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Ivy Cottage

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Earl Sterndale near Longnor, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Ivy cottage has plenty of room, with everything you could need and more."

    Good comfortable bedrooms. Lovely log burner with enough fuel supplied for a week in the lounge, separate dining room, and a recent new kitchen. Earl Sterndale, a great (and peaceful) location to explore the Peak District. If you have an electric car, you can charge in Buxton, 50KW BP/polar. The cottage postcode was not recognized by our car or Asda home delivery. Put in Earl Sterndale Church as a location in the sat nav, cottage is next door.

    Thanks for your kind remarks and glad you enjoyed your stay. Kate and Nick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Mar 2024

  • "Such a beautiful cottage!"

    Spacious, but also cosy and homely. We loved sitting in the conservatory and watching the birds on the feeders. And lighting a fire after a day out walking. Walks from the door, such as the strenuous dance with the dragon walk, and also many nearby walks such as the Roaches and Lud's church. Hope to visit again!

    Thanks very much for your feedback and so glad you got to enjoy many of the wonderful walks from the cottage. Kate and Nick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nina5.0Nov 2023

  • "Such a quirky cottage, very homely and great location to go out an explore"

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2023

  • "Ivy Cottage was wonderful in every way."

    It was one of the best equipped cottages we have stayed in and they had thought of everything you might need and more. The location was spectacular and the cottage itself was beautiful with many homely touches to make the stay comfortable and cosy. Maybe a few too many antiques for families with lively children (as we left mighty relieved nothing was broken!!) but that isn't a criticism as such because the quirky decor was part of the charm and the children were enchanted by the books, games and ornaments. A perfect stay.

    Thanks so much for your kind comments. It's great to know you so enjoyed your family holiday. Kate and Nick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Miranda5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is one of the most charming and comfortable cottages we have ever stayed in."

    Despite its age, everything worked beautifully and it was extremely well-equipped. It had a really delightful atmosphere - very restful, very calming. We also loved the beautiful cottage garden, overflowing with flowers and shrubs and adding to the feeling of seclusion. The location was perfect for visiting the southern end of the Peak District. Thank you to the owners who somehow made us feel so welcome even though we never met them! They clearly love their cottage and want those who stay in it to feel the same.

    Again thank you so much for your lovely response. It is very rewarding to have the cottage so appreciated and to feel that guests enjoy its personal atmosphere and all the glories of the countryside around it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jun 2023

  • "A fabulous cottage with excellent facilities."

    We loved the homeliness and the eclectic bits and bobs that made visiting the rooms a bit of an exploration. Extremely comfortable, spacious yet cosy and the garden was lush and beautiful. We would happily have moved in permanently!

    Thanks very much for you lovely comments. It's a much loved cottage and it's great to share it with guests who have appreciate it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Merv5.0Jun 2023

  • "This cottage has a very special atmosphere."

    There’s something about it which makes you instantly relax. It retains so many original features and is furnished with so many interesting and characterful items. The location at the heart of the Peak District in a really quiet village is also unbeatable and there are good views from the excellent conservatory .

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday at Ivy cottage."

    Set in an ideal location in a quiet village, made it easy for us to access all areas of the Peak District, with Buxton only a 10 minute drive away, and plenty of walks on the doorstep. The property was well-equipped and full of unique items of furniture which added a personal touch. There was enough space for 5 adults to relax comfortably throughout the week. Only 2 minor points to highlight: as mentioned by other visitors, the garden is somewhat overgrown and it was difficult to navigate at times, especially to the various seating areas. When it had rained in the night, getting to and from the gate without getting wet from the plants was a challenge. However we do appreciate that trying to maintain the garden during high season must be a challenge. The second point to note was the downstairs shower which we were unable to use as, as a family, we are generally above average in height. Again, we appreciate that it is an old cottage, with low ceilings, but found that, unless you sat in the bath, the shower is better suited to children than adults. These points aside, we had a very enjoyable, relaxing holdiay and would recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Sep 2022

  • "The property was very well equipped and easy to get to."

    It was cool when the outside weather was hot. We always managed to park within a few yards - lots of walkers park on the same road. Two negatives: the downstairs rooms are darker than shown on the site (a minor point) the garden is very overgrown (so not as shown on the site), which meant we could not sit outdoors

    Thanks for your positive feedback. Sorry you found some of the rooms darker than represented in publicity photos but that is one of the reasons the cottage is so cool in the hot weather! It is a very old cottage after all and the original photos were taken in the winter with flash. On the other hand there is the large conservatory looking out across the garden that most guests make the most of whatever the season. The week after your stay we were here ourselves and spent time tidying up the garden (as I do regularly anyway) so that it was more easy to get around. I missed my last opportunity to do so in the extremely hot weather of July so I am sorry for you that it was more 'lush' that usual - especially in a time of rapid growth. It is more of a traditional cottage garden and there are 4 seating areas around the garden which I always make sure are clear and accessible for people, whatever their mobility. Again the photos were taken in low season so an element of seasonal adjustment is necessary. We feel the nature of the garden is part of the charm of the place but realise the need for our guests to be able to access it. Sorry again that you found this more tricky that you had hoped. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Aug 2022

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

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jul 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 Neil4.4Jul 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 Margaret5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful quiet surroundings."

    Very well equipped and full of character.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2022

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

    Reviewed by Nic5.0May 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 Christopher5.0Sep 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 Dave5.0Jul 2021

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

    We wanted to stay longer.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jul 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 Ivan5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage which was well equipped"

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0May 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 Julie5.0Apr 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 Barbara5.0Nov 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 A5.0Nov 2019

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

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Oct 2019

  • "Wonderful gem in the Peak district."

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

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2019

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

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Sep 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 Alistair5.0Aug 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 Penelope5.0May 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 Jan5.0May 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 Elizabeth5.0Apr 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 Emily5.0Mar 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 Sarah5.0Feb 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 K5.0Feb 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
  • LPG central heating
  • Kitchen with Dual fuel range cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave
  • Utility with dishwasher, washing machine
  • Sizeable entrance hall with bookcases and reading chair
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with logburner
  • WiFi, TV, DVD player with large selection of DVDs, CD player and a selection of books 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 in property or in the garden
  • Pilsbury Castle and Arbor Low Stone Circle are within easy distance
  • Lyme Park, setting of Pride and Prejudice TV series is also nearby
  • 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
  • Please note, the owner would like all guests to fill out the party details correctly, for insurance purposes
  • Please note: This property offers 3, 4 or 7 night stays.

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 now one of the oldest in the village, 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, traditional village 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 playing field with football goals, all wrapped within splendid countryside views. The Wonderful 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.

Note: No stag/hen and similar.
The property only accepts children 5 years and over
Please note, the owner would like all guests to fill out the party details correctly, for insurance purposes.

Please note: Friday check-ins only and a minimum 3-night stay
Please note: This property offers 3, 4 or 7 night stays.