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“Cosy & Peaceful”
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Alstonefield, Peak District National Park, England

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samcarms
Ammanford
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Cosy & Peaceful”
Reviewed 19 January 2014 for a stay in November 2013

After spending 2 weeks in a cottage in the highlands of Scotland in September we had very high expectations of the type of cottage we wanted. Cosy with bags of character was a must, as was an open fire. Peaceful was our next criteria, in the countryside with access to walks and wildlife (and a pub or two nearby). Bankside Cottage ticked all the boxes. It was clean on arrival and once the heating was on, fire lit and darkness had descended on the valley, we settled in with a glass of wine and tried desperately not to think of how we were going to prize ourselves away. There is plenty to see and do even in winter. We have family nearby so knew the area fairly well. Chatsworth is always a good shout and we were lucky enough to shop around their Christmas Market, picking up some treats for our stay. Buxton and Bakewell are full of Character (and puddings). The George Pub is a 2 minute drive or a pleasant walk away and has some great food, a step up from your normal pub grub but not pricey (book in advance on weekends). After all the food, the 6 mile river walk to Hartington helped burn off some calories while providing us with plenty of changing scenery. We cheated a bit as we had a lift back with family who met us in the local pub after an afternoon of shopping in Buxton. The cottage is well equipped with some fuel for the fire to get you going. There are plenty of garages, shops and super markets that sell solid fuel. We found the long burning high heat coal and formulated Power Logs from Sainsburys garage great value and topped them up with a couple of bags of regular logs from a local garage (£2.50 per bag). The Master bedroom is unusually large as is the bed but the other 2 rooms are typical of a cottage of that style and age. That said you are only sleeping in them and its all part of the charm. If I had a criticism it would be that there are no wardrobes. There was only the two of us there and we utilised the hanging rack on the landing so it wasn't really a problem for us and the drawer space was fine. But for a family this may prove challenging. The master bedroom could house a double wardrobe or even 2 doubles for all guests to share which would be a workable solution. Having said that we would fully recommend a stay here and we would love to come back again and again.

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Liked best: The seclusion, character and open fire
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
25 Jan 2014
Thank you for your lovely review and very pleased you had a lovely time. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Kind regards
Vicki Bradbury
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JaxLondon
London
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lovely setting”
Reviewed 14 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

We stayed here the first week of October and we're pleasantly surprised at how nice the cottage was. Very cosy and warm and the beds are very comfortable.

It's in a great base location for all the Peak District with loads of walks on the doorstep. There is no mobile signal for miles around here but the wif-fi was great and could therefore Skype / FaceTime with ease.

There is lots of information and leaflets to refer to at the cottage and the manual is clear and concise.

Great value for money and we will probably return next year.

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Liked best: Really lovely cottage
Liked least: Only one bathroom and no dishwasher but very minor points given the price and everything else this place has going for it.
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
15 Oct 2013
Thank you for the review with useful comments. Very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to you visiting again next year.
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Katie T
London
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Perfect British Escape”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Booked a few days to escape from London life in The Peaks, and was not disappointed. The cottage is beautiful, and could not be in a prettier setting.

Stayed with my husband for a few days, and explored the area. The cottage is perfectly equipped and in a gorgeous little village, close to all amenities. Amazing butchers in the car park in Ashbourne and don't forget Bakewell, for a slice!

I would highly recommend this cottage to families, and couples who want to explore the beautiful surroundings. We can't wait to visit again soon.

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Liked best: The peacefulness
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
9 Oct 2013
Thank you for the lovely review and very pleased you has a relaxing time. Come again soon.
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Lynne S
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
1 review
“beautiful location”
Reviewed 7 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

what a clean, comfortable and well equiped cottage!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there, and walking the Dales.

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Liked best: cosiness and cleanliness
Liked least: no telephone
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
16 Oct 2013
Thank you for the lovely review and very glad you enjoyed your stay. Please come again soon.
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895Debbie
Stevenage
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Clean comfortable cottage in perfect location”
Reviewed 24 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013

A beautiful clean cosy cottage perfectly located for Dovedale area. Well equipped and very spacious. Ideal for families or couples. Very helpful owner easy to book. Would highly recommend this cottage.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Leaving to come home
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
People with pets
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
26 Sep 2013
Thank you for the lovely review and look forward to you booking again.
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