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The Barn at Smalldale Hall

Bradwell, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 969611)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • “Nice, but some things to be aware of”

    Other than the concern about showers, below, we think this holiday home is lovely. Stylish, modern décor and furnishing; well equipped; comfy beds. Other than bathrooms, spacious. The managers were very friendly and helpful. ...

    Other than the concern about showers, below, we think this holiday home is lovely. Stylish, modern décor and furnishing; well equipped; comfy beds. Other than bathrooms, spacious. The managers were very friendly and helpful. The bathrooms and kitchen were spotless. When I looked really carefully in hard-to-reach high corners, I did spot one or two cobwebs, but being a barn with lots of beams, there’s always going to be some cobwebs. The broadband was better than I expected for a relatively rural location. Good enough to stream TV. I ran a speed test and got 4.8Mbps downstream. The over-the-air TV signal is poor though, so it is good that the very modern TV can handle iPlayer, Netflix, etc. There are a few areas where we would find fault, hence our rating, although overall I would say the plus points outweigh the negatives and we would stay there again if we returned to the area. The biggest downside is that the showers are close to unusable, though baths are fine. This is partly due to weak pressure and unstable temperature (though there was always plenty of hot water). But the main problem is poor headroom. The two upstairs ensuites are in the eves, so they have restricted headroom and the over-the-bath showers are particularly restricted by a roof beam. If you are under 5 ft 5 high, you should be fine, but anyone higher will find there’s a roof beam where their head needs to be, unless they stand within 18 inches of the wall the shower head is fixed to, which is too close (imagine trying to use a cubicle 18 inches wide). One is constantly at risk of bashing one’s head on the beam. The beam also means the shower curtain can only extend 18 inches, which is just not enough to keep the floor dry. The ground floor shower has even less headroom and the shower head only fixes to the wall about 2 feet up. Otherwise, it is hand held, so only any use if you are showering a young child. It would be nice to have some rails to hang up bath towels. The downstairs toilet seat was broken when we arrived and was not fixed during our week stay. It was very loose and fell off a few times. I don’t know how long it has been broken, but even if this happened during the stay of the last guests and they did not report it, the need for a repair must have been apparent when the toilet was cleaned on changeover day, so there was ample time to get it repaired before our week’s stay ended. Contrary to the listing, there is no DVD, CD/radio, or iPod dock, though this did not bother us. The garden is fairly wild, but in the rural/farm location, this did not feel inappropriate. We were visited a few times by three sheep, who would no doubt destroy flower beds! But it is a shame not to have better garden furniture. The wooden picnic table is rotten in parts and feels like it might break soon. The plastic chairs are covered in grime. The kitchen rubbish bin is built into the sink unit. To use this you lift a circular cut-out in the wooden top panel, but the handle of the cover for the hole seems to be missing a knob that fingers can hold, so you are left prising it up with your fingers.

    - IvanOpinion, July 2018
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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

A stone-built, detached barn conversion situated in a tranquil location down a quiet lane, on the outskirts of Bradwell in the Hope Valley.

Refurbished with an eco-friendly design, this retreat is perfect for families or a group of travellers wishing for a peaceful holiday in a rural location.

Arrive at the ground floor, where you will be welcomed by a family bedroom housing a double bed, a single, and pull-out bed; a mix of styles to suit every guest, all tied together by an en-suite bathroom.

Take the spiral staircase up to an open-plan lounge which oozes warmth and charm, a perfect spot to socialise and relax from morning through to evening.

The beautiful kitchen and breakfast bar lie in one corner of the room, and a dining table is situated adjacent, for those delightful evening gatherings.

Another area is reserved for the lounge, which is a homely base for a night in front of the TV on the comfortable sofas.

Continue to the second floor, a magnificent mezzanine area, a double room rests to one side, whilst the twin room lies to the other.

Both boast lovely en-suite bathrooms and the landing area is a spectacular bridge-link to the bedrooms with exposed beams and a real sense of character.

In a prime position in the Peak District National Park, Bradwell has shops, pubs and places to eat and makes an excellent base to explore.

The dramatic scenery of Winnats Pass and Edale in the Edale Valley, famous as the start of the Pennine Way, lies nearby.

Hathersage is just four miles away and has excellent cafés and an open-air heated swimming pool.

An excellent cottage with scenic walks from the doorstep.

Accommodation

Over three floors. Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor family room with 1 super king-size double (zip/link can be twin on request), 1 child's single and 1 child's single pull-out bed with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x mezzanine double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x mezzanine twin with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC. First floor cloakroom with basin and WC. First floor open plan sitting, kitchen and dining area with breakfast bar.

Amenities

  • Gas underfloor central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 1 x large LCD TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio, furniture
  • Sorry no smoking
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Shop 10 mins and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Due to the mezzanine landing and mezzanine bedrooms, children must be supervised at all times.

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About the location

BRADWELL

Castleton 3 miles; Tideswell 4 miles; Buxton 11 miles; Bakewell 12 miles.

Bradwell is a pretty village in the Hope Valley, in a prime position in the Peak District National Park. Tideswell, with its renowned Tideswell church, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ is just four miles from Bradwell. The picturesque village of Castleton is three miles away, home to fascinating caves, including the Blue John Cavern, and is overlooked by the crumbling Mam Tor or 'Shivering Mountain'. The dramatic scenery of Winnats Pass and Edale in the Edale Valley, famous as the start of the Pennine Way, is nearby. Hathersage is just four miles away and has excellent cafes and an open-air, heated swimming pool. Slightly further afield you can potter around the historic market town of Bakewell, or the Spa town of Buxton, renowned for its spring water, opera house and arts, jazz and opera festivals. It is easy to spend a whole day at Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, whilst there are many historic properties nearby. Pull on your boots and enjoy the spectacular scenery, or explore a web of cycling trails, with bike hire available on the Monsal Trail, the Tissington Trail and at the Derwent Reservoir. Bradwell has shops, pubs and places to eat and makes an excellent base for enjoying this beautiful area.

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