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“Luxury B&B lives up to expectations” 4 of 5 stars
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River Cottage
Buxton Rd, Ashford-in-the-Water, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1QP, England   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Luxury B&B lives up to expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I agree with previous reviewers - the freshly cooked breakfasts with local ingredients are a treat, the couple who run the B&B are the most hospitable and helpful you can imagine. There's fresh milk in the communal fridge for your tea and the rooms and bathrooms are immaculate, as pictured on the website. Very comfortable beds and beautiful antique furniture. My only one very small comment is that it would be nice if the guest living room were more comfortable and welcoming. The funiture in there - in the words of another reviewer I agreed with - did not encourage relaxing. However such a communal space is not by any means normally found in B&Bs so that's only a tiny point. For the price of a room (around £100) this is a non-issue.

Room Tip: One of the rooms isn't an en-suite but has a bathroom across the corridor.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful 2 night stay at the Cottage. Upon arrival John helped to carry out luggage and proceeded to give a very helpful insight into the local attractions. Our room was beautifully presented with nice little touches setting it apart from your average accommodation.

John and Gilly were fantastic hosts, friendly and informative without ever being intrusive. The breakfast was very nice, both beautifully presented and a good choice to cater for all tastes. We fed the trout in the River at the bottom of the garden. This was a wonderful experience, something I would recommend to anyone. The Cottage is an ideal location for visiting Bakewell and Chatsworth House. My wife and I would definitely stay at River Cottage again and I would recommend to anyone who wants beautiful accommodation in a picturesque part of the country.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Beautiful surroundings, restful environment, comfortable well equipped and spotlessly maintained rooms. John and Gilly were excellent hosts - friendly and helpful. Hearty breakfast with good choices cooked to order. This was an annual meet up with my cousins and spouses and we were unanimous in our agreement that our stay at River Cottage was thoroughly enjoyable and that we would be happy to return again.

Room Tip: Our room (2) was comfortable and very well equipped, and had luxurious en-suite but with shower and...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Stayed for two nights as a couple. The bedroom and bathroom were both clean and well furnished, the latter including all the extra items easily forgotten on a trip away. Breakfast was excellent.

The hosts were very friendly and accommodating indeed, nothing seemed too much trouble. A very enjoyable stay indeed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This was our third visit to River Cottage and one of the best short breaks my husband and I have had! Gilly and John are so welcoming and it was lovely to be back in the stunning surroundings, with the river at the bottom of the pretty garden and the immaculate bedroom (with Laura Ashley furnishings) and a great big shower! The breakfasts are fantastic, made with locally sourced produce and cooked to perfection... and the homemade jam is just excellent (particularly the Raspberry Jam - I could have devoured the whole pot in one sitting!!) We had three great days; cycling the Monsal Trail, visiting Bakewell and Chatsworth. The White Lion pub at Great Longstone (just a five minute drive away) is excellent and well worth a visit. The Hassop Station Cafe was also a great find whilst cycling the Monsal Trail! We really cannot recommend River Cottage highly enough, it's a fantastic boutique bed and breakfast with excellent hosts who go out of their way to ensure you have a great holiday. We look forward to returning next year!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Williamsburg, VA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

My husband and I spent a wonderful three nights at River Cottage. We have stayed in many bed and breakfasts over our 30 years of marriage, but I have to say, this was the cleanest b&b we've ever stayed in. John and Gilly are absolutely the most welcoming hosts! Breakfast each morning was fabu! We were within walking distance of a couple of pubs as well, so if you have a few too many pints, no worries. If we ever go back to England, we will definitely stay at River Cottage again!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We have recently spent a 3 day break at this lovely B & B . it is set on the edge of a very pretty village with 2 pubs within a few minutes walk.The room was very comfortable and tastefully furnished with a very spacious and modern bathroom with excellent shower. The breakfasts were delicious and freshly prepared with local ingredients and home baked bread. John & Gilly are friendly hosts and set a very high standard both for their accomodation and their level of customer service. The cottage is located in a lovely area and is a great location either for sight seeing or walking which ever option you prefer. Chatsworth House is only a short drive away so lots to do and see. An ideal spot for an adult getaway from every day life.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Buxton Rd, Ashford-in-the-Water, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1QP, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Bakewell > Ashford-in-the-Water
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Ashford-in-the-Water
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award-winning 5 star boutique B&B in Ashford-in-the-Water, arguably the prettiest village in the Peak District National Park. Beautiful riverside location, great local produce breakfast, quality dining a stroll away and stunning walks from the front door. 10 minutes from Chatsworth House, 5 minutes from Haddon Hall and at the start of the Monsal Trail. Spend lazy afternoons sitting by the river feeding the trout, or come and walk the trails. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
River Cottage Hotel Ashford-In-The-Water
River Cottage Peak District National Park/Ashford-In-The-Water, UK

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