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Shire Cottage at Top Butterley Farm

(Ref. 969731)

Tansley near Matlock, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "Shire Cottage suits us perfectly."

    The location is quiet and the views from the main bedroom and from the lounge are wonderful. The cottage is compact, yet has all that is needed for a very comfortable stay. We have stayed there several times and will be back in the Spring.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful holiday cottage very comfortable and cozy , great views and a quiet location."

    Would definitely stay here again, Great size for a family of 3 .

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great location beautiful views needs a little more housekeeping to be honest but great value"

    Reviewed by John3.8Sep 2023

  • "Ideally located for exploring the area and friendly helpful hosts"

    Reviewed by Reginald5.0Sep 2023

  • "We loved the cottage, the location and my only regret was having to come home!"

    However, I am now looking to rebook as it is the perfect base for my daughter and I. Wonderful walks, beautiful scenery, fab cafes in our favourite places that we love (Matlock, Cromford, Lea, Chatsworth, Chesterfield) nearby, and a comfortable and well resourced home to relax in during the evening, and to prepare for the day in early in the morning.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Aug 2023

  • "This is a gem of a cottage, situated in an accessible location with a fantastic view."

    It is very practical, with the most comfortable furniture and bed that we’ve found in a holiday rental. It is also a good size for 2 or 3 people, with good storage space for food etc. and clothes hanging space. The kitchen has everything needed for cooking on a short stay. It was very helpful to find both a washing machine and drier. Whilst there is no dishwasher, the sink and drainer are more than adequate. Access from the road is very easy and the space for parking is huge! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage , cosy and quiet ."

    Fantastic views over the reservoir and hills . Idyllic !!

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Aug 2023

  • "Please get the remote control sorted for tv!"

    Reviewed by Carole4.1May 2023

  • "My wife and I have been holidaying in the Matlock area for many years now and we have settled for Shire cottage as it's got everything we or you could want."

    Ideally situated with lovely a view. very comfortable and relaxing cottage to stay in.

    Reviewed by R5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great holiday property."

    Amazing views and location and easy to find. Spent a short break here. It had everything we needed and warm and cosy on arrival. Beds comfy and plenty of seating for relaxing evenings. Despite stay during a storm loved area and property located central to areas we visited.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable property in a brilliant location (fantastic views front of cottage)."

    Reasonably well equipped with pretty much everything you need (there are a few missing kitchen items which will have been a result of breakages over the years for example there were only three dinner knives. These should be periodically checked and replaced by the owners). That said there was nothing we missed our couldn't cope without. The floors are lino throughout (with the exception of the stairs). I know this will have been done to accommodate our four legged friends and ease cleaning but it would have been nice to have carpet , or at least some rugs, in the bedrooms. When we were there the floors were not the cleanest with quite a bit of hair on them and several of the kitchen items needed washing before use but nothing that spoilt our stay in any way. For the price I cant complain at all and I would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Philip3.4Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at the cottage despite the rain!"

    . Great peaceful location and stunning views across the valley. Cottage was in excellent condition and clean. Ideal for visiting the area. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Mar 2023

  • "A beautiful outlook."

    The cottage was equipped to a very high standard. Very clean and comfortable and well situated for visiting places of interest. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Sep 2022

  • "A Nana, a daughter and grandaughter enjoyed a peaceful 3 night break."

    We found the cottage warm, cosy and welcoming. We loved the tranquility of the surroundings and enjoyed Matlock, Castleton and its caves and Gullivers Kingdom. The owner/farmer was very welcoming and showed us around his farm. When we asked our 4 year old what her favourite part of the holiday was "the kittens on the farm". Followed by the piglets.

    Reviewed by Susi4.7Aug 2022

  • "I think this was our fourth stay here and it suits us perfectly well."

    It is comfortable and well-equipped. The views from the lounge and main bedroom are wonderful. Parking is just outside of the cottage, making loading and unloading as easy as it could possibly be. We shall be returning.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "Loved this cottage and would definitely stay here again on next visit to the area."

    Very comfortable and homely and we were made to feel most welcome. Great location and easy access to any places of interest. Lots to see and do in Derbyshire! Plenty of interesting villages and small towns quite close, each with at least one pub/restaurant. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property with fantastic views and close enough to many interesting places including Chatsworth House, Bakewell and Matlock Bath as well as having fantastic walks nearby."

