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Bent Chapel Cottage

(Ref. 1086570)

Ashleyhay near Wirksworth, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "What an amazing property, the views are stunning, and the cottage has everything you can need."

    Lots of great walks nearby and the local pubs are fantastic. The neighbours were really friendly and even invited us to help ourselves to the fruit off their trees. Would happily stay here again

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Sep 2023

  • "I booked this place based on me bringing my dog, it’s not the best dog friendly place."

    Too many restrictions with neighbours who don’t like dogs.

    I am not sure what experience you had. All the neighbours own dogs themselves but do restrict access to land around the chapel where there are livestock. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sundeep4.1Aug 2023

  • "We wanted somewhere to just chill for our mini break and Bent Chapel cottage did not disappoint."

    Situated in a beautiful location, with only the odd car going past it was so peaceful. Great walks right from the doorstep. The cottage was beautifully maintained and very clean. The welcome pack was very much appreciated. We would definately book again and will recommend it to other people. Its a 10/10 from us.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Stunning property, great location, hope to be back again"

    Reviewed by Seb5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Would be nice to have radio in kitchen. Only thing I can think to say!

    Good to know you enjoyed your stay. Love your idea. I think the tv can get radio stations! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2023

  • "We absolutely loved Bent Chapel, it had everything we could have needed, very comfortable and cosy with amazing views."

    I am so pleased you had a good stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anita4.7May 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Bent Chapel cottage."

    It is very homely and comfortable. The kitchen has a good selection of pots/pans etc so it is easy to cook a family meal. Living room is spacious but feels cosy especially with the fairy lights. Beds are comfortable with good bed linen. Maybe some details of walks from the cottage would be helpful. The only disappointment was that the downstairs toilet was out of action during our stay which isn't ideal when you have teenagers and only one bathroom! We had a lovely relaxing break though and its so nice when your holiday cottage is a home from home.

    Reviewed by Katherine3.8Apr 2023

  • "Its a Wow! from me!"

    A beautifully restored old Chapel/ cottage, in a peaceful rural location with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Superbly decorated, very comfortable beds and high quality linen. There are some lovely touch’s and reminders of the building’s original purposes. the Chapel/cottage is well equipped with everything you could possible need including a USB charging plug, which was a bonus as we had forgotten to bring ours! If you’re a walker, then this is the place for you, as there are no end of public footpaths to explore. Local supermarket is a short drive and is well stocked with everything you may require. Note: your booking instructions will mention to use the What3words app to locate the property, I would definitely recommend doing this as the Satnav postcode will unlikely lead you directly to the property. All in all a great stay and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely converted chapel, very quiet with great views, reasonably equipped for a comfortable stay with adequate parking."

    Difficult to find as Post Code covers the whole area and does not take you to the Chapel, could be difficult if you go down the wrong lane! Thanks to locals for their assistance.

    I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. I am sorry you struggled to find the chapel. In the description we do recommend that people use What Three Words to locate it ( different , view, coherent) as yes the postcode does take you to another farm. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.4Nov 2022

  • "Excellent place to stay."

    Very quiet and a lovely location. we didn't want to leave.our dog loved it too.. .

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a lovey stay at Bent Chapel."

    It is such a peaceful place. Downstairs was perfect and the windows framed the view perfectly. We were concerned about the second bedroom. The bedframe and mattress were very uncomfortable. The mattress was thin meaning you could feel the metal bars beneath the bed. This is a shame as the rest of bent Chapel was lovely. You need to be under 6'2" to stand in the shower, not a problem but maybe could have said in the description. If it was not for the bedroom I would have given this property 5 stars.

    As you rightly say the upstairs of the cottage is a height challenge. The mattress is due to be changed soon when we do our annual maintenance so hopefully that will improve. Glad the rest of the stay was good. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Oct 2022

  • "It was a lovely property that more than lived up to expectations."

