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The Old Workshop

New Mills, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 926756)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


28 Customer Reviews

  • "Very special and unique stay, although not for those who struggle with steps or slopes."

    It had everything you need for a happy stay, and very comfortable beds and good water pressure for showers. We were also surprised and happy to find the Shrub Club next door for food, beer and cocktails, definitely worth a visit for anyone staying here. situated between two train stations we had easy access for day trips whilst still having lots to explore locally. we will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by JoannaOct 2020

  • "We had a great weekend at the cottage and would recommend!"

    Very spacious and clean. Lovely area.

    Reviewed by KatieOct 2020

  • "Cracking location with plenty of space to enjoy"

    Reviewed by Edward-jamesSep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    Great location - near to shops, cafe & pubs. Excellent base for walking trails in the area.

    Reviewed by VictorSep 2020

  • "Rob was extremely helpful."

    He let us know in advance that the property would be available to get in earlier than originally stated. He also very kindly sent back some items that got left behind by one of our children at no extra charge.

    Reviewed by Julia BernadetteAug 2020

  • "Brilliant location for exploring peak district"

    Reviewed by GinetteDec 2019

  • "Really nice place next to the river."

    With very large open living space. Good location to explore the peaks. The Shrub Club opposite had just opened and it was nice to go across for a pint and cocktail. In future they want to offer breakfast too. The kitchen was sparsely equipped, this could be improved. Enjoyed our Christmas in New Mills.

    Reviewed by AndreasDec 2019

  • "The location was historically facinating, wonderfully and sympathetically modernised and perfect for our group of six."

    Only one small request for owner - some washing up materials would have been handy (dishwasher tablets, dishcloth / brush). We'd definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by CathOct 2019

  • "The old work shop was a fantastic base for our holiday."

    It was clean, querky, comfortable and provided most of what we needed. The only thing that made me mark the score down slightly was that it would have been nice to have a few more of the basic essentials like tin foil, more then 2 toilet rolls, tea bags and dish washer tabs. Other than this I would highly recommend the old work shop and would definitely stay in it again.

    Reviewed by JoeJul 2019

  • "5 Ladies of a certain age had an amazing time at the old workshop, lovely accommodation, comfortable, quirky, had everything we needed."

    Surrounded by Beautiful views, great walks and food and pubs all within walking distance. Everyone we met were so friendly and helpful , will be going back for another visit next year!!

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at the old workshop."

    Beautiful location with lots to explore and the uniqueness of the old workshop was also great. The sound of the water at night was very pleasant and the price was very reasonable. Any issues we had were dealt with extremely quickly and with no fuss. Plenty of space for parking and the location meant we could drive to many great sights in the Peak District, wish we could’ve stayed longer. Facilities were good but maybe a couple of free dishwasher tablets/bin liners kitchen foil etc might have been a nice extra touch. However all in all had a really great time and would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by LaurenMay 2019

  • "A beautiful location and amazing setting for s relaxing weekend away."

    It was great to be able to walk out and not use the car. Good selection of eateries if you don’t want to cook. Have already recommended it to family and friends.

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2019

  • "What an amazing place to stay."

    So many features and industrial themes have been used to create an environment with its origins intact whilst the building has a homely and comfortable feel. Lots of space for everyone to move around and beautifully comfy sofas and beds to ensure a relaxing time is had by all. The Rock pub just a short walk away is really welcoming as are all the locals who are passionate about the area and more than happy to offer advice and recommendations about places to visit. Beautiful scenery all around with rural walks, river and canal paths all close by. A great find we will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by ClaireApr 2019

  • "Unbelievable that the mill was turned into such a beautiful cottage"

    Reviewed by CarriMar 2019

  • "This was a fabulous find, a quirky mill conversion hidden down the back of New Mills, right on the river."

    It was furnished very comfortably, a huge living area and 3 substantial bedrooms. Ours was a winter trip and it was comfortably warm inside. The kids loved it, there were some books and games in the house and we could walk down the river along a lovely riverside path that started right outside the door. New Mills is an excellent location for accessing the Peaks or the city, I'd highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by SheenaFeb 2019

  • "As a group of 6 friends travelling from all corners of the UK this property and location was perfect."

