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The Peak District Art and Design Fair is being held in the Devonshire Dome in Buxton between 21 and 23 July 2017.  You can browse and buy from a huge range of art and design direct from the Peak District Artisans members at this award-winning annual exhibition.  Meet the members and enjoy talks and demonstrations and a unique Artists' Original Postcard raffle.  Entry is free and it is open from 6.30 to 8.30 pm on Friday 21 July and 10 am to 4.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 July. 

Some of the talks available include: shaping and forming silver earrings; a step-by-step demonstration of making an Ernie Bird (shown in picture above); creating a dramatic sky in pastel; using ariel perspective in painting and creating digital images using an ipad.  

For more information contact www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk


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Many good citizens want to "do the right thing" when they go on holiday and there are many ways this could be defined.  As holiday cottage owners in the Peak District we are no exception.  Defining what "the right thing" for us is simple: we try our best to ensure our cottage is loved by our guests, that a stay with us does not impact unduly on the environment and that we find ways to support the local economy. 

To "do the right thing" in the past we have:

  • given a high level of customer service, responding quickly, answering questions and meeting guests needs
  • making sure the holiday cottages are fully-equipped and stocked for a self catering break
  • added insulation and underfloor heating at Riverside House holiday cottage
  • encouraged recycling wherever possible
  • and supported our local economy be promoting the best services available from businesses right here in the Peak District

We feel that we can do even better and for this reason we are currently trialling a new approach by collaborating with a local company called www.SaucedHere.co.uk.  We think our collaborations will not only benefit our guests but reduce our environmental footprint and directly support local businesses.

SaucedHere is a new service in the Peak District run by Bakewell resident Luke Osborne.  It provides an alternative to an online supermarket delivery be allowing you to shop conveniently, locally and responsibly.  SaucedHere offers a full basked of products (nearly 1200 in total!) all hand sourced from approaching 35 of the area's top purveyors.  You can visit the SaucedHere website and select all of your shopping from the vast array of local producers in the same way you might do so with the national chains.  When you order with SaucedHere, Luke and his team will then visit each of the local shops involved, collect the items you have selected and bring them to our holiday cottages in one convenient delivery at a time that you choose. 

Guests as well as local residents seem to love the service! It also has the added benefit of reducing the amout of miles your shopping takes to reach you as so many of the products are made right here in the Peak District.

Clearly the local economy benefits too as the areas' independent shops don't get overlooked by the convenience associated with placing an order with a national supermarket chain.  

If you are staying with us we would encourage you to shop with SaucedHere and help us to "do the right thing" in our wonderful Peak District National Park. 

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The new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is brand new for 2017.  For garden and flower experts around the country it is going to be something very special.

With the stunning location of Chatsworth House and the 'Capability' Brown designed landscapes added to some bold new garden designs this is going to be an event not to miss.

There will be gardens, displays and features from hotly-tipped designers, as well as displays themed around habitats such as woodland and Mediterranean.  In addition there will be a range of show gardens with categories such as FreeForm to encourage creativity.

There will be talks, demos and expert advice and some great shopping too.  The show will bring together a slection of nurseries and independent retailers.  

The opening times are Wed 7 to Sat 10 June, 10 am to 6.30 pm and Sun 11 June, 10 am to 5 pm with a sell-off of plant displays at 4 pm.  RHS members day is 7 June.  Prices vary for RHS Members and the public and savings may be enjoyed by booking in advance.  

For further information visit rhs.org.uk/chatsworth

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Do you love visiting traditional English pubs?  The Peak District has loads of pubs, many traditional, some modernised and plenty serving delicious hearty food.  Being a walking area many of the pubs in the Peak District welcome walkers and dogs so it's ideal for a day out, short break or longer stay, when you can take in one or a few pubs on a walk!

We've recently updated our list of recommended pubs with comments and suggestions that we hope you will find helpful.  Some of our favourites include the Red Lion, Litton; The Old Dog, Thorpe, The Church Inn, Chelmorton, The Coach and Horses, Fenny Bentley and The Devonshire Arms Hartington.

We base our reviews on friendliness of landlords and staff, quality and value of the food, range of beers and wines and how walker and dog friendly they are.  We also include some suggested walks to take in the pubs too.

One pub that is nearly on the list is The Angler's Rest in Milldale.  We are delighted that there are new reviews on Trip Advisor that are getting excellent comments.  Hopefully it will be on the list soon!

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Planning a short break in the Peak District?  Our National Trust guide to days out in the Peak District can help!

  • The White Peak Estate including Ilam Park and Dovedale has some beautiful walking areas, such as the stepping stones shown in the picture above. For the adventurous there's a 10-mile circular walk taking in the Estate with limestone caves, (the stepping stones) and spectacular scenery.  Our holiday cottage Valley View offers immediate access to this area, so is ideal for exploring The White Peak Estate.  
  • Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood.  The late seventeenth century Hall has many highlights including a Gainsborough of Lady Vernon, a 1930s kitchen, an amazing long gallery, great staircase, carvings in the dining room and some stunning ceiling paintings. And if you are a Jane Austin fan walk in the steps of Mr Darcy, as Sudbury Hall was used for the 1996 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  The Museum of Childhood reopens in February half-term where you can visit a Victorian school and museum.
  • Eyam House and Craft Centre. A Jacobean Manor with a walled garden, two kitchens, family portraits of the Wright family lived in by 11 generations.  There's a craft centre in the stable yard with local crafspeople and special gifts including Eyam Real Ale, Hartington Cheese, recycled handcrafted wood, pre-loved books and a cafe.  A scenic walk around Eyam is also a must do. 
  • Lyme Park, House and Garden. Step back into the Regency era and the life of Thomas Leigh of Lyme, a great traveller, romantic hero and entrepeneur.  The house is glorious and the gardens are well worth visiting with stunning views and an ancient deer herd.  

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A short break or weekend in the autumn is perfect for getting out in the countryside and being active.  In the Peak District there are plenty of walks and cycle routes (some traffic free) that are ideal at this time of year. 

Our favourite has to be The Monsal Trail, a stretch of traffic free walking or cycling that runs from Bakewell, via the stunning Monsal Head viaduct to a couple of miles outside of Buxton.  It is about 8 miles long in both directions and there are three tunnels along the route to provide a reminder of our railway heritage.  All the tunnels are open to the public as part of the trail.

The Monsal Trail is suitable for all ages and all abilities.  For young children and families pick a stretch of the trail around Hassop Station so that you can enjoy the flat walks or hire cycles which come in all sizes.  At Hassop Station there's plenty of parking, cycle hire (including electric bikes), a cafe, restaurant, shop, bookshop and outdoor seating.

For groups of friends we suggest a trip both ways with bikes or on foot at least half the trail is possible or more.  There are also plenty of walks leading off the trail if you want to extend the walk.  For keen cyclists and moutain bikers it is possible to use the trail to link up to other tracks and routes and enjoy a full day out. 

For walks with dogs The Monsal Trail is ideal for off the lead walks, but do bear in mind that at popular times of the year it can be busy with cyclists so you do need to keep an eye on your dog.  

For those who are older or mobility impaired we suggest joining the Trail at Miller's Dale, where there is parking and flat, level access onto the Trail in both directions.  

If you want to get out and about and get active in the Peak District this autumn, why not try The Monsal Trail? Our holiday cottage, Riverside House is only a stone's throw from the Monsal Trail too!

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Half term is nearly here and if you are planning a trip to the Peak District with the family there's plenty to do. Here's a selection of some of our family favourites.

At Matlock Bath every Saturday there are fireworks, which begin at 9 pm.  The annual illuminations are also on running to 29 October.  This is a spectacular display not to be missed.  We suggest either arriving early as car parks get extremely busy or use the park and ride options.

Crich Tramway Village is a fabulous family day out.  Over half term the whole site will be illuminated with the starlight special.  All the family with love that.  From Mon 24 to Wed 26 October there's a Harry Potter look-a-like theme and on Thurs 27 October it is super heroes day, so come dressed as your favourite!  What's more there's a Christmas market on 29 and 30 October for early Christmas shopping ideas. 

If you want to get the Halloween vibe going there's nowhere better than Alton Towers.  A dis-used mine is being reopened at Altonville mine tours which will including chilling secrets in a very scary tour.  There's a scare maze too and after dark two scare zones open in the park.  

For a fascinating glimpse into our industrial heritage a visit to Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site is a must. From 23 to 30 Oct each mill will have its own story to tell set in a lovely backdrop.  There's something for all the family here.

