Rocking Stone Cottage

Matlock, Derbyshire

A beautiful place in acres of rural peace - gaze from the terrace in summer, sit by the wood-burner in winter, explore Peak District sights


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


This old barn has been beautifully crafted to be stylish and comfortable on the inside whilst still rustic on the outside. Follow a long bumpy track to the old farm, built of pink Birchover Gritstone. Well-travelled owners Rachael and Gerry came to live here, along with children, dogs and horses, after living and working in Hong Kong, and have renovated the barn for guests. Heaps of handy touches – underfloor heating, huge wood-burner in the sitting room, pretty Shaker-style kitchen and a neatly laid terrace with barbecue. A Chinese table picked up in the Far East, blue and white vases and a jolly tribal rug add character and colour. Up the steep stairs, the main bedroom is glorious – sit up in bed and look through the arched window at fields and dry stone walls. The bathrooms have drenching walk-in showers, plus a bath in the en-suite for the twin room. Walks are straight from the door, past the important megalithic rocking stone – keep going for miles of stunning rocks and tors. A short stroll takes you to good eating places including a micro-brewery. Heaps to do further afield – Bakewell, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth.


  • 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

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Parking on-site. Children over 8 welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Pubs/restaurants 6-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £120
Weekly price
from £840
Short breaks from £130 per night.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1203 beds2 bedrooms


Gorgeous and tastefully comfortable cottage in lovely surroundings. Rachael supplied lots of little extra touches (freshly cooked brownies, olive oil and balsamic, freshly cut wild flowers to name but a few) that made us feel so welcome. The friendly dogs were an added bonus. We left as happy and rested guests after our too short break.

Sian, London

We absolutely loved our stay at Rocking Stone Cottage. The setting is picturesque and peaceful, with wonderful and adventurous walks on your doorstep. Being able to clamber up rocks, walk on a moor and see a Bronze Age Stone circle all within easy reach was a real treat. The cottage itself was gorgeous. Beautifully renovated and luxurious. Also great outdoor space for the kids to run around. Thank you for you stay.

Abigail, St albans

Rocking Stone Cottage is such a luxury, stylish and comfortable accommodation. Rachael has thought of every single detail to make her guests' stay a comfortable and a memorable one. Everything is new and of highest standard. Location is just perfect too; very idyllic and peaceful setting, in fact the only noise was from our very lively 5 year old twin boys:) I'd wholeheartedly recommend Rocking Stone Cottage and we will definitely be back.

Ilgin, Sevenoaks

We had a wonderful stay at Rocking Stone cottage. It is a very comfortable and beautifully furnished cottage with a lovely garden and wonderful views to the surrounding countryside. Rachael and Gerry were great hosts and we felt really very welcome. The children had a wonderful time and we all enjoyed walks from the door and scrambling over rocks into the village. This is a really special place, very relaxing and a great location.

Marianne and tom, Berkhamsted

This is a real gem of a place for two couples or a family. The location is v beautiful, and quiet, with lovely views and excellent walks from the doorstep. Easy and quick access to Bakewell, Matlock, etc. The barn conversion itself is gorgeous. It's tasteful and very comfortable: a lovely sitting room, beautiful bedrooms, comfortable beds, fabulous bathrooms. We did not want to leave. Very highly recommended. We started planning return visit as soon as we left.

Elena, Birmingham

Rocking Stone Cottage was a glorious New Year's break; the enormous woodburning stove and stacks of wood were put to good use warming us after walks in the snow. Rachael and Gerry were wonderfully kind and gregarious, inviting us to share some drinks and helping tow one of us up the hill in the icy conditions. The cottage itself is beautifully done, with plenty of space for four adults to stay comfortably for nearly a week. We loved the walks in the area, but the best part was coming back to a warm stove and a glass of wine. All in all, it was great, thanks Rachael and family.

Hannah, Bristol

It was a pleasure to stay in Rocking Stone Cottage which was extremely well presented and furnished to a very high standard. Our hosts (Rachael and Gerry) were very friendly and helpful with a knowledge of the surrounding countryside and sites which would be hard to surpass. It was a delight to return to the cottage after a day walking and sightseeing. As a high quality cottage we would return without hesitation.

Liz, Cambridge

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rachael O'Rourke

  • Spectacular walks from the door to Stanton Moor, the 9 Ladies Druid Stone Circle, The Druid Rocks, Lathkill Dale, Robin Hood's Stride and a short trip to Dovedale, Ilam Park, Edale or Curbar Edge (where Kiera Knightly stood in Pride & Prejudice).
  • Famous county houses Chatsworth and Haddon Hall are within 15 mins drive. Kedleston Hall, Hardwick Hall, Eyam Hall and Bolsover Castle all under 45mins away. Explore the pretty market towns of Ashbourne and Bakewell, famous for the Bakewell Pudding.
  • Take a picnic up to the rocks and rock our megalithic rocking stone or visit the movie locations from the cult classic 'Princess Bride' scattered around the property and just beyond.
  • Hire bicycles and cycle along the Monsal, Manifold Valley or Tissington Trails.
  • Travel back in time and visit the Crich Tramway museum or travel on the steam trains at The Peak Railway from nearby Rowsley.
  • Visit the David Mellor Museum and Design Factory, John Smedley Factory Shop (huge discounts on London prices), Cromford Mill cradle of the industrial revolution and World Heritage Site, Caudwell's Mill, Peak District Mining Museum Matlock Bath.