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Ivy Cottage

Earl Sterndale near Longnor, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 999512)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "A great week's stay in this lovely and well-equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by BrianJul 2022

  • "It was a pleasure to stay at Ivy cottage for a lovely (if rainy) week."

    The cottage is thoughtfully appointed with lovely personal touches throughout - the owners have carefully left many notes with helpful instructions to guide the guests. Three points of note; a) I might recommend that prospective guests be alerted as to the very 'full' nature of the gardens, which do impede access to the front of the cottage with large suitcases. From the roadway to the conservatory entrance, the foliage does over grow the walkway, which made navigation of our luggage a challenge. Since we are from abroad, and travelling for a month, we did have many larger suitcases - perhaps Sykes might consider some form of check-box on their application form to alert the owners to the fact that renters are coming with luggage as such - ? b) We were a little disappointed to have renovation workers begin construction work on an adjoining cottage at 0615 on our final Saturday morning, using the adjoining walkway to gain access around back of the property. The early morning hammering and cartage was a little alarming so early in the day. A gentle chat with the neighbours might avoid this for the next guests. c) a note on the booking form for Ivy Cottage noting that the Pub is 'closed' for the foreseeable future would have been helpful. One filter I rely upon when booking a cottage from Canada, is the close-location of a Pub. Since the 'Quiet Woman' is not open, that might have been good to know. The Royal Oak is nearby, but not really within walking distance. The Pub in Crowdecote was also closed when we walked over High Wheeldon....a similar disappointment. Otherwise, it was a happy and restful week at a lovely cottage in a wonderful region of the UK.

    Thank you for the positive feedback you have given us on Ivy Cottage. Just to respond to the points you have made: 1. Yes the garden is very 'lush' at this time of year but we do cut back as much as we can to make sure guests have easy access to the front of the house. It is an old cottage with a cottage garden and a 'cottage' path to the front door. It is clear from the details that our guests rely on street parking outside the cottage. It was lovely to have guests from abroad (our first) but the luggage you had to bring in was obviously a challenge in the circumstances. However the path is level and has no steps and we are afraid we cannot offer the easy of access of, say, a hotel. 2. We are very sorry for the noise from our near neighbour's cottage albeit on your last morning. He is a lovely chap and we will have a word with him. It may have been some builders who came round on his behalf. He often asks if the work he is doing disturbs us/guests and we have had no mention of this so far. His renovations are nearly over! Will sort asap. 3. As with a lot of pubs post covid - The Quiet Woman closed 2 years ago, sadly because of the death of the owner. We will amend this detail on the site. However the pub which was full of character, was a real local and didn't offer food much beyond pork pies and pickled onions (no sandwiches let alone meals) and I'm sure even when open didn't have a web site. The nearest pubs for food are the ones you mention. We do give a lot of detail in our information folder on good places to eat nearby for guests on arrival and it is always advisable to check by phone/websites for opening times. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2022

  • "We had such a wonderful stay at Ivy Cottage."

    The cottage had absolutely everything we could have needed and was so beautifully presented. It was full of character and really ensured you felt you were in a home from home. The garden too was a delight to sit in and look at. We loved our visit. The cottage was perfectly situated to visit much of the surrounding countryside and we had fantastic days out at Chatsworth House, the Crich Tramway Village and to Bakewell. After our busy days, what better could we have done than returned to the peace and tranquility of Ivy Cottage! Thank you!

    Thanks for your lovely feedback. It's really important to us to feel the cottage is contributing to guests enjoyment of their holidays. It's a longstanding family house with many happy memories so very happy to share it with those looking for something special. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MargaretJul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful quiet surroundings."

    Very well equipped and full of character.

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2022

  • "Amazing place, home from home, beautiful garden, comfortable stay in every way"

    Reviewed by NicMay 2022

  • "We had stayed here many times when it was a holiday cottage in the 1970s and 1980s, our last, previous visit being in 1985 when I was 18!"

    It is lovely cottage in a great location and even better than I remembered.

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2021

  • "Ivy Cottage was wonderful with a beautiful garden full of wildlife."

