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No1 Church View is the sort of Peak District holiday cottage you’ll want to move into. Conveniently close to the centre of Taddington, a peaceful village in the heart of the national park, it has room to easily accommodate six guests but is cosy enough for couples who appreciate its unfussy elegance. A friendly pub, The Queen’s Head, is just a short walk away and the cottage enjoys lovely views of St Michael and All Angels Church which dates from the 14th Century. The village may be small, but its elevation makes it popular with walkers for the incredible views, and the annual Derbyshire tradition of well dressing attracts many visits during the third week in August.
Taddington is halfway between two of the most famous towns in the Peak District, being around six miles from both Buxton and Bakewell, and there is a local bus service to both if you don’t feel like driving or cycling. The first thing you’ll notice about Buxton is the stunning architecture. The Georgians and Victorians loved Buxton, visiting on holiday to drink and bathe in the natural spa water. There is a fantastic Heritage Trail walk which takes in St Ann’s Well, the Crescent, Opera House, the Pavilion Centre and Pavilion Gardens, and Poole’s Cavern. Buxton has a great variety of shops, cafes and restaurants, and there are several supermarkets if you choose not to have your shopping delivered to the cottage.
Head east from No 1 Church View and you’ll soon find yourself in Bakewell, home of the famous Bakewell pudding. Bakewell is less imposing than Buxton and arguably more charming because of it. In addition to several excellent bakeries selling the local delicacy, there are a variety of independent shops, a very helpful visitor centre, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
The Peak District National Park attracts millions of visitors every year who come to walk and cycle their way through this glorious landscape. It is wonderful at any time of year from the soft green buds of spring to the endless summer days, riotous autumn palette and glittery winter frosts. The Monsal Trail is an excellent route for hiking, cycling and horse riding, with the section between Ashford in the Water and Lees Bottom incorporating a number of the best views (though be warned - it ends on a steep climb!) The Goyt Valley is a popular destination for mountain bikers, and there’s a good 20-mile route between Bakewell and Eyam.
It’s impossible to talk about a visit to the Peak District without mentioning Chatsworth House, and why would you want to? This estate is magnificent with acres of parkland, gardens and grounds that include a farmyard and play area so good the kids will never want to leave, crowned with an enormous jewel of a house that is, quite simply, one of the grandest in Britain. Allow at least a day, if not two, to take it all in. Also worth visiting is nearby Haddon Hall, which is another beautiful country house. Built between the 12th and the 17th Centuries, it is a rare survivor with lovely gardens.
Whether you’ve come to The Peak District National Park for a romantic break or a full-on family holiday, the owners at No 1 Church View have made sure your stay will be extremely comfortable.
Myles joined Independent Cottages in July 2017
No1 Church View has been furnished to an extremely high standard, creating a low-key but luxurious environment with every consideration being given to your comfort.
Outside: The raised garden is enclosed with a traditional stone wall and is accessible from the dining room. The owners have thoughtfully provided garden furniture and a barbeque for relaxed outdoor meals. There is a driveway at the front of the cottage with parking for one car, with further parking available over the road.
Additional Information: The property benefits from WiFi and central heating throughout. All utilities, linen and towels are included in the cost. A travel cot and high chair can be provided on request. No dogs. No smoking. A welcome basket of logs for the wood burner are provided but guests will need to supply fire lighters and matches for safety reasons.
Prices: Please contact the owner directly who will provide an accurate price based on your party size and personal requirements. Short breaks are available all year round with three night minimum breaks (starting on a Friday) offered over the weekend and priced at £450-£550. Please contact the owner for late availability offers.
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