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73 Ravensdale Cottages

(Ref. 906397)

Ravensdale near Cressbrook, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • location (24)
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52 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a really relaxing short stay in this idyllic cottage."

    Fantastic location for peace and quiet and walks straight out of the front door. Well equipped for eating in and close to some very good foody pubs with a short drive. The garden would be fantastic in sunny weather with views of a high crag and river and the associated wildlife.Would highly recommend for a short break. Very good communication from the owner before arrival.

    Thanks for the feedback, always appreciated! I often wonder if the ‘essay’ I send through to guests for key collection, parking, unloading and what I like to call the ‘quirks’ of such an historic building are of any use! To others booking, please note, if you book via an agency and not directly through Sykes, I am unable to send e mails to your guest booking address, so please do call me if you don’t hear, or e mail on and I will send all the information through. Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clive4.4Apr 2024

  • "A lovely cottage with all the facilities we could wish."

    The cottage is listed and you need to bear with its individuality. The kitchen is well equipped and easy to use, the bedroom comfortable and roomy, the bathroom is excellent. We found the lounge cozy and comfortable. We thought a light near the front door would help, perhaps a standing lamp. I should mention the lovely handmade furniture, which is unique and has some lbeautiful carving, The garden is characterful. If you struggle with steps then this is not the property for you but we loved it.

    Thank you so much for your feedback, so glad you loved Ravensdale. You are correct, being constructed in 1820 and subsequently being grade 2 listed, 73 does have a few idiosyncrasies, thanks for your understanding! Also, I am thrilled you noticed the furniture, it was designed and made by my husband, John Chalmers-Brown when we had our cabinetmaking business and since John died, it is very close to my heart! The steps and stairs - challenging to say the least, but the internal staircase is the original, so…….. My advice: Take them slowly, watch your footing and most of all, mind your head, use the hand rail - all will be well! Thanks again, Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Mar 2024

  • "This is great find in a wonderful quiet location."

    Debra could not have been more helpful when the snow intervened during our stay! We look forward to making a return visit some day.

    Ravensdale is still beautiful in the snow - maybe not that much snow! More than happy to help. Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony4.7Dec 2023

  • "The owner deceptively failed to notify me that building work was being carried out immediately outside the property which was sold to me on the grounds that it is peaceful."

    She then compounded this deception by lying to Sykes about trying to contact me to make amends when in fact she had avoided eye contact with me on the first day (she lives next door and I was in the garden when she returned from work) and did not respond to my email. Neither the owner or Sykes can be trusted on description or customer service.

    This guest has been responded to privately. If you have any concerns after reading the comments, please do feel free to get in touch with me directly on Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Candace1.6Sep 2023

  • "73 Ravensdale is in a picture perfect location and absolutely idyllic."

    We would definitely return. We had everything we needed in the cottage, although it took us a day to locate all the crockery as much of it had been left clean in the dishwasher... didn't think to look there initially. The owner provided detailed instructions which were helpful in navigating around the idiosyncrasies of an older property. The property has a really pretty back garden which is a lovely place to sit at any time of day, particularly with the towering rock, making it such a strikingly beautiful place to be, and there is a lovely old woodland literally next to the cottages. It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere and yet we were only a couple of miles from several local villages, including the lovely Red Lion at Litton

    So sorry the cleaning team left the pots in the dish washer, new team, I have reminded them to check each week, so hopefully this won’t happen again - apologies! Glad my ‘essay’ of hints and tips was useful, a property as old as 73 does have a few quirks! I have said it many times before, but Ravensdale is a truly special place, I am delighted you had the chance to share it too. Hope to see you again! Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.4Aug 2023

  • "If you are looking for something a bit unusual in your holiday cottage, then Ravensdale Cottage is for you, nestled in a Beautiful valley, so peaceful, it was like stepping back in time."

    A well equipped, very clean and cosy cottage. Lots of lovely walks nearby and handy for a visit to Bakewell. The Monsal trail was good for walking and bike riding. We will certainly be going back for another visit

    Thank you for your feedback, so glad you were able to appreciate the tranquility of Ravensdale. The atmosphere in the valley is different and delightful in every season of the year. I look forwards to being able to welcome you back for a return stay. Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Royston4.7Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in this very special spot."

    It was so quiet and peaceful and, coming from a busy city, it was wonderful to hear nothing but birds singing all day long. Debra was very helpful - her directions, instructions and suggestions were all very welcome and she responded quickly to any queries we had. This is a magical place...we've never experienced anywhere like this before and hope to return one day!

    So glad that you too found the magic of Ravensdale. It is an incredible place, Ravensdale and I look forwards to welcoming you back one day. Maybe in a different season, they can all be spectacular down here, I can never choose a favourite! Thanks for taking the time to submit your feedback, Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely historical cottage in very tranquil surroundings."

    Very cosy and well equipped being an excellent base camp for local walks, visiting local towns and land marks.

    Glad you enjoyed staying in 73! It’s a special place for me and I love to be able to share my ‘hideaway’ with like minded people. It seems so far from ‘real life’, yet it’s only a short drive from, shops, major attractions and some of the most fabulous walking routes in the country. Thanks for booking, hope to be able to welcome you back one day! Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Jun 2023

  • "I've nothing to say that hasn't already been said about this peaceful, quiet, historic, clean and comfortable cottage."

    We loved it!

    Thank you for the great feedback! It was a delight to have you share ‘my’ valley, hope to be able to welcome you back again one day. Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Jun 2023

  • "A perfect cottage for 2, if you want a peaceful break 'away from it all' and to contact with nature."

    The cottage is very clean and well equipped for all your comforts of home, yet has so much beautiful, authentic, character, inside and outside, with a lovely, organic style garden and patio area. It's location is secluded and very quiet, with only birdsong, and the occasional walker passing through on the nearby public footpath through the woods. If you do need to connect with the world the WiFi at the cottage is good, yet once outside, the mobile phone signal in the valley is not. This is quite liberating though if you don't want to be attached to it all the time, but advise to do your research and route planning while I side the cottage before venturing out. Otherwise the area is beautiful to explore on foot as there are lots if interesting and lovely walks locally and if you want to be ture further by car, there are lots of laces to visit within a short drive away. The owner is very informative and helpful, yet gives you privacy during your stay, even though she lives next door, which is useful, if needed. A delightful stay, would go again.

    So glad you loved Ravensdale, it really is such a special place to live - even if you only ‘live’ here for a short while. I am glad you enjoyed your privacy, guests are always welcome to chat to me, or ask me questions about the cottage, the area - most things! However, I do always try and keep a ‘low profile’ and respect the privacy of anyone staying in 73 Thanks for your great feedback, you would be very welcome to stay again Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely place to stay, location well off the beaten track and perfectly idyllic!"

    Host was very friendly and helpful, and cottage provided all we required for a very enjoyable holiday. Highly recommended.

    Super! Glad you had everything you needed for your stay. I do hope that you enjoyed my peaceful hide-away, it was a delight to share it with you, hope to be able to share again, maybe in autumn when the trees are stunning, or on a frosty winter morning. Thanks for taking the time to send feedback, Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jon5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Full of character. In secluded peaceful location. Ideal for exploring Peak District. Walks from cottage doorstep. Monsal Trail nearby.

    Thank you! I often forget just how close to the Monsal trail 73 is! Somehow the valley manages to feel secluded and a private haven and yet is so close to the major Peak District attractions such as Bakewell, Ashford-in-the-Water, Monsal Head, Chatsworth and Haddon - come and explore! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great location, comfy cottage."

    Would prefer earlier arrival and later departure.

    Glad you were comfy and loved the location. You are very welcome to call my mobile on arrival day to check if an earlier arrival time is possible, (I will be in work, so not the land line!) If 73 has been cleaned, I am more than happy for guests to arrive a little earlier! The time constraints are set by the cleaning company, so I’m afraid check out time has to be 10am, especially on turn around days. I do understand what a wrench it is to leave Ravensdale! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2023

  • "The most enchanting space I've ever stayed!"

    The valley was peaceful, beautiful and full of wildlife. The kitchen was the best stocked I've ever seen in a self-catering holiday home for rent (all different serving spoons, dishes, sieves, graters, good knives as well as a microwave, toaster, dishwasher, oven and hobs in a cute little space). The table in the lounge can be extended to be a larger space for dinner or working and the wifi was great - easy multiple movie streaming and suitable as a work spot away from home. It is beautifully tucked away but a max 30 mins drive from most of the popular walks like Mam Tor, Bamford Edge. The cottage was also super clean, had great quality towels and sheets, and was cosy every night when we got back from a long day of walking. Last but not least - Debra has an excellent guest book in the cottage with every question you could possibly have answered including recommendations for the area. Will definitely be staying here again!

    Thank you! Great to hear you were comfortable and had such a good time. It is amazing how Ravensdale can seem to be so far from ‘normal life’ and yet it is really just tucked away and hidden in plain sight! The cottage may be 200 years old and tiny, but I agree, Ravensdale is a truly special place - if you allow it to be. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Isla5.0Mar 2023

  • "House was in a great location for walking the dales but that was it ."

    No tea, coffee milk or welcome pack so make sure you bring supplies as shop is a drive away also owner only supplies you with one toilet roll so bring extra. Old property that was covered in mould in every room kitchen and bedroom were so damp with black on the walls. Kitchen cupboards were dirty and dank. Cobwebs and general dirty feel in kitchen. Bathroom had urine all around the toilet on the floor

    Thanks for your feedback and I am so sorry you did not enjoy your stay. All I can say is that I have notified the cleaning company, usually the cottage is left squeaky clean I apologise. As I am next door, you would have been most welcome to knock and show me the issues perhaps I could have resolved them for you before you left. You will have seen from the reviews on Sykes and in the book in the cottage that normally guests really enjoy their stay. I am afraid that as 73 was built in 1823, the ventilation is not up to modern standards occasionally mould can build up on the windows, the cleaning company are asked to check and clean, again, I can only apologise they did not on this occasion. There are always 2 loo rolls left for guests, along with a supply of logs soap dish washer tablets etc, you are correct, there is no ‘welcome pack’ as such. the logs etc are seen as an alternative. The shops are a drive away that is part of the charm of Ravensdale, peace and quiet, hidden away in the woods yet a short drive to the market towns of Bakewell and Buxton. Thanks again for the feedback the issues raised have been resolved. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire1.9Feb 2023

  • "A great stay, I will definitely be back!"

    A storm happened and the roads were cleared very quickly and the views of the stars at night was great. Deborah was lovely too. Adam

    The ‘delights’ of rural living! Thanks for your patience waiting for the Council guys to clear the tree from the lane. Great reversing skills by the way! The stars are even more stunning on a frosty winter night and the summer meteor showers can be spectacular. Ravensdale is a special place, it was a pleasure to share it with you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Oct 2022

  • "Ideal location for peace and quiet."

    This lovely period cottage had all we needed for our stay. We enjoy walking and cycling and it gave us great access to the surrounding countryside and beautiful villages in the area. Would highly recommend this cottage and it is a credit to the owners.

    Thank you for such great feedback! So glad you enjoyed your stay in Ravensdale, it is a very special place. Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage had real character and charm."

    Brilliant for a get away from it all holiday!

    So glad you enjoyed your stay in Ravensdale! You are right, the cottages look like they should be a film set for a costume drama and are tucked away, yet not far from major tourist attractions and very close to beautiful walks and solitude. Best of both worlds! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful, cosy cottage with everything you would possibly need when away from home."

    Beautiful location, many walks right on the doorstep. Also as there is no light pollution it makes for a fabulous place to stargaze with a glass of wine, or whatever your tipple is.

    Wonderful to have you back in Ravensdale, so glad it was just as you had remembered - You are right about the stars, they can be stunning on a bright, frosty winter evening. We often see ‘shooting stars’ and the wolf moon was just unbelievable. Ravensdale is a truly special place at any time of the year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jan 2022

  • "A truly unique location and a quirky listed cottage."

    Would like to be there in the spring.

    Thanks for your feedback, the valley is stunning in spring, well worth a visit! When the leaves first begin to unfurl, they are a vivid lime green and the woodland floor is a carpet of bluebells, followed by the wild garlic flowers and then the wild orchids. You are correct, 73 is in a very unique location, it feels isolated and some people say it’s like stepping back in time, but isn’t that far from bustling market towns and major tourist attractions. I love it down here! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry3.8Dec 2021

  • "This is a beautiful cottage in a great location for walking."

    We had a fantastic holiday. The owner was very nice and helpful. Thank you!

    Thanks for taking the time to submit your feedback, much appreciated! So glad you enjoyed your stay and I hope that perhaps I can welcome you back to my beautiful hidden valley in spring when the woods are full of bluebells. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2021

  • "We were familiar with the cottages having spent our honeymoon in another cottage in the same row, some years before."

    It was a delight to return. Unlike the rest of Britain very little had changed in the intervening years. For two people No.73 is a perfect retreat and there is ample to enjoy either straight from the door or within a short travelling distance. If you want peace and quiet you can expect to find it here. The owls are lovely to hear at night. Thoroughly recommended. Nigel and Jacqui October 2021

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Oct 2021

  • "Ideal location for lots of walking, beautiful scenery."

    Central location for visiting populate areas - Bakewell, Eyam, Monsel Trail

    Reviewed by Rachel3.8Sep 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage, clean and tidy with everything we needed in a stunning part of the White Peak, with amazing scenic walks from the doorstep and set just outside one of the best nature reserves for limestone flora and scenery."

    So glad you enjoyed staying in 73. You are correct, the walks from the door are amazing - You have inspired me to do them more often! Hope to be able to welcome you back to my beautiful hidden valley again - maybe in winter, it’s glorious with a hard frost on the ground! Debra Property Owner

    Reviewed by D & Jo4.7Sep 2021

  • "Fab old cottage in a lovely remote quiet area."

    Go for this place if you like peace, quiet, character, history. Avoid if you like everything to be modern. I'm sure we'll stay here again. Area is great with the Monsal Trail nearby (good for walking or can hire cycles), not too far from the dark peaks as well, about 30 mins or so. Lots of walks down in the dales. Also some caves 35 mins or so away. Fabulous area overall, and lovely cottage. Really enjoyed staying here, had everything we needed. Recommend the Red Lion pub nearby, probably avoid the Anglers Rest.

    Reviewed by Ian1.3Aug 2021

  • "Very comfy pretty cottage set in the most wonderful countryside."

    Beautiful walk from cottage following the stream to the nature reserve. Enjoyed the birdsong and bonus to see the wildflowers in woodland. Cottage super. Wonderful place to escape to for a while.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0May 2021

  • "Wonderful quirky cottage - a marvellous mix of old and new."

    The owners live next door and were very welcoming and friendly - it was nice to know you could contact them so easily if needed. Loved that there was a dishwasher - gave my hubby a week off from washing up! An ideal spot for getting away from it all with many walks straight from the doorstep. I would love to return.

    Reviewed by Alyson4.7Apr 2021

  • "Remote and very peaceful."

    Fantastic walking right from the door. Car only needed for provisions and if you wanted to venture a little further out. Loads of places to visit nearby but with the current covid restrictions they weren't on our agenda. Cottage was small but adequate with a log burner for cosy night which we didn't use as the weather was good.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2020

  • "This was our second visit to the cottage numbered 73 Ravensdale."

    The cottage is in a lovely secluded part of the Peak District but within a short drive to pleasant villages or towns and within walking distance to lovely countryside. Nearby is the pleasant village of Ashford-in-the-Water, with its attractive cottages, a quaint Sheepwash Bridge and amidst wonderful rolling countryside that contain a range of walking routes. Nearer still is the magnificent Monsal Viaduct, once carrying trains from Buxton to Bakewell, and now part of the Monsal Trail, a traffic-free cycling route, also a popular route for hikers. Bakewell has an interesting outdoor market every Monday, and a variety of interesting shops, including a bakers selling the famous Bakewell Tarts, and delicious vegetarian Homity Pies! Buxton has some wonderful buildings, including the Opera House and the recently renovated Crescent, There is a delightful Country Park walk that starts in the centre of the town and includes a woodland, open countryside and super views of Buxton. The cottage is most pleasant and is in a perfect location to relax and recharge your batteries. Well furnished and comfortable lounge and bedroom, a small but well equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with a good shower facility, Best of all is the wood burning stove, including a free supply of logs and kindling, which makes a perfect evening after a day's hiking or cycling, particularly after a rainy and cold day.

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely quiet stay, very peaceful"

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful little cottage set in a very tranquil valley with lovely walks on the doorstep."

    Very comfortable cottage and well equipped kitchen. Stairs very steep but characterful. Lovely outdoor seating area to enjoy the views. Perfect retreat.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2020

  • "Perfect little cottage, very clean and cosy."

    Most of the time all we could hear was birdsong, which was lovely. Turns out that Little Owls can be a bit annoying in the middle of the night though!

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Jul 2020

  • "Amazing location it's quiet, secluded,peaceful and relaxing."

    Is in the middle of nowhere which was perfect and just what I was looking for. My partner and I went for a walk around the nature reserve which is just through the gate at the end of all the cottages. Very muddy but who minds mud when your outside in the fresh air. Few little villages within driving and walking distance. We went to the Red Lion in Litton which we drove to but you can walk. We had all the utensils and cooking equipment needed for our short weekend break, but would be ok for longer. There is a cupboard with games, DVDs and other bits and pieces in and also maps for walks in the area. Theres is a log fire in the living room which is nice but takes a while to get going and heat up to burn a log, would recommend getting extra kindling to get it going. Thanks for a great stay and look forward to visiting again. Only down side we had was the bed was a little uncomfortable and my partner ended up with back,neck and shoulder pain. But I do understand that the bed is personal preference and others may find it really comfortable.

    So glad that you enjoyed your stay in Ravensdale, thanks for the feedback. Do get in touch when you book again and we can discuss the issues you partner had with the mattress. At the moment, it has a soft memory foam topper on, so perhaps there are things I can do to make it more comfortable for you. Also more than happy to change the pillows for you, I have a stock of different types available! I have noted your comment regarding the free kindling for your first fire, I will start to leave more in the log box. Thanks again for your comments, hope to see you back in Ravensdale. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Dec 2019

  • "The attractive cottage is situated in a lovely wooded valley, close to a stream and in a quiet, fairly remote area."

    From the cottage there are very good footpaths that lead to the wonderful countryside and pleasant villages. It is also a short distance to the beautiful Monsal Head with its viaduct which is now part of the Monsal Trail, which is used for cycling. horse riding and hiking. Other off road cycle routes nearby are the High Peak and Tissington Trails. Bakewell and Buxton are both within a short drive, and are well worth visiting. The cottage was most comfortable and is well furnished, the log fire was a super extra, particularly after cold or damp weather conditions. The free bag of logs was also much appreciated, as were the fire lighters and clear instructions for a novice on how to set about starting a log fire. Good size lounge and well furnished with table, chairs and sofa,comfortable bedroom and spacious bathroom with a super shower. Kitchen quite small but well equipped , as it was with an excellent cooker, toaster and microwave. Did not really use the garden as we had rather dampish weather which is to be expected in November! A most pleasant stay and would certainly like to return.

    Reviewed by Frederick4.7Nov 2019

  • "We had the most relaxing and restful time!"

    The cottage was close to all the walks we wanted to do as well as lots of lovely villages to explore.

    Reviewed by Shauna5.0Oct 2019

  • "The Cottage was really lovely set in an idyllic location."

    It had everything you needed including log burner and dish washer! Walks on your doorstep and great pubs not too far away! The peak district will see us again and Ravensdale!

    Reviewed by Dominic5.0Sep 2019

  • "In spite of the rain this has to be the most comforting and tranquil place i have ever stayed."


    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage is perfectly situated within Cressbrook Dale with many walking opportunities straight from the front door."

    The living accommodation is quite small but it has everything you need for a week’s stay including a well equipped kitchen if you want to cook and decent broadband. The owners live next door and were very helpful - checking we had everything we needed. Eating breakfast on the patio every morning listening to the birdsong echoing in the valley was delightful. We also saw peregrines over the cliffs above and, at dusk, bats were flitting amongst the trees - magical.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1May 2019

  • "Absolutely loved my stay here."

    Stunning location.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet and remote area."

    Fantastic walks from the doorstep and plenty to see and do within a short car journey. Owners welcoming and friendly will definitely be back one day

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Mar 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Ravensdale a great place to visit for peace and quiet, a lovely location and well kept cottage, would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Oct 2018

  • "A very cozy and comfortable cottage, in an absolutely quiet location surrounded by woods and cliffs."

    Absolutely no car traffic or other civilization noises. You can hear the most diverse birds, the sound of the forest and otherwise enjoy the silence. An ideal place to relax. Many hikes in the immediate vicinity are possible, or a leisurely bike tour on the Monsal Trail (a former railway line converted into a cycle and hiking trail). Special thanks to the very friendly and helpful landlords John and Debra. We would like to come back again.

    Reviewed by Dieter5.0Sep 2018

  • "Peace and quiet,scenery,friendly locals."

    .it had the lot!

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Aug 2018

  • "A lovely cottage situated in an idyllic and peaceful location."

    The owner was very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2018

  • "The peace and quiet is phenomenal and the cottage is lovely."

    Owners live next door and were very friendly and helpful. Area great for wallking and bird watching (ravens and peregrines nesting nearby). Also near many historic properties in the area, including Chatsworth. Only word of caution is that the road to the cottage is single track (no passing places) with a drop on one side, which some drivers may find a bit daunting.

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Jun 2018

  • "Rare opportunity to stay in an historic ~1820s '2 Up 2 Down' cottage in a wooded, secluded valley in heart of the Peak District."

    Very nice owner next door. Note: steep stairs.

    Reviewed by William4.4May 2018

  • "Comfortable, well equipped cottage in a very quiet location."

    Great base for walking and exploring area. Very helpful landlord next door. Appreciated the timely email reminders from yourselves in the run up to our break. Will be recommending both the cottage and your company to friends.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0May 2018

  • "Cottage was very comfortable, owner was extremely helpful and obliging and this made a interesting and relaxing break for us."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Feb 2018

  • "The location of the cottage was perfect."

    Beautiful and peaceful. Cottage itself was lovely and had everything we could need. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful getaway.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Apr 2017

  • "This was the perfect walking break for us."

    The cottage was just perfect and all our beautiful walks started straight from the front door so no need to use the car.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Mar 2017

  • "Very helpful and welcoming owners and a very good location for places to visit"

    Reviewed by Jean4.8Jan 2017

  • "The history and location of this cottage is fantastic, one feels as though you are traveling back in time,."

    When entering Ravensdale cottages lane, you imagine the old mill workers traveling through. The 200 yr old cottage / cottages are unspoilt, full of character, inside is the modern facilities to help the occiputs to have a clean and safe stay. Would highly recommend the cottage. The area surrounding Ravensdale is full of places to walk, Monsal Head being a must, the views are fantastic. Monsal trail well worth a visit. We will certainly be returning.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.8Sep 2016

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  • One double bedroom with Smart TV and en-suite bath, electric shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Solid fuel heating provided by the owners next door (guests have individually controlled radiators in the cottage) with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with FreeSat (one Smart TV), DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car at the rear of the property
  • Rear, split-level patio with furniture, BBQ and external WC (not available in winter)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Rear garden has 6 steps and there are 3 original stone steps to access the cottage from the front
  • Note: The stairs to the first floor are steep and narrow, with a twist at the bottom, making the lower treads triangular in shape
  • There is a hand rail, but care does need to be taken when going up and down the stairs
  • Note: Check-in 4pm. Note: No infants or children allowed thank you.

The property

An absolutely delightful Grade II listed terraced cottage, built around 1810, in the hamlet of Ravensdale, set overlooking a winterbourne stream and valley on the outskirts of the pretty village of Cressbrook in the Peak District National Park.

Beautifully appointed throughout to provide cosy accommodation, bursting with charm, this cottage is the perfect romantic retreat in this beautiful, seemingly remote Peak District setting.

At this quirky cottage you will find lovely tiled floors, interesting original features and a character woodburning stove to light after a busy day of exploration.

This is a great base to just relax and soak up the character of this mill workers cottage, where you are surrounded by beams and lovely mullioned windows, and can enjoy a pretty, modern en-suite bedroom with ornamental fireplace.

Outside is a delightful little garden with split-level patio, surrounded by lovely planted areas and overlooking the stream, the limestone crag and the valley; a perfect spot for a drink at any time of the day!

Ravensdale is located on the edge of Cressbrook, in the White Peak, where the River Wye joins Cressbrook Dale after flowing through some lovely gorges.

The village lies just north of the Monsal Trail, which is a short walk from the cottage door.

Cressbrook Dale is a National Nature Reserve with some species of rare flowers to be found off the beaten track.

Closer to home, you can watch ravens on the crag from the cottage garden, and if you are lucky, you may see peregrines soaring high above the valley.

Ravensdale appears to be remote, tucked away down a narrow single track lane, in a peaceful hidden valley, surrounded by woodland and an imposing limestone crag.

Yet close to your cottage is the pretty village of Litton with an excellent pub serving food, while a little further afield is Tideswell, home to the Cathedral of the Peak and some wonderful little shops, including a butcher, a baker and a pharmacy.

Plenty of places await discovery including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Eyam Hall and the two market towns of Buxton and Bakewell.

Both towns have a good selection of shops and excellent restaurants and you can even take a container and fill it with real Buxton water, direct from St Anne's Well.

All in all, a wonderful Peak District cottage to enjoy at any time of the year.

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About the location


Tideswell 3 miles; Bakewell 4 miles.

Cressbrook is located on the River Wye and its focal point is the wonderful mill, which was built in 1779 by the famous Richard Arkwright. The surrounding area has some of the prettiest scenery in the Peak District. Follow the footpath upstream of Cressbrook Mill to Water-cum-Jolly, a beautiful river gorge with fine limestone cliffs, which is superb for rock climbers, birdwatchers and walkers. North of the mill lies the lane to Ravensdale, which is adjacent to Cressbrook Dale, a fine gorge-like limestone dale with numerous crags and the remains of several lead mines. Cressbrook Dale is a National Nature Reserve renowned for its range of rare flowers. South of the mill you pass through the lovely Upper Dale and Nether Dale leading up to the famous landmark of Monsal Head, which is on the Monsal Trail. This provides a wonderful “behind the scenes” view of this beautiful part of Derbyshire. Close by is the lovely little village of Litton, which has a village green outside the wonderful food-serving pub, The Red Lion, and a well-stocked village shop. Visit nearby Tideswell in the heart of the Peak District National Park with its fine church dedicated to St John the Baptist, known as "The Cathedral of the Peak", country inns, local eateries, wells dressing and carnival wakes. There is excellent walking with rugged peaks to the north and gentle hills and dales to the south, while Mam Tor and Castleton are only a few miles away with the popular Spa town of Buxton a 25 minute drive.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas