3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, lounge, Kitchen/Diner, Garden, car parking, cycle storage
Fred & Lesley Birch
About Fred & Lesley Birch
We are both local to the area, Fred was born in Hartington and we have both lived here for 36 years, and therefore we have a good knowledge of the local area. We are able to advise you on the best places to visit, to shop, to walk/cycle, to eat and to drink.
Fred & Lesley Birch purchased this Cottage in 1940
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Excellent hosts, great location, cottage well-equipped and very homely
Welcomed by Lesley and all questions answered about the local area, including some great recommendations, which made our holiday.
Cottage was just perfect, very cosy, clean and what we needed for a relaxing break away.
Lesley also put in all the extras to accommodate our 18 month old, which made our stay easy.
Hartington is just beautiful and the cottage is in a superb location, with the local pub, shops and hundreds of country walks literally on the doorstep.
We also made use of the BBQ and garden furniture, which was also a bonus to have when the sun was shining!
Would definitely stay here again.
We spent a week in Beech cottage with 4 adults and 3 children under 4. Hartington is the perfect base with two really good pubs, two lovely cafes and two shops all just moments from the cottage.
The cottage itself beat all expectations. Big enough for us all but cosy. It was always warm and every need was met. The attention to detail by the owners was unexpected. They obviously care deeply about their guests and their business. We stayed during "the Beast from the East" snow storms and it was minus 13. We were snowed in and the owners sent us weather updates and allowed us to stay longer than we had paid for until it was safe to travel. We spent more time than we had imagined we would in Beech cottage and it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Whatever the weather, I can't recommend it enough. We will be back.
Hartington is a hamlet, made up of homely cottages like Birch and Beech which are little Gems
Lesley and Fred are the most welcoming of hosts, on hand if you need any help but not in any way obtrusive. Their cottage met all our expectations and then some. Beech Cottage has so much charm and was so clean and warm, with it's central heating and support log fire, very comfortable beds and such an extremely well equipped kitchen that the chef in our party was delighted with all of the range and quality of the available cookware.
Lesley used her insider connections to personally arranged a table for us at the 'The Devonshire' for dinner on our fist night, which was fully booked despite being a Sunday evening, we would never have got a table it really was all reserved. Jan and Dave could not have been more hospitable but it was the food that was truly remarkable and we both enjoyed the best lamb shank we have ever tasted which was served to us with winter veg in the most delicious flavorsome sauce. The wine list was good and we chose Dave's best Portuguese red to accompany our meal.
The village has every essential you might need to fulfill a holiday dream come true such as a cream tea in the local post office or getting all your daily food stuff in 'the village shop' such as veg n fruit & home made cakes and fresh bread and a deli counter, this bygone hamlet also boasts the best award winning cheese shop, its absolutely awesome, we brought loads home as gifts for friends and family.
You can wander around the antique shops or watch the ducks on the village pond after a day walking or driving around some of the best breathtaking country side views that England has to offer, mostly farm land with charming dry-stone walls which I found totally enchanting.
Ashbourne and Buxton are charming little towns close to the cottage and have lots to offer in terms of of really good quality shops along with charming little independent shops. Buxton is a spa town and has the most amazing arctitecture
I really want to come back here and bring all the family. Our cottage slept 7 and I think Birch cottage which is adjoining next door has a similar capacity we are 10-12 so it should work out well for us to bring all the grand children for a trip to Abraham's Heights and wear them out on the much loved walks around scenic Dovedale.
Thank you Jan for the lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and found the cottage, warm, clean and comfortable. We are always on hand if any guests need to know any places to visit, eat etc. As you say the village is beautiful with local shops to visit and buy fresh locally sourced food items, along with the hospitable Devonshire Arms.
We hope to see you again in the future with your family, many thanks Lesley
Home from Home !
Our family of 6 the eldest being 89yrs old were delighted with our weekend Break in Beech Cottage.
Sat Nav detail correct took us right to the Cottage.
Lesley was friendly and happy to help when neeeded.
First impression was of a beautiful, clean, well maintained cottage.
Excellent value for our stay.
Every you needed plus some thoughtful extras.
Would definitely recommend this Cottage and visit again.
Thank you for your kind review Oliver. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, and found the cottage comfortable and clean. I do try to think of hidden extras that will make it easier for guests staying. Thank you again, Lesley
Fantastic stay would recommend to anyone!
Great weekend, felt very homely with a lovely welcome by the owners and a nice touch having the open fire on for when we arrived!
Couldn't of wished for better, thank you!
Thank you Kelly, glad you found the cottage warm, cosy and comfortable and had a good weekend. Lesley & Fred
Beech cottage is set in a beautiful characteristic village within easy reach of nearby amenities. The cottage itself is very well equipped and has everything you need to make your stay as stress free as possible. The owners have thought of everything, from a welcome tray of tea,coffee etc to shower gel and cleaning products. There are instruction manuals for the electrical goods,fire and recycling. There is also a comprehensive guide to the village, nearby amenities and local walks. In my opinion the owners have thought of everything to ensure a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable experience
Thank you for your kind review. I am pleased you found the cottage comfortable and well equipped for your stay. We do try to provide all the basics needed for guests, as well as a full list of activities and places of interest for guests to visit. Many thanks, Lesley
The cottage is conveniently situated in the beautiful village of Hartington. Hartington is an ideal place for visiting the Peak District and for sightseeing the area. The nearest towns which are approximately 10 miles away are Ashbourne, Buxton, Matlock, Bakewell and Leek. Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is 20 minute drive away, and Alton Towers theme park is also a 20 minute drive away. There are numerous walks which can be started from the village, and the Tissington Cycle trail is approximately 1 mile out of the village.