Extra accommodation in Otter’s Retreat

Early in 2018 if you are looking for accommodation for up to 6 adults, then it can be achieved by booking our Shepherds hut (Shepherd’s Paradise Retreat) in conjunction with Otters Retreat. The hut sleeps 2 and has its own … Read More

people douside Wincle Brewery

Wincle Beer Festival

Wincle Beer Festival took place at the end of June and was a tremendous success. Wincle, a picturesque village in the Peak District boasts a thriving micro brewery. The brewery stages a beer festival every year where beer from all … Read More

Storm Doris


Waterfall with bridge in background

Three Shires Bridge

                  Three Shires Bridge is a popular walk from Wincle. It is the boundary between Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire and as well as being a much painted and photographed feature it is … Read More

New Year Gala Concert

Attended the New Year Gala Concert last night at the Buxton Opera House, which is conveniently only quarter of an hour from Otter’s Retreat, and we had a fantastic evening. The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with some lovely singers, presented … Read More

2017 is upon us.

It is a year since I did the first blog for Otters Retreat and for some time it ha been neglected. It has been a busy year here in Wincle (which is a very attractive village in the Peak District … Read More

Visitors to The Ship Inn

What a way to travel to your lunch. The Directors of J W Leese brewery dropped in for lunch at our local pub – which is just across our front field – and parked the helicopter in the field while … Read More

Spring in the Peak District

What a fantastic time of the year. Slow coming this year but we have now had 3 consecutive days of warmth although cold at night. Buds are bursting, the grass is green and growing if the sheep don’t get to … Read More

Otters Pool


Otters Pool, marked on older maps, is a tranquil bend on the River Dane. It forms part of our boundary and is below our holiday cottage and it is from this that we named the cottage Otters Retreat. Otters have … Read More

Picture of buzzard


A buzzard seems to have taken up residence here at Otter’s Retreat. They are not uncommon here on the Peak District and I don’t think that they do any harm. They may help to keep the rabbit population under control. … Read More