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The Old Cow Shed

Alstonefield, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 1003524)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Enjoyed our stay in the old cow shed."

    Reviewed by WilliamApr 2022

  • "Excellent hot tub first class excellent location"

    Reviewed by AnthonyApr 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a gorgeous area, with really good links to the Peak District hot spots (Matlock, Bakewell etc)."

    We really enjoyed our stay, the hot tub is lovely! The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was just down to a couple of small critiques, for instance there is a wood burner but we weren’t provided with any logs or firelighters. It would’ve been nice to be given the first bag, and then obviously we would’ve purchased any extras ourselves! Likewise, there was no cooking oil or salt provided. However, this cottage was a great price, clean and very peaceful. Loved our stay!

    Reviewed by AbigailApr 2022

  • "Perfect."

    Reviewed by NickMar 2022

  • "Great place, lovely area and fantastic hot tub."

    Reviewed by JoannaFeb 2022

  • "Secluded, cosy cottage."

    hot tub a bonus, great walks from the door

    Reviewed by HeatherSep 2021

  • "The peaceful ness and the tranquility of the cottage ."

    Just what we needed. Lucy and Steve were exceptional hosts in allowing us to stay in their lovely area.

    Reviewed by BridgetJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Old Cow Shed."

    The cottage was lovely and clean and very well equipped with everything we needed. A great base for exploring the area and the hot tub was an added bonus. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by DeniseJul 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in an outstanding area."

    We appreciated the little extra comforts left by the owner

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay, it was in a lovely location and it was lovely inside."

    Could not fault the facilities and the cleanliness. The owners came quickly to help us change a setting on the hot tub and to change a light bulb. The only two things I would say are potentially needed are, a landline as there is no Mobile reception, this would help ring taxis to head into Ashbourne. Another , would be to have the option of a gazebo over the hot tub for rainy days. However, I would definitely recommend this stay to others.

    Reviewed by StephJul 2021

  • "Nothing to add"

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "The cottage was fantastic it had everything that we needed and was so comfortable, peaceful and the hot tub was fabulous."

    It was so close to the cycle trails which was what we hoped for and the whole stay was sooo relaxing.

    Reviewed by CarolineJun 2021

  • "We have just had another lovely stay at the old cow shed, with the current eating restrictions at pubs we decided that all our meals would be cooked at the cottage and I can confirm that the kitchen although small was well stocked and had everything we needed."

    This cottage is in a perfect position for walking with lots of footpaths direct from door. Also it is well placed to drive to some lovely places like tissington (good butchers) and Hartington (general stores for everyday essentials) If you go when you can eat in pubs the pub up the road in the village is top end dining but well worth the price for a special occasion. As long as our joints keep letting us walk up the hills we will be back.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2021

  • "To start off we were unable for a week to contact owners for keycode and bed setup , sent emails and left answer phone messages."

    We had to ask Sykes to get info. Great location and perfect after lockdown. After reading previous feedback we were looking forward to our stay. But......................... Big notice leave as you found plus clean oven and fire. The cottage/barn was large and airy. Woodburner no tools to be able to use and clean it out (had to bring our logs back home.(we emailed owner while there no reply). The bathroom was awefull everywhere around shower was thick mould, took me ages to clean it, in bedroom mould all over walls by window , including windows and curtains.(we emailed owner while there no reply) Not good if you have a lung condition. The oven was ?????? we did not want to use it, this is dispite owner asking guest to clean on departure. We altered our menu to try not to use. The heating was superb. The hot tub is a great bonus but take care when getting out as you are up against windows (glass) Went to use laundry washing machine needed a good clean due to mould, no washing line dispite a peg basket, not all clothes are suitable to put in tumble drier.(we emailed owner while there no reply) It was obvious from the rusty state of some radiator tops where the washing was dryed.

    Reviewed by LesMay 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    Stayed in April 2021, hot tub secluded and scenery beautiful. Owners very respectful of privacy. Would definitely return. Lot's of scenic walks in the area and the cottage was a warm welcome to return to.

    Reviewed by MelanieApr 2021

  • "Myself and my husband thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cow shed."

    Everything we needed was to hand, the bed was so comfortable and the hot tub right outside the front door was perfect after a few hours walking. The location is rather hilly, which was fine for us and there were plenty of walks to choose from.

    Reviewed by SueApr 2021

  • "A well situated, clean and comfortable accommodation."

    Hot tub was a godsend after a day of walking amongst beautiful scenery.

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2020

  • "Overall, pleased with the accommodation and it met with our requirements but was very, very concerned to find mouldy bread, bread rolls, out of date crumpets and a large assortment of open and part used sauces etc left in cupboards, ."

    And would question whether the property had had the deep cleaning that was required due to Covid19. Also the food waste bin under the sink was smelling due to a congealed substance left in it which we had to clean out.

    Reviewed by MarilynAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage a mile from mill dale."

    Plenty of footpaths from the cottage with the added benefit of a relaxing hot tub at the end of the day. A couple of pubs to walk to but also loads a short drive away.

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2020

  • "Very well appointed and comfortable cottage in a great location."

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2020

  • "Little gem of a cottage, beautiful remote location."

    Enjoyed our relaxing week.

    Reviewed by SamanthaFeb 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, can tell that the hosts have thought of everything when designing this place!"

    hot tub and wood stove are lovely, just to note that wood is available to purchase at £10 a box.

    Reviewed by MustafaJan 2020

  • "Perfect location to relax."

    Cottage very clean, well equipped and comfortable. Hot tub was clean and well maintained. A little gem!

    Reviewed by GailNov 2019

  • "Great little cottage with some fabulous walks on your doorstep!"

    Great addition with the hot tub for a long soak after a long day!

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2019

  • "A perfect cottage, wonderful setting, every detail thought about and in place."

    The hot tub an added bonus, an absolute joy after a long walk or cycle. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2019

  • "Only issue I had was tv very high up the wall."

    .. But every thing was fabulous.... had a really relaxing time. Maybe a starter set of wood etc for the stove... Even at an extra cost It’s a great setting all facilities are very well thought about

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2019

  • "Great little cottage."

    Everything catered for. Cosy with the log burner. Hot tub was amazing. The owners were very kind and hospitable. Great place will definitely book to go back.

    Reviewed by CaroleSep 2019

  • "The place was lovely and quiet,as described, beautiful scenery, amazing hottub ..."

    The place was lovely and quiet,as described, beautiful scenery, amazing hottub to relax in under the stars at night, would go here again

    Reviewed by YvonneAug 2019

  • "Very nice cottage."

    Clean, quiet and comfortable. Good WiFi and facilities including drive. No signal/ service for phones but expected due to location. Lovely village location.

    Reviewed by MaggieAug 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • 1 x super-king-size bed (zip/link can be twin on request)
  • Bathroom with shower, basin, and WC
  • Open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting area with wood burning stove
  • External utility room with washing machine and dryer.
  • Oil central heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, freezer, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Outside patio area with hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: There is a step within the property
  • Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £75

The property

This detached cottage is located in the Derbyshire village of Alstonefield.

Ideal for a couple looking to explore the wonders of the Peak District, this property is a great base to return to and kick off your boots after a wonderful day of hiking.

Be welcomed into the lovely open-plan living space, decorated with light colours to enhance the natural light from the windows coming through.

Take a seat around the dining table with a glass of wine while your partner cooks up something special in the kitchen just for you, and afterwards you can cosy up on the sofas in front of the TV for those quiet evenings in.

Step down into the hall and through to the bedroom, which holds a super-king-size which can be divided in to twin beds, for that little bit of luxury during your cottage break and in the morning throw the curtains on the floor to ceiling windows open and let the sunshine get you ready for the day ahead.

After a shower in the neat bathroom, you can head out to the patio area at the front of the cottage to sit and eat breakfast and later on in the day come back from your walk to relax in the hot tub.

Alstonefield is pretty village in the Peak District, with rolling countryside between spectacular valleys and it is home to two local pubs, the Watts Russell Arms being a short walk away, while local shops are around a 20-minute drive away.

You can find a wider selection of activities just a bit further out, like the awesome Heights of Abraham, famous for its landmark cable car which provides an incredible journey across the Derwent Valley for those feeling brave.

Head up to Buxton, around a a 25-minute drive away, for a more unusual adventure at Stoop Farm, where you can take an Alpaca for a walk and afterwards enjoy tea and cake back at the farmhouse.

There are countless things to do in the Peak District, but make sure one of them is staying at The Old Cow Shed for a relaxing break with your loved one.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £75.

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About the location


Ashbourne 8 miles; Alton Towers 10 miles.

The delightful village of Alstonefield lies on the borders of Derbyshire and Staffordshire between the valleys of the Dove and the Manifold Rivers. A village of real charm and character, Alstonefield has won the 'Best Kept Village Award' ten times (most recently in 2005) and been in the final of the 'National Village of the Year' award in 1998 - a remarkable achievement. A lovely village, it has a truly delightful country pub set on the village green and is surrounded by lovely verdant green countryside. The Manifold River cuts a course through superb scenery and is a delight for both walkers and cyclists with the 'Manifold Trail' following the route of the old Leek to Manifold Light Railway. Nearby are pretty Ilam and Hartington with nice pubs and a wide range of shops and cafes, whilst further afield are the market towns of Ashbourne and Leek.

Region Information

Please note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £75

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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