    We spent many evenings in the conservatory enjoying the view. There are lovely walks right from the doorstep. The cottage is ideally located for visiting many of the places of interest.

    Reviewed by DaveJul 2021

  • "A beautiful, comfortable cottage in a peaceful village."

    We wanted to stay longer.

    Reviewed by PatriciaJul 2021

  • "Had a lovely week in this excellent cottage at the end of May."

    Great location in a quiet village with walks from the front door. Nick the owner was very helpful when we had an issue with the heating, then rang us later in the week to check that everything was OK.

    Reviewed by IvanMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage which was well equipped"

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2021

  • "An excellent, well equipped cottage in a lovely village."

    Fantastic location with views to die for. What's not to like?? Would highly recommend it to anyone and would love to return there in the future.

    Reviewed by JulieApr 2021

  • "Because of location would be better to stay earlier than November."

    But lovely cottage, everything you could possibly want. There was five of us and we were more than comfortable. Nick the owner was very accommodating when we had a problem and got it sorted within hours.

    Reviewed by BarbaraNov 2019

  • "A very well-equipped cottage - the owners seemed to have thought of everything."

    Very comfortable too. All done to a high standard. Hard to fault in any way.

    Reviewed by ANov 2019

  • "Ivy Cottage is the epitome of cosiness in a pleasant village with an old fashioned pub and some wonderful countryside nearby."

    Reviewed by JonathanOct 2019

  • "Wonderful gem in the Peak district."

    Warm, snug and cosy, just right for Autumnal days.

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2019

  • "Had lovely time hence return visit end of march 2020"

    Reviewed by NormaSep 2019

  • "This is a quite fantastic cottage - a really lovely place to stay."

    A really quiet village with all of the Peak District nearby - but close enough to Buxton for shopping (and even, we discovered, pizza delivery). The owners have done absolutely everything possible to make it a home from home. The kitchen is very modern, perfectly equipped ... good beds ... log stoves ... perfectly clean (or as clean as a cottage like this is getting) ... extra everything you could need. There’s a thoughtfulness about their preparations and communications that made the whole stay pretty much flawless including the milk and a cake on arrival. Even the random artworks around the place, are lovely, the DVDs, games and jigsaws exactly what you’d want to find in your own home. 3ft thick walls make the WiFi a bit flakey in places ... but you know what ? ... that’s kind of an advantage. If you’re looking for a quiet, easy stay this is just perfect. Much more like staying in a friend’s holiday home than a rental cottage. Owners are absent and invisible (always good IMO) but helped us out when we left some things behind. Possibly the best cottage I’ve ever rented. Thanks

    Reviewed by AlistairAug 2019

  • "The owners of this cottage have done everything they could to ensure an enjoyable stay from the furnishings to the good art to the pretty garden."

    I particularly appreciated the little bottles of oil and spices. There was also sufficient cutlery, dishes etc not to be forever washing up. They were not mean in what they provided and this was a very refreshing change from other cottages we have used. There are things you do not really want to lug with you in order to be able to cook a tasty meal or wash your clothes. The garden was delightful. The only downside were they myriads of flies which insisted on committing hara kiri in the conservatory. I think some blinds would help. It is in the middle of the most glorious countryside. The best small cottage we have stayed in yet and we have stayed in a few!

    Thank you for your feedback which is must appreciated. We have now supplied a simple fly screen onto the conservatory door. This has now solved the problem. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PenelopeMay 2019

  • "The cottage was fabulous!"

    Although it retained a very old traditional feel it had been modernised enough to give it a bright, fresh look as well. It was a real home from home which gave it a very welcoming feel and was better equipped than most peoples' kitchens! It had everything even a lot of basics for cooking which was extremely helpful. We loved the conservatory and ate most of our meals there looking out over the garden and watching the birds feeding. It was a great location; quiet and peaceful, you could walk from the door and get anywhere in the Peak District within half an hour. We thoroughly enjoyed our week and were incredibly lucky with the weather. It was delightful! Thank you!

    Reviewed by JanMay 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and quirky, with a well equipped kitchen and comfortable bedrooms."

    We had a very pleasant stay and would visit again.

    Reviewed by ElizabethApr 2019

  • "The cottage is perfect!"

    With charming features throughout we were delighted. It felt very much like a home rather than holiday accommodation. It is equipped with everything one could possibly need and more! The owner has retained much of the original furnishings and art and craft work, all of which were, we felt, so "in keeping" with the cottage and country life. We loved the location. It's in a lovely quiet village which was ideal for us, and all that we wanted to do. We look forward to returning!

    Reviewed by EmilyMar 2019

  • "The house was lovely, everything we needed and more."

    A wonderful place to escape and relax, just perfect. Comfortable, bright if you wanted in the conservatory (a great place to unwind after a long walk) and cosy in the sitting room with the wood burner. The washing machine came in handy after muddy walks! Thanks so much.

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2019

  • "Everything that we could have wanted was provided."

    The kitchen equipment was all very clean and of a high standard and the whole cottage was just as we would have wanted it.

    Reviewed by KFeb 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king size double, 1 x twin and 1 x single
  • Shower room with a shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with a bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Snug
  • Utility.
  • LPG central heating
  • Dual fuel range cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave
  • TV, DVD player, CD player and a selection of books and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Enclosed front patio garden, furniture with anchor plate chain bike lockup
  • One well-behaved dog is welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles and nearest pub is a 5 minute drive away
  • Note: No stag/hen and similar
  • The property only accepts children 5 years and over

The property

Ivy Cottage is a stunning, spacious stone cottage situated in the heart of the village of Earl Sterndale, five miles from Buxton, Derbyshire and amidst the wonderful countryside of upper Dovedale and the Staffordshire moorlands, with a wealth of walks and cyciling routes from the doorstep.

Formerly three separate cottages, the owners have refurbished the property with a mixture of family antiques and new modern facilities to create one large and wonderful holiday home, ideal for a group of friends and families.

You step into the property through the beautiful new conservatory with chaise longue, table and chairs, in effect an extra living room, and then enter a spacious hallway/snug room with two bookcases filled with a variety of books and a corner chair where you can sit and delve into a good book in the peace and quiet.

To the right of the front door is a cosy sitting room, with woodburning stove and with two plush sofas and a TV with a DVD player and radio/CD player.

Here you can settle down after a long day and relax.

To left of the hall is a spacious dining room with seating for up to six people, a wonderful social space for dining together, with the original cast iron range (not in use) showing the wealth of character this property houses.

The cosy fitted kitchen has lovely cream units, wooden worktops, Smeg range cooker and Belfast sink, with ample appliances to help you prepare all types of home cooked meals.

A separate utility room houses the microwave, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

On the ground floor is a family bathroom with shower over.

Upstairs has three charming bedrooms: one king size double (New in 2022 king size bed), one twin and one single (with z-bed available for flexibility), with a separate w.c./shower room.

Each bedroom has been furnished with new comfortable beds which ensure a good night's sleep.

Outside has a lovely front enclosed, south facing, garden and patio with table and chairs provided; a lovely spot to sit out and enjoy the sunshine throughout the day.

There is roadside parking available directly outside the property.

A 10 minute drive away is Buxton home to the famous Opera House and Festival in July with many other year round attractions to offer, while Chatsworth, Alton Towers, the market towns of Bakewell, Ashbourne, Leek are all under a half hour drive away.

Ivy Cottage is a wonderful property, located in the heart of the Peak District countryside.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Buxton 5 miles

The peaceful, rural village of Earl Sterndale rests in the Upper Dovedale Valley in the glorious Peak District National Park. A paradise for walkers with the peaks of Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill, this is a fantastic, peaceful retreat. Earl Sterndale offers a friendly village pub and a playing field with football goals, all wrapped within splendid countryside views. The splendid spa town of Buxton comes close by, promising a fantastic base for your break with a good range of amenities and some fine example of architecture to admire. In terms of outdoor activities there is certainly no shortage, the engulfing Peak District National Park offers seemingly infinite undulating countryside and much to see and do.

Region Information

Note: No stag/hen and similar.
The property only accepts children 5 years and over