Quaint, romantic, and endearing

Any cottage in the midst of nature feels like a fairytale—and no house on The Chatsworth Estate is more romantically situated than Swiss Cottage. A picturesque building, set up high on the hill behind Chatsworth, it offers a peaceful and secluded site in which to enjoy the ultimate self-catering holiday.

Part of the Chatsworth Collection.


  • Rooms
  • Beds
  • Guests
Inclusions & Amenities
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Private garden with access to water’s edge (not child-proof)
  • TV and DVD player
  • Central heating
  • Off-road parking
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to availability)
  • Welcome pack
  • Linen and towels
  • Log fire
  • One and a half miles from Chatsworth
  • Hairdryer

Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Dogs allowed
Children welcome

Swiss Cottage boasts an idyllic secluded location and was built between 1839 and 1842 as part of the 6th Duke of Devonshire’s many improvements to the Chatsworth Estate. It was designed by Joseph Paxton or his associate John Robertson, as an ‘eye-catcher’ in the landscape, to be admired on carriage rides or walks around the estate.

The drive up to Swiss Cottage takes you through historic Stand Wood, with its magnificent trees, where you may encounter a ‘ruined’ aqueduct, and other waterfalls and stone steps, designed by Paxton.

At the top of the hill, there are sensational views and a series of man-made lakes. The Emperor lake feeds the famous fountain of the same name in the Chatsworth garden, but the Swiss lake, from which the cottage takes its name, was dug out to supply water to the 1st Duke’s cascade in the 1690s. You have unlimited access to this landscape during your stay.

Built as a gamekeepers cottage, the building has been completely restored by the Duchess of Devonshire, right down to the shelves of books on Swiss themes.

Dogs are welcomed at a rate of £35 per dog per stay, please advise our reservations team when making your booking that you shall be bringing a dog with you.

NOTE: Swiss lake is currently drained.

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Swiss Cottage in Detail


Well equipped kitchen including dishwasher, washer, dryer and microwave. Dining room, sitting room, study, downstairs toilet, twin bedroom with en suite shower room.


Two double bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms.


The cottage has its own private garden and access to miles of walks in the woods and across the moors.

Please note that Swiss Lake adjacent to the cottage is currently drained.


Swiss Cottage, Barbrook Gardens, Bakewell DE45 1PN, UK
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Exclusive *multi-entrance tickets to Chatsworth are included with this Chatsworth Collection cottage.

These tickets give you unlimited access to Chatsworth House and Garden, with free car parking for the duration of your stay. Holders of these multi-entrance tickets are also not required to book a time slot, so you have complete flexibility.

With these tickets, there’s no need to rush to view all of the wonders of Chatsworth, as you can return the following day on the same ticket to see what you missed or revisit your favourite part.

Please note that tickets must be collected from your cottage before visiting Chatsworth.

Multi-entrance tickets are not valid for admission to events such as the International Horse Trials and Country Fair. Please note the farmyard and playground are closed during the Country Fair. 

*Chatsworth tickets over the Christmas period (between 5th November and 8th January) are single entry only. Multi-entrance tickets are not provided when Chatsworth is closed January – March.

Chatsworth Estate Shop Welcome Hampers

Our hampers are a great way of ensuring you have some essential foods in your refrigerator and store cupboard when you arrive. The Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop has a range of local and estate offerings, from fresh produce to estate reared meat.

There are three hamper options available, find out more here.

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Please note that unfortunately, the maximum occupancy of our holiday cottages cannot be exceeded at any time. Guests cannot arrange for visitors to the property or hold events (such as parties, celebrations or meetings) at the property without advance consent. For the comfort of all our guests and neighbours, we expect all residents to behave in an appropriate and non-disruptive manner. For more information on our booking terms and conditions please click below.

Visit Chatsworth

The cottage is perfectly placed on the Chatsworth Estate to explore all that the area has to offer, including the magnificent stately home, garden, farmyard and playground. As well as an abundance of country walks and local beauty spots within easy reach.

There is so much to explore in the Peak District. For inspiration for your visit, read our journal entries “How to spend a winter staycation in Derbyshire”, “Summer staycations in the Peak District” and “Experience Autumn in Derbyshire”.

Please visit Chatsworth.org to view upcoming events and opening times for Chatsworth.

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Our hotels in the splendour of the countryside offer the perfect escape to the everyday. Set in thousands of acres of spectacular surroundings, you can social distance with ease, and at our hotels and inns, you can rest assured of the very best health and safety measures allowing you to relax and enjoy your stay.

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