|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Blindwell House is a charming stone cottage built in 1677 in the former lead mining village of Wensley within the Peak District National Park and close to Matlock which has a good choice of restaurants, shops and supermarkets. The cottage is an ideal base for family holidays or short breaks and is close to popular attractions such as Chatsworth House, Matlock Bath and Bakewell as well as cycle trails and scenic walks.
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 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 shared parking 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.
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 round. It has a lot to do with being surrounded by hills and countryside and the accessibility of great walking country and lovely scenery. We originally came to Derbyshire because of work opportunities as we are both geology graduates and Russ still works in the field of geotechnical engineering and ground remediation. Although we live in the nearby town of Belper, we chose Blindwell House because of its suitability as a holiday let and because it's near one of our favourite picnic spots, Robin Hood's Stride on The Limestone Way, where our two sons have always enjoyed scrambling over the rocks. We are familiar with most of the local attractions and are 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
We love the fact that The White Peak is a beautiful and accessible area with a really good mix of attractions for everyone to enjoy, including great towns for shopping, stately homes, industrial history and activities for children as well as fantastic walking country and outdoor activities. Blindwell House is situated at the heart of an attractive little rural hamlet overlooking Matlock, with scenic views and countryside walks on the doorstep. Our guests have commented on the convenience of our location for local amenities and the proximity to tourist attractions.
Blindwell House is located in Wensley, surrounded by other pretty stone-built cottages dating from the development of the local lead mining industry in the 17th century. The cottage is spacious and comfortable and has been completely refurbished to a high standard. The cottage has views over The Derwent Valley from the front of the house and there is shared parking on The Square which is adjacent to the cottage.
The cottage is ideal for families as we have a separate snug with its own TV for children and a choice of twin or double beds in each of the three bedrooms. The cottage is warm in winter as it has thick stone walls and double glazing, and is set into a slight slope allowing guests to access the garden from the third bedroom in the summer.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
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 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.