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Doveholes Cottage • Sleeps Maximum of 6 People
Doveholes Cottage is a conversion from pig and cattle buildings and a dovehouse built in 1847 from sandstone quarried on the farm and retains features from its previous use including the doveholes inside and the pig troughs outside.
It is south facing and situated in beautiful open countryside, officially designated a Special Landscape Area, between the villages of Kirk Ireton and Idridgehay, providing extensive views from outside the property down the Ecclesbourne Valley to Derby (12 miles) and beyond.
It provides accommodation for four in two bedrooms, with a double bed settee available for a maximum of six guests. There is also a cot and a high chair.
To the front the former fold yard provides an area for outdoor lounging and eating and more parking than you will need. There is a brick built charcoal barbecue.
The main door opens into an entrance hall, with one door leading into the utility room, which houses the boiler and is provided with a washing machine and tumble drier, while another door leads into the open plan kitchen/diner and lounge. This is comfortably furnished and provided with a large TV and DVD player. It has a glazed door opening on to the paved area.
The bedrooms are at either end of the cottage; at the west end the double bedroom has a high ceiling, built in wardrobes and an en-suite shower and W.C. At the east end the twin bedroom has an adjoining bathroom with bath, shower over, W.C. and bidet. This bathroom is also accessible by a separate door to provide facilities when the bed settee is in use. Each bedroom is provided with an alarm clock radio and a hair dryer.
The dining area and kitchen are generously equipped, including a ‘fridge/freezer, built in double oven cooker, microwave, slow cooker and a steamer.
High speed wireless broadband provided by W3Z ( www.w3z.co.uk ) is available throughout the house and grounds. Maps and tourist information are provided.
The village of Kirk Ireton (one mile) has a church dating back to the Norman period and a traditional real ale pub, The Barley Mow, famous for being the last pub in the country to accept decimal currency. The pub stables now house a community shop. A footpath to the village leaves the road next to the cottage.
Attractions in the area include Carsington Water (3 miles) providing sailing, sailboarding, cycle hire, shops and a restaurant.
The charming town of Wirksworth (3 miles) has reminders of its heritage as an important lead mining and stone quarrying town with traditional shops, the restored Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and a Heritage Centre. Other nearby small towns well worth a visit are Ashbourne, Belper and Bakewell.
The Derwent Heritage Trail has the old mills, cradle of the industrial revolution, some now used as shopping outlets.
There are stately homes within easy reach, notably Chatsworth House, Kedleston Hall and Sudbury Hall, while for the more daring the premier theme park in the country, Alton Towers is less than 20 miles away.
The accommodation, the countryside and the attractions make Doveholes an ideal venue for your family holiday.