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Charming Stylish And Fabulously Comfortable

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

**Oct Special - Sun 8th - Fri 12th Oct (5 nights) = £250**

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:
August 22, 2017

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 2005

Why sarah cumberland chose Derbyshire Dales

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
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 4.964286 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful cosy and perfect romantic cottage

  • 5 of 5

First of all, a big thank you for making this place what it is. Every effort has been made to make sure it is clean, cosy, romantic and everything here is top quality. Thank you for the welcome cookies and prosecco- this is really a nice touch. I spent my 50th birthday here with my boyfriend and everything exceeded our expectation - Wow!

Sarah was a good host, willing to help whenever you needed it though she has provided everything in this cottage that you'll hardly need anything - Sarah has set some high standards here! I will definitely be returning. What a beautiful cottage..thank you again!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect little countryside cottage

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had the most perfect stay at the wee house on the hill. Sarah and Mal were gracious hosts and had thought of every detail possible throughout the cottage. We now have very high expectations, as a result of our stay, for any other country breaks we may do! We hope to return again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Cottage in a Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has everything you need for a very relaxing stay. It is perfectly located within close walking distance to all the shops in the town and also to set off on walks around the area. The cottage's modern appliances and bathroom made for a very comfortable stay, whilst not compromising the quant feeling of a cottage in the country.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for a lovely review. Fantastic to hear you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the cottage and it's location for walks from the door. For those reading this review the cottage is also only 2 minutes walk down hill to the centre of this small market town where you will find quirky independent shops, restaurants and pubs. A new micro pub has just opened - 'The Feather Star' not to missed if you enjoy real ale in a cosy setting. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Happy New Year. Sarah and Mal
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We would go back anytime

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't ask for a better place to stay. Thanks for everything, all we needed was here. Sarah, it was lovely to see that nothing was too much for you. The example you have set is a benchmark others in the UK need to step up to." Gerry and Sue (Tasmania)

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage itself was just what we were looking for, cosy, well done out, clean and contained everything we needed. Fantastic views from the cottage over Wirksworth and the surrounding countryside and good location to access walks and other attractions nearby in the Peak District. Also worth taking a short walk up the hill past the StarDisc and onto a footpath through the quarry which has some impressive views. The owner was especially helpful and friendly.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. The Wee House is a great base to walk straight from the door. I agree the Star Disc and the walk across the old quarries have impressive views. The naturally filled water basins in the old quarry are aqua blue in colour in the sunlight and called locally the 'blue lagoons' The footpaths link across to the National Park's High Peak Trail which is brilliant for walking and cycling.
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A beautiful little house in a great area

  • 5 of 5

This was a superb little house that has been beautifully restored and furnished to a very high standard. It was immaculately clean and had everything we needed. The owner was lovely and couldn't have been more helpful.

The walk out from the house to the Star Disk was great (particularly at night) and the house is generally in a great area for holidaying. We particularly enjoyed visits to Chatsworth House and walking in Dovedale.

We couldn't fault anything about this house and would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A huge big thank you. I thoroughly enjoy making the Wee House on the Hill as good as it possibly can be and to hear this type of feedback is wonderful. I agree the Star Disc is great and a wonderful space just to 'chill and be'. It is also a fantastic venue space for outdoor theatre and music events. A programme of up and coming events is on the Star Disc website. For others reading this note: There are still spaces available at the Wee House over Wirksworth's Festival period (9-25 Sept 2016). See Wirksworth's festival website for this years programme.
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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.

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