Sunnylea is an utterly wonderful cottage! As soon as you walk through the door and see the colours and textures, exposed stone walls and stone flagged floors, lovely rugs and super drapes, 'sink into it' sofas and mellow pine furniture, the classy kitchen and bathroom, and a glowing log burning stove to top it all, you will realize this is a really special place.
Set back from the high street in the heart of Tideswell the cottage's location is just as good. It's but a short walk to the traditional village shops, tea rooms and local pubs. With your walking boots on you might like to wander by the beautiful river Wye in nearby Millers Dale or set out across the wild Peaks on the Limestone Way.
Cottage, village and countryside are great but what about the rest. Bakewell with its super shops and market and Buxton with its famous Opera House and spooky Poole's Cavern are a must for everyone. The children will dream of storming Peveril Castle, riding Peak Rail's steam trains and daring each other in Chatsworth's adventure playground before waking as wide-eyed as the owls in the Chestnut Owl and Otter Sanctuary.
A fantastic beamed lounge with exposed stone walls, stone flagged floor, quality sofas, mellow pine furniture, glowing log burning stove, T.V. and DVD. A vaulted garden room with leather suite, flat screen T.V., DVD and glowing log burning stove. A lovely dining room of matching quality and character. A superb kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. A utility room with automatic washer/dryer. An attractive double bedroom with pine furniture. A similar twin bedroom. A classy bathroom with bath, separate shower and W.C. A downstairs W.C.
Linen and towels are provided. Central heating, power and an initial supply of fuel for the stove are included. A cot and high chair can be requested. There is an attractive terraced garden with furniture. Ample parking is available on the quiet lane right outside the cottage. Pets and smoking are not permitted. Access for people with disabilities may be difficult.
Weekly bookings are normally Saturday to Saturday but short breaks are available throughout the year excluding Xmas & New Year. Bookings for Christmas and New Year are from Sunday to Sunday.
Nearest pub - Tideswell 200 yds. Nearest village shop - Tideswell 100 yds. Nearest supermarket - Buxton 4 miles.
"Sunnylea is absolutely lovely with a very cosy and welcoming atmosphere. It is very well equipped and spotlessly clean throughout. The beds were so, so comfy: we loved them! The local village is great too, with very friendly people, good local shops and a bakery that makes fabulous fresh croissants to order! All in all we had a really lovely stay and the owners and caretaker were very helpful before and during our visit. I heartily recommend staying here."
Written by Cantrill family, 05th August 2017
"We have stayed in a wide variety of holiday cottages in Britain but none have been as good as this one or better value. It makes such a difference to be able to completely relax and have everything you need at hand."
Written by Sarah, 18th March 2016
"“This was a return visit to a cottage we came to five years ago. Another lovely week. Thank you”"
Written by Mr and Mrs Livesey, 17th October 2015
"“Another great holiday based at our favourite cottage.”"
Written by Mr and Mrs Chown, 10th October 2015
"“ What a gorgeous place this is…love the quirkiness, décor and generally everything about it. We stayed here with relatives and will definitely be back”"
Written by Mr and Mrs Sillem, 03rd October 2015
"You cannot beat this cottage for value. Arranged on split levels it is roomy and as a bonus has an extra sun-room plus a delightful rear courtyard. It is situated only a few minutes away from all the local amenities and is very well maintained with enough essentials to make your stay welcoming. True we stopped during one of the best weeks for weather. My wife's brother and his wife stayed over 2 nights and they both agreed it was one of the better cottages they had stayed in."
Written by I Jones, 26th September 2015
"“ Our fifth stay at the cottage and a wonderful week of walking. Hope to be back again in 2016”"
Written by Mr and Mrs Thompson, 19th September 2015
"“Wonderful cottage, friendly village, excellent scenery and good weather!!!”"
Written by Mr and Mrs Woods, 12th September 2015
"It's taken me a while to get round to writing this review of our holiday back in August for which I apologise! Our family of five (3 young children) stayed at Sunnylea Cottage during the last week of August. We had the most wonderful week staying in this charming cottage that was so full of character, and described by my 5 year old as "Awesome!" It really was a tardis with lovely quaint rooms spread out, and leading to a delightful courtyard garden at the rear. The cottage has 2 living rooms (the lower is the older part of the cottage with beams so is very traditional and cosy) and the upper living area (that overlooks the garden) more modern and with a woodburner. There is a gallery kitchen with everything you could need, and a lovely dining area on the lower ground (a few steps down from kitchen). All the rooms were beautifully clean and well cared for. Our youngest (22 months at time) slept in a travel cot in our bedroom whilst the older children shared the twin room which they enjoyed staying in. We were very fortunate with the weather and were able to enjoy some meals outside in the lovely courtyard. The village itself is in a fabulous location being at the very heart of the Peaks so was great for accessing places we wanted to visit. We enjoyed tea and cakes in the little cafe opposite and wonderful fish & chips from Elliotts nearby. Tideswell also has a couple of grocery stores which came in handy too. We visited many lovely places such as Bakeswell, Castleton, Matlock, Buxton and more local villages such as Ashford in the Water, Eyam etc. We also experienced some brilliant days out at Heights of Abraham (great cavern there!), Monsal trail (we all loved!), Dovedale (which was very busy on the Sunday!), Alton Towers, Chatsworth House (farm and playarea), Speedwell cavern (although I think this was overpriced for what it was) and the Tram Village in Crich (big hit with the kids). A few pubs/restaurants we ate at and worth mentioning: Bull's Head in Montyash (our favourite), Barrel Inn in Bretton (brilliant), Peacock Pub (Hope Valley), and Hassop station (Monsal trail). It was such a lovely week and we didn't want it to end! We can't wait to come back to beautiful Derbyshire and hope to stay at Sunnylea again - although it might be trickier re sleeping arrangements next year with an older toddler, but we will have a think how to overcome that as I can't imagine we'd find anywhere we love as much! Thank you to the Owners and Caretaker for making our family holiday so perfect."
Written by L Barake, 29th August 2015
"Lovely homely cottage in a fantastic location. Great walks and a relaxing time in this cosy retreat."
Written by Mr and Mrs Rooney., 24th August 2014
"Our fifth visit to this lovely cottage and it's just as enjoyable as the first time.."
Written by The Thompsons., 07th June 2014
"First visit to this cottage and we would definitely come back. Lovely, warm and spacious, well equipped and lots of information on walks etc..."
Written by Mr and Mrs Stocks, 31st May 2014
"We loved our time in your wonderful little cottage and don't really want to go back to reality ! Lovely woodburners added to the ambience and we would love to come back again..."
Written by The Dawkins family., 15th February 2014