Priestcliffe House

Sleeps 20

A Family Friendly Beautiful Victorian Country House in a Rural Hamlet With Nine Designer En Suite Bedrooms. Close to Buxton and Bakewell


  • Nine individually designed boutique bedrooms, 1 on the ground floor
  • Nine super en suite bathrooms/shower rooms
  • Sleeps 18 adults and up to 24 if there are children
  • Dog Friendly.
  • Charming and beautifully restored Victorian house with added quirky features designed to provide the ultimate family getaway
  • Spacious formal reception room with lovely far reaching views of the Peak District from the impressive bay windows
  • The cellar has been converted into a fabulous games room with tons of family games for both indoor and outdoor use!
  • Lovely south facing terrace and gardens 
  • Superb surrounding countryside provides both easy and challenging hill walking routes from the door step
  • Perfectly placed between both Bakewell and Buxton, in a pretty rural hamlet

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The grand staircase leads up to two floors with no less than nine sumptuous bedrooms all enjoying the luxury of private en suite facilities. Each bedroom flaunts feature wallpapers, coordinating soft furnishings and comfy beds for an uninterrupted nights sleep .

Priestcliffe House is perfect for family groups of eighteen guests but if you are happy using all the full size bunk beds/built in beds then you can sleep a few more. We know that groups come in all shapes and sizes and have different requirements so most beds can be made up as doubles or twins so you can pick and choose your layout to suit your groups needs. There is one ground floor bedroom.

Cooking & Dining

An achingly stylish country kitchen has been designed to make catering for large groups as easy as possible. With all the modern appliances you need, Priestcliffe House is fully equipped with plenty of cookware, crockery, utensils, glassware and all the other items essential for making your stay comfortable and more importantly easy.

The open plan dining room comfortably seats 20 guests with extra seating at the kitchen island.

Living Space

Make your way through the  impressive entrance hall to the spacious formal sitting room.  With a traditional feel, this beautiful styled and generously proportioned room retains many period features including  high ceilings and two bay window over looking the grounds and hills beyond.

After a day exploring the Peaks, you can relax in front of the log burner set within an original Ashford black marble fireplace.

Cellar Games Room

Hidden away down a secret staircase you will stumble across this fabulous converted cellar. This rooms retains an authentic rustic feel with its exposed walls and clever floor lighting, creating a warm homely feel, the perfect ambience for guests to enjoy the multitude of games in this unique space:

  • Hand made retro electronic games table with 60 games, including all the old favourites - Donkey Kong, Space Invader & Pac Man.
  • Multi 6 foot games table with table tennis and pool
  • Lounge area with wall mounted 42 inch smart TV screen
  • For the great outdoors there are stilts and a Petanque pitch

You can gain direct access from the Cellar straight out onto the terrace - perfect for the outdoor games.

Garden and Outside Space

Tucked away down a quiet country lane, Priestcliffe House promises to provide a hidden escape! So families will find their own little piece of heaven with unforgettable views right on the doorstep.

BBQ and Garden Seating available from 01st April through to 31st October, please bring your own charcoal and lighting equipment for the BBQ.

There is a stunning south facing garden with a front patio and a side sunken terrace - when the sun is shining you will be able to enjoy this virtually all day!

Property Information

Our standard arrival and departure times are:

  • ​4pm on the day of arrival
  • By 10am on the day of departure 

Please do respect these times as they are in place to allow the housekeeping teams enough time to thoroughly clean the property before and after your stay

  • Please remove dirty or high heeled shoes on entry
  • Please do not bring any candles, tea lights or incense sticks as they are not allowed at the property
  • Noise Policy- outdoors socialising must be brought inside by 10pm, we kindly ask to not disturb neighbours or the local residents after this time, for more information please see our Noise and Behaviour Policy 
  • No fireworks or Chinese lanterns
  • No smoking or vaping inside the property. Vaping can trigger the fire alarms
  • Not suitable for Hen or Stag groups or parties
  • No glitter please as even the most eco friendly kind is impossible to remove from the soft furnishings and hard wearing floors
  • No Karaoke machines of any type
  • No music to be played outdoors please
  • Please be considerate and thoughtful towards the neighbours as the property is within a small hamlet

If you are looking for a holiday cottage that is accessible for everyone we have a wealth of properties that are suitable for guests with varied access needs. Many of our properties are situated in rural locations, offering peaceful settings that would be suitable for guests with autism & learning difficulties.

  •  ​1 x ground floor bedroom with en suite featuring a shower
  • Separate downstairs toilet with basin - there is a stone step up into this area
  • All ground floor main social areas are level access throughout
  • TV's with subtitles
  • Access to the Games Room has steps from inside the house and outside access too - there is no level access to this room
  • Gravelled parking area which does then slope down to the property entrance and onto paving in front of the house plus a further parking area- giving level access to the front door
  • Hypoallergenic bedding throughout
  • Beds are flexible and can be made as twins or doubles
  • Lounging area on the top floor which can offer a calm and relaxing quiet space 
  • Located in open countryside with beautiful scenery, offering a calm and tranquil setting
  • We are supportive of anyone who needs to bring an assistance dog or guide dog to the property
Peak Venues have a dedicated Accessibility Champion who will be able to assist you with specific property information, please contact them by email for any further help at

The Peak District and Surrounding Area

Priestcliffe House is situated in the pretty rural hamlet of Priestcliffe and is very well located  just 5.8 miles from the popular market town of Bakewell and the 4.5 miles from the historic Victorian spa town of Buxton. It is set within the most glorious Peak District landscape with footpaths and country lanes right from the property leading to the spectacular Miller's Dale which directly drops onto the well known Monsal Trail. You are a very short drive to the Blackwell Cycle hire and you can even abseil from the impressive viaduct at Millers Dale.

The countryside surrounding Priestcliffe House offers superb opportunities for recreational pursuits including adventure walking, caving, cycling, fishing and climbing. Nearby points of interest include Monsal Head, the River Wye valley, The Monsal Trail and Chatsworth House. Slightly further afield  are the Blue John Caverns, The Tissington and High Peak Trails,  Dovedale and Haddon Hall, all of these are within an easy drive.

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How To Find Priestcliffe House


The address of Priestcliffe House is:

Priestcliffe, Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 9TN

Approx. GPS coordinates of the property are:

53.244412, -1.794330

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The postcode takes you to a nearby farm so please use the below directions! Please note that the lane to the property is narrow and single track

Directions to Priestcliffe House by car from Bakewell (approx. 10 mins):

  • ​From the centre of Bakewell (roundabout by The Rutland in Bakewell Sqaure) follow signs for the A6 towards Buxton (Buxton Road).
  •  Once on A6 follow the road for approx. 6.2 miles (follow the bypass until the end)
  • At the end of the bypass there is a layby on your right handside with a bus shelter. The speed limit turns to 50mph and there is also a bus shelter to your left with a signpost pointing right for Priestcliffe. Take the right turn almost immediately after the speed limit changes to 50mph (TIP if you reach The Waterloo pub on your left you have missed the turn and gone too far!)
  • Take the right turning (onto Hollow O’The Moor) and follow the road down for approx. 0.2 miles. You will come to a cross roads, turn right onto Priestcliffe Road.
  • Follow the road for approx. 0.4 miles, you will come to a slight corner in the road and there is a hairpin bend down to the right just before the house (School House Farm) on the right hand side. Turn right down the hairpin bend and follow the lane down for approx. 0.1 miles.
  • There will be buildings to your left and national speed limit signs ahead of you, the entrance to Priestcliffe House is on your left immediately after the speed limit changes.
  • Once you turn into Priestcliffe House drive down the ramp and the main carpark is on your right with parking for 6 cars.  
  • You have arrived at Priestcliffe House!

Directions to Priestcliffe House by car from Buxton (approx. 10 minutes):

  • Follow signs to the A6 until you come to the roundabout by Morrison’s supermarket. From this round about follow signs for A6 to Bakewell (Bakewell Road).
  • Once on A6 follow the road for approx. 5 miles.
  • You will pass The Waterloo pub on your right hand side, continue on and you will see a signpost for Priestcliffe to the left. The tuning comes just before the road turns into national speed limit and there is a bus shelter on the right (TIP: if you reach the bypass you have missed the turning and gone too far!)
  • Take the left turning (onto Hollow O’The Moor) and follow the road down for approx. 0.2 miles. You will come to a cross roads, turn right onto Priestcliffe Road.
  •  Follow the road for approx. 0.4 miles, you will come to a slight corner in the road and there is a hairpin bend down to the right just before the house (School House Farm) on the right hand side. Turn right down the hairpin bend and follow the lane down for approx. 0.1 miles.
  • There will be buildings to your left and national speed limit signs ahead of you, the entrance to Priestcliffe House is on your left immediately after the speed limit changes.
  • Once you turn into Priestcliffe House drive down the ramp and the main carpark is on your right with parking for 6 cars.  
  • You have arrived at Priestcliffe House!

Floor Plans

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Virtual Tour

Why not take a closer look. Using state of the art technology we can let you take a walk around the whole of this property.

Please note that some rooms may have been updated with new furnishings and decor since the virtual tour was created

If you're using a phone or a tablet, you may find the tour easier to navigate in a window of its own. Click here to launch.


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Your Stay At Priestcliffe House

Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby

Country Pubs​

  • The Queens Arms - Taddington, classic country pub, offering honest traditional pub food and a great wine and ale list, beer garden to enjoy in the warmer months, a good but manageable walk from the cottage 
  • The Anglers Rest, Miller's Dale - Within walking distance of the property, a traditional pub on the situated on the riverside in Miller's Dale.
  • Royal Oak, Hurdlow –Award winning pub offers open fires, hidden corners, local ales and of course ‘great home-made pub food’. Booking advised.
  • The Bull i'th Thorn, Hurdlow - pub and pizzeria, enjoy a selection of made to order oven pizzas in the refurbished spacious room, with a mixture of booth seating and individual tables - or sit in the bar area, still featuring some of the traditional charm from the days of the old coaching inn and enjoy burgers / sandwiches/ grazing boards, pub classics, children's menu and desserts to die for.
  • The Church Inn, Chelmorton - Traditional village pub serving hearty meals.
  • The Red Lion, Litton - Small traditional village pub serving great food. Please note that they do not allow children under the age of 6 in the pub.
  • The Bull’s Head, Monyash - A traditional pub located in the heart of Monyash, serving good pub food. Popular with families and walkers.
  • The Bull, Ashford in the Water - Traditional Robinson's small character pub serving great food in a lovely Derbyshire village with the River Wye flowing through the heart of it.
  • The Packhorse, Little Longstone - Lovely historic character features in this compact pub – promotes itself with ‘Walkers and Muddy boots welcome.’
  • The White Lion, Great Longstone - Traditional Sunday Roasts, hearty locally sourced pub food, local real ales and great wine selection all set in the pretty village of Great Longstone.


  • Simply Thai, Buxton - Great local Thai restaurant located in the centre of town – booking is definitely recommended.
  • Taj Mahal, Buxton - Excellent curry house in Buxton.
  • Pizza Express, Buxton -Well known pizza chain in a great location for town and the Opera House – kid friendly.
  • St. Moritz Restaurant, Buxton - Swiss and Italian cuisine, great pasta dishes and also has a excellent pre- theatre menu.
  • Indian Palace, Buxton - Great Indian restaurant in the centre of Buxton
  • Lone Star, Buxton - Mexican/American cuisine, known for their large portions.
  • Columbine, Buxton - Small privately run restaurant, perfect for a special occasion.
  • The Woodyard, Bakewell - Great location by the river in Bakewell for a family friendly Restaurant –  Serves both lunch and dinner.
  • PieDaniels, Bakewell- A fine French restaurant and cafe bar in the heart of Bakewell offering a selection of fine French & English cuisine
  • The Merchant’s Yard, Tideswell - A stylish restaurant with a private dining area for large groups. Also a lovely setting for afternoon tea and the cocktails are a must!


  • No 6 The Square, Buxton - Relax and enjoy morning coffee, light meals or a traditional English afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of No. 6 The Square.
  • Hassop Station Café & Bookshop - A family friendly cafe with outdoor covered seating and play, with a focus on food, family & fresh air. Enjoy brunch, lunch or afternoon tea on the terrace on the renown Monsal Trail or in the old station building.
  • The Old Smithy Café, Monyash - Rustic! Famous for its breakfast featured in the Top 50 Breakfast Book in the country. Character décor, open year round – walkers and bikers welcome. Also serves lunch daily with dinner on certain days.
  • Lavender Tea Rooms, Bakewell - A lovely quaint tea room, hidden in the corner of Hebden court, the charming décor includes vintage memorabilia and there’s outside seating in the sheltered courtyard. A great place for afternoon tea.
  • The Upstairs Café, Bakewell - A nice child –friendly café located in the centre of Bakewell.

