Self Catering Holiday Cottages. Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Luxury Self Catering Holiday Cottages near Ashbourne, in the picturesque village of Kirk Ireton. The heart of the Derbyshire Dales and on the southern fringes of The Peak District

Awarded 5 Star GOLD from VisitEngland, Heather Cottage and Honeysuckle Cottages are two adjacent self catering cottages located near Ashbourne, in the village of Kirk Ireton.

Each cottage accommodates two people. This makes them ideal for mini-moons, romantic getaways or short breaks. Both of these luxury holiday cottages have hot-tubs, hand made king size beds, exquisite artwork and atmospheric lighting.

At Dannah Cottages you’ll have everything you need for your stay. We provide towels, robes, linen and even slippers and toiletries. We have also added some essentials, ensuring you settle in with minimal fuss. As a special touch we provide welcoming wine and chocolates. We hope these touches make all the difference to your stay.

If the ‘self’ in self catering sounds a little too much effort you are welcome to nip over to our sister property Dannah Farm for a full farmhouse breakfast, cooked to order using locally sourced ingredients.

A stay at Dannah Cottages will give you an indulgent and much needed retreat from everyday life. Close to the market town of Ashbourne, you can relax and watch village life unfold from the window of the beautiful master bedrooms. Sample the local Kirk Ireton hospitality and enjoy real ale or dining in the famous Barley Mow Inn. Stretch out on the soft leather sofas in the cosy and intimate sitting rooms. Relax and sip Champagne under the stars in your own private, bubbling, hot-tub. The choice is yours.

Our two luxury holiday homes, Heather Cottage and Honeysuckle Cottage

A warm welcome from Joan & Helen, and the History of Dannah Cottages

Joan and Helen Slack are joint owners of Dannah Cottages. Joan has many years of experience in the hospitality industry gained from running the renowned Dannah Farm. Helen is the wife of Joan’s eldest son James, and has taken to Dannah Cottages with enthusiasm and devotion.

‘Four walls and an idyllic Ashbourne location’ was the mantra given to our new self-catering venture.
What began as a lick of paint, a little damp-proofing and a tidy up turned into a major re-build. This lasted almost exactly two years from start to finish. But what a transformation it has been. The cottages are now something special. From the hot tubs to the four poster beds; the original artwork to chilled wine awaiting your arrival, they have the WOW factor in spades. Cosy romantic retreats for two. Everything you could want to make that special birthday, anniversary or honeymoon an occasion to remember.

The cottages have been sympathetically restored and are a perfect marriage of traditional and bang up to date. From solid oak beams to the Canadian Spa Hot tubs.

Luxury 5 Star Gold Guest Accommodation at Dannah Farm

Dannah Farm

Dannah Farm is our sister property set on a working Chatsworth farm. Located across the Ecclesbourne valley (4 miles or 10 minutes drive) from the cottages. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Dannah offers it’s guests the chance to escape the noise and pressures of everyday life. With award winning accommodation, personal service and attention to detail, Dannah Farm is second to none.

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If self catering sounds a little too much effort..


All guests staying at Dannah Cottages are welcome to come to Dannah Farm (approximately 6 miles / 15 minute drive) during your stay, for a full farmhouse breakfast at no extra cost.  Breakfast is served between 8:30 and 10:00. Please let us know when you book, or at the latest when you check in, that this is something you would like to do.

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The perfect base for exploring the Peak District

Location & Map

Dannah Cottages are located near Ashbourne, in the picturesque village of Kirk Ireton in the Derbyshire Dales. Kirk Ireton is a charming, unspoilt little village, dating back at least as far as the Bronze Age. It boasts a lovely old church dating from the 12th Century, a tiny but very well stocked village shop, and the famous Barley Mow Inn. The village is in a delightful rural setting, yet only a short drive from Ashbourne, known as the ” Gateway to the Peak District”.

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There are many great local, independent restaurants within easy reach

Eating Out

The Cottages are equipped with all the facilities and utensils you may need. If you prefer, eating out locally is a real treat and a wonderful way of exploring the area. Follow the link to view our recommendations for local pubs and restaurants. The list is by no means exhaustive, but these are all places where we eat out ourselves and they provide the best experiences in the local area.

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Heather Cottage is

Dog Friendly

Heather Cottage is now Pet friendly. You can now enjoy everything it has to offer in the company of your pampered pooch.  No need to worry about finding things to do and places to eat with your dog as we will  provide a guide to dog friendly local pubs and restaurants as well as dog friendly places to visit. Further info can be found here.

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Lots to see & do

Local Attractions

Dannah Cottages is located in the picturesque village of Kirk Ireton, near Ashbourne. Recognised as the ‘Gateway to the Peak District’, Ashbourne is well located for a range of attractions and activities. The sumptuous Chatsworth House is close by, along with Kedleston Hall. Further up into the Peak District is the famous caverns and caves at Castleton. Alternatively you can enjoy the cable cars and old world charm of Matlock Bath, a haven for tourism and activity. For water sports, cycling and walking routes, Carsington Water is close by. Or, for thrill seekers Alton Towers is only a short drive away. We are surrounded by attractive towns and villages such as Buxton, Bakewell, Tissington, Eyam, and more.

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Where to get your essentials


The well stocked village shop and the famous Barley Mow Inn are just over the road from the cottages. Ashbourne is the closest large town and contains many shops and amenities that may be useful . The supermarkets are well stocked and open 7 days a week, whilst the smaller independent stores provide goods of a superb quality. You’ll also find a few local delicacies such as Ashbourne Gingerbread and Derbyshire Oatcakes.

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