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Cambridge Lodge

(Ref. 903901)

Wensley near Matlock, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful, unique, comfortable and peaceful property with fantastic views."

    The welcome couldn't have been warmer, the hamper was such a treat. The property contained everything we needed and more - so well equipped. In a great location, close enough to villages, towns and attractions but away from the hustle and bustle in a peaceful, stunning location. Fantastic stay, would love to come and visit again.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, it is very much appreciated. We would love for you to visit again ❤️ Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynsey5.0Mar 2024

  • "As a family that stays a lot in Derbyshire and uses Sykes a lot this was simply one of the best places we have stayed."

    We wanted something a little different and this did not disappoint. Everything you could want to use whilst away is provided and that includes some luxury extras. Lisa the host met and greeted us and supplied a lovely buffet that added to the overall quality of the stay and experiance. We will certainly be returning and recommending Cambridge Lodge to all our friends and family.

    Wow thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and you and your family are very welcome to visit again. Thank you also for your wonderful comments that you left at the lodge, it so much appreciated and lets me know iam doing things right. Once again many thanks lisa hardy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2024

  • "A big thank you Cambridge lodge was beautiful in a beautiful location."

    Lisa provided us with a lovely hamper on our arrival, everything was thought of. We had such a relaxing holiday, just what we needed. The property itself had everything you needed and more a real credit to Lisa and Jim the owners. Plenty of walks around and little towns to visit. The miners standard in Winster is a nice place to go for Sunday lunch. Would definitely recommend a stay here. Thank you once again for a lovely stay.

    Thank you so much for your fantastic feedback. It really is so appreciated. The card and flowers were a lovely surprise and the right up was so pleasing to hear, because its feedback like this, that helps us understand that we are doing everything right for our guests enjoyment. Once again many thanks and we hope you will stay again xlisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Feb 2024

  • "We were met by Lisa who gave us a brief tour and explained everything to us."

    The welcome buffet and wine were an amazing start to our holiday. The property oozes character and the level of equipment provided is exceptional. It is in a really quiet location where you can watch the sun rise over Matlock in the morning, and the stars in the evening. A really lovely stay.

    Thank you so much, it was lovely to meet you both. Thank you for your feedback and lovely card. Hope to see you again and many thanks for looking after the lads working next to the lodge. Lisa and jim Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2023

  • "Wonderful place."

    Quirky yes but that’s why we chose it. Lisa has thought of everything. The place is so well equipped. It was our second time staying here as we enjoyed it so much the first time. Highly recommend Cambridge Lodge.

    It was lovely to see you again and many thanks to you all. Thank you for your lovely feedback and hope to see you again x lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "The lodge is fabulous."

    Very well equipped and a fabulous location. Lisa is a very passionate and caring owner who goes that extra mile to ensure that the guest is well looked after .

    Thank you so much Angela and dave, it was a pleasure and it was really lovely meeting you both and look forward to seeing you again x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a wonderful stay at this property, quirky with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside."

    Ideal for those that enjoy a peaceful location but not far from local amenities. Everything you could need is provided and nothing was too much trouble for the owner Lisa. Highly recommended.

    Thank you so darren. It was lovely to meet you and your family. I am so pleased you had a great, your feedback is so appreciated. Hope to see you all again. Lisa hardy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at Cambridge Lodge."

    Lisa was very welcoming and provided a superb buffet for our arrival. She also phoned a couple of days beforehand to say we could have the cottage a day earlier because the previous booking finished early. How could I refuse?

    Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to meet you all and I am so glad you had a lovely time. Take care and hope to see you all again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2023

  • "An excellent holiday home with everything that we required"

    Thank you steve iam so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jun 2023

  • "From the friendly welcome from Lisa, the lovely and generous buffet left for us and the amazing attention to detail at the Lodge, this was a lovely and relaxing place to spend a week's holiday."

    We found everything we needed in this comfortable property, which felt like a proper home rather than a holiday cottage with just the bare necessities. Would definitely recommend.

    Hi jill and thank you so much for your lovely feedback and comments. It was a pleasure and we look forward to seeing you all again. Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Apr 2023

  • "A fabulous unique cottage in a great location."

    On arrival we received a wonderful welcome from Lisa who showed us around the property and provided us with the best welcome 'hamper' we have ever received. There were lots of other personal touches which enhanced our holiday and we were very comfortable. The cottage is well situated for wonderful walks and visits to the Peak District attractions. Immediately we stepped through the door we knew that we would return and we will! Thankyou so much.

    Thank you so much, we are really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Your feedback is really appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Thank you Lisa for the lovely warm and friendly welcome."

    Fabulous property with thoughtful and interesting decor. If you can find anything missing here,you win a prize!! I thought I had, no scourers - wrong - there were loads. Joking apart Lisa has thought of everything, and now we must go onto the buffet. Generous and delicious a treat for when you arrive - dump bags - eat - drink - zero effort- fabulous- thank you. By now you should realise we are great fans of Lisa and the property - so just go there! - Best regards

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Cambridge Lodge."

    Lisa kindly gave us a guided tour when we arrived and provided us with a very lovely welcome basket full of much appreciated treats. The lodge was very clean and well equipped and Lisa appears to have thought of everything you could need during your stay. The property is conveniently situated within close distance of many of the Peak Districts sights and attractions and we only managed to touch the surface of all the beautiful areas in Derbyshire there are during our weeks stay.

    Many thanks for your lovely feedback its most appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Feb 2023

  • "This was the most well equipped, cleanest and the nicest welcome we’ve ever been too."

    A credit to Lisa the owner for how she makes you feel instantly at home

    Thank you so much, it was a pleasure, and lovely to meet you both. Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Benn5.0Oct 2022

  • "Unusual quirky cottage in amazing surroundings, everything anyone could need was provided, owner couldn’t have been more helpful."

    Hi linda and many thanks for taking your time to leave fantastic feedback, its so appreciated and it would be lovely to see you both again. Once again many thanks. Yours jim and lisa x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2022

  • "We’ll stocked kitchen and consumables which were appreciated."

    Lovely comfy beds. Lovely unique home in beautiful countryside close to many tourist attractions. Lisa was a star and happy to share information about the area. The buffet left out for us was very much appreciated after a long journey and enjoyed by all.

    Many thanks vicky, it was lovely to meet you and your family. Thank you so much for your positive feedback, its very much appreciated. Its so hard to please everyone but seeing feedback like yours makes everything worthwhile. Once again many thanks x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Sep 2022

  • "Our host Lisa a very genuine person who wants you to feel at home at Cambridge Lodge her thoughtfulness is shown in abundance."

    Cambridge Lodge is a great location for a holiday local to so many attractions near by. It is spacious ,truly a place to be enjoyed with fantastic views, spotlessly clean, so well equipped with every kitchen item you could imagine a lovely dining area as a family to gather around (we also ate on the terrace beautiful views) .Open plan sitting room to chill and watch tv breaks off with an area to enjoy a game of chess, another area to read. A “ little den area” off one of the bedrooms with a comfy couch and another tv is a lovely little hideaway. All three bedrooms like the rest of the home are decorated and furnished to a high standard, comfy beds a great night sleep had by all. Two super bathrooms. A utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer, also washing line outside. This is a real gem not to be missed!

    Hi julie and many thanks for your fantastic feedback, it is so appreciated. It was lovely meeting you all. We would love to see you again. Yours lisa hardy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful two week stay at the Cambridge lodge."

    Lisa is a super host, she is very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The house had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. For us it was the perfect base to explore the Peak District.

    Hi ronald and many thanks for your feedback. It was lovely meeting you all and for spending 2 weeks with us. We would love to see you again. Yours lisa hardy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Aug 2022

  • "Unique property in wonderful countryside, Lisa was fantastic at showing us around and provided a lovely welcome pack ."

    Lodge was fantastic took a while to get used to the dark bedrooms, and silence. Would definitely recommend a stay here ,so peaceful and with fantastic views . Lots of little extras made our stay very memorable

    Hi Marilyn and thank you for your lovely feedback. It was lovely meeting you all. Yours lisa hardy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0May 2022

  • "A fantastic cottage- the best we’ve stayed in and in a good location for visiting the whole of the Peak District."

    The property is in a beautiful setting, and as well as being unique and well furnished and has everything you need for the week, In good weather, the outdoor seating areas are great for outdoor meals overlooking the countryside. Lisa, the owner, was also fantastic, letting us know about the facilities before we arrived, welcoming us and providing a very generous welcome pack, which lasted us several days.

    Many thanks fiona for your lovely feedback. Hope you are all well. Yours lisa hardy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Apr 2022

  • "An amazing place to stay."

    Beautiful inside and beautiful views Owners could not be nicer. They made sure we had everything we needed and could not do enough for us.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Mar 2022

  • "Everything was amazing."

    The warmth of the welcome, the seasonal decoration of the building and the extreme care take by the owner to ensure that every conceivable need was met were all wonderful. For family reasons, we needed something really different and special this Christmas. Cambridge Lodge and its owners provided us with that and more. It would be good to re-visit in a summer so that we could really appreciate the views. Such a great location. Recommend unhesitatingly!

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Dec 2019

  • "The owner of this property is particularly caring and conscientious."

    Our welcome pack far exceeded anything we have seen in the past and it was by far the best equipped. The property is also centrally located amongst the top Peak District attractions.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Oct 2019

  • "We had a a great welcome from Lisa who had left us the most amazing welcome pack we have ever had, including a homemade loaf which was really nice and toasted well."

    She even checked up on us the following morning to make sure things were ok. The cottage was very peaceful no noise at all and we only saw a couple of walkers on the footpath. The views were amazing, saw deer on the hill opposite the first morning we were there, we could even see the Emporers Fountain at Chatsworth House. Lots of places to visit locally and Barringtons at Darley Dale is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Sep 2019

  • "Very welcoming owner with everything provided that you could possibly need."

    I highly recommend Cambridge Lodge as a base for exploring the Peak District. We had a lovely break.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2019

  • "Wonderful property and such delightful attentive hosts, only too happy to please us."

    Thank you for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2019

  • "The host, Lisa was amazing;greeting us on arrival with a hamper of top range goodies including 2 bottles of wine!"

    The house was spacious and excellently kitted out. The children loved their private TV room which allowed them some privacy. I would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lisa could not have given us a warmer welcome to Cambridge Lodge and wow what a hamper on arrival!"

    This is such a unique property and experience in the most amazing setting away from everyone....just what we wanted in our favourite part of the country. I am sure we will return.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Jul 2019

  • "From the warmest welcome to the lovely open space."

    The lodge has everything and we mean everything you need for a true home from home holiday. The secluded spot is so peaceful and the views are amazing, we even spotted a buzzard flying in the distance. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2019

  • "Outstanding, wonderful, spectacular no words can describe the property."

    Beautifully decorated and designed, spotless, so well equipped it was unbelievable, warm and cosy. Wonderful scenery and breathtaking views, lovely walk through Cambridge Wood peaceful listening to the birds singing, watching the rabbits, and we caught a glimpse of a deer one night. Greated on arrival by Lisa, lovely warm friendly greating, made us feel so welcome from the start, so caring even to phoning us on the night to see that we along with mom (93) especially had settled in,which she had. All the little extras, well not so little! teas, coffee's, milk, fresh fruit, wine, bread and butter, a wonderful hamper of goodies and the welcome tea, no feast kept us going a good while. We wanted for nothing. If we could give more than five stars we would without any hesitation believe us. Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful property, you should be so proud of yourselves and your beautiful lodge.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jun 2019

  • "This is my 5th year of coming i love this place its a heavenly place to stay with views that are amazing and comfort beyond belief."

    LIsa and Jim do above and beyond what others do and its them that really make this place too such a great welcome . this place is great foe a little escape in the county side a 7 star place i will be going back again one love

    Reviewed by Corinne5.0May 2019

  • "Our stay at Cambridge Lodge was brilliant."

    From the time we got there with the welcome hamper of food and wine, to the Easter eggs that Lisa had hidden around the place for our son to have an Easter egg hunt, it was brilliant. I have never stayed in such a well appointed and superbly maintained property. The owner, Lisa met us when we got there and showed us around, explaining how things worked and a little bit of history of the place, and was always on hand throughout the stay if we needed her as she lived on the farm about 5 minutes away. Before we got there she said to pack lightly as there was everything we'd need in the lodge, and she was right.. there was. Detergents, sauces, herbs, condiments, sharp knives (something that never exists in holiday lets! ) and even a slow cooker. The property itself is amazing, but does have limited headroom in a section downstairs, you just duck your head when you are there as it's part of the quirkiness of living in such a property. I'm 6ft tall and I didn't hit my head once, I just remembered to duck! I've stayed in many holiday homes over the years, in both this country and USA, both modern and quirky, but this has to be the best by far. Lisa said she wanted to do the job properly and she's certainly done that, I'd thoroughly recommend this to anyone looking to stay in this area, it's lovely and quiet, good links to the main roads and nearby Matlock Bath and has plenty of walks in the immediate vicinity if you just fancy an afternoon or evening stroll.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Apr 2019

  • "An absolute gem of a property,"

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Nov 2018

  • "Everything you needed was in the cottage and more."

    All you needed was food, although the owner left a buffet too. She was extremely welcoming and helpful. Lovely place.

    Reviewed by Melvyn5.0Nov 2018

  • "Lovely accommodation in a beautiful area."

    Facilities and welcome were first rate, one of the best places we’ve stayed.

    Reviewed by Morag5.0Jul 2018

  • "This is my 5th year at Cambridge lodge it is a seven star place to stay and lisa ..."

    This is my 5th year at Cambridge lodge it is a seven star place to stay and lisa and jim the hosts are a big part in coming back they do above and beyond they are great people the place is so pretty and the hills so beautiful you can sit on the patio and enjoy the dales will be back again too

    Reviewed by Corinne5.0Jun 2018

  • "Fantastic location and the view was just to die for."

    The welcoming pack and the buffet were superb as well as Liz’s warm welcome.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2018

  • "It is a unique property with excellent facilities and superb views."

    The welcome,provisions and ambience are exceptional.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2018

  • "Helpful owner ; fantastic property and location."


    Reviewed by P5.0Feb 2018

  • "Best provisioned cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Friendly welcome and exceptional buffet on arrival.Superb facilities and location.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2017

  • "Tranquil week away from it all."

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Feb 2017

  • "The owners Lisa and Jim have a Peak District treasure."

    Their personal hospitality was second to none. They have thought of everything.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Feb 2017

  • "Absolutely brilliant hosts!"

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Dec 2016

  • "The owners of the property, Lisa & Jim, exceeded our expectations in how the property was furnished, the quality of the appliances and necessary equipment."

    All we needed to provide was our food. A wonderful Christmas experience for us.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Dec 2016

  • "We were met by the lovely owner of the property,who welcomed us kindly with a box of goodies which meant we didn't have to go out again that evening,but just relax & settle in."

    It is an unusual property set over two floors & all in our party loved it & said they would like to return. It is ideally placed for exploring the area, nothing was too far away & not far from the A6.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2016

  • "Cambridge Lodge certainly has the wow factor in abundance."

    It is even better than the photographs. The fixtures and fittings are of an extremely high standard. Bedding, towels etc are best quality. All furnishings are very comfortable. It is far more than "a home away from home". It is equipped with everything you will need for a relaxing stay in a lovely area of the Peak District. There is no welcome pack your arrival. Instead you are provided with a "welcome feast", that kept us supplied for days. The owner, Lisa goes above and beyond what you would expect. Her wonderful greeting on our arrival, telephone call on first evening, and unexpected bottle of Prosecco on our return from a day out to celebrate our wedding anniversary, followed up with a telephone call on our return home, shows this is a labour of love. There is no "if" we will return, just a "when" will we return.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2016

  • "The best compliment I can give is that this was our second visit and it was even better than the first."

    If you want peace, genuine comfort and a lovely welcome then this is a splendid place to visit. Can't wait to go back!!!!!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2016

  • "What an amazing place from beginning to end we couldn't have wished for a better holiday."

    Lisa met us there and showed us round and had also put a lovely spread on for our arrival with an added bottle of fizz for our wedding anniversary. there is everything you could imagine in this house just like being at home. the views are amazing you feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere but matlock is only 3 miles away. will hopefully be back soon. loved Barringtons and the Shalimar indian restaurant in darley dale will be going back to those again, food and service was amazing. probably the best place and house we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Sep 2016

  • "Absolutely stunning property, beautiful location and the hosts could not do enough for you."

    It was an amazing week celebrating my 50 th birthday.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Sep 2016

  • "Amazing place in fabulous location!"

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Aug 2016

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  • Over ground and lower ground floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x lower ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x lower ground floor double with sitting area with TV, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Lower ground floor galleried sitting room with reading area and study with low ceiling.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas range cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x Smart TVs with Freeview, Blu-ray, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Nespresso and Tassimo coffee machines (pods not provided)
  • Fuel and power inc. in the rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in the rent
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Raised unfenced front patio with small lawn and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: No infants or children under 13 due to steep stairs and unfenced raised garden
  • Note: Sitting area in lower ground floor double bedroom and the reading area have very low ceilings
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Note: Check-in 4pm. Note: Children over 13 only please ( for bookings made from the 21st July 2018 onwards)
  • Note: Property has recently undergone updates to the kitchen, en-suite bathroom and single bedroom
  • Please do not charge any electric cars at this property.

The property

An amazing cottage, the type of property that you would marvel at if you saw it on a television programme.

This unique cottage has been expertly converted from a water tank that dates from 1909, and which now offers luxurious accommodation in the heart of the Peak District and was featured in The Times, 50 best cottages in Britain for 2016.

Rurally located in the hamlet of Wensley and with stunning views reaching Chatsworth House and Riber Castle, this cottage offers a truly unrivalled holiday experience for friends and families alike.

Set over the ground and lower ground floors, you enter this magnificent cottage at the ground floor level where you will find a very well-equipped kitchen complete with a dining area and a utility room, a twin bedroom and a bathroom.

Heading down the stairs to the lower ground floor, you are greeted by two double bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, and the other with a sitting area with a very low ceiling, but which boasts a Smart TV so you can enjoy some privacy as you catch up with your favourite films.

The large sitting room is also on the lower ground floor and contains another Smart TV as well as a separate reading area and study with very low ceilings, which add beautifully to the character of this cottage.

Outside is a lovely patio garden and whichever way you look, you will be amazed by the panoramic views which take in Chatsworth House, Riber Castle and the valleys and hills in between.

The nearby conservation village of Winster boasts a well-stocked community village shop and cafe as well as two excellent pubs, a lovely children's playground and a 17th century Market House which is owned by the National Trust.

The popular market towns of Matlock and Bakewell are close by, as well as there being magnificent walks from the doorstep, whilst for the more adventurous, Carsington Water, with its many water-based activities, is only nine miles away.

This is an outstanding cottage to be enjoyed all year round and will which will linger long in the memory after you have said your farewells!

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About the location


Matlock 3 miles; Bakewell 8 miles.

Wensley is a conservation village which is nestled in the Derbyshire hills just 3 miles from Matlock, with some wonderful walking and stunning views all around. Just one mile away is the conservation village of Winster which is situated within the Peak District National Park and is an extremely pretty place with a charming 17th century market house and other imposing 18th century houses on its three main streets. Less imposing, but no less endearing, are the little alleyways or ‘ginnels’ off Main Street, which are well worth exploring. The village is famous for its Morris dancers, Wakes festivities (every July) and its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race - a fascinating spectacle! Within the village is a well-stocked community store incorporating a Post Office, and two pubs - both serving food and local traditional beer. Bakewell, Chatsworth and Matlock are all nearby and, for keen walkers and cyclists, the village lies within 5 miles of the Tissington and High Peaks walking/cycling trails and The Limestone Way.

Note: No infants or children under 13 for bookings made from the 21st July 2018 onwards
Note: No stag/hen or similar.