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Swallow Cottage

(Ref. 921495)

Winkhill near Waterhouses, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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67 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely people, very friendly, accommodation was perfect with our golden retriever who enjoyed the field opposite."

    Good base to explore Staffordshire and also Derbyshire. We were very comfortable, underfloor heating was great because it could get chilly

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Mar 2024

  • "Our second stay here, our first back in 2021 was just as wonderful!"

    They've updated the bathroom which was nice as the bath/shower before caused a bit of a mess. Well looked after, great access to the peak district and towns. Great views. The wall isn't that high on the roadside so make sure your dog doesn't jump over. Looking forward to returning in the future!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jan 2024

  • "We enjoyed our stay although cottage a little small."

    It was extremely clean. We did enjoy the peace & quiet of the area & would recommend it fully

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Dec 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, relaxing location with great views."

    Local pub was nice to walk to and was very friendly.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautifully maintained and really well equipped with marvellous views."

    Reviewed by Jeremy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Amazing! Everything was spotlessly clean with lovely quality goods."

    Towels & bedding etc was immaculate....couldn't have asked for more. Thank you xx

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Aug 2023

  • "The only thing I would suggest, if there was a fire and you couldn't escape the bedroom, the bedroom windows would make for a difficult escape."

    If one window had a bottom opener, then all guests could escape (even canine ones)

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2023

  • "Thanks Louise & Darren for a great stay the views were breathtaking and the ..."

    Thanks Louise & Darren for a great stay the views were breathtaking and the large garden was a bonus for Teddy our little furball the cottage was very cosy and the underfloor heating was great thanks Alan,sue &teddy

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Jul 2023

  • "This lovely little cottage in the middle of nowhere was exactly what my wife, myself and our furry friend needed."

    So quiet and peaceful. Had everything that was needed for a week away including great WiFi. You can hike from your doorstep or just a small car journey you are in the middle of the peak district. We will be back sometime.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is a gem of a property."

    Beautifully decorated with a fantastic dog-friendly garden. A few minutes in the car and you are in the heart of the beautiful Peak district. Great parking and it felt like home immediately.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very nice cottage well equiped"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2023

  • "A good place to stay with lots of eateries, largely dog friendly, within a short driving distance."

    A good sized enclosed garden for our young King Charles spaniel to be safely let out into, though the grass could’ve done with cutting to safely aid dog doo spotting but I think we got it all. Brilliant new shower. Very comfortable bed. Underfloor heating was a bonus. All in all everything we needed was there. Outside the property was not great for dog walking though as there were few safe areas off road to escape the local farm traffic unless you went in fields with designated public rights of way. That’s about the only ‘con’ we could find. Highly recommended and would stay again.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0May 2023

  • "An exceptional cottage."

    It was exactly as described only better! Clean, comfortable and warm with a really comfortable king sized bed and lovely hot powerful shower. Very well equipped and tastefully furnished. Super enclosed garden with views of the surrounding countryside, a private enclosed parking space for the car. Peaceful location, perfect for exploring the moorlands and peaks. A big thank you to the owners for making our stay a memorable one!

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property, enclosed garden, comfy bed, lovely and warm, kitchen equipped with everything."

    1000% was lovely would recommend.

    Reviewed by Sofia5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very nice and warm cottage with good parking and very nice scenery around."

    Louise was very welcoming and provided tea, coffee and a chocolate cal on arrival. Very enjoyable stay. Bathroom was being upgraded when we left with a shower instead of a bathe. Hope it is in for the next guests

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2023

  • "Well equipt cosy cottage."

    Plenty of walks both from the cottage and within a short drive. Very pet friendly. Hosts on site, helpful and welcoming, (though not intrusive) especially when our Cavilier, Biscuit, managed to find a small gap in the otherwise secure garden. Louise and Daren immediately set about repairing it, thank you! Thank you also for the welcome cake, biscuits and milk, very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Oct 2022

  • "A cosy comfortable cottage in the perfect location for exploring both the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands."

    Perfect for a single person or couple. Owners on hand if needed but not at all intrusive. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2022

  • "We spent a week in Swallow Cottage, we couldn't have asked for anything better."

