Lower Ivy cottage is a lovely, traditional limestone cottage in a super position on the edge of Youlgreave with wonderful views from every window over Bradford Dale. Dating from the 18th century the cottage has been fully renovated to provide modern facilities whilst retaining all its character including quarry tiled and slate floors, mellow pine dresser, log burning stove and lots of other country features.
Bradford Dale with its trout pools is beautiful and as you wander along the footpath you will see kingfishers, herons and dippers playing in the river as it splashes down the valley. Up in the centre of Youlgreave you will realise that this is a 'real' village with high quality butchers and general store, post office and three pubs doing lovely food and drinks.The village has an attractive Georgian main street and one of the finest 15th century churches in Derbyshire.
Walks fan out from the cottage in every direction over the Peak District hills but when your feet get tired visit nearby Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Bakewell with its 'puddings' and Matlock Bath in its breathtaking gorge. For the kids there is everything from water rafting, go-karting, cable car daring, steam train riding, cavern exploring and castle storming.
A sunny porch with seating. A cosy and comfortable lounge with cottage-style suite, main dining table and chairs, log burning stove, T.V., DVD, Sky, stereo system, Wi Fi and door to the patio. A well equipped modern kitchen with cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, automatic washer and table and chairs for three people. A lovely double bedroom with en-suite W.C. and wonderful views down the dale. A twin bedroom also with superb views. A downstairs shower room with W.C.
Linen and towels are provided. Central heating, power and fuel for the stove are included. There is a cottage garden and patio with furniture and views over the dale. Loading and unloading are possible on the lane adjacent to cottage and parking is available nearby, either further along the lane or by the river 100 yards down the hill. Pets and smoking are not permitted. The cottage is not suitable for children under four years of age. Access for people with disabilities may be difficult.
Weekly bookings are normally Saturday to Saturday. Short breaks are not accepted at this cottage. Bookings for Christmas and New Year are from Tuesday to Tuesday.
Nearest pub - Youlgreave 600 yds. Nearest village shop - Youlgreave 700 yds. Nearest supermarket - Bakewell 4 miles.
"Love the log burning stove-makes it a great winter break. Recovering from illness so no long walks but daily strolls. The most energetic was a walk along the river and then back over the hills in the afternoon sun. Great views from the cottage so staying in was fine too. We will be back. We love Youlgreave and have been many times before but this is the first time we've stayed in this cottage -it is the best."
Written by Wendy and Brian, 29th December 2017
"Our half term holiday was great here. We went on many walks through the fields and on our last day we walked up Mam Tor which had incredible views. We enjoyed the cake shop in the village 'Peak Feast' and the book shops in Bakewell. Overall we had a magnificent stay. Thanks."
Written by Vicky, Paul and Charlotte, 28th October 2017
"We've had a lovely week at Lower Ivy cottage. Weather been very kind-we have been out and about-loved Dovedale and Chatsworth. We walked from Conksbury Bridge along the Lathkill river and up to Over Haddon. A refreshing drink at The Lathkill Hotel before returning on a different path. Cottage very well equipped and cosy with the log burner going-we appreciate the supply of logs !"
Written by Ruth and Nazario, Berks, 07th October 2017
"Our second visit to Lower Ivy cottage and another lovely relaxing stay. Dales as beautiful as we remembered, especially Bradford Dale. The Farmyard Inn is still a great place to eat and drink. Trips further afield-Scarthin books at Cromford, Art Gallery at Baslow and Haddon Hall was delightful, full of Red Admiral butterfiles in the garden."
Written by Graham and Lorraine, 16th September 2017
"Have enjoyed a lovely week in this lovely little cottage. Views are amazing. Great area to visit and Lower Ivy has everything you need. Thank you !"
Written by Steve, Lisa, Alfie and George, Kent, 29th July 2017
"We have just enjoyed a lovely peaceful week in this idyllic cottage - well equiped, clean and welcoming with a view which will be hard to better ! Hope to return someday !!"
Written by Claire, Doreen, John and Jackie, 17th June 2017
"Despite quite a lot of rain we had a very enjoyable week exploring Derbyshire. The cottage is very well equiped, clean and cosy. The wood burning stove is easy to light and operate, heats up the cottage in no time on chilly evenings. Thank you very much and by the awy we really appreciated the supply of fuel and central heating if necessary (which it isn't if the stove is going)"
Written by Val, Brian and Fiona, 20th May 2017
"Very comfortable, well equipped and cosy cottage. Excellent location . Thank you Hilary for sorting the fridge so quckly. Would highly recommend !"
Written by Aron, Siena and Lucian, 15th April 2017
"So fortunate with the weather this week ! Some good walks and visits to some interesting parish churches - Wirksworth and Ashbourne were highlights. Enjoyed our stay in Lower Ivy cottage. Tried to go to " Pie Wednesday " at the Farmyard Inn but it was fully booked !"
Written by Jim, Liz and Monica, 08th April 2017
"We had an absolutely wonderful stay. The cottage was so cosy with the central heating and the wood burning stove, and it was exceptionally peaceful as well. We found it well provisioned with things we needed and loved the beautiful walks nearby. The only downside for me was that I bumped my head 3 times on the overhanging part of the cooker, while making meals. But I'll recover! Otherwise it was all really lovely. We'll certainly be back."
Written by Jodi, Chris and James from Norwich, 02nd January 2017
"Beautiful cottage and views , lovely places to visit - particulary enjoyed monkey forest . Only issue was the parking !"
Written by Jill and Andrew, 24th September 2016
"What a blessed week we have enjoyed again . Beautiful weather , stunning scenery , comfy cottage and our 53rd Anniversary . Thank you once again ."
Written by Martin and Joyce , Lincs, 17th September 2016
"Thank you we have had a great holiday and enjoyed your cottage . We have done and seen so much ."
Written by Mccarthy, 10th September 2016
"We enjoyed our stay in your lovely cottage in the Heart of England . With good friends living nearby ."
Written by Klaus and Brijitte , Germany, 30th August 2016
"What a beautiful place to stay - everything you need on your doorstep . We did very little - mainly due to the fact that the view from the cottage was unsurpassed . Fortunate enough to finish the week with 3 sunny days . Bradford Dale and walk to Lathkill Dale quite wonderful. Hoping to be back."
Written by Lorraine and John, 06th August 2016
"We've been on lots of walks this week over lots of hills . On Thursday we went to Haddon Hall and had some lovely cake . Sometimes we went to the river and tried to swim - although it was very cold ! Most of the time we somehow found ourselves in a pub ? This is a lovely cosy cottage in a great village surrounded by countryside ."
Written by The Howards, 30th July 2016
"Peaceful lovely location . Walked every day 8 -10 miles very lucky with the weather ! Comforatbale cottage - bit on the small side for 4 dining ."
Written by Morag and Rob , Exmouth, 09th July 2016
"Our second stay at Lower Ivy , comfortable and cosy as ever."
Written by Nicky and Canice , Suffolk, 18th June 2016
"Our second stay at Lower Ivy . The weather has been a gift this week wonderful . Mam Tor was spectacular this time . Hope to be back again ! Thanks so much ."
Written by Martin and Joyce , Lincs, 23rd April 2016
"Our twelth visit to Youlgreave , the first visit to Lower Ivy cottage. A lovely Christmas by the log fire, a visit to the church for the crib service on Christmas Eve ( a full church with many chrildren, a real baby and a sheep ) and a walk to "The Flying Childers " at Stanton in the Peak were among our highlights. The " Flying Childers " has real ale and good pub food. Thank you Andy and Hilary."
Written by Elizabeth and Peter, 29th December 2015