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Visit Peaks holiday cottages are owned and managed by Wendy Boast who runs two large holiday cottages in the Peak District and has been doing this since 2006, when Riverside House was opened.Wendy and her family have been going to the Peak District for 30 years and have detailed knowledge of the area and things to do.  She loves providing families and groups with holidays in some of the country's most beautiful countryside and can help tailor make a family holiday, activity holiday or leisure break.  Wendy stays in both her cottages on a regular basis with friends and family to make sure that everything is in place for a welcoming break in the Peak District.In another life Wendy was employed in the marketing departments of solicitors' firms as well as working in publishing and bookselling.

Some great family entertainment this summer at Matlock Farm Park including:

  • Teddy Bear's picnic 22-28 July
  • Glewy the Alien and Friends starting 29 July
  • Seaside week 12 - 25 August
  • Peak District Highland Games 27 August
  • Pirates Week 28 Aug - 3 Sept

Such great family fun this summer holiday in the Peak District at Matlock Farm Park.

Check the website for more information www.matlockfarmpark.co.uk

 

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The Merchant's Yard is a family owned restaurant in Tideswell in the Peak District.  Ideally located for visitors of Riverside House holiday cottage, we highly recommend checking out this great place for a family lunch, dinner or special occasion meal.  

Located in the High Street in the stone Markovitz Courtyard building that in 1935 originally housed a builder's merchant, the Merchant's Yard opened in 2015.  It specialises in dishes using fresh seasonal produce from local suppliers, making as much in-house as possible; from the home-smoking of the salmon and bacon, to the hand-crafted petit fours that accompany each tea or coffee served. 

Head Chef Carl's menu offers something for everyone.  From classic steaks, burgers with a twist and pizzas fired in the wood-buring oven, to the a la carte selection that includes dishes like the beef shin and lemon thyme corquette, a platter of lamb for two and the Derbyshire Trout.  Puddings range from the classic to the quirky, with past dishes such as the chocolate cigar and a 'chocolate garden' (complete with 'snail')!  Sharing platters like 'The Picnic' (served on a miniature picnic bench!), their classic afternoon tea and Sunday Roasts that come to carve at the table piled high with giant Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings are also not to be missed!

Bar Manager Peter, who hails from London's Shoreditch, and his team love the opportunity to show off their passion and expertise with the carefully crafted drinks menu.  A wide selection of wines with a cocktail menu offer options before, during and after a meal, or just for a drink in the sunshine outside the courtyard!

There is a private function room that can seat between 16 and 24 so this would be ideal for our holiday cottage guests at Riverside House. The Merchant's Yard is child friendly, lunch and evening menus are available along with a variety of special offers including two course for £14.95 and two for one on slected cocktails on Wednesdays and Thursday. 

Visit www.themerchantsyard.com for more information or call 01298 872442.

 

 
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Did you know that the Peak District is Britains' first national park?  It was formally designated in 1951 after several decades of campaigning. It covers 555 square miles and includes the counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire as well as the urban fringes of Sheffield and Greater Manchester. 

The Friends of the Peak District has published The Peak District Boundary walk, a book which takes you round the whole 190-mile edge and boundary of the Peak District National Park.

The book's walking routes run from the moorlands of the South Pennines to the limestone walks of the Derbyshire Dales.  The book also takes you to the edges of Sheffield, Oldham and into Staffordshire and Cheshire.  

The book includes footpaths, tracks, lanes, old railway lines and a canal towpath with detailed route descriptions, maps and information about places of interest on the route.  There's a handy route planning section at the start of the book showing distances and ascents. 

There's no need to walk the whole 190-miles in one go!  The book is designed for day walks as well as those who wish to complete the whole circuit!  The stages of the walk have been designed, where possible, to start and finish at locations convenient for public transport connections, car parks, toilets, local shops, cafes and pubs. 

The Friends of the Peak District have campaigned for over 90 years to safeguard the Peak District and through Riverside House holiday cottage we at Visit Peaks are proud to be supporters.  If you love the Peak District National Park and want to support The Friends of the Peak District, click here for more information.

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Travelling with you dog and taking them on holiday with you is great fun.  After all why should your pet be left at home or left in kennels?  That's the beauty of self catering holiday cottages like Visit Peaks, as up to five dogs are welcome when you stay with us.  

There are some things you need to bear in mind though when travelling with your dog.   Hot weather is an issue for dogs as they are unable to cool off as easily as we can.  Dehydration, heat stroke and sunbrun can be the result of overheating.

