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Ford Wetley Cottage

Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car essential

Set in the southern Peak District, it is rare to find a cottage all on its own in the most beautiful environment. With this luxurious, warm, well appointed cottage, this really is the ideal place to explore all the attractions of the Peaks and north Staffordshire. Just 30 mins drive and you are in Buxton or Bakewell, with places like Chatsworth House to visit. Just 10 mins away are the pretty market towns of Leek and Ashbourne. With stunning walking on the doorstep you can't go wrong, exploring the rocky outcrops of the Roaches or the beautiful hidden secrets of the woods around Alton. With that in mind for the children and the grown up children there is the thrills of Alton Towers just 6 miles away. We have now installed WIFI, free of charge for use at the cottage. If you prefer pure tranquility, this of course can be turned off!

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester 35 km, Nearest railway: Stoke-on-Trent 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking
Further details indoors

The Cottage comprises of three tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms with very comfortable and tasteful linen and duvets, two doubles and one twin. With two en-suite shower rooms and one en-suit bathroom all with luxurious 'Molton Brown' Hand Soap and Moisturiser. All come with freshly laundered bed linen and luxurious towels and very comfy beds, you'll be well rested. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor with only a small step into it, so perfect for the elderly or those not so steady on their feet. A rustic farmhouse kitchen is well equipped with everything you could possibly need and a large table to all sit around. The stunning oak floored, exposed stone lounge is well equipped with two large leather sofas, TV, Juke box Hi FI, an extensive range of books, games, toys and plenty of DVDs and a lovely log burning stove, all logs are included in the price. Perfect to curl up in front of and enjoy a well earned drink.

Further details outdoors

Outside you have your own garden front and back and through a gate, an acre of wooded ground, streams, waterfalls, rope swings, and a camp fire, all for you to explore and it is home to Charlie and Breeze, our lovely friendly miniature Shetland ponies. This area is fenced off so perfectly safe for children. There is virtually no road noise as the cottage is at the end of a dead end road, only the sounds of nature! There is parking for several cars and a barn to store bikes. A garden table, chairs and umbrella make the perfect place to enjoy a BBQ of some of the fantastic local fair, there is a 'State of the Art' HotSpot BBQ which converts into a Fire Pit to keep you warm outside all night. Perfect for children and the nature lovers. There are chickens wondering around which the children can come and feed and collect some fresh eggs and Murphy and Paddy our sheep dogs and cats who will keep you company.

Further details

All guest receive a welcome pack of milk, tea & coffee, chocolates, bottle of wine, some of our own free range eggs and a basket of logs to get you going with the fire, further logs are free of charge too. The cottage is equipped with washing up liquid, washing tablets, kitchen towel, tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper and oil for cooking.

Luxurious towels, T-towels and freshly ironed bed linen is provided.

All heating and electricity are included.

At festive times extra attention is made with Easter eggs for children and beautiful Christmas decorations and champagne and home made mince pies on arrival.

The Heart of England/Peak District

The Peak District is famous for its walking and stunning scenery as well as the Spa Town of Buxton and the market town of Bakewell. It is also home to some of the worlds best rock climbing and some pretty amazing biking be it on or off road! With countless local food producers and some amazing restaurants you certainly wont be going hungry! Just to the south is the relatively unknown Staffordshire Moorlands and the wooded hills around Alton, well worth an explore.


Ford is a peaceful hamlet off the beaten track set on the banks of the river Hants. The cottage is about half a mile out of the village along a dead end road, it is secluded by trees from the main house and so if you are looking for seclusion, this is the place. It is a few miles to the nearest pub in Onecote and about three miles to the nearest shop. With some lovely walking from the front door you won't need to go far, Dovedale and the spectacular Roaches are just a few mins away by car. A good choice of pubs and restaurants are all close by.

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Review 1-10 of 24

10 Apr 2014


"A lovely house in a beautiful spot"

I have just had my second stay in this warm and pleasant cottage, along with my sister and our 3 friends. We enjoyed evenings in the spacious lounge, lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. Louise and Adrian a… More

Lovely to see you all again, glad you enjoyed your stay. Louise & Adrian

21 Mar 2014


"Excellent country retreat with everything we needed"

Had a great extended weekend at Ford Wetley Cottage. The cottage was lovely with all mod cons and a perfect tranquil setting, yet close by to many of the best parts of the Peaks. Louise and Adrian wer… More

Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you enjoyed it here. Kind regards
Lousie & Adrian

8 Mar 2014


"Can't wait to return!"

What a idyllic place for a family getaway with plenty to amuse everyone from Grandpa to the kids. We felt truly welcome from the minute we arrived. It being Easter not only did Louise leave us eggs,wi… More

Thank you and glad you enjoyed your stay, we hope to see yo again soon Louise & Adrian

6 Mar 2014



My family and I had a wonderful break away at Whetley Cottage. We had a very warm welcome from Adrain & Louise and their children who. Soon became friends with our children & went of exploring in the… More

Were glad you enjoyed your stay here and look forward to seeing you again in Summer. Louise and Adrian

28 Feb 2014


"Perfect place to stay, made possible by Louise and Adrian, the owners!"

On my first visit to Ford Wetley Cottage there were four of us, two adults and two children, we all had a fantastic time, the cottage had everything that you could wish for, it is so cosy and relaxing… More

Thank you for your lovely review, we are looking forward to seeing you again this year. Louise & Adrian

26 Feb 2014


"Fabulous getaway"

Spent a brilliant weekend at this cottage while exploring the Peak District. The cottage was beautifully appointed, clean and welcoming on arrival. My teenage boys had plenty of room to 'chill ou… More

Glad you all enjoyed your stay, even your boys, lovely to see them so entertained. hope to see you again. Louise & Adrian

26 Feb 2014


"Lovely and cosy"

We used Ford Wetley cottage as a base for a family reunion. There were six adults who stayed there for one week. We were very comfortable , my mother used the bedroom downstairs as she finds it hard t… More

It was lovely to see a family come together from all over the world, glad you enjoyed your stay at Ford Wetley, we hope to see you again one day. Louise & Adrian

25 Feb 2014


"What dreams are made of..The BEST UK holiday yet!"

We booked Ford Wetley Cottage after hearing rave reviews from TWO of our friends that stayed last year and we it exceeded all our expectations. The location is stunning, being situated in the gorgeou… More

Thank you for your lovely review, really glad you enjoyed it here at Ford Wetley, see you again soon Louise & Adrian

24 Feb 2014


"Overpriced and uncaring owners"

This property is too small for 6 people. In order to accommodate this number the available room for comfortable eating and storage has been compromised by using the space on the ground floor as a bed… More

Firstly can we explain the circumstances of this booking. We exchange weeks in our cottage for credits, which we can then use in other holiday properties. This couple had come to us via the holiday exchange company, with the exception of a token £35 towards heating it was a free weeks holiday. £35 for up to six people for seven nights is not overpriced?

So to deal with their points. We really struggle to see how a couple can claim to be cramped in a six person cottage. The majority of our bookings are family's and groups of six, with many return customers. We have never had any issues about space before. I know it's unheard of to have a stainless steel pedal bin in a kitchen but is this man seriously suggesting that we convert a comfortable en-suite double bedroom, which is popular with our more senior and less agile guests into a broom cupboard!

We had major renovation work in the cottage the five days before their arrival. The oil boiler had been removed from the kitchen, ceiling patched up, floor tiles re-grouted, hot water system totally replaced upstairs, pipes boxed in, dishwasher installed and kitchen worktop above it extended. The cottage was in a complete mess, but we worked our socks off to get it back up to our high standard. It is very regrettable that the cooker got over looked, but under the circumstances an understandable human error. I could understand being unhappy if the cottage was generally dirty all over, but the cooker seemed to be a real problem. Unfortunately by the time he bought up the matter of the cooker he had wound us up so much that we didn't feel inclined to rush in and rectify it like we would normally do. As for the pans, their is nothing wrong with them. The table is pine and has a coating of Bee's wax on it.

Wine. They booked through the Holiday Exchange company. No mention of wine is made on its website. But he seems to think that as he was paying £0 he is entitled to everything full paying guest who book through our website get. He did get unlimited electricity, hot water, heating, logs for the fire (which they weren't shy in using) and milk, chocolates and eggs. When he asked about the wine we explained we didn't include it on these exchange weeks, thinking he would understand. He explained to us pompously that they treat all their guests the same. This is interesting as it turns out their guests get nothing and would also have to pay for most utilities as an extra except at certain times of the year when some are included. Except if you are an exchange guest, you pay for every single unit. Interesting interpretation of treating everyone the same?

The fire. Prior to their arrival, she telephoned us and asked lots of questions. She asked if the fire could be lit for their arrival. We explained it wasn't something we did for any of our guests. We went on to say that as we have six and eight year old children that we collect from school and go onto swimming club, it just isn't possible. Not content with this response he then sent an email asking for the fire to be lit, to which we repeated our response. Even if we did light the fire for guests, we don't understand how we could have, as we were out collecting our children at the point of their arrival? The heating was on at 24 degrees and the cottage was very warm, so we really can't understand why this is such an issue?

Just to give you an idea as to the sort of petty spitefully people we are talking about here, we were shocked, but not surprised to find a very unpleasant comment in our visitors book. The first in six years. But no! That's not all, not content with leaving their list of factually incorrect complaints and unpleasantness they then numbered every page by hand so as to make it obvious if we remove it.

We are not writing this response to these people, we don't want to waste our breath. The exchange company spoke with them, we were told he was pompous, rude and spoke all over her. But we do hope that you will understand that this is clearly not a correct review of our property. Our other reviews are proof of that.

Adrian & Louise Croome

29 Jan 2014


"Lovely location and very well equiped cottage with warm welcome"

We stayed with young children and could not ask for anything more than it have been already provided by owners. Lovely welcome pack, warm and cosy cottage, nice views (even if it was raining half of o… More

Thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed your stay. Louise & Adrian

Review 1-10 of 24

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