Cambridge Lodge

Wensley near Matlock, Peak District (Ref. 903901)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

An amazing cottage, the type of property that you would marvel at if you saw it on a television programme.

This unique cottage has been expertly converted from a water tank that dates from 1909, and which now offers luxurious accommodation in the heart of the Peak District.

Rurally located in the hamlet of Wensley and with stunning views reaching Chatsworth House and Riber Castle, this Peak District cottage offers a truly unrivalled holiday experience for friends and families alike.

Set over the ground and lower ground floors, you enter this magnificent Derbyshire cottage at the ground floor level where you will find a very well-equipped kitchen complete with a dining area and a utility room, a twin bedroom and a bathroom.

Heading down the stairs to the lower ground floor, you are greeted by two double bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, and the other with a sitting area with a very low ceiling, but which boasts a Smart TV so you can enjoy some privacy as you catch up with your favourite films.

The large sitting room is also on the lower ground floor and contains another Smart TV as well as a separate reading area and study with very low ceilings, which add beautifully to the character of this Derbyshire cottage.

Outside this Peak District cottage is a lovely patio garden and whichever way you look, you will be amazed by the panoramic views which take in Chatsworth House, Riber Castle and the valleys and hills in between.

The nearby conservation village of Winster boasts a well-stocked community village shop and cafe as well as two excellent pubs, a lovely children's playground and a 17th century Market House which is owned by the National Trust.

The popular market towns of Matlock and Bakewell are close by, as well as there being magnificent walks from the doorstep of this fabulous Peak District cottage, whilst for the more adventurous, Carsington Water, with its many water-based activities, is only nine miles away.

This is an outstanding Peak District cottage to be enjoyed all year round and will which will linger long in the memory after you have said your farewells!


Over ground and lower ground floors. Three bedrooms: 1 x lower ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x lower ground floor double with sitting area with TV, 1 x ground floor twin. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor kitchen with dining area. Utility. Lower ground floor galleried sitting room with reading area and study with low ceiling.


Gas central heating. Gas range cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x Smart TVs with Freeview and Netflix, Blu-ray, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games. Fuel and power inc. in the rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in the rent. Off road parking for 3 cars. Raised unfenced front patio with small lawn and furniture. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles. Note: No infants or children under 10 due to steep stairs and unfenced raised garden. Note: Sitting area in lower ground floor double bedroom and the reading area have very low ceilings. Note: No stag/hen or similar.

Note: No infants or children under 10.

Guest Reviews


    • “Brilliant”
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    • “I don’t know what I can add to what the other reviews have said. From our first contact with the cottages owners, to our last day we have been wowed by the quality and attention to detail that Lisa has put into her property. My partner and I have rented a number of cottages before, not one has come close to the welcome received from Cambridge Lodge, the welcome feast prepared by Lisa was sufficient to last us days and was simply stunning. We had booked for our anniversary, and Lisa went above and beyond what we had expected, adding balloons and congratulatory banners. The location of the property is wonderfully secluded, whilst there we saw a family of deer along with a range of other animals. The cottage itself blew away all expectation; the size and attention to detail were wonderful. We could not have asked for a better week away, and hope we get the chance to visit again :)”

    Paul J, October 2015

    • “What all cottages should aspire to!”
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    • “From the very first moment of our arrival to the minute we left the cottage and owners (Lisa and Jim) wowed us with the quality and attention to detail. We've rented a number of cottages before, but none have ever come close to the Cambridge Lodge. The welcome "feast" laid on by Lisa lasted us days, the spread was simply stunning. Lisa's welcome was very heartfelt. The cottage itself blew away all expectations we had, the sheer size, amenities and supplies that were available from the get go. The views and location are also excellent, we couldn't have wished for a better start for our visit from Thailand... our only regret is we only stayed a week before leaving to move to Cumbria and a new cottage. I hope we get chance to return!”

    KhunKwai, Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand, July 2015

    • “Five star stay”
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    • “This is a five star accommodation place to stay in a five star location but the added bonus of seven star service from the owners they could not make you more welcome or comfortable we are going back next year a must be place to visit in such beautiful surroundings”

    Corinne M, Leicester, United Kingdom, July 2015

    • “Fabulous!”
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    • “I can add nothing to the other excellent reviews! I have already reccommended it to friends & colleagues & family. Very interesting conversion. Very clean. Attention to detail gives the visitor a wonderful experience, from comfortable bedding, to everything in the kitchen you might need & more, exercise machine, TV's & WiFi, chessboard & other games, information about local activities & to top it all a very warm welcome with a basket of treats. Also stunning rural location. Walks on your doorstep. Close to visit Chatsworth House.”

    CollaSevenoaks, Sevenoaks, November 2014

    • “Spoil Yourselves.”
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    • “We had a wonderful fortnight here. Jim and Lisa are the perfect hosts and really put themselves out to make us comfortable. There is everything you could possibly need, from WIFI to Netflix, from toiletries to an exercise machine, from books and board games to a swingball. Lots of walks around and beautiful views. The only rule is to relax and enjoy your stay. We spent days exploring alternating with chilling. Sadly the weather stopped us lying on the roof and watching the stars. We took teenagers and they were happily kept occupied. Don't miss the chance to vist a cave via a cable car or try the proper Bakewell Pudding. We can highly recommend the cottage and hope to return.”

    Rachael H, Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom, August 2014

    • “Perfect peaceful getaway !”
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    • “We stayed at Cambridge Lodge with our family to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday. The property is wonderful. Very clean, peaceful and well equipped. The hosts Jim and Lisa are fabulous and can't do enough for you. Lisa is a very kind person who goes the extra mile to make your stay at this wonderful property perfect for your individual needs. She even popped in with candles and a birthday balloon ! If you like individual and unusual properties then this is the place for you. We will definitely be back !”

    Rich S, Corralejo, Spain, July 2014

    • “Couldn't be more perfect”
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    • “Not sure how you could better this place. Amazing welcome basket of goodies and wine and endless toiletries. Spotless and full of all the kitchen gadgets you could ever need. Perfect for six old chums catching up over long walks and board games (and wine)”

    Drinksareonme, April 2014

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    • “What a fantastic, quirky holiday home! The attention to detail was brilliant with everything we needed and more. The welcome we received from Lisa was great and very informative, she is rightly very proud of their conversion. We would love to return.”

    Mr Davies, Shepton Mallet, October 2015

    • “The cottage itself blew away all our expectations, we could not have asked for a better week away, and hope we get the chance to visit again.”

    Mr James, Mirfield, October 2015

    • “This accommodation is absolutely top notch. Have never come across an accommodation where literally everything is catered for. The owners really do ensure your stay is very comfortable and you want for nothing. I have stayed in several self catering accommodations over the years and it is gong to be extremely hard to find anything in the future that comes up to this standard.”

    Mrs Roberts, Bournemouth, September 2015

    • “This is a fantastic place to stay and has a fantastic host. It is nicely secluded, has great facilities and the views are absolutely amazing. I completely recommend it.”

    Mr Nichol, Worthing, August 2015

    • “Wonderful property with fantastic views. Cambridge Lodge is beautifully decorated and furnished and we were all very comfortable. The attention to detail is outstanding and we had everything we could possibly need for our stay.”

    Mrs Stevens, Ross-on-Wye, July 2015

    • “Wow! The best cottage we have ever stayed at. It was large, roomy and well provisioned. Amazing! There was not only WiFi but Netflix and books galore to read - just amazing value!”

    Mr Sanderson, Dokmei, June 2015

    • “Had a lovely warm welcome from the owner and there were lots of superb finishing touches to make our stay special.”

    Mrs Allen, Halesowen, May 2015

    • “The house and hospitality is the best I have experienced and the Derby Dales are amazing, even in February.”

    Mr Mullen, London, February 2015

    • “The property was unusual, very impressive and the owner was welcoming and generous.”

    Mrs Ashley, Heanor, February 2015

    • “This is by far the best holiday rental I have ever stayed in. The communication from the owner prior to our visit was outstanding, her welcome on the day was overwhelming and the property was simply amazing. Nothing is too much trouble, the welcome "pack" was a feast and quite simply the whole week was an absolute pleasure. The quality of the décor, furnishings and finishing touches surpasses all expectations. The property offers the chance to relax, unwind from all of life's stresses and appreciate the picturesque scenery (not to mention the sheep in the fields surrounding!). I could wax lyrical all day. Any visitors to this property in future will, I hope, recognise the importance of respecting Cambridge Lodge and leave it as they find it. It is way more than a home from home. I have never re-booked a holiday property as I have done with Cambridge Lodge - we went on line within 1 day of arrival and booked for next year!”

    Mr Roddy Mbe, Cheltenham, November 2014

    • “This really was a wonderful holiday rental. We were made to feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. Fabulous location, beautiful scenery and plenty to do. We will defintely return.”

    Mrs Manning, Eastbourne, October 2014

    • “It had everything you could possibly need, even down to toiletries. The owners were lovely hosts and made us feel really at home. This is 5 star accommodation and we will definitely be back.”

    Mrs Howard, Kirkby-in-Furness, August 2014

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About the location


Matlock 3 miles; Bakewell 8 miles.

Wensley is a conservation village which is nestled in the Derbyshire hills just 3 miles from Matlock, with some wonderful walking and stunning views all around. Just one mile away is the conservation village of Winster which is situated within the Peak District National Park and is an extremely pretty place with a charming 17th century market house and other imposing 18th century houses on its three main streets. Less imposing, but no less endearing, are the little alleyways or ‘ginnels’ off Main Street, which are well worth exploring. The village is famous for its Morris dancers, Wakes festivities (every July) and its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race - a fascinating spectacle! Within the village is a well-stocked community store incorporating a Post Office, and two pubs - both serving food and local traditional beer. Bakewell, Chatsworth and Matlock are all nearby and, for keen walkers and cyclists, the village lies within 5 miles of the Tissington and High Peaks walking/cycling trails and The Limestone Way.

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