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Thatch Cottage


Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire

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This beautiful thatched cottage is decorated in a luxurious and contemporary style. It's located on the edge of the Calke Abbey estate and is on one of the main routes to the abbey, you're welcome to explore the parkland during the day and out of hours once the day visitors have gone home. The property also provides a perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside, historic market towns and country houses.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, dining room, sitting room and downstairs lavatory.
First floor
3 bedrooms (2x double with 5' bed and 1 twin), shower room and bathroom with shower over the bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electricity and Oil Fired central heating are included in the cottage rental.

Parking: Space for two cars adjoining the cottage.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 12pm.

Guests get free access into Calke Abbey parkland.

There is a large garden to the rear of the cottage, complete with table and chairs.

A free fire starter pack will be supplied.


Calke Abbey is a fabulous location for a wedding.

Enjoy your special day at the Riding School set in the rolling green hills of the Calke estate.

The Riding School boasts high windows, oak beams and a viewing gallery and our partners Honeysuckle and Castle have a range of décor and fine dining packages to suit your taste and budget.

For further information please visit

Where better to stay during the wedding than in one of 4 holiday cottages located at Calke Abbey. Those who book a full wedding package at Calke Abbey are eligible for a 5% discount when booking these cottages.

The offer is subject to the following terms & conditions:

A minimum 2 night stay, subject to availability, applies. It must be booked in conjunction with a full wedding package from Honeysuckle & Castle (Reception and evening reception as a minimum). Booking dates must include the day of the wedding. A discount code will be provided upon receipt of the wedding booking deposit. The cottages must then be booked through National Trust Holiday Cottages, or Tel: 0844 8002070 (not through Honeysuckle & Castle or Calke Abbey), quoting that code.

Discounts do not apply to a ceremony only wedding package.


Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
Yes, 1
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open Fire / Stove
  • Pub Nearby
  • Cot/Highchair
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Washing Machine
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


Things to see and do nearby

The Peak District, Derbyshire and Cheshire
Visitors sitting in the orchard at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire © John Millar

We have looked after this lovely area for over 100 years. From the high moorland of the Dark Peak Estate on the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border to the gentler rolling landscapes of south Derbyshire, we now care for some 40,000 acres of wild natural beauty. Staying here brings you close to some incredible wildlife, like white mountain hares and wild kestrels, as well as glimpses into our fascinating industrial past.

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, while the gentler landscapes of South Derbyshire contain pretty village and bustling market towns. 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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  • Derby City
  • Donington Park
  • Melbourne Hall and Gardens
  • Twycross Zoo
  • Conkers
  • The National Forest
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Calke Abbey
Calke Abbey A country house, park and garden where time has stood still
Staunton Harold Church
Staunton Harold Church Imposing church built in 1653, with fine panelled interior
Ulverscroft Nature Reserve
Ulverscroft Nature Reserve Reserve in the care of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Kedleston Hall
Kedleston Hall Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors, pleasure ground and parkland
Duffield Castle
Duffield Castle The remains of one of England's largest 13th-century castles
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood Late 17th-century house with sumptuous interiors and the Museum of Childhood, where you can take a fresh look at childhood


Comments from past visitors

  • Wendy Waghorn
    • July 2016
    • Hampshire
    Almost perfect cottage

    The holiday cottage was almost perfect, plenty of space for all 5 people and our large dog, including a big enclosed garden. The Calke estate next door was excellent for walls and cycle rides and the cafe was great, we even sat outside in the rain one day to eat there! The only thing missing was wifi, please install it there!!

  • Colin Wilkinson
    • May 2016
    • Oxfordshire
    Cottage - pretty much perfect

    This was part of a family long weekend as a special occasion to celebrate dad's 70th birthday. The cottage was pretty much perfect in every respect for what we needed. The housekeeper deserves particular thanks - I've been in many holiday cottages with many companies but this one was by far the best presented and most immaculately clean of them all.

  • Mrs O'Sullivan
    • December 2015
    • Wiltshire
    The best we have stayed in

    The cottage was the best National Trust property we have stayed in. The refurbishment was excellent and it was lovely to see quality furniture and fittings which were ultra modern. The log burner was great and the heating system was very good. We also loved the kitchen and the breakfast bar with high stools. The cottage was extremely relaxing and in a lovely quiet area with wonderful access to Calke Abbey and its beautiful walks. We enjoyed reading about the history of the cottage and seeing the photos of the restoration. Someone had written in the Visitors Book that this cottage had been brought into the 21st century and we fully agree with this comment. It just shows how an old property can be modernised and lose none of its historic appeal. Well done National Trust - please refurbish more properties in this way. We made full use of the Calke Abbey estate visiting the property, restaurant, shop and walking the Christmas trail. We enjoyed the walks in the woodland and around the lakes and also seeing the birds at the Nature Reserve and from the bird hide. Calke Abbey is a beautiful estate and one of our favourite National Trust places.

  • Jan Blake
    • November 2015
    • Wiltshire
    Excellent standard of accommodation

    Modern interior of cottage - the National Trust is finally embracing the 21st century. Hope that many more properties are upgraded to offer the excellent standard of accommodation at Thatch cottage.

  • Alison Brown
    • October 2015
    • Cambridgeshire
    Lovely cottage

    The overall weekend was absolutely brilliant, the cottage was lovely and the free entry to Calke Abbey was a bonus, we had a fantastic time looking round and still didn't manage to see it all. The staff at Calke Abbey were extremely knowledgable and all seemed to love the job they do. All the staff we spoke to were really keen to answer all our questions - fantastic weekend and one that we all can't stop telling people about. Keep up the good work

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Prices include:

  • 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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