About your cottage
Youlgrave nestles on the hillside above the joining of the beautiful Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale at Alport. Set within the Peak National Park it is the one of the largest villages with a population of 1500. Three long distance paths: the Alternative Pennine Way, the Limestone Way and the White Peak Way all pass through the village, swelling the numbers of walkers.
Youlgreave is recorded in the Domesday Book as `Giolgrove`, probably a corruption of the Saxon `Auldgroove` which refers to an old mine. Local miners were often known as `groovers` or `grovers` and the history of lead mining in the area dates back to the Romans. For those of you that are confused by the ‘the most miss-spelt village’ name (as compiled by local historian and former teacher at Youlgrave school, Mr J W Shimwell), here are some options: Giolgrave Yolgrave Jalgrave Hyolgrave Hyolegrave Yolgreff Yoleg Yolegreve Yolegrave Youlgraue Welegreve Yoelgreve Oelgreve Yelegreve Yeolegreve Yolgreave Yolgreve Yollegreve Jol’ve Zolgrelf Yollgreve Yoligrewe Yollegrewe Youlgreve Zolgreff Youlgrave (1492) Yolgreyva Yolgreyve Yeolgreave Youlgreave (1595) Yellegrave Yollogreve Yollograve Yeollgreave Youldgreave Yograve Isgrave Yalgrove Yolegreue Jolegreue lolegrave Jholegreve Yelegrave Yellegrave Iolgrave Yholgreve Yelgreve Zolgreve
The option that we have gone for is not a universal choice, in fact it is only recently that the Highways Department has used ‘Youlgrave’ and Ordnance Survey still use ‘Youlgreave’, so the argument continues . . .
Various products are mined locally. Most extensively was lead which is largely exhausted now; but also products for the nearby Staffordshire Potteries industry. These are chert and barytes. As graves in the churchyard will testify, the mining enterprise at Mawstone Mine came to an abrupt end in 1932 when a gas explosion killed eight men.
The church of All Saints originally served the villages of Winster, Elton, Birchover, Stanton, Middleton by Youlgrave and Gratton. Its medieval beginning and extensions in the14th, 15th, 17th and the 19th centuries have ensured it is one of the largest churches in the Peak District. The rich and varying architectural styles and ornamentation are evident throughout the church and are explained in literature available on entering the church (usually by the southern door). The painted glass window behind the altar was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and made in the William Morris workshops. Morris himself evidently designed the four angels at the top of the picture.
Along the main street, marking the centre of the village is the fountain, which is a large round stone edifice. Visitors often mistake it variously as a tomb, an air vent, or perhaps a war memorial; it was in fact a reservoir that filled with fresh spring water, piped from the hillside behind Mawstone Mine through the night. It was unlocked at 6am each morning. This was back in 1829. By 1869 the two inch diameter pipe was furring up and corroded and a further ten tap spots were installed around the village. When the scheme was finished a day of celebration saw the rebirth of the custom of Welldressing and to this day the five village welldressings are located at, or close to, the original tap sites.
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!
The cottage can be found in the centre of Youlgrave. The full address for the cottage is Stanton Cottage Alport Lane, Youlgreave, Bakewell DE45 1WN.
The cottage is available anytime after 4pm
The Cottage is opposite the school – the layby outside the school is a good place to park.
It is the cottage next to the blue cottage, roughly equidistant between the George Inn and Youlgrave Garage (both on the same side of the road). Additional parking is available to the side of the church or on the road through the village. The entrance to the cottage is on the side of the building (the driveway outside the door belongs to the neighbour).
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 on the back of the router on the window sill by the dining table
The TV is Freeview – channels are numbered 1, 2, 3 etc.
The TV is also internet connected so you can watch catch-up TV on it too. If you have your own accounts for any streaming services, they are also available on the TV.
Heating & Hot Water
The heating is provided by individually controlled electric radiators. The controls are on the top of the radiator.
The shower is electric. Hot water is provided by a mini immersion heater located in the cupboard by the sink. The switch is in the cupboard to the left of the sink – it is left on, so there is ample water at 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.
The cottage does not have any outside space. Two local places for quick walks are 1) the grass verge on Conksbury lane (by the George Inn) and 2). go down the hill at the side of the Church to Bradford Dale, and there is good walking along the river.
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 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. 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 kitchen sink;
- The fuse-box is in the kitchen pantry, to the right of the worktops;
- The gas tap is outside the door in the white box on the wall.
The black bin, round the side of the cottage is for general waste.
There is just one recycling bin:
Blue Bin – Main body of bin
- Mixed glass bottles and jars (green, brown, clear and blue glass – please remove caps, tops, lids and corks)food and drinks cans
- aluminium trays/foil trays
- plastic bottles (including plastic caps) and containers
- beverage cartons
Blue Bin – Basket insert
- postal advertising
- white and brown envelopes
- paper (including shredded paper)
- telephone directories (including yellow pages)
- card / cardboard
You will also find there a supply of toilet rolls, kitchen towel, and cleaning materials should you need them. We have put the larger cleaning tools in the cupboard off the kitchen.
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 us on 01629 828 301
There are two shops in Youlgrave: a Deli and a general store / post-office. The local shops close on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. There is also a garage & petrol station and a doctors surgery in the village. 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, Boots, Banks and Post-office – and a general and farmers’ market (Mondays). If you are looking for a larger supermarket, there is a Sainsbury just off the A6 at Matlock, and an Aldi, just north of Bakewell, also on the A6. Ashbourne and Buxton are also major shopping centres.
There are three pubs in the village all within a few minutes walk of the cottage.
- Bulls Head Hotel – turn right out of the cottage, about 300 yards on the opposite side of the road.
- The George Hotel – turn right out of the cottage, about 30 yards. CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have awarded them ‘pub of the month’ in the past.
- The Farmyard Inn – turn right out of the cottage, about quarter of a mile.
All serve food – some of the bar menu at The George can also be bought as ‘take-away’ should you wish to eat in the cottage but have a night off from cooking!
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.