5 Star Cottage
Cottage Ref: 03128
- Sleeps 4
- Self Catering
- 2 Bedrooms
- No Smoking
- 1 Bathrooms
- No Pets
- peaceful retreat
- Car not essential
Nearest Airport: Manchester (40km)
Not suitable for children or infirm
Candlelight Cottage is a holiday cottage which sleeps 4 and is the perfect self catering retreat. With all conveniences, it has been rated 5 star by enjoyengland.com.
The spacious oak beamed sitting room enjoys fine views over Litton village green. Chinese prints adorn the walls and there are soft leather sofas in which to relax.
The feature stone fireplace houses a natural coal effect gas stove, lending the room an atmosphere of total comfort and warmth. A 32" flat screen colour TV, video and DVD recorders are provided, along with a radio/CD player, iPod docking station and a selection of games, DVD’s, videos, maps and tourist information.
The sunny, south facing dining kitchen is fully equipped with ceramic hob, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
The pine shutters, slate tiled floor and AGA stove give this room a feel of real character and warmth making it the ideal place to cook and dine.
Stairs lead up from the kitchen to the bathroom and two bedrooms which sleep 4.
The double bedroom faces south and looks out over the patio garden and fields beyond. The pine shutters have been retained and the Victorian style double bed gives the room further character. The room benefits from a double fitted wardrobe in distressed pine with further storage above. A radio alarm clock, hairdryer and a shaver plug are also provided. The candelabra lights in both bedrooms may be dimmed to add further atmosphere.
The twin bedded room enjoys views of the village green and Litton Edge, one of the many walks possible from the cottage. The whole village green is planted with spring bulbs and in May the view is filled with cherry blossom. Inside, the Victorian cast iron fireplace has been retained as a decorative feature and a radio alarm clock and shaver plug are provided. To ensure your comfort, a choice of winter or summer weight duvets is available.
The newly installed bathroom is fully tiled and features a bath, separate shower cubicle, Edwardian style suite and heated towel rail.
A stable door leads from the kitchen out into an enclosed and very private patio style garden. Garden furniture and a BBQ are provided in summer.
Stairs lead out of the kitchen down to the utility room, which houses the tumble dryer, deep freeze, and other utility items. Ample space is available here for the storage of luggage and the drying of boots and outdoor clothing.
At Candlelight Cottage we have tried to create a rural retreat with a real feel of luxury. Fabrics and furniture have been chosen to complement our Chinese and Thai silk pictures and each room has a charm of its own.
The house is fully centrally heated and hot water is available at all times. All windows have double glazing.
For the comfort of all our guests, we operate a strict NO SMOKING and NO PETS policy. Please be aware that, as in many other older properties, Candlelight Cottage has relatively steep stairs and some low beams. We regret that we cannot accommodate children under the age of 8 years.
Location of holiday rental near Bakewell, Peak District/Derbyshire, East Midlands
|Holiday Type:||Rural, Lake/Riverside, Mountain, Historic/Sightseeing, Town/City, Family|
|Local Activities:||Swimming/Watersports, Walking, Golf, Fishing, Climbing, Horse Riding, Cycling/Mountain Biking, Local Market, Amusement/Water Park|
|Nearest Railway Station:||Buxton||12km|
|Nearest Ferry Port:||Hull||80km|
|Nearest Bus Station:||Buxton||12km|
Litton can certainly be described as one of the most attractive villages in the Peak District with many late 17th and early 18th century houses, full of charm and character set around a large village green where you can find an ancient cross, old wooden stocks and a quaint village pub.
Situated 4 miles northwest of Bakewell and 1 mile east of Tideswell, home of the Cathedral of the Peak, Litton has a particular charm of its own. The village Green is covered with daffodils in spring, followed in May by the cherry blossom and during the summer months visitors can picnic in the shade of leafy trees. At Christmas time the village sparkles with Christmas lights and the main Litton Christmas tree is positioned just opposite Candlelight Cottage.
Lying at 1,000 feet above sea level, almost at the very centre of The Peak District National Park, Litton offers all the advantages of a peaceful small village, whilst being only a 20 minute drive away from the towns of Buxton and Bakewell or the beautiful stately homes of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall. Superbly located in the midst of breathtaking scenery typical of the White Peak area of limestone dales, the village also provides an ideal base from which to visit the wild moors and grit stone outcrops of The Dark Peak.
There are many excellent walks from the village, especially down Litton and Tideswell Dales to reach the River Wye near Water cum Jolly, or through Tansley and Cressbrook Dales to Monsal Dale and the famous viaduct at Monsal Head.
Litton grew up around the lead mining industry, indeed there are many scattered remains of lead mining and small limestone workings to be seen in the fields today. Later, in the 18th century Litton had a flourishing hosiery industry, with many families working on stocking frames in their homes.
The village is mostly comprised of small cottages, originally inhabited by lead miners. There are however also some fine larger houses such as Holborn House (1639), Hammerton House (1768) and Clergy House (1723). In 1865 a combined school, church and library was built in the centre of the village and is still used as the village school today.
Candlelight cottage is believed to date from the 18th century and began its life as two separate cottages. Later the two cottages were knocked together and used as a village shop. We have a photograph taken around 1900 showing the cottage as a shop, with the owners standing proudly outside. When the cottage was renovated recently, we discovered the old shop window bricked up! All that remains today of the shop are the old meat hooks set into the kitchen ceiling.
The Red Lion pub
Visitors to Candlelight Cottage spend a great deal of time here, chatting to the locals and sampling the menu. Some recent guests went every night for a week! The 17th century free house features in The Good Pub Guide and is renowned locally for the quality of its food and beer. Situated in the heart of the village, The Red Lion is just a 5 minute walk away from Candlelight Cottage and has a cosy and relaxing feel. The pub began its life as three cottages and in winter, the beamed rooms are kept wonderfully warm by log fires.
Open Monday to Thursday lunchtimes and evenings; Friday to Sunday open all day. A good selection of meals served lunchtimes and evenings (not Sunday evenings). We would advise you to book or arrive early at peak times. (Telephone 01298 871458.)
Litton village shop
In such a small village, it is unusual to have a shop let alone an award winning shop!
After the closure of Litton’s last shop, a number of villagers formed a friendly society, renovated the old village smithy and The Litton Community Shop was born. It was the first village owned and run shop in Derbyshire and later that year, the shop project won a Peak Achievement Award from the National Park Authority.
Ten years on, the shop/post office is thriving. Mainly run by volunteers, it provides a real focal point and meeting place for local residents and visitors alike.
The shop stocks a broad range of items including several locally made products. (Don’t miss Bradwell’s ice cream!) Prices are competitive with local supermarkets and there is also a newspaper delivery service. Visitors can sit outside with their tea and cake, watch the world go by and enjoy views of Litton Edge.
Every year in late June, Litton has its Well Dressing festival. Celebrations last all week with May Pole dancing displays by local school children and Morris Men, local brass bands and several other events.
For full details and dates of well dressings in Derbyshire see welldressing.com.
Running above the village to the north is Litton Edge from where there are beautiful aerial views over the village below. From the Edge it is easy to see the various ancient field systems which surround Litton. Most fields are long and narrow and are the result of the Enclosure Acts of 1760 and 1830 when strips of much larger fields were allocated to individual families to farm. Reverse s-shaped fields date from medieval times and the more rectangular fields away from the village, from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Across the fields from Litton, are the spectacular limestone dales of Tideswell Dale, Tansley Dale, Ravensdale and Cressbrook Dale. Cressbrook Dale is an SSSI or Site of Specific Scientific Interest, renowned for its exceptional wild flowers. Some of the flowers such as birdsfoot sedge are very rare and in spring the sides of the dales are completely covered with Early Purple Orchids, Leadwort, and Cowslips. Later in July, it is the turn of Common Spotted Orchids, and other rarer orchids such as the Frog Orchid and Burnt Orchid can sometimes be seen. To learn more see Flowers of the limestone dales.
At the top of Cressbrook Dale you will also discover a strange rock formation known as Peter’s Stone. This huge outcrop was formed over thousands of years, as part of the surrounding land slowly slipped away.
Peter’s Stone however is also known by the more grisly name of Gibbet Rock. On top of the rock, the bodies of those who had committed serious crimes were hung from a gibbet in a cage, as an example to others. The last person to suffer this fate was a 21 year old man called Anthony Linguard in 1815.
Another gruesome story from times past is that of Litton Mill, located 2 miles away from Litton village along the river Wye. Founded as a cotton mill in 1782 the mill owners Ellis Needham & Co cruelly mistreated the young apprentices, many of whom died due to the appalling working conditions, poor food and beatings. In order to cover up the high levels of mortality amongst the paupers and orphaned children who mainly made up the workforce, the owners had their bodies buried in several different locations. For many years the mill lay empty, but a few years ago it was converted into apartments.
Whatever your interest, there is something in the Peak District for you. The rugged and dramatic Dark Peak lies to the north with its great expanses of heather moorland and strange grit stone outcrops. Here you can walk for miles with just sheep, grouse, skylarks and curlews for company.
The views are wild and rugged, in stark contrast to the soft rolling hills and peaceful limestone dales of the White Peak in the south. Here, fields are crisscrossed with dry stone limestone walls and sheep graze in lush green fields. Hay meadows, ancient dew ponds and wild flowers abound.
With over 1,600 miles of footpaths and many more miles of off road cycle trails the only problem is deciding where to go first.
Walking and hiking
Candlelight Cottage is part of the Walkers Welcome scheme. We provide all of the following:
•A separate heated drying room for clothes and boots
•First Aid Kits
•Information on local outdoor activity shops
•Maps and walking books.
From the door of Candlelight Cottage, you can easily walk to Tideswell Dale, Litton Dale, Monsal Dale, Cressbrook Dale, Millers Dale and Water-cum-Jolly Dale. In spring and summer, all these dales are covered with wild flowers and trout can be seen in the River Wye as you walk along its banks. Both the Limestone Way and The Monsal Trail pass through nearby Millers Dale and The Pennine Way can be joined at its start in Edale, a 20 minute drive from Litton. Other trails to explore are the White Peak Way, The High Peak and Tissington Trails, which follow former railway lines and pass through stunning limestone scenery and beautiful villages. Details of all these trails are available in the cottage along with several guidebooks and maps.
Peak District Walking Festivals take place each year. Each festival covers a different area of the Peak District and consists of a programme of guided walks for people of all abilities. Walk themes cover everything from discovering orchids to ghost walks, and evening bat walks.
Try Walking Britain's route 2573 - Tideswell, Miller's & Cressbrook Dales from Litton, a nice 7 mile route - click for more details.
Be entertained as you walk, using one of 13 free audio tours of the Peak District moors, available to download onto MP3 players at Moors for the Future.
Trail guides are another great way of discovering more about the area as you walk. Each guide includes a route, descriptive text, map and things to see and do along the way. The guides are downloadable from Visit Peak District.
The Tissington Trail, High Peak Trail and Monsal Trail are all former railway lines which have been converted to safe, traffic free cycle paths. There are cycle hire centres and picnic sites along the trails, making them an ideal day out for all ages. Carsington Water and Ladybower reservoir also have cycle hire facilities and the views are stunning. The Pennine Cycleway, (National Cycle Network No 68) starts in Derby and runs through The Peak District on its way to the Northumbrian coast.
For the more intrepid, there is an extensive network of bridleways, some of which follow ancient packhorse routes over challenging moorland. These can be ideal for mountain biking and take you to some of the remoter parts of the Peak District. Favourite spots for mountain bikers include the Goyt Valley, Edale and the Upper Derwent Valley.
A local company, Peak Tours offer a cycle hire and delivery service to/from anywhere in the Peak District, so if you can’t bring your bikes with you, you can have some delivered to Candlelight Cottage. There is room at the back of the cottage to store them out of sight.
Peak MTB - offering mountain biking courses and guided rides.
Peak Cycle Hire - for local cycle hire.
Other Outdoor Activities
Peak Pursuits is a company offering organised activities such as: abseiling, archery, bell boating, canoeing, climbing, fencing, ghyll scrambling, kayaking, mountain biking, orienteering, skiing, scrambling, snowboarding and walking.
Climbing and caving
Superb climbing and caving opportunities exist in the area for both beginners and experienced adventurers. There is even an indoor climbing wall at Upper Limits in Longnor.
From the limestone quarries at nearby Stoney Middleton to the grit stone areas of Stanage Edge and Curbar Edge - there are thousands of climbing routes, from the easiest to the most challenging in easy reach of Candlelight Cottage.
Canoeing, wind surfing, sailing and kayaking are available at Carsington Water, Rudyard Lake, Tittesworth Water and Staunton Harold. Tuition can also be arranged.
The rivers Dove, Wye, Lathkill and Derwent are world famous for excellent fly fishing. The southern stretch of the River Derwent offers coarse fishing and tuition is available at Rudyard Lake.
Fishing is possible on a number of local lakes including Ladybower.
There are several courses in the area including Chatsworth, Bamford and Bakewell - try Peak Practice Golf.
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre and Sheffield Ski village.
There is an outdoor heated pool at Hathersage open during the summer. Indoor pools at Bakewell, Matlock and Buxton.
The diverse habitats of the Peak District make it an excellent place for birdwatchers. RSPB Coombes Valley and reservoirs such as Tittesworth, Ogston and Upper Derwent Valley are favourite destinations.
Other available activities include riding, gliding, paragliding, hang gliding, helicopter flights, balloon flights, cable car rides, canal boat hire and clay pigeon shooting.
Wandering around some of our local towns and villages is a wonderful way to spend time.
Foolow, Tissington, Hartington, Ilam and Ashford in the Water are great examples of quintessential English villages.
Tideswell, just a mile away from Litton is home to the 14th century church known as 'The Cathedral of the Peak' and also to Tindalls of Tideswell, the award winning delicatessen where some of the 'goodies' in our welcome basket are sourced.
The nearby village of Eyam is known as the "plague village". In 1665, the plague (Black Death) was brought here in a flea ridden bundle of cloth, delivered to the village tailor from London. Under the leadership of Reverend Mompesson, the village bravely quarantined itself. Many of its inhabitants suffered a dreadful death, but their sacrifice prevented the spread of plague across the Peak District.
Bakewell with its stone cottages, hidden courtyards and interesting boutique shops, enjoys a fabulous setting on the River Wye.
Buxton, famous for its restorative waters, stately architecture and Edwardian opera house has a more sedate feel. Especially beautiful are the Pavilion Gardens complete with bandstand and plant filled conservatories.
The Georgian town of Ashbourne, home of the gingerbread man, has an abundance of antique shops and an ancient cobbled marketplace.
•Ashbourne - Thursday and Saturday
•Bakewell - Monday (including livestock market)
•Buxton - Tuesday and Saturday
•Leek - Tuesday (livestock only), Wednesday, Friday (indoor only) and Saturday
•Matlock - Tuesday & Friday
The Peak District has an enormous range of cultural experiences on offer you, with music venues, theatres, museums to visit, centres for arts, crafts, antiques, and so much more.
The Peak District boasts many magnificent stately homes, several of which have been used as film locations. Chatsworth House, the real home of Georgiana, 5th Duchess of Devonshire, was used recently in the filming of The Duchess starring Keira Knightley. Five rooms at Kedleston Hall were also used and several costumes from the film are on display there.
Haddon Hall, a medieval manor house has been used in the filming of The Other Boleyn Girl, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth and Jane Eyre.
Sudbury Hall with its museum of childhood was used in the filming of the TV series Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.
The grit stone crags of Stanage Edge have been used for many famous scenes including the iconic view of Keira Knightly looking into the distance in Pride and Prejudice.
The long running TV drama, Peak Practice was filmed in many places including Crich, Ashover and Longnor.
Stately homes and gardens
For those interested in grand houses, there are a number of stately homes to visit such as Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Eyam Hall, all of which are close to Candlelight Cottage and offer a range of special cultural events throughout the year. All have beautiful gardens and good places to eat.
Annual events at Chatsworth include horse trials, a country fair, an outdoor sculpture exhibition, outdoor concerts and extensive Christmas festivities.
Further afield, but within an hour’s drive are Lyme Park, Renishaw Hall, Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall and Sudbury Hall.
In addition to the fantastic gardens at these stately homes, gardening enthusiasts will enjoy Biddulph Grange Garden, Dunge Valley Hidden Gardens, Lea Gardens and the Herb Garden at Hardstoft, all within easy reach of Candlelight Cottage.
Art and music festivals
During July, Buxton hosts the now world famous Buxton Arts Festival which attracts many well known figures from the musical and literary world. In August The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival takes place, In February the Four Four Time Festival features the best of rock, pop, blues, jazz and world music and a whole host of other artistic events are held throughout the rest of the year.
The Pavilion Gardens Buxton host a wide range of fairs and events throughout the year including dances, book fairs, antique fairs, live music in the bandstand and much more besides.
For up to date events see:
•Buxton Opera House
•The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
•The Ashbourne Festival
Ashbourne hosts an Arts Festival and a Highland Gathering in July and the Ashbourne Show in August. The Bakewell Carnival is in July followed by the Arts Festival and Bakewell Show in early August.
Theatres, concert venues and cinemas
The theatres, concert venues and cinemas in Sheffield, Manchester, Derby and Nottingham and Chesterfield are all within easy reach of Litton.
•Sheffield City Hall - Events
•Buxton Opera House
•Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
The tradition of well dressing goes back to ancient times and began as a creative way to give thanks for clean water. The custom is almost unique to the area and takes place in over 70 villages between May and September.
Springs and wells are decorated with beautiful pictures made entirely from flower petals, moss, berries, leaves and seeds pressed into a bed of soft clay. These pictures often depict natural, historical or biblical scenes and are made by teams of volunteers from each village. Several villages like Litton, also have a children’s well. Well dressing week or Wakes Week is often combined with a village carnival, maypole dancing and a procession of floats.
For full details and dates of well dressings in Derbyshire see welldressing.com
Visit the ancient sites of Arbor Low, Creswell Crags and iron age settlements above Hathersage. See one of England’s first Norman forts, Peveril Castle, situated high above Castleton. Explore the many stately homes and museums. Step back in time at the Crich Tramway Museum or take a ride on a steam train at Peak Rail in Matlock.
See some of the region’s dramatic limestone caves formed millions of years ago in the area around Castleton and home to the rare Blue John stone; see:
•Treak Cliff Cavern
•The Blue John Cavern
•Peak Cavern (aka The Devil's Arse)
•The Speedwell Cavern; and
•Poole Cavern in Buxton.
The area’s industrial past is visible today in many different ways. Lead mining was already taking place 4,000 years ago and continued into the 1900’s. Wild flowers now cover the hundreds of tiny spoil heaps in the fields and lead rakes are etched across the white peak.
At Millstone Edge and nearby Burbage Moor many abandoned mill stones can be found. Many of these stones were used in paper and flour mills or to grind knives in nearby Sheffield.
In recent years many derelict mills have been converted into apartments, but Cromford, Belper North and Masson Mills are part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and offer tours. These cotton mills owned by Richard Arkwright became the blueprint for factory production and the Industrial Revolution was born.
The Tissington, High Peak, Manifold and Monsal trails all began their lives as railway lines. Now they provide a network of walking and cycling paths. The famous viaduct at Monsal Head now fits into the landscape in a way that John Ruskin could never have envisaged!
Directions to Litton
From Junction 29 of the M1
Take the A617 to Chesterfield, the A619 to Baslow and then the A623 towards Chapel-en-le-Frith. Litton is signposted on the left after the junction with the B6465.
From the North West
Take the A6 to Chapel-en-le-Frith, and the A623 direction Chesterfield. Litton is signposted to the right after the various signs for Tideswell.
From the South
Take the A6 to Bakewell, the A6 towards Buxton, the B6465 to wards Monsal Head and Wardlow, then briefly the A623 towards Chapel before you will see the signs to turn left to Litton.
A number of bus routes operate through Litton linking the village to Bakewell, Chesterfield, Manchester, Buxton, Sheffield and Meadowhall shopping centre. Details of bus timetables can be found at Buses - Derbyshire County Council and Peak Connections
The nearest mainline stations are Chesterfield and Sheffield; smaller stations nearby include Buxton and all the stations in the Hope Valley.
Manchester airport is the nearest, however we are happy to help with directions from any UK airport.
Precise directions to Candlelight Cottage are provided with our letter of confirmation.
Accommodation, Facilities and Services
|Suitability:||Not suitable for children or infirm, No Smoking, No Pets|
|General:||Central heating, Electric Fan/s, Hairdryer
|Bedrooms:||2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
1 Double/s, 1 Twin/s
1 Bath/s, 1 Shower/s, 1 Wash basin/s, 1 Toilets/s
|Lounge:||Seating for 6 people
Video, CD Player, Radio, DVD Player, Large screen TV, Tape player, Board Games, Books/Magazines, Selection of Films, Selection of Music
|Dining Area:||Seating for 4 people|
|Kitchen/Utility:||Oven, Hob, Grill, Fridge, Freezer, Microwave, Kettle, Toaster, Coffee maker, Dishwasher, Washing machine, Tumble dryer, Ironing board, Iron
|Outdoors:||BBQ, Private garden, Patio table, Patio chairs, Sunshade
|Access:||Car not essential, Off road parking
Linen provided, Towels provided, Cleaning included
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|04/01/19 - 04/04/19||£520||3 Days|
|05/04/18 - 23/05/19||£655||3 Days|
|24/05/19 - 30/05/19||£735||7 Days|
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Owner Name: Simon Wills
Property Ref: 03128
Languages Spoken: English, French, German, Dutch
Preferred Contact Method: Enquiry Form
Primary Telephone: 00 44 (0)1433 631528
Owner joined website: 14 September 2010
Property listed since: 15 September 2010
Link to owners website: www.candlelightcottage.co.uk
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