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Wicket Nook Cottage


Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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Wicket Nook, previously the gamekeeper's cottage, was built in 1830 and is situated on a quiet no-through road in an elevated position with stunning views over the Calke Estate. Beyond lies extensive woodland and the valley of the River Trent.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen, dining room and bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
dressing room leading to a double bedroom with 5' bed.
Visitor notes

Heating: oil central heating included.

Parking: garage off access lane at the bottom of the path leading to cottage. The sofa bed in the dressing room is suitable for children only.

Garden: large partially enclosed garden, mostly laid to grass.

From October 2016 - there will be no washing machine and tumble dryer, these will be replaced by a dishwasher.


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 decor 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
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Cot/Highchair
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


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
Staunton Harold Church
Staunton Harold Church Imposing church built in 1653, with fine panelled interior
Calke Abbey
Calke Abbey A country house, park and garden where time has stood still
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
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
Duffield Castle
Duffield Castle The remains of one of England's largest 13th-century castles


Comments from past visitors

  • Peter Messer
    • April 2016
    • Lancashire
    Immaculate cottage

    The cottage was, as always, immaculate. I grew up in the vicinity of Calke, and always enjoy returning to the area. I also enjoyed the abbey, and chatting to staff guides about my childhood memories of the area. My grandfather was a Gamekeeper the Calke before the war, and my grandmother lived in an estate cottage until the late sixties.

  • Miss Sarah Ryan
    • March 2016
    • Surrey
    Immaculately clean

    The photos on the website of our chosen cottage - Wicket Nook - looked great but in reality they didn't do it nearly enough justice! The cottage was beautifully decorated and furnished throughout and everything we could possibly need was included. It was also immaculately clean, and with fresh flowers and milk left for us - so a big thank you to the cottage caretaker for that. We were so happy as soon as we set foot through the garden gate and front door! The cottage was so cosy, peaceful and relaxing we could have happily stayed inside for our entire holiday!! However, as it was so perfectly situated in close distance to several National Trust properties we just had to get out and visit them all while we were in the area! This was our first stay in a NT cottage and I believe it will be the first of many as our experience this time was so fantastic! I want to travel around the country staying in as many NT cottages and visiting as many NT properties as possible now! Thank you for everything you do National Trust! If every one of your holiday homes are as perfect as Wicket Nook - then don't change a thing!!!

  • Pamela Benstead
    • March 2016
    • Worcester
    Lovely cosy cottage

    Made enjoyable... The location of the cottage, the birds coming to feed on the feeders in the garden, the cleanliness and provision of extras to welcome us (liquid hand soap, flowers, biscuits, milk). We were able to get the broken fan fixed in the bathroom very easily. Also a volunteer came round to read the meters and we were able to quiz him about local walks and he gave us lots of info and the leaflets we needed too. He was very helpful. The cottage was lovely and cosy, very welcoming and with plenty of space for the two of us.

  • Taylor
    • October 2015
    • ...
    Made enjoyable..

    The location and the peace and quiet. Accessibility and the real interest of Calke. Always love the helpfulness of your telephone team Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    • October 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    Peace, quiet and a lovely place to stay for a very short break.

  • Donald McMaster
    • May 2015
    • Canada
    Well-maintained and clean cottage

    The cottage was very well-maintained and clean. The garden maintenance staff who visited were very helpful when asked questions about the region It was our first visit to the Midlands and we were pleased to find such a lovely rural cottage very close to some major centres of population.

  • Nicholas Robinson
    • April 2015
    • Overseas
    Made special by:

    The location - beautiful surroundings. the peace & quiet (apart from the noise from E. Midlands Airport & Castle Donington!) The welcoming note with the tea, milk etc plus fresh flowers was a really nice touch.

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What it will cost

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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