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Peak District Nat Park, England  (# 37361)
 5* Luxury 700 year old cottage
  VacationsFRBO Peak District Nat Park Vacation Rentals Property ID 37361 Peak District Nat Park Rental  

Major City: Manchester
Distance: 20-30 mi
Community: English Tourist Board

Type:   Cottage
Area: Rural

Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
Baths: 3
Size: Sq Ft

Internet: Yes
Pets OK: No
Pool: No
Spa: No

Calendar: No
Exchange: No
For Sale: No
Credit Cards: No

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Name: Margaret Francis

Phone: +44 (0) 1298 22287

Languages: English

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VacationsFRBO Listing Since: 2008-11-13

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Located in the highly regarded village of Hartington in the heart of
the Peak District, this cottage, graded the very maximum 5 Stars by
the English Tourism Council, is between 500 and 700 years old.
Originally of cruck construction the original beams can still be seen
in parts upstairs and downstairs. There are many further beams
throughout, although not as old as the cottages itself. The walls, in
part well over 2 feet thick, have a wonderful old cottage style feel
about them.

In the spacious lounge there is an impressive inglenook fireplace
with open grate, bordered by dressed stone lintels. There are also
original stone mullion windows, and numerous beams. Without doubt
this is a most relaxing room. There is a television with FULL SKY TV,
video and CD player, but who needs these - whether in summer or
winter, just sit in the leather settees and look at your
surroundings. Also newly installed Wireless Broadband Connection.

The cottage is well heated with fully controllable central heating in
addition to the open fire place. All heating is included in the

There is a fully loaded superior custom built fully equipped kitchen
with gloss work-tops and real granite sink, fridge-freezer, micro-
wave, dish-washer and washing machine. This is adjacent to the open-
plan beamed dining room. On the first floor are three large bedrooms,
all en-suite (two of the en-suites are separate rooms and the third
is also spacious). Two bedrooms are doubles, one a twin. No expense
has been spared to make this a truly superior cottage befitting its
history. Despite being in the heart of the village, once inside there
is a real feeling of seclusion and peace.

To the front of the cottage there is a lovely cottage garden with
seating from where you can see village life, whilst to the rear is
our courtyard (with two further smaller cottages) with a further more
private sitting out area.

The cottage must be one of the best in the Peak District, and this is
reflected in the comfortable maximum 5 Star grading from the English
Tourist Board,(now Visit Britain) a grading which only a minute
proportion of cottages achieve.

There is private parking for two cars. Also a telephone for out-going
and incoming calls. The cottage has seven highly organised
information packs prepared from a very personalised point of view,
which really enable visitors to get the best out of their stay in the
Peak. The village itself is highly regarded, being the start of many
walks, primarily along the adjacent River Dove (the walk down river
leads you through Beresford Dale - past the famous fishing temple
where The Compleat Angler was written by Isaac walter and Charles
Cotton - through Wolfscote Dale and onto Dove Dale), but is also well
regarded for its fine Norman church and a magnificent Jacobean Youth
Hostel, and a well known Cheese Shop selling the local factory's
genuine Stilton and other types of Cheese.



3 En-suite bathrooms, one with a bath
Washing machine
Tumble Dryer
TV in all bedrooms
SKY TV in Living Room
Video Recorder
CD Player
Wireless Broadband Connection



This is an extremely popular village during the day, but reverts to a
quiet village in the evening. Many people come just to park up as it
is the start of many excellent walks, has three teashops, two pubs, a
couple of gift shops, two grocers and newsagents, one with cash and
lottery machines.

The village is famous for its duck pond and Cheese factory (and well
known cheese shop) where genuine Stilton cheese (it can only be made
in certain restricted areas) and other local cheeses are produced and
sold. There is also a fine Norman church, and a magnificent Jacobean
Youth Hostel.

The River Dove is only a few hundred yards away from the cottage.
The walk down this dale beside the River Dove leads you to the most
famous dale of the Peak, Dovedale. The Dove and Dovedale are renowned
for their beauty. These Dales offer interest and lovely scenery and
are just as attractive on a crisp, snow-covered winter day as in
summer sunshine.

There are numerous footpaths and bridleways in the immediate
vicinity, offering unrivalled walking in the best part of the White
Peak. The highly popular Tissington Trail, which runs for 17 miles ,
is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and is just 1 mile
from Hartington. Two further trails, the High Peak Trail and the
Manifold Valley Trail (both of similar distance), are within 3 miles.
These three tracks are ideal for family cycling as is the network of
quiet minor roads which can be accessed at numerous points along the
trails. These former railway lines have much else to offer, not least
quality views, but also interesting viaducts, steam beam engines and
a small old railway workshop is worth a visit. There are plenty of
places to hire cycles, one just 3 miles away is on the Tissington

The cottages are situated in a wonderfully central area in the Peak
District, are are in fact situated roughly in the middle of that part
of the Peak District known as the White Peak. This is the area of
rolling countryside, dales, streams and rivers limestone villages and
dry-stone walls, which give the area so much character. (The Dark
Peak is mainly moorland). Hartington's central position within the
White Peak is confirmed by its equal distance, namely 11 miles, from
Buxton, Matlock, Bakewell, Ashbourne and Leek, all towns on the
perimeter of the White Peak at different points on the compass.
Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are also similar distances from the
cottages. Alton Towers is under 30 minutes drive away. The Potteries
is within easy reach.

There are also many stately homes and houses to visit in the area
including the famous Chatsworth House.



Short breaks are available from November through to March. The rest of the year is week long bookings only. For prices and avilability please visit the website.


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