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South Hillswood Booth

(Ref. 1077327)

Meerbrook near Leek, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

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

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a great time despite Storm Henk."

    Two of the dining chairs were quite wobbly. We had to take care using them. There appeared to be no bath mat in the upsairs bathroom. One of the ovens in the Beco range seemed not to work. Otherwise it was all very good.

    Reviewed by Lindsay4.1Dec 2023

  • "We noticed some details of this property were mixed up with the other attached property."

    The listing stated secure garden for pets but this wasn't the case. And the key collection email stated it was in a key box in the wood store (again this was the other property) so there was a bit of confusion when arriving. Heating and hot water were both turned off on arrival, so had to change then to auto ourselves on arrival. House was very clean though, I have a dust allergy and was worried but nothing came of it so very pleased. Great amount of space and bedrooms all being doubles were good. Chairs in kitchen pretty uncomfortable! And we noticed the down stairs shower was just a trickle, not sure why? Would be good if the grassed garden had a decent fence up so that would be secure for dogs. Also maybe a dart board in the games room? Amazing views! Very comfortable beds and heating was superb, tempted to get the fire on just for aesthetics but didn't need to. Will definitely recommend and most likely return! Thank you :)

    Reviewed by Kasia4.4Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful location."

    Very spacious accommodation - plenty of room for all our family and grandchildren. Nice kitchen. Comfortable bedrooms. Clean throughout. Bit remote but only few minutes drive to all necessary facilites - pubs, supermarkets, etc. Local pub - Lazy trout - especially nice for good food.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely time away with our family - 3 lots of us meeting up."

    Property was very spacious and more than adequate parking. Kitchen was very well equipped and had everything we needed. Oven took a bit of getting used to with temp and times but we managed! If you wear glasses, would recommend making sure you work out the shower works before you get in - the water can get very hot. Great holiday was has - thank you

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Aug 2023

  • "Lovely location, perfect for all the family."

    Cosy and spacious cottage. Thanks for a lovely stay

    Reviewed by Ian4.1May 2023

  • "South Hillswood Booth was great for a family get away."

    Spacious and well equipped, clean and comfortable. It's tucked away with beautiful surroundings. Lovely close walk to the reservoir. Would highly recommend if you want to be surrounded by fields and nature. Thanks to Karen and Richard, and Suzanne for their prompt communication.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Apr 2023

  • "A very spacious farmhouse."

    We were 6 adults, one 6 year old and one baby. Lots of space for all. Nice rooms, comfy beds. Great kitchen. Lazy Trout pub does good food. Walk round the resevoir on the doorstep. Sainsbury did a big shop food delivery. We had a lovely family get together.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Feb 2023

  • "I didn't go to the property as I was poorly but the rest of the party did."

    They advised me that 1 of the oven wasn't working and that the "Games room" was not really a games room but more of a garage with a tractor in it and that all of the games there were damaged or not usable which was a big disappointment for the children. Other than that, house was lovely and clean.

    Reviewed by Melanie3.4Dec 2022

  • "We had a wonderful Christmas with all the family in South Hillswood Booth."

    I'd actually say it's slightly larger than it appears in the photographs! The instructions for arrival were very thorough, which was helpful given that it's down a private track that's easy to miss in the dark. The location is stunning, with a relatively easy walk down to Tittersworth water from the private lane. With a full house of 7 adults, 2 children and an infant, we occasionally ran short of hot water in the morning, but there were instructions to top it up if needed. Otherwise the facilities were great and we enjoyed cooking Christmas dinner in the large oven and sitting everyone around the dinner table in the living room. We were made to feel very welcome and would definitely recommend the South Hillswood Booth if you're thinking of a family getaway to the Peak District.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Dec 2022

  • "We all had a great week away."

    The weather was much better than we had hoped, and it only rained on two of the six days. The facilities were good and we loved the kitchen, games room and the sizeable bedrooms. My only criticism would be that the downstairs shower room was a little further away from the bedroom than we would have liked. Also, it smelled a little from dampness. If anything could be improved, it would be that we prefer a larger bath sheet rather than an ordinary bath towel. Perhaps we are cossetted a little at home!

    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Which was well equipped and very comfortable. We loved the games barn, played table tennis and table football. Location was perfect, few minutes walk away from the Reservoir; views were amazing. We ate at the local pub - food was excellent and staff were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great setting, and lovely house all you need for a getaway in the middle of nowhere"

    Reviewed by Georgia4.7Sep 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful place ."

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

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 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 Colin4.7Jul 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 Suzanne5.0Jul 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 Melanie3.8Jul 2022

  • "Lovely area, a bit raw at the edges"

    Reviewed by June3.4Jun 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 Peter4.7May 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 Paul5.0May 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 Julia4.7Apr 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 Lorraine4.7Mar 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 Victoria5.0Jan 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 Rick5.0Dec 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 Hayley5.0Dec 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 Ian5.0Oct 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 Hayley5.0Sep 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 Kate5.0Aug 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 Aaron5.0Jul 2021

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Summary

  • 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
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs, table tennis and WiFi
  • 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.

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

LEEK

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.

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.*

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season