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“An excellent Christmas birthday at Hollybank”

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Hollybank House
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Hollybank House
The log chalet & terrace
The Barbecue
The Main Lounge
The Dining Room
The Blue Lounge
The Blue Lounge - another view
The Kitchen
The Hall and Main Stairs
Super Kingsize Bedroom - twin or double on request
En-suite Shower Room
The Main Family Bathroom
Twin Bedroom - one of three
The Family Bedroom
The Second Family Bathroom
New Parking Bays
The Garden
The Garden
The Garden
A View from the House
The terrace by night
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5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13
Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England

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David C
Harrogate, United Kingdom
1 review
“An excellent Christmas birthday at Hollybank”
Reviewed 31 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

Hollybank House certainly lives up to the descriptions of its amenities given on its website, and well deserves its 4 star rating. The house is well equipped which allowed us to self cater for this family break. The owners took the opportunity to decorate the house for the Christmas festivities, and supplied a most welcome hamper, drinks, a birthday present and card for my wife and treats for the dogs. Communication with the owners both before and after our stay was easy. Instructions for the operation of equipment very clear

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Liked best: Difficult to say - all aspects excellent
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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Management Response
5 Nov 2016
Thank you for your review. We love to decorate the house for Christmas. I remember going to Midnight Service at St Oswald's church as a child and walking back through the snow.
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Becky S
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect house, perfect location - so pleased we found it!”
Reviewed 7 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

What can I say that the rest of the reviews hasn't already?? This house was just perfect.

We were a family of 14 (8 adults and 6 children) and we couldn't have chosen a better place to stay to celebrate our mums 60th birthday.

The service leading up to our visit was brilliant, Ron and Jo have customer service at the forefront of all they do and say and it was easy "to do business with them" - nothing was any trouble and when enquiring about outside catering to provide the food for my mums birthday they recommend a lovely lady and her mum who made us a fabulous 3 course dinner and cleaned up too!

On arriving accessing the house is easy and more keys were found inside. A hamper was waiting for us with all lovely goods inside, wine, soft drinks and a present and card for my mum :) the added special touch of personalised sweets for each of the children was lovely and went down very well with each of our children!

The house was built in the 1800's and you can see and read a lot of the history in the house which was great to see - as it was over 3 levels we never found we were on top of each other and the kids loved playing around the house as well as in the garden and out house (our only disappointment was that if we had visited in the summer we would have made more use of it and the excellent BBQ and games facilities).

Jo and Ron have seriously thought of EVERYTHING a family would need to have an easy and enjoyable stay, there were games, toys and books supplied that catered for the whole family (our family were from 3 months to 63years). There is information on the local area, restaurants,walks and places to visit. The kitchen had absolutely everything you could think of and more it was fantastic!

The location is great with a park only 5 minutes (if that) away (tip: leave the house cross directly over and walk down the two alley ways and you'll be there - the first time we went to find it we went the long way!) and Ashbourne is only minutes walk away which was perfect for us to pop in and out whenever we wanted - some really lovely shops, old pubs and restaurants.

We visited Alton Towers, Uttoexeter races, Crich Tramway and local golf course during our stay - all of which are within 20/30 min drive at most.

Had such a lovely time we wanted to stay longer (we were there a week!).

Correspondence with Jo and Ron since has remained to a high standard as we have left an item behind which they are willing to post at no charge to us - again another demonstration of their fantastic customer service.

Would recommend to anyone - and already thinking when can we go again!

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Management Response
5 Nov 2016
Thank you for your review.You certainly visited lots of places.There is so much to do in the Peak District.It seems to cater for all interests
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TiredMumm...
Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Perfect for a nice hen weekend.”
Reviewed 13 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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It's hard to find a nice place which will accept a hen party for a short break. Hollybank house was incredibly welcoming and even told us not to worry about the tidy up afterwards (we did anyway as it is such a lovely house it would be a shame not to look after it).

The kitchen is incredibly well equipped and the owners very kindly left dishwasher tablets, loo paper and cleaning supplies etc... They also left a welcome hamper (with much appreciated wine, lovely jams, tea bags, bread, cereal etc...) a congratulations card for the Bride to Be and a box of celebrations. We managed to seat 10 around the dining table for dinner comfortably and were all able to fit into each lounge without feeling too squashed).

The bedrooms are lovely, very clean and each has a hospitality tray with biscuits, tea coffee and a kettle so you can enjoy your first cup of tea in bed if you wish. They also supplied dressing gowns which were very comfortable. The garden is beautiful, to make the most of it we held our wine tasting in the garden using the summer house as a serving area for the lady leading the wine tasting session.

The house was very close to the town centre (out the door, turn right, down the road and then down the hill) but not close enough to have noisy groups walking past at night.

The house would also be great for a large family holiday, you have more kitchen equipment there than you probably have at home and there were stair gates at the top and bottom of the stairs making it safe for young children.

We all had an amazing time in a very well presented house. Thank you.

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Liked best: The extra touches, biscuits and dressing gowns in each room, the welcome hamper etc...
Liked least: Nothing. All great.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
5 Nov 2016
Thank you for your review.So pleased you enjoyed your Hen Party.We love to welcome all groups.
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LaStabler...
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
“Friendly, well equipped, perfectly located; got it all!”
Reviewed 21 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Overlook this place at your peril. We booked this fabulous house for a party weekend with a large group of friends and it exceeded all expectations. The house has plenty of living and entertainment space, yet still has that cosy 'home from home' feel, fostered by the wonderfully friendly owners who wholeheartedly embraced our themed party with their welcome pack. So much so, we invited them to our party, although they were sadly unable to attend! The house has every modern appliance you could possibly need and you could watch a different TV every night even if you stayed a week. With loads of bedrooms, bathrooms and en suites to choose from, even with nine of us we didn't feel on top of each other which took away the sometimes stressful experience of being in a large group. By the end of the weekend we were sad we couldn't spend an extra night. Its the attention to detail which sets this place apart; the owners have literally thought of EVERYTHING you might need whether you are a family wanting to explore the area or a group get together in the house.

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Liked best: Bathrooms
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
5 Nov 2016
Thank you for your review.We are pleased you all enjoyed your weekend.
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Viki A
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Magnificent home from home in a beautiful town”
Reviewed 7 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We booked a 3 night stay at Hollybank House for a family get together and our only regret was that we didn't book for longer!

The property is truly magnificent and so well equipped. The house, garden and chalet were all cleaned, pruned and presented to an impeccable standard for our arrival. All appliances were in excellent condition, there was always hot water and literally everything we needed was provided. All you need to bring when visiting this property is yourselves and food - unless you plan to eat out at the excellent local establishments.

We made use of the fantastic BBQ two nights running and were lucky enough to be able to sit out on the terrace the second night. The games provided (indoor and outdoor) provided us with hours of entertainment, however we did still manage to find time to visit the town and nearby Carsington Water - both of which we highly recommend! The local butcher (George Peach) had quality produce - great for our BBQ's.

The owners of Hollybank offer fantastic customer service, they were a pleasure to deal with when arranging the booking; the welcome hamper and personal touches on our arrival were the icing on the cake! Genuinely could not recommend this property more highly!!

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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