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Willow Cottage

Upper Hulme near Leek, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 20527)

4.3

Good

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "I have been a customer of yours for about 15 years and the accuracy of this listing is the worsed I have seen."

    When you see picture No.1 and you read the description you are led to believe that you can park next to the steps, not about 25 yards down a steep driveway. The summary says "Front patio with furniture and private hot tub", the garden furniture is not the same as the picture shows it is cast iron, not a wooden set and the hot tub is not on the patio. In the filters I always tick enclosed garden and in the features for this cottage it says garden/patio. Now the picture of the hot tub at the end of the lawn is what sold us this cottage only to find when we get there that the lawn is a private garden not the one for the cottage, as there isn't one and the view out of the hot tub is marred by a chain with a private property notice and it is very overgrown. It is therefore not the romantic setting that it portrays. The kitchen table does not have four comfy red chairs it has three hard white chairs and the wardrobe in the bedroom has a shelf at the bottom which makes it not deep enough to hang any resonably length dresses in. Lastly there was no key for the conservatory so no shoes etc could be left in there and there were no open countryside views as the surrounding trees blocked most of it out.

    Reviewed by RolandJul 2022

  • "The willow lodge is lovely."

    I was apprehensive before going after reading some of the reviews. This cottage is located in a beautiful setting. The track leading up to the cottage is not that bad if you take at slow speed however, this is advertised. Parking is great with a very short walk up to the cottage. The staff are very friendly and we’re very helpful during our stay. The cottage inside is very well equipped and has everything you could need during a stay. The only thing I would say is that the towels could do with being replaced and the sofa in the living room is a little worn lacking padding. Everything else was amazing and wee had a lovely stay over new year.

    Reviewed by RhiannonDec 2021

  • "We had a fantastic stay."

    The cottage was lovely and we liked all the Xmas lights around the place. The only thing we did have problem with was the oven. We got it to turn on and get a bit warm but it would not get hot even with the thermostat turned right up It was a bit better when we had the oven and grill on but still did not cook our meal. In the end we used the microwave. I think it needs looking at. Other than that it was super. Thank you. Rob & Sally

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2021

  • "Upon arrival at the cottage we were told that we couldn’t park out the front of the property to unload, even for 10 minutes!"

    Therefore we had to carry everything up a very steep incline , my husband has a heart condition and I walk with a stick so this was not easy and no help was offered , this also wasn’t mentioned in the listing , if it was we wouldn’t have booked ! The property itself is very nice and with some attention to detail could be a lot better. One of the main problems was lack of cupboard space in the kitchen to store food , one double cupboard is full with the hoover, mop , ironing board etc , so this is not ideal. There is also no washing machine as stated in the listing. The oven has no markings on the front of either temperature control or oven/ fan/ grill etc these are all worn off and there is no make name on it so I couldn’t even research this on the internet., there also no oven gloves. The internet connection was very sporadic and virtually non existent in the evening for several hours , I don’t know if this was because guests in the other properties on site were on the same connection? But this needs attention. Lighting to the hot tub for this time of year is insufficient, they have solar lights in the ground but they weren’t very bright at all, there was a string of lights but these didn’t work . The pathway to the tub could also be improved and needs sweeping regularly . The hot tub itself was nice and relaxing but we encountered problems of it turning itself off , the owners thought we were accidentally doing it when we closed it , this wasn’t the case as we found out one day when they messaged me to say the tub was off again that morning when they checked it but we hadn’t used it the previous day ! The area is lovely and the tea shop along the road is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by LyndaOct 2021

  • "The bumpy last part of the drive to the cottage is more than worth it, beautiful place, me and my partner would definitely come back!"

    Reviewed by BernadetteJun 2021

  • "Thanks for a lovely stay and wonderful time we spent in your cottage"

    Reviewed by RodrigoMay 2021

  • "Ian Gibbeson and I have used Sykes Cottages many times, this time the equipment were poor."

    The Cottage itself was pretty and comfortable, the bedding and towels were great, but there is room for improvement. There is no designated cupboard for food, this is a common occurance in holiday cottages. The kitchen was very poorly equipped. There was only TWO saucepans, one the size of a bucket, the other the size of a tea cup, (exaggeration !) but I challenge anybody to prepare a meal using those two. There was one ex-non-stick frying pan that was awful, thin, bent and impossible to use. Lots of dishes to serve food in, no ability to cook. No useable fish slice, only a broken one (try IKEA, 50p) Not one knife that would cut through anything more than butter. (IKEA again) A cafetiere would have been good, luckily I brought my own.ditto The general feeling was one of meanness. Tiny amounts of tea/coffee etc, the minimum toilet rolls, one feeble scourer, an inch of washing up liquid, no salt and pepper. I have stayed in cottages where it feels as if the owner has bought everything new, matching, with pride. This felt as if the owner had emptied all the cupboards at home. Who needs 6 pint glases and a few odd wine glasses? These cottages are expensive, we do not need to steal a pot scraper or a toilet roll.....in fact I left 2 as a gift.Corona virus has meant there was welcome pack or visitors book, which is a shame. Leaflets need updating. OK I have finished! Brigid Holdsworth

    Reviewed by IanOct 2020

  • "The owners of the property was very help full And polite."

