Booked this property on a whim a week before travelling and it's one of the best holidays we have had. The pictures do the place justice and we knew the size of the property before arriving, any questions we did have were answered over the phone by Sharon before arriving. Sharon was helpful and explained in detail what the lodge contained and what we needed to bring (which was very little).
Yes it's small, which is clearly indicated in the pictures, but it was very clean and well presented, just perfect for us to use as a base to explore the Peak District. We had no trouble parking, there is adequate space to park, unload the car and for others to get by. Both of us were able to prepare food and shower without bumping into each other, and the heating system is good and keeps the cosy feel. The views across the valley are amazing and there is a small seating area behind the lodge and secluded from the main house where you can enjoy the view in peace.
The owner was a joy to rent with from the booking all the way through to leaving. Sharon answered all questions over the phone and upon arriving had prepared a welcome tray of fairy cakes and fresh coffee. Sharon also offered advice on things to do in the local area, which led to us having an amazing walk along Monsal Dale. But all of this was done without being intrusive, Sharon struck a good balance.
All in all, this was a great place to stay and Sharon was a lovely host. We have struck on a gem and will be back.
This recently renovated outbuilding is small but very well thought out and is perfect for a couple staying in the area. The views from your own patio are wonderful and the owner's dog will soon make friends with you!
Sharon was very helpful in directing us to all the local amenities. The local pub deserves special mention for a very memorable evening (they have a band on every Saturday night) with fantastic music, food and beer.
We will be going back!
And Sharon - we bought the caravan on your advice!
We did not get to meet Sharon until the second day of our stay, however, all of her homely touches made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived (including the scrumptious plate of cakes).
The property is ideal for short stays and well equipped for cyclists. It is ideally located for walking and cycling routes but would recommend having a car. It is walking distance from the local pub that does great home made meals and live music. Thoroughly enjoyed our get away and would recommend to anybody seeking a bit of countryside air.
The Hay Den is a lovely little hideaway with everything you would need for a short break. Its location provides a great base to go exploring Derbyshire. Sharon makes you feel very welcome and also makes some lovely cakes which are a godsend after a long day traveling. If you are looking for somewhere to spend a few quiet days then The Hay Den is for you.
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We knew the Hay Den was compact but nothing had prepared us for just how small it was. There was little accessible storage, no wardrobe and the 2 armchairs had to be moved , to gat around. There was no freezer compartment in the fridge and only one (hand) towel was provided. the internet access was poor
We found the place difficult to find coming from the top of the village, easier from the bottom. The parking space was too narrow for anything other than a very compact car, with a drop at the side.
When we arrived late afternoon no-one was around and the studio hadn't been cleaned from the previous guests. To be fair Sharon was very apologetic. She was also friendly and helpful. The views were good, there was a pleasant patio area, but the peace was spoilt on one of the 3 mornings by workmen drilling outside.
The studio was new, clean and warm but it was too cramped for us.