Tom and I were fortunate enough to get a couple days off work and we figured we should really make the most of it, especially with the incredible weather.
After meeting a lovely couple through work, they suggested we go and stay in their B&B in the Derbyshire, the Peak District (4 miles from Dovedale).
Alstonefield Manor has 3 rooms in the main house, and 2 self catered cottages.They also have a couple of cottages currently undergoing renovations.
We stayed in Gardener’s cottage, which is located next to the Main house. It’s pet friendly, so we took Tom’s dog, Peaches, with us. The flagstone floor in the downstairs also made it cool enough for the dog in the hot weather.
The cottage has a full kitchen, TV, dining table, log burner, underfloor heating, WiFi, king size bed, fluffy robes, slippers, separate shower and toilet.
Jo and Rob made us feel very welcome. After settling in to the cottage we sat on the front lawn, which has a wonderful view of the rolling hills, and they bought us out a couple slices of cake. Below you can see me on the sun lounger enjoying the view, and Victoria sponge, in front of the main house.
Inside the cottage there is plenty of information about walking and what to do in the area. On our first morning we cooked breakfast, and then headed out about 10:30am. Using the provided walking routes, we headed off to Dovedale. Eventually, nearly 15 miles later, we made it back to the cottage after walking through all of the surrounding villages on a continuous search for a pub!
Our stay at Alstonefield Manor totally relaxed us. The house is set within the most peaceful village but with plenty to do in the surrounding areas. The cottage itself was very cosy, and the luxurious linen and fabrics made us more than comfortable. See below images of the bedroom.
If you’re wondering where the B&B guests eat, then the George pub is where you’re bound to find them. A minutes walk down the road is the George, the Village pub. It serves delicious food at very reasonable prices, and most importantly it’s dog friendly! Pre-booking is necessary, but it’s well worth the planning. They have an A la Carte menu but also a seasonal tasting menu.
The George is open for lunch and dinner, but does close for a few hours late afternoon. We ate at the George and had a wonderful meal. Although the menu sounded simple it’s not your average pub food, and the dish combinations are really exciting to taste.
On our final morning Jo & Rob invited us to join the B&B guests for breakfast in the main house. From 9am they serve a 3 course candle lit breakfast in the grand dining room. Breakfast was a great selection of cereals, fresh fruit, fresh bread and a cooked option! It set us up well for our journey home, which only took 2:45hrs.
Hopefully I’ve convinced you why you need to go and stay at Alstonefield Manor – I’ll be back!