The Wriggly Tin
Wriggly Tin is as beautiful and quirky home offering accommodation for upto 9 guests for your perfect holiday. Formaly The Wriggly Tin Cafe it has been loving rebuilt to a very high standard in spacious and comfortable surroundings. Much of the original appearance has been retained with wonderful features of vaulted ceilings, sandstone and hardwood floors, underfloor heating throughout, quality furnishings and a glowing log burning stove all make this a very special place.
Guests have their own garden, lounge and kitchen as well as 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, we also provide sky TV and Free Wifi. On our doorstep is the fabulous Monsal Trail, and the River Wye with beautiful views and access to the open countryside.
We are Peter & Karen Barlow and we live next door to the Wriggly Tin, we have lived in Millers Dale since 1992, both our children have been born here. We only moved from neighbouring Cheshire and have always felt that the Peak District was part of home. We fell in love with the Wriggly Tin when we very first saw it, a very sorry state it was, and we have devoted our time to rebuild and lovingly improve it. Millers Dale is a wonderful place to live and we have been very happy here
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.