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4 Washpool Cottage

Rainow near Macclesfield, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 1035463)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved staying at 4 Washpool Cottages and would definitely come back again."

    The view out of the back of the cottage was spectacular. We know the area well as we have relatives living nearby but the large number of footpaths in the area meant we explored parts of Rainow and the surrounding area that we had never been to before. Within 5 minutes walk of the cottage you can be out in the middle of nowhere by the babbling brook at the bottom of the field, watching the sun set over White Nancy and the Kerridge Ridge. The cottage was very comfortable. The multi-fuel burner heated the property and the hot water with no trouble (and adequate fuel was provided, along with firelighters and kindling etc). The kitchen was well equipped with all the cooking equipment you could ask for - and the knives were sharp (which is not always the case in holiday accommodation!). Blankets were provided in the living room for use when the room was a little chilly first thing in the morning whilst waiting for the fire to burst into life. Duvets and bedspreads were warm too. Plenty of information provided in the cottage including some useful maps of the local area showing the footpaths. Parking was the only slightly iffy thing, but we didn't experience any problem during the time we were there. The road outside the cottage is a 50mph road and leaving the car outside meant parking it on the road. We did try parking on the grass to tuck the car in a bit but there is a water main running through here so parking on the grass is a definite no no. Thankfully we had brought the old car as we had been moving our son's belongings at Uni. The cottage owners were really helpful moving their car up a bit to allow us to squeeze in behind them over their driveway. We had a bicycle light with us which we displayed in the back window of the car overnight as a warning. I guess the road is used mainly by people who are familiar with the area and know that cars are often parked here. You could always park your car further down in the village and walk back up to the cottage if you needed to.

    Thank you both for your great feedback. We truly value your views and are always willing to answer any questions you have about the cottage and other facilities in addition to the written information we provide to help you during your stay. We love No 4 and want our guests to love it too! We like to think that we have made No 4 a special place to stay , where your comfort is our highest priority. We try to accommodate our guests preferences wherever we can, so are delighted that you had such a lovely time and would definitely want to make a return visit! As you allude to , the road is predominantly used at key times of the day by people that are familiar with the area, with traffic flow being relatively low at other times of the day and negligible at night. The 30mph speed limit that is in force within 150 metres of the terrace acts in effect to restrict the travelling speed of vehicles. We appreciate that on road parking is a compromise of countryside living. We have parked our cars on the road next to our cottage for many years without incident. The lighting outside the cottage illuminates the road at night time, although we have used a red light effectively. Thank you again for choosing to stay at No 4 and for taking the time to write your feedback. It was lovely to meet you both and we are looking forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by ClaireApr 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with beautiful views."

    We were warm and snug whilst storm Dudley raged outside.

    Thank you both for taking the time to write your review of your stay at No 4. It means a great deal and is very much appreciated.No 4 is a cosy retreat where you can do as much or as little as you please, so it's lovely to know that you were able to sit back, relax and make the most of your break despite the weather!! The views are ever changing and simply fab so we are really happy that you enjoyed them as much as we do. You know where we are if you feel like some more time to indulge yourselves or want the chance to revisit and explore more of the Peak District National Park and beyond! Property Owner

    Reviewed by JudithFeb 2022

  • "The owners were extremely helpful and caring."

    The house was very cosy and had everything we needed. Good walks from the cottage and lots of facilities within a short drive. The views from the conservatory were beautiful and relaxing.

    Reviewed by MikeJul 2021

  • "Had a wonderful time at the cottage."

    The views from the conservatory / patio are very relaxing. The hosts live next door and were very helpful and welcoming. Also there are lots of walk from the cottage itself which is ideal if you have a dog and don't want to drive to go for a walk. The local pub just down the road also welcomes dogs.

    Thank you so much for leaving your lovely feedback. We really appreciate your kind comments and we are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay. There is nothing better than hearing that our guests have had a great stay. We do hope we will see you again in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SimonJun 2021

  • "Very nice little cottage with great views."

    Had an issue with the wood burning stove, the owners did all they reasonably could to fix it and were very apologetic. My only issue with the cottage would be with on street parking which was indicated in the Cottage description. Where they wanted me to park was on the verge at the start of an S bend on a narrow, fast, fairly busy country road. I think this is dangerous. The owners parked there too and even had a red flashing light in their back window as a warning, so I'm pretty sure they know it is dangerous too even though they said it had never caused an accident. The trouble is that there isn't any real alternative; I parked in the local pub car park for a couple of nights but there is nothing else in the immediate vicinity

    We are pleased to hear that you both enjoyed No 4 and the views and gave the cottage a score of 100% in this regard. We were sorry to hear that you remained uneasy about parking your car alongside the verge for the remainder of your stay. On road parking is commonplace in Rainow, and we understand that it is a compromise that often comes with countryside living. The reason that we place a light in the rear of our car at night is due to the absence of street lighting and our location within the Rainow Conservation Area. However, there is a light on the outside of No 4 that can be used as desired. Rainow has traffic traveling into Macclesfield at key times of the day, then reducing with little traffic particularly in the evening and overnight. Vehicles leaving the village will have been traveling toward the cottages at a restricted speed before climbing the hill. Those traveling past the cottages should be slowing down to ensure they adhere to the speed restrictions in situ in the village. We thank you for drawing our attention to your concerns and hope that we have reassured you that our parking arrangements have not resulted in any incident to date. Property Owner

    Reviewed by WilliamMay 2021

  • "The booking process was extemely easy and the information provided was accurate and helpful."

