a Quality Peak District Holiday Cottage in Buxton, Derbyshire
c/o Pam Livesley
Tel: +44 (0)115 9225582
Mob: +44 (0)7880 514455
travel to us by bus or train:-
About Smithys Cottage
Although modified and updated we have kept as much of the original cottage as possible and uncovered many features that had been hidden for years.
Although the cottage is a holiday let we still take every opportunity to stay in the cottage during gaps in bookings. We travel from our home in Nottingham and do all change-overs ourselves guaranteeing the highest standards of cleanliness which is reflected on the comments we regularly receive in our Guest Book - which we occasionally add to "our news and updates" page.
17th Century Cottage
Until the early 1900s it had been the home of the local blacksmith for perhaps a hundred years - the forge was next door and is now converted to a house - the cottage still retains much of its old period charm:
Even though the cottage is several hundred years old it now has all the comforts of modern living which include:-
There is a large private parking area (for 2 cars) with garden room and seating which is adjacent to the cottage. So you can sit outside and in good weather this can be quite a suntrap to enjoy a drink and take meals out there.
During the winter evenings make the most of the open fire in the lounge - we leave it made up with sufficient fuel for a second fire. There is a log and coal shop on London Road just before the Tesco/Esso garage.
The road outside the cottage is low traffic and access only.
There is internet WiFi in the cottage for emails and general browsing.
The exact date when the house was built is not certain but there are several indicators to the period:-
We know from the deeds that when the house was handed over to it's tenants (from the estate of the Duke of Devonshire) early 1900s.
No doubt when the house was built it was on the edge of Buxton "village" with views of green fields and hills - which have now been replaced with early Victorian houses built for the wealthy traders that commuted to Manchester on the train.
The cottage is located in one of the oldest parts of Buxton. Many features of the original era remain with the old cobblestone footpath that runs around the side and behind the house.
When the cottage was recently upgraded (not renovated as in a total rebuild) we removed 5 fireplaces to reach the original charred limestone firewall, a lot of the plaster on the inside walls (which is made with ash and horsehair) probably originated from an earlier Victorian "upgrade" and in places covered in nearly an inch thick accumulation of layers of paint!! (as in the former window recesses at the rear of kitchen).
An ideal base for visitors who want to explore the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District during the day and stroll around Buxton in the evenings. It is the highest market town in England, with many restaurants, old pubs, bars and clubs to visit anytime.
Buxton is a Spa Town in the Derbyshire Peak District that has attracted bathers for many hundreds of years (starting with the Romans) to its warm spring waters. You can fill your own bottles from the spring at St Anne's fountain that flows freely 24hrs a day.
The old thermal baths were extremely popular during
Victorian times for therapeutic healing and well being. Also Queen Mary
of Scots was a regular visitor in the 1500s staying in the Old Hall
Hotel until her cousin Queen Elizabeth 1 had her head removed..!
The Buxton summer music festivals and impressive
architecture, in particular the Crescent built for the 5th Duke of Devonshire
to rival that of Bath, the well known Opera House with regular performances
of opera, ballet, drama and comedy.
The 23 acre Pavilion Gardens with its Winter Gardens and Octagon Suite home to antiques, crafts and specialist fairs.
The Devonshire Royal Hospital originally built as stables for the Duke of Devonshire, the only unsupported dome in the world and until recent times the second largest in the world.
The town's showpiece Pavilion Gardens is the only park in the East Midlands to boast a coveted Green Heritage Award, It was only one of four shortlisted finalists for the prize of Best Park in Britain - which is only a 5 minute stroll from Smithys Cottage.
Poole's Cavern and Country Park, set in woodland one mile from the town centre, offering the natural wonders of a limestone cavern.
There are many long distance or local walks from Buxton into the Derbyshire Peak District and plenty to see in Buxton itself to make an ideal holiday break.
Some of the events during the year include the Buxton Festival, the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and the many celebrated Well Dressings.
We can put you in touch with Blue Badge Guides and other companies that offer a personal tour and walk (or just a walk). There is also a cycle company that will deliver cycles to the door for your use during your stay.
Travel Options to Smithys Cottage
Buxton is well served by public transport
links from Manchester, Derby, Sheffield and Nottingham
for those who do not want to use
By Bus:- The main bus stops only 250m from the cottage which apart using to get to Buxton also gives easy access to explore all parts of the Peak District - check out the links on the left hand column for local and national bus services.
By Train:- The railway station
is about a half mile from the cottage - a taxi to the cottage from the
station costs around £5 - just ask for "Smithys Cottage on Church Street".
Train tickets are available from the link in the left hand column
- the JAM TAXIS on
By Car:- If you do use your own car or one hired from an airport (NB. car hire is available from the link in the left hand column) we have easy and private off-road parking next to the cottage.
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Front of Smithys Cottage:
Garden - a sun trap most
the day all year (when the sun shines):-
Lounge with open fire:-
Main bedroom - with windows facing front and rear:-
Kitchen - fully equipped:-