Grade II listed former Methodist chapel (1834) with commanding views of open countryside, located along a sleepy single-track lane. The ground floor is an extensive open-plan, split-level, light and airy living space which, by night can be transformed into a cosy, warmly-lit retreat from the rugged landscape outside.
The lower level forms the seating area with a log burning stove, wooden floors with comfortable sofas, and occasional African and Middle Eastern rugs. The original arched wooden windows, period furniture and contemporary neutral fabrics all adding to its character. A couple of steps takes you up to the well-equipped kitchen and dining area. The open-plan nature of this attractive living space compliments a holiday atmosphere and cultivates a sense of togetherness.
The staircase, which is split by an imposing king post truss (on the landing) accesses all bedrooms on the first floor. One bedroom has a king size double bed, one a standard double and the third a 4' double. All have wooden floors, colorful scatter rugs and crisp cotton bedding. The bathroom on this floor has a bath with shower over, a hand basin and toilet. All bedrooms and the bathroom have beautiful views of open country. This holiday cottage was highly recommended, in its price range, by the travel editor of The Observer.
There is a garden bench outside on the bank for sitting out on. A footpath leads from outside the door up onto the popular High Peak Trail. If you like walking, or if your children would like larking about on the hillside in full view of the house, this is an ideal place.
Chapel House is well located for visits to Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Alton Towers, all less than half an hour away across the national park.
Nearby Carsington Water (2 miles) offers a range of activities including nature and cycling trails, rowing, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing and bird watching.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midlands 50 km, Nearest railway: Whatstandwell/Matlock Bath/Matlock 11 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
All three bedrooms and the bathroom enjoy spectacular views.
A split staircase, around a king post truss (beam), seems to be endlessly fascinating to children (see pic).
|Further details outdoors|
There is one dedicated parking space on the narrow lane approx 20 yards from the property. There is plenty of additional parking outside the village church, a 2-minute walk away. This property faces open country and a footpath leads from the door onto the High Peak Trail. There is a garden bench for sitting out on the bank opposite the house.
Arrival not before 3pm on the first day of your booking please. And departure by 10am on your last day.
The Heart of England / Peak District / Peak District/Derbyshire region
The ultimate in “year-round” appeal, the Peak District offers moorland countryside, picturesque villages, grand gardens and magnificent scenery. Britain’s first National Park, today the boundary of the Peak District National Park touches upon six counties and encloses 555 square miles of open moorland, flowing rivers, rolling valleys and wooded dales.
Boasting striking variations in scenery, the sombre gritstone horseshoe, known as the ‘Dark Peak’, encircles the pearly-grey ‘White Peak’ limestone of the Park’s southern and central areas. Such variety makes the Peak District a perfect destination for walkers and climbers.
Enjoy anything from a gentle stroll through the ‘White Peak’ dales, to a full-scale hike across the ‘Dark Peak’s’ forbidding, windswept moors or, if so inclined, a challenging climb up a gritstone rock face. There’s also an excellent network of ‘Trails’ running through the Park connecting many attractions and places of interest, created from disused railway lines. For a day of history and elegance there’s beautiful Chatsworth House, where Capability Brown designed and landscaped the spectacular gardens in the 1760s. A visit to the lovely spa town of Buxton, home to St Anne’s Well, a public drinking fountain and source of the famous mineral water, is also a must.
The Peak District’s many hospitable and picturesque villages such as Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock Bath still practice a range of ancient customs and traditions, including the ‘Well Dressings’ festival in the summertime. Below ground, a world of caverns and caves are waiting to be explored. Well known to cavers and pot-holers, this subterranean side of the Peak District offers visitors a fascinating array of guided trips around the amazing and spectacular caverns, disused marble and stone mines – visit Peak Cavern or Blue John Cavern, or join a magical boat tour of Speedwell’s flooded passages.
Brassington is an attractive and unspoilt limestone village that nestles on a hillside about 800 feet above sea level. It used to be a centre for the lead-mining industry and has many cottages dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries with Tudor House from 1615, one of the most beautiful. Both village pubs are worth visiting but The Olde Gate (17th Century) was voted Britain's cosiest pub by The Times. Harboro Rocks, less than a mile away, is a popular destination for rock climbing beginners (see photos).
Brassington is ideally located for The High Peak Trail (cycling and hiking), Tissington Trail (horseriding), Carsington Water (nature trails, cycling, canoeing, bird watching & windsurfing), Haddon Hall, Chatsworth, Alton Towers and The Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath where you will also find Arkwright's Masson Mills (1783), a world heritage site.
Nearby Ashbourne with its medieval streets, hidden alleys and high-class shops, is one of Derbyshire's finest market towns. And Wirksworth is one of the oldest and most characterful towns in the Peak District.