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“Comfortable cottage in a thriving village”
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Bears Barn, Hartington - Teddy friendly
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Bears Barn, Hartington - Teddy friendly
Bears Barn entrance. Cycle store in in under stairs cupboard. Ground floor Lounge - big enough for two, have a sofa each
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Bears Barn, Hartington - Teddy friendly
Bears Barn entrance. Cycle store in in under stairs cupboard.
Ground floor Lounge - big enough for two, have a sofa each
First floor bedroom - double bed.
Ground floor - kitchen diner - rear view
Our bears on a day trip to Hartington, sun bathing on the original hayloft stairs
First floor Bedroom to rear, bookcase with local guides, books and games.
Our lovely stained glass window, based on an old postcard of Alport, near Youlgrave.
First floor - Bathroom with electric shower over bath
Ground floor - Lounge with log burner for a cosy night.
Ground floor - Kitchen ready for dinner.
Private car park  unload your car relax and enjoy the countryside.
Autumn carpet of leaves.
Village centre a very short walk away.
Longnor Fish and Chip Shop our favourite.
Lyme Park a lovely place to visit for Pride and Prejudice fans. 40mins drive
Calke Abbey
Hartington Village
Howden Dam - you can hear the water roaring
Manifold Trail provides  easy trail walking through the Valley. A short drive away.
Sheldon Church near Bakewell
We have some lovely neighbours.
Peak Rail at Rowsley,  steam and diesel heritage trains to Matlock.
Crich Tramway Museum, good day out, near to Cromford home of the Industrial Revolution.
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Hartington, Peak District National Park, England

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LizzieATh
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Comfortable cottage in a thriving village”
Reviewed April 7, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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We walked into Bear's Barn to a wonderful warm welcome, the wood burner was glowing and a tray of refreshments was in the kitchen. We were very comfortable throughout our stay and relished the chance to walk every day; the popular walks were quite busy but there were so many others where we had the glorious countryside virtually to ourselves.
Hartington has all the shops/eating places that we needed - we used the post office, the paper shop, the Village Store, one of the pubs, a takeaway from the Rook, next door for eggs and the fish and chip van. No need to drive to shop!
It took us a day or two to master the shower and that hot water was on an overnight heating cycle; in the evening the lighting in the living room was rather minimal, not so easy for reading. But these did not detract from an excellent holiday.

Date of stay: March 2015
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Liked best: Being in Hartington
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Apr 9, 2015
Following your comments after your visit earlier this year we have upgraded the lighting in the lounge and improved our Hints and Tips guide.
Thanks,
Linda
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Diane B
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Just great”
Reviewed January 3, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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We spent a week in Bears Barn and were really cosy and comfortable despite the deep snow outside. The photos do not do the place justice, it is immaculate and well equipped. Despite being right on the main road, it was quiet, and being on the outskirts of the village meant an easy walk to the pub or shops. Many well marked walks go from the village so it was a great place to be based.

Date of stay: December 2014
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Liked best: Character of the property
Liked least: Lack of a good light to read by.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Lynne B
Lincolnshire.
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to stay”
Reviewed November 1, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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Just spent a week at the Bears Barn. The accommodation is very clean, well maintained and in the centre of Hartington. There is everything there you need and the bed is very comfy. We have never returned anywhere, but this is one place we intend to.

Date of stay: October 2014
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Bob2elms
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Such a cosy and welcoming home from home”
Reviewed September 23, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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This was our second stay at The Bears Barn and none of its first visit charm was lost at all. It is a lovely place to stay, the accommodation is exceptionally well presented and cared for, and makes for a wonderful base to explore the Peak District. The village shops cater for most needs, The Rook Café directly opposite Bears Barn adds to the holiday feel and the staff there are so friendly and helpful - the food they serve is wonderful. Walks from the door through the dales, or a short drive away, so much to see and do.

Date of stay: September 2014
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Liked best: Location.
Liked least: Having to leave when holiday was over.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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AdrianHac...
Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Jewel in the Dale”
Reviewed September 2, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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If there is a better place for a couple to enjoy the countryside, I have yet to find it.

Bear's Barn is simply perfect: the size of the property, the cleanliness, the facilities on site, the large TV, the Log Burner and THE most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.

Leave the front door, cross the road and you begin one of the walks around the Hartington countryside. Spectacular doesn't do the views justice as you walk alongside the River Dove. One word of advice, though - one of the routes takes you along Biggin Dale and this should not be undertaken without sturdy boots. The riverside walks, though, can be tackled with ease and is well worth it.

The town itself is pretty much self contained. A General Store and newsagent that have enough variety of produce to keep you happy, the food in the Derbyshire Inn is terrific, there is a tea shop (which we didn't get a chance to sample), the café/gallery at Rooks (literally across the road from Bear's Barn) does some lovely lunches and has a take-away option on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

One wee tip for you - take a little time to read through the two visitors' books going back to the late 1990s. Some good hints, humour and an insight to what people expect when they go on holiday, leading to some changes being made by the owner in response (and some suggestions begging belief!)

Date of stay: August 2014
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Liked best: The bed
Liked least: Not having booked for a fortnight instead of a week
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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GeorgeMid...
Mid Calder, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent place to stay and explore the Peak District”
Reviewed July 27, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

Spent a great week staying at the Bears Barn. This is an ideal retreat for exploring the Peak district with 'everything' on the doorstep. Particularly pleasing that there is a really nice pub and a decent hotel within a hundred yards - so not far to go after a nice meal and sampling the local ales.
The accommodation itself is really nice, and not only comes fully equipped with all the 'usual stuff' there are also loads of books, dvd's games etc if you aren't as lucky with the weather as we were.
Everything was spotless when we arrived (and hopefully not too bad when we left!) and the accommodation is perfect for a couple. It's maybe a little dark in the living room - but it's a converted barn! Would have been nice to have a garden area to sit in the sun, but just had to make do with sitting outside the pub instead.
Never mind.

Definitely recommended both for quality of accommodation and the location.

Date of stay: July 2014
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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Didn't have an area to sit outside
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Alison R
Dulverton
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Loved it loved it loved it !”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

An amazing cottage. It was very clean and very comfortable, could not fault it at all. Walks right on the doorstep and a fantastic pub in the Village (Devonshire Arms) did great food. Had a wonderful week staying there and would definitely go back to The Bears Barn again. Thank you to the owners for their brilliant upkeep and attention to detail.

Date of stay: July 2014
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Liked best: Cleanliness.
Liked least: Could not fault it at all.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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