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Charming Converted Chapel for couple, gothic love nest, Wirksworth Peak District

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Wirksworth, Peak District, Derbyshire. Luxury Romantic Accommodation For A Couple, With Fantastic Views Of The Hills And The Graves!

The Retreat is especially for those who like quiet neighbours!

It is 200 years old – built in 1812 as a Chapel of Rest in the middle of a small graveyard owned by the Baptist Church. The graveyard although open to the public, rarely gets visitors, and is a peaceful and tranquil spot to sit and reflect. The Retreat itself is mostly one big, light and welcoming room, a wonderful airy space with cast-iron lancet stained glass windows with lacy cafe-style curtains looking out across the cemetery to farmhouses which dot the slopes of the hillside beyond. Formally desolate with a tree growing through the roof, the Retreat has been saved from ruin and re-invented as an atmospheric holiday let. It is now Grade 2 Listed.

Stay here to discover the town of Wirksworth on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District, four miles from the county town of Matlock. Described as “the Gem of the Peak” and one of the most traditional and unspoilt towns in Derbyshire, the town largely escaped the demolition of the 1960’s and retains some fine buildings, indeed it has more listed buildings than anywhere else in Derbyshire! Centred around its marketplace, where markets have been held since Edward I granted the right in 1306, it is a town of picturesque alleys and craftsmen's yards, of old cottages and lead merchants’ houses. The reason for the splendour of many of the buildings is Wirksworth's historical trade - it was the centre of the Derbyshire lead industry from Roman times on.

The town prospered through mediaeval times, giving rise to a fine 13th century church which contains a unique exquisitely carved Saxon coffin lid. As well as a library the town also has a range of small specialist shops and delicatessens, and even a micro-brewery. The town has plenty of places to eat: Le Mistral is an award-winning French bistro in the market square; Gino’s makes organic wood-fired pizzas; and there are plenty of coffee shops and numerous pubs befitting a market town. There is also a fantastic small cinema "The Northern Lights" on the same road as the Retreat!

The town has an annual well dressing in Whit week, a custom unique to the Peak district, where wells, springs and other water sources are decorated with intricate designs made largely from flower petals. Every September the unusual ceremony of 'Clypping' takes place, when the church is encircled by the congregation holding hands around it. Wirksworth has also over recent years developed a major fortnight long Arts Festival, with music, dance and street acts while many open houses display art in various forms

The town has strong literary links. It features as “Snowfield” in George Eliot’s ‘Adam Bede’. D H Lawrence rented a cottage just outside the town and, with his Austrian wife Frieda, had to report to the magistrate once a week during the First World War. The magistrate’s house is now the Old Lock Up B and B next door to the Retreat. The Old Lock up imprisoned George Townley, the Whigwell Grange murderer, who stabbed his fiancée, Bessie, to death in 1863. She is buried in the Retreat graveyard.

While the obvious attractions of the Peak District are all within an hour's drive of Wirksworth, walkers will be more than happy with the scenery and trails on offer right on The Retreat’s doorstep. The 18-mile High Peak trail passes right by the town, and there are miles and miles of walking on your doorstep.

It's lovely round these parts!

Have a listen to this lovely song by the Derbyshire band Spectral Chorus, which features the Retreat in their video.


More Details

John Rogers
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Japanese
Calendar last updated:
12 March, 2018

About John Rogers

We are a family of four living in rural France. We love it here but also love returning to Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast.

We hope you will find our property like a 'home from home', with lots of books and dvds!

John Rogers purchased this cottage in 2012

Why John Rogers chose Wirksworth

We bought the Retreat in 2012. It always looked so snug in the graveyard!

What makes this cottage unique

Peace - the neighbours are very quiet!

Art cinema and best pub in Wirksworth both just along the road!

Quirky shops and little alleys and ginnels. Wonderful countryside around


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Wirksworth in Amber Valley District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • There is an electric shower with heated towel rail and wall heater, toilet and washbasin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The luxurious brass double bed with Egyptian cotton sheets is set back from the main living room, and provided with bedside lamps, an alarm clock and DAB radio. Around the walls are wonderful framed photographs of the town taken by a local photographer.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The property is heated by electric under floor heating, under the polished slate floor. Guests describe it as " lovely and cosy" - there is an additional oil radiator for the coldest nights. Dogs love it! Free car park opposite and there is on street parking also Outside: Outside behind the property within the graveyard is a private sitting area with wooden "companion seat" - a lovely place to have a glass of wine and watch the world go by. You will undoubtedly be joined by the local very friendly cat! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided, the property is professionally cleaned after each guests stay. Other: The large oak chapel door opens onto a tiled hallway where guests can leave coats and boots.


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Charming Converted Chapel for couple, gothic love nest, Wirksworth Peak District
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 18 reviews

Lovely quiet restful place

  • 4 of 5

The village is intriguing and had all you need. The chapel had all amenities required and a stock or reading material, radio, iPod dock and dvds. Very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Welcome back anytimer
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Loved it!

  • 4 of 5

Had a great weekend in a lovely place. Beautifully warm thanks to underfloor heating. Many thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed the Retreat. Yes the underfloor heating means its warm and cosy whatever the weather! Welcome back anytime.
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Oh, it was lovely, great atmosphere and perfect for our break!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic, great for two people , very peaceful and had everything we needed. John was very helpful, make sure you always take keys with you!

Parking a bit of a challenge, but not a problem!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this, glad you liked the Retreat. Yes 3 sets of people have now locked themselves out! There is free on road parking within 300 yards of the Retreat, so even if you cant get into the free car park opposite - and usually you can - you can ALWAYS find a place nearby. Details of where to park it is sent with booking info
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west midlands

Beautiful Gothic Chapel

  • 5 of 5

We love all things Gothic and this charming chapel certainly didn't disappoint. From the really comfy bed to the milk and flowers that were left for us, we were very impressed. Wirksworth is a friendly and welcoming place with lots of places to eat and visit. Would certainly recommend a visit and we look forward to visiting again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you liked the Retreat it is a little Gothic gem. Welcome back anytime.
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Just wow

  • 5 of 5

it was a bit strange when we first walked down the drive but very impressed with the whole property. Very cosy and quaint, an ideal get away for couples that want a quiet break. The owners were very thoughtful by leaving milk and flowers.

Lots to do around the area and places to eat etc.

would definitely come again

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments, Very glad you enjoyed the retreat. Welcome back anytime - reduced rate for returnees.
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Washington, D.C.

Perfectly situated adorable cottage

  • 5 of 5

Extremely charming, clean, and cared for! My pup and I had a great stay at The Retreat. It's a nice jumping-off point for the Peak District, as it's an easy drive to the park but is located in a cute little town with pubs and amenities. I recommend the footpath to neighboring Bolehill for a peaceful local walk as well. I wouldn't hesitate to stay at The Retreat again! (Please be aware the cottage has no wifi; it does get good cell reception and the lack of wifi wasn't an issue for me.)

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review, so please you enjoyed the Retreat. We deliberately decided against providing wifi; it is a "retreat", and we think guests like the peace and quiet of the graveyard and the historic building. Hope to see you again - discounted rates for returnees!
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
East Midlands
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Train
400 Metres
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres

Special interest holidays:

Bread making course are available at the artisan bakers 'The Loaf' at Crich - 4 miles away.

A variety of Art courses are available at our friends- Zantium Studios a mile away.

Carsington Water - a large reservoir for sailing and wind surfing is just 2 miles away.


Carsington Water, a reservoir is 2 miles away with visitor centre and shops, sailing, wind surfing and canoe and boat hire.


Nearest airport is East Midlands - 45 minutes away.

There is a rail network from Derby to Mattock and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - a heritage line with steam trains runs from Duffield to Wirksworth itself. There is also a regular bus service from Derby.


Peak District National Park - for walks and countryside is all around you :)

Wirksworth Heritage Centre - local history centre - 5 mins walk

Middleton Top Cycle Hire - on the High Peak Cycle Trail - 10 mins walk

Black Rocks - local beauty spot - 20 minutes walk

Eco Centre - traditional craft courses and sustainable living - 10 minutes

Heights of Abraham - caves and cable cars - 10 m

Ashbourne and Buxton and the stately homes - Chatsworth, Kedleston and Haddon Hall area short drive away

Further Details:

Wirksworth has several restaurants, 3 small supermarkets- 'Dips' sells a good range of organic/vegetarian/vegan goods. The town also has many pubs!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30

Booking Notes:
We will email you a booking form and hold your booking for 5 days. A deposit of £50 will confirm the booking. Full rental charge (minus the deposit) is due no less than three weeks before the start of the holiday. Payment can be made by bank transfer, Paypal or cheque. Please note that for Paypal there is a small charge to cover Paypal fees. For short breaks we generally ask for full payment at the time of booking. Unfortunately we do not accept one night bookings.

Changeover Day:
We can be flexible on arrival and departure days. Arrival time is from 3 p.m. and departure no later than 10.30 a.m.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks and weekends available. Please enquire by email. Prices vary from £50-£90 per night for the cottage, depending on season. During the summer months we mainly take Friday to Friday bookings, but do enquire about short breaks. We try to be flexible to accommodate short breaks, Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday bookings. Unfortunately we do not accept one night bookings and prefer not to leave single unsaleable nights between bookings. Please contact us about your preferred dates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.