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“Wonderful holiday cottage”
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Ivy cottage
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149 reviews
Ivy cottage
Beautiful Lounge with exposed beams, stone walls and cozy fire
Superbly equipped Kitchen
Spacious & Light Dining Room
Games Room/Second Lounge
Superbly equipped Kitchen
Double Bedroom with ensuite
Family bedroom with super king size bed & full size single bed
Luxury Bathroom with large power shower with body jets & double sinks
Double Ended Bath
Luxury Ensuite Shower Room
Twin Bedroom
Large Entrance hall with payphone, seating and lots of space for coats, shoes & pushcairs
Sunny Garden Room with own SKY Freesat TV
Stunning Ivy Cottage Gardens
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Ivy Cottage Private Decking Area
Ivy Cottage Garden
Ivy Cottage Garden
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Winster, Peak District National Park, England

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Dave S
Stourbridge
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“Wonderful holiday cottage”
Reviewed 4 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012

We booked Ivy Cottage last minute for a long weekend, and trekked to Derbyshire with high expectations from the various reviews we had read. I can honestly say the expectations were surpassed.

The cottage was easy to find with parking for two cars. It had a typical peak district cottage appearance that you would expect in the traditional village of Winster, with the exception that it was at least twice the size of any normal cottage. This is understandable when you realise the cottage is actually two cottages now joined together with an extra extension added for good measure.

From our first step inside the porch you knew it was going to be good. The porch was huge, so everyone had plenty of room to get in to take their shoes and coats off. (just what you need if it is raining). The lounge is a fair size with a huge tv, sky, dvd and cinema sound. The games room is a great bonus. I’ve known other holiday cottages supply a few games and a couple of dvd’s, but Ivy Cottage had a wide choice of games and toys for toddlers, along with a large selection of dvd’s and a PS2 with many games. The kitchen is excellent and very modern with everything you could want. One bugbear of ours at other holiday cottages is they only supply minimal plates, cups, mugs, glasses etc, necessitating frequent washing up, but Ivy Cottage supplied more than enough of everything that we could have lasted the whole break if need be without ever reaching for the washing up liquid. (not that we needed washing up liquid, as there was a dishwasher). The dining room was fine with a selection of books and CD’s. The garden room was simply an extension of the dining room, but it was light and airy with a TV and Sky, so you could sit at the dining room table and watch the TV if you wanted.

Upstairs the main bedroom was fine and the second bedroom was huge, even with the extra bed included. The twin room was also fine and was certainly bigger than some third bedrooms we have seen. The bathroom was exceptional. A fantastic shower and a wonderful bath were complimented by double “his-and-hers” sinks. I’ve never seen the point of them myself, but they certainly gave the bathroom an air of decadence.

I should add the whole cottage was spotlessly clean. It was decorated to a very high standard. The downstairs rooms made use of the natural cottage features and there were a myriad of attractive and unusual ornaments and pictures to give the whole place a feeling of home from home. The welcome basket was also a nice touch. You could certainly not want for anything more. On the contrary, was there too much in the cottage? Does a cottage really need a cinema surround sound system or a cocktail shaker with margarita glasses? Perhaps not, but Ivy Cottage had them just in case guests needed them.

The garden was attractive, though not really suitable to play in, and there was a decking area with a BBQ, not that we got to use it in October.

In order to give a balanced review, my wife and I decided to list the things we didn’t like or felt could be improved. We really struggled. The most prominent of the negatives were the silly positioning of the TV and dvd on top of the wardrobe in the second bedroom (you would need to stand on a chair to actually change a dvd) and the fact the “sharp” knives in the kitchen were not sharp at all, struggling to cut through an apple. So if those two things are the biggest issues with Ivy Cottage, you know it must be good.

I would certainly recommend Ivy Cottage to anyone who wants to stay in this beautiful part of England.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
29 Nov 2012
Thank you very much for a lovely review. We are really glad you enjoyed your stay at Ivy Cottage and found that it had everything you needed and more!
Thank you also for your feedback, I will get the kitchen knives sharpened this next week, thanks for letting us know. I will have to see what I can do about postioning the dvd player in the family bedroom better. Being 6'4" myself its never been a problem for me to easily reach it but and I am glad you pointed it out.
Thanks again and we hope to see you back at Ivy Cottage in the future.
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Manchester, UK
Reviewed 12 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012

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Liked best: The quality of the cottage
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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Liked best: Quiet
Liked least: Can't think of anything
Travelling group: Friends
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Lee, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 September 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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Liked best: The house, the area and the owners
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
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Healing
Reviewed 21 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 11 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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Liked best: The garden and how clean and lovely all the rooms were.
Liked least: The wifi connection was a bit hit and miss.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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leeds
Reviewed 10 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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Liked best: friendly hospitality of the owners
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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