Bakers Yard Cottage – Directions & Cottage Information

About Your Cottage

The ancient village of Bonsall sits handsomely amidst the limestone hills two miles south west of Matlock and about the same distance from the A6 at Cromford, from where it is best approached along the A5012 which winds steadily up the Via Gellia valley on its way to Grangemill, and eventually to Buxton. The road to Bonsall climbs northward from beside the Via Gellia Mill and up the steep Clatterway before levelling out at the Victorian gothic Fountain beside the village recreation area, currently part of a village regeneration scheme.

The Dale branches to the left whilst the main road continues up Yeoman Street to the Market Cross in the centre of the village, and then twists and turns up High Street towards Uppertown before winding it’s way over Bonsall Moor towards Winster.

Bonsall owes it’s name to an Anglian settler named Bunt, and `Bunteshalle’ ,- a `nook of land belonging to Bunt’ was a thriving community long before it was mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1087.

The village owes its size and relative prosperity almost exclusively to the numerous industries which once flourished beside the Bonsall Brook, and to the now defunct lead mining industry which two centuries ago provided the area’s main employment.

Indeed, the Bonsall Brook is responsible for the shape of the village which follows every twist of the stream from it’s rising at the highest point above Uppertown to it’s cascading plunge down the Clatterway. Though these days the brook is culverted and runs beneath High Street and Yeoman Street before emerging beside the Clatterway, it was once a major feature of the village with a series of picturesque stone bridges allowing access to the cottages from the street.

What do we need to bring?

We have tried to make the cottages a home-from-home so hopefully you will find most things you need at the cottage. These are self-catering cottages so you will need to bring (or buy locally) your own food and other supplies you may need. The cost of your holiday includes bed linen, quality towels and face flannels for each guest. As part of your starter pack, we will also equip the cottage with:

    • A pint of milk, some tea, coffee and sugar
    • Two clean tea towels & oven gloves
    • An initial supply of toilet rolls
    • Roll of kitchen paper
    • Bottle of washing-up liquid, new dish cloth & new washing-up sponge / scourer
    • Spare bin-liners for kitchen bin
    • An initial supply of dishwasher tablets
    • An initial basket of logs, some eco-fire-lighters and a box of matches
    • Salt & pepper in grinders
    • Liquid soap in dispensers at hand basins
    • A small supply of toiletries in case you forget something!

We have tried to use eco-friendly products where we can in the cottage; the washing up liquid, soap and toiletries are from Miniml and are in re-fillable glass bottles at the cottage. If you have any allergies or sensitivity, you can find out about the products at https://minimlrefills.co.uk/.  The dishcloth and sponge / scourer are both made from natural products (cellulose & coconut fibre) and are both biodegradable & reusable –  you are welcome to take these away with you.

For hygiene reasons, items on the welcome tray are all individually wrapped.

Directions

Bakers Yard Cottage, 17, High Street, Bonsall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2AS.

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There is private parking for 1 small car opposite the cottage door. Please take care to park right inside the space as the neighbours will need to drive along the lane to get to their house. There is additional free on-street parking on the High Street for additional or larger vehicles.

The key safe is to the right of the main door, to the right of the drain pipe. The code will be in an email sent to you.

Keeping Safe & Secure

 We care about your safety. We suggest that you familiarise yourself with the layout of the property and how you would escape should fire occur. To help minimise the risk of fire:

    • Don’t let children play with matches or lighters;
    • Don’t leave children alone near the cooker when it is in use;
    • Watch chip pans;
    • Check heaters;
    • Make sure everything is switched off last thing at night;
    • Do not smoke inside the cottage;
    • Make sure the young or elderly take special care.

There are fire alarms in the cottage. They are sensitive so they may let you know very quickly if a piece of toast is getting a little ‘well done’. Once the ‘smoke’ has cleared they will re-set themselves in about a minute.

There is a fire extinguisher under the stairs and a fire blanket  situated on the wall just inside the entrance to the kitchen from the bottom of the stairs, on the left hand side. Familiarise yourself with their instructions for use but do not tackle a fire if you think it will put you at personal risk. Above all, if there is a fire:

GET OUT – CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE – DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING

In an emergency, should you need to turn off any of the services to the cottage:

    • The stop-tap for water in located in the cupboard under the kitchen sink;
    • The fuse-box is in the sitting room, above the front door.
    • The stop-tap for gas in located outside in the utility box to the right of the cottage

Your location is 17 High Street, Bonsall, DE4 2AS

Telephone  & Broadband

Mobile reception is reasonable on most networks in the village.

Free WiFi is available at the cottage. You will need to enter a security key into your computer / phone to access the network. The router is behind the sofa near the cupboard under the stairs

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Central Heating

The central heating is run by a gas combi-boiler. You should not touch the settings on the boiler – the heating can be controlled using the thermostat which is located on the sideboard in the sitting room.

The thermostat is pre-programmed to come on in the morning and also in the late afternoon & evening. If you want to increase on decrease the temperature, rotate the outer dial and then press the face to accept the setting.

The boiler will make hot water automatically when you turn on a tap.

Log Burning Stove

To light the fire, place 1 or 2 curly firelighters in the grate. Put 3 or 4 pieces of kindling on top of the paper and one small log on the top of the kindling. Then light the newspaper and ensure the door is closed. The air vent on the front of the fire should be open approximately 1 revolution (turning the dial anti-clockwise).

The stove works best when it only has a small number of logs in it at any time – one or two logs is sufficient and will keep the sitting room warm. Do not leave the door of the fire open at any time.

TV

The TV is  Freeview – the channels are 1=BBC1, 2=BBC2 3=ITV1 etc.

The TV also has connection to catchup TV and streaming services such as Netflix – you will need your own username / password to access these services. Please log out of these services before you depart, otherwise a future guest may have access to your account.

Dining Area

The dining table in the kitchen is set up for 6 people. There are 2 additional chairs and a table extender (that slots on the end of the table) in the cupboard under the stairs.

Smoking

Out of consideration to other visitors who will subsequently occupy the cottage, we ask guests not to smoke inside.

Quiet Hours

We are a small village, so please ensure noise is kept to a minimum particularly after 10pm. Please do not play music when outside the cottage.

Pets

Dogs really enjoy a holiday in the country with their families, so we have made our cottages dog-friendly where we can. We ask you to ensure that your dog is well-behaved, remains downstairs and off the furniture at all times. You should never leave your dog alone in the cottage or the garden or courtyard areas.

The rear courtyard is enclosed so dogs can be allowed off the lead. The front garden however is not enclosed, so please ensure your dogs are kept on a lead so they do not wander into the neighbours gardens.

Local Shopping

The village has a small tea room / Deli run shop, which has restricted opening hours.  www.thefountainstore.co.uk

There are two village pubs

    • The Kings Head – a short walk down from the cottage – www.kingsheadbonsall.co.uk
    • The Barley Mow – Lively and eccentric pub with pub grub and regular live music – www.barleymowbonsall.co.uk

The nearest shopping centre is the market town of Matlock where you will find many local shops and some of the high street names – Sainsbury supermarket,  Boots, Banks and Post-office etc. Further north on the A6 is Buxton, and to the south are Matlock &, Ashbourne which are also major shopping centres.

Places to Visit

To help you plan your holiday we have put some information on our web-site about the area, places to visit and ‘what’s on’ in the Peak District, which can be found at https://wp.me/P8BX99-1p

Departure

We ask that you vacate the cottage by 10am on your day of departure. Please can you lock the cottage and put the keys back in the key safe.

Dustbins

 The dustbin is located in the garden at the front of the cottage.

    • Black Bin: General Waste
    • Blue Lidded Bin: Bottles, Plastic (main body of bin) & paper (top hopper inside)
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Should anything else break or get broken, please let us know so we can get it replaced.

Help!

If you have any problems at the cottage please call our Cottage Team on 01629 828 299.

This number is also available via Whatsapp

Alternatively you can email us at:

support@cottageteam.co.uk