Now that winter is in full swing, there’s only one thing we are dreaming of – cosy winter breaks. Sat in lockdown, the Mrs has been banging on about snug cottages with wood burning stoves and hot tubs all week long, so it’s safe to say we’re excited for pretty winter walks, snowy Peak District views and snuggling up on the sofa once lockdown ends. Whether you’re planning to stay active and explore the countryside this winter, or simply find yourself a lovely little bolthole – check out our guide to some of the loveliest holiday cottages in the Peak District.
1. The Coach House, Castleton
A gorgeous stone cottage right by the centre of Castleton, The Coach House not only features beautiful, bright and airy decor, but stunning countryside views, too. Comfortably sleeping four guests, the cottage has all the amenities you’d expect of a home-away-from-home, with a stunning farmhouse-style kitchen, an outdoor balcony area, and, of course, the entirety of Castleton and the Peak District on your doorstep. Nearby, explore the Blue John Cavern, Peveril Castle and the traditional village. Find out more and book here.
2. Holborn Cottage, Litton
Holborn Cottage is incredibly cosy, particularly in the colder months with its plush furniture and lovely wood burner. Ideally located in Litton, the snug spot can be found in the centre of the Peak District, with wonderful countryside walks to take part in as soon as you step outside. Enjoy the beautifully decorated kitchen and dining space with a bottle (or two) of wine, or head out into the garden where you’ll find a lovely BBQ and seating area. The rest of the house is just as beautiful, too, so you’re sure to have a relaxing weekend in the Peaks at Holborn Cottage. Book it here.
3. The Stocking Mill, Ashford-in-the-Water
A truly charming little spot in Derbyshire’s Peak District, The Stocking Mill and its modern interior make for a seriously lovely stay all-year-round, located in the popular village of Ashford-in-the-Water. The village is nearby to Bakewell, with a number of country pubs, a river walk and stunning countryside all available to take advantage of. Not only that, but those looking to visit the beautiful Chatsworth Estate or Haddon Hall are just a short drive away, too. Check it out here.
4. Converted Cottage, Buxton
Situated in popular Buxton, this fairytale-like cottage is ideally located on the edge of the Peak District, not only providing all the things that the traditional town of Buxton has to offer, but Derbyshire’s Peak District, too. The one-bedroom barn is perfect for a couple’s escape, and particularly great for both walkers and cyclists. Find out more here.
5. Townhead Cottage, Eyam
Fancy pretending you’ve packed up and moved to the countryside for the weekend? Townhead Cottage is just the spot. Housing just two guests in one cosy and fresh bedroom, the cottage has everything you need to escape from your day-to-day – with a BBQ area, large garden, kitchen and more included. Not only that, but there’s walks and cycling routes right outside, with the historic Eyam to explore. There’s some great pubs nearby, perfect for chilling out with a classic pub meal and a pint. Book your stay here.
6. The Dairy Holiday Cottage, Totley
Wonderfully positioned on the edge of the Peak District near Sheffield, The Dairy Holiday Cottage in Totley is a cosy and warm stay – making it a great option for a winter break. Get the best of both worlds with Sheffield city centre just five miles away, and the Peak District on your door step at the other side. Explore Padley Gorge, the Chatsworth Estate and the Longshaw Estate, or head on a beautiful countryside walk, before popping to a local pub for a pint. The cottage is fully equipped with a kitchen and dining space as well as an indoor wood burner, with space enough for two for a romantic trip away. Book here.
7. The Music Mill, Hathersage
This 5* hotel-worthy cottage can be found right on the edge of Hathersage, and when we say the decor is incredible – it’s an understatement. Providing enough space for 8 guests, The Music Mill features a lot of its original features, paying homage to its musical heritage. The layout of the home is perfect for socialising, too, with spacious seating and dining areas, an indoor fireplace to gather around, and a stunning master bedroom with a freestanding tub to fight over. Outside of the property, explore the idyllic Hathersage, head to Padley Gorge or check out Hope Valley nearby. Check out the property here.
8. Baslow Cottage, Baslow
A lovely traditional cottage in Baslow, the east of the Peak District, this beautiful stay hosts four guests in its two bedrooms – with a hot tub in the garden for kicking back and relaxing. And while it comes complete with everything you could possibly need to make your trip away perfect, it’s the location that really makes this stay. Close by to the Chatsworth Estate and a number of popular Peak District routes, the cottage is perfect for outdoorsy types – and is a great base for those who drive and want to get out and about the National Park. To find out more, check out the cottage here.
9. Cracken Edge Barn, Chinley Head
Escape the world to the rural countryside near Chinley Head with this quaint property, located right at the edge of the beautiful western Peak District. A stay at the barn feels like being in the “middle of nowhere”, as described by the hosts, which is perfect if a slice of the countryside is exactly what the doctor ordered. Enjoy the local pubs and shops, head out on a Peak District walk, or simply enjoy the home’s amenities – including the cosy living room, homely kitchen and the wood burning stove on colder evenings. Book it here.
10. Applehoe Cottage, Bakewell
Nearby to lovely Bakewell and the idyllic village of Ashford-in-the-Water, Applehoe Cottage is nestled in the heart of the Peak District and makes for a wonderful stay for avid walkers. Lovingly decorated with modern, comfortable furnishings, the homely cottage has an indoor fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, and a snug living room to take advantage of – with the Monsal Trail in walking distance from the property. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall are also nearby, with a number of beautiful villages close by to explore, too. Book your stay here.