Dannah Cottages

East Midlands Derbyshire Ashbourne

  • From £143.75 a night
  • 2 One-Bedroom Cottages
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Two beautifully furnished and equipped romantic cottages – in a glorious Peak District location

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Run by Joan Slack of the lovely nearby Dannah Farm, along with her daughter-in-law Helen, Dannah Cottages is in fact made up of two supremely relaxing and rather romantic places to stay – the invitingly named Honeysuckle Cottage and Heather Cottage, two stunning one-bedroom stone cottages, renovated over a period of several years by the Slack family. Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, they're in the perfect location for enjoying the best of the southern Peaks, situated in the quaint village of Kirk Ireton, just outside Ashbourne – a thriving market town that's long been known as the gateway to the Peak District.

The two old beamed, semi-detached properties have been lovingly restored yet have a spruce, up-to-date feel. Each has a bedroom with an enormous six-foot contemporary four-poster bed, fashioned from reclaimed beams, and an en-suite bathroom with a double bath and double-shower cube and a heated floor. Downstairs, each has a bright, modern kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, washer-dryer and TV, and oak-beamed sitting rooms with romantic tunnel fire bowls and large smart TVs. They also both open onto a terrace with Canadian spa hot tubs that are just waiting for you to jump in. Heather Cottage also boasts the 'Den', which you can use as a changing room for the hot tub and is also equipped with bean bags, magazines and indoor and outdoor games. There's a hand-crafted barbecue on the patio at Heather Cottage, perfect for cooking delicious food for some al fresco dining. It also boasts a downstairs wetroom, handy for those using the hot tub. You can enjoy everything Heather Cottage has to offer with your pampered pooch – one dog is welcome. As well as its own private hot tub, Honeysuckle Cottage has a newly minted and very luxurious barrel-shaped sauna. A cosy corner of the patio is perfect for relaxing in the evening sunshine or for a spot of al fresco dining.

Above all, though, the cottages are both memorable for the little luxuries that lurk around every corner, from the wine chilling in the fridge to fresh flowers and luxurious toiletries, all of which make them a perfect romantic hideaway for two – ideal for simply kicking back and relaxing. They're also extremely well placed as walking holiday cottages – close to picturesque Dovedale and Carsington Water, and with the Tissington Trail and Limestone Way passing close by. But if you want to spend the odd day at home then... well... we wouldn't blame you.

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Heather and Honeysuckle cottages are beautiful luxurious self catering cottages located in the charming picturesque village of Kirk Ireton.
Both cottages are pure luxury from top to bottom - each having their own outdoor space with private Canadian spa hot tubs, exquisite four poster beds, modern fully equipped kitchens, beautiful en-suite bathrooms and relaxing living spaces. The cottages are located next to each other but each has it's own individual style, making them completely different.
Heather Cottage a sympathetically restored 18th century building, offers a charming and romantic stay. A perfect base for two and now welcomes one dog. Guests can be 'wowed' by the attention to detail - the gorgeous elegant living space with hand crafted tunnel fire, soft leather sofa and sumptuous soft furnishings. Sit back relax and watch your favourite films on the large smart TV, or why not open the chocolates, lie back and indulge in a good book. Guests will also find a cosy snug with dining table - perfect to enjoy a romantic dinner for two and a beautiful kitchen equipped with all the modern appliances - fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, oven/hob and fresh coffee maker. Take a few steps up to the master bedroom with magnificent four poster bed, a stunning relaxing space. Enjoy the perfect en-suite with deep double bath and huge bespoke shower cube. Step outside to a private terrace with a relaxing seating area, hand-crafted BBQ, a den equipped with games, magazines and space to relax and the jewel in the crown - a private hot tub.
Honeysuckle a stunning sublime old stone cottage has everything you need for a relaxing stay. No expense has been spared to create a beautiful retreat. Guests will be greeted by the superb handmade farmhouse style kitchen with beautiful beams boasting all the usual facilities expected in such a luxurious space. From a farmhouse range cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, coffee machine etc etc. Walk through to the cosy romantic oak beamed siting room with soft leather sofa and large smart TV - a lovely intimate space to relax. The beautiful oak staircase leads guests to the elegant bedroom with super king 'Poets' four poster bed, original stone fireplace and beautiful views down to the village. The en-suite is simply stunning with deep double freestanding bath and large separate shower. Discover a private patio area to the back of the cottage with hot tub and a red cedar barrel sauna.

Suitable For

Dannah Cottages (Heather and Honeysuckle) are luxury retreats for two adults making them perfect for a romantic break away from hectic everyday life. We welcome one dog in Heather Cottage only.


The stunning Derbyshire dales is a year round destination - from wild moorlands to pretty villages, picturesque scenery, well dressings to village fetes, Christmas markets and famous stately homes. Visit the beautiful majestic historic stately homes such as Chatsworth House and Calke Abbey. Take a walk around beautiful historic market towns such as Ashbourne and wander around the wonderful antique shops. Experience the thrills and spills Alton Towers has to offer, try your hand at a range of water sports at Carsington Water or take a trip back in time at the Crich Tramway museum. All within easy reach from Dannah Cottages. Guests can enjoy everything the beautiful Carsington Water has to offer in just a few minutes as it is a very short drive away or why not include it in a leisurely walk. See our website for in depth information about local attractions and things to do.

Food & Drink

There are many pubs and restaurants in the local nearby area to enjoy if guests can tear themselves away from the beautiful cottage facilities. If you would prefer not to drive to enjoy a drink with your meal, there is taxi information available in the cottages and on the website. A few of our favourites include: The Barley Mow (weekend menu only) - just opposite the cottages, The Black Swan at Idridgehay - a 5 min drive or The Greenman in Ashbourne,  - a 15 min drive. There are so many to choose from!
Guests can enjoy the Barley Mow Inn just opposite Heather and Honeysuckle Cottages, a fabulous inn very popular with locals and tourists alike offering home cooked food at the weekends. This beautiful real ale, Jacobean inn with it's tiled floors and roaring fire is like stepping back in time. Certainly one to visit.
Guests can enjoy complimentary farmhouse breakfast by prior arrangement at sister property Dannah Farm - a leisurely 10 minute drive away from the cottages. Arrange to come over for breakfast and enjoy a farmhouse feast from homemade breads and local produce such as bacon, sausage, black pudding and free range eggs.


Available all year.


Three-night weekend stay or four-night midweek stay from £575 – £895.  Seven nights from £1050 – £1,595.

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Our luxury self catering holiday cottages are located in the glorious picturesque village of Kirk Ireton. A beautiful quaint village in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales on the edge of the Peak District.
Awarded 5 star Gold from Quality in Tourism, Heather and Honeysuckle cottages are for adults only and have the WOW factor making them perfect for an indulgent and relaxing retreat away from everyday life.
The cottages are truly very special, both very unique and individual in style, you will have everything you need, from their own outdoor terraces with private hot tubs to exquisite four poster beds, original artwork to chilled wine waiting in the fridge.
We provide towels, robes, linen and even slippers and toiletries. Some indulgent extra touches are provided such as welcoming wine and chocolate - we have thought of everything for a fabulous well deserved break.
You can completely switch off and unwind in pure luxury but there are wonderful attractions nearby to visit and explore making the cottages a perfect base.


Contact Website  01773 550 273  Dannah Cottages, 1 & 2 Townend, Main Street, Kirk Ireton, Ashbourne Derbyshire DE6 3JP

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Getting There

From the south, leave the M1 at junction 25 and take the A52 to Derby, where you pick up the A6 towards Matlock. At Duffield pick up the B5023 towards Wirksworth and once through the village of Idridgehay make a left towards Kirk Ireton. The cottage is in the centre of the village on the left. Approaching from the north, exit the M1 at junction 28 and take the A38 and then the A610 to Ambergate, then the A6 to Belper, where you pick up the A517 towards Ashbourne. Make a right onto the B5023 at the Railway Inn and and then once through the village of Idridgehay make a left towards Kirk Ireton.


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