Lovely family cottage stay in the Peak District
This year for our Easter break we decided to have a week’s cottage holiday in the Peak District. This decision was based on our 7 year old son’s fascination with the story of the plague and so we wanted to revisit the plague village of Eyam with him.
I started investigating cottages in the area and came upon the beautiful Ollerbrook cottages in the Vale of Edale.
The pretty cottages date back to the 17th century and are built with local stone and are set next to the owner’s property.
The Vale of Edale is tucked away in a sheltered valley known as the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. The cottages have fantastic views of the local hills including the well-known Kinder Scout and Mam Tor.
I took a walk around the little hamlet and the views are stunning all around. We were lucky to be there during the lambing season and enjoyed watching the lambs at play.
A few minutes from the house there is a lovely short walk in to Edale and on a rainy day we walked in to Edale and caught the train to Manchester which was only 30 minutes away for a cinema trip and a visit to the national football museum. Oh, and I managed 45 minutes in the shops! There is also a different path that we took for the return journey home to the cottage.
There are 2 cottages for holiday rental at Ollerbrook cottages called Curlew and Plover. Curlew sleeps 3 plus a cot and Plover which was the cottage that we choose sleeps 5 plus a cot. The two cottages can be rented out together for a family or a group of people sleeping 8 guests plus cots.
Thankfully the Peak District is not a very long car journey from Cambridgeshire so we arrived in the early afternoon and were greeted by sunshine and a very pretty cottage and front garden. We were greeted by the friendly owner Keith and after a fish and chip shop recommendation we were left to enjoy our holiday. I was going to mention the peace and quiet but that was shattered when the boys were unloaded from the car!
You enter Plover cottage straight into a beautiful kitchen diner which makes family meal times very sociable. There is everything you need and a helpful area to store muddy boots and coats as soon as you walk in through the front door.
The lounge was my favourite room with its large inglenook fireplace and very cosy sofas with lots of cushions and blankets to snuggle under. Our week started off very warm and sunny but after a few days turned wintry so the log fire was a must. The furnishings were lovely and I did notice some Laura Ashley fabrics around the cottage which is a hit with me. Maybe a bit lost on the boys!
Upstairs there were 3 bedrooms and the main bedroom had an en-suite. Again the décor was lovely and the country cottage feel continued.
The main bathroom had a luxurious freestanding bath.
The boys started off in the twin room and then our eldest moved out after a few days (due to his little brother waking him up!) in to the third bedroom which had a single bed and plenty of children’s books to choose from. Also, lovely views of the lambs in the fields behind the cottage.
Outside there was a very pretty cottage garden with garden furniture for each cottage. Then there is a gate through to what the boys called the ‘secret garden’ where the washing machine was housed. They would disappear off in to the ‘secret garden’ on bug hunts and various expeditions. A huge bonus for a family with two boisterous boys was that we had the use of a huge paddock in front of the cottages (available for guests when not being used by livestock). So whilst we were getting ready for our days out the boys could play football and cricket safely in there.
Other handy things to know is that there is off road parking, internet access and sky TV. We had a fab holiday and made even better with a lovely cottage to come home and relax in.
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