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Poacher's Rest

Rowsley near Bakewell, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 941567)


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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Property itself is set in a good location for exploring the local area."

    There is a dog friendly pub a short walk away which is perfect for an evening meal or drinks. The property itself isn’t perfect for dog owners - fully carpeted which proved an issue with dogs after a walk and the lack of secure or private area isn’t ideal. As other reviewers have mentioned…The living room is musty and this is very overpowering upon arrival. The owners have tried to sort with a dehumidifier but this had little impact on the smell meaning that’s it’s not an enjoyable place to sit.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Sitting room strangely large for two guests. A simple sheep wire fence would secure the paddock from the road for pet owners. Very well located property. Very friendly welcoming owners.

    Reviewed by JamesApr 2022

  • "Helen & Dave were lovely hosts."

    Nice welcoming personal touches in the cottage,which was spotless and very well equipped. Lovely location too. It would have been ideal to have an enclosed area at the rear so we could let the dog out off the lead but all in all, one of the nicest cottages we've stayed in. We would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2022

  • "Really need a bigger fridge and freezer Too much furniture- don’t need 2 dining tables"

    Reviewed by ValerieFeb 2022

  • "Warm comfortable accommodation close to Rowsley and the White Peak area."

    Good walks in and around the village including a three mile hike into Chatsworth estate.

    Reviewed by StevenNov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, as everything you could needfor your dog and humans."

    Lovely location, nice safe walks both ways out of cottage with out climbing hills. Just two things that need doing. No outside light working and banister to bedroom keeps falling out. Would love to visit ago

    Reviewed by LeonardOct 2021

  • "Only downfall they need to put a curtain across the door in the bedroom that leads onto the lovely terrace, a lot of light comes through it."

    Reviewed by MatthewAug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage with a nice outdoor area and everything you need inside"

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "It was a really good base to explore."

    Facilities were excellent and everything was covered. Perfect location for a break.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2021

  • "Lots of steps /stairs We are fit but visitors should be made aware ..."

    Lots of steps /stairs We are fit but visitors should be made aware As dog friendly it needs to be stated that there are no secure outside areas and dogs could run straight onto Main A 6 road quite easily

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2021

  • "Excellent location, great views."

    Friendly hosts. A lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2021

  • "Would book again."

    Nice un expected welcome presents also.

    Reviewed by MartinApr 2021

  • "Well situated for walking the cottage was fantastic would go back anytime"

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2020

  • "This is a lovely and a little unique villa in a fantastic position between Bakewell and Matlock."

    Lovely views and a very warm welcome.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2020

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    All I can say is that the people who have provided negative feedback or comments have completely exaggerated the smallest of details... The owners were very welcoming and very helpful. I contacted them several times in the lead up to our stay and they always got back to me promptly.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2020

  • "Ideal location for exploring the derbyshire dales"

    Reviewed by ChristineFeb 2020

  • "Having read some of the negative reviews before going away, we were a bit apprehensive about the prroperty."

    We should not have worried as the place was lovely. Very clean, spacious and warm. The owners were very friendly even going to the trouble of leaving us an Xmas gift from chatsworth house. The noise from the road wasn't an issue. The fact that we had a field in which to walk the dogs was excellent. The only recommendation I would say is to have a smart TV in the kitchen, as there is no WiFi in the lower room with the TV and so I was having to carry the TV upstairs in order for us to watch decent TV. This is a miniscule grie and I realise many people go away simply to get away from their everyday creature comforts. Other than that though, top marks

    Reviewed by SteveDec 2019

  • "The house was ok but had obviously been empty for a while, as it was musty and most cupboards smelt bad when opened."

    TV remotes didn't work and TV was very old, to watch anything on DVD you needed to swap cables around. WiFi was awful and nothing in TV room, a simple power line would solve this but signal only worked upstairs and kitchen sometimes. Although dog tolerant it wasn't dog friendly. Not allowed upstairs, yet only place to clean dogs after a walk! and no way to let them out for their needs, without taking on lead, up slippery stone steps. Dog mess all over lawn yet required to pick up after ours. Suit a couple looking to chill but not for dogs. Wouldn't go back.

    Reviewed by KeithNov 2019

  • "Very comfortable cottage,well equipped ,very spacious."

    Excellent home from home

    Reviewed by AnnNov 2019

  • "Very nice unexpected welcome bottle of wine a box of luxury biscuits."

    Extremely well equipped cottage and nice and warm. Great location for visiting NT houses in the area.Everything the brochure said and more. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by TimOct 2019

  • "Great welcome ."

    ideal for many walks and attractions in the derwent valley

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2019

  • "We were happy with the property in most aspects, however, had we been aware of the proximity of the property to the A6 we would not have chosen this property."

    The traffic noise through the nights of Friday and Saturday was excessive and unfortunately, I am a light sleeper so this did not suit me at all. Apart from that, the location is very good for getting around the Peak District. I feel that the picture of the property in your brochure gives no clue to the close proximity of the A6

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

  • "Well equipped, clean, comfortable cottage."

    Friendly helpful owner next door. Good location for walking and many attractions. A fairly good pub a short walk away.

    Reviewed by AndyAug 2019

  • "Over all good spacious lovely bedroom and very comfy bed!"

    ! very roomy ensunite(could have done with a proper shower over bath),Kitchen/diner good size but no space in cupboards for food items brought with us.and the fridge should have been in the kichen so as to make it more conveniant. Lounge very spacious but but damp cold and dark due to very little natural light and the fact that it is partly undergound ,which would explain why their was a dehumidifier in it .and finally the Wifi was very poor espcially in the lounge mabye a TP link could improve it. On the up side it was in a very good location

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2019

  • "The weather was not very good so it was great to have such a cosy and comfortable cottage to go back to."

    Due to the weather we probably spent more time in the cottage than normal and this cottage was equipped with plenty to keep us occupied.

    Reviewed by NormanJun 2019

  • "There are several issues with this property that I would like to point out to you 1."

    The property is advertised as having a King sized bed This is not the case The bed was a double bed I would not have booked if this had been the case 2. The property is advertised as having a toilet with sink This is not the case The separate toilet does not have a sink ! This means you have to either wash your hands at the kitchen sink ( not at all hygienic if someone is preparing food as the kitchen sink is next to the cooker / hob ) or climb the 2 small flights of stairs to the bathroom. This meant that we had to use the ensuite bathroom at all times An older person or couple with a young child would find this very inconvenient. 3 The lounge is down a small flight of stairs ( more than a few steps) which are uneven The first step is deeper and takes you unawares There is no warning of this. 4 In the lounge is a dehumidifier which was on. There is a notice on this saying to leave on at all times and for the customer to empty when full. There are several issues this raises a/ should a customer be asked to do this It is an electrical item and also to empty involves carrying up steps from lounge to kitchen sink . b/ It was noisy yet this is the room with the television is / room supposed to be for leisure / reading etc. Not conducive to relaxing on a holiday. c/ Is there an ongoing damp issue in the property ? More general observations. The lounge in general is dark with only a set of glass doors with frosted glass which let little light in so we did not want to use it expect in later evening We had a problem with the heating as it came on at night but not at the times as specified by the owner i.e evening and morning. We did need to go and ask the owner on the first night She put the heating on continuous but that meant the first night the bedroom was like a sauna. By the next morning it was off again. The second evening we didn't want to ask again so it was just colder in the lounge so we wore extra jumpers but then it came on at 10pm so again another hot night in the double ( not king sized ) bed. On the plus side the property is in a really nice location and having dogs the use of the paddock was a real bonus Although next to the road we didn't hear traffic once inside the property . The cottage is well furnished. Sadly overall though we would not visit again as the minus points out weighed the pluses.

    I have spoken to Sykes cottages regarding the wording on the website and amended it. Regarding the bed and the downstairs cloakroom. The boiler to the cottage was replaced before Christmas last year, and is in good working order. There is a portable thermostat to turn up or down the temperature in the property and all the radiators have thermostatic valves as well. There are extra plug in radiators in the cottage so know one should feel the cold either. I hope this answers the questions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2019

  • "A lovely spacious, centrally located cottage which was very warm and cosy."

    Would have been even more perfect with a totally fenced off area (side or rear of cottage) for the dogs, as the property is on a very busy road.

    Reviewed by DianeMar 2019

  • "Really nicely situated holiday home, on an easy access busy road (quiet at night), appears to of been a granny annexe or something once but owners really pleasant and you don't feel on top of each other as separate building."

    Well stocked, homely feel to the cottage and a lot more space than we expected with beautiful rear views. Wifi a bit hit and miss and probably worth noting that theres no shower. Which was fine for us as did have a showerhead in the bath. Overall lovely stay and recommend a visit.

    Reviewed by SophieJan 2019

  • "Very clean and comfortable and about a 10 minute stroll from the bus stops."

    Reviewed by RosemaryNov 2018

  • "We had a lovely time at Poacher's Rest, everything was as expected (indeed the cottage was bigger than the photos suggest) and it was perfect for us all, including the doggies."

    Reviewed by KerryOct 2018

  • "The Poachers Rest was a very comfortable and relaxing holiday."

    The owners were their when we arrived and showed us around. It was so central to everything, Matlock, Bakewell, Chatsworth House. We have family close by and did some exploring with them. Such a beautiful part of the country away from the rat race of busy cities.

    Reviewed by ValAug 2018

  • "The accommodation is in a good situation ‘however one kitchen cupboard had a very strong smell of damp the lounge area had an overpowering odour which impacted on our holiday enjoyment ."

    A humidifier was operational at all times with a note for us to empty an extractor fan was covered the lounge door had to be closed as the odour would travel to the kitchen area at times we were unable to use the lounge and sat at the kitchen table all evening .We purchased a scented candle to try to reduce the odour this however made no difference .I could not use air fresher due to Asthama The bath had shower attachment but this was impractical to stand and shower due to the angle of the ceiling The day before the departure the owner asked how our week was I did explain we had issues with the odour and she confirmed it had not been mentioned previously but this was highlighted in a previous review May 2017 and prior to booking we thought actions would have been taken .This It what we expected prior to purchasing our holiday and we really did not look forward to returning to the cottage at the end of a day of walking and visit tourist attractions as you could not relax in the lounge area the alternative sitting in the kitchen or bedroom area to have internet access as this was not present in the Lounge.

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2018

  • "Everything was just brilliant"

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "Absolutely fantastic week."

    Cottage was stunning. Lots to do in local area.

    Reviewed by Heidi-marieJun 2018

  • "Everything written in your information was correct, however there were a few things that meant we did not get the best from our holiday: 1) We found the double bed far to soft which meant my wife had chronic back ache for most of the holiday 2) The lounge, with no windows (there are frosted french doors) was always dark and the settees were not that comfortable 3) As I have walking difficulties, the differing depths of steps on the stairs was difficult."

    I accept that the our issues may not be a problem to others but I know you work to the highest standards, so I felt it best to report our views Trevor Walton

    Reviewed by TrevorMay 2018

  • "Great location cottage as roughly half way between Matlock and Bakewell."

    On the main A6 on a fifty mile stretch so need to take care exiting the property.

    Reviewed by JoyceApr 2018

  • "Perfect cottage even tho it's on main A6 road."

    Beautiful scenery & not far to travel to all surrounding towns/villages. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by TracyMar 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Central to lots of places to explore. Owners were very nice and helpful

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2018

  • "Our stay was lovely, thanks very much!"

    Reviewed by AlunJan 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay at this little cottage."

    When we arrived Helen had gone the extra mile as she had put up a Christmas tree and decorated the cottage for Christmas. There were lovely flowers on the kitchen table. I hoped it would be special and it certainly was. We will certainly go back. Thank you again Helen and all at Sykes for making this time special.

    Reviewed by CarolDec 2017

  • "Stunning cottage."

    Spacious, clean and well equipped.Central location. Straight onto A6 so at peak times you hear the traffic but it certainly didn't spoil our holiday at all. Owners were friendly and welcoming. Would recommend it. We will be back!

    Reviewed by ShirleyOct 2017

  • "The cottage was spacious and very nicely furnished."

    The location, though on a main road is perfect for accessing excellent walks and tourist attractions.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2017

  • "Would be good to have handrails on the stairs."

    ...otherwise really nice comfortable cottage and the dog liked it.

    Reviewed by PamelaJul 2017

  • "The standard of the accommodation and cleanliness was very good."

    The location was great for visiting the dales and peak District. The only drawback was the proximity to the A6 .

    Reviewed by ChristopherJun 2017

  • "The cottage was much bigger than expected."

    It was lovely and clean and warm. So pleased there was a washer and detergent as we ended up on some muddy walks... A big thank you to the owners for letting us bring our 2 dogs. We will certainly book again

    Reviewed by CherylMar 2017

  • "We had a lovely break, the cottage and the location were perfect for us."

    We would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by KayOct 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • One double bedroom with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Lower ground floor sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, electric counter-top double hot plate, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with basic Sky, DVD, Wi-Fi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Roof terrace with furniture, plus lawned garden with decking and furniture
  • Shared side paddock
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 5 mins walk
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times when outside
  • Note: Drops in garden
  • Note: The cottage is set back from a main road which can be busy at peak times and associated noise will be heard.

The property

A lovely one bedroom, stone-built modern cottage with fantastic walks from the doorstep and great views, conveniently located between Bakewell and Matlock on the outskirts of the village of Rowsley.

Next to the owner’s home, this spacious detached property is ideal for couples looking for a romantic retreat.

On the ground floor there is a modern kitchen with large dining table, a utility room and a cloakroom.

Step down a few steps into the very roomy and tastefully furnished sitting room.

It’s a lovely place to snuggle up together and watch a movie however there’s a large comfy sofa each if you fancy some alone time.

On the first floor is a double en-suite bedroom which is tastefully furnished and enjoys oodles of space.

From here there’s a door out to a large roof terrace leading on to a raised decked area with patio furniture.

This is a fantastic place to sit and watch the sun set with uninterrupted views to the pasture and woods adjoining the garden.

There are fantastic walks straight from the door and there’s a paddock for exercising your canine friend if they’re not already worn out from a good day’s walk.

With something always going on in nearby Chatsworth, Bakewell, Matlock and Matlock Bath, this is a great base for exploring everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer.

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About the location


Bakewell 3 miles; Matlock 5 miles.

The pretty village of Rowsley is situated just at the south of stately Chatsworth - home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and a stone’s throw from the impressive tudor-built Haddon Hall. This little village has many attractions, including Caldwell's Mill which houses the last water-powered roller flour mill and a range of craft workshops, shops and a restaurant, Peak Rail, which is a rail enthusiasts dream with rides along the valley, and the Peak Village which has many outlet shops with bargains galore together with feature attractions, a fitness centre and an old fashioned sweet shop and ice cream parlour. Rowsley offers a range of village amenities including shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants, excellent fly fishing facilities (day tickets available from the historic Peacock Hotel) and neighbouring the village is the superb Michelin-starred East Lodge Hotel and Restaurant. The village is also a hub for walkers and cyclists with many picturesque Peak District trails being accessible including the Derwent Valley cycle way, the Monsal Trail and the Rowsley Bar Hill Climb. Close by is Bakewell, capital of the Peak District, and home of the famous Bakewell pudding (definitely not tart!), still made locally to an old and secret recipe. This picturesque town is at the scenic heart of the Peak District, and further attractions in the area include Gulliver's Kingdom, the shops and eateries of Matlock Bath, and Alton Towers, also within easy touring distance, making the location ideal for the whole family to enjoy.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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