About your cottage
Bolehill is an attractive village rising up the hillside just half a mile north of Wirksworth. Sheltered below Barrel Edge, there are some magnificent panoramic views from Bolehill. The village looks to its larger neighbour Wirksworth for it’s facilities.
A short walk away are the gritstone outcrops of Black Rocks, popular with climbers, it has a good picnic site and yet more panoramic views. The High Peak Trail is at the north of the village, where the Steeple Grange Light Railway is run by enthusiasts and operates trains on summer weekends. Also nearby is the National Stone Centre.
With its imposing stone buildings and intricate network of narrow lanes, yards and alleys, Wirksworth is a magnet for lovers of history and heritage. Its fortunes were built on lead mining, quarrying and textiles – introduced by industrial pioneer Sir Richard Arkwright at Haarlem Mill, considered by some to be the mill in George Eliot’s novel The Mill on the Floss. Eliot is also thought to have based the fictional town of Snowfield in another novel, Adam Bede, on Wirksworth, and even DH Lawrence lived and wrote here.
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway operates services from Wirksworth to Duffield running through one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys. The spectacular StarDisc – a 21st century stone circle star chart – sits high above the town and illuminates the constellations at night. The National Stone Centre and Mount Cook Adventure Centre lie on the edge of Wirksworth, and in the town itself St. Mary’s Church – one of the finest in the county – is well worth a visit.
A new award-winning Heritage Centre opened its doors in early 2019 after a £1.6m redevelopment – the centre, open 7 days a week, tells the fascinating stories of Wirksworth and its people, and regular guided walks around the town also leave from here. Like many of the Peak District and Derbyshire’s market towns, Wirksworth is perhaps best explored on foot.
Local traditions include Well Dressing, the ancient ceremony of ‘Church Clypping’, the annual carnival and well-known Wirksworth Arts Festival each September. This is the time to experience the buzz of street theatre, music, family events and the famous Art & Architectural Trail when more than 150 artists throw open their doors for visitors to browse and buy original and affordable art – also a chance to take a look inside some of the most historical and quirky homes and buildings in Derbyshire!
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 (though not linen for cots), 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-liner 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 George Mine Barn Bolehill Road Bolehill DE4 4GQ.
Follow direction to What3words:/// adhesive.escaping.rewrites
which will take you to the top of the little lane leading to the Barn. It does narrow at one point but then opens out onto a farm track to the cottage gate.
There is plenty of private parking at the cottage .
The cottage will be ready for you from 4pm and so you can check in at your convenience, we will put a set of keys in the key safe for you at the cottage. The key safe is around the left side of the cottage , as you face the front door, on the cottage wall.
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;
- Do not use chip pans;
- Ensure the door on the log burning stove remains closed at all times;
- Make sure everything is switched off last thing at night;
- Do not smoke inside the cottage or use candles;
- Make sure the young or elderly take special care;
- Do not leave children or animals alone in the cottage.
There are fire alarms in the hall between the kitchen and living room and on the upstairs landing. 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 sink. 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 under the sink;
- The fuse-box is in the downstairs bedroom, on the wall
- The gas meter is round the back of the utility room (outside), set into the ground.
Telephone & Broadband
Free WiFi is available at the cottage. You will need to enter a security key into your computer to access the network:
There is ample parking in the grounds of the cottage
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 garden areas.
There are no shops in Bolehill.
Nearby Wirksworth has a good selection of local shops, pubs and restaurants. The pathway by the side of the cottage is only a short walk down to Wirksworth.
All roads may lead to Rome, but in this part of Derbyshire they all seem to lead to Ashbourne. In fact in bygone days it was at the meeting point of six main coaching routes, including the London to Manchester route. Indeed, those days may be gone, but Ashbourne is still the main commercial centre for the large number of surrounding villages. In Ashbourne you will find many local shops and some of the high street names – Sainsbury, Boots, Co-op, Lloyds Pharmacy, Waitrose, M&S Food, banks & Post Office – and a twice weekly general market (Thursdays/Saturdays). Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton are also major shopping centres.
Because of the locality of the cottage we do not get a normal bin collection. Please use the dustbins outside the cottage for all your waste – the green bags in the bins are collected by the council.
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.
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