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Characterful beamed cottage: ideal base for exploring Peak District attractions

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cute Historic Cottage in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire - close to country walks, shops, bars, restaurants and the Peak District.

Bluebell Cottage is over 200 years old and was built in the late 1700s in association with Masson Mills which is situated just opposite, on the other side of the road. The cottage enjoys cosy and attractive accommodation with 3 bedrooms, (a double, a twin, and a bunk bedroom), 2 bathrooms, a living room with log burning stove, and an appealing dining kitchen with pine table. The dining table seats 4 comfortably, and will seat up to 6 guests. The cottage is fully equipped for 6 guests. However it is also a lovely spacious retreat for just two guests! The bunk bedroom is best for kids, although the bunks are adult size. Free BT WiFi available. There is a cute and sunny cottage garden (not secure) with a small lawn and flowerbeds and outside table and chairs. The cottage is situated in a Conservation area within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Just opposite is Masson Mills which is open 7 days a week, and provides an excellent restaurant serving a good selection of meals, snacks, cakes, coffee, teas and soft drinks. The restaurant has tables which closely overlook the River Derwent. The restaurant offers a really good cooked Breakfast Deal! There are first class shopping outlets within Masson Mills, with a huge variety of merchandise, shoes, clothes, jewellery, china, bedding, giftware, kitchen items, foodstuffs, booze, etc. There is also a most interesting working textile museum. There are numerous country pubs, restaurants, and food outlets within walking distance. The cottage is ideally placed for using public transport, being off the main thoroughfare, yet within only 50 yards of a bus stop linking into services all over the Peak District. Trains run nearby from both Matlock Bath and Cromford, with links into the main rail network. Temporary Parking to load/unload passengers and luggage is possible right outside Bluebell Cottage. (The lane is awkward and narrow so parking there can only be for a short while) Longer Parking is available at the nearby New Bath Hotel. We have arranged with the manager for or guests to park in the hotel car park for £5 per day to include overnight parking, and access to vehicles is 24 hour. You can alternatively park at the Masson Mills Car Park which is conveniently directly opposite the cottage, for £5 per day which includes overnight parking (£2.50 of this charge is refundable on purchases in Masson Mills shops or restaurant). So great value! Only downside is that vehicles need to be parked up for the night by 5.30 p.m., and 5 p.m. on Sundays, as the car park is locked up between 5.30 p.m. and 7 a.m. Otherwise free unrestricted public Parking is available in Cromford village a short, less than 10 minute, level walk from the cottage. Well-behaved Pets are welcome.

Judie Kingdom
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Judie Kingdom

We are Judie and Patrick. I am originally from Surrey and Patrick from Yorkshire. Much of my childhood and early life was lived in Wales, and Patrick comes from an Irish family, but was born and has lived all his life in Yorkshire. His father was a doctor who came to work in Sheffield as a GP in the 1950s. I have also lived in Devon. Patrick and I have been together since 1982 and have one grown up son. I also have two older children who live in Essex and Germany, and who have provided me with three lovely grandchildren. I am a retired librarian, having worked in both public libraries and in the Arts, Film and Media section of Sheffield Hallam University Learning Centre. These days we are rather nomadic! We both enjoy travel, reading, Scrabble, crosswords, cooking and wine!

Judie Kingdom purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Judie Kingdom chose Derbyshire Dales

For many years we had just adored Matlock Bath. My children loved the beautiful park, as now do my grandchildren, with its excellent playground, motor boats on the lake, miniature train, and putting. The park also includes a cafe, tennis courts, 18 hole putting green, bowling green, and skateboard tracks/jumps. We all enjoy the autumn 'Venetian Nights' when themed illuminated gondolas sail on the River Derwent.We love the location of Bluebell Cottage situated near Masson Mills, in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Being convenient both for the countryside and also all the fun and amenities of Matlock and Matlock Bath. We much appreciate the cottage being so ideally placed to link into public transport by both rail and bus, making it an ideal choice for a car free holiday.

What makes this cottage unique

Bluebell Cottage offers a characterful atmosphere with beams and nooks and crannies and yet provides all modern conveniences. Having 2 full bathrooms is an asset not often found in a cottage of this size. Masson Mills just opposite provides an excellent self-service restaurant overlooking the River Derwent, interesting shopping outlets, and a working textile museum. There are literally country walks possible from the front door. Many attractions are within easy striking distance such as Bakewell, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Hardick Hall and Buxton. Plenty of pubs, restaurants and food outlets, and interesting shops, are within easy walking distance. Free BT WiFi is available at the cottage and the TV has BT vision enabling recordings/catch up TV.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'The kids loved the bunk beds and exploring the woods and caves behind the cottage'

'A really quaint and cosy cottage with absolutely everything we needed'

'Granny appreciated having her own quiet bedroom and bathroom on the upper floor'
Jun 2011
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Matlock Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • River
  • Village
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Wash Basin
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Wash Basin. Bath has a shower attachment to the taps.
  • First floor bathroom with bath, electric shower, wash basin and wc. Second floor bathroom with bath, shower attachment, wash basin and wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , On Second Floor adjacent to a Bathroom. Low ceilings.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , A Bunk Bed (adult Size) to sleep 2 guests. A small bedroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Room for a travel cot - needs requesting.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 4 comfortably and up to 6 max Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Note :- Cot needs to be reserved. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with bunk beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The cot and high chair are shared with our other properties so please request them if required. Ample nearby free unrestricted parking always available (400 yards). Temporary parking to unload/load passengers and luggage is possible beside the cottage. (It is a narrow access lane). Outside: There is a small sunny cottage garden with lawn and flowerbeds, with a table and chairs for 6 provided. Off season there are views over the Derbyshire Hills, but these are obscured by trees during the summer months! Utility Room: Iron, ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are provided. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned before the arrival of new guests. Towels are linen are changed if guests are staying more than 7 nights. Other: Well planned dining kitchen with round pine dining table and six pine chairs. Well equipped kitchen.


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Characterful beamed cottage: ideal base for exploring Peak District attractions
average rating of 3.909091 based on 12 reviews

Bluebell Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our week in Matlock Bath and stay in Bluebell Cottage. It is a very quaint and quirky little cottage. It had everything we needed there. Right opposite Masoon Mills, where we parked the car for the week. £5 a day and you get £2.50 off of anything you buy there each day. It was about 10 mins to walk into Cramford village and 15min walk into Matlock Bath. Fish and chips in both places in Cramford were delicious. We also enjoyed a few drinks with the locals in the Bell pub. It was much busier in Matlock Bath especially the Bank Holiday weekend. The Indian is brilliant there, the nicest Indian food I have ever had, and we have had quite a few! They also delivered it to us. Our dog was welcome everywhere. We went to Abraham Heights which is worth visiting. Will definitely return to this part of the country again. It was also lovely when we arrived with the fresh flowers Judie, the owner had left and box of biscuits with tea, sugar, coffee and milk in the fridge.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bluebell Cottage

  • 4 of 5

What a warm welcome from Judie and a sweet and quirky little cottage, ideal for a few days stay, we where in Matlock to celebrate a 50th Birthday Party and this was ideal for some of our guests to stay in. Comfortable, cosy and very clean and tidy. With all the amenities you need. Along with the essentials in the fridge. Would definitely think of coming back. The only downside is the parking but that is not a problem when you can park across the road. Matlock Bath not far from the cottage and lots of walks outside your front door. I would definitely recommend this property. Lovely.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely comfortable cottage, perfect weekend!!!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this cottage for a short family break and we were delighted!! The cottage is very well equipped, comfortable and has everything you need for a self catering stay.The cottage has lots of character and the log burner made the living room very cosy.The toiletries and fresh flowers were a very nice gesture and the little touches like tea bags,coffee and milk were greatly appreciated after our journey.

Bluebell cottage is a perfect location to explore Matlock and surrounding areas and is also on a bus route if you don't fancy using the car for a day. There is plenty to do in Matlock which has lots of shops, cafes and a lovely park.Matlock Bath reminded us of a small seaside resort.

All in all a fantastic break and we will return!!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice cottage - shame about the doggy smell.

  • 3 of 5

The kitchen was very well equipped and there were some lovely touches such as nice biscuits left together with milk, tea and coffee. The bed were comfortable, with clean linen; the bathrooms were well stocked with toiletries. Unfortunately, the living room furniture was very uncomfortable and there was an overwhelming smell of dogs emanating from the carpet. I love dogs - but I don't like how they smell. The living room was therefore a disappointment. Fortunately, we were out and about for most of our stay.

I think a doormat would be a good idea. Because the whether was wet when we stayed, we were very conscious of trudging in mud and moisture, and were constantly wiping the kitchen floor.

The location was beautiful - Abraham's Heights particularly stunning. Masson's Mill tour was very interesting.

Don't expect to be able to park next to cottage, or at peak time, in Matlock Bath. A very busy town.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Since this review the carpet has been thoroughly shampooed. Nobody has mentioned a doggy smell previously. I think these guests were unlucky as the weather had been wet and probably the previous guests had a smooth and silky soft haired dog. This doggy type does smell when damp. We do welcome pets, so just have to take the rough haired with the smooth! Because of the very wet weather the doormat had become muddy and ruined but a new one is now in place.
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Bluebell cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this cottage with plenty to do in the area. The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed for a perfect stay. We will definitely be going back again.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Bluebell Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Spent a lovely three nights in this quaint and homely cottage which is very well equipped and ideally situated for Cromford Village and Matlock Bath. Excellent Customer Service from the Owners. Would love to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
The Boat at Cromford
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Market Place at Cromford
Car: not necessary


Good situation for using public transport. Bus stop 50 yards, linking in to services all across Derbyshire. Matlock Bath and Cromford train stations within a couple of minutes drive.


Bluebell Cottage is situated on the edge of scenic Matlock Bath and within 5 minutes walking distance of Cromford Village. Matlock centre is 2 miles away. Peak District towns and villages such as Bakewell, Buxton, Baslow, Hathersage, Eyam, and Castleton, are all easily reached by car or bus.

Further Details:

The nearest general store is Arkwright's in Cromford (5 minutes walk) which is virtually open all hours! There are numerous pubs, take-aways, and restaurants close at hand. With something to suit all tastes, a really top class Indian restaurant, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Bistros, etc. Loads of fish and chip shops too, and plenty of cafes and ice cream parlours. There is a large useful Sainsbury's supermarket and garage in Matlock. Matlock provides for all general needs, with Tourist Information, a really lovely flowery park with tennis, putting, skate boarding, and an excellent children's playground with boating lake and miniature train, and a smart park cafe. There is also a P.O., banks, Boots, Co-Op, launderette, and numerous shops, etc.

A great attraction at weekends from the end of August until the end of October are the famous and historical 'Venetian Nights' when illuminated themed gondolas sail along the River Derwent.


Rates & Availability

Matlock Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Summer
Jul 14 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct Half-Term
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 31 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2017 - Dec 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are agreed online or by phone. Payment is made by cheque sent in the post, or by bank transfer. Payment can also be made by using PayPal, but this incurs a small charge. 25% is requested to secure a booking, with the 75% balance payable 2 months before the holiday start date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible to suit the needs of our guests.

Notes on prices:
Minimum let 2 nights, except a 7 night minimum at both Christmas and New Year.

2 nights from £199 - £299, depending upon the season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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