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Two luxury holiday cottages in one of the most picturesque rural settings of the Peak District in the hamlet of Milldale, Alstonefield.

Hear It From The Guests

Recent Reviews

“Riverside Cottage is probably the best cottage we have ever stayed in. Every inch and corner has been thought about. As well as being beautifully presented, we all slept very well in incredibly comfortable beds (so often a bit a of a let down on other holidays!) and enjoyed the luxurious touches throughout the cottage. Our dog was thoroughly spoiled with all the doggy beds/blankets and extras, and the outside space, with its many levels, was a relaxing place to enjoy the sounds of the river whilst reading a book. Good WiFi and Netflix were also very much welcomed. There were many walks from the village and an extensive list of local pubs in the welcome pack. We found a few we really liked! The cottage was also situated close to some wonderful places to visit and was the perfect base in this respect too. We were very grateful for the delicious welcome pack of goodies after our long journey and Andrew and Sarah were wonderful hosts. Thank you so much for making our holiday so perfect!”

Paul - July 2022

“We had a truly wonderful stay with friends at this beautiful cottage in an idyllic location to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries missed during lockdown. The cottage was beautifully and thoughtfully presented with a quality finish throughout and spotlessly clean everywhere. Everything you need is there and so many beautiful little detailed touches that really make the difference. There was lots of information in the information pack, especially helpful walking guides. Andrew and Sarah came and introduced themselves and were very helpful – we felt we could call on them at any time if needed. The welcome basket was excellent (wonderful marmalade!) and much appreciated. The kitchen is very well stocked with crockery and cookware and everything of excellent quality. We went on some lovely walks locally and toured the rest of the Peak District but the River Dove and Dovedale is as picturesque as it gets. Our magical moment was strolling down to the Viators Bridge after dinner and sharing the peace, quiet and beauty of the place with the ducks – wonderful. Thank you Andrew and Sarah for a great stay and sometime we hope to return, all being well.”

David S - June 2022

“Our recent stay at Riverside Cottage was truly wonderful. This beautifully designed cottage has comfortable beds with lovely bedding, white fluffy towels, a choice of seating both in the house and the garden. There is a separate laundry room and a fully fitted sun house. The kitchen has every appliance that you could want. We thank Sarah and Andrew for their welcome package and kind enquiries regarding our comfort. It is so well situated for enjoying energetic walks in the Dales but also for the less able there is a flat walk along the river which is accessible and easy. We could not think how it could be more perfect and we hope to return for another holiday.”

Mrs J S - May 2022

The Martin Family’s review of Riverside is almost verbatim what I had intended to write, so “ditto” that!

We usually don’t want to rebook the same place as prefer to discover and explore new places but we feel an exception would most likely be made as we had such a peaceful, relaxing break in this most charming and exquisitely furnished cottage.

Andrew and Sarah go beyond high levels of service and communication, along with the cottage and setting, it will be an impressive setup that topples them from the gold standard.

Thinking already which week next year to book….if available!

Thanks again for everything.

The Wrights - Apr 2022

When I was browsing through the internet back in October time for a spring holiday for my family I came across Riverside Cottage. I knew then it would be absolutely perfect for us all and was very excited about our visit. Well it certainly didn’t disappoint. Milldale is so beautiful and tranquil. Riverside Cottage is  a real little gem and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We even added on an extra night as we loved it there so much. The welcome hamper was very much enjoyed and the cottage was so comfortable and luxurious. 

We enjoyed some lovely walks from the cottage, especially to Dovedale. We will definitely return in the future. Thank you so much Andrew and Sarah!

Martin Family - Apr 2022

“Having spent four nights here in early spring, we enjoyed this wonderful property and its prime location. Being just a stone’s throw away from the trail to the Dovedale Stepping Stones and Thorpe Cloud; we used the readily signposted routes to navigate the stunning scenery around Duck Cottage. A fantastic base for all of our day trips and a cozy environment to spend our evenings. The cottage was fully prepared with everything we could possibly need, could not have asked for more, we fully intend to return on our next trip to the Dales.”

Mr W - Apr 2022

The most perfect, warm and cosy, luxury holiday home! We have never been SO well catered for (and we have stayed in some wonderful cottages)….Even our little doggies agree! The fine interior design, incredible beds and amazing bedding – we all slept like logs!

The Aga – perfect for cooking! Fully stocked kitchen, deceptively roomy – both inside and out and not forgetting the peaceful, stunning surrounding countryside!

A**** Nothing too much trouble for Andrew and Sarah. Thank you so much! We will definitely return!

