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River Cottage

Youlgreave near Bakewell, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 2239)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cosy property, ideally located near to the River."

    Must be fit and able, as steep hills to and from road where car has to be parked. Peaceful stay, would love to return in the future. Could not find bins, left all rubbish in black bin liner.

    Reviewed by DebbieApr 2022

  • "A comfortable ,traditional cottage."

    Nice and warm. Fabulous, quiet location , and great village. Sunny aspect too? Path down from road a bit longer than we thought and steepish as described. Great walking opportunities from doorstep. Our dog enjoyed this too.Nice pub too, The Bulls Head.

    Reviewed by AnnetteMar 2022

  • "Lovely place great exercise going up and down cottage was lovely oscar loved the river couldnt fault it ."

    Food was great at the bulls head and the farmyard

    Reviewed by ElizabethNov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with friendly, helpful owners."

    Great walks from the doorstep, and not far from interesting places to visit. Second time we have stayed in this cottage, the last time was 12 years ago, we remembered how pretty the area was, and it is still just as lovely. Definitely not one for anyone with walking difficulties, as its position is on a steep hill, but it is great exercise.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2021

  • "The cottage is situated in a beautiful setting, it is very peaceful and close to the river Bradford which is very pretty."

    We managed to park in the car park in the village. The access to two other cottages is through River Cottages garden which is slightly disturbing especially when you have a dog and the neighbours leave the gate open. The cottage itself was very pretty but in need of some updating and the cleaning could have been improved, the bbq was not cleaned and the bins were full of rubbish and overflowing outside the kitchen window. It was a shame to no longer have a washing machine and have to take our own towels. Overall a lovely stay in a beautiful setting, just some areas could have been improved.

    Reviewed by RebeccaJul 2021

  • "We booked our break in 2019, sadly because of Covid we had to move our stay here to 2021."

    In that time I developed spinal problems so struggled with the position of the cottage either direction to or from the cottage. The property itself was lovely, a fantastic setting also, our only issues were we couldn't understand why the late (5pm) check in as the property was not even smelling freshly cleaned, the bbq had not been cleaned neither had the log burner. The cottage has massive potential but it is a little turned and could do with some redecoration on the woodwork, also loose taps and broken toilet seat, and an uncomfortable sofa, but all in all a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by SharonJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Really enjoyed our stay, lots of excellent walks in the area. It was great to sit outside the cottage and listen to all the birds singing in the valley. Worth watching the YouTube video of the walk down to the cottage as in reality it didn't feel as long! It is a steep path but manageable if you are fairly fit. Parking was not an issue, though one evening we parked in the public car park by the village hall. Worth noting that two other properties are accessed by the path in front of the cottage so if you have a dog, this may disturb them - ours got used to it, eventually.

    Reviewed by MargaretJun 2021

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful setting, peaceful yet still in the village and all the amenities."

    It’s down a steep path and this would be difficult for less than fit people to navigate. The cottage is small and compact but well equipped, there is a need for some updating in the bathroom fittings but everything works. The standard of cleanliness was largely good. It would have been good to have instructions for some things like TV, heating etc. All in all, we would return to River Cottage, but would pack as light as possible.

    Reviewed by ShenaMay 2021

  • "The description of the path to the cottage is not that accurate - a path steep in places does not describe the significant climb down to and back up from the cottage."

    This was difficult for my father with a heart condition.

    Reviewed by VanessaApr 2021

  • "The cottage is situated in a beautiful village with all amenities."

    ..pubs, shop, bakery etc. The walk down to the cottage is steep and a bit of a struggle with cases, but worth it for the peaceful, out of the way position. Sat in the garden watching the birds and squirrels with a glass of wine in hand...bliss! Indoors the cottage has everything you need for a comfortable week, but is in need of some decoration and upgrading. A problem with the bath tap was reported at the beginning of the week, a quick response from the owner was forthcoming, but no repairs were made.

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2020

  • "River Cottage in Youlgreave was perfect, it had everything we needed for a short break."

