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73 Ravensdale Cottages

Ravensdale near Cressbrook, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 906397)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "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 DeborahApr 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 DianeMar 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 JaneJan 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 TerryDec 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 JamesNov 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 NigelOct 2021

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

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

    Reviewed by RachelSep 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 & JoSep 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 IanAug 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 KathyMay 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 AlysonApr 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 CaroleOct 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 FredOct 2020

  • "Lovely quiet stay, very peaceful"

    Reviewed by JohnAug 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 ClaireAug 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 AnitaJul 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 SarahDec 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 FredNov 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 ShaunaOct 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 DominicSep 2019

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


    Reviewed by MaureenJun 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 AndrewMay 2019

  • "Absolutely loved my stay here."

    Stunning location.

    Reviewed by CarolineMar 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 LesleyMar 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 SheilaOct 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 DieterSep 2018

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

    .it had the lot!

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2018

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

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

    Reviewed by KarenJun 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 MaryJun 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 WilliamMay 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 NicholasMay 2018

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

    Reviewed by ElizabethFeb 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 HannahApr 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 TeresaMar 2017

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

    Reviewed by JeanJan 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 TraceySep 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
  • 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.

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