We spent over a year was spent searching for the perfect holiday cottage for two and we think I found it at Thimble Cottage. The cottage is situated in the heart of one of the prettiest villages of the Peak District National Park, Youlgreave, which is a half hour drive from junction 28 of the M1 and is close to Bakewell, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Matlock and Buxton. It is ideal as a romantic hideaway for two, or with walks literally from the doorstep it is an excellent base for walking holidays.
Thimble Cottage provides equivalent 3 star+ self catering accommodation and whilst the cottage is very well equipped and tastefully decorated, the charm of a 150 year old traditional stone cottage has not been compromised. The cottage is conveniently located adjacent a short stroll from the three village pubs (all of which serve good food), the butchers / general store and another general store which also contains the village Post Office.
Immediately next door to Thimble Cottage is Thimble Hall which is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the smallest detached house in the UK.
Youlgreave boasts many interesting sites and traditions; one being the annual Well Dressing which takes place right outside the front door of Thimble Cottage in June and is an event unique to Derbyshire villages.
The popularity of Thimble Cottage was completely overwhelming and we loved the village and the area so much that just before Christmas 2003 we bought two more cottages just around the corner, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. We have listened to our guests and applied what we have learned from running Thimble to these two new cottages which have proven to be just as popular as Thimble Cottage.
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are also one bedroom cottages boasting fabulous hand carved 4 poster beds and flat screen TV/ DVD / CD players with a great selection of DVD's and CD's, both cottages are very popular for honeymoons.
Dawson's Cottage is a lovingly restored one bedroom barn conversion and is situated virtually opposite Tweedledee & Tweedledum Cottages in Youlgreave. The cottage has been refurbished throughout to a very high standard. Very unusually for a one bedroom cottage, Dawson's Cottage has a main downstairs bathroom plus and ensuite shower room and toilet and small dressing room upstairs. Dawson's Cottage also has off street car parking for one car.
As with many Derbyshire villages parking is often a problem and the heart of Youlgreave is no exception. To overcome this I bought the piece of land below which situated to the rear of Thimble Cottage and opposite Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Cottages so that private off street parking (one car per cottage) is now available for Thimble, Tweedledee and Tweedledum cottages. Dawson's Cottage also has private off street car parking for one car.
All four cottages have been tastefully decorated and furnished and they all have their own individual charms. They all have upstairs bathroom facilities and outside seating.
We believe that rest and relaxation is essential for a good holiday so you will find all the beds extremely comfortable and the cottages are all well equipped. Our rates are fully inclusive
of linen, towels, wifi, utilities and cleaning, We don't believe in hidden extra charges, the only additonal charge that we make is for pets.
Continuing on the comfort theme Thimble, Tweedledee and Tweedledum have lovely squashy leather sofas. We managed to fit corner sofa in at Tweedledee and Thimble Cottages.
With a rich cultural background of stately homes, ancient mines, picturesque watermills, a network of old packhorse ways, footpaths and cycle tracks and many towns and villages to explore it is clear why the Peak District National Park is the second most visited National Park in the world although surprisingly even in high season it is never over crowded.
All the cottages are pet friendly. You are welcome to bring your well behaved dogs, cats and any other pets. A large parrot, has been our most exotic, to date. Babies are also welcome at all of the cottages but please take care as the stairs at all cottages tend to be steep. We regret that we are not insured to take children.
We apply a strict no smoking policy at all our cottages.