For an active family day out we highly recommend the Monsal Trail, either a traffic free walk or cycle ride (bike hire available along the route).  In keeping with the spooky theme of Halloween the tunnels along the trail offer a creepy insight into the days of the railway and kids will love the experience of the dark and wet tunnels!  Ideal for traffic free dog walks too.  

If you are already planning for half-term 2017 be quick as our holiday cottages are booking up fast!

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We spent a lovely Saturday last week (September 24th) at the Derbyshire Food Fair in Bakewell.  The weather was kind and we enjoyed sampling many delights as well as attending some great presentations in the Cookery Theatre. 

My particular favourite was the Prosecco Van from Lytham Fizz Co, a three wheeler mobile Prosecco van.  I mean what's not to like?

We had excellent coffees indeed Perfect Coffees from Barista Italia.

Our favourite musical group of the day was the fab singers La Di Dah, loved the retro dresses ladies!

Francis Quinn, Great British Bake Off winner made brownie owls and we just couldn't resist some Paella and hog roast rolls too!

Best of all dogs were allowed at the Fair, as long as kept on a lead and our four-legged friend Conor had a fab time.  We couldn't pass by the Dog's Trust stall without sponsoring their oldies.

A final high of the day was when our daughter won Burtree Puddings competition, so two of us got free entry and free brownies that were AMAZING!  Oh and not forgetting the simply stunning sticky toffee pudding with extra sauce that we had that night for dessert!

We also visited Bakewell and the farmer's market that was on at the same time.  A real double whammy of a day!


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Looking for a Bank Holiday day out in the Peak District?  We've picked our top 5 things to do this Bank Holiday weekend.  From Chatsworth House to well dressing there is something for everyone.

Chatsworth House, A Grand Tour of the Devonish Collection 

Many aristocrats made the Grand Tour in the 17th to 19th centuries, exploring art, culture and politics.  This exhibition, which is part of the house admission fee, shows how the Grand Tour influences Chatsworth as it is today.

For little ones the farmyard, adventure playground, maze and gardens at Chatsworth are ideal for letting off steam.  For parents and grandparents its' worth noting that there is a local brass band playing in the rose garden on Sat, Sun and Mon of the Bank Holiday.  

Eyam Carnival and Well Dressing

From Sat 27 August for one week, and over the Bank Holiday weekend there's the Carnival on 27 Aug with a parade, floats, fancy dress and a sheep roast.  If you are wondering what Well Dressing is all about it is the ancient custom of dressing the well with flowers in the form of lovely pictures (see picture above).  The well blessing will take place on Sat 27 August.  Well dressing is unique to the Peak District.

If you fancy staying longer in Eyam, which is after all the famous Plague village, take a look at the museum which tells the story of how the bubonic plague arrived in Eyam and how the villagers sealed off the village to prevent it spreading further. 

The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Bank Holiday Special

From 10 am Sat 27 Aug to 5 pm Mon 29 Aug why not visit the 23 acres of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton where there's a special weekend of events in the Garden Marquee and outdoors on the Prom.  There's stalls, children's entertainment and plenty of places to eat and drink including the excellent Pavilion Cafe.  Whilst there take a trip round the spa town of Buxton; visit the source of Buxton spring water, walk to the upper town for independent shops and pubs, take a ride on a vintage tram or visit the famous opera house.

Matlock Farm Park

If you've got little ones to amuse Matlock Farm Park will be a great day out.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend there's some extra events, on Sat 27 Aug, Strongman Day and on 29 August Superheroes and Princesses Day.  The little ones dress up and can take part in interactive shows (11.30 am and 2.30 pm).  And if that's not enough there's the animals; from cuddles with small animals, meerkat feeding, owl encounter, ferret racing, meeting the reptiles and short pony rides.  Horse riding lessons can be booked in advance too.

The Hope Show

A great day out for all the family on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, open from 8 am.  This is one of the major summer shows in Derbyshire and the Peak District.  Some of the attractions include sheep dog trials, show jumping, heavy and light horse displays, gundogs, vintage cars and tractors, crafts and food stalls.  It's the ideal destination for a full day out where you can enjoy the very best of the Peak District countryside and farming. 

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More and more of us are taking our pets and dogs on holiday and days out.  The family holiday should be just that, a holiday for all the family including your four-legged friend.

We've been taking our dogs to the Peak District for many years and we've found some great places for a day out with your dog.

Here's are top five.  

1. Crich Tramway Village

A great day out for all the family including your dog!  On arrival collect an old penny and use this to ride the trams with your dog all day.  There's also a woodland walk and scultpure park, but dogs do need to be on a lead.   The Old Red Lion pub is a popular stopping off point on the recreated street scene and dogs are welcome here too for a refreshing drink.  There's plenty on offer for the kids too, so this really is a great day out.

2. Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone natuarly occurs.   There are fabulous chambers in the caves to see and stalactites too.  All can be explored with your dog alongside.  Dogs are welcome in the Cavern and the shop on a lead. The Cavern is located in Castleton, a lovely village worth exploring, and there are plenty of dog friendly pubs so ideal for a refresment stop.

3. Peveril Castle

Also located in Castleton are the ruins of the castle keep.  It is well worth walking up to the top for some splendid views of the Hope Valley as well as exploring the ruins including a medieval lavatory.  This is a National Trust site with an easy (but steep) path to the top and there are benches along the route.  There's a shop and interactive visitor centre with plenty of information about the Castle and its history.  Dogs are allowed on a lead.

4. Chatsworth House

Although dogs are not allowed in the house itself (please note that assistance dogs are allowed in all areas of the site) this is still worth a visit with your four-legged friend.  Dogs are allowed on leads in the gardens, maze, scultpure park and waterworks so there is plenty of great outdoor space to explore.  If you are visiting the farmyard or adventure playground there are posts to tie up your dog just outside these facilities.  Posts are also provided outside the restaurant as dogs are not allowed in, but there are plenty of outdoor seating areas in the old stables area where you can sit, relax and eat with your dog.  If you want to venture further afield there are some lovely walks just outside the Chatsworth estate.  

5. Tideswell, a dog friendly Peak District village

A hidden gem in our view and a great village to spend a morning or afternoon browsing the shops, visiting the pubs and cafes, many of which are dog friendly.  Our top picks for dog friendly cafes are Vanilla Kitchen (dogs allowed inside) with great cakes, lunches and more and The Dairy Parlour cafe (dogs allowed inside) with its' own deli too.  If you fancy a pint or glass of wine The Horse and Jockey, The George, The Anchor (10 mins outside the village) and The Red Lion (nearby in Litton) are all dog friendly.  For something a bit different we've recently tried the friendly Stella's Kitchen with Caribbean, African and Tapas style food, which allows dogs inside the restaurant.  Other things to do include a visit to the Tideswell Cathedral, the Aladin's cave that is the second hand bookshop in Tideswell, the rock shop and buying some yummy supplies at Tindalls bakery and deli.  Look out for Tideswell Well Dressing in June, the Food Festival in May and the Eroica Bike ride in June.  Finally, a great dog walk can be found at Tideswell Dale, just 10 minutes outside of Tideswell.  If there are no sheep in the surrounding areas you can let your dog off the lead and its traffic free all the way to Litton Mill.  

So what's stopping you?  Take your dog with you on a day trip or holiday to the Peak District.  There's plenty for all of you to enjoy!

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Planning a trip to the Peak District?  Take a look at our series of top ten guides, which cover a wide range of subjects.

Going to the Peak District with the family?  We have top ten guides for things to do with under fivesover fives, and teenagers.  

Looking for a dog friendly attraction in the Peak District, or a dog friendly pub?  Look no further we've got that covered! 

If it is shoppingantique centres or farmers markets that you'd like to explore in the Peak District take a look at the different guides.

Other top ten guides to the Peak District include our top 10 cafestop 10 places to spot wildlifetop 10 golf courses and top 10 historic houses to visit.  

There really is something for everyone, so pop by now and check out our top ten guides to the Peak District.  

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The only way to experience your holiday cottage from the guests point of view is to stay in it.  That's not the same as being there and checking it out, you do need to stay there. 

I've just come back from a few days at both Riverside House and Valley View holiday cottages in the Peak District.  And I've booked to stay there again in September.  Using up a few mid-week days doesn't cost me very much, but I get to find out a lot.

At Valley View I picked up that the velux black out blinds, which give a great nights sleep, were slightly out of kilter.  Once moved darkness was resumed.  I only saw that because I was lying in bed!

A few other little niggles like broken curtain hooks, a blunt snooker cue for the pool table, a wobbly kitchen door handle and teak oiling the outside bench were all dealt with over the few days.  Some things you just don't notice straight away.

At Riverside House the kindling was topped up (well it is the Peak District), the blunt scissors sharpened and pieces from the puzzles gathered together.  Whilst sitting enjoying the sun on the private patio we also noticed that a tree branch was overgrown and making too much shade, so we did some trimming too.

All these are little things, but add to the big picture.  These are things that the guest will experience and will notice.  They probably won't tell you, but unless you are living there, as a holiday cottage owner you won't pick up on these things.  

So holiday cottage owners, go and treat yourselves to a couple of days away and experience the break from the guests angle.  

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Did you know that we have a series of top 10 guides to the Peak District? 

We've compiled guides to shopping in the Peak District, dog friendly pubs in the Peak District and top places to spot wildlife.

If you are looking for something for the family we've got a top 10 guide for toddlers, over 5's and teenagers.  For adults we have a our top 10 guide to crafts, following film trails in the Peak District or visiting antique shops.

There's plenty of other guides too from golf courses, historic houses (like Chatsworth House above) to Peak District villages and cafes. 

Check out our top 10 guides to the Peak District here.

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Picture yourself here?

Overlooking this bridge?

Enjoying the river views?

Soaking up the tranquility?

You can be here!

This spot is right next to Riverside House holiday cottage in the Peak District National Park.  It's a gem.

As you can see it's ideal for moments of reflection, relaxation and enjoying the outdoors.  

Get in touch to find out how you can be here too.

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If you are staying at Riverside House holiday cottage, don't miss out on the foodie delights of Tideswell.  This town is growing in popularity and can now boast a wide range of cafes, delis, pubs and restaurants. 

Here's a pick of our favourites and all of them can be found on our Out and About pages:

The Red Lion pub (although in Litton it is only a couple of minutes by car from Tideswell) is a lovely traditional Peak District pub with small cosy rooms and log fires.  Real ale, good wine and freshly cooked food in generous portions, and dogs are allowed in the front bar.  In the summer it is lovely to sit on the pub benches on the green and watch the world go by.

High Nelly's in Tideswell, is a modern, spacious cafe serving excellent food for breakfast or lunch, some of the best coffee we have had and with excellent service.  We had Derbyshire oatcakes with bacon and free range eggs, all locally sourced and delicious.  

Vanilla Kitchen is another cafe that we know well and would recommend either for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.  Try the home made pies or cakes and there is a courtyard area which is ideal for walkers.  The cafe is dog friendly too.

There are several choices of pubs in Tideswell, including the Horse and Jockey, The George, The Star and on the outskirts of town The Anchor.  We would recommend all of them for good pub grub and we are hearing good things about the landlord's home made pies at The Anchor.  

There's a new restaurant in Tideswell called The Merchant's Yard, which serves breakfast, lunches, a la carte in the evening and even cocktails.  Craft beers, good wines and Sunday roasts also on the menu.  There is a large room that can be privately hired and this would be ideal for guests of Riverside House to celebrate a special occasion.  

And if you are looking to self cater at the holiday cottage, Tideswell boasts a butcher with locally sourced meat, a greengrocers (even open Sunday mornings), a deli with home made bread and far more (Tindalls of Tideswell) and The Peak District Parlour (a cafe and deli) with lovely local cheeses.  

If you just want a good old fish and chip Friday night there are two chip shops in Tideswell, Corner Chippy and Elliott's Fish and Chips.

So in Tideswell you will be spoilt for choice for places to eat out, so why not take a look at this lovely Peak District town today!

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Did you know that we have produced a top ten series of things to do in the Peak District?  We've got top 10 lists for all the family.

If you have little ones in your family take a look at our top 10 of things to do for the under 5s 

Or if you have teenagers we've got a top 10 suggested list for them too.

And we haven't forgotten the adults!  Our top 10s include historical places to visit, shopping, TV and films in the Peak District, workshops and antique centres and fairs to name but a few.    

And if you are travelling with your dog we've also got a top 10 of dog friendly pubs in the Peak District as well as a top 10 of days out with your dog in the Peak District. 

If you like golf, cafes, villages, farmers shops and markets and wildlife we've also got top 10s for these too.

So there's plenty to do and see in the Peak District for all the family.  Our top 10 guides will help you choose what to do.



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Well it's a bit rainy outside at the moment, so I've been thinking about things to do in the Peak District that will keep you and your family dry!

Why not visit some caves?  There's plenty of choice in the Peak District.  Here's just a couple. 

Take a Journey beneath the earth with expert guides, explore the vast Limestone caverns and see how crystal Stalactites and Stalagmites have lined the chambers over millions of years.  With LED lighting see the incredible underground world as never before.   Taste the Peak in the Cavern café with meals or snacks, cakes and coffee served all day. There are also picnic areas and safe play area for children and toddlers, if the weather improves!

Considered to be the finest range in Western Europe and is Britain's rarest mineral first discovered in Castleton by the Romans 2000 years ago.  These are the world's only known deposits of this rare and beautiful mineral.  Why not visit the craft shop and pick up a souvenir?

Also under the hills in Castleton you can take an amazing boat trip 450m to the Bottomless Pit.  Or take a walk to the Devil's Arse!!!  As well as musical events in the natural ampitheatre.  This will keep the kids interested on a wet day!

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The summer holidays are here and you are about to head off to the Peak District for a family holiday.

There are so many things to do in the Peak District that you are spoilt for choice whatever the weather.

In fact there is so much to choose from that we have put together a series of top 10 guides to the Peak District.

These include: things to do with your teenager or toddler; top 10 dog friendly pubs and days out; top 10 historic houses; activity days out; Peak District villages; places to spot wildlife and even our top 10 cafes.  The list doesn't stop there so why not take a look and find something for you?

Visit Peak top 10 guides

Let us know if you find something that you'd like us to add to the list of top 10s! 

Happy holidays! 

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We are often asked by guests where are our favourite pubs for walks and a drink or for family and group meals out.  

Here's a couple of our favourite pubs in the Peak District.

The Red Lion at Litton may be small but it is exactly what a traditional pub should be.  Cosy rooms, log fires and lovely home cooked food. And located next to the pretty village green (and stocks!) it has to be on of our top places.  Dogs are welcome in the front bar.

The Monsal Head Stable bar is ideal for lunch as part of a day out along the traffic free Monsal Trail.  It is dog friendly, has spectacular views over the Monsal Viaduct and the home cooked food is delicious.  In the winter there's a log fire and in the summer you can sit outside.  They don't take bookings so get there early!

Some of our other favourite pubs in the Peak District include The Church Inn, Chelmorton, The Coach and Horses, Fenny Bentley, and for to die for food, The George at Alstonfield.

Why not take a look at our top 10 dog friendly pubs in the Peak District guide?  

For more information about eating out in the Peak District, click the links to our websites, Valley View and Riverside House

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Looking for some great Peak District attractions this Easter for all the family?  

Read about our top two attractions for a great day of family fun in the Peak District.

Matlock Farm Park - there are plenty of animals to see and feed including llamas, goats, turkeys, peacocks, cattle and sheep, as well as cuddly animals in the barn (chicks and bunnies), meerkat daily talks, and bottle-feeding the young lambs.  Why not watch a sheep or ferret race, go on a wallaby encounter or enjoy a short pony ride?  In addition to the animals there are playgrounds for differents ages of children and a go-carts trail.

Especially for Easter weekend on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday there are Easter egg hunts, crafts and games.

Crich Tramway Museum - step back in time and wait for the rumble of a vintage tram.  Visit the tea rooms, old fashioned sweet shop or ice cream parlour. Children can also let off steam in the Discovery Depot, borrow a back pack full of activities or enjoy fun workshops.

What's even better your four-legged friends can come along too.  Dogs are welcome in most parts of the Museum and they can even ride the trams!

So what's stopping you?  All the family can enjoy the Derbyshire Peak District this Easter weekend!




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Valley View

Valley View

Valley View is a self catering holiday cottage for up to 15 people in Milldale (right in Dovedale - within 100 yards of the River Dove) in the Peak District.

Click HERE for the Valley View web site.

Visit Peaks

Riverside House

Riverside House

Riverside House is a self catering holiday cottage for up to 12 people in Litton Mill (close to Millers Dale and Tideswell) in the Peak District.

Click HERE for the Riverside House web site (complete with its own video).

My Personal Sanctuary

Peak District Fine Foods is a family run business that provides high quality, locally sourced food and drink.
With Welcome packs, ready-made meals and dinner parties can all be pre-ordered to ensure a relaxing holiday for everyone.

Click on the logo below for more information.

Peak District Fine Foods