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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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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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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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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 soon 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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www.dovedaleholidaycottage.co.uk and

www.riversidehouse-peakdistrict.co.uk

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There are many reasons why holiday cottage owners should stay in their own self catering accommodation.

Unless you actually stay somewhere, sleep there, use the oven, turn on the TV, sit on the sofa, load the dishwasher it is impossible to know what it is really like from the guests point of view. 

What works?  What is uncomfortable?  Can you see things differently when sitting down?  Maybe an odd cobweb or two has escaped your view?  Are there cracked plates, chipped glasses, does the diswasher clean properly? Are the pillows comfortable or the duvets warm enough? 

We stay in our holiday cottages for at least two or three mid-week nights about every six to eight weeks, sometimes with friends or family, sometimes on our own and sometimes with our dog.  Each time it's a different experience and each time we find little things that we wouldn't pick up otherwise. 

Some of the jobs that we seem to do everytime we stay include: removing chipped glasses, plates, bowls and mugs, sharpening knives, putting back loose pages into the information folder, removing out of date information leaflets, replacing light bulbs, tidying the spare duvets and pillows, deleting recorded programmes from the Sky box and mending board games boxes.  All these jobs are small, but when you stay somewhere they are the annoying little things that make an impression. 

Unless you stay a night or two in your own holiday cottage, you just won't pick up on all of these things or more.   It is the attention to detail that shows that you really care.  You can only find out exactly what needs attention if you stay in the holiday cottage yourself.

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A different blog today.  I love using Twitter and social media to promote my holiday cottages so I thought I'd post a few tips I've learnt along the way.  Mainly this time using the hashtag (#) on Twitter.

  • Use the # symbol to categorize your tweets so that users can simply find you in these areas e.g. #holidaycottage #selfcatering #holidaycheer #familytravel #staycation or #bookdirect - these are some of my favourites, but there's plenty of others
  • Don't try and put too many #s in your tweet though it looks a bit cluttered and off-putting I think!
  • Do use topical #s in your tweets, so how about using #christmassy or #christmaslights to tweet about your holiday cottage Christmas decorations?
  • Try adding stickers to your tweets - it's fun and engaging. Tap to compose your tweet, tap camera and then tap sticker icon and have fun!  Then add a # that's relevant to the stickers.  #dogs #dogfriendly are some of the ones I use with stickers of dogs and paw prints.  Works well for dog friendly holiday cottages!

Find us on Twitter @visitpeaks

 

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Get the diaries ready as group self catering bookings for 2017 need to be planned soon!

If you are looking for a group family holiday or a special birthday or anniversary celebration or a friends reunited getaway, we can help.

Our holiday cottages sleep 7-15 in the Peak District National Park.  Valley View holiday cottage has plenty of seating and dining space for group self catering and lovely views towards Dovedale.  Riverside House holiday cottage comes with its very own games room and walks on your doorstep, such as the traffic free Monsal Trail.

Both holiday cottages have Sky movies and sports, BT sports, surround sound, free wi fi, unlimted free logs for the log burner and are fully equipped for group self catering.

So don't hesitate, bookings for 2017 are already coming in.  We expect September to be a busy month.

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The summer holidays are here and you are off on your self catering break with all the family. 

Here's our checklist of summer holiday essentials to take with you, especially if you are visiting the countryside.

  • Outdoor gear for lovely country walks, including sturdy shoes, longer trousers and a waterproof (it is the UK!)
  • Suncream - yes the sun does shine sometimes!
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Insect repellent, medicines, antihistamines
  • Small first aid kit and plasters, be prepared for blisters, bits and burns
  • Kids toys for both the car journey and your destination
  • Phone chargers and head phones
  • Camera
  • Water, drinks and snacks
  • If you are away with your dog, some treats and a water and food bowl.  Supplies of dog food and poop bags.
  • Book or Kindle
  • Wet wipes and tissues, antiseptic hand gel
  • Umbrella
  • Pen and notebook
  • Holiday cottage directions and owners contact number

Happy holidays!

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Plan in advance and grab a Peak District weekend break deal! 

At Riverside House holiday cottage there are only two weekends left for 2016.  So if you want a weekend break away from it all with some friends or family, take advantage of this great offer.

From Friday 18 to Monday 21 November or Friday 9 to Monday 12 December 2016, the weekends are available for £699, which is a saving of £75.  (Normal price at this time of year is £774).

Riverside House holiday cottage sleeps 9 guests plus 2 on a sofa bed and a cot.  The holiday cottage has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and its very own games room for indoor fun!  There's a log fire with an unlimited free supply of logs to keep you cosy and warm (along with underfloor heating!).  

In addition bring your dog on holiday too, we accept up to five dogs per booking at £15 per pet per stay.

So if you want some winter walks or just want to get away from it all, get in touch now!

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Due to a cancellation at Valley View holiday cottage in September 2016, from 23 to 26 September there's a special offer price of £850 saving over £270!  

Valley View holiday cottage sleeps 13+2 in 6 bedrooms and has lovely views over Dovedale in the Peak District.  All bed linen, towels, heating and an unlimited supply of logs for the log burner are included.  

Valley View holiday cottage is dog friendly too and accepts up to five well behaved dogs.  (£15 per pet per stay)

This offer won't be around for long, if you want a self catering break with friends or family snap it up now! 

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Don't leave your best four-legged friends at home when you go on holiday.  Bring your dogs on holiday with you and all the family will enjoy a self-catering cottage break.

Holiday cottages are ideal for pet friendly holidays, especially when located in the lovely British countryside.  There's always plenty of walks and outside fun to be had.

At both our holiday cottages, Riverside House and Valley View, we welcome up to five dogs.  

Some of the fun things to do at the holiday cottages include splashing about in the river; going on traffic free walks on either The Monsal Trail or the Tissington Trail; visiting some dog friendly attractions and pubs and of course relaxing in front of the log fire. 

There really is no need for expensive kennel fees when you can bring your dogs with you.

Ask us about dog friendly attractions, walks and pubs that are near our holiday cottages.  

Or take a look at our Top 10 Dog Friendly Guide to the Peak District.

 

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Riverside House holiday cottage is available from Saturday 9 April (3 pm arrival) for 3, 4, 5 or 6 nights, the same price of £799 for however long you choose. Save over £250 on this deal!

The self catering holiday cottage sleeps 9+2 on a comfy sofa bed in four bedrooms, with three bathrooms and a lovely riverside location in a peaceful hamlet in the Peak District National Park.

Some of the features of the holiday cottage include a games room (ideal for teenagers, youngsters and all the family), log burning stove with free logs, wi fi, Sky movies and sports on a large surround sound TV, a safe enclosed garden and patio area for alfresco dining and off street parking for up to four cars.

Riverside House is also dog friendly, so don't leave your four-legged chums at home bring them on holiday too.  They will love the close access to the traffic free Monsal Trail, ideal for dog walks, cycling and taking in some stunning Peak District scenery.   

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A great offer at our self catering holiday cottage, Valley View, in Dovedale, the Peak District.

The weekend is now reduced by nearly £200 for up to 13 guests plus two on a sofa bed.  From Friday 29 January for up to four nights just £799.  That's only £53 per person with full occupancy!

Valley View holiday cottage has six bedrooms, two lounges, a fully equipped kitchen, large dining table for up to 16, parking for up to four cars, wi fi, Sky Sports and Movies, BT Sports, wi fi and a log fire with an unlimited supply of logs for free.  The booking also includes all your bed linen, towels and heating.  

So if you are looking for a break away to kick start your New Year in 2016 get in touch, but hurry this offer won't last long!

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Are you lucky enough to be able to take a holiday cottage break outside of the school holidays?  Can you take advantage of economy season mid-week breaks? If you are retired or semi-retired or have some holidays left, these deals are ideal.  

Now is the time to grab yourself a bargain.  Many holiday cottages will have some November and early December weekends available as well as mid-week break deals.

At Riverside House and Valley View holiday cottage, we have some great mid-week offers. Take a look at the box opposite this blog post and you will see our mid-week deals for November for both holiday cottages.   Both are available for 9 to 13 November at good reductions for 9 to 15 guests.  The price for a four night break is as low as £58 per person (based on 12 sharing at Riverside House) so why not take a last minute holiday with us? 

There's still plenty of things to do and see in the Peak District at this time of year, as well of course walks and pubs to dive into!  If you need more ideas take a look at our top 10 guides for the Peak District.  

If you would like to take advantage of a mid-week deal get in touch:

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I guess I've got that Halloween feeling, which means that this week the blog is about autumn dishes for a self catering holiday cottage break.

At our holiday cottages, Riverside House and Valley View the kitchen's are really well-equipped so that you cook almost anything.  We've even got blenders for hearty soups and cake tins for something sweeter.

Talking of soups why not try a roasted pumpin soup?  It's so simple, no need to peel the pumpkin, just cut into sections, roast until soft, remove skin.  Meanwhile gently sweat onions and other veg that you have to hand, add roasted pumpkin, vegetable stock and blend.  There you have it, my simple, speedy and tasty autumn pumpkin soup!

Other easy dishes for a large self catering group would be hearty casseroles - meat or veg, curries, hot pots, baked potatoes, roasted vegetables and for desserts try baked apples, crumbles or a wicked chocolate sponge!

I'd love to hear your easy self-catering recipies and tips.

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The perfect UK holiday cottage break is many things to different people, but here are a few suggestions for the perfect self catering holiday:
 
*A cottage with a view
*A cottage by a river
*A rural cottage away from it all
*A cottage near a pub
*A cottage by the beach
 
 
 
 
 
 
What is your favourite setting for a holiday cottage break in the UK?  And what is the ideal length of your holiday cottage break?  
 
  • No longer than two weeks
  • No longer than 10 days
  • No longer than 7 days
  • No longer than 3 days
How long do you want to spend travelling to your holiday cottage?
 
  • 1 hour journey there
  • 2 hours journey there
  • 3 hours journey there
  • No longer than four hours journey there

What other things matter to you when staying at a holiday cottage?  We'd love to know!
 
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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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Make sure you are ready for the Great British weather!  You'll either need sun cream and lots of it, a hat or cap or an umbrella - we suggest that you pack both!

As you are likely to be staying in a country holiday cottage, don't forgot there are more insects in the countryside!  Pack some midge repellent,  hay fever tablets and we'd recommend some citronella candles for sitting outside or mosquito coils.   

If you are going to be in the big outdoors and going on longer walks than usual, pack your most comfortable and sturdiest walking shoes or boots.  Walking poles are a great help for descending and don't forget the waterproof!  Some tubi grip bandages might be handy in case you are unlucky enough to have a sprain.  

Navigating in the countryside can be tricky, so our advice is to get a detailed OS map of the area you are staying in and take it with you. That way you can plan the days walking and outings and not get lost!

You'll want some memories to treasure of your self catering holiday, so don't forget the camera or mobile.  And of course the chargers too.   
 
Check out what essentials are provided in your holiday cottage (toilet roll, dishwasher tablets, tea towels, salt and pepper, oil etc) and then make a list of what you'll need to bring.  Focus on the essentials only as you can do a local shop when there (part of the fun is shopping in lovely market towns for local produce) or you can get a supermarket delivery booked in.

If travelling with children and babies don't forget what they will need; bottles, beakers, nappies, some games and books, colouring pencils etc.

And if your four-legged friends are coming with you, things like dog bowls, dog treats, dog food, bedding, spare towels, doggy poop bags etc are all essentials to bring with you.

And finally just have some fun and enjoy your self catering holiday cottage break!

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Never get bored at our self catering holiday cottages!  Just in case there's some rain out there we make sure that there's plenty of fun going on inside.  So we provide board games for all ages, young and old, for all the family or for adult groups.  There's some puzzles too, even a murder mystery game.  And if that's not enough Riverside House holiday cottage has its' very own games room.  

So there's no excuse not to enjoy yourself when visiting our Peak District self catering holiday cottages.

Tell us about your favourite board game and we will see if we can include it at the holiday cottages.

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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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