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Gun End Cottage

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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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65 Customer Reviews

  • "Gun End Cottage is a delightful cottage with all the necessary modern amenities like washer, tumble drier , dishwasher etc, all of which we utilised, and a great base to explore the nearby Peak District."

    We all loved our stay here, especially our 11 year old Labrador who turned into a mountain goat on ‘the Roaches, Mam Tor walks! Thoroughly recommend this property!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2024

  • "Lovely old cottage in quiet country location."

    Comfortable but a little dated, ideal for our party with two small children and a dog. The only error on the listing was a DVD player missing, but fortunately the weather was good so the children didn't miss their promised movie night.

    Reviewed by Howard4.1May 2024

  • "Excellent rural, quiet and quaint leaded light window, 4 bedroomed art deco type house."

    Kitchen was well equipped/, good utility area for walkers and bikers. Downstairs washroom ideal, great drawing fire in the cosy lounge. Lovely south facing garden which would be a sun trap in summer.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2024

  • "Fantastic stay, thank you very much!"

    Beautiful home in an idyllic setting. Would recommend 100%

    Reviewed by Rachelle5.0Mar 2024

  • "A wonderful house."

    Clean, comfortable and warm in mid February. There was plenty of space and hot water for our family of 8 with an amazing array of useful kitchen facilities. Very helpful owners who instantly replied to text messages with help and kindness. If it were in the summer we would have found the garden somewhat small for 3 boys (ages 9-12), however in wet February weather we were unableto venture out into the grounds anyway.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Thank you. Great facilities and fab for our two young families to spend some time together. Lovely things to do around nearby with four children under five - parks, walks, wildlife park, Blaze Farm. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful home, very comfortable and perfect to host a family meet up."

    A few toys were a surprise bonus that the children really enjoyed. So much to do nearby as well. Would definitely like to come again.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Oct 2023

  • "A lovely stay and perfect for our family holiday in a quiet rural area which was ideal for the places we wanted to visit."

    The two year old loved playing with the toys and going into the garden. The kitchen was well equipped and we had everything that we needed. We enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved your cottage and garden."

    Perfect location for the fishing. The garden is beautiful. Only comment. Downstairs bed mattress is really uncomfortable and it’s a pity the duvet’s & pillows are not a better quality to match the house. The outlook, lambs & peacock were special.

    Reviewed by Fee4.7Jun 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Gun End Cottage very much, it was really well appointed, very comfortable and clean."

    The grandchildren were delighted to find all the toys there and loved playing in the garden and watching the sheep in the field next door. The area is beautiful and we enjoyed the local market in Congleton. We did find getting three largeish cars on the drive a little bit tricky but it was manageable. I would heartily recommend this cottage to anyone looking to explore some beautiful countryside from a comfortable base.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "It was a lovely cottage in a delightful setting."

    Janet did come when we were unable to get the Television working, but no joy with the DVD, which would have been nice to relax with after a day out sightseeing. No netflix working on television downstairs. Be aware that hob and oven take a while to heat up. Otherwise a delightful stay.

    Reviewed by Catherine3.1May 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Gun End cottage."

    It had everything what we needed. Kitchen was fully equipped and had all essential cookware. It is very cosy. Very good location. The only downside was mattresses in upstairs rooms. If you prefer medium/firm or firm mattresses you may find difficult to sleep. However, overall it is a good place to stay.

    Reviewed by Ernesta4.4May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay, very comfortable and very well equipped."

    Ideal place to stay to see the Peak District. Would definitely book again for another time.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2023

  • "An enjoyable stay in a lovely property."

    Our only problem was dealt with promptly while we were out.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Mar 2023

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at this property and it was just as great as last time."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay."

    The cottage was just what we needed to celebrate the new year in. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Annabel5.0Dec 2022

  • "Good country location for quiet break."

    Plenty of local walks. Spacious, warm and all necessary facilities

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week away staying at gun end cottage."

    It was warm and cosy ☺️ we particularly enjoyed listening to the owls at night. The property has alot of character which added to its charm. Child friendly also. Will definitely be staying again.

    Reviewed by Phoebe5.0Dec 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage set in a rural country setting."

    Very comfortable , warm , cosy ,and the welcome biscuits , tea , coffee and milk in the fridge on our arrival was lovely of the owner to leave us. Thankyou, hope to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Nov 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage which suited us so well."

    Big kitchen table to share food and stories round. Garden for coffee in the sunshine and very comfortable bedrooms.

    Reviewed by Henrietta5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really loved our stay at Gun End Cottage, a cottage full of character in a beautiful part of the world."

    The cottage is well equipped and comfortable with an interesting history that you can read about in the information folder, this folder also has a tongue in cheek poem about the cottage and its idiosyncrasies which made us smile. It has a simple quaint appeal, if you appreciate fittings from an earlier age which we do, you will love this place, the brass door knobs, the leaded window's, the fireplaces and the Duckett basin in the upstairs bathroom. The nearest neighbours are the sheep in the field adjacent to the cottage. With every trip out you are immediately on a scenic drive. We visited Buxton, Leek and Longnor all places with individual appeal, as for walks, The Roaches, Lud Church and the Manifold Trail are great and can be made as leisurely or taxing to suit your own level of fitness. Another nice walk is to leave the cottage, turn left down the hill until reaching a footpath sign on the left for 'Gighall' which leads to the river Dane. Some of the more remote roads in this area are winding,narrow,steep and 'interesting' to say the least and one gets a great sense of achievement at journey's end.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2022

  • "Hi! our stay in gun end cottage was great!"

    ! relaxing place you can see sheep's from window clean house nice host she helped us with directions patiently. nice area to walk friendly people!! comfortable beds. we had a lovely holiday!!!!!!

    Reviewed by Ronit5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had the most amazing time at Gun End Cottage."

    We stayed as two families, 4 boys and three Adults. This cottage was a very comfortable size for us all. We didn't manage to take advantage of the stunning views whilst having a bbq as unfortunately it was quite a drizzly week (didn't stop the adventures though!) Was a great area with lots of beautiful scenery to take in. We would definitely return to Gun End Cottage in the future. Thank you Margaret and Janet.

    Reviewed by Emma4.4Jul 2022

  • "A very comfortable, relaxing house very suitable for families with young children."

    Good outdoor space.

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property overlooking a field of sheep."

    Meticulously well cared for garden

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0Jun 2022

  • "This is a wonderful house in a superb location."

    Plenty of space for 6 adults and one teen. Communication was easy with the owner, great directions in the description which are useful as the sat nav takes you a little off track. I'd thoroughly recommend Gun End cottage for anyone wanting to explore the Peak District. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely family house with good size bedrooms and ample lounge and kitchen space."

    Perfect for 3 couples and 2 children. The lambs in the next field came right up to the conservatory window. We had a great long weekend, with lots to do locally and beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and great location on the edge of the Peak District."

    Everything we needed for a lovely long weekend away.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location; even decorated for Christmas with a tree and all!"

    We had a wonderful time with family we haven't seen for 4 years. THANK YOU.

    Reviewed by Mervyn5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a great weekend and would definitely book it again."

    Everything was spotless and nice. You have everything you need. The scenery is really beautiful and the sheep on the field just add to the holiday atmosphere.

    Reviewed by Evelyn5.0Dec 2021

  • "Cosy, clean, great place to spend our family early Christmas get together."

    Lots of pots, pans & baking trays so cooking Christmas dinner was easy. Thanks for the decorations!

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Dec 2021

  • "The location is wonderful - quiet and rural with lots of walking and other attractions within easy distance."

    Wincle Brewery a highlight. For 8 adults though this cottage would be tight. The garden was smaller than we expected and parking three cars very difficult (though we did find alternative parking across the road). It is also not totally toddler friendly but ours was fine with supervision.

    Reviewed by Chris3.1Jul 2021

  • "Lovely, well-equipped cottage in a beautiful, peaceful location."

    I'd also definitely recommend the Ship Inn the Wincle which is a short drive or a decent walk away.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jul 2021

  • "Excellent experience of the stay indoors and outdoors of the lovely place well equipped cottage including fast WiFi, DVD,games and books."

    Reviewed by Indranil4.4May 2021

  • "Everything at Gun End Cottage was just perfect, Total peace and quiet, the views of the the setting sunset and the sheep and baby lambs in the field were magical, The cottage is warm n cosy and all the rooms are very nicely decorated, Parking is right next to the cottage which for me is a big bonus."

    .We stayed for four nights and walked from the door every day using the abundance of footpaths All in all a perfect place place to stay in total peace and quiet it was like going back 40 years so so quiet

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in amazing setting - walks from the door & delightful garden."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay & intend to return.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Apr 2021

  • "One of the most well equipped, very clean and spacious houses we have stayed in."

    Lovely quiet isolated position. We had a great week reading and walking. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay thank you. Oct 2020

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a lovely week in Gun End Cottage."

    The house was just what we wanted, the garden and surrounding countryside were picturesque. We appreciated the well equipped kitchen and the sun room was a lovely place to sit and watch the sheep. We would happily stay again!

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, well equipped, very comfortable."

    Reviewed by James4.7Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was really comfortable, warm and clean."

