Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Vallon Cottage is a large, beautiful two-bedroomed cottage built on the side of a steep valley in the pretty village of Youlgrave in north Derbyshire. It has sweeping views of hills, fields and forests that are typical of the Peak District, one of the most visited national parks in the world.
The stone cottage dates back to the mid 19th century and has two double bedrooms with their own bathrooms, you will wake up to birdsong and beautiful views from the bedroom windows. Beds have down duvets and beautiful linen from India. One bed has a memory foam mattress, the other a memory foam topper. There are two sitting rooms, one with a log burner and one that's light and airy with a high pitched ceiling. A well equipped kitchen with a Smeg oven and Bosch dishwasher. Dining is either in the conservatory or outside on the terrace, where the river Bradford can be heard flowing below in the valley bottom. The garden is full of flowers in the summer and has stunning views all year round.
A utility room comes with a washing machine and airer.
Vallon is full of character with its thick walls and interesting shapes, it's decorated to make you feel at home, with linens and rugs from India and original artwork.
There are so many wonderful walks straight from the door and mountain biking and climbing close by. In Youlgrave there are three traditional Derbyshire pubs, one serving excellent food, along with two shops and a post office.
Vallon Cottage has a calming effect on all who know it. In sunshine or snow, its charm and uniqueness are sure to make your stay in the Peak District memorable.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midland or Manchester Airport, Nearest railway: Matlock or Chesterfield Station|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, 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, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Heart of England/Peak District
Youlgrave is one of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire. Its scenic location within the Peak District makes it a very popular destination for strollers, hikers and cyclists. There are so many walks from the door you could find yourself walking in a different direction every day for a week! There is a Youlgrave walking guide written by a village member which is amongst the many walking books in the cottage. The surrounding area is incredibly beautiful with so much to explore and discover.
The Limestone Way passes through Bradford Dale, immediately south of the village.
Youlgrave has three pubs, two of them have reasonable food and all are within a 5 minute stroll. The village has an excellent Butchers/Deli, and a Post Office/General Store. There are a couple of places offering tea and coffee including the YHA which is in the centre of the village, a beautiful building.
Youlgrave has five wells which are dressed during the last week of June. This old craft is only carried out in Derbyshire and it's a fabulous spectacle to see; you can help create the pictures if you come the week before, it's fascinating to see them being made.
The Youlgrave Festival, first founded in 2001, is becoming an increasingly popular event, offering local artists and musicians a chance to showcase their talents, this happens around the 10th September each year.
Youlgrave carnival is early July and is a fun day, the Youlgrave band get to march through the village followed by floats and adults and children dressed up in funny clothes :)
Youlgrave is a very friendly village. Its unusual to walk down the road without someone speaking to you or giving you a smiley 'hello' as you pass them by. We have an organisation called 'Sustainable Youlgrave' which means we are working hard on minimising our carbon footprint and being as kind to the environment as we can. If you come and stay, you may notice that we have solar panels on the roof, so please use the machines etc on the days that the sun shines, if its possible, every little action helps.
Youlgrave has its own bee hives and we are all encouraged to have plants that will support the bees. We also have a village orchard and many allotments. There is also a regular village market. Keep an eye on the notice board for details.
Youlgrave also has a cinema which is held once a month and open to visitors, its in the village hall. Being able to walk down the village to the cinema is great. There are also many touring plays that are performed in the village hall, again have a look on the notice board as you walk down the village.
Youlgrave also has a pantomime which runs for 2 weeks at the end of January. Last year was its 50th anniversary and it's now the longest-running, and probably the best-patronised, amateur pantomime in the County, began almost by accident in 1962.
There are so many things to do in the Peak District, places to see and visit, as well as many seasonal celebrations happening. Here are a few to wet your appetite.
Chatsworth House is on the doorstep, with many events happening through the year. They have a Country fair in September. A 'Beyond Limits' Sculpture exhibition within the gardens, at a time when the gardens are ablaze with colour and texture, it runs from around the 7th September - 28th October each year. They usually have two bonfires and the house is dressed for Christmas from 6th November - 23rd December. There are many other activities happening there, check out their website. There is also a children's farm and playground.
Chatsworth Estate also have a wonderful Farm Shop which empties your purse but you do come back with a bag full of scrummy food to eat.
Haddon Hall is also very close and you can walk through the fields on the way to Bakewell. The rose garden in June is not to be missed.
Bakewell has a market every Monday, the stalls start to pack up around 4pm.
There is also a farmers market every last Saturday of the month in the Agricultural Centre in Bakewell.
Alton Towers is about a 40 minute drive away.
The plague village of Eyam with all its history is about 30 minutes away.
Castleton caves are also worth an explore, its the only place where you will find the precious stone Blue John.
There are also many places to hire bikes and join cycle trails:
High Peak Trail - Cycle hire available at Parsley Hay or Middleton Top.
Tissington Trail - Cycle hire available at Parsley Hay or Ashbourne,
Monsal Trail - Cycle hire available at Hassop Station.