About Your Cottage
The very pretty village of Winster lies in the Derbyshire Peak District, between Matlock and Bakewell. Today it’s a peaceful, idyllic place, but in the mid 18th Century it was one of the largest and most prosperous towns in the county.
This is still evident today from its wonderful collection of interesting and grand houses; Winster has no less than 70 listed buildings.
Winster is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, characterised by the limestone cliffs and drystone walls that are typical of the White Peak. There are a great many walks and cycle routes starting and ending in the village, and the whole area is well worth exploring.
Winster is an ancient village, mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Winsterne’. It lies very close to the prehistoric trackway known as the Derbyshire Portway, and an 18th Century turnpike road between Newhaven and Nottingham.
Winster was a historic centre for lead mining, for which it has been well known since Roman times. The boom in the lead mining industry in the late 17th and early 18th Century led to its population rising to more than 2,000 people, and by 1750 it was one of the largest and most prosperous towns in the county. However, the mines steadily closed as the industry became uneconomical and died out, and the last working mine, Mill Close, closed in 1939.
The village still contains many notable buildings, including the Market House, which was the first property in the Peak District to be acquired by the National Trust in 1906. Unusually for the area, it is constructed of red brick, and stands in a dominating position at the top of the main street. Winster Market House (admission free) now houses an information room with interesting exhibits about the village’s history.
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!
Candle House, Woolleys Yard, Winster, Matlock, DE4 2DP
Parking is on-street, outside the cottage.
The key safe is to the right of the main door. 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 and fire blanket in the dining are situated on the wall 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 under the kitchen sink;
- The fuse-box is in the downstairs sitting room, under the window.
- The stop-tap for gas in located in the cupboard under the window in the dining room
Telephone & Broadband
Mobile reception is reasonable on most networks in the town.
Free WiFi is available at the cottage. You will need to enter a security key into your computer to access the network. The router is near the window in the upstairs sitting room, and the code is on the front of the router.
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 mantle shelf in the sitting room.
The thermostat is pre-programmed to come on in the morning and also in the late afternoon & evening. The thermostat is located in the upstairs sitting room, near the window. 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.
Bothe the TV’s has access to Freesat TV as well as smart TV applications (you will need your own logins).
Satellite channels are 101,102,103 etc. and are found as the Live TV option from the home menu
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.
The village has a small community run shop, which has restricted opening hours. The village pub is called “The Old Bowling Green” and at the bottom of East Bank
The nearest shopping centre is the 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). Further north on the A6 is Buxton, and to the south are Matlock &, Ashbourne which 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 garden at the rear of the cottage.
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