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These pretty cottages sit on the North Bank of the River Manifold and are in a truly get-away-from-it-all location. The cottages are ideally placed for couples or families who like the outdoor life, with outstanding walks and a hard surface cycle way close at hand, together with abundant wildlife and freshwater fishing. The buildings have great character and have been sympathetically converted into comfortable holiday homes using traditional building methods.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance porch, step up to large open plan sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove and kitchen.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double and space for cot, 1 twin with en-suite shower) and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: There is a parking area close to cottage.

Garden: There is a small garden close to the unfenced River Manifold.

Utilities: The shared combined washing machine/dryer is in a shared utility room.

Please note: The television reception can be poor at times. However there is a DVD player.

Please Note: There is a café to the left of Darfar which is open from 1st April - end of October through the week. Weekends the café is open all year round.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Shared telephone
  • Shared tumble dryer
  • Shared washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

The Peak District, Derbyshire and Cheshire
Visitors sitting in the orchard at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire © John Millar

We have looked after this lovely area for over 100 years. From the high moorland of the Dark Peak Estate on the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border to the gentler rolling landscapes of south Derbyshire, we now care for some 40,000 acres of wild natural beauty. Staying here brings you close to some incredible wildlife, like white mountain hares and wild kestrels, as well as glimpses into our fascinating industrial past.

Peak District
One of the gritstone boulders standing amongst smaller stones on the heath, part of the Kinder Scout Rock formation. © Joe Cornish

With its spectacular and contrasting scenery, the Peak District is a region of outstanding natural beauty and one of Britain's loveliest National Parks. The National Trust has been hard at work here for over 100 years and now cares for some 40,000 acres. High Peak Estate is the largest estate, over 33,000 acres of high moorland straddling the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border. Although only ten miles from the centre of Sheffield, the Longshaw Estate boasts more than 1,700 acres of open moorland, gritstone edges and ancient oak woodland, while the 4,400 acre South Peak Estate lies in the magnificent limestone hills, centred upon the well-known beauty spots of Ilam and Dovedale. On the foothills of the Peak District, Lyme Park contains an Italianate mansion and Victorian garden surrounded by a medieval deer park of almost 1,400 acres.Hardwick Hall is ideally situated for exploring the Peak District, while the gentler landscapes of South Derbyshire contain pretty village and bustling market towns. The area is steeped in history with ancient castles, grand houses and sites that reveal the ingenuity of our industrial past.

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  • Alton Towers
  • Derwent Dams
  • Tissington Cycle Trail
  • Walking
  • bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing.
National Trust places to visit
Ilam Park and South Peak Estate
South Peak Estate, including Ilam Park, Dovedale and Hamps and Manifold valleys
White Peak
White Peak South Peak Estate, including Ilam Park, Dovedale and Hamps and Manifold valleys
The Old Manor
The Old Manor Low, stone-built medieval hall
Winster Market House
Late 17th- or early 18th-century market house
Biddulph Grange Garden
Biddulph Grange Garden Delightful high Victorian garden -- an extraordinary survival from the 19th century
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood Late 17th-century house with sumptuous interiors and the Museum of Childhood, where you can take a fresh look at childhood


Comments from past visitors

  • Leith
    • August 2016
    • UK
    Made our stay enjoyable...

    The location, first time it was a quiet time of year so few people this time peak so lots came to cafe but then they go and all is quiet. We cook most of the time so like how well equipped places are and good quality - no chipped China or 'abused' pots! Welcome flowers and milk are a lovely touch. Excellent shower at Darfar also. Please note last time we stayed was at attached sister cottage. Also excellent

  • Mr T Ward
    • April 2016
    • London
    Tastefully restored cottage

    It was a lovely location and very tastefully restored. Also loads of hot water, very important after a day in the white peak.

  • Carrington
    • January 2016
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    This is our 4th stay at Wetton Mill, but the first since we've had children. Our 6 & 4 year old loved the cottage and location and really enjoyed the walks and outings in the local area. As it was Christmas we visited the panto in Buxton on a particularly wet day, but the damp December weather didn't stop us enjoying our break. The cottage is very well equipped and we always receive a warm welcome from the housekeeper next door. I'm sure we'll be back again for another stay.

  • John Gray
    • October 2015
    • ...
    Made enjoyable...

    reliance on quality accomodation and a welcome environment

  • Jon Steed
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable.....

    The cottage was very pleasant and the caretaker and her husband were very helpful. THe surrounding area was superb.

  • James Wood
    • January 2015
    • UK
    Fantastic spacious cottage

    A fantastic spacious cottage, with character. Well equipped and on the doorstep of some fantastic Peak walks and villages. We loved the log Burner - which came into use for the first 2 days of our stay, as we were snowed/iced in.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
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