    Offered use of showers. Great place to visit. Had a great time.

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2020

  • "All instructions were great, the description was spot on."

    The cottage was immaculate. All facilities, that were needed, were there. Our hosts were very accommodating. Beautiful surroundings, had a brilliant time and really enjoyed our holiday. Everything excellent .......so definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by TeresaAug 2020

  • "Cottage very compact and comfortable."

    Ideal for relaxing in very picturesque surroundings. Local Pubs very accommodating, we ate in a different one every night and overall the food was better than average, with The lazy Trout in Meerbrooke coming out on top. Only negative would be the track to the Cottage, it was `tricky to drive` due to recent heavy rain but Lorna is in the process of repairing it. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2020

  • "The time you have to be out of hot tub at night 10."

    00 pm is a little early. And it would have been nice to leave at 11.00 am from cottage. I also think towels need be up graded or state take your own. No toiletries provided.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2020

  • "Cottage was very clean and cosy."

    Ideal for a romantic mini break. You have to use Google maps on your mobile to locate the property. Driveway to the property is a little rough. Views are amazing.

    Reviewed by SharonDec 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage ..."

    Wonderful cottage Plenty of parking Very peaceful The bed is so comfortable Location is perfect Walking cycling on the doorstep The lazy trout pub fantastic food The hot tub is so nice after a day of walking in the hills The host Lorna is so helpful and welcoming I will be back soon its perfect

    Reviewed by AntonySep 2019

  • "The cottage was very nice, clean, and comfortable."

    A nice quiet rural location in beautiful countryside, but only 3 miles from the Market town of Leek. The only slight downside was the internet was a bit intermittent, as was the TV reception. Otherwise a highly recommended cottage.

    Reviewed by AlastairSep 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at Willow Cottage."

    It was very peaceful and just what we wanted.The owner was helpful and friendly. It was a very nice touch to leave us some homemade cakes and tell us we could get more cakes and fresh milk any time we wanted from the farmhouse kitchen. A cosy pretty little place, in a lovely part of the Derbyshire countryside, ideal for the short break that we had.

    Reviewed by LauchlanJul 2019

  • "The property was exactly as expected."

    The owner was very accommodating and made us feel welcome and at home. We would certainly recommend this property to anyone looking to stay around the Peak District.

    Reviewed by GarethApr 2019

  • "Our break away was great, the cottage was everything we expected and Lorna was fab!"

    She was friendly and even checked in on us when she hadn’t seen us for a while. The milk and cake were a nice added touch and we’ve recommended to everyone we know and are already looking at booking our next break away.

    Reviewed by LucyMar 2019

  • "Had a fab weekend!"

    Lorna went out of her way to make us feel welcome and the cottage was perfect! Beautiful surroundings and had some lovely walks followed by a soak in the hot tub!

    Reviewed by ChrisMar 2019

  • "Lovely quiet getaway, Lorna was on hand for anything we needed and there was milk and cake ready on our arrival!"

    Beautiful annex, very clean and spacious and 15 minute walk to a lovely tea room. Would definitely recommend x

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting"

    Reviewed by PhilipFeb 2019

  • "Had a wonderful break here."

    Lorna was very friendly and everything was as expected. I will be coming back here!

    Reviewed by CharleneNov 2018

  • "While the overall break was lovely and what I'd expected, there are a few concerns: - When arriving at the cottage, we'd called ahead an hour before arriving as the instruction on the booking told us, only to be shown into the cottage with "this is it"."

    No information on facilities etc. We had to contact Lorna later that evening to find out how to use the heating. - The hot tub was noted on the booking, however it failed to mention it's a shared hot tub, so you have to pre book time slots, which wasn't a huge issue really, but we also weren't shown how to use it, only where it was located. - One of the wetter days of our trip, we'd decided to stay in and watch films. Lorna knocked on our door with a guest she was hoping to show around the cottage. Considering we were only there 1 more night, I felt this was very inappropriate with us being there and all of our belongings out on show. She did apologise saying she thought we were out. To me, whether we are in or not, someone else shouldn't be brought in to the cottage with a guests personal items in there. She did apologise again the next morning when we left, but again reiterated that she thought we'd be out. That has left me feeling slightly uneasy that people could have been in while my personal items were there. Despite the above, the location was perfect and it was very much a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by KeelaSep 2018

  • "Owner did not want my 10 year old son to use hot tub even though stated on website could be used by children 10 years and above."

    She stated this was because other families had not been using hot tub safely. She said had changed website and children were not allowed to use hot tub. However, when we checked it still stated children from age of ten could use. Only two towels for shower provided and these were threadbare. Unable to read dial on oven as worn away.

    Reviewed by YvonneAug 2018

  • "Fantastic location and very cosy property."

    Reviewed by KyleMay 2018

  • "Fantastic cosy annex!"

    Well Equiped and great location for moorlands and Derbyshire Peak district. Lovely touch of Heart shape biscuits left for us on Valetines day also.... Very satisfied and will book again!

    Reviewed by MatthewFeb 2018

  • "Hot tub not working and owner and Sykes offered no apology and just said no refunds, got an inflatable hot tub on 3rd night of 4 night stay, eventually offered partial refund after 2 days of Sykes ignoring my emails."

    Cottage not good standard, dirty plates in cupboard, bathroom smelt of cigarette smoke, empty soap dispenser in bathroom, old thin small towels. Owner then disturbed us to ask why we had the heating on with window open (smoke detector went off while cooking, needed to air room). No privacy, not professional, constantly told how hot tub issue was inconvenient for her but no mention of inconvenience to us. Would never stay there again, shocking

    Reviewed by EmmaNov 2017

  • "The only drawback is the the long, pot holed track to access the annex."

    Reviewed by AudreyJun 2017

  • "The location of the cottage was a little too remote."

    Long walk to nearest pub and no local shop, had to drive to nearest town.

    Reviewed by DianeMay 2017

  • "Lovely location with plenty of walking straight from the door."

    Accommodation cosy and very comfortable, a welcome pack of some milk and lovely home baking plus use of the most fabulous large hot tub. Would recommend and love to return, thank you.

    Reviewed by JoyMar 2017

  • "Excellent cottage, location was good and owner was very friendly and helpful."

    The cottage had everything we wanted and was extremely cosy. Was a fantastic holiday.

    Reviewed by RobinSep 2016

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Summary

  • All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x compact single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot
  • Off road parking for 1 cars
  • Front patio with furniture and private hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub and tea shop 1 mile
  • Note: Property is accessed via a 500-yard track, care to be taken
  • Note: Cottage accessed via 5 steps up to patio
  • Note: Hot tub is only suitable for children aged 10 years or over and they must be supervised
  • Note : Hot tub is to only be used between hours of 10am and 10pm
  • Please note - this property has a good housekeeping deposit of £200
  • Please note: due to the rural location of the property, the WiFi can sometimes be effected

The property

Upper Hulme 1 mile. An immaculate detached countryside cottage set next to the owners' home and B&B, in a rural location at the foot of the wonderful walking area of the Roaches, a mile from the small village of Upper Hulme near Leek.

Beautiful throughout, and providing spacious, open plan accommodation, this Upper Hulme cottage is a perfect romantic hideaway in this stunning part of Staffordshire.

All ground floor accommodation accessed by just 5 steps to the patio means everyone can enjoy the wonderful views of the Roaches and surrounding countryside, and the very comfortable open plan living accommodation and king-size bedroom.

Outside, this Upper Hulme cottage has its own private, enclosed patio to sit and enjoy those wonderful countryside views.

The tiny village of Upper Hulme has a fabulous village pub serving traditional ales and wonderful home-cooked food, or why not try the delights served up in the tea shop?

Walking or mountain biking is available in abundance from this cottage near Upper Hulme.

Tittesworth Reservoir and visitor centre is within easy reach, as are the market towns of Leek and Buxton.

Alton Towers is also just a short drive away.

So, you will be spoilt for choice at this fabulous Upper Hulme cottage, perfect for couples or small families at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

UPPER HULME

Leek 4.3 miles.

Nestled at the foot of The Roaches is the charming little village of Upper Hulme. This is a peaceful setting with fabulous walks, challenging climbs or just general relaxation on offer, all just 4.3 miles from the moorland market town of Leek. The village pub serves traditional ales and wonderful home cooked food. Try the delights served up in the tea shop too. Within easy distance is Tittesworth Reservoir, with its visitor centre and many water based activities. The spa town of Buxton, famous for its warm springs, offers a host of fine eateries, good shops and a fascinating museum; and do take advantage of the Buxton Opera House, with varied and often ‘big name’ entertainment. Enjoy a thrilling day at Alton Towers with its rides, water park, spa and gardens. Follow the High Peak Cycle Trail, visit the lovely market town of Bakewell or enjoy elegant Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Or, just explore the beauty of the Roaches. A huge array of things to see and do in this wonderful location.

Region Information

Note: Hot tub is only suitable for children aged 10 years or over and they must be supervised

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas