Silk Cottage is situated on the edge of Eyam, commonly known as The Plague Village. The cottage is a lovely retreat, somewhere to get away from the stresses of life. Whether you want to enjoy the many physical activities available to you within the Peak District, or to just sit and relax looking out onto open countryside... Silk Cottage is perfectly located.
Detached, and with it's own parking space to the rear, the cottage was formally part of an old silk mill built in 1735, and is now converted into a well appointed cottage sleeping two people. The mill was where Ralph Wain discovered how to weave silk on both sides in 1785. In the apex of one of the walls is a pigeon loft which was used by carrier pigeons to send messages to suppliers of silk in Macclesfield.
The cottage looks out up to Eyam Edge - the dividing line between the White and Dark Peak areas - making it an ideal base to explore the entire Peak District. To the rear, up Tideswell Lane, are gentle walks with paths over small walled fields.
Whatever your reason for visiting the Peak District, Silk Cottage provides you with homely, well appointed accommodation, in a picturesque setting.
AS OF DECEMBER 2012, WE ARE PLEASED TO CONFIRM THAT THE COTTAGE NOW HAS FREE WI-FI FOR OUR GUESTS.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
On the ground floor is the kitchen/dining room and a bathroom. The bathroom contains a spa bath, with a power shower over the bath.
On the first floor is a lounge/bedroom, thoughtfully laid out so that you can sit on the sofa and look up to Eyam Edge.
The living are is well equipped with flatscreen TV with Freesat channels, large DVD library, stereo and Ipod dock/speaker. A well stocked library, including many local walking books and OS maps for both the White and Dark Peaks, so no need to buy your own.
The cottage is strictly no smoking, and we will NOT accept pets. Anybody breaching these conditions will be required to vacate the property and no refund will be made.
The Peak District was the first area in Britain to be granted National Park status, and is the most popular of the parks. It offers all year round activities, from walking to parargliding, cycling to horse riding, there is something for everybody. There are numerous visitor attractions, such as Chatsworth House (with its spectacular gardens designed and landscaped the in the 1760s by Capability Brown), the historic 'plague village' of Eyam, the caverns at Castleton (Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern and Speedwell’s flooded passages that can be viewed on a boat tour) and the beautiful market towns of Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne.
The stunning countryside (to the south, the White Peak dales, and to the North, the forbidding Dark Peak, including Kinder Scout), picturesque villages, and dramatic scenery make for a perfect location for your holiday. The Peak District really is a perfect destination for walkers, cyclists and climbers alike. Whatever your reason for visiting the Peak District, you will leave wanting to return for more.
Eyam is situated in the heart of the Peak District, in fact Eyam Edge marks the ‘boundary’ between the Dark and White Peak areas. It is 5 miles from Bakewell and less than 20 miles from Sheffield. A popular destination for historians, tourists, walkers, and other outdoor pursuit enthusiasts, it is the ideal base for your stay in the Peak District.
The village boasts several tea shops, a pub (two more pubs are within walking distance of the village, don’t worry!), village shop, butchers and a post office — meaning you don’t really need to leave the village during your stay!
Heading out from the village, to all points of the compass, are walks for all levels of walker. Other outdoor pursuits are available in the surrounding areas.
You are within a short driving distance of Bakewell, Castleton, Hope, Hathersage, Great Hucklow, Grindleford, Stoney Middleton, to name but a few. So, whatever you are looking to get from your holiday or short break in the Peak District, Eyam is the perfect location.
BUBONIC PLAGUE, BLACK DEATH
It raged in biblical Asia, the Roman Empire, and it swept across Europe from the 14th Century on, when people cursed it as the 'Black Death'. At this time and three hundred years later, it also raged in Britain, when it claimed the lives of almost a third of the country’s population.
EYAM, THE PLAGUE VILLAGE
Eyam attracts attention due to the tragic epidemic of Bubonic Plague in the middle of the 17th century. Bubonic Plague has been described as 'the most dangerous disease known to mankind' and has killed more souls than all the wars ever fought between the nations of the world.
Writing in the 1920s, H. V. Morton said 'In the quiet Derbyshire village of Eyam, men still talk about the Plague of London as though it happened last week'. It is much the same today and the main reason why people visit the place is to pay tribute in some way to a tragic story of human gallantry which will never be forgotten.
The Plague was brought from London in 1665 in a consignment of clothes resulting in the death of five out of every six inhabitants within a few months.
William Mompesson was the newly appointed rector of Eyam and, with his predecessor, Thomas Stanley, he persuaded the villagers to enter voluntary quarantine, bury their own dead and even worship outdoors to limit the spread of the disease. The church and the churchyard were dosed and the dead were buried in the fields in hastily constructed graves.
The two clergymen ensured that the village survived the next few months and that the Plague was not spread to the surrounding area. Services were conducted in a dell from a lofty rock, since called 'Cucklett Church', where an annual Commemoration Service is now held on the last Sunday in August.