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Rock Lodge Farm

Priestcliffe near Bakewell, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 949124)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 14

  • Bedrooms 7

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely Cottage with beautiful views we were very lucky with the gorgeous weather too."

    Having a second kitchen with 14 people was an added bonus. All the rooms were beautifully decorated, with the 7th bedroom in the description it does tell you it is half a door so please take note that it is but it does tell you in the description. Plenty of parking space to park several vehicles. I would just recommend taking your own toilet paper because there wasn't much there. We had an incredible weekend with family to celebrate my Mum's 70th birthday.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2022

  • "Perfect place for a large family gathering, with good indoor and outdoor space, ..."

    Perfect place for a large family gathering, with good indoor and outdoor space, well equipped kitchens and a large barbecue

    Reviewed by StellaJul 2022

  • "We had a really lovely time at Rock Lodge Farm for a family celebration of a birthday."

    The house was a pleasure to be in, all the bedrooms comfortable and generous, the bathrooms luxurious. Our 8 year old grand-daughter loved the room with the low door and all the children (11 months to 8 years) loved the swings and the tree house - or Hogwarts Flying Car! We had good weather, so we especially enjoyed eating on the terrace and being in the beautiful garden. We enjoyed the wide selection of games and magazines too.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2022

  • "Lovely building, surroundings and gardens."

    Lots of parking space. Family were not happy with the amount of cobwebs on windows and curtain rails. Had a problem with a shower, the owner tried very hard to get it sorted via Sykes but a man in shorts and no tools came and said he couldn't fix it and left water running for a couple of days. This is no fault of the owners. Overall we had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by CaroleJun 2022

  • "1) A plumber arrived unexpectedly part way through the stay and announced that he had come to repair the leaking bath!"

    We had not been told about the problem. He didn't have the part to repair it so it was left in that state and he didn't return. 2) While the plumber was there we pointed out that the toilet flush in another room continued to flush after use. He again didn't have the part and didn't return. 3) There was a wasp nest in a hole in internal plaster. Fortunately it appeared to be old. 4) We vacuumed under all settee cushions before leaving and found a large amount of food debris. We didn't eat on the settees so it was clearly from previous guests. 5) You, Sykes advised us to put recycling in bags provided. There were no bags or recycling bags so we had to improvise. Generally the property is in lovely surroundings, has lots of facilities and we would otherwise highly recommend it, but appears to be poorly managed.

    Reviewed by KennethApr 2022

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Rock Lodge farm."

    The setting is beautiful, it was quiet with amazing views. It felt very spacious yet cosy and welcoming. We found the bedrooms comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. We didn’t really need the second kitchen but that too looked clean & modern. The utility room was very useful for hanging up wet clothes and doing laundry. Also appreciated the books and board games as the weather was pretty bad so we needed some indoor entertainment. Roger was helpful and quick to reply to our queries. Would definitely recommend this place for a family gathering and would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by MelanieFeb 2022

  • "Fantastic house for our large family to get together ."

    Surrounding countryside beautiful and peaceful . Great to be able to go walking directly from the house. Superbly equipped kitchen . Very comfortable beds and quality bedding. Fantastic water pressure in all the showers. Only negatives are the heating in the barn extension ...not working for much of the stay (thankfully it was warm ) Need a bigger recycling bin outside . We arrived to recycling bins overflowing. Disappointing that having stated that logs would be available for our first night non were there.

    Reviewed by RoseOct 2021

  • "Rock Lodge Farm was a perfect setting for our large family group."

    We are from all over UK and came together to try to make up for the Christmas we all felt robbed of in Dec 2020. The beautiful setting in the White Peak was uplifting - and we can see exactly why there is a floor to ceiling window in the dining room in order to enjoy the vista. We had a fabulous Hunter's Moon to enjoy during our stay. We enjoyed lots of trips into the area despite the challenging weather. Our group visited the Monsal Trail, Bakewell, Buxton Brewery, The Eyam Plague Museum, Chatsworth House, and hiked Mam Tor. The large cottage is well equipped for catering for large numbers and we had some splendid meals around the long table. Our grumbles were few, but maybe worth noting to improve your clients' experience. The kitchen knives, although numerous, were not sharp. Carving large joints (and even a goose) proved challenging. A decent sharpener might resolve this. The downstairs bedroom ensuite radiator/towel rail would not come on at all until we discovered it was somehow linked to the bedroom above it. There still did not seem to be any rhyme/reason to why this was. The downstairs bedroom shower had a constant drip. The barn kitchen freezer baskets are not easy to slide in and out as the top one's rails appear broken. All of these are minor issues and did not detract from our overall impression of the holiday. Easily resolved, they could make future guests' holidays perfect. Thank you for a great week.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2021

  • "Was ideal for a large 3 generation family gathering ."

    Lovely setting.l Sorted initial bathroom electrical problem quickly, but a sense that the cleaners not checking / feeding back on basic maintenance eg leaking loo.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "The setting of the property was a wonderful surprise - the view was spectacular, even at night when an enormouse orange harvest moon rose over the hills."

    We were a large party so really appreciated being able to enjoy epic meals together at the huge refectory table.

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2021

  • "The quality of the facilities and fixtures was excellent but the standard of handover was not what was expected."

    It was our understanding that dishwashers were to be emptied before leaving, the one in the farm house was still full when we arrived. Also in this side the tumble drier had obviously not had the condensation water emptied or the filters cleaned for some considerable time, the filters looks as though growing mould before we cleaned them. The washing machine in the Barn side had not been emptied, with a pair of child's trousers found inside mouldy which we left on the kitchen window cill as evidence, we put the machine on a cleaning cycle before use. General cleaning - there was a considerable layer of dust under the bed and cabinets in the Barn ground floor bedroom, I did not check with the rest of the family over their rooms. The ground floor bedroom shower had a permanent drip from the control unit and we were unable to find how to get any heat into the towel rail despite raising room temperature to see if it was tied to the bedroom underfloor heating. As a final point it would have been useful to have an option of a summer weight duvet instead of the single bed sized duvet left in this bedroom.

    Reviewed by Michael JohnJul 2021

  • "We had a great holiday."

    Rock Lodge is very well equipped to meet all needs. We were just a little disappointed in the kitchen cleanliness and the lack of recycling facilities. One small bin is not enough when there are eight of you.

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2021

  • "Beautiful farm house full of character, there were 13 of us and lots of space to ..."

    Beautiful farm house full of character, there were 13 of us and lots of space to do things separately or to come together Everything you needed was there In a lovely setting, the visits from the cows was much appreciated (on the other side of the fence) Was clean and everybody loved their rooms Would be more than happy to go back

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2020

  • "Fantastic double cottage with loads of space."

    2020 was all about distancing and this worked on so many levels. We walked a different walk each day from the cottage, taking in Monsal, Cheedale, Wydale, Lathkill etc Chatsworth is just up the road and Alton Towers is a 45 minute drive. Loved every minute, especially the cows!

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2020

  • "Beautiful holiday home."

    Lovely location. Faultless in every way. We took a party of 11 people and all had a wonderful time. Will re book for certain. One of the best cottages we have ever had. Thank you.

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2020

  • "We absolutely loved out stay at Rock Lodge Farm."

    It's in a beautiful location, and the house itself is just stunning! We had everything we needed and would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by HannahFeb 2020

  • "A fabulous place to stay for a large group."

    Very clean and comfortable. The welcome fruit hamper was a nice touch too. We would happily stay again!

    Reviewed by RobynJan 2020

  • "This property is excellent for either a large group or two families wanting their own space."

    It is very well equipped, comfortable, clean and the walks from the property were excellent. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2019

  • "Just a great time with all my children and grandchildren together for the first time ."

    Only half a mile away from where my ancestors were farmers in the 1700’s .

    Reviewed by KeithDec 2019

  • "Loved the cottage - it was far more spacious and luxurious than we expected."

    The dining room is a real talking point and a great place for large group meals. We particularly liked the fact that either side of the dining room, the cottage has two distinct "wings" each with its own kitchen so we were able to have an adults end and a teens/young adults end! I couldn't think of anything we needed that wasn't there and we will try to book for the same weekend next year which says it all. Wonderful walk down to Bakewell too along the Monsal trail.

