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Stanfree House

(Ref. 946835)

Winster, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map

4.3

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • village (19)
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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Meet expectations beautiful village"

    Reviewed by Angela3.8Nov 2023

  • "Fantastic property lovely friendly village loads beautiful walks warm cottage loved everything about the cottage"

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "Was a delightful house to stay in with the convenience of the village shop directly opposite."

    Great location to explore Peak District. Beds comfiest I've ever slept in. Really good value for money.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.1Aug 2023

  • "Good things first."

    Lovely charming cottage in a lovely village. Comfy beds and arranged as doubles as requested. A great powerful shower but shame the lights didn’t work round the mirror. Nice to have a wood burning stove. However, the cottage was really dirty. The fridge hadn’t been cleaned out, you couldn’t get anything in the freezer compartment as it was all frozen up and milk 5 days out of date left in the fridge. Frying pan hadn’t been cleaned since last used and there was baking parchment left in oven with leftover food stuck to it. We had to give everything a good wash before using anything. The shower screen was black at the bottom and hanging off. On the sofa underneath the cushions it was full of dog hairs. I have pictures if the owners want any proof of any of the above. It’s a shame as all previous feedback has been good and that’s why we booked.

    Hello Lisa, This should not have happened, I can only assume that the cleaners had nor cleaned the cottage, thoroughly, or even at all! I shall certainly be raising it with them. It is policy that the fridge is cleaned after every visit, likewise cooking utensils. We also leave a small welcome pack of milk, sugar and tea, which should be fresh. We will make sure that this does not happen again. What I would say in reply is that we do list our number in the welcome pack, we ask people to call if there are any problems, if you had done I would have had the cleaners around the same day to complete the job they had patently failed to do. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa2.5Jun 2023

  • "Oven proof dish/casserole dish would be useful otherwise well equipped, lovely cosy place"

    Reviewed by Jaqueline4.7Oct 2022

  • "We both really enjoyed our stay at stanfree house."

    Plenty of pots and pans to do a Sunday dinner. Shop across the road which was very useful for all the essentials. The beds were very comfy! The board games and hike trail information packs were very useful and pub round the corner and one about 5 minutes walk.. plenty of convient places on the doorstep. We loved the log fire and location was nice peaceful relaxing stay. We hope to come back again soon! Thankyou so much for a lovely relaxing break

    Reviewed by Nichola4.7Mar 2022

  • "This is the first time I’ve left anything other than an excellent review for a 4+ tick property on Sykes."

    While the property is in a fantastic location and is spacious and comfortable, it needs a thorough and detailed clean. I’d also suggest improving the lighting downstairs and in the bathroom (there are lights around the bathroom mirror but they weren’t working). There was also no protectors on the bedding in the twin room and the pillows smelt awful.

    Thank you for your feedback, I was most upset to hear about the problems you experienced. The cottage is cleaned prior to each visit, all linen is changed and bed protectors are used. I will check with the cleaning company to find out why this was not done, I can only assume an oversight. The cottage has now had a further, thorough clean since you kindly reported the issue and all problems have been addressed Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma3.1Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Stanfree House over the Christmas holidays."

    The cottage was clean, cosy and comfortable. The village of Winster is beautiful, especially at this time of year, full of Christmas lights and cheer. We found the locals very friendly. The village shop is run by the community and has a very good selection of items. Pub is also good, we recommend the takeaways. We enjoyed our stay at Stanfree House.

    Reviewed by Nicol5.0Dec 2021

  • "Another lovely stay at Stanfree House in the beautiful village of Winster."

    A cosy, warm and clean cottage situated in the perfect location to explore the Peak District. We stayed at this cottage in January 2020 and it was so nice to return in December 2021 to get in the festive spirit before Christmas. Thank you, Stanfree House; we will definitely return soon.

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Dec 2021

  • "The front room smelt strongly of urine so we bought air freshners."

    No teatowels or oven gloves so you couldn't get stuff out the oven until we bought some. No wood on arrival to use and no heating so it was cold. We didn't arrive until 8pm so nowhere local to get wood. The seats outside had been left out so were wet and unusable. The sofa was heavily stained so we had to cover it to sit on it.

    Thank you for your feedback, I was most upset to hear about the smell on your arrival. We do allow guests' pets to stay in the cottage, but this is the first time in four years that anything like this has been reported. Please accept our apologies. The cottage is cleaned before the arrival of all guests, I can only surmise that the cleaner assumed all was in order before she left, only for it to prove more persistent. The cottage has now had a further, thorough clean since you kindly reported this issue and the problem has been addressed Sofa coverings are removed and cleaned immediately if they suffer a major stain, otherwise on a regular schedule, but this has proved difficult over the last few weeks as the cottage has been constantly occupied, We have arranged for the covers to be cleaned at the end of this week. Regarding heating, I'm sorry you found the cottage cold on your arrival, the heating settings had been changed by a previous guest, these have now been reset to the correct timings. Instructions for changing the heating settings are included in the handbook. Logs for the woodburner are not included in the price of the rental Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger Mark2.5Oct 2021

  • "Lovely stay in lovely cottage in lovely village."

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Aug 2021

  • "Winster is a lovely village and plenty to do in the surrounding area."

    Upstairs bedrooms and bathroom was clean and comfortable. But the lounge and kitchen area were in need of better cleaning. On Friday evening I had to vacum the mat in the lounge as it was covered in dog hair. Hoover had a very bad smell and needed a clean bag. Oven was not clean and a few utensils had left over food on them. As we looked for something under the sofa cushions found that they needed a good clean and had a lot of hair and dirt under them. Also found it quite hard to sleep because of traffic and people noise outside as the windows are not double glazed. Such a shame about these things as the cottage is lovely and has so much character and charm. We had a lovely holiday despite these few things and really enjoyed the Peak District.

    Thank you for your review. Please accept my apology for the unsatisfactory state of the lounge and kitchen. We have come to expect our guests' reviews to commend the cleanliness of the property, to hear that the normal high standards were not maintained during your and the previous guest's stay is very disappointing. I hope this did not detract too much from the enjoyment of your stay. Your comments have been raised with the housekeeping team who assure me that this will not happen again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Manon3.1Aug 2021

  • "Due to the cottage being located on the main street through Winster, we found the noise levels to be extremely disruptive!"

    I do think it's location should be highlighted. Also the courtyard area is a suntrap but the chairs are extremely uncomfortable. I lost my phone down the side of the settee and the filth under the cushions does prove that the place hasn't had a proper thorough clean, which is most alarming, especially during current Covid times. On a positive note, the beds were comfortable and Winster was lovely.

    Please accept my apology for the dirt under the cushions. A thorough clean is scheduled prior to the arrival of each guest, the fact that this particular task was not done has now been raised with the housekeeping team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennie2.2Jul 2021

  • "Really pleased with the accommodation."

    Great location opposite the village shop, the beds were very comfortable, the house was clean, TV and wifi worked. Can't knock the property whatsoever. Thank you for contributing to a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was well located and had a well stocked kitchen."

    The beds were very comfortable and arranged in the configuration we requested. As the house is on the main street through the village, it was quite noisy throughout the night/morning which disrupted our sleep.

    Reviewed by Georgia4.4Jun 2021

  • "The house was lovely and perfect for what we needed."

    There is a shop opposite which is well stocked for all the essentials. The location was great for walking and close to both Matlock and Bakewell.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jun 2021

  • "Appreciated the courtesy text before staying."

    Bathroom door wouldn’t close. Would definitely stay here again. Beautiful location!!!

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was as expected: great location, rustic yet comfortable, adequately equipped and a shop within 20 yards!"

    !! For walkers, dog lovers who want somewhere just off the, well beaten, Peak District tracks, this is ideal.

    Reviewed by Gareth4.4Aug 2020

  • "Lovely decorated cottage, carpets need updating as there is stains on every carpet, more clothes hanging storage would be an asset, and some form of extractor fan needs installing in the bathroom."

    Unfortunately we had a few days of rain, and within a few hours of the rain starting all internal walls were wet half way up which left quiet a smell for the duration of our stay, which is a shame as the cottage is in the ideal location.

    Thank you for your feedback. With regards to the "wet walls" mentioned in this review, this is not rising damp but condensation and easily fixed. in humid conditions the water condenses on the cold, stone walls, of the front room only, this can be remedied in two ways, either by increasing the ventilation by opening the downstairs windows, doors and the door of the wood stove, or more quickly by turning on the room's radiator for a short period time. There is no condensation issue with the walls in the kitchen, bedrooms, or bathroom. The cottage walls are lime plaster applied directly onto stone, exactly as they were when they were built in the 18th century, the walls remain "cool" throughout the year, a real advantage in a hot Summer. Carpets have been recently cleaned, we have also taken the opportunity to add antique Turkish carpets to the rooms, also an iron and ironing board. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liam3.4Aug 2020

  • "Had a wonderful stay at the cottage great base to explore no problems parking on the road village shop across the road is well stocked ."

    The beds were very comfy my only problem was there was no iron or ironing board

    Thank you for your response, glad to say we now have an iron and ironing board in the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie4.7Jul 2020

  • "We stayed at Stanfree House for a week in January 2020."

    The cottage is beautiful, cosy, warm and clean. There are historic features in every room; the window seats are perfect for sitting with a good book and a cup of tea after a long winter walk. When we arrived at the cottage, it was lovely and warm and there was milk in the fridge, which is a nice touch. The location is perfect; Winster is a beautiful village with two pubs and a very well-stocked village shop. The village shop is opposite the house, which is very useful. We visited Ilam Park, Eyam, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Matlock, Alstonefield and Milldale, as well as many other places. The cottage is perfectly situated for exploring the Peak District, We will definitely book to stay at Stanfree House again in the future.

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Jan 2020

  • "We was really disappointed with the cottage to the point we left a day early."

    The cottage was very cold and had no homey feel to it what so ever.... the biggest let down was the lack of Christmas decoration....considering we had young children a little more effort would have been nice considering the price we paid to stay. We went to the local shop and the most we could get was tinsel hence that was left in the cottage on our departure. It was a very big let down and will not be booking through you again neither will we recommend you for Christmas breaks.

    Dear Mrs Thomas I am sorry that you were unhappy with your stay at Stanfree House. Especially as the major issue, that the cottage was cold, could have been easily addressed. The cottage is always very warm and homely, so i'm sorry that you did not find it this way. There are full instructions on using the heating in the welcome book, or you could have called us or Sykes. The heating system has been checked and is in fully working order. We decorate the cottage to reflect its size and character with a wreath on the door, a table decoration and a small Xmas tree, which I did confirm in my email to you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola2.5Dec 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Stanfree House."

    Cosy, comfortable and well equipped. High quality beds, linens and towels. The location is perfect for the village store, local buses and lovely walks. A washing machine would be a suggestion. All in all a top notch place to stay.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7Nov 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, lovely facilities."

    It was extremely clean and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Cannot wait to book again.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage had a wide, extremely comfortable bed in a spacious bedroom."

    All of the furnishings were clean and comfortable. The shower had excellent water pressure. The wifi was fast (which is not always a given in cottages!) The location is great for walks. We had two car-free days. We in particular enjoyed a stretch of the Limestone Way, which is just up a side street and one hill from the cottage. The (non-stick?) pots and pans are in need of replacement, but that's just about the only thing we could think of that wasn't great. All in all, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Rob4.7Jun 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable and great location for exploring and walking."

    The community shop opposite was handy. Great few days spent here.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Apr 2019

  • "Very comfy beds, good quaility bed linen and towels."

    Well equipt kitchen. The courtyard outside is smaller than the pictures have you believe, but nice all the same. Would return to the house if we were in the area again.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Mar 2019

  • "My husband and I (and the dog) had a lovely three night break at Stanfree House; the accommodation was excellent and the location was perfect."

    We were contacted by a lovely lady who was getting the cottage ready for us the day before we arrived and couldn’t have been made more welcome in the village. We frequented The Bowling Green for a couple of evening meals and a Sunday lunch and were made to feel very welcome and it was also dog friendly. There are some lovely walks around Winster which meant we didn’t even need to use the car. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Mar 2019

  • "Really nice cottage, well placed and very clean."

    Reviewed by Justin4.4Feb 2019

  • "The Cottage was very cosy and sufficiently equipped- In the heart of a picturesque village, well placed for touring/ walking the Peak District ."

    Village shop was convenient for our needs ( right opposite the Cottage). Two pubs nearby, we visited The Miners Standard twice, the Old Bowling Green was not serving food during the week we stayed . Master bedroom was soooo comfortable, wood burner nice to return to after a long days walking. A bit of a leak from bathroom into kitchen ceiling on our second day was swiftly dealt with and rectified by Sykes Cottages ( Alistair). This did not affect the remainder of our stay. We have fallen in love with this part of the world- and would definitely return to Stanfree House .

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Nov 2018

  • "Kitchen facilities lackin I."

    E no tin opener teapot large bowls

    The owner advised that she is sorry that you missed the draw under oven which holds baking trays and other kitchen equipment that you may find of use. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shirley4.4Jun 2018

  • "Beautiful, clean cottage in a lovely village."

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Apr 2018

  • "Lovely house, spotlessly clean."

    Position was wonderful for exploring the Peak District, a lovely village with shop and pub. No problem parking. The only negatives are the shower, which had no power whatsoever, and the lack of kitchen equipment such as baking tray and grater. I also think that it is worth noting that the stairs to the top bedroom are via a door from the main bedroom, this although ok for families may cause difficulties if two couples.

    Reviewed by Stephanie3.8Apr 2018

  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed this lovely cottage in Winster."

    It is perfect for visits to Bakewell, Matlock and Chatsworth we had our bikes with us and had a day on the Monsal Trail. It is right on the Main Street through the village so can be noisy first thing in the morning and late at night. Handy village shop just over the road.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a great location for exploring the Peak District."

    The cottage was clean & warm and has a nice open fireplace. Having the village shop across the road was very handy. We really enjoyed our stay and would return again.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Mar 2018

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin upon request), 1 x second floor twin (can be king-size double upon request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen
  • Lounge/diner with woodburner
  • External cloakroom.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Gas and electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Bedrooms have low ceilings and there's a low bean in the twin bedroom
  • Note: Second floor bedroom is accessible through first floor bedroom. Note: Roadside parking available, may not be available directly outside property
  • Note: fuel for woodburner can be purchased from local village shop across the road

The property

A mid-terrace stone cottage located in the heart of Winster, a homely village with an abundance of characterful amenities resting on your doorstep.

Situated over three floors, this retreat takes you inside to a comfortable lounge, neutrally styled with two sofas and a woodburner promising a cosy night in.

A dining table is located to the back of the room, with seating for four people, and a window seat is a beautiful feature overlooking the charming village.

The modern kitchen provides all the amenities to prepare your favourite meals.

On a nice day, you can even enjoy refreshments in your own enclosed courtyard, a lovely little suntrap away from it all.

After a delightful day, wander upstairs to the super king-size double bedroom, an immaculate presentation with soft furnishings and a heart-warming ambience.

Take the stairs from here, and you will find a twin room, equally as pleasant, with fresh white bedding and characterful low ceilings.

The family bathroom completes the accommodation in a contemporary fashion.

The village of Winster is famous for its Morris dancers, Wakes festivities in June, and the Secret Gardens of Winster event in July.

There are also two pubs, both serving traditional beer.

Bakewell, Matlock, Chatsworth House, and the Peak Rail Steam Railway are all nearby and, for keen walkers and cyclists, The Limestone Way runs along the edge of the village.

A perfect location all-season-round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location

WINSTER

Bakewell 6 miles; Matlock 4.5 miles.

The conservation village of Winster is situated within the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park and is an extremely pretty place, with a charming 17th century market house at its centre, and other imposing 17th and 18th century houses, many three storeys high. The three main streets - Main Street, East Bank and West Bank are interconnected by alleyways known as ‘ginnels’, which are well worth exploring. The village of Winster is famous for its Morris dancers, the annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race, Wakes festivities in June, and the Secret Gardens of Winster event in July. Within the village there is a well-stocked, community-owned general store incorporating a Post Office. There are two pubs, both serving food and traditional beer. Bakewell, Matlock, Chatsworth House, and the Peak Rail Steam Railway are all nearby and, for keen walkers and cyclists, The Limestone Way runs along the edge of the village. The Tissington and High Peaks walking and cycling trails, with bike hire available, both lie less than 5 miles from the village, a wonderful base for exploring the Peak District.

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Note: Bedrooms have low ceilings and there's a low bean in the twin bedroom.

Note: Please note this property comes with a good housekeeping bond of £100.

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