The Shavings

Cowdale near Buxton, Peak District (Ref. 2942)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Buxton 2.5 miles. A charmingly-cosy studio apartment, set in the rural hamlet of Cowdale. This property is a lovely alternative to the usual Peak District cottages, in a superb location on the edge of the Peak District National Park, just 2.5 miles from Buxton. Set on the ground floor of an old stone barn, The Shavings offers comfortable, welcoming accommodation. This is an ideal location for making the most of what's on offer in the area - there are plenty of varied and enjoyable walks from the door, not to mention a choice of renowned cycle trails within easy reach. Add to that the wonderful surrounding countryside, theme parks, historic houses and market towns (offering delicious locally-produced food and drink!) and you are left in no doubt that The Shavings is a wonderfully welcoming and economical base for a relaxing holiday in the Peak District. Note: This property is next to Refs. 951 and 10235, together they sleep 6.


All ground floor. One studio room with 4ft double bed, fitted kitchen area with breakfast bar and sitting area with woodburner-effect electric fire. Shower room with shower, basin and WC.


  • Skirting heaters and electric fire in sitting area
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Shared use of laundry room with washer/dryer
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Shared outdoor sitting area with furniture
  • Ample off road parking
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 2.5 miles (Buxton)
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Excellent base for the peaks.”
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    • “We have just returned home after a lovely week in this area. The shavings is perfect for a couple and dog. Comfortable accommodation with all amenities we needed. Clean and tidy cottage with own parking, greeted by a pack of cookies and fresh milk. There is plenty of heating so this can be used all year. From the visitors book there appears people on their 7 and 8th visit's. Can't recommend highly enough. So thank you for a lovely stay. We may well returned if you have a vacancy. Would recommend you use the A515 access on your first visit and avoid the A6 side until you find your way around.”

    Russell R, May 2015

    • “Very Relaxing Break”
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    • “After a long drive from Devon motorway gridlocks.we arrived at the shavings,lovely bigger than expected ideal for a couple everything one would need .and very comfortable.Very good position for visiting many places.”

    Dhbailey, Exeter, September 2014

    • “Superb week”
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    • “I stayed at The Shavings earlier this year and would have no hesitation in going back. The accommodation was superb, very comfortable and the accommodation is in a nice quiet spot. It is in an ideal spot for visiting many places. I have no hesitation in recommending this accommodation to anyone.”

    A TripAdvisor Member, August 2014

    • “Loved it!”
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    • “We spent a few days at The Shavings in September. We loved the quiet location and we felt very welcome indeed. The owner showed us everything and suggested things to do & see in the area. The cottage is just the right size for a couple, with a fully equipped kitchen and a very comfortable bed. There was one slight problem: the cottage smelled a little damp and some wooden cooking utensils were mouldy but we alerted the owner to this when we left, because it really wasn't a big deal - he was shocked and apologized. It seems that a pipe in the kitchen wall was causing problems. He said he was going to have it looked immediately. We will probably be back - next time with our dog! I would recommend this cottage to people who want some peace and quiet. As it's a working farm, there is the occasional farm noise but nothing that bothered us. People with allergies to mould etc might want to check ahead if the problem has been fixed.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Regensburg, November 2012

    • “Very convenient base in the Peak”
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    • “Terrific value for money. Excellent kitchen, and pretty much everything else you could need, with parking right outside. There is also a small seating area on the patio. The location is very convenient for both outdoor activities and for visiting Buxton: you feel you are in the middle of the countryside, but the town is only a couple of miles away. I would just be aware that you have another bedroom on top of you in the upstairs accommodation, and if young children are staying there you are likely to be woken early in the morning. A bonus is the shared laundry: very useful to have a washing machine available.”

    Lifestyler4, New Zealand, August 2012

    • “Fantastically relaxing!!”
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    • “The Shavings was a compact rental, with all the amenities that you would expect. The very friendly owners were on hand to show us around and offer advice on places to visit, they had ensured that we had fresh milk to see us through until the next day.It was hard to believe that this place was so close to the main a6 road because situated as it is atop a hill, via a wooded valley, you could have been miles from the nearest habitation. Of course the stunning Peak District all around us was the icing on the cake. Would not be able to recommend this highly enough, more than value for money. Thank you!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, York, May 2011

    • “Cosy, Great value”
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    • “We were made to feel very welcome. The property was clean, well-equipped and set in a beautiful area. Everything we wanted for a short break for two people, thanks!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Devon, December 2009

    • “great holidays”
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    • “The home was wonderful!!! We stayed at a very nice place and the customers were very friendly. There is a lot to do in Buxton. We visited some caverns and we visited the Farmer´s market which was very interesting. It was so nice - we will be back soon!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Altenkirchen - Germany, December 2009

    • “Very enjoyable and memorable holiday”
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    • “The owners were helpful nice people who made us very welcome. We enjoyed our stay very much”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Leicestershire, September 2011

    • “very enyoyable stay”
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    • “we enjoyed our stay at the shavings, everyone was very friendly and helpful The only complaint we had was, the sink in the bathroom which was too small and leaked all over thr floor coseqently we had to wash in the kitchen sink”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, N Ewcastle Upon Tyne, November 2010

    • “Slightly Off The Beaten Path”
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    • “The property is located in a very quiet hamlet a couple of miles outside Buxton. If you are happy to drive everywhere including to the pub, shop, restaurant etc then you will be fine. The property was very cosy, clean, and well maintained and is a good size for a couple.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Brighouse, July 2010

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    • “A lovely cosy little cottage, perfect for the two of us. It had everything we could have wished for. A thoroughly enjoyable week away.. wish we could turn the clocks back!”

    Mrs Hendry, Pattiswick, October 2015

    • “The accommodation was very well maintained and clean, it was quiet and relaxing. Can't wait to return.”

    Mrs Sutton, Norwich, August 2015

    • “A lovely economical cottage. It was very cosy and in a nice quiet location with good access to places of interest. Received a warm welcome from helpful owners who were there but not intrusive.”

    Ms Prince, Warrington, July 2015

    • “Owners are friendly and very welcoming. Property is in a prime location for walks from the door plus to go out exploring further a field.”

    Mr Inns, Witham, December 2014

    • “A very nice clean, comfortable place ideal for 2 people in the country but 5 minutes by car to town. Fully recommended.”

    Mrs Hollingshead, Torquay, August 2014

    • “Fantastic location and great hosts; it was a perfect break.”

    Ms Martin, Ramsgate, August 2014

    • “The rural location was wonderful. The Shavings was very cosy and comfortable. Ideal place for peace and quiet. Other places to visit easily accessible. The owners were very friendly and helpful with general advice about the surrounding places to go. Really enjoyed our stay, didn't want to leave. Will definitely be returning and will be highly recommending to friends and family.”

    Mrs Richardson, Lincoln, June 2014

    • “The cottage was really cosy and comfortable - this was our 4th visit and we shall return again and again. The hosts are a lovely couple and really friendly and helpful. The area is beautiful with loads of local walks from the cottage itself as well as further afield. The farm and surrounding area is really peaceful. We love it!”

    Mrs Ruffles, Ipswich, May 2014

    • “Very relaxing and quiet. The owners were extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We will be back soon for the third time! We were there again in June it was that good. Many thanks!”

    Mrs Cleave, Scunthorpe, April 2014

    • “I have had a wonderful holiday. The accommodation was excellent and couldn't be faulted in anyway. It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable.”

    Mrs Fawcett, Mansfield, April 2014

    • “Great cottage, excellent value for money.”

    Mrs Bilby, Hinckley, March 2014

    • “This cottage was set in an ideal location for travelling around the area. We enjoyed returning to the warm and cosy cottage each day after our long walks. There is a bus stop on the A6 just a 5-10 minute walk away. We used the bus several times, leaving the car behind. The owners were always very friendly and helpful too. We would definitely stay here again.”

    Mrs Pollard, Wellington, February 2014

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About the location


Tideswell 7 miles; Bakewell 12 miles; Matlock 21 miles.

It was the constant 28 degrees centigrade of the bubbling blue waters of Buxton's eight thermal springs that originally attracted the Romans to the town. However it was during the 18th and 19th centuries, under the patronage of successive Dukes of Devonshire, that the Palladian splendour of the Buxton of today was designed and built - including the magnificent semi-circular Crescent, The Great Stable, Hall Bank, The Square, The Pavilion Gardens and The Opera House. Today visitors continue to enjoy these magnificent buildings and gardens, as well as the Opera House's full programme and annual festivals of music and arts. There is good walking close by with rugged peaks to the north and gentle hills and dales to the south. A great base for exploring the Peak District.

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