Mon 31st October 2011
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cosy cottage full of charm and character. All round pleaser, gre

I would like to say what a great time myself, friends and family had whilst staying here recently. Considering i had never booked a trip before, and was concerned that 5 19-23 year olds staying for two of the three nights was not the most appealing prospect for any cottage owners, i was pleasantly surprised it was a no-questioned-asked/non-judgmental booking procedure. i found it extremely straightforward to book our stay and the owners of the cottage were quick to respond with my check-in/check-out questions and their responses were very friendly and welcoming too. The check-in/check-out procedure couldn't possibly have been any simpler! First impressions on entering the cottage, it was like a home from home, instantly putting all at ease and just as it looks in the pictures. The things which made our stay particularly memorable; the big open fireplace which really kicked out some warmth; ease of cooking due to the good straightforward appliances and complete range of crockery and utensils; the spaciousness of bedrooms, super fresh bed linen and large thick towels; and the lovely powerful shower, great for revitalizing walkers and fending off muscle aches! This cottage was loved as a place for friends, and later too as a place for family. Managed somehow to do the impossible - please both teenagers and (infamously fussy) 60 year olds! I would also like to add , having read a number of reviews on here, there are a couple of things i feel have been put across unfairly - arguably, the sitting room was just the right size for 5 adults, perhaps not quite 6, but considering the Baslow area provides such a great opportunity for getting out and exploring, weather permitting, it should hardly be a problem. The smaller size of the sitting room came more as a benefit to our party as with the open fire it warmed up immediately and made for an extremely cosy evening after a long days walk. The kitchen was fully equipped with every kind of utensil needed to make just about anything, and of perfectly good quality considering their constant use by holiday makers!

Mon 24th October 2011
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Great location.

Brook Cottage is brilliantly located for walking access to Chatsworth Park and many excellent walks into the Peak District. There are a few shops nearby and several good restaurants, including the brilliant, Michelin starred Fishers, which we visited for lunch. The cottage is small, and really can only comfortably accommodate four people. It is well equipped with a nice little yard at the back, where our dog was happy to lurk. Beds are reasonably comfortable, but not anything to write home about. Parking was not a problem, as there are spots on a private road that we used. Overall, I'd recommend this cottage for its location and value for money. We had a great week there.

Sat 4th June 2011
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Idyllic location - overrated cottage

Having used self catering cottages for over 30yrs I feel able to make fair judgement. This cottage is overated and definately not 5 ticks [star] or suitable for more than 3/4 persons. Yes 6 people can sleep there but not live. The lounge which you enter from the street is woefully short on space. It is physically not possible for number advertised to sit in any form of comfort in this room. The furniture is backless, basic Ikea and very uncomfortable. The television is even more basic almost toy-like. There is no radio, no dvds, the informational reading material is from last year and the paperbacks are dogeared. Two old packs of cards left in empty drawer. Likewise the kitchen has the same accommodation issues. 4 Maximum and thats tight. If the table is expanded it tips up when any physical weight placed on it. The unitensils again basic [Ikea] the cups are minuscule likewise the frying pan. There are no untensiles to remove food from cooking facilitaties. Fridge again very small. No dishwasher, 3 pegs, no washing line despite having hooks. Courtyard utilized for dustbin area with through access from adjoining property thereby overlooked by a least 4 properties. Totaly unkempt and of no useful purpose whatsoever except for the purpose it was designed [to hang washing out]. With no dryer either, what is the point of installing a washing machine. Upto 6 persons dirty washing has to be brought home! No welcome pack or meaniful guidelines. Upstairs bathroom one redeaming feature though short on equipment and cleaning products.Ist double bedroom [really a single] no room to even walk around the bed, one bedside cabinet [what about the other person] no storeage space, no chair or suitable mirror [we are talking 5 ticks]. Poor decoration. 2/3 bedrooms, again no mirrors and poor decoration. This property relies totally on its location and fron facade. It is at most suitable for 4 persons and only of 3 tick quality. Adjoining property much larger, better equipped and far better value and rightly rated at 3 ticks.

Tue 8th February 2011
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Really excellent service!

Not entirely suitable for small children! The tiled floors were lovely, as were the period stairs, but my toddler didn't really share my appreciation. Very small for the number of us that went but really comfortable nonetheless. Has all the 'bits and bobs' that you would think of taking which would have saved me a lot of hassle packing if I had known. Would definitely go again but perhaps in the summer when we could enjoy its location more full. Far too cold to leave!!

Wed 15th September 2010
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Lovely cottage in a beautiful village

The cottage exceeded expectations in many ways, the furnishings were lovely and beds very comfortable. The location of the cottage allowed us to spend some memorable mornings walking the dog in the beautiful Chatsworth estate. The living and kitchen area was very compact, as a party of six adults we would have struggled to spend time and eat as a group in the property if we weren't blessed with good weather and able to utilise the courtyard at the rear of the property. Overall all members of the group had a great week staying at Brook Cottage and exploring the beautiful villages and countryside surrounding it.

Wed 15th September 2010
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Beautiful location

Beautiful location, great for visiting Sheffield and the Peak District. Baslow is a lovely place with some nice local cafes and restaurants. The house has enough bedrooms for six people, but the downstairs is very small. We were a group of four adults. There was only just enough seating and space downstairs, but you were not particularly comfortable.