    The silence was deafening and a perfect place to unwind in beautiful countryside. Congratulations to the owners for doing such a great job. However I do think that saying there is a wood burner is disappointing when it cannot be used. Happy for first paragraph to be published

    I am sorry that the wood burner still appears on the listing. I had it removed from the listing when we were warned by the chimney sweep of fire risk. I’m glad the rest was good though. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annette4.7Oct 2022

  • "Such a nice little property."

    So quiet. Ideal place for a getaway

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2022

  • "An excellent cottage of more than adequate size, the fixtures and fittings were excellent."

    The only criticism would be that I could not get to grips with the TV however the speed of the internet more than compensated.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely quiet location and very relaxing base to explore the surrounding area."

    Very beautiful countryside and lots of places of interest in close driving distance. Bent Chapel has been beautifully and sensitively restored and has a lovely peaceful atmosphere. We will definitely stay here again whenever we are looking for a holiday cottage in the area.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2022

  • "Beautifully done and thoughtfully furnished."

    The house is in a lovely setting, with great walks from the front door or an easy drive away. Very nice for a short or medium stay, though not much outdoor space with the house itself. Plenty of public open space very nearby. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Apr 2022

  • "The cottage is in a lovely location with plenty of walks straight from the door."

    Wirksworth is worth the walk. The cottage is really comfortable and cosy and we throughly enjoyed our stay. We would definitely consider a Sykes cottage again.

    Reviewed by Ellen5.0Apr 2022

  • "A really lovely property in a beautiful rural location."

    Ideally located to enjoy the Peak District.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2022

  • "The door code had been changed and we eventually found (without any internet access) an email that did not draw specific attention to it - merely read as "confirmation" and went unnoticed by all of us."

    Plus the longed-for wood burner is out of use - for how long? There is no hanging or drawer space in either bedroom. And we had only one t-towel. But the location, the equipment, kitchen, bathroom furnishings etc were all absolutely superb. Also the information available in the cottage was first class. I would recommend and use again but with some reservations.

    I am sorry about the key code. I had asked Sykes to correct this previously. I appreciate your positive feedback about the level of equipment and information. We are trying to solve the lack of clothes storage but as you know space due to low eves is limited. Part of being an unusual building ! The log burner flue is a fire risk I am afraid and has been removed from the listing. We are hoping to replace but it is a big project requiring extensive building work. I am sorry you were disappointed. I hope your holiday was a good one over all. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.1Mar 2022

  • "A great family break."

    Beautiful views. If I was being picky then a slightly better inventory beforehand, I didn't know if there would be e hairdryer or cafetière. But these are really minor details! I can highly recommend their selection of books!

    Reviewed by Ali4.7Feb 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    All amenities that you could want. Really cosy. Maybe a bit more storage space needed for clothes but I understand that is limited.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Feb 2022

  • "One of the best cottages I've visited in the UK."

    Reviewed by Marius-lucian5.0Jan 2022

  • "Great Cottage, very reasonably priced (could easily ask more especially if more than 2 guests), private and pleasantly remote."

    Great walks and villages nearby. The post code took me to a nearby farm and I struggled a bit finding it. Not sure if it's my sat nav or the code? I noticed the log burner was not properly sealed and on 2 days I really struggled to get the fire lit and it smoked a lot. My mistake and all was well once I got the hang of it. Maybe a bit clearer instructions? Lastly, some space, even just a rack to hang clothes will help. Still, a really great cottage and very enjoyable stay.

    Thankyou for your feedback. I’m really glad you liked the Chapel. I am sorry you had problems with the log burner. It has now been taken out of use on the advice of the chimney sweep. The post code doesn’t take you to the property which is confusing. We have put “What three words “ on the website to accurately pinpoint its location which we hope helps. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Piet4.7Dec 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x family room with double bed and Z bed
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating and underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power inc rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Front garden/yard with gravelled area and furniture
  • One well behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: This property is suitable for four adults and ideally children over five years old only, younger children must be supervised at all times as front garden/yard is not fenced
  • Note: Small BBQ available at the property for use

The property

Wirksworth 1.1 miles.

