Smithys Cottage
a Quality Peak District Holiday Cottage in Buxton, Derbyshire

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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:

  • large oak beam fireplace with a cast iron open fire.

  • thick limestone walls with deep recessed windows

  • walls that slope outwards downstairs and inwards upstairs and hardly a "right angle" in the house to be found!

Modern Facilities

Even though the cottage is several hundred years old it now has all the comforts of modern living which include:-

  • Gas central heating (with annual gas safety certificate)

  • 1 double bedroom (full length bed x 4' 6" wide)

  • 1 single bedroom (full length bed x 2' 6" wide)

  • Rayburn cast iron open hearth fire (logs and coal)

  • Modern kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, washer / dryer & fridge/freezer (washing line in garden area).

  • Internet WiFi throughout cottage holiday cottage with free internet wifi

  • Fully fitted carpets throughout (vinyl in bathroom).

  • TV (22" flatscreen with TalkTalk - 7 day catchup facility) + separate DVD player.

  • Bath with electric shower over.

  • RCCD electrical safety circuit protection.

  • Smoke and CO alarms.

  • A small library full of walks and local interest books.

  • Mobile phone reception in most parts of the cottage.

  • Parking for at least 2 cars - with lighting for late winter arrivals..

  • Outdoor seating and a garden room.

  • Welcome tray.

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:-

  • the method of construction with the inner and outer limestone walls and a cavity in the centre filled with rubble - keeps the house nice and cool in summer and cosy and warm in winter.

  • the construction is very similar to the local church of St.Anne's which is constructed in a similar way and built in 1625.

  • references in the library suggests that these houses are some of the oldest houses in Buxton and may even pre-date St.Anne's church which is nearby.

  • Many years ago Church Street was once the main road into Buxton from the South and West - now a quieter access only street barely wide enough for 2 cars to pass - used mainly as walking access into Buxton.

  • According to a local historian the walls behind the cottage were on the same footings as the original Roman walls around the town. Scattered amongst the limestone rocks that make the walls are the occasional dressed sandstones which are said to have come from the older roman buildings that were dismantled after the Romans left. Apparently the Romans bought in the sandstone (which is not natural to the Peak District) when they built Buxton to resemble the buildings of Rome!! NB. Buxton was never a fortified Roman town but a "holiday resort" - even then - to enjoy the warm spring waters. There are several sites of former Roman forts around the Peak District.

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.

Click here to view a video clip of some of the places to visit around Buxton and the Peak District


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.


More about the history of Buxton


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 their car.

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 01298 72333‎ or BUXTON RADIO TAXIS on 01298 23457‎. Alternatively a 15 min walk by the town centre - click directions in left hand column for a map.


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.


How Far To:-

Bus Stops - 250m

Sainsbury's Local - 300m (supermarket)

Tesco's Express (24hrs) & Garage - 300m (supermarket)

Waitrose - 1000m (supermarket)

Morrisons - 850m (supermarket)

Marks & Spencer - 900m

Post Office - 200m

Railway Station - 850m

Market - 250m (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Main Shopping Area - 450m

Swimming Pool - 800m

Opera House - 750m

Tourist Information Centre - 650m

Airport - 20 miles

Golf Course - 1 mile

Library - 500m

Museum - 400m



   Some Internet Local Related Links:-

Download Buxton Town Guide and Map (.pdf file)
Columbine Restaurant

Buxton Online - everything about Buxton

Pooles Cavern - approx half mile from cottage

Go Ape - just half a mile away

Buxton Opera House - approx half a mile

No.6 The Tearooms - opposite the opera house

Simply Thai - close to the Devonshire dome

Scriveners Bookshop - 100yds from the cottage

The Devonshire Spa

Some STUNNING views around Buxton

Places to visit around Buxton

Calendar of events around Buxton

Buxton Weather


More Places To Go

More Places To Eat

Transport To and Around Buxton:-

Derbyshire Road Reports

Transpeak Bus Routes

Bus and Train Services to and around Buxton

Public transport around the Peak District

Buxton Taxis

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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:-

2nd bedroom

car parking

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of the cottage

around Buxton:-

Burbage Moor
(15min drive)

View from Monsal Head
(15min drive)

Derwent Valley
(20min drive)

Lathkill Dale
(10min drive)

Stanage Edge
(20min drive)

Parwich Village
(15min drive)

Pooles Cavern, Buxton
(10min walk)

the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
(10min walk)

Winnats Pass
(15min drive)


Smithys Cottage is a quality self catering vacation rental located in the Derbyshire Peak District. If you require any more information about the cottage and the area or have any special requirements and you would like to make an availability enquiry - then please contact me (telephone no at top of page) for a personal friendly service - or if you prefer I respond quickly to any email enquiries or simply complete our enquiry form


Smithy's Cottage has been a holiday cottage located on Church Street in Buxton since 2002 - there are many comments in the visitors book commending the cleanliness, the location and how well the cottage is equipped. In 2009 we acquired land next to the cottage to use as dedicated private parking and an outside sitting area. Up to April 2016 Smithys Cottage was graded 4 star accommodation - like many other cottages we have decided not to continue with the grading scheme as most visitors now tell us that they base their decision on pictures and reviews on TripAdvisor - that we now have many (also the cost of the grading scheme is very expensive).


Full address of Smithys Cottage is 18, Church Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK176HD


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