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The Cottage

(Ref. 980206)

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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78 Customer Reviews

  • "Great stay at this lovely cottage."

    Comfortable and clean. Beautiful surroundings with the added joy of watching hens, goats, ducks and horses from our windows. Just perfect!

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely location good place to switch off and get out for lots of walks."

    If you like to self cater be aware the fridge is tiny, but the oven is fabulous. You will need to take a few essentials that aren't provided: Dishcloth Oven glove Tea towel Kitchen roll Sissors Salt and pepper Kitchen foil (Dishwasher tablets) Also there was no handsoap anywhere in the cottage and for lighting the fire the starter pack doesn't include matches or kindling so unless you are Ray Mears take your own! Overall a nice place and the owners obviously work hard.

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Jan 2024

  • "Great little cottage with amazing surroundings."

    Very clean and comfy beds.a great base to go exploring.only down side was there was we couldn’t connect to the Wi-Fi for the kids but it was actually nice for them to not be glued to there iPads so not that much of a problem.all in all had a great time and would definitely go back in the summer time to make the most of the surroundings.

    Reviewed by Scott4.4Jan 2024

  • "Fantastic stay weather a challenge but we are all having this, owners are first ..."

    Fantastic stay weather a challenge but we are all having this, owners are first class, and very helpful, in a great area for touring and just perfect Rick and Liz

    Reviewed by Rick5.0Dec 2023

  • "A lovely pet-friendly cottage, we stayed there as a family of three plus our puppy, and greatly enjoyed the stay."

    It was nice to see horses right outside the cottage (but behind the fence of course), our puppy saw they for the first time in her life and was much interested. Lots of things to do in the area - walks, visiting small towns, caves etc. The hosts were very responsive and friendly. All in all, we greatly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Nataliya5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great cottage well equipped, made very welcome by hosts."

    Would recommend for holiday in Peak District. Thank you for a pleasant week.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable and cosy."

    It's position is perfect for exploring the Peak District. Owner was very friendly with lots of animals dog was fascinated by the chickens and ducks wandering about. Overall we had a lovely week and fell in love with the area..

    Reviewed by Patrick3.8Sep 2023

  • "Pleasant cottage Peaceful location Friendly owner"

    Reviewed by Doreen4.1Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage very comfortable and very accessible to lots of beautiful walks around the area."

    Wi-Fi not great but that’s a good thing as to be able to get away from the world and busy lives.

    Thanks for the feedback. We have requested for better WiFi but sadly we have the best that the network can offer and can still be intermittent. However we have been told that we are very close to an upgrade. Fingers crossed glad the rest of your stay was enjoyable. Regards Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha4.1Aug 2023

  • "Property location excellent."

    Peaceful and quiet, close to many local and slightly further afield visitor attractions (eg Peak Wildlife Park, Monkey Forest, Heights of Abraham, Alton Towers). The cottage was spacious and comfortable. The online listing, however, did not state rural slow wifi connection, which was, at best, a bit slow, and at worse, a day and a half without wifi. If the listing had been accurate, we would have made a more informed choice about renting the cottage, as this was important to us. A couple of kitchen items were unusable and should have been replaced (we left these out for the owner to see - the non-stick coating on a pot was badly damaged with rust present, scissors were broken). Lisa, the owner welcomed us, and was respectful of our privacy. From the cottage, we enjoyed watching the horses in the fields, and other farm animals roaming around.

    Hi Glad you had an enjoyable stay. Thanks for highlighting some small issues that we have sorted. Unfortunately WiFi is beyond our control due to a remote location. Sadly you did have a week when it was slower than normal. We do try and get this actioned all the time. If you had of stated that it was of such importance I would have patched you up to my mobile data to help. Hope this would not deter you from returning. Regards Ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frank4.4Aug 2023

  • "We had a great stay."

    :) Cottage was spotless, everything you need is there. Views were amazing and you're near nice places to visit. During our stay the weather was too wet for the lovely walks around (we forgot our wellies), but it's near Alton Towers and other towns (Leek was a very nice visit), still plenty to do. :) The owners of the cottage were very friendly and leave you to things, so it really feels like yours during your stay, but are there if you need something. Our kids will miss the cats, as they loved a cuddle. :) Especially Pebbles, she made us laugh a lot. We'd love to stay again. :)

    Glad you had a great stay Always good to know that our hard work pays off in making you holiday a time to remember. Nice to know that the kids enjoyed themselves. Sorry we cannot do anything about the weather Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debby5.0Jul 2023

  • "A fabulous cottage with beautiful views and surrounded by adorable animals."

    Wifi not good but understandable considering the location.

    Thanks for the feedback. Nice to know you will have something to remember . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Jul 2023

  • "Great location, brilliant cottage with all the amenities needed."

    Very friendly owner and was great for the kids to see the animals throughout the stay.

    Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Regards Ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jul 2023

  • "This was a lovely property on a farm & great value."

    The welcome was warm & friendly. The beds were comfortable & the freshly laundered bed linen smelled lovely. It was a short drive to Alton Towers. The WiFi was slow though & there isn't great mobile reception. However, I would thoroughly recommend it & we all said we would stay again in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage, very important to us a comfy bed!"

    Couldn’t fault this holiday cottage at all. Excellent location for exploring and owners pleasant and to hand should you have needed them. Had everything you need when away from home. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Jun 2023

  • "The Cottage came up to our expectations (which were high, seeing the earlier reviews."

    We are happy to recommond this holiday home.

    Reviewed by Wil5.0Jun 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Cottage, everything you needed was provided and the rooms were lovely and cosy."

    Stunning views of the surrounding countryside and it was lovely to watch the chickens and cats wondering around.It was close to Ashbourne, Matlock, Bakewell, Leek and Buxton. We would definitely recommend visiting again

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very enjoyable holiday."

    Lovely cottage in a quiet location. Clean, well maintained comfortable furnishings. Bedrooms had an added bonus of the sink. Good night's sleep. Beds really comfy with good quality bed linen. A really lovely cosy property.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is the second time we’ve visited the cottage."

    A lovely location, very friendly and helpful owners. I’m sure we’ll book again in the future!

    Thanks for the kind words. Please do come back soon. Thank you, Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage."

    It was just a shame we were there for so little time. The cottage itself was clean, warm, comfortable and had good facilities. Apart from when we first arrived we, didn't really see anything of the owners but this is more down to their respect for their guests privacy rather than lack of interest. Would stay again, maybe for a bit longer next time.

    Hi. Sorry you did not feel welcomed. You are and we do leave you to yourself. We don't want to hold you up enjoying your time here. Please do come back for longer next time. And we will have time for a chat Thanks Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Justin3.8Feb 2023

  • "Had a lovely welcoming pack."

    The cottage was cosy and warm. Beds very comfortable. We had everything we needed. The owner Lisa welcomed us at the cottage.

    Hi. Glad you enjoyed yourself. We try to think of everything. So pleased you had all you needed. Please come back again. Thank you, Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Dec 2022

  • "Very lovely cottage and surroundings, Lisa the owner friendly, enjoyed opening our curtains each day to look at her horses."

    Nice and quite a secure behind remote controlled gates.

    Hi Jane. Thanks for the feedback. It always is nice that the hard work pays off. Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage very clean and comfortable and the owners are very nice too It was a bonus seeing the cats and horses"

    Hi Graham Glad the stay was enjoyable. Hope you manage to return one day and visit the animals again. Best wishes Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property is in a good location to visit all the Peak District has to offer."

    It is a lovely cottage with good facilities. We unfortunately had an issue with drain smells in the property, mainly in the kitchen and the master bedroom. Although we alerted the owners to the issue, it was left unresolved and we heard nothing from them after reporting the smell. This was disappointing. We had to try to mask the smell with candles and air fresheners, with limited success. Otherwise we enjoyed our stay.

    Hi Nicola Sorry that you felt we did not respond to your concerns about the smell but I did attend and also found an overflow from the tank had dried out allowing for the smell. I flushed and bleached all drains. The next day the jetters came and check and flushed all external drains back to the septic tank, all found ok. As lisa had told you I would look I therfore did not feel that I had to bother you with the detail. Glad the rest of you stay was good, please return again. Regards Ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola3.4Sep 2022


    Hi Stephen Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed your holiday. Please come back stay again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely place."

    Love the animals walking around and the amount of space you get. Truly beautiful!! Will definitely book again.

    Hi Teresa Lovely to hear you wish to return. It makes it all worth while. Please do come back Best wishes lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great cottage ideally situated for lots of walks and days out."

    It was clean and tidy with all the amenities we could need. There were duck eggs, a bottle of wine, some biscuits and even some treats for our dog left out for us on our arrival. Quiet and peaceful and the owners very friendly. The only criticism I have, a small one, is that the area outside the cottage where the table and chairs are is very weedy. Just needs some weedkiller down which would make all the difference. We would definitely come back to this cottage if we're in the area again.

    HI. Glad you had a great holiday with us. Sorry about the weeds we do try to get them out by hand as we do not get chance to spray with weed killer as people do have dogs and we need to think of them. So don't like to spray unless we get a break in bookings. I have now got them out thanks for the feedback it all helps. Best wishes Ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirk5.0Jun 2022

  • "Our third stay at this most relaxing cottage."

    We love it so much and will book again.

    Hi Neil. We always appreciate any return holiday makers. Thanks again for choosing us. We will look forward to the 4th visit. Regards Ian & lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neal5.0Jun 2022

  • "Wonderful property had everything we needed and more."

    Super hosts, wonderful location .

    Hi Karen Thanks for taking the time to review. Much appreciated. Regards Ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2022

  • "Cosy and very comfortable cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Great position for exploring the Peak District. Welcoming and friendly property owners and we enjoyed all the lovely animals, especially Pebbles the cat! Many thanks for a lovely week.

    Hi Emma Thanks for the great review. This makes it all worth while Regards Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2022

  • "Really great property at a great location."

    Glad you enjoyed you stay in this great part of the country. Thank you Lias Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "Booking through the site was really easy."

    I called and spoke to Ian prior to the Holiday who was helpful. Upon arrival we were greeted by Lisa, who was friendly and welcoming. The cottage was spotlessly clean and well equipped, even with wine, biscuits and fresh eggs. The beds were comfortable with decent pillows and duvets. The pictures give a good idea of what is there, although we found the cottage very roomy by comparison. The location was really quiet and ensured a good nights sleep throughout. During the stay it was peaceful and relaxing. It is an ideal base to visit places such as Dovedale, the heritage railway and RSPB site. Even though the cottage is near the owner's house, I never felt overlooked and it felt very private. Lisa's recommendation of the local pub led to a lovely meal. I would recommend the cottage to all and we hope to be back to visit more of the local places on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "The owners were friendly and helpful."

    The house was very clean,and comfortable. Would definitely recommend especially if you like walking,or just chilling

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Apr 2022

  • "Ian and lisa where absolutely amazing, we will definitely be coming back again Thank you to them both for a very enjoyable stay."

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a short stay but definitely going to book for a week next time ."

    Felt very welcomed from Ian and Lisa .Would definitely recommend this lovely cottage for a break .If you do decide to go you need to go and see all the animals on the farm specially Bob the sheep.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage."

    It was absolutely spotless and very comfortable. The owners were very helpful, and met us on arrival. Lots of animals to see, and the daffodils up the long drive looked wonderful. We hope to visit again. And plenty of places to visit near by.

    Hi Margaret. Glad you all enjoyed your stay. The daffodils were in lovely condition this year, glad you appreciated everything. Please come back and enjoy again. Thank you Lisa. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret J5.0Mar 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a lovely location"

    Thank you Lorna. Glad you liked your stay. Regards Ian & Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lisa was a fantastic hostess!"

    Very friendly and helpful, lovely welcome and nothing too much trouble. Cottage was very cozy given the atrocious weather, lovely to come back from exploring the area to a wood fire. Really enjoyed our week away! Thanks for providing the goodies too, Obi loved his doggy treats!

    Glad you managed to enjoy even with the weather. Sorry this is something we can't make perfect. Hope you feel you would want to return in the nice summer days and even better walks for Obi. Regards Lisa. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at the cottage, just what we needed."

    Lisa was very helpful and just let us come and go as we pleased. The facilities were as expected and it felt like home from home. There was a welcome pack for us and the dogs which was a lovely touch. Although the owners were on site we did not feel at all that we were encroaching on anyone else's space and we could walk around and see all the animals including the donkey's and horses. The property is ideally located for day trips out and long dog walks especially on the Manifold Track, Ashbourne Park and Carsington Waters. Alton Towers is only about 7 miles away so a good base if you like the thrill rides etc. Would definitely like to return in the future.

    Thank you for this great review. Lisa does her best to make the place feel like home. Glad to have you back anytime. Best regards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Jan 2022

  • "Despite a power cut for a few hours during a wet and windy afternoon, we stoked up the wood burner and really enjoyed our stay at The Cottage."

    Thank you Ian and Lisa for the dog biscuits, mince pies and bottle of wine on our arrival. We will be back. John and Helen

    Hi John and Helen So glad to hear that dispite a stormy stay you found everything OK Pleased to know that you would like to return. This makes it all worth while. Hope to see you again. Ian&Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Dec 2021

  • "Awesome experience, no power first 2 days due to storm."

    Owners very helpful with portable lighting and heating gas bottle. Accommodation was just what I was looking for, peaceful and quiet.No EE signal but wasn't an issue for me.

    Hi Anthony The storm did cause us a lot of disruption that weekend. We all had no power and phones were down for two weeks after. Thanks for the great review dispite this. Hope you can come back in the better weather. Regards Ian & lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4Nov 2021

  • "We had the most amazing holiday and can’t thank Lisa enough for her warmth and great humour, lovely setting with horses, donkeys, chickens, cats and lots of open space, thanks Lisa for making our holiday a very very nice experience , Pete, Simon and the dogs ."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2021

  • "A fantastic holiday cottage in a fantastic location."

    What a find! The cottage was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The owners, Lisa and Ian, were very friendly and were always approachable throughout our stay despite being very busy running their farm and looking after their animals. One of the best cottages we have ever stayed in - and we've rented quite a few over the years. An ideal base for exploring the Peak District with our dog Pip. Dovedale, the Monsal Trail, Ilam and the Manifold Way were all within easy reach. We would have no hesitation in recommending a stay here!.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was just lovely every thing you needed was there."

    The owner greeted us on arrival and was very welcoming and helpful.Hope to go back again in the future.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2021

  • "I can honestly say that this was the best cottage we have ever rented."

    The location was amazing ....the Cottage was just beautiful and the Hosts couls not have been more friendly

    Reviewed by Felicity5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lisa, the owner was brilliant, very welcoming & friendly."

    There were welcome gifts for us which consisted of duck eggs, dog treats for Buddy, bottle of wine and biscuits. The cottage was lovely, very homely. Towels were so soft and there was even an electric blanket on our bed which we were grateful for as although we were away 21/5 - 28/5, it was cold at night with all the rain we've had lately. Also had central heating. Very covid compliant

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2021

  • "This was our second visit to this most charming retreat."

    The cottage has such a relaxed ambience and the views from the lounge are so serene it’s no surprise to us we’ll be booking here again. With Ashbourne just down the road topping up on supplies in no problem, and finally not to forget you have the National Park on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Neal5.0Oct 2020

  • "Yes! The stairs, from the upstairs landing into the two bedrooms, don't have handrails."

    Elderly/infirm people may feel uneasy about this. TV reception in the double bedroom is not good. In general, the cottage is cosy and the location is good - no traffic noise from the main A523 road, situated some 200 yards from the property. Very conveniently situated for Dovedale. Would happily return another year.

    Reviewed by Bob4.7Oct 2020

  • "The Cottage was a little gem in the Staffordshire countryside."

    Accommodation was clean, comfortable and cosy. The surrounding scenery was stunning, we found plenty of walks from the door. Lisa, the owner, was friendly and on hand if needed (especially with duck and bantum eggs). The attention to detail in the cottage was lovely and they provided the best fluffy towels in abundance, no shortage as we have often experienced in other holiday let’s. As expected in rural areas the internet was intermittent, but the scenery, weather and walks compensated.

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Sep 2020

  • "Very comfortable and clean cottage."

    Just perfect. Ideally situated for lots of walking and beautiful scenery. Definitely want to go back next year.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Sep 2020

  • "Went last year and enjoyed our stay."

    This year was even more enjoyable.

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful week at The Cottage."

    The owners are very friendly and helpful, the cottage itself was immaculate and had everything we could possibly need for our break. A true home away from home and a warm welcome, with milk, eggs, wine and dog treats provided. The cottage is well situated and central to several market towns, walks, and other places of interest. We particularly enjoyed Ashbourne and Leek, both very accessible. A wonderful morning was had in Tissington, a beautiful unspoilt village, boasting a good dog friendly tea room, and the start of the Tissington Trail. Another favourite is Rudyard Lake, which has an interesting miniature railway. We walked the circumference, approximately six miles. This Peak District is a very dog friendly area, we were not turned away from a single cafe. Particularly recommend Friends Cafe in Ashbourne, Foxlowe Cafe and Art Centre in Leek, and the Old Sadlers Yard Cafe in Uttoxeter. It was lovely to come home to the cottage each evening, which was so comfortable and relaxing. Our little dog loved to sit on the window sill and bark at the horses, donkeys, cats, and chickens. All in all a great holiday, we will certainly think of returning in the future. Thank you Lisa and Ian x

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2020

  • "A wonderful place to stay."

    Myself, my wife and two kids had a great time during our stay and felt very comfy and relaxed throughout. The cottage was lovely, very clean and had everything you could possibly need. The owners were very accommodating. They gave us plenty of privacy but were also never too far away if we had any questions or needed help with anything. Our 4 year old boy had a wonderful time exploring the surrounding farm, jumping on hay bales and saying hello to the animals. It was quite a magical place for him. We would not hesitate to go back and stay again. Top marks from us.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2020

  • "We were greeted at The Cottage by the owners and a warm welcome was felt straightaway, and that continued for the whole holiday, nothing was any trouble and we were given lots of advice on hidden gems to visit in the area."

    The Cottage was absolutely spotlessly clean and had everything that we needed to make our holiday stay perfect. The bed was comfortable and we slept well from the first night onwards and the kitchen had all we needed to cook, with a little extra included, a gift of fresh duck eggs that were most welcome for breakfast. A wonderful cottage, in a beautiful location, with great hosts. Cant recommend highly enough and we will definitely be looking to return again with our Labrador, Mr Bumble.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2020

  • "The owners were very accommodating and helpful and engaged with our children around the farm which was appreciated."

    Reviewed by Louise3.8Jul 2020

  • "We had a fantastic break, With some lovely walks."

    The cottage was clean with every need thought of! Was lovely to walk out of a house and see nothing for miles.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Feb 2020

  • "Amazing location for getting away from busy lives."

    Plenty of forest walks for dogs and eateries catering for dogs also. Had some amazing quality time with my mother and teenage daughter. The property easily catered for all three generations plus two dogs. Thought of everything you need even dog treats on arrival with towels for muddy paws. Thank you for a wonderful much needed stay

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Feb 2020

  • "Lovely cottage - much bigger inside than shown on the photos on the listing."

    Very nicely decorated, Ian & Lisa had gone the extra mile decorating the property with Christmas cheer and left some lovely gifts too - thank you!

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Dec 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely, quiet location."

    Would highly recommend this location for a peaceful getaway.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2019

  • "The Cottage was fantastic."

    It was very comfortable and well taken care of. The owners, Ian and Lisa, were very friendly and welcoming. We look forward to going back.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was a home from home & included little unexpected treats which was welcoming."

    We’d asked if it was quiet over November 5th & assured it was which was true & our phobic dog appreciated that.

    Reviewed by B5.0Nov 2019

  • "The Cottage a First Class Place for visiting all parts of the Peak District."

    The accommodation was Excellent and The Host Ian & Lisa very pleasant and caring people with added personal touches Definitely visiting again.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2019

  • "The Cottage is a good place to spend a holiday."

    It is situated on the owners small farm. The owners are lovely and very friendly and helpful. The situation is quiet and ideal for walking and sightseeing in the Peak District.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Aug 2019

  • "It is located in a really good area; close to the southern part of Peak District, Alton Towers and the main arterial routes for travelling."

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Aug 2019

  • "The narrow country lanes nearby are a bit of a nightmare, so drive carefully, there are passing points on many of them and you need a little bit of luck to drop on one."

    Reviewed by Patrick F4.7Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage set in a beautiful area."

    We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage and walks in the nearby Ilam Park. We had a fun day at Alton Towers which was only 15 mins away from the cottage and explored parts of the Peak District. Would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jul 2019

  • "Just a very nice cottage and the owners were very welcoming and friendly."

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2019

  • "Perfect location for taking the mountain bikes into the Peak District close by."

    The owners Ian and Lisa were perfect hosts and the cottage was exactly as described and a pleasure to stay in. It was a brilliant weekend break and we would definitely book through Sykes Cottages again.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Very clean & well equipped. Location perfect for exploring the Peaks & Staffordshire. Owners very friendly & welcoming. Stayed with 2 dogs who enjoyed having a run around the paddocks in the morning . Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fantastic holiday with my two children (2 and 4)."

    The house is bigger than it looks from the pictures so we had plenty of room. There’s no garden but the field immediately outside was empty and my boys loved playing in there. The location is great too so there was lots to do.

    Reviewed by Sean4.7Apr 2019

  • "Lovely comfy cottage very relaxing ,the dogs loved it ,near to amenities,the ..."

    Lovely comfy cottage very relaxing ,the dogs loved it ,near to amenities,the weather was also in our favour ,just one little comment ,it would be nice if there was an enclosed garden ,but it would not stop me booking this cottage again

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2019

  • "What an absolute gem of a place."

    Our dogs loved it. So quiet even though we had Storm Gareth. Spotlessly clean. Loved the flowers touch and the wine. Very comfortable bed. Lisa was very accommodating with everything. No problems at all. Most relaxing time. Will definitely be looking to stay again.

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great cottage in a great little location."

    The owners (Ian & Lisa) were easily contactable and on hand when we had and questions. Would recommend a short trip to Ilam Park, the dogs absolutely loved it! Wouldn't hesitate booking again.

    Reviewed by Arsham5.0Nov 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely!"

    To be truthful there's no words that can describe how nice the whole place was! It was that good. The people who owned the cottage were really nice & made you feel very welcome & were always there if you needed anything. It was my first time using Sykes & it wont be my last, because of the professionalism when booking your holiday.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2018

  • "What a find!"

    Delightful cottage and great base for all our walks. Owners were lovely people and allowed us access to their fields to walk our dog. Beautiful cottage and home from home comforts, with bottled water, fresh milk, tea, coffee and biscuits waiting for us. All facilities you would need. Teenage kids loved the coziness and we spent a great time as family - board games and DVDs were in the cottage! Cant wait to go back again.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2018

  • "We felt comfortable as soon as we stepped through the door."

    The cottage is so cute! It was very clean and tidy and smelt fresh. We went the last week in September so the lovely log burner fire was cosy and warm in the chilly evenings. There were some little dog treats waiting for the dog, also a comfy pet bed and doggy towels for muddy paws. The hosts were very kind and chatty, they had it just right by being there if you needed them but not being intrusive in any way. The scenery and local villages were stunning, a perfect place for long or short walks, I would definitely go back for another holiday and would highly recommend to others.....Just the perfect getaway, thank you!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a peaceful setting but near to attractive towns and villages as well as tourist honeypots like Alton Towers and the Potteries."

    Lots of good walks or cycling routes. As I was holidaying on my own I very much appreciated the friendliness of the owners who are more than willing to give help or information if needed. The gated entrance to the drive (zapper provided) was a bonus. The cottage was refurbished in 2017 and the kitchen and bathroom are especially well fitted and equipped. A good heating system (not noisy) or log fire keeps you warm on cooler days. I really enjoyed watching the antics of the horses in the nearby field as well as seeing the buzzard family who nest nearby. I have stayed in a number of different cottages over the years and I would rate this one as excellent. Definitely on the list of cottages to return to.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage advertisement on Sykes website did not advertise that there was a dvd player at the cottage when there was a dvd player there."

    I think that people would like to know that. The information advertised on the Sykes website regarding pets was useful i.e that dogs must be kept on a lead when outside the cottage as the owners have livestock and also that pets should be kept off the furniture. Cottage was in a beautiful, peaceful location and was decorated to a very high standard. It was exceptionally clean upon arrival and the little things provided for our dog was very handy i.e the fluffy dog blanket and towel and the fresh water in a bowl that was left out for our arrival. Cottage has lovely views across the countryside and the owners were very friendly and told us a lot of helpful information about the local area. Cottage is close to several lovely towns. Would definately recommend.

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Aug 2018

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  • Two bedrooms with basins: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Lawn with furniture
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Please do keep pets on a lead when outside of the property

The property

The Cottage can be found on the owner's small holding, on the southern fringes of the wondrous Peak District National Park, with the fascinating market towns of Leek and Ashbourne at your fingertips.

Boasting cosy and traditional accommodation for four people, and with so much going on in the surrounding area, this is the perfect getaway for friends, families and couples alike to come together and enjoy.

Enter the property and discover the wonderful shower room to your right, a handy utility cupboard sits adjacent, housing a washing machine.

A country cottage-style kitchen comes next, featuring a rustic wooden dining table and period quarry tiled flooring.

Step through into a wonderfully welcoming sitting room, benefiting from attractive exposed beams and stonework and concluding alluringly with a fabulous woodburning stove for those chilly nights in.

Take the stairs to reach the first floor, the landing is split-level, with either side leading you to a welcoming bedroom.

Choose from a well-presented double and a lovely twin bedroom, designed to accompany parties of all kinds.

A peaceful garden can be found to the front of The Cottage, sit here with a refreshing drink and soak up the sun whilst admiring the superb scenery surrounding you.

The Peak District National Park is right on your doorstep should you seek breath-taking walking and cycling paths, and a number of fascinating market towns and villages just waiting to be uncovered.

Ashbourne and Leek are both well worth a day of exploring, both boasting a fabulous range of eateries, restaurants and shops, housed in a range of attractive buildings.

A short drive will take you to the popular theme park of Alton Towers for a great day out.

An enticing barn conversion situated ideally for exploring this region of remarkable natural beauty.

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About the location


Ashbourne 7 miles; Leek 7 miles; Alton Towers 5 miles.

The village of 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 - now the scenic Manifold Cycle Track, which winds 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. Waterhouses offers a selection of shops, pubs and places to eat. The famous Alton Towers Theme Park is only a short drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas