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Darwin Lake - Kedleston

Darwin Lake, nr. Matlock Grade 3 Star rating View Map
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Dog friendly accommodation on the edge of the Darwin Forest and National Park, with direct access to nine acres of grounds.

"Spacious stone cottages with fine facilities, in a beautiful, tranquil woodland setting..."

Set in the Darwin Forest on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this group of holiday cottages enjoys an ideal location from which to enjoy the area’s great natural beauty. Built in traditional Derbyshire stone to blend effortlessly into their surroundings, they are set around the lake and surrounded by mixed woodland, an ideal habitat for a rich variety of wildlife. The cottages are modern and spacious, with comfortably furnished living rooms, several enjoying views over the lake. A central courtyard area creates a focal point, and each cottage has its own patio, as well as shared use of the nine acres of beautiful wooded grounds which include an enclosed, elevated woodland walk around the lake. An old stone building has been dismantled and then erected in the grounds and is used for conferences and also as a fitness/weight loss venue (these facilities can be booked in advance with the management).
This peaceful spot is the perfect stopping off point for walking and cycling amid superb countryside, and a trekking centre just around the corner provides plenty of opportunity to explore on horseback. For the more adventurous, a whole host of outdoor pursuits is available nearby, including sailing, wind-surfing and canoeing on Carsington Reservoir, 13 miles away, while Derbyshire’s gritstone edges and deep caverns attract rock climbing and pot-holing enthusiasts.
The popular Derbyshire Dales town of Matlock is only 4 miles away, with a good choice of pubs, restaurants and shops. Among the attractions here are the Peak Rail steam trains, the Heights of Abraham pleasure grounds, reached by a cable car across the gorge, dramatic show caverns and Gulliver’s Kingdom. There is also a fascinating Lead Mining Museum and an excellent Tramway Museum at Crich, providing something of interest for everyone. A short drive away is the splendid Chatsworth House with its fine collections of paintings and furniture, and Haddon Hall in the beautiful Wye Valley. Village shop and local pub 2 miles.
Darwin Lake is the perfect place to get away from it all amid beautiful surroundings, and to enjoy the many attractions that make this region so popular. The attractive cottages at Darwin Lake are cosily heated, insulated and double glazed throughout. The countryside is especially beautiful in the quieter seasons, and this tranquil location is accessible from major routes – ideal for Short Breaks and for holidays at all times of the year. Shop 2 miles.

Adjoining Hardwick. Entrance hall. Spacious living room. Modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Additional TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Dishwasher

  • Electricity, NSH and wall-mounted convector heaters (subject to reasonable usage), bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair by arrangement (cot linen not provided)
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Shared access to 9-acres of wooded grounds including the Darwin Trail – a 15 min circular stroll
  • Parking
  • NB: Lake in grounds

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    Confirmed guest, 2015-08-21
    We loved our stay at the cottage and look forward to coming back .

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