self-catering holiday cottage, holiday rental near Alton Towers and Peak District

Self-catering near Alton Towers and Peak District - Call Barks Holiday Cottage 01538 703436 email or book online.

How to Book

How to book your self-catering holiday cottage accommodation at Barks Holiday Cottage

Barks Holiday Cottage is owned by Catherine and James - please book direct with us.  You can do this completely online, or if you wish please contact us on 01538 703436 or email us on

The Cottage Info page lists the facilities in the holiday cottage, and below there are some extra services that you may wish to make the most of your stay.

1. Check Availability and rates for the self-catering dates you are after

Click holiday cottage availability to visit our up to date availability and rates.  You are welcome to then book online or give us a ring on 01538 703436 or email us on We'll get straight back to you and reserve your chosen dates for a few days while you complete the booking process.

2. Complete the Booking Form for Barks Holiday Cottage

There are two options:
  • by post. Email us and we will send you a pdf form which you can print out, complete and post back to us with a cheque. We'll hold the dates while you complete this process.
  • by online Booking Form  When you press submit at the end of our booking form our system immediately notifies us via email of your booking and we will email you as soon as we receive this - if not immediately then within a few hours.  If we are delayed in responding to your booking please do email or telephone us to check.
On the Booking Form you are asked to confirm acceptance of our Terms and Conditions:  you can view or download Barks Cottage Terms & Conditions here.

3.  Arrange payment 

50% of the fee is required at the time of booking and the remainder is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. We accept cheques, online transfers and PayPal, but regret we do not have credit card facilities.  Details of these payment methods are included on the Booking form.  When we receive a payment from you we will send you a confirmation.

Optional extras:

'Pack and go' departure cleaning service - as with all holiday cottages, it is a requirement that you leave the cottage just the way you found it. Our departure clean option at £20 is designed for those who prefer to avoid holiday housework. Please advise us during your stay, or by email in advance if you wish to take advantage of this.

Midweek Clean - this is a kitchen and bathroom freshen up. In the kitchen the bins and recycling are sorted out, crockery is put away, surfaces are cleaned, and new tea towels supplied.  The bathroom is made shiny again. £10 per Midweek Clean - please give us advance notice, as above.

Dogs:  one dog is welcome for no additional fee.  A second dog is welcome for £10.  More than two dogs - please contact us.
Unattended pet charges - you may leave your pet unattended in the cottage but only as part of our chargeable service.  Most holiday cottage owners do not allow unattended pets at any time, we do but we charge £5 per session and offer the option to have your pet taken for a little walkies if you are gone for long. Please check our Pets page for more details of this service.

Heating & Fuel:  We make no additional charge for heating but we do ask that the gas central heating is turned off when you are out or while it is warm during the day. The underfloor heating is pre-set to coincide with the solar panels during the day so please do not adjust it.  And we include a basket of wood and some kindling.  Please ask if you would like to purchase any additional baskets of logs.

Self-catering mini-breaks and last minute self-catering deals

Our minimum booking is 3 nights.  Very occasionally we have a 2 night gap between bookings - we tend to publicise any two night offers on our Facebook page Barks Holiday Cottage near Alton Towers.  You will find details of our rates on our availability page.

Please check 2017 availability at Barks Holiday Cottage or email us on or call 01538 703436 with your booking enquiry.