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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

  • Reviews

    Perry E
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    “Tastefully organic with a lot to see and do in the region of Bakewell and Matlock”

    This haven in the Peak District, is a holiday my family and I will surely remember for its quiet triumphs... ...

    This haven in the Peak District, is a holiday my family and I will surely remember for its quiet triumphs... If you want to stay in the Peak District, in a cottage without frills, unencumbered, by gimmicks. Without the normal expectancy, unashamed luxury, then this bashful cottage is for you, guys. Cheaper than a Travelodge you can stay in the Peak District, in this delightful and most organic accommodation, nestling in its own pocket of paradise, and savour a great experience in Youlgreave in the foothills of the Peak district. The fact is, folks. I found a place that gave me the very best of the Peak District, and we had a fine old time. This cottage is a great little bolthole!!! Andrea and I had to forage a little bit! It was a challenge to find. That excited me! Tucked away behind a small green ‘cliff’ was this stone retreat in a tiny cluster of riverfront abodes, with a nature trail along the bank, below some 100 odd yards at the foot of the property. Access, was steep track straight to the bottom. The river morphed for miles, from brook to stream and then torrent, meandering through a small ravine, lined with woodland either side. Stone bridges and dry stone walls connected to some undulating forest, that became part of our backdrop and early morning constitutional. We tripped down this track with Stanley our dog for him to paddle and play. Not for long. This is where wildlife abounds! Back on the lead he goes. So, after a quick panning of this lush spot, flanking the ‘fortification’ was a sweeping route straight across a huge meadow heading for the Peaks. Now, the cottage, or ‘The Notch’, as I called it, is cosy and unpretentious. Pretty, and characterful, with a touch of the rustic. Mandatory, Inglenook with wood-burner. Upstairs is even cosier. Some vintage décor and a clean comfy double bed, with bunks for the kids next door. Cheerfully presented bathroom. Demure furnishing, and local art on the walls. Lounging, sofas. The galley kitchen has a stairway ascending. It is dainty, fitted, conventional and straightforward. All cupboards provided for, and are ‘unbuttoned’. A cute table and chairs by the window. We all found the accommodation unassuming and placid in humble repose. No beat of the drum or ceremony. It had a host of its own humble merits. A hospitable secluded lodge, with a heart. Friendly, without the flam. The peaceful and serene ambience warmed me to this wonderful piece of Derbyshire. Youlgreave, Matlock and Bakewell holds a great appeal for those visitors in search of unspoiled tradition and character bursting with a wealth of entertainment venues, attractions, parks and shops. The owners are helpful and lovely folk, and the maid, a real fastidious professional. I cannot praise the RIVER COTTAGE experience enough. We will return. You bet.


  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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.


  • 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, washing machine, 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.

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About the location


Bakewell 4 miles.

Surrounded by stunning countryside, the Historic village of Youlgrave 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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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