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“Quirky and characterful - idyllic location”
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The Spook
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The Spook
Sleeping platform - under the stars View of Winster
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Very good
13 reviews
The Spook
Sleeping platform - under the stars
View of Winster
Private garden with great views
The Kitchen
Dining Area
First floor Living Area
Loads of books
Sleeping platform or sofa bed - both comfy mattresses
Original mullion window - found during renovation works
The Spook's unusual weather vane
The Spook from the garden
View from the garden bench
Bike storage
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Winster, Peak District National Park, England

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Very good - based on 13 reviews
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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“Quirky and characterful - idyllic location”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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The best way to sum up the Spook is quirky. It’s very small and cosy – the CH works a treat and I bet it's warm in winter. It's right in the middle of Winster, which is a charming Derbyshire village set in a stunning landscape between Matlock and Bakewell and connected to both by bus. There's a pub about 100 metres down the hill which serves excellent food and opposite it a village shop, which is something of a social hub.
Facilities-wise, the cottage's kitchen and bathroom are fine, and the upstairs living space comfortable. The bedroom is a sort of mezzanine affair accessed by a step-ladder, which is a canny use of limited space, but not easy for the unathletic. Don't worry, there is also a sofa bed.
A problem with the location is the mobile reception. You have to climb the hill to get any signal at all. I was rather hoping this would have been compensated for by the advertised wifi, but the router for this was situated some distance away in the owner's house and even with a booster provided barely 10 minutes of internet access per day.

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Liked best: peaceful location
Liked least: poor access to web and email
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Aug 2014
I have now improved the wifi to throughout the cottage with a more reliable service. Mobile signal is poor generally in the Peak District. I use TuGo to receive mobile phone calls through the internet (at our home next door) which is available to 02 customers. Mobile reception is possible in the sleeping loft or by the garden bench in The Spook garden.
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