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Gorsthead Mill Farm

Bradnop near Leek, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 930094)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 4

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property."

    Had everything we needed and was perfect for our family get together for my husband's 70th. Well positioned for visiting all the sites round about and happy hours spent sitting round the dining room table and playing games in the living room in the evenings. Croquet was challenging trying to avoid balls going over the steep sloop on the garden. Pippin had a wonderful week but was a bit perplexed when her ball disappeared into the wilderness beyond the garden (fortunately there were several humans willing to retrieve it). Biggest improvement would be to cut back the vegetation on the roadside coming out of the property so drivers could see the fast traffic coming from the right and also a post or sign of some sort as it was difficult to see the entrance to the property. But otherwise would highly recommend.

    Thanks very much for your feedback Mary, we are glad to hear you all had a fantastic time. We will take a look at the hedges at the main road with a view to improve visibility. Croquet sounds very much fun. Hope you had a safe trip home Regards Matt and Liz Property Owner

    Reviewed by MaryJul 2022

  • "Gorsthead Mill Farm was absolutely perfect for what we needed."

    A beautiful house, ideal for a large family get away. The living spaces inside the house were perfect and very sociable, and we were able to sit outside in the garden and enjoy the sunshine! We loved it and will definitely be back.

    Thanks for your feedback Laura, We are really pleased you had a lovely time at Gorsthead Mill Farm. We are aware that the outside furniture is in need of a re-fresh so have a new table which can seat 8 comfortably, but hopefully 12 (including small people) which will make the outside space a little more sociable. We look forward to having you back Regards Matt Property Owner

    Reviewed by LauraJun 2022

  • "The area was beautiful , the house was clean ,some of the sofas were quite low down."

    That was a problem only because we are not teenagers any more. We did have a problem with the hot water every day ,the boiler kept showing F1 so had to telephone the owner who told us to press in a certain place on the boiler. he told me a gas engineer would be attending the property on Thursday morning he never got back to me and the problem was still occuring on friday.More cold showers for other clients!!!

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2022

  • "Fantastic holiday, clean and spacious accommodation."

    Great communication from the owners. Highly recommended.

    Thank you Ray, we are really glad to hear you had such a wonderful time. We look forward to welcoming you back one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RayApr 2022

  • "Overall good and mostly what I expected."

    The photo was misleading as I was expecting a larger lawn, essential as our party consisted of 5 children. The kitchen equipment was very good and the bedrooms in the main house good. My daughter didn't like the bedside basket tables as these were not stable enough for a wine glass!! We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and the children enjoyed the toy box and the garden, especially the ford. The only negatives from the adults in the party was that the property was looking a bit tired and I did think the torn armchair didn't help. The Annex games room we stayed in had a shower problem, in that it didn't adjust and the water was too hot and a shower screen problem as water went all over the floor. We all thought it was cheeky to ask for money for the logs, as we thought the price and the star rating should have included these.

    Thanks for your feedback Patricia, this is all gratefully received. We’ve arranged a replacement shower and shower screen for the annexe, had the majority of the downstairs redecorated, installed new bed side cabinets in the end bedroom (which have been wine tested!). Additionally we will review the honesty box process for logs to ensure we are aligned with the industry. Hope to host you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PatriciaMar 2022

  • "Beautiful place and surroundings and had everything we needed at the property!"

    Thanks so much!

    We are so glad you had such a wonderful time. The Peak District is such a lovely part of the world. We hope you return to Gorsthead Mill Farm one day Property Owner

    Reviewed by NicoleMar 2022

  • "Lovely spacious property."

    Very comfortable beds, large bedrooms. Clean bathrooms and toilets. Quite location in lovely countryside. Perfect for big family to be together when exploring the area. Could do with an additional TV in main house?

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 2022

  • "Fantastic house in a fantastic location."

    Matt was so helpful and kept in contact with us continuously when there was a problem with the heating. Will definitely love to go back

    Thank you Hayley, we look forward to welcoming you back one day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HayleyFeb 2022

  • "A lovely house in a beautiful setting."

    A small fridge in the annex would be a good idea; would certainly return.

    Reviewed by GaryJan 2022

  • "A lovely home set in beautiful countryside."

    We especially enjoyed the babbling brook at the bottom of the garden. The kitchen was perfect and fully equipped with everything we could possibly need to enjoy large family meals together. Communication with the owner was outstanding and we felt instantly relaxed and at home. Perfectly situated for visits into Leek, the Roaches and Ilam park. We would love to return next year.

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2021

  • "Amazing house on the edge of the Peak District."

    Had a great stay with the family and lots of room in the house to help us have an enjoyable holiday. Weather was kind so we were able to sit out in the garden and enjoy the quiet of the country. Lucky enough to see the steam train go by one afternoon which was a bonus. Peak District is one of my favourite places for walking so being so close to the Roaches is great.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2021

  • "Fantastic place, the walks and surrounding areas are beautiful too!"

    We stayed at the house for a week as a family of 7 and thoroughly enjoyed it! We will certainly be back in the near future! The host was extremely helpful too.

    Reviewed by LaurenSep 2021

  • "We went as a family of 11 and there is plenty of space for everyone."

    Lovely location, very quiet. The house is very well equipped and everything of good quality. We had a lovely week and would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by SANDRAAug 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage in beautiful quiet location."

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2021

  • "This was our second tie here having holidayed here last year."

    The house and facilities are excellent and is set in quiet surroundings which we wanted. We had a problem with the boiler but Matt the owner got it fixed as quickly as possible which is all you can ask for. Would definitely recommend this venue for a secluded, quiet stay in a high calibre and well equipped house.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2021

  • "The farmhouse is in a great remote location."

    It is well maintained and has everything needed for the perfect staycation. Lots of great walks nearby. Perfect in every way!

    Reviewed by TeresaJun 2021

  • "Lovely rural setting for a family get away, allowing you to embrace yourself in a cacophony of morning birdsong and a babbling brook, whilst still having those essential amenities close by."

    With an RSPB nature reserve on your doorstep and easy access to the Peak Wildlife Park, Tittesworth reservoir, Rudyard Lake and the Roaches, this is an ideal location for all the family.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2021

  • "Only one of the bedrooms had hanging space/wardrobe, not a big problem for our party, but is the first time we have experienced this ( and we rent a holiday cottage every year!"

    ) towels and bedding good quality, nice plates and cutlery but could do with a new frying pan!

    Reviewed by JacquelineSep 2020

  • "We had an amazing time when we stayed in this beautiful house."

    It is ideally located to visit lots of places and was beautifully clean and very well maintained. We would love to return again next year and explore more of the Peak District.

    Reviewed by RachelAug 2020

  • "Very roomy and comfortable; well equipped kitchen; excellent location."

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2020

  • "Nice place."

    Spacious kitchen and comfortable lounge. Friendly owners.

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2020

  • "We had such a lovely time at the cottage ."

    Myself and husband , daughter and hubby with my three granddaughters , my youngest son and his girlfriend . So much space and no one getting under each other’s feet. Wi fi was brilliant as my husband and son in law had work to do . We are hoping to book again . The views and surrounding area are amazing . Absolutely recommend this lovely home !

    Reviewed by HenryMar 2020

  • "Lovely big house for 3 families to get away from it all for a week."

    Well equipped with plenty of kitchen equipment, dvds and lots of space for us all. Great location for exploring the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by LauraMar 2020

  • "A brilliant place to stay in."

    Beautifully well maintained and equipped. All the comforts of home. Surroundings big and safe enough to keep children busy. Gortshead is close to areas of interest and walks. I would strongly recommend this place to all and sundry. Matt and Liz make you feel welcomed and would make sure that you are for want of nothing. Our thanks to them for making our stay a memorable one.

    Reviewed by SeangkamFeb 2020

  • "A beautiful, spacious home and a delight to spend quality family time ."

    We loved our stay

    Reviewed by LynnDec 2019

  • "A great spacious "cottage" which fitted our family gathering well."

    Owner very helpful and even called us while we were there to check everything was OK. Access to local fields was great, but due to the weather we didn't venture too far by foot. Great kitchen + diner, lounge with log burner (which got a bit cold), very useful boot room (could do with some coat hooks!), comfy beds. Overall It's not far to Leek which was worth a visit, as was the Peak Wildlife Park down the road.... as long as you can find the turning upon your return in the dark, as it's easy to miss. Overall - very good.

    Reviewed by MikeNov 2019

  • "We stayed at Gorstead Mill Farm in November to celebrate a birthday in our friendship group."

    The cottage and surroundings are absolutely stunning. The owners were so helpful and were available to contact whenever we needed. The owners allowed us to extend our check out, free of charge which was a lovely added bonus. The cottage has everything you need and more! Cannot recommend this place enough!

    Reviewed by EllieNov 2019

  • "The luxury of the house itself, not to mention the space."

    The feather pillows and quilts , and the beautiful linen. The quantity and quality of the kitchen equipment, The host is very attentive, with information and help willingly given. Altogether , a delightful holiday

    Reviewed by AnneNov 2019

  • "A gathering of 11 family members."

    ages from oaps to 4yrs, everyone was happy especially the smallest one with the toys and games. The wood burning stove was a hit with the 14yr old who perfected his pyrotechnic skills. Good food and drink were enjoyed in the well equipped spacious kitchen - also challenging games in the evening. A lovely setting very peaceful and we could imagine it would be very relaxing in the warmer months of the year. Good location - within easy reach of many local attractions to suit all our needs - perhaps the entrance to the drive from the main road could be a little clearer? it is ok once found but is something of a challenge when you do not know the area. All in all a good location, beautiful surroundings and a comfortable holiday home.

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2019

  • "Had a few problems with the electrics and think the main bathroom could do with ..."

    Had a few problems with the electrics and think the main bathroom could do with a few little tweaks but overall it’s a lovely house and was big enough to accommodate three families easily

    Reviewed by SamanthaOct 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage with lots of space, books, games, information and a very well stocked kitchen - lots of pans, glasses etc."

    The boot room is great if you have a dog and it's raining as it's a good 'drying off' and storage space, however the garden isn't enclosed and there's a small brook at the bottom with a steep embankment so we kept our dog away from there. Lots of places to go within a short drive including parks and fields to walk the dog.The owner contacted me to check everything was ok and returned the bond within a couple of days too.

    Reviewed by MoniqueSep 2019

  • "Great place for a large gathering."

    Grass could have done with cutting as we had two dogs with us and it was hard to scrutinise for debris with all the dandelions and tufts of grass.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2019

  • "This was the perfect house for a large family gathering of all ages."

    The teenagers loved the freedom of the annexe and the surroundings provided the perfect place for the younger ones' Easter egg hunt. The large kitchen was a fantastic focal point and accommodated 20 for dinner easily. So close to stunning scenery and beautiful small towns. Owners very helpful. I highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by ElisabethApr 2019

  • "Great property, great location."

    We loved it and would book again.

    Reviewed by LynetteApr 2019

  • "I could not fault the property or the support provided by Matt when asked a question about Wi-fi etc."

    Excellent experience, excellent support. The property exceeded expectations, the location was great for people and the dogs. Would highly recommend this for a family break.

    Reviewed by DanielMar 2019

  • "We had a fabulous week walking in the Peak District in February which was made even better by the quality of Gorstead Mill Farm when we returned each day."

    Warm, cosy, well equipped and beautifully situated with a peaceful view. The cottage was fabulous and the owners offered assistance should anything be awry, which it wasn't. I'd recommend both the area and the cottage for large families or groups of like minded friends keen to enjoy the beauty of the Peaks.

    Reviewed by GarethFeb 2019

  • "We were large a party of 14 (including four children and two toddlers) the property was just what we needed - spacious, comfortable and well-equipped."

    The owners were really friendly and helpful. The bedrooms were well sized and comfy, with plenty of extra pillows, blankets and duvets and it was lovely opening the window and being able to hear the stream and birds in the mornings. We had a relaxing family week-long holiday here visiting nearby attractions, visiting Dovedale twice for a hike (and ice cream!) heading out on countryside walks and eating Bakewell pudding in Bakewell.

    Reviewed by KerryFeb 2019

  • "We really enjoyed the weekend."

    The house has everything you can ask for. Very spacious and well maintained.

    Reviewed by LauraNov 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday in the Peaks at this cottage."

    The house was as described and had everything we needed for a home away from home. There was ample parking, lots of space for kids to play and adults to chill out, a fantastic dinner table and even an ice machine on the fridge! We did have a problem that previous guests had not warned the owner that the gas had run out for the annexe meaning no heating/hot water in that room. This did get sorted out though eventually. Overall we had a great stay, the cottage is in a good location for exploring and is well furnished.

    Reviewed by LauraAug 2018

  • "The house is situated in a beautiful location near the Peak district."

    Childeren enjoyed the nearby small river with ford. For the small children there is alof of toys available and for the older children a playstation. It is a beautiful spacious house with all conforts that make a holiday enjoyable

    Reviewed by ReintMay 2018

  • "The house was lovely but was unfortunately just off a very busy main road so despite being in the countryside there wasn’t anywhere to go for a run, walk or family cycle."

    We had some trouble with the heating in the annexe but eventually we were able to sort this following a couple of conversations with the owners and we had a rather serious leak in the living room when it rained but despite that the main house was well appointed, warm, comfortable and cosy.

    Reviewed by StaceyMar 2018

  • "What a lovely house Gorsthead Mill Farm is."

    I would definitely recommend it. Me and my 7 friends stayed here for my 40th birthday weekend and we had an amazing time, in part because of the beautiful house and surroundings. The house had everything we needed (even a slow cooker) and it was warm and comfortable and inviting. The weather was snowing at the time and it was lovely to settle down in front of the log burner and keep warm and cozy. The house is clean, the bedrooms are large and spacious and the beds are pretty comfy too. The bed linen was clean and crisp and the bath towels were soft and fluffy. Perfect. The owner is lovely and makes sure you’re all settled and everything is ok which was really lovely and welcoming. We went to a lovely local pub (the jarvis arms) for Sunday dinner which was delicious. We will definitely book again maybe in the summer or autumn so we can go for long walks round the surrounding areas without our wellies.

    Reviewed by EstherMar 2018

  • "We stayed for a week a Gorsthead Mill Farm and had a truly wonderful time."

    The house has everything you need and more and so much space. Our kids loved running around. Despite the temperatures outside being close to freezing we were cosy and warm inside. The Log burner wasn't needed but we still put it on most evenings. I would thoroughly recommend this house to anyone looking for either a relaxing weekend or something a bit more energetic as there are numerous walks close by and the scenery is beautiful

    Reviewed by DanielFeb 2018

  • "Really nice cottage, located in great place."

    Had some problems with heating of the annexe but owner sorted out very promptly and compensated for any inconvenience.

    Reviewed by JeremyJan 2018

  • "We booked the house as a surprise 65th birthday (family gathering) and the location, house and facilities did not disappoint!"

    From start to finish we had a fantastic week and couldn't recommend highly enough. Communication with Matt (the owner) was great, emails were quickly answered and they even let us check in early to help us with the surprise - great service! The house is nestled away and although you feel secluded it is easly accessible and you can venture out by car or walking which we took full advantage of. The house has everything you need - the log fire is beautiful, a wonderfully equipped kitchen and plenty of bathrooms. We will certainly come back in the summer months to take advantage of the decked area.

    Reviewed by VictoriaJan 2018

  • "This was an exceptional property."

    We had a fabulous time, I hope we will be able to come again. Thank you

    Reviewed by LouiseNov 2017

  • "Fantastic location and a very beautiful house for a large group."

    Highly recommended. Thanks to the owners for making our holiday so enjoyable.

    Reviewed by GlynNov 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with plenty of room for all of our party."

    Very comfortable and a good selection of toys for our little grandchildren. Nice area to stay too. We especially enjoyed dovedale and the roaches.

    Reviewed by AvrilSep 2017

  • "The owners were helpful and considerate, communicating with us over issues with the heating and boiler."

    Which overall didn't spoil the stay we had in lovely area.

    Reviewed by JamieApr 2017

  • "An ideal location for a large family celebration ( our golden wedding)."

    Elegant, spacious, comfortable accommodation and superbly equipped. Even Storm Doris failed to spoil what proved to be a happy, memorable week!

    Reviewed by JudithFeb 2017

  • "Brilliant holiday, well described, met everything we wanted."

    Really happy an would stay there again.

    Reviewed by PatrickNov 2016

  • "What a fantastic stay we had at Gorsthead!"

    It has everything you could ever want or need for a getaway break. The kitchen is so spacious and brilliant for cooking up a big meal for everyone. We also enjoyed coming back and putting on the log burner fire after an afternoon out. All the bedrooms are spacious and the garage room is fantastic. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by RachelNov 2016

  • "Lovely cottage, the owners and the team at sykes work well"

    Reviewed by ZachAug 2016

  • "Our family 6 adults, 3 children and 2 dogs had a wonderful holiday."

    House beautiful. Would definitely recommend and would love to stay there again.

    Reviewed by JeffreyJun 2016

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  • Main building
  • Four bedrooms: 3 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x adult bunks (lockable link door to double to create a family room)
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • First floor annexe
  • Open plan studio accommodation with double bed, sitting area with sofa bed and TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.
  • LPG central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range cooker with electric double oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with SkyQ, DVD, WiFi - Fibre Broadband, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Two travel cots, two highchairs, two children's stools and two stairgates
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Lawned area and patio, BBQ with furniture
  • Decked balcony/terrace
  • 2 well behaved pets welcome
  • No smoking
  • Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles
  • Note: A river runs along the bottom boundary to the garden which has a steep bank in places, children to be supervised
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar

The property

A stunning, designer detached country house situated in 2.3 acres of grounds in the village of Bradnop near Leek.

This superb house is perfect for a large family or group of friends looking for a bit of luxury to come home to after a day exploring the nearby Peak District.

The tastefully furnished entrance hall is an impressively large boot room, ideal for getting out of your walking boots and drying the dogs.

Then pass through to the large contemporary kitchen with a breakfast and dining area which is a fantastic place to gather while you discuss the day’s busy itinerary.

The sitting room is beautifully finished with high quality sofas and French windows opening out to the garden.

There’s a woodburning stove to set the atmosphere while you sit and chat or enjoy a favourite movie together.

The contemporary design and quality continues through to the light and airy bedrooms, one of which opens out to a huge decked roof terrace where you can step out of bed and greet the morning sun or enjoy a glass of wine as the sun dips over the horizon.

As you’d expect, the bathroom is very high end with a designer roll-top bath and large walk-in shower.

Across the courtyard is a separate garage annexe which has been cleverly adapted to create a first floor apartment with a double bed and a sitting area with a sofa bed, TV and games console making it a great place to park teenagers or a place to break away from the madding crowd.

The annexe also has a contemporary shower room, so it is completely self-contained if required.

Sit out on the patio and enjoy a barbecue as the kids run off the last of their energy.

The grounds are beautiful with countryside all around and a babbling river flows along the bottom of the garden where you can watch the wildlife and nod to the occasional passing farmer crossing the ford.

Tempting though it might be to spend your whole time here, there is plenty to do within easy reach, whether it's riding at the equestrian centre just up the road, exploring Leek, Hartington or Bakewell or driving the short distance into the breathtakingly beautiful Peak District with the Roaches nearby.

A luxurious retreat to be enjoyed any time of year.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Leek 2 miles; Hartington 6 miles; Buxton 11 miles.

The small and pretty rural hamlet of Bradnop is situated on the western edge of the Peak District National Park close to Leek, with its antiques shops, and within easy driving distance of the market towns of Buxton and Ashbourne. Nearby is superb walking with Dovedale, the beautiful Manifold Valley, and the popular Manifold Cycle Track all within easy reach. There are lots of pretty villages to explore close by, many with good pubs. Alton Towers is less than 15 minutes' drive away.

Region Information

Two well behaved pets welcome; if customer has more than 2 pets please contact us with this request.