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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

Reviews & Ratings

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Facilities and Maintenance

14 Customer Reviews

  • "We appreciate the owners are planning extensive improvements but we found the following items dirty or broken, thick Black Mould on the bottom and runners of the two Shower Cubicles, Oven and Tray dirty, Stained Mattress, BBQ dirty, the Fridge had a broken salad tray and missing door shelves, taps in two bathrooms were constantly dripping, two sinks were like crazy paving, Freezer needs a defrost, window catches broken and rain comes in around window frames hence stained curtains, loose floor boards, not always Hot Water and there was no complimentary milk left as per note 4 off the information pack."

    We were impressed how quick the builder came to fix the roof leak we had on Sunday evening.

    Reviewed by John3.1Jun 2023

  • "Property was great but some honest areas for improvement below."

    Location was stunning and the huge garden kept the kids happy to safely roam. Cottage was well equipped with cooking utensils and crockery. Really needs a washing machine on site (perhaps lose the freezer and have a shelf in the fridge) and when the weather was hot it was really unbearable in the cottage living room. Perhaps some fans or air con in that room. Needs some TLC around the cottage, floor boards uneven, hot water ran out each night when we were showering and some of the windows locks felt loose when opening. Some additional information, menus, days out etc for the local area would be beneficial. We had a great time and the cottage was in an ideal location for our needs. The above is just some minor areas for improvement which didn't detract from our stay.

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Aug 2022

  • "When we first arrived at Top Spot Cottage the living room was extremely hot."

    30 degrees according to the thermometer. We had to open all the windows and French doors to cool it down. It is effectively a conservatory with no blinds or opening windows above to ameliorate the effects of the sun. This was at the end of April. Also there is NO washing machine available. When I asked Harriet she said the listing needs to be changed as the utility room is not suitable for use by guests (it is down some steps in a basement) On the plus side it was clean and nicely decorated with lovely bathrooms. The kitchen lacked salt and pepper and the only sharp knives were enormous! The patio could do with a sweep. The views are amazing and there are some nice walks in the area but you have to go at least half a mile down the road to access the path along the river Weir. It is disappointing that you can't walk round the grounds of Cressbrook Hall to facilitate access the the river path.

    Dear Alison, thank you for your feedback. The property is recently under new management and undergoing significant updates and improvements. We will endeavour to incorporate your feedback. We are sorry the property was too warm on your arrival. We have now installed blinds on the roof to offer protection from the sun, apologies these were not in place for your stay. The listings have now been updated and the majority of your comments have been addressed in our latest round of improvements. It is a shame that the Hall is no longer accessible and access to the river is down at the bottom of the village, there is quick access to walking trails in the opposite direction out of the top of the village and down to Litton Mill. We do hope you will come back to enjoy the views and see the improvements to the properties. Best Wishes The Victorian Gardens Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison2.8Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely Christmas Holiday Wonderful Scenery A wonderful place for Walkers Thanks to the staff at Top Spot"

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Dec 2021

  • "We stayed at a Sykes cottage same time last year was excellent."

    This year is exact opposite. On arriving we were advised we had been moved from Top spot to another. Question why advised issue with heating. Asked if compatible but on viewing found not the same and showers only no BATH. Were shown Top spot which appeared fine but had portable eclectic rads. running. Cottage was not ready or cleaned as we arrive but they did while we waited. They said would get heating fixed Monday/Tuesday. The Bath was essential to us so we decided to try. Then found patio doors leading to garden would not open with assistance eventually got open but could not lock and were difficult to open again. Spent Sunday night & Monday night but place felt damp. The only truly warm area was the stone floored Kitchen/Dinning area. left Tuesday AM very disappointed. We have a booking for next year with you now reviewing.

    Reviewed by Pamela2.2Dec 2021

  • "The instructions for finding the property were inadequate."

    Finding Cressbrook Hall no problem but it would have been easier if we had been told to avoid the main entrance and continue to a second entrance to Top Spot in the Victorian Gardens. Our property was not accessible through the main entrance. Name of road would also have been useful. Took us almost an hour to find the property. The cottage felt in need need of structural TLC. Not as good as our last holiday cottage with Sykes. Views magnificent.

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely property,great location for a walking holiday in the Peak District."

    Only slight negative was we felt there was a lack of privacy from the neighbouring cottages

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Sep 2020

  • "The accommodation and grounds are lovely, fabulous atmosphere for relaxing."

    Clean and equipped with everything we needed. The little laminated maps of walks from the property are a great resource. The internet was limited and only available at one end of the property, but the books and films were appreciated. Thanks so much.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2019

  • "A lovely week away at Top spot in October half term."

    Staff were very helpful and friendly and communication between them before our arrival was excellent. There was a nice surprise in the kitchen of a basket containing chocolate truffles, crisps and sparkling water. The cottage was very warm and cozy like a home from home and very spacious. The children enjoyed having en- suit bathrooms. We had lots of days out, Chattsworth house farm & garden, Heights of Abraham, Dovedale, Bakewell and a walk along the Monsal trail. There are lots of walks that you can take from the cottage too. Ther views are stunning from the sitting room and bedrooms & we were lucky enough to have nice weather to be able to sit on the patio In the mornings with a coffee and enjoy the surroundings. We would recommend Cressbrook and would like to stay there again.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Oct 2018

  • "Fantastic setting for breakfast!"

    Reviewed by Lisa3.8May 2018

  • "Super property everything worked as it should, brilliant!"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2018

  • "The family who own Cressbrock hall could not have been more helpful very friendly and welcoming , fabulous location , view's to die for ."

    Would go back again without hesitation .

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2018

  • "The cottage setting was spectacular and the interiors very presentable, warm and comfy."

    The owner and staff polite and friendly. However, a series of basic maintenance/provision issues could improve the experience. Examples are: 1.The two televisions did not work for first two nights as the aerial cabling came loose in bad weather. This is understandable, but there were no DVDs, only a couple of uninspiring left-behind novels, a jigsaw and a Countdown board game with no instructions to substitute. We set up a laptop in the kitchen and my 88 year old mother and 69 year old cousin managed to watch a couple of catchups. The wifi signal seemed to be centrally positioned so ends of cottage were wireless. 2. There were no big saucepans only medium and small. This made cooking a full meal for five tricky. 3. No potato peeler. 4. No serving spoons. 5. Only three mugs of one design and three of another; of four smaller mugs, two were chipped; no desert/cereal bowls just pasta/soup bowls. 6. Although there was a guide book, the lack of obvious instructions to white goods (other than TV/DVD player) and electric shower could pose a problem to some people.

    Reviewed by Patricia3.4Mar 2018

  • "Beautiful views, perfect location, cottage was warm, clean and comfortable with everything catered for."

    Had a great time and would book again without hesitation, highly recommend

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath with shower over, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Electric solar panel central heating 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 Cresswell Hall grounds or the hall gardens Note: This property accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings

The property

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

Note: This cottage has a connecting door to Rubicon next door which can be unlocked to provide spacious accommodation for 12 guests.

This property can be booked with the two adjacent properties Refs 957496 and 957500 in the The Lookout Cottages complex and together they sleep 18.

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 Top Spot 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