Thursday, August 21, 2014

Flashback Thursday The Old Granary near Matlock, Derbyshire

While searching the Internet I came across a site called It was here that I first read about the Old Granary. Okay, I’ll admit it, the fact that it had a four season hot tub did influence my decision but it really was the picture of the kitchen that convinced me that this was the house for us. We needed three bedrooms and not only does the Old Granary have three bedrooms it also has three bathrooms. What could be more perfect?

I followed the link to the Old Granary website and after looking at all the photos we knew we had found the place we wanted to stay. I emailed the owner and after several emails we had a bank draft drawn for the full amount done in British Pounds and sent off to Amanda Brown.
The Old Granary is just that, an old granary conversion. Martin, Amanda’s husband, did the conversion himself and is justifiably proud. The house is lovely, way beyond our expectations. The kitchen has every modern convenience, a five burner stove with two ovens and a grill, a microwave, hot pot, washer and separate dryer, dish washer, refrigerator and freezer. The center of the room is dominated by a farm table and six chairs. There are plenty of dishes and everything else you might need including dish soap and washer soap.
The living room is very comfortable with a couch, love seat and wing back chair. Amenities include a wood burning stove, satellite TV (also in all the bedrooms and the kitchen) and a stereo that allows you to play your DVD or CDs in any room you want; there is even a PDA –MP3 docking station. A powder room is located on the main floor so you don’t need to run upstairs when you need the facilities. We really appreciated that powder room!!

Upstairs there are three bedrooms. We choose the king room with the half tester bed. It had a wonderful light and bright look with white bedding. The room has a vanity with a three part mirror, an armoire that holds the safe, blow dryer and plenty of hangers. The window looks out to the back of the house and has stunning views. In the distance you can see the towers of Hardwick Hall and Bolsover castle. Our bathroom had a shower and was ensuite.
The twin room had blue toile bedspreads and had a large bathroom with a humongous tub but it is located in the hallway. The other king room has a French style bed with red toile spread, embroidered pillow cases and an ensuite bathroom with shower.

Everything about this house is 5 *, the floors are tile and are heated. It was a wonderful treat to feel really warm and cozy. Not only are all your physical needs cared for but the house is esthetically beautiful.
The Old Granary near Matlock, Derbyshire
The house has plenty of information about what to see and do in the area and of course the hot tub is just as beautiful as it looks on the Web. Yes we did bring our swim suits and yes we did use the hot tub. It was amazing looking across this beautiful landscape while sitting in the steamy water with snow flakes falling. 

Old Granary
Beech Farm, Wheatcroft Lane Wheatcroft
Matlock, England, DE4 5GU
+44 (560) 2931292

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