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No. 1 Parsonage Croft

Bakewell, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 964434)


(29 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "8 family members over 3 generations thoroughly loved the house and the garden."

    The house is large, comfortable and characterful, if a little shabby in places. The garden is delightful and the view is wonderful. We had a lovely holiday but there were a few niggles The kitchen is well equipped but we could have done with more tea towels and a bigger washing up bowl and drainer. The dishwasher was very useful but 8 people generate a lot of washing up. As with previous visitors, the back of one of the dining chairs fell off as soon as it was sat on and the handle fell off the door of the upstairs toilet. The waterfall taps in the en-suites were difficult to control and splashed a lot over the sinks, wetting everything.Not everyone got to get a bath sheet as there weren't enough. An additional key would have been useful because the party often split up to do different things; the key to the front door was attached to a heavy stone so not suitable for taking out. We couldn't find the lockable bike store and couldn't use the garage for the bikes because one of our cars was parked there. The main problem with having 3 cars was the parking; one of us had to park a distance away. Each group arrived at different times so unloading the cars was easily organised. However, when we all had to be out by 10:00 on the last morning, loading was quite stressful. Perhaps an extra hour could be allowed on the last morning or maybe a permit for parking by the church could be acquired. Please accept these criticisms constructively as we did have a lovely time at No1.

    Reviewed by PeteMay 2022

  • "The house had bags of character and plenty of space."

    The garden was interesting and the view was excellent. There were a few practical problems: two door knobs came off (dining room and front double bedroom); the shower above the dining room leaked; & the back of a dining chair, which had been glued, broke as soon as it was sat on. However, we all enjoyed our stay and the kitchen was very well equipped. The piano was a major hit with us all!

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2022

  • "We had a brilliant stay at Parsonage Croft, a surprise weekend for a fortieth birthday celebration."

    We were a party of 8 ranging from 7 years to 70+. The property itself is full of charm and history, we felt the pictures don't do it justice and it definitely exceeded expectations. Lots of space and everything we needed. Clearly had been cleaned prior to our arrival. A lovely experience. Thank you!

    Reviewed by PeterMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay with family in this unusual house over the Christmas period."

    It has wonderful views over the countryside and is in prime location for the town and trips out. A bonus to have a piano! We appreciated the log fire and very comfortable beds. It's a tight squeeze for the garage but I was pretty good at the manoeuvring by the third day! Many thanks to Marco and Maria for the wine and cake, and very helpful conversation before we arrived.

    Reviewed by HelenDec 2021

  • "Beautiful building with lots character."

    The place needs a bit TLC - eg door handles are coming off, there’s a broken chair, holes in the ceiling etc. Even though the cottage is a short walk back from Bakewell, it’s quite steep. It would not suit those who aren’t able walkers. Parking is an issue as the garage only holds a very small car. Great views, location and size (very spacious) Thanks for a lovely trip!

    Reviewed by ThailaDec 2021

  • "Before we arrived, we had read a previous review, which turned out to be very misleading and in my opinion unkind."

    The house is old and quirky, it has a comfortable feel and was spotlessly clean. It was well appointed and had everything we needed. Bakewell is a lovely small town, a short walk away, with great places to eat. We went for some wonderful walks directly from the house. Chatsworth is close by and is an amazing day out. Will definitely be returning and will recommend to friends .

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2021

  • "Parsonage Croft is in a great location, but the house is now very tired and many of the facilities need refreshing."

    The furniture is worn out and much of the decor in a poor state. For example, many of the doorknobs were barely attached to the doors and could come off in your hand! Also, it is a shame that there were not enough tea towels, bin liners or materials for washing up (2 dishwasher tablets for a week and no washing up liquid!). COVID is no excuse for that (or indeed for the absence of a welcome pack). The fridge was damaged with shelves badly fitting or missing. A real shame as the location is excellent and the place has good potential. Communications with the owner were good. It just needs time and money spent to bring the property up to standard. Altogether, we enjoyed our stay, but wouldn’t return until the property has been thoroughly improved.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "The house is a lovely character house and has very spacious and large rooms but has not been upkept that well which is such a shame as the house itself is beautiful."

    There is a piano in the dining room which was a lovely touch. The garden is lovely and the space is great but certain issues in the house let it down. The "parking space" is not actually a space at all and the garage could really only fit a car the size of maybe a Mini and even then would probably struggle. An old size mini would fit perfectly. There is a badly cracked light switch plate in the dining room, the door knob of the dining room comes off in your hand, there are broken floor tiles in the living room that just lift away completely and some are missing, the red leather armchair in the living room is “mended” with a giant piece of red tape over the seat... generally not maintained to a pleasant standard. No coffee table either so we had to use the floor. There are also several clusters of spiders sitting in every corner of each room of the house which gives an uncleaned feel. The kitchen is not stocked well with utensils. What is provided is cheap and not great to use eg the peeler, metal utensils, etc. The cutlery is very bad quality. It just felt like the lowest, cheapest options had been provided. Chipped plates and no breakfast bowls at all. It has the feel of student-level accommodation in that regard. The medium size fridge has a broken freezer bit in it that was cracked and didn’t close. The door of the fridge didn’t close properly either and there was a problem with the temperature. It remained at a slightly cool temperature, but not the coldness of a fridge temperature so our milk went off by the next morning even though we tried to change the temperature dial. There is a chest freezer but that’s in the garage along with the washing machine. No dishwasher tablets or washing machine tabs were left “due to covid”. No washing up liquid was provided either, again “due to covid”. I understand that condiments can’t be left but to leave no washing up liquid or even scourers meant we had to buy our own. There was a used handwash though and a pepper grinder along with 2 tins of beans and 3 tins of mackerel in tomato sauce (from the last guests clearly). No bottle of milk or welcome biscuits were left because of "covid". The main bathroom was ok. There are no toilets in the en suits, just one toilet out in the hall and one in the main bathroom. The tap of the sink in the master bedroom is broken so sprays you with water if you use it. I got drenched the first time and ended up having to stand to the side of the sink but even then got spattered. The sheets provided on one bed didn’t cover the mattress and was just placed on top, not tucked in, so immediately rolled away when used. There were 5 beds and only 3 of them had mattress protectors. A door knob on the cupboard door in one room came off in your hand. Generally an uncomfortable and difficult stay. It felt like a student-level standard, not a comfortable stay at all.

    Many thanks for your valuable feedback, we are extremely disappointed that one of our properties has seemingly let us down and not provided you with the experienced that we had hoped for. This feedback has been passed to the owner which will improve expectations for future guests, Property Owner

    Reviewed by DeborahJul 2021

  • "The cottage was great by Sykes are not."

    No email contact address or live chat and no way to unsubscribe from your emails given with this questionnaire, contrary to normal practice. Please delete my email from all lists and close my account and confirm that you have done so.

    Reviewed by SueJun 2021

  • "The house had some great aspects (the showers were brilliant, the drying rail was priceless, netflix was a real bonus, comfy lounge, super location) and some less so (diy 'wardrobes' were very odd with few places to put away clothes, dining room was way too formal to use, coffee percolators both broken)."

    But it had a very comfy feel and we had a lovely week.

    Reviewed by DougOct 2020

  • "Getting up the hill was a challenge especially after visiting one of the lively pubs in Bakewell!"

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2020

  • "Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Parsonage cottage."

    We found the facilities excellent and the cottage itself was very comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the garden area which provides a nice view over Bakewell and very pleasant to sit out in the sun. The road up to the cottage was steep and narrow, we did manage to park two cars, one in the garage and one outside but was very tight to do so and at least one of the cars needs to be small enough to fit in the garage. A short walk only 10 minutes to the village via the church yard although the steep hill was a challenge for the elderly members of our party. Would definitely stay again if we revisited the area.

    Reviewed by RonAug 2020

  • "Lovely property that is very convenient for walking into Bakewell."

    Deceptively large house with a well-maintained garden. The piano was a major highlight for my 2 year old! Excellent communication with the owners.

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2020

  • "We had a lovely two weeks."

    The cottage is really lovely and comfortable. It could do with some updating but it is full of character. The garden is especially beautiful.

    Reviewed by BarbaraAug 2020

  • "We all felt the house was not to the expected quality for the price we paid."

    There were a lot of shabby items like the sofa's in the lounge, broken chair in the dining room, poorly wired lights, the oldest clankiest dishwasher we'd ever seen, broken cafatier, bathroom light not working, dusty and numerous spiders around. We felt overall this made the rental poor. The location was great although parking very tricky and could only fit one car there. Communication with the owner was fine and he graciously allowed us to extend the check out time which we appreciated.

    Reviewed by VictoriaNov 2019

  • "This is a spacious and characterful house in a lovely part of the Derbyshire countryside, within a short (but steep) walk from the town centre of delightful Bakewell."

    We all had a lovely week meeting up as old friends for relaxing, sightseeing and walking. Would highly recommend this house.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2019

  • "1 Parsonage Croft is a superb old house with sympathetic decor and furniture that makes for a comfortable ambience."

    Bathroom, kitchen facilities and WiFi are up to date. The guide to the property was accurate and detailed and helped us to find extra parking for cars unable to fit in the restricted parking at the house. A personal call from Marco the owner before our visit was helpful and much appreciated. A very enjoyable break.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2019

  • "Beautiful house."

    Lots of character and old world charm. Warm, cosy and comfortable with a picturesque garden. Great views over Bakewell. The road up to the parsonage is very tight and steep and parking is restricted so visitors should use the smallest vehicles available to them (Vans or Chelsea tractors not really appropriate). Two doubles and two twins so plenty of room for 8 people. If you book it you wont be disappointed.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • ""Additional free off road parking nearby"."

    If you can find a space on a nearby road there is the possibility of parking your third car from 6pm to 10am, otherwise you can park on a country lane which is accessed by taking a 5 minute walk over a meadow and climbing a stepped wall. If you are planning to walk into Bakewell then be sure you are capable of making the return 500m of steep ascent from the town centre. If you have a big car you could have problems with the narrow walled access road and parking at 1 Parsonage Croft. Check dimensions with the owner. The instructions for TV use and re-boot didn't work but we found an alternative source for receiving mainstream live TV only. Sink taps in two of the shower rooms are stiff to operate and will soak you if you don't stand aside, and the dishwasher had a broken tray guide. For ourselves, we were prepared for any eventuality and had a pleasant family holiday week at 1 Parsonage Croft.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2019

  • "Great location on the edge of Bakewell."

    Spacious Edwardian cottage with sunny garden. The piano in the dining room really sets this cottage apart, our daughter loved practicing.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2019

  • "The house at parsonage croft is lovely."

    The house is well located in Bakewell giving good and easy access to the shops, pubs & cafes. The equipment in the house was old and not working well. The dishwasher did not work properly with only items placed in the top basket being cleaned. The spray arm on the lower basket was not able to rotate and so the items were not cleaned. The TV's were very old and we struggled to use the 3 remote controls necessary to get the TV to operate. The tv channels were limited to Freeview only. The TV was not a smart TV and did not give any access to Netflix etc. The ladies in our party found the beds very uncomfortable. The mattresses were clearly quite old. We felt disappointed with our stay which was a shame.

    Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to call on the details below. 01244 345 700 option 3, option 3. Our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MartinMar 2019

  • "We didn’t realise the hill that the property was on."

    Parking we knew was tight. The wood supply was inadequate for a weekend stay in November.Carrying wood back to the house or even from a shop to a parked car is not an easy task !,All the guests were over 60 to over70. We found this mean for the price of the accommodation. Also, the so called bath towels were very very small. Both of these inadequacies means we won’t book again here..These particular small improvements would have made a far more comfortable holiday.

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2018

  • "We thought the house was beautiful with spectacular views and period features but there were a couple of areas where cleanliness could be improved ."

    The area around the bottom of the kitchen radiator was very dusty , probably because the magazine rack had not been moved and unfortunately we moved it and some skirting boards needed cleaning , I didnt like seeing the bottom of the metal drainer by the sink as it was unsightly when wet but that was just a personal thing . Parking was awkward , my husband thought we couldnt have parked our VW Toureg on the drive anyway so we parked by the field , which is a lovely walk in itself so we didnt mind and my mums smaller car parked on the drive , neither car would go in the garage . However is it not possible to have a parking permit for guests ? Also it would be useful to have a hook on the door of the main bathroom and care is needed when first using the taps in the en-suite ,because of the design if you turn them on too strongly the water comes over the sink , the showers though were brilliant . The tv in the double bedroom without the view definately did not work as it wouldnt switch on and we finally worked out how to work the downstairs set up , the Youview box had to be switched on to get sky sports . There were generously lots of games and great books to read . Overall though we had a lovely week with great weather , it was fabulous having lovely walks at the rear of the house with the dog and we would definitely like to return .

    Reviewed by LarraineAug 2018

  • "Lovely house."

    Great views.would have liked loo in en suite. Bakewell brilliant starting point for walks.

    Reviewed by GlenysJul 2018

  • "I sent a note to you last night including photos."

    One TV out of three worked and this was in a bedroom. Plug sockets that wouldn't work in the second bedroom with a TV. We tried various appliances and the double socket was dead. The lounge TV wouldn't connect to power, which basically meant no TV as six of us were hardly going to watch TV sitting on a bed. Cobwebs on the walls and beams,dust etc. Only one bulb worked out of three in the hall light, three out of four in the lounge. If you require photos I can send them to you. I sent some last night. Parking was difficult as only a small car would fit into the garage as it has a washer and a dryer in there. In a fiesta you can't easily get out of the car! I parked on the area I front of the house and my son had to park across a field! As cars are getting larger there is not parking for two cars. The house is a lovely house and the views are beautiful. The kitchen was well equipped and the owner had left a lot of information about the area. The ensuites were good and made getting sorted in the mornings much easier. I thought the house needed a deep clean and appliances should all be checked .The red, leather chair in the lounge ,which was damaged , need to be thrown out.I have a photo. My son has used your company before which is why I used your company. This is the first time we have hired a cottage as we usually use hotels. We are well travelled and have just returned from a trip to Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney , Cairns, Christchurch, Hawaii and LA. We paid for the cottage and I had no real idea of costs but my son thought it was overpriced. I took photos if you want me to resend . I have already sent some to "info @ sykes etc as that was the only address which would send. Up to you if you publish the feedback

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday in a very comfortable house in Bakewell."

    Great location, lots of walks and a very well equipped house. Would return.

    Reviewed by SallyApr 2018

  • "The house is lovely - overlooking Bakewell and only a five minute walk to the centre through the steep churchyard."

    You need a strong stomach the first time you drive to the property - a narrow lane with high stone walls on both sides. I was glad it was dark when I drove up the first time! Parking is interesting. We had three cars there during the week, but only two at a time. The first Fiesta was a modern one, and fitted in the garage with about three inches spare in each dimension - the side mirror had to be folded in to get it in - why on earth would you put a wine rack and washing machine and dryer in an already small garage? The second Fiesta was smaller and drove in with a few more inches spare - even so the washing machine could not be used while the car was in the garage. The Corsa was too long for the garage. However you do not need to use the car very much - we walked to Chatsworth, along the Monsal trail and to Haddon Hall along footpaths (well more like rivers and mud) from the house. We also went on a nice short walk up the footpath opposite the house, and I'm sure with a bit more time with the map we could have organised a day's walk that way as well. The house was fine once we warmed it up, which took a couple of days, and all issues were dealt with swiftly by the owner. In our week it rained and snowed, but our final day was Peak sunshine! The Thursday Bakewell town walk is excellent - book at the visitors centre or the museum which is about three minutes walk from the house!

    Reviewed by JillMar 2018

  • "We had a superb University reunion weekend at Parsonage Croft."

    The house is situated slightly above Bakewell with wonderful views from the sitting room and main bedrooms. It is a charming house , full of character with a lot of the original architecture unspoilt . There is a great log fire and plenty of room for our gathering. The kitchen was superbly equipped with crockery etc and everything had been thought of . The garden would be wonderful in the summer - we were mid winter sadly . The house is a short stroll - downhill -into town where you can find great places to eat and all the shops needed. Marco , the owner, is a wonderful host . Very responsive and even texted us to suggest we move our cars into the town as snow was expected . Parking is limited at the house . A garage for a small car plus an off the road parking bay . We knew what to expect though as Marco's instructions were very helpful . Generally a lovely house in a superb location . Would very much recommend it .

    Reviewed by JamesFeb 2018

  • "Excellent cottage - so spacious and comfortable, excellent kitchen and so well equipped - lots and lots of crockery, glasses, pans etc."

    ..and superb location - so easy to walk into Bakewell.

    Reviewed by KennethNov 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double with en-suite shower and basin, 1 x twin, 1 x single with pull-out bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor cloakroom
  • Ground floor cloakroom
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • total WC within property
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, chest freezer, washing machine, electric clothes dryer, TV with Freeview, Sky TV 6 sports channels and F1, DVD, unlimited broadband, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate available upon request
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Parking space for one small car in the garage, space for one car on the rear forecourt and additional free off road parking nearby
  • Lawned garden to the front with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins walk and pub 8 mins walk
  • Please note as of 2nd August 2019 this property will be pet free, any existing bookings with pets on them will be honoured.

The property

Parsonage Croft is a large, beautiful Edwardian house with ample space for up to eight people to unwind, relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

The house enjoys stunning views over the historic market town of Bakewell and the valleys beyond.

Set in a perfect central location Parsonage Croft is the ideal base for exploring the wonderful Peak District with its beautiful landscapes steeped in history and majestic splendour.

The family-friendly accommodation has great access to a wide range of local facilities, including pubs, restaurants, markets, cycle trails, walking tracks and tourist information.

Public transport links to Manchester, Sheffield and Chesterfield making it easily accessible from all parts of the UK.

This is the perfect location for discovering dozens of local attractions including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, the Castleton Caves and much more.

For the more adventurous visitors we are just over an hour away from the UK's premier theme park - Alton Towers.

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

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About the location


Chatsworth 4 miles; Matlock 8 miles; Buxton 12 miles.

An attractive little market town retaining a delightful rural atmosphere and offering a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as local farmers’ markets. There is an old 17th Century market hall in the town centre and a modern leisure centre with swimming pool nearby. Bakewell is situated within the Peak District National Park and is ideally placed for exploring this beautiful region. Both the rugged Dark Peak and the softer limestone White Peak are within easy reach, and Alton Towers, Britain’s premier theme park, is only a short drive away. There are many stately homes to visit including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall to mention just a few, while the impressive caverns in nearby Castleton and Little John’s burial place in Hathersage are also well worth a visit. Take a trip to Buxton and visit the impressive Edwardian Opera House, designed by Frank Matcham, who also designed the London Palladium.

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Region Information

Please note as of 2nd August 2019 this property will be pet free, any existing bookings with pets on them will be honoured.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season