    Rob couldn’t have made things any easier for us and it was great to not have to get in the car for anything all weekend - Tesco delivery made things even easier. Rob was on hand when we had a slight issue with the extractor, and a solution was identified within 30 minutes. Discovering on our arrival that we had access to the large outdoor space and outdoor furniture was a great surprise and I can’t understand why it’s not in the description- we nearly didn’t book this property as we wanted large easily accessed outdoor space, I’m so glad we went ahead and booked anyway. We’re already planning our return next year!!

    Reviewed by LaurenSep 2018

  • "Fantastic. The website description and pictures didn't do it justice"

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2018

  • "Property was unique and quirky as you would expect however a four tick rating seemed high in our opinion."

    Overal thel property appeared clean however layers of dust over extractor fans,cobwebs hanging from ceiling/beams etc,yes I understand it’s an old building,didn’t need to be there.Towels in one room upon entry weren’t folded & on bed as per the other rooms giving impression that they had been missed on change over.The sofas were not particularly clean and this had been previously commented on in visitor book.We were only left one set of keys for 1st few days which was awkward as the family went separate ways during the day.TV didn’t work over the week due to aerial issues and when it did come on we only had around 6 channels to choose from-not great when you have a combination of kids and rain!Saturday morning we were awoken to noise outside, I went out to find United Utilities had dug up the single track drive into/out of property which had been agreed with owners however we had been given no warning to get our cars out.Luckily I went out just before they drove off and the guys doing the work moved things around so I could just squeeze out past the excavation-if not we could have been stuck for hours. The property has a lot of character and is a fairly good location as a base for the Peak District and Manchester area.Personally I think the pictures shown on the website are from when the property was first listed with most items pictured still being used which is a shame because with a little bit of TLC,this property has the potential to be something special.

    Reviewed by DanielAug 2018

  • "The washing machine took 7 hours to wash and dry?"

    ??? No spare light bulbs????

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2018

  • "We had a great time - the actual accommodation was really quirky and unique, and in an amazing location."

    We loved New Mills. While it's not particularly picturesque or quaint as a town, it really is full of charm and interest and we'll go back if we have another opportunity. The surrounding countryside is just beautiful... we just wish we'd had better weather to enjoy it! But The Old Workshop was warm and cosy, yet had plenty of space for all of us to relax and enjoy each other's company. Beds were really comfortable, and we were delighted that the rooms had been configured exactly as we'd asked.

    Reviewed by LizMar 2018

  • "Really interesting conversion."

    Very special. Location great for New Mills town centre and walks around the Goyt Valley.

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2017

  • "Terrific accommodation suited our needs to the letter, the only criticism I will make is regarding the access roads into the Mill site."

    These two roads are classed as 'unadopted roads' and are extremely pot holed which makes for a very bumpy entrance to Tor Vale Mill, I'd suggest they are repaired asap!, as they will only get worse with time. The caretaker, Rob, is a real asset and a very pleasant young man, sincere Thanks to him. The Crispy Cod is well worth a visit for excellent Fish n' Chips

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2016

  • "The Old Workshop was a fantastic place for our family holiday."

    It was comfy, cosy and quirky and in the most amazing setting. There was so much to do, from walks close by to caves, museums and stately homes and the landscape is breathtaking. We had everything we needed, and any issues that arose were addressed very promptly. We can't recommend the old workshop highly enough, it's a real find and we would love to return.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2016

  • "The old workshop was the most superb place to stay."

    An easy walk to the station and town, yet a sense of seclusion is retained due to the vibrant outdoor surroundings. We experienced no troubles at the cottage, finding it a comfortable place for a group of Londoners to retreat!

    Reviewed by CorinnaAug 2016

  • "The cottage was perfect and in a beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by AmyJun 2016

  • "An awesome place to stay which was homely and unique with an open plan design."

    The location was great, close to the town centre and with good transport links - the bus and train station were a short walk away. The accommodation was first class and in a peaceful and tranquil location.

    Reviewed by SeanMay 2016

  • "This is a beautifully converted mill, spacious enough for 7 people, and well furnished with modern fittings, whilst still being very charming."

    It is set in a gorgeous area of New Mills with the River Goyt running right outside the window, it makes a perfect base for exploring the local landscape, with lots to see and do in the area. We went in the dead of winter and this was a lovely cosy home to come back to after a day exploring.

    Reviewed by NatassjaJan 2016

  • "The cottage was in an excellent location, close to New Mills, but nevertheless felt secluded."

    It was quiet and peaceful and very close to the River Goyt and the Millennium Walkway. The property was unusual, in an old converted mill, but beautifully restored. The original machinery was still in the roof space and looked great. The cottage was laid out in a sociable way to encourage communal living. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Reviewed by SimonDec 2015

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Torr Vale Mill Cottages

If your sense of history is as great as your sense of adventure you are going to love these three incredible cottages. The cottages have been meticulously converted from outbuildings of the Grade II* listed, Torr Vale Mill which was England’s longest continuous working mill between 1785 and 2000. The mill sits in a deep valley on the banks of the River Goyt where a mighty weir was built as a source of power. The cottages are individual and eclectic and retain many clues to their heritage, although they have been refurbished to be very comfortable with tasteful furnishings and modern kitchens and bathrooms. Step out from any of the cottages and there’s a very short walk past the mighty chimney stack down to Torr Gorge where you can join the award-winning Millennium Walkway and marvel at the beauty of Mother Nature claiming back the river. If you can tear yourself away from this awe inspiring place, you might be surprised to find that you are actually in the centre of New Mills with a wide selection of eateries, pubs and shops. The cottages are perfectly located to make the most of the plentiful attractions of the Peak District National Park, and with the Manchester to Sheffield railway line running through the village, these buzzing cities are easily accessible without having to worry about parking the car. These unique cottages can offer groups and families of all ages a memorable and fascinating holiday at any time of year.

The property

From the mill yard, step through a door and then climb wooden stairs up to the first floor.

You emerge into a stunning open plan room that merges contemporary furnishings with the original stone walls of an 18th century mill workshop.

Then you look up and marvel at the old drivebelt wheels running through the open roof beams and you are instantly reminded of the incredible heritage of this unique building.

An eclectic mix of furniture, fixtures and fittings adorn the open plan living area, whilst the three spacious bedrooms, one of which opens out to a small gravelled terrace with views down to the river, and well-appointed bathrooms are off a corridor on the same floor.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs. 926727 and 926757, together they sleep 17.


  • All first floor
  • Three king-size double bedrooms (zip/link, can be twin on request) one with additional day bed
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Small terrace accessed through one of the bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pub and restaurants 10 mins walk
  • Note: There are many stone steps and ledges and a fast flowing river close by, children will require very close supervision and the cottage is not suitable for people with limited mobility as it can only be accessed by fairly steep steps. Please NOTE
  • No Stag/Hens or similar parties or Worker bookings.

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About the location


Hayfield 2.5 miles; Buxton 11 miles; Castleton 11.5 mies

New Mills is a small town situated on the borders of North West Derbyshire and Cheshire, forming part of the Derbyshire Peak District. Dating back to the 13th century, the late 20th century saw the Torrs Riverside Park (‘the park under the town’) come into being a place for recreation and relaxation, along with the New Mills Heritage Centre, opened to promote tourism in the area. The Torrs Millennium Walkway, a much-admired bridge, is set deep in the gorge and attracts many visitors, while Chapel en le Frith, the Capital of the Peaks, is only 5 miles away, boasting a cobbled market place and historic old stocks. Within easy driving distance is the delightful spa town of Buxton, famous not only for its therapeutic spring water, but also for its Pavillion Gardens and splendid Victorian Opera House, which boasts a variety of shows, attracting people from all over the world. Within easy driving distance are the Blue John show caves at Castleton and many stately homes such as Chatsworth House and Lyme Hall. You could even leave your car behind as there are direct rail links to Manchester, the Hope Valley and Sheffield. An ideal base for exploring the whole of the Peak District.

Region Information

Please NOTE. No Stag/Hens or similar parties or Worker bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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