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Smithy Cottage

Bradwell near Castleton, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 941559)



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Reviews & Ratings

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic last minute short break at Smithy Cottage."

    The location was a perfect base for walking from the door around the Peak District. We didn't use the car once during our stay! The cottage was perfect with everything we needed for the stay. It was spotlessly clean and we loved the fact it had its own parking space - a real plus in a cottage in the Peaks! We must also thank the hosts for providing a welcome basket with a selection of items that made our stay extra special. This was a lovely touch. We are already planning a return visit next year - this time for a whole week!

    Reviewed by HowardNov 2021

  • "The cottage is compact, but snug for relaxing, and they have made great use of ..."

    The cottage is compact, but snug for relaxing, and they have made great use of the space, and it is ideal for the many local walks available, but you must like hills

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2021

  • "We would like to say a big thank you to the host for providing a lovely and thoughtful welcome pack which we weren't expecting, with all the basics you would need, and a few luxuries."

    Plus thank you for the coffee and tea that was provided even though we didn't use them because we brought our own, again, because we didn't expect it. Things such as soap, toilet paper, kitchen towel, foil, clingfilm, ziplock bags , sharp knives(!), ice cubes, cleaning products, tea towels and pots/pans and all the kitchen equipment you would need for your stay were all provided. Just nit-picking - a non-stick frying pan would have been useful because in making scrambled egg, egg got stuck on the bottom of the pan and it was very hard to clean off!! Also to have a latch on the bathroom door would have been good for privacy! We enjoyed our stay in Bradwell. A lovely village as described in the listing, with enough amenities to prevent you having to travel to get provisions. The Peaks are beautiful and great for walks, cycling and even a spot of wild swimming and lovely villages all over.

    Reviewed by DanusiaJul 2021

  • "The Smithy Cottage has a special place in my heart."

    However, during this stay my partner and I have suffered the dump which has affected and permeates the house and the uncomfortness of the bed. I hope you can take action on this matter has is such a shame that our holiday could have been much better and much appreciated if these two issues weren't present. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by GiadaJul 2021

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

    It was clean, comfortable and welcoming, containing every possible thing we could need during our stay. Andrea, our host included some extra treats that we found in the kitchen and was on hand if we needed anything. We had easy access to the places we wanted to visit in the area. Smithy Hill is a very steep, narrow road and we found the best way to access the driveway to the cottage was by coming down from the top of the hill from Granby Road. (As for correspondence from Sykes via email, could you change the font colour to 'very black' please as the text is impossible to read from a printed copy that we prefer to have on paper rather than hoping we can access the email on arrival at the property.)

    Reviewed by MargaretJul 2021

  • "Perfect for two."

    The welcome pack was much appreciated. We enjoyed staying in one of our favourite areas of the country

    Reviewed by MandyJun 2021

  • "Everything in the cottage was of exceptional quality."

    We couldn't have asked for more!

    Reviewed by DoreenApr 2021

  • "We liked the cottage overall, and it was very handy to have the parking but."

    ..I would like to offer the following as constructive criticism. The kitchen was tiny with a sloping ceiling over the worktop - we were continually bumping our heads. There was only room for one person at a time in there. I think it would be fair to mention in the details that the kitchen is small. The owners had obviously been to a lot of trouble to add ornaments, but there were too many and every workspace, cupboard and drawer was filled with their items. We would have preferred empty cupboards to keep our food in. A sign on the stairs to warn of the low ceiling ON THE WAY UP would have prevented my partner finding it the hard way just after we arrived. Instructions for the shower tap would have been useful. Instructions for adjusting the heating would have been helpful. Not sure if the description mentioned that it is on a steep hill. Elderly people might find this a problem. We did like the cottage and found it very cosy so I am sorry to sound as though I am complaining about it.

    Thank you for your comments. We are glad you liked the property. All instructions can be found in the information pack with regards to how to use the heating, Shower and coffee machine.. Property Owner

    Reviewed by StellaApr 2021

  • "Perfect cosy cottage for our short break."

    Although the accommodation was small everything had been very well thought out and made available, especially in the kitchen - you fitted in a good size fridge/freezer, microwave, job and oven, all utensils and crockery even clingfilm, foil and sandwich boxes! The heating was just right morning and evening and the hot water plentiful. The chairs and sofas were really comfy too. Thank you for the welcome basket, perfect, and the bottles of water and milk in the fridge and ice creams in the freezer!

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2020

  • "I loved all the extras provided by the owner - a welcome hamper with fresh bread, eggs, luxury biscuits and butter, milk in the fridge and local ice cream in the freezer."

    And then to find a fully stocked Nespresso machine! Even such things as a stock of good quality toilet rolls - it was extras like these that show real thought and care.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2020

  • "Smithy Cottage is a comfortable and cosy cottage, beautifully appointed and well equipped (and the car parking space is very convenient)."

    The location is fantastic for walking from the door, and Bradwell has a great range of facilities. We were delighted by the welcome pack with local goodies!

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2020

  • "Great spot, very comfortable and off road parking."

    welcome hamper was a nice touch.

    Reviewed by GlynAug 2020

  • "A beautifully appointed cottage in a wonderful situation for walking in the Peaks A welcome pack of eggs, bread, butter, biscuits, water and Bradwell Icecream was a wonderful surprise Would certainly recommend it and will be visiting again."

    Reviewed by JenniferMar 2020

  • "The moment you step through the door it puts a big hug round you with its cosines."

    It is a beautiful cottage which has been furnished to a high standard. Thoughtfully done with love. There was a lovely welcome basket too. Great location to explore the beautiful Peak District. Lots of amenities in the village including good pubs. .

    Reviewed by JaneJan 2020

  • "This is the first time we have booked the cottage for a week as previous visits to the cottage have been a few days and this time over the Christmas period."

    I honestly cannot fault this cottage at all. Myself and my husband were welcomed by a wonderful Christmas hamper and the living room was decorated with a Christmas tree. The cottage was absolutely immaculate in every room and added bonus of a parking space right in front too. The village of Bradwell is wonderful and we went to the annual rubber duck race on Boxing Day, great fun and although the local Co-op was having a refurb there were plenty of other grocery shops and deli's in the local area. I would highly recommend this wonderful cottage and myself and my husband would like to thank the owners for making our Christmas stay a very pleasant one. We will definitely return to this cottage without hesitation.

    Reviewed by AngelaDec 2019

  • "The house was compact, nicely decorated and very well equipped."

    The bed was extremely comfortable and the shower was very good. The location was perfect to visit Castleton, Longshaw, Ladybower Reservoir, Bakewell and The Monsal Trail. There was a lot of information inside the house about places to visit The owner was very helpful and welcoming. Smithy Cottage was excellent value for money and we would definitely return there in the future.

    Reviewed by ChristopherOct 2019

  • "The cottage is compact and well equipped and has everything a couple needs to have a relaxing break."

    The cottage has no rear door, which we soon adapted to allowing us to take full advantage of the garden and it's views. The hosts welcome gift was a bonus and well received. The final up hill approach through the village was an adventure needing the drivers 100% attention. The reference to the double garage in the instructions were unhelpful as a van was parked blocking them from sight. It would be helpful to mention the school finishing time of 3:30 when their is an increase in parked vehicles. The village is in a beautiful setting with everyone we encountered having the time to be helpful and and share pleasant conversations. Exploring the village is well worth the time. Combined with some stunning views and walks.

    Thank you for staying at Smithy Cottage, we're glad you enjoyed your holiday. We're sorry you were unable to spot the double garage. Unfortunately we cannot control if someone parks in front as it is used as a point of reference for directions. In regards to the school, we don't have control over the times they finish and they can vary so this is not something that we would advise guests of. Property Owner

    Reviewed by StevenSep 2019

  • "The owners attention to detail and their obvious care for us, the visitors was very apparent."

    The information leaflets, books and maps meant there was everything we needed to know about the area. So well thought out in every way - even the duck sign that we used successfully after the second bumped head on the stairs. We didn't do it again after that! The welcome package was very well received - so generous.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    Facilities first class. would definitely stay there again. Can't recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by AshleyAug 2019

  • "Smithy Cottage was a very clean & comfortable accommodation."

    It made an excellent base to explore the lovely Derbyshire countryside.The welcome pack that was provided was a very nice touch & was much appreciated. The only point we would make is that should a visitor to the cottage require to wash any clothes there is no facilities available to dry the same. Perhaps a linen line of some description could be provided, otherwise the holiday & cottage was excellent.

    Reviewed by ColinJun 2019

  • "Nice property, very clean with good facilities."

    Only negative would be the bed - needs a new mattress.

    Thank you for your comments, the mattress is less than two years old and regularly tested. Sorry it wasn't to your liking. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeteJun 2019

  • "Great location, handy for shops and pubs."

    Welcome pack was a nice gesture by the owners.

    Reviewed by GlynMay 2019

  • "The cottage was cosy, they left us a welcome basket with lots of lovely food, it was equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    The cottage is located in a good area, close by to lots of things to do. Would 100 per cent recommend. Very happy with our stay here, would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by LushkaMay 2019

  • "I think that not enough was said about the access to the parking area."

    We really appreciated the dedicated parking and got the hang of it, eventually. The arrival, not knowing this, was a bit traumatic especially after a long drive. The village was well served by shops and we liked the Bakehouse and it's delicious food.

    Reviewed by JuliaApr 2019

  • "We had a great stay at smithy cottage."

    The cottage is furnished well and very comfy. As the saying goes small but perfectly foamed. The village of Bradwell is pretty and well served and in the right place to explore. Making for a truly great stay.

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and modernly furnished and decorated."

    The setting was wonderfully peaceful and garden had a beautiful view. The welcome pack provided by the hosts was a really nice touch too.

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2019

  • "We had a really lovely 9 days in Smithy Cottage."

    The kitchen is really well-stocked, and although it is a very small cottage it is perfect for two people. And though the parking is challenging to negotiate, we got good at it by the end of our stay and we really appreciated the dedicated parking space as it is a tiny village with very small and steep streets. Having our own parking made that very easy to deal with. There is a lovely garden out back as well and we really appreciated the mid-week linen change.

    Reviewed by TheadoraFeb 2019

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Very high standard of decor, cleanliness and well equipped. On arrival there was a lovely luxury welcome hamper with lots of local goodies. A really nice touch. The cottage was dressed with a Christmas tree and decorations that made it feel special for the season. All instructions are very clear and well thought out. A great location for exploring the area. The village was very welcoming and everyone we met said hello and was very friendly

    Reviewed by ElizabethDec 2018

  • "Loved the hamper of Christmas goodies."

    The cottage has been done so well, perfect for two people. Beds were comfy and house always nice and warm

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2018

  • "We had a wonderfull stay at Smithy Cottage!"

    Cosy and clean! Excellent for exploring the Peaks! The owners really did their best to comfort the guests in ways of documentation, maps and a welcome pack. We will be returning!

    Reviewed by LindseyOct 2018

  • "A comfortable, spotless, well provisioned cottage in an excellent location, thoroughly enjoyed our stay :-)"

    Reviewed by MatthewOct 2018

  • "Accommodation met our expectations."

    Lovely welcome hamper. Very well equipped cottage (except for saucepan lids). Equipment very high quality. Lovely walks from the door.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2018

  • "I came back home to Bradwell as I live in the US and I wanted a Bradwell experience for my American wife."

    The cottage was great, clean, and Alan was always responsive.

    Reviewed by MalcolmOct 2018

  • "Cottage was small but was well equipped although it could maybe do with a clothes airer to hang wet clothes on."

    Apart from that a lovely and very clean cottage

    Reviewed by KathleenSep 2018

  • "What an absolutely wonderful cottage."

    Absolutely immaculate inside, we thought we were the first ones in there and as soon as we walked in the door we felt like we were at home. A lovely welcome pack from the owners too. We would highly recommend this cottage for a short break or even a fortnights holiday as being in Bradwell it is in a perfect location to explore the whole of the Peak District. I would recommend adding onto the description although it has its own parking space due to being in a small lane with surrounding houses it may be worth mentioning the size of the space as we were going to bring our transporter van but luckily brought the car instead as the van would never had fitted into the parking space due to turning in and out of the cottage. Also because of other cars parking in the lane we only could drive one way out but everything else was absolutely perfect.

    Thank you for your comments regarding the property, we are sorry you feel this way towards the access to the property but this has never been an issue before, the drive way at the property is wide and accessible for front and reverse parking. Again we are glad you enjoyed the property still. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2018

  • "The cottage, although compact, has been well thought out with everything you need to enjoy your stay."

    The cottage is located in a narrow lane on a steep hill and access for some might need to be taken into consideration. However Bradwell is lovely, friendly village with a shop and places to eat in walking distance. Definitely a place we would want to return to and we would not hesitate to recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2018

  • "The kitchen was a bit smaller than we expected but it had everything we needed and good quality fixture and fittings."

    Welcome pack was excellent and much appreciated. A very nice, cosy cottage for two.

    Reviewed by DaveAug 2018

  • "Welcome basket, cottage was very well looked after"

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2018

  • "A fantastic little cottage."

    Facilities were exceptional, beautiful welcome hamper and the bed was like sleeping in a marshmallow. Will definitely look to come back!

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2018

  • "Fabulous week."

    The cottage was lovely. Well appointed and cosy in a very quiet location. The welcome basket was really good. My only suggestion would be a washing line in the garden to be able to dry damp towels in the summer when there is no heating on in the cottage.

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2018

  • "Sykes Cottage was small as expected but exceptionally clean and the welcoming hamper was so plentiful and delicious."

    Even though the cottage was amongst other houses it was extremely quiet and Bradwell was a good location for touring Derbyshire.

    Reviewed by MonicaJun 2018

  • "Excellent Cottage good location pubs post office food shopping srumcious fish ..."

    Excellent Cottage good location pubs post office food shopping srumcious fish and chips in Bradwell totally satisfied even was lucky enough to have grand weather

    Reviewed by JudithMay 2018

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, the attention to detail was outstanding, the owners have really thought of everything."

    The welcome basket with the local produce is a really nice touch.

    Reviewed by KatieNov 2017

  • "Brilliant cottage, lovely welcome pack."

    Spotless and everything you needed was there. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2017

  • "A superb cottage which makes maximum use of limited space."

    The quality of equipment, crockery, cutlery, towels etc is way above average even given the very high standard of Sykes cottages. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2017

  • "This is a delightful cottage, the quality of the fixtures and fitting makes the cottage feel very homely."

    The cottage is in a peaceful village with a couple of shops and pubs, (you are in the Peak District so expect one or two steep inclines).

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2017

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The property

This is a delightful one bedroom semi-detached cottage, situated in the pretty village of Bradwell, in the beautiful Peak District National Park.

Beautifully converted throughout, this compact cottage is the ideal base for a couple on a romantic break to enjoy what the stunning area has to offer.

On the ground floor there is a sitting room with a beamed ceiling, comfortable sofa and small dining table, just perfect for a romantic meal which can be prepared in the compact but well-equipped kitchen.

Upstairs, there is a beautifully decorated bedroom with a comfortable double bed, as well as a modern bathroom benefiting from a bath, a welcome addition for soothing tired legs after a day walking the surrounding beautiful countryside. Outside, there is a rear enclosed garden with furniture and views over the open fields and hills, and Smithy Cottage also benefits from a sought after parking space.

Bradwell village offers the convenience of three pubs all serving home-cooked meals, an award-winning restaurant, the Samuel Fox Country Inn, as well as a local supermarket, Post Office, bakery, fish and chip shop and the famous Bradwell ice-cream shop! There are lots of countryside walks available from the doorstep and the popular village of Castleton is a short drive away, with its visitor centre and famous Blue John Caverns.

Discover the majestic beauty of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, visiting the market towns of Buxton and Bakewell, and for the youngsters (or the young at heart!) Alton Towers can be reached in just under an hour.

This lovely cottage provides a perfect romantic retreat for exploring all the beautiful Peak District National Park at any time of the year.


  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, Bose music system, selection of books, games and DVDs, Nespresso coffee machine complete with pods
  • Garden building for cycle storage etc, Recycle point
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed lawned garden and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: The rear garden is accessed by 5 steps from the side of the property
  • Note: To access parking space, drive past the property to top of hill, turn around and access parking space.

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About the location


Castleton 3 miles; Tideswell 4 miles; Buxton 11 miles; Bakewell 12 miles.

Bradwell is a pretty village in the Hope Valley, in a prime position in the Peak District National Park. Tideswell, with its renowned Tideswell church, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ is just four miles from Bradwell. The picturesque village of Castleton is three miles away, home to fascinating caves, including the Blue John Cavern, and is overlooked by the crumbling Mam Tor or 'Shivering Mountain'. The dramatic scenery of Winnats Pass and Edale in the Edale Valley, famous as the start of the Pennine Way, is nearby. Hathersage is just four miles away and has excellent cafes and an open-air, heated swimming pool. Slightly further afield you can potter around the historic market town of Bakewell, or the Spa town of Buxton, renowned for its spring water, opera house and arts, jazz and opera festivals. It is easy to spend a whole day at Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, whilst there are many historic properties nearby. Pull on your boots and enjoy the spectacular scenery, or explore a web of cycling trails, with bike hire available on the Monsal Trail, the Tissington Trail and at the Derwent Reservoir. Bradwell has shops, pubs and places to eat and makes an excellent base for enjoying this beautiful area.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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