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Truly charming 350 year old Lead Miners cottage

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Parking


About the property

Spacious one bedroomed cottage overlooking beautiful Wensley Dale

With its secluded, hill top location, this quaint cottage is the place to relax, unwind and forget the stresses and strains of modern living. With many original features such as mullioned windows, beams, an open fire and traditional galley kitchen you can step back to a time before the internet and constant e-mails - at weekends you can even catch the sound of a the old stream train running between Rowley and Matlock!

There is a homely lounge area with an open fire, television and music system. There is also a large dining table. The original wooden door leads through to a small galley kitchen with a modern electric cooker, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster etc.

On the first floor there is a small shower room and large spacious bedroom, with views over Darley Dale.

Heating is by way of storage heaters in the lounge and bedroom and small heaters in the kitchen and shower room.

Parking is either on the road or in the car park in Wensley. The cottage is accessed down a passage.

More Details

Elaine Johnson
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

This old cottage is tucked away in a tiny village near Matlock, really cozy, private with a fantastic view. The kitchen feels a bit 'back in time', but it's all part of the charm. The water pressure is a bit low but we managed to get the shower to work. It's a great location to tour around in the Peak District. We are very happy with our stay in the Dale View - very appropriately named!
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Matlock in South Darley

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Large spacious bedroom, with views over Wensley Dale. Wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table, bedside tables and a chair.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving


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Truly charming 350 year old Lead Miners cottage
average rating of 4.25 based on 6 reviews

Lovely getaway

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed getting away to Dale View. The cottage is full of charm and the area is beautiful. The warnings due to the age of the cottage given are true such as the low doors (ouch!), but nothing else was a problem. Thank you for the treats that were left appreciated and it was good to meet Jack the neighbours' dog.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you enjoyed your stay at Dale View and thank you for your lovely feedback. Hope your daughter enjoyed her camping too!
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Great for relaxing and having some time out

  • 5 of 5

We have had a lovely few days away at this lovely cottage and as it was really close to a lot of the areas we wanted to go walking in we got to spend our days enjoying the outside (Dovedale, Matlock and Chatsworth House to name some). The views from the cottage are amazing and it was especially stunning when the snow came. The walk up toothbrush hill almost from the front door was as good as visiting other areas. The cottage was everything we wanted and although we don’t cook much when away the kitchen met our needs. The shower does leak into the kitchen as other guests have said but this was not a problem with us and I had trouble wanting to get out of bed in the morning as it was one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in, very warm on the cold nights. We loved the log fires of an evening (a first for me) which made it so much more snug and relaxing. As we went in December it can be a bit chilly but as Elaine warns warm clothing as it is over 300 years old and the blankets they supply (although we also brought are own for warmth) meant we were never too cold until the fire warmed us up. Next doors dog does like to come and say hello (probably not as much as before as the neighbour is very friendly and she does tell him) but I loved his visits and as he is really friendly he really is only seeing who is visiting. A very friendly hamlet/village to visit too, everyone stopped to say hello and we even chatted to a few people......a long review I know i already can’t wait until I can visit again x

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The property needs some refurbishment i.e. The kitchen

  • 3 of 5

This is a charming cottage in a beautiful setting. We found the owner very helpful.

However, to use the owner's words 'the kitchen needs refurbishing' this is an understatement. We are told that the kitchen will be refurbished in October.

In the meantime, on hand over to us the oven door handle came away in the owner's hand and we subsequently found that the oven outer glass door was held on by double sided tape. As a result we were unable to use the oven during our stay. This meant that we were unable to cook any roast dinners for our son, his wife and their two very young children. We very much wanted to do this as they seldom get to go out for meals.

The kitchen is very basic. The fridge light was not working, the freezer door came away in our hands (the bottom hinge was broken and only the ice was keeping the door closed). One of the table drawers had a front to it but the wood inside the drawer was in bits.

This is a very old lead miners cottage but it needs sprucing up. The crumbling kitchen walls had been painted over and there is a need to repoint around the butlers sink and some of the windows, especially in the upstairs bathroom.

All in all we had a pleasant stay. When the owners addresses all these issues and brings the cottage up to scratch it will be a wonderful place!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am really sorry these guests experienced a problem with the oven door. The kitchen is awaiting refurbishment, but in the meantime I have provided a separate oven.
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Brilliant time alone to write!

  • 5 of 5

Great experience for anyone looking to get aaay from it all, with the luxuries of home.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Manchester or East Midlands
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
The Three Stags, Darley Bridge
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Wensley is a small collection of houses, perched over the beautiful Wensley Dale. Its name is derived from Woden, the Norse God of War yet it is peace and traqnquility itself - the only noise you will hear is the occasional hoot from the Rowley to Matlock steam train as it truddles along the line down below at Darley Bridge. If you really want to feel as if you are the only people on the planet - this is the place! There is excellent walking from the front door. Opposite is the Toothbrush Hill , a name given to it by the locals because of the arrangement of trees at the top. It is full of dips and hollows from its past when lead was mined from beneath it. Its a hard twenty minute walk to the top, but the views are worth it! Just further down the road is Winster. Winster has a number of claims to fame and over 70 listed buildings, one of which is the Market Hall, which dates back to the 17th Century and was the first National Trust property in Derbyshire. Winster was also the site of one of the last duals to take place in England. On Shrove Tuesday there are Pancake races and Morris dancers while the last week in June is Winster Wakes Week when the wells are dressed. Just beyond Winster is Elton, completely unspoilt with not a tourist or gift shop in sight. It is for the purists - strictly walking country with a CAMRA pub to boot. Next stop is Birchover with two eating places of note - The Druids and The Red Lion.

Five miles away is Haddon Hall, homes to the Manners family and reputed to be one of the most romantic houses in Britain, with an elopement in its past. It dates back to the 12th Century and has been described as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. It has Elizabethan terraced gardens overlooking the River Wye and has been used as a film set on many occasions, most notably for three versions of “Jane Eyre”, "Elizabeth”, "Pride & Prejudice”, “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “The Princess Bride”, the cult classic movie in which Haddon Hall becomes Prince Humperdinck’s Castle and village.

Just two miles further is Chatsworth House, once home to Bess of Hardwick, best friend of Elizabeth 1; part time prison to Mary, Queen of Scots and the house believed to be the inspiration behind Pemberley, Darcy's house in Pride and Prejudice. The house and gardens are both well worth a visit. The house contains works of art that span 4000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. There are over 30 rooms to explore, including the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. In the Guest Bedrooms meet an Edwardian Lady's Maid who will be revealing the secrets of her mistress's suitcase of clothes. From 5 November 2016 - 3 January 2017 the house will be dressed for Christmas.

The gardens are a fabulous mix of greenery and water. There is a Emperor fountain, (named after Tsar Nicholas I Emperor of Russia) which can reach a staggering 200 feet (that's the height of 14 double decker buses!); the Cascade that dominates the hillside; the Willow Tree fountain and Aqueduct that powers it all. The garden is full of interesting and thought provoking sculpture.

There is also a Farmyard, Farm Shop and walking through the park behind the house.

Bakewell, famous for the cake that went wrong, is just a little further. It is a bustling market town, location on the River Wye and named after Bodega's well. There are lot of shops, cafes and it is never quiet for long - The Annual Bakewell Show takes place in early August and is now much more than just an Agricultural event and the Well Dressing, Carnival Week and an Arts Festival are all important dates in the calendar.

In the opposite direction is Matlock and Matlock Bath. Matlock has many attractions, including the Heights of Abraham, with its two show caves telling the story of lead mining in the area and cable cars and the award winning Hall Leys Park, with its boating lake, riverside paths, tennis courts and skateboard park. At Matlock Bath there are Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills. Built in 1783 they are the finest surviving and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton mill and house a working textile museum, shopping village, restaurant, conference centre and onsite parking facilities.


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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15


Deposit of 1/3 required to secure the Booking. Balance due 4 weeks before the commencement of the stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.