About your cottage
Located in the village of Kniveton, Hillocks Cottage is over 200 years old and was, until a few years ago, two small cottages. We understand that Hillocks Cottages was originally the name for the row of cottages that form the terrace on our side of the road. This early photograph shows the cottage in circa 1910.
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.
The key safe is on the back of the gate post to the decking area to the right of the cottage.
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
For additional safety some of the electrical items have additional isolation switches:
- The cooker has a switch on the wall behind it, to the right;
- The shower has a pull-cord near the bathroom entrance;
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 stairs on the left hand side;
- The fuse-box is in the hallway above the breakfast-bar on the left hand side;
- The heating oil can be isolated by turning the tap, at the bottom of the oil tank by 900.
Kniveton is not on mains gas so the water and central heating systems are fuelled by Oil. We would ask you not to touch the oil tank or pipe-work outside.
The front door has a multi-point locking system. To lock the door – close the door, pull the door handle upwards to ‘throw’ the bolts and then lock the door using the key (the key will not turn if you have not pulled the handle up first). The windows all have locks on them – you will find keys for these on your key-ring.
The road outside the cottage can get busy, particularly at typical commuting times. We suggest that you take extra care when entering or leaving the cottage as the pavement is not very wide beyond the garden gate.
Like many of the villages in this part of Derbyshire we do not have street lighting throughout the village. If you are going out after-dark you may want to take a torch with you; you will find one under the kitchen sink for your use.
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 cottage.
We do not have private parking, but you should usually find a space to park either in the lane on the other side of the road from this cottage or in the lane near the pub. The local police have reminded all residents that if you park within 10m of a junction at night you should put your parking lights on.
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.
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 Bubble Inn, 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.
The dustbin is outside the front door, to the left, by the oil tank. As we are a holiday cottage, Derbyshire Dales provide us with a single bin, which is green (body & lid). This is for all waste, including the normal items you may recycle. The council contractor then sorts the waste – using some very high tech equipment we are assured – to sperate out the recycling from land fill.
This bin does not need to be put out – the council come to the back door and collect it from there.
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 on the patio.
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
How does it work?
Hopefully many of the items are similar to those you may have at home. A few items that sometimes fox guests are:
The Cooker (Oven):
- Turn on using the red power switch on the wall;
- The clock on the oven will flash continuously;
- Press the (hand) manual button on the top left hand side of the oven;
- Turn the knob on the right hand side for the electric oven and set the temperature.
The hob is an induction hob so only pans suitable for this type of hob will work. If you see ‘LO’ displayed on the hob, this means it is locked. To unlock touch and hold the padlock symbol for around 5 seconds. The hob will then work normally.
Central Heating / Water
Hot water is automatically made ‘on demand’ by the boiler when you turn on a hot tap. The central heating is on a timer and is set to come on at different times of the day depending on the season: usually once in the morning and once or twice in the late afternoon / evening. The room temperature can be controlled using the control panel located in the hallway.
- Go to the Room Thermostat and touch any button to wake it up.
- Touch the centre button again to activate boost
- 1st touch = 30 minutes,
- 2nd touch = 1 hour
- 3rd touch = 2 hours,
- 4th touch = 3 hours
- 5th touch = Cancel
- Shortly after the room will start to warm
Log Burning Stove
To light the fire, place about 6 sheets of scrunched up newspaper (kept under stairs) 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.