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Visit Peaks holiday cottages are owned and managed by Wendy Boast who runs two large holiday cottages in the Peak District and has been doing this since 2006, when Riverside House was opened.Wendy and her family have been going to the Peak District for 30 years and have detailed knowledge of the area and things to do.  She loves providing families and groups with holidays in some of the country's most beautiful countryside and can help tailor make a family holiday, activity holiday or leisure break.  Wendy stays in both her cottages on a regular basis with friends and family to make sure that everything is in place for a welcoming break in the Peak District.In another life Wendy was employed in the marketing departments of solicitors' firms as well as working in publishing and bookselling.

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November and December can be a magical time to visit the Peak District.  Crisp, crunchy walks and bright blue skies and the changing colours of the trees are some of the delights of a stay at this time of year.  What’s more you will have space in the Peak District to yourself;  the walks and views may well be quiet with fewer people taking time off.

That’s not to say that there isn’t plenty to see and do.  Take a look at our round up of events below.

Peak District events in November and December

Chatsworth Christmas market

16 Nov to 4 Dec

Grand Bazaar and Christmas lights switch on, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

23 Nov

Ashbourne Christmas lights switch on

24 Nov

Matlock Victorian Christmas market

30 Nov – 2 Dec

Bolsover Lantern Parades, 25th Anniversary

1 Dec

Sleeping Beauty and other Tales at Haddon Hall

1-23 Dec

Street food and craft market, Chesterfield

14 – 17 Dec

Matlock Farm Park, breakfasts with Santa

2 and 9 Dec, 9 – 10.30 am

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about a winter Peak District short break.

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Got the Autumn/Winter blues? Why not shake off the cobwebs and getaway to the Peak District with friends and family? A short break is just the ticket.

The Peak District is beautiful at this time of year (take a look at the picture above of the river Wye in its crispy winter gown) with crunchy walks and winter wonderland vistas.  

Or is snuggling up next to a cosy fire or hunkering down under a warm duvet and feeling warm underfloor heating between your toes more your thing?

All this and more is ready and waiting at Riverside House holiday cottage an ideal self catering getaway for friends and family to share. 

Riverside House sleeps 9+2 guests (and cot) in four bedrooms, it has three bathrooms and a super large games room.  

Save £100 and grab one of the weekends still available this winter:

From Friday 30 November for up to four nights or;

From Friday 14 December for up to four nights
(some flexibility with arrival and departure dates)

Now £769 for 9+2 guests (that's only £69 per person based on full capacity)

And bring your pets too.  Dog friendly accommodation for up to five well-behaved dogs (£15 per pet per stay applies).

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Autumn is here and it makes us think of hot soups, steaming stews, spicy curries and warming desserts and cakes.

We love a bowl of roast butternut squash soup with crusty white bread, here's our tips for the best ever version!

  • Cut the pumpkin into wedges and deseed (no need to peel at this stage)
  • Roast in the oven with a drizze of olive or rapeseed oil
  • When soft and cooled down take off the skin
  • Add to a pan of already sauted and softened onions in butter
  • In a separate pan make a white or cheese sauce
  • Add some veg stock to the sauted onion and pumpkin
  • Add the white/cheese sauce
  • Wizz altogether for ultimate, rich pumpkin soup
  • Add salt and petter to taste
There's no better time to get cooking and creative than when on a self catering holiday break.  With the shorter days what could be better than spending an early evening cooking in a home from home kitchen with everything you need and loads of space?  Get together with friends and family for evenings of baking and cooking.  
 
Visit Peaks holiday cottages have a few gaps so get in touch for more information.
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Ashbourne is a lovely market town in Derbyshire in the south of the Peak District and an ideal place to spend some hours wandering around the lovely shops or for sampling tea and cakes, real ale or an evening meal.

Some of our favourite places to visit are the antique shops on Church Street.  You could literally browse here for hours such is the choice. Or you could visit the Market Place on Thursdays and Saturdays for the local market, whilst the artisanal market is every second Sunday in the month.  

Ashbourne has a wide selection of independent stores and boutiques in the lovely cobbled streets.  The Village Rainbow is our favourite gift shop, it's an ideal place to pick up birthday presents or just to wander round.  The Gin Gaf is worth a visit with a selection of gins that are not easily bought elsewhere.  And for a great selection of beers try Maison Du Bierre. 

If like us you can't resist a good old fashioned DIY shop do pop into David Neil Mica Hardware, it really does have a fabulous selection of all things DIY and a good cookware selection too.  

If food is what you crave, Ashbourne does not disappoint.  Our top cafe picks are either The Flower Cafe or Dillons, but the well known, The Gingerbread Shop, which our kids when younger loved, is great too.  The building itself dates back to 1492.  

For a spot of lunch try Bramhall's Deli and Cafe or some gorgeous breads, rolls and pizzas to take away at The Ashbourne Bakehouse.  

For an evening meal Anaya's Indian restaurant is good, and on the spicy note we also like The Thai Basement.  The Lamplight restaurant is highly recommended for a special evening meal with English/French style dishes.  Finally the Market Place Fish and Chip shop is an institution and not to be missed for proper 'newspaper' fish and chips.

For beer drinkers do not miss Smiths Tavern a High Street pub with fabulous ale.  As it has a small frontage a bit like a shop be careful not to miss it.  Dogs are welcome at all times and children up to 9 pm.  The only food though is pork pies and bar snacks.   

Finally, we couldn't write about Ashbourne without mentioning the traffic free Tissington Trail at the top of the town.  It's a great spot for walkers and cyclists as the setting off point for the Trail.

So plenty to see and do in Ashbourne.  It's only 15 minutes by car to our holiday cottage, Valley View, so next time you are in the area with friends and family why not think about staying? 

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Check out this great offer at Valley View holiday cottage in the Peak District.

From Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November the price is reduced by £100 to £991.

Valley View holiday rental sleeps up to 15 guests in six bedrooms and is in a stunning location with views all round Dovedale, one of the best known areas in the Peak District.  It is ideal for walks or relaxing.  There's a log burner with unlimited free logs and kindling and your booking will include all bed linen and towels.

Dog friendly too, ask us about holidays for dogs.  

And to top it all off there's a great foodie pub only a short (but fairly steep) walk away in the next village.  

If you are looking for a late Half-Term getaway with friends and family this could be just the deal for you!

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It feels as if summer may be coming to an end and the weather is a bit more autumnal.  In the Peak District things quieten down a bit and Autumn can be a lovely time to come and visit for a short break or longer if you are lucky to have the time.

One of our favourite things to do in the Peak District in the Autumn is to visit The Monsal Trail.  This is a traffic free stretch of former railway line running from Bakewell to outside of Buxton.  

There's a great bike hire option at Hassop Station, with electric bikes too, as well as a cafe, book and gift shop and plenty of parking.  If you start from here we suggest heading in the direction towards Buxton and you can cycle through several railway tunnels and stop at the Monsal Head Viaduct to enjoy stunning views (see the picture above).  A refreshment pit stop is also available at The Stable Bar at the top of the Monsal Head, but it is a steep walk up, so note with bicycles it could be tricky.  

If you happen to be staying with us at Riverside House holiday cottage, The Monsal Trail is only a short walk across the river Wye at the back of the cottage and up a small slope to access the Trail.  If you are feeling fit and energetic walk all the way to Hassop Station, or even Bakewell and back.  Allow a few hours and extra time to wander around Bakewell.  Or simply enjoy a stroll in either direction from Riverside House holiday cottage to take in the industrial heritage such as lime kilns, railway tunnels and some stunning vistas.  

The Monsal Trail is ideal for dog friendly walks as it is traffic free and in the Autumn there are less cyclists and walkers on the Trail.  If you pick the right time early in the morning or later in the day it can almost feel as if you have the place to yourself.  

We have some limited availability this Autumn at Riverside House holiday cottage so if you want to take a short break and enjoy The Monsal Trail why not get in touch?  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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There's still plenty of fun to be had this summer at Chatsworth House in the Peak District.  Here's a few highlights:

Chatsworth Country Fair: 31 Aug to 2 Sept - includes JCB Dancing Diggers, Household Cavalry Musical Ride, Celebrity Chefs (including Mary Berry) and K9 Aquasport.  There's 10% off tickets up to 27 Aug and it should be a great event for all the family to enjoy.

Chatsworth Renewed - every day and included in your admission there's a trail which highlights people involved in building, conserving and looking after Chatsworth House.  In the Inner Court Yard you can create your own urn too.

Baalington Lamb - every day and included in your admission try and find Baalington Lamb hidden throughout the house.  Each time you find him he has a fun fact or task to do.

Belvedere Tours: 12-3 pm - get a great view of the garden and park in this part of the house that is not often open to the public.

Paxton's Conservatory - every day and included in your admission meet by the maze and virtually tour the Great Conservatory with expert guides. 

Face painting: weekends and included in the admission price - near the maze.

Garden Games - around the maze area there's skittles, giant jenga and croquet.  Guides in vintage costume can answer questions about the rules of the games if needed.

Bands in the Rose Garden: weekends and included in the admission price - 18, 19, 25 and 26 August.

Heritage Crafts in the farmyard and playground: 21 Aug - have a go at wool spinning.

Milking Demonstrations - every day at 3.30 pm and included in the admission price.

For further information about what's on for all the family at Chatsworth House click here

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Booking direct with holiday cottage owners means that you get independent care and attention at all times.  Your not one of many, but one of a few highly valued guests.  And to that end the owners of Valley View holiday cottage stay there on a regular basis, checking out everything that is used by guests as well as sampling the same holiday experiences.  That's not something you always get with the large holiday cottage organisations.

Some recent improvements at Valley View holiday cottage include a complete refurbishment of the utility room.  There are two brand new large capacity drum size washing machines and two brand new dryers.  Not that there's been a lot of rain, but it will be ideal for wet walking gear or general family washing.  And there's a new whirly dryer outside for those great sunny drying days!

The Entrance Hall is also undergoing a revamp with the lovely bench seat taking pride of place to face the views over Dovedale.  We are creating a quiet seating area here and in September it will be finished off with hand-made cushion seating and two side tables for books, tea or wine.  

And in January 2019 work will start on a total refurbishment of the downstairs bathroom to include a smart new walk in spacious shower, new wc, sink and modern tiling throughout.  Valley View holiday cottage will be closed after the New Year guests leave for the whole of January 2019, but the owners will take the opportunity to also replace some bedroom carpets and carpets in the Cottage Annex too.

So book direct and experience the thought and attention that is provided when the holiday cottage owners really care about your holiday. 

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(Valley View holiday cottage sleeps up to 15 guests in six bedrooms and is dog and pet friendly).

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Peakzip is a new zip wire experience in the Peak District National Park.  Located in private woods near Whaley Bridge, this is an experience not to be missed for the fun seeking, young at heart and anyone that wants a bit of an adrenalin rush whilst on holiday.

There are three different zip wires; the first, which is a warm up to get you going, is the Main Camp zip; the Flying Fox zip with a steep 50 metre plummet into a quarry bay and the Big Zipper a 50 metre crossing in the open air.  The whole experience will last approximately two hours with all equipment and an instructor provided and no prior experience is necessary.  An average level of fitness is required. 

The zip wires are suitable for ages 10 and over and all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. There is private free car parking and toilets provided.  Access to some areas maybe a little steep, but it is short and suitable footwear and clothing for the weather conditions are highly recommended.  In total 600 metres will be walked to access the zip wires.  

