About Christine Saunders
I took early retirement from work in education (FE) a few years ago, deciding to allow time for me to indulge my passion - renovating and furnishing little houses for use as holiday lets! After successfully offering a small cottage on the east coast as accommodation for holiday makers, I decided to purchase a property a little nearer my home town in Yorkshire. Being near the coast was lovely but a bit of a track when things went wrong.
Christine Saunders purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why Christine Saunders chose Cromford
This house in Cromford became available and, as I've always liked the village and it's surrounding area, I decided to buy it and offer it to holiday makers. I love the history behind both the cottage (Grade II listed mill workers cottage) and the village of Cromford itself, and I've regularly visited the surrounding area, which offers so much in terms of natural beauty and attractions. I've a bit of a 'thing' about little houses in need of a bit of TLC and so had the pleasure of renovating and decorating this one in a way that I liked. I don't just like it now - I love it and hope those who enjoy a stay there feel the same!
What makes this Cottage unique
34 Water Lane is located on the edge of an interesting and historical village - but not just a typical tourist village. This village has a beating heart and soul. It has a community that lives and works in the village. Within a few minutes walk, guests at the cottage can visit one of several local pubs, shops, restaurants, art galleries and coffee shops. Slightly further afield guests are spoilt for choice regarding places of interest to visit. It really is an ideal place to stay.
Children not allowed - Steep stairs and outdoor stepsSteep stairs and outdoor steps
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 8 - Not suitable for young childrenNot suitable for young children
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Very enjoyable stay
A very cosy well furnished cottage with all modern facilities. Very clean. Thanks for the logs etc enabling us to enjoy the fire on our first evening. The stairs inside and out are steep, as described, but both have good handrails so proved no issue. The lower outside patio area was a good suntrap in the mornings. We enjoyed several good walks from the door and Cromford is on a main road, providing an excellent location to explore Derbyshire. Parking on the road outside was no problem but good to have the car park permit just in case, The cottage is situated on a busy road as it serves the local quarry but we didn't find any noise disturbance in the bedrooms. We had plans to visit local mills and hostelries but as the country increasingly closed down during our stay, we had to settle for just the takeaway fish and chips. Chris was a helpful host and we thank her for her extra pandemic cleaning prior to our arrival. We would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage,
A huge thank you for leaving my cottage in such a clean and tidy condition. It makes doing the changeover for the next guests so much more pleasant.
Also - thank you for taking the time to write such a positive and comprehensive review following your stay at my cottage. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully - the 'social distancing' imposed on the nation didn't spoil your stay too much.
Thanks again for booking.
Great little cottage in super village. Lots of places to walk, eat and drink
Thank you so much for taking the time to write an on-line review following your stay at my cottage in Cromford - and for such a positive review.
Excellent grade 11 listed cottage
A very cosy well furnished cottage with a warm and welcoming feel. The lounge was a comfortable relaxing area and both bedrooms had fabulous beds duets and pillows very well furnished. The kitchen had all facilities needed everything modern and very clean as was the bathroom. The stairs were quite a challenge but expected in such an old cottage. Some lovely pubs and restaurants in the village of Cromford only a short walk away. I would definitely recommend this property and would love to stay again. Chris was a very helpful host.
Hello Vivienne. Thank you so much for taking the time to submit such a comprehensive and positive review of my property in Cromford following your stay there. Thank you as well for leaving my cottage in such a lovely condition - definitely 5 star guests!! So glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes - Chris
The cottage was extremely cosy and beautifully presented. Some lovely walks near by. Matlock and Bakewell easy to get to. I would stay again without hesitation.
Thank you so much for submitting an on-line review following your stay at my cottage in Cromford. I'm glad you enjoyed both the cottage and Cromford itself.
Lovely little cottage in Cromford
Cottage as seen, small but perfect for being close to walking from the door and all the town around
We had a fantastic time at the cottage. It was a lovely, well equipped cottage and the location was excellent. The beds are really comfortable and the wine was a personal touch. Cromford has a couple of lovely pubs which serve great food, the local greyhound restaurant does good food too and there also a tapas restaurant. Overall fantastic stay, very relaxed now and we look forward to going back.
My apologies - I've just realised that for some reason I hadn't replied to your review, submitted following your stay at my cottage in Cromford.
Thanks so much for taking the time submit your review - and for writing such a positive review. I'm so glad you had an enjoyable break and liked the cottage.
Many thanks again for booking.
Cromford is located in an area renowned for it's tourist attractions - at Matlock, Matlock Baths, Bakewell, Chatsworth House - as well as Cromford itself offering attractions such as canal trips and the Cromford Mill complex.
As already mentioned, 34 Water Lane is an original mill workers cottage located on one of the two main roads passing through Cromford - both of which do experience a degree of traffic. The village itself houses the first ever water powered cotton mill. Built by the inventor and entrepreneur Richard Arkwright, the mill itself is a 15 minute walk from the cottage. Now converted to a tourist attraction, the mill offers shops and tea rooms set in the original mill buildings. Next to the mill is a pretty canal offering barge trips, gift shops and a tea room - as well of course as a delightful path along the canal on which to walk and enjoy nature at it's finest! But Cromford doesn't just offer these two key attractions. Opposite 34 Water Lane is another mill - now converted to residential accommodation. A public footpath takes you over the river next to the mill and along a river path towards Middleton. There are also gift shops, tea room and art galleries in the village. Other historical features can also be found in Cromford - but I'll let you discover them yourselves!
If you want to travel outside Cromford - highly recommended given the places of interest on your doorstep - the following places are very easily accessed:
1. Matlock Bath - a small and lively town located on the River Wye, which offers tea rooms, gift shops, Heights of Abraham cable car ride and Gulliver's Kingdom as well as picnic areas by the river is approximately 1 mile away from Cromford - easily walkable but equally accessed within five minutes by car.
2. Matlock - another small town packed full of tea shops, gift and antique shops. Again located on the River Wye this thriving little town is a must see for visitors. Matlock is located approximately 2.5 miles from Cromford and would take approximately 10 minutes to reach by car.
3. The little village of Wirksworth is located approximately 2 miles from Cromford and offers further tea/coffee shops, gift shops and pretty houses and walkways.
4. Travelling a little further afield, Chatsworth House and gardens are located 10 miles away and can be reached by car within 30 minutes. The house, gardens and grounds are certainly a 'must see' visitors attraction. And you may be fortunate enough to see a herd of deer or two in the grounds of the estate.
5. Also a little further away is the delightful town of Bakewell. Famous of course for it's Bakewell Pudding - visitors can enjoy looking around delightful shop, tea or coffee in one of it's myriad of tea and coffee shops. Also located on the River Wye, the town offers delightful riverside walks and picnicking areas.
6. Travelling south west brings visitors to Carsington Waters (5.5 miles, 13 minutes) and Ashbourne (11 miles, 21 minutes)
As you can see, as well as Cromford itself, the area offers much to the discerning visitor. Enjoy your stay!