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Enjoy a calming short break this November and December at Valley View holiday cottage in Dovedale in the Peak District.

With a warming log burner and countryside views, Valley View cottage has it all.  Walks in the fresh air, colourful scenery with the changing of the leaves and the cottage is right by loads of walks and trails with beautiful scenery.

And if you plan nights in there's a fully equipped kitchen so you can whip up hearty meals for all the family after a full day out.

There's just the weekends of 6 November and 4 and 11 December left now in 2020.  

The holiday cottage is ideal for a large family or two social households to holiday together.  And dog friendly too!

Book now to avoid disappointment!

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The staycation has become the popular holiday choice for the UK.  At Visit Peaks holiday cottages we've recently had unprecedented enquiries and bookings for families wanting to holiday at home.

Our holiday cottages, Riverside House and Valley View, are nearly full for 2020. 

Valley View has 6-9 and 27 - 30 November weekends available and 4-7 and 11-14 December weekends available.

Riverside House now only has 4-7 December weekend available in 2020. 

Bookings for 2021 are also up with April, May and June 2021 popular.

If you are looking for a family holiday and if you are two social households get in touch with us to plan your staycation in the Peak District. 

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Visit Peaks holiday cottages are ready to go!

We are delighted to have achieved the Visit Britain Good to Go quality standard for re-opening on 4 July.  We have been working hard behind the scenes getting the cottages ready and whilst we have had to make some changes we have also been making sure that your holiday will be a safe one.

Our cleaning protocols are compliant with guidance and our housekeepers are now making the final touches and spring cleans before we re-open.  We have put lots of information for guests online and will continue to give guests as much help as we can to make the holiday one to remember.  Everyone that books will be sent our new Out and About information, which we are constantly updating so you will have at your fingertips a handy guide to safer walks, attractions that are open and which pubs are open or doing takeaways. 

We are mostly full for the summer but things are quite fluid at the moment so if you’d like to be put on a waiting list for July and August dates we can do that.  Some groups are still making decisions about their holidays and we understand if people do not feel that the time is right to travel.  So there may well be a last-minute cancellation and the best place to hear about that is on social media.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.   

Our only availability currently for July and August is four nights from 4 July at Riverside House.  If you are a family group or in two social households we would love to welcome you.  There’s £100 off this short break.

For those of you that are not feeling confident about travelling abroad we can provide holidays throughout the year and have updated our website prices into 2021 with no price increases.   Visit our websites for further details of availability.

We wish all our guests well and safe during these difficult times. 

 

 

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It has been a difficult time for everyone with the Covid-19 outbreak, but we are now turning our minds to hopefully reopening our cottages in early July. 

We've already been getting some interest for autumn 2020 and bookings are on the increase for 2021.  We have now added dates to the Valley View bookings calendar up to the end of 2021 so that you can plan ahead. And there are no price increases so you will pay 2020 prices.

For all new bookings we will send you our new terms and conditions.  If there is a further wave of Covid-19 and the Government prevents travel and holidays, including staying in holiday cottages full refunds will be given.  Of course if you are able to travel our normal terms and conditions will apply.  

There is likely to be a staycation boom over the coming months and possibly into 2021 so don't leave it too late to get in touch.  You will deal direct with Wendy the owner of Valley View and Riverside House holiday cottages.  There is no agency and no booking fees.  Book direct and get personal service.

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Treat your family to a holiday in some gorgeous English countryside and getaway from it all without the fuss and bother of a trip abroad. 

There's still plenty of availability in the Peak District at Visit Peaks cottages including the end of March, a couple of weekends in April, and some breaks left in May, June, July and even August.  So a summer holiday is still on the cards.

If you are looking for a holiday at home this year get in touch and we can let you know what weekends/weeks we have left.

Valley view holiday cottage sleeps 13+2 in 6 bedrooms and Riverside House sleeps 9+2 in 4 bedrooms. Both cottages are dog friendly and in lovely Peak District locations with walks in all directions from the door of the cottages.   

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Just released £150 off remaining March weekends at Valley View holiday cottage and Riverside House holiday cottage.

Valley View is available from 6 March for up to four nights and is now £995 for up to 13 + 2 guests and dog friendly.

Riverside House is available from 6 March or 20 March for up to four nights and is now £763 for up to 9 + 2 guests and dog friendly.

At both cottages your booking will include bed linen and towels and unlimited and free logs for the log burners.

So why not get your family and friends together and have a group break away?

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Snuggle up and keep warm and toasty at Visit Peaks holiday cottages. As part of your booking with us you get unlimited free logs and kindling, plus matches and firelighters too.  So plenty of nights in by the log fire after those long winter walks.

And banish the New Year blues and book one of our remaining January weekends now with £150 off!  

Valley View holiday cottage is available the weekend of 17 January and sleeps 13+2 in six bedrooms.

Riverside House holiday cottage is available the weekends of 24 and 31 January and sleeps 9+2 in four bedrooms.

Both cottages are dog friendly.

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This offer is for November only.  Book a 2020 break in November with Visit Peaks holiday cottages and pay only £100 deposit.  

Secure your 2020 booking today!  Grab some friends and family and organise your group accommodation for 2020.

Riverside House holiday cottage sleeps 9+2+cot and Valley View holiday cottage sleeps 13+2+cot.  Both cottages are dog friendly and located in lovely Peak District locations.  

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Holiday cottage deal in the Peak District National Park.  

Four or six-bedrooms cottages - any remaining November weekends now reduced by 10%

Riverside House a stones throw from the Monsal Trail with traffic free walks

Valley View in stunning Dovedale and views all around from the cottage 

Both cottages are dog friendly

Valley View sleeps 13+2

Riverside House sleeps 9+2+1 

Let's go!

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We are counting down the days until we stay and work at both our holiday cottages in the Peak District.  There's plenty of behind the scenes work that goes on to keep the cottages in tip top shape and we will be spending three days at both cottages.

These are some of the plans:

  •  an understairs cupboard being built at Valley View extra duvet storage 
  •  stone wall repairs to Valley View front garden area
  •  fitting a grab rail in the Valley View Annex bathroom
  •  two new wooden composters at Valley View for all our garden/shrub waste
  •  a new bench at Valley View so customers can enjoy those splendid views
  •  a new utility work surface at Valley View above the dryers for extra laundry space
  •  some extra planting in the gardens to fill up a few gaps
  •  fence painting
  •  restocking the crockery at Riverside House
It's what we love doing and we will leave the cottages knowing that they are in great condition for the Autumn season.
 
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Those of you that have large group holidays or large family holidays to plan will understand how important it is to plan far in advance.  

Large self catering holiday cottages book up fast and if you have an area or cottage in mind you do have to get in there quick.

That's why at Visit Peaks holiday cottages we have now added our availability dates and prices going forward to September 2021.  There's no hidden prices, you can do the research and find out which seasons and dates work best for your group or family holiday. 

Visit Peaks have two large holiday cottages in the Peak District, Riverside House or Valley View sleeping up to 15 guests at Valley View.  We have been running group and family group holidays for 13 years and can help with caterers, spa breaks, the best pubs, walks and things to do in the area.  

If you are planning your large group accommodation for family or friends, just get in touch and we will help.  Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 07980 390 520 to speak direct to Wendy today.   

 

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We visited the new Refreshment Room cafe on the Monsal Trail July 2019.  It is an ideal location on the Monsal Trail for both walkers and cyclists. 

Located at the old railway station at Miller's Dale. There is also ample parking if you come by car (pay and display) plus public toilets.

We were impressed with sandwiches, wraps, baked potatoes and a good selection of hot and cold drinks, plus ice creams from the Peak District Dairy.  

There's plenty of seating indoors and out and there's also good access for mobility impaired guests.

If you are coming from Riverside House holiday cottage pick up the Monsal Trail by crossing the river at the bridge by Riverside House and go up the short, but steep bank and onto the Monsal Trail.  Head right and keep walking, you pass over the abseiling bridge with lovely views and a bit further along on the right you will come to the old railway station now the Refreshment Room.  We highly recommend a visit. 

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Although most of us are thinking of the summer holidays if you are planning a staycation for a large group or large family you do need to plan in advance.  Now is a great time to think of booking for autumn. 

Visit Peaks holiday cottages in the Peak District are now getting enquiries for October and beyond and we've got a few short breaks left:

Riverside House holiday cottage (sleeps 9+2+cot in four bedrooms):

Weekends of 4, 11 October and 8, 15, 22 and 29 of November all available

Valley View holiday cottage (sleeps 13+2+cot in six bedrooms):

11, 18 October, 1, 22 November and 13 December all available

Don't delay!  Book your autumn short break now!

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We provide a whole variety of board games at our holiday cottages (just in case it rains - well it is England!!)

There's standard ones such as Monopoly and Scrabble plus old favourites like Frustration and Pictionary. And of course chess and draughts.

We have a giant Jenga and snakes and ladders too.  

Oh and did we mention a games room at Riverside House along with table tennis, pool, air hockey, TV, PS2 and X-box?

Valley View has table football and TV with X-box in the Annex lounge. 

What board games do you enjoy with your family?

Do you have any tips for board games for younger children and teenagers? We are always looking for new ones to provide and especially for our younger guests.

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Thornbirds hospitality arrived at Riverside House to cater for a family gathering and to celebrate an 18th birthday.  We've asked them to provide a little taster of what they can do for guests who are celebrating special birthdays and anniversaries at our holiday cottages.

Katharine at Thornbirds says:

'The cottage kitchen is lovely and cosy wihilst being plenty big enough and well equipped, which instantly makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.  We served the following menu:

Starter - pan fried garlic and lemon marinated squid and chorizo served with rustic farmhouse bread

Main - fillet steak served with dauphinois potatoes, honey glazed carrots, french beans and a rich Madeira sauce

Dessert -  triple layered pecan and banoffee pie served with honeycomb ice cream and chocolate flakes

The family were delighted with their meal and we received fantastic feedback after the event'. 

If you have a special birthday or anniversary coming up why not book either Riverside House or Valley View holiday cottage through Visit Peaks cottages and enjoy celebratory catering with Thornbirds Hospitality?

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This could be your next family holiday in the Peak District National Park ....

*Cycling traffic free tracks
*Exploring the countryside, soaking up views
*Walking the trails and dales
*Playing table tennis, pool, air hockey and more
*Having a family night in watching HD movies
*Turning up surround sound as much as you like
*Dusting off the board game skills for family fun
*Enjoying it all with your four-legged friends

 

Book your next family holiday at Riverside House in the Peak District
*Sleeps 9+2+cot in 4 bedrooms
*3 bathrooms, one ensuite
*Huge games room
*Free wi-fi
*All bedding and towels included
*Unlimited free logs and kindling for the log burner
*Off-street parking
*Safe enclosed garden and patio area
*BBQ
*Dog and pet friendly
*Welcome pack and doggy welcome pack on arrival
SPECIAL OFFER SAT 8 TO THURS 13 JUNE £150 OFF!
NEXT AVAILABILITY 4 OCT WEEKEND - HURRY DATES GO FAST!

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This is our last holiday cottage special offer for a while at Riverside House.  We have reduced the price by £150!

From Saturday 8 June (3 pm check in) to Thursday 13 June (10 am check out)

Sleeps nine plus two on sofa bed, one on z-bed and a cot.

Dog friendly, bring your pets for £15 per pet per stay.  Doggy welcome pack provided.

Huge games room.

Lovely location a stones throw from The Monsal Trail, which is traffic free all the way to Bakewell.  Ideal for cycling and walking.  

Plenty of walks from the door in all directions.

Unlimited free supply of logs and kindling for your stay.

Wi-fi, Sky and BT Sports in HD, Sky movies in HD.

Fully equipped kitchen with everything you need for a family or group self catering rental, including Nespresso coffee machine.

Fully enclosed and safe garden.

Off street parking for up to four cars.

Price was £1163 NOW £1013, SAVE £150!

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An update on works in progress at Valley View holiday cottage.

The downstairs bathroom is undergoing a complete refurbishment and that is about half-way through.  A completely new walk in style shower, toilet and basin are being installed.  As well as new wall and floor tiles, new lighting, mirror and towel rail.  We can't wait to see the results!

This new bathroom will be ideal for mobility impaired guests too.

Other improvements to start next week include new carpets in two of the bedrooms along with new carpets in the Annex lounge and staircase.  

These are just some of the things we are doing to keep our holiday cottages fresh and new and ready for our 2019 guests. 

For more information on Valley View holiday cottage visit www.dovedaleholidaycottage.co.uk 

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Sniff out these dog friendly holiday cottages in the gorgeous Peak District National Park and treat your dog to a holiday in 2019.

Riverside House and Valley View holiday cottages accept up to five dogs at both cottages.  There are loads of lovely walks from the doorsteps of both cottages and dog friendly pubs all within walking distance. 

And it gets even better at Riverside House holiday cottage as we have just introduced a doggy welcome pack. 

Contents for our four-legged visitors will include:

  • dog treats
  • poop bags
  • dog shampoo
  • dog bowls with non-slip mat
  • dog bed
  • dog throw
  • dog towels

Other benefits of staying with multiple dogs at Riverside House:

  • Pleny of downstairs space with open plan layout and easy to clean flooring
  • Outside taps for washing down after muddy walks
  • Safe, fully enclosed grassed and patio area
  • Cosy, warm log burner with fire guard for relaxation after the long walks
  • Walks from the door including the traffic free Monsal Trail (just across the bridge at the back of the cottage and up to the Trail)
  • Very dog friendly pub, The Angler's Rest, one mile from the cottage
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Riverside House holiday cottage is now looking super cosy and ready to welcome Christmas and New Year guests.

Some recent additions include:

  • new Bosch washing machine in the utility room
  • a selection of dishes and baking dishes for seasonal cooking
  • wine and champagne glasses re-stocked with more than enough for a drink in hand as well as a set in the dishwasher
  • new fluffy bed runners
  • fresh new paint on the towel rails
  • logs moved right next to the house and kindling topped up for cosy nights in
  • brand new large toaster in the kitchen
We are owners that stay and live in our holiday cottages and that's why we know what is needed to make the perfect getaway.  Why not get in touch for a short break in 2019?  
 
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  • Sleeps 13+2+cot
  • 6 bedrooms
  • dog friendly
  • stunning Peak District location
Contact wendyboast@visitpeaks.co.uk or call 07980 390 520
 
 
Due to cancellations weekend of 18 Sept £400 off now £729 and weekend of 6 Nov £325 off now £632.  Note with current government guidelines only sleeps 6 for these prices or one household.   
  •  Sleeps 9+2+cot
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Games room
  • Dog friendly
  • Minutes from traffic free Monsal Trail

Call Wendy Boast on 07980 390 520 or send an email:

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