Top Riley - Holiday Cottages, Eyam

The secluded and elevated position of Top Riley provides spectacular views of Curbar, Froggatt and Baslow edges. From the grounds you can admire distant views of Chatsworth house and estate. Our holiday cottages, Eyam provides you with the perfect location for any holiday.

The Barn

1 bedroom cottage
Sleeps 2-4
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2 bedroom cottage
Sleeps 4
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1 bedroom cottage
Sleeps 2-4
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1 bedroom cottage
Sleeps 2-4
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A warm welcome to Top Riley and our holiday cottages, Eyam. A stunning holiday destination for everyone whether you are a walker, cyclist or just wanting space that is peaceful for relaxation, reflection and restoration of mind and body.

 We have four beautiful country holiday cottages in Eyam; Clara, Clarice and Clementine and a stunning Barn. These offer space for between 2 to 4 people to stay comfortably enjoying the surrounding views of Froggatt edge and Curbar. A view towards Chatsworth entices our guests to visit such a wonderful stately home, or enjoy the many walks from the doorstep of the cottages and barn.

We have 12 acres of land through the gate next to the cottages for you to walk through and discover the barn at the top. Play on the field in front of the house or have a wander through our woods down towards Grindleford or turn right on the closed road into Eyam for a drink in the many tea rooms or the Miners Arms public house.

Take a look around our website and see the delights that this magical place can offer you.

Local Places to Visit

There are numerous walks from your doorstep.  So if you want to leave the car and spend your time exploring, then Eyam is the place.

Within 10 miles of Top Riley Cottages:  
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There are luxury bath and hand towels so no need to bring your own.

We have salt, pepper and cooking oil in the cottages for you to use. Tea, coffee and sugar are provided. There is toilet roll, kitchen roll, cling film and tin foil. There is also a hairdryer.

Each cottage has a BBQ, you will just need the coal.

Each cottage has a small outside area with outdoor seating to enjoy a meal or just to relax.

We have 12 acres of fields that you can wander round, 5 ½ acres of woodland with walks through and beyond towards Grindleford. We have a field next to the cottages where children can play ball games.

There is a key safe outside each cottage which has its own private key code that I will send to you a couple of days before your visit.

Yes there is wifi in each cottage. The wifi is good but don’t expect to be able to stream or download large amounts of data.

The car park is directly outside the cottage front door. There are only 4 properties. Each car has a space. If more space is needed there is an overflow carpark located at the top of the drive as soon as you enter the property. 


In the laundry room next to the cottages that you have a key for on the cottage key ring is a washing machine, tumble dryer, airer, iron and ironing board and access to outside drying space. There is washing powder for you to use.

Yes you can walk to the village, it will take about 15 minutes. It is uphill on the way back.

Eyam Museum

20 minute walk into the village, opposite the playing fields

Eyam Museum aims to open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 with last admission at 15:15. The museum closes at 16:00. It is advisable to pre book tickets on the website. The museum will give you a real insight into the history of Eyam and the details of the plague through detailed local accounts of how it spread, who died and who survived.

Riley Graves

2 minute walk from the cottages.

These six gravestones and tomb, enclosed by a stone wall, are the graves of the whole Hancock family. They all died of plague in Eyam and were buried here in Riley’s Field. The inscriptions read;’ALICE HANCOCKE BUR AUG 9th 1666′, ‘ANN HANCOCKE, BUR AUG 10th 1666’, ‘WILLIAM HANCOCKE BUR AUG 17th 1666’, ‘JOHN HANCOCKE JUN BUR AUG 3rd 1666’, ‘ELIZABETH HANCOCKE BUR AUG 3rd 1666’ and ‘ONER HANCOCKE BUR AUG 7th 1666. Take a moment to grasp the enormity of the determination of a mother Elizabeth Hancock to bury her husband and her children in the space of a week, taken by the deadly plague.


Mompesson's Well

25 minute walk from the cottages

From the Church in Eyam, follow the sign 1km uphill to the well. This well was used along with the boundary stone for the villagers of Eyam to exchange money for food. Vinegar was used to disinfect the coins left by the villagers in exchange for food and medicine.


Curbar Edge

Less than 5 miles from the cottages

A very pretty little village on the hillside looking over the Derwent River. Beautiful walks take you up to Curbar edge. The walk along Curbar edge is 7 miles long and provides stunning views of the Derwent Valley.


Chatsworth House

15 minute drive from the cottages

A stunning stately home owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The house and gardens are open to the public. We advise that you book tickets online:

There are numerous events on throughout the year.


Monsal Trail

Hassop bike hire, car park and cafe 10 minute drive from cottages

8.95 miles of traffic free walking, jogging and cycling, taking in some stunning scenery. Bikes can be hired along the route or take your own. 

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Mam Tor

25 minute drive from the cottages

Mam Tor, meaning ‘Mother Hill’, is a 517 metre high hill near Castleton in the High Peak area of Derbyshire and is one of the most famous walks in the Peak District. You can walk the steep incline to the top (or park much closer near Blue John Cavern) to enjoy the incredible views from the top. A possible walking route is on the following website:


Treak Cliff Cavern

25 minute drive from the cottages

The Cavern is in Castleton and is the home to large deposits of blue john stone which you can then have a look at the jewellery made from blue john in the numerous jewellery shops in Castleton. Take your own self-guided audio tour and then finish with a visit to the cafe on the cliff for a pastie or piece of cake overlooking the beautiful views of the hope valley.


Welcome to spring in the Peak District

Lots of ideas here for spring activities:


Celebrate National Walking Month

May 18th – May 30th

The National Walking month falls during May, and we think this is one of the best times of the year to be outdoors in the National Forest. From the drama of spring blossom, the heady scent of bluebells carpeting ancient woods, and the chance to see wildlife in abundance are all wonderful for the mind and soul.

For general walk information and the latest updates on activities during the festival, follow the National Forest Walking Festival Facebook page.

Chatsworth House

Join our tour of Picturing Childhood with exhibition curator and Head of Learning and Engagement Gill Hart.

From the Tudor era to the present day, Picturing Childhood celebrates the universal experience of childhood while questioning long-held ideas about what it was like to be a child in the past.

In this 90-minute tour of the exhibition, you will explore representations of children by renowned artists such as Van Dyck, Raphael, and Reynolds.

Throughout the house, we’ll consider contemporary responses to childhood and curiosity.

This is a small group tour with plenty of opportunities to ask questions along the route and find out more about this year’s exhibition.

This event includes admission to Chatsworth House and Garden so you may explore at your own pace throughout the day. Access to the Farmyard is also included. A hot drinks voucher for Flora’s or Park Café will be provided.

Event details

Tuesday 7 May
Monday 22 July
Wednesday 18 September

10am to 11.30am

£50 per person, includes parking and admission to the house, garden and farmyard


Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, England ,DE45 1PP, United Kingdom



01246 565300

Big Music Weekend at The Heights of Abraham


Our Big Music Weekend brings together musicians from across Derbyshire and beyond, to celebrate our special 50th anniversary year. This vibrant festival is a fantastic showcase for local talents as artists from across the region will take centre stage. It’s an opportunity to dance, sing along and immerse yourself at a memorable and family friendly event. Book your tickets well in advance.

18th May 2024 – 19th May 2024

10:00 am – 4:30 pm


May Half Term – Magnifying Trail, Longshaw Estate National Trust

Pick up a magnifying glass and trail sheet from the Welcome Building, £3pp. Explore Longshaw, looking out for bugs and wildlife along the way. Take the magnifying glass home with you to decorate and explore your own neighbourhood with.

Thornbridge Hall

Thornbridge Hall is a Grade II listed stately home nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Peak District. Set in 80 acres of stunning parkland, it is the family residence and private home of Jim and Emma Harrison. The Hall and its 10 acres of formal gardens have been lovingly restored and is now recognised as one of the most beautiful, quirky stately homes in the U.K.

Visit Quackers Cafe and enjoy coffee and homemade cake or light lunch with a pint of Thornbridge beer. Browse The Emporium for plants and locally made gifts. Stroll around our formal gardens and take in the breathtaking views of the Peak District. You can alsobook a tour of the Hall and gain insight into the fascinating history of Thornbridge.