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Bedrooms 3
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Secluded cottage with its own acre of woodland & garden with Log Burning Fire

Recently chosen by the National Guardian Newspaper as 'Top 50 Places to stay', Ford Wetley Cottage is nestled in wooded grounds in the magnificent Staffordshire Peak District National Park, the self catering holiday cottage is the ideal place to retreat to. Escape the hustle and bustle, kick back, put your feet up or put your boots on and go exploring! The choice is yours, in fact you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ford Wetley Cottage is situated about quarter of a mile outside the picture postcard hamlet of Ford. Away from the main house and secluded by trees, just the rolling fields and sheep around. It’s the perfect place if you want some privacy. The cottage enjoys its own formal garden and is set in an acre of land, sometimes home to our miniature Shetland ponies Breeze and Storm, sometimes they live in the surrounding fields. You are welcome to explore our field which including two little brooks with waterfalls and woodland. This area is fenced off for our younger visitors safety. There is garden furniture, BBQ, fire pit for those hot summers and if you are bringing your bikes a secure place to store them. (On prior arrangement) Plenty of parking space for at least three cars.

The Cottage sleeps 7 in beds, plus a child and babies. It comprises of three tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms with very comfortable and tasteful linen and duvets. There is one double room with 2 travel cots and a mattress for a small child which sits on the floor, one King Size room downstairs and one family room with a double bed plus a full size single bed. Each room has an en-suite shower or bath room, all with luxurious Molton Brown Hand Soap and Moisturiser sets. All come with freshly laundered bed linen, towels and very comfy beds, all with toppers to make you feel relaxed and get a great nights sleep, you’ll be well rested. The King size bedroom is on the ground floor with only a small step down into it, so perfect for the elderly or those not so steady on their feet. A rustic farmhouse kitchen is well equipped with everything you could possibly need and a wooden table for 6 to sit around. The stunning oak floored, exposed stone lounge is well equipped with two large leather sofas, 2 comfy chairs, Flat Screen TV, Hi FI, an extensive range of books, games, toys and plenty of DVDs and a lovely log burning stove. Perfect to curl up in front of and enjoy a well earned drink.

Outside you have your own garden front and back and through a gate, an acre of wooded grounds, sometimes home to our miniature Shetland ponies Breeze and Storm, (or in the surrounding fields) there are streams, waterfalls, rope swing, and a camp fire, all for you to explore. This area is fenced off so perfectly safe for children. There is virtually no road noise as the cottage is at the end of a dead end lane, only the sounds of nature! There is parking for several cars and a barn to store bikes can be made available on request. (advise in advance for key). A garden table, chairs and umbrella make the perfect place to enjoy a BBQ of some of the fantastic local fair, there is a HotSpot BBQ which converts into a Fire Pit to keep you warm outside all night. Perfect for children and the nature lovers. You may see Murphy and Paddy our sheep dogs and 4 cats who will keep you company.

All guest receive a Hamper of milk, bottle of wine, free range eggs, a selection of nibbles and jams and a basket of logs to get you going with the fire. The cottage is equipped with washing up liquid, dish washer tablets, washing tablets, kitchen towel, tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper and oil for cooking. Towels, T-towels and freshly ironed bed linen is provided. All heating and electricity are included. At festive times extra attention is made with Easter eggs for children and beautiful Christmas decorations and champagne and mince pies on arrival.

DOGS - Up to 2 well behaved dogs are allowed, (no puppies or large breeds) there is a fee of £30. PLEASE NOTE that dogs are not allowed to be left alone in the cottage or to sleep in the bedrooms or on sofas. They must be kept downstairs and out of all of the bedrooms to help us keep our high standards of cleanliness. If any extra damage or mess is left, a further cleaning fee will be payable. ONLY family friendly dogs please as we have animals and children.

The cottage is very close to Alton towers within a 20 minute drive away.

We have now installed WIFI, free of charge for use at the cottage. If you prefer pure tranquility, this of course can be turned off! It's not the fastest but fine for checking emails and looking up places to go.


The Roaches: Roaches (or Roches) is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee in the Peak District National Park about 4 miles north of Leek, Staffordshire.

The name Roaches has evolved recently from 'Roches' as the area used to be known only 100 years (or less) ago. 'Roches' is the french word for rocks.

The Roaches are particularly popular with climbers because of the diversity of the climbing routes there. Also there are many miles of paths to satisfy the most seasoned rambler.

The Roaches area includes Hen Cloud, so named because with a little imagination it looks like a roosting hen and Ramshaw Rocks which includes the weird rock formation called the Winking Man.

For many years, from the 1930s to the early 2000s, Wallabies roamed the Roaches. Some say they are still out there. They had been released from a private zoo. 3 Yaks were also released at the same time but they died out in the 1950's.

Bakewell Market Town: Bakewell in Derbyshire and the Peak District , is a beautiful, small, market town situated on the River Wye which is crossed by a 13th century 5 arched bridge still open to traffic. The famous Bakewell pudding was invented accidentally at the Hotel, when a cook misinterpreted instructions and poured egg mixture over the jam instead of mixing it in the pastry and what should have been a tart was now a pudding. Bakewell puddings can be bought at several shops in the town centre.

There are lots of unique shops, cafes and restaurants to visit and Market day every Monday and farmers market on Saturdays once per month.

The Manifold Valley and Trail: Great for Cylcing/Walking/Climbing

The Manifold Trail is a multi-user route along the Manifold valley following the former Leek and Manifold Light Railway. This trail is an easy route and is suitable for children and the elderly. The Tissington trails has been open since the 1930s when the railway closed, and is probably the earliest case of a disused railway line being converted to a walkers and cyclists route.

Waterhouses official car park is just off the main Ashbourne to Leek road, the A523. Here you will find cycle hire and toilets.

En-route high up in the cliff you can see Thor's cave. Worth a climb up for views of the valley. Further on is Wetton Mill where toilets and refreshments are available. There is another cave to explore above the cafe.

More Details

Louise Croome
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Louise Croome

Louise & Adrian have owned Ford Wetley Cottage since 2008, they have renovated it over the years and have installed new bathrooms, exposed stone walls, put in new carpets and wooden floors, Log burning stove, Wifi and all beds and furniture are new. The final addition was a new kitchen last year. They have a passion for making this cottage really special as they have had plenty of experience in staying in cottages themselves and have had their share of good and bad, which they understand can really make the difference to your holiday experience. They live in the house along a track from the cottage so are generally on hand in case of any problems or if help is needed.

Louise Croome purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Why Louise Croome chose Ford

Everyone who visits Ford Wetley Cottage remarks on how special it is, especially the location. It really is a unique spot, away from everyone and anything, other than nature, wildlife and farmland. Very peaceful, tranquil and it really gives you the chance to relax and unwind. There is plenty of outdoor space for kids to explore and keep themselves occupied. There are streams for paddling and netting cray fish. A rope swing for the more adventurous and our ponies, cats, dogs and chickens which our visitors love to come and help feed and collect eggs.

What makes this farmhouse unique

It is not very often that you can sit still and not hear the roar of traffic, Ford Wetley Cottage is at the end of a dead end track and there really is nothing to hear other than birds and the wind blowing in the trees. Kids love the freedom to explore and play in our fields. For the nature enthusiast, there are swallows who nest in our barns in May, a buzzard who feeds from mice in our fields, regular sightings of bats, badgers, fox and you can hear the owls if you are lucky. See if you can find the fox tracks down the lane, hear the woodpeckers or spot the Buzzard feeding.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Ford in Onecote

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ground Floor
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The shower rooms were replaced in 2008, so are all very recent fittings. Each bathroom has a mirror and a shaver socket. Molton Brown hand soap & moisturiser and luxurious Hand & Bath Towels are supplied.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Fold up bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Each Bedroom has its own en-suite bath or shower room with luxurious towels and Molton Brown hand soap and moisteriser. All the quality bed linen and towels are supplied. There is a fold up full size comfortable bed if required, also two travel cots. There is a bedroom with an en-suite shower room on the ground floor, which is ideal for the elderly. There is only 1 step down into this bedroom.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
The cottage has three large bedrooms & can sleep 7 and we have a travel cot & a high chair.On the ground floor there is a double bed & en-suite shower room. Upstairs there is a double bed bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a twin bed bedroom with shower room. The oak beamed farmhouse kitchen is well stocked with electric hob & oven,fridge freezer,washing machine,microwave,toaster, kettle & a dining table. Across the flag stone entrance hall is the spacious lounge, again with oak beams, exposed stone walls, log burning fire, sofas, TV & DVD player, & a selection of games.There is a small step into the cottage & a step down to the ground floor bedroom, making it the perfect place for those not able to climb lots of stairs. The cottage has full central heating throughout. We supply all bed linen, tea towels, hand & bath towels. There is also washing up liquid, washing powder & Molton Brown hand soap/mositerser in each bathroom. A welcome pack of wine, eggs, milk, tea & coffee, and jams.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

A beautiful and remote winter-wonderland getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were blessed with snow on the day we arrived, which set the scene for an idyllic four day stay over New Year. The cottage was home from home, with all amenities on hand, and tastefully dressed like something out of Good Homes magazine. It was beautifully presented with a seasonal, festive feel: a traditional Christmas tree with crooning music and a burning log fire on our arrival. We spent our holiday roaming the North Staffordshire countryside and it was always a pleasure to return to the cottage. Louise and Adrian were excellent hosts, and the dogs and ponies were an extra bonus for the children. Thank you for a lovely holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow what a lovely review, thank you so much. We like to make New Years Eve and Christmas extra special but the snow setting brought the Magic!! Thank you for choosing Ford Wetley Cottage for your stay. Louise & Adrian
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Beautiful relaxing high spec house with rural charm

  • 5 of 5

Amazing house with everything you need rented out by lovely couple. Loved the space, walks from the house, fire and the Jervis Arms.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and peaceful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend at the cottage. It was a perfect place to meet up with family and for walking. We were lucky to have snow and went on some lovely walks straight from the door. The cottage is full of character and is beautifully furnished with a welcoming feel. Louise and Adrian were very friendly and helpful but also respected our privacy. We have already recommended the cottage to friends and would definitely return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and comfortable, ideal for extended families and anyone wanting quiet countryside.

  • 5 of 5

Six adults and one infant, a surprise birthday celebration and Ford Wesley Cottage was ideal. We had plenty of room, a log burner to keep us warm and some beautiful and exceptionally quiet countryside to explore. Louise and Adrian are excellent and helpful hosts and we all enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad your weekend went well and you enjoyed it at Ford Wetley. Hope to see you again one day. Louise & Adrian
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Great stay in wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Great stay, lovely cottage, friendly owners. Very well stocked kitchen.

Lots to do in the locality (driving distance for most), cafes, bars, restaurants, with extensive info in the cottage (menus, phone numbers etc.). We had no mobile signal in the cottage but the wifi was ideal.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and very glad you enjoyed your stay at Ford Wetley. Louise & Adrian
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Wonderful stay, thoroughly recomend

  • 5 of 5

Right from the moment we entered the property we had a very warm welcome. The cottage had all that was required for a perfect weekend retreat in the winter. The cottage was furnished to a very high standard with extremely comfortable beds and a more than adequate heating system topped up with a log burning stove and a large basket of logs. The bountiful gift pack was very much appreciated. The kitchen had all the appliances and utensils that were required together with a plentiful supply of crockery and glasses. Particularly useful when celebrating a special birthday for my wife!

Louise and Adrian were the perfect hosts always available but never overbearing. We especially enjoyed the location and setting, together with their Shetland ponies and dogs.

Thank you for a wonderful and memorable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
M6 or M1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Car: necessary

Whether it’s adventure and action at Alton Towers, just 7 miles away, rock climbing on the stunning cliffs and crags, getting dirty on a mountain bike which can be hired locally or just a good long walk around Dovedale, the Manifold trail to name but a few it’s all here. Or maybe you’re after a more relaxing time, a stroll around the excellent Peak Wildlife Park just 2 miles away or why not go and visit the magnificent Chatsworth House or browse around the market towns of Leek, Ashbourne, Buxton & Bakewell. Take a trip down memory lane on the Churnet Valley Steam Railway or visit the place that inspired Rudyard Kiplings parents. Or just get some of the fantastic local foods and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the cottage and all the wildlife that comes to visit. It’s so peaceful, no road noise, just the birds and the sheep, the ultimate in tranquillity! The cottage is just 15 minutes drive from the picturesque market towns of Leek & Ashbourne with all the essential shops

Other Activities: Rock Climbing

Golf: Golf Clubs are located at Leek and Buxton, within easy reach of the cottage. There is also a club in Whiston.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We do allow up to 2 well behaved dogs. Dogs are not allowed on bedding, furniture and must be kept out of all bedrooms and upstairs. They are also not allowed to be left alone in the property at any time. There is a £30 extra cleaning fee added to bookings, but if any damage or extra mess is left, then a further cleaning fee will be payable. Family friendly dogs only and no puppies under 12 months old. Sorry no cats.

Please only bring dogs that are 'country friendly' and get on with other dogs, chickens and other animals as we have our own animals roaming around and the fields are covered with lambs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.