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Pail End

Brassington near Carsington Water, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 920228)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage, had everything we needed and it was spotlessly clean."

    Richard was a great host - we had privacy but he was on hand if needed. The cottage is located on a small road and was so, so quiet. The view from the bedroom window was beautiful. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JessicaAug 2022

  • "Pail End is delightful."

    It is nicely decorated, clean, and well maintained. The hosts, Richard and Kathy are equally nice. The location is great for exploring the Derbyshire dales over into Staffordshire. There are great walks directly from the front door. We had a great week there. We thoroughly recommend Pail End and would have no hesitation in another visit.

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Pail End thank you."

    It was perfect for our stay; spotlessly clean and with beautiful views.

    Reviewed by KathrynApr 2022

  • "Lovely, quiet accommodation, delightfully decorated by Richard with a beautiful view from the bedroom window."

    Richard is very thorough and emails through to you detailed instructions beforehand, so you know what to expect and which we found very helpful. The Sykes ‘Travelling to the Property’ instructions are very good and accurate. From then on, we found it helpful to input “Miner’s Arms Pub, Brassington”, which virtually got us all the way there. (From previous reviews, we realised that putting the postcode into Google wouldn’t get us to Pail End.) We didn’t cook much because we were only there for three days, so for what we needed it was pretty well equipped for our needs. You will have to travel to buy food since there isn’t a shop nearby, but there are a couple of pubs close by, which we didn’t get a chance to try. There is no phone signal but you can use internet services such as WhatsApp. The internet worked well. Being on the edge of the Peaks, the area is beautiful and we had a good walk around Carsington Water and explored the area and villages nearby. It would have been good to stay longer. Definitely recommend Pail End.

    Reviewed by DanusiaApr 2022

  • "We loved our stay in the quaint cottage!"

    We were greeted by Richard who was very accommodating. The cottage was exactly what it said on the tin, it was small, spacious, warm (!) and cosy. It is a perfectly suited cottage for 2 people. Make sure you read the leaflet prior to arriving as it contains important information (especially the detailed directions - which are necessary for your arrival, as there is not phone signal en route). Thank you Pail End!

    Reviewed by CatherineFeb 2022

  • "A very warm and comfortable little cottage."

    Reviewed by RogerFeb 2022

  • "Pail End was just as advertised and just what we wanted for a short break."

    Good, well kept and spotless facilities, and location in village with 2 pubs and great walking routes.

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2021

  • "An excellent little cottage with lovely hosts."

    one small niggle is that all of my gps apps (Google, Garmin, Waze etc.)have the postcode behind the property up hillside which is a very difficult to navigate and leaves you completely disoriented. If arriving at night it is impossible to see the entrance to the cottage (especially as the main picture is not what you see from the road. A more detailed description of approaching Pail End would be appreciative as it was extremely difficult to find the place. especially as there is no mobile reception to call the owners. Apart from arrival it was a lovely stay in an absolutely gorgeous part of the world

    Thanks for that. Regarding the location, our postcode covers a number of lanes at this end of the village so a postcode alone is not enough. Sykes do send out detailed directions after guests book a holiday, with a description of approaching Pail End, and we also leave a light on if arrival time is after dark. Regarding signal, I provide guests in advance with my mobile number for internet-based messaging/calls (WhatsApp, Messenger). What I will do from now on, by advance email, is strongly encourage guests to take notice of the directions and not rely solely on satnav. I have also asked Sykes to emphasise this in the booking confirmation details, and also to rearrange the photos so that the main one is the road-facing view. Hopefully this will ensure that guests can find Pail End easily from now on. Property Owner

    Reviewed by EamonnNov 2021

  • "Lovely cozy cottage."

    .very clean and warm . Great views from the beautiful bedroom window Friendly local pub Great location for walking and exploring the Peak District

    Reviewed by AnnNov 2021

  • "A cosy cottage with everything you need in one place A great location to explore the area"

    Reviewed by NeilNov 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay - cosy cottage, easy walk to local pub and good location for numerous walks."

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2021

  • "Well equipped cottage set in pretty gardens."

    Immaculate, spotlessly clean accommodation. Great base for exploring the local area, Carsington Water, Chatsworth House etc. Set in lovely village and within few minutes walking distance of local pub! Would highly recommend and will definitely re-book if it's ever free!

    Reviewed by TomAug 2021

  • "We have loved our stay here, the views from the bedroom window and garden are ..."

    We have loved our stay here, the views from the bedroom window and garden are beautiful, so peaceful and such a cosy place to come back to after a day out, has everything you need xx would definitely recommend this to anyone, there is also a lovely pub (ye olde gate inn) in the village that does great food & good ale

    Reviewed by TracyAug 2021

  • "Great location in a lovely village with local pubs and easy access to some fantastic walks."

    An extremely clean, cosy and comfortable home to stay in which felt totally private even though on the owners’ own premises. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by NinaAug 2021

  • "Perfect location, lovely views, facilities & very clean ..."

    Perfect location, lovely views, facilities & very clean Will be recommending to friends and hope to return ourselves in the future

    Reviewed by DougJul 2021

  • "It was a nice cosy cottage & was very clean."

    Reviewed by JaniceJun 2021

  • "A beautiful little cottage with everything you need, fantastic views, very comfortable bed, in a idyllic part of the world!"

    Couldn’t ask for more!!

    Reviewed by JonApr 2021

  • "Great cottage in the lovely village of Brassington."

    The cottage was very clean throughout with all the facilities needed for a self catering stay. Peaceful location with great scenery all around the area. The walking opportunities are exceptional and all from the doorstep of the cottage. Very close to the High Peaks Trail, Limestone Trail, Carsington Water and not forgetting Parwich which is also worth a visit on foot. The two pubs in the village are both very friendly with Covid adapted outdoor seating areas. We had a really enjoyable and relaxing stay at Pail End and would not hesitate to recommend to others considering this property for a break away surrounded by beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by StevenApr 2021

  • "Lovely spot, excellent accommodation, host very keen to welcome us and spotlessly clean."

    Also a huge effort to ensure Covid safety. All excellent TY

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2021

  • "Excellent location in a lovely village."

    Close to numerous walks and facilities. Very friendly and helpful owner

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2020

  • "Lovely cosy warm cottage."

    Lots of walks locally . Beautiful setting. Can highly recommend.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2020

  • "Great little cottage ,fantastic views ,walks and bike trails ,the pub up the ..."

    Great little cottage ,fantastic views ,walks and bike trails ,the pub up the road does fantastic food especially Sunday roast

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2020

  • "A brilliant cottage, perfect location and absolutely spotless - would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by CatherineJul 2020

  • "It should be noted Richard (our host) made Pail End so covid-19 friendly which reassured us that our stay was as safe as possible."

    We were both nervous with booking at this uncertain time but Richard gave us the reassurances we were hoping for, The accommodation met all of our expectations and will give us the confidence to book another stay away,

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2020

  • "Excellent find in the beautiful village of Brassington."

    We had a lovely relaxing week here in this perfectly appointed cosy cottage, well equipped and spotlessly clean. Richard and Kathy were excellent hosts and very knowledgeable about the area. There are countless exceptional walks for all abilities within a very short distance from the cottage. a Highlight was the walk to Carsington Water and back in a circular route. Suggest downloading the 'outdoors GPS' app and follow the green dotted lines! Both pubs are very good and extremely welcoming. Spent New Years Eve at Ye Olde Gate Inn and had a great time getting to know the locals. Thanks again Richard and Kathy, we'll see you again soon!

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2019

  • "The cottage is nicely decorated and was very festive for Christmas, the owners left mince pies which was a nice touch."

    However my husband is six foot and I have a temporary back problem and we didn't find the very small sofa comfortable. It would also have been nice to have at least one easy chair. The dressing table was badly lit and the stool very uncomfortable, also one of the basket chairs was very small. The wooden stairs are very easy to slip on as were the mats in the bedroom. It would probably be a good idea to point out that there are steps up from the parking area and it's not really suitable for anyone with a disability and the step down into the kitchen is very high it couldd do with another one to make access easier.

    Reviewed by PamDec 2019

  • "Real selling point is the excellent near by olde gate pub."

    Dog friendly, excellent food and beer. Could do with a new mattress in the bedroom. Other than that excellent cottage in an excellent location

    Reviewed by Alan James WavellNov 2019

  • "The Cottage was amazing the photos do not give this lovely little cottage the credit it deserves."

    The views from the bedroom window are amazing and the village is beautiful with two dog friendly pubs. Will certainly go back had a fantastic time.

    Reviewed by BrianOct 2019

  • "A lovely cottage with beautiful views, in a peaceful village with lots of good walks."

    The cottage was nice and clean and the owners were friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by KimOct 2019

  • "The cottage was extremely comfortable and well equipped."

    It has been very tastefully converted from what I assume was a barn and is a listed building and Is small but ideal for two people and a dog. The village of Brassington is charming with stone built houses full of character and the two pubs both of which serve good food and welcome dogs. The surrounding area is beautiful with lots to see and do but if you come from an area which has few hills as I do the steep hills and hairpin bends come as a bit of a shock. Unfortunately the weather was poor for us but we enjoyed the break and can thoroughly recommend the cottage and the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2019

  • "The cottage is perfect for a couple and our dogs were made to feel more than welcome."

    Perfect setting and location. Beautiful village and everyone so friendly. We had a wonderful relaxing week and will look forward to visiting again

    Reviewed by GrahamAug 2019

  • "Beautiful little cottage, well equipped and in a great location to explore the Peak District."

    Enjoying a glass of wine, taking in the view from the bedroom window, completed our days. Would love to return sometime.

    Reviewed by MikeJul 2019

  • "This was a lovely cosy cottage, very clean."

    There were 2 pubs a few minutes up the road, both of which do food. Carsington Water, not far away. The owner left us milk in the fridge & 4 lovely biscuits, which was a lovely gesture. Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by JoyMay 2019

  • "We had a lovely relaxing holiday, the owners of the cottage where very friendly and helpful."

    Pail End was an ideal cottage for a couple, I would highly recommend it. especially with to very nice pubs within two minutes walk.

    Reviewed by StuartMay 2019

  • "This cottage really is a little gem and kept to the highest standards."

    The location is idyllic, including the view from the bedroom window, and the owner Richard was both knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions of where to visit. If there was a slight criticism it would be the mattress wasn't that comfortable but we still managed a good night's sleep. I would recommend both this cottage and the area as a superb place for a break (btw food at the Old Gate pub is good but expensive)

    Reviewed by WilliamApr 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay here."

    Owners were very welcoming and helpful. Very quiet and relaxing location with a few pubs close by. We went to the Miners Arms and had a yummy meal. Carsington Waters close by is a must visit. Cottage was extremely clean and cosy!

    Reviewed by CourtneyApr 2019

  • "Very nice cottage in lovely location."

    Reviewed by SteveMar 2019

  • "Pail End is a lovely clean cottage and ideally situated especially for the two pubs which both do meals and are dog friendly."

    Reviewed by StephenFeb 2019

  • "Faboulous little cottage tucked away in a lovely village, with Matlock Bath or Ashbourne a short drive away."

    Beautiful walks surround you. The cottage was exceptionally clean and well presented perfect for two and a dog. Bed was really comfy and the views are stunning, really enjoyed my morning cup of tea sat watching the world go by. Owners live next door, very welcoming and always at hand if ever needed. Two excellent pubs in walking distance, locals are so friendly and inviting. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by MichelleFeb 2019

  • "It is in an excellent location, quiet village with some amazing pubs."

    The cottage itself is very charming and has all the essentials. It is very clean and right at the heart of the village. The only thing I could suggest as an improvement is perhaps a bigger television as the current one is way too small, especially on winter nights if you want to watch movies and the sofa can just about fit two people.

    Reviewed by FardinDec 2018



    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    Lovely hosts. We spoke to them as we arrived and as we left, they gave us our space while on our holiday.

    Reviewed by NicholaOct 2018

  • "Just right for two people and doggies."

    Owners very helpful. Would go back. Nice scenery.

    Reviewed by SandraSep 2018

  • "Nothing at all it did what it said on the tin."

    Reviewed by KeithSep 2018

  • "Well described property."

    very comfortable and clean.

    Reviewed by GillianJul 2018

  • "The piece and quiet, the views and the extra little touches of milk and biscuits left for our arrival."

    Reviewed by ThomasMay 2018

  • "Excellence location & spotlessly clean cottage."


    Reviewed by SteveMar 2018

  • "The Cottage was perfect and the location amazing for walks with our dogs."

    Thank you for a great weekend!

    Reviewed by SteveNov 2017

  • "We had a very restful holiday in a lovely cottage, very helpful owners ."

    Pleasant village, pubs with good food and dog friendly. Lovely area to visit for scenery and walking.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2017

  • "Lovely surroundings."

    Lovely local pub with excellent food & quiz night with friendly locals

    Reviewed by MartinMay 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with everything for a perfect holiday for two with a couple of pubs in walking distance."


    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2017

  • "Very helpful owner if required, but left alone if not required."

    whole break dog friendly ,even local pub [gate inn excellent food ] would definitely book again

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2017

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage, cosy on arrival and all weekend despite the weather!"

    Easy access to loads of great walks/runs/cave explorations, thanks for a lovely break

    Reviewed by ElizabethMar 2017

  • "The hosts were excellent and the cottage was faultless."

    Reviewed by AdamDec 2016

  • "A private, quiet, relaxing, get away from it all."

    The owners "left us to it " but helped straight away as soon as we needed them. The village is unspoilt and traditional. It was peaceful away from the crowds of Bakewell etc, (15mins). Small, but very well desighned and equipped. I love that they don't charge for dogs at all, and we had two. I think it is a rip off in this day and age when some places claim to be dog friendly but charge up to £20 per week per dog. The only down side was we couldn't work out how to turn the electric fire on. We could have asked. Many thanks, would love to book again next year! MRS G Walker

    Reviewed by GillianSep 2016

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  • One eaves double bedroom
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Shared use of owners garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Secure storage for bicycles available
  • Sorry, no pets, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles
  • Two pubs within a few minutes walk
  • Carsington Water 2.5 miles
  • Note: No children
  • Please note the property is not suitable for people with mobility problems.

The property

This semi-detached cottage is attached to the owner’s home in the delightful Derbyshire village of Brassington.

Situated just a couple of miles from Carsington Water, this wonderful cottage is ideal for a romantic retreat in the Peak District National Park.

Step through the front stable door into the well-equipped open plan living area with a compact kitchen and a comfy sitting area, where you can kick back and relax after a day out and about.

Head up the beautifully-painted staircase to the charming double bedroom in the eaves of the cottage, which features a full-height window offering magnificent views across the fields.

Outside the cottage is a small seating area, and with shared use of the owner’s garden (not enclosed), you can enjoy a morning coffee as you plan the day’s excursions.

The village of Brassington boasts a couple of friendly pubs serving food.

Just over two miles away is Carsington Water where you can try out a range of watersports, and of course the whole area is a walker’s paradise with fantastic walking and cycling trails all around, including the High Peak Trail, a 17 mile bridleway which runs from Dowlow to Cromford.

Whether you are after an action-packed adventure, or a peaceful retreat in the country, this lovely cottage is bound to provide a holiday to remember.

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About the location


Carsington Water 2 miles; Matlock 8 miles.

The attractive and unspoilt conservation village of Brassington is perched on a hillside on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park in the midst of glorious open countryside. It is a traditional Peaks, limestone village with many cottages dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. There are two pubs (both serving good food), and further amenities are available in nearby Matlock, Ashbourne and Bakewell. Close by is beautiful Carsington Water, covering 750 acres with some of the best sailing in the country. The site also offers boating, biking and windsurfing, along with shops, a restaurant and a children’s adventure playground. An excellent base for exploring the Peak District.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas