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Comfortable well equipped cottage, with Countryside Views.
Located at the end of the Manifold Valley, mid way between the market towns of Ashbourne and Leek. The cottage is situated in a quiet cul de sac on the edge of the village and benefits from an enclosed rear garden with patio furniture and a private drive providing off road parking for two vehicles. It is heated by oil fired central heating. Heating, electricity, bedding and towels are included in the price, as is Wifi.
The cottage is located in a superb walking and cycling area and is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in the area. The Manifold Trail which is a surfaced track suitable for both walking and cycling runs for 8.5 miles between Waterhouses and Hulme End. Other cycle and walking trails within the area include the Tissington, High Peak and Monsal Trails. Lovely walks are available along the many miles of footpaths and lanes within the surrounding area and the network of surfaced trails and lanes within the area make the cottage an ideal base for walking all year round. Dovedale, Thorpe Cloud and the pretty village of Ilam are less than a 15 minute drive away.
Historic houses and gardens within the area include Chatsworth House with its farmyard, adventure playground and the many events held there throughout the year; Haddon Hall, Tissington Hall (restricted opening) and various National Trust properties including Sudbury Hall with its museum of childhood, Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and Biddulph Grange Gardens.
Carsington Water which is within easy travelling distance of the cottage offers water sports, sailing, cycle hire, fishing, a children's play area and a bird watching centre with several hides, or you can just walk around the reservoir (a full circuit is around 8.5 miles). Two miles north of Leek is Rudyard Lake with it's miniature railway and activities on offer include walking, fishing and boating. For the more adventurous, the Swains Centre near Buxton offers go-karting, trial biking and a small synthetic ice rink, or visit Wild Park Derbyshire, between Ashbourne and Derby for paint balling, laser tag, quad biking and archery. The pretty market towns of Bakewell, Ashbourne, Leek & Buxton (renowned for its spa water and Opera House) are all well worth a visit and easily accessible from the cottage.
Other attractions within the area include Gulliver’s Kingdom & the Heights of Abraham at Matlock; Poole’s country park, caverns and Go Ape at Buxton; Alton Towers and Splash Landings indoor pool (10 minute drive), The Peak Wildlife Park (10 minute drive); Waterworld at Stoke; Crich tramway museum and the Churnet Valley Railway. The National Memorial Arboretum, Tamworth Snow dome and Drayton Manor Theme Park are all within travelling distance of the cottage. All this and more is close to the cottage to keep you busy for the whole period of your holiday, or you can just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this beautiful part of England.
There is a separate garage for the storage of bikes and this also contains a selection of bikes which are available for guests to use. There is also a cycle hire centre in the village, a village shop, pub and cafe. Smoking is not permitted inside the cottage. Pets accepted by prior arrangement.
Short breaks available (3 night minimum stay).
Lovely & well equipped
By Helen on 27-Oct-2019
Had a wonderful stay at this cottage for the half term week (family of 4), mostly visiting Alton Towers. Great location for AT as well as gorgeous walks in the Manifold Valley.
Everything we needed was available at the cottage and the teabags & milk on arrival was a god send after a 4.5 hr drive.
The cottage was bright, clean & welcoming. The extra touches such as DVDs, games and bicycles (which we didn’t end up using) were a real bonus.
Will definitely stay again and would recommend.
A wonderful place to stay
By Laura H on 08-Oct-2018
Just returned from a lovely long weekend at this property and can’t wait to book again. As soon as you walk in you can see it is immaculately clean, well cared for and homely. The owners have thought of absolutely everything to make your stay as hassle free as possible and are extremely accommodating. The location was perfect for us as we were visiting Cebeebies Land for my son’s birthday, and the village is lovely too, with a nice pub, a park and spectacular scenery. This property is a real find in a truly beautiful part of the country and we are all very much looking forward to returning as soon as possible.
Brilliant place to stay
By Lorraine S on 27-Sep-2018
We have stayed in a lot of cottages/flats etc in the Peak District and this one was by far the best. Clean, well equipped and comfortable. Definitely will return
By Roslyn G on 24-Sep-2018
Cottage was beautifully presented. We made use of the bikes to explore. Was a great base to have some adventures in the area.
Perfect Lovely well equipped cottage, perfect for families, clean, safe and really well equipped (microwave, hair dryer,)
By Roam778275 on 05-Jun-2018
Lovely well equipped cottage, perfect for families, clean, safe and really well equipped (microwave, hair dryer, iron and board, I forgot our daughters night light, they even had one there, everything has been thought of!) Nice, flat rear garden for the kids to play in. Lots of board games for kids, which they loved. We didn’t explore much of the local area, as we used the cottage as a base for Alton Towers (10 mins drive away), but it looks beautiful.
By Andrea C on 11-Feb-2018
Absolutely loved staying here. The house is beautiful, equipped with everything you need to have an enjoyable stay. The location is perfect for walking in the countryside.
Home away from home!
By Rosalind H on 01-Jan-2018
THIS WAS TRULY A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. the children and ourselves had a lovely stay and felt safe and relaxed.it is very clean and has a good size pretty garden. Everything is supplied from umbrellas and torches to children and adults toys and games. Inez was really accommodating for the baby and put up baby gates and supplied a highchair. we enjoyed using the childs bike in the garage (there are lots of adults bikes aswell which we didnt get to use) the village is very nice and has a really good playground a few mins walk away. the football field opposite was also a good place to run around.. walks are from the doorstep!!! with beautiful countryside but we usually went out in the car and there was plenty to do. I would highly recommend for any age who enjoys countryside.
Gorgeous, very clean and in a great location
By Alison L on 06-Nov-2017
I'm writing this review as we are loading the car to go home, and thinking that we wish we could stay a little longer; the cottage has been such a lovely place to stay. It is so clean, which relaxed me straight away! I usually have to clean places we stay as they're not usually up to my crazy standard, but I didn't need to do anything - I felt completely comfortable. Inez was a perfect hostess; she was extremely flexible and helpful when accommodating our arrival and departure times with a little one. She made us feel very welcome at her holiday home. We would love to come back to visit one day, as it is such a beautiful area. We enjoyed Dovedale and Alton Towers during our weekend stay; both were an easy, and very pretty, drive from the house.
By Charlotte B on 04-Nov-2017
Beautiful location, stunning property, comfortable beds and sofas and a very safe garden. Everything we look for when holidaying with the children - although if highly recommend to friends and familial of all ages. Don't hesitate it's the perfect holiday house!
Beautiful well equipped cottage in a great location
By Jemma R on 28-Oct-2017
We visited here in October half term. We being my husband and 2 children 17 year old, and 9 year old. Not forgetting our dog. The cottage is so well equipped it had absolutely everything we needed and owners were very helpful. We belong to NT so made use of our membership visiting several properties . The cottage is located in Waterhouses , and has some beautiful walks locally which we explored . We will definitely return . Many thanks :-)
Fantastic cottage, great location.
By Kimberley L on 17-Sep-2017
Great cottage with everything you need, very clean and felt like home. Lovely owner, great contact throughout booking. The cottage is in a great location for visiting Alton towers, a short 15 minute drive through lovely countryside and you're there. The welcome pack in the cottage is very helpful, we used it to find other local attractions and nearby towns and villages. We visited leek which is a lovely place with lots of quirky shops to look around. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to anyone looking to stay in this area, you won't be disappointed. Hoping to make a return journey.
Wonderful property in a beautiful location
By Hayley M on 24-Aug-2017
We were welcomed to the property by the owners who gave us a few hints and tips on places to visit. The cottage is perfect. A brilliant base for many local adventures. One of the best equipped cottages we have stayed in. Would highly recommended!
fantastic house well located for activities around the Peak District
By Dean R on 05-Aug-2017
Great house, well equipped and maintained, and village location. Only a mile from the start of the Manifold Track, a lovely rural, car-free, route of about 8 miles long. Great for walking, cycling, or running. Very friendly and helpful hosts, and with bikes available to borrow, allowed us to explore the immediate locality. Local pub, Ye Olde Crown Inn, just down the road had a lovely Sunday Carvery, and good ale. Ilam is a short drive away, well worth a visit, and a walk. Waterhouses is conveniently situated between Ashbourne and Leek, both lovely towns to visit. One of our main reasons for stay was proximity to Alton Towers, and at around 6 miles away, was very handy. Easy drive into the beautiful Peak District, and drive between Leek and Buxton was very picturesque.
Comfortable home from home
By Garry A on 09-Jul-2017
We had a great 5 night holiday in this superb, clean, well equipped and comfortable cottage in a peaceful location. Couldn't fault the cottage and the weather we had was great so were able to sit outside in the lovely enclosed garden after busy days out exploring the beautiful Peak District. The owner was very helpful and informative. Would highly recommend this cottage and would have no hesitation in re-booking.
Excellent and well equipped cottage
By Andy S on 02-Jan-2017
Really enjoyed our stay in this wonderful cottage in waterhouses. Best cottage we have stayed in with great walks from the doorstep. Fully equipped with everything that you could possibly want or need. Very clean and cosy cottage in a great area on the edge of the peak district. Will definitely stay here again.
Perfect way to stay near the Peak District
By Pilar + Volker A. on 28-Dec-2016
Lovely warm fully renovated cottage for a winter break in a rural location near the Peak District . The cottage is very well equipped with more items that one can imagine including games for the kids . Inez even had sent up a Xmas tree ...incredible , this detail says it all . She made us feel at home . The central heating even made us feel warmer than in Spain . Highly recommendable house and owner . Greetings from Spain ...we just hope to be able to repeat some time soon . Una casa rural perfecta en el centro de Inglaterra . La podemos recomendar altamente . Hay sitio para 5 personas . La dueña ha pensado en todo tipo de detalle para que los huespedes se encuentren totalmente a gusto . Response
Perfect for a family holiday
By Tracey L on 15-Aug-2016
Holidaying with 3 teens, this was the perfect base to visit Alton Towers and lots of other interesting places. The cottage is modern and well equipped with just about anything you could think you'd need. Impressed by the quality of the equipment. Owners exceptionally helpful and friendly. 5 adult/teen bikes and 1 little girl's bike available. We cycled part of the Manifold Trail which starts in the village. Leek is the nearest town for supermarkets, with Aldi and Sainsburys being the larger ones. Lots of options to eat out. We had a wonderful fortnight stay at a very reasonable cost.
Portland Place - Lovely cottage
By Rosalind M on 13-Aug-2016
We had a lovely stay in this modern cottage. It is beautifully presented, very clean and comfortable. The owner was very friendly and helpful and left some milk, tea, coffee and biscuits as a nice welcoming touch. Games, DVD's and bicycles available at the cottage and a nice garden for the children to play in at the end of the day. The cottage is in a good location for exploring lots of Derbyshire; lots of walking, National Trust and English Heritage properties to visit. We had a wonderful time and would like to return. We would definitely recommend staying here.
Beautiful cottage in a great location
By Bev O on 25-Jun-2016
Myself, my friend and 2 dogs stayed here and would recommend the cottage Clean, convenient and just a joy to stay in. Close to all the Peak District has to offer.
Home from Home
By Jennifer R on 06-Jun-2016
A beautiful cottage in the gorgeous little village of waterhouses. We could not have asked for a better equipped place to stay for our long weekend. My little family had an amazing time and are looking forward to booking again next year.
By Sara S on 10-Apr-2016
The cottage was brilliant. Everything you could need. Was home from home. Had a lovely time with my daughter. We went to bakewell and leek. Had a good walk round other places. Couldn't ask for anything more thanks very much
Excellent in every way!
By Viv F on 19-Jan-2016
We spent a very happy Christmas in this excellent cottage - with a warm and seasonal welcome from Inez and Hannah. The cottage is very comfortable, clean and well and thoughtfully equipped, and is ideal for walking (on local lanes and trails if the fields are muddy - the owners have supplied plenty of maps and guides). Ashbourne and Leek are nearby for supermarket shopping.
By Nikki H on 21-Oct-2015
Fantastic house with everything you possibly need, nice location within easy reach of everywhere. Would highly recommend it to anyone
Comfortable, clean, well equipped cottage
By William R on 18-Jun-2015
We had a lovely stay at this very comfortable, well equipped cottage. Lovely quiet location well placed for visiting the many attractions in the area. Plenty of good walks within the area, including from the village itself, plus good pubs and restaurants. Would highly recommend and hope to stay again soon. Very friendly and helpful owners.Response
By Tony & Carole on 29-Mar-2015
From the outset Inez could not do enough to make our stay pleasurable. The cottage itself was perfect for our stay - ideally suited for us and our family and the location was excellent for walking (local and Tissington) and visiting the rest of our family nearby.Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Age 55+.
By Rachael Fletcher on 22-Feb-2015
We have spent a lovely week in Waterhouses. The accommodation was perfect for our needs - clean, modern, warm as well as being in a superb location for biking, walking and visiting local towns. I would highly recommend this house. Thank you Inez and Gary.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway.
By Ian on 26-Sep-2014
This is far and away the best property we have ever stayed. So well equipped with all that you would ever need and in an ideal location. If you want a property with easy access to Alton Towers, great walking and cycling and of course pubs. Then this is the house for you. Family friendly and great owners.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.
A wonderful place to stay
By Kate on 29-Aug-2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this cottage. The owners gave us a very friendly welcome and the cottage was clean, comfortable and well maintained with many home comforts. There was loads to do in the local area and we would love to return in the future - thank you.
Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers.
By Rich on 23-Aug-2014
Description was accurate of the layout of the cottage, location and facilities were excellent. The cottage was very clean and comfortable, it was very well maintained. The owner's provide an excellent service. We would recommend the cottage to friends and family and all ready have. The whole area is lovely. We liked the red lion pub in waterfall. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.
By Paula on 18-Aug-2013
this cottage has everything you could possibly need and more, set in a beautiful location with local amenities nearby. The owners have done a fantastic job with this cottage and provide lots of information about the local area. this was our first time staying in a cottage and feel we may have been spoilt for future holidays, it may be hard to beat this cottage. Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers.