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Willow House Cottage

Winkhill near Waterhouses, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 4095)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

Reviews & Ratings

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Tiny but gorgeous cottage , owner was so friendly and helpful ."

    Very quiet and peaceful location , perfect for our stay with our two dogs . Would definitely recommend and we’ll be going back !

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2022

  • "I stayed there from a week Chris and Ian made my welcome so comfortable and ..."

    I stayed there from a week Chris and Ian made my welcome so comfortable and relaxation myself and my dog very enjoy stay i would highly recommend it this is got beautiful scenery fantastic countryside and hospitality was second to none so helpful and wonderful people to be around and unfortunately I've got emotional when I left because it's such a lovely place I would definitely recommend it and I've definitely go back again and again

    Reviewed by GrahamJul 2022

  • "A most enjoyable stay, great location for exploring the Staffordshire area & the Peak District National Park."

    Made very welcome by the owners & their dogs, who came to greet us every day upon our return. Accommodation is very well serviced with everything you may need, a combination microwave oven & grill takes getting used to but, once mastered works adequately. It’s very quiet at the farm, with plenty of areas to enjoy a peaceful drink or, by the ponds at the end of the day; our hosts couldn’t be more helpful. We’d definitely recommend the property & we intend to return in the near future.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2022

  • "This is a lovely place to stay and we had gorgeous weather to enhance it."

    The owner and managers are lovely, as are the dogs and the grounds were a delight. Our two small dogs thought it was wonderful, with seven acres to roam. I feel that if we had been confined to the cottage it would have felt too small, and the bathroom is along way from the bedroom

    Reviewed by MaryJun 2022

  • "Made very welcome by the owners."

    Friendly and agreeable people plus lovely dogs. Freedom to visit all parts of the grounds and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by RonJun 2022

  • "The perfect place for a peaceful stay with dogs."

    Small but perfectly formed and amazing outdoor space. Chris is the perfect host and we were made very welcome. Lovely part of the country to explore

    Reviewed by CaroleMay 2022

  • "What an amazing host Chrissy is."

    She helped us with planning our visits to many local places of interest. Ideal cottage,very dog friendly ,with walks straight from the door. Unfortunately just a little small for us with two large german shepherd's,otherwise we would certainly return.

    Reviewed by DianeApr 2022

  • "We came back yesterday from a lovely week at Willow House Cottage."

    Chris was very welcoming as were her two dogs Riga and Fudge who welcomed our two Labradors. Cottage was lovely and cosy and Chris had left milk and 6 very fresh eggs from her own chickens in the fridge for us. The cottage is close to some lovely walks and some lovely tea rooms too, Ramblers retreat and Wetton Village Hall. Highly recommend and we’d definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by JeffreyApr 2022

  • "Very small but very well equipped and extremely helpful lady."

    Lovely area with loads of walks from cottage and lots of places short drive away.

    Reviewed by JenniannApr 2022

  • "We had a great time loved the cottage."

    Chris was amazing she was very helpful and friendly couldn't have wished for a better weekend away.

    Reviewed by JanetMar 2022

  • "A lovely, cosy, clean and very comfortable stay."

    My dog and I were made very welcome by Chris and her two dogs! Plenty of land which was great for the dog to have free rein! Will definitely be back again.

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2022

  • "At first glance, Willow House Cottage seemed a bit small, but after a night of settling in, the word I found myself using instead was cosy."

    It's perfectly set out for one or two people, and if you're into hiking, it's in a splendid location. The heating was excellent, all the rooms were always a comfortable temperature, there was ample hot water for baths and showers, all the facilities were of a good standard and in good working order - with one possible exception, mentioned below - and it was clear that a lot of care had been put into making sure that guests had everything they needed. The downsides were fairly trivial: getting the oven to work always seemed to involve a lot of wrangling, though it worked well once it eventually got going; having the bathroom so far from the bathroom is going to be a nuisance for some; and access is a bit of a trek, with a bumpy road and an even bumpier farm track to navigate - be sure to read the instructions for finding the place beforehand or you might never get there! But those are really the only issues and otherwise I'd highly recommend Willow House Cottage.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "The owner is an absolute delight."

    In certain cultures, there is a phrase "a woman to walk the mountains with ". Chris is that woman. A more charming lady you will never meet. Eggs and milk were in the fridge before we arrived. She met us and our obnoxious dog when we arrived and straight away our dog became more dog friendly (there are 2 dogs at the small holding). The cottage is small (an annexe off the main cottage) but you get a large yard to yourself with 3 seating areas and access to 4 fields if you want to walk your dog. 2 of the fields have ponds with a bench if you want to sit and chill there, there is also another bench near the stream if you walk to the bottom far left. We normally sat in the yard with whisky and wine till it got late. The cottage is very very clean and tidy, small but everything you need. The owner even put the heating on so we could dry our clothes despite the fact each room has its own heater. I loved this place. My GF loved this place and our dog loved this place. It's a great place to use as a base for your walks but you will need a car to travel to them. Will definitely visit again if only to see the owner and her dogs.

    Reviewed by GaryAug 2021

  • "A perfect little dog friendly cottage , all home comforts and surrounded by acres and acres of fields which you are free to use ."

    The owner Mrs Poyser is a delightful lady who bends over backwards to accommodate you and is very helpful with local information. I would recommend this property to any dog owners. many thanks.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2021

  • "The cottage is small but very comfortable."

    The owner is a lovely lady who is ready to help out and ensures that everything is okay for your stay. The cottage is a haven for dogs being able to run throughout the owner's estate.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2021

  • "Firstly Chris the owner fantastic my kind of lady down to earth and honest."

    Photos need to be updated interior has changed. There are 2 friendly dogs there and no trouble. Really dog friendly. Its a great place for a base to explore the wonderful countryside. Cottage is tiny but its clean and tidy, good outside space. Lovely stream at lower field. Only down side is bathroom very cold and damp. Oh and sykes states no WiFi but it has if I had known I would have taken firestick because we had a day of no stop rain and couldn't do much except football and Wimbledon

    Reviewed by DeanJun 2021

  • "This cottage is little more than a granny annex attached to the owners own property, therefore the photos of the accommodation are somewhat misleading."

    My overall impression of the property was that it was very small and furnished in a rather old fashioned style. The bathroom was a disappointment being chilly, cluttered and with a rudimentary shower. I left early after 4 days because I considered I'd be more comfortable at home. No criticisms about towners who were courteous & helpful.

    Reviewed by DJun 2021

  • "Chris and Ian are brilliant hosts, very friendly and welcoming."

    They have two lovely dogs and greeted ours as one of their own. The cottage although compact is very nice and ideally situated to explore the Peak District. We would definitely recommend this cottage to fellow dog lovers. Our dog has been depressed since we returned home so he must have loved it too.

    Reviewed by BruceJun 2021

  • "Chris is a brilliant host and very informative about the area and wild plants."

    Everyone who stays must walk the Hamps and Manifold way which starts at Waterhouses. At this time of year full of wild flowers and of course you also have Thors cave. Lovely place to stop and have coffee and cakes just over half way and a super fish and chip shop for when you return to the car park. Ideal holiday for all those that love walking. Willow cottage is a super retreat.

    Reviewed by JenniferMay 2021

  • "A bit more isolated than we expected, but was very quiet and pleasant, Chris the owner was very helpful with good info in her book about where to go and where to eat In dog friendly places the two resident dogs were as friendly as there owner."

    All in a very pleasant week and we hope to go back next year

    Reviewed by DennisSep 2020

  • "Lovely stay at Willow House Cottage."

    The cottage is just as described and the garden areas are lovely. Lot's of walks around the area and Chris the owner was a great host and made us feel extremely welcome. Thanks again for the milk and eggs!

    Reviewed by StevenAug 2020

  • "The best thing about the holiday is the host Cris (and Fudge & Riga her dogs) ..."

    The best thing about the holiday is the host Cris (and Fudge & Riga her dogs) sucha relaxing comfy cottage is beautiful location

    Reviewed by MichaelaAug 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely with lots of lovely kind touches by the owners - a real home from home."

    Super access to some lovely walks and countryside. Thank you for a super holiday!

    Reviewed by SueFeb 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage"

    Reviewed by DeborahDec 2019

  • "A perfect cottage for a couple in a very well equipped cottage, in an idyllic setting."

    This is a very secluded spot, set in very well kept grounds. Surrounded by several large grass fields. The owner was extremely helpful and gave us many tips on how to find places of interest and places to visit during our stay.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage, amazing scenery and gorgeous walks in the the local area for our couple of dogs!"

    Would like to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by JoshMar 2019

  • "Great place, great accommodation."

    Reviewed by MarcoMar 2019

  • "If travelling from Ashbourne direction watch that."

    Any sat nav will take you in the wrong end of dukes lane, only take the other end left nearer to winkhill other wise from leek no problems could be trouble some in the dark, Riga is a big dog but no trouble soft as anything we have a mini schnauser and they were cool together,owner Chris is a down to earth and lovely , The little cottage or converted barn was super suited my wife Jenny ,me ,benji the dog great. Cosy front room separate from kitchen bathroom with shower and bath great after walking to have a soak,bedroom upstairs slept two in double bed ,woken up by early sun rise and two woodpeckers having a competition to see who could knock the loudest but it was of no bother at all,just lovely will if possible return to finish a couple of more walks Gil jefferies

    Reviewed by GilbertMar 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage set in the wonderful countryside."

    It was so peaceful, it was a joy to stay for the week. Christine made us feel very welcome and offered lots of advice about where to go and what to see. We would definitely like to return.

    Reviewed by TessaAug 2018

  • "The owner was lovely and a mine of information on the area ."

    Welcoming and the dogs were friendly even to my grumpy little pooch. Beautiful location and we had a very relaxing break.

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2018

  • "Beautiful surroundings, friendly owners and their 3 gorgeous dogs."

    Accommodation was quite nice but didn't like the steep, narrow stairs or the sloping ceilings in the bedroom. Would stay again in the area.

    Reviewed by TinaJun 2018

  • "The views were amazing the dogs were very friendly and the lady that let the cottage was very friendly and gave us details of some wonderful walks in the area."

    My two dogs were given treats when she gave her dogs treats.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2018

  • "Cottage tiny but absolutely fine for two people and two dogs."

    All facilities we needed and we were made to feel very welcome. A wonderful area for walking and a little away from the main Peak attractions so we hardly saw anyone while we were out.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2018

  • "Little gem of a cottage, perfect in every way."

    Chris next door is brilliant. Could not have been more helpful. Will be back.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2018

  • "Tiny living room."

    I put dog bed down & then couldn't use drop leaf table, had to eat on little table from the sofa. Tiny bedroom, a rack instead of wardrobe (no room for doors to open). Kitchen well fitted but no cupboard for food, vegetables or dog food. All had to be left in bags on the floor. Heating comes on @ 8am goes off 10am comes back on 6pm. The living room has one small north facing window which is overshadowed to the east by the bathroom. It is dark, if you need to put the fire on and shut the kitchen door to keep warm, it is gloomy. This is the WORST bit. No outside bin for dog poo. Owner thinks it acceptable to pick it up with her hands. She thinks it acceptable to chick it in a field. Only she didn't, front and back gardens covered in dog poo. The lab. paws you if you stop stroking - dog poo up your trousers. The young German Shepherd is a menace. He is nice enough but he is a bully, he broke the skin on my arm and upset my dog. All three dogs are left to their own devices. The first weekend their were two visiting Rotties that charged about. Chris has had fencing put up to protect the area around the door but you have to go out. I was charged at 3 times by the barking and huge dog. It frightened me but I took control. But it meant I had to shout. Getting out of the car is another problem with them milling around. This is not a free standing cottage. The living and bedroom are within the owners house. It is only the kitchen and bathroom that run to the side. There is not one south facing window. It is in a lovely area and splendid walking

    Reviewed by SMar 2018

  • "Chris was most helpful, a lovely cottage in a perfect location for exploring the Peak District."

    Reviewed by MelanieOct 2017

  • "Lovely cottage everything you need."

    Wonderful owners who live next door made are stay even more great. Would definitely stay here again we was made so very welcome as was are two dogs. The cottage was very comfortable and in beautiful settings

    Reviewed by JodieJun 2017

  • "Absolutely amazing!"

    Breathtaking scenery, so many lovely walks and amazing hosts! My dogs loved it and so did we!

    Reviewed by LucyMay 2017

  • "Brilliant cottage for 2 people ."

    Owners very helpful . Lots of lovely walks from the front door

    Reviewed by BevApr 2017

  • "Lovely hosts, went out there way to make you welcome."

    The dogs loved it.would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2017

  • "A very well equipped cottage, small but comfortable."

    The owner was charming and helpful and the dogs were a delight. The location whilst in itself fairly remote was within a short drive to two pleasant towns, Ashbourne one way and Leek the other.

    Reviewed by AnthonyMar 2017

  • "Made very welcome by the owners no requirement to bring extra utensils all supplied perfect location"

    Reviewed by RichardDec 2016

  • "Excellent value Hosts were wonderful Definitely book again"

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2016

  • "The location of the property was very easy to get to from the motorway."

    The owners were very pleasant and helped us with all our enquiries. We would recommend people to stay here as they're amazing hosts. It's close to both Leek and Ashbourn so a good location.

    Reviewed by DanielAug 2016

  • "Nice quiet location, The owners live in the connecting property and were welcoming."

    This was out first booking through Sykes. Cosy cottage.

    Reviewed by SamanthaApr 2013

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  • One double bedroom with sloping ceiling and low beam, accessed via steep stairs
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Well-equipped fitted kitchen
  • Cosy sitting room with dining area and stone floors, overlooking the garden.
  • Oil central heating (controlled by owners) with electric convector heaters
  • Gas cooker, fridge, microwave, use of washer/dryer in outside utility, TV, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Shared use of pretty lawned garden with lovely views, patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 1 mile
  • Note: The owner has four friendly dogs who will be on the grounds and using the shared gardens

The property

A cosy, stone-built Peak District cottage in open countryside, in the hamlet of Winkhill, 1 mile from the village of Waterhouses.

This lovely Peak District cottage is next door to the owners, who keep chickens and ducks with eggs for all to enjoy.

Cosy throughout, and tastefully decorated, with some lovely countryside views, this Peak District cottage offers comfortable accommodation, and makes an ideal base for touring and exploring the Peak National Park.

From this Peak District cottage you can head to the stunning Manifold Valley walking and cycle tracks, accessed from the village, or enjoy the adrenaline pumping rides of Alton Towers, just 6 miles away.

This Peak District cottage makes for a wonderful and varied stay in this beautiful part of the region.

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About the location


Waterhouses 1 mile; Alton Towers 5 miles; Ashbourne 8 miles.

Winkhill is a tiny hamlet in rural Staffordshire, and is just 1 mile from the village of Waterhouses. Waterhouses lies between the market towns of Leek and Ashbourne on the southern fringes of the Peak National Park. The village was once the terminus of the Manifold Valley Light Railway, which is now the scenic Manifold Cycle Track, winding its way through the picturesque valleys of the Rivers Hamps and Manifold. The track is flat and traffic-free for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders. The Waterhouses area offers a village shop, a post office, pubs and a cafe/takeaway. The famous Alton Towers Theme Park is only a short drive away.

Region Information

Note: The owner has four friendly dogs who will be on the grounds and using the shared gardens.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter