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Beautiful property. Stunning views. Close to many attractions/pub. S/Bs all year



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
FAR REACHING VIEWS. Close to major attractions inc. Chatsworth House. SHORT BREAKS all year (FRIDAY to MONDAY & MONDAY to FRIDAY only).

***Due to cancellation we have HALF TERM AVAILABILITY*** DISCOUNT RATES for LATE AVAILABILITY email peakdistrictbreaks@ g mail . c o m

Larsas Retreat is situated in a beautiful and ideal location for visiting the many attractions the Peak District has to offer. CHATSWORTH HOUSE is only a 15 minute drive away and ALTON TOWERS is within good driving distance. Walkers can enjoy all levels of walks; along trails, across peaks and dales or even over rugged moorland. The adventurous are spoilt for choice; ballooning, rock climbing and canoeing are to name but a few, whilst families can adventure down caves, view the scenery from high above in a cable car or even zip wire through the tree tops! If that all sounds like too much, we have many quaint villages, farmers markets and antique shops to wander around and there's always the option to just simply sit back on the terrace with a glass of wine and a good book and enjoy the FAR REACHING VIEWS of the valley and beyond.

Little Larsas Retreat is full of Modern Vintage Style. Vintage finds sit along cherry picked pieces making a fun, fresh and relaxed interior. The property includes plenty of original features; cornices, ceiling roses and sash windows, which are all complimented with cheery English Heritage fabrics and wallpapers. The combined effect is stylish, homely and welcoming and time and time again our guests comment on this. Just look at our Trip Advisor reviews!

Upon your arrival you will be welcomed with afternoon tea. ENJOY HOMEMADE SCONES and strawberry jam preserve, topped with delicious local dairy clotted cream! You'll also be welcomed with fresh flowers, soft music and cosily lit rooms for guests arriving late, ensuring you will instantly feel at home. You will find your beds beautifully dressed with freshly laundered, pure Egyptian Cotton and each guest will find a home made gift in their room to welcome them. After a good night's sleep couples can enjoy coffee in bed, as the main bedroom provides facilities.


THE CONSERVATORY...You enter through a small conservatory and where your meals can be enjoyed. Here you will also find the tourist information, local historical books, maps, and books covering all level of walks for you to use.

THE KITCHEN.....The kitchen is fully equipped and comprises of hand painted cupboards, gas hob with overhead fan, electric oven, microwave and Butler's style sink. We have provided plenty of cupboard ingredients; Coffee & tea - including Earl Grey and Darjeeling, salt, pepper, olive oil, sunflowers oil, red, white and malt vinegar and a good selection of herbs. You are also provided with washing up liquid, cloths, cleaning products, bin liners, cling film and tin foil.

THE LOUNGE...Open plan with the kitchen is the lounge. The ceilings are high and finished with original Victorian detail. The room is painted in a delicate blue heritage paint which enhances the rooms' features. A large bay, south facing window and a second east facing window provide an abundance of natural light. Views of the valley can be enjoyed through the bay. Two white cushion filled sofas benefit from washable fabrics which are regularly laundered. There is a flat screen TV providing basic sky channels plus a DVD and CD and plenty of DVDs. If you wish to view your usual sky channels don't forget to bring your own sky card! You will also find plenty of games and a selection of magazines.

THE BEDROOMS...The main bedroom is beautifully styled, feeling romantic and inviting. The bed benefits from a memory foam mattress topper, a luxurious quilt, the finest Hungarian Goose Down pillows and deliciously soft, 400 count Egyptian cotton bedding. There is also a choice of different weight duvets and pillows to suit your preference if required. Enjoy morning coffee in bed too with coffee making facilities. There is plenty of storage in the double wardrobe with drawers and the dressing table too has drawer space. There is also an alarm clock and hairdryer for your convenience. The twin room is styled in modern vintage and designed to feel cheery and fun. The beds again have Egyptian cotton bedding.

THE BATHROOM...The bathroom is fitted with a clean white bath suite with overhead power shower and glass screen. The room benefits from being fully tiled and there are plenty of soft white towels to use. Also provided for your convenience are toilet paper, cleansing hand gel, cleansing bar soap and scented bath cream.

THE TERRACE...The outside decked area is enclosed and is furnished with a dining table and chairs and a BBQ. South facing you can enjoy far reaching views which include High Torr and The heights of Abraham and Riber Castle.

PARKING...There is private off street parking provided for two cars.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...Included in the price Gas, Electricity, Towels, Bedding

PETS...Two well behaved small dogs are welcome though unfortunately we CANNOT ACCEPT dogs which MOULT and hold naturally STRONG ODOURS. Dogs MUST be kept OFF THE FURNITURE and OUT OF THE BEDROOMS at all times.

THE LOCAL PUB & MATLOCK...Within a short walking distance is the dog friendly, country pub where you will receive a warm welcome from the staff and locals alike. There is a large beer garden to enjoy and home cooked food is served. Matlock is only a 15 minute walk where you with find all usual amenities and plenty of bars and restaurants including; Italian, Indian & Thai. You will find a lovely park too located next to the Derwent River with plenty of facilities including; flower garden, Wi-Fi, coffee shop, tennis courts, mini golf, a skate board deck, children's playground with pool and train and boat rides for the kids.

THE HEART OF ENGLAND / PEAK DISTRICT / DERBYSHIRE REGION...The scenery around Matlock is magnificent. Originally a hamlet with one of only a few crossing points along the length of the River Derwent which carves its way through a ridge of limestone just south of Matlock in order to reach the lower ground to the South. This part of the valley is spectacular, steep-sided, winding and wooded, with high cliffs such as High Tor towering above attracting many rock-climbers, walkers, fishermen and bird-watchers. Some of this dale is a National Nature Reserve representing some of the best examples of wildlife habitat and geology in the White Peak area of Derbyshire being renowned for its range of rare flowers, otters and buzzards. The area is perfect to explore on foot or cycle. The Peak District is a walker's paradise. We are extremely fortunate to live in one of the many beautiful parts and within a stones throw are stunning walks by the river.

All within an easy drive are Matlock Bath, Chatsworth Stately Home, Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Youlgreave, Spa town of Buxton and the whole of The Peak District National Park on your doorstep.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi there!

I'm a born and bred northern lass born in Sheffield, unfortunately a fair few years ago now! I moved to London in my late 20s and stayed there for quite a few years, studying interior design and working on Bond Street as a stylist. This gave me the chance to meet rather a lot of famous people!

I moved closer to home in 2001, relocating to Derbyshire and I have lived here in this stunning region ever since.

I somewhat fell into renting my properties for holiday makers nearly 10 years ago now and I love it! Starting with no experience and no guidance it has been a real journey. Of course, working on the most prestigious and famous street in the UK, when I was at the top of my game within sales, I certainly know how to sell a break but the most important thing that I have learnt over the years since becoming a Holiday Home owner is ensuring that my guests have the most wonderful break. I love making people feel welcome and special and I think I’m on the right track! The comments I read from the guests who have stayed are simply heart-warming and it makes all the hard work and worry of being responsible for someone’s hard earnt break worthwhile!

Hopefully I will see you soon!

P.s no refunds mind for bad weather :)

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Just like home.

  • 4 of 5

Every home comfort supplied with local and care. Very comfortable accommodation. Well placed to get to know the Peak District. Added bonus is a proper pub just round the corner serving real ale and good food.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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“Excellent stay”

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property recently and we were very impressed overall. Our emails were responded too quickly (very annoying when you have to wait hours!) and booking was straight forward and hassle free. The accommodation is beautiful, spotless and well maintained. We were drawn to this property at it didn’t look like a typical holiday let and we weren’t disappointed, it felt like a well-loved home. The area is great for visiting attractions and you can pick up walks practically from the door. There is a selection of restaurants in Matlock and we would particularly recommend Maazi (Indian).

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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“Great escape for a short mini moon break”

  • 5 of 5

We recently just got married and wanted a short mini moon break with our children before they head back to school. This was a last minute booking and got such a amazing deal for such a beautiful location. We had good communication with the owner and when we arrived at the property, we were greeted with played jazz music and a table set up with tea, jam & cream scones. As well as that we also got a card welcoming us to our stay. The property is beautifully furnished and smells nice :) We were not far from town but would advise to drive if you have children rather than walk, unless your children are much older.

I would absolutely recommend this property and hopefully will come back at the near future

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Highly Recommendable

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in many holiday lets but this has to be up there with one of the best we have stayed in. Beautifully decorated throughout and spotless. Our welcome was just perfect; tea and homemade scones, fresh flowers, music playing! Debbie the owner couldn't do enough for us, even before our arrival she helped me to organise a surprise my husbands birthday. It's a great location for visiting lots of attractions and we both love walking so took a walk over Stanage Edge which was breath taking. There are lots of folders for you to look through on "things to do", "where to eat" etc. and walking books to borrow. We also had a super meal at Stones in Matlock (though book in advance). Overall our break couldn't be faulted.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Breath taking view

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from staying at Little Lhasa's Retreat. Perfection. Beautiful viewy from Solarium and balcony. Cottage beautifully decorated and spacious. Lovely home to come home to after venturing out to beautiful countryside each day. Would recommend to anyone! Immaculately clean and tea and dessert await you on arrival.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This delightful flat in Matlock was perfect for our weekend break. It was airy and bright, very modern, but retained the charm of the era in which it was built.

We booked on the very last minute and had a problem with the directions (corrupted file) which is why I had to say the directions were poor, but once we were able to view them they were fine.

Other than that, the property itself was bright and clean and excellently maintained, the location was perfect for the activities we had planned for the weekend and next time we go back to the area we will certainly be hoping that this property is available to rent.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Built high on the north side of the Derwent Valley and with magnificant south facing views of Matlock Town and beyound, this is a very special Victorian building with a truly wonderful and unique feel to it; it feels so calm and peaceful. There’s an interesting little story to go with it too! A local man, back in the Victorian era called John Smedley was on honeymoon in Switzerland when he became seriously ill and returned to England to recuperate at a hydropathic establishment in Yorkshire, and later to take the waters at Cheltenham. From then on, hydropathy was the greatest interest in Smedley's life. When local thermal springs were discovered John Smedley was the first to recognise and exploit the effects of water treatment on various illnesses and Matlock soon developed as a spa town. People began to flock to the town in seek of treatment and eventually twenty four Hydro Hotels were built to accommodate. These hotels offered guests a variety of hydrotherapy treatments using the local spring water and this building was one of those hotels!

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


Please see the owners web site for detailed travel information


Matlock is a 15 minute walk. Matlock Bath, where you will find The Heights of Abraham & Gullivers Kingdom is a 10 minute drive & Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall & Bakewell is a 15 minute drive. Alton Towers is an approximate 50 minute drive.

Further Details:

Within a short walking distance is the dog friendly, COUNTRY PUB where you will receive a warm welcome from the staff and locals alike. There is a large beer garden to enjoy and home cooked food is served. You with find all the usual amenities in Matlock including Sainsburys and there are plenty of bars and restaurants including; Italian, Indian & Thai.

We have many pages on our web site giving you details of places of interest and activities.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half Term
21 Oct 2016 - 24 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover day for weekly breaks is Monday & Friday. We offer short breaks all year round (3 night weekend breaks and 4 night midweek breaks). Arrival 4.00pm Departure 11.00 am.

Low Season; 7 nights - £345. Short Breaks - £180-£245
Mid Season; 7 nights - £585. Short Breaks - £345
High Season; 7 nights - £620. Short Breaks - £395
Peak Season; 7 nights - £680. Short Breaks - £425

Notes on prices:
Please enquire for pricing on short breaks or visit our website - http://info@peakdistrictbreaks.co.uk

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

Originally this beautiful stone built house was one of 24 Hydro Hotels built around Matlock in the Victorian era offering hydrotherapy treatments using the local spring waters. It was converted into 4 apartments after the 2nd world war but the building still looks like a large stone built house. It's a peaceful building situated in a sleepy residential area and Little Larsas Retreat is on ground level and benefits from a terrace where you can sit outside and enjoy those magnificent views. Being on one level it's great as there are no stairs too! The original detailed cornice and ceiling roses still remain, as do all the large sash windows. The lounge includes not only an east facing window but a large south facing bay window too. The room floods with light and it’s wonderful to just sit and gaze out at the valley across.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...


  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • The newly fitted bathroom has a clean white suite with overhead power shower and glass screen. The room benefits from being fully tiled and there are plenty of soft white towels to use. Provided for your convenience is toilet paper, hand soap & bath creme


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double - 1 Double Bed
  • Twin - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeping 4 guests in one double and one twin room Notes on bedrooms: The double bedroom benefits from a memory foam mattress topper, a luxurious quilt, the finest Hungarian Goose Down pillows and 500 count Egyptian cotton bedding. There is a double wardrobe with draws underneath and a dressing table. Coffee making facilities, hair dryer and an iron & board are included. The twin room also includes Egyptian cotton bedding. Although there is no storage space hanging facilities are provided for a certain amount of clothing.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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