Dovedale is perhaps one of the best known of the Derbyshire limestone dales and much of it is owned and maintained by the National Trust. The reasons for its popularity are clear; beautiful scenery, pretty Peak District villages and excellent walking and climbing.

The River Dove flows through the dale and is well known as a trout-fishing river, immortalised by Izaak Walton's book `The Complete Angler'. Visitors will find an excellent path alongside the river which is maintained by the National Trust and just the thing for leisurely riverside walks. One of the most famous views of the river is the `stepping stones' below the ancient reef of Thorpe Cloud. Upstream from the stepping stones the heights are known as Dovedale castle and close by the `Twelve Apostles' which is popular with climbers.

The picturesque village of Hartington lies at the heart of Dovedale, with its spacious market place, village green, duck pond and limestone cottages. St. Giles church stands on rising grounds and presents an impressive site with its west tower battlements. Hartington's main income is derived from tourism and cheese making which has been going on since the 1870s and now accounts for a quarter of the world's supply of Stilton!

Also of note is Alstonfield in the lower Dove and Manifold Valleys, a pretty village centred on the village green and Wetton which is located in the adjacent Manifold Valley.

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.

Bailey’s Barn

4 star rating

Bonsall, near Matlock, Matlock area

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£385-£695

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Bonsall, near Matlock, Matlock area

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£385-£695

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Avalee Cottage

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Baslow, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£599-£785

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Baslow, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£599-£785

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

The Stables

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Holmesfield, near Dronfield, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£645-£1169

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Holmesfield, near Dronfield, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£645-£1169

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Duck Cottage

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Milldale, near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£695-£1159

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Milldale, near Ashbourne, Ashbourne

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£695-£1159

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Shepherd’s Cottage

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Whaley Bridge near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£365-£630

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Whaley Bridge near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£365-£630

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The Homestead

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Tideswell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£339-£699

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Tideswell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£339-£699

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Lee House Farm Cottage

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Waterhouses, near Leek, Leek area

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£685-£819

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Waterhouses, near Leek, Leek area

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£685-£819

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

The Farmhouse

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Over Haddon, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3
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£1540-£3290

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Over Haddon, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£1540-£3290

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The Barn at Forest View

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Melbourne, near Derby, Ashbourne

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£675-£1175

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Melbourne, near Derby, Ashbourne

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£675-£1175

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Goulday

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Chelmorton, near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£439-£939

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Chelmorton, near Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£439-£939

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Barn on the Green

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Foolow, near Tideswell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£535-£1109

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Foolow, near Tideswell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£535-£1109

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 2

2 The Woodlands

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Great Longstone, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£299-£609

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Great Longstone, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£299-£609

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Oxlow End Cottage

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Peak Forest, nr. Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£355-£745

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Peak Forest, nr. Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£355-£745

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Fifteen

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Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£299-£555

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Buxton, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£299-£555

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

The Manor House

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Alport, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

  • Sleeps: 18
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£4049-£6049

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Alport, near Bakewell, Buxton & Bakewell and area

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£4049-£6049

Sleeps: 18 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6 Pets: 2