    Everything we needed was provided and the location was peaceful and easy to find. My only slight disappointment was that the garden wasn't as big as I had expected from the photographs but it didn't really matter. We managed a couple of short walks from the doorstep with an OS map and drove for other more well-trodden routes. The conservatory at the back made an excellent boot room! I would definitely visit again and recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7Aug 2020

  • "This cottage is just lovely, it is well equipped, you will not need to bring anything with you apart from food, we found it got a little chilly in the evenings, so just put on the heating for an hour or so and it was lovely and toasty, it is set in the most beautiful of places, with a field of sheep adjacent to the property."

    I wouldn't say it is within walking distance of anything, but there is a lovely pub called the Ship just a short drive away. We have absolutely enjoyed our week in this cottage and i'm sure we will be back in the future.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2020

  • "Wonderful place, we were there for a family wedding."

    Cottage was lovely

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage is in a lovely peaceful spot where we heard owls an woodpeckers but a short drive into leek."

    It was well equipped with everything we could need and the owners had left milk and tea bags. Pleasant walking at Rudyard lake a short drive away. Car parking a bit tight for 3 cars at the cottage but there is a car park for the health centre just over the road that we managed to use as it was a weekend. Postcode on Sat nav takes you out of the way, follow signs for swythamley and Heaton centre.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2020

  • "Lovely property in a lovely location, which was warm enough in the howling winds of Storm Ciara."

    Sitting in the conservatory admiring the view and the sheep with my morning coffee at dawn was great!

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2020

  • "Gun End Cottage is situated in a lovely isolated location with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside."

    The cottage itself is warm and comforting in the winter months. It has everything you need for a self catering stay and is conveniently located for functions at Heaton House Farm, where we attended a wedding. There was a slight mix up with the keys but this was speedily corrected, without detriment to our stay, and the sisters could not apologise enough for the small oversight. There are four good sized bedrooms, a large sitting room and an equally large kitchen table around which you can all eat in comfort, making it an ideal place to stay if you have a large group of people in your party. If the need arises in the future I would have no hesitation in staying at this property again.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Nov 2019

  • "Great house and hosts, really lovely time and great communication, thanks"

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Oct 2019

  • "We enjoyed a delightful stay in Gun End Cottage."

    The house is immaculate, very comfortable, warm and welcoming. There are many pleasant walks in the area, some starting directly from the cottage. The owner was very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Cynthia5.0Sep 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, beautiful location, wish we had stayed for longer"

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage provide the perfect place for a weekend family get together."

    Reviewed by Belinda4.7Jun 2019

  • "A lovely cottage with plenty of good walks and beautiful countryside within a short distance."

    It was well equipped and laid out, and had been prepared very nicely for us. We use the DVD player to watch a film one evening; it worked well and instructions were easy to follow. Our group has two trips a year and we all agreed this had been one of the best - the fabulous May weather helped of course! Just two very minor niggles - one is that it looks as though no expense has been spared for most of the work in the cottage - fittings are done to a very high standard, the furnishings were great, etc. But the pans in the kitchen were very thin bottomed, and although we're all pretty experienced cooks we had problems with burning the pan bottoms. The other point wasn't one that bothered us particularly, but it might be worth flagging up more clearly that there's no wifi in the cottage. Some people will see this as an advantage anyway (it may help get the kids away from their screens!), others might not be aware of it as wifi is becoming more standard these days, and may see it as a negative. These are really minor points. Overall we had a very good stay and the cottage definitely met or exceeded expectations. Thanks!

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2019

  • "Great cottage, really comfortable and well equipped at a reasonable price."

    Lovely location, would definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, the added interest of being able to watch Homes Under the Hammer whilst staying in featured house was wonderful."

    Sykes staff always pleasant on telephone . Would definitely use again and recommend .

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Mar 2019

  • "The house was very well presented with nice bedding and towels."

    The kitchen had plenty of cooking utensils/pans etc and had more than enough crockery for the 8 of us. The property is a large 4 bedroom with plenty of space! Walks from the house were beautiful, in the knowledge we can come home to a warm open fire!

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Feb 2019

  • "Was such a lovely cottage in a really good location."

    Only a 10 minute drive from the Roaches and loads of local pubs really close by. The only thing I didn’t realise when booking was that there was no WiFi but there are tv’s, speakers, cards and loads of board games to keep everyone entertained.

    Reviewed by Poppy5.0Jan 2019

  • "We visited from Australia, with our baby!"

    It was wonderful to have a base in the countryside to host family and friends. A gorgeous cottage with everything we needed. We frequented The Rose and Crown Inn and No. 5 cafe in Leek (we're from Melbourne, so love our food and coffee!) Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Oct 2018

  • "It's in a beautiful setting, the views surrounding the property were excellent and we had a very enjoyable stay."

