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


A wonderful week away in a beautiful cottage. Perfectly located to make the most of the Peak District. Thank you so much for making us feel at home, we’re so relaxed now I fear the real world will be a shock!

Rachel, Pat & Grace, Radstock, Somerset – April 2017

Excellent spot for walking. Hathersage and surrounding area has beautiful walks. Queen Anne good for basic pub food and very friendly with the advantage of being in easy walking distance. Cosy cottage.

Julie & Val, Hampshire – June 2017

Thank you Russell & Abi for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. Our first time in the Peak District and it was really lovely. Good walks, good pubs and pretty villages.

Pat & Eric, West Sussex – June 2017

Thank you Russell & Abi for allowing us to stay in your lovely cottage, we felt right at home. The surrounding area is lovely, we walked into Great Hucklow and the local people we met were very friendly. We loved Bakewell, visited Buxton and Matlock.

Hayley, Lee & Alix – September 2017