When travelling by car with your dog make sure that your pet is not thirsty and stop at regular intervals to give him water. Frozen food is also ideal to help them cool down, why not try freezing bananas? Also make sure your car is well ventillated and that your dog is not shut up in a stuffy boot.  You dog will need to be securely fastened with a dog seat belt or in a crate, but do make sure they can move and change positions too.

Look out for signs of heat stroke; lethargy, rapid panting, lack of coordination, vomiting and diarrhoea and possibly seizures. If you see any of these symptoms take your dog straight away to see a vet.

Do not leave your dog in a hot car, even if you have parked in the shade or with the windows open.  It can take a few minutes for your dog to overheat.  Make sure you take your dog out of the car when you are stopping for a break and take him with you.

Walk your dog at cooler times of the day, first thing in the morning is ideal and avoid 11 am to 3 pm on hot days.  And walk on the grass rather than tarmac as it can get very hot.

Why not plan your journey for earlier in the day when it is cooler?  Even if you arrive before check in time you could go for a walk with your dog (if not too hot) or stop in a shady spot where you can all relax.  Why not pack a picnic for you and your dog?  Remember to take plenty of water for your dog!  

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We are delighted to welcome a guest blogger this week, Roz Lishak of ByBenji dog treats.  Riverside House and Valley View holiday cottages in the Peak District have been trialling these dog treats and we will shortly be supplying them for our dog visitors as a healthy holiday snack!

ByBenji

If your usual choice of dog treat has a list of questionable added ingredients listed on the plastic wrapper they are found in, you clearly haven't discovered the unique and healthy option offered by Biltong treat specialists ByBenji!

Why ByBenji? They care enough to use only pure sliverside beef, no sinews, no tendons, wheat/gluten free too, but then, wouldn't you expect that from a meat treat?  The clue is in the word meat, and, not every "meat treat" has the authenticity of ByBenji, who uses only the best Silverside of Premium Beef.

So what is Biltong, and why is this traditional South African delicacy creating a roar in the Raw treat world?

The word Biltong comes from the Dutch work "bil", meaning "meat buttock" or "hind quarters" and "tong" which means "strip", so it's just that, a strip of meat.

No surprise that meat has been preserved by our ancestors for many, many generations.  Biltong is airdried, not cooked like Jerky, so no goodness has been oven heated out, Biltong is nothing but pure raw protein.  Til now, only appropriate for humans, as it's the salt level that helps the marinating process. The ByBenji Pet Treat process creates a pet friendly Biltong collection, balancing the unique mix and blend of herbs to bring together a healthy mix with three different taste ranges; Training Treats, Super Sticks and Biltong Sausage.

Making a big impression with many training schools, as an unequalled reward and recall treat, validated by vet and industry professionals, ByBenji treats can now be seen sitting on the shelves of many exclusive canine boutiques and establishments, ordering online is also as easy as a click, but whereever or however you discover the power of ByBenji, you won't spend too long compairing the quality, as it's all in the taste and reaction of your dog, and if it's good enough for the pet parents it's certainly the best you can give them?

www.bybenji.com

 

 
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Don't miss this exhibition it is set to be one of the best this year.  Running through until October it will highlight the fashion legacy of Chatsworth House and the Devonshire family. 

The show is created by the Editor-in-Large at American Vogue, Hamish Bowles.  It will bring to life the style and individuality of well known icons such as: Bess of Hardwick, incredibly important in the sixteenth century; Georgina Duchess of Devonshire an eighteenth century empress of fashion; Adele Astaire, sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire and Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford, two of the Mitford sisters.  

The exhibition will include art history, fashion, jewellery (including a fascinating exhibition of Dowager Duchess' bug jewellery), design and textiles.  

Around 150 mannequins will be on show, as well as hundreds of objects organised into themes ranging from Coronation Dress to the 1897 Devonshire House Ball celebrating Queen Victoria's Damond Jubilee.  Other highlights include Jean-Philippe Worth and Christian Dior couture as well as modern pieces.  (A 1990s nose ring belonging to Stella Tennant)!

For more information visit the Chatsworth House House style exhibition here.  

Riverside House and Valley View holiday cottages are within a 20 minute drive of Chatsworth House.  For further information contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

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With recent new owners The Anglers Rest is becoming a great pub for walkers and locals alike.  Situated on the very beautiful river Wye (see picture) The Anglers Rest is just a stones throw from the Monsal Trail ideal for traffic free walking and cycling.

Our holiday cottage, Riverside House is only a mile away along the river too, so it is a great place for our guests to enjoy family and friends meals and celebrations.

We've eaten there a few times now with the new owners and are pleased with the food, beer, wine, friendly staff and the fact that dogs are made very welcome.  There's plenty of parking too.

If you are in the area we highly recommend popping in for a pint, a meal or to sit outside and enjoy the views of the river Wye. 

For more information about the Anglers Rest and our holiday cottage Riverside House, ideal for large groups and family gatherings, get in touch by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Life was meant for great holidays together with friends and family. 

We can help you get away more and escape for a short break or longer holiday.  Just sign up to our quarterly e-newsletter for short break and mid-week discounts at our large holiday cottages in the Peak District.

And when you sign up you'll get our free 'Peek at the Peak' guide too!  What's not to like?

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The Peak District Art and Design Fair is being held in the Devonshire Dome in Buxton between 21 and 23 July 2017.  You can browse and buy from a huge range of art and design direct from the Peak District Artisans members at this award-winning annual exhibition.  Meet the members and enjoy talks and demonstrations and a unique Artists' Original Postcard raffle.  Entry is free and it is open from 6.30 to 8.30 pm on Friday 21 July and 10 am to 4.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 July. 

Some of the talks available include: shaping and forming silver earrings; a step-by-step demonstration of making an Ernie Bird (shown in picture above); creating a dramatic sky in pastel; using ariel perspective in painting and creating digital images using an ipad.  

For more information contact www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk

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There's plenty going on this Easter in the Peak District.  We've put together a guide of a few of our selected highlights for families young and old.  So why not pop over to the Peak District this Easter and join in the fun?

  • There's Easter holiday fun at Calke Abbey. The Cadbury egg hunt in the meadow runs daily from 14-16 April 11 am to 3.30 pm. Pick up a map and follow the clues to the treasure at the end!  There are also nature-themed activities and lovely walks to enjoy for all the family. 
  • Why not climb the towers of St Mary's and All Saints Churches in Chesterfield?  You'll get stunning views of the Crooked Spire and the town.  The tour lasts about 40 mins and do book in advance. 
  • Loads of family fun at Conkers indoor and outdoor play and adventure in a national forest.  From 1 to 23 April there are various activities and events including a circus, Punch and Judy, sublime science, juggling, craft and ranger activities and and an Easter egg challenge.  
  • At the Tropical Butterfly, Wildlife and Falconery Centre from 1 to 23 April there's an Easter Mad about Madagasgar theme.  You can meet species close up, take part in an Easter Egg hunt (Easter Sunday and Monday), enjoy tractor trailor rides and there are Easter bunnies and chicks to meet.   

These are just a few of the Easter events going on for families in the Peak District.  We've picked a few that offer something a little bit different.  We hope that you enjoy them!  Happy Easter holidays!

For more information on our holiday cottages in the Peak District contact Wendy Boast on 07980 390520 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Many good citizens want to "do the right thing" when they go on holiday and there are many ways this could be defined.  As holiday cottage owners in the Peak District we are no exception.  Defining what "the right thing" for us is simple: we try our best to ensure our cottage is loved by our guests, that a stay with us does not impact unduly on the environment and that we find ways to support the local economy. 

To "do the right thing" in the past we have:

  • given a high level of customer service, responding quickly, answering questions and meeting guests needs
  • making sure the holiday cottages are fully-equipped and stocked for a self catering break
  • added insulation and underfloor heating at Riverside House holiday cottage
  • encouraged recycling wherever possible
  • and supported our local economy be promoting the best services available from businesses right here in the Peak District

We feel that we can do even better and for this reason we are currently trialling a new approach by collaborating with a local company called www.SaucedHere.co.uk.  We think our collaborations will not only benefit our guests but reduce our environmental footprint and directly support local businesses.

SaucedHere is a new service in the Peak District run by Bakewell resident Luke Osborne.  It provides an alternative to an online supermarket delivery be allowing you to shop conveniently, locally and responsibly.  SaucedHere offers a full basked of products (nearly 1200 in total!) all hand sourced from approaching 35 of the area's top purveyors.  You can visit the SaucedHere website and select all of your shopping from the vast array of local producers in the same way you might do so with the national chains.  When you order with SaucedHere, Luke and his team will then visit each of the local shops involved, collect the items you have selected and bring them to our holiday cottages in one convenient delivery at a time that you choose. 

Guests as well as local residents seem to love the service! It also has the added benefit of reducing the amout of miles your shopping takes to reach you as so many of the products are made right here in the Peak District.

Clearly the local economy benefits too as the areas' independent shops don't get overlooked by the convenience associated with placing an order with a national supermarket chain.  

If you are staying with us we would encourage you to shop with SaucedHere and help us to "do the right thing" in our wonderful Peak District National Park. 

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Did you know that we have a free guide to the Peak District?  Just sign up to our quartlery newsletter and it's yours!

So if you are planning a family and dog friendly short break away sign up now.

For more information on our holiday cottages in the Peak District contact:

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Get away to the Peak District National Park this Spring with our holiday cottage late deals and offers.

Riverside House holiday cottage sleeps 9+2 in four bedrooms and is family and pet friendly with a games room, free wi fi, Sky movies and sports and BT sports in super surround sound.  

Spring deals at Riverside House holiday cottage

  • Mon 27 March (from 3 pm) 4-5 nights now £650, save £124!
  • Sat 22 April (from 3 pm) 4-5 nights now £725, save £142!
  • Mon 15 May (from 3 pm) 4-5 nights now £750, save £117!

Valley View holiday cottage sleeps 13+2 in six bedrooms and is family and pet friendly with stunning views over Dovedale and lovely walks from the door.  Free wi fi, Sky movies and sports and BT sports with two TVs. 

Spring deals at Valley View holiday cottage

  • Mon 24 April (from 4 pm) 4 nights now £899, save £194!
  • Mon 22 May (from 4 pm) 4 nights now £899, save £194!

All deals incluce bed linen, towels, heating and an unlimited supply of logs for the log burner.  Pets stay for £15 each per break.  A returnable breakages bond of £150 is required with all bookings.

For further information contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel: 07980 390520

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Are you a dog owner planning your next holiday or short break?  Don't leave your best friend at home or pay for expensive kennels!

 

We love having dogs come to stay at our holiday cottages, and we welcome up to five well-behaved dogs at any one time. 

 

Our four-legged visitors love the walks from the doors of the cottages, along the river Dove, and walking on the traffic free Monsal Trail are just a couple of the highlights.  Others include safe and secure gardens with outdoor space, log fires with limitless logs for a cosy sleep after a long walk and lots of local pubs and attractions that are dog friendly.

 

Some of our favourites include the Crich Tramway Museum, which allows dogs on the site and in the trams and there are lovely walks such as the Woodland walk. 

 

Or Peveril Castle above the village of Castleton gives stunning views and you and your dog will appreciate visiting this National Trust property as part of the daily dog walk (it is a bit steep!).  Castleton also has dog friendly pubs for much needed refreshments afterwards.

 

How about Chatsworth House, which is great for an outdoors visit with your dog?  Dogs are allowed in the gardens, sculpture areas, maze, waterworks areas and there are dog posts just outside the farm area and restaurant.  Assistance dogs are allowed in the house. 

 

Some of our favourite dog friendly pubs include The Red Lion at Litton (a lovely town with a village green) and The Church Inn at Chelmorton.  And newer additions to the dog friendly pub scene are The Old Dog at Thorpe and with new owners The Angler's Rest in Miller's Dale. All these pubs are ideal for using as a base for walking in the Peak District. Take a look at our dog friendly pub guide for more information.

 

Our holiday cottages in the Peak District will take up to five dogs so if there is a group of you we won't restrict you to one well behaved dog only as many other holiday cottages will do. 

 

We take our own dog on holiday with us to the Peak District, so we want you to enjoy your holiday with your dog too! 

 

For more information on our dog friendly holiday cottages contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 07980 390520

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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!

 

For more information about booking a large holiday cottage get in touch:

 

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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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The new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is brand new for 2017.  For garden and flower experts around the country it is going to be something very special.

With the stunning location of Chatsworth House and the 'Capability' Brown designed landscapes added to some bold new garden designs this is going to be an event not to miss.

There will be gardens, displays and features from hotly-tipped designers, as well as displays themed around habitats such as woodland and Mediterranean.  In addition there will be a range of show gardens with categories such as FreeForm to encourage creativity.

There will be talks, demos and expert advice and some great shopping too.  The show will bring together a slection of nurseries and independent retailers.  

The opening times are Wed 7 to Sat 10 June, 10 am to 6.30 pm and Sun 11 June, 10 am to 5 pm with a sell-off of plant displays at 4 pm.  RHS members day is 7 June.  Prices vary for RHS Members and the public and savings may be enjoyed by booking in advance.  

For further information visit rhs.org.uk/chatsworth

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Don't delay, we've just announced these short break special offers on the blog and social media only!

Riverside House holiday cottage, sleeps 9+2+cot

  • Sat 18 Feb (3pm arrival) for up to 4 nights now only £650, SAVE £124!
  • Mon 27 Mar for 4 to 5 nights now only £650, SAVE £124

Valley View holiday cottage, sleeps 13+2+cot

  • Mon 24 April (4pm arrival) for 4 nights now only £899, SAVE £194

Both holiday cottages are in lovely locations in the Peak District, ideal for walking, cycling and just relaxing.  We are dog friendly too!

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Do you love visiting traditional English pubs?  The Peak District has loads of pubs, many traditional, some modernised and plenty serving delicious hearty food.  Being a walking area many of the pubs in the Peak District welcome walkers and dogs so it's ideal for a day out, short break or longer stay, when you can take in one or a few pubs on a walk!

We've recently updated our list of recommended pubs with comments and suggestions that we hope you will find helpful.  Some of our favourites include the Red Lion, Litton; The Old Dog, Thorpe, The Church Inn, Chelmorton, The Coach and Horses, Fenny Bentley and The Devonshire Arms Hartington.

We base our reviews on friendliness of landlords and staff, quality and value of the food, range of beers and wines and how walker and dog friendly they are.  We also include some suggested walks to take in the pubs too.

One pub that is nearly on the list is The Angler's Rest in Milldale.  We are delighted that there are new reviews on Trip Advisor that are getting excellent comments.  Hopefully it will be on the list soon!

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The best advertising that your holiday cottage can get is direct from your guests.  Testimonials are an excellent way of finding out what is working (or not) and happy guests are more often than not guests that will return again! 

Our guests are often happy to provide testimonials and allow us to use them on our websites and other advertising sites too.  Here's some of the most recent.

Riverside House holiday cottage

"The birthday surprise went really well and we had a lovely stay at Riverside House.  The location and house are beautiful (my husband said Riverside House would be his dream home).  We sampled the food at the Red Lion which was excellent as you said.  The only disappointment was not being able to stay longer".

This is from a guest who has just stayed in early January 2017.

Valley View holiday cottage

"We just wanted to say that we enjoyed our stay at your beautiful cottage in Milldale.  The area is beautiful and the cottage had everything we could possibly need and made our stay so easy.  I am sure we will stay again and I have already recommended you to a friend".

This is from a guest who stayed in December 2016.

So holiday cottage owners, don't forget to ask for testimonials, use them in marketing materials, on your website and social media.  Also use your guests comments to find out what they think about your holiday cottages and immediately address anything that wasn't up to stratch.  Guests will appreciate you getting back to them with how you have resolved things.   

Use the opportunity to carry on a conversation with your guests after they have stayed.  Try and keep it chatty and gently suggest if they would like to come again or recommend a friend.  Use this opportunity to keep your holiday cottage in their mind for the future.

It's the best marketing that you have!

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Riverside House : BOOK NOW

Riverside House
   Sleeps up to 12
   BOOK NOW

Valley View : BOOK NOW

Valley View
   Sleeps up to 15
   BOOK NOW

HOLIDAY COTTAGE LATE DEALS

Valley View

Fully booked now until November.  If you are looking for an autumn break we'd love to hear from you!

All bed linen, towels, heating and free logs included.

Sleeps up to 15+ five dogs (£15 per pet) in 6 bedrooms

Riverside House

Fully booked now until September!

Sleeps 9 + 2 + 5 dogs (£15 per pet) in 4 bedrooms, plus huge games room!

Call 07980 390 520 or send an email:

wendyboast@visitpeaks.co.uk

 

WHY BOOK WITH US....

  • spacious accommodation
  • 4-star standard
  • dog and pet-friendly
  • flexible booking
  • short breaks available
  • deal direct with the owner Wendy Boast
Visit Peaks

Valley View

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.

Click HERE for the Valley View web site.

Visit Peaks

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.

Click HERE for the Riverside House web site (complete with its own video).

My Personal Sanctuary

Peak District Fine Foods is a family run business that provides high quality, locally sourced food and drink.
With Welcome packs, ready-made meals and dinner parties can all be pre-ordered to ensure a relaxing holiday for everyone.

Click on the logo below for more information.

Peak District Fine Foods