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“A little gem!”
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Condo/Apartment -
Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Matlock, Derbyshire, England

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Very good - based on 48 reviews
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bazturk
Dundee
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A little gem!”
Reviewed 29 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

The Hay Den is a lovely little hideaway with everything you would need for a short break. Its location provides a great base to go exploring Derbyshire. Sharon makes you feel very welcome and also makes some lovely cakes which are a godsend after a long day traveling. If you are looking for somewhere to spend a few quiet days then The Hay Den is for you.

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Liked best: Peaceful and compact.
Liked least: Could do with a mirror in the main room and shelf in bathroom makes it difficult to get to the sink.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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janetmurr...
Deal, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Too small for us!”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We knew the Hay Den was compact but nothing had prepared us for just how small it was. There was little accessible storage, no wardrobe and the 2 armchairs had to be moved , to gat around. There was no freezer compartment in the fridge and only one (hand) towel was provided. the internet access was poor
We found the place difficult to find coming from the top of the village, easier from the bottom. The parking space was too narrow for anything other than a very compact car, with a drop at the side.
When we arrived late afternoon no-one was around and the studio hadn't been cleaned from the previous guests. To be fair Sharon was very apologetic. She was also friendly and helpful. The views were good, there was a pleasant patio area, but the peace was spoilt on one of the 3 mornings by workmen drilling outside.
The studio was new, clean and warm but it was too cramped for us.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Spinneyma...
Bournemouth, England
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nothing too much trouble!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

The lovely Sharon (and Dave her dog!) made us feel so welcome! Lovely touches showing she had taken time to help us settle in and feel comfortable. Lovely views down the valley and across is a beautiful wood stretching along the side of the valley.

If you're looking for a studio apartment in a quiet rural location you'd not go far wrong choosing this one. Sharon has worked her magic providing all you need for your stay, be you a walker or cyclist or like us nosing about in what seems like interesting places. There isn't much room for parking a car, but the lane is hardly used and we had no trouble.

We wish Sharon the very best in her new venture, but if you are thinking about staying, remember it's not a one bed flat, it's a studio and so compact!

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Liked best: owner's attitude
Liked least: parking space too small
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Ann F
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
“Comfortable and peaceful break”
Reviewed 27 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights in the Hay Den. It is in a lovely, peaceful spot looking out on to a field where the sheep and occasional rabbits kept us amused. The sunny weather enabled us to eat out on the patio which was very relaxing. The studio itself is well-equipped for such a small place. The only thing we missed was an oven. The description 'cooker' in the details suggested that there would be one but there is only a hob and microwave. Sharon was welcoming and helpful without being intrusive and left us some very nice banana cake for our arrival. We would be happy to return.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Mary W
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Didn't want to leave”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Incredible views and a lovely, quiet location, this property was perfect for our short break. We had an excellent time exploring Matlock and the surrounding area, a great drive to Holme Moss, the Reservoirs and Chatsworth Estate. Sharon is a wonderfully warm and attentive host who made our stay as comfortable as possible. The studio is ideal for two people; beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. Would highly recommend.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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MattJ8620...
Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“*Absolutely Perfect*”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
1
person found this review helpful

This is a fantastic place to stay with everything you'll ever need, peace and quiet, great views and close to all the great places to visit only couple of mins away from Matlock. We will definitely visit again. We highly recommend staying.

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Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Aisha S
Derby, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Serene, Warm and Beautiful”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 for a stay in May 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Hay Den is a new, meticulously and lovingly done cottage. Great scenic view, peaceful surrounds and a warm and friendly host welcome you to this small but cosy and pleasant place. It has a more professional touch than the other places I’ve stayed at. There was nothing that we needed and did not find in the cottage. It has a perfectly equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, dining space, reception chairs, TV, WiFi, patio area and is every bit a compact but modern studio. You’ll ideally need a car to make the best use of your stay and the WiFi works best in a corner of the dining inside the room, or outside. But these are very minor issues compared to the excellent facilities Sharon provides and the total relaxation and lovely experience the cottage offers. The icing on the cake? The cakes that Sharon bakes! You may find some in the welcome tray she puts together for you and do not say ‘no’ if she happens to bake some more while you are around. You’ll most likely want to take the recipes with you.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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