Leek, Peak District

Willow Cottage

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Hot Tub

Pets - Not Allowed

Property Info

General Info

Upper Hulme 1 mile. An immaculate detached countryside cottage set next to the owners' home and B&B, in a rural location at the foot of the wonderful walking area of the Roaches, a mile from the small village of Upper Hulme near Leek. Beautiful throughout, and providing spacious, open plan accommodation, this Upper Hulme cottage is a perfect romantic hideaway in this stunning part of Staffordshire. All ground floor accommodation accessed by just 5 steps to the patio means everyone can enjoy the wonderful views of the Roaches and surrounding countryside, and the very comfortable open plan living accommodation and king-size bedroom. Outside, this Upper Hulme cottage has its own private, enclosed patio to sit and enjoy those wonderful countryside views. The tiny village of Upper Hulme has a fabulous village pub serving traditional ales and wonderful home-cooked food, or why not try the delights served up in the tea shop? Walking or mountain biking is available in abundance from this cottage near Upper Hulme. Tittesworth Reservoir and visitor centre is within easy reach, as are the market towns of Leek and Buxton. Alton Towers is also just a short drive away. So, you will be spoilt for choice at this fabulous Upper Hulme cottage, perfect for couples or small families at any time of the year. Read More

Property Info

All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x compact single. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area.

Facilities

Gas central heating. Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot. Off road parking for 1 cars. Front patio with furniture and private hot tub. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 3 miles, pub and tea shop 1 mile. Note: Property is accessed via a 500-yard track, care to be taken. Note: Cottage accessed via 5 steps up to patio. Note: Hot tub is only suitable for children aged 10 years or over and they must be supervised. Note : Hot tub is to only be used between hours of 10am and 10pm. Please note - this property has a good housekeeping deposit of £200 Read More

The Hot Tub

  • Hot tub is private for your use only
  • Electric
  • Seats 4 people
  • Not sunken
  • Undercover
  • Located outside

Location

Reviews

The cottage is well located, it feels very isolated, but was actually not too far to get to pubs and shops. The conservatory on the front was a lovely sun trap and I enjoyed reading in there. The overall cleanliness, décor and comfort was outstanding and the automatic gate was very convenient!

Had a fantastic 3 night stay at the cottage, will definitely be returning. The hot tub was amazing.

An excellent central location and a great, lovely cottage.

A lovely setting and lovely hosts at this cottage.

Excellent location, many walks from the door. Very relaxing.

We liked the warmth and hospitality of the owners. Beautiful scenery and countryside.

The cottage was very comfortable with good heating and the owners were welcoming & very helpful. The cottage location is very quiet & peaceful and has direct and easy access to lovely walking country. There was secure parking.

Great accommodation and location.

Beautiful, peaceful surroundings.

Lovely Place

Me and my girlfriend got back last night from our weekend break at Willow Cottage. We both had a very good time. We were slightly apprehensive before visiting after reading some negative reviews but we needn't have worried because we personally had no problems at all. The cottage is in a superb setting and is very nicely decorated and furnished inside. On arrival I contacted Lorna (The owner) by phone to ask if we could use the hot tub. Despite her being at work she was still happy to talk me through how to remove the lid and operate it which was great. During our stay we used the tub several times and it was absolutely wonderful. We had booked to stay Saturday and Sunday night but sadly due to work we had to check out early which was a shame. I asked Lorna if it was ok to check out on Sunday Night instead of Monday morning and she was absolutely fine with this. In summary we really enjoyed our time at Willow Cottage and would definitely recommend it to people. Only negative I can think of would be the driveway leading from the road to the cottage. As mentioned in many reviews it is extremely rough but we just went at very low speed and the car was absolutely fine.

Terrible stay!

Really disappointing stay. I don’t usually leave poor reviews but this experience warrants it. We felt like we paid a lot of money for this cottage for what we were met with. We arrived on the Friday night to find the cottage extremely dirty and damp: The bed sheets clearly had not been changed and were covered in stains and hair The rug in the kitchen was soaking wet, the sofas were covered in a layer of damp The plates and pans in the cupboards were covered in dried on food The surfaces were greasy and grimy All towels, tea towels and body towels smelt very bad, of sick in fact. Clearly had not been washed. Second bedroom - down the side of the bed was sopping wet This would all be bad enough but when we tried to resolve the issues by texting the owner, Lorna, on the Friday evening, we were met with extremely poor customer service. She came round the next morning in a foul mood and was extremely hostile towards me and my friend. We simply tried to explain the issues to her in a polite and friendly manner but she began shouting saying we simply ‘had a different of opinion’. She wouldn’t let us get a word in edgeways and was very intimidating. We did not wish to ruin our weekend so agreed to staying a second night if the property could be cleaned with the beds changed. We specifically asked for replacement towels as the ones we had were not clean. We came back from a lovely day in Leek (Leek is absolutely beautiful) to find one bed changed, however the property was still unclean with the the other issues unresolved. We were not given fresh towels. This was all such a shame given Leek is an absolutely stunning place. we will definitely return but NOT to this cottage. Do not waste your money!!!

End of an era?

We stayed at Hen Cloud Cottage in October 2016. The cottage itself was nice, tastefully decorated and had all the amenities we required. Well, almost. It was starting to look a little tired around the edges. In the bathroom the shower head was cracked and leaked, the extractor fan didn't really work (the owner had supplied a dehumidifier to run just outside the door after use), fittings were broken, etc. The kitchen area was good, but again there were niggles: The extractor fan hood light didn't work, and a few more pans would have been useful (we cooked there nearly every day due to dietary requirements) The heating system was good, and kept us toasty during our very autumnal stay. The hot tub was fun, but the lid was almost impossible to lift the lid as the gas-assist was broken. As mentioned previously, access to the property was up a very bumpy farm track, so if you don't have an all-wheel drive vehicle be prepared to take it very slowly. However, the scenery was stunning and the area was full of great places to visit, so the bumpy drive every morning was worth it! I did get the impression that it's the end of an era for the cottage though. The owner was a little rude and uninterested when we spoke to her (we had to ask for some bedding for the single bed, and had to go to her house in person as we had zero mobile signal and so couldn't ring her. When I jokingly mentioned the lack of phone signal she responded "Well, that's not my problem is it") which was a shame as previous reviewers had sung her praises. However, as the For Sale signs were up outside I think it was just a case of the business winding down after a good run. All in all, a very pleasant cottage that could do with a lick of paint and a freshen up - which I hope the next owners do as it really is a wonderful place.

Warm, cosy, romantic cottage in an idyllic setting - perfect after a stressful week

We visited the Hen Cottage Annexe this weekend (late Nov 15) and stayed for two nights. The setting is wonderful (the track leading up is bumpy but not a problem at all) and the cottage is set in the hills. It's ideally situated for exploring in the Peak District, it feels out in the middle of nowhere (which is exactly what we wanted) but equally Leek is only 4 miles away and Buxton only around 10. The cottage itself is clean, comfortable, spacious, with nice roof windows and it's a perfect romantic getaway whether you want a base from which to explore, or somewhere to just relax (we did a bit of both). The heating is also really effective (not an exciting point(!) but if you travel in the winter the cottage retains heat really well and warms up to be really toasty very quickly if you've been out for the day. Lorna, the owner, is really friendly and cakes and milk were available on arrival which was a really nice touch. I would recommend this to anyone, it's a really nice place.

Hidden treasure!

We took a short break of three nights in this delightful property. As we approached along the bumpy track we wondered what we would find at the end! A hidden treasure in the form of Hen Cloud annexe awaited us, just to the side of the owners' B & B and nestling close to the Roaches rocks and heather -covered hills. Lorna and Nick the owners welcomed us and had even left cake in the fridge for hungry travellers! The property was spotlessly clean and well laid out with everything we needed. Lots to do and see around here, whether it be walking, climbing or simply relaxing with visiting relatives as we did. Loved it and would definitely think about a return visit.

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