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“Fabulous hosts, great location!”
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River Cottage
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Fareham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Fabulous hosts, great location!”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at River Cottage over Easter Weekend. Perfect location for walking in the Peaks, lots to choose from leaving right from the front door! Hosts were charming, helpful, knowledgeable and cooked awesome breakfasts!
Our room was beautifully decorated, with lovely little touches and a great rain shower.
Would absolutely recommend a stay at Gilly and John's lovely peaceful cottage.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed at River Cottage for 3 nights over the Easter weekend. Our bedroom was beautiful - the bathroom was not en-suite, but that didn't really affect us. We received a really warm welcome, and lots of recommendations from John and Gilly as to walks and local pubs to eat in.The B&B is very close to the A6, and there is a little road noise from the B&B - it certainly didn't keep us awake though! The B&B is ideally located for some beautiful walks - it's on the Monsal Trail, so you don't even need to use your car. Overall a very warm welcome, and a great location.

Room Tip: We stayed in the bedroom with an en-suite - I think this is the only room with a bath.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here at the river cottage for 2 nights . Absolutely beautiful room , everything looked immaculate and the bathroom beautiful too , stayed in the superior . John and gilly were so helpful and fantastic hosts . The breakfast was fantastic . We ate in the 2 local pubs , both meals were really good . And very reasonable prices . We are hoping to return in the summer for a short break

  • Stayed March 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

I stayed at River Cottage for three nights hoping to escape London for a while. It was everything I hoped for - warm welcome, comfortable spacious room and magnificent bathroom, beautiful location, good public transport and lovely breakfasts. It's a warm well-lit house well furnished. I particularly enjoyed the locally sourced food, the home-made preserves and fresh granary bread. Leaving milk in a fridge for the guests was a lovely touch for those like me who hate the taste of UHT milk! I appreciated the advice about local attractions after John had first established my interests in the area. Thank you Gilly and John!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Harpenden, UK
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

I stayed at River Cottage with my wife for a couple of nights at the beginning of December. It was the last weekend that John and Gilly were open this year.

The cottage is very well decorated and appointed. It was just the place that I had in mind for a peaceful weekend away. It is great for couples and groups of adults, but I am not sure that it would be the right place for a young family.

As it was a cold and icy weekend in December, we did not venture into the garden. I am sure that it would be a very peaceful place to sit on a warm evening with the River Wye babbling past. The river was racing past when we were there.

If you are of the walking persuasion, then there are good walks to take straight from the door of the B&B. The Monsal trail is nearby and it is a good walk to Chatsworth House, via Bakewell. You can borrow walk directions and even an OS map from the B&B.

Breakfast was a real treat. There was a good variety of breakfasts on offer from a full English (all local produce) to Salmon and eggs, All of this was cooked to order.

Eating in the evening is simple. There are two pubs in Ashford. The walk to them is about 5-7 minutes. We ate in the Bulls Head as it was a warm and cosy pub. The food was good and reasonably priced. There are other options nearby if you wish to drive.

I am sure that we shall be going back again soon.

Anyone reading my reviews may wonder why most of them get 4 or 5 stars. This is because of careful selection of hotels and B&Bs using TripAdvisor reviews. This B&B is one to visit if going to the Peak District.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We stayed for a long weekend and Gilly and John were very welcoming, made us feel comfortable and gave great advice about local attractions. The breakfast was fantastic with plenty of choice and the bedroom and bathroom were luxurious! Highly recommend staying here, and its such a beautiful location.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We have just spent three nights at River Cottage and received a lovely welcome from John as we got out of our car - this set the tone for our whole stay. Both Gilly and John made us feel very welcome.
Our room was immaculate, with a most comfortable bed and the breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice.
We had not been to this area before and enjoyed our visit very much - lots to see and do and we especially enjoyed our walk through Monsal Dale and our day spent at Chatsworth House (Farm shop at Pilsley also worth a visit).
It was an easy walk into Ashford village (torch was provided in our room) at night for our evening meal (Can recommend the 'Early Bird' menu at Ashford Arms Hotel).
We hope to return and will certainly book again at River Cottage.

Room Tip: Loved our room (light, airy, and warm) which overlooked garden and river and although not en-suite w...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about River Cottage

Property: River Cottage
Address: River Cottage Buxton Road, Ashford-in-the-Water, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1QP, England
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 4 B&Bs / Inns in Ashford-in-the-Water
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — River Cottage 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We now offer this awarding wining property as an exclusive use self catering cottage in Ashford-in-the-Water, arguably the prettiest village in the Peak District National Park. Perfect for large groups accommodating up to 20 guests. Beautiful riverside location, 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 
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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