Super Family Friendly Country Lodge Situated Right On The Monsal Trail And Close to Chatsworth

Highlights.....

  • Beautiful stone built cottage within easy walking distance to the village of Great Longstone, well served with lovely country pubs and a village shop.
  • Explore the glorious Peak District on bike or foot on the fabulous Monsal Trail - a converted railway track with tunnels, stunning scenery and viaducts perfect for traffic free activities - even great for prams and pushchairs too.
  • If you choose, enjoy the freedom of a car-less weekend as you can cycle or walk right from your door step
  • Great base to visit the nearby market town of Bakewell, the picturesque village of Ashford in the Water and 10 minutes drive away from Chatsworth Estate.
  • Stylish and comfortable 4 bedroom lodge (these are two attached dwellings but rented as one large property) with cosy log burner accommodating up to 10 guests.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

This family friendly property sleeps a maximum of 8/10 people and  all bedrooms are pleasantly decorated with neutral colours and fresh linen

Thornbridge Lodge

  • Bed 1 - twin or double with use of  family bathroom
  • Bed 2 - double with use of  family bathroom
  • Bed 3 -  double with en suite shower room

Attached Cottage

  • Bed 4 -  king size double bedroom (double only) with en suite. This bedroom is access via a narrow spiral staircase.
  • Downstairs, there is a second sitting room which can also be used as a bedroom with two large comfortable sofa beds for two extra guests - great as a family suite.


Please note that attached cottage has external access only within the private courtyard. Your beds are made up for your arrival and for added comfort we provide each guest with fresh towels, hand soap and shower gel.

Please click here for floor plans

Cooking and Dining

This well equipped, stylish and comfortable lodge offers spacious living and dining with lots of character.

The fully fitted country style kitchen has a fresh cream finish is equipped with modern appliances and stocked so that you will have everything your need to make your self catering stay comfortable. There is a fridge, separate freezer, microwave , toaster, gas hob and oven, electric kettle and large dishwasher.
To one end of the  open plan kitchen there is a built in dining area designed to comfortably seat 10 guests.

One of the pleasures of staying at the lodge is the huge private courtyard which has outdoor seating and a BBQ. So if the weather is in your favour alfresco dining is a must!

Living Space

The high beamed ceiling and the polished wooden floor provides a wonderful warm room to relax and socialise in. The impressive fire place is the focal point of the room and within sits the cosy log burning stove (please supply you own logs).

With plenty of comfy sofas and chairs to sink into and watch the flat screen TV (DVD player provided). The lounge overlooks the courtyard and in the summer months you can open the bay window double doors to enjoy the garden. Wifi is provided

Gardens and Outdoor Space

Just outside the Lodge you enter into a private walled courtyard complete with outdoor furniture and a BBQ (please bring your own charcoal). Beyond the courtyard is a secluded lawned garden.

One of the best features of this location is just across the county lane as you are only a few steps from the Monsal Trail. Head off on foot or bike in whatever direction takes your fancy and enjoy the most incredible scenery and dramatic landscape the Peak District has to offer right from your door step.

For unbeatable famous views of the viaduct at Monsal Head, you can jump on the trail and head through the tunnel to the Monsal Head and dale which is less than 15 minute's walk away. Also on the trail and on the way to Bakewell is Hassop Station cafe this is a super family friendly establishment right on the trail and is the nearest bike hire.

Please note strictly no dogs are allowed at this particular property. There is private parking for up to four cars

The Peak District and Surrounding Area

Thornbridge Lodge is nestled down a country lane and provides wonderful village accommodation just on the cusp of Great Longstone. You can walk to a selection of heart-warming country pubs, a village store and buy fresh milk and eggs at the farm.

Take a leisurely walk through fields to the picture postcard village of Ashford in the Water, one of the most scenic and popular villages in the Peak District National Park.

Thornbridge Lodge makes a great base for visiting the most amazing of Peak District treats for you to enjoy - the ancient market town of Bakewell, Chatsworth House (10 minutes drive), Haddon Hall (10 minutes drive), historic spa town of Buxton (15 minutes drive) to name just a few.

Availability & Price

At Peak Venues, we understand how tricky it can be organising large group holidays, each and every booking has unique requirements and deserves individual attention. For this very reason, we choose not to offer on line booking. Our prices and availability are upon request via email or phone (we answer emails 7 days a week!). We know our properties inside and out and can offer advice to make sure you are booking the perfect venue so contact direct with our sales team makes sure that you get the information that you need to ensure a fantastic stay. Please contact us for more details.

What People Are Saying

Thank you for a wonderful stay, we were all very pleased with the accommodation especially the venue.

Downes, Jul 2015

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How To Find Thornbridge Lodge

The address of Thornbridge Lodge is:

Station Road Nr Great Longstone Derbyshire DE45 1NY

Approx GPS coordinates of the property are: 53.236928, -1.704657

Directions to Thornbridge Lodge by car from Bakewell (approx. 8 minutes):

  • Follow signs to the A6 (Buxton Road)- continue along this for 1.3 miles
  • After 1.3 miles, turn right onto A6020 (signposted Ashford-in-the-Water, Great Longstone, Monsal Head)
  • After 0.1 miles turn left onto B6465 (Greaves Lane) just before the corner shop, opposite Ashford Arms
  • After 0.5 miles turn right onto Longstone Lane
  • Continue for 0.7 miles onto Station Road
  • The destination will be on your right
  • For Thornbridge Lodge use the first set of gates on the right into the carpark (opposite the entrance to the Monsal Trail and the postbox - before the Thornbridge Manor signpost)
  • You have arrived at Thornbridge Lodge!

Directions to Thornbridge Lodge by car from Buxton (approx. 25 minutes):

  • Follow signs to the A6- continue along this for 12 miles (IGNORE the first signpost to Ashford-in-the-Water after 10 miles next to River Cottage- continue further for 2 miles)
  • Turn left onto A6020 (signposted Ashford-in-the-Water, Great Longstone, Monsal Head)
  • After 0.1 miles turn left onto B6465 (Greaves Lane) just before the corner shop, opposite Ashford Arms
  • After 0.5 miles turn right onto Longstone Lane
  • Continue for 0.7 miles onto Station Road
  • The destination will be on your right
  • For Thornbridge Lodge use the first set of gates on the right into the carpark (opposite the entrance to the Monsal Trail and the postbox- before the Thornbridge Manor signpost)
  • You have arrived at Thornbridge Lodge!

Directions to Thornbridge Lodge by car from the village of Great Longstone

  • From the village of Great Longstone , with The White Lion Pub (good food!) on your left hand side, take the first left down Station Road
  • Follow the road for approximately 1/4 mile and go round a sharp right bend
  • Drive a little further and on the next left bend, just before a small bridge look for a third set of gates (opposite an entrance to the Monsal Trial and the postbox - after the Thornbridge Manor sign post).
  • You have arrived at Thornbridge Lodge

Guestbook

The following comments are taken from the guestbook we keep for Thornbridge Lodge. Verbatim.

It was lovely and we hope to come back there sometime x

Carter, Aug 2017

Thanks very much. The venue was perfect and we had a fantastic time. The owner was very accommodating and let us check in early. The house was right on the Monsal trail which was great. We used the recommendations for taxis and restaurants and they were both great. Thanks to all the team for your help.

Kettle, Jul 2017

We had a fantastic time, and I have been very pleased with the level of assistance you were able to provide and I would be happy to leave a review reflecting this

Firth, May 2017

We had a very good weekend , thanks.

Moring, Apr 2017

Thank you ever so much. Great venue in a great location. Would stay again for sure.

Morley, Apr 2017

We had a great time in the Lodge. The facilities were just what we wanted. The weather could have been a little better, (it could have snowed a bit more so that the girls could have built a snowman)

Bagley, Feb 2017

We had a lovely time and everything was as expected....perfect for us all

East, Dec 2016

Thank you very much for a great weekend, everyone was very helpful

Fallows, Nov 2016

Many thanks to you, it was all great!

Harwood, Sep 2016

We have enjoyed our stay at Thornbridge Lodge. It was very convenient for the family party that we were, with 8 adults and 2 babies. The Monsal trail and the Dales allowed us all a good time.

Heijnen, Aug 2016

Thank you very much. We had a lovely and comfortable stay (and were pleased to have somewhere warm and dry to come home to after a busy day on the stand at Eroica).

Williams, Jun 2016

We had such an amazing time at Thornbridge Lodge/ Cottage. Everyone commented on how lovely the venue was and how special it made the hen weekend!

Kennedy, Jun 2016

Thank you. We had a fantastic stay in the cottage and my parents loved their 70th birthday treat.

Bignall, May 2016

Firstly, thank you so much, we had a fantastic stay in Thornbridge Lodge. We have already left a 5 star review and can't wait to visit again in the future.

Watson, May 2016

Thank you for your email, we had a lovely time at Thornbridge Lodge and will definitely be booking again.

Underwood, Apr 2016

We had a lovely time at Thornbridge Lodge, thank you for catering to our needs

Hewitt, Feb 2016

We had a great weekend at the lodge and it was good to get our boys away for a weekend with their cousins and they all enjoyed the open space, long walks and the log fires.

Reeman, Feb 2016

I would definitely recommended Peak Venues. The accommodation was so lovely and the owners were very helpful they accomodated to our arrival/departure times. We did enjoy our stay, the weather did not stop us from doing anything, a slight disappointment was that Chatsworth House was not open but then that gives us an excuse to come again maybe in the Spring/Summer for another girly weekend away. From the admin side, very helpful, informative and promptly replied to my emails.

Carrington, Feb 2016

Just to say that our family really enjoyed our short break in Thornbridge Lodge and Cottage this weekend. It was lovely accommodation and a great setting. Will recommend to friends.

Lawton, Aug 2015

Thank you for a wonderful stay, we were all very pleased with the accommodation especially the venue.

Downes, Jul 2015

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Floor Plans

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The Finer Details

WHAT TO EXPECT

A basic weekend supply of the following essentials are supplied (as there are no staff on site if you run out you will have to replace):
  • Hand soap
  • Loo rolls (1 x on the holder and 1 spare per bathroom)
  • Washing up liquid
  • 5 x dishwasher tablets
  • 2 x tea towels
  • 1 x dish cloth
  • Basic cleaning materials
  • Utilities - Electric, gas, heating and hot water
  • Wifi

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • 1 x travel cot (if requested - please supply your own cot linen)
  • 1 x high chairs (if requested)
  • Fresh linen with beds made up upon arrival
  • Fresh towels - Bath towel per guest & hand towels in the bathrooms
  • 1 X log burner in the main lounge - 1 x basket of logs supplied upon arrival (due to health and safety we cannot supply fire lighters or matches)
  • 1 x TV with Freeview and 1 x DVD player in the main lounge (HDMI compatible)
  • Ipod docking station
  • Washing Machine
  • Iron & ironing board & indoor clothes airer
  • Bedroom 4 can only be accessed via a spiral staircase so not ideal for children/babies
  • Right on the Monsal Trail so bringing your bike is a must (no lockable bike storage)
  • On line deliveries welcome but please make sure that you have booked the slot to arrive after you have checked in as there are no staff on site to take care of your delivery. Location and address is on the directions page

COOKING AND DINING

Any kitchen items that are absolutely vital for your stay, please check with us before your visit to ensure that it is at the property (as things do sometimes get broken).
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen scales
  • Pots, pans, roasting tins, crockery, glassware and cutlery
  • 4 x gas hob and electric oven

  • Cafetieres
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Under counter style fridge and separate freezer
  • Toaster
  • Dining table in the kitchen seats up to 11 on a mix of benches and chairs

OUTSIDE

  • BBQ – please bring your own coal
  • Lawned garden
  • large private courtyard with picnic benches
  • Located right on the Monsal trail so bringing bikes is a must (no lockable storage)

YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Due to horses on site no dogs are allowed at this venue
  • For the comfort of all guests, outdoor shoes are not generally worn on the carpeted area of the house so don’t forget your slippers!
  • No fireworks due to livestock nearby
  • Wifi – we provide free wifi however as the Peak District is in a beautiful rural location sometimes there can be intermittent wifi signal that is beyond our control, we also hope you appreciate that we cannot guarantee wifi if there are technical issues out of our control.

LOCATION

  • The postcode is DE45 1NY – Important check directions page for more details
  • The nearest town is Bakewell
  • The nearest village is Great Longstone (walking distance) with village shop and pubs
  • Parking for 4 cars on the drive

BOOKING AND PAYMENT PROCESS

  • We ask for a 25% deposit to confirm a booking
  • The balance is due 10 weeks prior to arrival
  • Full payment is due upon booking if it is booked with 10 weeks prior to arrival
  • A cautionary damage deposit of £200 is held and returned after your stay

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

  • Check in 3pm or after
  • Check out is by 10am prompt

Practical Information

STANDARD SUPERMARKET DELIVERIES

For ease, lots of our guests organise a pre-ordered shopping delivery. You are very welcome to organise this however, please do make sure you have arrange the delivery time slot to arrive after you have checked in, as we are unable to accept it on your behalf (as the property is let as exclusive use there is are no Peak Venus staff on site).

ALTERNATIVE SUPERMARKET STYLE DELIVERY THAT SUPPORTS LOCAL PRODUCERS - SAUCED HERE.

Keep it local! This is a brilliant alternative to the supermarkets. Our guests often ask for recommendations for local farm shops and butchers for the all-important celebration meals. Sauced Here has similar functionality to an on line supermarket but is only stocked by 30 or more local suppliers in the Peak District - order your wine, meat, vegetables, dairy and so much more with a choice of over a thousand products and at reasonable prices. It's a great service which delivers straight to your holiday cottage or you can click and collect at a local pick up point.

Click here to book a delivery slot.

NEAREST AMENITIES

There is a small village shop (Sally B's) in the centre of Great Longstone, ideal for essential items and another just in Ashford in the Water (Robert’s of Ashford, a superb village shop / well-stocked deli best known for its home-made pickles). Bakewell is a short drive away with a small/medium sized supermarket and a variety of good quality local stores.

Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby

PUBS

  • The White Lion, Great Longstone - Less than a 10 minute stroll away,  a great gasto village pub.
  • The Crispin Inn, Great Longstone - Also only a short walk away, traditional village pub serving food.
  • The Packhorse, Little Longstone - Lovely historic character features in this compact pub – promotes itself with Walkers and Muddy boots welcome.’ It is worth booking a table for a group as it is popular with the locals.
  • The Manners, Bakewell - Gastro pub with great food and a family friendly beer garden in the heart of Bakewell.
  • The Royal Oak, Hurdlow - Our award winning pub offers open fires, hidden corners, local ales and of course ‘great home-made pub food’ as it should be. Groups welcome - booking advised.
  • The Bull, Ashford in the Water - Traditional Robinson small character pub serving great food. Lovely cosy fire in the winter months.
  • Monsal Head Hotel and Stable Bar, Monsal Head - This place has a great viewing area and is a fabulous place to rest and enjoy a pint in the old Stable Barn when walking along the Monsal Trail.
  • The Red Lion at Litton - Nestled on the green in the picturesque village of Litton, The Red Lion is one of a very few unspoilt traditional Peak District pubs. This historic inn combines character & quality in a way that is rare in modern pubs.
  • Devonshire Arms at Beeley - Set on the Chatsworth Estate, The Devonshire Arms is one of those picturesque country inns at the heart of village life. It offers the charm and character of an historic inn with a contemporary twist! The Brasserie is modern, bright and relaxing while the Inn is cosy and inviting.
  • The Bull’s Head, Monyash - A traditional pub located in the heart of Monyash, serving good pub food. Popular with families and walkers.
  • The Bridge Inn, Calver - A pub which serves great Spanish tapas.

RESTAURANTS

  • Pointing Dog & Duck, Bakewell - Great location by the river in Bakewell for an upmarket family friendly Italian Restaurant – Homemade pizzas and pasta are both excellent. Serves both lunch and dinner.
  • PieDaniels, Bakewell - A fine French restaurant and cafe bar in the heart of Bakewell offering a selection of fine French & English cuisine.
  • The Steak and Burger Merchant, Bakewell - Contemporary restaurant and bar in the centre of Bakewell.
  • Rajas Indian Restaurant, Bakewell - A great Indian restaurant located in the Bridge House just on the edge of the famous Bakewell Bridge. They also do take-aways.
  • Juniper, Bakewell - Gin bar with a great pizza menu in the centre of Bakewell. They also do take-away pizza.
  • Hassop Hall, Hassop - Set in beautiful gardens and rolling parkland, the hotel and restaurant offers you a retreat where you can relax and enjoy the comforts offered in this family run establishment.

CAFES

  • The Bean and Bag, Bakewell - Family run café in the heart of Bakewell offering locally sourced freshly prepared meals, cakes and scones.
  • The Upstairs Café, Bakewell - A nice child –friendly café located in the centre of Bakewell.
  • Lavender Tea Rooms, Bakewell - A lovely quaint tea room, hidden in the corner of Hebden court, the charming décor includes vintage memorabilia and there’s outside seating in the sheltered courtyard. A great place for afternoon tea.
  • Aisseford Tea Room, Ashford in the Water - Pretty village tea room with lots of outdoor seating.
  • Hassop Station Café & Bookshop - A new family friendly cafe with outdoor covered seating and play, with a focus on food, family & fresh air. Enjoy brunch, lunch or afternoon tea on the terrace on the renown Monsal Trail or in the newly refurbished station building.
  • Hobbs Café, Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head - Situated at Monsal Head this cosy café offers great views and serves locally made ice cream.
  • The Old Smithy Café, Monyash - Rustic! Famous for its breakfast featured in the Top 50 Breakfast Book in the country. Character décor, open year round – walkers and bikers welcome. Also serves lunch daily with dinner on certain days.

FRESH DELIVERED MEALS & TAKE AWAYS

  • Sauced Here - fantastic selection of home made prepared meals from local chef/cooks - great for large groups. They also provide a full basket of groceries from local producers that can replace a supermarket delivery
  • Scoff - Delicious, home-cooked food, delivered to you in the Peak District
  • Bakewell Fish and Chip Shop
  • Rajas Indian Restaurant
  • Bamboo Cottage (Chinese)
  • Juniper (Take-away pizza)
  • Pointing Dog & Duck, (Take-away pizza)
  • Hope Valley Pizza Co - Take away pizza with free delivery
  • Maazi- Sumptuous Indian meal or buffet delivered to your door. Numerous catering options and can also provide waiting on staff and even take away the washing up.

Our Top 5 Places to Visit Nearby

1. Spend a day exploring the historic market town of Bakewell

Bakewell is the largest town within the Peak District National Park and is a hub of activity. Market day is on a Monday and as well as a large range of stalls there is also an agricultural market which is definitely worth a look around as it offers a great insight todays farming community. The town also hosts a craft and gift fair every weekend in Brigade town hall. The Bakewell Old House Museum occupies one of the oldest buildings in Bakewell and dates back to 1543, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the towns past and is very interesting and informative with lots to appeal to all ages.Obviously no trip to Bakewell would be complete without sampling an original Bakewell pudding. The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop claims to have the old the original recipe and still makes the puddings by hand from the secret recipe. 


Click here for a link to further information on Bakewell.

2.Cycle or Walk the Monsal Trail

With the Monsal Trial literally on your door step it would be rude not to take the opportunity to cycle/walk along this old Midland Railway line which runs from Bakewell right up to Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale. The trail offers 8.5 miles of traffic free and mud free cycling/walking and with the recently reopened tunnels offers one of the most spectacular leisure routes in Britain for cycling, walking and horse riding. The nearest cycle hire is at Hassop station which is great place to stop for a bite to eat or for a coffee and nice piece of homemade cake! There is also a lovely little gift shop and book shop and a children’s play area. If walking it also worth leaving the trail and dropping down in to Monsal Dale itself to enjoy walking along down by the river.


Click here for a link to cycle hire at Hassop Station or here for more information on the Monsal Trail.

3.Take a tour around the Thornbridge Brewery

This award winning brewery is just down the road from the property and for any real ale lover taking a tour of this state-of-the art brewery is not to be missed. Tours take place very Wednesday and Friday at 3pm, booking is advisable. Also if you are lucky enough to be staying with us in the last week of the month, the brewery holds two socials on the last Wednesday (5-9pm) and the last Saturday (12-8pm) of each month. They generally have a range of 10 cask and keg Thornbridge beers, including Thornbridge favourites and also some of their rarer beers. They also run brewery tours on these socials at 6 and 7pm on the Wednesday and 3 and 5pm on the Saturday, again booking is advisable. 


Click here for a link to Thornbridge Brewery.

4.Chatsworth House and Park

No visit to the Peak District would be complete without visiting the fabulous Chatsworth House. At Chatsworth there is something to do for every member of the family. The Farmyard and Adventure playground is a brilliant day out for children of all ages - with animal handling, milking demonstrations and daily activities, plus a woodland adventure playground with slides, trampolines and more!Then there is obviously the house itself, steeped with history it’s one of Britain’s greatest stately homes and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The gardens are equally as impressive as the house, over 100 acres and as well and the beautiful flowers and plants, there are giant water features and sculptures dotted around. Again suitable for all the family, with the maze, the garden trails, and the famous water cascade to keep the little ones occupied.


Click here for a link to Chatsworth House and Park.

5.Walk along the Edges

Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges are only a short drive away and offer a spectacular walking route where you can view both the Dark and White Peaks. These three gritstone edges are part an almost continuous line of cliffs running from Stanage Edge down to Birchen Edge at the southern end. These Edges once famous for millstones, are now known as great places to rock climb. There over 200 rock-climbing routes on Curbar Edge alone, making the edges a mecca for walkers and climbers alike. For walkers Baslow Edge also offers interesting features including a memorial to the Duke of Wellington, a giant rock called the Eagle Stone which in years gone by the young men of Baslow used it to show off their prowess and fitness for marriage by climbing to the top and even some resident Highland cows.There are many different routes, some circular, some linear around the edges and also different staring/finishing points. A nice circular route which also includes walking along the river Derwent can be viewed by clicking here.