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Slade Cottage

Ilam, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 998681)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great stay."

    Slade Cottage was comfortable and beautiful and the Ilam area was a lovely place for our four adult family and two dogs to spend a long weekend. The cake and fizz were gratefully received and we are all very happy with our stay in this lovely place. Everything about it was a joy thank you.

    Reviewed by JoannaAug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    A very comfortable, well appointed cottage. We enjoyed our stay immensely, whether sipping a glass of wine on the sunny patio or exploring the sights of Derbyshire. A great find.

    Reviewed by HilaryJul 2022

  • "What a wonderful cottage!"

    ! We had a lovely time in Slade Cottage which is decorated beautifully and probably the best cottage we have stayed at for facilities, seriously everything you could want is there, a proper home from home, even a smart TV for the rainy days of which we had a few!!! The layout of the property is lovely with the lounge on the first floor, we loved watching the birds and squirrels on the bird feeder. The Victoria Sponge on arrival was fabulous, never tasted a cake like it, thanks Julie!!! For dog owners like us the cottage is great, just one downside which was our fault as we didn't read the listing properly, the garden is neither private or enclosed so just something to be aware of if you have a grumpy dog like one of ours! This didn't cause an issue we just needed to be aware that the odd person has access to walk past the cottage. Slade Cottage is an annex of a larger rental property Slade House which again I wasn't aware of from the listing although the layout is as such that you still have maximum privacy and wasn't a problem at all. We will definitely be visiting again although next time we will consider staying at Slade House the larger property just for the enclosed garden. Thank you John and Julie for a fabulous cottage for our holiday and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2022

  • "We greatly enjoyed our stay at Slade Cottage, the welcome given us by the Oxtobys and their concern that everything was to our satisfaction."

    The isolated situation with beautiful surrounding countryside was exactly what we wanted. The upstairs sitting-room was a delight for evening reading and TV viewing. The very well-provided kitchen met all our needs. Slad Cottage is to be highly recommended.

    Reviewed by DudleyJul 2022

  • "This was our second time staying at Slade Cottage, it has everything that you need, very comfortable and homely."

    Great outdoor space dogs loved the freedom. Would definitely recommend. It is very rural but we loved the peace and quiet. Julie and John are a lovely couple and made us feel very welcome. The welcome pack of milk, proseco and the delicious Victoria sponge cake was very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by KenJun 2022

  • "We loved this beautiful cottage so clean and comfortable and felt so at home."

    The location is amazing with walks direct from the cottage and well placed for trips out. Also the cake was one of the best we’ve ever tasted!

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    The owners Julie and John very welcoming. Perfect for our Labrador Ruby as she could run in the fields and had a great time . Would highly recommend this cottage and hope to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by GwendaMay 2022

  • "Slade cottage is set in beautiful countryside and is ideal for visiting local ..."

    Slade cottage is set in beautiful countryside and is ideal for visiting local attractions and walks such as Ilam park and Dovedale steps we would recommend to friends and family

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2022

  • "We had a very pleasant stay and the weather was kind which helped."

    The cottage is in a very pretty location with the owners living in the great barn on site. They were there if needed and came across to say hello and to check all was ok. The milk, bottle of Prosecco and the Victoria sponge were very much appreciated. Just bear in mind there is no popping to the local shop for bread as the cottage is quite remote which is its charm so bring some supplies to last a few days. The nearest supermarket is in Ashbourne as far as I could tell. All in all a very nice stay, thanks John and Julie

    Reviewed by JulieApr 2022

  • "Lovely spot middle of nowhere perfect just the sound of sheep in the distance great for a walking holiday."

    Very clean and a lovely cake on arrival and milk in the fridge 10 out of 10

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2022

  • "A fantastic location and we enjoyed being able to walk on footpaths straight from the cottage."

    It was very nicely furnished and we had a really enjoyable few days. Thank you.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2022

  • "Superb. The best cottage we have ever stayed in because of it's character and fairly remote, peaceful position."

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2022

  • "Wow we had a fantastic stay at Slade cottage."

    The cottage is beautiful with lots of character, warm and cosy after long winter walks. Fantastic walks straight from the doorstep, we had lots of snow for two days which made it even more perfect! . The cottage has everything you need, the owner Julie was really friendly and welcoming, and baked us a lovely Victoria sponge which we thoroughly enjoyed, also a bottle of Prosecco and flowers which was a very kind. Our dog Rolo also loved it he is worn out with all the walks! We would love to return here again in the near future…….perfect!

    Reviewed by ZoeJan 2022

  • "A superb base for a wonderful winter break."

    Slade Cottage is in the perfect location. It is cosy with great use of the space to maximise the living areas. Extremely clean and well appointed. It has everything you need for a self-catering break. The cottage is annexed by another holiday let but we had total privacy and no outside noise. There is a great little courtyard which would be ideal for BBQs etc in the warmer months. All the properties on this site are visually stunning and the owners must work really hard to keep it so pristine. The wider area offer some stunning landscape to explore and has close access to The Manifold Way. It’s a winner for serious walkers and like us, less accomplished ramblers. Julie the host sent us a friendly, informative email before our break and left us a very tasty cake on arrival. Other than that, we were left to relax and enjoy our little holiday in this idyllic spot.

    Reviewed by MartinDec 2021

  • "When we arrived at Slade House, the surrounding land was covered in a blanket of snow it was extremely picturesque."

    We enjoyed a complimentary bottle of bubbly whilst waiting for our Waitrose delivery. Slade House is the most tranquil & peaceful environment to truly unwind from a busy life. We enjoyed every aspect of the cottage from the cute little windows that let in winter air, to the fireplace with an abundance of fire logs set next to it. On our first night we went for an evening walk amongst the thousands of vividly bright stars, it truly is a magical place. The following day, the children played outside in a very safe environment. They enjoyed the company of two labradors, sheep, cows and acres of land to run around. We visited in the December month, during our stay John and Julie were extremely accommodating by erecting a Christmas tree in the cottage. The tree added to the ambience, and my younger daughter and Julie decorated it. I can’t wait to book next year's trip and enjoy Slade cottage once again.

    Reviewed by AaronDec 2021

  • "The cottage is very warm and cosy, cake and Prosecco on arrival is a lovely touch, the owners are very friendly and helpful, we will definitely visit again in the future."

    Reviewed by RoyDec 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in fabulous surroundings."

    Everything we could want from a cottage holiday was there. The quality of the furnishings and equipment was exceptional. Julie and John were lovely and very helpful. We will definitely be back. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JacquelynnNov 2021

  • "Owners were fantastic start to finish with us and we had a great stay!"

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2021

  • "An amazing weeks stay at Slade cottage."

    Beautiful location and such friendly owners! The facilities are superb. Will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by CarianneSep 2021

  • "Great cottage and setting."

    As the cottages are around half a mile off the road it is very quiet and lots of walks from the property. Julie the owner is very friendly and baked us a lovely cake for our arrival.

    Reviewed by DSep 2021

  • "Choosing Sykes has been an all round good experience."

    Reviewed by DuncanJul 2021

  • "The property was lovely inside and out and we were greeted by Julie who was very helpful and had baked us a delicious cake and left a bottle of bubbly, some flowers, tea coffee and milk."

    The property was well equipped and peaceful. The walks in the area were beautiful and if you wanted to you could walk straight from the footpaths leading from the grounds. Our dog loved his walking holiday and so did we. Would come back again .

    Reviewed by LisaJul 2021

  • "Slade Cottage is delightful."

    A charming, well appointed gem with caring owners who strive and succeed in going the extra mile without being intrusive. The rural setting is remote, peaceful and stunning. We loved it as did our two golden retrievers.

    Reviewed by MarianJul 2021

  • "Beautiful comfy cottage set on a lovely farm well away from everything!"

    Friendly owners who go out of their way to make your stay as good as possible. Well placed for exploring Dovedale and further afield.

    Reviewed by KateJul 2021

  • "Beautiful countryside & views with stunning scenery everywhere."

    A great variety of birds on the bird feeders. The owners, who live on site, are lovely.

    Reviewed by AndyJun 2021

  • "This cottage is a hidden gem in the most stunning area."

    Very cosy and comfy.Julie came to welcome us and had baked a lovely cake .also milk in fridge and bottle of wine.stunning views from the cottage and great walks.highly recommend this place for peace and quiet .stunning sunsets just on the driveway.

    Reviewed by MichelleJun 2021

  • "This cottage was warm and cosy, useful as it rained every day!"

    I had my 2 dogs with me and the area around the cottage were brilliant for dog walking. The owner lives on site and that is helpful too. I did mention to the owner that a couple of road signs would be a help in finding the farm, we had to ask in Ilam.

    Reviewed by RosemaryMay 2021

  • "Apart from the weather the location was fantastic the scenery beautiful and so fresh and green this time of the year with lots of new born lambs and calves."

    Ideal location for walking. Julie welcomed us with a lovely homemade cake a bottle of Prosecco and a vase of gorgeous Flowers. The Cottage and facilities are of a high standard I would highly recommend Slade Cottage. Mavis ashcroft

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Lovely clean cottage, a nice gesture of and freshly baked cakes and bottle of Prosecco on arrival."

    Lovely stay

    Reviewed by SimonOct 2020

  • "Slade Cottage was perfect."

    Spacious yet cosy, stunning landscape outside the door and Julie was a wonderful host. She gave us a wonderful welcome of Prosecco, brownies, cake and flowers and was always on hand if we needed her. We would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by ShopieOct 2020

  • "Wonderful quiet location with stunning scenic walks all around the cottage."

    Incredible views including Dovedale within a few steps in adjoining fields. Hosts are very professional including taking all pandemic precautions seriously but remain caring, friendly and shared interesting local knowledge which contributed greatly to our stay for a week. Also recommend Slade House, same location and high quality accommodation but substantially bigger.

    Reviewed by PhillipOct 2020

  • "Very welcoming and friendly owners, Julie and John, not intrusive but were there if needed."

    Thoughtful arrival goodies, milk, prosseco and especially the lovely homemade Victoria Sponge Cake. Very well equipped and had everything we needed, dish cloths, tea towels, washing up liquid, tea, coffee, dishwasher tablets, toilet roll, towels, soap and hand sanitizer. Very quiet and peaceful location. Brilliant for dog walks on the door steps. We enjoyed a very relaxing holiday and would stay here again.

    Reviewed by KenSep 2020

  • "Stunning location, better than expected."

    Beautiful cottage. Comfortable, warm, secluded with beautiful views.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2020

  • "We were delighted with the cottage and communication with the owners was clear, timely and very helpful."

    However, an almost total lack of communication with Sykes has been hugely disappointing. I understand Covid-19 placed immeasurable pressures on operations, but I received no response to my emails requesting possible date change, accommodation change or cancellation. An automated response requested patience and understanding, which I gave, only to find the full balance was debited from my account without discussion. I was unable to get through via telephone (despite waiting for up to 50 minutes). Shortly before our departure, I finally managed to speak to a representative, to discover that emails regarding our booking had been sent to the wrong email address - human error on behalf of Sykes. I believe someone may have tried to get in touch as I received a voicemail three days before our departure - no message or apology, just a request to call back - which I tried but after 10 minutes wait, I gave up. A simple acknowledgement and apology that service provided was below expectations would have gone a long way. At no time has Sykes showed any interest in the fact that I requested a change to the booking. Dismal service.

    Reviewed by TrishaAug 2020

  • "An absolutely lovely cottage, well equipped and appointed, and with stunning views and sense of seclusion."

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2020

  • "Slade Cottage is charming and our host was very kind and accommodating."

    Our two boys (ages 3 and 6) loved exploring this peaceful farm and its surrounding fields. A wonderful break and we'd definitely book again.

    Reviewed by JoshJul 2020

  • "The cottage was cozy and welcoming."

    A welcoming bottle of Prosecco and milk, along with some chocolate brownies. The woodstove was lovely in the evening, with a good supply of logs available. Location was perfect for dog walking, and the views spectacular. Owner checked on us on the first evening, but then we had the place to ourselves.

    Reviewed by GemmaMar 2020

  • "Comfy, cosy cottage which was always warm on arrival back from our winter walks."

    Ideal for dogs with tiled warm kitchen for them to get dry and have a sleep before coming upstairs to the very spacious living room. The bath was massive and hot water in abundance. Quiet and fairly remote with a long 0.5m country bumpy driveway...a real getaway with stunning sunrises.

    Reviewed by KateDec 2019

  • "We had a most enjoyable holiday in spite of the weather."

    The cottage was remote, with beautiful countryside and walks, which is what we wanted. The living accommodation was excellent with lovely soft beds and pillows, In fact we couldn't fault it in any way. We were greeted with a lovely vase of flowers, cake, milk and a bottle of wine. I would recommend this farm cottage and location if you are looking for somewhere comfortable and quiet, but sadly cannot guarantee the weather.

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2019

  • "Slade Cottage was everything we were expecting and more, the location was lovely and the cottage itself was spotless."

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2019

  • "Very friendly owners, informative about local sights and birdlife."

    Lovely to have brownies, prosecco and milk left for our arrival, as well as fresh flowers. Lovely area and walks, and some good pubs - try the Jervis Arms at Onecote. The drive to the cottage does take you off the beaten track, and the single track roads can be a pain if you meet anything, although luckily the passing places are reasonably frequent. Cottage itself is very pleasant and comfortable with lovely quiet space outside.

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage, hidden away in the countryside surrounded by fields, so very peaceful."

    Well equipped cottage and very comfortable with everything you need for your stay. Would recommend this accommodation highly, and would love to go back.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2019

  • "Fabulous place."

    Lovely hosts. Very welcoming. They loved our dogs. Very dog friendly. Acted prompt when couple of things broke. Very good starting location for lots of places to visit. Didn't have to drive more than 45mins anywhere to find beautiful attractions.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2019

  • "This is a lovely old stone cottage refurbished to a high standard."

    Spaceous outdoor area for sitting and the dog to run around. Nice welcome from Julie and the welcome pack was appreciated and all the basics were provided. Would definitely recommend this cottage and would love to come back when the rain stops!!! Thank you.

    Reviewed by FionaJun 2019

  • "A lovely cottage on top of the moors with fantastic views, saves a lot of uphill walking."

    Great walks from the cottage, very dog friendly. The cottage is warm and comfortable with everything we needed. Hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by GillMay 2019

  • "We absolutely loved the cottage; its location, space, facilities and how warm & cosy it was."

    We all enjoyed the chocolate brownies and bottle of Prosecco which were left for us.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "Lovely accommodation."

    Comfortable, spacious and warm. Beautiful area. Friendly and helpful owner.Lovely welcome provisions. Wine , chocolate brownies and milk. Tea and coffee. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2019

  • "We found the cottage to be very comfortable and relaxing, the log burner stove was a nice feature which made the lounge cosy."

    There are several good walks that you can start and finish at the cottage. We would be looking to make another booking later in the year.

    Reviewed by RodMar 2019

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  • Over two floors
  • Two bedrooms; 1 x ground floor twin (zip/link beds) with en-suite including a bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size bedroom (zip/link beds) with en-suite, including a WC and basin
  • First floor sitting room with woodburning fire
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Patio area to the rear of the property
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop within 5 miles

The property

Slade Cottage is a delightful property, resting on Slade House Farm, near the rural village of Ilam in the Staffordshire Peak District.

Oozing a sense of character throughout, this cottage promises a superb getaway with all of the family.

Upon entering the stone-built cottage, you are welcomed into a traditional-feel kitchen, boasting charming exposed beams and an original feature cooker.

Completing the ground floor is a quaint twin bedroom, offering an en-suite, where you can soak within the relaxing bath tub after a busy day exploring the area.

If you fancy an evening in, head upstairs to the cosy sitting room, where plush sofas sit in front of a comforting woodburning fire.

Continuing to impress is the second bedroom within the property, where you will find a spacious king-size double bedroom, with its own en-suite WC.

During the summer, you will be delighted with the garden area, where you can take in the picturesque landscape.

The nearby Ilam Park, offers you a superb space to wonder the woodland walks and appreciate the breath-taking scenery.

Also close by is Dovedale, which is a wonderful countryside location, hosting everything from leisurely strolls or a more challenging stepping stone route, if you are feeling brave.

Alternatively, under an hour’s drive is the city of Derby, where you will find a wealth of restaurants, pubs, cafes and shops to explore, in addition to attractions including Derwent Valley Mills, Kedleston Hall and Donington Park.

You also have Alton Towers nearby, and day trips to Buxton, Bakewell and Matlock are not to be missed.

Discover a plethora of walking, cycling and outdoor adventure from this wonderful base in the Peak District.

Slade Cottage is a charming base for a relaxing getaway with the family.

This property can be booked with ref 998679 and 998680 making a total of 14 people.

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About the location


Ashbourne 5 miles; Stoke-on-Trent 22.2 miles

This picturesque village lies beside the River Manifold, among the limestone hills of the Staffordshire Peak District. Brushing borders with Derbyshire, close to the famous Dovedale valley, this village boasts a historic church and pretty, Alpine-style cottages. Ilam Park, owned by the National Trust, is the perfect place to picnic or stroll with your families and four-legged friends, boasting a riverside backdrop and popular tea-room garden for all to enjoy the year-round. The neo-Gothic Ilam Hall is a stately home now housing a youth hostel within the grounds, as sheep graze peacefully in the open grassland. The views stretch for miles across the Italian Gardens and a challenging circular walk leads you through 10 miles of stunning scenery, taking in Thor's Cave and Wetton village. About five miles away, at the southern end of the Peak District, is the quintessential English market town of Ashbourne, with narrow cobbled alleys, coaching inns and almshouses. There are many restaurants and pubs to choose from, as well as antique shops. For those seeking a thrill from rollercoaster rides, Alton Towers is easily reached from here and further afield you have the cities of Derby and Nottingham. A wonderful location for your next adventure.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas