Visit the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District staying in our quality 17th century holiday cottage located in the old Victorian spa town of Buxton. Also apart from Buxton being the highest town in England - it is a Market Town in the centre of the Derbyshire Peak District - a great place to use as a base for walking, cycling or simply taking in the views and visiting the local villages and towns.
Open All Year
Free WiFi available
Open Log Coal Fire
BBQ & outside seating
Close to restaurants and pubs
Located on quiet "access only" side road
About Smithy's Cottage
During its renovation we kept as much of the original cottage as possible and uncovered many features that had been hidden for years.
Although the cottage is a holiday let we still take every opportunity to stay in the cottage during gaps in bookings. We travel from our home in Nottingham and do all change-overs ourselves guaranteeing the highest standards of cleanliness which is reflected on the comments left in our Guest Book.
17th Century Cottage
Until the early 1900s it had been the home of the local blacksmith for several hundred years - the forge was next door and is now converted to a house - the cottage still retains much of its old period charm:
- large oak beam fireplace with a cast iron open fire.
- thick limestone walls with deep recessed windows
- walls that slope outwards downstairs and inwards upstairs and hardly a "right angle" in the house to be found!
Even though the cottage is several hundred years old it now has all the comforts of modern living which include:-
Gas central heating (with annual gas safety certificate)
1 double bedroom (full length bed x 4' 6" wide)
1 single bedroom (full length bed x 2' 6" wide)
Rayburn cast iron open hearth fire (logs and coal)
Modern kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, washer / dryer & fridge/freezer (washing line in garden area).
Internet WiFi throughout cottage holiday cottage with free internet wifi
Fully fitted carpets throughout (vinyl in bathroom).
Colour TV (29" flatscreen SMART TV), DVD and SATELLITE free channels only
(bring your own sky card if you want to watch all your usual paid channels).
Bath with electric shower over.
RCCD electrical safety circuit protection.
Smoke and CO alarms.
A small library full of walks and local interest books
Mobile phone reception in most parts of the cottage (depending on the network - O2 seems to work best)
There is a large private parking area (for 2 cars) with bbq and seating which is adjacent to the cottage.
The road outside the cottage is low traffic and access only.
There is internet WiFi in the cottage for emails and general browsing.
The exact date when the house was built is not certain but there are several indicators to the period:-
- the method of construction with the inner and outer limestone walls and a cavity in the centre filled with rubble - keeps the house nice and cool in summer and cosy and warm in winter.
- the construction is very similar to the local church of St.Anne's which is constructed in a similar way and built in 1625.
- references in the library suggests that these houses are some of the oldest houses in Buxton and may even pre-date St.Anne's church
We know from the deeds that when the house was handed over to its tenants (from the estate of the Duke of Devonshire).
No doubt when the house was built it was on the edge of Buxton "village" with views of green fields and hills - which have now been replaced with early Victorian houses built for the wealthy traders that commuted to Manchester on the train.
The cottage is located in one of the oldest parts of Buxton. Many features of the original era remain with the old cobblestone footpath that runs around the side and behind the house.
When the cottage was recently upgraded (not renovated as in a total rebuild) we removed 5 fireplaces to reach the original charred limestone firewall, a lot of the plaster on the inside walls (made with ash and horsehair) probably originated from an earlier Victorian "upgrade" and in places covered in nearly an inch thick accumulation of layers of paint!!
An ideal base for visitors who want to explore the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District during the day and stroll around Buxton in the evenings. It is the highest market town in England, with many restaurants, old pubs, bars and clubs to visit anytime.
Buxton is a Spa Town in the Derbyshire Peak District that has attracted bathers for many hundreds of years (starting with the Romans) to its warm spring waters. You can fill your own bottles from the spring at St Anne's fountain that flows freely 24hrs a day.
The old thermal baths were extremely popular during Victorian times for therapeutic healing and well being. Also Queen Mary of Scots was a regular visitor in the 1500s staying in the Old Hall Hotel until her cousin Queen Elizabeth 1 had her head removed..!
The Buxton summer music festivals and impressive architecture, in particular the Crescent built for the 5th Duke of Devonshire to rival that of Bath, the well known Opera House with regular performances of opera, ballet, drama and comedy.