Columbine and Foxglove Cottages
Enjoy a country holiday or short break in one of our lovely self-catering Ashover holiday cottages in Derbyshire. You will be made very welcome in the friendly and peaceful little farming hamlet of Alton. Amidst beautiful countryside in the scenic Peak District, Columbine and Foxglove Cottages are the ideal base for exploring all this area has to offer. Located on a quiet private lane, there are fabulous views towards Hardwick Hall. Columbine Cottage has three bedrooms and Foxglove Cottage has two.
Escape ….. Relax ….. Explore …..
Guests often comment on how centrally located we are for reaching the many attractions of the Peak District. There is excellent walking from the doorstop with horse-riding in the village. Chatsworth House and the Crooked Spire town of Chesterfield are both within a few miles. For more information about holiday rentals please get in touch. We’ll be happy to help you arrange your holiday or short break in Derbyshire.
Three bedrooms, sleeps max 6 plus baby in cot. Comfortable and very well-equipped – popular with families. Open log fire and private garden. WiFi.
Two bedrooms, sleeps max 4 plus baby in cot. Small and cosy – popular with couples. One dog welcome. Open log fire and private garden. WiFi.
Explore and Enjoy Derbyshire and the Peak District from Wildflower Cottages
The Peak District was the first national park in Britain and it extends over several counties. In Derbyshire you will find stunning natural beauty in the landscape. Explore peaks and dales, limestone gorges and picturesque stone villages. There is family fun to be had flying high in a cable car at the Heights of Abraham, riding a tram at the Crich Tramway Village or meeting meerkats, butterflies and birds of prey at the Tropical Butterfly House. Check out places to visit near Ashover before you stay. Visit one of our many historic houses – Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall and Renishaw Hall are all magnificent. Or try some of the fantastic walking, climbing and sailing on offer locally. There is so much to see and do that it’s no wonder many of our guests come back time after time.
Places to Visit
Ashover is one of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire. The village centre with 3 pubs is a mile from our cottages. Take a picnic and walk to the Fabrick Rock for views over 5 counties. Our top two nearby must-sees are Chatsworth House, the world-renowned ‘Palace of the Peak’ and Hardwick Hall, a splendid example of Elizabethan architecture built by the formidable Bess of Hardwick.
Walking and Cycling
The whole of this area is superb for walking whatever your level of fitness. Ashover itself is criss-crossed with footpaths. Step out of the cottages and walk from the doorstep. We provide guests with a range of local walks. The Peak District has an impressive range of over 65 miles of traffic-free cycle trails. Stroll or pedal along the Monsal, High Peak or Tissington trails.
Stay With Us
Escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life with a stay in a cosy cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside. Wildflower Cottages are a perfect holiday destination for couples, families and friends, or indeed anyone looking for a memorable holiday or short break in the Derbyshire Peak District. Got a query? – please check our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us direct.
Availability & Prices
Our holiday cottages are available all year round, for a minimum of 3 nights. Prices include all bedding, towels, central heating, power and WiFi plus an initial supply of logs for the open fires.
We sometimes have late availability in one or both of our cottages. Check out our special offers here. There are no booking fees if you book direct with the owners through this site.
History of Wildflower Cottages
The stone plaque in the back wall of Foxglove Cottage indicates that it was built in 1876. Like most of the other houses and cottages in the village it was originally occupied by the families of quarrymen and farm workers. It has been a holiday cottage since 1994 and in 2003 we also opened Columbine Cottage next door for holiday bookings.
Alton was once a thriving rural community perched high on the rolling hills of Derbyshire. It boasted numerous farms and small-holdings, a working quarry, three pubs, a church and a chapel. One of those pubs, the Blacksmith’s Arms, was on land owned by us and now used as extra parking for Wildflower Cottages. Until the 1950s Alton was barely nudged by progress – electricity did not arrive in the village until 1953 – but during this decade more than half of the rustic cottages with cold stone floors were condemned and demolished as many families moved down to the industrial valley to live and work.
Today Alton is a sleepy hamlet of less than 25 greystone cottages, providing an ideal base for a holiday or short break in the Peak District.
Wildflower Cottages Location
Find us in the Derbyshire village of Alton in Ashover
- Chesterfield is 6 miles north
- Matlock is 6 miles south
- Chatsworth is 8 miles west
- Hardwick Hall is 8 miles east
There is no bus in Alton so we recommend a car to make the most of your visit
- East Midlands airport – 35 miles
- Railway station – 7 miles
- Local Buses – 1 mile
- Hull ferry port – 80 miles