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Charming Stylish And Fabulously Comfortable

Bedrooms 1
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 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.

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sarah cumberland
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
21 September, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Wirksworth around the Amber Valley District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • A top-notch and immaculate space. 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: Double height spacious bedroom. Exposed oak beams, oak floorboards, antique armoire and fabulously comfy kingsize bed with handcrafted 18th century oak headboard give this gorgeous room real character. One to relax in!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • caving
  • 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 4.978261 based on 47 reviews

Excellent base for an exploration of the Derbyshire dales. A splendid place to do it from.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is in a beautiful position and is substantially equipped with everything you require for your stay. Very comfortable and you feel at home the moment you step through the door. Wirksworth itself is a very good town to start your holiday from and has all the requisites for you base. Get your logs from " bottom" Ken's. And you will not need to look any further than " Le Mistral" for the most excellent food. The local walks are excellent and the very local Stoney wood park is a good place to explore. Would thoroughly recommend this holiday. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent over three weeks in the wee cottage, writing, walking, enjoying Wirksworth and the Peak District. The place was immaculate, and clearly a lot of thought went into its renovation, furnishing, and the materials provided for guests' use. Sarah and Mal were excellent and knowledgable hosts, friendly and available but never intrusive. A surprising number of good places to eat in town, though the kitchen is well set up for cooking, too. Loved sitting out on the patios. And even though we were there during a heat wave, the thick walls kept the place lovely and cool. We strongly recommend this one!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Wee House and it never disappoints. The warm welcome and spectacular views that await you. It is well equipped, clean and the bed is so comfortable it is a struggle to get up and explore each day.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

What can I say except perfect, from beginning to end. We loved this little cottage. The views are incredible. The cottage is spotlessly clean, very comfortable warm and cosy. Sarah and Mal were wonderful hosts. They have thought of everything in order to make your stay here great. We loved Wirksworth the town it’s pubs and cafes and the surrounding walks were right on our doorstep. We look forward to staying here again soon. Thanks so much.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, cosy, warm, very well maintained, welcoming

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, cosy cottage stocked with all we could have needed. We were welcomed by our lovely hostess with a bottle for that evening, tea and coffee, chocolate biscuits and a pint of milk. Every detail had been considered, plenty of help and detail about the local area was on hand, the cottage was cosy, comfy, complete with log burner, tv, dvd, radio an a bookshelf. We felt completely at home and wanted for nothing. Wirksworth is a lovely town, incredibly welcoming and when the mist lifts a very pretty location too. We will most certainly be back!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house.

  • 5 of 5

The Wee House On The Hill is a beautiful homely place with lots of original features. The view is stunning. The home is equipped with everything you need and thank you for the welcome goodies. Sarah and Mal were away when we arrived but Martin took great care of us helping with the bags and showing us to the house. There is an information book about the house with everything you need to know about the household appliances etc. It also contains a history of the house which is very interesting. There are loads of information leaflets to help you plan you stay. The local people we met were extremely friendly and while having an afternoon pint in the Blacks Head were treated to even more history. They also suggested places we could visit or walks to go on. We only ate out once at Le Mistral and the food was lovely. There are plenty of grocery shops so we cooked in the house getting steaks from the local butcher which were superb. There are a few cafes but we didn't try any preferring instead to sample real ales. If that takes your fancy 3 places we liked were the Blacks Head (already mentioned), The Royal Oak (although they have limited opening hours) and The Feather Star. We did 3 walks while we were there taking in spectacular views from the high peak trail. We also took the bus to Matlock Bath and Cromford. The bus service was really good and if we had enough time would have used it more. When we set off on our last walk we by chance bumped into Mal who was coming to see if we were ok. So from booking the holiday to leaving the attention to detail to make our stay comfortable has been exceptional. Well done Sarah, Mal and Martin. This kind of care and service is how you get repeat visitors and we plan to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your fabulous review. We love the Wee House and Wirksworth and it is our pleasure to make the cottage as good as it can be and help guests enjoy all that Wirksworth and Derbyshire has to offer. Your top tips are great and I totally agree that Wirksworth is very well located for buses to access all parts of the Peak District - it's easy to park up and walk, bus or cycle instead of using the car. We very much look forward to seeing you again soon. Sarah nad Mal
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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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Wirksworth,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Wirksworth Festival Week
7 Sep 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
Autumn Season 1
14 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half Term
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Season 2
2 Nov 2018 - 13 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Pre Xmas
14 Dec 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas and New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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