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Robin Cottage

Winkhill near Waterhouses, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 939705)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "We felt immediately at home in this warm, well equipped, clean, cosy, well-located cottage."

    It was exactly what was needed for four of us and a small dog, and in fact exceeded expectations. The proximity to Alton Towers was ideal. There was good food to be found locally, and plenty of beautiful walks and interesting sites close-by and further afield. To be recommended.

    Reviewed by DeeApr 2022

  • "A very cosy, characterful and well equipped cottage."

    The site is high , so very windy, but extensive views, when the weather allows. It took a while to find the best nearby shopping, eateries and walks, but we will be better prepared for a return visit. An excellent place to take dogs.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    Would definitely stay again. Only downside was no direct access to garden area from the cottage so had to put leads on the doggos whenever they needed to go out, and extremely dark in the enclosed area during the night even with a torch

    Reviewed by KarenFeb 2022

  • "The cottage was really lovely ."

    Very cosy, warm and welcoming and amazing views. So well equipped. We had a great week there.

    Reviewed by MarieJan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very well equipped indeed especially the kitchen."

    Holiday rentals often require that you change your approach to cooking due to limited equipment, not so here. We only spoke to the owners briefly but Louise was very pleasant and approachable. We were also left a lovely and very generous festive hamper which we all tucked in to, along with a good amount of milk to get us going until our shopping order arrived. Very comfortable beds, effective heating and plenty of hot water with great water pressure. Very comfortable sofas and decent FreeSat television in the lounge and a very effective electric fire if the heating needs a boost. The only slight negative, and it really is only slight, is that the back garden isn't accessible from the house, but instead accessed via a side gate. We have 2 dogs, one of which is a 9 month old terrier puppy who is not to be trusted yet, so it was a bit of a pain putting him on a lead and going out with him every time we needed to let him out. I imagine the property is listed, so there's no way around this, and certainly wouldn't stop us from returning. There is a public right of way directly opposite the property so if you do have dogs you can very quickly be somewhere they can run freely, assuming the cows aren't out. Overall, this property was exactly what we wanted, quiet, remote and with wonderful views which allowed us to fully relax after Christmas and in to the new year.

    Reviewed by ChrisDec 2021

  • "Robin Cottage is in a lovely setting with a bed and breakfast next door."

    The owners are helpful without being intrusive. The cottage is well equipped with open views of countryside through large glazed windows both ground and first floor. Netflix was a nice bonus. I would definitely book again. My dog had a great time running in the garden at the rear.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2021

  • "Robin Cottage is cute, cosy and very comfortable."

    It’s the ideal location for exploring the Staffordshire countryside. I was delighted to find such a well equipped kitchen with a choice of three frying pans! There are lots of touches in the cottage which make the experience of staying that much better than other Sykes Cottages that I have booked recently, for example, a plentiful supply of toiletries, towels, toilet roll, cleaning materials in the kitchen, and biscuits & milk on arrival. Louise is warm and friendly, on hand if you need anything. We enjoyed shopping in Ashbourne, visiting the Peak wildlife park and walking in Ilam Park. Hetty’s tearoom at Froghall Wharf is well worth a visit with a walk along the Caldon canal. As artists, we spent time in the garden sketching the wonderful view and absorbing the sounds of the countryside. A gem of a place.

    Reviewed by SylviaJun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage that was immaculately clean and well equipped with everything you would need for a weeks stay ."

    Set in a pretty location with views all around and close to many places to visit. The owners Darren and Louise are very friendly and very helpful with ideas for places to visit and recommendations for pubs and restaurants. Will definately book this cottage again .

    Reviewed by GaryMay 2021

  • "Very clean, comfortable and well equipped cottage with friendly owners."

    Pleasant walking from the door including a couple of pubs, Dovedale and Caldon canal a short drive away. Fully enclosed garden with lovely view- and watching the baby calves was a bonus. We would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by TheresaApr 2021

  • "Friendly owners next door if we needed anything, lovely setting and everything you need for a comfortable stay, little extras made it special."

    Reviewed by JeanAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a great place."

    Owners on site and friendly and helpful, The only thing I would add is some summer weight duvets. It was exceptionally hot whilst we were there, but the duvets provided would have been lovely at Christmas!! Other than that, exactly as advertised

    Reviewed by GillAug 2020

  • "It was just a lovely holiday."

    The holiday cottage was great and we had a lovely time. We were a little bit nervous about the COVID-19 situation and whether that and the related measures in place would detract from our holiday experience - but it didn't, we found everyone to be friendly, helpful and supportive (both at Sykes Cottages, the owners of the holiday let, and the the local restaurants). Excellent holiday all round, and wish we were back there now!

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2020

  • "The holiday was wonderful."

    Cottage completely up to expectations but following a request to change cottage with plenty of opportunity for owner to re-let I was very disappointed with your reaction. Following this during lockdown Sykes failed to keep contact with options, I had to find out for myself. At no time was a refund offered but, fortunately, I managed to adjust personnel arrangements and re-book (at a higher rate) I understand that you have now changed your policy but not in time for myself.

    Thank you for taking the time to review Robin Cottage, it's lovely to hear you had an enjoyable stay. I'm sorry to hear you feel let down by Sykes we really appreciate your time to provide constructive feedback. If there is anything further you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us. Many Thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by ValerieJul 2020

  • "Just come back from a lovely week at Robin Cottage."

    Had a very relaxing time with the rolling views of the surrounding countryside, and some great local walks (Manifold Track, Tissington Trail and Monsal Trail are all within striking distance) The cottage is very well equipped and provides all you might need for a home from home for a time. The owners live in the B&B next door are are both lovely, friendly people so stop for a chat with them. We would definitely recommend Robin Cottage and would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by John-paulMar 2020

  • "Great location, cottage warm, clean, well equipped."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by EmmaOct 2019

  • "Lovely cosy cottage - well equipped and comfortable."

    Louise was an excellent host and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you :)

    Reviewed by HayleyOct 2019

  • "What a fabulous house, equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    We all loved it. Perfect location for going to Alton towers, Gulliver's Kingdom, peak wildlife park, monkey forest but to name a few. Would definitely recommend to book it.

    Reviewed by ElaineJul 2019

  • "Despite awfull weather we had a lovely time, Robin Cottage was delightful, comfortable and very well equipt."

    Our hosts were very friendly and helpful, we hope to return again one day.

    Reviewed by KeithJul 2019

  • "Very comfortable and nice cottage, with excellent service from Louise the owner."

    Location is great, very quiet with nice walks and places to go to. Highly recommendable!

    Reviewed by JoeJul 2019

  • "Great cottage in a lovely area."

    Everything you need. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by JillMar 2019

  • "Beautiful location and facilities at the cottage catered for every need."

    Our hosts were very friendly and the dogs loved the garden area and surrounding countryside. I would thoroughly recommend Robin cottage.

    Reviewed by SianFeb 2019

  • "This was our second visit to Robin Cottage."

    It is a great base for visiting Staffordshire and the Peak District. It is a very warm and cosy property furnished with everything you need, and has a secure garden for the dogs. The owners are lovely and always available if needed. We also enjoyed the treats left for us - Christmas Cake, biscuits and mulled wine - and the very handy milk.

    Reviewed by CatherineDec 2018

  • "An absolutely wonderful cottage, well kept and clean with all the amenities you could require."

    Would recommend and stay again.

    Reviewed by LloydSep 2018

  • "Robin Cottage was a very nice place to spend a week in Staffordshire."

    Very comfortable with lovely views, the cottage had everything you would want. Would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by MelanieAug 2018

  • "Excellent cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    ideal for dog owners as cottage has secure garden at rear. the owners were helpful and very friendly. cottage was spotlessly clean and everything needed was provided. off road parking was provided as well. would highly recommend sykes cottages

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage very clean and comfortable, thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2018

  • "The cottage had everything we could need."

    The owners Louise and Darren were friendly and very helpful. Our best experience so far after many years of staying in cottages. The location of the cottage had breath taking views and was in easy reach of visitor locations.

    Reviewed by LydiaMay 2018

  • "Quiet, peaceful, very comfortable and friendly helpful owners"

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2018

  • "Very comfortable and has lots of quality furnishings and fittings - no secondhand junk shop items!"

    In a quiet location and hosts are very accessible and friendly.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2018

  • "Robin cottage was a lovely cosy comfortable cottage."

    Very warm, very clean and had all we needed for a great weeks holiday. Also very quite which I find important. Louise and Darren very warm friendly hosts. We would love to return again one day.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage immaculately clean."

    Owners were very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be going back. Lovely peaceful location.

    Reviewed by LorraineJun 2017

  • "Lovely place great location lot's of wonderful dales pubs and walks on your doorstep we will stay here again the sun sets are wonderful you can sit in the lounge and watch from the comfort of the sofa LOL HAPPY Holidays."

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2017

  • "Felt the owners had gone above what would be expected, which felt extremely welcoming."

    Reviewed by FionaMar 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility/storage room
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Oil central heating and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned area with courtyard and seating
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

The property

Ideal for couples or a small family, Robin Cottage features two comfortable bedrooms, a cosy sitting room and a well-equipped kitchen with dining area.

It also has a handy utility room with a storage area for muddy walking boots, coats and a couple of bikes.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 921495, together they sleep 6.

Moorland View Farm Cottages

These two cosy cottages are located in a courtyard in the grounds of the owner’s B&B in the small hamlet of Winkhill, set in an elevated position in five acres overlooking stunning countryside near the market towns of Leek and Ashbourne. The cottages are a lovely conversion of traditional Staffordshire stone buildings, blending original features and modern styling with exposed beams. Outside, both cottages have beautiful gardens to sit and take in the glorious views. There are many pubs and restaurants nearby and you can even arrange to have your breakfast next door if you fancy it (pending availability). There are stunning walks to be taken in Mill Dale and Dove Dale or you can explore the National Trust’s Hawksmoor, an ancient forest nature reserve. Within half an hour's drive, guests can enjoy a round of golf on the excellent course at Whiston. The area offers many ancient relics from its industrial past, namely the Caldon Canal built in 1776 and restored in 1974, which runs through the Churnet Valley. Visitors can also enjoy a ride on the Churnet Valley Steam Railway. Alton Towers is just a short drive away, as are the Staffordshire Potteries, the market towns of Ashbourne and Leek, Uttoxeter Racecourse and the majestic Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Lyme Park and Blackbrook Zoological Gardens. A great base for a memorable holiday at any time of the year

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About the location


Waterhouses 1 mile; Alton Towers 5 miles; Ashbourne 8 miles.

Winkhill is a tiny hamlet in rural Staffordshire, and is just 1 mile from the village of Waterhouses. Waterhouses lies between the market towns of Leek and Ashbourne on the southern fringes of the Peak National Park. The village was once the terminus of the Manifold Valley Light Railway, which is now the scenic Manifold Cycle Track, winding its way through the picturesque valleys of the Rivers Hamps and Manifold. The track is flat and traffic-free for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders. The Waterhouses area offers a village shop, a post office, pubs and a cafe/takeaway. The famous Alton Towers Theme Park is only a short drive away.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas
Book with confidence
If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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