My place is a cosy, homely, three bed-roomed house, non-smoking and dog-friendly, close to many Peak District activities, climbing, walking and mountain biking.
Seasonal events, such as autumn and Christmas fairs are coming up, check Peak District websites for details
The house is ideal for couples and individuals to explore the Peak District.
Cars and motorbikes can be parked on the driveway.
Please let me know what time to expect you, so you can be sure of a warm welcome.
My home is an ideal place to stay for people who enjoy the outdoors and beautiful countryside, with Froggatt, Curbar, Birchen and Millstone Edges only a mile or two away. Stately homes nearby are Chatsworth, Hassop, Eyam, Bolsover, Haddon, Hardwick and many others.
My home is well placed for your stay when attending any of the events these venues organise over the year, such as Horse Trials, Country Fairs, or other specialised events.
Coming up in the next few months are many exciting events such as Christmas fairs and food markets at Bakewell and Chatsworth, Christmas lights in many towns and villages, Carols in the caves at Castleton and this years' theme for the decorations around the house at Chatsworth is 'Dickens'.
Walking, bird watching and mountain biking are very popular here too, all easily accessible from my home.
The area is well-known for its exciting and scenic roads to ride on a motorbike and my driveway is a safe and secure place to park motorbikes.
The Peak District has many beautiful villages and areas of interest to visit. The towns of Bakewell, Eyam (the Plague village), Buxton and Castleton are all very close. Sheffield is only 30 minutes away, with all the facilities a major city offers, theatre, cinema, dining, shopping and many tourist sights of it's own. Information and leaflets about the area are available in my home, and at the local tourist information centres.
By prior arrangement I can provide space to leave your equipment safely during your stay, such as mountain bikes, climbing equipment, motorbike jackets and helmets while you explore the local towns and villages.
Although I have 2 rooms to let I only accept one booking at a time, so please tell me if you want to stay in the double, the single, or both rooms.
The cosy living room and patio are shared with the host between the hours of 5pm and 10 am. Guests have exclusive use of the bathroom during their stay. Towels are provided.
Breakfast is provided between 7am and 9am, with other access to the kitchen by prior arrangement only. Please ask about this in advance of your visit, to check if the space can be made available.
As the nights draw in the cosy log burner in the shared living room is welcoming, with a wide variety of music cds available to play. The bedrooms all have efficient radiators with thermostats to keep guests warm, as do the rest of the rooms in the house.
Space to dry walking, cycling or motorbike clothing is provided.
There is a beautiful, large patio with dining table and comfy chairs which can also be accessed and comes highly recommended to sit out on a summer's evening, There is a barbecue which must be booked in advance of your visit and cold storage in the fridge can also be made available, by prior arrangement.
I will be around in the morning, to provide you with your breakfast between 7 and 9am at a time agreed the night before, then you can leave by 10am for your adventure that day.
Breakfast usually consists of a selection of breads, toast, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, home made jams and hot and cold drinks.
I am happy to help with any questions, loan maps of the area and suggest trips and venues for your chosen activity.
I enjoy being in the Peak District myself, so will often be out much of the day, ensuring I return in time to welcome you back after 5pm. It is helpful if you can let me know what time you plan to arrive so I can also enjoy my day out to the full. Finn, the elderly bearded collie will also welcome you. He is well behaved, and enjoys being patted. As he is elderly it is not fair on him for me to accept other dogs into the house.
Autumn and winter are a real treat in this area and my log burning stove is welcoming on the cooler evenings after a long walk or cycle ride. There are many food and craft festivals in the area at this time of year and Christmas fairs and Christmas lights being switched on in many market towns and stately homes.
During the summer there are well-dressings in many villages in the Peak District, look up Peak District Information on the internet for a list of when these can be seen in each local village.
The area is absolutely beautiful and I know guests will also appreciate this.
As I can't think of everything people may want I am happy for guests to ask for anything they may need and I will try to provide it.
- guests should be aware that Finn the dog is elderly, friendly and initially greets people vocally
As I have a busy life guests are requested to set off for their daily adventure by 10 am and will be welcomed back after 5pm. Flexibility can be discussed.
I have lived in Stoney Middleton for 12 years, moving from nearby Beeley and Matlock before that. I love to be in the outdoors, walking and seeing the sights. I grew up in the Lake District, so have an innate love of mountains and stunning scenery. My dog Finn is a good companion and enjoys walks with me. I also have a Shetland cross Falabella pony, Frosty, who comes walking and camping with me.
I have traveled quite a lot, mostly to mountainous areas to walk, climb or ski.
I enjoy meeting new people and hearing about their lives and travels.
I enjoy good food and wine. I especially enjoy trying the local fare wherever I am, both in the uk and abroad.