We stayed at The Barn at Harthill Hall (August 2013). We chose it, because there were 10 of us altogether (children and adults). We found that the cottage was in a superb location and the view from the sitting room with the lovely framed window was amazing. The sitting room is the best part of the cottage. The Barn is a 2-level property. Most bedrooms are downstairs at ground level with the sitting room and open-plan kitchen area and 2 bedrooms above. If you have toddlers (2 - 4 years) you may want to ask for a picture of the staircase. It is a steep spiral staircase - lovely, but not safe for tots. Kitchen: seemed fine, but upon closer inspection not much space to prepare food if cooking for a large group of people. Excellent stove and oven - very clean. Toaster fine. Kettle was fine, but very big and heavy and was situated on the only bit of counter-top useful for preparing food. Annoying. In terms of crockery - no plastic cups/plates for children were supplied so take your own. There were 4 cereal bowls. In addition, there were some other very shallow bowls (of the variety typically found at self-catering places, which are pretty useless). Plenty of plates, cups and glasses. Cafetiere and tea-pot supplied. Plenty cutlery. We found one small knife sharp enough to be useful for chopping. Tiny microwave oven. Although there were some oven-proof dishes, NONE had lids. We had to go and buy a new pyrex dish. They didn’t supply any oven gloves (for hygiene reasons we were told) so we had to go and buy those, too. There were heat-proof yellow squares which were apparently meant to be used instead of oven gloves. There were 2 fridges – one is a fridge-freezer situated on the ground level. The fridge in the kitchen was a small one fitted under the counter. Both fridges were spacious, but too cold, as they froze all our fruit; we couldn’t adjust the temperature. The dishwasher was the usual strange brand no-one ever heard of before. We got the dishes clean by using the highest setting and rinsing the plates thoroughly before-hand. The top shelf in the dishwasher had a bit missing off the front of the drawer, which meant there was a risk of pulling it straight off the runners as there was nothing to stop it on the one side. Seating for meals – one very long table with a long bench on either side. Seemed like a great idea, until we tried to prepare food and sit down at it. Once one person was behind the long bench on the kitchen side of the table anyone else also behind the bench trying to help with the food just got in the way. Bedrooms – all bedrooms are en suite (shower, basin, toilet). The bedding was clean, the duvets and pillows were ok. Mattresses comfortable. Storage space in the bedrooms was quite poor. Worst storage was in room 6 where there was a sofa bed in addition to the double-bed. It is regrettable that they did not use the space to install a wardrobe/chest of drawers instead. Toiletries were supplied (shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser). All towels for use in the cottage and for the pool were supplied. Robes were also supplied; these were multi-coloured stripey things that looked a bit tired (not ‘white and fluffy’ as expected!). The upstairs bedrooms are both really nice, with lovely views. The downstairs bedrooms less so. They face the courtyard and the windows are tall, which is great when the shutters are open, but people walking past could see right into our rooms. For privacy we had to close the shutters and put on the lights instead. It felt like being in a cave rather than a room. The lights were too dim and the carpets were a dark colour so it was difficult to see at times. Room 6 at the far end of the corridor was dark and quite damp. It didn’t seem to improve even with the heating turned on. The en suite in this room was OK, but the toilet was shoe-horned in so to use the toilet paper one had to do a 90 degree turn to reach it on the holder. In general the showers were really nice with good pressure, but only 2 people could shower at the same time. The games room was great and one could log onto their free wifi which was a great plus point. The connection speed was good. There is also a communal games room and an area for the children to play. We had access to the hot tub, but we didn't use it. There is a pool, but it is quite small and one depth all the way along. Be sure to take flotation devices for non-swimmers. Parking was adequate. Cleaning and maintenance service - the cleaning team were very good – if we brought a problem to their attention they did their best to sort it out. I would recommend staying at Harthill Hall, if you are a party of 10 – 12 and you plan to spend most of your time outdoors. There are some great places very close by. We would definitely want to go back (although we’ll be taking a few extras this time!).
- Also Known As:
- Harthill Hall Holiday Cottages Hotel Peak District National Park