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Golden Slack Cottage

(Ref. 18506)

Wincle near Macclesfield, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is in a lovely situation."

    Wonderful views. Lovely double shower with strong power shower. Really enjoyed that. Kitchen fully equipped. The bed was lumpy. I think a mattress topper or new mattress is needed. Very pleasant owner.

    Thank you for the feedback. I wasn’t aware of the lumpy mattress especially as several people had said it was comfy. But I agree it is lumpy and a replacement mattress is now on order. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.4May 2024

  • "Golden Slack is a lovely place both inside the cottage itself and outside on the terrace where there are fabulous views snd sheep to admire too."

    We were fortunate to have warmish, sunny and clear weather during our stay. That there are walks direct from the cottage was a real plus - the cottage is situated close to the Gritstone Way from where there are more fabulous views. Inside the cottage all was calm and comfort with everything being extremely clean and welcoming. The homemade shortbread biscuits were most appreciated. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2024

  • "We have recently enjoyed a great stay at Golden Slack Cottage (staying as a couple) property was very clean and well presented throughout."

    Great location and views too, walks from the doorstep onto the Gritstone trial. Kitchen was very vell equipped and worked well for us. Friendly and helpful host who greeted us shortly after arrival, home made shortbread was a treat, thanks. Cosy lounge area with log burner was perfect for winter evenings.Would definitely stay her again if we decide to come back to this area.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jan 2024

  • "The cottage was great, the listing and information provided was very accurate so all was as expected in terms of bathrooms, ground floor bedroom."

    Lovely views and very good location. Cottage was very clean and well equipped, friendly host. Everything was excellent. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabulous property with beautiful views."

    The owner was welcoming and friendly. The cottage was warm, cosy, well appointed. The information folders were extremely useful and even gave a historical background of the farm and surrounding area. The cottage is close to NT properties and is a great geocache area.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2023

  • "The property was spotless, first class."

    We Couldn’t fault it. Our host was very friendly and welcoming. We highly recommend the cottage to anyone. Thank you Janet & Roy.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Aug 2023

  • "A really comfortable ,spotlessly clean , well equipped cottage with fantastic views."

    Gill made us feel very welcome and we settled in from the moment we arrived. We would love to have stayed longer

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location with views for miles."

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2023

  • "Gorgeous cottage."

    Fabulous views from same. Lovely walk on Gritstone Way beside cottage where you can see for miles. Scrummy homemade shortbread. Even in the rain the cottage would be cosy. Gill is a lovely host. Would love to go back next year if time and health allow. .

    Reviewed by Celia5.0Jun 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed this cottage."

    It was very comfortable and had everything we needed. Would definitely come again when staying in this area.

    Reviewed by Gerry5.0Jun 2023

  • "A very comfortable cottage with an extensive range of kitchen equipment, all of good quality."

    Far better than many cottages we have stayed in. Wonderful views with easy access to the Gritstone Trail from the cottage & a wealth of interesting walks a short car ride away. The owner Gill provided very accurate directions as the post code covers several farms in the area and was kind enough to allow our grandchildren to meet and hold some of her new born lambs. We very much appreciated her kindness as we knew she was in the midst of a very hectic lambing period on her farm. We hope to return and would happily recommend the cottage in such a beautiful and under-rated area.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Apr 2023

  • "Immaculately clean cottage wich was spacious enough for six adults."

    Good communication from the owner, who gave us a warm welcome. Excellent location on the edge of the Peak District, but also close to Macclesfield.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very accurate directions to the cottage and ample parking."

    The owner offered a warm and friendly welcome. It was particularly cold weather but the cottage was toasty warm throughout our stay. Lovely clean and modern facilities and handy for local walks and quaint places to eat. We would highly recommend this accommodation.

    Reviewed by Nicky5.0Jan 2023

  • "Lovely lady and delightful homemade biscuits."

    Cottage in beautiful location and very well equipped. She was especially helpful ,after we had left, re 2 Jackets my daughter and husband had left behind. Thank you for a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by Virginia5.0Nov 2022

  • "Golden Slack Cottage is a perfect place for a peaceful getaway."

    The cottage is secluded but not too remote and the views are outstanding. Supermarkets will deliver if you don't want to go into town to shop. Gill was very welcoming, with the best homemade shortbread, but left us to our own devices unless we needed something. The weather wasn't great during our visit, so we didn't get out and walk much, but it is a perfect base for hiking. It's also perfect for lighting the woodburner and cosying up. There are games and puzzles, books and DVDs, or you can just sit with a glass of wine and gaze at the beauty around you.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Golden Slack Cottage."

    The views are spectacular. It is a very comfortable cottage and would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Sep 2022

  • "A beautiful cozy cottage nestled on the side of a hill with amazing views."

    The cottage was well equipped and furnished, very clean and warm. The cottage made a fabulous base for exploring the area and was thoroughly enjoyed by the four of us. The owner Dr Gill Plant was a lovely warm welcoming lady and on hand in case of any queries. Based on our experience we would certainly recommend Golden Slack cottage and would definitely stay there again if visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "A nice little cottage with superbe views of the countryside while still very close to Macclesfield."

    Many walks right from the doorstep and good pubs just minutes away. A great stay for our family! (A good range of activities for teeangers within 1 hour driving distance)

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jul 2022

  • "Dr Plant (host) was very helpful and accomodating."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was our first family trip to England for our family of 6."

    (my husband is originally from England but for the rest of us this was our very first time!) we traveled from Iowa and, wow, the cottage was absolutely perfect for us. Gill was a pleasure to work with and we absolutely loved the homemade shortbread and having tea, coffee, sugar, and milk available to us as soon as we got there was wonderful. The views here were spectacular and we loved hearing the sheep in the fields. We would absolutely stay at this cottage again!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jun 2022

  • "A well-appointed and comfortable cottage in a delightful setting."

    The owner took the trouble to give advance information, particularly regarding access and traffic, which not all owners would think of.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was fantastic, clean , warm , rustic and cosy ."

    Every comfort you could imagine, even a jar of sweeties . Lovely to wake up to see the sheep and the beautiful views. Great walking territory. Many thanks to Gilly Really enjoyed it, hope to return again

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2022

  • "The views from Golden Slack are stunning."

    There are lots of walks from the cottage and all provide beautiful views. The cottage is clean, tidy, and warm. We were very cozy and happy during our stay. Gill,the owner, was very hospitable and accommodating. She knew we had two little ones and made sure to have little books and games, a high chair, cot, and even a Christmas tree. Her shortbread was delicious, too! Thanks for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Dec 2021

  • "Made very welcome, had a great stay."

    Plenty of equipment and most comfortable. Area looks fantastic for walking and views beautiful. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Stella4.4Dec 2021

  • "We were unlucky with the weather for the first week."

    But the cottage was beautifully situated and we made memorable excursions to Lud's Church, The Roaches, Macclesfield Forest, Forest Chapel and Rudyard Lake.

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2021

  • "Host was lovely and very welcoming."

    The house was beautiful and had amazing views. We all had a fantastic time.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Jul 2021

  • "Five friends had a fabulous stay at Golden Slack Cottage in spite of the very mixed weather."

    The cottage is cosy and comfortable with a lovely log burner . It is well equipped. The patio is a great place to sit and watch the antics of the sheep and lambs whilst drinking in the amazing views ( and whatever you have in your glass! ) It is a great base to explore the surrounding areas from . Our only comment would be for the need for a larger fridge which will soon be resolved with the proposed kitchen makeover . Thank you Gill for a great week.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7May 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage with great views in a perfect position for exploring the western Peak District."

    Gill is a wonderful host and has thought of everything you might need to make for a comfortable stay. We enjoyed seeing the newborn lambs and walks along the Gritstone trail which passes the back of the farmhouse. We look forward to returning sometime soon.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Apr 2021

  • "A lovely cottage tucked away from the world on the edge of the Peak District."

    Definitely a get away from it all place. Cottage was cozy with beautiful wood burning fire.

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.4Nov 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our break in this homely, comfortable cottage, with its amazing views."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful and had thought of everything that was needed. Would thoroughly recommend Golden Slack cottage.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2019

  • "What a glorious place to spend a few days, with great walks on the doorstep and amazing views from the hillsides."

    Gill's shortbread is probably the best we have ever tasted, and in changeable weather we felt comfortable and cosy and well insulated from the elements at Golden Slack Cottage. The pubs in this area are terrific too, with unusually good food at The Ship, the Rose and Crown, and Sutton Hall, not to mention a wider range of well-kept real ales. The whole area deserves to be better known, as it has so much to offer for visitors, especially walkers.

    Reviewed by Jill4.1Sep 2019

  • "We had a wonderful stay at golden slack cottage,a beautiful little home away from home with incredible views."

    Plenty to do in the area to keep busy, walks on the doorstep but nice enough to spend the whole weekend relaxing in the cottage or on the garden watching the sheep! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Aug 2019

  • "Such a cosy cottage and a beautiful location."

