About your cottage
Located in the village of Kniveton, Hillocks Cottage is over 300 years old and was, until a few years ago, two small cottages. We understand that Hillocks Cottage[s] was originally the name for a row of cottages that form the terrace on our side of the road. This early photograph shows the cottage in circa 1910.
The name Kniveton derives from “Cengifu” and “tun”, meaning the farmstead of a woman named Cengifu. Kniveton is mentioned in the Domesday book where it is recorded as Cheniveton. The manor belonged to the Kniveton family. The manor was sold after 1660 to the Lowe family and afterwards to the Pegge family who sold it to the Meynells. The church in Kniveton was originally a chapelry to St Oswald’s church in Ashbourne. St. Michael’s church has Norman origins as evidenced in the plain semi-circular arch of the porch. It, is sited on a small hill, built of coursed rubble gritstone with ashlar dressings in the Early English style and dates from the I3th century, it consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a low embattled western tower with a short spire, the tower has two 17th century bells, one dated 1665. St Michael’s Church is a Grade I Listed building. The former Kniveton Methodist Church dates from 1832. It is built of red brick on a stone plinth with a tiled tipped roof. It is a GradeII Listed building.
Kniveton covers 1,974 acres, the underlying rock is limestone and the soil is heavy, much of it pastureland. Just north of the village is the Bronze Age burial mound at Wigber Low which has revealed some important remains from the village`s past. The village of Kniveton is close to the popular Carsington Water reservoir and the village has a pub called the Red Lion.
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
- A basket of logs, some paper 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!
Kniveton is located on the B5035 between Ashbourne and Carsington Water. The road through the village has a steep hill at each end of the village. The cottage is located in the ‘hollow’ at the bottom of the village, 50 yards from the Red Lion Public House.
If you are coming by public transport, the nearest train station is Cromford. The cottage is then around 15 minutes by taxi or 25 minutes by bus.
Telephone & Broadband
The telephone in the cottage is for incoming calls and emergency calls (999) only. The number is 01335 300 078. As the cottage is in a dip, mobile phone reception is variable. If you go back up the hill past the Red Lion pub we have found that we can get a signal on most networks.
Free WiFi is available at the cottage. You will need to enter a security key into your computer to access the network – you will find the key located in the guest book located in the cottage.
We do not have private parking, but you should usually find a space to park in the lane on the other side of the road from this cottage.
Please take care not to double park in Foxholes Lane, the farmer needs constant access with his tractor to tend for his animals.
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.
Joe, who is our Labrador, keeps his own blog on our web-site which gives some useful advice on taking your dog to the Peak District and importantly where to go for a quick ‘leg stretch’ near the cottage when you arrive. Joes blog is available here
There are no shops in Kniveton. 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.
The Red Lion, just a few minutes stroll from the cottage has a reputation for good food and a warm welcome – our previous guests have given it the thumbs-up. Food is served at lunchtimes and in the evening. Travel a short way towards Ashbourne and you will find The Ketch, and in the other direction near to Carsington Water the Knockerdown pub: both of these also serve food. Travel a little further into the village of Brassington (10 minutes by car from the cottage, just past Carsington Water, turn left) and you will find two good pubs. The Gate Inn (still lit by candles and with reputed ghosts), which has a more restaurant style menu and the Miners Arms which has a traditional pub food menu. If you go 3 miles into Ashbourne there is an extensive choice of restaurants and pubs to choose from.
We ask that you vacate the cottage by 10am on your day of departure. Please can you lock the cottage and put the keys through the letterbox.