    It was well equipped and furnished to a high standard. We wanted for nothing. TV with lots of channels, clean and well maintained. We met the owners Daren and Louise who were very welcoming and said if we needed anything to let them know. We will be back next year. Phil Jacqui and Bear who loved freedom in enclosed garden

    Reviewed by Philip Charles5.0Sep 2022

  • "We arrived at the cottage and it was a beautiful day the views was… WOW could see for miles the cottage inside was excellent for us very high ceilings with beams was lovely …the bathroom had a large bath with shower attachment which was nice having after a day of walking and hunting around the shops… The bedroom well it was nice and big king size bed very good closet space dressing table with plug for hair dryer and hair dryer is provided along with all washing products in the bathroom shampoo, body wash Etc…."

    Also plug sockets in all room have USB charging points… The living room has nice size two setter with a small coffee table and and two person table to eat off… The TV has a DVD player with cds films provided and there is prime and Netflix in with the package…. There is a folder in the cottage that gives you good info for places to go and vets and areas of interest …. outside good parking spaces the one outside the cottage good size for my Astra but more parking there for bigger cars and the garden has a dry stonewall about 4 1/2 foot high and is on a road so depending on your dog you might need to lead them up on a extendable but over all it was a brilliant week away and there is a lot more for us to do see and visit so I hope this a has helped and if you go have a great time like we did Kind regards

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage!"

    Loved everything! A very peaceful holiday!

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay, the cottage is lovely."

    Very peaceful and amazing views. It has all the comforts you need, underfloor heating, great smart tv , roll top Bath and Netflix and it even has a dishwasher.

    Reviewed by Christian5.0May 2022

  • "The cottage was very comfortable clean and well equipped."

    The owners were on site and quickly dealt with a problem I had with my dog escaping through the hedge. Very friendly. Well worth a visit

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent location for our walking holiday."

    Very homely cottage, nice lawn area for our dog. Attentive hosts and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by G5.0Apr 2022

  • "By far the best holiday cottage I've stayed in."

    It was so wonderful, I wanted to live there! Both Louise & Darren are lovely hosts, genuinely wanting their guests to feel at home. Cottage has the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in, the bath was luxurious with piping hot water. Kitchen had all necessary essentials, plenty of books & DVD's in the lounge area and a very comfy sofa which looks out onto the private, grassed garden. Biscuits & milk were left as a 'welcome' which was very much appreciated. Although the cottage backs onto the road, there was hardly any traffic and no traffic could be heard at all from inside the cottage. There was under-floor heating too which my dog loved to lie on, preferring it to his doggy bed. The weather wasn't too great with intermittent high winds, sleet and hail, but I was more than cosy and it was lovely sitting on the sofa, looking out into the garden and changes in weather. As someone who thrives amongst nature, peace & quiet, this cottage was perfect. I would highly recommend this cottage and I hope to book again, perhaps in the Autumn. Thank you so much Darren & Louise.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Feb 2022

  • "Brilliant little get away cottage."

    It was very nicely furnished and even had a few bits of decoration up for Christmas. The garden was plenty big enough for our Spaniel to zoom in, but we did have to keep him on his long-line as he could jump over the wall. Really quite location and perfect access to the peak district and walking routes. Facilities were great, even had WIFI and an amazon firestick with an various streaming apps already logged in and ready to go. We will be visiting again!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Dec 2021

  • "It's good there are light switches for disabled people but the latches to doors will be out of reach."

    Maybe a shelf under the mirror in the bathroom? Maybe when payment is complete, a breakdown of what's available at the cottage so people don't take duplicate items.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2021

  • "A very warm, cosy cottage."

    Everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "A wonderful week in the Peak District in a great location for us."

    The cottage was ready earlier than stated time and the owner Louise contacted us facilitating our early arrival. The cottage fitted our needs perfectly as we had a large dog and the outside space was safe and secure. Underfloor heating was a bonus, especially if you forget your slippers. The bedroom was spacious and well furnished with plenty of storage space and the bed was comfortable. Parking was provided specifically for the cottage and additional off road parking was always accessible. We would definitely recommend and return to this property.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a really lovely break."

    Your cottage was a great base for our break visiting the Peak District

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Sep 2021

  • "The security lighting outside shines in the bedroom windows all night so thicker curtains and black out blinds would be good so that you can get some sleep ."

    The gardener arrived at 830 on the day we were due to leave .Although we were up thought it was wrong as have paid for cottage and garden till 10 we could have been having breakfast outside .Due to this and lack of sleep we would not stay there again

    Dear Mrs Banks, we were very disappointed to read your comments about a security light being on all night because we do not have any security lights which stay on all night, and no other guests have ever mentioned this to us in the last five years. If you are referring to the light on the side of the cottage, this is motion detected and gives a warm yellow light to illuminate the path for two minutes when it is activated, for guest safety. It is unfortunate that our gardener had to spend a short time in your garden on the day of your departure and hope that our special effort to let you into the property two hours early on your arrival day goes some way to making up for this. Best wishes, Darren and Louise Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Sep 2021

  • "The proprietors where very welcoming, the cottage was absolutely beautiful and you couldn’t have asked for more, it was well a quipped with everything you could want, milk and biscuits provided."

    Would definitely return and recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage is very clean."

    Would benefit greatly from a larger TV and sofa. The bathroom is very small but the deep bath is lovely. The bed is comfortable. We visited with our sproodle, who was able to jump over the stone wall, so if you have a dog be aware of this. Overall, a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Steve4.4Jul 2021

  • "Had a lovely time."

    .peaceful..a great mixture of places to return to cottage with my young dog..who had a great time in private garden...hoping to return next year.xx

    Reviewed by Alison Tracey5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely completely enclosed garden ideal for pets"

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Apr 2021

  • "Lovely cottage & hosts."

    I felt very safe with the covid situation. Good walks locally. Lots of extras provided in kitchen & bathroom. Biscuits & cake also. Louise changed the heating for me twice. Very comfy large bed and small sofa. She cooked me a breakfast & brought it over. Good tv & wi fi reception. Cupboard space in kitchen was limited so I used the dishwasher as one. Toilet was high for my little legs. Dog didn't like the underfloor heating & was tempted to leap the wall after the limited traffic he also found he could push through the chicken wire at bottom of hedge. He is only just a year old, I had taken a horse training lead just incase. If he were older I think he would have been fine. I had a brilliant time & came away feeling completely refreshed.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent use of space in cosy barn conversion."

    Very good for two with dog friendly facilities. Well fenced garden and parking space. Helpful but non intrusive hosts. WiFi variable but not in great area for reception. TV signal intermittent.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Aug 2020

  • "Loved our stay, would be a benefit if there was a shower room or shower cubicle on the beautiful bath/bathroom"

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Feb 2020

  • "Hi We had a lovely stay , Louise was really friendly and helpful in communicating our arrival details and offered her help if we required it during the stay."

    Lovely accommodation and right on the doorstep of good places to visit - we took the dogs for a walk up at the Roaches which has fantastic views and we’d highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Feb 2020

  • "The beautiful cottage and scenery!"

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Dec 2019

  • "Really comfy cottage- everything we expected from the description and great ..."

    Really comfy cottage- everything we expected from the description and great location for walks and visits in Staffordshire moorlands and peak district

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Oct 2019

  • "This cottage is small but very comfortable."

    The bed is very comfortable and the whole place was clean. There are fantastic views and a large secure garden for a dog. The owner very nice but not intrusive. Plenty of parking and in an excellent location. All in all a really great place to say.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Sep 2019

  • "Great place to relax & get away from it all."

    Cottage was just right for 2 & dog, who loved the garden. Lots of nice walks, especially Milldale. Would return. Liz,Dave& Harvey.

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2019

  • "Swallow Cottage is an absolutely beautiful place to rest up, recoup and explore the local areas."

    Absolutely wonderful place and Louise is a gem at looking after you and the cottage. Nothing to fault there at all. I know where I'll be if I am heading up to the Peak District area again! Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0Aug 2019

  • "When we first walked in to the cottage, we thought it was a lot smaller than it looked in the pictures."

    However, having settled in to it , we found it to be a very nice and comfortable cottage. Garden was great for our dogs. Owners not on top of you, but very nice and available if wanted. Maybe a bizarre comment, but the raised toilet was excellent for someone with dodgy knees. Probably the only "down" thing is the TV reception (limited channels) but lets face it, you don't go on holiday to watch the box. Will probably return some time.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely clean well equipped cottage, spacious garden ideal for the dog, plenty of places to visit nearby."

    Louise & Darren are extremely welcoming, we will return!

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Aug 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Highly recommend. Our staffie Enzo loved it especially the garden. Thank you Louise and Darren.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0May 2019

  • "Beautifully equipped and comfort cottage."

    Owners very helpful and friendly. We will return i’m Sure.

    Reviewed by George5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fantastic weekend, meet all our requirements, definitely use again."

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Apr 2019

  • "Great week away , so glad we found this little Gem ."

    Lovely cottage , clean , comfortable everything you need, nothing has been forgotten in this cottage . We took our 7 month only pup with us & we enjoyed all the walks around us , beautiful countryside & not too far to visit other places . We will sure to be visiting again in the future . Thankyou to Louise & Darren lovely owners X

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great location - loved the outdoor space for the dog"

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Mar 2019

  • "Great cottage, location and hosts."

    Had originally booked for seven nights, but arranged with the owners to arrive one day early and because we enjoyed our stay so much extended stay for another two nights. We were familiar with the area and in spite of worse than terrible weather it did not detract from the enjoyment of our time there. We will be returning to the area and intend to stay at the very same cottage and perhapsdwe will be luckier with the weather!

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely quaint cottage with a homely feel to it."

    It's in a nice area with quite a few places to visit.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Dec 2018

  • "This is a perfect little cottage for two and their dog."

    We enjoyed our stay immensely and were made to feel very welcome. The cottage is equipped with everything you need for a great break and little touches like the welcome pack made it that much better. The underfloor heating was excellent and the enclosed garden was perfect for our dog. We would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Damien5.0Oct 2018

  • "Swallow Cottage is the perfect little base for getaway."

    Cosy yet practical, with a beautifully stocked kitchen (a corkscrew! Wine glasses! Decent saucepans! Sharp kitchen knives!!), a roomy and comfortable bedroom, and a lovely bathroom it has everything you need. The garden is nice and secure for dogs, so we were able to let our staffie run around and enjoy herself. Hosts Darren and Louise are lovely and made us feel so welcome, but weren't at all intrusive. We had a perfect break away from the city here in such beautiful surroundings - in fact, we got engaged! We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Oliver5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage with everything we needed."

    Well placed for good eating places at local pubs. Great walking country with our dog. Lots of country parks and lakeside walks. Excellent holiday

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2018

  • "Beautiful clean cottage, brilliant location!"

    The owners are very helpful! Couldn't have asked for better!

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2018

  • "Louise and Darren were very helpful, very welcoming and took care of the little things that make a holiday special, like the toiletries & things in the kitchen that you mostly have to buy yourself."

    The biscuits and the milk were very much appreciated as well. We loved the cottage and would definitely return. Lionel & Debbie

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2018

  • "Swallow cottage is a lovely, clean, well equipped cottage with a good size garden for our dog to run around."

    It is a perfect base to explore the Peak District and the owners are very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was amazing, the owners were lovely."

    Couldn't ask for more

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was in a wonderful location and it was very peaceful."

    My husband and I had a very relaxing weekend away. Would come back again.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2018

  • "Super Cottage/Barn."

    Very well equipped with more than usual items,even a Dog bowl. Large garden. Lovely owners. Stunning scenery and weather. Thank you Louise. Will return .

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2018

  • "Very comfortable stay in an excellent location just 20 to 30 mins drive to all of our wish list visits."

    Already planning to come back.

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Mar 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, ideal for exploring the area."

    Could have used a small clothes horse to dry our clothes as the weather was very wet.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Mar 2018

  • "This property only has underfloor heating and you needed their oil filled radiator."

    Well equipped though lacking an iron. Nice garden with views and well enclosed for our dog.

    Reviewed by Carol3.8Dec 2017

  • "Very friendly welcome, and a very cosy cottage I'd definitely recommend, beautiful area."

    Reviewed by Denise4.2Sep 2017

  • "Hosts are super friendly but not intrusive so you feel like the cottage is yours!"

    Well equipped and clean. Loads of things to do near by, can't recommend it enough!

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jul 2017

  • "Very well equipped and immaculately clean."

    Underfloor heating was a bonus. Owner of property lives on site but was unobtrusive. Well recommended.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Mar 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with corner shower/cubicle, basin and WC and electric towel rail
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, Smart TV with FreeSat, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed lawned area with courtyard and seating
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

The property

Swallow Cottage is a cosy one bedroom cottage with underfloor heating, a modern bathroom and open plan living including a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and seating area with full-height ceilings exposing the original roof beams.

A lovely cottage for a romantic break and as it is set on the ground floor it may be suitable for those with limited mobility.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref.939705, 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.

Please note: After 30th March, the bathroom will be: Toilet, Sink and Shower Cubicle, (No Bath)

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas