Derbyshire Venues & Accommodation For Every Occasion

No tricks and plenty of treats for this October in Derbyshire

It's been a busy September at Gainsborough Retreats with weekend weddings, spa days and tea parties but we're all set for October now Autumns taken its hold - the retreats have a warming Autumn glow whilst the sun is still shining on the meadows surround the cottages.

We really are very spoilt to have Derbyshire on our doorstop, if you don't believe us - come see for yourselves - we'd love to have you & there's always so much going on...

Afternoon Tea At A Boutique Spa?

Fancy putting your feet up for an afternoon? Treat yourselves to delicious afternoon tea in a boutique spa prepared & served to you whilst you enjoy your luxury spa treatments

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Rescue Robin!


Lovely Fiona Buxton at Knockerdown Cottages wrote to me with this story which conjured up some rather bizarre images in my mind! Never a dull moment at Gainsborough Retreats...

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Coat hangers disguised!


Innocent until proven guilty! We loved our recent guests story when 12 coat hangers mysteriously disappeared from one of our cottages...

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Activities for the Autumn

We've found a jam packed list of October activities for you to keep yourselves busy with - there literally is something for everyone to get involved with. 

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A Wedding fit for the WHOLE weekend!

Rebecca Cameron & Thomas Boone booked exclusive hire of Knockerdown Cottages for a weekend wedding with all their family and friends. A beautiful autumn glow beneath the enveloping avenue of trees & the sun shimmering through the leaves - it was a perfect way to begin...

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Holiday With Gainsborough Retreats


Gainsborough Retreats would like to explain the word "break" and what it really means for us as a holiday company. We would like to think we are different, have unique venues and want to make every break extra special for all of you....

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What's On in Derbyshire?! We Recommend...

Matlock Bath Illuminations burst into life on Saturday 6 September until 25 October. Magically decorated and illuminated boats parade on the River Derwent at 7.45pm every Saturday and Sunday

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Walk to an Ancient Stone Circle in Middleton


A charming little village where only the seasons seem to change over the years. Fabulous walking routes radiate from the village down into some classic limestone dales and up over remote hilltops with outstanding views.

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Recipe of the Month - Halloween Style!


Sautéed shallots and feta cheese flavor this simple spread, which is a delicious hors d'oeuvre at any time of year. Here, it's formed into a spooky spider.

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