Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Matchbox appeals to all ages and can provide the perfect holiday for the active and also for those looking for a quiet retreat.
Matchbox is large enough for 4 people , with separate dining and living rooms, gardens front and rear. The cottage is ideally situated close enough (a few hundred metres!) to the town to wander to, but located at the edge of some of the best walks in the Peaks.
Featured in Good Homes magazine, Matchbox has been recently redecorated and refurbished throughout with Farrow and Ball paints, new furniture and curtains creating a warm and welcoming feel. The wealth of charming features – from the original butcher's block and Belfast sink in the kitchen, the apothecary chest in the dining room, roll-top bath, wood-burner, and beams throughout – help to create the prefect atmosphere for a great holiday.
Wirksworth truly is the Jewel of the Peak; a great town with pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars, with plenty of curiosity shops, a lead-mining museum tucked away, a steam railway and not a single high-street brand (other than the 2 banks). Should you choose to, you can get all you need from the town for your week away without using the car. Carsington Water and other attractions are only a short cycle or drive away, with majopr towns and attractions just a stone's throw (Bakewell, Buxton, Ashbourne, Chatsworth House, even Alton Towers for the brave). The leisure centre has a pool and a climbing wall.
Those in the know, return to Wirksworth annually for the month-long September arts festival and Well-dressing in June.
The recent redecoration has sparked some interest and some questions...the answer is Farrow and Ball paints throughout. Colours used: Stony Ground Modern Emulsion for most walls, with Lime White eggshell for doors, skirting and window frames. Feature rooms are Main bedroom, painted in Pigeon Estate Emulsion, the bathroom in Elephant's Breath emulsion and Brinjal eggshell for the bath.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midlands 50 km, Nearest railway: Cromford 4.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
The front garden is gated and walled, with a bench to relax on and catch the morning sun; in the afternoon, the rear garden is a real sun-trap; sheltered by neat hedges on both sides, with a patio table and chairs and a barbeque.
The Heart of England/Peak District
The Peaks has much to offer; this is a great area for walking or cycling.
My favourite attractions are Chatsworth House, The Derwent Dam reserviors (home of the Bouncing Bomb/Dambusters Museum), Carsington Water, the towns of Ashbourne (famous for its Whitsun Royal Football Match), Bakewell, Matlock Bath; Arkwright's Mill in Cromford.
A leaflet we picked up recently in the town (produced by the Wirksworth Civic & History Society) mentions the following features...
- The Puzzle Gardens; a higgledey-piggledey collection of houses perched on the steep hillside above the Dale, and linked by a maze of footpaths.
- The Wirksworth Fetival (September annually) including my favourite Art & Architecture weekend where around 70 homes open their doors to the public to show off their architecture, features, or as galleries for local artists and sculptors.
- The High Peak Trail (start at Middleton Top); cycle or walk for up to 30 miles along this trail. (cycles can be hired from the Middleton Top visitor centre)
- The National Stone Centre (great for Children's activities)
- Wirksworth Leisure Centre (at Anthony Gell School) - includes a pool and a climbing wall
- The various pubs, many with long histories!