Water Keepers Cottage

Mappleton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England
tel 01335 - 350444

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"Early in the Morning"

The Water Keepers Cottage is a 19th century family house in the small village of Mappleton, just 2 miles from Ashbourne in the Derbyshire Dales, it used to be the home of the local water keeper for the Okeover Estate. The cottage is ideally located as a base for holidays in the area whether it be walking, cycling or motoring (or even hang gliding!).

The picturesque Dove Dale is only 2 miles away and many footpaths criss-cross the area so one hardly needs to walk on public roads.

For cyclist, there are many disused railway lines that have since been resurfaced and made over for cyclists and walkers, as well as many gated roads that do not see much more then a car a week.

Slightly further afield there is the Derbyshire Peak District, with its scenery and wealth of places to visit.


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Doris Barker, provides a friendly, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

The rooms are cosy (2 dbl, 2 sgl) and in keeping with the cottage and there is also a separate guest lounge with its own TV and tea making facilities.

A full English or continental breakfast is provided, and packed lunches can also be made up if required. Doris does not provide other meals as right next door is the village pub - the Okeover Arms - which has a full menu and welcomes children, its also handy for an evening drink without the need to drive home !


Room rates at Water Keepers Cottage are

1 night £ 25 per person

Reductions for children

  (pets free)

Pets are welcome and can share their owners room.

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To contact - either write or phone to the address shown at the top of this page.