Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The cottage is spacious and works as an excellent base whether your interest is exclusively or a mix of walking, cycling, history, nature, food, fun times with the kids or simply cocooning and locking the world out. it carries a 3 star Visit Britain rating.
It regularly welcomes visitng vartists who leave their own unique mark on the property.
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Bonsall is a pretty and quiet village, linked to the famous Limestone Way path and blessed by two great pubs and a cafe-restaurant. It has two atmospheric spacious bedrooms, a galleried study, dining area , luxury bathroom and kitchen. You can explore the region by the network of footpaths or strike out by car or bike to the nearby historic attractions such as Chatsworth Hall, Haddon Hall and Arkwright's Mill, a World Heritage Site.
Bonsall is famous for UFO sightings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonsall_UFO Especially after the pubs close.
Eat in or out on the dining terrace with only the sounds of farm and wildlife for company, or stroll to one of the village pubs. There are too many other good eating options in nearby towns and villages than there is room to mention here, but Michelin-starred Fischer's Hall at Baslow perhaps should be.
Serious walkers, climbers and cyclists have endless choices beginning at the doorstep or from points across the National Park.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nottingham east midlands 54 km, Nearest railway: Cromford 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
You enter into a small hall, off which is a cloakroom. The hall leads into the lounge that has a welcoming gas coal effect fire inset in a natural stone surround fireplace.
Off the lounge is the kitchen that has a large gas cooking range and all the essential equipment you will need for your stay.
Two stone steps from the lounge lead to the dining room and there is a further door that takes you into the garden.
Stairs from the dining area lead to the galleried landing that has a study area, two bedrooms and the bathroom.
One bedroom has a king size bed and the other has a double bed, both bedrooms have vaulted beamed ceilings.
The wall art, including the spectacular tiger, was painted by Lithuanian artist Kai Suede - see more at
The large bathroom includes an enclosed seat or stand steam sauna and multi jet shower unit, rolled top bath with claw and ball feet, toilet and hand basin.
Duvets, linen and towels provided.
|Further details outdoors|
The extensive rear hillside garden is on four levels and there is a large outdoor table and chairs on a spacious deck, perfect for alfresco dining.
The garden is very steep and care does need to be taken, there are a couple of sitting areas with good views of the village and beyond, and there is a small cottage garden at the front. There is also a pond frequented by frogs and newts! Above the cultivated section (which is only one third of the total area) there is a wilderness left to nature.
Families with children could fill two weeks of high energy fun, starting with exploring the wilderness hillside garden above the cultivated and decked terraces and pond area above the cottage. Official attractions begin in Matlock Bath, with Old England's take on Disney at Gulliver's Kingdom theme park and the caves and cable car at Heights of Abraham , continue at the extensive park at at Matlock Town (half-pipes for skateboarders, boats, trains, funky paddling pool, minigolf.. and of course Mr Arkwright's Mill and the adjacent mining museum.
Chatsworth - in addition to the elegant house and gardens - has a fantastic adventure park and children's farm. Drayton Manor Park and Alton Towers are within easy drive for world-class thrill seekers.
The Heart of England/Peak District
There's always plenty to do the Peak District and Derbyshire, whether you're uncovering the secrets of the ancient custom of well dressing, http://www.welldressing.com/
participating in a National Park Ranger guided walk, swinging high above the Derwent Valley on a cable car ride at the Heights of Abraham or having fun with the whole family at Alton Towers!
Whatever your interest, you'll find a huge range of events available, from walking festivals, sheep dog trials and country shows to farmers' markets, art exhibitions, music festivals, culinary demonstrations or even woodland laser quest in the National Forest!
Don't miss the regular concerts and events at stately homes such as Chatsworth or Calke Abbey, the joys of the famous opera house at Buxton or the annual food fair and historic re-enactments at Bolsover Castle.
There are hundreds of miles of waymarked paths as well as traffic-free routes such as the Tissington Trail and Manifold Track, which follow former railway lines.
Bonsall was voted Central England village of the year in 2009.
It is set in a deep sided dale beneath Masson Hill, a mile east of Matlock Bath and a mile north of Cromford in Derbyshire. Bonsall Brook rises on the upland and flows S. E toward Cromford where it proved significant in Richard Arkwrights choice of site for his mill. The 13th century stone built St James's Church stands in a prominent position overlooking the village. It has a fine tower surrounded by crowns and gargoyles and is surmounted by a splendid spire. The church has had many additions and extensions throughout the centuries. The village has two pubs with regular entertainment.
Cromford (down the hill!) is very definitely worth taking a closer look at, because it is steeped in industrial history and often called the cradle of the industrial revolution.
Before 1770, Cromford was little more than a cluster of cottages around an old packhorse bridge and a chapel where travellers gave thanks for a safe journey. All that was soon to change with the arrival of one man, Richard Arkwright. He began to build the worlds first successful water powered cotton spinning mill here in 1771 . Others copied his ideas and soon water powered cotton spinning mills began to spring up in Europe and America.
Cromford mill is now a world heritage site. The mill is open everyday and attracts visitors from all over the world. It has a visitors centre, shops and a cafe and plans are in hand for a major exhibition with working machinery, meeting rooms for schools and other educational groups, a library and a study centre.
There are 3 pubs in Cromford, one of which, the Greyhound Hotel was built by Arkwright, to house visitors to the mill and for the use by the local labour force. The other 2 are the Bell inn on North street and the Boat Inn on scarthin lane, where there is also an excellent little bookshop. Cromford is an excellent fly-fishing centre and good rock-climbing is to be had nearby. The Cromford Steam Fair is an annual event held in Cromford meadows.
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31 Aug 2014
"Homely cottage very comfortable and welcoming"
Would highly recommend this cottage . Modern luxurious bathroom and very comfortable beds,everything you need also loved the features and decor of the cottage .We absolutely loved it and wished we c… More
23 Aug 2014
"Perfect for families!"
We stayed for 2 night with our children of 12, 5 & 2yrs and it was absolutely perfect. It was comfortable, great value for money and had everything you could need for a short break or a fortnights hol… More
Thank you. Glad you had a great time and enjoyed the bath :). I used to call the upstairs area "the gallery" which sounded rather sophisticated. Play area is these days more apt!
1 Aug 2014
"Beautiful Holiday "Home""
The cottage is beautiful, quirky, full of character and history. We were absolutely charmed the second we walked through the door. The house has absolutely everything inside, with plenty of surprises … More
28 Jul 2014
"A fantastic place to stay"
This cottage is beautiful, quirky and full of character and history. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. It is well-equipped with a lovely kitchen and bathroom in particular, and was spotlessly cle… More
23 Jul 2014
"Choose this place.... you won't be disappointed !"
This really was a home away from home. My wife and two teenage sons spent 4 nights here whilst exploring the Peak District, visiting Chester (it's a bit of a trek but well worth it, particularly … More
22 Jul 2014
"Everything you need and more"
We had a great time at the cottage with every mod con and a vintage charm. The owners made it easy to get the keys and was well stocked with information on the area. The local pubs, villages and wal… More
10 Jul 2014
"Great Break, lovely cottage"
We choose this lovely cottage because of it's location (very near to Matlock and another towns in the Peak District). We needed a place where we could socialize with our friend without leaving ou… More
Delighted you had a great stay. Come back soon!
30 Jun 2014
"A deceptive hideaway"
The photos for this property really don't do it justice. This was an amazing find and miles better than the sterile holiday cottages that seem to be the norm now. Fab decor, facilities and reall… More
delighted you enjoyed. A further release of duplo from my son's collection is heading north shortly....
6 Jun 2014
"WOW factor in bucket loads"
Believe the property description for this cottage, a brilliant place all round. When it says the kitchin is fully equipped it's not exaggerating, even down to weigh scales for baking, baking tray… More
delighted you enjoyed your stay. I didn't know I had a truffle slicer!
3 Jun 2014
We booked a last minute holiday to Weavers Cottage in the May half term. It is a lovely cottage new and clean kitchen and bathroom and comfortable beds. We needed the heating on as it was a bit cold a… More
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