Stayed here with family. We had two of the older cottages booked but one had a leak so half of us got an upgrade to one of the new cottages. The older cottages are looking a bit tired but they are well proportioned and well appointed in terms of furniture and kitchenware etc. The older cottage was allocated for dogs but strangely had just had a new carpet fitted. The newer cottage had wood floors throughout the downstairs. Surely this would be more appropriate for the dog cottages? It had pretty much rained constantly for a couple of weeks by the time we arrived so the grounds to the cottages were like soup. Because of this we had to thoroughly clean and dry the dogs every time we came back to the cottage to avoid soiling the new carpet. Obviously you'd do this at home too but wooden or tiled floors would have meant this wouldn't have had to be done so thoroughly each time. We also had to restrict the dogs to the tiled kitchen to dry properly before allowing them in the rest of the house which was also an inconvenience.
The newer cottage was really very nice inside with much more modern furniture and decoration. That said the newer cottage never seemed to have enough hot water and bizarrely didn't have any separate bathrooms or toilets so when we all ate together in the newer cottage (because it was nicer and larger) we had to use the en-suite toilet for the downstairs bedroom which wasn't ideal. Both cottages also didn't seem to have great soundproofing between floors and rooms.
The site itself is very nice with a kind of village feel to it although there isn't a shop of any description. The lake is nice enough but you can't really get close to it which is frustrating. There is also a perimeter trail around the site call the Darwin Trail which is quite interesting and good for a 20min walk or so. The site is quite interesting as there obviously used to be a stately home or something else which isn't there any more. As you walk around the trail you notice piles of stones and Portakabins here and there and the odd fridge graveyard. The lake itself also isn't very deep at all which adds to the mystery of what was on this site once.
Anyway, all quite interesting, a good stay if not a little rough around the edges, would certainly benefit from a shop but would go back.
- Also Known As:
- Darwin Lake Darley Moor, Matlock, Derbyshire