Entries from the West Barn Visitor Book. Totally un-edited, un-filtered or censored in ANY way!

Older visitor book entries before Jan 2019

29.10.18 – The Mistry family from London, UK – We had a lovlru cosy weekend. Pro Tip – Start the 1000 piece puzzle when you arrive, not when you leave. Thanks! A beautiful converted brn. Warm and cosy – well equipped. Hope to come back in the future. Thank you.

8.10.18 – Greens & Ladleys, Harpendon Herts & Melbourne, Australia – Wonderful weekend in this beautiful and comfortable cottage. Great walks right from the front door and the weather was kind too. Thank you xxxx

1.10.18 – Crowson family, Grimsby, Sheffield, Manchester, Reading – Will be back soon.

17.9.18 – 8 Alfords from Manchester and Isle of Man – Wonderfully well equipped house with all we needed. Great library – I enjoyed reading Holymoorside book. Beautiful garden + views onto stream. Even picked an apple to eat straight off tree!Just a pity about pity about squeaky upstairs floors + thin walls – when people going to bed at different times.

25.8.18 – Hunt family (Brighton), Andrews family (Stockton) – What a lovely house! We have had an amazing holiday here – we found the house well equipped + really enjoyed playing in the beautiful garden.

18.8.18 – The Bramley Family (Marlow) and the Marshall family (Bracknell) – Another superb and relaxing week here – the house beautifully equipped and comfortable, lots of things to do and such beautiful countryside around us! Hope to come back for another week soon. Frances, Alfred, Lizzie, Richard, Lindsey(?) & Tim.

10.8.18 – he Steel family, London – We had a very pleasant stay. Love the gardens in particular. Thank you for all the attention to every details which has made our stay very comfortable and welcoming.

28.7.18 – Team Wigshards (Wiggins & Richards) Shropshire & Norfolk – A wonderful, well equipped house; spacious and so welcoming. We spent much time in the peaceful gardens & enjoyed exploring a very dry, sunny Derbyshire Peak District. Favourite day – trip to Eyam & well dressing at Stoney Middleton. Thank you so much.

14-7.18 – Proctors/Arnolds/Lilly , Esssex – Beautiful cottage with beautiful surroundings, welcome pack was a nice touch. Rooms very nice, clean & comfortable. We will recommend highly to friends and family. Thanks.

7.7.18 – Smibert faamily, Edinburgh & Shell family, Alnwick – Thank-you for the welcome pack – much appreciated. House was perfect – weather was outstanding so BBQ used a lot! Great location. Thanks for a fab time!

2.6.18 – Nicky, Andy, Abi, Peter, Carrrie & Drew – Southampton and Essex – Lovely cottage, very comfortable and relaxing. Te stream was a winner for the children, lots of exploring and playing. Perfect location to visit the surrounding area!Just need bigger sign at the end of the lane, we passed it a few times before we saw it. Thanks for a great week!

19.5.18 – King’s Lynn, Norfolk and Tickencote, Stamford. Simon, Mel + Megan Mace. Ann+ Pete Boorman Amanda, Geg + Joel Martworth – A lovely, well organised holiday cottage full of extra little touches to make you feel welcome and at home. An ideal base to relax in and visit the surriunding area. Lovely garden and stream, ideal for lazy afternoons. A lovely family holiday and our first with our 8-month old baby. Thank you.

21.4.18 – Birtenshaws from Wokingham – Beautiful house, beautiful spot & beautiful weather (towards the end). We really enjoyed our time here. It was really relaxing with plenty of space for our toddler to run around. Thank you x

14.4.18 – Herds from Solihull and Fiennes from Leeds – We have had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful house. Even though weather was mixed we enjoyed every day. We visited Tram museum, Chatsworth, Peak rail by steam train, Bakewell and did the Monsal trail. We completed your West Barn jigsaw then went on and did the 1000 piece one each evening – great fun and no pieces missing!! Fab

6.4.18 – Pinners from Scarborough, Kirkhams for Solihull. Blakelocks from London – Lovely mid-way spot tp meet u with family. Beautiful cottage & surroundings. Good to see the Peaks again too, despite the weather!

31.3.18 – Reynolds, Devon – Perfect! Loved watching the birds on the feeders. Such great walking and the cottage was so perfect for relaxing in afterwards.

5.3.18 – Carters, York & Booths, Redcar – What a wonderful cottage. So much better than the photos – and they were lovely! Everything perfect! Well equipped and so clean. Already looking forward to next visit. Snow was so well timed!

19.2.18 – Bradburys – Manchester & Stockport & Crystal Palace – Excellent cottage. Well equipped. A very enjoyable stay. Good time had by all.

16.2.18 – Riddock family, Cambridgeshire – Beautiful and lovely cottage – a very relaxing stay! Thank-You for sharing your home with guests!

12.1.18 – Trusty family, Gloucestershire. Henderson family, Leeds – A realy magical little spot. A beautiful setting and so lovely to listen to the stream. A very well-equipped, comfortable house too. Thank you!


28.12.17 – Belinda, James, Sarah, Johnny & Jane, London – The perfect place to celebrate the New Year! Lovely, comfortable and warm house in a great location. We really liked all the little touches and thank you for the welcome pack. It’s clearly a much loved house and we so much enjoyed staying here. Thank you.

4.12.17 – Fettes Family – What a lovely spot. Delightful house. A great family weekend away – long walks in Dovedale & Chatsworth – (Mainly) avoiding the crowds!!

11.11.17 – Pat, Stephen, Joss, Megan, Nicola and Darren – I thought the place was….. awesome. The welcome pack was very “welcome” Thankyou! We loved the cottage and had a lovely family time here.

28.10.17 – Jim & Sharon, Amelie + Phoebe, Dubai – A fabulous cottage in a beautiful location. Loved the welcome pack etc. Girls loved the stream in their new wellies! Thankyou

29.9-2.10.17 – Paul, Helen, Phil, Janet, Jim, Karen, Ian, Michelle – All over the world – A great place for us to have one of our occasional weekends with old university friends and partners. Very sociable house with good walks nearby.

26.9-29.9.17 – Goldbergs (Chicago) Charltons & Potters – Great! Enjoyed our time.

16.9-23.9.17 – Richardson family – Enjoyed our week. Thank you for welcome pack. Nice comfortable house.

26.8-2.9.17 – Bramley & Marshall families – Wonderful week in great comfort. Hope we will return next year. Another lovely week – hope that we can come back soon!

20.6.17 Terry & Jan – Brentwood, Essex – This is the best cottage we have ever stayed inand we have stayed in a few. Look forward to coming back.

12.6.17 – Alison&Brad, Jan&Terry, Joanne, Adam, Meliss Elena & David – Lovely clean cottage! Had a memorable stay and really enjoyed being here. Thank-you! (Recommend the Bull’s Head for a meal)

27.5-3.6.17 – Janet & Keith & family – Chelmsford, Essex – Lovely clean cottage:-) well located to explore the Peak District. Loved Bakewell – well worth the a visit along with Castleton & Lumsdale vally. Enjoyed the views from Mam Tor and Rushup Edge.

6.5-13.5.17 – Nigel, Teresa, Tom, Stuart, Carole and Pippa – Ipswich, Peterborough, Nottingham – Had a fantastic week. Wonderful and well equipped cottage in beautiful surroundings. Ideal for exploring the Peak District.

28.4.2017 – Hannah, Tracey, Ann, Jo, Jay, Elaine & Julie πŸ™‚ – B’Ham & Wirral – Had a great time thanks. Lovely accomodation. Enjoyed celebrating a 50th B’day here XX.

8-15.4.2017 – Susan, Michael, Isabella, Freya + Leo – Hildenborough, Kent – A wonderful cottage, very comfortable indeed and ideal for exploring the beautiful local area. A fantastic holiday!

27.3.2017 – Michael, Gemma, John, Nat, Dave, Ian Margaret and….Jasmine – A beautiful house – and we had weather to match. We had a wonderful family get-together. Thank you. We will be back.

27.1.2017 – Sue & George (local), Mum (Audrey) & Alan (Mansfield), Alec & Lorraine (Sydney, Australia) – Our sister organised this beautiful cottage stay. Four days, 3 nights to bring mumfor the weekend to celebrate her 80th birthday. Her son and I travelled from Australia as the surprise gift. This fantastic occasion was enhanced by your beautiful cottage.

28.12 – 2.1.17 – Ben, Tom, Tom, Zorah, Chris, Tanya,Hazel, Matt – Lovely well equipped house in a peaceful and beautiful area. Thanks very very much!

9-11 Nov – Katie et al – Manchester and the south – Absolutely lovely, great house, super kitchen, fab bath!

26.11-03.12.2016 – Various – Kent + Yorkshire – Perfect spot for a school reunion. Thanks for providing the creature comforts!

21.11.2016 – The Babcroft family and Nash family – Suffolk & New York – Had a fantastic family reunion celebrating Dad’s 70th birthday. A perfect place to celebrate. We couldn’t have asked for any more. Many thanks.

5.11-12.11.2016 – The Marr Jenkins family – England and France for family celebration – Thank you for the excellent welcome pack. We enjoyed our stay in you well equipped holiday cottage. Our grandchild appreciated the box of toys. We had a celebratory meal, prepared and delivered by Emma at Gourmet Express. Www.gourmetexpress.com which was superb. We also enjoyed meals at the Bull’s Head in Holymoorside. Hope to return in better weather. Thank you

15-22/10/16 – The Morrison family – Edinburgh & Linlithgow – We all enjoyed staying in this lovely cottage. Lovely location and everything we needed. Thank you.

9-15.10.16 – Keila, Kristin, Gunter, Stefan – Munster, Germany – We had a nice and enjoyable week in Peak District, with lovely days even in Sheffield.

30.9.16 – Crowson family – Waltham Grimsby – Very enjoyable family weekend.

10.9.16 – Mills – Devon, Patten – Kent – We have spent a lovely 2 weeks here with wonderful weather. We love the barn, everything pristine and so well equipped. The food at the Bull’s Head is very good. Haddon Hall is well worth a visit + their food is good too. Stay away from the Devonshire Arms, Baslow – Bad experience there, apparently shared by many others. Other Devonshire arms are fine, Chatsworth is also worth a visit + their farm shop is a treat. Thank you for the welcome pack – all in all a great holiday.

26.8.16 – Bramleys – Marlow, Bucks & Marshalls – Binfield, Berks – We have loved this holiday and the stream is lovely, hope to to come back for the third time. Lizzie Marshall

20.8.16 – Reeves family – Dubai, UAE – Had a really enjoyable stay in this wonderful cottage. Lovely time and would hope to return!

13.8.16 – Gailey family – Tunbridge Wells, Kent – Lovely house in a super location. Lots of good walking and good eating locally.

Alison & Dunbar Davison – South Shields, Tyne&Wear – We have all enjoyed being together (3 generations) in this beautiful cottage with river. Good Sunday dinner at Bull’s Head, excellent food at Packhorse Inn at Little Longstone (book first). Thank you for welcome pack.

6.8.16 – Wilson Family –  Dallas, Texas – Beautiful Cottage and location. Enjoyed sthe fire when the weather turned cooler. Great meal at the Bull’s Head pub/ Lovely tearoom in Tissington. Beautiful walk in Dovedale.

25 Jun – Watkinsons, Leeds/London/Barton-upon-Humber – What a gorgeous cottage! Had a lovely week celebrating a 30th birthday. Very central location for everything. Will miss the sounds of the stream! Thanks again.

16.7.16 – Kharas, Birmingham – When we saw cottage it was Woh! Lovely location, had everything we possibly needed very peaceful. Very hot week. Thankyou for the goodies. Grandkids wanted to buy the cottage. THANK YOU!!

8 June – Deb & Ian, Wadshelf – Lovely and peaceful stay. Thanks Terry & Irene – can highly recommend a stay in your lovely barn

4 June – Jan & Rod Kelly, Tracy, Holly Maria, Kent – Very enjoyable time. Bone dry here, pouring at home, result!! Good food at the Robin Hood Inn & the Blue Stoops.

23 May – John, Sheila, Anna, Ben, Jill, Reuben, Richell, Norfolk& London – A beautiful tranquil location enjoyed by all and an excellent base for local Ruby wedding and a 100th birthday celebration in nearby locations. So spacious and well equipped and great for “poo-sticks” in the stream.

13-16 May – Hnats, Durham/N.Yorks/Bucks – A weekend celebration of my 65th birthday, cottage, location, the soothing sound of the babbling stream, perfect weather. We plan to return, thank you for providing all of this.

8 May – Steins, Ampthill – Excellent accommodation. Perfect for a family birthday gathering. And superb weather too! A real “Gite in the Peaks”! Highly recommended

2 May – Beautiful house, pleaty of space. Enjoyed our break. Wonderful family weekend stay. Lots of space, beautiful setting and gardens with lots close by.

18-22 Apr – Coulters & Tolhursts & Hadfields, Durham/Oxford/Stratford/Sheffield – Lovely house in a lovely setting. Very comfortable. Great break topped off by glorious weather.

2 Apr – Mitchells – A wonderful holiday cottage worked well for 2 families and brilliantly equipped. Great days out at Chatsworth, Heights of Abraham and Tram Village.

18-21 Mar – Barbara, Roy, Heidi, Ruth, Dan, Vicky&Graig, Manchester & Rutland – Terrific weekend in this lovely part of the world. Loved the cottage. Everything we wanted. Many thanks + will highly recommend.

11-14 Mar – Atkinsons & New Morgans, Bradford/Notts/Oxon – Another wonderful weekend away in such a perfect spot for mum’s 56th birthday. We’ll be back -X-

4-7 Mar – Scotts & Gills, Morecambe/Bradshaw/Balsall Common – We would just like to thank you for a lovely 3 night stay in your fantastic cottage. Would love to come back again at some point in the future.

13-20 Feb – Anna Spurney(10), Hanwell London – I enjoyed the space, the house is lovely too. The neighbours were welcoming and kind.We hope to come again.

Nina Scales- Wonderful week had by all of us – House is fantastic. We’ll be back

29 Jan – 1 Feb – Prossers, Worcester/Cambridge/Yorkshire – Lovely family get-together. Lots of space and well stocked with everything we needed and really appreciated. Lovely welcome pack. Thank-you.

15-17 Jan – Vales, Oxfordshire & Barnes, Hertfordshire – A surprise family get-together for my 40th. A lovely barn with perfect wintry weather including snow! Lovely barn, everything has been provided. Thank You!

30 Dec-3 Jan 2016 – Baxter /Bruno /Thorley /Bolder – Happy New Year! What a fabulous place for a family New Year Celebration! A really beautiful conversion and superb homely touches made this a lovely end to 2015 and start to 2016! Will definitely be back! Thank you x

Janet Baxter 13/1/16 – Thank you for your email and a Happy New Year to you both. We had a wonderful happy stay at West Barn and we certainly appreciated the amount of effort you must have put in to make it such a lovely property. The festive decorations made it special. We are singing its praises to all who listen and hope to be back sometime.

21-30 Dec – Deans and Corders – Another super family holiday just right for trips to Chatsworth Matlock & Bakewell. Lovely homely feel to this beautiful house. Hope to be back. Cheers for 2016.

11-14th Dec – The Laverty Family ‘Happy Christmas’ – A family gathering for my 60th!! A really beautiful cottage with everything we would possibly need. Had fun playing some of the board games as it rained most of the weekend but didn’t stop us wandering around Bakewell, a visit to Haddon Hall and a country walk. Thank you so much for our goodies and they were much appreciated. Felt like home from home. X

4 Dec – Page / Bannister Guildford /York /Lewes – A wonderful home at which we gathered for a 70th. Surroundings and cottage perfect for us. Thank you!

9-12 Oct – O’Neill /Hartley /Delehedy Preston,Lancs – Lovely Home- very well equipped and comfortable. Generous welcom tray much appreciated. Hope to come back again X

2-5 Oct – Leeds/Manchester – Very comfortable, every need catered for. Lovely ambient warmth. Highly recommended.

25.9.15 – Halse family, Nottingham – A wonderful venue for our ruby wedding celebration. Thank you!

11.9.15 – The reunion year 3 – Perfect stay. Enjoyed lots of chat, cake and liquid refreshments! Loved our time here. Weather so sunny – suited our needs.

6th Sep – Sarah & Martin, Nottingham – Lovely Well thought ou house with a beautiful garden – we had so much fun! Thanks for the Welcome pack!

15/8/15 – Matthew, Southampton – This is possibly the best holiday place I’ve ever stayed in πŸ™‚

15.8.15 Becky, Southampton – This is a brilliant cottage, lovely and homely. Love to come back again. 5/5 πŸ™‚

15.8.15 – Vanessa and Huw – Lovely holiday – thank you !

Aug 1st – 8th 2015 – Bramley & Marshall family, Bucks & Berks – Wonderful week in great accommodation and surroundings. Everyone has had a really great time and we cannot wait to return. Thank you very much.

11-18 July 2015 – Boe Anderson family, Glasgow – Great house in a great location. I’m sorry to be leaving!

06.7.15 – Chelmsford Essex – Accommodation perfect and extremely comfortable. Wonderful walks and food. Thank you! we have had a wonderful time. Hope to be back. x

16.5.15 – Soothill Family, Prestatyn, N.Wales – We all had a lovely stay. Lovely house well equipped and comfortable. Very peaceful. Plenty of places to see, great location. We might be back again

1.3.15 – Various via Sheffield University – Enjoyable stay, made much use of the playroom! Politically incorrect games, lots of fun. Beautiful house, absolutely perfect for our reunion. We’ll put in an offer when we win the lottery! XXX

23.1.15 – Field & Tyas – Our second visit after last summer’s holiday here, this time a short break without the children, and already booked our holiday this summer here. We enjoyed the snow, the peacefulness and tranquility.

New Year 2015 – 30.12.14 – Tucks & Andersons – What a wonderful place to stay, so many details thought of and a very peaceful location. All made even more magical by the snow which meant sledging and building snowmen. Truly Wonderful!

Christmas 2014 – 21.12.14 – Dean & Corders – Beautiful house and setting we have enjoyed. 8 inches of snow mad it all the more enchanting – but next time we shall bring wheel chains! It was a bit more exciting than we wanted. Love to stay again – maybe summer…

1.11.14 – Mackenzies and Turners – A lovely spacious cottage in quiet setting. The large kitchen was especially well used with 3 couples. Good parking too! We will be back.

25.11.14 – Penneys & Lambs – Lovely house, probably the best we’ve stayed in. Hope to come back.

17.10.14 – Selbys & Hindles – Had a lovely stay. Great for the kids and thank-you for thoughtfully providing so many little details.

26.9.14 – Tewsons / Fionda’s Vickers – What a beautiful cottage in an idyllic spot. Every amenity to hand, clean and comfortable. We will be back. Thank-you.

5.9.14 – R&S Ayling and family – A very enjoyable week with perfect weather!!! A well equipped cottage in a good location to visit the peaks and the many nearby historic houses. Also a very suitable place for our annual family get-together, everyone liked the accommodation.

23.8.14 – Field & Tyas Family – Fantastic cottage that was even better than the photographs! Extremely well equipped with attention detail. Children were so excited!

2.8.14 – Drapers & Offeis – Charming cottage with all the home comforts! Great location for visiting surrounding areas. Wonderfully peaceful!! Hope to visit again someday! (Kids loved the toys escpecially the sticks&balls)

19.7.14 – Mooneys – Great week. 3 generations enjoyed the house. Well catered for. Lovely weather and countryside. Welcome pack, a nice touch. Would love to come back.

21.6.14 – W&D Rogers – Great week, lovely place to stay. Got family together for D’s 70th, pleanty of things to see and visit and good pubs for food. The barn has everything you could want for a holiday.

31.6.14 – Hardings, Eastons & Lissendens – Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful house – every home comfort. Very central for visiting the area. Very nice neighbours! Great week many thanks.

24.5.14 – Heath & Shuckburgh Families – A wonderful week enjoying the best walks of Derbyshire! House has been a great escape, thank-you.

3.5.14 – The Hodgson Family & Friends – Fabulous accommodatio, spacious, clean, comfortable, well equipped in a beautiful location with multiple local picturesque footpaths (including many bluebells). We have thoroughly enjoyed time together with good food with much fun and laughter. We’ll be back one day, thanks. XX

18.4.14 – Broadbent Family – amazing accommodation that made us feel at home from the moment we walked in. Probably the cleanest self-catering property we have stayed in EVER! Attention to detail and thought given to guests was outstanding. We would love to come back again one day! Thank-You!

12.4.14 – Sutherland Family – We have had a great time in the Peak District and some day hope to return. The accommodation has been wonderful and has been perfect for a family of 8 adults. Lovely welcome pack – enjoyed the biscuits on a picnic at Chatsworth in the sun.

4.4.14 – Baileys – Another fantastic stay. No doubt we will return for a third time! Thank-you for all the little extras.

Christmas 2013 & New Year – Handleys – We had a lovely holiday nice house well equipped and thanks for all the wonderful Christmas decorations and the hamper you left us – N, aged 12

1.10.12 – Toplans & Rings – So well organised and comfortable, we had a marvellous week despite the rain.

Sept 2013 – Wadsleys – Well appreciated your traditional cottage, its location & the attention to every detail.

Sept 2013 – Nelsons and Shepherds – Wonderful house with something for all ages. Suited our family with its 3 generations visiting! Lots of finishing Touches and things for kids such as toilet steps and stairgate.

Aug 2013 – Sutcliffe family – Great Holiday home with lots of really nice touches – very appreciated. Looking forward to another visit. πŸ™‚

3.8.13 – Bryants – Lovely surroundings, beautiful cottage and wonderful neighbours. The perfect environment for a wonderfully relaxing holiday and with the best possible weather it has been a joy. Sad to be leaving but will tell all our friends about this gem. Thank you Irene& Terry.

1.6.13 – Bailey family – What an amazing barn in a stunning location. We’ve had such a wonderful time. We will definitely be back.

30.3.13 – Ballantyne & Duncan families – Wonderful house! Worked well with 2 families including 3 toddlers. The little extras included were very thoughtful + made it very lovely. Lots to see and do in the area withing short driving distance. the snow added to the fun of Easter egg hunting/ Thank-you Irene & Terry. We hope to visit again.

9.2.2013 – The Kelly Family – An amazing property. Thoughtfully & tastefully decorated. An excellent location. Snowed whilst we were here – warm and cosy inside. Lovely!

2012 Christmas – Greasleys – Thank you for a lovely stay. made our holiday superb. Attention to detail is excellent – lovely decor. Very warm!

19.10.12 – Charlotte – I had a lovely time. I licked (sic) playing with the sticks and balls game. good

Granny – Such a delightful house

13.10.12 – Murphys, Sommervilles, Douglas’ – Thanks for the wonderful welcome pack. Really comfortable, warm and relaxing stay. Thank you.

7.12.2012 – Nelsons – Wonderful to spend time with our very best friends in this lovely location

 Goodalls – A comfortable week – thank you.

Bohlings – Lovely relaxing week – very peaceful setting. Thank-you for our “welcome pack”- which was much appreciated.

22.9.12 – Calderwood – Our family (from toddlers to grandparents) really enjoyed our stay at West Barn. Look forward to comming back.

8.9.12 – I&L White – What a lovely peaceful setting. So nice to wake up to the babbling brook. The house is very well equipped, you’ve thought of everything!

1.9.12 – Grimleys – Despite having seen the photos, we were absolutely delighted when we arrived. A fantastic setting and even better property, thoughtfully restored and furnished. This really could not have been better. Thank-you.

25.8.12 – Milwards – Lovely location. Very Comfortable house. We enjoyed our stay.

6.8.12 – S&J McIntosh – Thank you for an amazingly comfortable stay.What a fabulously relaxing way to convalesce sitting on the sun terrace listening to the birds and babbling brook.