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4 Stable Yard Cottage

nr Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Situated close to High Hazels, this cottage is part of a converted stableyard and also dates back to Bess of Hardwick times. It too has retained many of its sixteenth-century detail through 400 years of history. The spectacular Hardwick Hall, the charming gardens and orchards and the historic parkland are all waiting to be explored during opening hours. Ideally situated to visit nearby Clumber Park, Kedleston Hall and Chatsworth House.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance hall leading to kitchen, sitting room with multi-fuel stove and dining room.
First floor
three bedrooms (2 doubles, one with 5' antique mahogany half tester bed and en-suite shower room and one with 5' antique brass bed, 1 twin) and bathroom.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Garden: There is a garden laid to lawn at the rear

Parking: There is space available for 2 cars in the stable courtyard.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests have free access to Hardwick Hall, gardens and Stainsby Mill during opening hours. Outside of normal opening hours the gardens are accessible exclusively for Holiday Cottage guests.

For any 3 night booking starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Catering: Pre-order meals -

To help your stay start in comfort and complete relaxation, the team at Hardwick Hall can provide a meal on arrival ready for you to pop In the oven. All you need to do is put your feet up and relax.

The delicious menu ranges from £4.50-£8.95 per person and is made with local produce.

The meal will be delivered to the cottage and left in the fridge ready for your arrival. We need a minimum of three working days notice.

We are happy to cater for private dinners a menu can be planned for your group. Menus and services required will be priced accordingly.

For further details please call the contact centre on 0844 800 2070

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

Heart of England
The lake and south front of Lyme Park, Cheshire. The house was originally Elizabethan but was transformed in the Italianate style by architect Giacomo Leoni in the early eighteenth century. © Arnhel de Serra

The industrial heart of England now offers one of Britain's loveliest National Parks, the Peak District, a region of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular and contrasting scenery. Moorland, ancient oak woodlands, bustling market towns and pretty villages are easily accessible from some of our major cities. Some of the Trust's finest properties are in the area, including High Peak Estate, straddling the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border, Lyme Park mansion and gardens, surrounded by a medieval deer park and Hardwick Hall, hardly changed since its creation in Elizabethan times. To the south is the gentler area of the Cotswolds and its neighbouring county of Warwickshire. With its gently rolling countryside of hills and valleys, picturesque stone villages and fine houses, this beautiful area now offers the visitor a glimpse of traditional English life. The National Trust owns some of the loveliest countryside in the area, some fine houses and important gardens. There is a huge and varied choice from Tudor Snowshill Manor, with its eclectic collection of musical instruments, clocks and Japanese armour to Hidcote Manor Gardens, famous for its rare trees, shrubs and outstanding herbaceous borders. Other Trust places in the area include Newark Park with its stunning views, the Sherborne Park estate, while the Buscot and Coleshill estates in west Oxfordshire are set in 7,500 acres of rolling farmland and woodland. The Iron Age hill-fort of Badbury Hill offers superb views over the Upper Valley south to White Horse Hill and the Berkshire Downs.

Peak District
One of the gritstone boulders standing amongst smaller stones on the heath, part of the Kinder Scout Rock formation. © Joe Cornish

With its spectacular and contrasting scenery, the Peak District is a region of outstanding natural beauty and one of Britain?s loveliest National Parks. The National Trust has been hard at work here for over 100 years and now cares for some 40,000 acres. High Peak Estate is the largest estate, over 33,000 acres of high moorland straddling the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border. Although only ten miles from the centre of Sheffield, the Longshaw Estate boasts more than 1,700 acres of open moorland, gritstone edges and ancient oak woodland, while the 4,400 acre South Peak Estate lies in the magnificent limestone hills, centred upon the well-known beauty spots of Ilam and Dovedale. On the foothills of the Peak District, Lyme Park contains an Italianate mansion and Victorian garden surrounded by a medieval deer park of almost 1,400 acres.Hardwick Hall is ideally situated for exploring the Peak District and Sherwood Forest, while the gentler landscapes of South Derbyshire contain pretty villages, bustling market towns and the fast-growing National Forest. The area is steeped in history with ancient castles, grand houses and sites that reveal the ingenuity of our industrial past.

