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Cressbrook, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely beautiful location, with amazing views."

    Cottage is spacious and had all the equipment we needed, 3 en suite bedrooms felt really luxurious. Thank you for a lovely weekend.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Feb 2024

  • "Beds very comfortable, but an armchair would give better seating comfort."

    Clean but several items of clothing left by previous guests not been removed. Very good kitchen and bathrooms, but would like a washing machine. Gradually making good repairs and building structural maintenance. Views and gardens lovely.

    Reviewed by A4.1Sep 2023

  • "Settees in the lounge area same as last year not really comfortable"

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Apr 2023

  • "Visiting the Victorian Gardens properties for the 9th year, first time in April, we found the 'new look' paintwork and decor very pleasing."

    The light fittings were brighter and the clean appearance is always welcome, thanks again to the cleaning and maintenance staff.

    Reviewed by Mario5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved the view from the lounge but we were unaware of all the steps to the door which were difficult to navigate with luggage."

    There was no instructions for any of the appliances, no visitor’s book, the bed broke, luckily the gardener managed to fix it and we came back one evening to find a bat flying around in the lounge, when I tried to get assistance from the mobile numbers no one answered.

    Reviewed by Valerie3.4Sep 2022

  • "Amazing views, great location and a tranquil setting."

    We were three couples and having an en-suite in each room was ideal. The outside area was perfect for relaxing after a long walk. One recommendation if you wish to go for an evening out is to ensure you book a taxi well ahead of time. We tried booking on the day and every company was booked up! Also, the instructions to the property need updating as we got a little lost, taking the wrong left after the mill. Overall would highly recommend if staying in the area.

    Reviewed by Alex4.1Aug 2022

  • "In a lovely location with a great view."

    Property needed some TLC. Lots of spiders, dirty windows, dead flies and moths in ceiling blinds etc.. No hot water first day, but soon resolved. Outdoor furniture needs replacing. Beds clean, albeit we all found them too firm. The glass room was uncomfortably hot in the sun and needed air conditioning.

    Reviewed by Alex2.8Aug 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at High Spy Cottage."

    Clear check-in instructions, very clean, all as advertised. Well furnished, comfortable, excellent facilities including en suite bathrooms to all bedrooms. The large garden was a real hit, with beautiful views of Monsal Dale. Emily communicated clearly and was helpful. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Jul 2022

  • "Gorgeous. You’re instantly relaxed the moment you walk in, sit on one of the huge, comfortable sofas and soak up the view across the valley above the Monsal trail."

    Very well equipped and spacious with all the amenities such as broadband TV. Huge patio with furniture in a beautiful setting. A short drive from all that the Peak District has to offer, or simply walk out down to the trail. We’ll be coming back.

    Reviewed by Ian David5.0May 2022

  • "We loved our stay so much that we enquired about getting married here."

    The accommodation was beautiful and like a home from home. I would highly recommend staying here. Thank you for our stay.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0May 2021

  • "Had a great week, fantastic location with stunning views."

    Lovely walks from the property. Directions for finding the property really should say to follow the signs for the Victorian Garden which are easy to spot from the road. Garden is not enclosed so could be a problem for people with small children / dogs.

    Reviewed by Russell4.7Apr 2021

  • "Very comfortable accommodation with a good amount of space."

    Stunning views from the living areas and from the lovely outside seating space. Excellent walking from the door. Directions for finding the property really should say to follow the signs for the Victorian Garden which are easy to spot from the road.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Sep 2020

  • "Fab location, stunning views."

    Only slight negative was we could hear the people next door but thankfully they weren't too noisy but this could be an issue if you get noisy people during your stay

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2020

  • "The directions to our cottage were very very poor."

    After arriving in the general area we drove around for about half an hour before asking a local who gave specific and simple directions. Our cottage, High Spy, was down a track at the head of which was a board indicating Victorian Gardens. If the directions had included this information we would have found our cottage much earlier, since we had passed this point several times but thought the path just led to some gardens. Much clearer directions from either Litton or Monsal Head should be provided to this group of cottages. Fortunately the rest of our holiday was very good.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2020

  • "The property was not as clean as I would have expected especially during covid."

    Crockery had been put away dirty and we needed to hoover the sofas between the cushions. Advance notice that the laundry facilities were unavailable would have been helpful. Lighting was v poor - limited and bulbs not working and lack of normal facilities eg welcome hamper, no oven gloves etc. Nice property but below usual standards

    Reviewed by Tim2.5Aug 2020

  • "We had a fantastic time with family in this lovely cottage."

    The grounds were beautifully kept and views were incredible!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Jul 2020

  • "Thanks for a great break."

    The cottage was wonderful and so remote, just what we were after.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2020

  • "A great place to have a family birthday get together, we hired this cottage and the one next door and there was plenty of space for all Grand parents , kids and grand kids."

    A bonus to have 3 double bedrooms with en-suites. A proper home from home

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Mar 2020

  • "Cottage is in a really good location but does rely on electric heater to keep the chill out."

    We also had a bit of a fly problem, which was unfortunate but didn't detract from our stay. Would recommend the area but not sure we'd stay in High Spy again.

    Reviewed by Kevin3.8Oct 2019

  • "Lovely location with fantastic views."

    Cottage was very clean. We would definitely visit again

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Oct 2019

  • "This was an absolutely brilliant cottage, the facilities were great and location amazing."

    We arrived in the dark so when we woke on our first morning it was the first time we could take everything in. The only downsize is that the door between the two accommodations was very thin so we could hear exactly what the people next door were saying. That didn't detract at all from an amazing stay though

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage and location are both outstanding."

    The key collection was easy, the cottage was clean with basic provisions provided. The curry delivery on the first night was an unexpected bonus. Our only complaints and they are minor ones are that the sofas were not that comfortable for the shorter members of our group and one of us found the bed hurt their back; however, we've rebooked for next year, so clearly overall we were really happy with it all.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Oct 2019

  • "Really enjoyed staying at this cottage."

    Lovely, bright and clean. Lovely facilities. Towels and lots of toiletries provided. Gorgeous gardens. Our dog had a wonderful time exploring the grounds. The cottage is in a wonderful location, unspoilt and at night, no light pollution at all.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Apr 2019

  • "Myself, my daughter and my two grandchildren aged 4 and 1 have just returned from High Spy Cottage in Cressbrook."

    The cottage was very well appointed and in a spectacular location. We both like to cook and the kitchen was well equipped with pans, dishes,utensils etc. The children loved the outside area to run and let off steam. With toddlers it's always a worry that the high chair and travel cots would be ok but these were of high quality and clean. We hope to return next year!

    Reviewed by Marie4.7May 2018

  • "Wonderful cottage in a lovely area."

    The chappy who drove the 4x4 was very helpful and accomodating, especially through the snowy weather! The TV didn't work all weekend, which was our only issue.

    Reviewed by Emily4.7Mar 2018

  • "We (3 adults, 2 toddlers and a dog) had a brilliant week at the cottage."

    The location is absolutely beautiful with a gorgeous view from the cottage and the cottage is in beautiful condition with everything you need. They even found us a sledge for the snow! A fair few great country to pubs to explore within a couple of miles, and you can set off on walks right from the door. Easy to drive around many parts of he Peak District as the cottage is sort of in the middle.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Feb 2018

  • "This was not our initial booking our original cottage was withdrawn so i had to ..."

    This was not our initial booking our original cottage was withdrawn so i had to re search at last minute and was concerned that last minute would mean we might not be adequately situated however we found High Spy Cottage and on arrival we were so pleased as it was really lovely the views are breathtaking and the cottage is really homely, clean, well equiped and in an excellent area for walking our puppy she loved it especially the stream which runs through the valley near the old mill I would happily return to the cottage and will recommend it to friends Just be mindful that although the cottage is on one level there is a step down from the kitchen and first bedroom and there are a number of steps down to the cottage - there is a slope down to the left albeit a little steep so may not suit very disabled Otherwise not to be missed

    Reviewed by Michelle Zoe5.0Nov 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath with shower over, basin and WC, 2 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Electric solar panel central heating with underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking within estate grounds
  • Private use of own patio and lawned area with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Lighting in the parking area and from the steps leading to the property may be limited during the winter months, please take care
  • Hiking directly available from the door
  • Property under new management since April 2022 Undergoing significant renovation & improvements
  • Note: There is no access to Cressbrook grounds or the hall gardens

The property

This former gardeners' building is set in the walled victorian garden alongside The Ravenscliffe and The Slack properties.

You enter the property into the well-equipped kitchen which also has a table for informal dining.Go through the door into the impressive living area, with its high glass roof and windows overlooking the gardens to the hills beyond.In here you will find plush sofas and a dining table and chairs making it an ideal room for relaxing after a family meal.Along the corridor are three en-suite double bedrooms, all with wonderful views..This property can be booked with the adjacent property Ref 957496 and in the Lookout Cottages complex and together they sleep 12.

The Lookout Cottages

The Lookout Cottages are a group of charming cottages set in secluded 12-foot walled Victorian garden with spectacular views over the waters of Water-cum-Jolly Dale and the River Wye in the Peak District National Park, just 5 miles from the attractive little market town of Bakewell. A perfect holiday location - from romantic getaways for couples to large family get-togethers. Offering stylish accommodation with panoramic views of The Monsal Trail, Upperdale, the village of Cressbrook, and the River Wye. There is a choice of three converted gardeners buildings set in a Victorian walled garden with stunning views over the valley. Guests can also enjoy the perfect angling holiday in the clear waters of the internationally-famous River Wye, which runs in the bottom of the valley. For those guests who prefer a more active holiday; rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, trail running, canoeing, orienteering, abseiling, and hiking are all available nearby. Of course, you could just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. The Lookout Cottages is a group of wonderful holiday cottages that will provide a memorable holiday at any time of the year, as you relax in the superb surroundings with stunning views.

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About the location


Tideswell 3 miles; Bakewell 4 miles.

Cressbrook is located on the River Wye and its focal point is the wonderful mill, which was built in 1779 by the famous Richard Arkwright. The surrounding area has some of the prettiest scenery in the Peak District. Follow the footpath upstream of Cressbrook Mill to Water-cum-Jolly, a beautiful river gorge with fine limestone cliffs, which is superb for rock climbers, birdwatchers and walkers. North of the mill lies the lane to Ravensdale, which is adjacent to Cressbrook Dale, a fine gorge-like limestone dale with numerous crags and the remains of several lead mines. Cressbrook Dale is a National Nature Reserve renowned for its range of rare flowers. South of the mill you pass through the lovely Upper Dale and Nether Dale leading up to the famous landmark of Monsal Head, which is on the Monsal Trail. This provides a wonderful “behind the scenes” view of this beautiful part of Derbyshire. Close by is the lovely little village of Litton, which has a village green outside the wonderful food-serving pub, The Red Lion, and a well-stocked village shop. Visit nearby Tideswell in the heart of the Peak District National Park with its fine church dedicated to St John the Baptist, known as "The Cathedral of the Peak", country inns, local eateries, wells dressing and carnival wakes. There is excellent walking with rugged peaks to the north and gentle hills and dales to the south, while Mam Tor and Castleton are only a few miles away with the popular Spa town of Buxton nearby.

Property under new management since April 2022. Formerly known as High Spy at The Victorian Gardens

Note: This property accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas