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Stunning Conversion Of Former Blacksmiths Workshop



Updated: 18-Aug-2016
Cottage in Peak District, Derbyshire, England - Self-Catering Cottage Sleeping Up To Seven People, Well Equipped

The building now known as The Forge is one of the oldest buildings in the village. It was run as a blacksmith's workshop until about 1975 by Billy Clark, a well known local character and artist. Originally it was 3 separate workshops - a blacksmith's in what was once a 'one up-one down' cottage, a joiners in another two storey building and between them a single storey wheelwrights workshop. The central single storey building was extended to both left and right linking the three workshops. The anvil stands outside the front door and in the driveway is the stone on which the wooden wheels were secured to have their iron tyres fitted. It was in very poor condition when the previous owners purchased it in 1999. It has, since then, undergone a sympathetic conversion and renovation completed in September 2004.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided

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19 Reviews

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Lovely home from home

  • 4 of 5

Great place to stay with family or friends. Well equipped with a lovely courtyard garden. Great pubs in next village a mile's walk away. Carpets in bedrooms could maybe do with replacing but everything else top notch - comfy beds too!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal base for peak district

  • 5 of 5

Great property and location exactly as advertised. This is the second time I've stayed here and I would recommend for families and groups of friends. Stayed July 2016.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to hear that you had such a great time! Pleased that all the facilities were to your liking and exactly as described . Especially good to hear how suitable it was for your family! Look forward to seeing you on your 3rd trip.! All the best Monica and Howard
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Perfect Location for alks Directly from the house

  • 5 of 5

This property is in a perfect location for walking with the added bonus of being able to walk directly from the house. One day we walked along the river from Middleton to Youlgrave and onwards to Alsop. A lovely round trip which is quite flat and not too muddy. Alternatively at the top of the lane, you can branch off right across the fields. Our week was blessed by glorious weather with only one day of rain. All the other days were blue sky and sunshine. We can recommend The Farmers Inn in Youlgrave to eat but do book. We booked for the Saturday night but were unable to get a table on the Wednesday.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful spacious cottage in lovely quaint hamlet

  • 5 of 5

Love this cottage so much! We have returned on several occasions to this beautiful cottage. We always have a fantastic time and totally recharge our batteries in a lovely relaxing environment.

There are numerous lovely walks directly from the cottage door. We have walked down Bradford Dale on many occasion to go to the nearby village of Youlgreave. There are 3 lovely traditional pubs that all serve delicious homemade food. Our favourite being ' The Farmyard Inn' that has won several awards for its food.

Chatsworth House, Haddon hall, Dovedale and the beautiful picture postcard village of Tissington are all within 10/15 mins drive from the cottage and well worth a visit.

The picturesque town of Bakewell is about 4 miles away. There are some lovely little individual shops and a large Coop supermarket that will provide you with all the provisions you will need for your break.

Matlock Bath, Asbourne and Alton Towers are all close by. I could go on and on and tell you so much more but you will just have to go and find out for yourself!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful get away!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful 4 day break in this lovely cottage. It had everything we could possibly need to make our break very special. We had walks from our door, bikes to use on the nearby trails and only a short drive to beautiful parts on the Peaks like Tideswell and Bakewell which we hadn't visited on previous visits. The location of the Forge is great in terms of access to areas but is in such a peaceful spot, just off the beaten track. This is definitely a place we will return to. The owners have obviously put a lot of thought and care into creating a welcoming retreat - which they thankfully, very kindly share!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful January stay in Derbyshire Dales

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a fantastic five-day break at the Forge in Middleton. It really is the perfect base for a walking holiday, with very pleasant walks on the Limestone Way which has incredible views over the Youlgreave valley. When it was windy and raining it was still possible to walk along the gorge to Youlgreave - a gorgeous little village with a surprising number of excellent pubs and shops.

The Forge was also lovely and cosy for the winter nights. It was our first trip away with our baby daughter and the kitchen/living room layout is very family friendly as you can flit between cooking and the living room where people can socialise. A brilliant trip and highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Manchester at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Youlgreave at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Buxton at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : M1 at 20 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Youlgreave at 1 Miles

Special interest holidays:

Leisure activities: walking, bird watching, sight seeing, horse riding.

Sports & adventure activities: caving, cycling, mountain biking, freshwater fishing, fly fishing, fishing, mountaineering, hiking, mountain climbing, swimming.


Nearest Airport: East Midlands at 40 Miles

Car: recommended


The nearest shop and pubs are approx 1 mile away in Youlgrave although the local milkman calls regularly and can also supply eggs yogurts drinks etc.

Further Details:

Middleton-by-Youlgreave is a small picturesque village at the head of Middleton Dale. It is an excellent base for exploring the White Peak area by foot, cycle or car and, for those simply wishing to relax, offers the peace and quiet of the unspoilt English countryside. There is a well equipped children's playground near-by.

About a mile, and a very pleasant walk away, is the village of Youlgrave with shops, a Post Office and three pubs all serving meals at lunchtime and in the evening.

The pretty market town of Bakewell is a short drive away and there is a bus service from Middleton -by-Youlgrave.

Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are easily accessible as are the spa towns of Matlock and Buxton.

Other Activities: birdwatching,ancient monument


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half term
14 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low season
28 Oct 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas and new year
22 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
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Changeover Day:
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Notes on prices:
Available to rent by the week from Friday to Friday or for short breaks Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday.

Half is payable on booking and the remainder 6 weeks before the start

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Updated: 18-Aug-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • 1 bathroom, 1 separate WC Bathroom 1 - toilet, bath with shower Bathroom 2 - toilet There are two small ensuites situated off bedroom 2 and bedroom 3 both have a WC and wash basin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1:kingsize bed Bedroom 2: 3 single beds.en suite WC and wash basin. Bedroom 3: kingsize bed,en suite with WC and wash basin. A folding bed is available in bedroom 2 and there is a sofa bed in the lounge.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: We do accept well behaved dogs up to a max of 2 . There is no extra charge for dogs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are not included but for a small charge £8 pp ( to a max of £40)this can be arranged with the owner prior to booking . Please note duvets and pillows are provided.

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