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The Cottage

Waterhouses, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 980206)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "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.

    Reviewed by EmmaMay 2022

  • "Really great property at a great location."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 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 JohnMay 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 CaroleApr 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 EmmaApr 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 MichaelApr 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 JMar 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a lovely location"

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

    Reviewed by LornaMar 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 ColinFeb 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 MaureenJan 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 HelenDec 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 AnthonyNov 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 PeterJul 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 RobertJun 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 AndrewJun 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 FelicityJun 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 JanetMay 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 NealOct 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 BobOct 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 ColetteSep 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 BeverleySep 2020

  • "Went last year and enjoyed our stay."

    This year was even more enjoyable.

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 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 ChristineSep 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 MarkAug 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 MatthewAug 2020

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

    Reviewed by LouiseJul 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 DonnaFeb 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 EmmaFeb 2020

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

    Would highly recommend this location for a peaceful getaway.

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2019

  • "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 CharlotteDec 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 ChristopherNov 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 BNov 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 AlanSep 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 IanAug 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 RichardAug 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 PaulineJul 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 FJul 2019

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

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 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 GaryMay 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 NicolaApr 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 SeanApr 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 RobertMar 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 PatriciaMar 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 ArshamNov 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 RobertNov 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 ClaireOct 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 SueSep 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 KarenSep 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 JamieAug 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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