About Your Cottage
Sheltered by Longstone Edge from the cold north winds, the attractive limestone village of Great Longstone winds its way along a minor road linking Monsal Head and Hassop. Its comparative isolation from major tourist routes is probably the reason that it has remained relatively undiscovered by the visitor. But the situation is changing, no longer is it a one street village – much discreet development has taken place and newcomers have moved in. And with the opening of the Monsal Trail and the increase in leisure time, more walkers now visit the village to enjoy its quiet charm and hospitality.
Like so many villages in the White Peak, Great Longstone owes its existence primarily to lead mining. The presence of water where limestone and shale meet was probably the deciding factor in where the village was located. Good farmland was another attraction, as miners supplemented their incomes from their underground activities by keeping livestock.
The nearby, renowned market town of Bakewell offers a variety of shops, restaurants and pubs, together with frequent local farmers’ markets. Visit the many stately homes, including Chatsworth House and HaddonHall, or explore the rugged Dark Peak and softer limestone White Peak, all within easy reach. With Britain’s premier theme park, Alton Towers and the impressive caverns at Castleton close by, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this fantastic location.The village itself has a fine collection of 18th and 19th Century cottages, a school and two great pubs and a small village shop, all within easy walking distance of the cottage.
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
- A basket of logs, some paper and a box of matches
- Liquid soap in dispensers at hand basins
- A small supply of toiletries in case you forget something!
The cottage is available from 16:00 on your day of arrival. The address of the cottage is:
3 Main Street,
The property is the end-of-terrace on the left hand side when entering the village from Bakewell/Chatsworth direction. There is a street light attached to the front of the house (useful indicator if arriving at night) and the cottage is next to a black garage. However, please note that you should not park in front of the garage at any time as it belongs to a neighbour and 24 hour access is required.
Parking is on the street outside the cottage, which is unrestricted.
The keys for the cottage will be kept at the rear inside the key safe that is on the wall between the back door and drainpipe. Walk round the cottage to the right, behind the garage and down the steps. The key is for the front door.
1. Pull down the weather protection cover from the top to reveal the keypad.
2. Push down the “Clear” button to ensure that the pad is fully reset.
3. Enter the code in the correct sequence.
4. If you make an error, push the “Clear” button again to reset.
5. Once the code is correctly entered, turn the “Open” button 180 degrees clockwise.
6. The door should now fold down easily to open.
7. Remove the key, push the door closed and rotate the “Open” button back to original position – 180 degrees anti-clockwise.
8. Close the weather protection cover.
9. When departing the property, please return the key to the safe following the same procedure.
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. 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 above the back door;
- The stop-tap for gas in located in the cupboard by the dining 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 in the sitting room, by the doorway through to the kitchen
The boiler will make hot water automatically when you turn on a tap.
The main TV in the sitting room is Freeview (and is not a smart TV). There is also a DVD player available. There is also a small TV in the twin bedroom.
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.
Local Shopping & Village Pubs
A local shop is situated about 100m up the road on the same side as Hope
Cottage, before you reach the White Lion pub. Note that this is the small
building standing up a slope away from the road, not the larger shop on
the pavement that you will pass – this has been closed for some years.
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 and Ashbourne are also major shopping centres.
The village has two pubs, both serving food:
White Lion: A traditional family-run pub with a contemporary interior. www.whiteliongreatlongstone.co.uk
The Crispin: Welcoming village pub with well-kept ales, homemade seasonal pub grub and a large grassy garden. https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/pubs/the-crispin-great-longstone/
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.
We do not get a bin collection at the cottage. Please leave any rubbish you have in the bags provided in the yard.
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