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“Small but beautifully formed”
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Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Matlock, Derbyshire, England

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Richard E
2 reviews
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“Small but beautifully formed”
Reviewed 15 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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"Small but beautifully formed", could be one way of describing The Hay Loft. But that would not do justice to the amazing hospitality of the dedicated and entertaing host, Sharon - a real character. It had all the facilities that we needed for our 3 days stay, was clean and comfortable, and very reasonably priced. OK, you may have to shuffle the armchairs around to gain a bit of space now and again but, hey, what do expect if you have seen it on the website and read the blurb? Get talking to Sharon and it more than makes up for any minor inconvenience. She is warm, friendly and funny.

Returning weary from a long walk Sharon plyed us with doorstop slices of fresh bread, homemade rasberry jam - still warm from the pan -and a pot of tea whilst we sat at her picnic table overlooking the sheep pasture dipping gently away from the house to the wooded hill beyond; whilst her 4 year old granddaughter, Daisy, acted as doctor to her dolls, and spanniel "Dave" was playfighting with Daisy's Andrex lookalike puppy "Stan" under the table. No poncy names uwp 'ere luv.

We had an excellent meal at the characterful King's Head pub, after a bit of a yomp up, over and down a very steep hill separating The Hay Loft from Bonsall village . Would not fancy walking there, or back, in the dark, though. We regret not having had time or energy to visit the BarleyMow - famous for both its food and entertainment - and, apparently, an excellent the village cafe converted from a pub. We were happy to leave those until our next visit.

If you are looking for a bijou, quiet, rural retreat in a beautiful part of the country and want some first class hospitality - with a few laughs - then The Hay Den could be the place for you. Like us, you may also be unable to resist giving Sharon a hug when you leave.

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JenB1982
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Perfect size and location”
Reviewed 14 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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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.

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Tombarnol...
Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great location, wonderful views”
Reviewed 1 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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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!

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MissMorts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect get away!”
Reviewed 1 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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person found this review helpful

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.

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bazturk
Dundee
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A little gem!”
Reviewed 29 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

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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Liked best: Peaceful and compact.
Liked least: Could do with a mirror in the main room and shelf in bathroom makes it difficult to get to the sink.
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janetmurr...
Deal, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Too small for us!”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

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.

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Spinneyma...
Bournemouth, England
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nothing too much trouble!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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The lovely Sharon (and Dave her dog!) made us feel so welcome! Lovely touches showing she had taken time to help us settle in and feel comfortable. Lovely views down the valley and across is a beautiful wood stretching along the side of the valley.

If you're looking for a studio apartment in a quiet rural location you'd not go far wrong choosing this one. Sharon has worked her magic providing all you need for your stay, be you a walker or cyclist or like us nosing about in what seems like interesting places. There isn't much room for parking a car, but the lane is hardly used and we had no trouble.

We wish Sharon the very best in her new venture, but if you are thinking about staying, remember it's not a one bed flat, it's a studio and so compact!

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Liked best: owner's attitude
Liked least: parking space too small
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