The Peak District and local area around Curlew Cottage, Windmill

Curlew Cottage lies conveniently placed at the heart of the famous, unspoilt, Peak District National Park, full of breathtaking views and magical landscapes. The holiday cottage is in an ideal location for walking,or cycling and is also a world famous rock climbing area.

Windmill village is the perfect base from which to explore the old market town of Tideswell (2 miles), with it’s magnificent church (known as ‘The Cathedral of the Peak’), the historical village of Castleton (4m), with it’s castle and Blue John caverns, the Plague village of Eyam (4m). and Hathersage, the site of Little John’s grave is just 5 miles.

For those with a sense of history there are numerous magnificent historic houses all within a few miles. These include Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Eyam Hall, Hardwick Hall and Lyme Hall – all of which offer excellent days out.

The historic towns of Buxton and Bakewell are within easy reach. A wide range of cultural events are available at Buxton Opera House, which hosts an annual music and opera festival and a Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, while Bakewell has a weekly agricultural market every Monday.

There are footpaths from the door of Curlew Cottage, offering routes to the gritstone scenery of the Dark Peak (the Hope Valley, Bretton, Abney, Eyam Moor) and to the limestone dales of the White Peak (Cressbrook, Tideswell. Chee and Monsal Dale). Within a short drive are famous walking centres of Ladybower, Dove Dale, Castleton, Mam Tor and Edale.

Rock climbing is a popular sport in the Peak District and can be found on nearby gritstone edges such as Stanage Edge plus many other local centres. There are numerous opportunities locally for fishing, hang-gliding, golfing, horse riding, cycling and mountain biking.

There area many excellent quality restaurants , pubs and cafes, in the nearby villages of Tideswell, Foolow, Castleton, Hathersage, Eyam and Stoney Middleton. Enjoy an excellent meal, and an amazing view within a five minutes drive, at the traditional country inn, the Barrel Inn at Bretton. The Bulls Head Inn in Foolow offers great food and atmosphere, overlooking the village duck pond. The Queen Anne Inn at Great Hucklow is a delightful old style country inn and is just 8 minutes walk from the door.

Sheepwash Bridge across the River Wye, Ashford in the Water
Haddon Hall near Bakewell in the Derbyshire Peak District

Testimonials

This is our third stay in your lovely cottage. It’s ideally situated for exploring the Derbyshire Dales and the High Peaks. We’ve seen lots of Red Grouse, Deer, Kestrels, but sadly no mountain hates this time. We’ve enjoyed coming back to the cosy cottage in the evenings- everything you need to cook your own meal but lots of pubs nearby to choose from as well.We enjoyed an excellent meal at the Barrel Inn, Bretton. Hope to be back later in the year. Happy New Year.

Barry and Kathryn – January 2020

Cosy stay over Christmas. Thank you so much for the welcome gifts. We have enjoyed walking around the area, lots to explore. Would highly recommend the Red Lion in Litton for its excellent food and the Star in Tideswell for its welcome.

Jayne and Simon – December 2019

Fantastic Cottage. Snug and cosy with everything we needed. Abi and Russ are wonderful hosts- from our warm welcome to saying goodbye they’ve been brilliant. In the area Curlew cottage makes the perfect base. The cottage is very well equipped and has everything we wanted. We loved the log burner and the very comfy bed. We will be recommending it to everyone and hope to be back.

Martin and Mark – November 2019

This was our first visit to the Peak District, and what a treat! Curlew Cottage is a special little place. It is so well equipped and comfortable, a real, “home from home” It is so well positioned for the many local walks from the door and interesting walks nearby to places like Eyam Edge, Win Hill, Lose Hill and many others. We really enjoyed visiting Chatsworth House, Bakewell and Buxton. There are too many lovely places to eat but the Queen Anne pub is within easy walking distance for nice pub food. The Merchants Yard in Tideswell is great for Sunday lunch. Too much to see, so we will just have to come back! Thank you.

Sally and Greg – October 2019