Bolehill Holiday Cottages

Bolehill Holiday Cottages

Bolehill Holiday Cottages

Local things to see and do

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth is one of Britain's best loved historic houses and is only 10-15 minutes away from our Cottages it offers something for everyone to enjoy, from famous works of art, young animals in the children's Farm to the spectacular fountains in the garden and some of the finest shopping, food and drink in the Chatsworth Farm Shop. There are many miles of free walks around the estate with spectacular views of the house and gardens set in the magnificent landscape of Derbyshire's Peak District National Park.

The 1000 acre park and the farm shop and its restaurant are open all year round for more details see the Chatsworth web site.

The Chatsworth Estate Hunting Tower can be clearly seen from our back fields and a keen eye can pick us out when standing at the Hunting tower which is a Steep walk up from the main Chatsworth House.

The house is now open up till till just after the new year and is always spectacularly decked out for the Christmas Festivities Christmas decorations.

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is just 10 minutes from our Cottages on the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock.

Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century, and is the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners whose family have owned it since 1567.

Described by Simon Jenkins in 1000 Best houses as "the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages", this remarkable old house is surrounded by terraced Elizabethan gardens and is set amongst the rolling countryside of the Peak District National Park.

Haddon has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere never fails to enchant.

The house is open to visitors from April to October, with a number of special events being staged throughout the season.

Haddon has featured in many films and TV programmes including, most recently Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightly, Mathew MacFadeyn, and Dame Judy Dench. Also BBC's 2006 production of Jane Eyre starring Toby Stevens and Ruth Wilson".

For more details see

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall, run by the National Trust is about 30 mins from our cottages and well worth a visit. The house contains a large collection of embroideries, mostly dating from the late 16th century, many of which are listed in the 1601 inventory. Some of the needlework on display in the house incorporates Bess' monogram "ES", and may have been worked on by Bess herself. There is a large amount of fine tapestry and furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries. A remarkable feature of the house is that much of the present furniture and other contents are listed in an inventory dating from 1601. Hardwick is open to the public most of the year and has a has fine gardens, including herbaceous borders, a vegetable and herb garden, and an orchard.

The extensive grounds also contain Hardwick Old Hall, a slightly earlier house which was used as guest and service accommodation after the new hall was built. The Old Hall is now a ruin. It is administered by English Heritage on behalf of the National Trust and is also open to the public. Many of the Old Hall's major rooms were decorated with ambitious schemes of plasterwork, notably above the fireplaces. Remarkably, impressive fragments of these are still to be seen (protected by preservative coatings and rain-shields), though most of the building is unroofed. Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank selected the Hall as one of his five choices for the 2006 BBC television documentary series Britain's Best Buildings.[4]

Lyme Park

Lyme park is approximately 45 minutes form our cottages. Nestling on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park, House and Garden was once home to the Legh family and was, in its heyday, a great sporting estate. Lyme is now managed by the National Trust and was used as a location for the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth. Highlights in the house include: the butler's suite of rooms, where silver was polished, wine was decanted and newspapers pressed; the library where visitors can relax and view the 15th century Lyme Missal prayer book, the single most important printed book in the National Trust's collection. For a tranquil walk explore the Edwardian rose garden, manicured lawns, luxurious herbaceous borders and gaze into the reflection lake in the garden. The 1,300 acre estate with its medieval herd of red and fallow deer offers fantastic walks and stunning views.

Crich Tramway Museum

The National Tramway Museum, at Crich, is approximately 30 minutes from our cottages and contains a period village with a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and the tram depots. The village is also home to the Eagle Press, a small museum dedicated to letterpress printing including an 1859 Columbian printing press. The museum's collection of trams runs through the village setting. Visitors are transported one mile out into the countryside and back, aboard the varied fleet of trams.

Heights of Abraham

The National Tramway Museum, at Crich, is approximately 30 minutes from our cottages and contains a period village with a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and the tram depots. The village is also home to the Eagle Press, a small museum dedicated to letterpress printing including an 1859 Columbian printing press. The museum's collection of trams runs through the village setting. Visitors are transported one mile out into the countryside and back, aboard the varied fleet of trams.

Castleton Caves

Castleton, which is about 30 minutes from our cottages, is home to four ‘show caves’ – essentially four old underground caves that have proved enormously popular with tourists due to their fascinating heritage and wonderfully interesting interior. They are called Peak Cavern (known as The Devil’s Arse), Speedwell Cavern (with an underground boat trip), Treak Cliff Cavern and Blue John Cavern.

Chestnut Centre

The Chestnut Centre is a family run conservation park about 45 mins from our cottages, with a strong emphasis on otters and owls. It is home to species of otters including the spectacular Giant Otter from South America and numerous other species of owls, scottish wildcats, foxes polecats, pine marten etc. The aviaries and enclosures are set in the rolling countryside of the Peak District National Park.

Go Ape

One of the Go Ape centres is just 15 mins away from our cottages. Set in a woodland park, in the same area as one of the Peak district's largest cave systems Poole's Cavern (also open to the public), the centre is just outside Buxton and an easy drive from our cottages through stunning countryside. If you are not quite that adventurous then why not walk up up through the woods to Solomon's Temple for spectacular views over Buxton and the surrounding countryside.

Dove Dale

The Dovedale stepping stones are just 20 minutes away from our cottages. Although the stepping stones themselves can get very busy in summer it is always possible to see the river, and its valley, in their true magnificence by walking just a few 100 yards past the crowds.

Lathkill Dale

Lathkill Dale is on our doorstep and can easily be seen from our driveway and front fields. There is a footpath a few hundred metres away to Over Haddon village that then provides access directly to the dale. Alternatively a short walk along the road provides a second access via an old drovers track. The Dale is famous for its wildlife (especially the Dipper) and for its crystal clear water.

Monsal Head

Monsal Head wich is about 10 minutes from our cottages is a famous beauty spot with a magnificent view down Monsal Dale and up the Wye valley. The position is at a spot where the Wye, on its passage eastwards to meet the Derwent, encounters a band of harder rock and is forced to make a sharp turn southwards and carve its way through a high ridge of limestone. The view is spectacular, with the river far below, winding through a steep-sided and often rocky valley.

The route of the former Midland Railway makes its way along Monsal Dale and was carried by a viaduct over the river and into a tunnel which goes right beneath Monsal Head.

Derwent Dambuster Dams

About 30-40 minutes drive from our cottages is the Ladybower reservoirs. In all there is the modern Ladybower reservoir and the two older reservoirs (Howden and Derwent). Derwent Dam is known for its use as a 'practice' dam for the famous Dambuster raids. At Derwent Dam there is a large car park and a visitors centre and easy access right up to the Dam wall.

Padley Gorge

Padley Gorge is a ancient old beach tree lined gorge between Grindleford Station (well known for its cafe) and the national trust Longshaw Estate. In Autumn when the leaves change to their golden colour Padley Gorge becomes a magical place to walk (after first stopping at the cafe for a Bacon butter sandwich).


The beautiful village of Ashford-in-water is just a few minutes drive from our cottages or alternatively a 30 minute walk across fields. The village is well worth a visit if nothing else to see the 'Sheep wash' bridge. The village shop is still thriving as are both of the pubs and the small tea room or try afternoon tea at the Riverside Hotel.


This pretty little village is part of the Chatsworth estate (10-15 mins from our cottages). Originally the village was close to the River Derwent immediately below Chatsworth, but between 1838 and 1842 William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire had it moved out of sight over a hill, apart from one cottage whose tenant did not want to move, which still stands in Chatsworth Park. It is a charming little village with every one of its small houses of a different architectural design. There is now a very good tea room where the old post office use to be.


Tissington Village is part of the Tissington estate and as such has changed very little over the last 100 years or so. Tissington is about 30 minutes from our cottages just off the Ashbourne road. It is regarded as one of the most picturesque English villages and is a popular tourist attraction, particularly during its well dressing week. There are numerous small little business in the village from a candle maker to a an old fashioned sweet shop.

Over Haddon

Over Haddon is our nearest village and can be approached either by a 20 minute walk over fields from a footpath 100-200 yards from our cottages or via road (a few minutes). The village is perched at the top of Lathkill Dale with spectacular views over the dale towards the far hill side and provides easy but steep access to the Dale itself. There is a friendly pub (the Lathkil Hotel) that serves real ale and good food. During the summer months the 'Garden Tea Room' provides excellent Tea and cakes on their front terrace.

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