Doe Lea is a very handsome stone cottage in the midst of the lovely old leadmining village of Winster. You will be really pleased as you push open the front door and find the super interior. National Trust coloured decoration, oatmealy rugs on stone flagged floors, comfortable furniture and a glowing log burning stove make this a 'true country cottage'.
Clinging to the side of beautiful Wensley Dale, Winster is just as nice with its historic conservation area, jumbles of cottages and network of secret paths and alleyways each with their own name. Wander down 'Chip Shop Hill' to the sell anything village store, walk the 'Burma Road' to the Miners Standard for a super lunch, find 'East Bank' and the Bowling Green Inn for a drink and evening meal.
Both are lovely pubs but don't overstay their friendly welcome because you will need bright and early mornings to explore all the nearby attractions - Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, Carsington Water and Castleton's Caverns, Bolsover Castle and South Wingfield Manor, Crich's Tramway Museum and Peak Rail's steam trains, tranquil Lathkill Dale and the wild moorlands of Kinder Scout - the list is endless!
A spacious lounge with comfortable furniture, super drapes and rugs, glowing log burning stove, T.V., DVD and Wi Fi. A lovely dining room with mellow oak furniture. A quality fitted kitchen with pine dining table and chairs, cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer and automatic washer. An attractive double bedroom. A similar twin bedroom. A lovely bathroom with bath/shower over and W.C.
Linen and towels are provided. Central heating, power and an initial supply of fuel for the stove are included. A cot and high chair can be requested. There is a flowered filled front garden with seating and bike storage to secure hoop in wall. A secluded rear patio with furniture. Easy parking is on the village street outside. Pets and smoking are not permitted. Access for people with disabilities may be difficult.
Weekly bookings are normally Saturday to Saturday but short breaks are available throughout the year excluding Xmas and New Year.
Nearest pub - Winster 150yds. Nearest village shop - Winster 100 yds. Nearest supermarket - Matlock 3 miles.
"A very cosy, well-equipped cottage to celebrate the New Year in. Lots of lovely walks from Winster and we love the well stocked shop. Bowling green Inn was also a good dinner and some good beers. Thank you for the welcome pack. Lovely chocolate squares. Nice Christmas decorations and very warm and cosy. Seemed much better equipped this time (we have been before) and we will be back. Thank you very much for such a lovely stay."
Written by Tom, Sarah, Katya and Isaac Barwood, 02nd January 2019
"We had a lovely stay and enjoyed visiting the local area. Having a shop and playground round the corner was very handy too. Thanks very much for the welcome pack, we picked a few crab apples (from the tree in the garden) to take home too!"
Written by Laura, Geoff and Rosie., 26th September 2018
"excellent cottage for visiting the area. Good walks from here and in the locality to keep us exercised. Thank you very much for the hospitality tray, very much appreciated!"
Written by Elaine and Terry, 22nd September 2018
"Lovely short break in Derbyshire. Food at the Bowling Green is very good but you need to book early. Lunch at the Druid Inn also very good. Thank you"
Written by Ruth, Gary and Freya Hollis, Norfolk, 01st June 2018
"A wonderful few days in this excellent cottage. Amazing scenery and good weather too. The cottage was so well equipped that we didn't have to venture out for evening meals but we enjoyed visits to Bakewell, Chatsworth and Lea Gardens near Matlock. Also a long walk across the fields to the Nine Ladies stone circle with a stop at the Druid Inn. Thank s for "loaning" us your lovely home."
Written by Suzanne and Richard Emond, Essex, 05th May 2018
"Cosy cottage - thank you for welcome pack. Had one sunny day then lots of mist! Enjoyed Lathkill Dale and caves at Buxton. Lovely wood burner! Hope to be back in warmer weather. Thank you. Harvey loved the books."
Written by Jamie, Michelle and Harvey, 07th April 2018
"Lovely cottage and great location. Lovely walks to Birchover and Robin Hood's Stride. Had every weather imaginable. It would be lovely to come back in the summer. Many thank. We will return."
Written by Matt, Gemma and Millie, 04th April 2018
"Many thanks for lovely visit to Winster. We have had a really good relaxing few days. The cottage is great, especially being in the middle of such an interesting and unusual village. …Even the weather was good, so much still to do, we will have to come back. Many thanks for the welcome pack, much appreciated"
Written by J&C Wells, P Howard, 08th July 2017
"Winster Wakes week was an amazing surprise and a great addition to our week in the Dales, what incredibly friendly people live in the village, they welcomed us to their celebrations with great warmth. It was a lovely stay in a cosy Derbyshire Cottage, thank you for the lovely touches, welcome basket, log fire, all much appreciated"
Written by The Cody Family, 01st July 2017
"We’ve had an absolutely amazing time here in the cottage, the pre-prepared fire was a warm welcome and the basket of goodies was a nice surprise. The beds were comfortable and an amazing view from the master bedroom…..We have had a lovely time here and it was much enjoyed"
Written by The McNeils, 31st May 2017
"We've had a great time despite the wet weather. Lyme Park and Hardwick Hall well worth a visit as is the Miners Standard Pub - excellent food and reasonable prices. The cottage is well equppied and clean comfy beds and plenty of room . Thank you for the basket of goodies much enjoyed."
Written by Barston and Dorridge, 18th May 2017
"Thanks for a lovely weekend, just right for a meet up of grandparents, parents and grandson! Our 18 month old loved the toys and the cot was perfect. We had great weather and the village shop was very useful. The village playground must have the best view in England!"
Written by The Jones family, 15th May 2016
"Girl’s weekend made special in the tranquility and comfort of Doe Lea Cottage. The welcome basket was delightful…the kitchen well equipped with everything we needed. We loved playing games by the fire. It was wonderful to step out of the busyness and stress of everyday to a haven in lovely surroundings."
Written by Josie, Catherine, Fiona and Helen, 29th April 2016
"'... a lovely place to welcome in the New Year'"
Written by Ruth and Rose, Coventry, 03rd January 2016
"'We had a fantastic Christmas week here - perfect in every way.'"
Written by Dave and family, 29th December 2015
"We've loved exploring the beautiful village of Winster, this time with two children, visiting the local shop and play areas, and had a good meal at the Bowling Green Pub. The cottage is perfect for our stay, the kitchen is really well equipped, we enjoyed the log burner and the position in the village is great. We plan to return."
Written by The West family, 31st October 2015
"The cottage was very warm and well equipped, we, including lads age 5 and 3, particularly enjoyed the farm and adventure playground at Chatsworth, and strolls through the streets of your lovely village."
Written by The Wood family, 27th October 2015
"Had a lovely holiday, children don't want to go home, enjoyed playing with the Duplo and toy cars so much, we needn't have brought any toys from home! Thank you for the lovely provisions you left, much appreciated. We've had lovely trips out, Hardwick Hall, Peak Rail, Matlock Meadows, Crich Tramway, and many trips to the shop, park and pond in Winster itself. Thank you!"
Written by Ann and family, 26th September 2015
"We had the most wonderful and restful time in this lovely , cosy cottage."
Written by Clare and Sean., 15th February 2015
"...a lovely weekend break...The area is stunning with lovely views and plenty to see and do...Thank you for yet another fantastic and relaxing stay. It won't be long until we return once again. This is really is a special place !"
Written by Robert and Natalie, 05th December 2014