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Lees Farm

Priestcliffe near Bakewell, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 2681)

4.6

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "The wow factor of this property and it’s location is unrivalled, it’s absolutely incredible and the setting is idyllic!"

    I’m sad to write there were negatives but there were a couple which can’t be overlooked. A few of the beds were very uncomfortable and mattresses could do with an update, very hard, very creeky and unfortunately this was disruptive of a good nights sleep. The kitchen was very well equipped and was ready for larger group catering but it was silly things like only half of the toaster working that caused an issue when we had 8 hungry people at breakfast. Lastly ofcourse was the access, luckily all of our party had 4WDs so although a bit ropey we had no major issues but if you did have a saloon you would risk vehicle damage on the approach. I think this is perfectly acceptable and the lane is well worth the bumps to reach the house but I don’t understand why it isn’t highlighted anywhere upon booking to prepare bookers and allow them the opportunity to bring a suitable vehicle. This property sells itself so addressing the bed situation would be all it would take to make it exceptional, unfortunately it’s very hard to enjoy a holiday fully when you are very tired and it’s the only thing that has let the property down.

    Reviewed by HannahApr 2022

  • "The house was lovely and in a particularly fantastic location."

    It was really cosy in the evenings with the 2 log burners going. The kitchen is well stocked with all the equipment you need for feeding 8. The bedrooms were all very cosy with very comfortable beds. In summary, an extremely well furnished and comfortable cottage. Would certainly recommend! We had 3 cars up at the house and all the drivers were absolutely fine with the muddy, rutted approach road, but I suspect it may take a few drivers by surprise, especially in the winter months. Perhaps the listing needs to make a little more of this farm track road. The radiators and underfloor heating didn't work throughout our stay. This wasn't an issue as the weather was mild and we had the 2 burners going in the evenings. The information backs, while very comprehensive, could do with updating. There is a small leak at the base of the RHS of the downstairs shower. The flush button sticks open on the downstairs toilet. There must be a leak in the downstairs bedroom as there is a patch of damp on the ceiling that needs looking at before it gets worse. One ceiling light out in the upstairs bathroom. The lights on the shaving mirror in the upstairs bathroom, operated by pull cord seems to have jammed.

    Reviewed by WillDec 2021

  • "Excellent house and garden situated with magnificent views of the Peak District ."

    The adults, baby and dogs all had a great time !

    Reviewed by LomanSep 2021

  • "We had a great time with the superb isolated location with great views."

    Sykes responded promptly to communication. recent garden furniture was a real bonus. Description does not make clear that 2 bedrooms have skylights not proper windows, this was disappointing for the adult guests in our party. Other than the 2 master bedrooms, the 2 secondary bedrooms (with single beds) have poor ventilation due to the skylights/high velux windows only. One of the double beds was broken, ( the top section was not fixed on.) Clothes airers are still broken - indoors one for over a year according to previous feedback, outdoors too, (even a normal old-fashioned clothes line would be better than nothing.) Carpets smell musty downstairs. We had to bring lights from upstairs into the lounge to be able to read. An outside sun umbrella would be of benefit. Kitchen was well- equipped. Showers are good. Barbecue was small and missing bits - we had to fashion our own grill surface from 2x disposables. Overall we enjoyed our stay and had a great time, in a rural cottage we were not expecting anything fancy, but for the price for a week that we paid we would expect these fairly basic straightforward things to be fixed - and not keep recurring in the comments/feedback.

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2021

  • "Fantastic views, hadn't actually realised how good they would be."

    Really a superb spot, completely isolated from neighbours, perfect place for a relaxing break. Looks like owners are investing in the property, looked like a new air source heating unit and garden furniture added which were great. The living spaces are comfortable and clean. The kitchen is a little old but quite ok. The range cooker was great to prepare food on. Double bedrooms a little tight to fit in a travel cot (we had two toddlers in our party). Downstairs bedroom ideal for older children or single adults. Bedroom with views down into the valley did have a slightly damp smell which is mentioned in other reviews. It is a very old cottage and moisture is a bit inevitable, it wasn't intrusive or really unpleasant. One thing to keep in mind is the farm track, if you have anything lower than an SUV/4x4 you will need to take it very carefully. XC90 was absolutely fine but our party had an Audi A4 which scraped up the hill in parts.

    Reviewed by DanJul 2021

  • "Really good stay and great cottage."

    A couple of small issues were some of the wooden outdoor furniture was unusable as it was broken. 4 chairs we couldn’t use. Also the big wooden table at the front of the property is split down the middle so we couldn’t move it at all when the sun moved slightly. The wifi also didn’t work for the full week of the stay. We tried turning it on and off again a few times but it didn’t work at any point. Apart from that all was great. Thanks

    Reviewed by EdMay 2021

  • "Amazing location, very comfortable."

    Great to have stoves and logs supplied. Cottage very wll appointed!

    Reviewed by KathrynApr 2021

  • "Perfect cottage builtiful location the only drawback was the road leading to the cottage very poor."

    welcome milk and biscuits were a nice touch on arrival. Lovely and remote, fantastic views, wood burners. Have recommended this cottage to all familys and friends and will definitely will come back here.This was a great experience which made our holiday a one to remember. Michael Timson.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2020

  • "No thanks"

    Reviewed by BelindaSep 2020

  • "There were a few silly things that marred the property and they are petty."

    Only one dish tablet per day for 9 people, some of the outside chairs were broken as was the clothes airer (which had been mentioned in the visitor book previously). The worse thing for us though was the gardeners turning up as we were loading the car, not good with dogs. Otherwise a beautiful property in a wonderful location.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2020

  • "We have just returned from our stay at Lee's farm."

    Overall we had a great stay, the location of the house is 10/10 couldn't be any more perfect. But for the price we paid we where expecting a higher standard in the house. The house was incredibly damp, one of the bedrooms the skirting was literally crumbling off & the smell throughout the whole upstairs was unbearable. The heating was ok. This was very tempermental, with plug in radiators in some rooms. due to raidiators not working. Drainage in all toilets, it needs 2/3 flushes to flush any paper down the toilet. Dishwasher does not work at all, it comes on & trips & turns off after 30 seconds, we tried chaining fuses etc but no luck, it wasn't that urgent for us to call anyone out. The whole upstairs carpets are DISGUSTING! no reflection on the cleaners i think years of stains on them without a proper clean, i understand the house allows dogs but this shouldn't be reflecting of the state of the carpets, we stay 3-4 different places a year with our dogs & have never seen anything quite like it. Things like the guest information is almost non existent. apart from a pack about what the house includes, a book on walks & a book for the appliances. local things to do how far the nearest shop is etc would of been very helpful. The house does have everything you need to stay comfortably & a good supply of logs to keep everything warm. Unfortunately the damp is the main thing that would stop us returning & it does bring down our expectations especially that we had our little baby in one of the rooms i understand this is an old house & damp is an occurrence but i feel it needs some major treatment. The driveway near the house is great , half way down the lane where there are some major homes in the road, any other car apart from a 4x4 which we had would of majorly struggled. how much does some hardcore cost to fill these major holes cost (There are about 10)

    Reviewed by JakeDec 2019

  • "The farmhouse was a wonderful place for a family stay."

    The kitchen was really well equipped, the rangemaster stove was brilliant to cook on and really easy to work out how to use. I have never used one before but soon got to grips with it. Loved the outside table and chairs as we had some lovely weather and were able to enjoy outside eating. Everything in and outside of the house was very good quality (although apart from the barbecue which was really too small for a family so we bought some disposables to use as well). We loved the location at the top of the hill with only cows and sheep, and the occasional rabbit, for neighbours, but only an average of about 30 mins drive from various tourist attractions (show caves, Castleton, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock Bath). Obviously the drive can be tricky but we felt it was a minor negative compared to all the positives. Check in and out is easy with the key safe, and there was good communication with Margaret from Sykes Cottages when I needed to contact her. All in all we had a wonderful week there and would recommend it to any family.

    Reviewed by MaryAug 2019

  • "Lee's Farm is an absolute gem."

    The photos does not do it justice. There was not a single thing that you would want to add, take away or change. Tescos delivered right to the door! So no need to source a supermarket, which helps with packing and travelling. The instructions to get there were very good and easy to follow. It was the best thought through and executed place we have ever been to. It was pristine. It was maintained to such a high standard. Everything you might need was in the cottage, even household items even little night lights! It was also very well situated for all attractions to see and do in the area. We all had a super time, and coming back to a very cosy, warm cottage, especially after a day in torrential rain, was like coming home!

    Reviewed by AnnAug 2019

  • "Lee’s farm was perfect from the comfortable living rooms with the wood fires, the comfy beds, both bathrooms and the kitchen with all the utensils you could imagine!"

    The surrounding countryside provided amazing views regardless of the weather. The 20 minute walk (if you are fairly fit) to the great pub meant that although you are literally in the middle of nowhere you can get a great feed and drink without having to get in the car! All in all I would definitely recommend Lee’s farm for small or large groups

    Reviewed by KarlJun 2019

  • "Back again in this well positioned and provided for cottage in the centre of the Peak District, well located for the Monsal Trail and surrounding visitor attractions."

    The unmade road to the cottage continues to be frustrating, but once arrived, this is soon forgotten about. There is a good level of provision throughout, except that the lounge area would benefit considerably from additional lighting; and strangely no hair dryer is provided. These niggles aside, this is a nice cottage and well up to use by families, great and small.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2019

  • "Amazing place but only one thing missing is bbq"

    Reviewed by DariuszApr 2019

  • "The track to the farm house from the road is quite long and very uneven in places but nice reached the views are scenic."

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2019

  • "Much larger than expected."

    Stunning views with direct access into a nature reserve near the Monsal trail.

    Reviewed by EmmaMar 2019

  • "This is the second time we have used Sykes cottages and they do not disappoint."

    Lovely spacious property with lots of character. We were staying with the maximum number of guests but the house didn’t feel crowded.

    Reviewed by JanelleFeb 2019

  • "Description of bedrooms was a bit misleading, it seemed to suggest there was a double bed in most of the rooms which was one of the reasons for our booking as three couples were staying."

    The track leading up to the property was very rough in parts and if you had a low car you would srltruggle to get up it. The location was very good, near to the monsal trail and the house was very large and comfortable for all staying.

    Reviewed by JanetNov 2018

  • "The location was perfect for us."

    In the middle of nowhere, but within 30 mins reach of everything. The Cottage was well equipped and comfortable, and spotlessly clean. So much to do that we are returning next year. A fabulous week.

    Reviewed by AliAug 2018

  • "Very well equipped beautifully remote farmhouse with views to inspire and relax."

    The excitement of the track leading up to the house and the visit from the cow in the garden were enjoyed by all. We were pleased to find the location so well placed to local attractions and yet far enough away to give a real sense of timeout. Brilliant holiday.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2018

  • "Loved our stay at Lees cottage, great location up on a hill with awesome views, so peaceful!"

    The half a mile bumpy track is something to consider, all 3 of us managed in and out most days with only one with a little damage to underside (was still drive-able), all part of the charm of staying in beautiful rural location! Our daughter thought it was hilarious and learned the word ‘bumpy’. The big kitchen was well equipped for big meals together, electric oven took a bit of getting used too and high chair needed a good clean on arrival (just little things). The box of jigsaws and games in the utility room was very handy, also the books and dvds in house. Bedlinen was lovely, duvets and pillows were so soft. Our four poster bed was a bit creaky but our 2year old slept happily for ten hours each night in the travel cot....glad we brought our own cot sheet and cellular blanket as not supplied. Perfect proximity to Bakewell and Matlock, lots to do for families (ladybower resevoir, Abraham heights cable car, pooles cavern, blue John cave in Crich, Matlock farm, tram museum...some of the group went in bike rides and long treks) loved the antique shop in Matlock and little boutique clothes shops. Lovely having Fresian cows peering over the garden wall whilst the sun sets...Would definitely stay here again. Glad we took advice from another review booking a Tesco online shop to arrive on the day we arrived as nearest shop for pasta (forgot this on list) was 40 mins round trip, just put Sat Nav in brackets in address. Highly recommend this cosy place!

    Reviewed by JessicaJul 2018

  • "Lees Farm is a dream house right on top of a hill with a 360 degree views."

    Spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Just make sure you drive carefully and slowly up the mile long lane, which is a bit rough, to the cottage. Wonderful place for walks and bike rides.

    Reviewed by ElsebethMay 2018

  • "Lees farm is in a remote location with absolutely stunning views across the Monsal Valley."

    The farmhouse is warm, cosy and well equipped - the underfloor heating in the main living room was wonderful. We stayed in November (during some strong winds) and despite being very exposed the property felt very safe. The drive up to the property was no problem at all in a 4-wheel drive - although it was narrow in places, and a local grocery company (Tesco) were able to deliver to the address without any problem.

    Reviewed by JanetNov 2017

  • "Visited Lees a few times now and will be booking again next year."

    Lovely homely house, feels like home as soon as you walk in.

    Reviewed by SNov 2017

  • "Beautiful, peaceful, remote location."

    Cosy, comfortable cottage. Perfect.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2017

  • "We have had a fantastic stay at Lees Farm."

    The cottage was very well equipped and the views from the cottage were stunning. The location was the perfect place to unwind and everyone in our group enjoyed their stay adults, children and dogs.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2017

  • "Location, views, cottage was comfy and cosy"

    Reviewed by AllisonNov 2016

  • "We all enjoyed our stay at lees farm ."

    the cottage was really lovely and the views were fantastic as was the weather the area is really beautiful with thanks mrs Cuthbert

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2016

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Summary

  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor family room with adult bunks & single bed, 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x single with pull-out stacker bed
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin, WC
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower, basin, WC
  • Kitchen with range
  • Utility room
  • Sitting room with dining table & woodburning stove
  • Snug with table & woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stoves in sitting room & snug
  • Range cooker, electric oven, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer (in utility room), washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, radio, stereo/CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel, power & supply for woodburners inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Cot & highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Large open grassed area surrounding property, patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, to be kept downstairs only
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Property accessed via uneven farm track of approx
  • 0.75 miles; can be tricky to negotiate in parts, low suspension vehicles not recommended.

The property

Priestcliffe 1 mile. A superb, stone-built detached farmhouse on a remote hillside, with wonderful views across the awe-inspiring Monsal Valley, just under a mile from the hamlet of Priestcliffe, in the High Peak.

Lees Farm has been restored to provide outstanding accommodation of character and charm in the most enviable of positions.

The property boasts a spacious sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove, a cosy snug with woodburning stove, and a well-equipped kitchen with range cooker.

Walkers and mountain bikers will be spoilt for choice with many bridleways, a nature reserve and tracks and footpaths through magnificent open moors and countryside.

For those wishing to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and tranquillity, this is the one for you.

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About the location

PRIESTCLIFFE

Bakewell 7 miles.

Priestcliffe is a small hamlet of farms and dwellings, sited between Taddington, the River Wye and Monsal Head. This is the scenic heart of the Peak District, with high limestone hills offering fantastic walks. Monsal Head is a famous beauty spot, with a magnificent view down Monsal Dale and up the Wye Valley. The position is at a spot where the Wye, on its passage eastwards to meet the Derwent, encounters a band of harder rock and is forced to make a sharp turn southwards and carve its way through a high ridge of limestone. The view is spectacular, with the river far below, winding through a steep-sided and often rocky valley. The route of the former Midland Railway makes its way along Monsal Dale and was carried by a viaduct over the river and into a tunnel which goes right beneath Monsal Head. This is now part of the Monsal Trail, a popular route with walkers. The attractive market town of Bakewell is just 7 miles away and offers visitors a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as frequent local farmers’ markets. An ideal location for exploring the Peak District National Park.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas