Beau­ti­ful char­ac­ter cot­tage set in pri­vate nature gar­dens for stays in the Peak District

Hul­land Ward, Derbyshire 

Locat­ed at the edge of the mag­nif­i­cent Peak Dis­trict Nation­al Park in cen­tral Der­byshire and in the cen­tre of Eng­land, this cot­tage is well-posi­tioned to receive guests from across the UK, mak­ing it ide­al for large groups, fam­i­lies, hen par­ties and those spe­cial celebrations. 

Sit­ting between the his­tor­i­cal mar­ket town of Ash­bourne and Cars­ing­ton Water, and just a short dri­ve from the pop­u­lar spa and mar­ket towns of Bux­ton, Bakewell and Mat­lock, our pic­turesque cot­tage Hill­side Croft is ide­al­ly placed to explore the many attrac­tions and activ­i­ties this amaz­ing coun­ty has to offer. The many, scenic Der­byshire Dales and moor­lands offer both leisure­ly and chal­leng­ing walks for all, as well as bound­less pos­si­bil­i­ties for bud­ding nature pho­tog­ra­phers to take that per­fect shot.

Full of ancient oak beams, inter­nal revealed stone, and with cosy log stoves under inglenook fire­places, this delight­ful five-bed room lux­u­ry cot­tage is pic­ture-post­card per­fect. Built in 1709, this cot­tage retains all its orig­i­nal char­ac­ter and charm in addi­tion to the full range of mod­ern ameni­ties, includ­ing Wi-Fi. With full cen­tral heat­ing through­out, this cot­tage has a cosy and wel­com­ing ambience.

There is a sep­a­rate din­ing room and lounge, both extreme­ly well-fit­ted and fur­nished with log stoves and full oil cen­tral heat­ing. The farm­house-style, tiled kitchen is a delight, with hand­made pine units and gran­ite work­tops. It is excep­tion­al­ly well-equipped, with every item you may need for cater­ing dur­ing your stay at our lux­u­ry self-cater­ing cot­tage. For those want­i­ng meals pre­pared, cater­ing can also be arranged, enabling you to wine and dine at ease in the com­fort of your won­der­ful sur­round­ings. Pam­per­ing is also avail­able by arrange­ment. Just a 10 minute walk wil take you into the vil­lage which has two pubs both serv­ing food.

With 5 bed­rooms, it can accom­mo­date 10 peo­ple in full-size beds, and up to 14 with 4 addi­tion­al sin­gle beds in the dou­ble rooms, 2 cots and 2 high chairs are also avail­able, as are 2 sin­gle bed chairs, if required. Fit­ted and fur­nished to a high stan­dard, with beau­ti­ful hand­made antique pine fur­ni­ture with fea­ture mar­ble tops, our grade II-list­ed sand­stone char­ac­ter cot­tage is a delight. There is one en suite show­er room off the mas­ter bed­room and one main bath­room which has both a roll-top bath and a walk-in show­er. There are 3 WCs over­all, locat­ed on the ground and first floors.

Over six acres of pas­ture­land sur­round the cot­tage, with beau­ti­ful­ly main­tained large lawn gar­dens with well-stocked bor­ders of flow­ers and bush­es, and two large nature ponds that are ful­ly fenced for the safe­ty of chil­dren. The patio area has a BBQ, a chim­nea, hard-wood fur­ni­ture and a large hot tub exclu­sive­ly for the use of our guests at Hill­side Croft.

This lux­u­ry 5 bed­room cot­tage is a delight, full of char­ac­ter and charm. We also have anoth­er large prop­er­ty avail­able (see prop­er­ty ref: DER083).

Facil­i­ties include Wi-Fi, hot tub, BBQ and a wood-burn­ing stove. Con­sid­er­able pri­vate off-road car park­ing is avail­able for all guests. 

Spe­cial Features

Set in six acres pri­vate grounds. Hors­es can be accom­mo­dat­ed. Wifi pro­vid­ed, large hot hub, suit­able for hen par­ties and large groups.


This tra­di­tion­al self-cater­ing Der­byshire hol­i­day cot­tage has three floors. There are two shal­low stair­cas­es between every floor, with a seat­ed land­ing area between each mak­ing move­ment around the cot­tage acces­si­ble and safe for chil­dren and the elderly.

All rooms have full oil fired cen­tral heat­ing, with the addi­tion of two wood-burn­ing stoves lend­ing ambi­ence and warmth for those cool­er nights. 

On the ground floor is the kitchen, a sep­a­rate din­ing room and a lounge. 

