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South Hillswood Booth

Meerbrook near Leek, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 1077327)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely beautiful place ."

    .very clean ..very homely ..was amazing ..Nice break ..would highly recommend

    Reviewed by EmmaAug 2022

  • "A very spacious and comfortable house in a delightful rural location conveniently situated near to the Tittesworth resourvoir with many local attractions nearby."

    Well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2022

  • "This was a really lovely holiday home!"

    We stayed during a very unusually hot week and the coolness of indoors with the availability of the outdoor living areas, where we dined most evenings, was perfect! The rural setting was wonderfully relaxing. The house is very comfortable and tastefully furnished. We had everything we needed for our family of seven adults and our little dog Betty. Thank you for a really wonderful holiday!

    Reviewed by SuzanneJul 2022

  • "Just back from having 2 weeks at SHB."

    Good location for exploring the Peak District. Nice having the reservoir within walking distance. Favourite locations & restaurants were Chatsworth House, Alton Towers, Hen Cloud & The Roaches, Dimmingsdale, Rudyard Lake, Blue John Caverns, Thorpe Cloud & Dovedale, The Winking Man and The Lazy Trout. We are cat friendly and enjoyed our visits from Bill & Ted (owners cats). Plenty wildlife around the cottage, just put out bird seed, peanuts and you'll see them. Jay, Woodpecker, Robins, Blackbirds, Wrens all visited the garden. Also saw Buzzards, Rabbits, Brown Hare & Deer in the fields just along from the cottage. Cottage well equipped, comfy beds, showers took a while to work out but run the bath tap to start the pump. Thank you very much for having us.

    Reviewed by MelanieJul 2022

  • "In the first 3 days we had difficulty getting hot water for showers."

    Richard the owner was very prompt to attend and eventuality got the set up working correctly. We felt that there was insufficient bathroom facilities for a property to accommodate 8 persons. Having said that, the house was immaculately clean in all aspects. The location has breathtaking views.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect."

    Just what our reunion asked for and needed. Great communication from the owners who were gracious and understanding. Words can’t describe the location and the place is actually better than the pics illustrate which I believed was impossible. Can not recommend highly enough. Thank you so much for having us :)

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2022

  • "Great stay at the barn with family and dogs."

    Loved being able to walk to the reservoir from the house and great walk around the reservoir. Had day trips out to Alton Towers and Stoke water park - both perfect for teens! Would recommend.

    Reviewed by JuliaApr 2022

  • "Just spent a lovely mid week break in this beautiful property."

    We are a family of 5 with ages ranging from 20 - 76 yrs and there was something for everyone. The property is well equipped and in a wonderful location. It is very close to Tittesworth Reservoir, which provided a delightful morning circular walk everyday with our dog. There’s is a fab pub nearby ‘The Lazy Trout’ which is well worth a visit. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by LorraineMar 2022

  • "A lovely cosy, homely cottage."

    In beautiful surroundings and lovely location. The cottage had everything we needed. Spacious, clean and great facilities.

    Reviewed by VictoriaJan 2022

  • "South Hillswood Booth is the ideal place for a family get together, it's a large spacious house with plenty of parking in a peaceful location."

    We stayed over Christmas 2021 so we didn't make the most of the table tennis etc but we did enjoy the delights of the log burner during those chilly nights. The house is approximately 400m from the Tittesworth reservoir and it's exactly 4.97 miles from the house, around the reservoir track and back. The Roaches are a few miles away if you want a walk with a view, it's a circular walk and at 3.4 miles it's achievable for most people. Leek is a few miles away and you'll find everything you need there, it's served by a veritable myriad of supermarkets such as Sainsburys, Morriston, Aldi, Asda etc. We loved it so much we've already booked to return in the summer.

    Reviewed by RickDec 2021

  • "South Hillswood Booth is amazing!"

    Richard was very welcoming when we arrived. The cottage is really lovely and would highly recommend it. There was lovely large main bathroom, comfortable beds and ample fixtures and fittings. Wi-Fi worked perfectly and kitchen was ideal for cooking meals of an evening. The cottage is situated in such a beautiful and quiet place with spectacular views, it's close to Leek and Buxton villages with Brooklyn farm shop close by too which is worth a visit. Rudyard lake was also minutes away and the best thing we visited, such a peaceful walk. The cottage was easy to find as although it's down a long country lane the emailed directions were perfect and so easy to navigate. Only hiccup was the heating needed fixing however this was very quickly fixed and ample heaters were provided immediately for use for a couple of days... I got the feeling that if you had an issue while staying here Richard and Karen would do anything to help which you don't get in some rentals. Would highly recommend a stay here, beautiful place.

    Reviewed by HayleyDec 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the house, perfect location for visiting various ..."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the house, perfect location for visiting various areas of the peaks, walking the dogs, cozy evenings in and the odd night out at the "Reform Inn" highly recommended, Thank-you

    Reviewed by IanOct 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in gorgeous surroundings and great for our 2 little pugs on the lower floor."

    A wonderful family reunion following Lockdowns! Thank you

    Reviewed by HayleySep 2021

  • "We had such a fantastic stay at south hills wood booth."

    The house is in a stunning location with walks right on the door step. So many beautiful walks and things to see all within 30 minute drive. The house itself was above expectations, everything you could need from a well equipped kitchen to comfortable beds and a hot shower. The games room in the barn was a well used space by our 6yr old and adults alike. We would definitely return and highly recommend this gem of a place.

    Reviewed by KateAug 2021

  • "South Hillswood is a fantastic cottage."

    We were very comfortable and had plenty of space. The cottage was clean and the Games Room was a bonus. Suzan was great and sorted everything out. There is a lovely reservoir right next to the cottage with a 5 mile walk around it which was great with the kids. We had a very nice time and were sad to leave :-(.

    Reviewed by AaronJul 2021

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x double with trundle bed, 1 x double, 1 x ground-floor double with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • External games room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs, WiFi, table tennis and air hockey
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Child-friendly
  • Off-road parking for 6 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Front garden with seating and lawn
  • Rear garden with gravel and lawn
  • Two-well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.0 miles, pub 1.1 miles
  • Note: This property is accessed via a single track lane which is unsuitable for cars with low suspension
  • Note: There is a step down towards the property, please take care
  • Note: There are two stair steps leading up to the rear garden, please take care
  • Note: There are two stone steps leading up to the kitchen and ground-floor bedroom, please take care
  • Note: Pets must be kept downstairs Note: There is a small pond on the property, children must be always be supervised by the pond
  • Note: Overall access to the property is by a number of steps and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility

The property

Leek 2 miles.

Tucked away on a working farm in the small village of Meerbrook, near Leek, North Staffordshire, is the delightful detached barn conversion, South Hillswood Booth.

Boasting spectacular views of The Roaches and the surrounding Peak District countryside, South Hillswood Booth is a beautiful rural retreat for a large family or friends gathering to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, within easy access of the famous Rudyard Lake, Buxton and Ashbourne.

As you approach the property via the private single-track lane, you will find ample parking outside of the house for six cars, before unloading your bags and stepping into the property to leave any coats and shoes in the original flag stone hallway.

Look forward to cosying up in the generous living/dining room, where you can enjoy a glass of wine whilst enjoying your favourite film on the TV, all within the warmth of the woodburning stove set beautifully in an exposed stone inglenook.

Gather around the dining table, which can accommodate all guests, and enjoy planning out the days ahead over your favourite evening tipple.

Nominate yourself as Head Chef and enjoy whipping up culinary delights in the well-equipped kitchen, which has additional dining seating and a dishwasher, making cleaning up a breeze!

It will be difficult not to marvel at the impressive exposed wooden beams which make an appearance throughout the property, and hark back to the property's heritage stemming from the 1800s.

Moving through the property, you will discover a double bedroom on the ground floor, that is conveniently located near the ground floor shower room.

Climbing the stairs, you will discover an additional three bedrooms, the first being a spacious super-king-size with zip/link, then a double with a trundle bed, and another double, ensuring flexible sleeping arrangements for all parties.

Enjoy indulging in a long soak in the bath after a day of exploring the peaks, the perfect way to freshen up for the evening in style.

Outside you can sip on your morning coffee and enjoy expansive views overlooking The Roaches or treat your party to an alfresco lunch at the lovely dining table in the rear garden.

Venture into the external games room, where you and your guests can enjoy table tennis and air hockey, there is also plenty of storage for bikes after exploring the local cycle trails.

Take a stroll along Tittesworth Reservoir, down to the village of Meerbrook, where if cooking isn’t on the agenda for the evening, you can enjoy a delicious meal and local ales at The Lazy Trout pub.

If you’re looking to get out on the water, there is the Tittesworth Water Sports and Activity Centre, where you can experience kayaking, paddle-boarding, canoeing and on-land activities such as hill walking experiences where there are walks for all abilities, from short circular walks to hikes to Roaches Skyline and Ludds Church.

Just a short drive away is the charming market town of Leek, otherwise known as “The Queen of the Moorlands”, where you can expect a good selection of shops, a variety of pubs and restaurants where you can dine, local parks and leisure facilities, all surrounded by its impressive Victorian architecture.

From here you can access the tourist favourites of Chatsworth House, Gawsworth Hall and Buxton Opera House.

For a day of thrills, treat the family to a day at the well-known Alton Towers theme park, where there are an array of rides, attractions and amusements to ensure a memory-filled day.

Just a little further is the spa town of Buxton, home to Buxton water, where you can indulge in the arts with a host of music, theatre and festivals on offer throughout the year, take a romantic stroll through the beautiful ornamental gardens, or explore the magnificent natural wonder of Pooles Cavern, a two-million-year-old natural limestone cave.

Buxton isn’t known as a spa town for nothing, with its three spas’ offering a host of treatments promising healing and relaxation, you can treat yourself to an afternoon of recuperation.

South Hillswood Booth makes a wonderful getaway for an adventure with the whole family to The Peaks.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Buxton 12 miles; Ashbourne 15 miles.

The hillside market town of Leek, known as “The Queen of the Moorlands” is situated on the western side of The Peaks and is surrounded by lovely Moorland countryside. The town has a charming cobbled market place and there are many examples of fine Victorian architecture influenced by William Morris - a reminder of the town’s prosperity when it was renowned as a silk manufacturing centre. Today Leek offers a wide selection of shops including vast antique emporiums, a good selection of restaurants, a local park and leisure facilities and real ale pubs. Situated close to Three Shires Head, the meeting point of the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, Leek is near to Chatsworth House, Buxton Opera House and Gawsworth Hall, plus Alton Towers is within driving distance.

Region Information

Note: This property is accessed via a single track lane which is unsuitable for cars with low suspension.

Note: There is a step down towards the property, please take care.

Note: There are two stairs leading up to the rear garden, please take care.

Note: There are two stone steps leading up to the kitchen and ground-floor bedroom, please take care.

Note all push bikes are strictly not permitted on the private lane that
connects the house to the public road. All guests must abide by this rule.*