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Excellent 5/5 Score from 17 reviews

Swallows Cottage at The Priory, Nr Ashbourne

Certificate of Excellence 2014

from £71 /night help

Excellent 5/5 Score from 17 reviews

from £71 /night

Estimated nightly price based on a weekly stay. Excludes fees (if applicable). Enter your dates to see the total cost.

Heated outdoor swimming pool (May - September)

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Explore the Peak District in Luxury.

5 Star recently converted charming cottage in rural location just 2 .5 miles from the Georgian market town of Ashbourne, ideal for a relaxing rural retreat for families or couples. Travel cot and high chair available but please be aware that there are ponds in the garden (toddlers/younger children). We can occasionally offer one-night stays.

Enjoy the large 5 acre garden and orchard. Laze by the outdoor heated swimming pool after a game of croquet before firing up the barbeque. There's table tennis, too - or why not take an evening stroll on the private river walk?

Original beamed property furnished with antiques and original paintings but with every modern convenience for a comfortable stay. Well equipped kitchen/dining room, dishwasher, washer/dryer, large Smeg fridge/freezer. Views over 5 acre gardens and pool. Free Broadband/Wifi included.

Relax in the sitting room by the log burning stove. Furnished with a huge leather sofa and tub chairs, plenty of cushions and rugs. Writing desk. Flat screen tv with Freeview, antique French armoire filled with plenty of books, games and dvd's.

Antique double four poster bed in the Master Bedroom with duck and goose down duvet and stunning views over the surrounding fields. Freeview TV, hairdryer. Twin-bedded room. Both bedrooms benefit from pure cotton linen sheets and ample wardrobe space. Bathroom with underfloor heating.

Enjoy the private river walk with fishing, and wild garlic in Springtime. Walk directly from your back door to Tissington and Fenny Bentley. Hire bikes for the Tissington Trail at Mappleton (Ashbourne), or bring your own. Just 25 minutes from Derbyshire's Jewel in the Crown - Chatsworth House, with it's Adventure Playground, Gardens and Farm Shop. 30 minutes from Sudbury Hall and Alton Towers & Splash Landings.

Ideal for family breaks (property suitable for over 8's), relaxing country escapes and wedding visitors (Tissington Hall, Osmaston Park, Yeldersley Hall, Callow Hall all a short distance). Carsington Water (sailing, cycling, watersports) is only 10 minutes away, horse trecking at Tissington, golf at Ashbourne. Try your hand at fishing or shooting at The Yeaveley Estate. Go paintballing, quad biking or play laser tag at Wild Park Leisure in Brailsford (15 mins). Take in an evening race at Uttoxeter Racecourse - family days, too.

Local gastro pub is The George at Alstonefield. The Gate at Brassington is a traditional (unspoilt) pub with log fires, garden and delicious food. Ashbourne offers plenty of individual retailers from deli's to antiques and excellent clothes shops.

Ashbourne has a Waitrose, M&S Food, Majestic Wine, Sainsburys and Co-op - or why not get your order delivered? Excellent deli, Bramhalls, in Ashbourne market place now offer ready made meals for you to take away if you want a rest from cooking.

Factory shops: John Smedley, Denby Pottery, Emma Bridgewater (Stoke on Trent), David Mellor cutlery (Hathersage).

Included: Kitchen basics - tea, coffee, sugar, flour, olive oil, dishwasher tabs, bin liners, washing up liquid, soap etc. First basket of logs.

Provided: Iron and ironing board, slow cooker (useful for days out), coffee maker, hair dryer, microwave, dvd player, cd player/radio. Cool box with ice packs and picnic rug.

Heated outdoor swimming pool: available May - September

Arrival time: 3pm, departure 10am. All damages must be paid for.



Chatsworth House Look at the Chatsworth House website for full list of exhibitions and special events.

Wirksworth Arts Festival - Art and Architecture Trails Weekend - September - check website for details.

Tissington Well Dressings - 14th - 20th May 2015.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: East Midlands 49 km, Nearest railway: Derby 27 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (heated), Shared outdoor pool (heated)
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (heated), Shared outdoor pool (heated), Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking

About this location

The Derbyshire region

Explore the Peak District National Park in comfort.

Britain's first created National Park covers some 555 square miles at the heart of the UK. With direct trains from London St. Pancras to Derby, East Midland's Airport and easy access to the M1, Derbyshire is England's jewel.

Rolling landscapes and rugged hills make it ideal for walking or cycling. Private cycle paths such as the Tissington Trail make for a safe, traffic-free (and relatively flat!) ride or walk, ideal for families.

Major cities such as Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield offer a wide range of arts-based events – from theatre and ballet to music and opera at Buxton.

A visit to Derbyshire wouldn't be complete without a visit to Chatsworth House, with its' majestic gardens, behind-the-scenes tours, adventure playground and farm shop. Visit their website for details of exhibitions. Chatsworth: 30 minutes drive


The Georgian market town of Ashbourne, known as “The Gateway to Dovedale”, is an ideal base for visiting the Peak District.

Wander through the cobbled market place and discover antique shops, delicatessens and many other independent retailers.

The medieval annual Royal Shrovetide Football Game attracts thousands of visitors as does the Highland Gathering held in July. Ashbourne: 2.5 miles

The estate village of Tissington, with its' Jacobean Hall, Old Coach House Tea Rooms, Nursery, White Peak Farm Butchery and old fashioned sweetie shop delight all who visit. Plan ahead to visit the annual Well Dressings (Ascension Day) – one of Derbyshire's most spectacular. Tissington: 2 miles - or walk by footpath, directly from your door (30 mins).

Hire bikes (or bring your own – we have secure storage) at Mappleton (2.5 miles) and cycle on the Tissington Trail.

Alton Towers and Splash Landings are an easy 25 minute drive away. 14 miles.

Carsington Water (5 miles) for bird watching, walking, cycling (pedal and electric) and excellent water sports and sailing centres


Explore local town Wirksworth with its' annual Arts Festival in September, Northern Light Cinema, Farmer's Market and Well Dressings in May/June. 8 miles

Walk the Stepping Stones at Dovedale, climb Thorpe Cloud and explore the National Trust's local gems – Kedleston Hall, Sudbury Hall – with its' wonderful Museum of Childhood and Hardwick Hall.

And if all that is just too much, why not spoil yourself with a spa treatment at Sally Montague's in Ashbourne!

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9 Nov 2014


"Tranquil Beauty"

Beautiful cottage - log fire, 4-poster bed, big squashy sofa. The kitchen is better equipped than mine at home! The pool was closed when I was there (out of season) but the pool/patio area was very at… More

24 Jun 2014


"Home from home"

Instantly felt at home from the moment we opened the door to this lovely cottage. Kitchen and lounge area are perfect with everything you could possibly need. Owners live next door and are very hospit… More

12 Jun 2014


"A little bit of heaven in Derbyshire"

Just back from a great four night break at Swallow Cottage, Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne ..... lovely cottage .... great pool ..... pretty grounds .... perfect setting and views.... can't praise it e… More

18 May 2014


"I didn't want to leave"

My partner and I spent 4 nights here and couldn't fault it. The house had everything we needed and more. Beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Spotlessly clean. Great shower. Comfy beds. Ou… More

7 Apr 2014


"The Perfect Base for our Weekend Break"

We booked Swallows Cottage for a weekend break for the four of us. We'd wanted somewhere within a couple of hours driving time, in a country location, warm and comfortable and close to some decen… More

I'm so pleased you had a good break - and managed to find The Olde Gate in Brassington - we love it for the fact that it is still a proper village pub (we used to live in Brassington)and pleased to hear that the food was great.
Thank you so much for such a helpful review.

1 Apr 2014


"Haven from the rat-race"

Wonderful cottage, fell in love with HUGE leather sofa, views, the quiet, the poolside cups of tea at 8.00 a.m. (yes in March - very sheltered). A bit of an uphill hike over muddy fields to the quintessential Tissington but the walk back very easy (go figure!). Just a fabulous place to be, well equipped cottage, warm and snug - except for the kitchen which was a bit chilly underfoot, just take your slippers though and the view from the window will be worth the chilblains! Owners not on site for our weekend but reading the visitor's book and my own on-line virtual relationship you will very well looked after without interference I am sure.

Thank you so much for your lovely review - I'm so glad you had a good break and only sorry that we weren't here to meet you. Thank you too for the comments about the kitchen floor - very helpful. I have now put a large rug on the floor to take away any chill.

4 Feb 2014


"Clean, Cozy and cheerfull"

Arrived to be greated by a happy couple who where very nice and helpful, the cottage itself was beautiful,clean and cozy. A book found on the table has everything you can do written in the area from t… More

31 Jan 2014


"Perfect and Cosy Winter Retreat"

We had a winter break for a couple of nights at Swallows Cottage. It was perfect! There was a lovely warm welcome on our arrival, the cottage is fitted out with everything you could need, not to menti… More

Thank you so much for your lovely review - I'm so glad you had a good break - now let's just hope we get a Summer like last year so that you can come back and laze by the pool!

24 Nov 2013


"Beautiful 5 Star Country Retreat"

This has to be one of the most beautiful cottages to holiday in. Beautifully & tastefully presented - a real Interior designers touch is apparent. Farrow & Ball walls, leather sofa, four poster bed, l… More

Thank you so much for such a glowing review - I am so glad that you have found us! We look forward to welcoming you back to Swallows Cottage next year.

31 Aug 2013


"Just Perfect"

Our family of 4 have had a fabulous time staying at this lovely cottage set in its extensive and beautiful gardens. Izzy was very welcoming and helpful, the cottage is wonderfully equipped and a great… More

Thank you so much for your lovely review and I'm so pleased you had such a great visit. The pool has been so popular during this incredible Summer - it really is fantastic to see it in full use. Carsington Water is perfect for cycling - you did well doing the whole circuit! They also offer sailing and other water-based sports courses which are fun for the children (and adults). I think you might have done the walk to Tissington from the back door - great with children - only 30 minutes and they can then be rewarded at the old-fashioned sweetie shop in Tissington! Do come back and see us again soon - there's plenty to do in the Autumn and Winter, too.

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