Kay - Dec 2021

My family has just returned from the most wonderful stay at Riverside Cottage. In a beautiful location, this is a true luxury rental with charm, character and so many lovely touches. The welcome hamper and Christmas decorations were particularly appreciated. It has everything you’ll need to be comfortable and the owners went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed. It was a real treat to stay here and we hope to return again in the future.

Isabella - Dec 2021

“I cannot fault this house. Comfortable, beautifully decorated, immaculate, every imaginable thing you would want. Great tech set up with smart tv and Bluetooth speaker. Gorgeous linens, towels, toiletries. A great location, lovely helpful hosts. We’ll be back.”

Eleanor - Nov 2021

Can’t praise this wonderful cottage enough. The attention to detail is second to none with every comfort you could wish for. The decor is beautiful and relaxing and the situation by the river is perfect.

A very warm welcome awaits anyone who wishes to stay in this beautiful part of the country. Every precaution is taken to make the place spotless in these difficult times. We will be back.

Carol - Oct 2021

“We had a wonderful stay at this stunning cottage. Everything you could need has been thought of from cook books and walking guides to fans if it’s too warm. There are white robes for each guest. The place is immaculately clean and the decor is beautiful. There was lots of information in the information pack and also felt we could contact Andrew and Sarah if we needed to. The welcome basket is a lovely touch. The kitchen is very well stocked with crockery and everything is of very good quality. There is tea, coffee, sugar and a state of the art coffee machine. Large serving bowls and casserole dishes. They also provided a bike locker. The attention to detail was superb.

We went on some lovely walks in the area. There are lots of different terrains so great for all levels of fitness. The walk to Dovedale stepping stones is very picturesque along the river. Thanks Andrew and Sarah for a great stay and hopefully we will be back again next year.”

Andrea - Sept 2021

“Fantastic all round! Would recommend to anyone!!! Stunning. Amazing. Homely. Cosy. Relaxing. Clean. Everything imaginable available. Lovey welcome hamper. Need to come back to feed the ducks some more!”

Ajay - Aug 2021

“What an incredible stay we had at Riverside Cottage. This cottage has everything, including a Picnic Rucksack (definitely worth using). The location is idyllic and the finishing dinner the cottage are superb. Thoroughly recommend this cottage. Andy is a fantastic host!”

Emma - Aug 2021

“We have loved every minute of our stay in beautiful Duck Cottage. We have walked, cycled, relaxed and made full use of the local eateries. And we have revelled in the glorious peace of Milldale, and the stunning surrounding scenery. The cottage is perfect and we have been so grateful for all the little touches; the books and print-outs of local walks, the carefully curated DVD collection and, of course, the fabulous welcome hamper. We leave far more relaxed and determined to return – thank you.”

Mr Jones - Aug 2021

“We cannot recommend Riverside Cottage highly enough. The cleanliness, attention to detail and comfort were second to none. From the very generous welcome pack, the high quality appliances and toileteries, the extremely comfortable sitting areas and beds – nothing was forgotten in making our stay there relaxing and memorable. Even our dog was catered for with bowls and beds provided! There was plenty of parking and the scenery was stunning. Andrew and Sarah were extremely approachable and helpful -recommending good walks and pubs and answering any questions promptly. The whole week was like spending time in a 5 star hotel. The photos of the cottage don’t do it justice. Thank you Sarah and Andrew for providing us with a perfect break away.”

Jonathan - Aug 2021

A wonderful week in Duck Cottage thanks to Sarah and Andrew who ensured that everything was just perfect for our stay. The Cottage is immaculate and fitted out to a very high standard throughout. To say it was spotless is an understatement, everything was so clean it really did feel like somewhere to relax in, very much a home away from home which is quite something during these difficult Covid times. The location and the cottage are so pretty and we certainly did not want to leave. We intend to return to Duck Cottage for another stay in this magical place.

Thank you Sarah and Andrew, your personal attention and attention to detail showed that its important to you that your guests enjoy their stay which we certainly did.

Sue & Colin

We had a really special weekend in Riverside Cottage – every detail has been thought of and it is so well kitted out with everything you could need, plus robes and a lovely welcome basket of local produce! The front garden is beautiful, the road is quiet, and you can hear the river from your bedroom if you sleep with the windows open. We walked to Dovedale along the river and took an alternative (extremely hilly) route on the way back – so much fun and walks for all fitness levels from the doorstep. It felt like a home from home and I can’t recommend it enough!


“A beautifully appointed, immaculately clean and comfortable cottage in a perfect location for walking and enjoying Dovedale straight from the door. Thank you Andrew and Sarah.


Spent a week ensconced in this magically pretty corner of the Peak District. With the soft bubbling of the river outside and the glorious hills on view all around us we felt were a world away. Duck Cottage is a real gem – so beautifully furnished and equipped it was a warm and cosy retreat from the showers. When we were lucky enough to see the sun, we took full advantage of the gorgeous outside decking and front garden patio. Can only imagine how lovely it is to spend a warm summer’s evening outside listening to the gentle sounds of the night time countryside.

Mrs Z

What a wonderful stay! Milldale itself is a special place, but to enjoy it while staying in beautiful Duck Cottage is as good as it gets. The cottage is exquisitely designed and immaculately presented, equipped with everything you could need. Andrew and Sarah are great hosts: attentive and responsive, never intrusive; truly first class. We will most definitely be back!

Mrs L

“Fantastic family holiday ~ 5 Star standards, quality hosts, wonderful welcome hamper, walks on your doorstep – a week wasn’t long enough to do everything. we would love to come back in the winter to experience the change in seasons. Thanks Andy and Sarah – you made us feel very welcome.”

Mr & Mrs P

“We stayed for 6 days in Duck Cottage and had a lovely time. The cottage is lovely, with excellent facilities and beautifully furnished and decorated, and the cleaning was impeccable. The location is also perfect, very tranquil and unspoilt. Would highly recommend, and we will be returning in the future.”

Ben and family

“Andy & Sarah cannot do enough for you from the moment we arrived to the last evening. We have rebooked for next year already (we did this on the 2nd night!). Everything was exactly as you would expect it to be at a 5 star cottage and we felt so relaxed in spite of the on going Covid 19 pandemic. They had made every effort to ensure that we felt safe and comfortable. Milldale is stunning and the cottage fits the surroundings perfectly.

It is very clear to see just how much work and effort has been put into making this such a lovely home from home. The only complaint was having to give the keys back at the end of the week!

Thank you, 2 more visits booked now and many more expected.”

Mr W

“We had a delightful stay in this beautiful spot. Peace and tranquility , but with option of so many things to see and do nearby, beautiful cottage with everything we needed.

We look forward to returning to this hidden gem.”

Mr S

“Idyllic setting, beautiful cottage furnished to 5 star standards. Very comfortable and luxurious. Welcome hamper was quite a feast!”

Mr T

“Walking around the corner from the parking area and taken in by the views and the sound of the babbling brook, Duck Cottage emerges, and you are obliged to just stop for a moment and take in your surroundings. Stepping into a different world of beauty and peace, whatever reasons had you escaping to this stunning place, will be forgotten.

Met on site by the lovely couple, Andy and Sarah will welcome you with a smile, a gift basket and we cannot forget the champagne and home-made cake (Sarah is exceeding good at baking). We are given the grand tour, and in every room, you can’t help but notice how beautifully designed they are. By this point, you already know you are really going to enjoy your stay here.

The cottage consists of a wood burning stove and an Apple computer, with full access to the internet with free WiFi, in the sitting room, a kitchen that has absolutely everything you are going to need for your stay, two bathrooms (one with a beautiful free-standing bath and the other with a big walk-in shower), and the comfiest beds I have ever stayed in, with luxury bedding. I didn’t want to leave. Through your stay you will keep noticing all the attention to detail that has been applied, Andy and Sarah have thought of everything and have got you covered.

We stayed for a number of weeks and Andy was available upon request, and Sarah touched base to see if we needed new towels, the bedding changed and to ask what we wanted in our second cake (they were so tasty!).

The external surroundings are beautiful. If you prefer to stay at the property, there is a private terrace that climbs up the rear of the property, equipped with very comfortable outdoor seating and a view of the River Dove. But, if you like to venture in the country, then you need to make sure you pack your hiking boots, don’t be making the same mistake that this city-boy did. I slipped over in the fields a few times, and albeit hilarious to me, my friends and any onlookers, I will definitely be taking hiking boots when I return over Christmas.

During my stay I already decided that this was the perfect place to spend holidays with the family, and when booking the Christmas period, Andy and Sarah said they will decorate the cottages for us. After seeing the level of standard throughout their interior design, I already know that Christmas is going to be magical for my niece and nephews.

Seriously, you two should be very proud of both cottages and your level of care and service.”

Mr L

“Just to let you know that we really enjoyed staying at Duck Cottage; we hope all was okay after we left it. We thought it was absolutely lovely; we were beautifully warm and comfortable and really appreciated the homemade cake, bread, marmalade and, of course, the champagne.”

Mr & Mrs H

“We loved our stay at Duck Cottage. Everything was perfect especially the homemade cake! Thank you so much.”

Mr & Mrs D


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