Derbyshire: Parks and Gardens

The county of Derbyshire is renowned for its array of spectacular parks and gardens, which are some of the top attractions the region has to offer. Here we take a look at some of the best gardens and picturesque parklands in the Derbyshire area, which are perfect for discovering the natural beauty of this fantastic region. Continue reading

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The Peak District: A Haven For Wildlife

As we’ve mentioned in a number of our previous blogs, the Peak District is a region of amazing natural beauty, and as such it is a walker’s paradise. Derbyshire is also a haven for nature lovers too, and is home to a vast array of wildlife, which is one of the region’s main attractions. So here we’ll take a quick look at some of the amazing wildlife that calls this area home. Continue reading

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Derbyshire: A Winter Guide

Derbyshire is a fantastic place to visit all year round, and the winter months are no exception. This time of year is perfect for discovering all this great county has to offer. So here we give a quick guide to what to do in Derbyshire this winter, for the perfect winter-inspired holiday adventure.

Take a Walk

The winter season can provide the perfect backdrop to an outdoor adventure, and is an ideal time to wrap up warm, dust off your walking boots, and discover the stunning Derbyshire countryside on foot. The county of Derbyshire is one of the UK’s most popular walking spots, and is home to a number of fantastic walking locations, including a variety of routes that traverse the beautiful Peak District National Park. For example, why not try exploring the Pennine Way which is steeped in history, and offers some of the best walking experiences to be had in England.

Visit Alice in Wonderland!

This Christmas, one of Derbyshire’s most iconic historic buildings, Chatsworth House, will be hosting a special Alice in Wonderland-inspired event, which is sure to be a delight for all the family. Visitors to the Derbyshire estate can expect to head down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass, and be immersed in the fantastic world of Alice in Wonderland. The attraction has already opened and will be running until the 4th of January, so there’s still plenty of time to visit.

Ice Skating

With Christmas just around the corner, why not get into the festive sprit and embrace the winter season by visiting one of the fantastic ice rinks in Derbyshire this winter. This is the perfect winter sport that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. There are a number of great ice skating spots to choose from, such as the Derby Christmas ice rink, which is open until the 5th of January.

These are just a few of the many amazing events and activities happening in Derbyshire this winter, which makes this area the ideal destination for your perfect winter break. Here at Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays we have great selection of holiday cottages in Derbyshire, which are perfect base from which to explore all this great region has to offer. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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The Peak District: A Walkers Guide

The Peak District National Park is a haven of natural beauty and is home to a variety of stunning landscapes, from vast open moors to winding rivers. Undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore the Peak District is on foot, so here we give a guide to some of the best walking spots in the Peak District to inspire you to get out there and get exploring this great region for yourself.

Edale and the Pennine Way

Edale is a small village located at the start of one of Britain’s most famous walking routes, the Pennine Way, which offers some of the best walking experiences in Britain, making this a great spot for walkers. Why not try exploring this path for yourself so you can enjoy the great views it offers over the valley of Edale.

Dovedale

Located in the southern Peak District, Dovedale is an area renowned for its natural beauty and is located along the banks of the river Dove. The area is home to a number of great walking routes and amazing natural landscapes, including a variety of interesting limestone formations and extensive woodlands. There are a number of great walking routes in the area; however following this route from the National Trust offers the chance to catch a glimpse of the best sights the area has to offer.

Kinder Scout

A great walk for those who fancy something a little more challenging is to explore the Dark Peak area, which is home to the highest hills in the Peak District and is characterised by its large grit stone crags and breathtaking heather-covered moorlands. One of the best routes in the area is to try tackling Kinder Scout, a moorland plateau which is located at the highest point in the Peak District. It is accessible from villages such as Hayfield and Edale and is a popular destination among walkers. If you’re lucky enough you may also have the opportunity to spot some of the regions vast array of fantastic wildlife including its variety of moorland birds.

Here at Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays we have a great selection of holiday cottages in the Peak District, the perfect base from which to explore the natural beauty of the Peak District for yourself. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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Discover the History of Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a beautiful county rich in history and home to numerous magnificent historic attractions, from grand stately homes to spectacular historic houses and gardens. Here we give a quick guide to some of the best historic attractions in Derbyshire which are well worth a visit, so you can discover and immerse yourself in the history of Derbyshire for yourself.

Chatsworth House

A trip to Chatsworth House is the perfect day out, and this iconic building has a long and fascinating history. The house was originally built between 1687 and 1707 and inside the house is home to a vast array of historical artefacts and magnificent artworks. The outside too is just as spectacular, as the property is set in a thousand acres of beautiful gardens. Interestingly the house has also appeared in a number of films including the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Arbor Low

Another great historic attraction located in the county of Derbyshire is Arbor Low, a neolithic henge monument, which is also the region’s most important prehistoric site and indeed is sometimes even referred to as the “stonehenge of the Peak District”. The site consists of approximately 50 limestone blocks positioned in a circular formation, and offers a fascinating insight into our distant past.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan triumph and remains a building of great historical and architectural significance. The building was originally built in the late 1550′s, for the infamous Bess of Hardwick, a significant figure in 16th century English society who was also the second richest woman in England after Queen Elizabeth I. The building was designed by Robert Smythson, a renowned architect during this period, who was a firm supporter of renaissance style architecture. Today the house is open to the public and it’s well worth a wander round its breathtaking rooms and corridors. The house also offers great views over the Derbyshire countryside.

 

Here at Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays we are able to offer a great range of holiday cottages in Derbyshire, the perfect base from which to explore all the county of Derbyshire has to offer. For more information about our great range of accommodation please do not hesitate to contact us by giving us a call on +44 (0)1335 344795 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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Events in the Ashbourne Area

Fun and thrills at Mappleton Bridge Jump 1st January 2012, if you are staying with us its well worth a visit.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DdYOeFzQXo
Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday February 2012- ASHBOURNE SHROVETIDE FOOTBALL-  dont miss. Bring you cold  weather clothes and enjoy a couple of days amongst thousands taking part at the Shrovetide festivities. From 1.00 to midnight each day or until the first goal is scored.

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Viennese Christmas in St John’s Church on December 3rd at 7.30pm music by London Concertante. Tickets £16, £14, £12 tickets from Tourist Information. Why not plan a visit to Ashbourne for our late night shopping on 11th December 2011

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Jill and Jake

The latest additions to our family are Jill and Jake, two delightful 1 year old donkeys. Jake is crossed with a miniature so quite small for a gelding. Both are so cute and were introduced to our guests last week who loved them. So come armed with apples and carrots which they love and have a petting session to be enjoyed by all.

Our donkeys are settling in nicely- have escaped just once. They are loving the supply of carrots and apples guests keep feeding them, I think they will have to join me on a post Christmas diet.

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Painting experience in Derbyshire

Here at Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays we can offer you the chance to dabble at painting and drawing. Located in a peaceful rural location in central Derbyshire our self catering cottages have oustanding views and are surrounded by nature and items of interest.We can supply you with the use of paper, paints and pencils for just a small fee per person. If you are here with friends or family and wish to try your hand at painting as an individual or as a group with no pressure other than creative encouragment then please ask for details.

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Accommodation and walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Today  was an experience when I sampled the  delights of the ‘Trit Trot Trail’ walk organised by Sally Mosely. A delightful  short and easy walk of around 3 miles from Castleton along a  scenic valley with information on the area provided by Sally, ending up at the Shire Horse Centre at Brough where we all boarded a beautifully presented and comfortable dray pulled by a magnificent pair of black shire horses.We were then taken along the roads on an hour long very leisurely trip back to Castleton with delicious home made lemon drizzle cake and ginger beer on route. A delight. We are pleased to offer guests at our accommodation eithr the chance of the Trit Trot Experience or a group adventure around the Castleton area with the Shire Horse experience. Our visitors can contact me for details on 0780 8899493.

 

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