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“Fantastic base for adventure”

Review of Hollybank House

Hollybank House
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58 reviews
Hollybank House
The log chalet & terrace
The Barbecue
The Main Lounge
The Dining Room
The Blue Lounge
The Blue Lounge - another view
The Kitchen
The Hall and Main Stairs
Super Kingsize Bedroom - twin or double on request
En-suite Shower Room
The Main Family Bathroom
Twin Bedroom - one of three
The Family Bedroom
The Second Family Bathroom
New Parking Bays
The Garden
The Garden
The Garden
A View from the House
The terrace by night
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Holiday Rental House -
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13
Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England

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Graham C
Desborough, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic base for adventure”
Reviewed 21 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016

A pleasure to stay again , this time for a week with family ,son daughter,grandchildren and partners ( 10 ) and two dogs , everybody really enjoyed relaxing with BBQ s and now with fridge/freezer for chalet area for wine and food!!!
All in all a very good house in an enviable position with good walking and pubs nearby
Thank you Graham and family

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Liked best: General feeling of nothing to much trouble
Liked least: Lack of storage space in kitchen (every possible utensil catered for !!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
23 Sep 2016
Hi Graham, thanks for the great review. We're so pleased you all enjoyed your family holiday again this year at Hollybank, and hope we can provide an excellent base for more adventures in the future! Best wishes, Jo and Diana
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Dollieboo
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic weekend”
Reviewed 12 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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Absolutely fabulous X would recommend this to any group. We were celebrating a 50th and 60th with both young girls and and the older age groups it was great for both we loved it, the house is beautiful a couple of minute walk to the town which again had everything that you would every need X Jo and Diana were great X responded to e-mails quickly and made sure that we knew everything that we need to know about the house and surrounding areas X can't wait to return x

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
13 Jul 2016
Hi Dollieboo Thanks so much for your fantastic review- it's good to hear that you and the gals really enjoyed yourselves. Following a long weekend relaxing, and even after all the great birthday celebrations, we trust you left feeling a year younger! We'd love to welcome you to Hollybank again sometime in the future. Best wishes, Jo and Diana
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judycartm...
Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A real gem”
Reviewed 27 June 2016 for a stay in April 2016

I can't put into enough words how wonderful this accommodation and the service is for this house.
It ticked all the right boxes for our stay - and more.
Kindnesses such as presents appropriate for the age and sex of the children, Easter eggs, dog biscuits and dog tag with telephone number of house along with plentiful toiletries, wonderful welcome basket complete with wines, essentials in the kitchen cupboards and so much more - I could go on forever.
I have never seen so much in the way of entertainments for children and adults of all ages - inside and in the garden..
Easy flat walking distance into Ashbourne with its shopping, restaurants and park
My only problem is that we won't be able to book again as it will be already occupied.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
5 Nov 2016
Thank you for your review.We love to know we had provided well for all including the dog.It is a bonus to have so many amenities on our doorstep and yet to have a quiet secluded garden.
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Pandapalm...
Wheathampstead, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An amazing place to stay”
Reviewed 17 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We stayed at Hollybank House for a long weekend at the beginning of June. There were 6 adults and 3 young children and a dog! We had such a lovely time. I can't recommend this place enough. The owners have thought of everything - they even provide a dog tag with the holiday address on. There were cupboards full of toys (both indoor and outdoor) suitable for all ages. Every bedroom and both lounges had TVs. There were children's bath toys and toilet seats in the bathrooms. You simply couldn't ask for a better equipped house with children. For adults, there was a fantastic food and drink hamper left for us, books galore, tons of info on the area and an impressive gas BBQ. I can't really add much more, except to say that the two ladies who own the house have gone to so much trouble with all their thoughtfulness and little touches. And they were so helpful beforehand too, making sure we had everything we needed for our stay.
We can't wait to go back!

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
5 Nov 2016
Thank you for your review.We love to know when family gatherings have been so enjoyable,and try to provide as much relevant information as possible before the start of holidays.This house was my family home and to know other families are having fun there is very rewarding
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Jschocola...
Leicester
Level 6 Contributor
31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Fabulous weekend away for 4 families ”
Reviewed 5 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Myself and 3 of my best friends booked to stay at Hollybank House for a weekend get together with our 4 young families over the last may bank holiday weekend. We liked the look of the house from the owners website and we were not disappointed when we arrived. We had a fabulous weekend and here's why:

The house & exterior:
There is parking for 3 small cars in front of the property. We had larger cars and needed to wrangle children in and out so we fitted 2 in these spaces, one blocking them in and another in front of the garage belonging to the house, so, ample parking.

The house itself is great, plenty of space even for 4 young families, with 2 downstairs sitting rooms plus the dining room. We managed to get 2 travel cots into the end twin on the 1st floor by moving a bedside table (with permission from owners and we replaced it before we left). The middle twin also had a travel cot in, no problem and we made use of the travel cot provided by the owners in the master bedroom on 1st floor and it was great - better than our own and our son who doesn't sleep well slept all through the night in there! (We wanted to smuggle it home for its sleep powers!) The top floor family room also had plenty of room for the other cot provided by the owners which was also used by our party. Bathrooms were all lovely and the owners had even spelled out some of the children's names in the foam letters on the bath which was really sweet.
The garden was fantastic, a little challenging for our toddlers as it is a big slope but it didn't phase any of them - our 18 month old spent the whole weekend outside in the garden, he loved it. The older kids had fun in the summerhouse and the dads also enjoyed a game of darts up there as there is a board and a few darts. There were lots of toys in the summerhouse and toys, books and games in the main house and the owners had left new things as well which were instantly opened and enjoyed.
The BBQ is a beast! We had s lovely barbecue from it one night, it's a serious piece of kit, and plenty of seating for outdoor eating too.

The location:
My friend and I ran a few miles down the tissington trail 2 mornings which was lovely - it's about a 10 minute walk from the house, if that. The market square is about a 3 minute walk as is the lovely park area with green space, bandstand abs lovely playground with water play area. Our visit coincided with the town's celebrations for the queen's 90th birthday and there were stalls and marquees set up here on the Sunday which was a lovely unexpected bonus. There are at least 3 supermarkets in walking distance in Ashbourne - Sainsburys, Waitrose and Co-op. We had a Tesco ship delivered and then used the local supermarkets to top up on anything else we needed.

The owners:
My correspondence with the owners leafing upto and following our stay has been do caring and thoughtful. We were left with a lovely hamper of food bits plus basics like milk, butter, tea, coffee, sugar, etc. We never ran out of loo rolls (and there were 10 people not including the toddlers, for 3 days!) or washing up liquid or dishwasher tabs. It was great not to worry about bringing those things.

Would we return:
DEFINITELY!! We had a wonderful time and would happily come back and highly recommend. Thank you for our wonderful stay.

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Management Response
6 Jun 2016
Hi Jess, thanks so much for your lovely review. We're so glad that you all had a fabulous time at Hollybank, and you got chance to relax as your toddler slept soundly in his comfy cot, though we suspect that all that fresh air in Ashbourne should take most of the credit. Great to hear how much you squeezed into one long weekend; with the water play, barbecue and morning runs on the Tissington Trail - amazing!
Best wishes, Jo and Diana
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