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“This is the place to relax, recharge and admire the green rolling countryside”

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Cotterill Farm Holiday Cottages
Reviewed November 4, 2011

Our two 13 years old boys, my husband and I stayed in the Hay Store in August. The cottage was spotlessly clean, warm, light and airy. Standing outside the front door of the cottage, you could see miles and miles of green rolling hills. It reminds you the need to slow down and take stock.
The owners were kind, caring, considerate and very friendly, nothing was too much trouble for them. They even broke their journey on their way to an appointment to take my son back to the cottage to me when they came across him fallen off his bike, Frances took him back in their car and Patrick rode the bike back to the farm. You don't see much of these kind of good deeds nowadays.
Although the farm was a bit out of the way, it was very easy to walk to the wolfdale, Milldale and the Tissington trail, The Tissington estate itself was only a short drive away. There was lots of short walks nearby for fantastic views. I often walked 10 minutes or so (to the Highfield Lanes?) after dinner to admire the sunsets.
We spent 2 days travelling on the local buses, picking up 100 yards outside the farm, down to Asbourne, going through little hamlets and lanes, then all the way up to Buxton and had tea and a little look round, then caught the last bus back to Biggin. All for £12.60 for the four of us for the day. On another occasion, we picked up other buses from Buxton, eg to Macclesfield - the moors were just showing their purple colour, to Whaley Bridge, to Chapel-en-le-Frith etc. The boys loved it.
Peak Distrist is wonderful, so much to see and to do. Cotterill Farm provides a perfect base to explore these areas. Thank you Frances and Patrick

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

My wife & I stayed in the Milk Parlour Cottage for a week in September. The cottage was very comfortable and the surrounding views were lovely, but unfortunately you can’t really enjoy the views from inside the cottage as the only window in the lounge / kitchen looks straight out onto the side of the next barn and there is a restricted view from the side door. However Patrick (the owner) did inform us that they are hoping to get planning permission to put a window in the lounge / kitchen area so hopefully future guests will be able to enjoy the view over breakfast whilst planning their days out.

The cottages are ideally situated for all guests, whether you want to go walking, cycling or like us driving around and seeing as much of the area as you can during your stay.

Local places of interest including, Ashbourne, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, Buxton, Chatsworth, Dovedale, Hartington, Matlock and Tissington are all less than 20 miles away and with so many quaint village pubs around you are really spoilt for choice as to where to eat out each evening.

If you are unsure where you want to visit during your stay, don’t worry because Patrick has a passion for providing his guests with all the information you will need. I for one am a stickler for organising our holidays but even I found his information packs rather overwhelming and in some cases repetitive and out of date (including the local bus timetable which was dated March 2008).

Putting Patrick’s ‘passion’ to one side we had a lovely peaceful, pleasant stay here and would recommend it and the location of their two other cottages in Hartington Village. If we could make just one minor suggestion it would be for Patrick to make his Information Packs more “User Friendly” in both size and quality and relevant to “current events, reviews and prices”.

During your visit here if you really fancy a good value meal out you must try Biggin Hall Hotel in Biggin (half a mile from the cottage and set back slightly from the road next door to the Waterloo Inn). Don’t be put off by it’s 2 star rating and rather cluttered reception area because beyond that they have a cosy lounge with a log fire and provide a one sitting evening meal at 7.00pm in their light and airy restaurant which includes a free glass of pimms, three course meal, cheese & biscuits and you can finish off your evening out with complementary coffee & mints back in the comfort of their lounge all for £19.50 pp.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Patrick004, Owner at Cotterill Farm Holiday Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2011

As the reviewer suggests, I am passionate about the area, and like to impart my knowledge through the information folders, I also believe strongly in guests making their most of their stay here, so was dismayed that my information folders, usually much praised both by guests and by our annual Tourist Board assessors (and indeed here in other reviews), was the source of criticism. The example given of bus timetables form 2008 was definitely inapproate as these are the latest, there having been no changes to the timetable since then. With having six cottages and at a guess some 400 commercially produced leaflets in each cottage, (organised into folders, and where appropriate sorted out in order of proximity to our cottages), it would be inappropriate to change all these leaflets everytime there are minor changes (eg where prices are raised by a small amount). Where major changes are made, or in the case of major attractions or where there is important information in a leaflet(such as timetables of the various heritage railways), these are updated annually.
I sympathise more with this reviewers criticism of the lack of views from the open paln liiving/dining/kitchen area. We are putting in the extra window mentioned by the reviewer in January 2012.

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Reviewed August 3, 2011

We had a very relaxing week in very good accomodation. The information and walk packs were invaluable to planning our stay.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

This was our first ever cottage holiday rental and we were really pleased with everything . It's not the cheapest, but then you get so much added value from things like the amazingly comprehensive and up to date info folders, welcome gift , freezer meals if you don't want to cook and walks straight from your front door into fabulous scenery as well as a high standard of accommodation that it is definitely worth it. Great owners - there if you need them, but discreetly absent if not required. We will be back if only to do all the things we didn't fit in this time round!

Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 30, 2010

Stayed for a weekend in November and had a great trip. The cottage (Dale View) was nice and cosy with lovely countryside views. The beds are comfortable and we slept very well throughout our stay. We enjoyed the local produce on offer with really tasty bacon, sausage, eggs and milk. We felt the cost of a winter weekend break here was excellent value for money, paying £190 for the cottage.

We recommend visiting the picturesque village of Hartington where we had a really nice meal at the Devonshire Arms, great quality food and friendly staff. We also went to the village of Biggin one night for a drink at the Waterloo Inn, which was ideal as it is only 350 yards from the farm and we found it to be friendly.

