About Your Cottage
Castleton is a beautiful village situated at the head of the Hope Valley in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The village is popular for its show caves, history, shops, Christmas lights, garland ceremony, Winnats Pass, Cave Dale and for those wishing to walk on the numerous footpaths in the area . Surrounded by hillsides and overlooked by Mam Tor (the shivering mountain) and the ancient Peveril Castle.
Castleton – a short history…
Castleton was founded after the building of Peveril Castle in 1086, the castle was built by William Peveril, son of William the Conqueror. There was possibly an Anglo Saxon settlement on the east side of the village near Hope as there is an embankment running through the village, and s shaped strip fields on the east side, known as furlongs. The village developed under the protection of the garrison and grew and prospered from this period. The population was made up of farmers, retailers, men at arms and others. The village was on the main packhorse routes and an important stopover in coaching days in later centuries. It was also an important lead mining and market village. The oldest part of the village is by the river, Peakshole Water near Cavern Walk. Along Back Street can be seen several folds where houses were built around 3 sides of the courtyard, which had a narrow opening onto the street, where animals were penned at night.
This picturesque village is now designated a conservation area and much of its history can be read in its layout and architecture.
Castleton is on the boundary of the northern gritstone ‘Dark Peak’, and the southern limestone ‘ White Peak’.
The ridge to the north marks the beginning of the gritstone / shale beds giving rise to the high gritstone moorland plateaux. The gritstone shale bands can be seen in the face of Mam Tor and the instability of the shale beds is illustrated in the massive landslip on the A 625 at Mam Tor.
The hills to the south of the village are ancient coral reefs made of carboniferous limestone and behind them is the massive limestone laid down in a warm coral sea. The cave and underground river systems contain spectacular formations. The joints and cracks have been mineralised and contain veins of lead, fluorspar, barytes and calcite.
In Treak Cliff hill, a very pretty form of fluorspar, only found in this area, can be seen in two show caves. It is known as Blue John and is mined to make jewellery, which is sold locally. The mineral crystals were impregnated naturally during the formation with hydro – carbons, possibly altered by latent radio-activity in the rocks, to give them an attractive blue and yellow banding.
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
- Clean table cloth on dining table
- An initial supply of toilet rolls
- Roll of kitchen paper
- Bottle of washing-up liquid, new J-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!
The full address of the cottage is Bridge Cottage, Peak Cavern Road, Castleton S33 8WS
You approach the cottage from the market place and down “The Stones”. The cottage is immediately on your left as you cross the bridge. You can usually park next to the privet hedge or on the other side of the road. Please do not block the pathway past the cottage as this is a public right of way.
There is a residents parking pass in the cottage. This allows you to park at the residents end of the Peak Cavern car park – you have to go back into the centre of the village, turn left and about 300m on your left is the entrance to the car park. If you drive through, you can park at the ‘cottage end’ which is about 100m from the cottage.
The key safe is on the back of the gate near the entrance to the kitchen (furthest from the hedge).
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 and fire blanket in the kitchen situated on the end of the units by the table. 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 in the corner of the kitchen, by the table;
- The fuse-box is in the cupboard behind the front door, at the foot of the stairs;
- The stop-tap for gas in located in the cupboard in the corner of the kitchen, by the table
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 to access the network:
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 wall behind the door in the Kitchen.
The boiler will make hot water automatically when you turn on a tap.
Log Burning Stove
To light the fire, place about 6 sheets of scrunched up newspaper 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.
The TV is a smart TV. There is not an aerial on the building, but you can watch some live channels using the BBC iplayer or ITV hub apps. Other apps are available for you to use.
Out of consideration to other visitors who will subsequently occupy the cottage, we ask guests not to smoke inside.
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 patio areas.
There are a number of shops, pubs, restaurants, take away, tea rooms and craft shops in the village.
The main shopping centre is in the nearby market town of Bakewell where you will find many local shops and some of the high street names – Co-op supermarket, Aldi (on A6 towards Buxton), Boots, Banks and Post-office – and a general and farmers’ market (Mondays). A similar distance is Buxton, which is also a major shopping centre – you will find a greater selection of food shopping including a Morrison’s supermarket, M&S Food, and Waitrose. Buxton also has a wide range of high street names as well as local shops.
Matlock, Ashbourne are also major shopping centres.
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.
The dustbin is located in the yard at the front of the cottage. We do not get a bin collection at the cottage. The large green bin is for all non-recyclable waste.
There are spare light-bulbs under the kitchen sink should you need to replace one. You will also find a supply of toilet rolls, kitchen towels and cleaning materials should you need them.
But should anything else break or get broken, please let us know so we can get it replaced.
If you have any problems at the cottage please call: 01629 828 301