Lovely cottage, but let down by certain things, not enough clean cooking utensils and pans for cooking, we enjoy cooking when we stay in cottages and eat out occasionally, was fine for cooking breakfast as had a few frying pans, but we had to eat out every night because of the lack of equipment we required, we enjoy making curries and casseroles etc but couldn't find a pot to make these type of things in. We also had a problem with the oven and ended up not being able to use it and having to leave a day early. Other than that it was lovely, the loft room was lovely,the bathroom was too, we enjoyed the open fire and the hot tub.
We stayed here last Sunday thru Thursday. On first inspection the cottage seems lovely. It has everything you need during your stay, cooker, 2 fridges, washing machine, dishwasher and all cleaning things provided. Although the cooker needed manually lighting as the ignition didn't work, the red fridge made a high pitched noise which was very annoying, and there was no instructions provided for the washing machine as it was very confusing, but we managed to figure it out.
The cottage was well equipped with plenty of crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Although a couple of the dishes in the cupboard were dirty.
Bedrooms were all good. Very clean, nice bedding. Loft bedroom was gorgeous. Very comfy bed and lovely views.
Bathroom was good too, although the window didn't open. Shower was nice and the claw foot bath is a good touch. Gorgeous and very deep! Although we didn't use it.
The garden could use a little TLC. The hot tub was not covered as it is in the photos online. The bar area seemed unclean and could have done with a good clean to bring it up to scratch. (Side note to the owner - we think there is a bees nest inside the roof of the bar, saw several bees flying in and out of a little hole on the right hand side).
Hot tub was good for the first couple of nights. It got a slight green tint to the water and smelt a bit "mossy". Contacted the owner who told us to drop a couple of the chlorine tablets in which seemed to sort it out! Good communications with the owner/management which was excellent!
BBQ was a bit old and not cleaned from the last people who used it.
Adequate parking, even for a big minibus.
Co-op and Premier food stores not too far away, and Morrisons/Aldi/B&M a bit further into the town centre.
We used justeat to order a local takeaway. Definitely recommend Papas, best kebab ever.
Good location for Alton Towers/Drayton Manor. Even had a day drip to West Midlands Safari which is a good couple of hours away.
All in all, we had a good stay. But could have been better if the finer details were ironed out.
This cottage has the potential to be pure luxury, it needs some nice bedding and some fluffy towels, a new setee (falling apart literally) and some outside lighting and this cottage would be almost perfect. It's in a great location, the hot tub is lovely, the view is amazing, the rooms are lovely but the bedding is thin/worn and does not fit properly (too small) the quilts are thin/cheap, such a shame ... Add some luxury and you've cracked it with this cottage as it has space for 6 easily, it was clean and we enjoyed it very much.
Garden unkept and in places dangerous uneven surfaces
Pond overgrown with pond plants leaving fish in limited water
Indoor electrical sockets installed outdoors
Lots of electrical tape outdoors protecting conjoined wiring
Fencing around the pond rusty and in parts missing
Garden chairs rusty and broken
Kitchen generally grubby – sink a particularly unpleasant sight
Chipped crockery & glasses
Food left in freezer from a previous occupant
½ a toilet roll left for 6 people
Only 1 room with wardrobe storage
Empty hand soap bottle
No mattress protectors on beds
Part of settee floor missing so it had been stuffed with an old cushion ( reported several months ago in a previous review)
Water bed uncomfortable causing sleepless nights
1.5 miles from the village centre and not as described
Nearest shop ½ mile away and not as described
Hot tub worked well although it did say filter needed cleaning – no idea how long that had been on the control panel
Good location for getting about the local area
TV, DVD and Freeview box all worked all
Loft bedroom well decorated
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Recently returned from Over Lane in Belper after a week away with friends. First impressions were good, we loved the views from the bedrooms and that the hot tub was up to temperature at ready to use when we got there. Unlike other reviews we did not meet the owner on arrival. We were given key arrangements prior to arrival which was fine, but it would have been nice to be shown how to use the hot tub and appliances.
Once we started unpacking and exploring we found that some things were broken. In the kitchen the fridge was dirty and there were dead flies on the window ledge. The smeg fridge in the dining area was leaking when we got there but then appeared to work ok. The sofa was boarded up at one end but comfortable. The lights in the garden did not work, there was broken glass in the bar area and generally the garden was in need of some TLC. We made good friends with the horse which lived in the field at the bottom of the garden!!
Although some things in the property lacked cleanliness and quality, we did not let this spoil our holiday. We had many great days out in Hartington, Bakewell and Castleton and not forgetting exploring Belper town and river gardens. We enjoyed the Derwent Valley walk as recommended in the welcome pack and a tour of Strutt's Mill. Belper is a great place to stay for exploring Derbyshire and the peak district, there are many pubs and shops.
The hot tub was an added bonus of the holiday. As mentioned previously it was up and running for our arrival. One concern is that it wasn't checked throughout the week like our experience from other hot tub holidays. Also we were a bit worried as the screen read 'change filter' at the beginning of the holiday but it seemed to work ok and we enjoyed relaxing in there.
Stepping into the property, first impressions were very clean and modern. We phoned the owner, as requested, and he came to the house to introduce himself and explain about the hot tub controls. After unpacking, and some food shopping at Sainsburys in Ripley, we explored the house in depth.
My wife and myself took the loft bedroom. Again, all looked very nice. But on closer inspection we found long black hairs on the duvet. (As both my wife and daughter are blonde and I have very little, we knew none of us could lay claim to them). A screwed up shopping receipt down the side of the bedside table. A clear, what could've been, sweet wrapper down the side of the opposite bedside table and a piece of (what I can only describe as) a condom wrapper on the floor at the front base.
Down stairs didn't fair much better. The sofa unit was broken and had no support when sat on. We had to bolster it up by putting extra cushions under the top ones. The corner unit had a wooden support, but any attempt to sit on it resulted in the cushion slipping.
We recommend that future renters use the SMEG fridge, in the dining area, as opposed to the one in the kitchen. As the one in the kitchen was not clean inside. Although the manual has a cleaning check list that states the cleaner check all appliances, we found the kettle didn't work (blown fuse). We boiled some water in a pan on the gas hob. This had to be lit with a hand held sparker as the electric one on the oven didn't work. Some of the cups, drinking glasses, bowls and plates were chipped. And some of the red-handled cutlery still had food residue on them. My daughter found a "custard-like" food residue on one of the breakfast bowls the next morning.
There was a good range of DVD films to watch. But, there was disappointment finding out that in the DVD "Cluedo" game some of the cards were missing. And although there were PS games in the drawer, there were no controllers to play them with.
The owner himself seamed very genuine. The thing that let him down was the cleanliness of the whole place and state of the furniture. We found dead flies on the window sills in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
The only saving grace was the hot tub. It was lovely to unwind in the evening sat in 35-40*C temperatures and be massaged by the jets. So relaxing.
The best thing about staying at 302 Over Lane was that it was a central base to everywhere we wanted to visit... Chatsworth, Bakewell, Buxton, Derby and so on.
The shops were a short drive away, and no way close enough to walk to (no matter what you're told or read).
The worst thing(s) about staying at 302 Over Lane are all of the above.
When we first arrived at the property and went to unpack we found that the fridge had not been cleaned for sometime so we had to go to the nearest shop purchase some cleaning products and clean the fridge before unpacking our food. We then went to unpack our clothes and found that it was only the single bedroom that had a wardrobe (with only 4 hangers) and that any drawer storage was taken up with spare bedding), fortunately we were just a single couple staying so we were able to leave our clothes out on the single bed. After finally cleaning and unpacking we decided to relax on the sofa and watch some tv (we had a 7 hour drive to get here), we found that the base of the sofa was broken and that only 1 person could sit in the corner as a board had been put under the cushions to support it. We then switched on the TV but it was barely watchable as even after trying to adjust the colour etc the picture was green. In the morning we went to make breakfast and discovered that the ignitor for the hob didn't work but we found a lighter in the drawer but of course it didn't work either (luckily my wife is a smoker or we would have had to make another trip to the shops). Overall it is a nice house but is in need of some TLC and a really good clean
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