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If you are thinking of booking a large holiday cottage, here are some key tips when making an enquiry  – from a cottage owner’s point of view. Some may seem obvious, but there’s no such thing as a silly question when you’re planning your holiday!

1. Don't forget to include the dates that you are interested in on the enquiry email.  You’d be surprised how often people forget!  If you have a range of dates, give them in order of preference.  If you are flexible with your dates mention that too.

2. Do put down the numbers of adults and children in your group (and their ages). It really helps, as holiday cottage owners will know immediately if the cottage is the right size and suitable for the group.

3. Let the holiday cottage owner know the reason for your visit. e.g. family holiday, group reunion, walking holiday. At Visit Peaks we don't accept stag or hen parties (sorry) but it would be really helpful to know if that is the purpose of the visit, as we often recommend other holiday cottages in the area that do!

4. Mention if you have pets, what kind, and how many.  We do accept dogs (as well as cats, rabbits, gerbils and budgies!), but it never ceases to amaze me that people forget to mention that they want to bring their four-legged friends with them on holiday.  Many holiday cottages don't allow pets, so it is a crucial piece of information!

5. Ask for the price and if there are any hidden costs.  Are you surprised that this isn't tip number one?  Often it is not the key deciding factor in choosing a holiday cottage.

6. Hoping for a discount? Don't ask for 'the best price' (all our prices are good for the size of the accommodation and facilities, of course!) Instead ask if there are any offers on the website at the moment, or ask if there is a newsletter when reductions may be advertised.  Don't expect discounts for busy periods or weekends. If you can be flexible and stay mid-week that is the best time to get a discounted price.  

7. Feel free to ask as many questions about the facilities as you like.  If you are travelling with young children for example, you’ll want to know if there are high chairs, stair gates, fire guards etc. Or if you are with a group of friends, you may want to know about the TV package, wi fi, available board games, etc.  If the number of bathrooms/ensuites is important to your group do ask, it might not be obvious from the holiday cottage details, so check it out.  As holiday cottage owners we love to talk about our facilities!

8. Ask about the area, what is there to do locally and further afield.  We love to tell you about this and we have plenty of insider knowledge to share.

9. Do ask about eating out too.  We visit lots of the local pubs and cafes and are always happy to pass on recommendations.  This is especially true for large groups as we can tell you which pubs are large enough to fit you all in, how far away they are, the standard of the food, beer, wine, whether dog friendly and plenty more!

10. If you are planning a special birthday or anniversary, ask how we can help.  We know caterers and spa services that can be booked at the holiday cottages.

I’ve saved my two “bonus tips” for the end, because they’re the ones people often forget…

11. Don’t forget to ask about mobile phone reception.  You don't want to be disappointed (especially with a rural holiday cottage) if the area doesn't have signal.  Although for some people that is a bonus!  

12. You may also want to ask about wi fi speeds.  Our holiday cottage in Litton Mill has wi fi, but it doesn't have the fastest of download speeds, so it is something that you will need to know.  It isn't a deal breaker, but it is better to be forewarned!


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Are you planning on a holiday with a large group of friends or a large family group? 

It can be really difficult trying to find the right date, the best accommodation and where to stay.  

Here's some tips to make it just that bit easier!

Choose one person to act as group coordinator, preferably someone who has some time during the day or evening to deal with emails and phone calls within the group and with accommodation providers.

Next set the date and make sure everyone puts it in their diary or calendar.  For a large group you are going to need to plan far in advance, at least 6 months if not longer if you want school holiday dates (even up to one year in advance).   If you are planning for a special birthday or anniversary the date may not be flexible.  Even more reason to plan far in advance.

Now find which area you'd like to stay in, with a back up destination too.  Look at the map and where you all live.  Where is relatively easy for all the group to get to?  Do you need public transport links?   Do you want a rural break or town break? 

List the criteria for the accommodation: number of bedrooms, bathrooms, size of lounge, kitchen, are towels and bed linen required, do you need pet or child friendly accommodation, a garden, games room, wi fi, log fire or off street parking?  Do you want a pub nearby or local shops or do you want to be able to go on long walks from the door?  The list is seemingly endless so pick the top three to five criteria for your search as you probably won't find everything that you want.  

Now start looking for accommodation armed with your information.  Many of the large holiday cottage websites allow you to search by date, size of group, region and by pet friendly and child friendly criteria.  This will really narrow down the search.  Take a look at Owner's Direct and Holiday Lettings amongst the big ones, but also look for regional specific websites.  In the Peak District there's the Ashborne Accommodation website and Visit Tideswell, both run by local holiday cottage owners.

In the organic search engine listings you can also search for 'sleeps 9', 'sleeps 10' etc and the area or region too.  This will then bring up plenty of independent holiday cottage owners websites.

You will end up with a list of possibilities.  Start sending out emails to the owners direct or via the larger websites you can send a number of emails at once.  Key questions are size of accommodation, availability, pet, child friendly and of course price!

Let the group coordinator handle all this and draw up a short-list of three.  You may not have much time to decide as the large holiday cottages book up fast!  Give everyone in the group a deadline to respond and pick a favourite and a second and even third choice. 

Get the group coordinator to call the holiday cottage owner direct, speaking to them will answer so many of the questions you have and show that you are genuinely interested.  You will also get a chance to pick their brains about the area, where to eat, visit and what facilities the cottage has.

Be prepared to pay a deposit of 25% or more to book the holiday cottage.  The coordinator of the group can pay that up front and claim back from the group later.  Find out when the balance and breakages bond is required and let the group know when their share of the payment is needed.  Collect this in advance of the due date.

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Large self catering holiday cottages are ideal for family celebrations, special birthdays, anniversaries, reunions and groups of friends to holiday together.  

When you book a large holiday cottage rental, you want to be sure that it is right for you and the group.  

As holiday cottage owners we stay in our self catering cottages and use them with friends as our guests do.  That way we know what is needed to create the perfect self catering holiday cottage break.

We check the cupboards to make sure that there are plenty of glasses, so if you want to toast a special birthday or anniversary there's at least one glass each with spares.  

We supply enough plates, bowls, mugs so that you can have a dishwasher load on with another whole set available for you to use.  

There's plenty of information about the area, the walks, the pubs, restaurants, places to visit.   We can recommend places too for larger groups for dining out for special occasions and pub lunches.   We have contacts with a visiting spa and catering service for those really special group breaks.

For families and adults alike there are games galore, board games for all ages, table football, multi-games table, and at Riverside House a fully equipped games room including table tennis.  Wi fi is available at both cottages.

Both our holiday cottages have Sky Sports, BT Sports, Sky movies so there's never a chance to get bored, not matter what your interests.  

And if the weather does turn inclement we provide an unlimited and free supply of logs and kindling so that you can keep dry and warm with a cosy glow.  
We will be visiting again in September and making sure everything is in place for your group holiday cottage rental.  Let us know what things you'd like to see included to make the self catering break special?  

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When you book a large holiday cottage rental, you want to be sure that everything is provided to create memorable meals together.  

As holiday cottage owners we stay in our self catering cottages and invite our friends and family to stay with us.  That way we know what is needed to create family meals or cater for groups of friends.

Our last visit was this month and we've checked through all our kitchen supplies.  We've now added a wok to the list of items supplied.   Here's a few other kitchen items that we supply that other holiday cottages may not:
• Pizza cutter
• Chopping boards in a range of different sizes
• Cookery books
• Spices, herbs, oil, and other handy cooking essentials
• Two fridges
• Knife sharpener
• Cake tins
We could go on, but I guess you get the message?  Our holiday cottage kitchens are fully equipped and will have everything you need for a large group self catering rental.

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Do you need to book a holiday cottage for a large group or family holiday?  Maybe there is a special birthday coming up or anniversary celebration?  Or you just want to go on holiday with your friends and family and need a large holiday cottage?

Our self catering accommodation is the ideal choice!  

If you are looking to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary we have contacts with an organic visiting spa where treatments can be organised at the holiday cottages.  We can also help you find a caterer to come to the holiday cottages and cook that extra special meal. They even bring all the cutlery, crockery, table cloths and ovens!  So absolutely no clearing up required.  

For large groups our cottages are very well equipped.  There are large lounges with plenty of seating, large surround sound TVs with Sky sports and films in HD plus BT Sports.  Wi fi comes as standard.  The dining rooms are great for large groups wanting to eat together and the fully equipped kitchens have everything you need for a large group gathering.  

Riverside House holiday cottage also has its' very own games room, well-stocked with pool, air hockey, table tennis, PS2, TV, mini fridge and table tennis downstairs in the garage area.   

We also have flexible bedroom arrangements at our holiday cottages with some of our beds being link attached enabling them to be made up as king-size or single beds.  So whether you are couples or singles the bedrooms can be made up to suit your needs.   

If you are visiting us in the spring and summer the outdoor areas come alive with BBQs, outdoor furniture and plenty of space to relax and enjoy your holiday with friends and family.  Why not take in the views of the exquisite Dovedale from Valley View holiday cottage while enjoying a glass of wine in the sun?

Your family and friends will want to get out and about while visiting the Peak District.  Alton Towers is only a 30 minutes' drive from Valley View holiday cottage, and from Riverside House holiday cottage under an hours' drive.  There are plenty of other things to see and do, including Chatsworth HouseGo Ape in Buxton, Poole's Caverns right next door, Crich Tramway MuseumPeveril CastleMatlock Farm Park and plenty more.  Why not visit our Top 10s of things to see and do in the Peak District to find out some more information? 

So if you are planning a large group or family holiday this year why not let us help you out?  

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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

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.

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