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Matchbox Cottage, Wirksworth

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

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

Matchbox appeals to all ages and can provide the perfect holiday for the active and also for those looking for a quiet retreat.

Matchbox is large enough for 4 people , with separate dining and living rooms, gardens front and rear. The cottage is ideally situated close enough (a few hundred metres!) to the town to wander to, but located at the edge of some of the best walks in the Peaks.

Featured in Good Homes magazine, Matchbox has been recently redecorated and refurbished throughout with Farrow and Ball paints, new furniture and curtains creating a warm and welcoming feel. The wealth of charming features – from the original butcher's block and Belfast sink in the kitchen, the apothecary chest in the dining room, roll-top bath, wood-burner, and beams throughout – help to create the prefect atmosphere for a great holiday.

Wirksworth truly is the Jewel of the Peak; a great town with pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars, with plenty of curiosity shops, a lead-mining museum tucked away, a steam railway and not a single high-street brand (other than the 2 banks). Should you choose to, you can get all you need from the town for your week away without using the car. Carsington Water and other attractions are only a short cycle or drive away, with majopr towns and attractions just a stone's throw (Bakewell, Buxton, Ashbourne, Chatsworth House, even Alton Towers for the brave). The leisure centre has a pool and a climbing wall.

Those in the know, return to Wirksworth annually for the month-long September arts festival and Well-dressing in June.

The recent redecoration has sparked some interest and some questions...the answer is Farrow and Ball paints throughout. Colours used: Stony Ground Modern Emulsion for most walls, with Lime White eggshell for doors, skirting and window frames. Feature rooms are Main bedroom, painted in Pigeon Estate Emulsion, the bathroom in Elephant's Breath emulsion and Brinjal eggshell for the bath.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: East Midlands 50 km, Nearest railway: Cromford 4.5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Further details outdoors

The front garden is gated and walled, with a bench to relax on and catch the morning sun; in the afternoon, the rear garden is a real sun-trap; sheltered by neat hedges on both sides, with a patio table and chairs and a barbeque.

The Heart of England/Peak District

The Peaks has much to offer; this is a great area for walking or cycling.

My favourite attractions are Chatsworth House, The Derwent Dam reserviors (home of the Bouncing Bomb/Dambusters Museum), Carsington Water, the towns of Ashbourne (famous for its Whitsun Royal Football Match), Bakewell, Matlock Bath; Arkwright's Mill in Cromford.


A leaflet we picked up recently in the town (produced by the Wirksworth Civic & History Society) mentions the following features...

- The Puzzle Gardens; a higgledey-piggledey collection of houses perched on the steep hillside above the Dale, and linked by a maze of footpaths.

- The Wirksworth Fetival (September annually) including my favourite Art & Architecture weekend where around 70 homes open their doors to the public to show off their architecture, features, or as galleries for local artists and sculptors.

- The High Peak Trail (start at Middleton Top); cycle or walk for up to 30 miles along this trail. (cycles can be hired from the Middleton Top visitor centre)

- The National Stone Centre (great for Children's activities)

- Wirksworth Leisure Centre (at Anthony Gell School) - includes a pool and a climbing wall

- The various pubs, many with long histories!

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Review 1-10 of 15

30 Mar 2014


"A lovely cottage, full of character, within easy reach of town facilities yet close to open fields and walks"

Spent a week visiting family and studying/writing essays and walking the dog. The cottage was ideally situated on the edge of town; we could walk to local facilities with ease and found lots of excel… More

20 Mar 2014


"Cute and cosy cottage"

Having just stayed at the cottage for 4 nights... I just wanted to share just how lovely it has been. The cottage was cute, cosy and very well equipped. Tastefully decorated.... and photos dont do it … More

2 Feb 2014


"Cosy cottage"

We spent a week at Matchbox Cottage at the end of January and it was our first visit to the Peak District. First impressions were that it was very cosy and the pictures were a good representation int… More

29 Dec 2013



We really enjoyed a nice quiet week at the cottage, the cottage was warm and well equipped to spend our christmas week in, dog friendly for our small dog and a great area for walking, we hope to revis… More

21 Dec 2013



Within a few minutes walk downhill to the town, this little cottage was delightfully furnished with some very special treats: a great roll top bath with bath foam included! and a cosy log burner. We … More

30 Jul 2013


"Sweet little cottage in good location"

This is a lovely comfortable cottage which is well equipped and in a good position. I went with a friend and we took two dogs. The small garden is enclosed so ideal for the dogs. The owner was extremely helpful when booking as we only wanted Monday to Friday, and then he was flexible enough to let us stay an extra day as we were having such a good time. Thank you Rob!
For dogs owners, a good place to take the dogs locally is the Stone Centre, a five minute drive from the cottage. The cottage itself is on a very steep hill, which was ok for us but anyone with a disability would find hard. We can recommend Le Mistral which is a French bistro in Wirksworth.

30 Jul 2013



Lovely cottage with everything you could want and a short walk to the town and the excellent Blacks Head pub which was welcoming and dog friendly.
Even the moody teens did not want to leave.

We felt relaxed from walking in and would recommend the property and Wirksworth if you want to chill out and relax.

30 Jun 2013


"excellent cosy cottage in lovely village"

We stayed in this cottage 8th June 2013 for 1 week, we also had 1 boxer dog with us, the cottage is very well furnished and equiped with everything you can need, it was very clean had a lovely garden … More

24 Jun 2013


"Could have been really good......"

Lovely location, lovely building, but a few finishing touches spoiled the overall experience.
Please fix the front door - It desperately needs re-decorating and looks awful. The keep also needs to be properly fixed - I did an improvised repair, but it offers no security.
The curtains in the small bedroom have pins holding the hem up - not ideal when the room is used by kids.
The dining room seat pads have collapsed and cannot be used.
It's very nice having fancy paint on the walls, but the above items really took the edge off of a lovely holiday.

Thanks for your feedback; We work hard to keep Matchbox in top condition, whilst still keeping the 'old-cottage' charm.

The front you can imagine, we and the local planners are reluctant for anything other than a period wooden front door to be fitted, and we've got a craftsman carpenter making a replacement front door for us. This should be done within a few weeks but in the meantime, please accept our apologies for it not looking as nice as it should.

Curtains are new; being hemmed asap.

The dining table and chairs are old, period items and as a result of your feedback we'll get the seat pads refurbished.


28 May 2013


"Gorgeous little cottage in a lovely friendly town"

I Booked Matchbox cottage for a 3 day break with my 22 year old daughter to simply chill out. Cottage was cute and quirky with everything we needed and was a great place to relax in. It was clean, comfortable and cosy, reasonably priced and we absolutely loved our time there. Booking was easy and the owner provided information I requested within a very short space of my asking along with offering flexibility with our arrival and departure times as we were travelling by train. The local transport is excellent and we found it very simple to visit the area this way. The town has plenty of places to eat and drink and has its own deli, bakery and local store. We got everything we needed from these and it was so nice not to see a big supermarket taking over another self sufficient town. Wirksworth is a lovely, friendly and happy place, the cottage was just lovely and we cant think of anything we didn't like.

Review 1-10 of 15

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