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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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When you are staying in a holiday cottage rental over the autumn and winter months, you want to be sure that you will be cosy and snug. You can be assured that we will do our best to make your out of season stay as warm and homely as possible.  

At both our holiday cottages we supply free, unlimited logs for the log fires.  We also include kindling and matches so you can get the fires burning quickly.  And rest assured every year we have the chimneys swept and checked so that they are in tip top condition.

We hope that by spending that bit extra on insulating our cottages to keep the cold out that our guests feel warm at all times.  The heating is included in the costs so there's no need to worry if there are younger or older family members to keep warm.  There is continual hot water too, so you don't need to worry if you feel like a bath after a long walk. 

With the weather a bit colder and wetter outside, many guests like to cook in the holiday cottages enjoying family and friends meals together.  Both the kitchens at the holiday cottages are extremely well equipped with everything you need to cook large meals and we even have some cookery books available for inspiration.  We supply plenty of cutlery, pots, trays, glasses and even tins for cake baking if you get the urge!

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It is cold and snowy in the Peak District today.  So if you are snuggled up in a holiday cottage or going away this weekend hopefully you will be planning some hearty winter dishes with friends and family?

What will you cook?  Well as I am cooking a slow-cooked rabbit stew at home today I thought about my five top dishes to cook for large groups and family groups while self catering.  

A roast dinner has to be a family favourite and a lot of holiday cottages will have double range ovens so juggling with potatoes and meat shouldn't be a problem.  Luckily in the Peak District we have some fabulous suppliers and butchers including the wonderful Chatsworth farm shop.   If you haven't been you are really missing out!  

A casserole or stew is ideal as you can do all the preparation in advance, set a timer on the oven and leave the dish to cook all on its own. You'll end up with something warm and welcoming to come back to after a day out walking or sight seeing.  

How about a home made pie?  One of the luxuries of being away is having more time.  A chicken and leek pie is one of my favourites, served with creamy mashed potato.  Of course you could cheat and buy in frozen pastry, it is just as good.

If there are some vegetarians in the group how about a veggie curry?  It would be particularly tasty at this time of year with root vegetables or perhaps beans, spinach, chickpeas or lentils.  It's up to you!  Serve with brown or white rice.  Most holiday cottages will have some basic spices in stock along with salt and pepper and oil, so you won't have to bring it all with you. 

Why not get the kids involved and cook some cakes and cookies?  Get them off the Wi Fi or TV and let them get stuck in.  We've got recipe books at our holiday cottages in case the urge takes you!

I love cooking when I'm away and that's why our fully equipped self catering kitchens have everything you need to create roasts, casseroles, pies, stir fries and even cakes.  You'll find a starter selection of spices and herbs, oil, salt and pepper as well as various sizes of pans, casserole dishes, blenders (for soups), cake tins and plenty more.    

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The winter and Christmas in the Peak District are beautiful especially on crisp frosty and snowy days.  Many of us plan to be away over Christmas and the New Year, and at this time of year you do need to spend more time planning your journey to your holiday cottage. 


Most people will be driving to their holiday cottage.  Before you set off make sure the car is packed with some winter travelling essentials such as extra blankets, a spade, a flask of coffee or tea, towels, warm clothes and footwear, gloves, scarves, hats and waterproof outer layers. 


Pack some food for the journey, sandwiches, soup in a flask, fruit or some high energy snacks.  Keeps some drinking water handy too. 


Make sure your mobile is fully charged before you set off, and consider investing in a car charger for the journey. 


Check the car is ready for winter travel.  Top up windscreen fluid, check oil levels, check your tyres and tyre pressure - do this in advance of your journey.  You might even consider investing in some winter tyres or snow tyre socks (these can be bought online, but can only be used on tyres when roads are snowy).  Fill up with petrol or diesel  before you set off it is one less thing to worry about.


If travelling with children make sure you have snacks and drinks for them, warm clothes, extra blankets and pillows and travel with plenty of games suitable for playing on car journeys.  Music and books on CD's are also great for long journeys. 


If you are travelling with your dog do make sure that they are secure, ideally in a crate with their bedding or strapped in securely with a dog seat belt.  Keep water in the car for the dog as well as some snacks and their regular dog food.  If the journey is slow because of the weather don't forgot to stop at regular intervals to let you dog out to stretch their legs.


Before you set off check the weather conditions along your route and at your holiday cottage destination.   Ideally check a few days in advance of your journey and don't forget to ask your holiday cottage owner about local weather conditions.  They may even be able to give you a slightly earlier check in if the weather is looking bad and can certainly advise you on local road conditions.


At Visit Peak holiday cottages we advise all our guest to take out winter holiday insurance.   Locals will keep local roads and lanes gritted as they need to use them too.  We are always happy to speak to our guests about travelling to our holiday cottages in the winter.  

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