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Barks Cottage

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Moneystone near Ipstones, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "My "Recommendation" rating is very good for you as I very rarely recommend anything."

    Excellent hosts and property. Very comfortable and the open fire was really great. Shame that I had a loan car and no charging cable otherwise it would have been perfect. We even coped with the near continuous rain that the owners had no control over

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Dec 2023

  • "Our holiday was absolutely wonderful I would like to thank the owners for not only the welcome and information pack."

    This beautiful cosy cottage which we stayed in, had everything I would market as a five star cottage thank you so much we have a lovely time. We look forward to coming again. Marie-Louise peter and children

    Reviewed by Marie-louise5.0Aug 2023

  • "The property was very well presented and maintained."

    It was in a quiet setting with walks to the woods minutes away and the use of a large garden to let our young dog run and play ball. We use a long line as the garden is not secure and our dog likes to go noseying about. Would recommend too anyone who likes walking about and is pretty mobile.

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We strive hard to provide a perfect setting for our guests to enjoy their holiday. Take care, Catherine & James Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Warm, clean and comfortable."

    There's no phone signal and wi fi not great- not a problem if advertised as such...... The pub is a mile- but via steep field tracks or narrow country lane - not generally accessible. There's limited cooking and serving dishes for 5. This is a pleasant cottage, nicely presented but more remote practically than advertised. Comfortable for 4, suspect 5 feels crowded. The drive is v tight- there is parking for 2 small vehicles but would required some skillful driving: 2 modern family vehicles would struggle.

    I am so glad you found the cottage warm, clean and comfortable for your stay in October for Alton Towers Scarefest. We appreciate your feedback, so we have added some more cooking and serving dishes. In response to your other points, it would perhaps be useful to add more detail for the benefit of future guests. This is a rural area so I'm afraid there is no fast internet currently available (this is mentioned in our property description), however most guests find it adequate for social media, games and catch up TV. The lovely hamlet of Moneystone is quiet and rural, with shopping and amenities in the nearby villages of Alton and Ipstones or our local town Cheadle (4 miles). Locally there are 3 pubs and 2 lovely tea rooms that are technically within walking distance, but as you rightly say, they are not a casual stroll, more of a destination. The walking in this area is renowned, so a pub or tea room visit is often a popular outing. Our property description is accurate in that we have parking for 2 cars - this weekend's guests were entertaining friends and squeezed in 4 parked cars. We also have a regular guest couple with a large mobility van. Most of our guests these days have large modern vehicles. The cottage is accessed via a short gravel track that the supermarket delivery truck comes down every week for me. Thank you for saying the cottage is pleasant and nicely presented, it means a lot to us that it meets the needs of our guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine3.8Oct 2022

  • "Barks Cottage is a beautiful property and the owners, who live next door, are very friendly."

    I would recommend this cottage to any family wanting to get away to a peaceful location for a relaxing holiday! We, a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) booked the cottage so we could visit Alton Towers, which is only about a 10 minute drive away. We found the public footpaths and woods in the area are very overgrown making them unusable, this is of course not the owners fault but we were a little disappointed that we had to walk/cycle along the road. Although the cottage is lovely, we did find the location too far away from local amenities and felt like we were always in the car. We had to use our car to get anywhere due to being unable to get back up the very steep hills to the property. Overall we had a lovely, comfortable stay and I would recommend this cottage. Thankyou!

    Reviewed by Abigail3.4Jul 2022

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Barks Cottage, as scored above, the equipment levels, cleanliness and comfort were all excellent."

    But, for us the peaceful location and direct access, via footpaths, to unspoilt wildlife-rich habitats was the main benefit of our stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "A great place to stay, lovely and quiet, but close to Alton Towers, something for everyone."

    We enjoyed watching the birds on the bird table out of the bedroom window, and the pheasants hopping around out the front. The owners were great, there if you need them and happy to help with any queries. The accommodation was just right for us, and well equipped and clean. Nice touch of a bottle of bubbly in the fridge and daffodils in a vase. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Bryony5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely well appointed cottage."

    Owners were flexible and friendly. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Derhim5.0Dec 2021

  • "Barks cottage met all our expectations."

    We were two adults and one Labrador dog and it was in the perfect position for lots of great walks. Walks were sent to us before we arrived by the owners so we were up and running when we got there. The cottage was comfortable and had everything we needed in a lovely quiet position. We would recommend this cosy cottage.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was just perfect for us and our dog everything you needed was there it was really lovely and peaceful with good views and lovely walks on the doorstep we loved the walks through the woods and valley ."

    we would recommend this cottage and would return

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2021

  • "The stunning view from the patio and the peace and quite, wonderfull!"

    We will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very nice part of the world, very peaceful, owners welcoming and always there to help."

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was spotless and we had everything we needed."

    It was located in a peaceful setting and we spent four nights there. It was a perfect relaxing break. We took our 11 year old dog with us who enjoyed his walks in the local woods.

    Reviewed by Cecil5.0Aug 2020

  • "Exactly what we needed; great location with plenty of great walks nearby."

    Friendly owners, pet friendly and a really nice cottage for relaxing away from the stresses of daily life!

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2020

  • "Wow!! What a beautiful holiday home"

    . Was lovely and clean and everything we needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at barks. We was using this as somewhere to stay to visit family and local area. I was very impressed, it was clean warm and welcoming. I'm actually quite sad to have left. We had some teething problems but the owners who live next door were very approachable and fixed them within a few minutes. They gave use a list of things to do when we left due to covid which I was happy to do and hope I got right lol I will be 100% looking to book again because I really did enjoy staying here.

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Jul 2020

  • "We were using the cottage as a base to visit all the other villages in the area which was easy to achieve because of its location."

    We found Barks cottage very peaceful, quite and for those who want excitement or to explore it is also near Alton towers and the Peak district.

    Reviewed by Samuel5.0Aug 2019

  • "Very relaxing stay"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2019

  • "Barks Cottage provided very comfortable, well equipped accommodation for us, an 'older' couple with a fairly lively dog."

    It's in an attractive area in which even in winter we found plenty to do and see, despite not being attracted to the nearby Alton Towers. It was nice to be able to go on a decent walk straight from the cottage. Finding Barks for the first time was slightly tricky for non-GPS users.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Feb 2019

  • "Barks cottage is a nice, cosy, and quiet retreat."

    Very good starting point for extended walks through a beautiful rural landscape and the Peak District Park.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2018

  • "Cottage stands in beautiful scenery, tranquil, restful week, a brilliant place"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2018

  • "Sykes cottages were brilliant from first contact."

    Helpful with all the pre-booking information and keeping me updated. The cottage that we stayed in was really beautiful and we had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4May 2018

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x family room with adult bunk and single
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Living/dining room with open fire
  • LPG central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking and EV charging point available
  • Private garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 3.7 miles, pub 2.1 miles
  • Note: Family room can be arranged as a twin to sleep 2 guests
  • Note: The garden is not enclosed
  • Note: Dog sitting service by arrangement with owner at £5 per morning/afternoon session
  • Note: The fire should be operated with utmost care and skill by an adult; if the fire is used, it is essential to supervise pets and children, ensuring that all guests act responsibly and safely
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out at 10am

The property

Ipstones 4 miles.

Nestled within the charming and untouched hamlet of Moneystone near Ipstones, Staffordshire lies this exquisite cottage, Barks Cottage, that is sure to captivate your senses.

Offering a generous and thoughtfully designed space, this rural retreat on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park presents a ground-floor haven, featuring an inviting sitting room adorned with a delightful open fire, as well as two charmingly-presented bedrooms where you can relax after an adventure-filled day.

After parking up, cross the threshold into your new home-from-home, ready to kick back in front of the TV as your other half gets to grips with a range of superb appliances in the well-equipped kitchen.

Settle down at the dining table, ready to tuck into a delicious feast as you toast and plan for the exciting days ahead.

Step outside and embrace the picturesque surroundings, marvelling at the enchanting gardens that offer breath-taking views of the idyllic countryside.

With vast expanses of fields and woodland in the nearby Churnet Valley, the opportunity for invigorating walks awaits you right at the doorstep.

When sleep calls, retreat back inside to freshen up with a revitalising shower, completing your night-time routine before hunkering down in either of the homely bedrooms, catching your well-deserved rest before continuing with your itinerary.

In the morning, set out to discover the allure of the Peak District, as the neighbouring villages and market towns of Ashbourne, Leek, and Buxton are easily accessible from your doorstep.

Immerse yourself in the region's rich heritage and explore the abundance of local attractions, including the magnificent National Trust houses and gardens such as Biddulph Grange Garden with its stunning Victorian garden, or Ilam Park, a picturesque estate featuring a medieval manor house and beautiful parkland.

For those seeking a touch of excitement, both the renowned Churnet Valley Railway and Alton Towers Theme Park are just a stone's throw away, offering a variety of exhilarating rides, live entertainment, and attractions suitable for all ages.

Visit Tittesworth Reservoir, just a short drive from Ipstones and a popular destination for outdoor activities; enjoy a leisurely stroll around the reservoir, try your hand at fishing, or embark on a cycling adventure along the scenic trails.

Also located nearby, The Roaches is a stunning gritstone ridge offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

It's a paradise for climbers and hikers, with various routes and trails to suit different abilities- don't forget to take your camera to capture the breathtaking vistas!

Barks Cottage and its idyllic location offer an unforgettable retreat, regardless of the season.

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About the location


Leek 6 miles; Ashbourne 9 miles.

The attractive rural village of Ipstones lies on the western fringes of the Peak District in lovely moorland countryside, between the market towns of Leek and Ashbourne. The village offers a post office, village shop and pubs serving food. The surrounding countryside is excellent for walking with miles of woodland trails and moorland hikes to enjoy. Dovedale and the limestone Churnet Valley are on the doorstep and The Manifold Trail is close by. There is easy access to many of the area's attractions including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Lyme Park (NT) as seen in TV’s Pride & Prejudice, the NT Ilam Estate or Peak Wildlife Park. A great touring base for all the Peak District - and Alton Towers is just a 10 minute drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas