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WANTED Family Group Self Catering Holiday in Peak District

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shabbychic Tue 23-Jun-09 14:12:17

Hello everyone,
We wanted to get away this Summer with upto 2 other families and ALL of our children (age 4 months to 16 years!) so there are 8 to 14 of us plus babies...
We dont like crowds or strangers. Somewhere clean, lovely, lots to do (or not!) and safe.
We want to stay in same house or cottage to share meals (and washing up!!) - NOT a group of cottages.
Any ideas / recommendations please, we have joined together to share the cost but it is our only holiday of the year so we are looking for something really special...

JudyBlume1019 Tue 23-Jun-09 14:22:43

may be something here

mumof2plus1dad Wed 24-Jun-09 11:41:59

Try Elton Old Hall www.eltonoldhall.info near Bakewell for 14 plus babies, in a lovely village with park, even a tennis court. Children's quiz walk around the village which our children loved & even an Elton Guide Book of Walks (we walked to Bakewell). They breed race horses in Elton so you see them riding the horses down the main lane through the kitchen window!

We only left the village once as the Hall had everything you could imagine and everyone had a great time, grandparents, us & the children 0 to 12.

Briefly, it had a huge oak table for everyone to eat at and they even supplied 2 Tripp Trapp chairs - one with and one without the baby set.

It has seating for everyone in the main lounge which had a DVD collection, book library, Sky but we enjoyed playing the board games as night including Derbyshire monopoly

The 5 to 12yr olds liked the seperate lounge , the grandparents wouldnt budge from the conservatory which sits out into the walled garden with lovely views.

I loved soaking in our ensuite bath as the bathroom had exposed stone walls. Every bedroom was different and we had the sleigh bed, our friends bagged the four poster.

It was pristine with lots of old features but "fresh" and light inside and no fussy ornaments - so the children couldn't break anything!

The garden has a "secret play area" which you enter through an archway which had a playhouse & trampoline & children's table & chairs - they loved this.

It just opened this Easter and they have some availability this Summer as we now get their newsletter as we plan to go back next Summer for a week.

The owner, Juliet, is lovely and thinks of everything (emergency baby wipes & nappy sacks!). They even had plug socket covers & a night light which was a first for us and we have stayed at lots of places incl. Rural Retreats (7 times) but this place was just perfect, we didnt have to worry about the children & they had lots to do! So we could do lots too!

Lilymaid Wed 24-Jun-09 19:45:40

Hurdlow Grange sleeps 14. Billy's Bothy sleeps up to 16. There are plenty of others if you do a search on this website

shabbychic Sat 27-Jun-09 09:58:14

Hi

Thank you for your replies. Looked at Hurdlow Grange - part of a large group of cottages & Billys Bothy which is in the garden of the owners house.

So we have opted for Elton Old Hall - really understanding about our requirements for children, in village with park, cafe, pub & lots of walks park so we should all be happy. It also has a trampoline so that should be fun.

Thanks again x

KarenG Thu 23-Jul-09 17:59:49

If you'd like to go somewhere different next time try here www.the-cleeve.co.uk

shabbychic Sun 30-Aug-09 19:24:22

WOW!Just to say a BIG THANK YOU! We have had such a lovely time at Elton Old Hall.

From the moment we all arrived in a whirlwind of children's chaos(sticky sweet caught up in hair, missing shoe) you just step into a place of calm relaxation, where everything has been thought of in advance and is just to hand.
No comprise on the decor - it is beautifully furnished.
From the excitement of the children discovering the play castle(something to do with Robin Hoods Stride) in the kids secret garden to the wildlife on the local walks (alpacas, hairy cows, mythical fairies) to piling onto the huge sofas to watch the latest DVDs (filmed at Chatsworth) - such attention to detail.
We loved it, we got it and we did not want to leave.
As our friends said, "it is like a childhood memory of what a perfect family holiday is!"

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