"I really liked playing with Barney
and Penny and taking them for walks. I would like to come back
- Sept 08 Great
great setting, really enjoyable week despite the weather. Mr. P, Sussex
- Sept 08 One of the best cottages we have stayed in! Beautiful
surroundings with lovely walks. Thanks for a very pleasant and
restful stay. JB, Lincs
- Oct 08 Lovely accommodation, no detail not covered. Beautiful
setup in great countryside. And very pleasant owners, too. JB, London
- Oct 08 Lovely conversion and location. Bright, sunny walk at
Dovedale though after the recent rain the river was fast and furious
and high! Enjoyed meeting you- and the dogs! SJ, West Midlands
- Dec 08 Lovely people, beautiful barn, a great find. Loved the walk to Thor's
Cave and the pint of Hartington afterwards. Thanks for a lovely
weekend. H & B, Herts and Bucks
- Dec 08 Had
a great Christmas! Good weather, lovely part of the country,
great cottage. Couldn't ask for more. The owners couldn't
be any more helpful. Would come again! Thanks for
everything. N S, Shrewsbury
- Dec 08 Beautiful cottage.
Fantastic walking. We have enjoyed every minute of our
stay. Would love to come again. Thank-you for your hospitality.
L K, Notts.
- Feb 09 One
of the best holidays we've had in England, thus far. The cottage
was fabulous - every detail was perfect. The countryside and
walks were lovely. You are wonderful hosts and we look forward to
another visit very soon! JK, London
09 What a wonderful break - The barn is just lovely and Linda and
Michael have thought of every detail - so good that dogs are welcome -
fantastic walking and going home totally relaxed. J and E P,
- March 09 We've
had a fantastically relaxing 3 days in the barn. Thankyou! -
Linda and Michael have provided everything we've needed to make the
barn 'home from home'. Have had great weather and beautiful
scenic walks. Would like to come back. J & C L, York.
- April 09 Thank-you
very much for a lovely week in fantastic accommodation. We feel
very relaxed and we are looking forward to returning soon. M & B P,
- April 09 A
wonderful stay again! We all feel relaxed and peaceful after our
holidays. Barn facilities great and a good welcome from the dogs
- and Mike and Linda! Some lovely walks to Thor's Cave and along
the Manifold and Dove. Great food in local pubs. Excellent
'proper' chips at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese at Longnor! M and S J,
- April 09 What a great find! 5 star accommodation and
great setting. Interesting trip to Eyam and fun cycle ride to
Thor's Cave. J and M K, Surrey.
"I enjoyed mowing the lawn for Mike and I will miss Barney and Penny." (Timmy) (age 7)
- April 09 Very enjoyable. Be back soon! J. C., Kent.
- April 09 Wonderful
5 star cottage. We have loved our stay here - so comfortable.
You've thought of everything! The week flew by - we'll have to
come back for another visit. Many thanks for everything.
Holly (the dog) will be sad to leave her 2 new friends! (our dogs)
- May 09 Lovely
cottage. Perfectly situated for lots of walking. First time
in Peak district and we love it; good choice of pubs, favourite being
Horseshoe Inn at Longnor and Royal Oak at Wetton. Fantastic
specials at Manifold Inn and all walkable. Will definitely be
returning. So peaceful. Thank you. LD, Isle of Wight.
- May 09 Had
a really lovely peaceful holiday - enjoyed our stay in your beautiful
cottage. We would like to say thank you for your welcome and
kindness. P and D P, Nottinghamshire
- May 09 Absolutely
fantastic! The best we have stayed in, in 20 years, made all the
better by Linda and Mike, who could not be beaten for their superb
hospitality. Like staying with friends. S and M. D, E.
- June 09 Second visit. Another warm welcome from Linda and
Michael + friends. Restful and enjoyable despite the weather.
Thanks for everything. J and H. B, Lincs.
- June 09 Beautiful
cottage - the fresh flowers and fruit were a lovely touch, much
appreciated! Barney and Penny were great entertainment and Linda
and Mike made us feel v. welcome, as well as giving us some great tips
on local walks. Many thanks for making our stay in the Peak
district so enjoyable! B C and C K, Luton.
09 Many thanks Linda, Mike, Barney and Penny for your very warm
welcome. We have had a wonderful holiday, everything was perfect,
including the weather. Thanks again. G, G, and J, S.
09 A really lovely cottage, the best we've ever been to, deserves
5 stars. In excellent location. Very pleasant hosts - Linda
and Michael, (Barney and Penny) - nothing was too much trouble
for them. Thanks for everything. Hope to return sometime.
K & J, D and I, Cambs.
09 This has been a special holiday. Memorable not only for
the beautiful varied scenery but also for Linda and Mike's hospitality
- a lovely cottage with all those "hidden" extras. Thank you
both. S &D W, Bucks.
09 We echo all that has been said. The best cottage in the
White Peak! - thank you for everything. J and A S, E Sussex.
09 Great cottage, amazing location. Lots to see & do -
shame about rain and me being 8 months pregnant, (stopped us from
riding our bikes everyday up the hills!!!). Great hosts and
lovely dogs. Enjoyed Sunday lunch at the Charles Cotton Hotel in
Hartington and Pie Night at the Manifold Inn. C and N H,
- July 09 A most enjoyable holiday, despite the
weather. Thank you both for the milk, fruit and lovely flowers.
We could not better the hospitality we received on arrival and
our stay for a complete week. The cottage is certainly a 5 star
quality. We hope to visit you again next year sometime. A
superb meal at the Cheshire Cheese in Longnor & also The Manifold
in Hulme End. Thank you again Linda and Michael, this includes
the two lovely dogs Barney and Penny. B and G, Peterborough.
09 Lovely cottage and the warmth of the welcome from Linda and
Mike meant we slipped into holiday mode very quickly. We have
enjoyed the holiday immensely. Thank you both, (Penny and Barney
09 Fabulous holiday; beautiful cottage!! Mike and Linda very
friendly and welcoming. Wonderful walks and good weather!!
"Playing with Penny and Barney made my holiday the best ever!"
(Rachel and Lewis). R & J, R & L, Leeds, W. Yorks.
09 It is difficult to add to the comments already made - Mike and
Linda (Barney & Penny) do make being here like staying with
friends. Nothing has been left unthought of ( or not that we
could find!). So much to do right on the doorstep - walks and
bike rides, and can thoroughly recommend the Gladstone Pottery,
Longton, if you get a rainy day - whatever your age. Thank you
Mike and Linda for a wonderful stay. J & J L, and Z & L
L, Wokingham, Berks
- Zoe says "I loved the dogs, Penny and
Barney, they were so cute! Linda & Mike made our stay so
great and I would love coming back! The pottery museum was
amazing & the countryside was bliss".
- Lawrence says "Barney
and Penny were so enjoyable to play with, especially when Barney gets
the sticks from the barn - and Penny jumping up at you, very
funny - Mike and Linda were really nice to be with . I would love
to come back and I would rate the cottage 5 star. ALTOGETHER
- August 09 "Another
nice trip here! We'll enjoy coming back soon and will miss Barney
and Penny". Tim (8) " I really
enjoyed my stay here and playing with Barney and Penny. They were
so cute. I will miss them". Tara (8). Another great stay!
Hard cycle ride round Carsington Water and very interesting trip
to the Pottery Museum in Stoke. Joanne (21+). M & J, T
& T K, Surrey
09 We have had a really good holiday in this excellent
accommodation. The weather has been really nice, so walking has
been great. Poor Marble
(the dog) is worn out! We can recommend the food and the beer at
the YMCA in Hartington. Thanks Linda and Mike for making our stay
enjoyable. Marble will miss Barney and Penny. S & M, W & I, and Marble, Cheshire
09 Thank you Linda. Thank you Michael. It has all
been a delight. I have the edge over everyone who has said this
is the best holiday cottage ever enjoyed. I can add "In all my 88
years". M.W. Newent, Gloucs. No detail overlooked.
***** D.W, Coventry.
09 Wow! What more can we say that's not been said -
everything was just fantastic! It really is a beautiful cottage,
in a beautiful place - a real find - and at least half of us, and
Sadie, (the dog), will be
back to enjoy your excellent hospitality and to explore all those
walks. Very many thanks. J & B B, Gloucs, and J & G
L, Ontario, Canada.
- Oct 09 We were here in June and couldn't wait to get back to see Mike, Linda, Barney and Penny and stay in this fantastic cottage. Thanks for everything. We'll be back! K & J B, and Ben (the dog), and SB, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
- Oct 09 A short stay this time. Wonderful hospitality as ever! Thank you Linda, and Mike
for excellent cleaning!! Flowers, milk appreciated too.
Great walks at Dovedale & Manifold and great pub food!
- See you again! M & S J, Wall Heath and A & L
09 We were made very welcome. I wanted a few days away with
my boys. Linda and Mike looked after us wll. Board games
well used. I'm afraid both boys had nosebleeds on the last night
- sorry! MC, Sheffield.
- Nov 09 Superb cottage - the best. We'll be back! J and D, Cornwall.
'09 Such a 'location'. So quiet and peaceful. You
thought of everything a visitor would need. thank you. L, D
and L, Bury St. Edmunds and Norwich.
'09 Fabulous cottage. Everything you need and more!
Excellent location - made more magical by the snow and frost; not
expecting so much snow made an interesting stay! Linda and
Michael - thank you for being so friendly and helpful - your business
will do well because visitors will remember your kindness, and may well
return - including, hopefully, us with our dogs Boycie and Charlie.
All the very best to you for 2010, for health, happiness and
prosperity. We shall certainly recommend you. A & P O,
J and V R, Norfolk.
'10 Another great stay at West Side Barn. Fantastic walking
in a beautiful area. We hope to return sometime soon - Thank you
for the help getting our guests out in the snow. It was
appreciated by all. L & I K, Notts.
'10 Arrived to a roaring fire and some special touches for
Valentine's Day. We felt very welcome from the start! Even
the dog received some welcome goodies. Linda and Michael
recommended an excellent trail - would advise to anyone.The cottage is
stunning and we felt relaxed and easy. The wet room is fantastic.
There's nothing else we could have wanted for a perfect
Valentine's weekend away. We would recommend to anyone.
Thank you, x. IR and J, Lancs.
'10 We've had a lovely time in your house. Thank you for
letting us see the lambs. We enjoyed the snow. We hope we
can come again. Thank you very much. Children R and M, and
parents T and D, W. Yorks.
'10 We've had a wonderful holiday here with some fantastic walks!
Your cottage is a real credit to you both and you've thought of
everything to make a stay here very special. Thank you so
much - we hope to return. P & S B, Perterborough.
'10 Many thanks to Linda on arrival for making us feel so at home.
The cottage is lovely and we have lacked for nothing.
Weather was kind to us and we went on some great walks, some
challenging and others a pleasant amble. Ate out at the Manifold
and the Staffordshire Knott which were both good 'pub grub'. Many
sincere thanks for a great time. P & L A, Hampshire
'10 Thank you for the lovely welcome and the greetings from Barney
and Penny. We had a lovely holiday. T & C A, E. Sussex.
'10 Beautiful cottage. We have had a wonderful holiday and
good weather. Went on some great cycle rides and walks. The
children loved playing with Barney and Penny. Very sad to be
leaving - thank you very much - hope to come back one day. D & A, D
& Z, Exeter.
'10 Another lovely week at the cottage - despite the weather!
Thank-you for your thoughtfulness - we have been very
comfortable. (So have the dogs!!) M, B & K, P Leics.
you for a lovely stay in your beautiful cottage - we so appreciated all
its thoughtful little touches. M, J & T B, Essex
Linda and Michael for letting us stay in your beautiful barn. We
have been so comfortable it's hard to leave! Thank you also for
the warm welcome, flowers and fruit - very much appreciated. I'm
sure we will return to this peaceful haven. Have a good summer.
A & J S, Essex
'10 Linda, Mike, thank you very much for making us feel so
welcome. The cottage is beautiful and very well equipped.
We have loved the fantastic scenic walks made even more enjoyable
with the company of Barney and Penny. We are sure to be back as
there is so much more to explore. D, M, M & H W, Bucks.
'10 First time we have stayed in a cottage and how lovely it was.
Such a nice part of the country too. You should be very
proud. We have enjoyed lots of walks and a 20 mile bike ride, for
us that is good! Who knows we may come back to enjoy this lovely,
peaceful house and countreside. A and S, Cambs.
- June '10
We have stayed in many 4 and 5 star holiday cottages/barns in
different parts of the country. This is the third time we have
been here and it is still our favourite. Thanks Linda and Mike
for another wonderful holiday. See you again in the Autumn.
J & K, and Ben the Border Collie, Cambs.
'10 We have been around an awful long time, seen plenty of
cottages but yours is simply the best. Can we come back next
year, BP permitting? A & J S, E. Sussex
'10 Another nice stay at Mike and Linda's. Really enjoyed
walking Barney and Penney. Hope to come back soon to West Side
Barn. And hope to see Barney and Penney soon. Timothy (age
- July '10 We can't believe how quickly this week's
gone. It's a superb cottage and ditto to every positive comment
that's been written so far. A wonderful location with immediate
access to some fantastic rides and walks. We took car to Kinder
Scout (Hayfield) one day and that was well worth the trip. Mike
and Linda couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. We
will definitely be recommending West Side to anyone we know coming to
the Peaks. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cotage with us.
D & M, H & K, N. Devon
'10 We have so enjoyed your lovely cottage, your thoughtful and
warm hospitality, the stunning countryside around - a wonderful
holiday. Thank you. T & D M, Notts.
'10 We all had a fabulous time and have enjoyed the cottage and
hospitality of Linda and Mike. We had great fun with Barny and Penny,
the children enjoyed exploring, the walks too. Thank you
both for a great holiday experience. B & T C, Essex.
'10 We arrived early in the rain to be greeted by our lovely
hosts for the week ahead; the accomodation was all we could ask for,
and more! A lovely, beautiful and peaceful location, the barn is
outstanding and Mike and Linda were ever so helpful the whole holiday.
We have all thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you here. We
are regretfully leaving! But shall be back without a doubt!
Many, many thanks for such a wonderful holiday. xxxx
S, L, O & N M, Surrey.
'10 Well, what can I say - we've had another fabulous week - with
perfect weather!! Thank you again for a lovely cottage, your
kindness and cheerfulness - it makes for a special time. A, P, D, J, V
and Boycie and Charlie (the two dogs), Norfolk.
- Sept. '10 Wonderful
time - sorry to be going home! Excellent accommodation and very
friendly 'hosts'. We'll be back soon. E & G B, Essex.
'10 Best place we have ever stayed. Mike and Linda couldn't
be better hosts and have thought of everything, even the dogs.
Would recommend Northfield Farm at Flash for horse trekking
through old packhorse trails. Cheshire Cheese, Longnor and
Manifold Inn do good food. Thank you for a lovely holiday. P
& M R, and Bramble and Daisy (the dogs). N.I.
'10 Thank you - Linda & Mike. We felt at ease from the
moment we arrived -everything just perfect, and being in such glorious
countryside with walking & cycling straight from the doorstep put
the icing on the cake. The damsons weren't bad either. (
Delicious apple & damson crumble). B & D, S. Staffs, H
& P and Ruby ( the dog ), Devon.
'10 We had a lovely, relaxing , albeit brief stay at the cottage;
every need is well catered for and all amenities well provided; it was
"home from home", very comfortable and welcoming. Will definitely
be back soon. Thank you to Mike and Linda for making us so
welcome and comfortable. Best wishes, K & M B, P & A L,
Herts and Essex.
- Oct '10 Another really enjoyable stay -
our fourth time at this superb cottage. Thanks again for
everything. See you all again next year - May, July and
September. J and K B, Cambs, (and Ben, the dog).
'10 Leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Accommodation is superb - nothing missing at all! Cosy and
snug during a rather chilly, damp week. Interesting outings from
the doorstep and plenty of places to eat. Thank you for the
advice and recommendations. Successful outings made for a very
enjoyable holiday for us all. S & H T, G & M S, Worcs.
- Oct '10 A delightful few days in this well appointed cottage. D & H G, Norfolk.
'10 A good time was had by all and the excellence of the cottage
greatly added to our enjoyment. Looking forward to next time.
H & M H, Lincs.
- Nov '10 A wonderful birthday
weekend arranged by my lovely friends. Blessed by fantastic
sunshine, beautiful countryside , plenty of wine and excellent company.
Who could ask for more? Such a cosy, comfortable and
welcoming cottage. Thank you Mike and Linda. In the
immortal works of Arnie, "We'll be back". R, M, D and L, from
'10 An all too brief visit - this time - but just as lovely.
A big thanks - Linda and Mike. D and J and Prudie, (the
- Dec '10 Just the most fantastic time!
'10 Thank you Mike and Linda for a wonderful week and Xmas.
Fabulous acccommodation, setting and hospitality. We'll certainly
be visiting again. G, G and J, Pembrokeshire
- Jan '11 Wonderful walks, perfect hosts, Barney and Penney (the dogs) just adoptable! T and L, Midlands
'11 What a fabulous weekend we had! The cottage is just
beautiful - so well appointed and comfy. Thank you for your extra
efforts - guiding us in our (sopping) walk and rescuing us! Wonderful
hospitality - Thank you. BF, JM, SL & LC, London.
'11 Thank you, Michael and Linda, for a peaceful break in your
lovely, comfortable barn. See you in June! A & J, Herts.
'11 A damp, grey week with lots of muddy walks and a lovely warm,
cosy cottage with a warm and friendly welcome. Thank you Linda
and Michael. J and A, Notts.
'11 We've had a wonderful "break" here - many thanks to you both
for welcoming us, and providing a perfect base for our (shortish)
walks, and returning each time to such comfort. We plan to return
in the future. V, P, N and C, Sheffield.
'11 A more dog-friendly place one couldn't find. Super
comfy barn, too. Walked all our legs off over amozing
countryside. Sun shone almost continually - fabulous. See
you again soon. Amanda, Sandy and Kev
'11 Another fantastic holiday in your comfortable, warm cottage.
We're going home very relaxed! Thank you Linda and Mike for
your lovely welcome and friendship during our stay - we're looking
forward to returning! P & S B, Cambs.
'11 Thank you Linda and Mike for another lovely week; this time
with our first grandchild, Daniel, aged nearly 6 months. We had a
great time & found Ilam Park this time - very peaceful and a lovely
lunch. Look forward to another holiday in this special place.
M, S, A, L and baby Daniel, West Midlands.
- April '11 Thank
you Linda and Mike for another lovely holiday in your beautiful
cottage. We have had a great time cycling and walking. Hope
to see you, Barney and Penny again very soon. D, M, M and H W,
'11 Thank you again, Linda and Michael, for your kindness and
thoughtfulness. We had a lovely week. M, B, and K, P. ( and
two dogs, Monty and Solo), Leics.
'11 Had a great week, weather was exceedingly kind to us.
Cottage was excellent. Dogs (all three of them) had a great
time too, walked ours, and their, legs off. Thanks for the stay.
T & J P, Essex, and C & K B, Cumbria.
- May '11
Another great week in your lovely barn in fantastic location.
Thanks for everything. See you all again in July for our
sixth stay. Love to you all. J & K B, and Ben (the dog).
11 Beautiful barn and countryside. Very warm welcome from
Mike and Linda who have thought of everything to make our stay
comfortable. We'll be back. S & M J, Norwich.
'11 Back again! Another fab week @ West Side Barn. R
says "thank you" for the WIFI. Robbie says "thank you" for
letting him cut the 'new' field. Love to all, see you soon.
S, M, R & R Ds. xx East Sussex.
'11 Another lovely stay - you always make us so welcome.
Thank you for the flowers and chocolates - so kind. Tilly
has loved the field and we have enjoyed meeting Shelley and family.
We look forward to returning, in the meanwhile lots of love and a
big Thank You!! xx A & J, and M, J and T, Essex.
'11 A beautifully presented and spotlessly clean cottage with a
friendly welcome from its owners. The only thing missing is a big
window looking out on to the glorious countryside! C, Coventry
and G, Wigan.
- June '11 Thanks for fitting in an extra
dog, very neat cottage and lovely area - great holiday - thanks.
P & J and Tess, Devon, S and Sidney, Kent, T and Moses, Kent.
'11 As wonderful as ever. Another 10 out of 10.
Thanks Mike and Linda for making it so special. K and J B,
and Ben the dog, Cambs.
- July '11 Another wonderful week -
sunshine too! We love coming back here and you make us feel so
welcome, as always. J & A S, East Sussex.
'11 We have really enjoyed our week, Cottage is beautiful!
We loved Barney and Penny. Wanted to take them home.
Michael and Linda are very welcoming and helpful.
Definitely 5 stars.
'11 Another lovely stay at West Side Barn Cottage, as good as new
since we first stayed here 4 years ago! The new WIFI was a good
feature. I will miss Barney and Penny lots and hope to come back
soon. 5 stars. (Timmi, aged 10)
- Aug '11 This is
my 4th stay here and it gets better every time.
Everything was lovely as usual and I will miss Barney
and Penny a lot!!! Alton Towers was amazing and we went on 4 out
of 5 of the thrill rides. Thank you Mike and Linda for another
lovely stay! Hope to come back soon. (Tara, aged 10).
J & R K, and T and T K, Surrey.
'11 Another lovely week. Thanks for everything. Love to you
all. Hope to be back next year. xx. J & J B, and Ben
(the dog), Wisbech.
- Sept. '11 Second time we've
stayed here - accommodation perfect again + we've been made very
welcome, many thanks, see you again soon. P and M, and the dogs,
Bramble and Daisy, N. Ireland.
- Sept '11 Fabulous again. Thanks for arranging the weather. See you in November. S and K, P and A, Leics.
'11 A very warm welcome and an extrememy relaxing break.
Perfect area for walking and dogs - something for everyone,
then total comfort in the barn, complete with flowers and chocs.
Thanks ever so much for everything. p.s.; the perfect light
read after a long, tiring hike is the slim volume on Afternoon Tea at
the Ritz, (on the shelf to the left of the sink). M, D, J,
and T, B, and Lottie the dog, Warwickshire.
'11 We had a really nice stay here. We love your dogs Penny and
Barney and want to take them home. We are going to come back
loads because it is so beautiful a setting. Love it here so much.
Love Rosie (age 10). XXXXX D & F, and K, R and J,
'11 We had an amazing stay at this lovely house. Barny and
Penny were very well trained. I nearly liked walking Penny and Barny.
The walks were very nice as well as the bike ride. I felt
so good as if it was home. Jemima (age 7), Beaconsfield.
'11 Our third lovely stay - albeit a short one - best wishes.
D & J and Prudie (the dog), Cornwall.
'11 We had a lovely stay. Enjoyed Chatsworth, Ashbourne,
walking, and dinner at the George. N & J, Berks, K & S,
'11 Excellent accommodation, warm welcome & beautiful
countryside -We will be back soon. G and J W., Warwickshire.
- Somewhat nicer
accommodation than the campsite opposite where I recently did D of E!!
Maddie S, Warwickshire.
'12 Another lovely stay here. The weather was brilliant and
so were all the walks. I loved going climbing and reading outside
in the sunshine. I loved playing with Barney and Penny and taking
them on walks. I will miss them loads. Hopefully come back
really soon. Tara (age 10).
- We had another lovely
stay, the weather was amazing and we had some great walks with Barney
and Penny. The cottage was amazing as always and we were able to
use the picnic table outside. Hope to come back soon and I'll
miss Barney and Penny so much! (Timmi, age 10)
- The sun shone
all week for the first time in 5 visits so I was able to sit outside
with my morning coffee and also with my glass of wine in the evening -
sheer bliss! Went into Buxton, which was beautifule in the sun
and did some very pretty walks, including Beresford Dale and Cheedale.
A visit to Bakewell is always a must for a scrummy pudding!
Had lots of fun, as always, with Barney and Penny.
J K, Surrey.
Thanks for the lovely touches of chocolates/raspberries and
flowers. We loved the Manifold Trail, climbing Thorpe Cloud,
and brilliant weather to boot. What a treat! Sally,
'12 Another lovely stay! Good walking and cycling - only
got soaked once! Thank you - Mike! G, J, M, B and R, Warwicks. and Essex.
'12 A very enjoyable week, despite the bad weather. Great
cottage, great host and incredible dogs. Hope to return later in
the year when the weather is more sympathetic. We particularly
enjoyed the Bakewell Pie and Calamity Brown's landscaped gardens at
Chatsworth. We blame the Ks for stealing all the good weather on
24/3/12. P & L M, Salisbury.
'12 Unquestionably the best holiday house we have ever stayed in
- had everything we needed and more. Mike was absolutely
brilliant - kind, patient + full of great recommendations. Can't
think of a better place to have celebrated our twin daughters' 1st
birthday. Brilliant location - so much to do + such a lovely
place to stay - we'll definitely be back! G, L, I & G C, (
plus Oscar and Lucy, the cats), London.
- May '12 Another
great holiday. Although the weather wasn't the best, we managed
plenty of walking. We found a visit to Crich Tram Museum very
interesting. We envy you the peace and quiet here and look
forward to seeing you again next year. M & B P, K, M and S,
Husbands Bosworth, Leics.
- May '12 A
thoroughly enoyable holiday and the weather was extremely kind to
us. Lots of good walks and birdspotting. Thankyou Mike for
a great place to stay. J & B N, Blackpool and A & A C,
'12 We've enjoyed our week here very much. The weather
glorious, walks good. Can recommend the food at The Devonshire
Arms in Hartington. The house is very comfortable and has
everything you could possible need. The milk, chocolates and
flowers are a nice touch and much appreciated, thank you. We
enjoyed meeting Mike and Barney & Penny, - Tom did his best to
stir them up! S & C P, & Tom the collie, Yelverton, Devon.
'12 Thank you so much for our stay; it was amazing. We love
everything (especially the TV in my room). Everything was a lot
better than Willington and School. Thank you lotsies, Aud &
the others. A, C, B and D, Willington, Derbyshire.
'12 Thank you for such a warm welcome, & all the advice
& information was greatly received! Although the
weather was a mixed bag we managed to pack a lot in with visits to
Bakewell, Eyam, The Manild Way to Wetton Mill & the Tissington
Trail! Zara slept so soundly in her lovely little room.
Thank you again. L, R, J and J, and Zara (9 months) and
Sasha (dog), Rayleigh, Essex.
'12 Stressful family time and we were very much in need of a
break. Time spent here - even though only 3 nights - has been
heaven sent. The cottage and surroundings, together with the
lovely warm welcome and hospitality has kicked all of our boxes and
then some! We can't wait to come back again. N &
M Weybridge, Surrey. XX
- July '12 As ever, in
fact yearly, you and the cottage were wonderful. Keep a week for
July 2013!! Please. J and A, Winchelsea, E. Sussex.
'12 Brilliant accommodation! Obviously 3 days is not long
enough here, so I think we'll be back. Many thanks for chocs,
milk & flowers. We'd like to take Penny & Barney home with us
but the walkies wouldn't be so exciting for them. The Ks, Hythe,
Hampshire and Milton Keynes, Bucks.
- July '12 Dear Mike, Thanks for being a welcoming and knowledgeable host. We'll be back! John, Cambridge
Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage, I
loved playing with Barney and Penny. I loved the walks you
We would like to come back!
Iona, (aged 8) and Finlay (aged 10), Cambridge.
'12 A Perfect base for our 1st Peaks holiday, friendly and
helpful host. A great place four our dog's first holiday with us,
he really enjoyed the freedom of the paddock. Mike, your
suggestions for walks were great, really enjoyed the Roaches &
Wolfscote Dale. Fish 'n' chips from Longnor worth the short
drive. A wonderful place, we hope to return for more.
Steve, Jude, Cam & Ellie, & Brock, Solihull, W. Midlands.
'12 A very nice cottage to stay. Plenty of space outside
for Felip to play football and Lucia to play with the dogs. A
perfect host, Mike, who gave us a lot of info about the moors and
things to do and visit. He showed me a lovely run across the
Bereford Dale. Weather wasn't the best as we got soaked through
twice while cycling and horseriding but who would come on holiday to
England for its weather?? Lovely area to stay. Riera-Fulls
'12 A lovely stay in a wonderful cottage, you made us feel really
welcome. We'll definitely be back. xx J, L, L & J
H, Hinckley, Leics.
- A really nice stay at this cottage. Enjoyed walking Barney
& Penny. Loved mine and my brother's comfy beds!! Would
come back again. Lots of space outside in the garden
Laura x (11)
'12 A wonderful cottage, so peaceful and clean, a very nice
reception on arrival. We enjoyed our holiday, hope to be back.
Would certainly recommend. M and R A, Spalding, Lincs.
'12 Beginning to feel a bit like a boomerang - we keep coming
back! Best holiday cottage we have stayed in. Mike, Barney
+ Penny superb hosts. We'd reommend Manifold Inn for Whim ales,
Longnor Fish and Chips, Tea Junction Tearooms for lunch, + good for
vegetables, + Wetton Mill Tea rooms as well. Spoilt for choice,
Chatsworth you must see. Peak District Dairy butter from
Hartington Cheese Shop a must eat. M & P , Fermanagh, N. Ireland
'12 This was my 6th stay here, it was a shame that it was very
short but it was still brilliant! Barney and Penny were very
cute as usual and I will miss them loads! Hope to come back
really soon. Tara (age 11).
- Another nice stay - we have
been coming here for 4 years now, it still feels new! We had a
good long walk with Barney and Penny that tired me out but Barney and
Penny didn't seem affected. Although only here for 3 days this
time I still had great fun. Timmy (aged 11).
- 3 days was really too
short for a stay in the place we have all grown so fond.
Took B and P out for the day from Dovedale and back via Beresford
Dale. Ate at the Devonshire Arms, which was good. Tara and
I went to Alton Towers for the day and managed 10 rides. Timmy and Dad
went Quad biking at Wild Park. M and J K, East Molesey, Surrey -
and Tara and Timmy
'12 Had a great time here and enjoyed spending time exploring on
bike and foot. Reg loved the paddock and took up a new hobby,
mousing!!! It was great to relax with Helen and Pete although the
boys kept us busy most of the time. Would love to come back again
to explore more tracks and trails. G, J and DR, Worchestershire (and Reg, the dog).
- We had a great time on the
trails and it was good to be close to them. We also had a good
time exploring on foot. Joe (aged 10). p.s. It would be
great to come back and next time I will keep my bedroom tidy!!!
Barney and Penny are very well trained and very nice.
- Enjoyed the trails. We
could get straight out in to the countryside. Reg enjoyed all the
walks, Ruby did too. (the dogs). My favourite bit was cycling on the trails. David (age 7).
- Mike, thank you for
your warm welcome. H and P, and Ruby the dog. Devon
'12 We had such a great time with Barney and Penny! We
love taking them on walks and hugging them. Love, Rosie (age 11)
- We have had a great stay at
West Side Barn. We all loved seeing the amazing two dogs Barney
and Penny and going on lovely walks with them. Love Jemima (age
- We have had a lovely restful long weekend. Thank you for
your hospitality Mike. Love it here. F and D B, and girls,
'12 What a fantastic short break! Mike directed us to
Dovedale where we enjoyed a lovely walk to the Stepping Stones which
Fin loved. Spent a great day at Chatsworth taking in the
Christmas Market. Mike, Barney and Penny are top hosts! We
will be back for sure! Many thanks. T and S H, and Finley
- Nov '12 Lovely place to stay, superb
weekend, with beautiful weather. We enjoyed the comfort of the
barn, and appreciated the friendly advice of Mike about all the walks
and sights of the area. Interesting and fun day at Chatsworth,
despite the crowd for the Xmas market. We will be back! E A
and A C, Oxford.
- Dec '12 West
Side Barn was a lovely place to spend Christmas; we found it to be
remarkably warm and comfortable, which considering the weather, made it
all the more special to com back to. Our week has flown by and we
feel there is so much more to see we will have to come back again soon.
Thank you Mike for everything, we will look forward to coming
back to West Side in the near future. M & R N, East Sussex
and A & J G, Kent.
- Jan '13 A perfect cottage to stay in for our New
Year break. West Side Barn is very comfortable, warm and well
appointed. We've managed to do 2 cycle rides - Manifold Valley
from the cottage and Monsal Trail from Millers Dale to Bakewell - and 2
walks - Baslow Edge and Dovedale to Milldale. Weather
wasn't ideal but at least not contunhuous rain! Thank you Mike
for a great stay and we'd love to return. G,D,S & G D, (and
Snoopy the dog!) Berkshire.
'13 We had a wonderful break at West Side Barn and were very well
looked after by Mike - great tips on good pubs and walks. The
Barn has been renovated to a very high standard - I'd like to move in!
Spangle has been worn out with some beautiful walks in Dovedale,
Edale and Thor's Cave and we've enjoyed some great suppers in The
Devonshire Arms, and the Royal Oak in Hurdlow. Sad to be leaving
but aim to come back soon! Many thanks for making us feel so
welcome and going the extra mile in making the Barn so comfortable.
- Thank you for a wonderful stay! Joel, age 8
- Could not have asked for a
better cottage. Work seems miles away! Many thanks, Mike,
for your hospitality. DC, Webridge
'13 Another great week - at least we had sunshine this year. Jack
came for the first time and enjoyed the freedom and was equally
fascinated by Gyp and shadow jumping! As always - thank you Mike
for your hospitality. Jack will certainly want to come next time
(without his Mum & Dad). Kaz & Jack say thank-you.
M & B P, K and J and Monty (the dog). Leicestershire
'13 Beautiful cottage in a beautiful part of the world.
Lovely change from the extreme flatness of the Fens - once the
car got used to the excessive braking! Lovely surroundings with
fantastic walks. Would love to return one day! S & N H,
King's Lynn, Norfolk.
- May '13 This was perfect for us!
Far from the madding crowd but close to pretty towns and
villages. We loved being here and appreciated all the time spent
in this delightful cottage. Thankyou for our welcome & the
helpful pointers to walks and places to see. We would love to
return sometime! D and E H. Stowmarket, Suffolk.
'13 We have had a fantastic time and the cottage has suited us
brilliantly. It is very well equipped; the field is perfect for
the dog and the comfy cot and stairgate ensured our son was safe
and slept soundly. The fresh flowers and chocolates on arrival are
a very welcome surprise. Beautiful location and great walks
nearby. Thank you Mike for your hospitality and we look forward
to returning in the near future. S & S A, East Sussex, and K, D and
Harry A, East Sussex.
'13 Had a great time + great weather. Pleasure to find such
a well presented cottage & what a great location. Thanks. I
and G, Worcs
- June '13 We have all enjoyed a fantastic break
at West Side Barn. The cottage & views are even more stunning
than the web pages may suggest. Mike has been a fantastic host
with lots of recommendations & help. The walks show off the
countryside & views perfectly and ideal for dogs. Many thanks
to Mike. We would definitely love to return. B, D, H &
C P and Millie the dog, Cumbria
- June 13 A great week had by all.
Fantastic cottage, beautiful surroundings, sunshine throughout!!!
Lovely walks, good food. Couldn't ask for more. Thank you
Mike for everything. V, M and D C, and Lily the dog. Surrey
- June 13 Our second visit to West Side Barn has
been every bit as enjoyable as our first. The weather has been
mostly kind which has enabled us to get out and about and see the
sights. We can highly recommend Chatsworth House and
gardens. The Heights of Abraham at Matlock were also very good,
but not for vertigo sufferers! Speedwell Cavern at Castleton was
a very different experience but not good for claustrophobics. We
have also spent a surprising amount of time in the cottage because it
is such a pleasant and comfortable place to be. If you like fly fishing
we can highly recommend Carsinton Water - a lovely lake full of
fantastic quality trout. M and R N, Susssex and A and J G, Kent
- June '13 Another great stay at West Side
Barn. So much to see & do. Thanks for all the
recommendations & local knowledge Mike. Devonshire Arms - a
great place to eat. (We're sure its getting brighter over
there!) Weather was good for the most part - ideal for cycling
and walking and cruising. Thanks again Mike & Barney &
Gyp. I and G, Worcs.
- July '13 Another wonderful 7 days at West Side
Barn. Thank you so much Michael. The views/walking/Festival
in Buxton, all superb. Till next Summer, or whenever! J
& A S, Winchelsea, E. Sussex.
- July '13 Great localtion, great host &
great accommodation. We have had a lovely 4 days, Thank you
Mike. Herding cattle was a new experience!! K & P R,
- Aug '13 What a lovely place! We've all
had a fantastic time here and hope to come back soon. The cottage
is lovely, very well equipped, comfortable and there's everything here
we could want. Thank you for the flowers, milk and chocolates and
all the information. We've all enjoyed playing with Barney and
Gyp. Thank you Mike, Barney and Gyp. C, B, L, E, & J P,
and Ollie the dog. Berkshire.
I really enjoyed my holiday here with Barney and Gyp. They were
fun to play with. My bed was really confy. I would like to
come back again. I hope I will see the dogs soon! E P (age
10), and Ollie the dog (age 2).
- Aug '13 Our second stay in West Side
Barn. Very enjoyable, weather OK and still plenty of things to do
in the Peak district. We enjoyed our visits to Speedwell Cavern
in Castleton and we had a nice day in Longshaw, a very nice walk in a
lovely forest. Lucia had a great time playing ball with Barney
and Gyp and Felip kept paractising his football in the rear
garden. We recommend the Devonshire Pub in Hartington for a meal
out, and Tissington Trail Bike ride to burn of the meal. (26
miles in total, important starting in Ashbourne so the last 13m will be
downhill). Thanks Mike for a very nice week. Riera-Full
- Aug '13 What a fabulous find but we cannot take
credit for discovering this jewel of the Peaks - our thanks to Claire
for that. We arrived late Saturday afternoon to find Mike waiting
to greet us, his welcome was warmer than any I have experienced.
As Mike showed us around this very well appointed cottage; the
flowers, chocs, milk in the fridge - just add food and wine! What
a cracking find. This is our first visit to Derbyshire and what a
visit - the cottage, scenery, weather and people, especially our hosts,
Mike, Barney and Gyp. T and M, Shoreham, West Sussex.
- Aug '13 Mike, this is a fantastic cottage and
set in a beautiful location. I'm so pleased to have found this
gem. We couldn't have expected more and you are so accommodating
and a wonderful guy. Thank you for showing us a few of your local
walks; as you know we adore this part of the UK and can now add
these to our portfolio. The weather was certainly kind to us and
a super opportunity to invite old friends to enjoy a relaxing BBQ,
listening to the cows 'chat' across the fields! Barney and Gyp
were a real joy and such company we shall miss them when we return
home. Hopefully a time will come when we'll be residing in these
here parts, on a permanent basis. As and when that hope occurs,
David and I would very much like to in in touch and extend the hand of
friendship. Thank you once again, and very best wishes. C
and D, Bourne End, Bucks.
- Aug '13 What a lucky find! Brilliant Bank
Holiday stay. We've enjoyed some lovely walks and catching a few
days on the steamer chairs too! Thank you for yoour lovely
welcome and flowers Mike, it was very much appreciated. I know we will
all be back before too long. Thanks again! L, G and S L,
- Sept '13 Another lovely holiday in this superb cottage.
Thank you for your lovely welcome. Recommend The Tearooms in
Wetton, The Tea Junction at Hulme End for lunch , and had two excellent
meals at The Greyhound Inn, Warslow. See you next year!
Mary and Paul, Fermanagh, N.I.
- Sept '13 Really nice cottage, great to have
space outside that's pretty secure for dogs to explore. Been to
Peaks many times and despite weather, really enjoyed our stays.
Devonshire Arms, Harington good, and dog friendly, local walks
excellent. Thanks Mike for welcome, (including gifts!) and for
endless supply of logs and kindling - a very rare treat! G &
- Sept '13 Another brilliant week at West Side
Barn. Excellent hospitality and as the weather was great, the
cycling, walking and exploring was great too! Thanks Mike, Barney
and Gyp for making it such an enjoyable stay again. See you in
the near future! G & I M, Worcs
- Oct '13 We have had a wonderful time here at
this wonderful cottage. We feel totally relaxed and will be very
sad to leave. Thank you Mike, Barney and Gyp for the great walks
and thank you Mike for the warm welcome, flowers and chocs. We have
thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this superb "home from home" and really
hope to be back soon! S and T, and Buffy (the dog),
- Oct '13 The cottage has been perfect!
Downstairs bedroom and bathroom for our 90+ year old Mother and
upstairs for us.....and everywhere so beautifully clean and just like
home! Lovely touches like the flowers, chocolates, milk, tea,
coffee biscuits....Very thoughtful and much appreciated, thank
you. The week has gone far too quickly, wish we could stay
longer...We reckon we'll be back! L &N K, and L and Hamish
(the Westie), Cumbria
- Oct '13 Another lovely stay in West Side
Barn. We had a very nice break here consisting of lots of walking
and a nice boat ride. Barney and Gyp very much enjoyed the walks
and they were very affectionate. Sadly, due to my Dad's job our
trip was cut short by about two days. Thank you Mike for the very
well kept cottage and I'm sure we will be back soon. Timmy (age
- This is my 7th stay here at West Side Barn
and everytime I've stayed here it has been brilliant! The cottage
was lovely and cosy as usual, a shame our stay was cut
short. I really enjoyed taking Barney and Gyp for walks and will
miss them a lot. Thanks again, Mike, for the
great stay and hope to come back soon! Tara (age 12). East
- Nov '13 Thank you very much for a wonderful
stay, cottage is very comfortable, warm and clean. The location
is very beautiful. Thank you. I & J, Romsey, Cambs
- Nov '13 What a lovely place, beautiful
surroundings and peaceful. Cottage has everything and is so clean
and tidy. Mike, thanks for being so kind and thoughtful, sorry we
could not stay for 1 day longer. Give your 2 dogs some more
pocket money, I think you deserve that extra pint! J & K,
- Nov '13 Another lovely stay at West Side.
Some nice walks although one very muddy but views worth it!
Cottage warm & host Mike welcoming! Thank you! See you
soon! p.s. Rally was fun to see all lights in dark and lovely
throaty exhausts! Pub worth the walk back up the hill, too!
L and G L, S and G and Rome the dog, Knutsford, Cheshire
- Dec '13 We have had a wonderful week
here. Lovely, warm, comfortable cottage with everything we could
wish for. Gaynor, Ian, Kelly and Dave. North Yorks
- Dec '13 Another (our 3rd) great holiday.
Well, long weekend actually. Just the break we needed before a
busy Christmas. Everything was perfect as usual - a "home from
home". See you in 2014 for a longer stay. Martin and Nicky,
- Jan '14 What a wonderful cottage. We
thoroughly enjoyed our New Year stay despite some very wet
weather! It's hard to find anything that is not absolutely
perfect. Thank you Mike. You may well see us again.
David and Rachel M, Kenilworth, Warwicks.
- Jan '14 We have had a simply wonderful stay at
West Side Barn with sister and bro-in-law. Thank you for the
chocs and other essentials that greeted us on arrival. Thank you
also for the lovely Christmas tree! We really appreciated your
advice and company Mike; this is a very special , lovely place
built with obvious love and care by you and your late wife,
Linda. We are so very glad to have met you, Barney and Gyp and
already looking forward to coming back next December! With our
very best wishes and prayers for a happy and peaceful 2014. Tracy
and Darren, Little Hadham, Herts. ( and Alfie and Paddy, the two dogs,
who had a great time too! )
- Feb '14 A wonderful lazy weekend. Many
thanks, Mike. Delightful walking. much enjoyed by all.
Lovely grub at the local pubs with great hospitality. We all look
forward to a return visit. L & J & E R, A & J B,
Great Missenden. (& Gerty and Ping, the dogs).
- Feb '14 Third visit - hope it's not the
last! Feels like home to us. Fire lit on our arrival, chocs
and flowers much appreciated. Warm and relaxing - wood burner
totally brilliant!! Walks in mud very impressive but great to
return to such comfort. An excellent cottage in excellent area.
Love it!!! S & I L, J & A S, (and Bella, the dog),
- Feb '14 Thank you so much Mike! Our
second stay was every bit as wonderful as our first. The cottage
is wonderfully welcoming, as are you with your extremely kind and
thoughtful hospitality - it really is a home from home and the perfect
base to explore all our favourite places. We will be
back...again. L and J, E and E, and Pip & Missy the dogs.
- March '14 We have been lucky enough to stay
here during the mini March heatwave. A glorious week of blue
skies and sun. we have walked every day some of the excellent
walks in this area. The cottage is comfortable, cosy and clean
with everything we need, and a nice secure area for the dogs.
Thanks Mike for the welcoming pack and all your help and advice this
week. Look forward to seeing you another year. R & J, L &
J, Jasper and Magnum (the dogs), Essex.
- March '14 From the first moment we arrived we
felt at home in the cottage. It had everything we needed plus
loads of extra little special touches. Michael was the perfect
host and couldn't have made us feel any happier if he'd tried. We
came to relax and chill out after the stresses of work and it certainly
did the trick. Fantastic cottage and scenery and location.
L & D, and A &C, Essex.
