River Cottage

Youlgreave near Bakewell, Peak District (Ref. 2239)

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Cottage features

  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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The property

A lovely, traditional, stone-built property, River Cottage is the gable end of a row of quaint cottages situated on a steep hillside in the pretty village of Youlgreave, 4 miles from Bakewell. Completely renovated to a good standard, the cottage is full of charm and character with a delightful sitting room and a mature garden area with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Due to the exceptional location of this cottage, the only noise that you will hear is the sound of the river. A footpath leads from the cottage down to the Bradford Dale valley bottom where there are lovely riverside walks and numerous picnic spots, while Youlgreave's old pubs and magnificent church are just a short stroll away. An ideal romantic retreat from which to explore the beauty of the surrounding National Park, Bakewell, with its regular market, Matlock and the unmissable Chatsworth House.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x adult bunks (double on bottom, single on top). Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Small fitted kitchen. Sitting room with multi-fuel stove and dining area.


Gas central heating with multi-fuel stove. Gas cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, CD/radio, library of books/games. Fuel, power and starter pack for multi-fuel stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair. Ample roadside parking in village. Front patio and garden area with garden furniture and BBQ. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 4 mins walk. Note: The cottage is accessed by a steep footpath approx. 4 mins walk from the available parking.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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Guest Reviews


    • “lovely place to stay”
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    • “This is a lovely cosy cottage, well refurbished. There is a steep path to get there so not suitable if you have mobility problems. There are fabulous views over the river and valley. Would certainly go again.”

    Jan G, Chichester, United Kingdom, March 2015

    • “Character cottage in beautiful setting.”
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    • “Delightful cottage with everything provided including poo bags! Lovely area for walking with river just a stone's throw away. Three good pubs in the village, all serving various beers and good food with meat sourced locally. Path down to cottage very steep, not suitable for elderly or infirm.”

    Rosemary S, Earl Soham, United Kingdom, June 2013

    • “good”
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    • “The cottage was spotlessy clean and very well equipped, everything was in good working order, the only downfall was the walk from the road to the cottage with the luggage, the surrounding area is beautiful and the views spectacular, despite the weather we had a very enjoyable week, Youlgreave is a friendly village, everyone is helpful and will stop to chat, the dog loved it too, the river walks in particular were great.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Manchester, September 2012

    • “fantastic”
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    • “me and my family had an amazing time at river cottage we had a few teething problems when we stayed at the property when we contacted the owners who had just taken over the property came to our assistance straight away and dealt with our problem very smoothly they were a very nice and accommodating couple. The property is a lovely nice and relaxing cottage with everything anyone needs. there is a stream at the bottom of the little lane that goes at the side of the property where my 2 and 4 year old loved catching little fish. the location of the cottage is on a steep hill which is easy to get up and down the village has everything you need to enjoy your stay. the village locals are very friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay again and recommend it to anyone”

    Syreeta36, Sutton In Ashfield, United Kingdom, February 2012

    • “Fantastic base for the Peak district.”
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    • “This property was perfect for our family holiday, I was accompanying my parents and family dog - all in the twilight of their years! The cottage is in a very steep ravine down to a small river (more a large stream). You can, as mentioned by others, if you wish park at the bottom and walk up if it's a problem, though we didn't bother! Parking at the top on the main road was never a problem - we usually parked just off the 'main' road next to the nearby pub. The cottage is very clean and VERY comfortable. I can only imagine people who complained about cleanliness are not going out walking and bothered about the odd mark on the carpet?! There is a wonderful patio where you can sit sipping your drink after a long days walking and see people struggling up or down the ravine! There are a lot of DVDs and a PS2 with a load of games in the living room that was a nice touch for groups to use at the end of the day. Location is brilliant, couldn't be better for anywhere in the Peaks. Bakewell and Matlock are minutes away for supplies and great walks are everywhere! Thoroughly recommended.”

    Mike_from_England, England, October 2010

    • “A little hidden gem...”
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    • “At first it was quite a challenge to find... Now I'm someone who can navigate with maps on long walks across country side no problem but finding the cottage was quite a problem. The directions once we got to the Farmyard Inn and what to do after we got there wasn't very helpful and found it the hard way! its a very steep decent down to the cottage and we had a pram and lots of gear to take down which took a few trips... Being a fit young lad too this still proved a slight challenge! But we managed as it was totally worth it when we got to the cottage, the view is breath taking. You over look the river which you can have a good walk along which I recommend, to see all the rainbow trout in there. So quiet too, might get the odd person walking past down the path but always friendly hello's. The cottage it small and really nice, I'm not tall but had to duck a bit once upstairs but it adds to the character! Stayed in the spare room on the double bed (could certainly do with a new mattress... as the springs are virtually popping out so we laid a duvet on top and slept on that) Plenty of amenities to cook with and great facilities. 3 pubs to choose from in the village and a good few circular walks round there! Would recommend for a quiet and peaceful getaway, very close to bakewell but its driving distance or about an hours walk”

