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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.
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Lovely little Gem
The cottage is a little gem and ideal for two people. The cottage was immaculately clean and the bottle of wine was very welcoming. Although the weather wasn't too kind to us we still managed two cycle rides and two walks It is an ideal base for walkers as its not far from all the main walks.
Comfortable and convenient cottage
Dove Cottage is in a charming location with off-street parking, within steps of the picturesque village. The Village Stores, the tea shop, the pub (currently being refurbished)--the entire village really is a few steps away. The cottage itself was comfortable, plenty of room for two in a roomy living area and the upstairs kitchen, bedroom, and modern bathroom--a perfect combination of charm and comfort. We would love to stay again.
Would go back in the blink of an eye
Had everything you would need and very clean
The cottage was clean and had everything needed for a worry free stay. My only complaint is that the sofa was very uncomfortable
We appreciate your comments and giving us a five star rating despite your finding the sofa uncomfortable. We thought about that comment and agreed with you so there is now (September 2018) a new sofa replacing that smart but uncomfortable Chesterfield.
Lovely cottage, beautifully presented
We arrived to beautiful clean cottage with everything needed to enjoy ourselves and a welcome bottle of wine to set us off. The village and surrounding area was beautiful, lots of walks straight out of the door and instructions for them in the cottage. The weather was magnificent and there were plenty of places locally to eat, some extremely close which was a bonus. Local shops to fetch groceries or anything you needed and a warm welcome was extended by everyone we met.
We loved every minute of our stay and would like to return at some point. Many thanks to Patrick and family for all the information it was very helpful.
Not what we were expecting
Cottage was clean but tired looking, and not what we expected of 4 star accommodation. In fact we were so disappointed we didn't stay so are unable to comment about softness of bed, heating etc (although we did notice a sign saying that heating upstairs wasn't working !)
If you hire this cottage you will need to take absolutely everything - which in fairness to the owner he did state in an email to us at 10.30 the night before in which he mentioned that there would not be even salt and pepper available (don't know if its his sense of humour but a lot of his instructions a the cottage have the same tone about them)
So to sum up having just stayed in the Dales in the most up to-date and welcoming cottage ever the contrast was too much for us to consider - sorry.
Obviously we are extremely disappointed by this reviewers disappointment. We are glad he agreed that it was clean but note that he considered it was tired. We can not accept that, every year we spend quite a lot making improvements to this (and our three other cottages) and are able to present a detailed list of such improvements for each to our Tourist Board Inspector on their annual visits. Indeed since this review was posted we have had a further inspection in which she noted the further improvements made and again giving us a grading in the top half of four star. We have tried to look at the cottage with a dispassionate eye, in the light of the reviewers comments and can only conclude that he was expecting a property in modernist style, but this is not appropriate, it is a traditional cottage. Alternatively quite simply he was expecting a cottage graded by the country’s official grading organisation Visitengland as five star, whereas this it is not, its simply in the top half of four star. He no doubt will have seen that each and ever guest staying in the weeks before (but also it turned out in the weeks after) wrote in our visitors book, none were critical and indeed all positive.
As to the reviewers comments that there was nothing in the cottage, I don’t think this reviewer meant contents wise; as everyone else has said, the cottage is very well equipped, (with the benefit of many years experience in running holiday cottages) and guests have joked they struggle to actually find something they want that is not available to them. This review was referring to groceries. Yes, its self catering. For years now we have sent very detailed arrival notes (including personalised notes on the area, events lists etc etc – every week guests write to us on receiving such info expressing how pleased we are with what we have provided) but a couple of months ago we added information about opening times and offerings of the local shops and quite a bit more.We don’t send this information out with the other information as we think that would be information overload so we email it out a couple of days before guests arrival but on this occasion it was only the day before. There was no intended humour as suggested by the reviewer, when advising ‘not even salt and pepper’ it’s a factual statement, we still remember many years ago how a guest complained strongly about how we had left previous guests salt/pepper in the cottage and so we have ever since removed these
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.