About Torside

Torside is a beautiful Derbyshire limestone cottage, situated in the most stunning location, right in the heart of the pretty village of Castleton.  With its own private garden, and overlooked by the steep, wooded Peak Cavern Gorge, the holiday cottage is an unforgettable place to stay.

Torside is an authentic vernacular cottage, constructed from locally-sourced material.  The building has rubble walls and wooden floors suspended over the bare earth.  It has been lovingly renovated using traditional building conservation methods and decorated to English Heritage standards.  All external walls are lime plastered, with pony hair binding it together!          

Torside was a much-loved family home for 12 years, and it is still a family-run holiday cottage today.  We are delighted to be able to share this very special place with visitors to the beautiful Peak District National Park

Torside Accommodation

Torside sleeps 4 people comfortably, with additional room for a cot and an occasional foldout single bed.  There’s a spacious double master bedroom and a twin bedroom, furnished with one single and one small double bed.  The views from the bedroom window are stunning, looking out on the limestone cliff that gives Torside its name.

The bathroom is beautifully appointed with an over-bath shower. 

Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels are provided.


Downstairs, the cosy lounge features an open fire (coal provided) and two comfortable leather sofas, just perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the countryside.  There’s a Smart TV with Netflix and a DVD player, as well as free unlimited wifi. 

You’ll also find an impressive dining kitchen, fully equipped with everything you need for home-from-home cooking, including a double electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.   


Outside, Torside has a lovely cottage garden, with fragrant flowers and fabulous views.  Wildlife enthusiasts might see several species of bat, as well as trout in the nearby stream of Peakshole Water, and hear Tawny Owls calling in Spring.  Peak Cavern is a Jackdaw roost, and these cheeky birds can provide wonderful entertainment on a warm Summer’s evening.

Parking is available next to the cottage, and free car parking for one car is also available in the Peak Cavern Residents’ Car Park, which is a minute’s walk away from the cottage.  Bike storage is also provided at Torside.

Children of all ages are welcome at Torside.  We provide a selection of children’s toys and books, and a high chair and travel cot are available on request.

For the comfort of all our guests, we regret that pets are not permitted in Torside, and there is no smoking inside the house. 

Torside Location

Torside is tucked away in the awe-inspiring Peak Cavern Gorge.  It is a popular film set location due to the immediately dramatic scenery.  Castleton is a deservedly popular village, with a wealth of independent shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and a large Visitor Information Centre.  The cottage is within easy walking distance of all the village amenities, yet this is a particularly peaceful corner of Castleton. 

Torside is the nearest dwelling to Peak Cavern, which has the largest land-based cave entrance in the British Isles.  It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and was home to one of Britain’s last troglodyte communities until as recently as 1915.  Peak Cavern is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster and is open to the public, with several tours conducted daily. 

Castleton has three other spectacular show caverns to explore: Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern and Speedwell Cavern, with tours of the latter taking place by boat.   

Castleton takes its name from Peveril Castle, the romantic ruins of which stand guard on a hill overlooking the village.  Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses.  The keep was built by Henry II in 1176.  It is open to the public and managed by English Heritage.   

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There is so much to see and do in Castleton that you may never want to stray too far away, but Torside is within easy driving distance of the elegant spa town of Buxton, with its graceful Georgian architecture and renowned opera house. In the other direction, it’s only a short drive to the ancient market town of Bakewell, and the country estates of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.

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