Cool Place of the Day: Dannah Cottages, Derbyshire

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Martin Dunford
Tuesday 09 August 2016 11:19

Run by Joan Slack of the lovely nearby Dannah Farm, along with her daughter-in-law Helen, Dannah Cottages is made up of the invitingly named Honeysuckle Cottage and Heather Cottage.

Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, they're in the perfect location for enjoying the best of the southern Peaks, situated in the centre of the village of Kirk Ireton, just outside Ashbourne.

A pair of beamed one-bedroom stone cottages, they have been lovingly restored yet have an up-to-date feel. Each has a bedroom with an enormous six-foot contemporary four-poster bed, fashioned from reclaimed beams, and an en-suite bathroom with double bath and double-shower shower cube and a heated floor.

Downstairs each has a bright, modern kitchen with all the usual amenities and oak-beamed sitting rooms with romantic tunnel firebowls and large flatscreen TVs. They also both open onto a terrace with a barbecue and Canadian spa hot tubs that are just waiting for you to jump in.

Heather Cottage also boasts the "Den", equipped with bean bags, magazine and indoor and outdoor games, and the "Snug", which has a fully tiled wet room for those using the hot tub, while Honeysuckle Cottage has a newly minted and very luxurious barrel-shaped sauna.

Above all, though, the cottages are both memorable for the little luxuries that lurk around every corner, from the wine chilling in the fridge to fresh flowers and luxurious toiletries, all of which make them a perfect romantic hideaway for two. They are also extremely well placed for exploring the area, close to picturesque Dovedale and the Tissington Trail and Limestone Way, but we wouldn't blame you if you wanted to spend the odd day indoors.

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