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place to visit
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  • Chatsworth House
  • Alton Towers
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall One of Britain's greatest and most complete Elizabethan houses
Hardwick Estate: Stainsby Mill
Hardwick Estate: Stainsby Mill Impressive fully functioning water-powered flour mill
Clumber Park
Clumber Park Extensive area of parkland, including peaceful woods, open heath and farmland
Mr Straw's House
Mr Straw's House A 1920s house captured in time
Winster Market House
Late 17th- or early 18th-century market house
Duffield Castle
Duffield Castle The remains of one of England's largest 13th-century castles

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Veronica Richards
    • February 2015
    • West Midlands
    Lovely cottage

    excellent stay lovely cottage very comfortable

  • Rob Jones
    • February 2015
    • Middlesex
    Lovely cottage

    A lovely cottage which helped make a wonderful family weekend. Staff were all friendly and helpful.

  • John Roberts
    • January 2015
    • UK
    Excellent Stay

    excellent stay, all staff very helpful especially in respect of issues caused by heavy snow

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    Comfortable with great amenities

    The staff at the restaurant so very helpful, great to have it open since it is out of season. The private tour of Hardwick was great. Very comfortable, great amenities.

  • John Roberts
    • December 2013
    • Derbyshire
    Excellent standard of acommodation

    Excellent cottage booked in conjunction with High Hazels. Excellent standard of accommodation, staff very helpful and made our special family celebration extra special.

  • Anna Forrest
    • August 2013
    • Suffolk

    The location at Hardwick was perfect for us, as our ages ranged from 4 to 93! The after-hours access to the gardens was fabulous, and the chance to have a meal delivered from the restaurant was much appreciated.

  • Kulwant Singh
    • June 2013
    • East Sussex
    Extensive grounds for walking/cycling

    Excellent stay at cottage. Great standard and very nice touch to be welcomed with cake and flowers which were left and also the large carton of milk on arrival. Lovely location & very friendly staff/volunteers. Thoroughly enjoyed. Appreciate your special discounts for short notice breaks. Hardwick Hall and extensive grounds for walking/cycling. House and facilities in close proximity. Longer opening times of restaurant.

  • Vanessa Saunders
    • March 2013
    • Glous
    Whole cottage felt welcoming

    We were very impressed with the help given by the restuarant staff, as we arrived with heavy snow, and not much food as we had only provisioned for breakfast, assuming we would be out , but the snow kept us in on the Saturday and the staff let us have bread and milk to tide us over. Groundstaff, cleared the drive on the Sunday and gave us entrance to the gardens which was great in the snow. All staff were very helpful and we were very impressed with the standard and equipment in the cottage. We will be re booking as we would like to see the garden and house when not under 4 feet of snow!. very impressed.Whole cottage felt welcoming and was lovely and warm, furniture style and level of equipment in the kitchen impressive.

  • Kate
    A wonderfully relaxing long weekend despite the rain

    We stayed here over a rainy Easter. The cottage was cosy and atmospheric but with plenty of room. Hardwick Hall is minutes away and the cottage is next to the old stables. We had a wonderfully relaxing long weekend despite the rain. The children enjoyed the owls, bats and spooky ruins before being tucked up into a four poster - sweet dreams.

  • Judith Harper
    A hidden gem!

    A hidden gem! This cottage is all you could want for a relaxing break - and more! From the minute we arrived to the time that we left we enjoyed every second. Have already booked our next visit.

  • Sophie M
    Highly recommended

    We have just returned for a short weekend break (Fri to Mon) at 4 Stableyard Cottages and it was a delight: beautiful location, well-stocked facilities with mod-cons - dishwasher, DVD, video player, wood burning stove for the boys - and an excellent pub down the hill! With the gentle chime of the clock, sheep baying and owls hooting, we slept well, ate heartily and enjoyed the cottage immensely. Highly recommended

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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