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The Whimsy, country walks from the door

Sleeps 4
4 dogs
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
A cosy modern cottage with log burner and enclosed garden in the National Forest. There are lots of country walks from the door, an excellent dog friendly village pub just up the lane, and lots of things to see and do nearby. It's also only 3 miles from the old market town of Ashby de la Zouch with its cafés, shops and restaurants. Rates shown here are base rates only, they vary depending on the time of year and demand. Contact me for an accurate quote.

Set back on a quiet lane at the edge of the village with no through traffic, the cottage has: 2 bedrooms, one with a king-size double bed, the other a twin (can be double too); a bathroom; kitchen with breakfast bar; a cosy sitting room with log stove; and private off street parking for 2 cars. The house has gas central heating, constant hot water and it is double glazed. Cleaning is charged on top of the rental rate at £95 per stay. Dogs are charged at £15 per dog, per stay. Contact me for a quote if you have several dogs. The cottage is on a quiet country lane in Blackfordby with fields on one side. It's very safe and quiet. You can walk to the fields and National Forest straight from the door along the lane. There are lots of lovely walks nearby in the forest, and a short drive away. Blackfordby is a quiet rural village set in rolling countryside on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border, right in the heart of the National Forest, and just 3 miles from the market town of Ashby de la Zouch. It's a great spot for exploring Derbyshire's sights. There are lots of dog friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area. There's a large 24 hour Tesco supermarket just 5 mins drive, and lots of shops, tea rooms and restaurants in Ashby de la Zouch (10 mins). The National Trust's Calke Abbey, with its wonderful grounds open to dog walkers, and tea shop, is 15 minutes drive, as is Staunton Harold reservoir. There's easy access from the M42/A42, and good road links to East Midlands airport (20 mins), Birmingham Airport (40 mins), Donnington Park race circuit (20 mins), Derby, Loughborough, Burton upon Trent and Hinckley. Nearby attractions include Calke Abbey, Conkers Waterside Arena, Twycross Zoo, The National Forest, the National Memorial Arboretum, Hick's cycle centre and bike paths, and Moira Furnace.
We take full payment in advance and it is non-refundable. However, if you have to cancel for whatever reason, you can postpone your stay for up to 12 months, subject to availability.


King Size Bed
Enclosed Garden
Woodburner / Fire
Family Friendly
Garden / Patio
Bird Watching Nearby
Cycling Nearby
Pub / Restaurant Nearby
Shop Nearby
Train Station Nearby
Walking / Hiking Nearby
DVD / Blu-ray Player
Outdoor Furniture
Private Parking
Central Heating
Ironing Board
Tumble Dryer
Washing Machine
Coffee Machine


“Beautiful house, clean, lovely location. Sam was a wonderful host and always got back to us promptly. Pet friendly with beautiful enclosed safe garden. Beds were sooooo comfortable and all of us had the best nights sleep. Thank you for a lovely stay.”
— Denise, 10 September 2020
“We had a wonderful stay at sams Place And would highly recommend to anyone who wants to visit the national forest and surrounding area”
— Andre, 13 August 2020
“This cottage is spotlessly clean, well equipped and very stylish! The garden is lovely and the location is great- I wish we could have stayed longer than 2 nights.”
— Joanna, 20 July 2020
“The house is comfortable, stylish and has everything you may need. Spotlessly clean with a lovely sunny garden. We had a lovely, relaxing stay. Thoroughly recommended.”
— Alison, 25 June 2020
“Gorgeous house, very comfortable and cosy. The walks from the house were lovely, perfect for walking our dog. Only stayed a couple of nights but wouldn't hesitate to return and would definitely recommend.”
— Lynsay, 2 April 2020
“Stayed in the cottage over the Christmas week. It was smart, exceptionally clean and there wasn't anything that wasn't provided, including lots of lovely home touches. The beds were super comfy and the location was quiet and peaceful with lots of great dog walking right from the door, which my cocker spaniel loved. The host had great communication and answered questions quickly, honestly and was a pleasure to deal with. I would most definitely stay again!”
— June, 23 December 2019


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The Whimsy, country walks from the door is managed by Sam Hinton.

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