Ashford Mill ref: UK4190

Ashford in the Water, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell Area

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  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Quirky Interior 
  • Unique Cottages 


A truly fantastic property, Ashford Mill is a luxury, award-winning former mill set on the banks of the River Wye, with beautifully restored original features throughout. Immersed in history, Ashford Mill was established on the River Wye before 1043AD, and provides a wonderfully unique stay by combining the old heritage of the mill with a modern feel, acting as the perfect retreat for families or couples alike. It was further mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror.

Character is plentiful at Ashford Mill, with many features such as natural wood, stone walls and outstanding original machinery which has all been beautifully restored on show. There is an enormous kitchen with a fantastic island centre-piece and a large, comfortable living area make this property a holiday destination you will never forget. The first floor, 40ft living room stretches the whole length of the property and is furnished with sumptuous leather sofas to sink into, as well as a 49" Smart TV, oriental Persian rugs and a Sonos sound system. As you enter one of the double bedrooms, you will be struck by the partial glass feature floor, which is lit for ambience from below.

Ashford Mill has won a number of awards, including the ’Best Conservation Project in the Peak Park’ in 2018, a Gold Award by Derbyshire and Peak Park Tourism and ’Best Self-Catering Accommodation’ in the Peak District and Derbyshire’ in 2020. It has also been the cover article of ’I Build Magazine’ in November 2017 and featured on the BBC’s ’Countryfile’ and in ’House Beautiful’ magazine.

The property is situated a 5-minute walk from the centre of Ashford in the Water, widely regarded as one of the prettiest villages in the Peak District. Ashford’s bridge is one of the most photographed in Britain and the village houses a beautiful church which holds relics dating back to 1200’s. There are two local pubs serving food, plus a restaurant, tea room and well stocked village shop, boasting the best home-made pickles in Derbyshire.

If you wish to venture further afield, then the vibrant market town of Bakewell is only 1½ miles away. Bakewell, situated in the heart of the beautiful Peak District countryside, is rarely quiet and hosts weekly, monthly and annual events which include farmer’s markets, the annual Bakewell Show, Well Dressings and Carnival Week. Other attractions include Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, both a 10-minute drive, and the historic spa town of Buxton, a 12-minute drive. For keen cyclists, the famous Monsal Trail is close by so bikes are a must! Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Kitchen/dining room: With Aga, microwave, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher and 50" Smart TV.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Separate toilet.

First floor

Living room: With 49" Smart TV, Sonos music system and beams.
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize sleigh bed and en-suite with walk-in shower and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize sleigh bed, dressing room and en-suite with double shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With bunk bed and single bed.
Bathroom: With freestanding double-ended bath and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Cot and highchair available on request.


Grounds with garden furniture. Gas BBQ (Apr-Oct). 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country). Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property is situated on the banks of a river. This property has a security deposit of £500.
  • Nearest town
    Ashford in the Water
  • Shops
    0.2 miles
  • Distance
    0.2 miles
  • Restaurant
    0.2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Bakewell Station
  • Pub
    0.2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    1.8 miles
  • Lake
    0.4 miles

About the local area

The River Wye follows the Wye Valley, rising above Buxton flowing eastward through Bakewell before finally joining the Derwent at Rowsley. This is perhaps Derbyshire's prettiest rivers with its limestone uplands and superb dales.

At Monsal Dale the valley widens, the steep sided Monsal Head provides spectacular views over the valley before the river reaches Ashford-in-the-Water, passing beneath what was a medieval packhorse bridge and then again at Bakewell where there is a 13th century bridge with five gothic arches before reaching Haddon Hall.

The old market town of Buxton nestles in the Derbyshire hills and at a height of 1,000 feet above sea level it is one of England's highest towns. Its fame as a health spa dates back to Roman times.

Bakewell has an equally ancient past being mentioned in the Doomsday Book and probably also occupied by the Romans. This beautiful, small market town is situated on the River Wye and has many pleasant walks from the bridge to the town centre where there are many shops, pubs and restaurants and one of the oldest markets in the area, dating back to 1300. The renowned Bakewell Show takes place on the first Wednesday and Thursday of August, attracting both the farming community and visitors from all over the region and beyond.

Apart from the many charming Peak District villages that can be found throughout the Wye Valley other nearby places of interest includes Chatsworth House, home of the Dukes of Devonshire and the grandest stately house in the region and Haddon Hall, a medieval manor house and home to the Dukes of Rutland situated on the River Wye.

Things to do nearby

Chatsworth House

Known as one of the wonders of the Derbyshire Peaks, Chatsworth House is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

Glossop Sailing Club

Situated on the shores of Torside Reservoir Glossop Sailing Club welcome non members to the special family sailing days where you can enjoy a relaxing day out on the water.

The Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail is effectively a coast to coast trail between Southport and Hornsea, a total of over 200 miles.

Upper Derwent Valley

The valley and its surrounding moorland contains a wealth of places to explore and enjoy. From majestic reservoirs, quiet forests to the wild open moorland there is something for everyone.

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