    We also had dinner at The Gate Inn which was excellent but i recommend booking as gets very busy. All in all a very relaxing and enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2022

  • "Great setup and beautiful views, great facilities and very comfortable cottage"

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage situation in a rural area on top of a big hill with a great view overlooking the area."

    Cosy, warm, homely, comfortable, got everything you need. If I could add one thing it would be a little seating area outside the front of the cottage. I think that would be really good for visitors in the summer months.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0May 2022

  • "This was our third stay here and we are happy to use it as our 'go to' property when staying in the area."

    Quiet, comfortable and with splendid views across the local countryside, it suits us perfectly.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with amazing views!"

    Cosy and comfortable, and although on a working farm it’s was very quiet. Would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Emily4.7Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Shire Cottage, Top Butterley Farm."

    It was really easy to find. Paul gave us a lovely warm welcome and was there to support during the week as needed. The cottage is lovely- warm, comfortable and had everything we needed. The view is amazing. The location was great for walking, even straight from the door. Its close to Matlock (less than 3 miles), and great for Chatsworth (10 miles) and Bakewell (about 10 miles too) We'd recommend Riber view cafe and farm shop which is really close by. Would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Bernice5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great all round"

    Reviewed by Reginald5.0Dec 2021

  • "The views were spectacular & it was in a very quiet area."

    Parking right outside the property was excellent & the cottage was in easy access to lots of places of interest and some good places to eat out.

    Reviewed by Juliette5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a fantastic holiday, place to relax, enjoy, feel comfortable and safe."

    Cottage is extremely clean with stunning views. Owners make you feel very welcome and respect your privacy. We would certainly return. Thank you. Jo.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Sep 2021

  • "Just a really nice and cozy cottage with stunning views"

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Shire Cottage."

    The family were really welcoming, the cottage has everything you need and the views are stunning. We’d happily return.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2021

  • "It was a perfect barn conversion property that we stayed in, the owner made us feel very welcomed on arrival and everything was of a high standard and cleanliness."

    Great location for us to explore the beautiful surrounding area, would love to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Russ5.0Jul 2021

  • "The main bedroom and the lounge have stunning views across the valley."

    The owners, Sally and Paul, were very friendly as was their dog. just about everything we could have needed was provided and the cottage made an excellent base for our weeks' break.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jul 2021

  • "Boon having tumble dryer Very dusty in places, cleaner after we left Great ..."

    Boon having tumble dryer Very dusty in places, cleaner after we left Great location, views amazing Lovely and warm with lots of hot water Never bothered by the farm Excellent walking, never moved car

    Reviewed by Frank4.1Apr 2021

  • "This was a delightful cottage."

    Well furnished with lots of fluffy towels, stocked with soap and cleaning supplies, and everything needed for a short break. The views from the main bedroom were fabulous. I hadn't used an electric cooker before and getting it working did need the help of my teenager, (but I'm sure I could have called the owner for advice if needed). Turning out of the farm onto the road is slightly tricky (particularly for an urbanite like me) but the quiet location more than makes up for it. There's a washing machine and a tumble dryer, Wifi had great, TV even had Netflix! Great location for exploring the Peak District.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Oct 2020

  • "Had nice chats with Paul the owner."

    Would have been nice for us to have met his wife, Sally. Brilliant place to stay and it will be very high up on our list when we return next year.

    Reviewed by R4.7Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with excellent views towards Ogston reservoir."

    Some spectacular sunrises and brilliant walking opportunities from your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and well-equipped; it felt cosy and welcoming."

    The location is wonderful- so peaceful and a stunning view but yet not too distant from shops and places to eat. Lots of gorgeous walking territory and interesting places to visit .We can certainly recommend it !

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2020

  • "We stayed at Shire Cottage in Sept 2020."

    The cottage and surrounding areas exceeded our expectations in every single way. The cottage itself is very cosy and clean. Me and my partner felt like it was a home away from home. We would not hesitate to stay here again. The views of the countryside are simply spectacular and from the attractions and local areas we were able to view (Due to covid-19 restrictions) we had a great time. Paul, Sally & their family were such lovely hosts and made us feel so welcome. All in all this holiday was such a memorable one. Not only because my partner proposed to me at the cottage but also because of the fact we found such a hidden gem of a cottage.

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Sep 2020

  • "The view is outstanding and having two toilets was a bonus but we also appreciated the very comfortable beds, settee and armchair, the plentiful supply of luxurious towels, and that there were plenty of plates, mugs and glasses in the kitchen."

    My husband and I would not hesitate to stay at Shire Cottage again if we were visiting the Peak District.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2020

  • "A great little cottage with fantastic views across the countryside."

    A good base for exploring the Peak District and Derbyshire, with lots of great routes for walking or off road cycling trails. Pop in to Tansley Barn Garden Centre for lunch or tea & cakes. Would definatelt visit again to explore more.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2020

  • "Sykes's arrangements were fine."

    The cottage was comfortable and set in a beautiful location. Outstanding views. However, the cottage was not as clean as hoped especially in light of COVID which was disappointing.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you were unhappy with the cleaning at Shire Cottage. We have discussed the feedback with the owner and they advised they came round to rectify a toilet issue and you didn't mention anything to them regarding this. Had they or ourselves been made aware we on hand to address your concerns and put your mind at rest, it is regretful the owner didn't get the opportunity to do this for you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve3.4Aug 2020

  • "We had a lovely week at Paul and Sally's cosy cottage."

    It's very convenient to visit local places of interest whilst in a quiet location with beautiful views. Hope to visit again. Dave and Joyce York

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2020

  • "I stayed at Shire Cottage so I could be near to my mother who is recovering from a serious operation."

    It's very comfortable, clean, warm and cosy with amazing views. Everything I needed was there for me. I really can't think of anything negatives to say. Thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Nov 2019

  • "Excellent place will definitely use it again if we are in the area."

    The view and situation cannot be faulted.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage with a great view and very pretty countryside."

    Lots of places to see around the district. Great facilities at the cottage and owner was very helpful with orientation and dealing with an issue with a bathroom light.

    Reviewed by Norman4.7Oct 2019

  • "Stunning location looking East across a broad expanse of beautiful green English countryside."

    A good base for visiting local stately homes. The cottage equipment was good and all as expected. Bathroom was quite small and cramped. Unfortunately there was a fault on the wifi and we had no service all week, despite reporting this to Paul on the first day.

    Reviewed by John4.1Sep 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time with plenty to do in the local area."

    Waking up to that beautiful scenery every morning was fantastic, the air was lovely and fresh and clear, and the complete quiet was just the tonic we needed.

    Reviewed by Brendon4.7Aug 2019

  • "A little information about the waste recycling as it varies as to what's acceptable in different regions."

    The owners were very approachable and helpful

    Reviewed by Patrick4.4Jun 2019

  • "If anything, we thought that the upstairs bathroom was a little to small / cramped to what we are used to and we forgot to ask; admittedly; what was to put in each bin in the kitchen as there was no clear marking."

    So we put general waste in one and paper/plastic etc in the other. The area where the barn is in was very nice, lovely views. Pity there was not a decent local shop in Tansley though; to get a paper. Local pubs were excellent especially the Gate Inn Based close to Matlock we found it an ideal base from which to travel to see what sights the Peak District had to offer...……….Thank you for a lovely holiday

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2019

  • "We had a wonderful week at the cottage which was lovely, stunning views and ideally situated for our walks and visits to places in the area."

    We highly recommend this cottage, everything about it was fantastic and totally suited to our needs. We hope to return for another stay at the cottage as soon as possible.

    Reviewed by Daphne5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had a lovely time."

    Location was perfect - close enough to access the places we wanted to visit easily, but also out of the way enough to feel peaceful. The cottage was great, well-equipped, easy parking and lovely & cosy. We would love to return and would recommend this booking to others.

    Reviewed by Miss5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with gorgeous views."

    Good area to be with lots of walks and places of interest within 15 - 45 minutes driving distance. Good places to eat in Tansley and villages nearby. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this cosy cottage. We stayed in March and the cottage was warm and inviting with the central heating and the log effect electric fire just glowing.

    Reviewed by Audrey4.1Mar 2019

  • "Fantastic Location."

    Near the Peak District but not in the 'tourist hotspots' so you can avoid the crowds. Some great walks from the door. Best of all the fantastic views from the cottage. Very cosy - warm, clean, well equipped, and a comfy bed.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2018

  • "Great view, lovely place to stay, quiet, and close to matlock."

    We would use again.

    Reviewed by Garry4.7Sep 2018

  • "This clean, cosy and comfortable cottage is ideally located for anyone wishing to explore the Peak District’s many attractions or simply wanting a quiet and peaceful place to relax."

    The photographs and narrative description on the website accurately reflect what this cottage has to offer. There is a decent sized living room with 3 seater leather settee and drop leaf table. The kitchen is well equipped and perfectly adequate for a short stay. Yes, the bedrooms do have sloping ceilings, but only on one side of the bed. The central heating is very effective, quickly warming all of the rooms. The cottage is located at the top of a hill giving wonderful views across open countryside from both the living room and master bedroom windows. Sally and Paul, the owners, live next door and are friendly and welcoming. Plenty of good pubs and cafes nearby, within short driving distance. We had a very enjoyable stay and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Sep 2018

  • "The feeling of being on top of the world with peace, quiet and amazing views, was just what the doctor ordered."

    Owls at dusk were a lovely bonus. Altogether an experience to be repeated as often as possible for recharging the batteries in this busy world.

    Reviewed by Carol Ann4.1Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was beautiful and the views absolutely stunning."

    A very relaxing place to stay with so many places to visit close by. Perfect for our first holiday together.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Aug 2018

  • "Barn Cottage at Top Butterley Farm was a great place to spend a week and as a base for exploring the Peak District."

    Paul and Sally were most welcoming hosts. Although a working farm, it is only 15 minutes from Matlock and the views from the cottage were fantastic.

    Reviewed by Roger4.4Jul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, in a great location, beautifully views."

    Lots of attractions near by. Paul and Sally (the owners) are very friendly and helpful. We had a great time there.

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Jun 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with a basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with electric fire.
  • Oil central heating, electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Both bedrooms have sloping ceilings.

The property

Tansley 1.5 miles.

Shire Cottage is a charming barn conversion sat overlooking luscious Derbyshire countryside and the Ogston Reservoir, 1.5 miles from Tansley.

Boasting homely décor, and with incredible outdoor opportunities, scenery and quaint towns nearby, this is a welcoming base, perfect for a small family to enjoy.

Placed on the owner's working farm, enter this stone cottage on ground level, here you will find the inviting sitting room graced with a calming, neutral overtone and an electric woodburner adding a warming touch.

A dining table rests to the side of the room, adjacent to the scenery-filled window showcasing wonderful countryside views.

The light and airy kitchen is well-equipped and comes with colourful wall tiles, adding a country cottage effect.

The ground floor is complete with a convenient cloakroom with a classy white finish.

The property's two bedrooms lie on the first floor, the master room is under the sloping ceiling with exposed wooden beams and wondrous views offering a perfect sight to wake up to.

The single room is ideal for a child or additional guest.

Kick back and relax in a soothing bubble bath with the refreshing bathroom close at hand.

A short drive brings you to the popular Matlock, Derbyshire's county town which offers a range of fine amenities, stunning architecture and the enthralling Gulliver's Kingdom sits itself just outside of the town.

The astonishing Peak District National Park is slightly further west, providing a wealth of countryside, walking and cycling opportunities and a range of charming towns waiting to be explored.

A delightful cottage in a wonderful Derbyshire location.

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About the location


Matlock 2 miles.

The small, rural village of Tansley is peacefully situated in the Derbyshire Dales, just 2 miles from Matlock and is home to two welcoming pubs and several colourful garden centres. The county town of Matlock is just 2 miles away and was popular from 1698 until 1950 for its warm springs that provided water therapy to travellers from near and far. Today the town provides a host of fine eateries, good shops, a fascinating museum and at the heart of the town, Leys Hall Park provides a lovely setting for a host of recreational activities including bowls, mini golf, tennis, boating and a children’s play area. Enjoy a thrilling day at Gulliver's Kingdom with its owl maze, water gardens, nature trails, exhilarating rides and cable car trips over the magnificent Matlock Gorge. The nearby High Peak Cycle Trail provides a wonderful experience, whilst the market town of Bakewell, Chatsworth House and Park and Haddon Hall are within easy reach. A wonderful location for all the family.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas