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Downsdale Cottage

(Ref. 4190)

Quarnford and Flash near Buxton, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "There was no hot water at the property which the owner was aware off, this just meant we had to boil the kettle to wash up etc, which wasn't too much of a problem."

    The owner told us how to boost the hot water system but we kept forgetting to do it! The cottage was abit chilly when we arrived but the owner provided a plentiful supply of coal and kindling which meant the property soon warmed up and we could have a lovely coal fire each evening which made the cottage really cosy. It would be helpful to have a coffee table in the lounge as we had to put drinks etc on the floor. A few scatter cushions and throws would make the cottage even more cosy! It was a lovely cosy cottage, with lots of good walks on the door step. We didn't need to use the car. Loved the dark skies, meant we could spend an evening star gazing. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.4Mar 2024

  • "We had a great time at the cottage everything was as it said it was very clean ..."

    We had a great time at the cottage everything was as it said it was very clean and comfortable we will be coming back in December this year for my fathers birthday and we hope we will be able to book for 2 weeks it’s a very pleasant cottage and the owners are exceptional

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Nov 2023

  • "We were greeted on arrival and given a quick tour of the property."

    The cottage was lovely. Plenty of space for everyone. Heaters worked to keep the cottage nice and warm. The setting is so peaceful, down a farm road, but very handy location for exciting the area. Just bring a paper map or atlas to start you off as there's no signal or WiFi (which I loved! My two pre-teens played board games and joined in conversations!)

    Glad you enjoyed your break Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2023

  • "Comfortable cosy cottage in an ideal location for walks from the cottage."

    Nice views from both front and can hear and watch curlews and skylarks from the windows. The pictures don’t do it justice, it has a dining area with large table. We would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Mar 2023

  • "Overall the owner was lovely as was the cottage and the location."

    We noted a few minor issues, the lighting could be brighter in the property as it was quite dark even with the lights on. The shower was quite weak with flow quality and it was a bit of a struggle to get a “quick” shower. There was some type of water flow system that draws water or fills up during the night in the double bedroom which did wake the husband and baby at different times during the week. Other than that we enjoyed our stay and the break from Wi-Fi and mobile phones

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Dec 2022

  • "A beautiful property in a beautiful location."

    Had everything we needed for our stay, and the property was very clean throughout. Owners were very helpful and charming. Google maps is a bit misleading as it takes you to another location (not owners fault), but if id read the how to get here instructions on booking confirmation we'd have found the place first A lovely place to stay, hoping to go back in the future. Thanks

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Jul 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings"

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2022

  • "I really can't fault the cottage at all."

    It was utterly spotless, comfortable and in a stunning location.

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was more than adequate, the location was ideal for Buxton and the surrounding areas."

    We had a lovely holiday experience can't complain about anything.

    Reviewed by Carlton4.7Aug 2021

  • "We loved our stay at Downsdale Cottage."

    The house was very clean, comfortable and had everything you may need for home from home comforts. We loved the fact that the cottage was set in such quiet and peaceful location, the lack of signal and wi-fi helped us switch off and connect as a family. The location in brilliant for exploring this beautiful national park.

    Reviewed by Ewa5.0May 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    It was a great out of the way location for us. Beautiful scenery and will be great in the summer. The owners are really friendly and we would highly recommend this cottage for some badly needed peace and tranquility.

    Reviewed by Timothy/Patrica5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage itself was spotlessly clean both inside and out, considering it's in a farm location, and better than we expected."

    If you were buying, you could move in so to speak. The owners, who lived next door were very helpful too. The location is very remote, walking to the local pub not an option, though plenty of on-site walks and cycling trails on wonderful open moorland. Our only issue (which for many we suppose would be a godsend), was the fact that there was no wifi, no mobile phone service, and the TV signal was poor to non existant. Though we were expecting these issues, to be without, came as a shock to the system, as we did have a medical issue, so not having access to a phone etc was a concern. However this is not a criticism. The farm had one of those scatty sheepdogs called Nellie who constantly wanted us to throw a deflated football so she could retrieve it for us. There was also a newly arrived kitten so new it had yet to be named. A lovely time, in a lovely cottage, in a wonderful location. On a negative note, the GOOGLEMAP picture directions which accompanied 'how to get to!' was a good mile off. We went to the location suggested in person, and although the farm looked similar to the aerial photo it was hopelessly wrong. Anyone arriving after dark or in poor weather would be seriously cheesed off. We think it's a googlemap issue as our own farm confirmed the postcode was correct, but the farm we were sent too was not in that postcode. *** We are happy for you to publish our observations but would like to remain anonymous. Thank You ***

    Reviewed by Gordon4.4Sep 2020

  • "The bathroom / shower needs upgrade."

    Shower just a dribble with soggy shower curtain which also leaked onto bathroom floor Issue with tv also which kept losing signal in wet/windy weather Front door would benefit from a thick curtain or something to keep out the draft? On plus side very well equipped kitchen, comfy beds and excellent heating system - as we were there at Christmas and very cold outside !

    Reviewed by Sally3.8Dec 2019

  • "Our first experience of a Self Catering Cottage could not have been better!"

    Both my wife and myself thoroughly enjoyed the quiet country life for a few days without the distractions of phones and WiFi! The cottage itself was extremely clean, well maintained and fully equipped. The surroundings and the local countryside walks were so beautiful. A hot cup of tea in front of an open fire after a 3.5hr hike in wet weather was just bliss! As a minor improvement: considering the lack of internet and therefore unable to plan local walks once there, perhaps pre-prepared LOCAL walk routes (or other activities) could be made available in the hut for the visitors. But the hosts were very hospitable and helpful, the location was convenient and the countryside was beautiful! What more can one ask for as a get away from stressful life! Would definitely go again, and this time with the whole family

    Reviewed by Aaqib5.0Nov 2019

  • "The Cottage was in a great position, just far enough away from the main road for the peace and quiet that we wanted."

    The owner of the Cottage was very welcoming on arrival and met our needs. We had to cut our holiday short because of my wife’s health, but had a few great days exploring the area despite the weather.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Sep 2019

  • "Pretty ideal location."

    All the old railway lines and other routes for cycling easily accessible. Walking either on doorstep (3 shires head, Ramshaw rocks, …) or close by. Pub less than 1 mile did good food and beer. Mainly avoided Buxton due to A6 roadworks but Leek only a few miles down the road. No internet nor mobile reception at cottage but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    Reviewed by Ian3.8Sep 2019

  • "Very nice location, 5 Miles from Buxton and Leek."

    Owner was very nice. Also the farms dog was very friendly, our boys loved playing with it. Would book again if we decided to return to the peak district.

    Reviewed by Owen4.7Aug 2019

  • "Very friendly cottage owner who greeted us on arrival."

    The sheepdog kept our grandchild entertained for hours. Wonderful view across the moors.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in amazing surroundings."

    Close to the towns of Buxton and leek. Exceeded expectations:)

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Jul 2019

  • "If you want a quiet and peaceful holiday this cottage is the place to stay it is situated in an ideal spot for travelling around Leek and Buxton areas."

    Just returned from our second visit but will definitely be returning, nice friendly owners make you feel very welcome to their lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Mirelle5.0Jul 2019

  • "The hosts were incredibly friendly and helpful whilst also giving us the privacy to enjoy our stay."

    The accommodation is set a beautiful location which overlooks fields, giving a stunning view to wake up to and is a perfect base for hiking/walking or just relaxing. The actual annex accommodation was immaculately clean and had everything you could possibly want for a short stay - or even longer. The kitchen was well equipped and the living room and bedrooms were extremely comfortable. Washing up liquid/sponges, laundry powder, toilets rolls etc were all provided. There is no Wi-fi at the premises - it was NOT an issue for us as we had checked beforehand - but worth knowing in advance if you plan on using mobile devices for phone calls/texts/maps/local amenities etc - you would need to move to a place where you could get a signal... eg the local town. We honestly loved this place

    Reviewed by Isabelle5.0Jul 2019

  • "Cottage in a beautiful spot, with many lovely walks nearby."

    Owners very helpful and are there if you have any problems. 7 miles from Buxton a beautiful town with lots of interesting architecture. Cottage is in an area whereby you can reach lots of interesting places such as Chatsworth, Crich Tram Museum, Cromford village etc , without having to spend hours in travelling time. Scenery in the immediate area is beautiful and I think is equal to the Lake District or even Scotland, we will certainly return to the area again.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7May 2019

  • "Very nice quiet location, ideal for a walking holiday base."

    Cottage was well equipped and comfortable. Helpful, friendly owners. Until the coal fire got going we found that the downstairs storage heater was not quite adequate for the unusually cold weather during our stay. The owners provided us with an additional electric heater which improved the situation. The heating was fine upstairs. We would definitely use this cottage again

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7May 2019

  • "Cosy cottage in beautiful surroundings, helpful & friendly owners."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2019

  • "Had a great break at this lovely cottage."

    Brilliant location with good access to The Roaches, Mam Tor and Dovedale - all within 1/2 hour. Even though it is close to A53 for access it still felt remote and was very peaceful. Cottage has a beautiful coal fire with free coal, is well equipped, bigger than expected there is also a dining room not shown in the pics, was spotlessly clean and has great views. Was a bit quirky in places which was fine - it’s old and so for instance some doors needed a shove to close but this added to the character - overall was very relaxing and homely. This cottage would get top marks from us but we had one issue that we found the 2 single mattress a bit uncomfy - prob fine for kids but not supportive enough for adults. Main bed was fine.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.4Feb 2019

  • "Lovely people, great secluded location, log fire and friendly collie who wants to play."

    ..a super place. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Vicky4.4Feb 2019

  • "We had a lovely time away here at the cottage, would definitely recommend staying here."

    Location was perfect and our hosts were more then welcoming.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Nov 2018

  • "Yes you need more photos of the cottage and a more upto date list of equipment i."

    E it says tv videos really in 2018 the cottage has a hd tv with freesat freeview.....the skyes description and photos dont do this charming cottage justice

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Aug 2018

  • "Third visit to this cottage, still meets all expectations, very friendly owners, great location and will be returning"

    Reviewed by Darrell4.6Jul 2017

  • "All was well and fine."

    It was a quiet nice place and perfect for us.

    Reviewed by Georg4.8Jul 2017

  • "Really nice Cottage."

    Good location for hiking photography etc,very quiet.Owners are very friendly.

    Reviewed by Steven4.8Mar 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with open fire and sofa bed.
  • Electric storage heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with video, stereo, selection of books and games
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with small lawn with swing and slide, patio area with furniture and fantastic countryside views
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

The property

Quarnford and Flash 1 mile.

A lovely barn conversion with wonderful views over the surrounding Staffordshire and Derbyshire countryside, next door to the owners' home, on a smallholding farm with hens and sheep, 1 mile from the pretty village of Flash, the highest village in Britain, and 7 miles from the historic spa town of Buxton.

Full of charm, this Peak District cottage has been lovingly converted, with a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and a cosy sitting room with open fire.

The enclosed Peak District cottage garden is a wonderful place to play and dine, and children will love the swing and slide.

Enjoy beautiful walks through the surrounding footpaths, cycling on the nearby Manifold Trail, or a sightseeing tour of the Peak District National Park.

Alternatively, test your nerve at thrilling Alton Towers!

This Peak District cottage is an ideal base to get away from it all and enjoy a country break.

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About the location


Buxton 7 miles; Leek 7 miles.

Flash is a tiny village in the Staffordshire Moorlands district of the Peak District, between the market towns of Buxton and Leek and is also at 1518 ft above sea level, is the highest village in Britain. Flash is situated in some of the most picturesque and unspoilt areas of the Peak District countryside. With an air of peace and tranquillity, Flash is in a great location to enjoy the full extent of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the rest of the Peak District. Nearby Tittesworth Reservoir is situated in superb scenery, has a wonderful children's playground and visitors centre, and is a delight for walkers, cyclists and bird watchers. Nearby, the 'Manifold Trail' follows the route of the old Leek to Manifold Light Railway, while golf, horse riding, cycling and sailing are all available within 7 miles. Enjoy a day out at Alton Towers or visit the impressive Chatsworth House and the historic town of Buxton. Also within easy reach are Matlock Bath and Carsington Water, while further afield is the market town of Ashbourne.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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