    In a beautiful location - the river below was such a bonus. It was well equipped and felt homely, even with the stuff that had been taken out for Covid. The village has three pubs and a shop. Lots of lovely walks on the doorstep and plenty to visit nearby. Steep access as described - we loved the location, but definitely not for the unfit or anyone with mobility issues.

    Reviewed by MarilynAug 2020

  • "This was a lovely cottage, set halfway down a steep hill, so access is limited (but it does state that in the booking info!"

    ) The cottage is well set up with everything you need. We cooked a Sunday roast without bother! The beds are comfortable and bathroom a good size. It’s a beautiful ares with lovely walks. We walked across to birchover, the pub there was very friendly. As was the bulls head in youlgreave. Both dog friendly too. I would definitely look at going back. The owner was also very informative and happy to help with any questions or concerns.

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2020

  • "The cottage could do with a good clean , here was dust and dirt around the cottage and the carpet seemed not to have been hovered prior to our visit , the kitchen floor hadn’t been mopped either , there was a musky smell in the kitchen when we arrived."

    Reviewed by EllisFeb 2020

  • "Met our friends at the cottage, the approach to the cottage is very steep and narrow, but it was exactly as described."

    the owner posted a helpful video of the path to assist locating the cottage. Nice cosy cottage with a lovely view over the river valley. Ideal location for walking in the local dales. Nice pubs and a small shop in the village. Only 10 minutes by car to Bakewell. Overall a very pleasant stay in a lovely part of the peaks.

    Reviewed by AntonyJan 2020

  • "Cottage would have got a 10 but the incline to reach it is super steep and very difficult to walk up and down also parking wasn't great either."

    ..as in none if you found a spot you had to stay in it because if you moved someone else took it...that being said it was xmas so village was busy...cottage itself looked amazing when we arrived...from the wreath on the door to the large real Christmas tree in lounge it looked fantastic and made us feel super christmassy...all in all we had a great stay lovely village and would recommend The bull for food and drinks...very friendly....would return maybe in the summer next time....

    Reviewed by JoeDec 2019

  • "Really lovely and peaceful location."

    Ample amenities in the village and very welcoming pubs.

    Reviewed by TomDec 2019

  • "The steep hill to the cottage takes some getting used to, but the location by the river is absolutely idyllic, will definitely be back!"

    Reviewed by JonathanAug 2019

  • "Excellent cottage; excellent holiday."

    This is the only cottage in which we have stayed to which we should be happy to return again; usually we prefer to choose a new place each time,

    Reviewed by GwyneddAug 2019

  • "Loved River Cottage and how homely it felt."

    A true little haven! Amazing location and the steep walk down was perfectly described... we got more used to the trek up and down from the cottage after a day or so! Great of you to arrange fantastic weather for us too.. couldn’t keep the kids or dog out of the river! Owner very friendly and helpful when calling re key collection and offered lots of tips of things to do, places to see.

    Reviewed by SamanthaAug 2019

  • "This cottage was awful."

    Filthy dirty very run down and damp. The money we paid did not reflect the standard of the property. I have photographic evidence and shall be making a formal complaint.

    Reviewed by JemmaAug 2019

  • "Probably more should be made in the booking information that the property is down a very steep path."

    It would be totally unsuitable for the infirm, wheelchairs and pushchairs. Communication from owner was poor. Even though he knew the property was booked out for the days we stayed there, it took various phone calls to mobiles and to Sykes themselves and still we couldn't get hold of him. We arrived at stated time and couldn't get into property for another 45 minutes. The owner eventually rang us and gave us the keycode. Why could this have not been sent to us on the day? My mobile number was left with both him and Sykes, so why did we have to wait for the code. Surely it could have been text to us on the day as he knew what time we were arriving. Not a good start to the holiday. Despite all of the above, we very much enjoyed the stay and the location was superb (apart from steps). Would stay again.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2019

  • "Great week in river cottage Youlgreave, fantastic location total peace only the birds singing and the river flowing can you here, walks along the river every day with pooch, swimming area not far as well if the weather is hot enough,All in all great village to visit 3 great pubs good bakery post Office shop all good , will go back."

    Reviewed by ErnieJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Helpful host. There is a swimming pond on the river below - great if you are lucky with the weather!

    Reviewed by EmilyJun 2019

  • "Lovely weekend away in a beautifully situated cottage"

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2019

  • "A tranquil setting and lovely cosy cottage for us 2 adults."

    The doorstep walks along the river were great. The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. However, do look for sign called Bank Side, which is the start of the footpath down to River cottage. Bankside is pretty much opposite the Methodist Chapel and just up from pub carpark. A very peaceful and enjoyable location, the steep path up and down keeps you fit!

    Reviewed by JuliaMar 2019

  • "Contact with owner Mr Clark before we arrived was most helpful, lovely man."

    ...and we plan to stay a further two weeks, this is not the end yet - so glad that we took the chance, sight unseen, of booking from our home in Canada for such a long stretch....it has been most restful and wonderful....the many different species of birds chirping and singing all day, the rush of the river down the path, the friendly neighbours and villagers, and the signs of early spring in the blossoms, daffodils, and treebuds....and the lush green of the countryside.....so glad we came here.....

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2019

  • "Great little cottage."

    Cosy and warm on our arrival. Lovely terrace at the front of the cottage, which looks out over the river and the valley. Would love to return in warmer weather so that we could sit outside and enjoy the view. Great walks from the front door. Good food at the Farmyard Inn, which was very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by JaneFeb 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in excellent location."

    Fantastic fire for winter, lovely terrace for summer- or sunny winter coffee breaks. Directions to cottage need to be more accurate though.

    Reviewed by SharonJan 2019

  • "This was our third time at River cottage, we love the peace and tranquility."

    It is tucked away and the steep hill never bothered us, it’s worth it when you get to the cottage! Well equipped and very warm and cosy, loved the log burner. The views from the garden are beautiful. It needs a lick of paint in places but it did not bother us. We will return again, thanks to the owners who are very helpful.

    Reviewed by SarahNov 2018

  • "The property is lovely, well equipped and provided us with a peaceful base to explore."

    Whilst it caused us no problem, there is the potential for some visitors to have problems accessing the property. The steep path down to the property from the road would be difficult for anyone with mobility problems, were unfit or had small children, especially when first arriving and then leaving when shuttling luggage, etc. This perhaps should be made more clear in the information.

    Reviewed by JoanneSep 2018

  • "Cottage had a lovely atmosphere."

    Kids loved the bunk beds and we found the bed in the main bedroom very comfortable. Couldn’t find central heating controls, but we lit the fire for a couple of hours so it was fine. Location very picturesque. Found a cave about 5 mins along riverside path which took me back to my childhood and delighted the kids. They also loved the nearby wildlife garden (signposted from the path down to the cottage). Whilst we found parking space, I wouldn’t describe it as abundant. Local pub busy but excellent food.

    Reviewed by PhilSep 2018

  • "Stunning cottage and beautiful area perfect for dog walking."

    Local pubs were amazing and friendly with delicious grub and all let dogs in.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "We had a great holiday,the cottage was very quaint and in a good location ."

    Reviewed by MalcolmJun 2018

  • "Google earth does not show how steep and uneven the 50m track down to the cottage is."

    The unfit or people with a buggy or heavy/wheeled luggage would struggle. Use a back pack! Can't drive within 50m. Neighbours and situation fantastic. The shower and WiFi are fantastic. Tv only did Netflix and YouTube. (Might have been us!) Beds comfortable, lots of pillows. Curtains let too much light in. Huge BBQ. Modernised and fully functional where it matters. Families will love the casual, back to nature, informality and safety of this rural cottage. Best for walking and playing in streams.

    Reviewed by CharlotteJun 2018

  • "I arrived on the monday and found the cottage after asking a local(the lane bankside wasn,t opp the farmyard inn but to the right about on 30yards from the end of the inn car park)and not sign posted."

    To get to the cottage was down a steep lane ,path,cobbled,we passed lots of lovely cottages getting to riverside.the cottage was very nice.furniture for us was a bit dull but pleasant.plenty of hot water,and heating if you needed it on.the views from the bed rooms was brill,looking over the little river and valley.the garden was very nice ,wild flowers all over,a nice table and chairs on the front patio,steps going down to the garden.we went down to the river and crossed over a little bridge and walked for miles along the river untill it petered out,we saw all sorts of ducks,trout ,loads of different birds.we even got chased by a herd of mad cows.the village is realy lovely loads of cottages,nooks and craneys.three pubs,a few shops, a butchers.if your eating out i think you can,t go wrong with the farmyard inn,the food is very good and not to pricey ,a good selection,we ate twice there and we recommend booking before you go.every one we met in the village were very friendly and helpfull.if you fancey fish and chips,the george at the end of the village do a fantastic take away(big cod),but i would drive along to the george as its a fair walk by the time you walk up from the cottage(your legs feel there giving up)and a good walk along the main street to the george.yes we would stay there again the location was perfect,.the only draw back was there wasn,t any toilet rolls,(we forgot to bring some) but we left some for next guest.theres no freezer and no ice box in fridge so don,t bring any frozen food unless your eating it the day you arrive

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2018

  • "If you need somewhere to get away from it all and that you can take your dog this is the place, lovely walks along the river a really lovely part of our country."

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2017

  • "Quant cottage with a modern feel!"

    Beautiful area! A great place to relax and get away from busy life!

    Reviewed by DianeNov 2016

  • "Really enjoyed it - great cottage , had everything we needed - even didn't mind the dangerously steep steps to reach it."

    Local shops are bereft of anything meaningful so we would recommend visiting stock up in Bakewell before arriving. FarmYard Inn was okay food wise and reasonably priced.

    Reviewed by CraigNov 2016

  • "Wonderful location!"

    The cottage was warm and cosy, and we enjoyed our stay. We did had some trouble finding the cottage, as the directions tell you to take the path opposite the pub car park, but we actually needed to take the next path further up the hill. A passerby was happy to help us out!

    Reviewed by PamelaOct 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x adult bunks (double on bottom, single on top)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and dining area.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, library of books/games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Ample roadside parking in village
  • Front patio and garden area with garden furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 mins walk
  • Note: The cottage is accessed by a steep narrow footpath approx 4 mins walk from the available parking
  • Please note the property can only accept bookings starting on Friday's or Monday's

The property

A lovely, traditional, stone-built property, River Cottage is the gable end of a row of quaint cottages situated on a steep hillside in the pretty village of Youlgreave, 4 miles from Bakewell.

The cottage is full of charm and character with a delightful sitting room and a mature garden area with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

Due to the exceptional location of this cottage, the only noise that you will hear is the sound of the river.

A footpath leads from the cottage down to the Bradford Dale valley bottom where there are lovely riverside walks and numerous picnic spots, while Youlgreave's old pubs and magnificent church are just a short stroll away.

An ideal romantic retreat from which to explore the beauty of the surrounding National Park, Bakewell, with its regular market, Matlock and the unmissable Chatsworth House.

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About the location


Bakewell 4 miles.

Surrounded by stunning countryside, the Historic village of Youlgreave winds its way along a narrow limestone shelf, situated between two of the area's loveliest valleys - Lathkill Dale to the north and Bradford Dale to the south. Once the centre of Derbyshire's lead-mining industry, this charming village now plays home to three pubs, all serving Home Cooked food, two shops (one with a Post Office) and a delightful medieval church. The attractive market town of Bakewell is nearby and offers a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as a weekly local market. With the whole of the Peak District National Park on the doorstep, many stately homes to visit including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall, Clake Abbey offering a great day out. Alton Towers, Britain's premier theme park, is just a short drive away, this great area has plenty to offer!

Region Information

Guests must bring their own towels, tea towels and oven gloves (they are no longer provided)

Please note the property can only accept bookings starting on Friday's or Monday's

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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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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