Care home reveals 19 new bedrooms and Market Hall with pub, spa and travel agent

Ashbourne Lodge in Ashbourne, Derbyshire has become one of the most sought after care homes in the county, becoming the highest-rated care home in the Derbyshire Dales area* ( The home has had so much demand, the Milford Care team decided to extend the home to house more residents.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC, the care home has announced its final stages of preparing for the 19-bed dementia-focused care unit. Similar to the individuality of Ashbourne Lodge, the extension offers a rich environment and the opportunity to live a fulfilled life with purpose and independence with facilities including a pub, shop, kiosk, nursery, travel agent and even a new spa room, made as a glamorous addition to give residents treatments on tap!

This new Market Hall has been designed meticulously by the Montessori specialists at Milford Care which uses the best practice in care, food and nutrition, design and methods to engage residents in meaningful activities and help them find purpose in their day, feel a part of their community and be fulfilled.

Jim Watt, Registered Home Manager of Ashbourne Lodge said, “Life at Ashbourne Lodge is very different to other care homes. We want to enable individuals to have an enriched life here by supporting them to be as independent as possible, having a meaningful place in our community and with purposeful living at every opportunity. We feel passionately that each resident has a part to play in the running of the home, whether that’s helping set the table, picking the meals for our seasonal menu, folding the towels or running the book club, and this extension will help with this freedom.

He continued, “We are proud of the work that’s gone into ensuring this new part of the care home is perfect, and designed specifically for those living with dementia”

Ashbourne Lodge is a part of the Milford Care group which has six care homes across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, two of which are rated ‘Outstanding’ from CQC. Spencer Grove in Belper (Outstanding), Ashbourne Lodge in Ashbourne (Outstanding), Milford House in Duffield (Good), The Meadows in Alfreton (Good) are all based within the Derbyshire area and Hazelgrove in Hucknall (Good), Nottinghamshire and Buddleia House (Good).

All the homes boast high social interaction, as well as homely surroundings and an appealing selection of facilities, suitable for every resident. They also specialise in residential care, nursing care, palliative care, dementia care, respite and day care.

*Correct at time of article

We’re now open!

It’s official! We’ve opened our brand new 19 bedroom dementia-led extension complete with Market Hall at Ashbourne Lodge care home. If you missed our Open Day, don’t fret – we’ve got the kettle on especially for you! Find out how we can help your loved one by contacting our friendly team 01335 301400 or email