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Character Family Accommodation with Countryside Views, Cycle Storage and Garden.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


South Darley Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage in Wensley, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire Dales, England. Flexible Accommodation in Very Well Appointed Cottage. 3 Double/Twin Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

Blindwell House is a charming character cottage built in 1677 in the former lead mining village of Wensley within the Peak District National Park and close to Matlock, the county town of Derbyshire.

We are committed to catering to the needs of Families, Walkers and Cyclists and have been approved by VisitEngland after meeting the criteria of these particular Welcome Schemes. We also have achieved a VisitEngland Four Star rating for our accommodation and facilities.

The cottage has been newly refurbished to a high standard and is perfect for family holidays or for small groups of friends taking a short break. The cottage sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms that can be configured either as doubles or twins depending on your requirements. The master bedroom has room for a cot and also has an ensuite bathroom with shower. In addition there is also a modern and stylish family bathroom. The comfortable lounge has a wood burning stove, leather sofas and Smart TV, and there is an adjoining snug which is ideal for children as it has its own TV and Playstation 3. There is a very well appointed kitchen and a separate dining-room which seats six at the table. The house has gas central heating controlled by a thermostat. There is also free WiFi, an I-pod docking station (with Bluetooth for other devices to connect), a digital radio and a selection of games, DVDs and books for guests to use. We also have maps and guidebooks which provide information on local walks and places to visit.

The cottage has a sunny, paved and secure courtyard garden with a table and chairs, BBQ and an outdoor table-tennis table. A lockable outbuilding houses laundry facilities including washer, tumble-dryer and heated clothes-drying rack as well as cycle racks for up to six bicycles. Off road parking for cars is available on The Square next to the house.

Guests receive a welcome basket on arrival and bed linen, towels, fuel and logs are included in the rental price. A cot, high-chair, stair-gates and fire-guard can be set up on request. No smoking is permitted in the cottage and we do not allow pets.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

nicole thompson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
November 11, 2016
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About nicole thompson

Nicole and Russ moved up from the London area 25 years ago and still feel that living in Derbyshire is like being on holiday all year. It has a lot to do with being surrounded by hills and countryside, big groups of cyclists powering along the A6 and the balloons that regularly drift over the Derwent Valley. We have two boys and have experienced many of the local attractions from the point of view of parents with young children to the less easy to please teenage phase. We are therefore happy to offer advice on the most suitable visits and places in the area for you and your family or friends to enjoy!

nicole thompson purchased this cottage in 2014

Why nicole thompson chose Derbyshire Dales

We love the fact that the area around the Derwent Valley is very scenic but also easily accessible. There is a really good mix of attractions, from great towns for shopping, stately homes, visits for children and local history, to fantastic walks and adrenaline sports. Blindwell House is situated at the heart of an attractive little rural village on a hill above Matlock but is only a mile from the main A6 road, Matlock station, Sainsbury's supermarket and is also on a regular bus route to Bakewell.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is located in scenic countryside surrounded by other pretty stone-built cottages dating from the development of the local lead mining industry in the 17th century. Blindwell House is spacious and comfortable and has been completely refurbished to a high standard. The cottage is nice and warm as it has thick stone walls and double glazing, and is set into a slight hill allowing guests to access the garden from the third bedroom. We have chosen to make the configuration of the beds flexible in order to better accommodate our guests.

The sheltered patio garden catches the sun most of the day and is a lovely place to have a cup of coffee or a BBQ, and the outside table tennis table provides the opportunity for a bit of competition. You can also bring your bicycles and keep them in the lockable outbuilding, which houses the laundry. There is a well lit path around the side of the property that also leads into the garden.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Character Family Accommodation with Countryside Views, Cycle Storage and Garden.
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Had an amazing few days here. The cottage is very well equipped and comfy. The location is beautiful and fantastic as a base for cycling. Highly recommend this place, and we'll definitely be back again!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. I'm pleased you found that the cottage was a good base for your cycling holiday and hope that you are indeed able to return on a future occasion.
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The property was well maintained and equipped with everything our family needed.

  • 5 of 5

The welcoming basket was a lovely touch and the cottage was very well equipped to cope with a family holiday. The owners were very thoughtful and we appreciated the information provided about local traffic and directions in addition to details about Chatsworth Country Fair. We would definitely recommend the cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday and have now added a toast-rack to the kitchen equipment, as suggested!
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  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage! Wonderful layout, the kids had there own snug to play games and watch films in the evening, kitchen was great, patio was perfect for outdoor dining, even used the BBQ. Great location, close to many great attractions, beautiful landscapes, easy to pop out and get groceries, and good leisure centre pool too. Best cottage I've ever been in... Just mind your head.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. I'm also glad that you used the pool at the new ARC Leisure Centre in Matlock. For the benefit of future guests, I would like to mention that there are low ceilings above the staircase, the entrance lobby and the snug. Other than this everything is of normal height !
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Excellent cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Such an excellent cottage, fully equipped with all the facilities that one can think of. Nicole the hostess is a wonderful person - very warm friendly and helpful. My family of four had an amazing time here and would strongly recommend this cottage to everyone coming to Matlock.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. This is particularly appreciated as you told me that you travel a great deal and you must have a wide experience of different types of accommodation. Our best wishes for the future, Nicole and Russ.
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Beautifully equipped, beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a lovely week in Wensley. The cottage has everything you could possibly require, and things you didn't know you needed! Our girls loved the enclosed courtyard garden, table tennis was a huge hit! Wonderfully comfortable beds, clean, fresh décor. The cottage is everything you could hope for when self-catering, and a real credit to its owners.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are really pleased that you had a good holiday and that the children enjoyed playing in the garden. Nicole and Russ
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  • 5 of 5

My friends & I thought Blindwell House was one of the best cottages we've stayed at. Location was excellent, being only 5-10 minutes drive from Matlock & provided an idea base for outdoor activities including walking in Mam Tor & Dovedale, plus cycling along High Peak/Tissington Trails. The actual accommodation was very well stocked for the whole stay providing a fully equiped kitchen including a coffee machine with plenty of refill capsules. I was so impressed with the coffee maker that I purchased the same one when I got home! There was also a wide variety of games, DVDs & books to enjoy for evening entertainment. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very complimentary review of our cottage. I'm pleased that you found both the accommodation and our location suitable for your weekend break and hope you are able to stay at Blindwell House on a future occasion.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
East Midlands Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Three Stags Heads, Darley Bridge
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Matlock Station
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Three Stags Heads, Darley Bridge
Car: necessary


The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport near Derby. Although Wensley is on regular bus route 172 from Matlock Train Station, use of a car is recommended.


Blindwell House is in a rural, village location about 2 miles from the popular town of Matlock. The well known Derbyshire town of Bakewell is about 4 miles North of Wensley and Matlock Bath with its numerous attractions is just South of Matlock along the main A6 road. Chatsworth House is also less than 4 miles away, as is the medieval Haddon Hall. The Lead Mining Museum in Matlock Bath tells the story of mining in the area and the Derwent Valley Mills are designated as a World Heritage Site.

Further Details:

Wensley an excellent base for walking and cycling with a number of scenic walks that can be made directly from the house. It is also situated close to Matlock and Matlock Bath, both of which have numerous shopping, restaurants and leisure facilities. Wensley is on a bus route between Matlock and Bakewell and there is a regular daytime service that stops next to the cottage.

Nearby attractions include The Heights of Abraham Cable Car and Gullivers Kingdom in Matlock Bath, Carsington Water, Dove Dale, Ashbourne, Wirkswirth, Rowsley Shopping Village, Cauldwell Mill and Peak Rail which has a steam train that runs from Matlock station. There are a number of excellent pubs and restaurants in the area and the nearest pub, The Three Stags, is 0.7 of a mile down the hill in Darley Bridge. There is also The Old Bowling Green pub in the nearby conservation village of Winster just over 1 mile away. The cottage is also six minutes by car from a Sainsbury’s supermarket. The new ARC Leisure Centre Matlock is also close and offers special leisure passes for guests to use the gym and swimming pool during their holiday.


Rates & Availability

South Darley Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Rate
Oct 28 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
New Year
Jan 6 2017 - Feb 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Half Term
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 16 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Spring Term
Feb 17 2017 - Apr 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter Holidays
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Term
Apr 21 2017 - May 25 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Summer Half Term
May 26 2017 - Jun 1 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Summer Term
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 20 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 21 2017 - Sep 7 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn Term
Sep 8 2017 - Oct 19 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Autumn Half Term
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 26 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Late Autumn Term
Oct 27 2017 - Dec 14 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 4 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please book by contacting or calling the owner. If the booking is made within two months of the holiday commencement date, the full rental will be required. Payment can be made through Owners Direct or arrangements made directly with the owner, Nicole Thompson. For full T/C see website.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday. However for short breaks or the Christmas holidays this may be flexible. Guests are requested to leave the cottage by 10.00 hrs on the morning of departure and new guests may arrive from 15.00 hrs on the day of arrival.

Notes on prices:
Prices are inclusive of the deposit.

The minimum short break we accept is three nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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South Darley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • Modern white en-suite in bedroom 1 with sink, toilet, corner shower and heated towel rail. Stylish new family bathroom with a spacious curved shower-bath, sink, toilet and heated towel rail. Bathrooms have mirror-lights with shaver points.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with either two single beds or super-king double. En-suite bathroom with shower. Room for cot. Bedroom 2 with either two single beds or super-king double. Bedroom 3 with either two single beds or super-king double. Access onto patio garden.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Notes on accommodation: We supply clean linen and towels, fuel, soap and shampoo, dishcloths and tea-towels, cleaning products, laundry tabs and dishwasher tablets, a toilet roll in each toilet, a fully equipped kitchen, maps, games, books, DVDs, Playstation games and a welcome basket. Outside: There is a large sunny, paved patio area behind the house that can be accessed by following the path around the side of the property or through the back door that leads out from bedroom 3. There is a smart garden table with six chairs and a big umbrella. There is also a gas BBQ and we have provided an outdoor full-sized table-tennis table. The lockable stone outbuilding which houses the laundry and bike store has an outside tap, hose and floodlighting as well as an additional toilet and sink. Utility Room: There is a substantial stone outbuilding at the end of the patio garden which houses the laundry and lockable store for bicycles. It contains a washer, tumble-dryer, ironing equipment and heated clothes rack. There is also a bike rack for six bicycles. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Beds are freshly made up prior to the arrival of guests and towels are also provided. Linen and towels will be changed after a week if guests book a holiday longer than this period. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned between guests.

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