The farm is in an ideal location being only 5 minutes away from the main road connecting Ashbourne and Buxton. The owners supply informative folders in the cottage describing all the activities available in the area. There is a vast selection of walks to choose from locally. We enjoyed the walks around Biggin Dale and Dovedale which were easily accessible and had great scenic views of the river Dove.

Overall we had a great time and would definitely be returning in the future.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2010

What can I say, yet another fantastic week at Cotterill Farm, our sixth year and this year we had fabulous weather to boot.

The accommodation was excellent as always and each year Patrick and Frances make improvements to keep the standards high, this year it was roof windows in the lounge and kitchen and new beds in the second bedroom.

The walking from the cottage is superb we did four different walks during the week, direct from the front door and hardly retraced any steps.

The big bonus this year was the new ownership of the local the Waterloo which now provides quality food at a reasonable price in welcoming surroundings.

Patrick and Frances were as helpful and friendly as ever , over the past six years we have been delighted by the level of service they have provided and also their efforts to provide top class accommodation at a very reasonable price.

We will be back next year and sooner if we can!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2010

Visited this farm as a couple in 2008 and had a good break. Returned this year with our son. Booking made by phone. The owner acknowledged mistakes with the number of our party and the price but we didn't spot he'd also got the dates wrong! Arrived to find someone else in our cottage. Eventually offered alternative cottage (the Milking Parlour) which only has one window in the living area, looking out on a stone wall. Told we could move into Dale View the next day.
The owners threatened us with extra cleaning charges unless we moved into the un-cleaned cottage. They were hostile in resolving the problem (which they had caused). We had to move our own bedding. We were shocked by their attitude which marred our whole stay - we returned home a day early and have subsequently sent a written complaint to which we have had no reply.
We also ordered a breakfast pack which didn't arrive.
If you do go, make sure you check the paperwork really carefully and take it with you.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Patrick004, Owner at Cotterill Farm Holiday Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2010

I as one of the joint owners took the booking. I quoted on the basis of two occupants but yes, there were three. My handwritten notes made at the time of the booking showed this guest was enquiring about three nights from the 1st March and I quoted accordingly. She accepted, so I wrote a letter, the first words of which were: I write to confirm your booking for three nights from 1st March. The second sentence of this letter (written in Tahoma 12 point font) invited the guest to sign and return the booking form. The first paragraph of this booking form (again in similarly large print) says: I xxx confirm my booking of Dale View for three nights from 1st March. The rest of the form merely relates to tedious cancellation terms, so it was only too clear what she was signing and she duly signed and returned the form. It transpired that she obviously felt she had booked for four nights from 28th February, but is that not the point of a booking form to avoid telephonic misunderstanding. So she signed a form that had from the guests’ point of view the wrong number of days and the wrong start date (not just the date but even the month was different) written only too clearly at its outset. When the guests arrived (on the 28th February a day early from our point of view, a day when the cottage was already booked out), we were away, our adult daughter was covering, after checking the booking position with our properties, she placed them in the Milking Parlour, probably our most popular cottage and graded with the maximum number of points within a 15 point band for four star, i.e. one point short of five star, and also given the fairly rare ‘Gold Award’ by the English Tourism Council. The Milking Parlour was the subject of a very positive review previously on this web site. This is a cottage that normally we charge out at a higher rate than Dale View. Despite the clear evidence of the signed booking form we were happy to put her in this cottage without extra charge and to let her stay the extra night she thought on the phone she had booked. (The price quoted was for three nights). We assumed then they would be staying ‘their four nights’ in the Milking Parlour but when we arrived back the next day they were just in the process of moving from the Milking Parlour to Dale View – without so much as a ‘by your leave’. The guests staying until the morning of the 1s March in Dale View had by then left. I ‘intercepted them’ and pointed out that the cottage had not been cleaned. They wanted to carry on moving in any event without the cottage first being cleaned, and I, trying to be jolly in what was on the part of the guest’s husband a terse conversation, said, oh, well, that will avoid the need for a cleaning charge which I would have raised. There would have been nothing wrong in passing on our cleaning charges, given I was already giving them an extra night gratis, had offered them what most would consider a better cottage for the duration of their stay and it was their decision to move again. However the hostility on the part of this guest’s husband to me in the conversation continued and my wife who went round subsequently to sort out bedding was also met with hostility by the guest. I would call her comments about hostility as ‘the kettle calling the pot black’
The guest is right when she says I did not respond to her e mail. There seemed little point in responding to a guest who when faced with the booking form signed by her said sharply: ‘I have no doubt that I signed the booking form but its not what I wanted!’ as though that explained and excused everyting.
Incidentally the breakfast pack had been organised of course to be made available for their anticipated arrived on 1st March and by then was superfluous. (Supplies were to be obtained on the 1st, with the local suppliers from whom the various constituents of our breakfast packs are obtained being shut on Sunday, 28th February). The guests never enquired about the whereabouts of the pack.
But I would certainly agree with the reviewer, - don’t sign a booking form without checking the dates!

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Address: Cotterill Farm Liffs Road, Biggin-by-Hartington, Peak District National Park SK17 0DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Biggin-by-Hartington
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Biggin-by-Hartington
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
7 x 4**** stone cottages sleeping 3, 4 & 8 persons. Wi-fi. Glorious Peak District location in rolling countryside amidst 12 acres non working farm, which is surrounded by a nature reserve leading to River Dove. Footpaths/bridleways on the doorstep. 350 yards from village and pub. Three cycle trails within 3 miles. ... more   less 

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