The barn has been beautifully converted with lots of thoughtful extra details."

    It had everything we needed for our short family break and is well located for days out in the Peak District. Rob and Sarah were wonderful hosts, very welcoming and really went the extra mile. The highlight of the holiday for the kids was being able to visit the alpacas and feed the ducks. We would love to return to Walnut Barn for another stay and to see how much the ducks have grown!

    Reviewed by Jill5.0May 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x ground-floor bunk room
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Air source central heating with ground-floor underfloor heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, Nespresso machine, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars and electric car charging point
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.9 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Property is opposite owner's home and grounds which include a field with three alpacas, chickens and ducks

The property

Ambergate 1.1 miles.

Settled in the village of Nether Heage just north of Belper in the Derbyshire countryside, Walnut Barn has been beautifully transformed from nothing more than ruins into this wonderful detached barn conversion next door to the owner's home.

Offering contemporary and stylish accommodation for six guests within traditional, rustic walls, Walnut Barn is perfect for a group seeking to get to know the area and the Peak District.

Enter into the open-plan living space, with white painted exposed stone walls, feature lighting and underfloor heating adding to the welcoming feel of the property, relax on the sofas before the Smart TV after coming back from a day out.

Come together around the rustic bench dining table and chairs for tasty meals, cooked up in the sleek fitted kitchen, with everything you need here and in the utility room next door.

Tuck the children into bed at the end of a busy day in the lovely ground-floor bunk room, with a window looking out to the alpaca field, along with a shower room on the ground floor too.

Take the stairs up to the first floor to find two lovely double bedrooms, each with pretty accents of a luscious green, and served by a second shower room.

Soak up your tranquil surroundings in your enclosed garden area, looking out over the gorgeous field home to alpacas, chickens and ducks, with your own outdoor furniture to unwind on and enjoy alfresco dining in warmer months.

Just a short stroll down the road is the local pub, The Spanker Inn, serving delicious pub grub and drinks, while a little further walk will bring you to Heage Windmill.

The nearby village of Ambergate has the nearest shops, while the historic town of Belper is well worth a visit, not only for its shops and eateries, but for the rich heritage it holds.

Head to Strutt's North Mill Museum housed in a former cotton mill with guides in full costume, it'll be like going back in time, afterwards taking a turn around the scenic Belper River Gardens.

For those feeling adventurous, head to Carsington Water for a number of fun activities, whether hiring bikes to ride around the lake, simply walking alongside, or taking to the water for a number of watersports available here including paddle-boarding and kayaking.

Alton Towers is within driving distance, around 45 minutes away, perfect those adrenaline junkies, while the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath isn't for the faint hearted who don't like heights, but the views are surely worth the cable car journey up.

Enjoy visiting the likes of Haddon Hall, the National Trust's Kedleston Hall and Hadwick Hall and the grand Chatsworth House, each providing their own historical insights and amazing examples of old architecture.

The Crich Tramway Village is a a charming attraction to enjoy with your family, while Gulliver's Kingdom is a great way for rewarding the children with a fun-filled day out!

Venture into the Peak District for plenty of walks and outdoor activities, with a host of excellent routes available to follow, and those off the beaten track too!

Enjoy a memorable stay to Derbyshire from Walnut Barn.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Belper 2.8 miles; Matlock 7.5 miles; Carsington Water 9.7 miles.

Ambergate is a village resting in Derbyshire, enjoying a position where the River Amber joins the River Derwent, and within easy reach of the Peak District National Park thanks to the nearby A roads. Ambergate is part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage, like the neighbouring town of Belper, home to Strutt's North Mill Museum and Derwent Valley Mills. Ambergate is home to a train station, takeaway, shop and pub, providing all your self-catering needs. Venture down to Belper to explore the heritage here, take strolls along the river and visit the Belper River Gardens. Enjoy a walk out to Heage Windmill, or make a trip over to Ripley. The towns of Matlock and Matlock Bath are easily reachable with a host of attractions between them, including the amazing Heights of Abraham cable cars, and Gulliver's Kingdom family theme park. Venture into the Peak District to Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Haddon Hall and the Wye Valley for some memorable days out. Ambergate makes a great base for exploring Derbyshire and the Peaks.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas