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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.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON RATES: cleaning is charged on top of the rental rate shown here, at £95 per stay. Dogs are charged at £15 per dog, per stay for short stays (2-4 nights), and £30 for longer stays.

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 shower room; 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.

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 are Staunton Harold and Foremark reservoirs. The latter is brilliant for dog walks.

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.
For stays of 4 nights or less, we take full payment in advance to secure your booking. For longer stays, there's a 50% non-refundable deposit and the balance at least 6 weeks before arrival. You can pay by bank transfer (no fee) or PayPal (5% fee). Your booking is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation, curtailment of stay or no show. However, if you have to cancel for whatever reason, you can postpone your stay for up to 12 months, subject to availability, the payment of any difference in price, and prior agreement. You must notify the owner at least 14 days before arrival if you wish to postpone.


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


“Cozy warm cottage, quiet, private, peaceful. Rural feel. Floor is creaky but adds to the charm. Cute decor, great book selection. Well equipped, clean, good heating (we were staying here during a very cold sub-zero snap), lots of hot water. Very well planned. Love all the hooks for towels and coats, many electrical outlets. Extremely good use of space, free of clutter, yet had all amenities required. Off street parking. Happy stay, would love to stay here again next time we're in the area.”
— Sharon, 18 December 2023
“The photos gave a true reflection of the property and we loved the deco and the kitchen mural, the breakfast bar was really useful. The heating was easy to operate and was cosy. Lots of books to read on the shelves I’d of loved to have chilled out there longer and have a good read. The mattresses were high quality and lead to a comfy nights sleep. The garden was lovely but unfortunately the weather didn’t lend itself to using the outdoor furniture but would be lovely on a sunny day. Overall we loved our stay and found it a good central hub to go to Conkers, Twycross Zoo, Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary and Hicks Lodge. We eat at Eden bistro in Moira, visited the Railway Inn and enjoyed a good cask ale. We also went to Albert Village and eat at an original American 50s diner (you’ll need to book). Thank you for a lovely stay. The Jenkins Family”
— Jenkins Family, 5 August 2023
“Sam made us feel very welcome , lovely clean home. beautiful private garden”
— Dave, 3 July 2023
“Really nice place. Pub close by. Very quiet. Nice field walks close by, too. Well decorated. We went to Twycross zoo. Lovely Thai resturant in Ashby.”
— Vikki, 24 April 2023
“Lovely bijou house in quiet location. Very comfortable and well equipped. Perfect for small family and three surrounding counties very accessible from here. Would highly recommend”
— Jacki, 4 April 2023
“Sam was a conscientious host that provided a lovely home for the weekend. He provided plenty of suggestions for places to walk. Including where we might want to take our dog for walks.The house was clean and well organised and we thought it had great character. Sam was also flexible and made sure we enjoyed our stay - we relished in the opportunity to take long walks and then come back to the fireplace and watch some DVD's.”
— Connor, 16 January 2023
“Lovely cottage, everything you need and more. Facilities are exceptional and the beds are spacious and comfortable. Really easy to park and check in, no problems at all.Sam’s is so responsive with messages, any query we had was answered within minutes. We were also kept up to date with any work, maintenance (like the window cleaner) that was being done so we were aware for the whole visit. Highly recommend staying here.”
— Philippa, 9 December 2022
“Had a great few days at Sam's place for my partners birthday. Just needed a place for the 2 of us and 2 dogs with lots of nice walks, local pub, etc and this is what we got. The house was very clean, had an issue with the shower but resolved straight away. Sam also sent so much local information on dog walks and good pubs which was so helpful. We went to Calke Abbey which was a must do as well as forest walks that you didn't need to drive to as they were just outside the village.We also discovered Foremark Reservoir which was a 10/15 min drive away, beautiful walk along the beach area, great wooded area and a large picnic area. Would definably recommend it!”
— Sarah , 10 November 2022
“A lovely house with everything you need. super comfy beds , well equipped kitchen. Heating easy to use and the log burner would be great but we didn't need it. Loads of hot water! Ashby de la Zouch is a lovely town with loads of shops. All other amenities so close by.TV was not bad at all using BBC I player, Netflix etc. Amazing library of CDs.We ate at The Beeches, The Courtyard for an amazing breakfast, The Mill and a fabulous last meal at the Bulls head. We needed a base for racing at Donnington which was an easy 15 minutes away. Thank you”
— Suzie, 26 October 2022
“Great little place for a week away over half term! Plenty of hints and tips from Sam gave us many walks that kept us occupied. Comfy beds and cosy living room meant we had a great time. Many thanks!”
— Dean, 15 October 2022
“Excellent little cottage..lovely area with a nice country pub a short walk away..very comfortable beds and a lovely little garden to sit out in when the weather is nice!definitely recommend..great communication and overall a smooth experience with check in and check out.very clean and well looked after property.had a lovely quiet couple of days with our young family and dogs!”
— Simon, 1 August 2022
“Thanks Sam we had a great time. The house was exactly as expected and worked out really well for our family meet up. Really enjoyed a walk to Hartshorne with a stop at the Smisby Arms, Admiral Rodney and the Tap House. Tap House was so good (and the fact you have to walk past the Alpacas to get there) we had to walk back on Sunday too!!Brought our BBQ with us and the were able to chill out in the enclosed and private garden. Great stay thanks and your communication back to us was quick and very helpful.”
— Christopher, 25 July 2022
“We stayed at Sam’s for two nights with friends. The house is beautifully decorated, well maintained and clean. The kitchen was well equipped with utensils and crockery etc. You do need to bring all food/ drink items like Tea/coffee/ oil/ salt+pepper etc with you- but this IS stated in the listing so shouldn’t be a surprise.It’s very well located for loads of attractions, we visiting the national arboretum, Charnwood alpacas, and caulke Abbey as well as taking advantage of some of the local walks.Sam gave us loads of recommendations for food/ walks/ local activities and was on hand to answer any questions prior to our stay.We didn’t fully utilise the garden as we were out until late both evenings, but it was nicely kept with some great plants and secure which was great for our dog and 18m old.Found the beds to be very comfy; the blinds really did blackout the rooms and there was plenty of nice soft towels for our use during our stay.Would be happy to recommend to others and would definitely be happy to return if in the area again.”
— Alison, 10 June 2022
“Absolutely superb cottage with everything you need! Sam was hugely helpful and communication was excellent”
— Katriona, 19 May 2022
“Nice place. Clean, accessible, great for dog walking as the fields are a stones throw from the house.”
— Adrian, 3 May 2022
“Everything you need, great location for walks, fields for dogs are about 1 minute walk away. A lot of countryside and public right of ways on the doorstep. Absolutely fab for dogs. House is well equipped. Great time.”
— Clare, 26 April 2022
“Lovely house in a great rural location. Immediate access to countryside walks and perfect for a relaxed long weekend away. We ate at the Tap House (5 minute drive), which was v nice).”
— Jonathan, 21 March 2022
“Great little house for our weekend stay visiting a relative in the area. Very cosy and the wood burning stove was lovely. Well equipped and had everything we needed. Lovely secluded garden and lots of places to walk close by with our dog. Communication with Sam was great.”
— Rachel, 10 March 2022
“Great position in the National Forest with lovely walks from the door. Comfortable house and well-equipped kitchen.”
— Kate, 3 November 2021
“Beautiful quirky property situated in a great location for lots of scenic walks - perfect for dogs. Sam sent loads of amazing information before our stay on walks and local places to eat, which was great! There’s a lovely walk into Ashby-de-la-Zouch avoiding the roads which doesn’t take long and it’s a lovely town with lots of nice independent shops, cafes, pubs & restaurants. Definitely recommend this location for a lovely relaxing stay”
— Zoe, 13 September 2021
“Lovely property , quiet location. Everything was clean and tidy and whilst we didn't use much of the facilities as we were visiting family it appears very well equipped. Host communicated clearly everything we needed to know prior to our visit. Lovely part of the midlands.”
— Lottie, 12 June 2021
“A gorgeous place to collect your thoughts and find some peace. Honestly the cosiest place I've stayed at in a long time.”
— Ayesha, 1 May 2021
“A warm, comfortable house, especially as we were there for a month whilst buying a new house. Good mobile and internet signals”
— Booth, 19 December 2020
“A beautiful home, very well equipped and set out. Log fire an absolute bonus for autumnal nights in. Dog friendly. Everything we needed to be holed up for a week away from the world. Quiet neighbourhood. Great notes on walks and where to eat out. I fully relaxed and it was needed. Thank you”
— Sarah, 24 October 2020
“We really enjoyed our stay & Sam was a great host & very responsive to our questions. The house is clean, warm & comfortable, & the quiet location is great for dogs as there are fields & walks in easy reach of the house. Supermarkets are close by for supplies & pubs for meals so it's a great base for exploring the area. We had a couple of glitches on arrival, including with the central heating boiler, but Sam responded quickly & they didn't really detract from the holiday.”
— Olwen, 16 October 2020
“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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