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River Cottage
Certificate of Excellence
Bath, England
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“highly recommended, wish all B&Bs were as good as this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2010

We had a lovely 2 night stay, and really couldn't have wished for a better standard of service. John and Gilly manage to combine being very professional with making you feel very welcome. The room was very comfortable, and the bed especially so. The bathroom was beauriful, and of course everything was spotless. Our bathroom wasn't en suite, but this was not a problem because it was just opposite on a very quiet corridor and robes were provided. It also meant that the bathroom was larger than an en suite and there was a bath as well as a shower. Breakfast was delicious! Some of the best bacon and sausage we've tasted, and the scrambled eggs with a large chunk of smoked salmon was a real treat. The fruit salad was also beaurtiful. There are two pubs serving evening meals less than 10 minutes stroll away. No street lights but they even provide a torch! One evening we opted for a 'picnic' evening meal sitting in the garden whilst watching the trout jump for food. Gilly and John seemed to have time to make each guest feel special, and were also able to give advice on where to visit and where to avoid.. Really convenient location for Chatsworth. Wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Shepshed England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2010

My husband and I visited River Cottage for sadly just one night, we would certainly visit there again. Jilly and John were great hosts, with additional stories from Jilly's dad! Accommodation brilliant. River patio is a must, bread supplied to feed the trout! Sipping a glass of wine, it was a piece of heaven and must be repeated! Breakfast by Jilly (and her dad on this occasion) superb, Jilly's home made jam etc scrummy! My husband said best birthday present he could have had! Lovely evening food at local pubs just a short walk away. Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2010

My husband and I stayed at River Cottage for two nights for our first wedding anniversary. The accommodation is beautifully presented and exceptionally clean, and we didn't want for anything. The rooms are in an annexe which is joined to the owners' house, this gave us privacy and peace and quiet, but also accessibility in case we needed anything. Despite the proximity to the roads, our room was quiet and we slept very well indeed. The breakfast was lovely and John and Gilly were warm, approachable and seemed genuinely interested in their guests. We spent some time in their stunning garden by the river, and fed the hungry trout as per prevous guest reviews. After breakfast on the first day we went for a 12 mile walk over to Edensor coming back via Bakewell, stopping in Ashford on the way out to pick up provisions from Ibbotsons (lovely sandwhiches and cakes). We dined in the village (Bulls Head - lovely food but a little crowded when busy) and rolled back down the hill to our accommodation. We felt like we'd been away for much longer then two days. Many thanks for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TeamFShef
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Stevenage, Hertfordshire
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2010

We had a lovely 4 days at John & Gilly's excellent cottage. They are wonderful hosts, making you very welcome and everything has been thought of to ensure your stay is just perfect. Those extra little touches, all about you, make this place that extra bit special. You are set up for the day ahead with a wide choice at breakfast. The 'full english' or the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon were our choices but not limited to that. Cooked using local produce with also homemade jams and as much toast etc. as you wanted.

We used the fridge to chill our drinks for the day and to enjoy our bottle of wine in the early evening at the waters edge tables in the lovely garden.

Make sure you call in at the "they do everything" shop in the village each morning to pick up freshly made-to-order large rolls with excellent fillings for that picnic later. We did the circular Monsdale Trail walk (a good opener) from the cottage, the 'climb' from Edale (fantastic), Chatsworth House & Gardens (a must) and Derwent Reservoir - a nice stroll before heading home.

We tried both pubs, which are a short stroll into the village, but would recommend the Bulls Head.

The cottage is ideally located to explore the wonderful scenery.

Go and enjoy.

