About Christine Saunders
I took early retirement from work in education (FE) a few years ago, deciding to allow time for me to indulge my passion - renovating and furnishing little houses for use as holiday lets! After successfully offering a small cottage on the east coast as accommodation for holiday makers, I decided to purchase a property a little nearer my home town in Yorkshire. Being near the coast was lovely but a bit of a track when things went wrong.
Christine Saunders purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Christine Saunders chose Cromford
This house in Cromford became available and, as I've always liked the village and it's surrounding area, I decided to buy it and offer it to holiday makers. I love the history behind both the cottage (Grade II listed mill workers cottage) and the village of Cromford itself, and I've regularly visited the surrounding area, which offers so much in terms of natural beauty and attractions. I've a bit of a 'thing' about little houses in need of a bit of TLC and so had the pleasure of renovating and decorating this one in a way that I liked. I don't just like it now - I love it and hope those who enjoy a stay there feel the same!
What makes this Cottage unique
34 Water Lane is located on the edge of an interesting and historical village - but not just a typical tourist village. This village has a beating heart and soul. It has a community that lives and works in the village. Within a few minutes walk, guests at the cottage can visit one of several local pubs, shops, restaurants, art galleries and coffee shops. Slightly further afield guests are spoilt for choice regarding places of interest to visit. It really is an ideal place to stay.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
delight of cromford
The property was immaculate on arrival, Great touch with the wine and biscuits and all the facilities required in a property were all available. Great experience.
Comfortable, charming, cosy cottage
This cottage is very well appointed with comfortable beds and furnishings. The cottage is only a few minutes walk from the Boat Inn which serves delicious food. For those who arrive by train, the station is about a 20 minute walk away. Travel to local attractions is easy as there is a regular bus service, plus of course the train for slightly further afield.
Our accommodations exceeded our expectations in every way. Christine was an excellent hostess knowing we were arriving late evening, she had snacks and the basics waiting for us. Check—in and out was so easy and Chris was available by phone or email at anytime. The cottage was cozy ,and had everything we needed for a months stay. she came once a week to clean and change linens. Couldn’t ask for more. We were situated in a great location with easy access to Public transportation. If you don’t mind some truck notice (found out there was a local quarry) in the early morning hours then book today. Paula and Peter
Hello Paula and Peter
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit such a comprehensive and positive review following your stay at my cottage in Cromford. I really do appreciate it.
I'm also so glad you enjoyed your stay in my cottage - and Cromford!
Lovely place to stay. We actually had fun with the stairs. Beds are comfortable and the area is beautiful. Chris was very attentive and promptly answered all our questions. Thank you for the use of a beautiful cozy place.
Thank you so much for taking the tie to write a review of my property in Cromford - and such a positive review too!
I'm really glad you enjoyed your stay at my cottage.
The cottage was beautifully clean, tidy and well appointed.
The location was ideal and we could walk to a selection of places
to eat and drink. We were not walking but the location was ideal for driving to various places.
The only drawback with cottage was the stairs inside and the steps in the back garden.
The internal stairs were very steep and are not for anyone who has mobility
The steps to the various garden levels are steep and in the wet could be very
Apart from that the cottage was ideal.
Thank you so much for writing a review following your stay at my cottage in Cromford. I’m really glad you enjoyed your time there.
The internal and external stairs are the original stairs to the old cottage and are steep and narrow. I find they add to the charm of the cottage but I agree they can be a challenge for those who are less agile.
Many thanks once again for booking my cottage
Beautiful, comfortable and well equipped.
Everything was of very good quality and extremely tastefully decorated. Comfortable beds, good shower, very clean everywhere, Ambling distance to the lovely Boat Inn for fab lunches and lazy evenings on the sofa made it a very relaxing break.
We enjoyed the sunshine in the terraced garden too. No issues with steps inside or out but can see why it says no children under 12. Will definitely book again! We loved it.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review - and such a positive one - following your stay at my cottage in Cromford. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and found the cottage to your liking and really appreciate your feedback.
I was going to contact you anyway to say a huge 'Thank You' for leaving my cottage in such a lovely condition - it hardly looked used!
Once again - thanks for booking my cottage.
Cromford is located in an area renowned for it's tourist attractions - at Matlock, Matlock Baths, Bakewell, Chatsworth House - as well as Cromford itself offering attractions such as canal trips and the Cromford Mill complex.
As already mentioned, 34 Water Lane is an original mill workers cottage located on one of the two main roads passing through Cromford - both of which do experience a degree of traffic. The village itself houses the first ever water powered cotton mill. Built by the inventor and entrepreneur Richard Arkwright, the mill itself is a 15 minute walk from the cottage. Now converted to a tourist attraction, the mill offers shops and tea rooms set in the original mill buildings. Next to the mill is a pretty canal offering barge trips, gift shops and a tea room - as well of course as a delightful path along the canal on which to walk and enjoy nature at it's finest! But Cromford doesn't just offer these two key attractions. Opposite 34 Water Lane is another mill - now converted to residential accommodation. A public footpath takes you over the river next to the mill and along a river path towards Middleton. There are also gift shops, tea room and art galleries in the village. Other historical features can also be found in Cromford - but I'll let you discover them yourselves!
If you want to travel outside Cromford - highly recommended given the places of interest on your doorstep - the following places are very easily accessed:
1. Matlock Bath - a small and lively town located on the River Wye, which offers tea rooms, gift shops, Heights of Abraham cable car ride and Gulliver's Kingdom as well as picnic areas by the river is approximately 1 mile away from Cromford - easily walkable but equally accessed within five minutes by car.
2. Matlock - another small town packed full of tea shops, gift and antique shops. Again located on the River Wye this thriving little town is a must see for visitors. Matlock is located approximately 2.5 miles from Cromford and would take approximately 10 minutes to reach by car.
3. The little village of Wirksworth is located approximately 2 miles from Cromford and offers further tea/coffee shops, gift shops and pretty houses and walkways.
4. Travelling a little further afield, Chatsworth House and gardens are located 10 miles away and can be reached by car within 30 minutes. The house, gardens and grounds are certainly a 'must see' visitors attraction. And you may be fortunate enough to see a herd of deer or two in the grounds of the estate.
5. Also a little further away is the delightful town of Bakewell. Famous of course for it's Bakewell Pudding - visitors can enjoy looking around delightful shop, tea or coffee in one of it's myriad of tea and coffee shops. Also located on the River Wye, the town offers delightful riverside walks and picnicking areas.
6. Travelling south west brings visitors to Carsington Waters (5.5 miles, 13 minutes) and Ashbourne (11 miles, 21 minutes)
As you can see, as well as Cromford itself, the area offers much to the discerning visitor. Enjoy your stay!