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Where the rainbow ends.

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car advised

Grade II listed former Methodist chapel (1834) with commanding views of open countryside, located along a sleepy single-track lane. The ground floor is an extensive open-plan, split-level, light and airy living space which, by night can be transformed into a cosy, warmly-lit retreat from the rugged landscape outside.

The lower level forms the seating area with a log burning stove, wooden floors with comfortable sofas, and occasional African and Middle Eastern rugs. The original arched wooden windows, period furniture and contemporary neutral fabrics all adding to its character. A couple of steps takes you up to the well-equipped kitchen and dining area. The open-plan nature of this attractive living space compliments a holiday atmosphere and cultivates a sense of togetherness.

The staircase, which is split by an imposing king post truss (on the landing) accesses all bedrooms on the first floor. One bedroom has a king size double bed, one a standard double and the third a 4' double. All have wooden floors, colorful scatter rugs and crisp cotton bedding. The bathroom on this floor has a bath with shower over, a hand basin and toilet. All bedrooms and the bathroom have beautiful views of open country. This holiday cottage was highly recommended, in its price range, by the travel editor of The Observer.

There is a garden bench outside on the bank for sitting out on. A footpath leads from outside the door up onto the popular High Peak Trail. If you like walking, or if your children would like larking about on the hillside in full view of the house, this is an ideal place.

Chapel House is well located for visits to Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Alton Towers, all less than half an hour away across the national park.

Nearby Carsington Water (2 miles) offers a range of activities including nature and cycling trails, rowing, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing and bird watching.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach N/A
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 7 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: East Midlands 50 km, Nearest railway: Whatstandwell/Matlock Bath/Matlock 11 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Free wifi.

All three bedrooms and the bathroom enjoy spectacular views.

A split staircase, around a king post truss (beam), seems to be endlessly fascinating to children (see pic).

Further details outdoors

There is one dedicated parking space on the narrow lane approx 20 yards from the property. There is plenty of additional parking outside the village church, a 2-minute walk away. This property faces open country and a footpath leads from the door onto the High Peak Trail. There is a garden bench for sitting out on the bank opposite the house.

Further details

Arrival not before 3pm on the first day of your booking please. And departure by 10am on your last day.

The Heart of England/Peak District

The Heart of England / Peak District / Peak District/Derbyshire region

The ultimate in “year-round” appeal, the Peak District offers moorland countryside, picturesque villages, grand gardens and magnificent scenery. Britain’s first National Park, today the boundary of the Peak District National Park touches upon six counties and encloses 555 square miles of open moorland, flowing rivers, rolling valleys and wooded dales.

Boasting striking variations in scenery, the sombre gritstone horseshoe, known as the ‘Dark Peak’, encircles the pearly-grey ‘White Peak’ limestone of the Park’s southern and central areas. Such variety makes the Peak District a perfect destination for walkers and climbers.

Enjoy anything from a gentle stroll through the ‘White Peak’ dales, to a full-scale hike across the ‘Dark Peak’s’ forbidding, windswept moors or, if so inclined, a challenging climb up a gritstone rock face. There’s also an excellent network of ‘Trails’ running through the Park connecting many attractions and places of interest, created from disused railway lines. For a day of history and elegance there’s beautiful Chatsworth House, where Capability Brown designed and landscaped the spectacular gardens in the 1760s. A visit to the lovely spa town of Buxton, home to St Anne’s Well, a public drinking fountain and source of the famous mineral water, is also a must.

The Peak District’s many hospitable and picturesque villages such as Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock Bath still practice a range of ancient customs and traditions, including the ‘Well Dressings’ festival in the summertime. Below ground, a world of caverns and caves are waiting to be explored. Well known to cavers and pot-holers, this subterranean side of the Peak District offers visitors a fascinating array of guided trips around the amazing and spectacular caverns, disused marble and stone mines – visit Peak Cavern or Blue John Cavern, or join a magical boat tour of Speedwell’s flooded passages.


Brassington is an attractive and unspoilt limestone village that nestles on a hillside about 800 feet above sea level. It used to be a centre for the lead-mining industry and has many cottages dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries with Tudor House from 1615, one of the most beautiful. Both village pubs are worth visiting but The Olde Gate (17th Century) was voted Britain's cosiest pub by The Times. Harboro Rocks, less than a mile away, is a popular destination for rock climbing beginners (see photos).

Brassington is ideally located for The High Peak Trail (cycling and hiking), Tissington Trail (horseriding), Carsington Water (nature trails, cycling, canoeing, bird watching & windsurfing), Haddon Hall, Chatsworth, Alton Towers and The Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath where you will also find Arkwright's Masson Mills (1783), a world heritage site.

Nearby Ashbourne with its medieval streets, hidden alleys and high-class shops, is one of Derbyshire's finest market towns. And Wirksworth is one of the oldest and most characterful towns in the Peak District.

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Review 1-10 of 23

3 Apr 2014


"Great cottage"

Chapel House is a lovely place for a break. We enjoyed the beautiful living space, the magnificent views and the great fireplace. The village pubs are a short walk away and there are plenty of options… More

3 Mar 2014


"A cosy place to stay"

We enjoyed our stay at Chapel House in February. We loved the logburner, the peace and the views.David, the owner, was very helpful. He called to speak to us to sort out a delivery of wood for the sto… More

23 Nov 2013


"From Home to Home"

Chapel House more than exceeded our expectations! We knew from the website that the property was pretty and had excellent views but what we didn't anticipate was to feel like we had arrived 'home'. The cottage has a wonderfully homely feel and is exceptionally clean - kitchen, crockery, cutlery and bathroom are important ones to mention! We arrived late on a Thursday evening having driven up from London after work for a long weekend. We got the woodburner going straight away and sat in front of the TV with a mug of tea to relax before going to bed. We woke to outstanding views from all the windows and what seemed like cows and sheep looking into the cottage. Our days in the beautiful village of Brassington comprised of long circular walks on two of our days and a short one on our final day. All ended with a drink in either one of the two very cosy pubs which were busy with the friendly locals. We had planned to eat out on at least one of our days there but my husband and I were always keen to get back home to Chapel House, get the woodburner going and cook and eat there before settling in front of the TV. Our final day arrived far too quickly and we were both sad to be leaving Chapel House and Brassington. We will definitely be going back to Chapel House and can certainly recommend it as a place to stay if wanting to getaway in the UK or if visiting Derbyshire.

13 Nov 2013



What a brilliant place to stay and get away from it all! A fantastically equipped and beautiful building set in a peaceful and very friendly village. Loads of things to do around Brassington and withi… More

7 Oct 2013


"chapel house exceeds its description onthe website wonderful"

We were home the moment we stepped in the door. Spotlessly clean, comfortable beds, feels like home in a beautiful setting. Plenty of interesting places to visit excellent mountain biking, walking.We had a wonderful week and were sad to leave.We would love to go backnext year.Really good communication with David our first time booking online with no problems and swift return of deposit. Thanks.

23 Aug 2013


"Excellent house,great location,hope to return."

We loved staying in Chapel House.It really felt like somebody's home not a rental house.Full of character and originality.Spectacular views from the windows which surround the living space on all sides.We found everything we could need in the kitchen,right down to the tumble drier.I would certainly reccomend the house to anyone considering a stay in Brassington and hope to stay there again in the future.

22 Jul 2013


"Like stepping back in time"

We had a fantastic stay in this gorgeous house which was like going back in time. There is a real sense of history about Chapel House and the views across the valley are gorgeous. The village of Brass… More

9 Jun 2013


"A perfect place to chill"

Well, what can I say except I had the best sleep in months. I know the village is quiet but Chapel House itself is a very peaceful and soothing place somehow. Not only does it have a nice atmosphere, with lovely objects in it, but it is very practical and easy to use, with everything in the right place. And what a treat to be able to literally walk straight out of the door and into the Peak District. Perhaps it was partly the time of year we visited (May) but the landscape around Brassington is gorgeous. And the pub, the Gate, is a wonderful old village pub - like stepping back in time. All in all, a memorable short stay. Thank you!

30 May 2013


"Perfection in the Peaks"

Chapel House is exactly as it looks on the photos - a perfectly peaceful haven set at the bottom of lush rolling hills where the main 'traffic' is the four legged kind who lazily graze in the fields above.

Apart from the beauty of the surrounding countryside, I loved the homely feel of Chapel House. It is comfortable and cosy and equipped with all the essentials. In many senses, it felt like 'home'. I loved the fact that when I ran out tinfoil, I could borrow and replace. There was salt, pepper and oil on the windowsill, all we needed to get a fire going, games for rainy weather, CDs, DVDs , books, blankets, and a file containing everything we needed to know about the house and nearby places of interest.

It was the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Peak District or simply to close the door and head off into the hills behind the house. We came away feeling 100% rested.

Thank you David.

25 Apr 2013


"Comfortable character property"

Lovely quirky, comfortable cottage. Great location for walking, many walks from the door. Nice to have short walk to both pubs in the village, we had a lovely meal in The Gate. Although the parking is tight you could easily park up & not move your car for the weekend. The owner David is very approachable and was very helpful when we had to change our dates at the last minute.

Review 1-10 of 23

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