"This is a great cottage in a perfect location."
Near enough to the centre of Buxton to walk into town, but not located on a main road. The local park (Ashwood Park) is perfect to give an active Border Collie a good run around and then there's the whole of the Peak District for longer walks. After reading some of the reviews, we were pleasantly surprised by the general welcome of cottage and its cleanliness. It was a nice touch to find a pint of milk and a bottle of bubbly in the fridge, but there were also tea towels, oven gloves, washing-up liquid, soap, sufficient toilet roll, etc. Parking close to, or even directly outside the property, wasn't a problem. On the less-good bits, the staircase is steep (but that's noted in the description) and the 'starter pack' for the fire appeared to be just some fire-lighters and newspapers. The bed is creaky (but comfortable enough) and the bedroom furniture is a little scruffy. Pretty minor gripes, really.
"Property was as expected from the brochure description."
Well-placed for town and for leaving town on excursions. Buxton is a good location for the Derbyshire Dales and the 'Dark Peak' with good roads in most directions.
"Lovely holiday accommodation."
Bedding and beds were great, clean crisp and comfortable. Kitchen had everything you could need on a holiday and the milk and fizz in the fridge was a lovely surprise! I was initially worried about the availability of on road parking but as it turned it it wasn’t a problem at all and we found a space every time.
"We would tend to agree with the Sykes rating of 3 stars/ticks for this property with some positives and negatives."
The property is mostly as described but Sykes have been careful and generous about the wording. For example, the rear courtyard is a four walled yard with not much going for it and the cooker range isn't an AGA.
Besides that, to move this up a star there are a couple of areas that need addressing. Firstly, all the rooms requires an overall tidy up and refresh as they look tired and worn and some of the furniture needs addressing, for example the bed in the front room is wobbly and creaky and the door handle still comes off. Secondly, is a greater attention to cleanliness. On the surface the property looks clean but as you spend a little time there it becomes clear that it needs some attention. We did contact the owner regards this latter point and she was very apologetic and helpful in addressing some of the issues. The main things, like bedding and towels, were all very clean.
(To put this into perspective we stayed in another Sykes property the week after, also 3 ticks, and I'm afraid to say that the differences were clear on these two points.)
On the plus side, the location for the town centre and surrounding area is good and we had no issues with parking. The bathroom is a good size and once you've mastered the controls the shower was great. If you're staying we can definitely recommend St Moritz, Lonestar and 53 Degrees North to eat and Eyam and Bakewell as places to visit. Of course there are plenty of great walks too.
Really need to have a clothes Airer as we had children with us it was nice to be able to wash
Clothes but was unable to peg outside as it was raining so went and brought an Airer.
Thank you lovely stay.
"The owner of the property couldn't do enough for us to make our stay comfortable band enjoyable."
The view from the property was spectacular.
"Very dirty house we spent 10 hours of our time cleaning no help from sykes
will never use skyes again"
We are sorry you did not find everything to your satisfaction when you arrived. A full steam re clean was done which even involved pulling out a range cooker from an alcove and all the hard floors were also steamed. Monetary recompense was offered if the guest wanted to leave, but guest stayed the full week Property Owner
"The house is ideally situated for the centre of Buxton and a good base from which to explore the Peaks."
The house is well appointed with a comfortable sitting room and nice kitchen.
"The cottage was as described however the bed in the front first floor room was very creaky and gave us some disturbed sleep!"
Maybe needs changing ! Also the garden/patio area was very dirty and not at all appealing to sit out in also 2 chairs for a 6 bedded property? Apart from that we had a lovely break and the views from the cottage were smashing.Buxton is a very interesting town with plenty to do.
Thank you for your feedback. I do apologise for the issues you had at the property, this is not what we expect when welcoming our guests. The bed has been repaired and is now in fully working order. The patio area has been fully refurbished and we also now have 4 new folding garden chairs which are stored in the outhouse. I do hope you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind Regards. Property Owner
"Comfortable cottage within 10 minutes walk of the town centre."
Lovely place to come back to after a days walking, warm and cosy.
"We were impressed by the cleanliness of the cottage."
The bedding and towels, especially, smelled beautifully fresh. Because we were so lucky with the weather we didn’t spend much time in the cottage, but it had everything we needed for a pleasant stay.
Other feedback had said the stairs were steep, but there are also steps up to the cottage, which is itself on a hill. If any of this is daunting, then maybe a walking holiday in the High Peaks isn’t for you. Climbing Mam Tor and The Roaches was far harder than 14 regular, carpeted stairs.
The cottage is so convenient for walking into town and for trips to Bakewell, Matlock, Leek and surrounding towns, all of which were interesting and worth visiting.
The only downside of the holiday was that on returning home I was mortified to find I had accidentally packed a flannel from the cottage, which I immediately posted back. My apologies to the owners.
"We enjoyed our holiday and the accommodation was good."
However there were a few concerns; the stairs are very steep, not suitable for elderly or young children. The shower was a bit erratic.
"The cottage is in an excellent location close to the town centre."
It was clean and tidy on arrival. Often, you could not find a space to park directly outside the property but overall this was not a significant issue as we could park nearby. The stairs are very steep but that was mentioned in the description before booking and again wasn't a problem for us - please be aware though.
We had a very enjoyable week at this property and I felt it offered good value for money.
"We really loved the house and it’s location which is perfect for exploring the Peak District National sites."
The stairs weren’t an issue at whole for our 2 little ones since the owner kindly provided us with a stairs gate which we fitted at the top of the stairs. The house is situated on top of a hill and there is a stunning view from both living room and 2nd bedroom’s windows. In the evening the sun lights up the panorama view which we really enjoyed from the living room’s sofas. The house is very close (5 mins walk ) to the town center (and a tasty fish and chips shop) and its beautiful gardens which we spend the last day of our stay exploring (as well as eating at The Cafe At Green Pavilion which is so child friendly and cosy). It’s also 2 mins drive to a big Morrison petrol station to refuel for the next trip. We really recommend this property!
"The stairs in the property were very steep this should be noted in the details of the property."
"Perfect location in Buxton, 2 min walk to town."
"Bathroom Extracter a bit noisy but everything else about the house was very good."
We did not use the back but it would be more presentable if tidied up. On the whole very pleased with the accommodation, especially the location although parking a bit tricky on very slopping ground.
Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. We have purchased a new bathroom extractor on the back of your feedback and will be fitted shortly. Property Owner
"The owner of the cottage needs to tidy up the front garden and re-landscape with particular attention to re-laying the steps from the pavement to the front door."
The rear yard also needs attention.
Thank you for your feedback. We will take a look at the garden and landscapes and see if there is anywhere that we can make improvements. Property Owner
"Well equipped, nice central location."
Nice homely touches. The stairs are VERY steep, but it does mention that.
Only real gripe is the 2 extremely cheap , uncomfortable mattresses on 2nd floor. Springs were poking into my sons that much that one of them resorted to the sofa. Other beds comfy though.
Would recommend if you didn't need to use 2nd floor beds.
Thank you for your email. I am sorry you found the beds uncomfortable, this is very much a preference thing, however I have purchased some memory foam mattress toppers which I have put on the beds. With regards to the steps I do advertise this on the website. Property Owner
"Very steep stairs,messy wiring on the tv, one of the blinds was broken and door handle came off one of the bedroom doors."
I think some maintenance needs to be carried out during the season. Luckily we have teenage kids but wouldn’t be happy to take young children or anyone with mobility issues or the elderly there. Wouldn’t book again.
Thank you for your email. I do advertise the property as having steep steps which may not be suitable for young children or people with mobility issues. I am in the process of purchasing new blinds. I can confirm the door handles have been re-fitted. Property Owner
"Cottage for 6 - seating for 3
Should have been warned of very steep stairs."
Approach to front door difficult
Comfortable cottage. Lovely bedding and comfy beds.
"The stairs in the cottage are extremely steep which was a concern for small children."
A number of items in the cottage were badly worn - the handle on the cutlery drawer was not attached for example. There is no blind in the top bedroom. The drains in the sinks appear to be blocked. It is certainly not all bad but, as a result, we did not stay for the whole week and can not recommend this property.