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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "Great house, spotlessly clean and tidy, nice touches with starter amount of tea, coffee, sugar and milk as we had to wait an hour for our grocery delivery."

    Also downstairs bedroom with ensuite perfect for my elderly parents.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jun 2021

  • "Considering covid 19 the house was not very well cleaned."

    There was waste medication and plasters and rubbish left in a bedroom drawer. There were various problems with the house ie no plug in sink or bath, bathroom shelf loose, dent in wall behind sofa, shelf missing in another bathroom, front door does not shut without locking it fully, Generally the accommodation needs some TLC as it is feeling worn and in need of various replacements like mattresses, main sofa all of which are uncomfortable and worn. Location is very good as ideal for the Peaks.

    Reviewed by Mark2.2Sep 2020

  • "Have had no problem with Sykes but unfortunately had to make this report below Disappointing start to our holiday at Darwin Lakes (Wensley Cottage) (booked through Sykes Cottages ) On arrival we found the property had not been cleaned i."

    E. dirty toilets, shower rooms and floors, moudly shower head, hob and cooker hood covered in grease. Floors in lounge/kitchen/dining area not hoovered or washed, not good with a crawling baby around. On going to reception to report findings, the young lady in reception was very helpful and came over with a cleaner and agreed it had not been cleaned at all, we both took photos. She told me to go and report this to the Manager (apparently no Manager available) but message left that he would contact us in the week. (This did not happen). We were assured these properties would be deep cleaned between guests bearing in mind Covid times, which to us was important as we had baby and 2 vulnerable adults in party. On departing we left another message for the Manager but still to this day have heard nothing. Such a shame because the actual properties and setting was perfect for a holiday break.

    Reviewed by Linda2.8Sep 2020

  • "The key code that you provided for the keys to the property was wrong."

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Aug 2020

  • "We booked the Wensley cottage as a last minute getaway and were not disappointed!"

    The cottage was clean, cosy and the interior was above our expectations. The pictures above do not do the cottage justice and it has been redecorated since. Would highly recommend it for a short weekend getaway with family or friends.

    Reviewed by Sana5.0Feb 2020

  • "Unfortunately there was no wifi available in our cottage when the details say it is."

    Not the end of the world if we had know beforehand but we had final plans to make and were unable to do so. Particularly difficult as there is no phone signal either. The shower in one of the bedrooms did not drain and the tiling was filthy. A shame because the location was great.

    Reviewed by Tim2.8Jun 2019

  • "Lovely resort."

    Cottages were very pretty set around a lake. Houses were lovely and quiet and toasty warm. Kitchens well equipped. Only negatives were that the interiors of the cottages seemed a little tired. Old lumpy sofas. Beds were very hit and miss. Some springy and old. Others okay. Walls and skirting boards scuffed.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Mar 2019

  • "My son went with support staff feedback ."

    . upstairs good downstairs needed a repaint near settee dint in plaster/ wall ......l needs new decor ..table and chairs etc could do with replaceing. Staff gave me this feedback. Disappointed as lovely looking on website . my son said would prefer shower , not shower over bath Regards

    Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wayne2.8Oct 2018

  • "This property was stunning in an amazing location the staff we spoke to were very friendly and helpful."

    The property is equipped to a high standard and has the essentials required on arrival tea, coffee washing up liquid etc, I would recommend this property to anyone. We didn't want to leave!!

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Jul 2018

  • "It is extremely frustrating to find a listed property does not have a decent WiFi connection and no phone reception at all."

    It would be far better to make your prospective clients aware what the level of WiFi connection/phone signal strength is.......when we arrived at Wensley we found the WiFi sketchy to say the least and our mobile of no use at all. It’s fine to offer a telephone box in the neighbouring square, but when you run your own business that is of no use at all!!! Not impressed with this element of our holiday it made things very difficult for us. The cottage and area were a delight.

    Reviewed by M3.4Jun 2018

  • "It was brilliant!"

    Everything we needed as our grandson has leukemia and needed space and cleanliness. ....

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2018

  • "The staff were very helpful and friendly, the house was ideal for our needs and we were especially impressed with the barbecue."

    ....we would definitely recommend Darwin Lake.

    Reviewed by Janet4.2Jun 2017

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms (all zip/link can be super king size double or twin on request): 1 x ground floor twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size double with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric panel heaters
  • Smeg electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio area and shared use of lawned areas, lake and woodland grounds
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.1 miles, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: The lake is not fenced, children must be supervised
  • Note: Conference facilities and The Haven Room which seats 20-26 people, has a kitchen, living/dining room with woodburning stove and cloakroom with basin and WC, is available to hire at an extra fee for guests at this property

The property

Matlock 3.2 miles.

This stone-built semi-detached cottage is situated on the peaceful Darwin Lake Holiday Village, three miles from the popular Peak District town of Matlock.

Surrounded by 10-acres of woodland where guests are free to explore the footpaths, this is a first-class holiday home for couples, friends and families.

Located a short distance from the lake, you enter the property into a small hallway.

The open plan living area is spacious and light and has been beautifully-appointed throughout.

The kitchen area has been furnished with high-quality amenities including a Smeg oven and hob, where delicious meals can be prepared and enjoyed around the dining table.

The ground floor also has the first of the bedrooms, a well-appointed twin room which has the advantage of zip/link beds so that it can be made into a super king-size double on request.

This bedroom also has an en-suite wet room and may be ideal for members of the family who find stairs difficult.

The stairs lead up to two further super king-size double bedrooms, both of which have the flexibility of zip/link beds.

These spacious bedrooms both have en-suites with the master having a TV as well as a bath.

With all the rooms having their own private facilities there’ll be no queuing in the mornings!

To the outside is a patio area for dining alfresco and guests can enjoy the shared open lawned areas surrounding the cottages and lake.

The grounds offer plenty of opportunities for walking and wildlife spotting and an easy drive away is the whole of the Peak District National Park with its many quaint villages and walks for all abilities.

Matlock, Matlock Bath and Bakewell are within easy reach, and a visit to Chatswoth House and Haddon Hall are well worth a visit.

Why not have a cable car ride to the Heights of Abraham or enjoy a family day out at Gulliver's Kingdom?

You'll be spoilt for choice from this well-located cottage.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 981396, 992438, 992439, 1047066, 1049132, 1049133, 1129117, 1129124, 112925, 1129126, 1129127, 1129128, 1129130, 1129131, 1129132, 1129133 together sleeping up to 105 guests.

Darwin Lake Holiday Village, Jagger Lane

Each of these stone-built cottages, nestled within Darwin Lake Holiday Village, are named after historic halls, castles, stately homes and pretty villages in the surrounding region of Derbyshire. The idyllic views and tranquil setting, engulfed by the sounds of gentle wildlife, only add to the appeal of a holiday break on the edge of the Peak District. Whether you are seeking a large group getaway or a retreat for families celebrating a special occasion, these cottages cater for all. The quality on the inside of each property reflects the glorious lakeside exterior, furnished to a high standard of quality with your peace and comfort in mind. The colour schemes are uplifting and the spacious bedrooms offer a homely feel, with en-suite facilities conveniently serving you morning to evening. Darwin Lake is well stocked, with free day and night fishing available just for you. There are safe, ample parking spaces set in secluded landscaped grounds, ideal for those driving from all over the country, to explore a stunning region of England. Guests staying at any of the properties can hire, at an extra fee. the conference facilities available or the Haven Room which boasts its own kitchen, living/dining room seating 20-26 peoples and cloakroom. Guests can even enjoy a 20% discount off Matlock Farm Park, where you can pet the rabbits, feed the meerkats and join in with farmland fun the year-round! Nearby, is the quiet village of Two Dales, which provides The Plough Inn pub, a supermarket, a Post Office, garden centre and a butchers. From here, you can discover the stately homes of Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House, the market town of Bakewell and the wonderful spa town of Matlock, each offering different days out. Defined by its natural beauty, the Peak District National Park is within walking distance, scattered with steep valleys, historic landmarks and wooded dales. From the spectacular countryside, to the quaint towns and villages, you’ll never be short of things to do here. The region provides the ultimate outdoor playground for all ages, with activities in abundance including; climbing, cycling, running and hiking. From the rolling valleys of the White Peak, to the harsh, craggy edges of the Dark Peak, the variety on offer from north to south is simply overwhelming. Enjoy pure luxury from the comfort of these beautiful cottages, the ideal escape for you and your loved ones.

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About the location


Matlock Bath 1 mile; Bakewell 8 miles.

The popular Peak District town of Matlock, together with its neighbour, Matlock Bath, has been attracting visitors to the area since the spa was developed in the late 17th century. Set in the beautiful wooded gorge of the River Derwent, the Matlocks offer a range of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as a host of attractions including Gulliver’s Kingdom and the Peak District Mining Museum. Magnificent views down the gorge can be enjoyed from the cable car which takes visitors up to the Heights of Abraham – a great place for all the family with its showcaves, nature trail, water gardens and Owl Maze. South of the town is the start of the High Peak Cycle Trail, whilst a short drive away is the National Tramway Museum at Crich. To the north are the market town of Bakewell and Chatsworth House and Park - not to be missed!

Note: Check in time for this property is 4pm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas