The Cow

Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Stylish bedrooms, and scrumptious food. Fill your boots (and pack your wellies) at this new village jewel in Derbyshire's lovely crown


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The former ‘Black Cow’ has been scrubbed and spruced and is now simply The Cow, a smart gastropub facing the village green, with twelve boutique bedrooms, deep in the South Derbyshire countryside. Step inside to where the copper-topped bar gleams and the fire leaps in the old stone fireplace. You can perch on an upcycled milk churn to down a pint of local ale and choose from the imaginative menu (On the Hoof, Big Troughs, Udder Bits). Perhaps homemade pork scratchings with spiced apple compote scrumped from Lisa’s garden, followed by slow-cooked oxtail with broad beans, peas and baby carrots. Puddings are reassuringly robust: a salted caramel tart with honeycomb ice-cream or baked Alaska. Upstairs, the bedrooms are spankingly new with padded headboards, plump cushions, gleaming linens and a warm glow from clever lighting. The latest hi-tech touches make the rooms smart in more ways than one, while bathrooms sparkle and have attractive stone basins. Breakfast will set you up for a day of exploring the Dales; tuck into poached Finnan haddock or a three egg omelette. You’re in Derbyshire’s Golden Triangle so take time to admire the little villages and vast views. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Starters £5.50. Lunch & dinner £11.


Nightly price
from £130
Extra child’s bed available £25-£30 per night.
12 Doubles
From £130


Stayed overnight en route back to the Northwest from Suffolk. Welcoming, great atmosphere and lovely comfortable room with many extra touches like a small bottle of milk in fridge. Best bed we have slept in for ages. Quiet location. The food was unexpectedly innovative with ‘small plates’ - five between two were plenty- the home made pork scratchings were delicious and sinful, the home made scotch egg really tasty. Breakfast equally good and freshly cooked to order.

Dian, Manchester

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from

  • Chatsworth is described by many as the Palace in the Peaks and well worth a visit, with its fascinating and beautiful gardens, one of the most opulent stately homes in the North of England where deer can be seen roaming freely amongst the backdrop.
  • Matlock Bath is a popular destination for families, bikers and fun seekers, with a wide a variety of things to do; An exciting cable car ride takes you up to The Heights of Abraham, where the wooded country park is crowned with the Victoria Prospect Tower.
  • Kedleston Hall is a spectacular Neo-classical mansion, framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings. A fun day out exploring the parkland and house.
  • Perhaps best known for its unique and delicious pudding. Bakewell has many more tempting treats to offer - ranging from shopping and specialist markets to relaxing strolls and special events.
  • Discover the beauty of Haddon Hall, just a 45 minute drive from Derby and described as “the most romantic house to survive from the middle ages”. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park overlooking the River Wye.
  • Dovedale is known for the River Dove and it’s impressive limestone ravines, but the most iconic part of the trip has to be the picturesque stepping stones. With hike-worthy views this destination is sure to impress those longing for adventure.