Blossom Cottage

What to Expect

This stone-built barn conversion is an original feature of its pub location, where it feels exactly at home, and is the perfect place to go for a romantic weekend away in the Derbyshire countryside.

The scenic backdrop is the dramatic Peak District, and the large shared garden with a private patio means the scenery is with you every second of the day and night.

Explore the waterways leading to the Cromford Canal and River Derwent, visit the lovely town of Cromford, soak up Crich Tramway Village or enjoy the delights of the Peak District National Park, all right on your doorstep.

At A Glance

Pub location
Barn conversion
Large shared garden
Panoramic views
Alfresco dining patio
Off-road parking

Amenities

Double bedroom
Electric oven and hob
Freeview tv
Wifi
Shower over bath
All ground floor

About Blossom Cottage

Sleeping just two in a king-sized bed in a double bedroom as part of a stylish open-plan layout, the cottage has a traditional bathroom with a shower over the bath just next to the bedroom, which is an old fashioned and nicer version of “en suite”.

Interior fixtures and fittings are a mix of high spec and countryside practical, so there’s a fully fitted modern kitchen, flat-screen tv, wifi with a tiled kitchen floor and plain wood flooring in the living room.

There is more than enough off-road parking space for two cars, and muddy hiking boots, dogs etc. can be safely left outdoors or brought into the spacious kitchen if need be.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Alderwasley

The Bear Inn is at the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire village of Alderwasley, a medieval settlement in the Amber Valley, a major tributary to the River Derwent. The village and area are dominated by waterways, many of which were hewn out of the ground to help with gathering peat. This part of the high Derbyshire countryside is the perfect place for walkers and dog owners to spend days exploring the ancient natural landscape.

If you can tear yourselves away from the Bear Inn, a healthy walk or short drive west will take you through Wirksworth Moor to Wirksworth, a hidden gem of a town with its heritage centre. Alternatively, head east to the Derwent with its beautiful river paths and cycleways, cross the Derby Road and you’re in Whatstandwell. This is an area rather than a place and has the Cromford Canal running through it. The haunting manor Chase Cliffe is here, and right next door is Crich Tramway Village.

Get on a train into Cromford, the Domesday Book settlement with a lovely pub and a couple of local, independent eateries, serving Derbyshire hospitality as standard. Don’t miss the Heights of Abraham cable car ride and the river walks at Matlock Bath, or take a train or car ride further north into Matlock itself, a buzzing market town on the southeastern edge of the Peak District National Park. Head into the Park for wild sports, calm walks and the delights of Peak villages and towns like Bakewell, home of the world-famous delicacy, or spend an afternoon at Chatsworth House stately home.

Last Word

Blossom Cottage sounds lovely, and it is. One of three properties converted from original stone farm buildings on the site of the Bear Inn, the best of the past has been kept and updated for the 21st century, including the stone horse trough filled with bright and beautiful, well-tended English wildflowers. The Bear itself has everything a couple and their well-behaved pooch could want, from dog-friendly staff and drinking water to superb local food and beer, not to mention wines from other parts of the world.

The view from the back garden is spectacular, with the dramatic limestone cliffs of this part of Derbyshire always in sight. The landscape begs to be explored, and there’s no better way of starting than with the network of waterways that criss-cross the countryside here, beginning with the nearby Peatpits Brook. Follow this on a romantic stroll, maybe with the dog, down to the graceful River Derwent.

Follow the river, the Matlock Road, or the Cromford Canal and you’re spoilt for choice of peaceful retreats, camera-friendly views and places to eat and drink. Northwards into and through beautiful Matlock is the Peak District National Park. If you want something more urban, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester are all a short drive away. Blossom Cottage is quite simply blooming with possibilities.
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