The Wriggly Tin
Wriggly Tin is as unique as its name and provides a comfy spacious holiday retreat for large groups of up to nine guests within the Peak District’s stunning national park. Beautifully blending quirky character with stylish furnishings, what was once the Wriggly Tin Cafe, has now been cleverly transformed to provide self-catering of a high standard.
Enjoy an abundance of traditional features with vaulted ceilings providing a lovely sense of space, a log burner for cosy nights in and solid wood and stone floors with under floor heating making it cosy under foot. There is also ample outside living space for when the sun shines with plentiful outside seating allowing everyone to BBQ, alfresco dine and soak up the fabulous views. With a choice of patio’s there is always a peaceful spot to enjoy a quiet moment with a good book and a lawn area for relaxing.
Conveniently located, Wriggly Tin is perfectly sandwiched between the market town of Bakewell and the spa town of Buxton with an abundance of attractions within easy reach and opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The cottage sits in the pretty village of Millers Dale, with a pub serving real ale within walking distance.
The maps of 1890 show The Wriggly Tin in a slightly different position to the existing site, the 1891 Census shows that it was owned by a Mr George Vickers and known as ‘Millers Dale Refreshment Rooms’ where he also ran a Carriage Service presumable to carry passengers from the Station to Tideswell. By 1901 the building had become Dale View and the Carriage business had clearly not been successful as George Vickers is listed as a quarry Manager, but his Wife is still running the Refreshment Rooms.
In 1905 the 2nd viaduct for the railway was constructed and Dale View Refreshment rooms (The Wriggly Tin) which was in the way of the viaduct was moved up the road to where it lives today. Part of the building was used as Refreshment rooms and Apartments. We do not know if these apartments were for holiday makers, but feel more inclined to think they would be for people working in the area, or indeed on the very large Millers Dale Railway Station. For such a rural location, it was unusually large; indeed, it was one of the largest stations on the line, and was one of the few stations in England to have a post office on the platform. Millers Dale also sent dairy, agricultural and quarried products from the surrounding areas to the major cities. While also serving local towns and villages—notably Tideswell, Taddington and Wormhill—much of its activity was concerned with the connecting service to and from Buxton.
Dale View Refreshment rooms (The Wriggly Tin) remained as a café right through until the railway was closed in 1968, much of the passing trade will have ceased at some point around this time the owners then divided the house up to become 2 separate homes, but still 1 property.
In 1983 to building was purchased by Mr & Mrs Allsopp, who in 1985 re-opened the café. The property was bought in September 1992, the café was closed for 2 weeks and then reopened and named The Wriggly Tin because of it’s corrugated tin construction. Despite many years of trying to keep the building in a good condition it eventually had to be rebuilt, the cafe closed in November 2003.
After several more years than expected, in May 2010 it became The Wriggly Tin as the Holiday Cottage you see today.
The Wriggly Tin is situated in the beautiful valley of Millers Dale, a stunning area of Derbyshire, with the river Wye running through limestone hills. This quirky holiday home offers luxury accommodation, it was originally built in the mid 1800’s along with the now disused railway, it has been meticulously rebuilt to a high standard and offers pure quality and comfort. Right on the doorstep of The Monsal Trail and near The River Wye for perfect access to the very best countryside, for walking, cycling or just relaxing.
Millers Dale is a beautiful village nestled in the fabulous Peak District, following the course of the River Wye. From the Wriggly Tin you can explore the hills and valleys along the Monsal Trail, experience the breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside, discover tranquillity as you amble along to Water-cum-jolly-dale, or relax as you and your family or friends picnic and play on the banks of the River Wye.
This stunning location offers you a holiday full of memories, and will appeal to photographers for the local flora and fauna including rare orchids, there are also exciting ascents for rock climbers at Ravenstor and Chee Dale, including watching the abseiling events from the nearby viaduct. The Monsal Trail has just undergone a major overhaul, all the 6 tunnels between Buxton(Blackwell Mill) and Bakewell were opened in May 2011, and we now have a perfect car free route for Bikes, Walkers, and Pushchairs along the 6 miles (12 miles return) from the Wriggly Tin to Bakewell and back. The route has opened up more breath-taking views lost with the closure of the Railway line, and there are new information points along the track to add even more interest.