Our light and spacious studio has been custom built to cater for groups wanting to develop their skills in a range of arts, crafts and countryside stewardship skills. You can choose from our in-house courses or talk to us about using the space to run your own course or gathering.Read More
Take some time to enjoy the glorious countryside, whether the sun is shining across the green hills, or the mist is hanging in the valleys. On damp and dreary days stay in the warm and enjoy the game table and large screen TV. The Peak District offers a delightful range of activities to suit all ages, from craggy rocks, to country houses, to top class opera.Read More
Thirkelow cottage self-catering accommodation is the perfect location for your next family holiday or reunion. Designed with groups in mind the cottage caters comfortably for up to twelve adults in five en-suite bedrooms with high quality linens and appliances all provided. Two sofa beds and two cots are available to help you squeeze the most out of your visit.Read More
We offer a wide range of courses in our custom built studio space. Come and stay in luxury and spend a few days learning a new skill or developing an old one. If you are looking for a specific course contact us and we may be able to source an appropriate tutor or group for you.
Thirkelow Cottage and studio is situiated within the Peak District National Park, right on many popular cycling and walking routes. The country homes of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall are within a thirty minute drive. The countryside is riddled with caves from Buxton's Poole's Cavern to Speedwell and Blue John Caverns towards Castleton. There are many opportunities for climbing and caving with organised tours available year round. Other local attractions include a trip to Matlock Bath and up the cable car to The Heights of Abraham, Alton Towers Theme Park and the fabulous Peak Wildlife Park.
At Thirkelow we offer a range of options from self-catered family holidays and reunions, to fully catered courses and retreats. Come alone and meet new and like-minded people or book with friends to share the Thirkelow Experience.
For the full experience book a space on one of our fully catered residential courses. Comfy beds, local food, fresh air and lots of fun. Come with friends, or come along and meet a group of like-minded people.
If you are local, or you prefer to find your own accommodation you are still welcome to join any of our courses where spaces are available. If our accommodation is full we can recommend a variets of alternative local options.
From £215 a night
The flexible studio space can be booked alongside the cottage if you want to run your own course or retreat. It can be set up as a large lounge, a classroom, or with limited furniture for yoga or other physical activities.
We had an amazing stay at Thirkelow Cottage with friends. The communication from Esther from start to finish was excellent. The cottage is extremely well equipped with everything you need and the open plan space was ideal for our large group. The views are amazing and there are fantastic walks too. The cottage was absolutely immaculate. Thank you so much for the goodies for our arrival, very much appteciated. We will most definitely be back xxx
This is an amazing place in a lovely quiet rural setting with beautiful views in all directions. The house is warm with great facilities. The kitchen is very well equipped with ample crockery and cutlery and cooking pans etc. We used it for a week for a family birthday celebration which was much enjoyed by all. There were lovely toys for our two grandsons which they were very impressed with. The downstairs bedroom and ensuite is ideal for someone with mobility difficulties. Highly recommend a visit.
The cottage is just out of this world, absolutely perfect for a large group. The location is just amazing,so beautiful. Incredible walks from the doorstep. Huge space,so clean,lovely touches,there are so many items included which Esther has gone the extra mile to provide. Great hostess communication. I highly recommend to stay here. We will be back.
This house is out of this world! The views are amazing, the house is immaculate and very well equipped making it the most amazing stay. The studio space was perfect for our group activity and we were able to use it to do yoga very comfortably for 12 people. It’s exceptional value and we only left this morning and are already planning our next trip! Thank you Esther, everything was beautiful:)
We had an amazing time at Thirklelow Cottage. The location was great and the place was set up perfectly with plenty of entertainment for the kids. Highly recommended!
