7 independent reviews for Peak District self catering cottages, England

Reviews for Peak District self catering cottages, England

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review 23 Aug 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Dovedale proved to be very popular and we spent 3 very enjoyable days there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The breakfast we had delivered to our door on our last morning was delicious! It's quite pricey but it kept us going, with a few snacks, until supper when we got home so it was worth it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes there was a lot of evidence to support this.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The accommodation had everything we needed and the owners were welcoming and informative. It was a good overall experience.

review 10 Jul 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking through the country side and stopping for lunch at a country pub. Also watching the cows walking past the cottage in the morning and evening.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Read the recommendations for where to eat and what to see that are in a folder in the cottage.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, particularly local people as most business went out of there way to inform customers that they supported local suppliers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very relaxing and the cottage was wonderful to come back too at the end of the day, or have a break during the day.

review 30 Oct 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The cottage was wonderful and the views superb. We did some great walking and some amazing eating. The farmhouse breakfast has to be described as memorable -delicious!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Eat the breakfast! The walk to Dovedale was great. Stay longer than three days!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, that was very evident from everything in the cottage.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Exactly the relaxing break we needed and more.

review 3 Nov 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Arriving at the beautiful cottage surrounded by glorious hillside views!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring wellies, a map, and good walking shoes! Embrace the self catering! Order as much fresh produce as possible from the owners - it's all delicious.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, very much so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Amazing- we'd love to go back!

review 5 Dec 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The landscape and walking.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring a good pair of walking boots, you will want to use them!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

It helped support the farm we stayed on (very friendly people). The nature of the holiday meant that we spent locally, shops, pubs and restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very enjoyable, shame that it rained quite a bit!

review 5 Jan 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Waking up to see the sun filtering through to the snowy hills opposite us, sheep grazing and the moon still high. It was so peaceful, beautiful and relaxing. Also, the wonderful walk on (somewhat icy) Bunster Hill, down the valley to the picturesque village of Ilam.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take walking boots, bring provisions, and just enjoy!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes - we were staying on an organic dairy farm, which is a family-run concern. They supply other businesses (including some of the large supermarket chains) with their produce. We bought many of our provisions directly from them. In terms of environmental impact, we travelled by public transport and were picked up by Sue in Ashbourne, the nearest town. We recycled or composted most of our waste. We walked everywhere!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely wonderful! We had a very relaxing stay in the cottage, and wish we could have stayed for longer.

review 22 Aug 2010

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The view from the Little Cottage at the accommodation! Lush green fields, dry stone walls, sheep and cows, gently rising dales, woodland valleys, hovering kestrels and darting hares - all whilst you enjoy your first mug of tea and Sue's flapjacks in your private back garden on arrival. Then there is the wood burner in the living room which will soon warm up stiff walkers legs, lots of beautiful paintings to admire, a beautiful bathroom and a very comfortable canopied bed. In the morning you will be visited by the friendliest hens and will see sheepdogs at work - they are incredible!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring wellies and/or boots and if you plan to be out walking, waterproof jacket and trousers. Don't plan an itinerary because the weather is changeable and it's much more fun to look out the window in the morning and decide then! Don't do Dovedale at the weekend as it gets very busy - leave it for a weekday when you can enjoy the beauty on your own. The Tissington cycle trail is a very easy level cycle track, following the old railway line across the dales which a whole family could do.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I bought some locally made meals which were delicious and shopped in Ashbourne. The recycling and composting system is very good, all cleaning products are biodegradable, there is a biomass boiler on the farm and at the time of writing this, I think they are greening their system even more. It's an organic farm so if you stay here, you are supporting and contributing to the organic ethos. You also have the opportunity to see a working farm in action and increase your awareness of organic farming.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I loved it! Sue, Terry, Alex and Rob are the most helpful, lovely people who make you feel really special. I loved all the little touches like the welcome board, the flapjacks, the comprehensive farm information folder and the meals I had ordered already in the fridge. The cottage was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. There is so much to do in the Peak District that you could probably go out every day for a year and there would still be more to do! I will be coming back!!

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