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Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages
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Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

We have been staying at Blakelow Farm cottages for 10 yrs we go every year for my birthday I would never stay anywhere else I feel so relaxed and pampered there. We have stayed in Candle and Christmas cottages both are totally gorgeous, perfect for a romantic weekend. Steve is the perfect host and really looks after you. The location is amazing in summer or winter close to all the major attractions, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Lady Bower, Bakewell and much more. You WILL NOT be disappointed when you stay you will be if you don't! Can't wait to go again this year and celebrate our 10th year of going :-)

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We have been staying at Blakelow Farm cottages for 10 yrs we go every year for my birthday I would never stay anywhere else I feel so relaxed and pampered there. We have stayed in Candle and Christmas cottages both are totally gorgeous, perfect for a romantic weekend. Steve is the perfect host and really looks after you. The location is amazing in summer or winter close to all the major attractions, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Lady Bower, Bakewell and much more. You WILL NOT be disappointed when you stay you will be if you don't! Can't wait to go again this year and celebrate our 10th year of going :-)

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We had a week's stay in Cranberry Cottage which is stylishly decorated and furnished, and welcoming. All the rooms are comfortable and the kitchen is well equipped - including fresh eggs from Steve's own hens.

The Welcome pack which includes biscuits, chocolates, and 'Blakelow Bear' was much appreciated.

Blakelow Farm is a good base for exploring the Peak District and has wonderful views.

Steve is a charming host and carried our bags for us on arrival.

Overall a very relaxing stay in a lovely cottage.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank NB_Kent42
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

If you are looking for a self catering holiday with an extra special touch - I cannot imagine you finding anywhere better than Blakelow Farm. We have just returned from a week in Candle Cottage; truly the most romantic of these luxury converted properties, which include cottages suitable for anything from one to 4 geusts. The owners have been running Blakelow Farm as holiday accommodation for about 10 years now and they really know how to make a holiday perfect....when you arrive there is a welcome pack with fresh bread, milk, butter, chocolates, biscuits, eggs laid by the hens who live here at Blakelow Farm, and a snifter of sherry in an attractive decanter to tempt your appetite. Kitchen facilities are top quality for those who like to cook in - for those who don't there is comprehensive information about good local pubs and restaurants to visit. In your cottage you'll find a key to a little outhouse which is well stocked with fresh eggs, sausages, bacon(from their own pigs), luxury toiletries, books, DVD's and useful leaflets about local attractions.
There is too much to praise about Blakelow Farm to mention it all here....all I can say is if you are thinking about a self catering holiday in the Peak Districk don't look anywhere else.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

From the bouquet of herbs in the kitchen to the table laid with candlesticks and flowers every detail has been thoughtfully and carefully taken care of. You have your own terrace and feel very private, Steve welcomes you with charm and a hamper that has eggs from his own chickens. The area has wonderful walks and is close to some of the finest country houses including my favourite Hadden Hall.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We booked "Christmas Cottage " online, using both the recommendations on TripAdviser and also the very good Blakelow Farm website. We kept our fingers crossed - hoping that it would look something like the pictures that were in the brochure and that it would meet our expectations....after spending a wonderful week there.......I can honestly say that it surpassed our expectations and that it is the best Holiday cottage we have ever, ever stayed in......anywhere!
Arriving on a rainy and windy August night at 10pm directly from Manchester Airport we were met as soon as the car arrived in the driveway by Steve, who assisted us with our copious luggage and got us settled in. The welcome basket and fridge containing basic provisions was a lovely touch, and our request for firm pillows for the main bedroom was also met.
Christmas cottage is beautiful, with fantastic views across to Chatsworth and a secluded patio area overlooking the garden and fields beyond. The quality of everything in the cottage is of the highest standard, whether it be the bathrobes, crockery or even the outside chairs!
Steve as host is attentive, available but also discreet. He even apologised about cutting the grass in case it spoilt the tranquility of the place......and said he could do it later! The are lovely touches everywhere, like a picnic bench at the top of the field - with a pathway cut through the long grass so that you could easily walk up. A well stocked DVD library and outdoor games for when the weather is good.
Did I mention the peace.....aaahhhh! So quiet and tranquil - not even the distant thunk of a farm generator which you usually get with a country cottage.
There is so much to see and do in the area, be it grand houses like Chatsworth or Haddon Hall, plague villages (!), Go Ape in Buxton or general walks. There is a good pub rambling distance away, and The Fountain cafe in Bonsall Village which does a good breakfast if you don't fancy cooking. Did we mention the chickens.....they were a hoot and the best guard chickens we have ever seen!
We honestly didn't want to leave - and we do plan to return. As there is also a single occupancy cottage it would be a great place to visit alone.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Fabulous relaxing weekend in a wonderful property, in a picture-perfect location. Very nice welcome from Steve and the hamper was a lovely treat, filled with yummy goodies - and much appreciated after the drive. Very clean in all rooms, with amazingly comfy beds (we slept 10 hours!), total peace and quiet, we couldn't bare to leave. This place is a gem.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages

Address: Blakelow Farm Bonsall Lane, Winster, Peak District National Park DE4 2PD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Winster
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Winster
Price Range: $76 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Graded 5 star GOLD by VisitEngland, our 4 cottages touch every comfort button, calming colours and designer touches, private terraces and pretty gardens, luxurious simplicity and rustic charm, your very own slice of the Peak District. A piece of heaven for walkers, sightseers, seekers of peace, and explorers of some of the best country houses and gardens in the land. ... more   less 

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