Each year we try to meet friends at a central location. This year (somewhat by chance) we plumped for Matlock Bath. The town itself has a slightly bizarre "inland-seaside-resort" feel to it with amusements, gift shops and fish&chips a-plenty. There's a play area across the bridge for smaller visitors. Matlock is a 5 minute drive for evidently less seasidey things like, well, groceries.
1 Hope Terrace itself is wonderfully set up a steep hillside (elderly/toddlers might find this a challenge), affording magnificent views over the valley. The house is set on 3 floors (we live in a bungalow, so the (steep) staircases were Alton Towers as far as our 3 yo was concerned). Stair-gates were provided. Accommodation is comfortable and smart, without losing the homely feel. Kitchen is well equipped for the most part and eating space absolutely fine for 4 adults and 4 kiddies. The lounge would be a touch snug for everyone, but the kids used it as a den, so adults weren't allowed in for the most part. Parking for one car (we got an Espace in there without too much hassle) outside the house; parking for any others down nearby streets.
The welcome hamper was most, erm, welcome, as was the milk in the fridge!
Mrs Keay was helpful and communicative throughout the booking and the stay - we had an excellent, comfortable and great-value stay and would have no hesitation recommending or rebooking.
A fantastic property equipped with everything we needed and more. Our group included 4 adults and 3 children who loved all the children's games and activities.
We didn't use the car all weekend - within walking distance of Heights of Abraham, gullivers and some lovely pubs as well as lots of other attractions.
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We stayed at Hope Terrace for 4 nights in mid April. Our party consisted of 4 adults and two children (14 & 11 years old) and there was more than enough space for us all - the smaller bedroom did not get used. The house is exactly as it is shown on the photographs and is immaculately clean. It contains all of the essentials you need for a self-catering break and much much more - the kitchen is well equipped, and the books and DVDs were an extra special treat.
It's location is ideal for Matlock Bath, although beware that there is not a great deal to do there (fish and chip restaurants, amusements etc) but there is a greater choice of restaurant in Matlock, which you can walk to if you like (equally a taxi back only cost us £5). We were lucky with the weather and therefore a trip to Heights of Abraham (minutes walk away) and Chatsworth (20 mins drive) were a must!
Helen (the owner) was amazing with her help on booking and prior to arrival and the friendly neighbours who manage the cottage were most helpful too,
Thanks for a great stay in your beautiful cottage.
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Just returned last night from a weekend stay in this lovely home. There were 7 of us 6 adults and a 4 year old.There is so much space and fully equipped for anything you may need.The granddaughter was so excited at the array of toys available.A cozy fire in the living room and comfortable furnishings.A lovely welcome hamper was provided.Helen kept us updated about the snow before we set off and the neighbours had kindly cleared the parking area for us..They came out to greet us on arrival and were lovely people. We had a curry delivery on the Friday night and ate at the Fishpond on the Saturday.Both very enjoyable.Wish we could have stayed longer and will certainly return.Thank you to everyone who made this birthday weekend a memorable one.
We stayed here over New Year and to sum it up its a beautiful cottage, tastefully decorated, well equipped everything we needed from kitchen utensils to kids toys and books. Highly recommended for families, we stayed here with another family and we all had a lovely time. A lovely welcome hamper on arrival, plenty of information on tourist attractions and local amenities available in the cottage. Our stay was perfect, throughly enjoyed by all. Definitely worth a visit.