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

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Well appointed cottage near Matlock close to family attractions and walks, with 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms that can be made up as twins or doubles.

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.

More Details

nicole thompson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
November 24, 2017

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 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

Why nicole thompson chose South Darley

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


South Darley Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 ...
  • 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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Character Family Accommodation with Countryside Views, Cycle Storage and Garden.
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Manchester, UK.

One of the most impressive, well thought out cottages we have ever stayed at.

  • 5 of 5

We are so glad we stayed at Blindwell House. We have stayed at tens of cottages across the country over the years and this one has impressed us the most. The renovation has been so well thought out and is sympathetic in respecting its original features, the spaces well designed and used, and it is furnished to a very high standard. The pictures on the website whilst nice, don't do it justice. It feels so nice as soon as you enter. Nicole is a marvelous hostess, and thought of everything. Normally when we stay at a holiday cottage we bring along half a kitchen of utensils and consumables. No need to here! The best addition was the home made marmalade that was gorgeous. The beds are comfy, the mature garden full of the most amazing specimens, the outhouse perfectly equipped for bikers, barbecuers, and table tennis players alike. The only fault was the rain on the last day, which even then was spent relaxing in front of the fire. Oh, one last thing, the place was so clean! We have stayed in larger, grander properties, but can honestly say that this cottage ticked every box. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Stuart for your kind comments about our cottage. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and your fantastic review makes all the effort worthwhile! Nicole and Russ
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Very comfortable house, kitchen well equipped, spotless. It was well located.

  • 5 of 5

The 3 bedrooms each have very large beds. Plenty of towels. It was very useful to have washer and dryer. Lots of activities not too far for the children and adults.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for kind your review of our cottage. We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay.
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Lovely, interesting, comfortable place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The house is a beautiful stone cottage with excellent kitchen and other facilities. There is a lovely outdoor area with table and (at this time of year) flowers blooming. We were a party of four adults; it would also be great for kids and cyclists. We walked directly from the cottage, as well as drove to several nearby spots with great walking and historical sites. Nicole was thoroughly helpful with all details. We would be very happy to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you had a good stay and that you were able to enjoy the garden. We would love you to return on a future occasion. Nicole and Russ
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Well deserved 5 stars couldn't fault it at all.

  • 5 of 5

We found this lovely cottage really comfortable with everything you could want for a relaxing holiday. All the furnishings were of a really high standard and very well stocked . The cottage was also spotless and look forward to returning .

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, we're really pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Future guests may request a list of equipment provided in the cottage if this is helpful. Nicole and Russ
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A beautiful, well-equipped cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week at the cottage and we' were so impressed with all it had to offer. The kitchen was brilliantly appointed with good quality equipment - everything you could need and more. The cottage was easily the highest quality we have booked. Nicole was brilliant and kept us up to date throughout the booking process and during our stay. There was so much to do around the area - we'll definitely be back. Many thanks to Nicole.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday. Nicole
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A wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had an enjoyable stay, every need was anticipated and provided for from books, games and a separate den for the children among us, to every kitchen utensil you can think of including a coffee machine. The bedrooms were luxurious and the beds comfortable. The icing on our cake was the welcome pack and balloons for our birthday celebration!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you enjoyed your break at Blindwell House and that you found the cottage comfortable and well equipped.
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.