The cot­tage has a ful­ly fit­ted, antique pine, farm­house kitchen, with tiled and gran­ite work­tops and a pot­tery dou­ble French sink. There is a halo­gen cook­er with two ovens, a large fridge/​freezer, a sec­ond refrig­er­a­tor, a microwave, a wash­ing machine, a tum­ble dri­er, a dish­wash­er, a cof­fee mak­er, a food proces­sor, a slow cook­er, a hoover, an iron and iron­ing board, and every oth­er item you may wish for in a well-equipped kitchen. Both the kitchen and the hall have under­floor heat­ing, ide­al for dry­ing those wet walk­ing boots after a day in the Der­byshire Dales or up on the moors. There is a down­stairs cloak­room with a WC and a hand basin. There is also a pay­phone on this floor. 

The main lounge has three qual­i­ty set­tees and an arm­chair. It has a colour flat screen TV with Free­view, DVD, VHS and a music cen­tre. The lounge area also has a fire­place with a wood-burn­ing stove for a cosy night in. 

The din­ing room, along with all oth­er rooms, is fit­ted with qual­i­ty, antique pine fur­ni­ture. The table seats 10 com­fort­ably, and there are extra chairs to seat 14 as well as 2 high chairs pro­vid­ed for our small­er guests. A chick­en-coop pine dress­er graces this beau­ti­ful room. Set under a promi­nent inglenook fire­place is anoth­er tra­di­tion­al wood-burn­ing stove. 

On the first floor is the mas­ter bed­room, a twin bed­room and the main bathroom. 

The mas­ter bed­room (Bed­room 1) has a dou­ble bed and a fold-up sin­gle sofa bed and a cot. It has an en suite pow­er show­er with a sink and a WC. This room has a TV with Freeview. 

The twin bed­room (Bed­room 2) has two sin­gle beds and a fold-up sin­gle sofa bed. 

The exquis­ite, large main bath­room is fit­ted with a roll-top bath, a sep­a­rate walk-in pow­er show­er, a top-mount­ed sink, a touch mir­ror, a shav­ing sock­et and a WC

On the sec­ond floor are three dou­ble bedrooms. 

Bed­room 3 has a dou­ble bed and a sin­gle bed – this sin­gle bed is placed low to slide under the eaves. This room also includes a sec­ond cot. 

Bed­room 4 also has a dou­ble bed and a sin­gle bed placed low to slide under the eaves. This room has a TV with Free­view. Access to bed­room 5 is through this room. 

Bed­room 5 has a dou­ble bed and two sin­gle beds, again placed low to slide under the eaves. This bed­room is accessed through Bed­room 4

Bed­ding, linen, tow­els and hairdry­ers are pro­vid­ed for all the rooms.


Set in a qui­et, but not remote loca­tion, the prop­er­ty is approached via a gat­ed pri­vate dri­ve, there is ample off road car park­ing for 10 — 12 cars in a secure envi­ron­ment and cycle stor­age is pro­vid­ed. Hill­side Croft is set in pri­vate fenced gar­dens which have a seclud­ed patio area, com­plete with qual­i­ty hard wood patio fur­ni­ture. A BBQ and chi­me­nia are also pro­vid­ed for the alfres­co cook. The grounds have fenced fish ponds an orchard and views over the adjoin­ing pas­ture­land to enjoy at your leisure.10 min­utes walk to vil­lage pub.Located at the rear of the cot­tage is a pri­vate hot tub.

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Local Area

The his­tor­i­cal mar­ket town of Ash­bourne is 5 miles (8km) with its quaint shops, pubs,bakers,butchers and tea shops. Cars­ing­ton water is only 1 mile (1.6km)away which offers a host of water based activ­i­ties from fish­ing to sail­ing. The region is renowned for its hik­ing and walk­ing routes, so there is some­thing for every­one what­ev­er the age or fit­ness lev­el. Quad bik­ing, paint ball and Laser tag at Wild­park Leisure.

His­toric prop­er­ties include Chatsworth House, Calke Abbey, Tut­bury and Bolsover Cas­tles, Hard­wick, Had­don, Sud­bury, Kedle­ston Halls.

The Pot­ter­ies at Stoke.

Alton Tow­ers, Gul­liv­ers King­dom, Wirksworth Stone Cen­tre, The Heights of Abra­ham. Der­wnet Her­titage Trail, Cycle Hire, Golf­ing, pony trekking, Waterworld.

Fan­tas­tic area for walk­ing in the beau­ti­ful dales, climb­ing, pot hol­ing, canoe­ing, cycling.

Close to Ash­bourne, Wirksworth, Belper, Mat­lock and Mat­lock Bath, Bakewell and Bux­ton. Ensure you vis­it Ash­bourne in Feb­ru­ary to expe­ri­ence Roy­al Shrove­tide Foot­ball, and June July for the Ash­bourne Festival.

Beau­ti­ful Vil­lages include, Tiss­ing­ton, Hart­ing­ton, Ash­ford in the Water, Mel­bourne to name a few.

Vis­it the caves at Castle­ton and Buxton.

Pubs, bars, and restaurants

  • The Black Horse Inn (1Km)
  • The Nag’s Head (1Km)


  • Hul­land Ward (1Km)
  • Ash­bourne (8Km)
  • Belper (11Km)

Rail­way stations

  • Der­by (19Km)


  • East Mid­lands (41Km)


Essen­tial Information

  • Sleeps 14 peo­ple in 5 bed­rooms Bed Linen is provided
  • 1 Bath
  • 1 Shower
  • 10+


View availability

Short breaks?


Changeover day

Mon­day-Fri­day for week-long breaks; flex­i­ble otherwise.

Facil­i­ties and Amenities


  • Dou­ble Rooms: 4
  • Twin Rooms: 1
  • Cots: 2


  • WiFi/​Internet

For your entertainment

  • TV
  • DVD play­er
  • Stereo sys­tem

In the kitchen

  • Cook­er
  • Range cook­er
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freez­er
  • Dish­wash­er
  • Wash­ing machine
  • Tum­ble dryer
  • Kitchen table
  • High chair provided


  • Gar­den
  • Gar­den furniture
  • Hot tub
  • Bar­be­cue
  • Park­ing

Near­by Activities

  • Ten­nis
  • Golf
  • Fish­ing
  • Sail­ing
  • Horse rid­ing
  • Water­sports

Canoe­ing, pothol­ing, climbing.


Dates Price
Low-peak Sum­mer, per week
7th Jun 2024 — 5th Jul 2024 
Peak Sum­mer, 1 of 2, per week
5th Jul 2024 — 23rd Aug 2024 
Sum­mer Bank Hol­i­day, per week
23rd Aug 2024 — 30th Aug 2024 
Peak Sum­mer, 2 of 2, per week
30th Aug 2024 — 6th Sep 2024 
Off-peak Autumn, 1 of 2, per week
6th Sep 2024 — 18th Oct 2024 
Peak Autumn, per-week
18th Oct 2024 — 1st Nov 2024 
Off-peak Autumn, 2 of 2, per week
1st Nov 2024 — 6th Dec 2024 
Off-peak Win­ter, 1 of 2, per week
6th Dec 2024 — 22nd Dec 2024 
Christ­mas and New Year, per week
22nd Dec 2024 — 3rd Jan 2025 
Off-peak Win­ter, 2 of 2, per week
3rd Jan 2025 — 7th Mar 2025 
Off-peak Spring, 1 of 4, per week
7th Mar 2025 — 4th Apr 2025 
Low-peak Spring, per week
4th Apr 2025 — 18th Apr 2025 
East­er, per week
18th Apr 2025 — 25th Apr 2025 
Off-peak Spring, 2 of 4, per week
25th Apr 2025 — 2nd May 2025 
Ear­ly May Bank Hol­i­day, per week
2nd May 2025 — 9th May 2025 
Off-peak Spring, 3 of 4, per week
9th May 2025 — 23rd May 2025 
Late May Bank Hol­i­day, per week
23rd May 2025 — 30th May 2025 
Off-peak Spring, 4 of 4, per week
30th May 2025 — 6th Jun 2025 
Low-peak Sum­mer, per week
6th Jun 2025 — 18th Jul 2025 
Peak Sum­mer, 1 of 2, per week
18th Jul 2025 — 22nd Aug 2025 
August Bank Hol­i­day, per week
22nd Aug 2025 — 29th Aug 2025 
Peak Sum­mer, 2 of 2, per week
29th Aug 2025 — 5th Sep 2025 
Off-peak Autumn, 1 of 2, per week
5th Sep 2025 — 24th Oct 2025 
Peak Autumn, per week
24th Oct 2025 — 7th Nov 2025 
Off-peak Autumn, 2 of 2, per week
7th Nov 2025 — 5th Dec 2025 
Off-peak Win­ter, 1 of 3, per week
5th Dec 2025 — 22nd Dec 2025