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Christmas Cottage

(Ref. 1057608)

Higham near Shirland, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable and cosy cottage, with excellent facilities."

    Kitchen was well stocked and even has sharp knives! Thoughtful welcome pack was left for us on arrival. Mark was so kind and helpful throughout our stay and responded instantly to our messages. The cottage was well placed to visit lots of attractions.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2024

  • "A welcoming, comfortable and very well equipped home, with everything we needed for a great stay in spite of the changeable weather."

    We much appreciated all the extras left for us on arrival - the wine didn't last long!

    Reviewed by Moira5.0Mar 2024

  • "Excellent communication skills, well equipped kitchen, lovely welcome pack."

    Next time we are visiting our grand-daughter we will certainly book again if the cottage is available. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Mar 2024

  • "Such a wonderful cozy cottage , loved the log burner ."

    Has everything you could possibly need very well equipped. A home from home . We were here for a last minute visit to an ill relative . Mark the host was very understanding and accommodating of our situation when things didn’t quite go to plan . The welcome gifts were a nice touch and very much appreciated . Would love to come back one day and highly recommend a stay here .

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a fabulous weekend at Christmas Cottage."

    The property was delightful and very centrally located. We particularly loved the log burner on a chilly evening. The kitchen was very well equipped and a great place to eat. We had a lovely warm welcome and appreciated the call before we arrived. Would certainly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Ceris Lynne5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at Christmas Cottage."

    As a party of two adults and two teenagers, we had plenty of space, the beds were super comfy and we had everything we needed. The oven wasn't particularly user friendly, but we worked it out in the end! The location is ideal for Matlock, Chatsworth and surrounding areas, with plenty of shops/supermarkets and a decent pub, the Greyhound where we enjoyed a meal.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Oct 2023


    Christmas Cottage is a magical, quirky, fascinating property. Original beams, interesting walls, sloping floors and spiral stairs all make this place a joy to behold. There is every mod con you can think of, including Netflix. The beds are so comfortable and the bedding is top quality (Dorma). Torches and fans are provided in each bedroom. The whole cottage has a high end finish and is very clean. Mark, the owner, is generous and kind, offering a lovely welcome pack and was there within literally 5 mins after I texted him about an issue with the lock on the summer house (which is another charming room). The matter was instantly sorted. No problem. We are a multi-generational family, aged between 30 yrs and 77 yrs, so no need for the stair gates. I think it's fair to say that this property is suitable for all the family. The outside area is like a secret wonderland with fairy lights and numerous seating options. It's clear that much love and care has been given to Christmas Cottage. We enjoyed visiting Sheffield, Padley Gorge, Sherwood Forest and Matlock but unfortunately didn't have time for the Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath or Chesterfield. Thank you to Mark for sharing his property with us. ☺ P. S. Colin and Craig, the cockerels, didn't trouble us. You can't hear them with the windows shut and they must be so old because it's more of a croak than a crow!

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning cottage!"

    Loved the Christmas theme, would love to see the cottage at Christmas. Beautifully decorated, high tech appliances, very clean and homely. Loved the lights outside, a great Christmasy touch. Wonderful welcome pack. Only issue was the steep stairs, but this will not stop us from returning. We recommend Christmas Cottage.

    Reviewed by Gaynor5.0Aug 2023

  • "A delightful cottage in a quiet village with amenities and attractions within easy reach."

    Clean and comfortable with everything being thought of to make our stay an enjoyable one. Beds were super comfortable. Showers worked well,lounge was comfortable and kitchen was the most well stocked with just about everything you need.Fully recommend this cottage to anyone wanting to visit this area of Derbyshire.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2023

  • "A wonderful cottage."

    Cosy and comfortable. Everything you need. Even a cockerel to crow to complete the rustic atmosphere.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great cottage with plenty of room and really well equipped."

    Mark was very friendly, welcoming & helpful. We had a brilliant holiday with plenty to do in the area & a variety of good places to eat. Can thoroughly recommend Christmas Cottage.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wonderful property with all the little essentials you need and a wonderful welcome pack"

    Reviewed by C+C5.0Mar 2023

  • "Christmas cottage is beautifully appointed and equipped with everything anyone could need."

    A generous welcome pack and help from the friendly owner was much appreciated. A good central base for exploring Derbyshire with a variety of eating places nearby. To be recommended.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fabulas"

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Dec 2022

  • "Christmas Cottage is a beautiful homely and cosy cottage, with both modern and traditional features which appealed to us as a family of 5 (ranging from 19-50 year old)."

    Mark the owner, welcomed us and had left some very appreciated goodies for our arrival. Mark couldn’t have done more for us during our stay and it was lovely to chat with him about the history of the cottage and the surrounding area, including his wealth of knowledge about places to visit/eat and drink. The fully furnished kitchen had everything we needed for our stay and couldn’t ask for anything more and was a lovely space to spend family time. The multi-fuel stove in the sitting room was a lovely cosy treat and gave out loads of heat and was easy to use. The beds were amazing including comfy pillows and duvets in splendid bedrooms with traditional character and plenty of storage. bedtime, it was a pleasure to retire to bed after a busy day. The drive fitted all our 3 cars on with no problem, it’s best to reverse onto the driveway to make it easier to pull off. Although we didn’t use the summer house or courtyard/outdoor seating (due to the weather) they looked great spaces to use in the warmer weather. Thank you Mark for a lovely holiday in Christmas Cottage. Rachael, Anthony, James, Hannah and Jack

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was stunning and very comfortable."

    There was a few items left to welcome us, which was much appreciated. It had all that we wanted for a comfortable stay. Wasn't too sure how to work the heating, but it wasn't too cold, and we used the log burner. Mark was very helpful when I first arrived. Would definately stay there again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2022

  • "What a wonderful place and what a wonderful thoughtful host."

    The cottage is perfect. Beautifully presented and cosy. Go explore the area there are some great walks and amazing places to visit. I was able to work with ease for a few days with spot on wifi and enjoy the courtyard for lunch. There are some good runs across the fields and you can then have a great meal in one of the local pubs after. Thanks Mark. We will see you soon.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2022

  • "Mark, the owner of the cottage was very helpful and accommodating."

    He welcomed us via a text and ldt us know that he was a phone call away for any issue. We didn't realise the stairs were not very wide and only had a handrail on one side. And that the single bedroom was at the top of the house. (Maybe we didn't read the description thoroughly?) This was fine for all family members but for one who is 86 years and has an issue with his right wrist. But after speaking with Mark, he brought us a fold up bed that we could use in the living room. Problem solved. The cottage was lovely, spacious and also cosy. The outside space was great for sitting out in the afternoon and evenings. At bedtime, it was a pleasure to retire to lovely rooms with comfortable beds made up with very nice bed linen. There were two pub restaurants close by and we were a car ride away from so many well rated eateries. There was also a supermarket close by in Alfreton 2 miles down the road. As for the sightseeing, there is so much choice depending on the length of your stay. Our party loved Christmas Cottage and I would love to book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Aug 2022

  • "Comfortable, well decorated property to a high standard."

    Beautiful spacious family kitchen. Welcome goodies were a nice touch and appreciated after a long journey. However, the kitchen could have benefitted from serving bowls for family dinners. Garden furniture only seats 4 for a property that sleeps 5. Bathrooms had no electric shaver point, so two pin plug should be provided. Property is listed as having a BBQ, but disappointed to find a really old rusty firepit with BBQ grate, in the corner of the courtyard, full of water, weeds and moss. We could not find another one, so assume this was it. Totally un-useable and not an accurate listing. Should be replaced. Didn't expect to have a cockerel next door, right under the bedroom window, waking us up at 4:30am every morning. Almost ruined the holiday for us, which is a shame!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Jul 2022

  • "A very comfortable and obviously newly renovated cottage with a nice private patio courtyard."

    The two bathrooms and downstairs WC were much appreciated Downsides which were not made explicit prior to booking however are: no facilities for making a pot of tea or a cafetière of coffee; we especially brought our own coffee and had we been told we would have brought a tea pot and cafetière. The entry and exit to the cottage is an accident waiting to happen as it's at the junction of two roads with fast moving traffic. The cottage stairs are very steep especially up to the second floor.

    Reviewed by John4.4Jun 2022

  • "A really lovely cottage - spacious, comfortable, fantastic kitchen and bathrooms, lovely private courtyard."

    Fifteen minutes from Matlock and half an hour from Bakewell. We had a wonderful stay and wished it could have been longer:-)

    Reviewed by Aseel5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely Cottage with a great private walled court yard with a crab apple tree with full blossom, and a resident great tit nesting in a wall box a very relaxing garden."

    It is what I would call a perfect holiday cottage with all the trimmings cosy beds, log burner, excellent kitchen every thing you need for a perfect holiday. You must also take into account you are staying in the country side and you do have farm animals, which I do not mind it is part of the experience of staying n the country side. All the family really enjoyed staying here many thanks...

    Reviewed by Jason5.0May 2022

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  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x second-floor king-size with TV, 1 x second-floor single bed with folding bed
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom/utility room with basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove
  • External sun room
  • Gas central heating with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric double oven with induction hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • 2 x TVs and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed courtyard with barbecue and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.2 miles

The property

Sitting peacefully within the village of Higham, is the striking stone dwelling of Christmas Cottage.

Set over three floors, this roomy accommodation provides an idyllic backdrop for a family of six who seek a relaxing escape to the Derbyshire countryside.

Step inside the handy boot room and off your mud-splattered wellies, before making yourself at home in the well-equipped kitchen as you prepare a tasty afternoon snack.

Gather with family at the dining table and delight in a delicious meal, courtesy of the chef of the group, before wandering across the attractive Karndean wood flooring and discovering a warm and welcoming sitting room exuding character and charm through its exposed beams and traditional woodburning stove.

Settle down on the plush sofas and spend the night watching a captivating movie on the impressive flat-screen TV, or venture outside on warm summer evenings and indulge in a fantastic feast at the outdoor dining area with the help of the barbecue.

Discover a cloakroom/utility room with the benefit of a washing machine, so that you can keep on top of the laundry whilst you're away.

Guests can choose to stay in one of three beautifully appointed bedrooms, consisting of a king-size, a second-floor king-size and a second-floor single with an optional folding bed.

Styled with pretty wallpaper and a striking metal frame bed, as well as boasting its very own en-suite shower, the king-size bedroom offers a tranquil space where you can retire at the end of an action-packed day.

The first floor is complete with a well-designed shower room, perfect for indulging in a refreshing shower as you take your time to get ready for the day ahead.

Grab your comfiest walking boots and head for Ravensnest Wood, where you can embrace the great outdoors as you embark on a scenic woodland walk.

Set off along the Silverhill trail or grab your bikes for a thrilling cycle along the High Peak Junction, before hopping on the nearby Heights of Abraham for unrivalled views of the Peak District National Park.

Step back in time at the Crich Tramway Village, or travel to Matlock for a tour of The Great Masson Cavern.

Saunter along the River Derwent, stopping off for a bite to eat in one of the well-established cafes in the area before visiting the Pic Tor War Memorial and admiring the manicured lawns of the Victorian Hall Leys Park.

Spot Stainsby Mill at the National Trust owned Hardwick Estate or admire the grand architecture of the ruins of 16th century Tudor manor of Hardwick Old Hall.

For fun for all the family, head to Gulliver's Kingdom or Nottingham Zoo before travelling deeper into the Peak District National Park to see the imposing Chatsworth House.

Make memories with your nearest and dearest on the ultimate escape to Derbyshire at Christmas Cottage.

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

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About the location


Ripley 5.8 miles; Matlock 6.6 miles; Chesterfield 8.1; Ashbourne 20.4 miles

The sleepy village of Shirland can be found tucked away in the rolling Derbyshire countryside, just a stone's throw away from the magnificent Peak District National Park. Centred around the imposing architecture of St Leonard's Church, dating all the way back to 12th century, this idyllic town boasts a rich and exciting history providing a wonderful base from which to explore the East Midlands. The area is filled with unspoilt hiking routes and off-beaten cycle paths, as well as an abundance of enchanting historical landmarks all waiting to be explored. The picture-perfect village of Doe Lea can be found resting on the banks of the River, whilst the bustling town of Matlock can be found hosting a number of interactive museums and incredible caverns. Further afield lie the towns of Ashbourne, Chesterfield and Ripley, as well as the exciting city of Derby, offering something for the whole family. The village itself is home to two quintessential country pubs, a well-stocked convenience selling all of the household essentials and a charming post-office, visitors to the area will have all of their everyday needs covered. Spend the day at popular local attractions such as Crich Tramway Village, the National Trust owned Hardwick Estate and the English Heritage site of Wingfield Manor, or take the kids along to Gulliver's Kingdom or Nottingham Zoo for a fun-filled day out. Perfectly positioned within the centre of excitement, Shirland is a fantastic setting for any adventure in the stunning setting of Derbyshire.

NOTE: If you are wanting to charge your electric vehicle. There will be a £50.00 charge per week which is payable directly to the owner of the property when you arrive.

Note: The property does not have an electric charging point you will need to bring your own sockets.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas