Derbyshire Venues & Accommodation For Every Occasion

Welcome to Gainsborough Retreats

Derbyshire venues and accommodation for every occasion.

For over 25 years Gainsborough Leisure has been providing self-catered holiday cottage accommodation in the Derbyshire Peak District. A family run business, we take pride and care in ensuring our properties are immaculately clean and plentifully equipped for all your holiday and event needs.

Knockerdown CottagesIt all started when one of our Directors, Kevin Ellis, bought the Medieval listed Blore Hall near Ilam, Derbyshire. On turning this beautiful Hall and outbuildings into stunning holiday accommodation and creating a desirable holiday site atmosphere Gainsborough Leisure Limited was born. Blore Hall was sold to make way for Knockerdown Cottages near Carsington Water. This site has seen many improvements and developments over the years but now is the flagship site of the new "Gainsborough Retreats" branding. Six new cottages were built to mirror the older part of the site approximately 12 years ago and a new games room was added to link the swimming pool and leisure club to the reception area. Current work is underway to create two function rooms for guests to enjoy communal dining, meetings and events.

Nether Burrows FarmIn 2007, after Kevin's daughter Hannah joined the company, Nether Burrows Farm was purchased, a secluded rural site in Kirk Langley. Set in the rolling countryside Nether Burrows Farm was a site consisting of two holiday cottages, a farmhouse and a run-down barn. The barn was lovingly restored into what is now Sunshine Cottage and the farmhouse has been refurbished into comfortable accommodation without losing its traditional charms.

HolidaysLike any industry the holiday market has changed since our business started in 1986 and therefore we are constantly trying to evolve our properties and the products we offer our customers in order to meet our guests requirements. Gainsborough Retreats is our exciting new brand covering three stunning Derbyshire sites (and a few further afield!) where you can enjoy exclusive hire for your private or corporate event.

Peak DistrictOur team at Gainsborough is focused and enthusiastic in providing one of the best and most comfortable home away from home experiences that can be had in the Peak District. Many of our employees have been with us for a long time and are dedicated in providing our guests with the best stay possible. From Directors to part time staff, all our employees work closely to create an enjoyable working atmosphere which we hope you will see when you visit us!

Each of our sites and properties vary in size and have a unique style that you can add your own finishing touches and ideas to and tailor your event exactly to your liking.