Prices are £19 per person but group discounts are available for larger parties (6 plus) or private events.  

Current dates available, which must be booked in advance:

28 and 29 July (this is the launch weekend with a 3 for 2 deal availble by contacting Peakzip and quoting 'VisitPeaks' for this offer)
2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 27, 28, 30 and 31 August
2 September

The Peakzip reopens in October after these dates.

For further information contact http://peakinstruction.com/peakzip.htm

 

 

 

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Does this glorious weather make you think about summer holidays? The current heatwave in the UK is getting us all in holiday mood.  The sun is out in the Peak District too.  Lovely Dovedale above in the picture reaching 30 degrees!

There's plenty of things going on in this summer in the Peak District; here's a hightlight or two. 

Heights of Abraham - take the cable car to the top of the Heights for great views over Matlock and the Derwent Valley.  There are caves and woodland trails to discover and if the young ones still have energy two adventure playgrounds.  The underground mining caverns are explored by torchlight to get a feel of how things really were. There is a restaurant and bar at the top with spectacular views.  And why not finish off the day with a trip to Matlock Bath and some traditional fish and chips? Dogs travel free on the cable cars and there are 60 acres of estate to explore with your four-legged friends.   

Summer Nights Festival July - Sept - outdoor movie screenings are taking place in lovely heritage locations during the summer.  Bring a picnic and enjoy a film in beautiful surroundings. 
Calke Abbey - Pretty Woman - 2 Aug and The Greatest Showman - 3 Aug
Hardwick Hall - The Greatest Showman - 17 Aug and Dirty Dancing - 18 Aug

Mason Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site - experience life in an 18th Century Mill that was designed by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1783. Feel what life would have been like with the noise of the looms and smell of the textiles all recreated during your visit.  This working museum is one of the finest surving and best preserved of its kind.  There's also a shopping village and English textiles are on sale and other traditional crafted items.  Enjoy lovely tearooms overlooking the river Derwent. 

Chatsworth Country Fair - 31 Aug - 2 Sept - this annual country fair is a fabulous outdoor event which includes JCB Dancing Diggers, Household Cavalry Musical Ride, a cooking theatre and fine food village.  Opportunities to try your hand at country sports and crafts too. 

Derbyshire Well Dressings - the tradition of dressing wells with flowers, petals and seeds continues throughout the summer.
Stoney Middleton - 21 - 30 July
Bonsall - 28 July - 3 Aug
Great Hucklow - 9 - 15 Aug
Foolow - 24 Aug - 1 Sept
Eyam - 25 Aug - 1 Sept

There's something for everyone this summer in the Peak District.  Get in touch if you'd like further information or if you would like a group holiday cottage stay in the Peak District. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

 

 

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More and more of our holiday cottage guests are bringing their dogs and pets away on holiday with them.  Whether it is a short break or a longer stay our Visit Peaks self catering cottages are now welcoming many happy four-legged friends. 

Some of the advantages of bringing your pets on holiday are:

  • Saving huge kennel fees or pet minding fees
  • No house sitters needed
  • Less stress for you worrying if you dogs and pets are being cared for properly
  • Enjoying fun and being away with your pet
  • Security for your dogs and pets, separation can be an anxiety for them
  • Going on long walks in the Peak District with your dogs as well as plenty of relaxation time
  • Pet and dog friendly facilities at the holiday cottages, including plenty of space, easy to clean floors, taps for washing down
If you are looking for a pet and dog friendly holiday cottage break, get in touch with Visit Peaks holidays, where your pets are as welcome as you are!
 
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Top 5 reasons to book a holiday cottage break at Riverside House holiday home.

  • we don't rush you, so stay for up to four nights at the same price as two
  • you won't feel the squeeze on space, there's so much downstairs space at Riverside House holiday cottage you can all grab a bit of your own
  • want to have some fun?  Riverside House has it's very own games room with pool, air hockey, table tennis (downstairs) and plenty more
  • Sky and BT all in surround sound so don't miss a football game or a movie
  • And the location?  Just stunning, a stones throw away from the traffic free Monsal Trail and views from the Monsal Head and Viaduct (shown in the picture)
  • and a 6th reason unlimited free logs, kindling and matches so that you can get cosy and snuggly by the log fire whenever you want!
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The Visit Peaks holiday cottage newsletter is now the only place that we will be advertising weekend short break offers. So if you want to grab a deal you'll need to sign up!

The May newsletter has just gone out and it includes some great deals at Riverside House holiday cottage in the autumn and at Valley View for December.  

Sign up and get a free 'Peek at the Peaks' booklet too.  If you love visiting the Peak District and staying with friends and family don't delay!

The newsletter provides a handy guide to events going on in the Peak District, in both Staffordshire and Derbyshire.  There's a round-up of places to eat and drink too, not forgetting dog friendly places to visit.  

Walks for all abilities are regularly included in the newsletter as well as our top picks of places to entertain the family, young and old alike.

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Relax, recharge, have fun and getaway.  A few of the reasons why people choose a short break weekend away.  The Peak District National Park can offer plenty of opportunities to do all of these things and more.  Don't take our word for it though, here are some of the comments of past guests at our holiday cottages, who have enjoyed short break self-catering holidays with friends and family.

A weekend in Riverside House holiday cottage - 'walks from the door, past the babbling river, feeding the ducks, over the wooden bridge. We walked the Monsal Trail, loved the living local history there and visited the spa town of Buxton.'

A short break at Valley View holiday cottage - 'we hired bikes on the Tissington Trail, walked up the hill to a smart pub, along the river Dove (shown in the picture) to Ilam and Thorpe and had great fun crossing the stepping stones. We visited the market town of Ashbourne, saw water mills, water stones and mill stones- the kids loved it.'

So many things to do, so much fun to be had, so why not consider a break away and take time out for laughs, happiness, the great outdoors and just enjoying being away from it all. 

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As the days get warmer and the evenings get longer it's a great time to get out and about.  If the Peak District is on your list of places to visit we've got a few events and festivals picked out for you during May and June. 

Tideswell Food Festival Sat 5th May, Bank Holiday weekend

With over 50 foodie stalls and many locally produced items, why not pop into Tideswell and sample some goodies.  The local pubs, shops and cafes will all be taking part.  And new this year is a Makers Market based around the stunning Tideswell Cathedral in the Peak (shown in the picture).  With over 20 craft stalls there's sure to be something to take your fancy. 

Devonshire Dome, Buxton, gin event, Sat 5th May, Bank Holiday weekend (afternoon and evening sessions)

The Gin Society Festival returns to the Dome in Buxton, where over 120 gins are available to try.  The gin stations are divided in British, World, Fruit and Cocktail bars and there's a Prosecco bar too.  Over 18s only.

Derbyshire Open Arts, Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 26 May to 3 June

For the 12th year this is a great chance to enjoy the arts and crafts of the county at selected venues, some off the beaten track.  Meet the artists and maybe take something special home?

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 June (10-6.30 Wed to Sat and 10-5 Sun)

In the grounds of Chatsworth House, the RHS returns for a second year.  Highlights include the Great Conservatory full of orchids, a living labratory and a river of flowers (a mass planting of Cosmos).  Plenty of shopping opportunities too!

Eroica Britannia, weekend of 15 - 17 June

A festival of the heritage of cycling with cycle rides on the Sunday over a choice of distances.  Bikes and gear must be pre-1987 only.  Or enjoy the festival itself with music, entertainment, shopping, food and drink and camping.  

Let's hope that there's something here for you and your family to enjoy.  For some events tickets and registration are available in advance, for others simply turn up and enjoy.  

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There's nothing better than trying local produce and supporting local shops and producers when staying in and visiting an area.

During your self-catering stay in the Peak District that's hopefully what you will want to do to. 

Cooking with friends and family is great fun when you have time and lovely fully-equipped holiday cottage kitchens.  So here's our choice of two Peak District foodie shops, each one ideally located for access to either of our holiday cottages. 

Tindalls of Tideswell (handy for Riverside House holiday cottage)

Some of the foodie delights to try include a homemade pork pie or a steak and ale or turkey and ham pie, as well as a traditional Fidgety pie made with apples, onions, potatoes and bacon.  It was originally produced in Derbyshire to use up apples during harvest time.  Tindalls have some authentic Derbyshire cakes and biscuits, such as Thar Cakes, Wakes Cakes and a Tidza pud (their take on the Bakewell pudding), all ideal dessert options for self-catering.  Tindalls has a great range of homemade jams, chutneys, pickles, bread, rolls, local made yoghurt as well as a selection of cheeses, olives and pates.  We think your holiday cottage group will all find something to devour here!

The Village Stores Hartington (ideal for Valley View holiday cottage)

This local Peak District shop really does have everything.  Where to start?  Perhaps a fresh coffee while you decide - it really is delicious!  The shelves are full of local jams, pickles, fresh coffee from the Buxton roastery (already mentioned, but truly wonderful), pies, Bakewell pudding as well as plenty of storecupboard ingredients, fresh fruit and veg, fresh meat, cheeses, milk and even traditional sweets.   One of our favourite isles is the selection of beers from Thornbridge Brewery with names such as Tizara, Chiron, AM:PM, Jaipur (our personal fav) and Wild Swan.  We suggesting pairing them with food!  And Jaipur is sometimes available in kegs for the very thirsty!

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One of the great pleasures of visiting the countryside is enjoying the great outdoors and fresh air.  It's even more fun if you are with your family and your dog too.  Dog walks and family walks are a great way to get together and spend some quality time.

We've put together three suggested walks in the Peak District, which are ideal for all family members and your four-legged family too!

One of our favourites is the traffic free Monsal Trail with 8 miles of traffic free walking with tunnels, views (Monsal Head viaduct), cafes, pubs and heritage information on the route.  If you need a pit stop the dog friendly Stable Bar at The Monsal Head is ideal, with views to die for too.  Bike hire is available at Hassop Station, with plenty of parking, a cafe, book shop and gift shop.  Lovely outdoor tables and chairs too.

Then there’s the delightful Dovedale with its famous stepping stones across the river Dove, idyllic picnic spots, caves and wooden bridges to explore.  All traffic free but some parts of the walk dogs need to be on a lead, especially in lambing season.

And finally the Tissington Trail another traffic free gem with probably one of our favourite pubs just off the Trail.  The clues in the name, The Old Dog, 100% dog friendly with open fires, sheepskin throws and a modern twist on heritage architecture as a theme.  The burgers are pretty amazing too! 

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It’s never too late to start a new hobby or get fit.  Even for the less active hiring an electric bike in the Peak District National Park is a great way to enjoy the countryside.

On the traffic free Monsal Trail you can have a great day out.  From Hassop Station on the Monsal Trail you can hire electric bikes (book in advance) and the pedal assist makes for effortless cruising. My husband and I enjoyed setting the speed and level of assistance on the bikes which are easy to use and ideally suited to leisure users.

The bikes have an upright position offering the most comfort for cycling and even come with a handy basket to carry your essentials for the trip.  They are heavier than a conventional bike because of the battery but you can start in gear and with power assistance and once going they feel lighter and easy to pedal.

There is plenty of parking at Hassop Station plus once you have enjoyed a power assisted cycle the Hassop Station Café serves a delicious range of homemade food including locally sourced produce. There’s even a sun terrace, covered outdoor area, bookshop and gift area.

So if you want a silver biking day out in some glorious traffic free countryside why not try hiring an electric bike in the Peak District?

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A bit about us

Visit Peaks holiday cottages are owned and managed by Wendy Boast.  Wendy and her family have been going to the Peak District for 30 years and have detailed knowledge of the area and things to do.  Wendy can help tailor make a family holiday, activity holiday or leisure break.  Wendy stays in both her cottages on a regular basis with friends and family to make sure that everything is in place for a welcoming break in the Peak District. 

 

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We often get groups of friends and families celebrating special birthdays or anniversaries at our holiday cottages.  Well there's nothing quite like a special afternoon tea as a way to celebrate a special event.  We've chosen three places that would make a great afternoon tea celebration. 

Biggin Hall - a lovely historical house dating from the seventeenth century.  There's a stunning restaurant, serving lunch and dinner and most ingredients are sourced from the Peak District.  Afternoon tea is served daily from 3-5 pm either in the dining room or if the weather allows in the garden. 

Newton House tea rooms - local quality produce is sourced and with it's location a stones throw from the Tissington Trail this is an ideal spot for Afternoon Tea.  Options include a tradtional afternoon tea for £25 for two, deluxe afternoon tea £35 for two, as well as vegetarian afternoon tea and a chocolate indulgence afternoon tea. 

Herberts tearooms - formerly The Old Coach House, located in the heart of Tissington Village this is a lovely setting.  Vintage crockery and a quirky decor with breakfast, lunch and cream teas all served.  Tissington is a lovely village to explore with a duck pond, shops and walks including the Tissington Trail.  

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There's always plenty to do in the Peak District during February half term.  Here are our top picks for all the family.

  • Medieval Mayhem and Bolsolver Castle - take a trip in time and test your skills and fun in medieval games.  Open 19-23 Feb 11 - 3. The castle is also worth a visit to soak up the Age of Chivelry.  There's a fairytale little castle, atmospheric ruined terrace and interesting Venus Gardens. 
  • Matlock Farm Park - On Sat 15 and Sun 16 February there's a reptiles event featuring bearded dragons, geckos, a tarantula and Lucy the seven foot boa constrictor!  Bring cameras for photo opportunities.  There's so much more to do at Matlock Farm Park, with lots of animals to visit, horse riding, trails, play areas and a cafe.  
  • Arkwrights Cromford Mills - visit the Derwent Mills World Heritage site where there is something for everyone.  Interactive films with a Sir Richard Arkwright hologram, the world's first successful water powered cotton mill, narrowboat rides along the canal, walks, trails, galleries, shops and places to eat. 

There's plenty of other things to see and do in the Peak District this half term including Gulliver's Kingdom, Poole's Cavern and Country Park, Heights of Abraham and Chatsworth Farm and Adventure playground.  Have fun!

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Riverside House : BOOK NOW

Riverside House
   Sleeps up to 12
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Valley View : BOOK NOW

Valley View
   Sleeps up to 15
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HOLIDAY COTTAGE LATE DEALS

Valley View

Grab a pre-Christmas break!

From Mon 17 Dec (4 pm) to Sat 22 Dec (10 am)

SAVE £100!  Was £1091 now £991

That's only £66 per person based on full occupancy!

Sleeps up to 15+ five dogs (£15 per pet) in 6 bedrooms

Riverside House

Late deals available

Fri 14 Dec to Mon 17 or Tues 18 Dec SAVE £100 now £769 for 9+2 guests

Ask us about mid-week break deals

Sleeps 9 + 2 + 5 dogs (£15 per pet) in 4 bedrooms, plus huge games room!

Call 07980 390 520 or send an email:

wendyboast@visitpeaks.co.uk

 

WHY BOOK WITH US....

  • spacious accommodation
  • 4-star standard
  • dog and pet-friendly
  • flexible booking
  • short breaks available
  • deal direct with the owner Wendy Boast
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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.

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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

While you are here why not pamper yourself with the services of our business partner 'My Personal Sanctuary'.
Click on the logo below for more information.

My Personal Sanctuary