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The Malt Shovel

Alton, near Matlock, Derbyshire
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
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.

Nestled in a truly rural location, 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 doctor’s houses in the TV series ’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 watersports 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, fishing and golf nearby. Shop and pub 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
  • Welcome pack
  • TV
  • DVD
  • CD/radio
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Small enclosed garden with garden furniture and barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • 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

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/09/2018
    The Malt Shovel is a delightful, slightly quirky barn conversion. It is well equipped with everything you might need for your stay, whether you are fully self-catering or doing, as we did, a bit of cooking and a bit of eating out. There are plenty of pubs serving excellent food just a short drive from the cottage, not to mention a vending machine type farm shop at the bottom of the hill, to provide you with bread, milk, potatoes and other essentials. The living space is perfect for 4 people, with a kitchen diner and upstairs living room which provided plenty of room for us to follow our pursuits. The en-suite bathroom arrangements are slightly odd, with no doors between bathroom and bedroom area - you need to be good friends! Overall, it was a lovely place to stay. There is easy access to many local attractions and walks.

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 03/08/2018
    Unfortunately we were disappointed with the cottage. The ‘enclosed’ garden is not enclosed if you have a dog, like we did it can easily wander onto the owners drive and out on to the road. The kitchen could do with a facelift and not the cleanest. The bedrooms were nice with comfortable beds and the showers and bath were clean. The living area was ok but the sofa was very uncomfortable and we had an influx of flies every night, which is no ones fault but very annoying!!! Don’t think you will be sitting in a nice country garden, I certainly wouldn’t have trusted the wooden chairs not to give way, there were a lot of stinging nettles, no bbq. Overall apart from the bedrooms and bathrooms the cottage was very tired and needed updating inside and certainly outside. Maybe I have set my standards too high but were so disappointed after looking forward to a well earned break after a couple of hard years, we actually left a day early. We informed the owners of our thoughts on the property and maybe improvements can be made for future guests as it could be a really beautiful cottage.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    We had the absolute best time - The Malt Shovel delivered exactly what was needed; Peace & Quiet, a friendly welcome and all of the things you need to feel right at home. We had great fun watching the cows go up and down to pasture each day - don’t plan to drive anywhere between 6:15-6:35pm or these Freesian ladies will hold you up lol. The Malt Shovel offered itself exactly as per the photographs- space to relax as a group of 4 adults yet still maintained that warm cosy feeling you would expect with this property. If you want a ‘proper’ break from life, go here. You can get to local shops and supermarkets within a very short drive, it’s all practically on your doorstep should you need to top up. Pubs in Ashover & Bakewell were lovely for food and drinks, locals were super friendly and service wonderful. If I had to be constructive about 1 thing....? Perhaps some new garden furniture ... the wooden chairs did not fill me with confidence so I avoided them... I may have felt differently if I’d avoided a few more doughnuts in the past though!! Cows, chickens, a pony, a dog, a cat.... all great company too. Thankyou to the owners of the Malt Shovel for a wonderful stay - we feel lucky to have found this super place & will be back.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/05/2018
    We had a lovely short break away at The Malt Shovel and it was all we could have asked for and more. Such a spacious property given its a 2 bedroom cottage and has loads of character. It has been tastefully decorated and comes fully equiped with all you could need. Our children loved going out in the morning to say hello to the horse and chickens and inspect any newly laid eggs. The dog walking was perfect too with some beautiful views. Great base for all thats on offer in the area, just a shame we didn't have longer as there would have been loads to keep us occupied. Thank you for making us feel so welcone and even checking on how our journey was going. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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8.1 out of 10 – based on 7 reviews collected by Reevoo
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