House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
A lovely listed former mill cottage dating back to the 1700s. Charmingly extended and beautifully renovated it provides lots accommodation in the market town of Bakewell. It has one large living room and lots of small cosy rooms. 12 people have plenty of space here and do not feel on top of one another. Convenient location.Set on the main road 200 yds from town centre great location, but close the big double doors and you are in a private and quiet spot, with fabulous views from the garden. There are many activities to do from the house from walking, fishing, geocaching, paragliding, balloon rides, swimming, stately home visiting to theme parks like Alton Towers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester, Nearest railway: Buxton or Chesterfield 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house has been developed over several decades in 1830 it was a mill workers cottage with a tinkers work shop behind. It is now a rambling house with lots of rooms that feels very specious because of its unusual layout.
There are two Double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, one bedroom with single bed and a captains bed (ideal for children). There is a large living room - with a double sofa bed. There is one family bathroom with bath and shower over, sink toilet and bidet. There is also a family wet room with a large shower as well as sink and toilet. There is also another toilet off the laundry room. 3 toilets in all. The large living room is at the rear of the property - this is where the TV facilities freeview, DVD and video is located with lots of videos and dvds to enjoy. Lots of books and there is a cupboard housing of children's toys. There is a kitchen with table to eat at - seats 8/10 as well as a separate dining room which comfortably seats 14. There is also a porch - handy for coats and boots without going into the main house. There is also a laundry room (and toilet ) off the porch. And a Games room across the other side of the courtyard with Table football and a variety of board games - as well as an extra futon style sofa bed.
Because we use the house a lot as well there are lots of home comforts which make it a home from home.
|Further details outdoors|
Up the old stones steps from the courtyard is a lovely garden with a lawn and planting a patio area superb for sitting out on and surveying the wonderful views. The garden is at the roof level of the house and is quite and laid out in distinct areas. Including two lawns and a large patio area with tables and chairs which provides and fantastic place for drinks on the terrace. There is a bbq available for use in the shed. There is a wendy house, which the kids love playing in. The courtyard on road level parks three cars ( we regularly park two 7 seater cars and a camper van in there) securely and the terrace overlooks this as well as the magnificent vista across the valley. It is because of the steps that we say the property is not easy for those with restricted mobility, but lots of septegenarians and older think the steps to the garden are a small price to pay for the fabulous facililty it provides!
Just treat the place nicely that's all we ask. It you break something please replace it. The deposit was simply introduced to give as a little protection from those guests who don't respect the place.
There is a fold down sofa bad in the games room. I do NOT advertise this as part of the main sleeping arrangements. Its separate from and not decorated to the standard of the main house, but it does mean there is an overspill place to sleep if you have an extra guest or two! It is not part of the sleeping arrangements in the rest of the property,
The Heart of England/Peak District
The wonderful peak district is a great place to walk, cycle or just enjoy the view. Its beauty has intrigued film and TV drama creators for some time, Haddon Hall has been used in Jane Eyre, Sherlock Holmes and the film version of pride and prejudice. In fact it is said that Jane Austin modelled Pemberly on Chatsworth House not far from the cottage.
The Caves at Castleton, the Crich Tram Museum, Sudbury Hall museum of childhood . There are many things to do in the area. Although it has to be said you probably wouldn't go to the Peak district simply to get a sun tan (it is pretty much in the centre of the country and as far away from a beach as you could get in England), wonderful views and pleasant weather often are a key part of a holiday in these parts.
Alton Towers theme park is also near by.
One of our favourite places for Sunday Lunch is the Bulls Head in fowlow which has a great piano man on alternate Sunday lunch times try and guess the components of the medley he plays accompany your Sunday lunch. As long as you book in advance they can accommodate parties of 14 people very well, we have found!
There is also a fabulous pub in Monyash for balmy summer days with kids, the local playground is next to the pub garden so you can enjoy the Sunday papers whilst the kids play in a rather fabulous playground and work up their appetite.
The Mining Museum in Matlock is an absolute MUST if you have kids aged anywhere between 4 and 13 .. and of course those grown up kids! It has tunnels and shafts for you to explore in the dark to get a sense of how it might have been to be a miner! A very reasonably priced fun couple of hours!
The home of the original Bakewell Pudding, the town is picturesque and genteel. There are many local amenities within walking distance of the cottage. The house is right in Bakewell so you don't actually need to use the car at all as so many activities, facilities and shops are accessible on foot.
It is a hot spot for geocachers with a good number of good quality stashes in the area.
There are lots several great charity shops to peruse.
There are of course the selection of 'original' Bakewell Pudding and tart makers and there shops. Not to be missed!
Go to the cattle market if you are there on a Monday with a fascinating experience, but keep your hands by your sides, bidding is fast and furious!
There is a great swimming pool 3 mins from the house, which as the full range of family splash to adults only swim times.
There is also the fabulous old house museum a few minutes from the house. Haddon Hall is exactly 2 miles away and Chatsworth house not much further. The adventure playground and farm at Chatsworth make it a fabulous place to go with something very special for all ages.