Access Statement

Please read this access statement before making your booking.

Two miles north of Matlock in a private road in Darley Dale, Ashford Grange has easy access from the A6 and is just 6 miles from Chatsworth and Bakewell.  A recently built property offering 3 luxury en suite bedrooms for bed and breakfast, Ashford Grange is also a private home.   On the edge of the Peak District National Park, it is an ideal place to stay when exploring the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.  We aim to meet the needs of all guests wherever possible and look forward to welcoming you.

Some of the features of the house, built on a road with a gentle incline, make access difficult for people with limited mobility and it is unsuitable for wheelchairs.  Two of the bedrooms are on the first floor of the main house with access via two flights of stairs.  The other bedroom is on the first floor of a separate building with its own private entrance and access via two outside flights of steps.


  • When booking, you will be asked for a non-refundable deposit to secure your reservation.  As Ashford Grange is in a private road with no passing trade, all rooms are booked in advance and it is difficult for us to re-let rooms which are cancelled at short notice.  For full details of our cancellation policy, please see the Terms and Conditions section of our website.
  • For a map and full details of how to reach us, please see the Location section of our website.  Alternatively, you can plan your journey by car or public transport using Google maps and directions or AA Route planner (by car): simply enter your postcode and ours which is DE4 2BT.
  • The nearest railway stations are Matlock (1.3m) and Chesterfield (10m).  If you require  access to a taxi, this can be booked in advance (see Location section of our website).
  • The nearest bus stop is two minutes’ walk away on the A6, at the bottom of our private road, Oakwood Drive.  Ask the driver for the stop by Darley House at the corner of Old Hackney Lane.  “The Sixes” service number 6.1 runs regularly from/to Matlock.
  • The nearest airport is East Midlands (37m).
  • We would ask you to let us know your anticipated time of arrival to ensure we are here to welcome you.
  • If you have any queries or need any assistance, please telephone +44 (0)1629 732178 or email

Car Parking &Arrival 

  • There is no pavement on Oakwood Drive which is a narrow private road with tarmac surface and it is difficult for two vehicles to pass.
  • Ashford Grange is on the left at the top of this road which has a shallow incline.
  • There are three parking spaces in the forecourt to the house which is block-paved.  As Ashford Grange is on a private road, only private cars are accepted and no trailers or commercial vehicles.  Please reserve a space when making your booking. The parking area is well lit at night by a night-time sensor lamp and a motion sensor light.  Parking is at owner’s risk.

Main Entrance, Reception & Welcome 

  • There is a door bell on the left of the front door to the house and one step to the double fronted door and Entrance Hall.
  • Guests are welcomed in the Entrance Hall, where they are asked to register.
  • There is a sofa in the porcelain-tiled Entrance Hall.
  • All guests have bedroom keys and a front door key to gain access during their stay.  The front door is on a Yale lock and guests should ensure that the door is not left un-latched on entrance and exit.
  • Arrival is from 4.00pm onwards and guests are asked to check in by 8.00pm.  If you require your room earlier, or need a later check-in time, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate a different time if pre-arranged.
  • You will be guided to your room and assisted with your luggage.
  • Guests arriving between 4.00pm and 6.00pm are welcomed with a cream tea after they have settled in their rooms.

Guest Bedrooms 

  • Each bedroom has its own smoke detector linked to the Aico radiolink system.  In the event of a fire in one area, all of the alarms will be activated.  The evacuation procedure is displayed in each room.  In the event of fire, the alarm will sound.  Please follow the evacuation procedure.
  • If guests have a mobility or hearing impairment, they should advise us on arrival.  We will provide a sign to be displayed outside their bedroom door (or in the window of The Hayloft) indicating assistance is required in the event of an evacuation.
  • A Guest Information folder is provided in each bedroom which gives information about the local area, things to do, places to eat, emergency doctors and hospitals.
  • All bedrooms have a wardrobe, full length mirror, dressing table and stool, bedside tables and lamps, central lights, seating for two people, flatscreen TV with freeview and remote control, wifi, alarm clock, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities and fresh flowers.
  • Cotton bedding is used throughout, with hypo-allergenic pillows and down & feather duvets (hypo-allergenic duvets by prior arrangement). All rooms are fully carpeted.

The Tapestry Bedroom and the French Bedroom

  • Both rooms are on the first floor of the main house and heated by the thermostatically controlled and timed central heating system.
  • Both rooms have en suite shower rooms with double size cubicles.
  • The Tapestry Room has a king-size double bed, sofa seating area, coffee table and library.  The French Room has a double bed, easy chair and arm chair.
  • There are two flights of stairs to the first floor, the first having 10 steps, with a left turn to a further flight of 6 steps.  There is then a step down to the main first floor landing which gives access to the two guest bedrooms.  There is a hand rail to the left of the stairs (ascending).
  • A light is left on in the lower hall during the night.

The Hayloft Bedroom

  • The Hayloft, which has its own thermostatically controlled and timed central heating system, is located on the first floor of a separate building across the courtyard.
  • There is an en suite shower room with corner shower.
  • A very spacious room, The Hayloft has a super-king bed, which can also be configured as twin beds.  It has a sofa seating area, Scrabble coffee table, library, traditional rocking chair and remote controls for operating the Velux roof windows and blinds.
  • There are two outside flights of stone steps, each with 6 steps with a right turn in between, giving access to the private entrance.  There is a hand rail on the right (ascending).  There is a further step into the Hayloft entrance which has a stable door.
  • The external lamp by the kitchen door is left on at night to help illuminate access.  Half way up the steps there is a motion sensor light at night.  There is also a torch for emergency use on the window sill in the Hayloft.

Guest En Suite Shower Rooms

  • All are well lit with overhead lights and fluorescent lights over the mirror.  To conserve electricity, guests are asked to turn off the lights when not in use.
  • All have extractor fans which are activated automatically when the main light to the shower room is switched on, provided the switch above the door is also switched on.
  • All have a shaver point.
  • All have fully porcelain-tiled walls and floor and walk-in showers.
  • Washbasins have a central mixer tap and toilets have soft-close seats.
  • All shower rooms have bath sheets, towels, face flannels, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary Duck Island toiletries.
  • All have a heated towel rail. In the case of the Tapestry Room and the French Room the towel rail is linked to the timed central heating system.  In the case of the Hayloft the towel rail is switched on or off independently of its central heating system.  Note that all towel rails can be switched on independently when the central heating system is turned off during summer months.  Guests are asked to ensure that the independent switch is turned off when the towel rail is not in use.
  • Hot water to the Tapestry and French en suite shower rooms is supplied via the main central heating system.  The hot water supply to The Hayloft and its shower are switched on independently.

Public Areas in the house

  • The Entrance Hall on the ground floor is porcelain-tiled and has a sofa, magazine rack and bookcase with information leaflets on the area and its attractions, what’s on guides, maps, timetables for buses and trains.  It is also serves as a gathering place for guests.
  • The First Floor Landing, which is carpeted, has an easy chair and a small library.
  • All stairs and landings are carpeted.
  • All public areas, including Entrance Hall, stairs and landings are well lit using a combination of ceiling and wall lights.
  • There is an Aico radiolink smoke alarm system throughout the premises, including Entrance  Hall and kitchen, landings and bedrooms.  All of the alarms are linked and in the event of a fire in one area, all of the alarms will be activated.
  • The Breakfast Room is off the ground floor Entrance Hall and guests are requested not to wear stiletto heels on the oak floor.  Breakfast, which can be full English, other cooked option or Continental, whichever you prefer, is available between 8.00 am and 9.00 am.   Locally sourced ingredients are used wherever possible.  Hot breakfast items are served, but you can help yourself to cold items from our breakfast buffet.  Please advise us of any special dietary requirements when making your booking.

Gardens & Terraces

  • There is a step down from the French doors of the south facing Breakfast Room to the Upper Terrace.  A flight of 4 steps with handrails either side gives access to the Lower Terrace and Garden.  Terraces and steps are Indian sandstone.  There is a combination of tables, chairs and Lutyens garden benches on the terraces.
  • On warm sunny days the welcome cream tea may be served in the summer house in the garden.  Access to the summer house is via a step down from the Lower Terrace to a shale path, followed by a step up to the seating area.
  • There is a further seating area in the courtyard at the back of the house where breakfast may be served in the summer.  Access is via the courtyard gates to the right of the forecourt at the front of the house and there is a continuous flat surface.
  • Gardens include lawns and flower beds.  The lawn from the Upper Terrace level slopes down to the Lower Terrace level and there is a further step down from the Lower Terrace to the lawn. There is a flight of 5 steps from the front lawn to the forecourt at the front of the house with a gate in between.

Additional Facilities

Guests have access to the following facilities:

  • Refrigerator in the Breakfast Room
  • Ironing board & iron available on request
  • Trouser press available on request.

Additional Information

  • There is a local cottage hospital with small accident and emergency facilities less than half a mile away.
  • St Elphin’s Retirement Village is less than half a mile away and its restaurant and bistro are open to the public from 9.00 am to 8.00pm daily.
  • Darley Dale village and Two Dales are within 1.5 miles and have a Doctor’s Surgery, Chemist, Post Office, village store, RBS branch office, Whitworth Community Centre, hair dresser and barber.
  • There is a fuel filling station with local store and a garden centre with café one mile away.

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