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Charming Stylish And Fabulously Comfortable

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights


About the property

18th century detached cottage in Wirksworth, Peak District - Stunning Views Over The Rooftops And Surrounding Countryside

A gorgeous detached cottage set in a stunning location high above the rooftops and historic buildings of Wirksworth. The cottage has been lovingly restored to the very highest standards. The area around the Wee House has the feel of a Cornish fishing village – a random patchwork of houses and gardens removed from traffic and noise. The Wee House is peaceful, quiet and has an ‘away from it all’ feel – yet it is only a short amble down the hill to the quirky boutique shops and independent eateries below. Great for a relaxing break away or an ideal place to set off on adventures in the surrounding Peaks – you can walk and cycle from the door.

-Changeover days are Fridays AND Mondays. In low season we will start on other days where possible. We welcome 2 night stays in low season - please enquire for a price.

Downstairs the high quality finish is warm, inviting and snug; whilst upstairs has a luxurious feel which is open, light and calming. (click 'more details' for further information)

Original features abound – twisty oak beams, a gritstone hearth and deep recessed windows. These are complimented by solid oak floorboards, a fantastic wood burning stove and handmade wooden shutters. Fabulous finishing and touches throughout.

More Details

sarah cumberland
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

About sarah cumberland

Hello - we are Sarah and Mal and we live down the hill and round the corner from the Wee House on the Hill.

sarah cumberland purchased this cottage in 2012

Why sarah cumberland chose Wirksworth

We were regular visitors to the Peak District and moved to Wirksworth in 1998 because it gave us all we wanted - beautiful walking and cycling country and an open and friendly community - it is a vibrant town with local shops and a thriving creative community full of designers, artists, musicians and sculptors. Wirksworth has a quaint village feel but with the benefits of all the amenities of a small town (restaurants, cafes, pubs etc). We lived in the Wee House as a rental property when we first moved to Wirksworth and fell in love with the cottage. When it came up for sale we saw it as an opportunity to lovingly improve it, and turn it into one of the best and most enjoyed holiday cottages in Derbyshire.

What makes this cottage unique

The 'Wee House' is stylish, comfortable and extremely well appointed with stunning views from both the cottage and garden. It is a 'top spot' literally and also because of its proximity to Peak District attractions. This quaint miners cottage has many original features, oak beams, and floorboards, gritstone fireplace with log burner. The cottage is a mix of traditional and contemporary. Downstairs offers comfort and warmth whilst upstairs offers a french boutique feel which is light, spacious and peaceful. The area surrounding the 'wee house' dates back to the 17th century and is called the 'puzzle gardens' due to the random layout of cottages and pathways which gives it a similar feel to a cornish fishing village.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"love it, love it, love it" - The wee-house is the perfect combination of calm, cosy and stylish. It is in a wonderful spot that allows you to feel tucked away from it all, able to relax and unwind yet with walks and amenities right nearby. Your attention to every detail and comfort means it's a luxurious treat to stay here. (D Taylor - Yorkshire)

The cottage was perfect in every way, down to the smallest detail. We couldn't have asked for a lovelier welcome and had fantastic recommendations on places to visit. To sum it up, breathtaking views & beautiful cottage = a very well rested couple from Essex. We will be back. (Joe and Claire -Essex)

'Wow' and 'oh my God' what a fantastic little hidden cottage. Superb decor throughout. We could not wish for a better and more comfortable place to stay. (Helen & Darren -Oxford)

'What a fantastic hidden gem'. The cottage is beautiful, the views are stunning - 'a home away from home'. We highly recommend (Natasha & Simon- London)
Aug 2012
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Wirksworth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • A top-notch and immaculate space in which to soak or shower after a hard day! Limestone tiling on the floor and walls, with under floor heating and quality fittings.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The super-duper double height space has a distinct boutique twist. The exposed oak beams, oak floorboards, antique armoire and fabulously comfy king bed with handcrafted 18th century oak headboard give this gorgeous room real character. One to relax in!
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: This stylish hideaway is literally only 1½ mins away from fantastic independent cafes and artisan shops. All you need is on your doorstep - second hand book stores, tantalising cafes, antique shops and great restaurants. The stunning vistas make the setting of the Wee House an ideal escape from everyday life. The maze of pathways around this historic area, developed in the era before cars, mean there is no parking beside the cottage – but this makes it wonderfully quiet! A short 1 minute walk takes you to your car. There is easy access to the Peak - explore straight from your door. Why not hire bikes and cycle one of the fabulous local trails - Monsal Dale, Tissington or the High Peak Trail. Soak up Chatsworth Estate, Haddon Hall and many more. Why not enjoy a night at the independent Northern Lights cinema (3 minutes away – we’ve timed it) with pre film tapas and wine – cosy up on the funky sofas and relax! Outside: Two sunny patios allow you to soak up the ‘stand and stare’ views across the town and down the valley. There is a steeply sloping garden with love seats in the wall. A cute little barbie is available for those alfresco moments as you chill out and soak up the vistas. You can lock your bikes safely is the secure storage outside the front door. It’s also handy for drying wet kit, or storing muddy boots. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The Wee House is spotlessly clean and is maintained to the highest standards. Guests love the fresh and crisp ironed cotton sheets and fluffy towels. The pillows and duvets are feather, synthetic are available on request. Other: The thermostatically controlled gas central heating allows you complete control of your ideal temperature in the house – it also provides hot water on demand.


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average rating of 4.9722223 based on 37 reviews

Very comfortable cottage and the owner was really helpfull whenever there was a question

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage, the walks, the village, the locals etc

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely homely cottage Mal & Sarah very welcoming. Great stay yet again .

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Never Disappoints

  • 5 of 5

This was our third/fourth trip to the wee house and (as usual) Sarah is incredibly helpful before the trip, the house itself has everything you need if you want to lock the doors and hide from the world infron of the log fire and just arriving immediately makes us feel relaxed.

With the area also providing plenty of options (long walks, local pubs, restaurants etc) we'll sure to be heading back again.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped cosy and spotlessly clean

  • 5 of 5

Great base for exploring the area...good transport links and handy for everything needed

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A chillax den !

  • 5 of 5

Before booking, we thought that despite the 5 star ratings, no place could be that good . well, the only thing that could have improved the comfort and equipment standard would have been a couple of steak knives in the cutlery drawer ! - it was that well equipped . Extremely comfortable , especially the bed which we wanted to take home with us.

A note about its location - neither of us will see 60 again, but the path up to the house didn't present any great obstacle, we just had to stop to admire the view once or twice. However It was extremely kind of Mal to meet us and help us with the luggage on arrival and departure . Our first trip to the dales, Wirksworth is a secret treasure ;we particularly enjoyed the local cinema with its sofas and wine thrown in ; The Mistral Restaurant ; the Farmers Market ; the bus ride to Bakewell ; The Horse Drawn Barge on the Cromford Canal ; overall a holiday that will warm the memory for a long time to come

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything that we looked for

  • 5 of 5

When we booked the Wee House on the Hill we thought on reading the write up that it was everything that we were looking for. During our 10 day stay we found that it was everything and more. The facilities provided by Sarah and Mel were over and above what we had expected and the cottage provided a great base for us to explore the Peak District. Mel's knowledge of the area enabled us to visit places that we might not have considered visiting. Not only did the cottage exceed our expectations, but the town of Wirksworth was impressive, especially the two restaurants which served up great food at reasonable prices. A big thank you to both Sarah and Mel for allowing us to stay at your cottage and for being such great hosts

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nottingham East Midlands
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Various pubs and bars in Wirksworth
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Matlock, Derbsyshire
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Car: recommended


M1 Junction 26 - 40 mins / 20 miles

East Midlands airport 45 minutes / 25 miles.

Birmingham airport 1 hour 15 minutes / 50 miles.

Manchester airport 1 hour 30 minutes / 60 miles.

Car hire is available at all airports listed.


Derby 25 minutes / 15 miles

Nottingham 45 minutes / 25 miles

Chesterfield 25 minutes / 15 miles

Ashbourne 20 minutes / 10 miles

Chatsworth Estate 20 minutes / 12 miles

Haddon Hall 25 minutes / 10 miles

Bakewell 25 minutes / 12 miles

Matlock Bath 10 minutes / 3 miles

High peak Trail 5 minutes / 1 mile

Bike Hire (on High Peak Trail) 5 minutes / 1 mile

Carsington Water 10 minutes / 4 miles

Cromford Mills 10 minutes / 2 miles

Further Details:

Wirksworth is a small historic market town with the feel of a village. It has all the amenities you would want for a holiday in the peak district. The town is located at the top of the Ecclesbourne Valley surrounded by stunning scenery with a myriad of tourist attractions. The Chatsworth Estate is a 20 minute drive away, with Bakewell being 25 minutes, Ashbourne 20 minutes and Buxton 25 minutes. Matlock bath (3 miles), Cromford and Arkwright mills (2 miles), Carsington Reservoir for water sports, trails and shops (4 miles), High Peak Trail (1 mile). Keen cyclists have access to a huge range of cycling routes (owners have details) - both on and off road. There is a climbing wall at the local leisure centre, with extensive gritstone climbing at the local 'edges' - Stannage and Froggatt. The area is criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways allowing easy access for walkers and cyclists from the doorstep of the 'wee house' to stunning countryside. There are 3 convenience shops, 2 butchers and 2 bakeries, along with a pharmacy, dentist and health centre. There are 2 banks and 2 ATMs. Each Tuesday is market day and on the first Saturday of each month there is an organic and traditional farmers market. There are 4 pubs in town (1 with sky sports, 1 with a pool table, 1 serves lunches, 2 with outdoor seating areas). There is a selection of cafes and restaurants; the local takeaways include a Chinese, an Indian and a Fish & Chip shop. Also try the fnatastic Northern Lights cinema in town - open a year and brilliant!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Friday and Monday changeover is preferred with departure by 10.00am and arrival from 3.30pm (to allow for cleaning, linen change etc). However please ask as there may be some flexibility depending on other bookings.

Notes on prices:
A week can start on a Friday or Monday. 3 night weekend stays run from Fri to Mon and 4 night mid-week stays run from Mon to Fri.

If availability allows we will consider stays of 2 nights.

4th night during the week is 50% of nightly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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