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Just A Cottage, Newlands Farm

(Ref. 946824)

Golden Valley near Riddings and Alfreton, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


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  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely relaxing stay!"

    Reviewed by Laure5.0Feb 2024

  • "Perfect location for our weekend."

    Extremely clean and comfortable, definitely quirky, it was great that we could bring our dog too. We missed not having a dishwasher but we coped!!! Informative helpful host.

    Reviewed by Erin4.7Nov 2023

  • "An extremely pleasant stay in comfortable, well equipped surroundings."

    The property was an ideal base initially for our family gathering and then friends. The cottage is tastefully furnished in a traditional style that enhances the homely feel. The extra fridge and the table top freezer proved to be invaluable for the number of people staying in the property. We will certainly consider a future stay so that we could further explore the surrounding area

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2023

  • "Just a cottage is more than just a cottage."

    The setting is beautiful, with lovely walks on the doorstep. The cottage is spacious and very comfortable, situated near local shops and pubs. I highly recommend this cottage and look forward to another stay in the future.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7Jul 2023

  • "We had a great week at 'Just a Cottage'."

    Wished we'd booked for longer. Everything we needed was there and we were very comfortable. The cottage garden is lovely and we sat outdoors almost every morning. We'd read about the robin who visits the garden, but we didn't expect it to be quite so tame. It was there on the doorstep when we opened up each day. Thanks to Dave and Susan for the welcome chocs etc. They were much appreciated. Great location - close to plenty of activities and walks. ***** Recommended.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent cottage with all you can ask for very spacious and comfortable we used ..."

    Excellent cottage with all you can ask for very spacious and comfortable we used it for my daughter to go from for her wedding and it was fantastic 5star all around

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2023

  • "Very Comfortable and pretty cottage."

    Chocolates a lovely touch! Downside is lack of eateries and shops in immediate area - car is necessary to get out and about.

    Reviewed by Alex4.4May 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage with everything you would ever need."

    Dave gave very helpful information and Susan popped in to see if everything was OK. There is a robin lives around the garden and once he is used to you will come to the kitchen door when it's opened to be fed. the welcome of tea, coffee, juice and chocs was a lovely thought. We all had a lovely time walking and driving round the area. I recommend Chatsworth and Hardwick house. Bakewell and Matlock are lovely towns to visit and the Tramway Village at Crich is a joy as is the Midland Railway at Butterley. highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay, Dave was brilliant, really helpful and the area is gorgeous."

    Reviewed by William5.0Mar 2023

  • "Just a Cottage was a home from home experience."

    It was spacious, had all homely comforts and well furnished. The kitchen easily catered for our big family and as we were snowed in, the underfloor heating was a luxury well appreciated. Lovely walks nearby and supermarkets nearby. Host checked in to make sure all is well.

    Reviewed by Sheela5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely cottage."

    We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Andrea4.7Dec 2022

  • "Lovely week in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside - lots of great walks nearby and the little light railway at the bottom of the road highly recommended!"

    Cottage is a delight, surprisingly spacious and with everything we needed. Dave the perfect host - clear and helpful communication and made us feel very welcome. Thanks!

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Really lovely stay and the fields out the back were a bonus. Everything we need for a relaxing stay. Thank you David for all your help and nice chats. Will recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Sep 2022

  • "We booked this cottage because of the fantastic reviews…."

    Our story is totally different. It took us the first hour upon arrival to clean the absolutely filthy kitchen. Dried food on cutting boards, tea stain drips down the cupboards, dog hairs stuck to washing up bottle, tea stain rings inside cups…. The kettle didn’t work, without holding down the button until it boiled. Outside lights PIR didn’t work. We left a 3 page list of errors, and sent accompanying photos … the response was?…. Nobody else has complained…..I could go on and mention everything on the 3 page document but what’s the point… nobody else has complained… my advice ..avoid like the plague… let’s see if this is published hey?

    Reviewed by Reg2.2Sep 2022

  • "This lovely well, appointed cottage is ideal for exploring the Peak District and Nottingham areas."

    The neighbours in the house next door (who live there permanently) were really nice and very friendly. The internet connection was not too good and worked a bit better if you were in the lounge. Could probably do with a booster. That said do you really need the internet when on holiday? The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped and quite quirky especially upstairs. There was a very nice garden with table and chairs to sit and just enjoy the sunshine or, to eat out. There were two fridges (one very useful for the drinks). There was no dishwasher but we managed without it for a week. There was a little welcome pack of - Orange Juice, Milk and a tin of chocolates which was a nice thought. Unlike a previous reviewer we did not see a busy dairy farm nor heavy farm machinery and can only assume they were at a different cottage. We all had a fabulous stay and would not hesitate to give it 5 stars or to return for a further stay.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2022

  • "A fantastic cottage, in easy reach if so many lovely and interesting places in the region makes this an ideal base to explore Derbyshire and the Peaks."

    The cottage had every amenity and was spotlessly clean throughout. It really felt like a home from home.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Aug 2022

  • "The holiday cottage was lovely and set in beautiful surroundings."

    The garden and patio get sun and shade at different times so theres always somewhere cool or sunny to sit and enjoy meals al fresco. Exceptionally clean and full of all the little provisions usually not supplied in self-catering properties, which was a lovely added bonus (tin foil, washing up liquid, hand wash at every sink etc). The welcome gift of fresh milk, orange juice and chocolates was also a lovely extra touch. The owner Dave is also friendly and helpful, full of information about the local area and Susan is a lovely, helpful lady, who calls to check if everything is OK when you are settled. There are many shops within the local area for provisions. There's local woodland and a paddock for dog walking (there can be sheep in the field next door to the paddock though) and there is another woodland area and a local reservoir nearby for two other long, possible off-lead, walks within just a short road walk away. We have only holidayed in the UK since owning our first Spaniel over 8 years ago and I can honestly say this is one of the best properties we have had the pleasure of holidaying in. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Aug 2022

  • "Brilliant, highly recommended."

    Great communication from friendly hosts, lovely cottage in a great part of the UK.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had the most incredible stay at “Just a Cottage”."

    The cottage is thoughtfully and stylishly furnished, with very traditional touches. It was very homely and all of the beds super comfortable. The grounds and gardens are beautifully kept and we took every opportunity to be in the garden and enjoy the surroundings. You can take lovely walks nearby and we enjoyed the many local parks, attractions and the steam railway. Dave was the nicest host and sent informative emails and supported our stay in every way possible. We appreciated the tea and coffee provided and thoroughly enjoyed our stay, which was made all the more special due to the kindness of our host. Thank you so much - we will be back!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Just a cottage is a little gem beautifully situated to take advantage of the Derbyshire Dales."

    It is beautifully furnished and accommodates seven people with no problem. It is spotlessly clean and a credit to the owner.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage itself was absolutely gorgeous, finished to a beautifully high standard and with plenty of space for 7 adults and a puppy."

    The underfloor heating in the kitchen was a real dream! When we had a problem with the hot water Dave sorted it out for us immediately. It is ideally located for local attractions. Dave was very communicative and friendly, giving us advice on local walks and things to do and was very understanding about breakages. We really enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to recommend this cottage!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0May 2022

  • "The cottage was one of the warmest, most comfortable places we have ever rented (underfloor heating has a lot to recommend it!"

    ) Loved the decor, chosen specifically to blend in with age of the property, including the vintage china; the double bedrooms were a terrific size and the kitchen was well equipped. We didn't use the outside seating area as it was still too cold, but in high summer would be very useful. Loved the position of the cottage - near walks and a reservoir, where we saw lots of wildlife. Short drives to famous towns e.g. Bakewell, Ashbourne and Matlock, but the peaks and Dales accessible too. Netflix on the t.v. was good, when it rained for one day! Helpful, friendly owner and housekeeper. We hope to go back.

    Reviewed by Howard5.0Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful warm and cosy house."

    Spotlessly clean. Kitchen cupboards well stocked. Only need in rooms was a hairdryer to share. We had a great family gathering at Christmas and appreciated the sparkly Christmas decorations!

    Reviewed by Marion4.4Dec 2021

  • "We used Just a Cottage for a family pre-Christmas catch up and it was a perfect place and cottage to meet."

    The house was very well appointed and felt spacious for all seven of us to meet and spend a kind weekend together. Dave was a really great host and called beforehand to give us some top tips for our visit. We would definitely book the house again!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    The cottage is beautiful and the facilities are very good. The bedrooms were immaculate and all found their beds to be comfortable. The owner went out of his way to welcome us with a telephone conversation about how to find the key box and other facilities available in the area. He was very helpful and when we found the heating was not working he arranged for it to be resolved immediately, For anyone staying for a longer period the utilities room is well provided with washing and ironing capacity. Would happily visit again and recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage full of unique charm."

    Throughly enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2021

  • "A really great cottage, plenty of space and nicely presented."

    We found it to be very comfortable and it had everything we needed. We found plenty to do in the area and further afield.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage itself was lovely, lots of space and well provided with kitchen items."

    A kind welcome pack of milk, juice and chocolates was a lovely start to our holiday. The outlook across from the cottage is rural, with sheep grazing in the field, which our daughter loved to see each morning! Took us a while to locate the walk to the wood from the cottage, we have left instructions in the guest book as it is lovely once you find it! The main road, which is 100 yards from the cottage, is very busy and exiting the property by car is troublesome. The direct locality isn't particularly rural, but on the plus side there are plenty of options for shopping and take aways locally. There isn't a dishwasher, it would just make self catering for a larger group easier if one could be accommodated in the future. Overall the cottage is really comfortable and within half an hour of many interesting places. We used it as a base to visit Chatsworth, Carsington Water, Gulliver's Kingdom, Bakewell and many beautiful Peak District villages.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Aug 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    Dave the owner was incredibly helpful and friendly. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Kristian5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week at "Just a Cottage", a fantastic cottage with plenty of room, it was fully equipped and so comfortable."

    We particularly liked the gardens, which were perfect and so safe for my 3 year old grandson to enjoy. A good location with amenities close by, travelling to the close by Derbyshire Dales and towns was easy. Beautiful countryside, just brilliant!

    Reviewed by Sheena5.0Jun 2021

  • "Such a wonderful cottage."

    We couldn't have asked for more. I can't recommend Just A Cottage enough. Don't hesitate if you get chance to book a stay's beautiful

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Ideal for exploring the peak district as long as you don’t mind travelling a little distance.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Sep 2020

  • "Really clean and comfortable cottage."

    All facilities you would expect. Close to Peaks and other attractions, and a nice walk through woods over the road. We had a very pleasant and relaxing 2 weeks.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Spacious, clean, comfortable with everything you need. The cottage overall is excellent. The garden is beautiful. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was comfortable and beautifully decorated in Edwardian period style, with all the facilities one would expect in the 21st century."

    ..except a dishwasher, which would have been useful with 6 people.

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Mar 2020

  • "Lovely, spotless cottage with plenty of space for all of us."

    Reviewed by Katherine4.7Jan 2020

  • "Great cottage in good location and more than exceeded our expectations."

    Plenty of space and good for walking the dogs. Cottage very well laid out and very comfortable will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2019

  • "Cosy and comfortable cottage, that was well maintained throughout."

    It was nice to be able to control the temperature of each room by independent thermostatic controls. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2019

  • "Just a Cottage is a great place for families, with walks from the front door, alpacas to count and trains to see."

    Comfortable accommodation with everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2019

  • "'Just a Cottage' is a really modest description of this home."

    It had everything we could want, the usual extras that we brought were not needed. The cottage, really the old farmhouse, we believe, had been beautifully renovated by the owner. (A charming man). Workmanship is first class throughout. Underfloor heating downstairs worked very well. The garden was very well cared for and a pleasure to sit in We had a very pleasant stay. The best cottage we have ever rented.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2019

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage in a very rustic style."

    We visited Cromford and we were near Kedleston Hall and other National Trust properties. Lovely walks into the woods towards the Midland Railway Centre. Susan, our local contact for the cottage, was extremely helpful. Dave, the owner, gave us great practical advice about the house before we arrived.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Apr 2019

  • "A beautiful, and well kept cottage!"

    So well equipped for a perfect and homely stay!

    Reviewed by Megan5.0Mar 2019

  • "This property is beautiful."

    The cottage is in a lovely position and has the very feel of a home more than a rental cottage. The owners and caretaker are lovely people and very helpful. The welcome pack is a nice thought, we didn’t want for anything. We rented the cottage for a family gathering as we are all in different parts of the country and we had a great family weekend including our border collie who was right at home with the walks from the back door. My only suggestion is that a black dustbin is needed for general rubbish by the recycling facilities as I was worried about leaving a black bag outside with the cottage being in the countryside setting. This is the best cottage so far we have rented. Well done to everyone.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage ideal for 6 adults very well equipped Hair dryer would have been useful"

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Feb 2019

  • "This was a lovely cottage to see in the New Year with friends."

    Liked that the house was decorated festively with 2 lit trees and lights on the fire surrounds. The owner was there on arrival and on hand if we needed anything but not intrusive at all. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Dec 2018

  • "The house was lovely & homely,comfortable(apart from the settees),well equipped & clean."

    We were made to feel welcome.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Dec 2018

  • "A really nice accommodation."

    Perfect for our weekend family gathering. Dog friendly. Extras left in cupboards which is always a nice touch. Very friendly and helpful owner also the cleaner has very high standards. No problems, no complaints at all. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2018

  • "A superbly equipped, warm and clean cottage."

    Dave and Susan went out of their way to make our holiday ( five of us and a dog ) a success. The welcome pack was, well, very welcome ! We were blessed with glorious sunny weather - it helps ! - and we made the most of it with local and more distant walks the order of the day. This cottage is very conveniently situated, and we would recommend it to anyone. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Oct 2018

  • "The cottage is much nicer than the photographs portray"

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2018

  • "Very sympathetically restored cottage with excellent attention to detail and a very high quality of finish."

    Location convenient for exploring the surrounding area and the owner could not have been more helpful. We found it the perfect choice for a large family reunion weekend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2018

  • "The only thing that stopped the holiday cottage from being near-perfect for us was its proximity to a road that got quite busy at times."

    As the garden of the cottage is not far from the road, this was a little disappointing. It wasn't as peaceful a location as we'd expected from the description, therefore. However, from inside the house, this wasn't a problem.

    Reviewed by Fran4.7Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was beautifull clean and comfortable ,we had an issue with a broken shower head, phoned the lady and she came and sorted it same day."

    Milk in the fridge on arrival ,which is always lovely so you can have a cuppa whilst deciding what to do with your day . WI-FI is a little weak but in fairness there was 5 of us all using at the same time , So not complaining .

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Aug 2018

  • "Just a Cottage was a perfect place for us to spend our holiday."

    It was equipped with everything we needed and was spacious and well presented. The beds were very comfortable. The outside space was perfect for the summer weather and safe to allow the dogs to be out in the garden. We enjoyed the games, books and recommendations provided and found the owners to be very accommodating, willing to answer any questions and to help us out throughout our stay. This is a beautiful place to stay and was ideal for 6 of us with our dogs. The Peak District is very accessible and as well as enjoying more local walks and places to visit, we also travelled into the Peaks on most days. We would thoroughly recommend Just a Cottage as a wonderful place to spend your holiday.

    Reviewed by Anita4.7Jul 2018

  • "A great place for us all to meet up as a family as we live in different parts of the country."

    Important to have the dog included too. Lovely local walks and a convenient base for exploring the Peak District. The owner and the manager could not have been more helpful. Thank you.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2018

  • "I do feel that the photos on Sykes of Just a Cottage, do not do it justice."

    We thought it looked lovely but on arrival we were more than pleased with the place. Surroundings were great and my grandchildren were very happy watching the sheep opposite the cottage, the horses in the other fields, which are all very children friendly. Walks are well worth it and the Swanwick railway museum staff went out of their way to accommodate all of us, some of the friendliest staff I have come across anywhere. Local pubs and restaurants are many and we found very reasonable in cost. Can,t speak highly enough of Dave and his colleagues who own the property. Thanks for a great weeks stay in your place. Jim

    Reviewed by Jim4.7Apr 2018

  • "Really lovely, nicely decorated, spacious cottage with very comfortable beds."

    Everything was very clean, tidy and the bed sheets smelled fresh. The owner and manager are both very nice and accommodating. They left us supplies and a box of chocolate biscuits for our arrival. The house is well equipped however it would benefit from a larger TV, DVD player and a washing machine. The TV is perfectly good it's just my eyes struggled with the guide. None of these things adversely effected our visit though. The cottage is not far from a few shops and only 20mins from the Peak District. Extremely good value for money

    Reviewed by Tim4.8Nov 2017

  • "Beautiful, well appointed cottage, friendly owner."

    Reviewed by Helen4.8Oct 2017

  • "A lovely, comfortable cottage and the owners were friendly and very helpful."

    Thanks for a great week.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Apr 2017

  • "The cottage was lovely and the owner was so helpful."

    He even came by with details of walks that we said we were interested in and rang us with details of local pubs. Just wish the weekend hadn't have gone so fast and we could have spent more time there!

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Mar 2017

  • "Had a lovely family get together at the property."

    Very cosy and homely. Dave the owner was very hospitable and was on hand to help with any queries. Would definitely stay there again!

    Reviewed by Cate4.6Feb 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with open fire
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor and open fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 8 mins walk. This property has a check in time of 4pm and check out time of 10am

The property

This spacious late 1600s, semi-detached cottage which forms part of a traditional range of farm buildings set around a courtyard is on the northern side of the Golden Valley next to the village of Riddings, providing a fantastic base for families and those with pets.

This lovely, traditional home from home is full of charm and has four comfortable bedrooms, two of which have en-suite facilities.

Downstairs there’s a cosy sitting room with low ceilings and oak beams where you can relax at the end of the day, a spacious dining room again with low ceilings and oak beams and an open fire, and a lovely farmhouse style breakfast kitchen with quarry tiles, beams and a Belfast sink.

There’s a lovely cottage garden to the front and side, perfect for a barbecue and chilling out in the sun.

A really fantastic feature of this cottage is it has a paddock and field with walks all the way down into the valley which means you can step out the door and walk into the valley without ever going near a road.

Quite amazing when you think it’s situated very conveniently for the local shops, eateries and real ale pubs.

Take a stroll around Codnor Park Reservoir, jump on a steam train at the nearby Midland Railway Centre, or even try your hand at carp fishing.

There’s a good golf course nearby and plenty of attractions with Matlock, Bakewell and Chatsworth all within easy reach.

A superb cottage that you can enjoy at any time of the year.

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About the location


Riddings 1 mile; Alfreton 3 miles.

The small hamlet of Golden Valley close to the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border is situated a few miles from Alfreton and within reach of the Peak District National Park. A mile away is the village of Riddings, which has pubs, and a larger selection of pubs, as well as shops, supermarkets and a Post Office can be found in the town of Alfreton. Crich, the home of the National Tramway Museum is 4 miles away, and Matlock, 8 miles away, also offers a range of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as attractions including Gulliver's Kingdom. Magnificent views down the gorge can be enjoyed from the cable car that takes visitors up to the Heights of Abraham - a great place for all the family with its show-caves, nature trail, water gardens and Owl Maze. A little bit further away is the start of the High Peak Cycle Trail, while other places to discover include the market town of Bakewell, Chatsworth House and park and Haddon Hall, with Carsington Water offering fantastic watersports - not to be missed! Ideal at any time of year!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas