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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've got an amazing £150 off at Riverside House holiday cottage in the Peak District for the weekends of 4 or 11 October.  The holiday cottage is now reduced to £925 for up to four nights and a maximum of 12 guests. 

Riverside House is dog friendly too and we can accept up to five pets.  There's plenty of space for everyone with a huge lounge and great dining room and kitchen space.  And not forgetting the games room for family fun.  There are walks from the door in all directions many of them traffic free and the dog friendly pub is one mile along the lane. 

These offers won't last long so get in touch.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

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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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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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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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www.riversidehouse-peakdistrict.co.uk 

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Do you want to keep up to date with holiday cottage offers and deals in the Peak District?  The Visit Peaks Peak District newsletter is the main place where we advertise reduced price availability and for some breaks it is only in the newsletter that you'll get our exclusive short break discounts.  

The March newsletter will go out at the end of the month and if you sign up you will also get our Peek at the Peak District guide for free.

On top of that the March newsletter will include a further reduction on our June deal at Riverside House holiday cottage, exclusive to newsletter readers only! Currently our short break, Saturday 8th to Thursday 13th June, is reduced by £150 but watch out for the newsletter and an even bigger discount.

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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A fabulous new bathroom has been completed at Valley View holiday cottage.  This is a downstairs bathroom off the main hall and it now has a brand new shower, basin and w.c. along with new floor tiles and wall tiles.  We are delighted with the results and our first guests to use it last weekend reported back that it is a great improvement. 

It is handy for families and mobility impaired guests as it is a downstairs bathroom off the hall and close to the kitchen and lounge.  

Valley View holiday cottage in the Peak District has three bathrooms, six bedrooms and sleeps 13 guests plus two on a sofa bed.  A cot and travel cot are available and the cottage is family and pet friendly too.

www.dovedaleholidaycottage.co.uk 

 

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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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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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www.visitpeaks.co.uk 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Valley View holiday cottage

Weekends of 10 and 17 January reduced by £150, was £1145 now £995

  • Sleeps 13+2+cot
  • 6 bedrooms
  • dog friendly
  • stunning Peak District location
Contact wendyboast@visitpeaks.co.uk or call 07980 390 520
 

Riverside house holiday cottage now £150 off weekend of 22 November and weekends in January was £913 now £763 

  • 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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  • 4-star standard
  • dog and pet-friendly
  • flexible booking
  • short breaks available
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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.

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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.

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