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The Shavings

(Ref. 1021022)

Cowdale near Buxton, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We were greeted by Patricia on our arrival, although we had arrived an hour early we were allowed to enter the cottage and get settled in."

    We were very impressed with the standard of the interior and the facilities. We had a very relaxing time and we will definitely go back again when we can. Andrew seemed to be very busy around the property but was always very friendly and helpful. We would recommend this site to everyone.

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2023

  • "This is our second visit, Lucy and Andrew were very helpful, nice peaceful lovely place to stay"

    Reviewed by TriciaOct 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 days at The Shavings."

    Owners were very friendly; setting was lovely. The whole area was fascinating, especially all the National Trust sites we could get to in the time. We would love to come back.

    Reviewed by GillianAug 2023

  • "Fantastic owners brilliant couldn't do enough to help would recommend them 11 out of 10"

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2023

  • "Perfect place to stay to explore the peaks"

    Reviewed by DanielJun 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Shavings."

    Everything we needed was provided, with extras like milk and biscuits. The Shavings is compact but very comfortable and warm. The owners are friendly and welcoming and the property was very clean. There is plenty do see and do in the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by TimothyApr 2023

  • "Everything we needed for our stay in such a lovely, cosy accommodation in a great location tucked away in a very peaceful hamlet but with lots of places to visit just a short drive away."

    Reviewed by LynneMar 2023

  • "A very comfortable stay, would have liked an enclosed garden or gate."

    Reviewed by HeatherJan 2023

  • "Very friendly , in a lovely area, would highly recommend the cottage and the area"

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2022

  • "A lovely accomodation in a beautiful part of the country."

    It is the fourth time I have stopped here and will return again.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2022

  • "The property owners are so friendly, kind and helpful."

    This is a lovely little cottage, very well equipped and looked after. We couldn't have asked for more.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2022

  • "This property was exactly what we needed."

    It is comfortable, fresh and clean. It had everything required to cook a few meals and is an excellent location for exploring and eating out. The walking in the Peak District is fantastic! The hosts are welcoming, friendly and helpful. I would stay on this farm again, if I were to return to this part of the Peaks. Thank you!

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2022

  • "Sorry not for us never again on a working farm to noisy."

    Your cottage is in a block of cottages with one above u noisy.The cottage is very nice inside but your bed is in the one room so short stays would work but not a week.But is a great location for driving out each day visiting places of intrest.Last point we enjoyed our stay apart from points mentioned like noise.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    Very clean and everything catered for. Lovely position to get to places easily and quickly. Hosts were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely go again and recommend.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable, nice hideaway,& quiet."

    Thank you Lucy & Andrew hope to be back. Nigel.

    Nigel, Many thanks for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you again. Kind Regards Andrew & Lucy Property Owner

    Reviewed by NigelMay 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation great quiet location, Lucy and Andrew couldn't do enough for us."

    Highly recommended

    Michael and Barbara, Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Andrew & Lucy Property Owner

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2022

  • "Lovely surroundings, very handy for travelling around."

    Andrew and Lucy the proprietors were helpful.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2022

  • "Andrew and Lucy made us feel so welcome."

    The welcome tea, coffee pack was a lovey touch. The accommodation was comfortable and clean. Great recommendations for places to eat. A really lovely holiday, thank you. Will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2022

  • "Lovely little bedsit on a nice farm, very pleasant hosts."

    Accommodation had everything we needed for a relaxed week of gentle walks with our greyhound. A fenced/walled path around the farm is perfect for morning and evening strolls with a dog, with a lot of interesting things for them to sniff! The local paths outside of the main farm are on farm land so have walls/stiles which you may need to lift dogs over. Plenty of other walks a short drive away are more accessible. Inside, the property was in good condition - everything worked as it should and the well equipped kitchen was clean with nice appliances. Really minor thing for most people, but bins: Glass, composting, paper/cans/plastic and non-recyclable, which was nice! Andrew, the host, kindly kept the giddy farm dogs calm and out of the way of our nervous rescue hound when she was out on the farm, and that was very much appreciated. Great hosts, great accommodation, great area, great walks, great week to unwind and relax.

    Reviewed by AndyApr 2022

  • "A small place is what we expected, that’s what we got, we didn’t want or need anything more."

    It was clean, had everything you need to self cater, the owners were friendly & helpful. Perfect location for exploring Derbyshire. Loads of great walks to find without driving for miles, & dog friendly too.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2022

  • "Lucy and Andrew were perfect hosts."

    Very welcoming and very willing to share their local knowledge, ensuring we had a great time. The directions to the cottage were clear and concise and the welcome pack of tea, coffee and biscuits was more than welcome after our long trip up. The cottage itself was warm and comfortable and beautifully equipped. I'd strongly recommend these hosts to anyone wanting a quiet break but not be too far from the facilities of Buxton and the cycling trails.

    Reviewed by EdwardFeb 2022

  • "Very clean and well equipped cottage ."

    The hosts were excellent nothing to much trouble , also adding a personal touch with complimentary toiletries , tea/ coffee etc . Buxton very close by , Pooles Cavern and plenty of lovely walking areas .

    Reviewed by DawnFeb 2022

  • "Had the most lovely 2 nights at the shavings as a celebration of our engagement."

    It was so comfy and cozy, especially with the little fire/heater and was extremely clean too! The owners were very accommodating.

    Reviewed by MeganFeb 2022

  • "Very nice refurb nice and relaxing"

    Reviewed by CarolineFeb 2022

  • "Thank you so much for being so welcoming and friendly, providing a high spec accommodation while still being dog friendly!"

    We loved our stay, the only thing that would stop us coming back with the dogs is having an enclosed front garden/ area onsite to take the dogs to toilet/ run around. I think the locals didn't like us with flash lights going down the track, we got some funny stares a few times. Other than this we will definitely be back for a long weekend without the dogs to visit the local caverns and places which are easier without pooches!

    Reviewed by FionaJan 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Clean, warm and cosy. Had everything we needed.. There were only two issues for me, one was the space round the bed which was very tight for people, like myself, with mobility issues, The other was the TV/Freesat system. It took ages to switch it on with the two remotes. Otherwise no complaints and the owners were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2021

  • "Lovely area,pleasant 2mile walk into buxton,owners very wellcoming."

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "The shavings is the most peaceful idyllic setting."

    Everyone is so friendly and helpful. The cottage is very well equipped to self cater and relax. You can enjoy a drink and a book very easily on the patio or just watch the world go by. The location allows you to really explore the Peak District easily and with Buxton a mere 2 miles away it's easy to pick up supplies in the many shops and supermarkets. Will definitely be telling my friends about it and hoping to return soon.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2021

  • "Tha accommodation had every thing we needed, comfy bed, good quality towels that were soft and fresh smelling."

    Lovey quiet location.

    Reviewed by LindaAug 2021

  • "Very nice accommodation, modern and clean."

    It had everything you needed. In addition it was run by a very nice and friendly family, who we watched working so hard on their farm, and in the cottages. It was great to have an off road dog walk as an addition. We will be back.

    Reviewed by RonaldJul 2021

  • "The journey we had to get there, was quite precarious to say the least!"

    We ended up driving the back way apparently to Cowdale Hall Farm, in Cowdale, Buxton! where there were no signs at all at the bottom of this very steep hill that our car being small only just got us there. That was my only criticism, which I informed the farmer about! Also, I was completely unaware we were staying on a farm! The advert for this endearing lovely place does not advertise it as being on a farm! As quaint and lovely as it was. The people running the place were friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2021

  • "We have stayed at The Shavings a few times before."

    A quiet place, lovely scenery and where situated was very convenient for sight seeing. The bedroom area is a bit small, unfortunately. They have installed a lovely new shower room. And everywhere was spotlessly clean. All you could need for your stay.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2021

  • "Welcoming friendly host."

    Warm and comfortable accomodation

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Shavings."

    Welcomed very warmly and the cottage had everything we needed - the biscuits and bottle of milk were especially appreciated, as was the excellent wi-fi. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this property and I am smiling to myself, just remembering how happy and comfortable we felt there.

    Reviewed by MartynApr 2021

  • "Lovely place lovely cottage HOLIDAY CUT SHORT BY COVID."


    Reviewed by KeithOct 2020

  • "This was a lovely place to stay for my break in the Peak District with the dog."

    Owners were friendly and helpful and the cottage had everything I needed, plus it was in a perfect location for good walks and towns/attractions. The cottage was comfortable and quiet, would highly recommend! Thank you!

    Reviewed by JennySep 2020

  • "Lovely countryside & lovely walks also the owners were very friendly & helpful."

    Reviewed by MSep 2020

  • "Everything was great, plenty of room, quiet, clean, well equipped and comfortable accommodation."

    Ideally placed for good walking. Only frustration was bad layout of the bathroom which lead to a cramped feeling and need for a very small sink behind the door.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2020

  • "It was a really nice cottage in a quite area."

    And such a peaceful place to Stay. The cottage had everything we needed for a relaxing comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by RoniAug 2020

  • "Absolutely brilliant holiday."

    The accomadation was excellent , lovely location with plenty of walks. Hosts were very accommodating and friendly. Couldn't have wished for a better place to stay for a week. Sad to leave will be returning soon.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "Wonderful stay in the most beautiful setting ."

    The cottage was fab and very homely and we did not want for anything. Our hosts were so friendly and accommodating. We could not have asked for more. Thank you so much. Celia and Gabriella

    Reviewed by CeliaAug 2020

  • "Great surroundings, perfect medium length walk into Buxton past some lovely scenery and a fantastic and friendly set of hosts."

    Reviewed by FabianAug 2020

  • "Its difficult to give an a valid assessment on this property because new owners had taken possession not a week before."

    There are faults that they are aware of of which they will be correcting. It was a comfortable stay with lots of places to visit even this early in the season, would recommend the Shavings and the area

    Reviewed by KathleenFeb 2020

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Open-plan studio-style living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire and 1 x double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Skirting electric heaters and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Shared outdoor sitting area with furniture
  • Ample off-road parking
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pubs 2.5 miles (Buxton)
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times
  • Note: Shared use of laundry room with washer/dryer
  • Please note: There is a £250 Good Housekeeping Bond that applies to all bookings made after 15th February 2023.

The property

Buxton 3 miles.

The Shavings is a charming studio apartment, set in the rural hamlet of Cowdale on a working farm.

This property is a lovely alternative to the usual Peak District cottages, in a superb location on the edge of the Peak District National Park, just 3 miles from Buxton.

Set on the ground floor of an old stone barn conversion, The Shavings offers a welcoming and homely accommodation ideal for couples.

Look forward to relaxing into the evening in front of the TV; break out the popcorn for a romantic movie night or plan the events for the days ahead.

Cook up some delicious evenings meals in the well-equipped kitchens and gather at the breakfast bar with a refreshing glass of bubbly to toast to a wonderful holiday.

When you find your eyelids drooping shut, retire to the double bed and get some much needed rest, with a contemporary shower room to serve.

The Shavings is a wonderfully welcoming and economical base for a relaxing holiday in the Peak District.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1020909, 1021021, 1021023 and 1021024, together sleeping 30 people.

Cowdale Hall Farm Cottages

Nestled on the fringes of the Peak District National Park, in the small peaceful hamlet of Cowdale are a selection of wonderfully-restored barn conversions. Inside, the owner has created a smart and warming retreat for families, friends or couples looking to explore this beautiful, unspoilt region. Each cottage benefits from its own open-plan living space complete with an electric fire to keep the rooms nice and toasty especially during the cooler months; cosy up on the plush seating and tune into the TV for the evenings entertainment as you unwind after a long day sightseeing. Use the dining tables to gather at mealtimes and break open a bottle of bubbly to toast to a wonderful holiday break, benefitting from the well-equipped kitchens to prepare your dish in style. Choose from a selection of bedrooms with something to suit everyone's needs and get some much needed rest for the days ahead with fabulous views over the surrounding fields. These properties are perfectly placed for accessing a vast array of attractions well-worth visiting. The charming spa town of Buxton rests within a few miles of these barns and is the central haven for tourists visiting this picturesque National Park. Explore its delightful choice of pubs and restaurants for those evenings you don't fancy cooking at home. Renowned for its Georgian and Victorian architecture, this market town boasts a wealth of architecture well-worth visiting; particularly the Pavilion Gardens miniature railway, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Buxton Crescent. If you're looking for something more adventurous, Go Ape Buxton is perfect for people of all ages to experience a treetop adventure, forest segways, netted walkways between treehouses and look forward to racing your loved ones to the other side on the thrilling zip wires. Take a day trip and explore the Peak District National Park and its stunning sites such as the Dovedale National Nature Reserve which boasts a range of wildlife species to spot along the way and fields rich with flora and fauna. Cowdale Hall Farm Cottage are perfectly placed for touring the very best sites of the Peak District National Park.

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

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About the location


Tideswell 7 miles; Bakewell 12 miles; Matlock 21 miles.

It was the constant 28 degrees centigrade of the bubbling blue waters of Buxton's eight thermal springs that originally attracted the Romans to the town. However it was during the 18th and 19th centuries, under the patronage of successive Dukes of Devonshire, that the Palladian splendour of the Buxton of today was designed and built - including the magnificent semi-circular Crescent, The Great Stable, Hall Bank, The Square, The Pavilion Gardens and The Opera House. Today visitors continue to enjoy these magnificent buildings and gardens, as well as the Opera House's full programme and annual festivals of music and arts. There is good walking close by with rugged peaks to the north and gentle hills and dales to the south and a number of pretty towns and villages are dotted throughout including Bakewell, Ashford-in-the-Water, Castleton and Edale. The stunning properties of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within easy driving distance and must be seen while visiting this area. A great base for exploring the Peak District.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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