Best Peak District Cottages : Ashford Mill
Best Peak District Cottages : Ashford Mill

Ashford Mill is a stunning Peak District holiday property in every way! 

This award-winning converted watermill, situated on the banks of the River Wye in the Peak District village of Ashford-in-the-Water, sleeps up to 8 people in three bedrooms. 

It’s an easy 5 minute stroll into the picture-perfect village, where you’ll find two country inns, a tea room and a village shop, and only a short drive or a leisurely 30 minute walk along the river into the ancient market town of Bakewell.  Ashford Mill is dog friendly too!


Ashford Mill Accommodation

Ashford Mill is much more than your average Peak District self-catering cottage.  This truly beautiful Grade II-listed property dates back almost 1,000 years and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.  Lovingly converted to retain its character and identity with original industrial mill workings, yet equipped with all modern luxuries, it’s now an idyllic holiday property for up to 8 guests.  

Ashford Mill won the ‘Best Conservation Project’ Award in the Peak District National Park in 2018, and in 2020 was awarded the prestigious Gold Award for Best Self-Catering Accommodation in the Peak District and Derbyshire.  It has also been featured on BBC Countryfile and in ‘House Beautiful’ magazine.

Best Peak District Cottages : Ashford Mill
Best Peak District Cottages : Ashford Mill

The three spacious bedrooms are all beautifully equipped with fine furnishings and crisp linens.  Two of the bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms and there’s also a separate luxury bathroom.

The beautiful country oak kitchen with traditional beams contains everything you could possibly need for a perfect self-catering holiday, including a four-oven AGA range cooker, a dishwasher, a microwave, a large fridge-freezer, a washing machine and a tumble dryer. After you’ve cooked up a feast the dining area seats up to 8 people.

The spacious open-plan living area is the perfect retreat in which to unwind after a day exploring in the Peak District countryside.  With comfortable sofas and a 50” Smart TV, it’s an ideal place to relax and plan the next day’s adventures.  Upstairs there’s a second lounge area, also with a large Smart TV.

Despite the character features, Ashford Mill boasts a host of modern conveniences.  The lighting is computer controlled, the underfloor heating will keep you warm and cosy all year round, and there’s high speed broadband wifi access throughout the property.  There are two 50” UHD TVs for catching up with the latest movies after a day exploring the countryside, and Sonos speakers to fill the cottage with music. 

Outside, the peaceful gardens go right to the banks of the crystal clear River Wye, where you can sit in the evening and watch the sun set over the water.  A gas barbecue and outdoor furniture is available for guests throughout the Spring and Summer months, perfect for dining al fresco.

Off-road parking is available for 3 cars.

Best Peak District Cottages : Ashford Mill
Best Peak District Cottages : Ashford Mill

Ashford Mill is Dog Friendly!

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This is a dog friendly property (maximum two dogs please) and we’re sure your four-legged friend will enjoy their holiday here as much as you will! 

Please note that, because of the livestock in the surrounding fields, your dogs must be kept under control at all times. 


Ashford Mill Location

Best Peak District Cottages : Ashford Mill
Best Peak District Cottages : Ashford Mill

Ashford-in-the-Water is undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in the Peak District, with characterful old stone cottages lining the twisting lanes, as well as an ancient sheepwash bridge.  There are two friendly, country pubs, both serving great food, as well as a tea room and a village shop selling fresh local produce.  

Ashford-in-the-Water is a pleasant stroll (1.5 miles) from the ancient market town of Bakewell, famed for its eponymous dessert, the Bakewell Pudding.  Discover Bakewell’s pretty courtyards, independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as national High Street favourites.

Within very close driving distance you’ll find the stunning country house estates of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, both perfect locations for a family day out.


Contact Ashford Mill

For more information, to check availability or to make a booking, please contact the team at Ashford Mill – they’ll be delighted to help!

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