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General

  • Glamping site five mins' drive from Peak District National Park
  • Quiet and secluded spot with views over Derbyshire countryside
  • Paradise for ramblers, bikers and petrolheads

Get ready to fulfil your Jane Austen dreams at Ernest’s Retreat, a family-run site on a working farm 10 minutes’ drive from the town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, Central England.

Pride and Prejudice fans may know that being this close to the Peak District means you’re within easy reach of tons of stately homes: the spectacular Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall are all within 25 minutes of Ernest’s.

The site is also in a prime spot for getting back to nature. The site is five minutes from the edge of the Peak District National Park, where there are plenty of trails to follow and loads of walking tours to join. If you’re more of a petrolhead than a rambler, you can tour the Peak District in something a little more your style: a 1929 Model A Ford Phaeton, run by Vintage Adventure Tours.

Relax back on site by filling your eyes with views over the Derbyshire countryside before filling your stomach by firing up the barbecue – pile it high with supplies from one of the shops 10 minutes away.

Need a break from cooking? Head to Chesterfield to grab a table at one of the restaurants, or try one of the nearby bar-restaurants.

Please note

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.


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9.7

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99% would recommend this site to a friend.

99% would stay here again.

 

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A perfect family getaway. Easy access to lots of really lovely places. 27/05/2019

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  • Glamper camping pod
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    Everything. The pod was perfect, very spacious, views wonderful and owners very friendly. The loos and shower block was very well kept and was far to find a good local pub! Would definitely go again.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really. Would sleep on the outside of the double bunk next time! Saves climbing over my husband!

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On a whole I rate this 5 star amazing place beautiful people 15/05/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ricky H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Rambler camping pod
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    Upon arriving at the site we was greeted well and treated with respect it felt like I had arrived at a family’s house. The scenery was spectacular and the cabin was perfect, the place on a whole is very clean no dust, the wash rooms are well kept and up to date and there is all the facilities you need for you stay on a whole I would like to say it’s one of the best places I’ve stayed and I travel all over wild camping in a hammock, it’s family friendly a great place to bring the kids so don’t take my word for it try it out yourself and hope you have the same experience I’ve had with my girlfriend thanks

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    Nothing to dislike about the site it’s beautiful

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Super friendly, clean and really well maintained site. Stunning views ... 13/05/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Hannah L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Glamper camping pod
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    Super friendly, clean and really well maintained site. Stunning views and great general location. Lots to do nearby

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First time Glampers! We booked as a family of 4. ... 11/05/2019

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    First time Glampers!
    We booked as a family of 4.
    Check in was super quick and easy at Reception.
    The grounds are very clean and really well maintained.
    We stayed in the Glamper pod. It was immaculate!
    Very spacious, clean and cosy. The beds were really comfortable. We had a great nights sleep!!
    We switched the heater on inside the pod, and within a couple of hours we had to switch it off as it was too hot!
    Electricity in pods. Tea/coffee making facilities, power sockets. Which was really useful.
    Wifi signal in pod.
    Amazing panoramic views. It's very peaceful!
    Sparkling clean toilet and shower block!!
    Lots of parking.
    Dog friendly.
    Owners very friendly and accomodating, nothing is too much trouble.
    Very close proximity to many different walks around the beautiful Peak District.
    We will be returning in the summer months, which hopefully are not too long away now!

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    None

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A perfect little getaway for our family over the Bank ... 08/05/2019

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  • Camping cabin
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    A perfect little getaway for our family over the Bank Holiday weekend. The glamping pods are excellent, the facilities are spotless, there was space for our energetic 6 year old to play, but also a perfect and peaceful location to relax. The site is dog friendly and our senior staffy loved to sit outside our pod and watch the world go by. Highly recommend and will definitely be returning.

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New facilities, friendly and welcoming owners, very clean campsite. The ... 02/05/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Matt C. Confirmed

  • Rambler camping pod
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    New facilities, friendly and welcoming owners, very clean campsite. The cabin was excellent and the site had plenty of parking.

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    Nothing

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Lovely small site with great cabins and very clean facilities 30/04/2019

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    Lovely small site with very clean facilities. Great cabin with available sitting area.

    Disliked: 

    no smoking site, however bbq allowed

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Fantastic site everthing clean wpuld definitely recommend 23/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Claire L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Very quiet well looked after site

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    Nothing

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Locked ourselves out, owners came within 5 minutes and let ... 23/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Thomas G. Confirmed

  • Camping cabin
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    Locked ourselves out, owners came within 5 minutes and let us back in, lovely people. Campsite was fantastic with great views and a short drive from multiple locations. Would 100% go back. Accomodation is in great condition as well.

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    having to go back to work after the bank holiday

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Lovely views. Clean and easy accommodation. Just what we wanted ... 23/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Hal P. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Rambler camping pod
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    Lovely views. Clean and easy accommodation. Just what we wanted for a relaxing weekend

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Location

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  • Highashes Lane, Stonedge Ashover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, S45 0LH
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.1942°N 1.4854°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Chesterfield Bus Station — 3.6 miles
Matlock Coach Stops — 4.8 miles
Matlock Bath: Coach Stop — 6.1 miles
Train stations
Chesterfield Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Matlock Rail Station — 4.9 miles
Matlock Bath Rail Station — 5.8 miles
Ferry ports
Hull Ferry Terminal — 62.8 miles
Airports
Sheffield City Airport — 14.6 miles
East Midlands Airport — 26.2 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 27.9 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Exploration of the Peak District doesn’t have to mean pulling on those walking boots, slapping on a helmet or doing your best Toad of Toad Hall impressions in a classic car – you can also have an altogether more sedate experience, with fishing and golf five minutes from Ernest’s Retreat or a saunter around the banks of Ladybower Reservoir, 40 minutes away.

If you’ve already put the splendour of Chatsworth, Haddon and Hardwick stately manors on your list, now add the 25-minute trip to Bolsover Castle, a fortified retreat with a reputation for revelry. Tread lightly, though – they say it’s haunted, and you don’t want to anger anything lying dormant…

If the kids haven’t hit those Jane Austen literary peaks yet, they may need something more than Pride and Prejudice vibes to keep them entertained. Luckily, the kid-friendly Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park is only 15 minutes away and the entire family can head to Alton Towers, just under an hour from Ernest’s, for an adrenaline spike.

Must see

  • Chatsworth (5.7 miles)
  • Arkwright's Cromford Mills (6.5 miles)
  • Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills (6.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Winster Market House (7.4 miles)
  • Hardwick Estate: Stainsby Mill (7.5 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  10 a.m.

Ernest’s Retreat cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Ernest’s Retreat will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10:30 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 11 p.m..

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