Godfrey Hole Holiday Cottage

One mile from Carsington Water

Godfrey Hole Cottage – Derbyshire Dales – Peak District

Sleeps 3 (+2)

Our stylish, cosy cottage can be booked independently or in conjunction with a craft course at Zantium Studios next door. 4 star quality self-catering accommodation.

  • 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single (+ sofa-bed)
  • Bathroom with bath & shower 
  • Lounge with log-burner. Wide-screen TV, DVD & CD 
  • Central heating and double glazing throughout 
  • Fully equipped kitchen & breakfast room
  • Garden with seating & gravelled ‘boules’ area 
  • Off road parking 
  • Ideal location for exploring the Peak District
  • Free Wi-Fi 
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Godfrey Hole Cottage near Carsington Water


L & S

We loved our stay in Godfrey Hole Cottage. The area is beautiful and the cottage very quiet and comfortable. Thankyou to Peter and Alison for such a friendly welcome.

L & S /Oxford
A & A

Enjoyed a glorious week mosaicing with superb lunches thrown in! The cottage is a delight in all its features.

A & A/Glasgow


CaptureThe tiny hamlet of Godfreyhole is just outside Wirksworth in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. There is plenty to do nearby, whatever your interests.

  • Outdoor activities – walking, cycling, sailing, fishing, rock climbing etc
  • Houses and gardens – Haddon, Hardwick, Kedleston, Chatsworth.
  • Market towns – Wirksworth, Matlock, Ashbourne, Bakewell


How to find us: Godfrey Hole is on the B5035 between Middleton and Hopton/Carsington, 1 mile from Carsington Water and the High Peak Trail.

5 miles

Distance to Matlock

8 miles

Distance to Ashbourne

12 miles

Distance to Bakewell

14 miles

Distance to Derby

Availability and prices

Full weeks usually run from Friday to Friday but other start dates are often possible.

Short breaks are offered at most times of year (2 nights minimum).

Check in: From 3pm      Check out: By 10am

Sleeps 3 + sofa bed + cot    

Prices include central heating oil, Utilities & Wifi, electricity, bed linen and towels. There is an additional fee of £25 for use of the sofa-bed.
A first basket of logs for the wood burner is provided. More wood can be purchased locally. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions

Dates Fri – Thurs nights Per week
7 nights
6 nights 5 nights 4 nights 3 nights 2 nights
20 Dec ‘19 – 02 Jan ‘20 £530 505 475 450 400 -
03 Jan – 13 Feb 2020 £355 335 320 300 265 250
14 Feb – 20 Feb 2020 £445 425 400 380 335 310
21 Feb – 02 Apr 2020 £355 335 320 300 265 250
03 Apr – 16 Apr 2020 £490 465 440 415 370 345
17 Apr – 21 May 2020 £455 430 410 385 340 320
22 May – 28 May 2020 £555 530 500 470 415 385
29 May – 09 Jul 2020 £490 465 440 415 370 345
10 Jul – 27 Aug 2020 £560 530 505 475 420 390
28 Aug – 17 Sep 2020 £490 465 440 415 370 345
18 Sep – 22 Oct 2020 £390 370 350 330 295 275
23 Oct – 05 Nov 2020 £525 500 475 445 395 365
06 Nov – 17 Dec 2020 £355 335 320 300 265 250
18 Dec ‘20 – 7 Jan ‘21 £535 510 480 455 400 -

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The cottage was well equipped, cosy and comfortable. The town of Wirksworth is an absolute delight. We will definitely be back!

Mr and Mrs Howe

… a beautiful cottage – very peaceful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and look forward to coming back soon

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M & J

Super stay in a really well thought out cottage. Jo made some lovely stained glass on the course and I had a great time climbing.Thankyou!

M & J /Norfolk > more testimonials
E & B

A cosy, well equipped cottage. The breakfast room is a nice feature and we really loved the wood-burner.

E & B /Leicestershire > more testimonials

Things to do

Photo by Phil Richards

Wirksworth Middle by Phil Richards / CC BY

The historic market town of Wirksworth is a mile down the hill with its cafes, pubs and antique shops. It also boasts a couple of little restaurants and the wonderful Northern Light Cinema. The narrow alleyways and distinctive architecture make it well worth exploring on foot. It was once the centre of Derbyshire’s lead mining industry. Visit the Wirksworth Heritage Centre to learn more about its fascinating history. There is a local market every Tuesday and a farmers’ market the first Saturday of the month. Annual events include Wirksworth well dressings in May and the September Arts Festival. “Wirksworth is a delight” T.B. (from Bermuda) “Thankyou for such a wonderful welcome and stay. For eating out we recommend ‘The Balti’ at Matlock Bath and ‘Le Mistral’ in Wirkworth – both high quality. Leek is great for antique shops and Carsington Water to blow away the cobwebs!” A & L (on Mosaic Summer School)

Just along the valley lies Carsington Water offering activities such as sailing, windsurfing, fishing and canoeing. Walkers and cyclists are well catered for with an 8 mile track circling the reservoir and the High Peak and Tissington Trails nearby (cycle hire available).

The region boasts an impressive industrial past. The nearby village of Cromford forms part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Stately homes such as Chatsworth HouseHaddon Hall and Hardwick Hall are all within easy reach. Other local attractions include the

  • Derbyshire Well Dressing: May – September
  • National Stone Centre
  • Crich Tramway Museum
  • Caudwell’s Mill and Craft Centre
  • Red House Stables and Carriage Museum
  • The Buxton Opera House 
  • Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (operates passenger services on the line between Wirksworth and Duffield using mainly heritage diesel railcars, with some steam hauled services on the short branch between Wirksworth and Ravenstor. Various events run throughout the year.)

Scarthin Books is our favourite bookshop – new and second hand books – plus its own cafe (Cromford) Antiques & Collectors – Wirksworth, Ashbourne and Leek – various shops Car Boot Sales – Bakewell and Tansley (in season – get there early!) Clothes – Ashbourne, Bakewell, Derby, Nottingham Retail Outlets – McArthur Glenn Designer Outlet (M1, J28) Ikea – Nottingham

 H. Family

Love it, love it, love it! A perfect little cottage in an ideal location.

H. Family/Yorkshire
H Family

A lovely cottage, ideally situated to explore the Southern Peak. So many places to visit and beautiful scenery. Fish and chips from ‘Robinsons’ are strongly recommended! We hope to return!

H Family/Yorkshire

Food drink and entertainment

Lots of choice nearby from country pubs to stylish restaurants. A few good options include:

  • The Miners Arms, Carsington Village – local pub serving food. (1 mile)
  • The Red Lion, Hognaston – great food & atmosphere (4 miles)
  • Mercia, Wirksworth – restaurant / cafe / wine bar (1 mile)
  • Le Mistral, Wirksworth – bistro/cafe bar (1 mile)
  • The Balti, Matlock Bath – restaurant & takeaway (5 miles)


Stay at home with the logburner, DVD, and a bottle of wine! 

  • The Balti, Matlock Bath – restaurant & takeaway (5miles)
  • Robinsons Fish & Chips, Cromford Market Place – Thurs, Fri & Sat only (3 miles)

“A great place to stay in a super location for both relaxing and getting out and about. Having snow on the ground and the wood burner going on Christmas day made it feel very special” G. Family (Brighton)

Books, games and DVD’s provided in the cottage!


  • Northern Light Cinema: (Wirksworth) – films, bar & food – (1 mile)
  • Ritz (Belper)
  • Odeon (Derby)


  • Buxton Opera House
  • Derby Theatre
Wirksworth (1 mile) offers local food shops including 2 butchers, 2 bakers and a deli (Manna). There is a ‘Co-op’ at the petrol station and ‘Kens’ mini supermarket in the centre of town. Matlock and Ashbourne have larger supermarkets.

Home delivery

Waitrose, Sainsbury and Tesco will make deliveries here. Postcode DE4 4DF

Local Markets

  • Wirksworth – Tuesdays. Farmers Market, first Saturday of the month.
  • Ashbourne – Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Bakewell – Mondays

“Wirksworth is a delight”  T.B. (from Bermuda)

For Children


The cottage is well kitted out for young families …

  • Travel cot
  • Sturdy high chair (converts to table and chair)
  • Child’s cutlery, dishes etc
  • Potty, step, non-slip bath mat, changing mat
  • Toys, books & games
  • Fire guard

… and there’s  plenty to entertain children nearby.

  • Carsington Water Visitors’ Centre and playground
  • Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground
  • The National Trust Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall
  • Crich Tramway Village museum
  • The Heights of Abraham cable car ride at Matlock Bath
  • Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park, Matlock Bath
  • Cycling: High Peak and Tissington Trails, Carsington circuit. Cycle hire with trailers and tag-along bikes
  • Swimming: Wirksworth Pool, Arc Leisure (Matlock), Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Hathersage Lido
  • Indoor soft play centres: Playmill (Matlock), Chucklebutties (Belper), Lunar Lift-Off (Ashbourne) 
  • Steeple Grange Light Railway (Wirksworth)
  •  Alton Towers theme park is around 45 minutes drive.
  • Cinema: Northern Light (Wirksworth), Ritz (Belper), Odeon (Derby)
  • Family-friendly pubs, cafes, fish and chips etc 
  • Sweet Shop: Edward & Vintage (Tissington)