    Godders_Only_Knows, Wakefield, United Kingdom, June 2015

    • “Hidden gem”
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    • “River cottage is absolutely lovely. We had a wonderful holiday there and thoroughly enjoyed waking up to the views over the Bradford Dale every morning. The cottage itself is very warm and comfortable, having everything we could have needed, and the people of Youlgrave are all so warm and friendly. I even felt relaxed and inspired enough to do a little crafting while I was there and made a little teddy pen holder and bookmark which I left behind as a small "thank you" for a lovely holiday. All in all we had a lovely stay and will definitely visit again with any luck!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Long Eaton, May 2012

    • “Fantastic location for walking if you are fit and able”
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    • “Relatively small cottage. Some good features some average. Great view of Dale from rear Garden / patio. Helpful neighbours. Very hilly - not suitable for older visitor or with young children in my view. No car access. Dog friendly location. Excellent pub up the hill”

    Paul Webb, Cheshire, September 2011

    • “river cottage”
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    • “It was a lovely surprise to find a bottle of wine and doggy biscuits awaiting us when we arrived! Sadly the previous tennants had not reported flooding the dishwasher and breaking the flush on the loo! However, our stay was very enjoyable and the cottage was very comfortable, apart from the new owner of the nearby cottage moving in her furniture.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Lowestoft, November 2010

    • “Great Holiday”
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    • “Beautiful Location - don't let the steep access put you off - you can drive to bottom when leaving to pack the car. We had a great time - like stepping back in time. Youlgreave is a lovely village and great base for visiting the peak. You can walk through some of the most picturesque dales from the house, stopping off for great food and beer in local villages. Cottage is well maintained and very comfortable - no complaints, but toilet needs fixing.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Alva, September 2010

    • “Wish it could be my second home...:-)”
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    • “Very welcoming, lovely cottage, beautiful surroundings, great walks, Youlgreave is a nice village with nice pubs. I'm sure we will visit the Sykes Holiday-site again next year!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, December 2009

    • “so peaceful”
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    • “The cottage was lovely with excellent views over the Bradford Dale. Youlgrave itself, is a beautiful village, peerfect for walking and everyone there gave us such a wonderful warm welcome.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Derbyshire, December 2009

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    • “Lovely little old cottage in a lovely village, ideal for walking straight from the property. A lovely relaxing week was had by all.”

    Mrs Leverington, Hockley, September 2015

    • “The location was outstanding and the info regarding local walks and facilities was excellent. It was very well equipped and very cosy.”

    Mrs Byrne, Brighton, May 2015

    • “"The cottage was very cosy and beautifully done out. The views were spectacular, and there were lovely walks along the river with our dog."”

    Dr Graydon, Chichester, March 2015

    • “Very quiet and relaxing, lovely walks and great pubs nearby. We really liked the log burner - it was cosy.”

    Mrs Atkinson, Leicester, October 2014

    • “Beautiful cottage and ideal location. Peaceful, but plenty to do in the surrounding area! Would definitely recommend and will hopefully be returning ourselves!”

    Miss Wilkinson, Loughborough, August 2014

    • “The location was perfect; beautiful view and very peaceful.”

    Miss Williams, Warwick, July 2014

    • “Excellent cottage in a fantastic location with beautiful decor throughout and good amenities. The views are stunning with the only sounds coming from the river and bird life. This is a great cottage with every thing you need for a perfect break in the Peak District. It has a log burner with a starter kit to keep you warm on the first few nights and WiFi for the kids!! The village of Youlgrave is stunning with very friendly dwellers and very helpful people. The 2 pubs are lovely with great Ales and good food, but the George is best by far!! The portions of food are massive and very good quality. We will definitely be coming back and staying here again.”

    Mr Goulding, Bury St. Edmunds, May 2014

    • “Great location, cosy cottage with lovely views.”

    Ms Smith, London, April 2014

    • “For the time of year, we had excellent weather and were able to enjoy lovely walks straight from the cottage. We really liked the situation of the cottage and the village and would like to return in the future.”

    Ms Middleton, Chichester, January 2014

    • “Everything about this cottage was fantastic!!!! Wonderful weekend stay.”

    Mrs Gough, Telford, January 2014

    • “Well equipped cottage in a lovely location, great for walking and dog friendly.”

    Mrs Wright, Northampton, December 2013

    • “Comfortable cottage, very well located for walks and village facilities. Practical, warm and clean. Particularly liked quiet position away from roads.”

    Mr Ashman, Malvern, November 2013

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About the location


Bakewell 4 miles.

Surrounded by stunning countryside, the ancient village of Youlgreave winds its way along a narrow limestone shelf, situated between two of the area's loveliest valleys - Lathkill Dale to the north and Bradford Dale to the south. Once the centre of Derbyshire's lead-mining industry, this charming village now plays home to three pubs, all serving food, two shops (one with a Post Office) and a delightful medieval church. The attractive market town of Bakewell is nearby and offers a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as a frequent local market. With the whole of the Peak District National Park on the doorstep, many stately homes to visit including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall, as well as Alton Towers, Britain's premier theme park, just a short drive away, this great area has plenty to offer!

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