Fresh Delivered Meals and Take-Aways

  • Sauced Here - fantastic selection of home made prepared meals from local chef/cooks -great for large groups. They also provide a full basket of groceries from local producers that can replace a supermarket delivery.
  • Scoff - Delicious, home-cooked food, delivered to you in the Peak District
  • Simply Thai
  • Pizza Express
  • Taj Mahal
  • Khomkhai Thai Cuisine
  • Indian Palace
  • The Great Panda Restaurant (Chinese)
  • Maazi - Sumptuous Indian meal or buffet delivered to your door. Numerous catering options and can also provide waiting on staff and even take away the washing up.

Our Top 5 Places to Visit Nearby

1. Explore Miller's Dale and the Monsal Trail

From the property you can walk down to the spectacular Miller's Dale, a popular beauty spot with the River Wye running through the Dale and plenty of examples of classic limestone flora and fauna of the area. From Miller's Dale you can join the well known Monsal Trail, this 8.5 mile former old Midland Railway line, which runs from Blackwell Mill in Chee Dale down to Bakewell, is great to explore on bike or by foot as it is traffic free and relatively mud free! The recently reopened tunnels makes the trail one of the most spectacular leisure routes in Britain for cycling, walking and horse riding. The nearest cycle hire to the property is at Blackwell Mill and if you are feeling more adventurous you can even abseil from the impressive viaduct at Miller's Dale.

Click here for more information regarding cycle hire at Blackwell Mill, here for more information on the Monsal Trail and Miller's Dale and abseiling at Miller's Dale.

2. Spend a day exploring the historic market town of Bakewell

Bakewell is the largest town within the Peak District National Park  and is a hub of activity. Market day is on a Monday and as well as a large range of stalls there is also an agricultural market which is definitely worth a look around as it offers a great insight into today's farming community. The town also hosts a craft and gift fair every weekend in the Brigade town hall. The Bakewell Old House Museum occupies one of the oldest buildings in Bakewell and dates back to 1543, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the towns past and is very interesting and informative with lots to appeal to all ages.Obviously no trip to Bakewell would be complete without sampling an original Bakewell pudding. The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop claims to have the old original recipe and still makes the puddings by hand from the secret recipe.

Click here for a link to further information on Bakewell.

3. Take a tour around the Thornbridge Brewery​

This award winning brewery is not far from the property and for any real ale lover taking a tour of this state-of-the art brewery is not to be missed. Enjoy a local beer a glass of wine or a gin in the Tap Room which is open daily and also serves freshly made pizzas to order. Furnished with comfy sofas and rustic tables it's a great venue to unwind after exploring The Peak District. Plus dog friendly too. A must visit

Click here for further information on Thornbridge Brewery

4. The spa town of Buxton

The spa town of Buxton can really offer something for everyone; enjoy a stroll around the pretty Pavilion gardens. The kids can enjoy the playground areas or you might choose to go for a swim at the refurbished swimming pool. The more adventurous may want to try out ‘Go Ape’ the treetop adventure course, for those without a head for heights a visit to Poole’s Cavern is fascinating, and it’s a great activity especially for kids when the weather does not cooperate for outdoor activities. For theatre lovers, seeing a show in the intimate Buxton Opera House is a must, and for the shopaholics the pretty Cavendish Arcade has a range of lovely little boutique shops. Lovers of real ale will enjoy visiting Buxton Tap House, which is Buxton’s own brewery pub serving its very own ales and bitters.

Click here for further information on Buxton

5. Chatsworth House and Park

No visit to the Peak District would be complete without visiting the fabulous Chatsworth Estate. There really is something to do for every member of the family - The Farmyard and Adventure playground, the magnificent house and the gardens which are equally as impressive as the house, with the maze, the garden trails, and the famous water cascade to keep the little ones occupied.

Click here for a link to Chatsworth House and Park

Key Facts

What To Expect At Priestcliffe House

A basic weekend supply of the following (as there are no staff on site if you run out you will have to replace):

  • Hand soap
  • Loo rolls 1 on the holder and 1 spare in each en suite or bathroom
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cling film & kitchen foil
  • Dishwasher tablets
  • 4 x tea towels
  • 1 x dish cloth
  • Basic cleaning materials
  • Utilities - electric, gas, heating and hot water

Useful Information

  • Please note that the Air Hockey table that appears on the virtual tour page is no longer available there is a games table featuring a pool table and table tennis only in the Games Room. The darts board has been removed too so does not feature.
  • 2 x high chairs (if requested)
  • 2 x Travel Cots- we provide basic travel cot's that comply with BSI. Please note that due to health and safety reasons, you will need to bring cot linen and any extra padding you require over and above the lightly padded standard base that is supplied by the manufacturer.
  • 5 x hair dryers
  • Fresh linen with beds made up upon arrival
  • Fresh towels - Bath towel for each guest & hand towels in the bathrooms
  • Iron & ironing board and indoor clothes drying rack.
  • Hoover and mop
  • Washing machine and separate tumble dryer
  • 2 x Ipod docking stations
  • A total of 5 x smart TV’s with free view are located throughout the property. Both the games room and sitting room have 42 inch TV's. All TV's have HDMI ports.
  • Books and board games
  • The top floor is perfect for families, there is a kids lounging area outside bedroom 7 (which has 2 kids beds under the eaves along with a 5ft bed) this play space has a 42 inch smart  TV. This area is great for den making and can also sleep 2 extra kids if required.
  • Ground floor bedroom 1 has a 5ft bed
  • Ground floor WC, there is a step up into this area
  • Log burning stove in the sitting room (1 x complimentary basket of logs supplied - after this please provide your own). Due to health and safety we cannot supply fire lighters or matches, so please bring your own.
  • Christmas - throughout December the property will have a Christmas Tree decorated with a set of lights

Cooking and Dining

For any kitchen items that are absolutely vital for your stay, please check with us before your visit to ensure that they are at the property (as things do sometimes get broken).

  • ​Pots, pans, roasting tins, crockery, glassware and cutlery
  • Double oven with grill, 6 gas electric hobs. Also a further smaller oven.
  • 1 x microwave
  • Full size fridge and a 70/30 fridge/ freezer
  • 2 x double toasters
  • 3 x cafetieres
  • 2 x kettles
  • 2 x dishwashers
  • Kitchen scales
  • Kitchen island seating for 4 guests
  • 1 large dining table with benches, perfect for 20 guests


  • ​There is space for 10 cars in total
  • 4 cars can park in the top car park facing the hedge and best suited for rear wheel drive cars
  • Down the ramp is the 2nd car park, fitting 6 cars
  • Please always leave the driveway access clear at all times
  • For reasons of both safety and property insurance, under no circumstances should you use the domestic plug sockets to charge an electric vehicle. Our domestic supply in the property does not have the capacity or set up to support EV charging. Please use this link, that you may find helpful, for the local nearby charging stations.

Outdoor Space

  • South facing garden
  • Mature borders and seasonal flowers
  • Patio area with garden furniture at the front of the house that seats 12 
  • Good sized lawn area which is on a gentle slope- please refer to the photos
  • Sunken small terrace area- leading from the Games Room
  • Further garden seating in the sunken terrace area seating 8
  • Stunning Views
  • BBQ- charcoal - available from the 1st April to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment
  • Please note that the virtual tour shows the gardens and Petanque court before it had been finished so please refer to the photos for clearer pictures

Property Quirks

  • ​Situated in a quiet, rural location, unfortunately just normal outdoors chatter carries easily around the neighbourhood
  • Drones - to avoid unsettling local farm stock, please do not use any drones when on site
  • There are 2 separate set of stone steps in the sunken terrace area we do advise that small children are not left in this area unoccupied
  • Steep stone steps down to the games room in the cellar
  • On the top floor of the house there is a great children's playroom / tv room which can also be used for additional sleeping options for children only.  You do have  to walk through this room to access bedroom 7.
  • Bedroom 7 has 2 built in single beds in the eaves so suitable for children only, as there is reduced head height.
  • The lane to the property is narrow and single track


  • ​We allow 3 dogs at the property and do charge £30 per dog for the duration of their stay
  • We do ask that dogs are kept off the furniture and out of all bedrooms
  • Please do not leave dogs unattended in the property or garden at any time - especially if there is livestock in the surrounding area
  • Please clear any dog litter from the garden areas


Wi-Fi is provided free of charge, however, as the Peak District is in a beautiful rural location sometimes there can be intermittent Wi-Fi signal that is beyond our control. We also hope you appreciate that we cannot guarantee Wi-Fi if there are technical issues out of our control


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