    The cottage was accurately described and had everything we needed. Internally everything was very clean. The owners ensured the cottage was toasty warm when we arrived. Wouid highly recommend. Thanks.

    Reviewed by ChrisDec 2020

  • "A great little cottage that allowed us to explore the peak district."

    In these difficult times the owners pulled out all the stops to make our stay as comfortable as possible. It was lovely to wake up and look out at the open fields with our little one time a particular liking to the cows and sheep.

    Reviewed by SimonOct 2020

  • "We loved this little cottage nestled in the middle of the countryside."

    The owners, Lesley and Roy had thought of everything and were so welcoming and helpful. There were lots of country walks on the doorstep and a pub 5 minutes walk away. We enjoyed sitting on the terrace, watching the cows in the field and admiring the beautiful views.

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove
  • Conservatory
  • Heating from the multi-fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, smart TV
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking for 1 car
  • Patio with seating on the lower terrace area
  • Spectacular views from both upper & lower terrace
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, dogs must not be left unattended at the property
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.8 miles; pub 5 minutes walk
  • Note: Access to the bed in the first of the double bedrooms is only available at one side
  • Note: Even though the fixed radiators run off the multi-fuel stove, there are 3 oil filled mobile radiators which can be used as an alternative heating source or additional until the stove heats up
  • Note: The owner does have feather pillows, please let the owner know and she will change to hollow fibre
  • Please Note: Please note: no babies or children under 7 are allowed at this property.

The property

Macclesfield 3.4 miles.

4 Washpool Cottage is a delightful stone-fronted cottage built in the 1830s, that can be found sitting in the luscious green village of Rainow.

Within reaching distance of the bustling town of Macclesfield, this charming pet-friendly property provides the perfect setting for your next rural retreat, whether you’re a couple or a small family of four.

Open up the pretty cottage door and step into the well-thought country kitchen, home to a plethora of handy appliances all of which can be used to rustle up a delectable meal or tasty treats for a quiet night spent indoors.

Wander through to the warm embrace of the sitting room and feel the character of the exposed stone walls and original stone fireplace with striking multi-fuel stove, to keep you warm on those cold winter nights.

Cosy up on one the plush cream sofa settling down to watch an entertaining movie on the smart television or curl up on the attractive armchair to lose yourself in an enthralling tale from your favourite book.

Spend some time in the tranquillity of the conservatory where you can discuss important plans for your time in the area, before heading out into the well-kept garden and admiring the breath-taking views of the rolling countryside as you bask in the sunshine and dine alfresco with a picnic on the patio area.

Climb the beautiful oak staircase to the first floor and be greeted by the bright and airy space of the stylish bathroom; draw yourself a bath and while away the hour with some peace and quiet as you soak up the suds and recall your most memorable moments from the holiday so far.

Saunter through to your bedroom for the week, whether it be the spacious double bedroom with striking gold bed frame and delightful chest of drawers, or the snug double bedroom where you lay your head to rest at the end of an action-packed day of exploring.

When ready to get out and about in the local area, start your day with a visit to the Ingersley Vale Waterfall or a hike up Macc View for outstanding scenery.

History buffs will relish in a trip to the nearby town of Macclesfield where they can discover the rich and captivating history of Armoury Towers and Fence Alms Houses or the Priests House that rests in the quintessential village of Prestbury.

Hop in the car and head for Buxton where you can swing from treetops with a Go Ape experience or stroll the grounds of The Pavilion Gardens.

For a memorable holiday to the countryside, stay at 4 Washpool Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Alderley Edge 4 miles. Prestbury 4 miles

Macclesfield is a market town and civil parish resting in Cheshire, England, on the outer fringes of the Peak District National Park. Boasting a wide range of pubs and restaurants for that fine dining experience, as well as some shops and supermarkets for picking up any last-minute essentials and indulging in a shopping spree, also offering the Macclesfield Golf Club for enjoying a friendly game. The Peak District National Park offers a large number of country sites with ample walking and cycling opportunities. Further afield is the thriving city of Manchester which boasts plenty of popular tourist attractions, including Old Trafford stadium if you're a Manchester United fan, the popular theatre and art museum The Lowry and even family-friendly activities such as SEA LIFE Manchester. Macclesfield is a delightful choice for friends, families and couples seeking to explore this wonderful area of Cheshire.

Region Information

Please note: no babies or children under 7 are allowed at this property.

Please note - outdoor furniture has been taken indoors over the Winter period

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

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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