It was dreamy to spend our time at this lovely cottage. It's placed right next to a lovely public footpath and we saw a couple of hikers as well as cows and sheep during our stay (Don't worry, the cottage is well insulated that people can't really see inside from the outside.) We were greeted by sheep when first got there too! The view was so spectacular that every sight from each window was like a piece of beautiful paintings. All the bedrooms & bathrooms were spotless and it smelled nice. The fridge/freezer was huge enough to keep 3 nights worth of food and drinks for 9 people. The place was just so perfect that we couldn't have asked for more.
Thirkelow cottage was perfect for our gathering. The building itself exceeded our expectations and was so well arranged for a family with wide age range. Meals for twelve were easily catered for and the young children could amuse themselves in the studio while adults lingered around the table. The setting is heavenly and we could not get enough of the peace, the views, the walks and cycle rides. Scrambling around the rocky hillside behind the house was a particularly favourite occupation for the children, especially when the Easter bunny had deposited so many eggs there! and there was ample grassy space for ball games etc. The proximity of Buxton was convenient for bits of shopping yet the cottage is so well tucked away that we were unaware of being so close to a town. In our many years of renting properties Thirkelow stands out as the best for a family gathering. We are so grateful for the thought you put into developing this property and greatly appreciated the results. We are already looking forward to another visit.
Esther is amazing and was on hand to answer all of the questions I had prior to booking and leading up to our weekend at Thirkelow cottage. We were a group of 11 for a hen party and Esther was so thoughtful by having ice, milk, tea, coffee and some treats ready for our arrival. We also used the hall which was a fantastic asset and worked well for our afternoon craft activity and evening drinks. Esther also let us hire in a hot tub which was the icing on the cake so we could enjoy the fabulous views! We got out and about on the Saturday and did some exploring - some took the 12 minute journey to Buxton, others drove to the Speedway or had a walk around the local area which shows the location is remote but close to amenities. The cottage is new and finished to a very high standard with each room being en-suite which was perfect for our needs. It was spotlessly clean and the beds were super comfy. The Bride to Be was so overwhelmed at how fantastic the place was and that just made the whole experience perfect. I cannot praise Esther and Thirkelow Cottage enough and need to go back soon! Thank you so much for having us :)
Great space for families with small children, lots of games and toys which was a bonus. The extra room is a must and a good party space too. There are walks directly from the house which is handy. Esther was incredibly attentive and looked after all our needs. Brilliant place!
We had a fantastic short break at Thirkelow between Christmas and New Year, and couldn't have stayed in a better place. The standard of the accommodation is superb .... and everything about our holiday was exceptional. We loved the location of the cottage, including it's proximity to Buxton - had a great lunch in Esther's recommendation of the Cafe at the Green Pavilion. On our arrival at the cottage, we were welcomed with treats suitable for every member of our party, .... and everyone is keen to go back and stay at Thirkelow again.
This is a wonderful home finished to the highest standard providing everything that could possibly be required for the perfect stay. Situated in a wonderful location with great views and access for amazing walks. The home was beautifully clean exceptionally well equipped and lovely and warm the perfect retreat after a day of strenuous exercise. Esther is a wonderful host with nothing being to much trouble we will certainly be revisiting.
Gorgeous house, gorgeous location. The facilities were excellent and the house was well-stocked with toys and games for kids. We stayed over at Christmas and the house was beautifully decorated (two Christmas trees!)
Stunning views, immaculate accommodation and very helpful host. Esther had very kindly supplied some food bits which was a godsend while we waited for the shopping to arrive. We were a group of 13 and had plenty of space to play, read, do homework, watch films and generally have fun. The accommodation had absolutely everything we needed and was very well stocked. We would highly recommend to anyone wanting to stay in that part of the country.
The cottage was in a magnificent setting with beautiful views. It was sparkling clean (the cleanest accommodation we've ever stayed in) and had every possible last little touch to make our stay easy and enjoyable. The furnishings, crockery and cutlery were much higher quality than I've experienced in other accommodation and the kitchen was well equipped with every utensil we could need. Esther was friendly, welcoming and accommodating and went out of her way to meet our needs even when this was inconvenient fer her.
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