Skip to content

Duck Cottage Milldale Alstonefield Peak District

2 reviewsAlstonefield, England, United Kingdom
Entire cottage hosted by Andrew
6 guests3 bedrooms6 beds2 bathrooms

Travel restrictions

Due to COVID-19 there are lockdowns in place across the UK and travel is not permitted other than in limited circumstances until at least April. Failure to follow the law is a criminal offence.
Entire home
You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
Enhanced Clean
This host committed to Airbnb's 5-step enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.
Cancellation policy
Add your trip dates to get the cancellation details for this stay.
House rules
This place isn’t suitable for infants (0–2 yrs) and the host doesn’t allow pets, parties, or smoking. Get details
Visit England 5 star Gold Rated luxury detached stone cottage in the picturesque hamlet of Milldale, Alstonefield in the heart of Dovedale.

Duck Cottage provides accommodation for up to six guests in modern open plan living, tastefully decorated, and fully equipped with a plethora of doorstep walks and cycle trails. .

The space
Duck cottage is designed for modern open plan living, offering comfortable accommodation perfect for families or gathering friends for a getaway in the great outdoors to enjoy the plethora of door step walks and scenery throughout the Dove Valley, cycle on the nearby Tissington and High Peak Trails, fly fishing or simply a great base to explore the historic treasures of Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Kedleston Hall. The lovely market towns of Ashbourne and Bakewell famous for its Bakewell pudding are only a short drive away. There really is something for everyone.


Walk in through the kitchen stable door to a well equipped country-style kitchen (refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, oven, washer/dryer, microwave and ceramic hob), a dining area with a large farmhouse table perfect for cosy kitchen suppers. The sitting room with its comfy sofas is ideal to relax in with a glass at the end of the day or watch a movie by the wood burning stove, (TV/DVD/WiFi), there is a writing desk area with an Apple Mac computer to organise day trips or walks during your stay. There is free WiFi throughout the cottage.

Upstairs the first floor Master suite at the front of the property has a king-size bed and en suite with a tub style bath. To the rear of the property the second bedroom has a king-size bed and the third bedroom has full size single bunk beds with a TV and DVD. There is a family bathroom with a large walk-in shower and modern sanitary ware.

Outside there are two outdoor seating areas, one to the front in a private courtyard perfect for a morning coffee with table and chairs and bench seating. Outside steps lead you to an additional private elevated terrace enjoying spectacular views at the rear of the property.

In the evening there is a huge variety of eateries to choose from country pubs to fine dining.

There is residents parking for one car (further parking is available and free close by).

Guest access
The whole of Duck Cottage.

Other things to note
Out and About

Situated in the breath taking White Peak, Milldale, Alstonefield provides a perfect base for exploring the Peak District. Eight miles from the market town of Ashbourne, twelve miles from Bakewell and sixteen miles from Buxton and Matlock.

An assured warm welcome from the village ducks, as well as Polly’s Cottage selling hot and cold drinks and delicious snacks, many walkers come from all over Britain to explore the Dove Valley with its famous stepping stones at Dove dale and fascinating rock formations along the routes.

From the doorstep……
Walking

ALSTONEFIELD

Situated on the borders of Derbyshire and Staffordshire in the White Peak. Its location between the valleys of the Dove and Manifold Rivers makes it one of the finest places for walking as it is surrounded by a network of paths and trails ideal for walkers and cyclists.

BERESFORD DALE

A beautiful part of the Dove Valley walking alongside the river passing through Wolfscote Dale and its weirs with woodland and wildflowers growing in profusion. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Cotton who was responsible for introducing Izzak Walton to the Peak District, the pair reflected on the location and wrote the famous fisherman’s ‘bible’ The Compleat Angler written in 1653. The River Dove is still a famous fishing river and is a magnet for anglers.

Fly Fishing lessons and Day Tickets options are available throughout the Peak District can be organised. For more information – www.peaksflyfishing.com

DOVEDALE

Owned by the National Trust and is one of the prettiest and most popular dales. It is little more than three miles from Milldale along the crystal-clear river and caves to the famous stepping stones where you can look up to Thorpe Cloud an isolated limestone hill, for the more ambitious, climb to the top giving fantastic panoramic views of the Peak District. The ice cream from the car park concession is also worth a stop.

A twenty-five minute from the Dovedale stepping stones takes you to the village of Ilam and Ilam Hall which is a 17th Century gothic manor in National Trust parkland. The stunning Italianate gardens and parkland surrounding the hall are wonderful place for walkers and families to explore, with the Manifold Tea Room, managed by the National trust providing delicious refreshments with beautiful views. There is a shop, information centre and a variety of activities from Nordic Walker taster sessions to Hunting for Hedgehog Clues Trail throughout the year.

For more information - https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ilam-park-dovedale-and-the-white-peak

HARTINGTON

A welcome stop for walkers as located on the central section of the Dove, pretty houses surround the duck pond and green, country pubs and tea rooms. The Village Stores is home to a general grocery and deli purveying fresh, seasonal and local produce to local communities. Fresh sandwiches and coffee can be enjoyed on the terrace outside

Once famous for its Blue Stilton production. In recent years the new Hartington Creamery has revived the stilton manufacture and introduced the new Peakland varieties.

ASHBOURNE

Known as The Gateway to the Peak, with its beautiful architecture and is famed throughout the Peak District for the ancient tradition of Royal Shrovetide Football. Bearing little resemblance to an actual football, the game is played every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in February. Annual events throughout the year with the Ashbourne Festival in June, Ashbourne Highland Gathering in July, Ashbourne Country and Agricultural Show in August and finally Christmas late night shopping in December makes for a vibrant town.

The town was granted a charter for a market in 1257 and a traditional outdoor cobbled market still takes place twice a week on Thursday and Saturday. The town has lots to offer for shopping with plenty of independent boutiques and antique shops to meander around and explore. M&S Food, Sainsbury’s and Co-operative Food,
all have stores located here for groceries.

For more information on walks in the Peak District

Lets Go Peak District
www.letsgopeakdistrict.co.uk/category/lets-explore/walks/less-than-5-miles

Visit Peak District
www.visitpeakdistrict.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-and-hiking/10-great-walks-in-the-peak-district-and-derbyshire

Mud and Routes www.mudandroutes.com/best-walks-peak-district

Go 4 A Walk
www.go4awalk.com




Cycling

THE TISSINGTON AND HIGH PEAK TRAILS
7.4 miles 13 mins via A515 - PARSLEY HAY

The Tissington and High Peak Trails both are traffic free and follow the routes the former railway lines of High Peak Railway, through stunning White Peak countryside and villages. The easy accessibility of the trails makes them a firm favourite with walkers of all abilities, leisure cyclists and is also suitable for wheelchair users. The mud free surface is relatively flat and level, with easy access points at a number of points on the way.

TISSINGTON TRAIL

The Tissington Trail runs 13 miles south from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne crossing paths with the High Peak Trail at Parsley Hay.

There are a number of access points with parking along the route:

• Parsley Hay – Visitor centre, cycle hire
• Hartington
• Alsop – 1.2 miles from Milldale
• Tissington
• Thorpe
• Ashbourne – Visitor Centre, cycle hire

Recommended Stop Off

Tissington village is a must with its pretty stone cottages and magnificent Tissington Hall. Herberts Tearoom is very popular serving breakfast, light lunches and delicious cream teas. The village also offers some picnic friendly spots.



If you don’t have your own bikes there is cycle hire in Parsley Hay
T 01298 84493, cycle hire is also available in Ashbourne T 01335 353156.
For more information
www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle/cycle-hire-centres


HIGH PEAK TRAIL

The High Peak Trail runs 17 miles from Downlow near Buxton to High Peak Junction Cromford crossing paths with the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay. Please note the majority of the trail is relatively flat however there are some steeper inclines from High Peak junction to just pass Middleton Top at Hopton.

Again there are a number of access points with parking
along the route:

• Hurdlow
• Parsley Hay – Visitor Centre, cycle hire
• Friden
• Minninglow
• Middleton Top – Visitor Centre, cycle hire
• Black rocks
• High Peak Junction – Visitor Centre
• Cromford Wharf

Recommended Stop Off

Cromford Wharf is the historic terminus of the canal built at the end of the 18th Century. Many of the old canal buildings still stand and is an interesting step back in time, Wheatcrofts Wharf cafe sits by the waters edge serving fresh food to refuel and there is a picnic area for a well earned rest on fine days.




The Royal Oak at Hurdlow is a favourite country pub serving excellent hearty pub food….. delicious!! T 01298 83288.

Trails Map
www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Historic Houses

CHATSWORTH HOUSE AND PARK
16.2 MILES 32 MINS VIA A515

Chatsworth is the jewel in the Peak Districts crown and one of the most famous landmarks in the country. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, it is a magnificent English country house set in over 1000 acres of parkland. There is something for the whole family for a full day out with regular events throughout the year from The Horse Trails to the fabulous Country Fair and enchanting Christmas displays.

The house was built in the 1550s in the English Baroque style and it is an imposing sight as visitor’s approach, with intricately carved stonework and bight gilding to the window frames. There are more than thirty rooms open to the public, with lavish furnishings and a world famous collection of art including ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture and masterpieces by renowned artists from Rembrandt to Lucien Freud.

The Farmyard and a fabulous woodland Adventure Playground delivers hours of fun for children of all ages, with animal handling, milking demonstrations, farmyard daily activities as well as the rope park, trampoline, slides, water and sand play for a great day out.

The formal gardens all 105 acres were designed by Capability Brown and never fail to impress with what’s on offer from extravagant water


features, outdoor sculptures and monumental rock gardens to kitchen gardens, sensory trails and a maze for adventurous explorers.

To re-fuel there are a number of restaurants, café and tea shops throughout the estate and a trip to the award winning Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop is a must, located a short distance from the house in the village of Pilsley.

For more information on Chatsworth House and Park
www.chatsworth.org

HADDON HALL
14.5 miles 35 MINS VIA A515

Haddon Hall is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful medieval manors houses in the whole of England. Its castellated stone walls are covered with ivy and climbing roses in an idyllic setting on a hillside outside Bakewell over looking the River Wye. More recently it has been a favourite location for film makers, featuring in Jayne Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, The Princess Bride and The Other Boleyn Girl.

With parts of the hall dating back to the 12th Century, it is remarkably well preserved. The rooms offer a fascinating glimpse into history, and the banqueting hall, chapel and kitchens are particular favourites. The 17th Century stable block provides wonderful views of the estate and open to visitors of the Hall and the general public serving fresh local ingredients.

Bakewell is located a short drive away from Haddon Hall, famous for ‘Bakewell’ pudding, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon wandering around the local shops or take a walk along the River Wye and over the five arch bridge. Plenty of places to stop for refreshments with local coffee houses, restaurant, and pubs.

For more information on Haddon Hall
www.haddonhall.co.uk

BOLSOVER CASTLE
28.3 MILES 58 MINS VIA B5057

English Heritage own Bolsover castle and was created as an extravagant retreat by playboy, poet and courtier Sir William Cavendish. The ‘Little Castle’ as it was known has been brilliantly preserved and restored with medieval style turrets and towers, the labyrinth of sumptuous rooms with their painted ceilings, Riding House and fountain gardens are a treat to explore. English Heritage have recently restored the Wall Walk allowing visitors to stroll along the castles walls for the first time in 250 years with spectacular views of the vale.

For a welcome break there is a tearoom and children’s playground on site.

For More Information on Bolsover Castle
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/bolsover-castle/things-to-do/


KEDLESTON HALL
17.1 MILES 35 MINS VIA A515

Built in the 18th Century and is owned by the National trust. The house has been beautifully restored and there are some spectacular rooms. The grounds are lovely to walk in and dogs are welcome too. The café is a good stop off after a walk and the outdoor seating is recommended if the weather allows. Regular fun events are held throughout the year.

For more information on Kedleston Hall
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston






Attractions

CARSINGTON WATER
13.6 MILES 28 MINS VIA A515


Carsington Water is a 2 miles long reservoir in a wonderful location for getting busy in the outdoors. There are cycling/ walking routes, a 3 mile well-made, level trail suitable for children whilst the 8-mile trail offers a little more of a challenge and all traffic free.

A great range of water sports from Kayaks, paddle boards, sailing boats through to fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Introductory taster sessions for the various water sports are available to have a go. The centre is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre and also delivers British canoe Union courses.

A renowned spot for bird watching, the open water and areas of native woodland provide a great habitat for a wide variety of animals. Kingfishers, little owls, little grebes, terns, common redshanks, and buzzards are just a few of the species identified at the site.

There is a large outdoor area suitable for picnics and BBQ facilities for summer days and a fantastic outdoor play area for children. There really is something for everyone to get busy in the outdoors

For more information on Carsington Water and Carsington Sport and Leisure
www.visitpeakdistrict.com
www.carsingtonwater.com






HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM
15.8 MILES 30 MINS VIA A5012

Stretching across the steep limestone gorge with beautiful views between Matlock and Matlock Bath, a spectacular trip if you have a head for heights in one of the cable cars takes you to the top of Masson Hill with lots to enjoy. There are show caverns to explore, High Fall and Treetops visitor centres with a geology and palaeontology museum to wander around. Woodland walks and an adventure playground for little ones makes for a full day out.

For more information
www.heightsofabraham.com


CASTLETON CAVES
26 MILES 44 MINS VIA A515


The Castleton Caves are some of the best show caves in the country and is home to Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern (with an underground boat trip) Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern. The amazing interiors are quite unbelievable and one of the most popular things to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

For more information
www.visitpeakdistrict.com/things-to-do/attractions/caverns-and-caves









CRICH TRAMWAY MUSEUM
18.8 MILES 34 MINS VIA A5012

Step back in time, stroll along the recreated period street and experience tram rides in a stunning location. There is an indoor exhibition that takes you on a journey through a hundred years of tramway development, taking in horse, steam and electric trams with more than sixty on exhibit. A new Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail is an opportunity to stretch your legs.

If you have time, there are a number of places to eat and drink including the Red Lion pub which serves cask ales.

For more information
www.tramway.co.uk



PEAK DISTRICT WELL DRESSINGS
MAY TO SEPTEMBER THROUGOUT VARIOUS VILLAGES

The ancient custom of Well Dressing dates back to Celtic times and according to may sources it is a tradition in which wells, springs and other water sources are intricately decorated with elaborate designs created from flower petals to ensure a continued supply of fresh water. They certainly are mesmerising sights.


For more information on calendar dates
www.welldressing.com/calendar








Family Fun

ALTON TOWERS
19 MILES 30 MINS VIA A515 AND A52

Packed with family things to do, Alton Towers is home to one of Britain’s leading theme parks, a water park, a golf attraction, rope courses and spa offers a great day out. Thrilling rides for the braver members of the family and a wonderful range of family rides and the interactive CBeebies Land for the little ones, the theme park has rides to suit all ages and tastes.

Extraordinary Golf is an opportunity to putt around two nine-hole crazy golf courses past miniature versions of the famous rides and attractions. The Waterpark boats lots of fantastic water rides from floating down lazy rivers, to braving the speed of the Master Blaster water coater or just some relaxing time in Lagoona Bay or the the bliss of the Bubbly Wubbly Pool.

If a more relaxing day is on the cards a trip to the Spa is a great place to unwind with therapies and treatments.

For more information on Alton Towers Theme Park www.altontowers.com



For further information on the Peak District and Days Out please take a look at the following websites for further ideas.

www.Letsgopeakdistrict.co.uk
www.visitpeakdistrict.com




Dining Out

COUNTRY PUBS

Some of our favourites….

The George, Alstonefield
T 01335 310205
An award winning family run pub within walking distance from Milldale. Always a warm welcome in cosy rooms restored to their original simplicity, serving imaginative food with fresh local ingredients alongside George Classics. Well worth a visit and booking is essential.

Coach & Horses, Fenny Bentley
T 01335 350246
17th Century coaching Inn, traditional free house run by the same family for thirty years. Enjoy home cooked produce, the menu features traditional favourites alongside more continental flavours. Booking is advised.

The Old Dog, Thorpe
T 01334 350990
A lively pub with a roaring fire serving American style food

Staffordshire Knot, Sheen
T 01298 84329
Situated in the Manifold Valley, assured welcome with great food, contemporary and traditional menu, booking advised to be sure you get a table.

The Devonshire Arms, Hartington
T 01298 84232
Located in the centre of the village – good stop for lunch.

The Royal Oak, Hurdlow
T 01298 83288
Award winning traditional country pub, log fires, cask ales. Hearty English pub food, generous portions. Booking is advised.

The Packhorse, Crowdecote
T 01298 83618
Welcoming landlord who is renowned for keeping the ales in fine condition. Home cooked food with a varied menu.

The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone
T 01335 324275
Modern British food of fine dining quality in relaxed surrounding.

FINE DINING

Piedaniels Restaurant, Bakewell
T 01629 812687
Fine French and English cuisine, a real treat.

The Lighthouse Restaurant, Boylestone
T 01335 330658
Award winning restaurant with a creative menu, a real dining experience.

The Peacock Hotel, Rowsley
T 01629 733518
Gastronomy. Indulgent and fine dining holding three AA rosettes.

BRUNCH & TEA ROOMS

The Old School Tea Room, Wetton
A good stop off while walking. Serving breakfast, light lunches and tasty homemade cakes. Friendly and open from Turs to Sun from 10am.

Herberts Tea Room, Tissington
Super delicious food serving light lunches and afternoon tea, a must!

Jack Rabbits Ashbourne
Open 7 days a week and serving an all day fresh menu offering delicious breakfasts, tasty lunches and homemade cakes and they welcome Little Bunnies.

Wetton Mill, Manifold Valley
Idyllic location in the heart of the Manifold Valley, wide range of sandwiches and scrummy homemade cakes.

The Cottage Kitchen, Winkhill
Fabulous countryside café and farm shop, good quality ingredients, Nigel the owner ‘loves’ good food.


FRESH DELIVERED MEALS

Sauced Here
Home made prepared meals and grocery produce form local providers, purchased online and delivered to your holiday cottage.
https://saucedhere.co.uk/shop/

Scoff
Delicious range of home cooked food delivered to your door in the Peak District
http://www.scoffonline.co.uk/

Pollys, Milldale
A takeaway coffee shop selling hot and cold drinks, hot pasties, sandwiches and ice cream. Always a warm welcome.

A variety of takeaways are also available in the nearby towns of Ashbourne, Leek and a takeaway Fish and Chip Van is in Hartington on Fridays.

a variety of supermarkets are located in Ashbourne M&S Food, Sainsbury's, Co-op along with many local independent farm shops.
Visit England 5 star Gold Rated luxury detached stone cottage in the picturesque hamlet of Milldale, Alstonefield in the heart of Dovedale.

Duck Cottage provides accommodation for up to six guests in modern open plan living, tastefully decorated, and fully equipped with a plethora of doorstep walks and cycle trails. .

The space
Duck cottage is designed for modern open plan living, o…
read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 bunk bed

Amenities

Indoor fireplace
Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Washing machine
Wifi
Dryer
TV
Heating
Smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm

Select check-in date

Add your travel dates for exact pricing
Check-in
Add date
Checkout
Add date

2 reviews

Location

Alstonefield, England, United Kingdom

Milldale, Alstonefield is a rural hamlet location and is situated in the breath taking White Peak, providing a perfect base for exploring the Peak District. Eight miles from the market town of Ashbourne, twelve miles from Bakewell and sixteen miles from Buxton and Matlock.

An assured warm welcome from the village ducks, as well as Polly’s Cottage selling hot and cold drinks and delicious snacks, many walkers come from all over Britain to explore the Dove Valley with its famous stepping stones at Dove dale and fascinating rock formations along the routes.
Milldale, Alstonefield is a rural hamlet location and is situated in the breath taking White Peak, providing a perfect base for exploring the Peak District. Eight miles from the market town of Ashbourne, twelv…

Hosted by Andrew

Joined in February 2016
  • 7 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Andrew and Sarah Hall are owners of the "Milldale Cottage Company" . Duck & Riverside Cottages are 2 luxury homes 30 metres apart which together can accommodate up to 12 guests in the tiny hamlet of Milldale, Alstonefield . We are very proud of our two bespoke 5 star rated holiday cottages and try to bring a little luxury to the Peak District so that friends and families can enjoy home from home comfort
Andrew and Sarah Hall are owners of the "Milldale Cottage Company" . Duck & Riverside Cottages are 2 luxury homes 30 metres apart which together can accommodate up to 12 guests in…
During your stay
We are available to welcome guests and live locally to help when required.
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 16:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Cancellation policy

Explore other options in and around Alstonefield

More places to stay in Alstonefield: