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"The Cowshed" from Cliffe Road

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

'The Cowshed' was indeed historically a cowshed on what used to be a farm. In 2011, this Grade II listed building was fully renovated to be holiday-let accommodation. The cottage is ideal for guests wishing to be in close proximity to open countryside (half a mile by car, or 300m via public footpath), and for easy access to Manchester via rail link (half hour journey).

Please note: although still on the same site as the old farmhouse, the farm is no more, and the land has become urban development over the centuries; the property itself is not now in open countryside (see map/satellite view).

Most visitors prefer to visit by car, and there is ample parking space both right in front of, and beside the cottage. There are two small outside seating areas: right outside, and a few yards away within the turning circle, at the front of the cottage. The cottage has three rooms in total.

The cottage is accessed via a barn door-type entrance, into the lounge/diner/kitchenette. The front of the cottage faces south, very pleasant on sunny days!

The lounge area has two comfy leather chairs, a TV/DVD, and a log burning stove/fire. A 'starter pack' of logs, lighter, and kindling is provided. A range of traditional table games are available.

The kitchen area has a dining table with two chairs, and a range of cooking facilities.

The bedroom is accessed via the lounge area, where there is a double bed.

The bath/shower room as accessed via the bedroom. There is a sink, toilet, and a bath with electric shower option.

Water is heated by an internal immersion heater. Although this is a well-insulated cottage, it can be heated by the wood burner, and there is also radiator central heating.

Guests have access to a small outside seating area (within the turning circle).

The owners provide fresh flowers, home-made cakes, tea, coffee, milk and sugar to welcome visitors to the property.

Guests can access the property from 3pm on day of arrival, sometimes earlier by arrangement with the owners.

The latest check-out time is 10am on the day of departure.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester (23 miles, 40 minutes by car), Nearest railway: Glossop (0.8 miles, 10 minutes walk)
Family friendly Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

The Heart of England/Peak District

Glossop is situated on the edge of the beautiful Peak District. The Cowshed is a quarter mile from open countryside, with a range of short scenic walks on the doorstep.

Glossop is a market town on the A57 Manchester-Sheffield road, at the base of the legendary Snake Pass (as featured regularly in traffic updates!)

Try beautiful Derbyshire towns: Bakewell (great market on Mondays), Buxton (Pavilion and Opera House), Edale, Eyam ('plague' village), Castleton (underground caverns), Hathersage, or other great places to go: Chatsworth House, Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs (the Dambusters museum, a free gem, is situated in the tower of the Derwent dam - open most Sunday mornings).

Manchester is a half hour train ride from Glossop station. Trains leave Glossop station every half hour, and take you to Piccadilly station, a ten minute walk away from Manchester city centre with its great shops, museums, restaurants, concert halls, playhouses... and legendary football!


The Cowshed is situated in the Whitfield area of Glossop, on a hill high above the town centre.

The cottage is an ideal centre for a range of holiday experiences: touring by car, walking (short walks, or major challenges such as the Pennine Way from Edale across Kinder Scout and beyond), climbing (i.e. at Stanage Edge, near Hathersage and Sheffield), or lounging around on site, perhaps occasionally venturing to the lovely local Beehive pub, 400 yds along the road. The Beehive serves a range of great English and Thai dishes (try the very satisfying Sunday roast!). Previous Cowshed tenants have raved about the great food at the Beehive, and the warm welcome from landlord John and his wife Yom. The pub offers free WiFi access, a cash-back facility, and a choice of 150 whiskies!

The hilly area is favoured by committed cyclists, and a lock-up facility for bikes (i.e. the owners' garage!) is available for guests.

Wendy and Andrew (the Cowshed owners) are happy to advise about the area, and what the locality has to offer visitors.

Weather: please note that this part of the Peak District is on the edge of the Pennines. It can be relatively cold and wet for much of the year, so warm, waterproof clothing and footwear are highly recommended!

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1 Nov 2014


"Week at The Cowshed"

Amazing cottage that has everything you need for a quiet relaxing break in the Peak District, handy for all the best places to visit. Andrew and Wendy the owners are very accommodating and helpful wit… More

27 Jul 2014


"We found all we wanted in this cottage"

We were very comfy in this cottage, and the owners were extra helpful, going so far as to drive us around Glossop to show us the town.

7 Jul 2014


"Excellent visit"

The Cowshed is a well designed compact cottage which is ideal for 2 people. We spent 4 nights here and were very comfortable - there are lots of little touches provided by the owners to make it an enjoyable stay. If we went back to this area again we would not hesitate to stay here again and can highly recommend it.

17 Jun 2014


"Perfect cosy country cottage with perfect hosts"

We stayed here with our toddler son whilst looking at houses in the area. The cottage is perched on top of a hill and has a wonderful views over the glossopdale hills. in the evening we were lucky to get stunning sunsets. However, the cottage is still only walking distance from the centre and near a very nice pub "The Beehvive".

The cottage (or rather apartment) is very small but perfect for two people with a lounge/kitchen area and seperate bedroom. There is also a seating area outside overlooking the hills. Inside the cottage if perfectly decorated and very well equipped with tea coffee and milk included.

We took our toddler who slept in the travel cot in our bedroom and to be honest it was a bit of a tight squeeze and only just do-able. I think I would recommend this more for a couple. However, our little one loved running around the outside area and got lots of attention from the hosts who bought him a he was happy. Wendy and Andrew were in many ways the perfect hosts and always on hand to offer help. The brownies on arrival were very welcomed after a long journey from London!

28 Apr 2014


"Great value weekend retreat"

We arrived on Friday and were greeted by the owners, Wendy and Andrew who showed us round and gave us some advice on places to go. And they'd baked chocolate brownies which was a nice touch. And fresh flowers too. They'd also emailed prior to us setting off to give directions and to ask what kind of milk we wanted. Fire was there ready to be lit and it REALLY heats the place up. There's a small TV with built-in DVD player and a decent choice of DVDs too.

We went for a weekend of walking and there was a great selection of books and maps in the property with lots of walks in them. There's also a slow cooker so handy for cooking your food while out walking. Only slight gripe was that there wasn't a potato masher or colander (not that we could find anyway). It has a good shower and quite a big bath too. Very close to the town centre and a steep walk downhill. The 2 nights we went into the town centre we got taxis back and they only cost £2.80 (or £3.86 if you bump into a stranger in town who's going kinda the same way, but he kindly gives you £2.80 anyway making the cost only £1.06).

If you like folk music (or just music in general) I highly recommend the Labour club on a Friday and the last Sunday of the month, where they have music sessions. Just take your instrument and join in. Apparently the folk train (Google it!) also comes to Glossop once a month and it's worth going to the Labour club for that too, whenever it is.

Anyway, the Cowshed comes highly recommended. I nearly booked a place just outside Glossop but so glad I didn't and decided to actually stay in the town because you're right on the edge of the countryside anyway.

Thanks again to Wendy and Andrew, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

22 Apr 2014


"Delightful cosy cottage for two"

Although it is a little disappointing that this cute little cottage isn't in middle of the countryside, once you turn into the drive you are charmed by its character and the care taken in making… More

20 Apr 2014


"A lovely stay, will be back!"

We were very pleased we had picked to stay at the Cow shed and were greeted by the very kind and pleasant owners who showed us around the cottage. We were touched by the small touches that were left for us including flowers and chocolate brownies, our favourite! We had a wonderful time and felt that the cottage was very well equipped. We enjoyed food at local pubs and an indian restaurant. We will be back again I am sure!

12 Apr 2014


"Cosy accommodation in the town of Glossop"

The Cowshed sounds like its in the country and no doubt used to be many years ago. Now its in the town but only two minute walk to the country.It is small but we found it adequate for our needs and en… More

8 Apr 2014


"Perfect cottage in the Peaks"

This is an ideal place for two people to explore the wonderful scenery, being on the edge of the market town of Glossop with footpaths onto the hills nearby.
The owner was very helpful beforehand with advice on driving from the south of England and they were most welcoming on our arrival. The Cowshed is very well appointed, immaculately clean, bright and comfortable with attention to detail. It is lovely and warm, an attribute added to by the log burning stove which was set up ready for us to use. Delicious Brownies, ample supplies of tea, coffee and milk were there on arrival.
It is perfectly placed for walking in the Peak area or round the reservoirs but is also near the edge of the town, thus accessible for the shops and station. A trip into Manchester to visit museums, galleries and restaurants is made easy by the regular train service. The local pub, a few minutes walk away provided great beer and food, including Thai meals.
We hope to visit again soon to explore the stunning Peak District further in better weather!
Highly recommended.

13 Jan 2014


"A stunning countryside retreat...a hidden gem"

We were lucky enough to stay in this gorgeous cottage on our wedding night! 'Our honeymoon haven' The pictures don't quite do it justice and the owners Wendy and Andrew could not do eno… More

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