Harpur Barn

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

After a day yomping the hills, imagine returning to a delicious bed with tartan cushions and a deep roll-top bath… this is a walker’s dream


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Welcome to a barn of understated elegance, in an idyllic Peaks village with its own sweet green and the best pub in England a stagger from the door. On a lane with cottages around, the barn has been immaculately renovated by Robert and Jo who do B&B in the manor house down the road. This is an ‘upside down’ cottage in whites, greys and eggshell blues, with bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs and living spaces up. Downstairs is serene, up is a wow! At the top of the stairs, beneath high rafters on plain planked floors, is the room where the village dances took place. Today the boards are painted, the lighting is atmospheric, the furnishings are divine, and the kitchen is country slick, with stools for sociable cooking and a rocking chair for character. There’s a cosy mid-century style armchair for reading, a fire basket stuffed with logs, and faded dried hydrangeas exquisitely arranged. Walks and stately homes abound: Mill Dale, Hall Dale, Dovedale, Ilam Park… Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Little Moreton, Calke Abbey. For lovers of serenity and beauty it doesn’t get better than this. Bliss for grown-ups.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £750
1 Cottage for 4
From £1503 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Robert & Jo Wood

  • A short stagger to the acclaimed George Inn, you will get a warm welcome and some of the very best food for miles! You must make a booking.
  • Spectacular walks from the door into the Dovedale valley, Beresford and Wolfscote Dales or a short trip to Lathkill Dale, The Roaches, Ilam Park (NT) or Edale.
  • Famous country houses such as Chatsworth House & Gardens, Kedleston Hall (NT), Caulke Abbey (NT), Haddon Hall and Lyme Park (NT) to mention just a few.
  • Visit the David Mellor Museum and Design Factory, John Smedley Factory Shop, Cromford Mill or the famous Wedgewood Museum. Travel back in time at Crich Tramway Museum or the Churnet Valley, Butterley or Peak Rail Steam Railways.
  • Explore the market towns of Ashbourne, Leek, Buxton and Bakewell, renowned for antiques or take a trip to discover the Potteries and visit Emma Bridgewater.
  • Cycling along the Manifold Valley Trail, Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail.