Knowl Cottage is between 500 and 700 years old, it could therefore have been built sometime in the 1300s. It was originally of cruck construction, with a thatched roof. Some time later the thatch was removed, and the walls raised to build a second floor. Part of the original cruck beam can still be seen both downstairs and is in fact featured upstairs in one of the bedrooms.
In the spacious lounge there is an impressive inglenook fireplace with open grate, bordered by dressed stone lintels. There are also original stone mullion windows and beams.There is a television, video, DVD player, full Sky programmes, CD player, and WiFi. There is a tv room, showing both full sky programmes (additional to the sky service in the cottage) and BT sports, shared with two other one bedroomed cottages (rarely used by the occupants of those two cottages) seating up to ten people in the courtyard behind the cottage.
On the first floor are three large bedrooms, all of which have good sized en-suites, two double rooms and one twin. One of the double rooms has an en-suite with a bath and a shower over, the other two rooms have showers. Again the age of the property is apparent from these rooms. Each bedroom has its own TV.
The cottage is well heated with fully controllable central heating in addition to the open fire place. Along with an unlimited supply of logs, kindling wood and firellighters for the fire, all heating is included in the rental.
There is off-road parking for two cars (or at a squeeze three small cars), with plenty more opportunities for free parking in the village.
At the rear of the property, in a private courtyard of this and two other cottages, there is a modest patio area with seating and a tables which being surrounded on all sides by buildings or walls (apart from the driveway) enables guests to enjoy the outside even in cooler evenings.
The cottage is located in Hartington,in the centre of the 'White Peak' - the limestone part of the Peak District, famous for its dales, rolling countryside and drys tone walls. the River Dove passes within a couple of hundred yards of the village and there is a footpath direct from the village through a gorgeous meadow to the river. Downstream along an excellent riversside path is Dovedale, the most famous natural attraction in the Peak District. A mile awayis Hartington Station, the track passing through the station has been converted into a 15 mile long cycle path, also much used particularly in winter by walkers. The Tissington Trail as it is called offers extensive views for much of its length, particularly either side of this former station.
Hartington is very much a 'honeypot' village' partially due to it being such a good base for walking with the consequence that despite only having 130 houses, there are two tea rooms, two excellent coaching inns, a nesagents, a delicatessen, a gift shop, a very famous cheese shop, a farm food shop and even a petrol station/garage, and therefore offers plenty to do, even for non-walkers. The geese pond is highly popular and much photographed.
In the grading process the cottage achieved an almost unheard of 100% for standards of housekeeping.
There are twelve (!) highly personal information folders in the cottage, much praised by guests and tourist board inspectors, ensuring guests get the most out of their stay. the onwers go to considerable lengths to try to ensure that their guests take full advantage of this wonderful area.
Accommodation consist of: 6 beds in 3 bedroom(s)
Weekly prices from: £440.00 to £975.00
Knowl Cottage lies in the centre of the village of Hartington, close to the River Dove and about 1 mile west of the A515 Ashbourne - Buxton road. postcode: ST13 8PW