Roachside Cottage

Part of the living landscape of the Roaches

Peak District National Park - Upper Hulme, Nr Leek ST13 8UB

One of the delights of staying here at Roachside Cottage is meeting so many visitors to The Roaches - about 50% of passers by ask about the cottage and if I live here. Sadly for me, Roachside has a national park planning restriction which means it can't be used as a residential dwelling; just a holiday cottage. However, during maintenance and decorating, I do get opportunity to be "in residence" (perhaps I should have a flagpole and raise my personal standard when I'm here, like HMQ). One chap I met today told me about his own holiday cottage and I couldn't help hunting out his website to see how good the competition was. My word it was slick! has a way to develop yet, even to come close. The site even had, not one, but two webcams! I'd love to have a webcam at Roachside, looking out over the valley and Tittesworth Water to the faint shadow of The Wrekin, 45 miles distant. Or looking northwest through the Dane Valley gap to the Cheshire plain beyond. It won't happen of course - the nearest telephone line is half a mile away! Crikey, mains electricity and water only got here 5 years ago.......

Found these reviews last night. They relate to holidays taken when the previous owner; Erica (bless her), was running the show here. I'm very grateful that she really made the place what it is. We have hardly changed anything - just a lick of paint here and there, using the same tasteful colour scheme. After all, what is said in these reviews is exactly what convinced us to buy the place and we hope to make it even more enjoyable.....

Mrs Rebecca Middleton, Chulmleigh, ‐ 1 Jun 2016

"The cottage is in a beautiful location with stunning views."

Miss Genia Gorna, St. Leonards-on-Sea, ‐ 1 Dec 2015

"The cottage was warm, comfortable, spacious and well-equipped to a high standard, with modern furnishings. It had superbly comfortable beds and lovely bed linen and towels. It was in an idyllic position, as described, with great countryside views, lovely for walking. It was quiet too. All in all a great choice, and would highly recommend. We absolutely loved it, the property was beautiful; very comfortable, warm, cosy, and spacious, ideal for walking and a fab family location, we'll be back! Thank you. We've stayed in many places round here but this was the best."

Mr Stuart Hayler, Pulborough, West Sussex

"The cottage was beautiful and in a great location. We enjoyed the cosiness of the cottage and even with three children it had plenty of room and was well equipped. We will definitely be looking to come back."

Mr Tom Randall, London,

"Had stunning views, the cottage was fantastic and had a great deal of information regarding the surrounding area."

Mrs Doreen Bayley, Haarlem, The Netherlands

"A perfect holiday in the best cottage we've ever had. Beautiful views!"

Mrs Susan Downey, Andover, Hampshire

"The Cottage was warm and cosy, just what was needed for a week in March. The scenery was outstanding even on the snowy day we had. The cottage is ideally situated for walking nearby and going further afield. It was a good base."

Mr Anthony Evans, Newcastle, Staffordshire

"Very warm and cosy and absolutely stunning views over Tittesworth Lake."

Mr Paul Fortey, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

"If you are looking for a cottage in the Peak District that is romantic, remote and of a high standard then this is for you. We arrived on a damp and windy Thursday afternoon and as soon as we opened the door we knew we had booked a beautiful cottage. The whole of the cottage was immaculately clean, well presented and had the added bonus of underfloor heating throughout, which will keep you warm. The owner was very helpful and has provided plenty of literature for things to do in the area. The cottage is situated in a remote, rural location with plenty of walks on the doorstep and not far from either Leek or Buxton. We totally switched off and relaxed during our stay and would return in a heartbeat. If you are looking for a cottage that you can escape the stresses and strains of life then book this cottage, you will not be disappointed."

Ms Laura Cockett, Liverpool, Merseyside

"Beautiful remote location, stunning views. The cottage has been beautifully renovated and is very warm and comfortable. We hope to go back and will be recommending it to friends!"

Mr Stuart Grey, Brough,

"We had a wonderful holiday. The Cottage was excellent and the views were spectacular. Could not have wished for more."

Some website editing problems tonight. The booking calendar is driving me to distraction! Time to "phone a friend" - except in my case it has to be "e-mail a friend" - since my hearing aids won't connect to the new phone. Technology!!
As a lifelong insomniac, it is not unknown for me to wake Scout from her doggie slumber, to head out on the hills for an "early morning" walk. Sometimes this may seem a little extreme - 2 a.m. is not unknown. To be out on the Roaches ridge in the starlight is very special. Even better to be out when the moon is bright and clear - there is less chance of breaking one's neck tripping over a rock. To be out in the stillness of the pre-dawn, as the sky lightens into faint pastel shades over the moorland to the east, is an experience I'm always mystified appeals to very few others. Well, after a night of next to no sleep and three cups of milky tea, we set off towards Roach End about 4.50 am. The rain was relentless, the wind even more so. So we just got wet.....
Watching the sun go down this evening. The sun sets at this time of the year more or less through the Dane Valley gap revealing the Cheshire Plain, past The Cloud at Bosley. Not the best sunset we've had this year by any means, but pretty good. Last bit of the sunset lost in a cloudbank moving in over the Mersey. Maybe rain tomorrow?
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