    Reviewed by PhilNov 2019

  • "Wonderfully spacious property."

    Lots of things to do nearby. Good supply of games, books and dvds. Lovely welcoming basket of fruit, box of crocs, wine and coffee. When a lightbulb went and tripped the upstairs lights it was speedily dealt with. Only problem we had was wasps coming into barn bedroom and bathroom but we had space to leave that bedroom I slept in once we realised. An excellent holiday for a group ranging in age from 2 to 69. Love to go there again.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2019

  • "Hi This is a great house, with great facilities and ideal for a larger group like we had."

    The location is very good to, althopugh some warning needs to be given about the state of the narrow lane that must be traversed to access. However there were a couple of teething problems that put a downer on the weekend. The first was that there was a leak from a pipe in the ceiling of the dining room, which had covered one piece of furniture and the floor when we arrived. We reported this, but no progress was made during the weekend. We collected 5 trays of water over the period. Also talking to the cleaners this was already known. Second when we arrived there were a number of wasps in the barn part of the house. Listening on the landing we could ere scratching and rustling noises quite clearly indicating a wasps nest in the roof, Fortunately the wasps were accessing from outside, but still occasional wasps would get into the rooms. This meant we weren't really able to use the small bed room, as noone would sleep near the nest. Again we reported this but nothing was done over the period. The cleaners obviously had noticed wasps int he house but had not investigated further (it took us less than 10 mins to find this on arrival). 3. The gas rings on the stove int he farm house had functioning igniters on only 2 of the 7 rings. 4. The door of the double bed room of the farm house jammed when shut so that my 80 year old mother got stuck inside, because she couldn't pull the doo open. 5. There needs to be a contact number in the house for snags, as we wasted a couple of hours trying to find the right people to report this to when we had just arrived.

    Thank you for alerting us to the problems that you have outlined. We are very sorry to hear about them as we endeavour to provide an immaculate and welcoming home for our guests enjoyment at all times. We appreciate the upset that any problem can have when you are on holiday and can only apologise for the inconvenience caused. We are grateful to you for the detailed feedback and have been able to identify and fix the leak and address the stiff bedroom door. No wasps nest has been found at the property, despite a thorough search externally and internally. Our contact details would have been provided by ourselves and by Sykes on booking and they are also generally located in the visitor information booklet at the property. Please accept our apologies if this was not the case on this occasion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanSep 2019

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Rock Lodge Farm - the photos certainly don't do it justice and the setting, the house itself and the interior were all lovelier than we had expected."

    We had been a bit worried about the proximity of the main road on the map, but you can't see or hear it at all from the house - the view is just beautiful and the setting is very peaceful. It was perfect for a big family weekend (9 adults, 5 kids and 2 dogs). The kitchen had everything we needed and the huge dining room was great for a celebratory meal. All the beds were really comfy and the showers were hot and powerful. The garden was full of plums and apples when we were there in September, so an added bonus. There are walks straight from the front door (note that a footpath does go across the front of the house, but only two sets of walkers went past when we were there). Can't recommend it highly enough.

    Reviewed by FranciscaSep 2019

  • "Great house, with quality facilities."

    Lovely location. A perfect venue for a gathering of the clan! A few suggestions: WiFi in barn area may not be working (ok in farm end) Smell from drainage system is apparent outside near front door We were not sure what to do with recycling- the gardener kindly said he would sort it for us

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

  • "11 of us enjoyed an amazing weekend to celebrate my birthday ."

    A weekend went far too quickly . This is an amazing property

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2019

  • "The house and its facilities were perfect, there was plenty of room for everybody to spread out and not get in other peoples way."

    the area is beautiful with lots to do for adults and children following the information supplied at the house. The only suggestion I can make is that more hanging space in some of the bedrooms is needed.

    Reviewed by ColinJun 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and everyone liked it."

    One niggle we could have used more crockery but otherwise really great. One of our group is thinking of bringing her extended family there.

    Reviewed by MelodyMay 2019

  • "Our second holiday for a family celebration and this year just as good as last."

    Three generations aged 1 year to 82. The room configuration suited us exactly. Our only complaint is that the same week next year is already booked!,

    Reviewed by PennyMay 2019

  • "Comfortable house in beautiful setting - lovely outside space"

    Reviewed by WendyApr 2019

  • "This is a very well-appointed property, very clean and with modern bathroom facilities."

    All rooms tastefully decorated, with lots of interesting paintings and prints on the walls. Very friendly owners (phone and text contact only), who left a generous welcome gift of lots of fruit, a cake, milk and wine on arrival. The main kitchen is the heart of the home, and we used the rather grand dining room as a board games room. Lots of books, guides, maps etc on what to do in the area, and a very helpful handbook about the property and area. We were 8 friends meeting for an annual reunion.

    Reviewed by AnnaOct 2018

  • "My family and I have now stayed in 3 or 4 Sykes properties and this one was, by far, the best."

    We greatly appreciated the quality of the renovation of the old property and the cleanliness thereof. The property is ideally located for interesting walks - starting at the door step!

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2018

  • "Excellent facilities with plenty of rooms (and bathrooms) for a group reunion."

    Very well equipped. Several thoughtful extras - e.g. welcoming basket of fruit etc, shower gel, all that was needed for our stay. Welcome information book very helpful. Setting good and location good for exploring. 2 small suggestions.....non-slip mats in all the bathrooms/shower rooms. A facility for disposing of recyclable refuse.

    Reviewed by CatherineMay 2018

  • "A beautifully equipped house with space,warmth and comfort."

    The surrounding area is lovely with lots to do and plenty of helpful information in the house.We were a party of 15 aged three weeks to eighty and celebrating a Golden Wedding. It was perfect and we hope to return for the next eightieth!!

    Reviewed by PennyMay 2018

  • "Very well appointed with high spec finishes."

    Welcome basket of fruit in both kitchens was a nice touch. The weather was pretty inclement when we stayed so had to spend quite a bit of time in the accommodation but there was a large selection of books, dvd's and games to play and plenty of space for the children to run around in. Narrow lanes with quite a few potholes but would expect that in a rural location. Short route was 100 metres to the A6.

    Reviewed by RogerMar 2018

  • "We didn’t want to go home!"

    Cannot recommend this cottage enough. We were a party of 14 staying for 2 nights. A lovely welcome pack waiting for us on arrival, very helpful owners, 2 extremely well equipped kitchens, gorgeous bedrooms with luxurious bedding & towels, more than enough space in the 2 sitting rooms & dining room, and amazing surroundings. We would love to return in the future.

    Reviewed by KerryMar 2018

  • "Fabulous house with everything we could have wished for"

    Reviewed by DianeDec 2017

  • "The location was stunning and the accommodation was very high."

    There was plenty of room for our family celebration. The large dining room with it's large oak table seated 14 of us comfortably. The only downside was that the weekend went too quickly and we had to leave. Can highly recommend this property and Sykes cottages.

    Reviewed by SueNov 2017

  • "The cottage was perfect for our family group."

    The two separate wings of bedrooms worked well for us, giving us plenty of space both public and personal. The cottage was beautiful inside, the bedrooms and bathrooms were lovely with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. The farmhouse kitchen in particular was a great space to congregate and had everything that we needed. We enjoyed being able to go on a walk to Millers Dale from the cottage, as well as visiting Stanage Edge, Chatsworth, Casteton and Bakewell. The cottage was an important part of making our break so successful. For a big group holiday, I think Rock Lodge Farm is a great choice.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2017

  • "I arranged a group of 14 of us to stay in the farm house as part of a University reunion (July 2017)."

    The accommodation was really amazing - very clean, spacious and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped and lovely to cook in. The farm house had superb views with easy access to Bakewell and Chatsworth House nearby. There was ample space for parking. The owners were very accommodating and their attention to detail made this a lovely weekend away.

    Reviewed by IpshitaJul 2017

  • "Wonderful location with good view."

    Kids loved having sheep in cows in every direction. Very pretty, comfortable, spacious home. Excellent handbook to help us get settled. Kitchen had all the equipment we needed to feed our large crew. Minor suggestions: maybe a few more towels and face clothes in baths.... all in all a very comfortable!!!

    Reviewed by CorinaJun 2017

  • "Wonderful property, high standard, very comprehensive detailed book about the property."

    Reviewed by SueMay 2017

  • "I booked Rock Lodge Farm for a girly weekend."

    The farm house is absolutely beautiful and the countryside surrounding it is stunning. We felt like we were a million miles away from anywhere so it was very relaxing. Buxton is about 15 minutes away so not too far if you need anything. We were able to book an online shopping delivery to the house from a Supermarket in Buxton. The house is very spacious with lots of places to sit and get cosy. The bedrooms are all beautiful and comfortable. It was spotless throughout. Booking through Sykes Cottages was very easy. I was kept up to date with my booking with emails from Sykes and I also contacted by the owners of the house. They were lovely to speak to and very helpful. They also said if there was anything we needed we could contact them. I would definitely recommend this house and I would love to go back again at some point in the future.

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2017

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  • Farmhouse wing. Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double, 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area (seats 6). Utility/drying room. Dining room (seats 12) with gas stove. Sitting room (seats 7) with open fire. Barn wing. Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with with dining area (seats 6). Sitting room (seats 6) with underfloor heating and woodburning stove.
  • Farmhouse wing
  • LPG central heating with gas stove and open fire
  • Range cooker with double electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with basic Sky, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Barn wing
  • Oil central heating with underfloor heating on ground floor and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with basic Sky, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves and fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, two highchairs, two stairgates
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and play area
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pubs 1 mile
  • Note: The dining room links the two wings of the property and is shared by both
  • Note: The twin room in the Barn wing has a half-height door
  • Note: There are 5 steps leading up to the kitchen and cloakroom in the Barn wing
  • Note: Due to the property being situated on a working farm with pond and play equipment, children should be supervised Please note that this property can be split into two independent cottages that are separated by an internal door, each unit has its own entrance, garden and parking area, they have their own TV, dishwasher, cooker, fridge freezer, appliances, crockery and kitchen utensils Unit 1, The Farmhouse sleeps 6 and has two double bedrooms, 1 twin room, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and utility room, living room and large dining room Unit 2, The Barn Wing sleeps 8 and has two double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, 3 bathrooms a kitchen and living room

The property

This stunning detached farmhouse is set next to the owner's working farm in the hamlet of Priestcliffe, within the breathtaking Peak District National Park.

The property has been sympathetically renovated to offer luxurious, spacious accommodation comprising of two wings, the original farmhouse and its converted barn, with both wings having the added benefit of their own kitchen and living space, making it an ideal choice for families and groups of friends who want to holiday together but equally enjoy their own space.

Both of the kitchens are well-equipped with one having a large range cooker with double oven and 6-ring gas hob, and both include dining tables where guests can sit keeping the designated chefs company whilst preparing their gourmet dishes!

The wings of the house are joined by a beautiful dining room with a gas stove and an exquisite antique banqueting table large enough to sit twelve guests, the perfect place for entertaining or celebrating a special occasion.

There are two cosy and comfortable sitting rooms, one featuring an open fire and the other a wood-burning stove, and as both include Smart TVs with Sky TV you will be spoilt for choice where to relax in the evening.

There are six spacious and beautifully styled bedrooms, two with luxury en-suite facilities and one of which is on the ground floor, ideal for guests who may struggle with stairs.

A seventh twin bedroom, accessed through a quirky half-height doorway, provides additional accommodation that will appeal to older children.

As well as the en-suite facilities there are a further three stylish bathrooms, one of which boasts a luxurious freestanding bath, and with two cloakrooms on the ground floor there are plenty of facilities for all.

Outside, you will be astounded by the beautiful countryside views and the outdoor space available to you, with an enclosed garden and play area, lovely patio area perfect for alfresco dining whilst taking in the views, and a gated enclosed pond.

Walkers and mountain bikers will be spoilt for choice with public bridleways, a nature reserve, tracks and footpaths on your doorstep, taking you through magnificent open moors and countryside.

With Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, and the market towns of Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne close by there is plenty of choice for things to do and see, in this wonderful area.

This beautiful character property, in a stunning location, provides all the ingredients for a special holiday and will have you wanting to return year after year.

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About the location


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.

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