Cute Historic Cottage in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire close to country walks, shops, bars, restaurants and the Peak District
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 Matlock
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 reliable BT WiFi is available at the cottage and the TV has BT vision enabling recordings/catch up TV.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Three night stay in Bluebell Cottage
Stayed in Bluebell Cottage for three nights for a birthday celebration and fathers day. Had everything we needed and in a great location for Matlock Bath and Crompton. Good communication with Judie the owner and friendly neighbours who told us a bit of history about the cottage.
Cosy cottage and helpful owners
Only a short stay but loved the cottage and it's location. A couple of great walks from the doorstep and fun evening doing the quiz at the boat inn. Very friendly place and happy with the dogs too. The owners were very honest about the parking and stairs. They were no trouble for us at all. Would definitely go back.
This is a very old charming cottage. It is in walking distance to Matlock Bath, which the children and I enjoyed. The price was good for the quality of the cottage. Judy left milk and biscuits that the children consumed within the hour. The top floor had the only full bed. My husband hit his head several times on the ceiling. We could not get a breeze and the top floor became a little warm. Others had mentioned that there was an odor in the cottage. It did have a smell. The area is beautiful.
I would just like to clarify the 'smell' which the reviewer referred to, as I would hate to think that readers might think it meant a whiff of drains, old cabbage, or fried onions! The cottage is very ancient and does have a slightly musty aroma, particularly in wet weather. Another point to mention is the only 'full' bed. It means the only double bed in the cottage. The other beds are full sized singles in the twin bedroom, and adult sized bunks in the smaller bedroom. The top floor does have low ceilings and could be a problem for taller guests, though most seem to accept it as adding character and don't mind coping with a low ceiling.
'Bluebell Cottage', Matlock Bath, in the Historic Derwent valley.
A most Pleasant 3 night autumn stay, in this period/character accomodation in the picturesque Town of Matlock Bath ~ A Highly recommended base for any visitor/tourist to the Peak District area. Julie, the owner being a very trusting & amiable letting host.
Bluebell Cottage, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Delightful cottage, comfortable and warm with many homely features & welcoming touches from the owner
On the down side we felt that the steepness way up & that of the stairs both inside & outside where not emphasised sufficiently - also the parking difficulties. Our party included two octogenarians & another disabled lady. Whilst enjoying the ambience of the surroundings, the access to the cottage itself & the internal staircases were extremely hazardous especially in wet weather conditions
ideally suited for the more younger peaple as all bedrooms are situated upstairs up some narrow stairs. There are two floors each with bedrooms and bathrooms, both nicely done out. clean bedding on arrival. Teddies and chocs were a nice touch. slight concern over amount of cobwebs within the kitchen/dining area, might be the age off the building or the cleaning schedule.
Cottage ideally placed for matlock baths, easily walkable without the hassle off trying to park, unfortunately you have to work out where to park at the cottage first. One night we parked outside as we came in late and told the occupying neirbours, the rest we parked over the road at £5 per night day, and managed to retrieve the car when we required .
overall good expierience would go back
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.
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.