Situated in the heart of Willington, a small south Derbyshire Village, on the banks of the Trent and Mersey canal, The Cottage offers luxurious accommodation in an idyllic location.
Recently re-furbished to an exceptionally high standard, with your comfort in mind we are confident your stay will be comfortable, relaxing and most definitely memorable.
Enjoy a quiet spot next to the canal watching the boats go by whilst sampling the fantastic food and great locally brewed beers from the award winning The Dragon, right next door to The Cottage. The Dragon has an amazing beer garden which is very popular in the summer months.
The historic village of Repton is situated just a mile away making The Cottage an ideal place to stay for people wishing to visit the famous Repton School as well as Toyota, Donnington, Park and East Midlands Airport.
What about the history of Willington…
When the Romans invaded Britain in 43 AD they built a road to Derwentia, (now Derby), which passed about half a mile to the north west of Willington, where the A 38 now runs. They built a farmstead, with outbuildings etc. and were present until about 300 AD. When they left the Saxons moved in and the remains of their houses and hearths have been found . Maybe these were the first settlers in Willetun, as the village was once called.
The Trent and Union Canal was built in 1777 and was originally called the ‘Grand Trunk Canal’, the builder being James Brindley. The village was the scene of much barge traffic and children from the boats came to Willington school from time to time. Up to the 1960’s there was a thriving wharf yard at the rear of the Green Dragon public house (now known as The Dragon), served by the canal and the railway. Along the canal, Wharf cottage survived as a private house into the early 1960’s but was totally demolished when the village Marina was constructed by Derbyshire CC in 1973.
Willington Power Station
For more than 50 years Willington Power Station was a dominant feature of the skyline, with its tall chimneys and five huge cooling towers. For many locals when travelling by road the sight of the these said clearly that they were approaching home!
The twin chimneys of the station, were demolished, in simultaneous blasts, on the 3rd of October 2001followed by another demolition on the 23rd November 2001, when the structure of the turbine house was flattened. Only the five cooling towers now remain standing but remain a feature of the village and surrounding area.