- April '14 A very warm and friendly reception to
this very well appointed accommodation. So good indeed, we've
booked to come back again later this year! We have stayed in lots
of cottages and barn conversions although this place has to be near the
very top of the list. The dogs loved the exercise area - a great
feature and so thoughtful. P & J R, Surrey ( and Sonny and Flora, the dogs).
- April '14 A beautifully equipped cottage and a
host who could not be more helpful. Lovely weather, good company
and spectacular walks. Thank you Mike for making us feel very
welcome in your barn and to the area. We had a great time and
will be recommending West Side Barn to our fellow Aussies. J
& C R, Essex and A, Cornwall. J & R O, NSW, Australia.
- April '14 It's like coming home when we come
here. We love it and hope to keep coming. It's the best
cottage in Derbyshire that we have stayed in. Many thanks from
all of us. M & B P, K & J, and Monty, the dog.
Husbands Bosworth, Leics.
- May '14 We have done many cottage holidays and
this is the best so far. The cottage is beautiful and the
location perfect. We have had lovely meals out all week, but the
top two are The Royal Oak, Wetton and The Packhorse in
Crowdecote. Cottage is lovely and well equipped - flowers, chocs
& Tea + biscuits are a lovely touch. Mike is a wonderful host
and made us all feel welcome - especially taking our 4 year old to see
some new born lambs! Oh, & Gyp and Barney are fab too!!
We will definitely be back. S and H, Birmingham.
- May '14 Mike is a wonderful host indeed,
fantastic knowledge of the Peak district and most of the pubs
within. Parking permit is just one of the thougthful "extras"
included in the stay. Thanks for everything. L, B, and A
and Stig, Peterborough and Ceveleys.
- May '14 Very good to be able to re-visit
favourite places in Derbyshire, although weather very indifferent we
were pleased to stay in such a warm and comfortable "cottage". We
have enjoyed a very happy week here. Thank you. N & M
- May '14 Ideal place to come and stay with
family and re-visit places in the Peak district last seen many years
ago. Enjoyed exploring Ecton Hill and the Manifold Valley, and
walking over Chrome Hill and its neighbours! Great to be able to
come back and relax in such a well equipped, peaceful and comfortable
cottage! Thank you. P F, Exeter
- Exploring this rich and varied landscape from such a
great base has been hugely enjoyable. The Manifold cycle way has
been filled with blossom and bird song all week! What a joy! R F,
- June '14 Super holiday in a lovely cottage.,
Mike has been very kind and chocolates and floweers on arrival were
really appreciated. We have stayed in many holiday cottages over
the years and this one is definitely the best! Really enjoyed our
stay and hope to return. We have just spent the week admiring one
lovely spot after another - and really enjoyed ourselves. B and V
- June 14 We love this cottage. We arrived
with two children and slightly concerned if area etc would be
appropriate. The area we found out was stunning, the views
incredible. The cottage itself is of a beautiful standard.
People sometimes have written this is a home from home. I don't
agree, this is far superior to our lovely house back in Cheshire.
Recommendations with children - Monkey
Forest, our 2 year old loved it. Rudyard Steam Train - a lovely
little trip followed by a picnic lakeside with children splashing in
the shallows - perfect. Carsington Reservoir - brilliant
playground for your children, interactive zone and great picnic
area. Our final recommendation would be playing in the lovely
field you get to use, that was a real bonus. Feel very grateful
to have been here and hope to return. Thanks Mike. R &
V M, Cheshire.
- June '14 Don't know where to start with this
lovely, idylic place, It's just gorgeous. Beautiful scenery
everywhere you look and perfect for young children, ours had an
absolute ball! Mike is a wonderful host, warm and approachable,
interested and so helpfull. The cottage/barn is the best we have
been in, I wish it were our home! To sit out and have a BBQ is
tranquil and so pleasant. Plenty of activity to do for children,
bike trails, water sports, would love to keep this place a hidden gem
as we would almost certainly be back every year! Still I have no
doubt that we would come back, it's a 10/10 for me.
Rudyard/Carsington the pick of the bunch, children were so happy!
Will be sad to leave place! Thanks so much Mike. Excellent
value for money! R & V, M and B, Chester
- June '14 A great barn conversion that has created a
perfect holiday let. We have had a good, sunny week and enjoyed
exploring a new area for us on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border.
Mike, the perfect host, grows great cucumbers!! Thanks. D
& H P, Melrose
agree with all that! We know Derbyshire a litter better, but it
is the perfect base to explore the lower slopes of the Peak District
and a delightful destination in itself. Thank you again. D
& K O, West Sussex.
- July '14 A perfect cottage for a perfect
holiday. Could not have wished for more. Central for all
the things we wanted to do. Thank you Michael. M & J S,
- July '14 We have been to many cottages
from North, Middle and South but can honestly say this is best by
far. Superb conversion to share as hard to find 2 bathrooms for
4/5 people. Everything nice and clean and lovely welcome pack of
milk etc. plus flowers and chocolates. Ideal location for cycle
trails and pubs for food. 10 out of 10 from us. Thank you
Michael, hope to come and stay again soon. M and C S, Near
- July '14 A home from home. Thank you Michael. Clare and Rav, Cambridge
- July '14 6th visit and as ever superb
week. The welcome Michael, is just the best incl. chocs &
flowers. Please don't let the hawthorn hedge from neighbour grow
tall enough to spoil your fantastic view. Keep watering the cows
- We'll see you again, hopefully, before the New year. John and
Anne, E. Sussex
- July '14 Mike, thank you so much for letting us
stay in your wonderful barn. You have been a great host. We
couldn't have asked for a more idyllic setting, it's beautiful.
The cottage is fully equipped, you have thought of everything.
The flowers and chocolates were such a lovely welcome too, thank
you. We will certainly be back. Definitely a 10 out of 10
for us. The Christians, Norfolk
- Thank you very much for letting me take Barney and
Gyp for walks, I really enjoyed it and I will really miss them, they
are so well behaved. Love Alice (12 years). Norfolk
- Aug '14 We have had a wonderful week and cannot
recommend highly enough. Mike is a fantastic host who has gone
above and beyond to make our week so enjoyable. Would recommend
walk from Beresford Dale (as per Mike's recommendation ) - it is a
"hidden gem"! We hope to return in the near future! All the
best, Glenn, Jackie, Greg, Harriet Heidi & Rufus (the dog).
- Aug '14 We have had a very enjoyable week here
in West Side Barn. The cottage was very comfortable, cosy and
spotless. The surrounding area is beautiful and very accessible
especially with the conmprehensive knowledge and information provided
by Michael. We would certainly recommend to friends and family
the cottage and area. Hopefully we will return. Davies from Kent,
and Pawsons from Hastings.
- Aug '14 Thank you so much for a brilliant week
in your A* cottage - all so clean and comfortable with nothing too much
trouble. We echo all the previous comments regarding your
hospitality. The Salmon Family, Devon.
- Sept. '14 Once again a lovely visit. Very
comfortable cottage plus welcoming host in Michael (+ Barney +
Gyp). good weather, walking, cycling plus food and beer
locally. See you next year and, once again, thanks for a lovely
holiday. MR and PD, Fermanagh
- Sept. '14 Our second stay here and again very
enjoyable. We were made very welcome by Mike. Good
walks. Good food at Royal Oak, Hurdlow and Manifold Inn.
Hope to come again. S and C P, and Tom (the collie),
- Sept. '14 Lovely well equipped cottage, in a
good location for walks and visiting Bakewell, Buxton, Eyam, and other
ottractive villages. Mike was a great host, who knows what is
required when renting out a holiday cottage, The area is lovely
and we will be back for more long walks and time away from the rat
race. D & M and Amber/Tia (the dogs). Aylesbury, Bucks
- Oct '14 Another good stay, blessed with
fantastic weather for this time of year. Mike's a really helpful
host and the cottage is just perfect. Beresford Dale is a nice
local walk. Good food at Biggin Hall, the Manifold Inn and
Devonshire Arms. Poor service at The Charles Cotton. P and
J R and Flora, the dog. Oxted, Surrey
- Oct '14 Another lovely week in this lovely
cottage. Fantastic walks and a wonderful location to relax.
Thank you Mike for your hospitality and company. Buffy really
enjoyed her walks with Barney and Gyp. T and S, and Buffy,
- Oct '14 Thanks again for another lovely
stay. It's about our 9th time here and we still love coming! As
usual we really enjoy taking the dogs for walks and being cosy in the
cottage. Always so sad to be leaving. Ketkars, Surrey.
- Nov '14 Thank you very much Mike for the lovely
cottage, warm welcoming and nice hospitality! It was a very
relaxing holiday in a beautiful location. Everything we needed
was there in the cottage. We took some nice walks, went to Buxton
for shopping and stayed in the cottage for playing games and
cooking. Our son loved your toys, thank you! I'm sure we
will be back. L, T and D, The Hague, Netherlands.
- Dec '14 We've been lookking forward to our
Christmas at West Side Barn for months and it never disappoints.
All the facilities that we and the dogs could ever require. Felt
nice and warm and cosy in the barn with the wind howling outside!
So many great eating and walking places to discover. The George
at Alstonefield is a hidden gem for "foodies" not your usual grub, so I
suppose you'd call it "gastro". More traditional food served with
a smile at the Devonshire Arms, Hartington. For a special treat
try Biggin Hall. P and J R and Flora and Moss the dogs.
- Jan '15 Our second stay at West Side Barn and
just as lovely as last year! Walking in the snow was fantastic and
great to come back to our snug little barn! Manifold Inn as usual
was a great place to eat. Thank you very much for chocs and
Champagne! Cristmas tree lovely too. We do hope you continue to
get better Mike and wish you and your sister in law, Julie, a very
happy and Healthy New Year.
- Another levely stay in this well-equipped and cosy
cottage. Our walks were lovely but it was great returning to the
warmth of this haven. We gave the local shops in Hartington
plenty of business and recommend the Cheese Shop, especially. T
and D M, Alfie and Paddy, the dogs. And D and R M.
- Feb '15 Well Mike, thank you so much for
another very enjoyable week. We have thoroughly enjoyed the
lovely walks with the dogs...I hope we haven't tired you out too
much! You have been so accommodating and kind, the girls have
loved it. See you again in July. GC and Co.,Norfolk.
- Mar '15 We had a wonderful stay here - the views are
stunning and the cottage has all you could wish for. Enjoyed
Beresford Dale - lovely flat walk - perfect for a family walk.
Had a fantastic meal at Royal Oak. Excellent Sunday roast and
open fire! Not such a good meal at Devonshire Arms! Thanks for
having us - I'm sure we will be back and will recommend to others as an
ideal spot to explore the Peaks. Pitt family, Herts.
- Mar '15 Delighted to be back again, after our
last visit in Feb/March 2011. As before, enjoyed a variety of walks in
surrounding stunning countryside, and appreciated coming back to this
very comfortable barn, with such a well-equipped kitchen, for our home
cooked meals and leisurly evenings. V, C, P, and K, Sheffield
- Mar '15 A fabulous location, stunning scenery,
and a beautifully renovated property made for a thoroughly restful
stay. Mike's attention to detail in the house and grounds is
exceptional. We will be back. Ruddles, our Manchester
Terrier, really appreciated the enclosed paddock to run some energy off!
Thank you! M and A D, Prechac, France.
- Apr '15 What a great week and a great welcome
from Mike, despite the additional two puppies. The cottage is superb,
with everything you could wish for. Include that with the views
and the walks and the pubs, then you have the makings of a glorious
holiday. Cheers Mike. D & A K and the dogs! Gloucs.
- April '15 Thank you for an incredible relaxing holiday! P & E & E and N, Farnborough
- April '15 We had a most enjoyable 5 days here
in this lovely cottage, revisiting favourite places and discovering
some new ones. Great weather - enjoyed the views and even sat
outside with an eveining glass of wine. Great to have the field
for the dog to run free in. Recommend the Friday evening fish and
chop van in Hartington. Thank you Mike for being a very good
host. D & A, and Bella the Scottie, West Dorset.
- April '15 We have had another wonderful,
restful stay in the barn. Eaten out most evenings but keep going
back to The Devonshire arms in Hartington, very good pub grub and the
owner is always very welcoming. Tried The Royal Oak, Wetton, food OK
but staff not very welcoming! Some lovely walks, many revisited but
really enjoyed the one from the barn to Wetton Mill, where we had a pit
stop in the cafe (very good cup of tea and cake) then continued through
the 'valley' then back to the barn via Back of Ecton (map in plastic
wallet on table). Thanks again Mike, you're a great host and
we'll see you in July. P, G and A and Fyn (the dog). Norfolk
- April '15 We were blessed with superb weather
on our stay so able to enjoy walks with the dogs at Beresford Dale,
Scotts Dale, Parsley Hay, Monsal Dale and Tissington Trail. West
Side Barn is just ideal for us. "Meal of the week" was at Biggin Hall -
lunchtime menu is fantastic value. P and J R, with Flora and Moss , the
- May '15 Thanks for everything Mike! Hope to see
you again. I am sure the Roaches have got longer and steeper and the
descent more wearing than 15 years ago but we did it. Paddock was
much enjoyed by crazy Greyhound and faster Lurcher. Really enjoyable
week in the Barn. J and J, and Bertie and Molly, the dogs. Norfolk
- May '15 Another enjoyable week at West Side
Barn - seventh time. Weather not good but still managed to
walk. A day at Hardwick Hall near Sheffield - very interesting
and lovely grounds. Once again, thank you Mike. M and B, K and J
and new puppie, Maddie. Leicestershire
'15 We had a lovely week here. The views are beautiful and
to look out at all the sheep was a great change than home! Have
thoroughly enjoyed the walks and "Mia" the dog has had a great
time. Cottage is certainly well equipped and Mike a very helpful
host. Good localtion for a number of easy walks in surrounding
area. P and P C, and Mia the dog. Orpington, Kent
- May '15 We're no strangers to the Peak District but
West Side Barn is one of the finest cottages we've stayed in -
everything you could need. A warm and friendly welcome from Mike
- the weather could have been kinder but a most enjoyable stay. P
and M H, and Rosie (the Retriever), Norfolk.
- May '15 The most difficult thing, when planning
a holiday with a partially-sighted, somewhat frail 90 year old, is
finding accommodation that meets thei needs, but is also a cosy,
pleasant environment for the hard-working carers! West Side Barn
was pretty much perfect, thank you, Mike. Aside from meeting up
with family, highlight was Chatsworth House, who were very welcoming
and sensitive to the needs of wheelchair users - their operation was
very slick and accommodating, more so than the National Trust, who we
found less geared up for the disabled here than they are in other
properties we've visited - Keddleston in particular is not fully
accessible. Foodwise;- Charles Cotton -good food, but somewhat
chaotic and uncomfortable service; Devonshire Arms, average but very
welcoming. Manifold Inn excellent on both counts - quality and
service. One day we'll come back without the wheels and do some
walking! I & A C, and S, Cambridgeshire.
- June '15 Exceptional cottage, every need
catered for and very comfortable. Thank you Mike for your warm welcome
and flowers and chocs. S and J W, and Flora the Schnauzer,
- June '15 Lovely cottage! Superb weather, great walking! Chris and Pete, Essex. Shirley and Mike, N. Yorks.
- June 15 2nd time staying at this beautiful
cottage. We have two small children (aged 8 and 18 months).
Some of the highlights were
- 1. CBbees at Alton Towers.
- 2. A day swimming and then time spent in the beautiful park of Buxton.
- 3. Cycling on Tissington Trail and a relaxed day in Matlock Baths.
- Cottage is perfect and its location is just
perfect. Just a quick note - sampled the food at the Manifold Inn
and would highly recommend, the burger was very especially yummy.
Thanks Mike for an amazing stay and hope to return again. Vicky,
- June '15 Another wonderful holiday - as before the
facilities were excellent. Hope to be back next year for another
visit. Thank you Mike, best wishes. B and V, V and R, B and M and Mylo
- July '15 Lovely place to stay. Mike was very
helpful. Had some glorious weather. Enjoyed some lovely walks. Visited
various places. We would definitely recommend it to our family and
friends. Once again thank you for an enjoyable week. C and K, and
Imogen (6 weeks), Bucks and T and G, Oxford.
- July '15 Our second stay at West Side Barn and
just as lovely as last year. Thank you Mike for lovely flowers and
chocolates. Such a quiet and peaceful location. May your health keep
improving and hope to be back again soon!! M and C S, Skegness, Lincs.
- July '15 As ever a fabulous 6 days. Thank you so much Michael. J and A S, Winchelsea, E. Sussex.
- Aug '15 Another very enjoyable two weeks in the
Barn. (4th in 2 years). Weather wasn't brilliant but still found lots
to do. Canoeing in Matlock ("Peaks and Paddles") was great fun,
visit to Tissington Hall and village was lovely as was another trip to
Chatsworth. Devonshire Pub in Hartington serves great food and the
staff are lovely too. Thanks very much again Mike, you are such a
fantastic host (and of course Barney and Gyp). P and G and T and AC,
- Aug '15 It is difficult to imagine an ideal
cottage to stay with 19 month old twins but we couldn't have picked a
better location. The barn is lovely, very homely, welcoming, and the
girls have had the room to explore! Life back at home will have a lot
to live up to without the cows, sheep, dogs and tractors!!! Mike has
been the perfect host and we've had the most amazing first family
holiday here. There are so many places to visit which have kept
us busy. Lets hope we'll visit again soon!!!! We'll miss waking up to
the amazing views. Thanks again - A & S, N & A C, J & G S,
- Aug '15 A very warm and lovely cottage. Great
weather, lots of walking and biking. We had a fantastic holiday. It was
so good we might come back again. William M (aged 12), Lincolnshire.
- Great holiday, fantastic cottage. Thanks for making us feel so welcome.
The Macs, Lincolnshire
- Sept '15 Once again thank you for a fantastic
place to stay. We all had a great holiday despite the mixed weather.
Once again we have run out of time to do all the walks & cycle
rides we planned - despite being out every day from dawn to dusk! The
Manifold Inn was very good for food + service, although we thought The
Packhorse at Crowdecote has declined from last year regarding food.
(Beer still good though). The Bulls Head in Monyash was very good when
we ate there + The Royal Oak in Wetton seems to have the odd "pop-up"
restaurant evening. See you next year. Paul and Mary, with dogs
daisy and Bramble, N. ireland
- Sept '15 Another lovely stay. It feels so
homely. Mike as friendly and helpful as usual. Beresford Dale is the
fovoured walk for the dogs as it allows them to have a paddle. Best
food is at Biggin Hall. Devonshire Arms and Manifold Inn serve good pub
grub. P and J R, and flora and Moss the dogs.
- Oct '15 We have had an absolutely wonderful
week stay at this fabulous barn in a stunning setting in the wonderful
Derbyshire/Staffordshire Dales. We have not had to venture more than 20
miles drive from here each day to have excellent and different days
out. Dovedale, the Roaches with Luds Church!! and Chrome Hill are
highly recommended days out walking. We have also cycled The High Peaks
Trail, the the Monsal and also the Manifold Trail. The owner of
this amazing establishment is Michael Grace, who is a delightfully
jolly and very helpful man, who has given us very helpful advice and
also loaned us maps and offered the use of bikes etc. 10 out of 10 for
a 5* establishment. Brilliant. D & I U, Perth, Scotland
- Nov '15 We had a brilliant week in the cosy cottage,
Mike made us feel very welcome. The cottage is beautiful, as is the
surrounding countryside that we gleefully explored. Fantastic holiday,
can't thank Mike enough. All the homely touches helped us settle and
made leaving very hard. Everything about this place is wonderful, can't
recommend highly enough, thank you. H and A, Ipswich, Suffolk
- Nov '15 Another great stay in Mike's lovely cottage.
Weather has been kind to us and we had some good walks with our dogs.
Had two guests arrive midweek for two days and they would like to thank
Mike for the fantastic warm cottage stay. Sure we will return for yet
another stay. C and K (Tilly and Daisy, the dogs).
- Dec '15 We have forgotten how many times we
have visited, but we never forget that we are never disappointed! Thank
you again Mike for this little piece of paradise and what is always a
much needed escape from the madness of London. N and M, Weybridge.
- Dec '15 Our second Christmas at West Side Barn.
Weather not great with week in contrast with the snow last year, but
enjoyable as always. Most of the pubs in the area are welcoming and
friendly, serving decent food. for something a little more upmarket try
Carriages in Newhaven, near Hartington. P and J R, and the dogs, Flora
and Moss. Oxted, Surrey.
- Jan '16 Our third New Year in this gorgeous barn cottage!
Once again everything lovely here! Thanks so much for all the Seasonal
goodies of a beautiful Christmas tree, flowers, chocs, champagne...All
very much appreciated! Time spent here with our family is very precious
and a much needed break. Hope to see you next year! Or should I say
this year? T and D M, Herts
lovely year in this homely place. A lovely break after a busy Christmas
season. Many thanks for all the lovely extras. R and D, Warks
- Fen '16 Another enjoyable stay in this lovely cottage. As
ever, very well equipped with tea, coffee, milk, flowers, chocolates as
well as all those kitchen essentials. Had a great meal at The Manifold.
Pleasant trip to Bakewell for a much needed Bakewell Puddy. The weather
was much better than anticipated and we were all able to enjoy several
walks with Barney and Gyp. M and JK, E. Molesey, Surrey
- This is about our 10th stay here and we couldn't ask
for anything better! Everythins was perfect as usual and loved going
climbing at Burbage North and the Foundry climbing wall. Also had some
lovely walks with Barney and Gyp which were very enjoyable. Many thanks
for another lovely stay and hope to come back soon. T and T, East
- Mar '16 Another lovely week in this excellent
cottage. Although the weather was cold the cottage was so warm and
comfortable. The weather has been very mixed but been out walking every
day and had to make use of the washing machine several times due to the
mud and wet. So nice to have a cottage with such a helpful and
welcoming owner. This is our 2nd visit and hope will be a third very
soon. R and J C (and Jasper the dog), A, W and R W.
- Mar '16 This is our second stay at the cottage and
again we found it the perfect spot to explore the Peaks. Beresford Dale
is a lovely walk for our dog! Thor's Cave is a lovely day out - park at
Wetton and have a cottee at the Mill - refuel for the steep walk home!
The George at Alstonefield serves delicious food and is dog-friendly -
more expensive than other local pubs but a more refined menu but was a
winner for us. We will be back. The rain held off! PH family (and Roxy
- Mar '16 A perfect cottage. A very welcoming
host. Excellent location to explore the Peak Districk. A lovely sunny
day walking aroun Kinder Scout - to be recommended. Cycling along the
Manifold Trail, walking around, and above, Ladybower and a visit to
Chatsworth. Even had snow. A wonderful stay. Thanks Mike. Schnabel
- Apr '16 A long stay in this cottage while we
renovated our new property in Hognaston. Mike has been so helpful -we'd
have really struggled without his generosity. In the past we've stayed
here for lovely breaks but being here a month only brings into focus
what an ideal property and location this is for evrything that is
wonderful about the Peak District. P & J Rand dogs Flora and Moss.
- April '16 After a damp start the sun shone on us for
another enjoyable week. We ate well at the Manifold Inn and got all
that we needed at the Village Store in Hartington. We always enjoy the
walk by the river at Beresford Dale and of course the Manifold Way. We
spent a lot of time at Chatsworth this year, walking the grounds which
are beautiful. Dog enjoyed it too! Once again thank you Mike for your
generous hospitality - it's our 8th year and we enjoy it more each
year. M and B P, K, J and M, Husbands Bosworth, Leics.
- May 16 Another great stay at West Side Barn (number
6). Weather was exceedingly kind and going home with a tan. Had loads
of great walks with our dogs. Mike was great as usual and cottage was
as warn and homely as ever, sometime too warm. Look forward to coming
back again. C and K, and dogs Tilly and Daisy, Bampton, Cumbria
- June'16 A very enjoyable few days. A perfect
cottage in a sublime setting. Mike has been brilliant from start to
finish. The twins, Amelie and Jessica (5 years) have enjoyed their
daily visits to Hamish the pony and walks with Barney and Gyp. The
Lees, from Hale and the Normans from Rickmansworth.
- June '16 We have spent a marvellous 3-day break
in this beautiful West Side Barn. Everything about it is admirable and
the extra spoilings of flowers, chocolates, biscuits, tea and coffee
etc. are an added bonus. We have thoroughly enjoyed our 'al fresco'
meals surrounded by stunning scenery and taking walks and trips out in
such pretty countryside. Our thanks to Mr. Grace, a very genial host,
who has been most helpful and friendly during our visit and advised us
of interesting places to walk and see. E and E B, and baby Alex,
Aylesbury, and C and T Y, Watford.
- June '16 The cottage and welcome were really lovely,
Michael is so thoughtful and helpful. We were very comfortable here,
just as well as it rained a lot! Despite the rain, we had a lovely
break. The Manifold Trail was OK - torrential downpour!!! So sheltered
at Wetton Cafe.(They let the wet dogs in, which was kind!!). Manifold
Pub food very nice, service OK! Did the Dovedale to Milldale walk
-stunning!!!! Ranked no.2 in every walk we have ever done!! Great meal
at the Devonshire Arms on Sunday night. Going home refreshed!!
Thank-you!!! M and F, Suffolk.
- June '16 We have not stayed in a barn conversion
before and we are now converted. The wet-room is fantastic. Our bed
(downstairs) was very comfortable. The open plan lounge/kitchen was
very cosy and we didn't even need to use the woodburner. The Golden
Retrievers loved the enclosed fold. We enjoyed looking round Hulme End
and Hartington and had great walks in Dovedale and along the Manifold
Way. Mr. Grace was a friendly and helpful host. A and N W, Middlesbrough
- June '16 We have enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing 3
days at West Side Barn. Beautifully appointed. Well thought out. Lovely
and clean and home from home. Michael is a great host and we look
forward to returning again soon. C & J, Halesworth, Suffolk
- July '16 We have enjoyed our week at West Side
Barn. Michael made us very welcome. Weather not the best but we enjoyed
our many walks in the Manifold Valley, Wolfscote Dale and, of course,
Dovedale. Good Market Day at Bakewell on Monday. A, B and N and Alfie
the dog. Norfolk.
- July '16 Great to see you in better condition.
Thank you for letting us use your cottage again, 8th year, I think.
That says it all! A and J S, E. Sussex
- July '16 We have had a fabulous week at West
Side Barn. The weather has been glorious and we have visited amazing
places. We shall return home with very happy memories. The barn is
beautiful and has everything you could possibly want. Thank you Michael
for being so welcoming and helpful - we loved your dogs as well! A
holiday that comes highly recommended. DIOLCH YN FAWR. HWYL!! L,
K and J (and Charlie and Bailey, the dogs) Brecon, Mid Wales
- Aug '16 Lovely stay. Beautiful views. Enjoyed
Dovedale, Beresford Dale, Tissington, Ilam, Cromford, Lyme Park and
lots of walks. Thank you. R and L B, Manningtree
- Aug '16 Fabulous, lovely cottage - the best
we've stayed in! Great to have the paddock for Wilbur to run around in.
Beautiful walks on the doorstep. Moneyash to Lathkilll Dale was
probably our favourite. Really good meal at the Devonshire in
Hartington. where the village store is good for provisions. T, L,
and A, (and Wilbur, the dog), Bristol
- Aug '16 Warm welcome, great to use bikes.
Lovely dogs. Lovely space to BBQ and play. Best appointed cottage we've
ever stayed in and a bonus of walking distance to the pub. Many thanks
and get well soon. G &S, Notts. S, A N and Pepper the Dog.
- Aug '16 Fantastic stay and beautiful house. Thank you Mike! The Dyers
- Sept '16 Another brilliant holiday in this lovely
cottage. Weather good again too. Lots of walking, cycling, horseriding
and meals out! Royal Oak, Hurdlow - good service, home cooked food and
generous portions. The Tea Junction and Wetton Mill for lunches.
Manifold Inn - good pub food and Greenway Cafe in Matlock for fantastic
vegetarian food. Thanks again Mike. P and M R, and Daisy and
Wilow, the dogs. N.I.
- Sept '16 This was our first visit to the "lovely"
homely West Side Barn! Stunning. Everything you need, very relaxing
indeed. Beautiful views all around the cottage. We really enjoyed the
outdoor space for BBQs - perfect for children and dogs too. Thank you
so much Mike for being the perfect host and making us feel so welcome
on our arrival. Hope to see you again, take care. "We leave with happy
memories"! All the very best for the future. Our favourite places were
Bakewell, Chatsworth House and Gardens, Ashford in the Water and
Rudyard Lake. Going home totally chilled and relaxed! Thank you once
again Mike. B and A, Norwich
- Oct '16 Four fantastic days at West Side Barn have
flown by. We have done some beautiful walks in Dovedale, the Manifold
Trail, Thors Cave and the surrounding areas and everyone, including the
dogs, very tired but very content. West Side Barn is such a warm, well
equipped and comfortable place to conme home to. We will be very sorry
to leave. Thank you Mike for everything, it was great to catch up
again. M and R N, R and B B, Sussex and Murphy and Bella, the dogs
- Oct '16 Another relaxing holiday at this wonderful peaceful place. Hope to return next year. R and M, Lincs
- Oct'16 Had a lovely 3 days break here. Cottage
warm, comfortable and homely. Lovely to have flowers and chocolates on
arrival. 2 friendly dogs a bonus for our teenage children. Lovely walks
in Dovedale Valley and Luds Church. Mike so helpful and approachable.
Would love to come back for a week. Woodwards, London
- Nov'16 Without doubt the best holiday
accommodation we have stayed in (& we have been to a lot!). So many
lovely details and as previously mentioned - nothing too much for Mike
to help with. We appreciated the downstairs bedroom and wetroom for
Daphne who celebrated her 89th birthday here. We will definitely come
back again asap! For longer hopefully! Thanks so much Mike! D & A K
and DS, Epping, Essex.
- Christmas 2016 Thanks for a lovely stay - may we join
the effusive paraise of the previous guests. The only thing we could
have done with was a slightly larger fridge, but we appreciate that
most guests will take advantage of all the lovely pubs hereabouts to
eat in, rather than trying to cram a week's worth of Christmas feasting
into the kitchen! Still, the seasonal weather meant the Barn room was
perfectly good for cold storage. Thanks again - we hope to visit again
soon! Happy New Year! Lidburies, Sheffield
- Jan '17 Our 4th year here! A wonderful time as usual!
We so look forward to catching up with you Mike and a real treat to
walk out with Gyp and Barney as well! Already looking forward to next
year! Take care of yourself Mike. Tracy and Darren and the dogs Alfie
- Jan '17 Well we are already booked for
next year, God willing, I think that says it all! Lovely well-equippedd
cottage in a beautiful area of our countryside. Many thanks again. R
& D M, Kenilworth, Warks.
- Feb '17 We've had such a lovely stay, our
friends came for a long weekend and we have done a lot of walking.
George and I have met up with friends and cousins too. The
accommodation has been of a very high standard, it's beautiful &
comfy and thank you to Mike for making us very welcome. R and G K,
Tewkesbury, Glos and Greece.
- Feb '17 Our 5th year (!) coming back to stay at
this wonderful, restful, relaxing hideaway treasure. Thank you for
providing such a lovely holiday break. We will, of course, be
back! N & M R, Webridge, Surrey
- Mar '17 Thank you for a wonderful relaxing
stay. The barn is perfect. Can't wait till we come back at Christmas. G
and S T, and Hector, the dog. Immingham, Lincs.
- Mar '17 Lovely area, lovely cottage, lovely
touches, lovely man! A very special place. (Try Masson Mills machinery
demonstration - excellent). I shall miss this place! Thank you. C and G M, Sizewell, Suffolk.
- April '17 Quite simply couldn't have been
better. Lovely cottage run by one of natures gentlemen. Mike met us and
ran through a complete checklist covering everything we would have
forgottento to ask. Our kids and dog loved playing in the paddock. Many
thanks and I'm sure we'll be back. P and O, Hook, Hampshire.
- April '17 We've had a wonderful stay! The cottage was
perfect, also when my parents came to visit. Mike couldn't have been
more helpful; a true gentleman! Our two dogs, more used to running
through the city for excercise, are exhausted from all the beautiful
walks. (We re-fuelled on pub lunchs!). We will most certainly be back.
Thank you Mike! D and H, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
- April '17 Wonderful four day break. Very comfortable, and friendly host. A & A S, and C S, Allestree, Derby.
- April '17 We really enjoyed exploring this area -
lovely peaceful spot - with glorious views. Ellis enjoyed the paddock
and Margaret appreciated the easy access. We hope to be back - thanks
Mike. R, E & M, and Ellis the dog. Leeds, Sheffield.
- May '17 Nine years of visiting this lovely place.
Once again many thanks Mike. Maddie says thanks to Gyp! M & B &
K P, and Maddie, the dog. Husbands Bosworth, Leics.
- May '17 We completely emdprse all the glowing
comments about staying in this extremely comfortable cottage in this
delightful countryside. Everything is so well though out and there is a
great attention to detail with and unusual generosity of provisions.
thank you Mike. T & P S, London
- May '17 We had a wonderful stay. The cottage was
fantastic and had everything we needed for a great holiday. We
appreciated all the carefully considered details. We look forward to
visiting again soon! R & H, London
- June '17 A very enjoyable stay in a lovely, well
equipped cottage with a very helpful host. The perfect base for
exploring the Peak District. We loved Dovedale, the Monsal cycle trail,
the Mam Tor Ridge walk and braved the Big 6 at Alton Towers! A
fantastic holiday. Thank you Mike. L, S, A, and B L. Bishops Stortford.
- Our second visit and we all say it will not be our
last. Thank you Mike for a warm and friendly welcome and for all the
local information. This is an extrememy comfortable cottage. S & J
W, and Flora the dog. Shrewsbury.
- July '17 First visit to a very comfortable, well
equipped cottage that's in a beautiful location. We loved the Peak
District, despite the rain and we all agreed we'd like to come back to
Hulme End again. Thanks to Mike for his warm welcome and local
knowledge. We would highly recommend this cottage. P & A & P S,
and H. Freethorpe, Norfolk
- July '17 Michael - you are just the best landlord I
have had in 74 years. Annie and I enjoyed our 9th holiday here.
Thank you so much. J & A S, Winchelsea, East Sussex.
- July '17 A beautiful converted barn, lovely homely feel in a
wonderful location. We loved the paddock area and made good use of it.
We bought our bikes and made use of the local bike trails through the
village and Tissington trail. We also visited Matlock, Heights of
Abraham and the caves at Castleton. We hope to come back again in the
future and explore more of the area. The local pubs in Hulme End and
Hartington were very welcoming and we loved the cornish pastiesd from
the local shop in Hartington. Thank you Mike. L, R (11 years) & M
(9 years), and P. Hinckley, Leics and Corby, Nothants.
- July '17 Back again after many visits and we still
find things to do and places to visit. We always end up at either The
Devonshire or The Manifold, both of which do "good pub grub"! Thanks
again Mike for your kind hospitality....we will be back! P &
G, A & H (and Teddy and Billy the collies.)
- Aug '17 This is our third cottage holiday in the UK
and by far and away the best. The barn is a wonderful, restful place to
spend a week in and Mike has abeen a fantastic host with lots of local
knowledge and even took tjhe time to come over with some ice lollies
for our twin girls. Thanks for a great holiday Mike. We fully intend
booking again for another visit. A & S, C & E, Cardiff.
- Aug '17 Thank you for a lovely week in the
Barn! It had everything we could possibly need and more! We enjoyed
exploring the Dales and surrounding areas. On the sunny afternoons we
enjoyed coming back to the tranquility of the meadow. (Perry enjoyed
this part very much!!!) We will go home chilled and relaxed - thank
you. M & G and Perry (Blue Staffie). Sunderland.
- Aug '17 Had another great week in the cottage.
Long walks with Cyril, the Collie, at Lyme Park, Longshaw Estate -
great lunch at Grindleford Station Cafe and Eyam! Thanks Mike! Hae a
great Summer! J, L and F, F, and Cyril the Collie.
- Aug '17 Had a wonderful stay in your lovely
Barn. It had everything we could possibly need and more. A lovely,
friendly, knowledgeable host who made us feel v. welcome. Tea milk and
chocolates were a welcome addition. Thank you. Enjoyed long walks out,
our favourite being Milldale, by the riverside up and into Dovedale to
the Stepping Stones. Everyone tired and worn out by the evening.
Perfect for children, perfect for dogs = a relaxing break for the
adults. Thanks again. A, K, A, and C. Bella and Lola the dogs.
- Sept. '17 What a wonderful week we have had. Walks
with Will on a bike and Tom in his wheelchair along the Manifold track.
Glorious day spent at the Pavillion Gardens in Buxton picnicing with
friends. Cycling the Tissington Trail, where youy can pick up various
disability bikes at Parsley Hay - simply glorious views. Evening stroll
down to the Manifold Inn (wheelchair friendly and dog friendly) where
friendly staff served you good food. nb book in advance!!! Thank you.
Rich, Sid, Tom, Will and Tilly. Andover, Hamps.
- Sept. '17 Once again a great holiday in superb
accommodation. Weather mixed but it doesn't matter as it's still a
fantastic area for walking and cycling no matter what it's like. Even
after living in the area for years and visiting for the last 10 years
we still discover new things every time we come. Tugg Lane Dairy -
Monyash - ice cream made from Farm's own new milk. New artisan bakery
in Ashbourne - Ashbourne Bakehouse. Village Stores, Hartington,
now has a pop-up pizza truck ( a modified horse box ) and can order
bread from the artisan bakery in Leak on a Saturday. Thanks once again
Mike. M R and P D, Willow and Daisy the dogs. Fermanagh, N. Ireland
- Sept '17 Our first visit to this amazing place
- perfect, very well equipped and so comfortable. We can quite
understand why people return so often! We walkedd locally - the walk
from the house to Wetton and returning via the Back of Ecton. Took in
delicious tea and cake at Wetton Mill. And then walked from Hartington
into Wolfscote Dale - magical - we returned up Biggin Dale and Reynards
Lane to an excellent lunch at the Devonshire arms - efficient, friendly
and the food is good. Many thanks for thinking of everything, Mike -the
chocs and flowers were appreciated. C & P Harmer, Shropshire.
- Sept '17 We couldn't have felt more comfortable
or more welcomed. Great facilites and so easy for the dogs with the
field outside to run in. Spoilt for choice of lovely walks nearby and
plenty of dog friendlly places to eat. Really enjoyed the Devonshire
Arms - thanks for the recommendation Mike. Thank you also for being the
perfect host; there to offer advice and check all was well, while
mostly leaving us to get on with enjoying the place. We can see why so
many people come back again and we'll certainly hope to return sometime
soon. V C and the spaniels, Warwickshire.
- Sept '17 The cottage and Mike's attention to
detail enabled me to enjoy it as much as my friend, and the two
dogs. All four of us had a great holiday. Thank you. S W, London
- Oct '17 We have had a very enjoyable and
relaxing holiday here. Michael has been a friendly and helpful host.
The cottage is cosy and suitable for us. Location good for visiting
Matlock, Bakewell, Buxton (good museum and art gallery) and Chatsworth
(only did the wonderful gardens). Enjoyed the cable car ride and the
Heights of Abraham at Matlock. Thank you. Forgot to say that Bakewell
in Market Day is good. S, G and P H. Chorley. Lancs.
- Oct '17 Our 2nd stay at the Barn and once again
we have had a fantastic time. Thank you very much, and see you at
Christmas! G and S. And Hector and Hamish the dogs. Immingham, Lincs.
- Oct '17 All the wonderful things written in this book
about this beautiful holiday home are so true, thank you Mike for
sharing this thoughful, comfy cottage. Our week has been great despite
the rain, the washing machine has been a god send and the boys enjoyed
the chocolates, such a kind and thoughtful touch. Many thanks. R
& C, J & T, Sam and Maisie the dogs. Cambridgeshire
- Nov '17 Perfect, perfect, perfect. The Barn is
amazing, full of character. Everything you need is here. The well
equipped kitchen is a joy to do all the meals, which is quite something
for me to say. Nothing missed, wonderful country views from the kitchen
window. The most spacious bedrooms with plenty of storage plus an
ensuite, again so spacious and well designed. A downstairs wet room,
again, small is not an option here. Well situated for walking and
exploring. The Barn is a place where you feel very comfortable and
relaxed. It feels full of warmth and love. A lot of thought and care
went into making this a joy for anyone staying here. The icing on
the cake was the enclosed paddock for our dog, Harley, to be able to
run freely and safely. Mike, of course, a very nice and friendly man.
Nothing too much trouble. Thank you for sharing this amazing place with
us. Hope to see you again. S, K, N and A, Warwickshire
- Nov '17 We have done many Cottage breaks over
the years and this is easily the best. The kitchen has everything you
need. The log burner is amazing. Well used this week/ Even the small
paddock for the dogs couldn't be handier. Thank you very much for this
wonderful stay. C & J H, and Molly ( the dog)
- Nov '17 This was the first cottage trip for us.
Safely say we will be doing it again. The cottage has everything you
need and the area has plenty to offer. We will definitely be coming
back. Thanks for an amazing weekend. P & L.
- Nov '17 Absolutely wonderful!! We could not
have asked for anything more, Mike, you have been most accommodating
for our needs. Thank you. The facilities for those less able are spot
on, with safety taken into considerat6ion. Our two dogs have thoroughly
enjoyed the use of the paddock! We will be checking our diaries and
hopefully coming back soon. V and B and J. Holbeach, Lincs.
- A fantastic cottage, cosy, warm and so well equipped.
The flowers and chocolates were a lovely surprise. We've been to this
area several times and this has been the best accommodation by
far. Thank you, Mike, for looking after us so well. We hope to
come back. P and J W. Sevenoaks, Kent.
- Dec '17 Our third stay at the Barn this year.
Spending Christmas here was fantastic! Weather perfect for walking and
even saw a bit of snow. See you next year and thank you for the
champagne. G and S, and the dogs Hamish and Hector. Immingham, Lincs.
- Jan '17 Our 5th New Year at West Side Barn - another
wonderful, fun receiving break. We even had snow! This is a very
special place and we love meeting up with our friends Mike and Gyp and
Gyp joining us on our walks. Thank you for the wines, a lovely touch!
Happy New Year and see you later this year. T and D, and dogs Alfie,
Sweetie and Star.
- Jan '17 Always good to return to a place you know
well. A lovely restful break in this well-equipped, cosy home. We look
forward to returning another time. Wishing Mike and Gyp a happy and
blessed New Year. R and D M, Kenilworth, Warks.
- Feb '18 Another relaxing and very enjoyable
holiday at Mike's barn.No matter what the weather we find things to do
in this lovely area...would relocate here tomorrow, we love it here!!
Thanks again Mike for your kind hospitality, you're a great host.
Hopefully see you in the Summer. p.s. great places to eat; The
Devonshire in Hartington, the Manifold (just down the hill) and The
Royal Oak in Hurdlow was very nice. The Christians, Norfolk.
- feb '18 A lovely warm welcome from Mr. Grace
and Gyp! The cottage is lovely, a home away feom home, lovely finishing
touches, flowers, chocs and milk! Fabulous walks, the dog was
knackered! Good country pub food, a very relaxing holiday, we have the
log burner, so warm!What a lovely setting the Peak district is. (Our
first visit). A big thankyou to Mr. Grace and Gyp. Hope to see you all
again soon. J, B and Mya, Cleethorpes, Lincs.
- Mar '18 Our third visit to this lovely part of
our country. Very wet and mucky under foot but the cottage always warm
and welcoming on our return. Mike, as always, the perfect host!
Everything we need for the perfect stay. So many lovely walks here. I'm
sure we will be back. R, J and Jasper, Chelmsford, Essex.
- Mar '18 We haven't travelled far, but have had
a wonderful stay. Heavy snow for first couple of days but wonderfully
warm in the barn, and lovely with the wood burner. The location is
perfect. Alice enjoyed the paddock and her long walks, althoough she
doesn't tire easily. So many lovely walks nearby and villages to visit.
We liked Tissington Village. The barn really had everything we needed,
and the flowers and chocolates were a nice touch. The 2 local pubs, The
Manifold Inn and The Devonshire Arms both dog friendly, and beer and
food good at both. We would like to come again. C, M and Alice,
- Apr '18 A great location to gather together.
Fantastic accommodation, chocs, flowers a treat. We've had some good
weather for Thors Cave, Castleton and some murky weather for Dovedale,
The Roaches - great walks though. The dogs will need a rest when we get
home. (Dishwasher and bikes need attention though). C, A T and R,
Brock and Snicker (the dogs). Ottery St. Mary, Devon.
- Apr '18 Our tenth visit! Very lucky with the
weather this year and able to do lots of walks which pleased Maddie!
Enjoyed good food at the Manifold. It is advisable to book at weekends.
Thank you once again Mike. M and B and K P (and Maddie, the
dog). Husbands Bosworth, Leics.
- April '18 A tranquil and beautiful cottage.
Ideal for visiting the lower end of the Peak District. Ideal for our
dog Flick who played with Gyp in the large garden. Thank you for the
essentials upon our arrival and a lovely vase of flowers. ( Sorry about
the glass! ). This is our first visit and we will be returning. Thank
you Mike. C and C A, Guildford, and N R, Teignmouth, Devon
- May '18 Glorious week, beautiful accommodation
and a lovely warm welcome. Thank you Mike, we hope to be back one day.
C & J W, Gosport, Hampshire.
- May '18 What a fabulous week we've had. The
dogs have thoroughly enjoyed the paddock and we've enjoyed the views
and peace and quiet. Very nice welcome from Mike, and attention to
detail very good, a lovely comfy and relaxing house. I do hope to be
back again. P & D P, Clacton on Sea, Essex.
- May '18 West Side Barn. Beautiful, Peaceful,
Perfect. But what made our holiday was Mike (our hero). He is the
perfect host, a chilled out, kind, generous gentleman who had daily
suggestions of the best places to walk the dogs and places to visit.
fantastic local knowledge we found invaluable. Mike. you are a legend.
Thank you. J, T and E. and Honey and Daisy (the dogs) Birmingham
- June '18 We have all had a great time, lovely
cottage, beautiful views and good walks. Enjoyed our daily catch-ups
with Mike and thank you for the welcome gifts. I, A and R, Baldock,
- June '18 Excellent and beautiful place.
Barney and Jack also enjoyed their stay with the large garden to run
around. Mike was the perfect host and very easy to get on with. Went to
lots of places. Dovedale, Matlock Baths, Buxton, all lovely to walk
round. Thank you Mike. K and N, and Barney and Jack (the dogs).
- June '18 We have had a fantastic weekend in
this beautiful barn. Everything we needed was catered for. We'll be
back (Soon). N & A B, D & S S. and two dogs. Sunny Lincoln.
- June '18 We have had a great week in this
perfect, converted barn. Everything was catered for and Mike was very
helpful/friendly. Our dog Luna loved playing with Gyp in the empty
paddock. Great holiday for dogs as so many walks nearby. Had dinner at
the pub just down the road, Manifold Inn, dog friendly and vegan
options too! Very near Alton Towers too which we visited for a day!
Couldn't have been better. Thank you very much for a relaxing stay.
Hope to come back. J, L, K and M, and doggies Luna and Indy. Kent, and
Stoke on Trent.
- July '18 Our second visit to West Side Barn and once
again have had a wonderful time. The Barn is perfect for us and this
time our dogs came too. They are shattered! Mike, thank you for
everything! I am sure we will be back. D and A K and D S. (Lara and
Merlyn, the dogs). Epping, Essex.
- July '18 Our third visit - weather glorious - Good time had by all. M and JS, Sibsey, Lincs.
- July '18 Thank you once again Mike for the lovely
welcome and the flowers, milk and chocolates. Lovely food still at the
Devonshire, Hartington. Hope to be back again soon. M and CS, Skegness,
- July '18 Our eighth visit, just feel very at
home here. A thoroughly enjoyable holiday yet again, and thanks to you
Michael, all Jeanettes, Dave and helpers too. Hope the hawthorn hedge
disintergrates before next year! The views are just the best, apart
from the hedge. J & A, Winchelsea, C & S, Cambridge
- July '18 What a perfect week - just perfection,
fantastic property, great localtion, super host (thanks Mike for
everything). The Barn has everything you need and so close to so many
amazing places, or you can just relax on the sun loungers and take in
the great views from the paddock. Our 2 year old Border Collie, Blu,
loved playing with Gyp and enjoyed his company when we took him with us
on some of our walks and outing. We will definitely be coming back next
year and hopefully the weather will be just as good. See you soon Mike
and all the best for the future. A and S and J, and Blu. Cheshire
- Aug '18 A very comfortable and well
equipped holiday home! It is in a great location for visiting many
places not too far away. Mike is a super host - thank you for the
welcome gifts of chocs, flowers and milk. Future guests! Try The
Staffordshire Knot - great food, a lovely host! J & J and Max, the
- Aug '18 Have had a lovely time staying at West
Side, it really has been like a home away from home! Mike is a great
host and great location to have as a base to explore the Peaks and
beyond. The children enjoyed having so much outdoor space to play and
we have been so lucky with the weather too. A couple of highlights were
visiting Chatsworth House Farmyard and Adventure Playground and the
Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall. We also had a day trip to
Liverpool and went on the Anfield Stadium tour, which was great,
especially for Kieran as he is a big fan! P, C M & K, New
- Aug '18 What an amazing welcome from Mike!
Cottage is fantastically equipped and the flowers, milk and chocolates
were greatly appreciated on arrival. The area is beautiful and we spent
time in Buxton, Bakewell, Hartington, Ashbourne. Great walks and bike
trails on the doorstep which we all loved. The teenagers especially
enjoyed Go Ape in Buxton, well worth it, and Alton towers which was
only a 30 minute drive away. Can't say enough about West Side Barn,
very sad to be leaving, it's a gem of a find and we will definitely be
back. Thanks Mike! D and L, J and M, H and J. Riley and Rose, the dogs
- Aug '18 We had a fantastic week staying at West Side
Barn. The property and its location are just perfect for exploring the
beautiful Peak District. Thanks Mike for your advice about where to
visit etc. We loved cycling the various routes that are easily
accessible from here. Definitely hope to return. Thank you! K and P, H,
T and C. Beckenham, Kent
- Sept 2018 "Wow" - What a beautiful place West
Side Barn is! Very well equipped, clean, comfortable and a joy to stay
in. We enjoyed our holiday very much. The Manifold Inn serves lovely
meals and is well worth a visit. We enjoyed seeing the cows, sheep and
breathtaking scenery every morning - what more could you ask for? Thank
you Mr. Grace for the warm welcome, flowers, milk and chocolates! We
would love to visit again one day. Wishing you all the best! P, L
and C A, and Oscar (the dog), Ipswich, Suffolk.
- Sept '18 We've lost count of the number of
times we've stayed in this beautiful cottage. Mike - you are a
wonderful host and the cottage is perfect, so thank you once again. We
had a full two weeks, as usual cycling, walking, horse riding and the
occasional pint! Thought the Packhorse at Crowdecote good for evening
meals ( though understand it may be changing hands soon). The Tea
Junction at Hulme End excellent for lunch, Wetton Mill for coffee and
snacks. Further afield, Greenways Cafe in Matlock and Caudwells Mill
Cafe in Rowsley are Vegetarian ( so we visited them a lot!) The
Grapes in Longnor is good for an early evening drink ( before fish and
chips Longnor ). Good craft ales and friendly service and seems to be
well supported by friendly locals. M and P, Willow and Daisy (the
dogs), Fermanagh, N.I.
'18 We've had a great weekend in this beautiful cottage. Mike,
you are an excellent host. The cottage tour, when we arrived, was very
useful. The cottage is cosy, warm, well equipped and well thought
through with everything you need for a comfortable break away. Well
done Mike. We had some great walks with family, and dogs and would
definitely visit again. E and P, J and A, and dogs, Thetford, Norfolk
- Oct '18 A truly fantastic week of weather has
added to making our 5th stay at West Side Barn one of the most
memorable. Walking in shirt sleeves in late September has been a joy.
We have revisited some old favourites like Thors Cave and Luds Church
(our all time favourite) but also visited Mam Tor near Castleton and
The Roaches, which must have the best views in the Peaks. As always it
has been a pleasure to spend one lazy evening or two at West Side which
is as warm and comfortable as ever. Thank you Mike once again for a
most enjoyable stay. M & R N, Newhaven and R & B B, Uckfield.
And the dogs Bella, Murph and Gus.
- Oct '18 We loved the cottage, thank you. Every need
was provided for, a real home from home. We hope to come back to
continue to explore this wonderful area. Would highly recommend the
walk starting in Hartington along the Beresford and Wolfscote Dale -
beautiful. Bakewell Market on Monday was interesting as was the walk
from Matlock to Matlock Baths. Also the National Trust property Ilam
Park - plus Chatsworth House, all withing 30 min drive. S & I J,
- Oct '18 Another lovely peaceful stay. Thank you
for your hospitality once again. All being well we will be back next
year. M & R A, Lincs.
- Oct '18 We have had a wonderful week here. The
cottage is such a comfortable, cosy lace to stay, with everything we
have needed. The location is excellent, so many walks to choose from.
We ate at the Devonshire Arms, Hartington and The Manifold pub too.
Both good, but I felt The Devonshire had the edge! If anyone is a
crafter, the vintage tea shop called Betty's in Ashbourne is well worth
a visit. Thank you Mike for such a warm welcome. We really hope we'll
be back before long. One of our best holidays. M & J W, P & C B, Norfolk
- Nov '18 Super week ended all too soon. A lovely
comfortable cottage with loads of walks on the door step. Would
recommend The Manifold Trail, Milldale to Dovedale and the various
Dales around Hartington. We would agree that The Devonshire has
the edge over The Manifold but that may be to do with the "Farmers
Blond Ale". Do try both. Mike is the perfect host for information or to
sort any of those minor niggles. Thanks for a very enjoyable stay. G
& L and Lily and Daisy (the dogs. Daisy is the noisy one!).
- Nov '18 Lovely well maintained cottage! Very helpful
owner with lovely dog Gyp. We took some lovely walks and had some
fantastic cosy evenings in this beautiful cottage. This is the best
(clean, charming, well localted) cottage we have ever visited!!! and we
travel a lot! Thank you Mike! We will be back. p.s. I will e-mail you
some photos of Gyp and Mikey. E & G R, L & K, Long Eaton /
Poland, and Mikey JR ( collie - corgi cross ).
- Nov '18 Had a lovely weekend here at West Side
Barn. Very cosy and comfortable, the log burner fantastic! We arrived
in the dark and rain but woke up to a beautiful view. Had a very nice
meal at The Devonshire Arms, Hartington. The Manifold Inn, which is
closer, was OK too. Michael is a very welcoming host and the flowers ,
milk and chocs very much appreciated. Very well equipped cottage with
all you need to have a great stay. M & T G, S & C G, and
Buster and Benji (the dogs). Northampton.
- Nov '18 Our third visit to West Side Barn. The
weather was rough and wild but the cottage was warm and cosy. We love
coming here and so do the dogs! We'll be back - I am sure. Thanks Mike!
D & A K, and D S. Lara & Merlyn ( the dogs). Epping, Essex.
- Dec '18 We've had an amazing time here at West
Side Barn! Mike has been great - very welcoming and made us feel
comfortable and at home straight away. This was a very last minute
booking but that wasn't an issue and the booking process was quick and
easy. The weather has been wet and windy but that hasn't bothered us or
the dogs, at all! The cottage is extremely cosy - we love the log
burner and the area for dogs to run around in. Overall, a fantastic
stay and we hope to be back next year. A friendly owner, who was great
with the dogs, cosy and comfortable cottage and excellent
location. OG, MD, Archie and Charlie (the dogs). Cambridgeshire.
- Jan '19 Sadly we could only come for a shorter
time this New Year but it's still been great! Lovely to return to a
place we know so well and it's as homely and welcoming as we
remembered. Thanks again Mike and Gyp.
- Jan '19 Our 6th lovely visit to West Side Barn,
wonderful as always! Great to spend time with family (above) and catch
up with Mike and Gyp, who joined in with our dogs on some great walks!
Thanks for the goodies as well! Happy New Year. T & DM, & Allie,Sweet, and Star, Herefordshire
- Jan '18 A great place, our first visit. Very
impressed. I am sure we will be back. The dogs loved charging around in
the field. Thanks Mike for making us so welcome. D and G P, N. Wales
and J W, Australis. Maisy and Ebby, the dogs.
- Feb '19 Had a relaxing time. Jenson enjoyed the
snow! Thanks very much for a nice stay. A & E, and Jenson the dog.
Brighouse, W. Yorks.
- Feb '19 We have had a wonderful week. Mike and
Gyp gave us a warm welcome and made us feel very at home. The flowers,
milk, chocolates and biscuits on arrival were a lovely toucjh. The Barn
is in a great location woth lots of good walks. Cycle trails close by.
We ate at The Manifold Inn which is a 5 minute walk away - portions
huge and food tasty. The Barn itself is very well equipped - lots of
everyday essentials (e.g. handwash, kitchen roll) and board games. Kids
loved making use of the paddock. We will be back. Thanks Mike. T, E, T,
and R, Otley, Yorkshire
- Mar '19 We've stayed in many holiday lets over
many years and West Side Barn is the best by far. First class
accommodation, well appointed in a lovely area of the Peak District.
Mike has done very well and was extrememy helpful also showing lots of
historical information which was fascinating. Friends Simon and
Lorraine popped in for a couple of days on their way to Devon. Ate in
for two evenings, which was cosy 'cos everything was provided. Twice at
the Jervis Arms - good quality gastro pub - cosy with wood burners in
all spaces. Twice at the Greyhound at Warslow - proper pub grub, was
very good value pub grub and it was busy, vibrant and friendly -
especially on Friday evening. Walks were brilliant. Manifold Way was
great, on the level. From WSB we walked over Ecton Hill and back along
the Manifold Way. That was a knee breaker! The only problem is WSB is
booked up all Autumn! p.s. The weather was horrible! Thank you Mike. C
& Y, and Daisy and Tilley - Mother and daughter Cocker Spaniels.
Norfolk, near Holt
- Mar '19 Our second stqy and we weren't
disappointed! 2 days of nasty weather and then just excellent walking
days. On Wednesday it was hot and the sun was shining. The cottage has
everything we need and Alice loves the field. Agree with the above in
respect of the food at The Jervis Arms and The Greyhound, also the
Manifold Inn is very convenient. Can't wait to return. We enjoyed our
walk/visit to Eyam. Thank you Mike. C & M B, and Alice (the dog), Sandbach, Cheshire.
- Apr '19 What a great week - the cottage was so
comfortable we could've stayed another week. We especially liked the
extra touches; Mike's show round, hand soap, fabric conditioner, a very
warm cottage and the freedom for our dog to roam the gardens. This week
we have done a lot of walking;
- *Mam Tor - mostly on lead dog walking - visited Blue John Cavern and could take the dog with us.
- *Ilam, Dovedale - on/off lead dog walking. Lovely
walk and lots of things to see on the way. Fantastic Bakewell ice cream
at Mill Dale. -
- *Monsal Trail - flat bike trail with no cars.
Could've been off lead but our dog kept walking in front other
cyclists! Bakewell has lots of nice shops and cake!
- *Kinder Scout - great scrambling up curious rocks.
Got a bit lost coming down so make sure you take a map! (Ate in The
Ramblers Inn in Edale & allows dogs.)
- *From here to Wetton - Great walk - all off lead - lovely cake and tea at wetton Mill cafe. ( Ecton Mines, Thor's Cave).
- *Roaches, Luds Church - lovely gentle easy walk. All off lead.
- *Ate in Manifold Inn, allows dogs and good food.
Might need to book for B/H and weekends. Thank you Mike and Gyp for a
fantastic stay. C,C,R & O M, Colchester, Essex.
- ( Apr '19 I really liked the garden because I
could play bat and ball with my family. You have to try to hit the ball
and make it touch the ground! The catchers, as you can guess, have to
catch the ball 2 times for the batter to be out. )
- Apr '19 A very warm welcome from Mike on
arrival at West Side Barn. The cottage has everything you need for a
warm, comfortable and fun stay. Ollie and Maisy ( the dogs ) were very
well catered for; a large lawned paddock with easy access alongside the
cottage. Mike was very attentive and had lots of local knowledge of the
area. Perfect location. Visited Chatsworth House; went to Dovedale,
Tissington, Ashbourne. Thank you Mike for a lovely weeks holiday. We
will be back for sure. L & G & J A, L & L, Immingham, Lincs.
- Apr '19 Had a very comfortable and active week,
made possible with good weather. Great scenery to be enjoyed from Barn
and surrounding area. Many thanks for welcoming flowers and chocs -
much appreciated. Already considering our return. Well done Mike and
- Apr '19 Arrived during storm but the cottage
was warm and cosy & Mike was very helpful. Weather improved and we
had a nice walk around Alstonefield and Dovedale on Monday, Bakewell
and Carsington Water on Tuesday. The dogs enjoyed the paddock,
which was fine for our Houdini Brittany with the addition of a person
at the stile to prevent escape. The cottage is lovely and comfortable
and we would recommend it to anyone who loves walking and the
countryside. K & C & V. (Ellie, the Brittany, Freddie the
Lab/Toller). Beccles and Staffordshire.
- May '19 Very welcoming host. Beautiful place,
beautiful location. Cottage has everything you could possible need.
Paddock is a brilliant addition, Jackson loved chasing his ball in
there. Lots of lovely walks on the doorstep - needed to stay
longer! E, M, C and Jackson (the dog). Shropshire
- May '19 We had a lovely week in this beautiful
cottage. Mike made us as welcome as did Gyp! To wake up to birdsong and
the sound of sheep was bliss. This is a good spot to explore the Peak
District from and you really need more than a week to do it justice. We
enjoyed meals at The Manifold (at bottom of the lane ) and The
Greyhound at Warslow - we would recommend both of them. We wish we
lived nearer so that we could return more often! G & N O-W.
Sussex, A & L W. Kent.
- June '19 Another fantastic week here. Thank you
Mike for making us feel so welcome and thinking of everything we might
need. The downstairs wet room was very useful on the day we got soaked
on Kinder Scout! A, I & R, Baldock, Herts.
- June '19 Thank you so much Mike for a lovely
holiday. We enjoyed so very much for having spent our time in this
lovely cottage. Thank you too for the biscuits and chocolates (yum yum)
also for making us so very welcome as soon as we arrived, and showing
us around the cottage, which was so helpful to us. It's so sad to be
leaving , could do with another week (really a month). We will be back,
it's so peaceful. The cottage contained everything we needed to make us
so comfortable. Thank you once again Mike, so appreciated for all your
kindness. V, M H and J, Narborough, Leics.
- July '19 Our second time at West sSde Barn and
we really enjoyed it as much as last year. What a fantastic place, in a
great location and we were lucky to have great weather again. Blu (our
Border Collie ) enjoyed the walks and having Gyp as company on them.
Mike was the perfect host advising on the best places to go, eat and
walk. We will be booking again next year as I can sincerely say this is
the best holiday home we have ever been in. It is just idyllic. We can
fully recommend The Jervis Arms and The Greyhound Inn for good food, a
warm welcome and being dog-friendly. All the best Mike and see you
again next year. A& S, J & Kathryn, and Blu. Crewe Cheshire
- July '19 We have so enjoyed our week here - our
11th year! Michael and helpers, thank you so much - the house was
beautifully clean when we arrived. Gyp behaved almost impeccably,
and was as entertaining as the Buxton International Festival. Michael,
keep as well as poss, and see you next year, or earlier, if possible. J
& A S, Winchelsea, E. Sussex.
- July '19 Fabulous week in this fabulous
cottage, which included the hottest day (and night) on record in July.
Highlights included a spectacular walk in Biggindale and Wolfscote,
Dovedale (beautiful as ever and, if you have any sense, go
early!), Millersdale, and as well as Lud's Church Chasm. Loved visiting
all mineral collecting haunts around Castleton. Thanks Mike - We look
forward to visiting again! M, E, J, S K, St. Helier, Jersey, C.I.
- Aug '19 We can echo all the comments about this
lovely cottage - its facilities. location and warm welcome from Mike.
In spite of the weather we have enjoyed exploring this part of the Peak
District - taking some walks from the door, along the Manifold Track to
Thor's Cave and up Ecton Hill. We can also recommend seeing (and
walking) the Roaches and Lud's Church - we did these on separate trips.
The Tissington Trail from Hartington Station was a pleasant walk on a
rainy day! We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to be back one
day! Many thanks. p.s. Ida (the dog) loved the paddock. G, D & R,
- Aug '19 What can we say that has not already been
said? Having read through some of the many comments Mike has held high
standards for many years and has only maintained this throughout our
stay at West Side Barn. It is all in the detail and Mike leaves little
to be desired. Milk, biscuits, tea/coffee and fresh flowers greeted us
on arrival, all of which were hugely appreciated after a long journey
and whilst we waited for our shopping to be delivered. There is no
question, the cottage is beautiful, and the amenities fantastic,
particularly the use of the freezer and washing machine. The gardens
surrounding the cottage were well loved by us. We played many games,
made a grass snowman, hide and seek, cricket. The memories we've
made are endless. All whilst taking in the fantastic view and breathing
in the fresh Peak air. The cottage is perfectly situated within various
attractions. In particular The Heights of Abraham and The Museum of
Childhood deserve a mention both of which provided fantastic days out
and lots to see. If you fancy a 'Take-Away' "So Thai" in Leek really
ticked our taste buds. Albeit, we had to collect it, it remained hot.
We also visited the restaurant 'Carriages, a 10 minute drive and the
food was delicious. Overall the stay has been fantastic. Mike is an
attentive host and we enjoyed meeting Gyp the dog too. In fact our only
disappointment is that we couldn't play with Gyp a bit more. Mike.
we've had a ball!! Thank you. SP, York.
- Aug '19 A beautiful, clean cottage tastefully
decorated. The small, thoughtful extras such as the milk, tea biscuits
and flowers made a lovely welcoming touch. The location is stunning,
remote but not too remote to get out and about making it a perfect base
for our week away. Despite the weather we had some fantastic walks with
Tig and the cottage itself was so well equipped we wanted for nothing.
A perfect host; Mike thank you, we will certainly recommend the barn
and hope to see you again. T, M, E P, and Tig, Evesham
- Aug '19 What an absolute delight. Area, Barn, Mike
and Gyp. We wish we had found it sooner but we will definitely be back.
Walks from the door, bike hire from Hulme End and lovely coffee and
beer stops along the Manifold Valley. We will be back. R, A, G and Tarn
(the dog) Shropshire
- Aug '19 A very well-equipped cottage and a very
welcoming host.Ideal for up to 5 people with plenty of room. It is very
well situated for the western Peak District. One of the best we have
stayed in and we have been coming to this area for the last eight
years. M B and Luke, Thirsk, Guisborough.
- Sept ' 19. I have lost count but I think this
is our 8th annual visit. The cottage is perfect and so is the location.
Mike is the perfect host and Gyp ( the dog that never stand still!)
provides lots of entertainment. Ate in the Manifold but thought not as
good as other times. The Merchants House at Longnor we thought
excellent (and is dog friendly ). The Black Lion at Butterton is
excellent too and does the best chocolate brownies (everything is
homemade and the vegetarian options are really good and different ).
Chip shop at Longnor continues to be excellent and the real ale at The
Manifold, Grapes (Longnor) and Black Lion is really good. M & P,
and Daisy and Willow ( the dogs). Northern Ireland.
- Sept '19 Another wonderful holiday in this
wonderful place. We love all the walks from the Barn. Mike and Gyp
great hosts. It is perfect for us and we will be back next year. The
weather was glorious and we could have done with sun hats. We could not
have asked for anything more. Alic had a great time too. C & M and
Alice (the dog ). Sandbach
- Sept '19 west Side Barn is the perfect place for a
relaxing break. The barn has been tastefully converted and is very
comfortable, well furnished, and with all the fittings and finishing
touches needed. The enclosed paddock was perfect outdoor apace for our
German Shepherd. Mike the host is welcoming and helpful, Gyp the
dog is delightful, and we appreciated the milk, biscuits and chocolate
that greeted us on arrival. The village store in Hartington is
small but provides for basic food needs, but for foodies and serious
cooks a visit to Chatsworth Farm Shop is a must! The dog friendly pubs
are too numerous to mention by name but for a decent pint The Manifold
Inn can't be beaten, and is only a short walk away. All in all, a great
break ( despite being a very wet week! ) We highly recommend and hope
to return soon. Oh - and of course - the scenery is beautiful, with
lots of walks on the doorstep. J and V, and Pilot 9 ( the dog ) Norfolk
'19 Our second visit and we echo everything we said in March and
stated by all other visitors to WSB. We think that this week was
marginally less wet than in March. Steak Night at the Greyhound is very
good. Chatsworth Farm Shop is quite extraordinary but costly. Mike is
charming and attentive as necessary. The Duncombe Arms at Ellastre is
first class high end dining to celebrate a birthday - every attention
to detail. Thank you. C nd Y and Daisy and Tilly ( the Spaniels ).
- Oct '10 Another peaceful, relaxing week. Ruth and Michael, Spalding.
- Oct '19 A lovely week in stunning surroundings. The
cottage wants for nothing and Mike has been the perfect host. Will
definitely come again. N J and E W, Petershield, Hants.
- Oct '19 Our first time away with our two dogs proved
worth doing. They have had a great time with lots of walks to do all
around. Thanks Mike you've done a fantastic job with the cottage, we
couldn't have done anything better and the pub just down the road has
done our cooking for us! G and N J, Kettering, North hampts.
- Nov '19 Stayed many times. Always so relaxing. Thanks Mike and Gyp. G. I and E. Worcs
- Nov '19 We have had such a lovely time here again -
despite the weather! Every thing as we remember it - cosy cottage,
everything we needed. You have thought of everything Mike. Thank you so
much. We'll definitely be back. Best wishes. Few family, Leics
- Nov '19 Thanks again for a great relaxing two weeks,
and for the welcome pack. We will look forward to seeing you again in
2020! C L and R, Coventry
- Dec '19 Our third Christmas at the Barn. Brilliant
week again. Thank you and a Happy New Year Michael and Gyp. G, S, J
etc. and three dogs Lincs
- Jan 2020 Our 7th New Year with family and catching up
with dear friends, including Mike and Gyp! We had great weather and
super walks with our dogs and Gyp! Thank you for the chocs and wine!
See you in the Summer Mike when we visit the area! God bless. T
and D, Sweety and Star ( the dogs ). Herefordshire
- Jan '2020 A relaxing week after the business of
Christmas.Enjoyed some nice walks in the area - including Ecton Hill -
a first for us despite coming here for years! The cottage is as lovely
as ever. Thanks Mike. Every blessing in 2020, D and R, Warwicks.
- Feb '20 Lovely week at this very well equipped cottage. Enjoyed some great walks with our dog. Laura, Hemel Hempstead.
- Feb '20 We enjoyed the walks and we loved seeing the
barn owl. Minley - the dog loved the garden but struggled with one walk
because he had to be held almost half way. Over all we think this was
one of our favourite holidays we have ever been to!! Thank you for the
treats we had when we arrived. Jack, Sussex
- Feb '20 Had the best stay ever! Cottage is
amazing. Would gladly return - Paddock fabulous for dogs - Thank you
for everything Mike, you have provided us with an amazing, relaxing
week of lovely dog walks . Cottage is so well equipped. As a bunch of
nurses would highly recommend this cottage - Had some fabulous food at
The Manifold Inn and Sunday dinner there was exceptional. Janine and
- Mar '20 Another great weekend. Excellent walks,
great pubs & food, and a fantastic place to stay. Thank you Mike,
from us all. K & M, D & R, Herts.
- July '20 Just delighted to be back again,
especially after lockdown. Enjoyed ourselves on this our 12th year!
Thank you so much Michael and Gyp, - keep as well as you can! J & A
S, Winchelsea, East Sussex.
- Aug '20 I believe this is our 11th stay here
and it never disappoints! We always love staying here for a nice
getaway and often have Mike and Gyp in our thoughts. Thank you for your
hospitality as always. We hope to be back. M & J, T & T. Surrey.
- Aug '20 This was a lovely holiday for all the
family with the mystery of a new house and a garden big enough to be a
football pitch. Wiltshire
- Aug '20 A fantastic week - thank you so much
for your hospitality Mike ( and Gyp of course ). Amazing location - so
many wonderful walks and places to explore. The cottage really is "a
home away from home" with everything you need, and Tilly loved the
paddock. Hopefully we will be back next year. G & A S, and Tilly
(the cockapoo). West Sussex.
- Aug '20 Thanks again Mike for making our holiday
really enjoyable. We look forward to meeting you again soon. C & L
& R, and Honey. West Midlands.
- Sept.'20 Lovely stay once again Mike + Gyp -
thank you for your hospitality. Perfect cottage and location. Like most
people we've been here a few times + look forward to coming back again.
We absolutely love this area + appreciate it even more this year after
lockdown. The paddock is brilliant for the dogs especially our senior
one who hates long walks and has plenty of pottering room. M & P
& A, N. Ireland
- Sept. '20 Great cottage, clean and tidy. In a
perfect area for sightseeing. Great for the dogs who loved the paddock
and all the local walks. Michael and Gyp great hosts and we all hope
that Michael makes a speedy recovery from his little op. Thanks from us
all. S & G C and E, S & T D and Truff. Bourton on the Water,
- Sept. '20 Lovely cottage, one of the best we
have stayed in. Thank you Mike & Gyp for being a great host and for
flowers, chocs etc. Great area for walking, even wore our two collies
Hope to return soon. L & M & L, Lonny and Yogi, Brighton, Susssex
- Hartington to Wolfscote ( a favourite )
- Mam Tor at Castleton (steep in places)
- Ladybower reservoir
- Youlgrave to Lathkill (pretty but easy walk )
- Dovedale ( lovely but busy weekends )
- Oct '20 Another wonderful stay despite the
rain! Thank you Michael and Gyp, see you next year. G & S, Hector
and Hamish, Lincolnshire
- Oct '20 Third visit and very relaxing. Good walks
each day. Walk to Roach End trig point was the highlight. Didn't eat
out sadly 'cos that's one of the holiday highlights. Takeaway from
Greyhound, Warslow. "We'll be back". Had to go home a day early due to
ancient rely illness. Grrr. Thank Mike and Gyp. C & Y with Tilly.
- Oct. '20 Thank you so much Michael - a lovely
relaxing week. Warm and comfortable property and very dog friendly! A
great walk from Hartington 7.5 miles taking in lunch at The Packhorse
Inn and Pilsbury castle. B & P and Tilly.
- Oct '20 The Barn is comfy, cosy and calm Barn. I had fun fun walking Gyp the dog. Mia
- Oct '20 We had a lovely week in West Side Barn -
Michael was a great host, beautiful countryside, great location.
Thanks. R & B, London