Rob & Sally

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Urbandale, Iowa
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34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2010

Lovely, quiet location right on the river, complete with trout and ducks to feed. Our room & bathroom were large, spotless and very comfortable. There were no stairs between our room and the parking lot, really important on a long trip. The B&B is located 2 miles from the market town of Bakewell, a nice run/walk on paths, so you do not have to dodge traffic. The owners are great people who know the area well and will offer as much, or as little, advice as you require. Breakfast is a real plus, everything from coffee/tea/toast to a full English breakfast. We really enjoyed the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stockport
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54 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2010

stayed over for 2 nights recently with my 13 year old. this is a lovely spot although once you've visited the two pubs you've kind of done the village but very handy for Chatsworth, Bakewell etc and extremely picturesque. River COttage is run by a really welcoming and efficient couple who do the whole hospitality thing really naturally and extremely well. there is a communal fridge in the dining area which can be used for wine, extra milk etc, all sorts of little extras are left for you such as hairspray and hand / body lotion, a wind-up torch (my son loved this!) and even some midgy stuff on the tables by the river. the garden, it is suggested, is out of bounds to guests after 9pm which if you get back from the pub on a glorious evening or are simply spending your evening outside you would be a bit miffed. i am not sure how they would police this curfew or just leave it to the goodwill of guests to honour the limit. however, other than your room there isnt really anywhere else to sit to read or relax. the garden is such a beautiful part of the property that it is the obvious choice when you get back from a walk. the dining room isnt really that inviting for a read and the comfort level of the chairs didnt really encourage loitering. this is purely a dining room. the shower in our room looked very impressive - all black marble! - but was pretty poor on the pressure front. my son has really thick curly hair and it failed to penetrate! after a good walk you really need a powerful flow or a bath. it was also awkward to get in and out of and no hand rail. this isnt really a family place but my son is mature and the food is really excellent and for a couple of nights it was just right. BUT, at over £100 per night i felt it was a little overpriced for the reasons stated above.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2010

We stayed for the weekend. Five of us, 2 couples and a single but old friends who get together twice a year. Gilly and John are friendly hosts who are eager to please. The rooms are lovely. One of the rooms doesn't have an en suite but we had it and it didn't bother us - the bathroom is literally across the hall and if you have this room you have the bonus of a bath, the other rooms just have showers. There are robes provided so it really isnt a problem. We sat by the river the first night with wine feeding the ducks and trout, which was lovely. We ate at the Ashford Arms the first night (so-so) and the Bulls Head the second (lovely food but 'compact' surroundings if it's busy, so get there early!).

The breakfasts at River Cottage are great, if you have a full day ahead of you its just what you need. The walking in the area is just great, so first thing in the morning you can fill up and go! I can't fault our stay but some may want to consider the following:

Currently they don't take credit/debit cards so you have to make sure you visit the cash machine before you check out (but before you criticise, think if you had just four rooms to let and had to pay the huge fees + installation etc. for a card reading machine).

Although the guest entrance is on the same level as the rooms, there are a couple of steps and a doorway to negotiate for a couple of the rooms and breakfast is served downstairs. I am sure if you had any mobility issues John & Gilly would happily accommodate you in the first room and serve breakfast in your room but wise to check first.

There is no guest lounge, only the breakfast room. There is so much to do in this area I can't imagine anyone not wanting to get out, even if the weather isn't great, but just so you know!

The A6 is a feature wherever you go in this area and this B&B is right on it. It didnt bother us at all but I know that for some people it would. If you like the windows open in your room you will hear the traffic.

We often pay £200 a night in faceless hotels so at £115 a night this was cheap in comparison. It is expensive for a B&B but you do get what you pay for and I would return again.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Annie from Worcester
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Additional Information about River Cottage

Property: River Cottage
Address: River Cottage Buxton Road, Ashford-in-the-Water, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1QP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Bakewell > Ashford-in-the-Water
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Ashford-in-the-Water
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — River Cottage 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award-winning 5 star boutique B&B in Ashford-in-the-Water, arguably the prettiest village in the Peak District National Park. Beautiful riverside location, great local produce breakfast, quality dining a stroll away and stunning walks from the front door. 10 minutes from Chatsworth House, 5 minutes from Haddon Hall and at the start of the Monsal Trail. Spend lazy afternoons sitting by the river feeding the trout, or come and walk the trails. ... more   less 
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River Cottage Hotel Ashford-In-The-Water
River Cottage Ashford-In-The-Water, Peak District National Park

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