Additional Notes and Reviews
In each of our three cottages there are eleven(!) information packs, which have been highly praised by our guests. In addition to containing the more usual but extensive brochures produced by the various organisers of the tourist attractions, we set out in a very personalised way extensive ideas prepared by ourselves over many pages on what to do in the immediate area, and much other information, as well, is given. All the Tourist Board inspectors visiting (they make annual visits) have indicated they are the best they have ever seen, and immodestly we do claim that they are amongst the best in the country.
Those leaflets that are professionally produced by the (mainly) commercial tourist operators are stored in order of proximity to the cottages, so at a glance it can be appreciated how much travelling might possibly be involved in seeing something that has caught our guests' eyes. The advantage of these information packs is that they ensure that our guests have plenty of ideas of what to do, most usually say that they had never appreciated how much there was in the area, (even regular visitors to the Peak have said that), and many guests have commented that with the benefit of the information given they have been able to give their cars a holiday too, hardly (if at all) moving them all week. (In addition, weekly events lists are provided between May and the end of October in advance of our guests' arrival to enable our guests to perhaps plan in advance particularly on the first couple of days of their stay with us what they might wish to do)
We like to think that it is the extensive ideas, events lists and information we provide and the quality and attention to detail both in the furnishings and the much praised housekeeping as well as their wonderful location that have ensured that there are a particularly high number of repeat visitors to our cottages. In other words it's a very professionally run set-up!
We now also have in the courtyard behind Knowl Cottage a spacious sky sports room seating up to to ten people and a 60 inch tv with surround sound. This will be shared by the occupants of all three cottages of course but we envisage it primarily being used for the sports enthusiasts in the six person cottage, Knowl, who might be booted out of their cottage by the non sporty minded occupants! As well as offering Sky sports, there are also the usual fimls offered by Sky and also we are subscribers to BT Sports European package
In the last three years twenty three sets of guests staying in Knowl Cottage and fifteen sets of guests staying in our one bedroomed cottage have written a review on 'Holidaylettings', the sister site for cottages of TripAdvisor, the leading worldwide accommodation review site, and one has written a review on Knowl on the site of 'OwnersDirect'In Knowl the reviewers have all given us five stars whilst in the one bedroomed ones the majority are five star but there are three four star (all very positive reviews as it happens, one of them without any criticism whatsover ever), and one a disappointing three star who complained basically the cottage was too quiet! They were genuinely unsolicited - hand on heart! Incidentally Trip-advisor/Holidaylettings recommend that cottage owners actively solicit reviews, which produces a rather biased result, as obviously any owner will only actively solicit a review from a guest who they know has had a good experience. Visitors to that site are advised to be more guided by those cottage with not so many reviews as they are less likely to have been solicited. Anyhow the following is word for word what has been written, setting out initially the reviews for Knowl and at the bottom the fifteen reviews for the courtyard (the one bedroomed) cottages:
The very latest of the Knowl revwews was a guest staying in July 2017 who under the heading - Walkers paradise - wrote: Lovely cottage, everything you need is included. Very old and full of character. A visit on our arrival day from Carol to ensure everything was okay and did we need anything was very welcome. Would recommend this cottage and location.
The one before that was in April 2017 when a guest under the heading - Best way to celebratee mum's 60th birthday - wrote: This cottage is one of the best we've ever stayed in....and we've stayed in a lot over the years! My parents, sister, brother-in-law and boyfriend spent a wonderful long weekend in Knowl Cottage as part of my mum's 60th birthday celebrations. The cottage was perfect; an excellent location in the beautiful Hartington, well stocked, cosy rooms and wonderful character. It really couldn't have been better. We can't wait to come back soon.
Also in April a guest under the heading: Oustanding Cottage in great location - wrote: This is one of the best equipped cottages I have ever stayed in. It was spotlessly clean and the bedrooms were delightful. The information available from the owner prior to our stay and also when we arrived (loads of folders, maps, leaflets, etc) meant that we were really able to make the most of our time here. We will definitely be back. Absolutely loved it.
Before than a guest staying in January under the rather lengthy heading - I would definitely like to go back to Knowl Cottage. Lovely cottage in a really nice friendly village - wrote: We loved Knowl Cottage and Hartington. Such a lovely cosy clean cottage that had everything you could possibly need during your stay. The owners Frances and Patrick really have thought of everything you could possibly need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. They have spent a great deal of time providing folders of information recommending, where you can go, where you can eat and drink and what you can do during your stay. Everyone we met in the village made us feel welcome. The Devonshire Arms next door has the best home cooked food ever! Such a lovely friendly pub which serves great ales and having my favourite cider Stowford Press put a big smile on my face. The food at the tea room which has a post office within was also very nice. We wanted a few days away in a nice cosy cottage in a friendly location and that is exactly what we got. Thank you
Also in January a guest under the heading - Fantastic cottage in fantastic location - wrote: I like to say that i have stayed all over the peak district, lakes and dales in some lovely accomodation. but this is the first review i have ever been compelled to put on tripadvisor. A superb cottage and very relaxing ambience, with an old world charm and open log fire. we booked just a short 2 night stay, but have decided to book the cottage for a week, this july 2017. we were a party of six adults with a baby and toddler and all of our party are keen on returning to this cottage and location later this year. some really fabulous walking and cycling country, right on the door step. Conveniently situated in the picturesque village of Hartington in the heart of the peak district national park. we also took the option of a late checkout time. costing only £15 which i was asked to pay as a donation to a local charity, nominated by the very generous owners of the property. which we thought was a very kind hearted gesture.I garantee you will have no regrets booking a stay here. P.S the pub is next door but one...SWEET!
January was a good month for us as a third guest staying that month under the heading - Beautiful Cottage in a lovely location - wrote: Fantastic location for lots of lovely walks. Beautiful cottage, lovely log fire with unlimited supply of logs.
The last review in 2016 was from a guest staying in December who under the heading - Excelent cottage - wrote another short but positive review: We really enjoyed our stay. We felt immediately at home in the cottage and had everything we needed.
The review before that was from a guest who stayied in September who in October under the heading: Superb Cottage - wrote: this cottage had everything we wanted. It was spacious and well furnished. The kitchen/diner was very well-equipped and was very pretty. All three bedrooms were furnished beautifully and the en-suite bathrooms were lovely. Lots of hot water and an excellent heating system. And of course it is right in the centre of gorgeous Hartington which itself is central to many beautiful places to visit including the Manifold trail.
The entry before this was in August from guests who under the heading - Amazing Stay - wrote: We have been staying in this area for the past ten years but this was the first time actually in Hartington village. We loved it. The cottage is amazing, really atmospheric with old beams and an open fire. We went as a family with our daughters and grandson and it was great that each bedroom had it's own ensuite facilities. The location is superb and all the village shops and pubs just a few steps away. We stayed bank holiday weekend when there were lots of visitors about but inside the cottage it was like a peaceful little haven. Loved it and hope to be booking for next year very soon. Patrick and Frances were there to welcome us on arrival, they are the perfect hosts.
Prior to that some guests who actually stayed in July 2016 under the heading - the most lovely cottage - wrote actually in August: We were really impressed with Knowl Cottage and Hartington itself is a lovely village. Two very nice local pubs with good food within seconds walk. We were blessed with fabulous sunny weather, more like Spain than Derbyshire ! Great location for places like Chatsworth House, Bakewell etc. Lots of cracking walks nearby. Recommend the cheese from the local cheese shop !!
Before that the entry was from a guest staying June 2016 who under the heading - the very best of English Cottages - wrote: We spent last week in Knowl Cottage and absolutely loved it. Tony and I, a senior couple from Australia, were joined by my sister who is also travelling around the UK. The cottage and village both lived up to, in fact exceeded our expectations. It was so, so comfortable, with everything we could possibly need or want. The garden was lovely, well tended by Carol. Thank you. The general store across the road was fabulous, and the corner shop provided the daily newspaper. Great to keep abreast of what was happening with the British referendum! Enjoyed a meal at The Devonshire Arms, as well as The Lazy Trout in Meerbrook when we were stranded on Gun Hill with a flat tyre! Also visited next door tea rooms on arrival in the village. Lovely! Thank you Patrick & France's for your attention to detail, and offering the best in English cottages.
Before that in February 2016 a guest under the heading - Fantastic - wrote: I cannot rate this property highly enough. Its location is in the centre of the lovely village of Hartington. The 3 bedrooms were all reasonably sized and were all en suite with plenty of hot water available. The cozy living room was dominated by the log fire and there was enough seating for the 6 of us. The kitchen was well stocked from the crystal glasses to the lovely china crockery, all high quality and with the cottage spotlessly cleaned I cannot imagine anyone not loving it here. The owners Patrick and Frances certainly want you to enjoy with all the little touches, for example they have a game rooms in the back yard with 50" television for all sports fanatics (which ours were watching the rugby!), there was a welcoming bottle of wine and with cheese from the local cheese shop, had a lovely evening with the log fire. Hartington itself is not fair from many of the attractions, Bakewell (well worth a visit) and Chatsworth. If looking for a break in the Peak District then you won't go far wrong with booking Knowl Cottage and would highly recommend
In January 2016 a guest under the brief heating- Superb - wrote: What a lovely cottage this is,so clean and comfortable.You will not be disappointed with this accomodation.Based in the picturesque village of Hartington.Highly recommended,will definitely return.
Prior to that a guest staying in November 2015 under the heading (in HIGHER CASE letters) - EXCELLENT COTTAGE, EXCELLENT HOLIDAY - wrote: Cannot rate this cottage highly enough. If you're not sure about booking ....do it, you will not be disappointed. Stayed in November with friends and should have left a review much sooner. Cottage was clean, warm, loads of hot water, lovely kitchen with plenty of utensils etc. Not only was heating ad lib but wood was readily available if needed from account in local shop. Hartington is a delightful village with good food and beer in the Frank Cotton hotel. We didn't have a chance to explore the pub... both are walking distance from the cottage. Great walks along the river and then up onto the hills and back, straight from the cottage door. Patrick the owner could not have been more helpful. Will be back if at all possible.
Before that in October a guest under the heading - Beautiful Cottage in a Perfect Setting - wrote: I stayed in Knowl cottage with my husband, 2 children and my parents for a week. The cottage gave ample space for everyone with 3 large bedrooms, all en suite. Everywhere was lovely and clean, the kitchen was fully equipped and the log fire just finished off the homely feeling. Hartington is a beautiful village, will hopefully be back again soon.
Prior to that in May 2015 a guest wrote under the interesting heading - 'Delightful cottage - gives you a big hug when you enter the door': Both traditional and modern with everything and I mean everything you could possibly need. Comfortable, warm, the luxury of a bathroom for each bedroom and superbly equipped kitchen with all the amenities you could want. The location is perfect, superb walks from the door offering a wealth of differing landscapes and as much of a workout as you choose. A village shop to supply your groceries and a delightful café right next door are other great additions to this most picturesque and friendly village. Of all our cottage based holidays, and they are numerous, this location has been the most wonderful. We were blessed with good walking weather, a little rain, a little hail but mostly sun and breezes...perfection. Thank you Patrick et al for providing this lovely accommodation.
Guests posting in February 2015 wrote under the heading - 'Idyllic Cottage, can't wait to go again!': We stayed in Knowl Cottage in November 2014 and loved it so much that we have already booked to stay again this November! We arrived on the friday night and ate at one of the recommended local pubs which was good. On the saturday night we stayed in the cottage and found the kitchen area to be perfect for cooking and socialising in. The walks in and around Hartington capture the stunning location, it sits perfiectly in and the bonus of having a seperate room for watching the sport in certainly pleased me and the other men in the group!! The cottage certainly deserves its 5 star rating and we all found the cottage to be just perfect. Thanks for a great stay!
Guests staying end of June 2014/early July wrote under the heading, 'Perfect Cottage': A lovely, delightful cottage that well deserves its 5 stars. Perfectly situated in a picture postcard village. Quality accommodatioon where everything matches - no ld, odd and mismatched crockery! Its obviously been furnished with care and thought and was spotless throughout. The owner was on hand at a few minutes notice when we had one or two queries and nothing was too much trouble. Oversally a wonderful week spent in lovely surroundings with a cosy log fire to add to the atmosphere even though it was July! Would certainly recommend this cottage to anyone wanting to recreate true cottage life - if only for a few days........
Guests staying in January 2014 wrote this time under the heading, 'Perfect': We stayed at Knowle cottage for 4 nights with friends and our 2 young children. The cottage is fantastic and we highly recommend it to anyone travelling to the area. The village is the smallest and most quiet village I have ever visited and its absolutely lovely. The cottage is well equipped with all that we needed. One from the travel party is a chef so we dined in every night and he found the kitchen perfectly equipped, the children loved it too with some games provided and all the childrens channels available. The heating is very good and parking not a problem with a reserved spot infront of the cottage. We were happy with the bathrooms too..excellent water pressure etc! Hope to be back some day.
November 2013 guests from Denmark under the heading, 'Wonderful Stay' wrote: We stayed in Knowl Cottage for the third time, and we will come back next year. Does´nt it say everything?
A month before guests from Canada wrote under the heading 'Picture Perfect Cottage and village':We were looking for the picture perfect cottage, located perfectly in a picturesque English countryside village. This was an exact fit. Nothing in Knowl cottage is out of place or second rate, it is fully outfitted with good quality supplies & furnishings. I even cooked large meals for 5 adults with plenty of pots, pans & nice dishes. It is a large house, lots of space for everyone. As Canadian tourists, we searched for over a year to find such a spot, we were not disappointed! Hartington is a tiny ancient stone village, right out of a picture book. Sheep & dairy cows dotting the green hillsides. People go there to walk the trails & take in the country air. There are a couple shops for general groceries, a cheese shop & an extremely good pub a couple doors down, a couple gift shops & a small gallery. The bus service to Buxton is very regular & inexpensive if you're not driving. We had a very wonderful & memorable week there.
In May 2013 some English guests wrote under the heading, Well equipped beautiful charachter cottage in a great location': Hartington is a great village with loads of character and in a beautiful setting. It has a lovely atmosphere and some gorgeous little shops, including a sweet shop, general store, famous cheese shop, gift shop, post office/tea room and two nice pubs.
The cottage is lovely, and oozes character. Ridiculously cosy, but with plenty of space for six people. We stayed here with my parents and our 18 month old son (so five people in total), but there was lots of room and it wouldn't have been cramped with six adults, even. Everything was very well thought out, and the owners have clearly got lots of experience of catering to the needs of their guests. The kitchen had everything you might expect from your own kitchen at home, including cleaning supplies, dishwasher tablets etc. Handy laundry area, lovely decor, Wifi and comfy beds all make for a great experience.
And our first review had been in April 2013 under the heading, 'Pefect base for exploring the Peak District': We hired Knowl Cottage as a surprise for my wife's birthday weekend. We arrived on Friday and left on Monday.....Perfect. This Cottage fully deserves it's 5 stars and is comfortable, full of character and exceptionally well equipped to cater for 6 adults. The property was clean, spacious and warm and we used the open fire in the lounge to make evenings a cheery experience. Hartington is a wonderful village with all facilities including Post Office next door and pub next door but one! There is a well equipped General Store and a fish and chip van on a Friday night!. The only down side is "iffy" mobile phone reception. O2 is fine, others not so good but at least you can relax without those annoying calls and text messages. Wifi at the cottage was fast and effective.
I would not hesitate to recommend this property to those wanting a nice bit of luxury and comfort for their vacation. Many thanks to the caring owners for looking after the property so well.
Additionally there has been this year (2016) one review on Knowl with OwnersDirect, an online booking site, again 5 star: Excellent property, great location, beautiful village plenty of walking ,cycling to do, lots of countryside and wildlife to see
And turning to our one bedroomed cottages, the latest review was from guests staying in Dove in April who under the heading - Lovely comfortable cottage - wrote: Only stayed in cottage for 3 days, very clean , tidy & comfortable, great location for walks, good pub ( Devonshire Arms) serving food & drink, highly recommend cottage, will return.
Before that a guest staying in February , who under the heading - Cosy Cottage -wrote: Stayed at Dove Cottage for weekend. Cottage very cosy and well equipped. Situated in the centre of Harrington with two good pubs within walking distance. Good base for walkers. Cannot think of anything negative, would definitely recommend and will be returning to explore more.
Also in February a guest staying this time in Manifold under the heading - Cosy nd Warm, a lovely place to stay in the Peak District - wrote: Just returned from a fantastic stay - my wife and I loved the cottage. It was warm and clean, and had everything we needed for the week. Really cosy, it's tucked away, yet right in the middle of Hartington, and is a lovely retreat after a day of walking or local exploration. We went on many walks from the doorstep, as Hartington was an excellent base with pubs, a village shop stocked with great local produce, a cheese shop with a fantastic selection too and other quaint things to see... Bakewell, Chatsworth, Buxton, etc, are all an easy drive, not too far at all. Many thanks Frances and Patrick.
One month prior to that a guest had written under the very short heading - Beautiful - the following: Lovely,peaceful cottage, with everything you need. Close to some great towns, villages, walks and a fantastic cheese shop in the centre of Hartington that needs to be sampled.
The heading of the last review of our courtyard one bedroomed cottages in 2016 was almost as short, namely simply - Love it - and the entry was: Just returned from another perfect visit to this delightful cottage which is so centrally located in the southern Peak District in the village of Hartington and next to a delightful village pub which serves excellent food so I didn't cook all week. The cottage has every thing you need, is very well equipped (if you are inclined to cook), warm and cosy to return to after a days walking, biking or sightseeing whatever the weather. If you are walkers you would be able to stay for a long weekend without moving the car as there are endless footpaths in every direction. If you stayed for longer you could still leave the car behind and catch the bus.There is a separate laundry room should you need it and a TV room shared with 2 other cottages if a group want to get together to watch sport etc. It is spotlessly clean, the owner and caretaker are a phone call away should there be issues and once you have settled in one of them visit to make sure everything is OK. We cannot fault this cottage and will continue to book if it is free when we wish to visit following the glowing reports it gets.
Before that a guest had writen in July under the heading - Lovely stay in the Peaks - following a stay in May: Lovely little cottage in a pretty village. All the facilities you need and a great location to explore the peaks.
A month before that a guest wrote under the heading - First Class Stay - Dove Cottage provides an excellent base for a stay in the Dales. The cottage itself is well equipped and spotlessly clean. A warm greeting awaited us and the owner had left us a bottle of wine. It is clear that the owners are passionate about their properties (they have a number). Dove Cottage is highly recommended. Thank You.
Also in April we had a disappointing three star review under the heading – Pleasant but there is no view - lovely cottage with every attention to detail. However it is situated in the centre of the village but in a courtyard behind the houses and there is no view at all. Felt very cut off from the world. To which I replied with a ‘Managers comment’: "Whilst we appreciate the two compliments about the property itself, we are obviously disappointed by your comments about the location, which therefore had the consequence of our cottage only meriting three stars. Yes, there are no views, being in the heart of this extraordinarily popular village but has the advantage of being in a private courtyard consisting of three cottage, so away from the hustle and bustle. In over 2000 bookings in these cottages during our ownership, no one has classified, whether in our visitors books, satisfaction questionnaires or review sites, the peace and quiet of the courtyard (what you describe as being cut off from the world) as a disadvantage, indeed we feature this very point in our advertising, both on our own web site and on this web site."
The first review from a guest staying in 2016 in one of the one bedroomed cottages was submitted on 1st February under the heading - 'Cosy well-equpped cottage' - and it went as follows: Lovely, cosy and warm cottage which is well equipped for a self catering holiday. There is sky T.V. in the cottage and both sky sports and movies in the shared entertainment room which is an added bonus. There are books to read and the owners have put together a selection of recommended walks and things to do. The owners are clearly passionate and take great pride in this high standard cottage. There's plenty of storage space and the shower is great. Not the most comfortable bed or pillows (as a result of this comment we changed the mattress, this being the first time anyhoe whether verbaly or in writing had mentioned about problem in this department) )but was sufficient for our 4 night stay. There is Wifi but it has a very weak signal, also parking is very tight so be careful when pulling in and out. There are some fantastic walks close by in the beautiful village of Hartington which is full of character. Buxton is only a 20 minute drive away and there's plenty to do. (I would highly recommend Poole's Cavern). This cottage is ideal for a quite break with outstanding scenery. Highly recommended!
The last review of 2015 was at the end of November from a guest who under the heading - Lovely Relaxing Holiday - wrote:: Just the place for a autumn break. We spent 3 nights here in November, walking during the day and relaxing during the evening. Dove Cottage gave us the perfect location. Hartington is beautiful and the surrounding countryside is awesome. We just did local walks of about 5 miles, but these were challenging for us inexperienced walkers. The cottage had everything we needed, it was warm and cosy. The kitchen was very well equipped with good quality saucepans etc. The laundry room was very welcome to was our clothes after our walks and the massive airing cupboard meant clothes dried quickly. As mentioned the parking space is interesting, parking sensors had a field day. We didn't use the newly fitted television room, but could see that would be a good social venue. All in all a lovely stay
Also in November 2015 a guest living in Canada and staying on his own in Dove in September under the heading - Excellent Accomodation and Location - wrote: I stayed here for a week, using Hartington as a base for walks in the Peak District National Park. The location was excellent, providing easy access to many walks. The unit was perfect for my needs. A very comfortable queen bed, a fully equipped kitchen, a large bath for soaking in after a long day's walk, and a great downstairs living room with Sky TV. There was off-street parking (a little tricky to access, but pretty easy to get the hang of). The owner has stocked the cottage with numerous materials on local walks, in case you've come unprepared. WiFi is a little sketchy - it helps to be on the far side of the cottage. There is a store across the street which can provide you with your grocery (and beer) essentials. I definitely hope to come here again (and with luck my wife will be able to join me next time)!
Before that a guest staying in Manifold in April 2015 under the heading - 'beautiful cottage, great location for exploring the Peak District' -wrote: Manifold is a very cosy cottage in the lovely village of Hartington. With a great pub almost next door, a handy village shop across the road and amazing cheese shop just a minutes walk. The location of Hartington is also great, 20mins to bakewell, 30mins to kinder scout or just walk straight from your door! Dove dale being a favourite of ours walking the 16mile round trip on our first day.. Despite their being a return bus! I highly recommend this cottage.
In December 2014 a guest wrote under the heading, 'Lovely homely place with evertyhing you need': Lovely place with all the mod cons you would need for a weekend or a week away in the Peak District. Ideal location for walkers or people wanting a quite get away, but only a short drive from Buxton, Bakewell and Matlock.
Also in December we had another review on Dove Cottage, this time with five stars,under the heading 'first experience in the Peak District District and in a cottage of this sort - would definitely go back': Upon entering the village of Hartington, it was exactly as I'd imagined and wanted. A quiet, rural and picturesque village, miles away from busy, chaotic cities. We were pleasantly surprised that the owners had already set up a Christmas tree and a complimentary bottle of wine was awaiting our arrival, which was a great start to our short stay, The village is known for being a starting point for many long walking routes leading through the Peak District, which would be fantastic for the avid hiker or anyone looking to take in some scenery. For us, we opted against any trekking due to the time of year, but were more than happy to enjoy the comforts of the cottage, which was beautiful and homely. Nearby, there are pubs and a tea room, which are both great. But if you feel like you are eager for a bit of the city, then Nottingham is only an hour's car ride away, with Manchester and Birmingham city centres being about a 90min drive to each. I am only sorry we didn't get to stay here longer, as this was an ideal getaway for anyone wanting a peaceful, relaxing and tranquil vacation.
And our first review for the one bedroom cottages was only in November 2014 by a guest staying in Manifold also giving us 5 stars who wrote under the heading 'fab base for walking and cycling - home from home': We have stayed in Manifold 7 times since 2008. It is a lovely, cosy cottage with a super comfy bed. It is perfect for a couple who want to spend their days walking and cycling and then come back, curl up on the chesterfield and relax.