Cambridge Lodge Water Tank

An historic water tank, transformed into unique, luxurious and sociable accommodation in the heart of the picturesque Peak District.
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 week

You may be surprised that a former water tank originally built in 1909 would be featured in The Times’ ‘Fifty Best Cottages in Britain 2016′ – but then again, the stunning Cambridge Lodge isn’t exactly your average water tank!

Beautifully situated in the conservation village of Wensley, in the heart of the fresh air-filled, wildlife-strewn Peak District, Cambridge Lodge provides welcoming and luxury accommodation for up to six people in three bedrooms, with truly magnificent rural views naturally built right in.

Originally covered by an earth mound and only accessed through manholes in the roof, the building has been amazingly transformed into a comfortably charming holiday cottage, featuring a ground and lower ground floor.  

You’ll also discover a country cottage garden on the roof top that provides breathtaking 360-degree country views, leading out to Chatsworth House and Riber Castle… so there will be something interesting and different to feast your eyes upon, whichever way you look! You’ll be able to keep a close eye on the friendly local wildlife, too.

Enter the cottage via the ground floor level, and feel immediately at home, with plenty of decorative touches that will remind you of the building’s historic heritage. Here you’ll find a well-equipped kitchen and a tile-floored dining room, with windows that allow you to make the most of those amazing natural views…even on colder days, as you enjoy plenty of hearty meals and lively conversation. There’s also a handy utility room, equipped with a freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.

Head along to the cosy twin bedroom, and an indulgent bathroom with shower over, before taking the stairs to the lower ground floor with its spaciously sociable living area. With laminate floor, drinks fridge, 60″ Smart TV and plenty of space to relax, all you’ll need to do is choose your favourite snuggle-spot!

For those who appreciate a little extra peace and quiet, the low-ceilinged reading room, complete with cosy armchairs, is the perfect place to get lost within the pages of the latest bestseller.
Discover two more bedrooms on this floor, too, both equipped with double beds. One features an ensuite shower room, while the other leads directly to a ‘secret’ sitting room, complete with traditional board games and a TV!

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At a glance

  • Converted water tank originally built in 1909, transformed to provide stunning accommodation for up to 6 people. Situated in Wensley, Derbyshire.
  • Private parking for 6 cars is available at the property.
  • No smoking. Pets and children under 10 years are regrettably not permitted.
  • Linen, towels and WiFi are included, along with a welcome pack.
  • Close to an array of walking routes, amenities, shops and sightseeing opportunities.


Sleeps up to 6, 2 double bedrooms (one ensuite), twin bedroom, bedding & towels provided, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, gas cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, vibration plate, living room, 60″ smart TV, iPod dock, Blu-ray player, drinks fridge, board games, WiFi, welcome pack, patio, roof garden, garden furniture, bike store, parking.

Local activities

Peak District, golfing, fishing, cycling, hiking, caves, heritage railways, kayaking, canoeing, sailing windsurfing, horse riding, climbing, abseiling, hot-air ballooning.

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After you’ve enjoyed morning coffee, conversation and a breakfast feast, why not head out for a bracing walk through Peak District National Park, with all its breathtaking scenery? There are plenty of mountain bike trails, for those who prefer travelling on wheels.

Situated just one mile away, you’ll find the chocolate-box village of Winster, with its 17th century market house and famed for Morris dancing… why not give it a try yourselves?

Further afield you’ll find Matlock Bath, providing the base for a cable car that leads to the Heights of Abraham, a sixty-acre hilltop country path and a real treat for nature lovers! Meanwhile Carsington Water, just 9 miles away, is a real haven for watersports enthusiasts.

So for an out-of-the-ordinary break that’s steeped in heritage – not to mention some truly fabulous views – come and dip your toe in the water with a stay at Cambridge Lodge.

Things to note

No smoking, no hen and stag parties, no children under 10 years old, no pets permitted, weekly stays only.

Where you'll be staying

Wensley, Derbyshire

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