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Ashbourne is a lovely market town in Derbyshire in the south of the Peak District and an ideal place to spend some hours wandering around the lovely shops or for sampling tea and cakes, real ale or an evening meal.

Some of our favourite places to visit are the antique shops on Church Street.  You could literally browse here for hours such is the choice. Or you could visit the Market Place on Thursdays and Saturdays for the local market, whilst the artisanal market is every second Sunday in the month.  

Ashbourne has a wide selection of independent stores and boutiques in the lovely cobbled streets.  The Village Rainbow is our favourite gift shop, it's an ideal place to pick up birthday presents or just to wander round.  The Gin Gaf is worth a visit with a selection of gins that are not easily bought elsewhere.  And for a great selection of beers try Maison Du Bierre. 

If like us you can't resist a good old fashioned DIY shop do pop into David Neil Mica Hardware, it really does have a fabulous selection of all things DIY and a good cookware selection too.  

If food is what you crave, Ashbourne does not disappoint.  Our top cafe picks are either The Flower Cafe or Dillons, but the well known, The Gingerbread Shop, which our kids when younger loved, is great too.  The building itself dates back to 1492.  

For a spot of lunch try Bramhall's Deli and Cafe or some gorgeous breads, rolls and pizzas to take away at The Ashbourne Bakehouse.  

For an evening meal Anaya's Indian restaurant is good, and on the spicy note we also like The Thai Basement.  The Lamplight restaurant is highly recommended for a special evening meal with English/French style dishes.  Finally the Market Place Fish and Chip shop is an institution and not to be missed for proper 'newspaper' fish and chips.

For beer drinkers do not miss Smiths Tavern a High Street pub with fabulous ale.  As it has a small frontage a bit like a shop be careful not to miss it.  Dogs are welcome at all times and children up to 9 pm.  The only food though is pork pies and bar snacks.   

Finally, we couldn't write about Ashbourne without mentioning the traffic free Tissington Trail at the top of the town.  It's a great spot for walkers and cyclists as the setting off point for the Trail.

So plenty to see and do in Ashbourne.  It's only 15 minutes by car to our holiday cottage, Valley View, so next time you are in the area with friends and family why not think about staying? 

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  • Know what to bring with you/buy – what condiments are stocked at the cottage, what staples, etc. Take a look at our holiday cottage guest checklist
  • Know where the local shops are – it may be helpful to shop on the way to your cottage, if it’s particularly rural and you want to get a wide variety of food. Are the shops walking, cycling or driving distance
  • Find out what the local shops are like – is there a butcher, baker and greengrocer with local products, or is there a corner shop where you can just get a pint of milk
  • Keep an eye on use-by dates if you don’t want to be throwing things away or lugging them home at the end of your trip
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Self catering holidays are great for families. Although you may still be cooking and cleaning, going self catering usually means more flexibility. You can choose when and what to eat and you usually have separate living and bedroom areas.

Also self catering can often work out cheaper than staying in hotels especially for larger families or if you're going away with family or friends.

Here are some top tips for finding self catering accommodation:

1. Location, Location, Location

Do you want to be nearby to the all the action or would you prefer a more private, rural location?  Often location, determines the type of accommodation from rural cottage to townhouse. At Visit Peaks we are fairly rural but that means lots of open space and countryside for walking, cycling (we are very handy for two traffic free cycle trails), and as both houses are near rivers handy for splashing about and feeding the ducks!  (And if you are lucky at Riverside House the brown trout will almost eat from your hands too!).

2. Facilities

Facilities vary greatly so check what's available. Some places will have washing machines, TV's with satellite channels, well equipped kitchens etc while more basic accommodation might not. Up-market settings may also offer children’s DVDs, children's toys, garden equipment and even swimming facilities.  At Visit Peaks our Peak District holiday houses have children’s board games, books; DVD’s as well as providing plastic cutlery, bowls, plates, high chair, stair gates, fire guard and plug safe covers. 

The more facilities they have, the less you have to take. So if there is a washing machine, you won't have to pack as much as you'll be able to do washing whilst you are away.  Both our holiday homes are fully equipped with washing machines, separate dryers, microwaves, fridges, freezers and dishwashers.

3. Supplies

Think about the general supplies you will have to take with you. Some venues supply everything from bed linen and toilet roll to a welcome hamper. At others, you have to provide everything yourself. Make a check list before you go so you don't forget anything vital.  At Visit Peaks we supply initial supplies of toilet roll, kitchen roll, bin bags, washing up liquid, hand soap, dishwasher tablets and washing machine tablets. We also provide an unlimited supply of logs for the log burning stoves for use during your stay.

4. Food Shopping

Find out where the nearest food shop will be. Is a local or farm shop nearby or is there a large supermarket?  You can often arrange for an online supermarket shop to be delivered to your accommodation on the day you arrive (although make sure you take into account any delays, bad traffic so you are definitely in to receive it!).  At Visit Peaks you’re never far away from a local market town or local or large supermarket and many guests pre-order their deliveries for the day of arrival.  Just be sure to give detailed directions as not all the drivers know the rural locations that well!

5. Baby Equipment

We also provide cookery books at both our holiday houses in the Peak District plus large range ovens (both double ovens) so there’s great facilities for family meals!

Ask about any baby equipment you may need such as a cot, high chair. Do you need a stair gate or black out blinds? Is it included in the price or do you have to pay extra?  As mentioned above at Visit Peaks you will find high chairs (one per house), cots (one per house), stair gates, fire guards, plug safety covers and a range of plastic cutlery and plates, bowls and beakers.

6. Fun in the Garden

It's always good to have a garden or outside space if you're staying in self catering accommodation. If so, check that it is child friendly and is enclosed.  At Riverside House and Valley View you will find plenty of garden space, both houses have enclosed garden areas that are child friendly.   But it is worth asking about other areas, for example at Riverside House we have sections of the garden (a wild garden) that leads directly onto the river bank and children would need to be supervised here.    At Valley View some areas of the garden are more open (the neighbours free range chickens like this facility!) but children will need to be supervised.  At the back of the property are stone walls (a bit unsafe for climbing) but if you are there in the spring you will see some lovely baby lambs!

7. Family & Friends - and four-legged friends!

If you're going away with family or friends, think about what type of holiday you want. Will you be doing everything together or having some time apart? Do you want to go for accommodation that is big enough for all of you or would you prefer separate but neighbouring accommodation.  Both our holiday houses have large dining tables suitable for groups and large lounges suitable for groups to eat and relax together.

At Visit Peaks both our holiday houses are pet friendly.  We take up to four dogs at any one time and your four-legged friends will enjoy plenty of stunning countryside walkies!

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Valley View

Valley View

Valley View is a self catering holiday cottage for up to 15 people in Milldale (right in Dovedale - within 100 yards of the River Dove) in the Peak District.

Click HERE for the Valley View web site.

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Riverside House

Riverside House is a self catering holiday cottage for up to 12 people in Litton Mill (close to Millers Dale and Tideswell) in the Peak District.

Click HERE for the Riverside House web site (complete with its own video).

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