    Very well equipped cottage. There was only one thing missing - a pair of marigolds! The weather was pretty bad but there are many places to visit in the area so it didn't matter. Little Morton Hall is not to be missed! On the rain free day we enjoyed walking in Macclesfield Forest and sampling good food in local pubs. Our landlady was very helpful and welcoming - there were even home made biscuits waiting for us. During our stay we were lucky to attend a concert at Gawsworth Hall with the Foden Brass Band and our favorite singer - Matthew Ford ( fresh from the Albert Hall proms).

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2019

  • "We have had a lovely stay at the golden slack cottage."

    It’s a wonderful sited house with a stunning view. The owner is kind and helpfull. With a stay at this house you will be able to make lovely walks as well visiting beautifull places like buxton and leek. The house is well equiped with almost everything. Little notice: the cealing in the kitchen, bathroom groundfloor and bedroom groundfloor are beteren 1m80 and 2m high.

    Reviewed by Stijn4.1Jul 2019

  • "Gill as a host was so accommodating and friendly."

    The cottage was super cosy, extremely clean and was surrounded by beautiful views. Perfect place to escape the city life and have a group of friends around the fire. Definitely will be returning :)

    Reviewed by Sophia5.0Jul 2019

  • "Magnificent views from this gorgeous cottage."

    Comfortable and well equipped ... Gill seems to have thought of everything and so welcoming

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely, quaint and had everything we needed."

    The bonus was the views and awesome walks from the doorstep. Great location for a refreshing break away.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Jun 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage ."

    Access to some lovely walks. Gill was a perfect host . Enjoyed seeing her lambs - great wake up calls . Hope to return

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0May 2019

  • "An unexpectedly warm Easter enabled us to enjoy the glorious views from the sunny terrace of this character cottage."

    Gill was a wonderful host who has fitted out the house to a very high standard and the kitchen was particularly well equipped to cook for the full cottage occupancy, although we took Gill up on her recommendation of a number of great country pubs also. The superb views and general quiet enabled us all to escape from the hustle and bustle for a while (although Macclesfield is only a short drive for food shopping, railway station etc) and seeing some lambs born was a bonus! Some great walks direct from the cottage and lots more within a short drive. We had a really wonderful week and would thoroughly recommend the cottage. Thanks Gill!

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2019

  • "Gill the owner is an exceptional person - friendly, helpful and very approachable."

    Her sense of cleanliness is 7 star! She makes the accomodation very much a home, everything is carefully thought of - underfloor heating.and well stocked kitchen. So thoughtful to have home made biscuits and milk in the fridge on arrival. Golden Slack Cottage is now the benchmark for me in future holiday accomodation. Kim

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Friendly and helpful owner. Wonderful location and views. Nuff said

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very cosy and well equipped, the homemade shortbread was a nice touch."

    The owner is hospitable and helpful. Great location to explore the Prak District. There are great views from the cottage and a walking path accessed from the back of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Feb 2019

  • "The view is Beautiful."

    The cottage is lovely and cozy and the owner was wonderful and helpful.

    Reviewed by Kelly3.8Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage with stunning views."

    Gill was very friendly and helpful, and her dog was lovely.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely setting, found it very comfortable."

    Good location for getting out and about although you need to be alert to find it - just look out for the radio mast opposite! We hope to come back next year

    Reviewed by Terence4.1Sep 2018

  • "A stunning location, totally rural yet easy access to main transport networks."

    Very tastefully decorated cottage, extremely well equipped with gorgeous views from the windows and terrace. A very warm welcome from the owner but not at all intrusive given the cottage is on her farm. I stayed three nights for a family wedding nearby, the downstairs bedroom and shower plus two upstairs bedrooms and bathroom gave the flexibility I needed for a mixed age family. Icing on the cake- the flock of sheep with the new spring lambs right outside the front door.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2018

  • "We used Golden Slack cottage as a meeting place for old pals from the north and the south of the country."

    The fact that it is just 15 minutes from a main line station, whilst also being in a glorious and very wild location was very advantageous to us. Gill, the owner, was marvellous and our two visits to the lambing barn were highlights of the trip. We were snug, warm and had a good kitchen to cook in, but there are also excellent eating places within 5 minutes drive.......and I have not even mentioned Peak District which was bursting with early spring life. We would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2018

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful area."

    Gill was most welcoming, her shortbread are delicious, and she was very flexible throughout our stay. The kitchen is one of the best equipped on a holiday cottage Ive ever seen.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2018

  • "We needed a cottage that would cater for all members of the family to enjoy Christmas together and have a ground floor bathroom."

    Golden Slack cottage ticked all the boxes. It was bright and attractively decorated, everyone loved the underfloor heating and the wood burner stove. The open plan ground floor meant that everyone was together and no-one felt shut away in the kitchen preparing Christmas dinner. I was particularly impressed with the thought that had gone into providing all the little home-from-home extras like torches in the bedrooms, night lights on the landings, books, games and welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk and homemade shortbread. Finally I would like to thank Gill for her very warm welcome and hope to visit again at some point in the future as the Christmas break went far too quickly.

    Reviewed by Glynis5.0Dec 2017

  • "Great cosy cottage, beautiful location and welcoming host"

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Oct 2017

  • "Lovely cottage, very friendly and helpful owner."

    Good communication with Sykes and the owner. Fantastic location with amazing views yet handy for local town of Congleton. Very cosy downstairs with underfloor heating and wood burning stove.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was totally suitable for us four Ancient P's ( ref Great Expectations)."

    Location and views excellent. The owner could not have been more friendly,helpful and welcoming.

    Reviewed by R J5.0Aug 2017

  • "Excellent location, it takes 40 minutes from Manchester Airport but it has completely Peak District surrounded beautiful green scenery."

    Showers splash a little weak, but water quality is amazingly good.

    Reviewed by Akiko4.4Aug 2017

  • "Excellent base for touring Cheshire and Peak District ."

    clean and well presented would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Oct 2016

  • "Great place to go for a great uk holiday."

    Lots to do for an active holiday and many lovely places to visit and go to eat.

    5.0Aug 2016

  • "The owner of the cottage, on whose farm the cottage is located, was very friendly and helpful."

    The cottage is well-equipped and has spectacular views and is located very close to the Gritstone Trail which meant we could find good walking without using the car. Unfortunately, we had some poor (cold, wet and windy) weather and , on most evenings, we were not able, comfortably, to take advantage of sitting on the terrace enjoying the wonderful views and sunsets. Because of this we were aware and rather disappointed that the views could not be fully appreciated from inside the cottage - i.e. no patio doors or picture windows (possibly to preserve heat in the winter?)

    Reviewed by Gill4.8Jul 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king size double, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Oil heating with underfloor heating under dining, kitchen and lounge with woodburner and adjustable radiators on three bedrooms and two bathrooms
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, large fridge-freezer, dish washer, washing machine, Smart TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking adjacent to the property for at least 2 cars
  • Front enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Note: Fast WiFi available and phone signal is very good
  • Note: Owner does not accept any bookings within 48 hours
  • Note: Property does not accept any worker bookings

The property

Wincle Village, 1 mile.

Set on the owners’ small working livestock farm, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, is this lovely detached barn conversion.

The drive up to this cottage is simply spectacular, surrounded by beautiful sweeping countryside.

Entry is directly into the kitchen, with a large dining space and a single step down onto slate flooring into the sitting area with its cosy woodburner, the perfect place to settle beside after a long country walk.

A door leads out to the front patio area, where you can sit and take in those beautiful views.

Off the kitchen is a ground floor shower room and double bedroom with a single step to access , which is full of character, with a low ceiling and stone flagged floor.

The first floor offers two further bedrooms and a second bathroom.

There are many walks available pretty much from the doorstep, including the Gritstone Trail, a 35-mile walking route that is famous in the North West.

As well as walking, there are wonderful cycling opportunities to take advantage of and the surrounding area is spotted with traditional villages, most of which house a good food pub or two.

Within half an hour’s drive are the towns of Congleton and Macclesfield and the attractive market towns of Buxton and Leek, each offering a wonderful day out.

This is a beautiful cottage in a superb area, perfect for enjoying the stunning surroundings, all year round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Macclesfield 5 miles; Leek 7.5 miles; Buxton 9 miles.

Wincle is a charming little village set in the Peak District National Park and almost within equal distance of the towns of Macclesfield, Buxton, Congleton and Leek. Wincle is surrounded by some beautiful scenery, with scattered farms, rolling fields and moorland, and lies next to the River Dane, offering some stunning walks. Further trails can be enjoyed nearby; within a short drive you can enjoy a ramble over the rocky Roaches surrounding Tittesworth Reservoir, or take to Buxton, which is the starting point for a host of walking and cycling pathways. Along with the wonderful walking countryside, make sure you visit the local Wincle Brewery, offering traditional beer and brewing techniques, making for a fascinating afternoon out. There are some lovely country pubs to discover scattered around, and of course, the tourist town of Buxton includes a fine selection of amenities along with some impressive architecture including the magnificent semi-circular Crescent, Pavilion Gardens and Opera House, just twenty minutes’ drive away. Wincle is a pretty little Peak District village, the perfect place for a rural retreat.

Owner does not accept any bookings within 48-72 hours.
Property does not accept any worker bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Christmas