About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Manifold Cottage is an above average sized two person pet-free non-smoking cottage, graded in the top half of four star by the country's official grading assessor, the English Tourist Board, and given an almost unheard of 100% for standards of housekeeping in the grading process. The cottage has a modern tasteful ambience but plenty of charachter features, in particular a large heavily beamed bedroom open to the rafters. The bedroom has a king-sized bed with extra thick mattress (and second television). The living room has a log effect stove with a three person leather settee and a fabric covered wing back chair plus a TV and DVD player. The TV receives full sky programmes, so including sky sports and films channels. There is fully controllable central heating throughout and also throughout the cottage (since the second half of January this year) there is good wifi reception. The cottage has a full sized bathroom with shower over the bath. The extremely well equipped shaker style kitchen has imposing real granite sink and gloss worktops. There are top of the range laminated floors of the highest quality throughout (where not carpeted).
Hartington itself is one of the honey-pot villages in the Peak District, being regarded as an excellent base for walking and cycling. This is helped by its location only a couple of hundred yards from the River Dove, which can easily be reached from the village over an attractive meadow and from there, there is an excellent riverside path down to Dovedale. As a result the village is able to support, despite only having 130 houses, several tea shops, two (excellent) coaching inns, a delicatessen, a grocers, two gift shops, a post office an art studio an antiques shop and famous cheese shop to which many make a point of travelling from miles around. There is also a duck pond which acts as a magnet to many visitors.
The village is approached down a gorgeous but easily driven 2 mile long dale road from one of the Peak District's main artery roads, making it extraordinarily easy to get around to visit the numerous attractions in the Peak District.
The cottage is centrally located in a private courtyard consisting of three cottages, and is therefore able to offer peace and quiet despite the village getting at times during the main tourist season or at weekends fairly busy. In the courtyard there is a barbecue and laundry room and provision for off-road parking of cars. There is some limited outdoor seating area with flower borders On the other side of the courtyard is a Sky sports room, shared with the two other cottages, but little used, so sole use of this room is almost certain.
Guests will see when proceeding to the booking page, that one of the fees included in the quote is called the base charge; this is because otherwise quotes for short breaks work out wrongly as this site's computer assumes that a two night mid week break is one half of a four night break (which it very rarely is). By putting in a 'base' charge and then reducing the nightly charge the computer generated figure becomes correct whether booking for two, three or four nights.
Please note that the computer generated quote is SOMETIMES too low for those looking for a short break that includes only one night of either friday or saturday (it is correct if the short break request includes both a friday and a Saturday night). If this situation applies, please simply complete the enquiry section to the right of this page or the 'Contact the Owner' bit (depending on which page you are on), rather than clicking on the ‘Request to Book' link , or 'proceed to booking’ link and the owners will send out a quote with the correct figure.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 18, 2018
About Patrick Skemp
We first started running holiday cottages 22 years ago the cottages being located about a mile away from Hartington so we like to think we are pretty good at meeting guests expectations. Most weeks one or other set of our guests will comment (in addition to making favourable comments on the cottage) about our professional approach, which is after all driven by our determination to ensure that guests thoroughly enjoy both their stay in our various cottages and in the Peak District. In the name (of course) of market research, we visit the numerous inns, restaurants, chippies etc, (there are about 30 of these within 7 miles alone, plus various tea rooms) and are able to pass on our knowledge if requested to our guests.
Why Patrick Skemp chose Hartington
Superb location in the village, in the heart of it. Superb location in the Peak District. The village has numerous facilities for one of Hartington's size - there are after all only 130 houses but being in such a beautiful part of the Peak District, the village attracts numerous visitors and so is able to support far more businesses (pubs, newsagent, grocers, delicatessen, gift shops, tea rooms etc) than one would expect.. The cycling in the area is brilliant, the walking can not be beaten? There are an amazing number of stately homes, and other commercial attractions so close. Our cottages are extremely well run.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Quiet little well equipped cottage
A lovely little cottage set back from the main street in Hartington Great walking nearby and a lot of information on local highlights
A lovey cozy little cottage which seemed so welcoming from the minuite we walked in,
The cottage had everything we needed for a weeks stay. It was also well positioned in the centre of the village for shops and eating out.
Overall we were very disappointed with Manifold Cottage. Hartington is a lovely village, but the cottage was very out dated and in need of some serious modernisation. We appreciate that it is an old cottage, but a new bathroom/shower room, kitchen and fire or log burner would make a big difference. We found it cold and not comfortable to sit and watch tv for example. I’m not sure if the owner has sorted out the WiFi, but when we were there it was non existent.
I accept your criticism over the lack of wifi for which we apologise. We have now sorted the hiccup and there is now a good wifi signal throughout the cottage, and in the Sky Sports room across the courtyard. I do believe however that this genuine issue has clouded your views on the cottage and meant you were unable to see the many positives.
The cottage is a traditional barn conversion and the style is that of a country cottage, which is not a style known for its ‘modern’ characteristics. The kitchen which I think all would agree is extremely well equipped and bathroom are fully functional and exceptionally clean and to ‘modernise’ them would not be consistent with the style of the cottage. Certainly your description of the cottage as old fashioned has never been suggested before by any of the 700 sets of guests before you, whether, directly to us or in the visitors book, in satisfaction questionaires which we used to hand over before on-line reviews became available, or in online reviews themselves. We do constantly strive to make improvements to all of our properties regularly, which is clearly recognised in the annual inspections carried out by the Tourist Board, who have consistently awarded Manifold Cottage with a grading in the top half of four star (something which only a smallish minority of cottages could achieve). Your suggestion of an open fire/log burner is a non starter, as the National Park Planning Authority do not permit those undertaking barn conversions to install chimneys and hence the provision of a coal effect electric stove, providing some atmosphere and a focal point. I am perplexed by your comment with regard to the temperature of the cottage, as the central heating is at our guests’ control and even when the temperature is 0 degrees outside, a temperature of 25 degrees can easily be achieved inside the cottage, even without the coal effect electric fire. If you were cold, you only had to mention this and we would have been happy to bring round further oil filled electric radiators.
Lovely homely cottage in a great location
We had a really enjoyable stay. The cottage is warm, clean and well equipped. With a pub, tea room and shop all very close by we could not ask for anything better.
There is almost certainly more to do within 30 minutes drive of Hartington than anywhere in the UK, stately homes, market towns, attractive villages, the National Stone Centre (!) the absolutely superb National Tramway Museum, 8 heritage railways, the list is endless, hence there being 11 really well organised information folders in the cottage. But primarily we are of course in the heart of the White Peak Area of the Peak District (the area of rolling hills, valleys, dry stone walls and limestone villages, for which the Peak District is so well known - the Dark Peak is mainly uninhabited moorland), so absolutely superb for scenic driving, walking, hiking or cycling. We are also within 3 miles of three former railway tracks, now cycle paths and walkways, of average 15 miles in length and there is a truly extensive network of quite lanes superb for cycling along, with Sustran Cycle Route 54 passing the cottage. The possibilies for walking are literally unlimited as almost every other field in this area has a footpath passing through but more specifically in the village there is a lovely walk starting, passing over a meadow before reaching after a few hundred yards the River Dove at Beresford Dale. Just down river, along an excellent solid river side path are other stretches of the River Dove known as Wolfscote Dale and then the most famous outside attraction of the who Peak District, namely Dovedale.