"Small but beautifully formed", could be one way of describing The Hay Loft. But that would not do justice to the amazing hospitality of the dedicated and entertaing host, Sharon - a real character. It had all the facilities that we needed for our 3 days stay, was clean and comfortable, and very reasonably priced. OK, you may have to shuffle the armchairs around to gain a bit of space now and again but, hey, what do expect if you have seen it on the website and read the blurb? Get talking to Sharon and it more than makes up for any minor inconvenience. She is warm, friendly and funny.
Returning weary from a long walk Sharon plyed us with doorstop slices of fresh bread, homemade rasberry jam - still warm from the pan -and a pot of tea whilst we sat at her picnic table overlooking the sheep pasture dipping gently away from the house to the wooded hill beyond; whilst her 4 year old granddaughter, Daisy, acted as doctor to her dolls, and spanniel "Dave" was playfighting with Daisy's Andrex lookalike puppy "Stan" under the table. No poncy names uwp 'ere luv.
We had an excellent meal at the characterful King's Head pub, after a bit of a yomp up, over and down a very steep hill separating The Hay Loft from Bonsall village . Would not fancy walking there, or back, in the dark, though. We regret not having had time or energy to visit the BarleyMow - famous for both its food and entertainment - and, apparently, an excellent the village cafe converted from a pub. We were happy to leave those until our next visit.
If you are looking for a bijou, quiet, rural retreat in a beautiful part of the country and want some first class hospitality - with a few laughs - then The Hay Den could be the place for you. Like us, you may also be unable to resist giving Sharon a hug when you leave.
Booked this property on a whim a week before travelling and it's one of the best holidays we have had. The pictures do the place justice and we knew the size of the property before arriving, any questions we did have were answered over the phone by Sharon before arriving. Sharon was helpful and explained in detail what the lodge contained and what we needed to bring (which was very little).
Yes it's small, which is clearly indicated in the pictures, but it was very clean and well presented, just perfect for us to use as a base to explore the Peak District. We had no trouble parking, there is adequate space to park, unload the car and for others to get by. Both of us were able to prepare food and shower without bumping into each other, and the heating system is good and keeps the cosy feel. The views across the valley are amazing and there is a small seating area behind the lodge and secluded from the main house where you can enjoy the view in peace.
The owner was a joy to rent with from the booking all the way through to leaving. Sharon answered all questions over the phone and upon arriving had prepared a welcome tray of fairy cakes and fresh coffee. Sharon also offered advice on things to do in the local area, which led to us having an amazing walk along Monsal Dale. But all of this was done without being intrusive, Sharon struck a good balance.
All in all, this was a great place to stay and Sharon was a lovely host. We have struck on a gem and will be back.
This recently renovated outbuilding is small but very well thought out and is perfect for a couple staying in the area. The views from your own patio are wonderful and the owner's dog will soon make friends with you!
Sharon was very helpful in directing us to all the local amenities. The local pub deserves special mention for a very memorable evening (they have a band on every Saturday night) with fantastic music, food and beer.
We will be going back!
And Sharon - we bought the caravan on your advice!
We did not get to meet Sharon until the second day of our stay, however, all of her homely touches made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived (including the scrumptious plate of cakes).
The property is ideal for short stays and well equipped for cyclists. It is ideally located for walking and cycling routes but would recommend having a car. It is walking distance from the local pub that does great home made meals and live music. Thoroughly enjoyed our get away and would recommend to anybody seeking a bit of countryside air.
The Hay Den is a lovely little hideaway with everything you would need for a short break. Its location provides a great base to go exploring Derbyshire. Sharon makes you feel very welcome and also makes some lovely cakes which are a godsend after a long day traveling. If you are looking for somewhere to spend a few quiet days then The Hay Den is for you.
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