Perched in the hamlet of Ashleyhay near Wirksworth in Derbyshire is this superb two-bedroom converted chapel, Bent Chapel Cottage.

Enjoying a fantastic location, surrounded by open countryside, in Derbyshire Dales with Carsington Water and the Peak District National Park within easy reach, as well as an interior boasting a wealth of character and original features, Bent Chapel Cottage is a fabulous dwelling for two couples or a family of four looking to explore the Peaks.

Park up on the generous driveway with space for two cars, before being greeted by a neat gravel front garden, where you can look forward to enjoying alfresco dinners and evening drinks with your guests.

Be welcomed into the spacious kitchen/diner, where you can look forward to conjuring up delicious feasts utilising the gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, ensuring a fuss-free clean up!

Settle down at the dining table for four to savour a flavourful meal and you discuss plans for the days ahead.

After a satisfying meal, retire to the plush sofa where you can curl up and select your favourite film from the TV with Freeview, with a backdrop of a stunning feature wall retained from the property's time as a chapel.

Completing the ground-floor is a handy cloakroom, ideal for a quick freshen up before heading out, also on this floor is the utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and drying space.

Climb the stairs up the first floor where you can indulge in a blissful soak in the beautiful free-standing bath or refreshing shower, before choosing from one of two well-presented bedrooms with views of open countryside to catch your rest in, a double and a family room with double and Z bed.

Bent Chapel Cottage is the perfect base for those looking to explore the beautiful countryside, as the property is very rural there are many walks right from the door.

Set out for the day and explore your local surroundings, where adjacent to Ashleyhay, you will find the market town of Wirksworth, home to a good selection of restaurants where you can sample the local delights, the Wirksworth Heritage Centre for those looking to brush up on the local area and the excellent Northern Light Cinema and Bar.

For the train enthusiasts in your party, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is not to be missed, built in the 19th-century the line now offers rides aboard vintage steam trains as well as a fascinating railway museum.

Just a short drive away is Black Rocks, where you can embark up to superb views by rock climbing, cycling or walking, as well as the superb High Peak Trail for those who can’t get enough of the scenery.

Carsington Water can also be easily accessed, here you can try your hand at an excellent selection of watersports on offer, including sailing, paddleboarding and kayaking.

Continue onto Matlock Bath, where you will find the thrilling Gulliver’s Kingdom promising a fun-filled family day out, the Peak District Museum and the interesting Cromford Mills.

Matlock rests nearby and offers incomparable views atop its Pic Tor War Memorial, as well as relaxing rides aboard steam and diesel trains on the Peak Rail.

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable break to the Peaks and secure your stay at Bent Chapel Cottage.

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

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About the location


Matlock 6 miles.

Wirksworth is a small, charming market town situated just a few miles from Matlock, on the edge of The Peak District. Wirksworth is full of character with many buildings of architectural interest, including its magnificent parish church. Independent shops sit alongside the deli, butchers and bakers with a strong local food ethic. Visitors will enjoy exploring the ancient “jitties” and courtyards of the Puzzle Gardens, along with the Heritage Centre and the delightful surrounding countryside including nearby Carsington Water, Black Rocks and the High Peak Trail. Rock climbing and cycling can be enjoyed here at every level, and there is fantastic walking all around. Well Dressing is unique to Derbyshire, and Wirksworth combines this tradition with a lively carnival in May. There is also an annual Arts festival with an amazing Art & Architecture Trail in September, showcasing contemporary art and international performers of every kind. With an art deco independent cinema and a range of places to eat there is plenty to entertain. The town offers a leisure centre with a climbing wall and a small trainer swimming pool, The Eco Centre, The National Stone Centre and the Mount Cook Adventure Centre. The weekly market and monthly farmers' market provide local produce and crafts. Beautiful Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are within easy reach, as well as Matlock Bath, with its spectacular cable car, the heritage Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and Gulliver's Kingdom. Only two miles away, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Cromford is not to be missed. In all, Wirksworth is a great location for a varied holiday.

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