Eyam Cottage in the Plague Village



The first reference to Eyam View is in the 1842 edition of William Wood’s “History and Antiquities of Eyam”. The house and the cottage and farm buildings are described as belonging to Thomas Burgoine, Edenzor Esq.


Thomas Burgoyne was head gamekeeper to the 6th Duke of Devonshire. Gamekeeping must have served Thomas well as it appears to have provided him with the finances to build Eyam View. Such was his relationship with the Duke that the artist Reinagle was commissioned to paint a portrait of Thomas, which was quite unusual for a member of staff. In addition to this, Thomas is featured in a portrait of the Duke and Mr. Beaumont on a shoot at Chatsworth. Thomas can be seen in the green jacket.

Eyam Plague Village

Portrait of the 6th Duke of Devonshire, Mr. Beaumont and Burgoyne, the gamekeeper, with spaniels, in the park at Chatsworth by Ramsay Richard Reinagle (1775-1862)


© Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth (not currently on display).
Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.

Plague Village Eyam

Portrait of William Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire (1790-1858) by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)

© Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth.
Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.

Eyam View is a beautiful Grade II listed stone holiday cottage in the Hope Valley and situated on the edge of the famous ‘Plague Village’ of Eyam. You can find out all about the story of Eyam from the highly interesting information boards placed throughout the village.


As you explore, reading about the village’s fascinating history, you can visit the unique independent shops Eyam has to offer, including craft workshops and delicious and welcoming tea rooms. You can also visit Eyam Hall and learn more about this fascinating historical village.


When you stay at Eyam View, you’re also incredibly close to some of the area’s most historically rich and interesting towns, including Bakewell, home of the Bakewell Tart, the Peak District’s famous village of Castleton, the spa town of Buxton and the Chatsworth Estate – home to the Duke of Devonshire.


You’re also within half an hour’s drive of Chesterfield and Sheffield, if you want to enjoy the theatre or a trip to a museum or simply to enjoy some retail therapy whilst you’re on holiday.


For more information about Eyam View, have a look at our wonderful accommodation and facilities, as well as our gallery. There are plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas whilst you’re on holiday in the Hope Valley.


For more information about Eyam View and to check availability, please call +44 (0)7710 443 565 or contact us online.