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The Old Workshop

Self catering

Lowe's Mill Cottages at Torr Vale Mill

If your sense of history is as great as your sense of adventure you are going to love Lowe's Mill Cottages at Torr Vale Mill. The properties are set in New Mills, Derbyshire just on the border of Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

The five cottages have been meticulously converted from outbuildings of the Grade II* listed Torr Vale Mill which was England’s longest continuous working mill between 1785 and 2000. The mill sits in a deep valley on the banks of the River Goyt where a mighty weir was built as a source of power.

The cottages are individual and eclectic and retain many clues to their heritage, although they have been refurbished to be very comfortable with tasteful furnishings and modern kitchens and bathrooms.

What makes a stay at The Old Workshop unique?

From the mill yard, step through a door and then climb wooden stairs up to the first floor. You emerge into a stunning open plan room that merges contemporary furnishings with the original stone walls of an 18th century mill workshop. Then you look up and marvel at the old drivebelt wheels running through the open roof beams and you are instantly reminded of the incredible heritage of this unique building. An eclectic mix of furniture, fixtures and fittings adorn the open plan living area, whilst the three spacious bedrooms, one of which opens out to a small gravelled terrace with views down to the river, and well-appointed bathrooms are off a corridor on the same floor. Whether its gathering for a sumptuous dinner with friends, or relaxing with a good book after a long walk, The Old Workshop will provide you with comfort and relaxation within a historic setting.

What is the capacity for The Old Workshop?

The Old Workshop sleeps up to 7 people across three bedrooms.

Bedroom 1 - superking which can be split into twins

Bedroom 2 - superking which can be split into twins and also has a daybed

Bedroom 3 - double bed with doors out onto the terrace seating area.

There is a walkin shower room, a bathroom with a rolltop bath, and a large open plan living room/dining/kitchen area.

What can guests enjoy when staying in the High Peak area?

Step out from any of the cottages and there’s a very short walk past the mighty chimney stack down to Torr Gorge where you can join the award-winning Millennium Walkway and marvel at the beauty of Mother Nature claiming back the river. If you can tear yourself away from this awe inspiring place, you might be surprised to find that you are actually in the centre of New Mills with a wide selection of eateries, pubs and shops.

New Mills is a small town situated on the borders of North West Derbyshire and Cheshire, forming part of the Derbyshire Peak District. Dating back to the 13th century, the late 20th century saw the Torrs Riverside Park (‘the park under the town’) come into being a place for recreation and relaxation, along with the New Mills Heritage Centre, opened to promote tourism in the area. The Torrs Millennium Walkway, a much-admired bridge, is set deep in the gorge and attracts many visitors, while Chapel en le Frith, the Capital of the Peaks, is only 5 miles away, boasting a cobbled market place and historic old stocks. Within easy driving distance is the delightful spa town of Buxton, famous not only for its therapeutic spring water, but also for its Pavillion Gardens and splendid Victorian Opera House, which boasts a variety of shows, attracting people from all over the world. Within easy driving distance are the Blue John show caves at Castleton and many stately homes such as Chatsworth House and Lyme Hall. 

The cottages are perfectly located to make the most of the plentiful attractions of the Peak District National Park, and with the Manchester to Sheffield railway line running through the village, these buzzing cities are easily accessible without having to worry about parking the car.  There's plenty of activities locally including many walks, cycling, rock climbing, multiple National Trust properties within a short drive, caves, historic landmarks, gin and brewery tours and parks and local areas of beauty.

These unique cottages can offer groups and families of all ages a memorable and fascinating holiday at any time of year. 

Where can guests enjoy food and drink?

New Mills is a hub of cafes and restaurants with more being added all the time!  Within Torr Vale Mill is The Cheese Wheel - a craft beer and cheese shop, and The Shrub Club - a restuarant bar overlooking the River Goyt.  Within New Mills just a 5 minute walk from the cottages there are restaurants serving chinese, italian, fish and chips, indian, takeaway is also an option and includes pizza and fastfood.  There are numerous cafes open during the daytime and pubs and bars to sample local beer. 

Other Information

Please note there are steps to the property and around site. 

There are also four other cottages on site for letting which could be booked for larger groups of people. All properties are next to each other (The Old Workshop sleeps 7, The Firemans House and The Lean To House sleep 4 each, The Managers Suite and The Clocking In House sleep2).  

The Firemans House and The Clocking In House welcomes one well behaved dog each.

Top facilities

Free WiFi

Facilities & information


17th century buildings

Parking (free)

No smoking

No Official Rating

Historic property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Children's cots

1-4 People Capacity

5-9 People Capacity

Bars, Cafes & Other

Conference & Meetings

Bathroom & Laundry

Children's highchairs

Woodland walks

Civil Licences



DVD library


Gas / Electricity Details

High Chair

Kitchen Facilities

Wedding Receptions, Civil Licenses

Other TV, Audio, Tel, Fax

Parking Available

Linen included

Towels included

Sitting room

Hair dryers

DVD player

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Central heating

Bicycle storage


Bicycling, Cycling

Climbing, Abseiling

Jogging, running

Other Activities (generally outdoor)

Other Entertainment (generally indoor)

Wildlife, bird watching

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses

Golf course (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)


Picnic area

Electric oven

Electric hob




Arrival information and directions

Address: Torr Vale Mill, Torr Vale Road, High Peak, Derbyshire, High PeakSK22 3HS, United Kingdom

New Mills has two railway lines, New Mills Central three minutes walk from the cottages and New Mills Newtown which is 5-10 minute walk. Easy access to central Manchester and the surrounding boroughs and to Sheffield.  

There is also a bus station in the town centre 5 minutes walk from the cottages.

All the cottages are provided with private designated secure parking which is free. 

Information and a guest login and portal is provided on booking which gives you information on accessing keys and the property, directions, activities etc.

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