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The Mill Managers House

Cromford, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 1050404)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 14

  • Bedrooms 7

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful house in a lovely part of the Derbyshire Dales."

    Thank you for a wonderful time

    Reviewed by JennyAug 2022

  • "Overall really excellent."

    The one thing I’d ask for is a wooden or plastic cutting board, since those glass ones make knives go dull. And possibly a throw or two on the sofas downstairs, to snuggle under while watching a film. But we had a brilliant time and would 100% recommend it to a friend.

    Reviewed by KatherineJul 2022

  • "A lovely house with excellent garden."

    We were a family group of 14 with ages ranging from 73 down to 8. Bedrooms good, layout of beds prearranged to accommodate our clan and worked well. Kitchen facilities good, good utility room and downstairs loo. Bathroom and en-suite good- would have liked extra bathroom on top floor or shower in downstairs loo but we coped well. Dining table had place mats which we always used, but could have done with table protector, too. Main room has cosy fire, we played many a card game together in there! Trampoline and swings in back garden were very well used and added to the holiday as did the seating in garden as we had smashing weather. House was so well located. We went out to nearby attractions and many excellent places for long walks daily- really good. Thank you for an excellent week’s holiday. Dot

    Reviewed by DorothyApr 2022

  • "Great house and location."

    Gripes are mostly small but actually in total detract from a great experience. So I would recommend to the owners some corrective actions : House - loose door handle on first floor. Fell off and made the bedroom inaccessible over the stay - foam pillows are pretty uncomfortable and not in keeping with a premium charge - very cold on arrival. It would help to have the heating on for a while before. It is a big house and it takes time to heat up - Insufficient (and bulky) seating in the living room, not enough for a full house Kitchen - Most of the knobs on the hob are loose - Needs an audit of kitchen equip and utensils from someone who actually uses a kitchen. eg. No jugs, no cafetiere, no oven gloves etc. Just too scrappy

    Reviewed by HowardDec 2021

  • "The house is clean, warm and the bedrooms are very comfortable."

    We felt that the sitting area was less so and could do with some updating with better seating arrangements as there were not enough comfortable chairs for twelve people. However it is in a wonderful position for exploring the mill and walking and cycling along the many trails which are right on the doorstep. We had a very enjoyable time.

    Reviewed by PatriciaOct 2021

  • "Disgustingly unclean."

    Items from previous guests in various places. Bedroom wasn’t cleaned at all. Both bathrooms covered in black mold and triggered a severe asthma attack in one of our party who had to have an ambulance out and go to hospital, then return home as place was UNSAFE. The whole house stinks of mold and damp. Furniture (Dining chairs, sofas) is broken or ripped. Kitchen cupboard door fell on someone! Floor broken in part of en-suite. Don’t even want to think about the horror of the lack of cleaning during Covid pandemic. This is not a luxury let, it might have been once but the owner has clearly failed to inspect and keep up with repairs. Completely unacceptable. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

    Hi, really sorry to read this review!! I changed my cleaners after your stay as I appreciate it was not cleaned to a good standard! All the problems were resolved after your stay and the property is now inspected weekly. Sorry again for your bad experience! Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by FaithOct 2021

  • "My family and I have stayed in many of your Derbyshire properties which accommodate 10 / 12 people but this one was certainly below par!"

    Approaching the property from the A6 the first sight you see is a row on bins and empty cardboard boxes etc. As you walk up the steps you see weeds growing between the steps. When you get inside the hall you see cobwebs above the front door. In essence someone doesn't care about the property. For 10 / 12 people the tea pot was minute - as was the milk jug. There was no tray (well, at least obvious) to help to carry food from the kitchen to the dining room. Why didn't the owner put in a serving hatch between the kitchen and the dining room? Or go the whole distance and merge the two rooms together? The ventilation in the cramped kitchen was poor. Yes, its probably a list building and Ventaxias weren't around in Arkwright's time - but! The furniture in the lounge was out of keeping with the age of the property. The upstairs was better than the ground floor. Can I suggest that you take a careful look at this property and review its rating? True, Cromford and its environs were wonderful! You probably don't want to publish this objective assessment!

    Hi, really sorry to read this review!! I changed my cleaners after a couple of bad reviews as I appreciate it was not being cleaned to a good standard! All the problems have now been resolved and the property is inspected weekly. You don’t seem to understand it’s a grade I listed building so you can’t alter anything as you wish! Sorry again for your bad experience! Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "This is quite a list - are you sitting comfortably?"

    Our group (of 7 adults and 4 kids plus dog) have been having an annual staycation for the last seven years. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we weren't able to find a reasonably priced holiday cottage in the Lake District where we usually like to go, so we settled on a property in North Yorkshire. Fast-forward 6 months, with 11 days to go to our holiday, I get a call to say that the booking has to be cancelled because the property we'd booked has been sold! As you can imagine, trying to find somewhere which suits a large group at short notice in the school holidays and over a bank holiday was looking unlikely. The two alternative properties proposed by Sykes were not suitable (one had too few bedrooms, one was in the same town as 1/3 of our group), so I did a search myself. I came up with one property which had sufficient bedroom space and almost within the same budget range. Sadly, this property did not allow dogs. I tried to call the property owner and left a message, but he didn't call back. With such little notice, my friends weren't able to find anyone to look after their dog and so that third of our group were unable to join us. This seemed to be the only option with the other 5 adults having booked annual leave which couldn't be moved. So, the rest of our group arrived at the property in Cromford. Despite speaking to the cleaning company with specific instructions on which bedroom needed to be made up as a twin for the children, a different room on the second floor was set up instead. We quickly noticed that some essential items were missing (bathroom bins, tea-towels and chopping board) - I managed to speak to the cleaning company the next day and these items were provided. Overall I'd have to say that the property wasn't especially clean; the table mats were dirty, the en-suite bathroom was in need of a good scrub to rid the mould and mildew, and I had to remove clumps of hair from the main bathroom plug so that water would drain out. Grim. Other issues we noticed; a compartment in the fridge door was broken, the oven door didn't close properly (anything needing to be cooked in the oven took longer than it should and also meant that the control dials were too hot to touch bare handed), the central heating was on so we were roasting but the water didn't heat up without it, there was only one egg cup, the duvets were far too thick for the summer, there were no instructions on the heating/water systems or on the bin days, the pans and kitchen knives were cheap and made cleaning difficult (I'd expect a property of this price to provide equipment at least the same standard as I'd have at home, if not better), there were no lamps in any of the downstairs rooms or any games/dvds/books as I've found at other holiday cottages (yes, Sykes ones too). Also, one of the metal seats outside was in danger of collapsing. The trampoline was a saviour but it has definitely seen better days. The outside space was very disappointing - astroturf and weeds. The property is very close to a noisy road, so perhaps more tree planting could help block the noise. Our main issue though would have to be the lack of living space. The property has enough sleeping space for 14 people yet it would be impossible for more than 6 people to sit comfortably in the living room. I've struggled to find many positives about the property, but the mattresses were comfortable and it was nice to have some tea and milk provided. The wine wasn't nice so that went down the sink, sadly. Constructive suggestions would be; possibly make one of the bedrooms into a second sitting room, provide bins and comfy chairs in the bedrooms, have some ambient lighting in the common areas, and generally try to make it a home-from-home rather than just a place to sleep.

    Reviewed by KateAug 2021

  • "One problem we did encounter was the emptying of rubbish bins there was 11 of us ..."

    One problem we did encounter was the emptying of rubbish bins there was 11 of us Cooking in most days generated rubbish and bins were full

    Reviewed by MurielAug 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Seven bedrooms: 1 x first floor super-king-size with en-suite rainfall massage jet shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC and 2 x first floor king-size (zip/link)
  • 3 x second floor king size bedrooms (zip/link can be twin on request) 1 x second floor king size
  • Bathroom with bath, rainfall massage jet shower over, basin, 2 x heated towel rails and WC
  • Kitchen with electric Smeg range oven and gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, American fridge freezer with filtered ice and water
  • Ground floor Utility with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Cloakroom with W.C and Basin
  • Dining room seating 14
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating
  • 8 x Smart TVs with built in DVD and WiFi
  • 3 x Bluetooth Stereo with DAB, CD player, Aux and USB
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x Travel cot and 2 x highchair available
  • Two reserved parking spaces in Mill car park as well as 4+ off-road spaces on side road between property and car park
  • Large garden with wood store, barbecue, children's trampoline, dining furniture for 14, and tree lined mature garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Please note: The Mill Managers House (ref 1050404) and The Carriage House (ref 953526) are situated next to each other and together they can accommodate 21 people
  • Note: This property has a £250 Good House Keeping Bond.

The property

Beautifully renovated Grade I listed property, The Mill Managers House, in the Cromford Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the heart of the quaint Derbyshire village of Cromford.

As its name suggests, it was built for the Mill Manager in 1771 at Sir Richard Arkwright's first mill complex, now welcoming guests to enjoy a piece of history by staying in this luxuriously appointed property, holding reams of character with beautiful original wooden floors, fireplaces, windows and shutters.

The ground floor boasts a traditional layout, discover the historic formal dining room with seating for all guests around the grand table.

A homely stylish sitting room where you can relax on the large corner sofa and be warmed by the woodburning stove set in the original marble fireplace, there is a substantial smart TV with DVD player.

Prepare a family meal within the beautiful kitchen, complete with heated flagstone flooring and a range of excellent appliances including a Smeg electric oven and gas hob and American fridge/freezer with filtered ice and water.

There is also a good sized utility room which leads to a luxury cloakroom and a basin with temperature controlled LED tap and wall hung WC.

Heading up the pitched pine stairs to the first floor, you can admire the beautiful views of the large garden, you can then discover three of the seven bedrooms, including the master super-king-size bedroom, decorated with quality furnishings and benefiting from a luxury en-suite shower room with rainfall drencher shower head and massage jets, the other bedrooms on this floor are a large king-size (zip/link) and a twin bedroom with single day bed and pull out, all bedrooms have smart TV's with built in DVD players.

The bathroom is a sparkling space to freshen up in with a bath and rainfall drencher shower head over and massage jets.

While up on the second floor you can settle into one of four king-size bedrooms, all with zip/link capabilities so they can be twin bedrooms on request.

All the bedrooms have smart TV's with built in DVD players.

Enjoy sunny days surrounded by loved ones in the large garden; children can play on the trampoline and the lawn while the garden dining table is set, ready for the burgers to come straight off the barbecue.

Step over the road and visit Cromford Mills and discover how this remarkable site changed the world we live in today, known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, take a tour and browse the visitor centre, with cafes and shops to enjoy here too.

Take a walk along the nature trail or canal from here, or find walks along the River Derwent to explore the local scenery and wildlife.

This wonderful Derbyshire village offers a wealth of superb amenities including the famous Scarthin bookshop, friendly pubs and coffee shops as well as superior access to some of Derbyshires finest attractions.

For adventure you can head up to Gulliver's Kingdom, a fantastic theme park with rides and attractions, or face a fear of heights at the Heights of Abraham in neighbouring Matlock Bath and experience breathtaking views of the countryside.

The Crich Tramway Village is close by and offers a charming day out, while a world of walking and cycling awaits in the Peak District National Park, an outdoor adventure around every corner.

The Mill Managers House offers a unique, enticing and historic location to enjoy with your loved ones in Cromford, Derbyshire.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Matlock Bath 1.2 mile; Matlock 2.6 miles; Bakewell 12.5 miles.

Set in the beautiful wooded gorge of the River Derwent and surrounded by wooded hills and cliffs, the village of Cromford lies just one mile from the vibrant spa town of Matlock Bath and three miles from Matlock. Famous for its connections with Sir Richard Arkwright and the cotton trade, and often referred to as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Today, Cromford offers a selection of quality pubs, shops and cafés, as well as Arkwright’s Cromford Mill and canal, a world heritage site. The area boasts an abundance of attractions such as Gulliver's Kingdom, the nearby Peak District Mining Museum and splendid Chatsworth House. Visitors can take a ride on the Heights of Abraham cable car and take in the views in style, whilst the more active are catered for with plentiful walking around the Derwent Valley and the White Peak, as well as rock climbing and also with cycling opportunities at Carsington Water and the High Peak, Monsal and Tissington Cycle Trails.

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