Orchard Cottage ref: UK4004

Dalbury near Mickleover, Ashbourne

3 Stars



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Set within a historic setting and adjoining the friendly owner’s Old Rectory, Orchard Cottage (curtilage listed Grade II) is spacious, warm and comfortable. Surrounded by four acres of grounds in a truly rural environment with much wildlife, it makes a perfect base in which to relax and unwind as well as a superb location to enjoy the surrounding Peak District The open plan kitchen, dining and living area provide a social environment and the private enclosed garden is perfect for dogs and children to enjoy the great outdoors.

In the midst of fabulous countryside, the stunning hamlet of Dalbury has a handful of houses, farms and an historic church. It offers walkers and cyclists beautiful scenic routes, with the facilities of the UK’s most central city of Derby, or the beautiful market town of Ashbourne both easily accessible. Derby can be reached in around 20 minutes and has everything from great shopping, music festivals, and reportedly the best ale houses in England (but there are several about 10 minutes away). Historic Ashbourne is around 25 minutes away and is home to quaint cobbled streets, a variety of good pubs and restaurants, and antique hunters are well catered for although the local salerooms, featured on TV, are about 10 minutes away. The traffic-free cycle route of the Tissington Trail starts in Ashbourne and running for 13 miles, passes through spectacular Derbyshire Dales countryside. A local traffic free cycle track is 2 miles away. Idyllic Dovedale, a renowned beauty spot, is around a 40-minute drive, and as part of the National Trusts Ilam Park, it offers a whole host of things to see and do. Kedleston Hall (National Trust) is 20 minutes away. Outdoor and water sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice at nearby Carsington Water (30 minutes) or Mercia Marina (15 minutes), or those big kids can enjoy the thrills and spills of Alton Towers which is just 35 minutes away or racing at Donington Park in much less. The attractive and ever-popular market town of Bakewell and elegant Chatsworth House can be reached in around an hour, making this a superb location to be enjoyed at any time of year.

Orchard Cottage can be booked together with Rectory Cottage (CC411018) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

The property has oil central heating and comprises:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

First floor

Open plan living space: With beams and doors to balcony.
Lounge area: With open fire, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements), Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and door leading to...
Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Shower room: With shower and WC.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.


Enclosed lawned garden with furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Parking for four cars.
Please note: Bedroom 3 is accessed only by bedroom 2.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    4.5 miles
  • Distance
    13 miles
  • Restaurant
    2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    7.5 miles
  • Lake

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About the local area

Ashbourne is situated in a beautiful green valley and is the southern gateway to the Peak District. A short distance from the River Dove, commanding the approach to Dovedale, this is one of Derbyshire's finest old market towns which still displays the original medieval street planning with historic buildings and a wealth of high quality shops. Even today the towns' appearance has changed little since the 18th century.

The cobbled market place, hidden alleys and yards are a delight to explore. Its many fine historic buildings include St. Oswald's Church, Owfield's Almshouses and The Mansion. The towns past visitors include Dr Johnson and James Boswell, Charles I and Bonny Prince Charlie, who stayed here on his march south to Derby in 1745.

Clustered around the old market square and along the main street there are many boutiques, antique shops, bistros, food shops and pubs including The Green Man and Black's Head, a famous Georgian coaching inn once frequented by Dr Johnson and Boswell.

To the north is Ilam at the lower end of the River Manifold; a pretty village with a long history, dominated by a memorial cross erected in 1840. Further along the Manifold Valley is Throwley Hall where the ruins of a fine Elizabethan manor house can be found.

Just off the Buxton-Ashbourne road is the village of Tissington, which is delightfully laid out with an imposing southern approach via a gateway and avenue of lime trees.

Other places of interest in the area are Tissington Hall near Ashbourne with wonderful paintings, furniture and porcelain, The Tissington Trail cycle route which follows the former Buxton to Ashbourne railway line and Thor's Cave in the Manifold Valley which was first inhabited by Stone Age man.

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