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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
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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A lovely cottage
Sadly we had poor weather and spent more time cooped up indoors than we would have liked. The only thing this emphasised was that there is no view form the cottage. We once spent a very, very wet week in a cottage in Scotland but could at least enjoy a view that was stunning even in the rain. Having said that, the cottage is otherwise a perfect hideaway, very cozy. I enjoyed watching live football in the "Skye" room. We had two bright days when we walked through the beauty of Dovedale, spotting treecreepers and an obliging dipper which performed for us for about 20 minutes. On drizzly days we explored Hartington itself and drove to discover villages such as Tideswell and Tissington, well worth a visit. We thoroughly enjoyed munching several times at the splendid YHA Hartington Hall (just a 300m walk). We liked both the food and the informal atmosphere. It was nice too to shop in the village - we ate rather more cheese than was good for us!
Glad you found the cottage to be lovely. As to your comments regarding the lack of a view (although there is a view from the first floor bedroom over hills situated just a short distance away), that in a way summarises what the inevitable compromises (on everything) is all about. We are in a private courtyard in the centre of a honeypot village surrounded by the most gorgeous countryside, but almost by definition a cottage in a village (particularly one so centrally sited) will not have a view. We appreciate you giving us five stars despite your personal disappointment over 'this compromise'
Cosy, character cottage
A lovely, cosy cottage right in the centre of the village and equipped with everything to make a wonderful weekend break. Thank you to the helpful owners and caretaker.
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.