Matlock , Derbyshire
A lovingly restored barn conversion with some of England’s most stunning countryside on its doorstep - Rocking Stone Cottage is the place to uncover the Peak District
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 3 nights
A magnificently converted barn with views across the surrounding fields, Rocking Stone Cottage brings a touch of rustic chic to the Peak District. Within a short drive of Matlock and Bakewell – both just over five miles away – you will be perfectly placed to explore the best of this beautiful region.
Found at the end of a bumpy track, Rocking Stone Cottage has been thoughtfully renovated and furnished. You have a pretty terrace right outside, letting you enjoy a drink or two while admiring the countryside view – and there’s a barbecue too.
The views are just as good from the main bedroom, thanks to the large arched window looking out on the fields where sheep, cows and wild rabbits roam. The same room has an en suite shower and king-size bed with a pocket-sprung mattress and luxury bedding. A second bedroom can be converted to a twin and its bathroom features a decadent free-standing bath as well as a walk-in shower.
The living space on the lower level is just as inviting. The centrepiece fireplace is occupied by a warming wood-burner, with a plentiful supply of logs to hand. TV doesn’t dominate the sitting room, but you do have one, complete with Freeview channels and DVDs. Alternatively, there are books to read and board games to play, as well as Wi-Fi.
With exposed beams and bare stone walls, a good-looking kitchen and dining space has another terrace just outside. Underfloor heating beneath the wooden floor is another nice touch and, as this area is open-plan, you can adjourn seamlessly to the lounge after dinner.
Rocking Stone Cottage and the surrounding area are so picturesque, they've been used as filming locations. Many scenes from the much-loved 1980s film The Princess Bride were shot here. Buttercup's little cottage, seen at the start of the film, was located behind the house, and nearby Haddon Hall, a beautifully preserved medieval manor, was Prince Humperdinck's castle.
In the Peak District’s south-eastern corner, Rocking Stone Cottage has some of the area’s best-loved attractions in easy reach. Only 20 minutes away, Chatsworth House is a local landmark, worth a visit for its impressive gardens alone.
The Crich Tramway Village combines a tram-based museum with a recreated ‘period’ street, while the Heights of Abraham is all about caverns and cable cars. For straight-up family fun, there’s the Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park or, for the adults, Buxton Opera House hosts a diverse programme of live entertainment.
Lovers of historic houses won’t want to miss nearby Haddon Hall, while those that walk or cycle may like to tackle the Monsal Trail. Rock-climbing and caving have also made their mark around these parts – both exhilarating ways to see the incredible landscape.
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We are a short drive from Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall (NT), Bolsover Castle (NT), Kedleston Hall (NT), Tissington Hall to name a few! Buxton Opera House and Spa is 30 minutes away and 45 minutes from Alton Towers
EMA 35 miles, 1hour: MAN 39 miles 1hr 15min
There is a 5% discount for bookings of a week or longer, and a 20% discount for booking of 28 days.
Price includes all essentials such as
- luxurious towels, bath robes and 600 thread count cotton bedsheets
- tea, fresh and instant coffee, sugar, quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- logs to burn in the woodburner, firelighters, matches and kindling
- tea towels, oven gloves, washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs, rubber gloves, dish cloth and brush, kitchen towel and bin bags.
From Previous Guests
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We enjoyed a wonderful few days at the cottage. A beautiful place to stay with super comfortable beds ( a real treat after a long day’s walking ) and great showers! Lovely to sit out and have coffee in the mornings - so peaceful. We didn’t get to meet Rachael while we were there but she was really helpful prior to our stay and provided us with lots of useful information. Great brownies - very welcome after an exhausting day with a big mug of tea. We only ever seemed to be about half an hour’s drive away from wherever we were going which made Birchover a great base. Would highly recommend and look forward to returning.
Stayed May 2021
We had a lovely time. The cottage was more five star hotel than holiday cottage, very comfortable indeed and very luxurious. Great beds with wonderful crisp white linen and well appointed bathrooms. A more than adequate kitchen although the nearest pub served good food so we hardly used it. The log burner was very cosy and everything was there to make lighting the fire very easy. Remote enough to afford the most stunning views from all the windows and the private terrace (with BBQ) but comfortable knowing that the owner, although not obtrusive, was next door. Not so remote you couldn't walk to the pub in ten minutes! We had a wonderful time and could thoroughly recommend Rocking Stone Cottage.
Stayed April 2021
What a lovely place! Gorgeous views, comfortable living and ten minutes walk from a great pub! Our landlady made sure we settled in and was around (but not obtrusive)when we wanted to talk. Rachael also waved us off at the end of our long weekend. Great walks from our front door and spot on recommendations for pubs and restaurants further from home. Many thanks for a lovely break.
Stayed October 2020
Gerry and Rachael are amazing hosts. We loved the cottage, very comfortable and lovely decorated. Eye for detail and everything was immaculate. Above all; we felt super welcome. We really enjoyed our small tour with Gerry up the hill to the rocking stone and their special cabin. We hope to be back very soon!
Stayed July 2020
We had the best stay at The Rocking Stone Cottage. We didn't want to leave! It was like a little sanctuary for us after a crazy year. We wanted to relax and bring in 2020 the best way with a dreamy location, wonderful views and great memories. The owners made us feel extremely welcome. I just couldn't fault the cottage and our stay in any way. The attention to detail, the relaxing fire and open plan dining area was pure bliss for us. There were so many great walks right on our doorstep and we certainly got our exercise. I recommend this to anyone looking for some peace and getting outdoors. Many thanks to Rachel and Family for a trip we'll never forget.
Stayed January 2020
Christmas week 2019 - our second stay in six months at this fabulous cottage. The best holiday property we've ever stayed in, in the UK! 'Cottage' does not do this property justice! It's a recent barn conversion, performed meticulously by the owners, Rachael and Gerry, who live in Rocking Stone Farm next door (there really is a 'rocking stone' all six tons of it - you must go & rock it). Set on a hill above Birchover village - far enough from the village to be very quiet, but close enough to be a five minute walk to the Druid's Inn (lovely pub.) We have yet to try the other Birchover pub, The Red Lion. Plenty of parking in front of the cottage. You are first struck by the floor to ceiling front windows of the ground floor which offer superb views across to Stanton Park. The cottage is wonderfully cosy c/o the underfloor heating. The ground floor is one wooden floored room - diner, kitchen, lounge - with an imposing, local stone fireplace. We loved just lighting the log burner (plenty of logs supplied free) and curling up on the comfy sofa. There's FreeSat TV, and good free BT wi-fi. The attention to detail is second to none throughout the cottage. Upstairs are two double bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The main bedroom has an arched floor to ceiling window with lovely views and a supremely comfortable king size bed. There's also a patio with a gas BBQ. Lots to do locally: try one of Rachael's recommended walks, or Bakewell is just ten minutes away, or Chatsworth is ten minutes further on. The countryside is fabulous for walking around Birchover. Do try the Flying Childers pub in Stanton in the Peak - Unspoilt Pub Of 2019 in the Good Pub Guide. We loved the Original Pudding shop in Bakewell, and also the coffee and cheese scones in the Lime Lounge Cafe. For a smart evening out, we recommend dinner at the Peakcock Hotel in Rowsley. Our first ever Christmas away from home was simply perfect. We will return as soon as we can!
Stayed December 2019
We stayed for three nights - Friday 7 to Monday 10 June - to attend the (wet!) RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth. We had stayed in the next village, Winster, over last New Year, so we already knew and loved this corner of the Peak District. Rocking Stone Cottage very much exceeded our expectations! The booking process with the owner, Rachel O'Rourke, was easy and efficient. This Cottage is far more than just a cottage - it's a high quality, two floor, stone barn conversion, next door to the farm house, where the lovely owner & family live. It is isolated, peaceful, so quiet - yet just a five minute walk to the two pubs in the village, The Red Lion & The Druid Inn (aside: Druid Inn does superb home cooked roast beef Sunday lunch!). Parking for six cars in front of the cottage (up a long gravel lane from the main road in Birchover village). Downstairs is one spacious, light, welcoming room: kitchen / diner / lounge. Very cosy, thanks to underfloor heating and a large log burner - large basket of logs provided. The TV is Freeview I assume (we didn't use it), plus a DVD player. Also a DAB radio and Bluetooth speaker. Lots of interesting books and sheets describing walks - we did the Stanton Moor walk. Well equipped kitchen - dishwasher, microwave, toaster, under counter fridge. Downstairs loo. Upstairs are two large bedrooms - one double, the other twin bed. The vaulted double bedroom has an amazing arched window and view. It's the trees and the birds close to the cottage that I really loved (not seen Redstarts before). Two fabulous bathrooms, one with a roll top bath. Great hot water and pressure. BT wi-fi worked well throughout the cottage (not sure if you can get it outside, though.) The cottage is only two years old and is that perfect combination of 300 year old building, but 2 year old modern fittings and furnishings. In conclusion, we absolutely loved this Cottage! Oh and I haven't even mentioned the gentle, friendly, owner's dogs, Charlie and Heartley.
Stayed June 2019
What a fabulous cottage and location. I just can't fault it, everything is stunning about the property with no expense spared. Beautiful furniture, decor, super comfy beds, hige free standing bath, walk in showers, literally everything, it must have cost a fortune to refurb and kit out. We absolutely loved it and the location is perfect, stunning views, no roads, peace and quiet, just bliss, short walk to country pub and restaurant, great walks nearby, the list goes on. I never return anywhere as I like to keep exploring however I will return here.
Stayed November 2018
The most fabulous house! Great location (& walking distance to super Druid inn), lovely views. Really enjoyed our stay in such a beautiful house. Everything we could ask for.. every facility, clean, comfy beds & stunning views. Great walks from the house too. A big thank you to our generous host Rachael too.. the brownies were scrummy. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We will be back!
Stayed November 2018
An absolutely outstanding cottage. You feel as though you are miles away from it all, but in fact you are only 10 minutes walk away to the local pubs in the village. As you wind your way up to the cottage it has a perfect outlook over the countryside. The attention to detail in the property was outstanding. Everything is comfortable, snug, well thought out, just what was needed for a small family get together. We arrived back from our day out walking to find homemade brownies on the door step, what more could you ask for! Rachael and Gerry are a lovely couple, very helpful and informative. Their dogs Heartly and Charlie adorable too. We would definitely go back in the future.
Stayed October 2018
This is a fabulous luxurious cottage with lovely views out over the fields and a very quiet peaceful location. The owners were very helpful and welcoming, with nothing too much trouble. We really enjoyed our walk with Gerry to the Rocking Stone. A perfect place for 2 couples. The Druid local pub, just a short walk, was great for evening meals without the need to drive. Have recommended to friends already and would love to return.
Stayed June 2018
Rocking Stone Cottage is THE nicest place we have stayed in the UK. A beautiful property, superbly finished and in stunning surroundings. The owners were extremely friendly and it all added up to a wonderful stay. We have already recommended Rocking Stone to family and friends and will be returning ourselves as soon as we can. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Stayed May 2018
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