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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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Getaway and grab 20% off any weekend at Riverside House holiday cottage in January, February or March 2019 (subject to availability)

This large family friendly self catering accommodation sleeps 9+2+cot in four bedrooms and has three bathrooms.  

Plus huge separate games room, Sky movies and sports, BT sports - all in surround sound, wi-fi, unlimited logs and kindling for the log burner are all included.  Bed linen and towels included as well.  

Riverside House holiday cottage is dog friendly too.  Bring you pet for £15 for the 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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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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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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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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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.

Sign up now to our online newsletter and get your free Peak District guide!  Click here to sign up or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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SAVE £100 on a short break weekend in February from 1st or 2nd February for up to four nights.  Now only £689 for up to twelve guests.

Riverside House is a large holiday cottage in the Peak District in a lovely location for walks from the door and the friendly local pub is only one mile.  

Riverside House sleeps 9+2+cot in four bedrooms and is family and child friendly.  Pet friendly too!  Up to five dogs welcome.  

Some of the facilities include games room, Sky movies and Sports on huge surround sound TV, wi-fi, unlimited free supply of logs for the log burner with all bookings, bed linen and towels included and plenty of space to relax and unwind.

Grab these last minute bargains while still available.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Visit our website for more information on Riverside House holiday cottage

 

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Running a holiday cottage business is great fun, especially when you get to stay in your own holiday cottages and enjoy the walks, scenery and relaxing in front of the log fire.

However, sometimes there are plenty of jobs to be done and last week was no exception.  We stayed at Riverside House holiday cottage for a week and certainly got a lot ticked off.

Here's some of tasks we acheived:

  • Annual boiler service
  • Annual chimney sweep
  • Fixing some snooker cues and table football in the games room
  • Getting a brand new TV, free sat box and satellite dish for the games room
  • Meeting up with lovely new caterers and sampling their food
  • Meeting Sauced Here a local delivery company where food and provisions are from the Peak District
  • Getting the oven cleaned and given a once over
  • Having a new mattress delivered for the downstairs double bedroom
  • Replacing some older pillows with new ones
  • Giving the utility room and washing machine a spring clean
  • Replacing an extractor fan in the ensuite bathroom

It's very satisfying to know that Riverside House is ship shape and ready for the Christmas and New Year guests.  We stay in our holiday cottages on a regular basis and this is one of the things that makes us different from other holiday cottage owners.  We know how many mugs, glasses, knives, forks are in the kitchen; we know if a light bulb needs replacing or if a door knob is loose.  We know if the pillows and mattresses are comfy and how warm the house feels on a winters day.  We experience our holiday cottages in the same way as our guests do, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

If you are looking for a short break or longer holiday cottage stay in 2018 do get in touch and book direct with owners who know their holiday cottages inside and out!

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SAVE £100 on this late short break deal at Riverside House holiday cottage in the Peak District, Derbyshire. NOW £689 for nine guests plus two on sofa bed and a cot.  Availability from 14 or 15 December 2017 for up to four nights.  

The price includes all bed linen, towels, heating and an unlimited free supply of logs for the log burner.  

We are dog and pet friendly too!

Some of the features of Riverside House holiday cottage include

  • Games room with pool, air hockey, table football
  • Sky Sports and Movies in HD
  • BT Sports in HD
  • Large surround TV
  • Log fire and unlimited free logs
  • Huge lounge with plenty of space
  • Three bathrooms
  • Downstairs bedroom and shower room with wc
  • Wi-fi included
  • Off-street parking for up to four cars
  • Child friendly
  • Dog and pet friendly
  • Walks from the door including traffic free Monsal Trail
  • Lovely local pub only one mile

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At Visit Peaks holiday cottages in the Peak District National Park, we don't rush you.  Book a short break and instead of two nights you can stay for three or four nights and continue enjoying your holiday.  So no packing up on the Sunday and rushing off.  And it is the same as the two night price. 

With the nights drawing in why not take advantage of the log burners and unlimited free supply of logs and kindling that comes with a Visit Peaks booking?  Snuggle up, relax and enjoy endless log fires!  

Visit Peaks holiday cottages are ideal for the larger group and family holidays.  Why not celebrate a birthday or special anniversary or a family or friends reunion with us?  

Valley View holiday cottage sleeps 13+2 in 6 bedrooms

Riverside House holiday cottage sleeps 9+2 in 4 bedrooms

Both holiday cottages are fully equipped and cots, high chairs, stair gates are provided for families.  And the four-legged members of your family are also very welcome.  We will accept up to five dogs at any one time.  

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Here's our very own Conor, enjoying a holiday in the Peak District at one of our holiday cottages. (The cottage in the picture is Valley View with stunning views over Dovedale). 

Many holiday cottages will only accept one or two dogs at the most.  That's where we are different from the rest.

You know your dogs and pets deserve a holiday as much as you do and that's why our large self catering cottages accept up to five dogs at any one time.  So if you are on holiday with family members and friends you can all bring your four-legged friends along too.

There are walks galore from the holiday cottages.  At Valley View enjoy walks along the river Dove or the nearby Tissington Trail and at our other cottage, Riverside House, there's the river Wye and Monsal Trail right on the doorstep.

And just like you, your dogs will love snuggling up to our cosy log fires.  We don't stint on logs either, when you book with us you get an unlimited free supply of logs and kindling to use during your stay.  

If you'd like more information on taking your dog on holiday with you, or details about our short break prices for 2018, get in touch now!

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Life was meant for great holidays together with friends and family. 

We can help you get away more and escape for a short break or longer holiday.  Just sign up to our quarterly e-newsletter for short break and mid-week discounts at our large holiday cottages in the Peak District.

And when you sign up you'll get our free 'Peek at the Peak' guide too!  What's not to like?

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There's plenty going on this Easter in the Peak District.  We've put together a guide of a few of our selected highlights for families young and old.  So why not pop over to the Peak District this Easter and join in the fun?

  • There's Easter holiday fun at Calke Abbey. The Cadbury egg hunt in the meadow runs daily from 14-16 April 11 am to 3.30 pm. Pick up a map and follow the clues to the treasure at the end!  There are also nature-themed activities and lovely walks to enjoy for all the family. 
  • Why not climb the towers of St Mary's and All Saints Churches in Chesterfield?  You'll get stunning views of the Crooked Spire and the town.  The tour lasts about 40 mins and do book in advance. 
  • Loads of family fun at Conkers indoor and outdoor play and adventure in a national forest.  From 1 to 23 April there are various activities and events including a circus, Punch and Judy, sublime science, juggling, craft and ranger activities and and an Easter egg challenge.  
  • At the Tropical Butterfly, Wildlife and Falconery Centre from 1 to 23 April there's an Easter Mad about Madagasgar theme.  You can meet species close up, take part in an Easter Egg hunt (Easter Sunday and Monday), enjoy tractor trailor rides and there are Easter bunnies and chicks to meet.   

These are just a few of the Easter events going on for families in the Peak District.  We've picked a few that offer something a little bit different.  We hope that you enjoy them!  Happy Easter holidays!

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Did you know that we have a free guide to the Peak District?  Just sign up to our quartlery newsletter and it's yours!

So if you are planning a family and dog friendly short break away sign up now.

For more information on our holiday cottages in the Peak District contact:

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Get away to the Peak District National Park this Spring with our holiday cottage late deals and offers.

Riverside House holiday cottage sleeps 9+2 in four bedrooms and is family and pet friendly with a games room, free wi fi, Sky movies and sports and BT sports in super surround sound.  

Spring deals at Riverside House holiday cottage

  • Mon 27 March (from 3 pm) 4-5 nights now £650, save £124!
  • Sat 22 April (from 3 pm) 4-5 nights now £725, save £142!
  • Mon 15 May (from 3 pm) 4-5 nights now £750, save £117!

Valley View holiday cottage sleeps 13+2 in six bedrooms and is family and pet friendly with stunning views over Dovedale and lovely walks from the door.  Free wi fi, Sky movies and sports and BT sports with two TVs. 

Spring deals at Valley View holiday cottage

  • Mon 24 April (from 4 pm) 4 nights now £899, save £194!
  • Mon 22 May (from 4 pm) 4 nights now £899, save £194!

All deals incluce bed linen, towels, heating and an unlimited supply of logs for the log burner.  Pets stay for £15 each per break.  A returnable breakages bond of £150 is required with all bookings.

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Last deal for a while!  Sat 8 to Thurs 13 June 2019, was £1163, now £1013, save £150!

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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 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).

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