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Horse Shoe Cottage

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Rushton Spencer near Leek, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • well (8)

22 Customer Reviews

  • "Unfortunately horse show cottage was a real example of how pictures can be deceiving as the cottage is certainly not as idyllic as the advertisement would have you perceive."

    The property is attached onto a garage and is situated on a very busy and noisy main road. Lots of the furniture is extremely worn and not particularly comfortable, The property lacked a real sense of cleanliness, apart from the bedding which we honestly couldn’t find fault with. The property furthermore didn’t have a front door key available which was a real problem when we tried to go to the lovely local pub for food. This again wouldn’t have been a problem but the pathway from the back door was completely flooded and you had to wade through water a high as your wellies to get there, not ideal when your ready for a night out. While we appreciate the flooding is not the owners fault the lack of front door access is. Finally the cottage uses an oil fired heating system. The smell from this was absolutely horrific our full stay to the extent quite a few of our party were suffering sore heads. I’m not sure if this is normal or there is fault with the heating system, but it did leave us feeling very concerned about the safety of the system and how well it is maintained. As a family who travel to Stoke regularly with our daughter for competition we thought this might be a really nice alternative to a local hotel. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and we won’t be returning to horseshoe cottage. We found our whole experience very disappointing and won’t be returning or recommending horse shoe cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2023

  • "Generally this property is clean and well kept."

    There are 2 very big notes of concern. As its not 100%clear on the listing (and I feel it should be) that the garden is not enclosed for pets, there is no gate across the drive and beyond that is a major road, our dog escaped through the hedge and nearly caused a major accident so this is definatly worth noting when advertised as a pet friendly cottage. The mattresses on the beds are extremely uncomfortable, to the point of unusable. My partner had to sleep on the floor initially and then the sofa downstairs as it was so thin and caused big back issues. Obviously that wasn't ideal so unfortunately those issues overshadowed what was otherwise a very nice holiday let. A little investment in those 2 issues would work wonders and ideally should have been sorted sooner.

    Reviewed by TakaraSep 2023

  • "The house was beautiful & very well equipped."

    The beds were comfy & the bathrooms were clean. The noise from the road was a problem as single glazing didn’t block out much from a very busy road. The upstairs bedroom had no blinds but we had a lovely relaxing holiday & Camilla was happy to communicate whenever we needed to contact her using WhatsApp

    Reviewed by JillJul 2023

  • "No blind on one of the velux windows in the attic."

    Made for a very early wake up call! Shower far to high to reach, had to climb on toilet/side of bath to turn on/off. Realised on day 3 of our stay that the shower unit could stay on and be controlled by the pull cord instead. No safety mat in the bath when showering. Mop would have been useful for the wet doggy paws in and out of the garden. Courtyard garden - not kept well, could've been jet washed. Outdoor furniture very old, worn & broken in places. Possibly better used as a secure dog area only. Liked the supplied dog beds/bowls/lead. Didn't need to bring ours but we didn't know at the time. No plugs in either of the bathroom sinks - for one guest this was an issue as liked to have a wet shave which wasn't fully possible. Appreciate it's an old building but doors don't seem to close well, if at all on some. Beds very comfortable. Sink drainer would've been useful when washing up seeing as the dishwasher wasn't working. Previous review in March 2023 says the same about the dishwasher being out of order! Garden/firepit area needs some attention. Overgrown plants/trees stopped full use of the area. Good space overall, heating worked well. Just needs a tidy up here and there. Wouldn't say the price charged was value for money. It's been marketed very well but the reality is different in parts of the cottage.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2023

  • "Nice cottage, lots of space and adequate facilities."

    Dogs well accommodated for. Lovely area to explore. However there were a few issues. The cottage is situated next to a busy road so the traffic noise was significant. The dish washer was not in use and had been faulty for some time reading previous reviews. . The shower head holder was broken and the shower itself was more of a trickle. Overall a good cottage that could be first class with a little care and attention.

    Reviewed by PhilipApr 2023

  • "Dishwasher didn't work and wasn't fixed, no communication during stay."

    To hot upstairs, no controls on radiator so couldn't adjust temperature in rooms and road very noisy with open windows. Lots of cobwebs, especially in downstairs toilet and kitchen. Enclosed garden very small and dirty outdoor furniture. Main garden open to the road, lots of rubbish just over fence, a bit of an eye soar. No communication on what to do with rubbish or where anything was. Attack room badly decorated, damp perling paintwork, barely usable. Very disappointed, especially considering the price.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Would definitely come back for another stay.

    Reviewed by KatieMar 2023

  • "We had a really good time in Horse Shoe Cottage!"

    Loved the place. Hope to come back some day. Thanks!

    Reviewed by JanneJan 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, with lots of downstairs room."

    Bedrooms good size, beds a little hard but okay for a few days. As we stayed at a really cold snap cottage would benefit from some throws to help keep warm in both lounges. Would definitely stay again xx

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2022

  • "Amazing property."

    Very spacious & clean.Everyone in party had great sleep on comfy beds.Lovey outside areas with seating.Easy drive to Alton Towers.Will definitely use again.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2022

  • "We loved the cottage, spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated and every comfort."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by JoyJun 2022

  • "Horseshoe Cottage was perfect for our family weekend away and comfortably fit two families."

    The house was lovely - nice decor, spacious living areas, comfortable beds and a good location for walking in the Dane Valley. We are looking forward to re-booking in the spring!

    Reviewed by RosieJan 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely only downside was that there was rooms (garden room ..."

    The cottage was lovely only downside was that there was rooms (garden room ,attic room )where radiators wasn’t working so was cold so we cudnt really use them

    Reviewed by KarlNov 2021

  • "This is a really fantastic cottage This is a really fantastic cottage."

    It is far bigger than it appears on both the photographs on the website and when standing outside. The cottage is very well decorated, and feels very cosy and welcoming. The host was extremely approachable and helpful throughout and I would really recommend anybody thinking of booking here to go ahead!

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2021

  • "We have had a few cottage rentals in the Peak District, this one was our best by far."

    It was immaculately clean, lovely bedding and towels were provided, it didn’t feel like it had been furnished with unwanted household furniture either!!! As a group of 5 adults 2 children we wondered if 1 bathroom plus a downstairs toilet would work, it was fine. We would highly recommend it along with the amazing country walks so close by.

    Reviewed by MariaNov 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    The garden room was very lovely, unfortunately the radiator in this room didnt work, so it was chilly, especially in the evening. We enjoyed sitting in the very spacious and spotless kitchen.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "It was lovely to arrive and find a very thoughtful welcome package from the host."

    It was a beautiful house with everything you would need on holiday.

    Reviewed by KimOct 2021

  • "Beautiful property, well appointed and in a lovely location."

    Good sized living area and bedrooms, well stocked kitchen with all pots pans glasses etc that are needed. Not far from Leek and 2 pubs within strolling distance that both serve food. Owner very helpful, especially when calling as got lost finding the house.

    Reviewed by ClareOct 2021

  • "My friends and I stayed here for a long weekend hiking in the area and couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay."

    Very spacious, had everything we needed, some lovely outdoor areas and a helpful host. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2021

  • "Horse Shoe cottage exceeded all expectations, lovely and clean, beautifully furnished and much bigger than the photos on the website show."

    Camilla was great to deal with and we were made to feel very welcome, would definitely recommend this holiday home.

    Reviewed by LeeJul 2021

  • "We were a family group of 7 visiting some family nearby and there was plenty of space for us all."

    The cottage was well equipped with lots of lovely added extras such as milk, juice and prosecco in the fridge. The huge back garden was great for the dog to run around and there were lots of lovely walks from the door step. 10/10 perfect for a family break away! My only suggestion would be some thick curtains in the bedrooms to help with the noise and light from the main road, but this is just a little suggestion and in no way a complaint. Thanks for an amazing stay, we will definitely be back again in the future.

    Reviewed by BethanyJun 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at this superb cottage."

    Camilla was very helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Plenty of sitting out areas and very close to a number of pleasant walks.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x doubles, 1 x single, 1 x attic room with 1 x double and 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private driveway parking for up to three cars
  • Large garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Enclosed yard accessible via the inside of the property.One well-behave pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5.2 miles, pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: The attic room is accessed via the master bedroom

The property

Leek 5.3 miles.

Resting in the small village Rushton Spencer, between Leek and Macclesfield, is this detached house, Horse Shoe Cottage.

Set over three floors and sleeping up to nine guests, Horse Shoe Cottage is a pet friendly and homely dwelling for your next visit to Cheshire, within easy reach of the Peak District National Park and Alton Towers.

A private driveway with room for three cars rests at the side of the property, where there is also main use of the side entrance where you enter into a cloakroom, to leave any coats or shoes, before being welcomed by a bright and airy living/dining area with the choice of playing board games, nestling into the sofas to watch TV or enjoying an evening meal around the dining room table with your loved ones.

Carrying on through the downstairs of the house there is a newly-fitted kitchen with everything you need to whip up your favourite meals, as well as a handy washing machine and dishwasher, a breakfast bar with seats for two, a small area for dogs beds which is certain to entice any dog walkers, and a downstairs WC with basin.

Upstairs there is a fresh single room with countryside views, a stylish double room where you can relax at the end of a long day, a bathroom with a bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, a master bedroom with a double bed and stairs up to the attic room which hosts a double and a single and makes a great space for children to be linked by a safe staircase to their parents.

Outside there is a large lawn area complimented by a patio with furniture to offer an alternative dining arrangement during those warmer summer months, and there is also a private courtyard leading from the patio doors in the sitting/dining room.

Rushton Spencer itself has a couple of pubs and restaurants for when you don't feel like cooking, and a short drive into either Leek or Macclesfield, leaves you with a wide selection of shops, restaurants, local parks and leisure facilities.

You are also on the edge of the Peak District National Park, which is perfect for dog walks, cycles and known to be an exciting destination for rock climbing, lake swimming and caving.

Some very popular, and picturesque, tourist attractions in the area are the National Trust Biddulph Grange Garden, the Three Shires Head, Chatsworth House, Buxton Opera House and Gawsworth Hall and the theme park, Alton Towers.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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.

Please Note: This property has a £100 Good Housekeeping Bond

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas