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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:
23 May, 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 Derbyshire Dales

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in South Darley in Derbyshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 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 Cot
  • 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 ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)


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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 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!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 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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Beautiful cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I went for a weekend away to the peak district and had a lovely time staying in Blindwell House. It is beautifully decorated and very well equipped with everything we could possibly need. The lady who owns it even put some balloons up for our arrival as it was one of my friends birthdays. The location is ideal for anyone that likes walking; we did a very nice, 10 mile walk on one of the days. I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone and will hopefully be returning in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for posting a review and for your kind recommendation. I'm glad that you and your friends enjoyed staying at the cottage and that you found it a good base for walking.
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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!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Half Term
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Term
2 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
21 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn Term
8 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn Term
27 Oct 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
15 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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