Derbyshire Dales


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We're extremely honoured to welcome you to this wonderful retreat, our first in the stunning region of Derbyshire and set close by the incredible Peak District. Set within the grounds of a country estate, on which a house has stood since the 12th Century and where its renowned private gardens have thrived since the late 18th Century, this is an extraordinary home full of historic charm and a wonderful country escape away from the busyness of modern life. Nightingale, at the end of a long private drive, is just three hours from London and in the middle of the Derbyshire Dales. It is a wonderful dog friendly retreat for families, friends or couples seeking a spacious homestay, whether for a long weekend or more. Step inside and you'll discover a luxurious, beautiful home full of historic charm; it's not hard to imagine Georgian ladies residing here, gazing out over the gorgeous gardens! With two bedrooms and two bath and shower rooms and spacious living areas, there's opportunity for everyone to find a peaceful spot, whilst outside a pretty garden awaits with outside dining and lawns for games. Today the country estate is a sheep farm set close to Ashbourne, a thriving and picturesque market town on the edge of the Peak District. You'll find plenty of things to see and do, whether it's visiting the historic houses of Chatsworth, Haddon Hall and Kedleston Hall or donning your walking boots and exploring the stunning Derbyshire Dales and Peak District.


The stunning sitting room is simply beautiful, providing a peaceful setting to relax in whatever time of year. During warmer weather, the French windows can be opened on to the terrace, allowing fresh air to flow through when escaping the heat of the day. During winter months, snuggle down in front of the roaring open fire, its flickering flames simply mesmerising when lights are down low. A huge, comfy sofa and two armchairs provide plenty of room to relax, whilst there's a television for film and box set nights. For those who need to keep in touch with the outside world, there is both fibre broadband and good 4G reception.


The wonderful country kitchen is just a delight, and the oil-fired Aga is at its heart, offering a cosy warmth that permeates throughout the room. With a Victorian dresser displaying Willow pattern tableware and a scrubbed oak table, there's a real sense of vintage style, but don't be fooled - this room is equipped with all the modern necessities a cook needs to rustle up feasts.

With the dining table set here too, it's also a wonderful setting for cosy mealtimes together, whilst during warmer months the French door can be opened out on to the terrace to let the soft summer breeze waft through.

In addition, there's a separate boot room with butler sink, where the washing machine is kept.

Sleeping and bathing

There are two exquisite bedrooms to choose from.

The en suite bedroom is extremely beautiful, where romantic country-inspired tones of pale green and yellow blend together effortlessly to create a blissfully calm, inviting retreat to escape to at the end of a busy day exploring the gorgeous countryside. A sumptuous king sized bed awaits for long, luxurious lie ins whilst a walk in wardrobe and chest of drawers offers plenty of space for storage. An armchair provides a quiet spot, perfect for late night reading or a wake-me-up cup of tea. The en suite has a bath and dual aspect windows. Views from both the bedroom and bathroom look down towards the orchard and lake beyond.

The second bedroom with wonderful dual aspect windows has a fabulous zip-and-link bed, meaning it can be set up as twins or as a super king bed, offering flexible sleeping arrangements that can be changed for your specific requirements. A wardrobe and chest of drawers provides plenty of storage space for your belongings. Its own separate shower room lies next door.

Both bedrooms come swathed in luxurious linens, sumptuous bedding and pretty throws and cushions to ensure a deep nights' sleep. Both the shower room and en suite bathroom have heated rails to keep towels warm and fluffy plus delightful Bramley products.

In addition, there's a downstairs cloakroom with loo.

Outside space

The large open garden awaits as you step through the French doors on to the terrace. Here, you'll find a teak beach and chairs, the perfect spot for morning coffee or afternoon tea. In front there's a large expanse of lawn, perfect for games of cricket, whilst a loggia, with brick floor and pretty lighting, offers a wonderful space for outside dining. A teak table and chairs plus a Weber barbeque are set up within for alfresco dining - what better way to spend a balmy summer's evening!

In addition, there are four deck chairs for lounging on the lawn, an outside tap for washing down muddy dogs and an old stable which can be used to store bikes.

A gate at the bottom of the garden leads directly into a pretty orchard and out into private parkland, where you will find a wide range of footpaths - one leading to a delightful gastro pub.


There is private, off road parking.

Babies and children

Babies and children are most welcome. Stairgates are available and a highchair is available on request.


Up to two dogs are very welcome at Nightngale. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break. Nightingale is situated on a working sheep farm so dogs must be kept on leads when outside of the garden. The garden is fully fenced, but an escape artist might be able to get through if they are very determined.

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Set in one of the most naturally beautiful regions of Britain, there's plenty to see and do if you can bare to tear yourself away from Nightingale. History lovers will adore the plethora of historic country estates to visit, most notably Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and the National Trusts' Kedleston Hall, an 18th Century mansion with vast parkland to explore. For nature lovers and keen walkers, the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District are right on your doorstep and offer trails and paths galore to explore, as well as a host of gorgeous beauty spots for a picnic or two. Don't forget to bring your walking boots or bikes! The pretty nearby market town of Ashbourne is well worth a visit with some lovely independent shops, whilst little ones will be pleased to know Alton Towers is close by for a day out. There are various excellent gastro pubs all within an easy drive.

With exquisite vintage charm in the most beautiful of settings, this extraordinary dog friendly homestay close to the Peak District is a must for seekers of a luxurious, tranquil escape.

At a glance

From £1,055 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 4 + cot | 2 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome

Key features

Enclosed garden

Family friendly


Foodie breaks

Historic location

Ideal Honeymoon spot


Autumnal escapes

Baby on Board

Rolling countryside


Dog friendly

Open Fires

Perfect For Couples


Country Houses

3 Hours From London

Boutique country chic

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Nightingale:

A very comfortable retreat, beautifully furnished.

Lovely cottage in a beautiful and relaxing location.

It was a beautiful house in a stunning location, and the owners were lovely. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a quiet getaway away from it all.

We spent a fabulous week at Nightingale, which is situated in a beautiful location. The property was spotless and had everything we could have asked for. We felt instantly at home. We loved cooking on the aga. The beds and sofas were extremely comfortable. There are lots of lovely walks, pubs and villages nearby to visit. Our week flew by and we look forward to staying at Nightingale again.

Beautiful, warm and so comfortable. The open fire and Aga were lovely and the beds the most comfortable I’ve slept in! Welcome hamlet was great. Can’t fault anything.

This was the most beautiful cottage. Very warm and homely. We loved it.

Superb quality cottage. Very well appointed and beautifully designed interiors. Just wish it had been summer and we could have enjoyed the outside dining areas.
Instructions and restaurant/pub recommendations were all excellent

We loved Nightingale so much I'm almost reluctant to say how great it is in case it's booked solid next time we want to visit! It was a real treat to spend time in such beautiful surroundings and we felt very well-looked after by our hosts, who went above and beyond to ensure we had a wonderful holiday.

Excellent cottage in a fabulous quiet rural position

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