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The Malt Shovel

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Alton, near Matlock, Derbyshire
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 1
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The Malt Shovel is a pet friendly barn conversion with lots of charm and character. Excellent walks from the door.

This attractive detached barn has been thoughtfully converted retaining many beams and is situated in the grounds of the owner’s home in the delightful rural hamlet of Alton, just 7 miles from Matlock. The original farmhouse is early 19th century and was historically both a working farm and a pub. Featured as one of the doctors’ houses in Peak Practice, this makes an excellent base for visiting all the Peak District has to offer, with Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall close at hand, as well as Crich Tram Village and Hardwick Hall. The renowned show caves at Castleton are an easy drive, whilst Carsington Water for fly fishing and water sports is within 15 miles. Chesterfield with its crooked church spire is just 6 miles. There is excellent walking from the door and the area boasts stunning countryside. Horse riding and golf nearby. Shop 1 mile.

Stone steps down to entrance (no handrail). Kitchen/dining room with flagstone floor. Stone steps to first floor: Beamed living room with multi fuel stove and wooden floor. Two steps up to double bedroom with 5ft bed, wooden floor and partitioned shower room with two wash basins and toilet. Two steps down to twin bedroom with partitioned shower room and toilet.

  • Multi fuel stove - initial logs included, remainder by honesty box
  • Electricity, central heating, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD/radio
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Small garden with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking

Show amenities 


  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/11/2017
    Really enjoyed being in the farm surroundings with chickens and horse whilst staying in the converted barn. It was a lovely touch to find the owner had left a cake for us understanding why we were down in that area. Would stay again for the cosy log burning stove, the surroundings and the friendliness of the owners.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/10/2017
    a wonderful weekend away, cosy cottage with fantastic walks from the door step. felt at home the moment we walked through the door, thank you.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 02/10/2017
    Great cottage great rural location friendly owners

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    There was supposed to be a basket of logs supplied but there was not, despite asking for some. Logs outside the cottage door which you could help yourself to for a fee of £5 were huge and no axe there to chop them with (not that we would have attempted it). Ther wer no hooks or shelves to put anything on in the bathrooms although there were some glass shelves in the cupboard! The double bed room had a glass shelf over the sink but you could not use it as it slanted downwards! the heated towel rail in the same room was not working and we were told a chap would be in to fix it on the Monday or Tuesday. Nobody came. The lounge furniture was most uncomfortable but I have to say all beds were fine. No baking dishes and no receptacle for paper waste. Upstairs is a fire hazard as were we able to use the log burner and a fire occurred, we would not be able to escape as both exit doors were locked and there was no key to either. The cottage needs a lot of TLC to bring it to a reasonable standard.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner- Every guest is provided with a basket of logs for the wood burner, with additional available from the owners. The logs mentioned outside the property are logs that are drying out ready to be cut up for the wood burner not be used by the customer. There are glass shelves above every basin and also a cupboard underneath for storing toiletries The heated electric towel rail was replaced on the morning of this arrival so if there was any issues the owner should have been contacted. There is a recycling box outside of the property for paper, cardboard and cans. All customers are shown the fire exit procedure and there is a leaflet at the property also highlighting this. The key to get out of the fire access is also the same key as the main door for the property and the owners make sure every guest is aware of this. They are the same key so it easier to escape in a fire so you don’t have to try different keys in the lock. Finally, The owners pride themselves on the appearance of the property and are constantly making sure it is well looked after.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/06/2017
    bird song ,horses and wonderful views on short strolls around the hamlet. enjoyed a fire in the evening, the hosts were lovely as was cake and bakewell pudding. maybe not the house for a young child or someone unsteady on thier feet due to stone stairs .made a lovely base for attending chatsworth rhs show.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/05/2017
    Lovely cottage with friendly owners who take great care of their cottage.

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8.3 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo
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