    Beds are comfy, everywhere was clean and the place was well equipped. We were travelling with a newborn and toddler and it was great having access to a cot, high chair and some toys. Would definitely recommend to others and hope that we can return in the future.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2018

  • "We had a lovely time."

    The cottage was slightly tired in places (pen on a cupboard, cracks in the wall) but it was so nice overall these things were barely noticeable. The Sykes experience was very good and I would use their website again. We noticed that the info for our cottage needed updating & I wonder if Sykes prompt owners well enough to do up dates? Thanks

    Reviewed by Natasha3.8Jul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, beds very comfy & lovely & warm."

    We had a fab weekend & will be back in the summer!!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Mar 2018

  • "Gun End Cottage is charming and a wonderful place to stay in this beautiful area of the Peak District."

    It was wonderful having breakfast in the conservatory with a view of sheep grazing in the field at the back of the property. We stayed at Gun End Cottage in the lead up to our son's wedding at Heaton House Farm. It was the perfect place for relaxation and calm. We would highly recommend a stay here. We enjoyed coffee and lunch at the nearby Three Horseshoes, Blackshaw Moor and dinner at the Rose and Crown, Allgreave.

    Reviewed by Glenda4.8Nov 2017

  • "We went away with friends and this holiday cottage was ideal for space and comfort, having everything we needed."

    Reviewed by Linzi5.0Sep 2017

  • "We had a brilliant time, only reason for not booking property again is they don't allow dogs."

    Reviewed by A R5.0Aug 2017

  • "Excellent beautiful cottage, in a lovely setting."

    Perfect space for a family holiday. The owners were excellent and very helpful. Nothing was too much to ask. Would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Ellen Yvonne5.0Jul 2017

  • "Supurb House will definitely book to go back again."

    So convenient for visiting surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2017

  • "The beautiful countryside surrounding us."

    Easy walking. A time to "chill" with siblings and forget ones problems.

    Reviewed by Gerard5.0Oct 2016

  • "Gun End Cottage was a lovely place to stay for a family holiday."

    There was plenty to do nearby and the cottage was very relaxing and comfortable. We particularly enjoyed watching the antics of the sheep from the Sun Room!

    Reviewed by Margaret4.8Aug 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x king-size double, 1 x ground floor king-size double (zip & link, can be made up as twin by prior arrangement), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin, WC
  • Well-equipped fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Cosy sitting room with open fire
  • Additional sun room with countryside views.
  • Oil central heating with open fire in sitting room
  • Electric cooker & hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Wi-Fi, LCD TV with Freeview, radio/CD player, small library of books/games
  • Fuel, power & starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair & stairgate available
  • Enclosed lawned area, second lawned garden with patio, furniture & BBQ
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Property accepts one well-behaved dog.Please keep dog to ground floor area
  • No smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Please note: minimum 3 night stays only

The property

This charming Peak District cottage, featured on Homes Under The Hammer, is located on a quiet lane in the hamlet of Swythamley, 5 miles from Leek.

Constructed in 1904, this wonderful Peak District cottage offers four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully-equipped fitted kitchen and a sitting room with a lovely open fire.

Expertly renovated, the cottage retains some of the original features including leaded windows and tiled floors.

There is a sun room and a large garden with lovely views of the Staffordshire countryside.

The full extent of the cottage's transformation was featured in the popular TV series Homes Under The Hammer.

This Peak District cottage is an easy drive from the market towns of Leek and Ashbourne, while Alton Towers is 40 minutes away.

An excellent base for making the most of the area, and a welcoming Peak District cottage to return to time and again.

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About the location


Leek 5 miles; Macclesfield 8 miles.

Swythamley, in the Peak District, is a farming community close to the River Dane, lying on the Staffordshire side of the river. Swythamley Hall stands in a fine park and was originally a medieval hunting lodge belonging to the Abbey of Dieulacres. Close to Swythamley is Gun Hill where Cromwell is believed to have located his canon aimed at the town of Leek. On the edge above Swythamley there is a famous landmark - the Hanging Stone, with a fine view over the surrounding countryside. Within easy reach are the Roaches for excellent walking and climbing, cycling trails and country houses. Alton Towers is 40 minutes away. The market towns of Leek and Ashbourne are a short drive away with their unusual antique shops, and the Spa town of Buxton is also an easy distance.

Note: Friday or Monday check in only. Please query with owner if other days are requested.

Please Note: This property does not accept bookings for less than 3 nights.

Please Note: Pets must remain in downstairs areas only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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