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After an enjoyable day spent walking, cycling, shopping, visiting the many attractions or just seeing the sights, it’s a pleasure to be able to take it easy, entertaining yourselves or being entertained. We aim to ensure you can relax however you wish at your holiday home.

There are seven large screen ‘Freesat’ satellite televisions in the house, with hundreds of channels to choose from. In addition to a set in every bedroom there are televisions in both lounges. Wi-Fi is freely available to guests throughout the house, and for guests wishing to connect their own devices games may also be played or the internet streamed through all but two of the TVs. In the main lounge there is a very large 50″ HD plasma screen TV, together with a DVD player and VCR, ideal for family evenings at the movies. This lounge seats eleven on comfortable sofas and armchairs, and additional chairs can be carried in if needed.

The ‘Blue’ lounge, where the TV also has a DVD Player and VCR, provides a more intimate setting with seating for six This room has sliding double glazed doors opening onto the side garden, where the view over the lawn to the screening trees beyond seems for all the world like a clearing in a wood. On a warm summer evening, or indeed at any time, guests can enjoy sitting out there, in virtual total privacy despite being close to the heart of a thriving market town.

The tall bookcases in the main lounge and the dining room hold more than four hundred books to suit all interests, on shelves above others containing a wide range of video cassettes as well as hundreds more books for children.

The dining room bookcase also has indexed files with a comprehensive range of information on local facilities and tourist attractions, both in the immediate locality and beyond. Guide books and maps specifically for walkers and cyclists will be found as well as more general sight-seeing information. An antique oak corner cupboard in the dining room holds a wide assortment of board and other games.

Bike ‘pedlars’ will find secure cycle storage in the former garage, please ask and a key will be provided.

For those interested, a display book on the hall stand contains a short history of Hollybank House, as well as a catalogue of the art displayed around the house. Apart from some displays of historic prints, that is mainly by local artists and depicting local scenes.

There is also a key to a photo gallery, in the hall itself, showing local events and people formerly associated with Hollybank House. Those are almost all forebears or other relatives of the present owner, whose childhood home this was.

Style in the dining room is set by the original red quarry tiled floor and inset brick fireplace with heavy pine mantelpiece and freestanding cast iron fire basket, with a real coal fire effect. There are normally twelve cushioned beech dining chairs, with a total of fourteen available in all. Three drop-leaf pine dining tables can be placed together to form a larger table in various layouts. It is actually possible to arrange seating for fourteen at one time, although for that number in very friendly proximity, it must be said!
Hollybank House Dining Room
More formal table settings for any smaller numbers are readily accommodated. For informal eating and TV dinners there is a range of trolley and occasional tables in both lounges.

The large Welsh Dresser, with toy cupboards below, has glazed glass cabinets on either side of the central plate display. These contain a full range of cut lead crystal wine and other glasses sufficient for the maximum number of guests. The extensive range of traditional ‘Blue Willow Pattern’ tableware, was made in the nearby historic Potteries District of Stoke on Trent, which is well worth a visit whilst you are in Ashbourne. The traditional ‘Parish Pattern’ cutlery is in the ‘Dubarry’ design, using the highest quality stainless steel distinguished by its soft silvery glow, executed equally nearby in Sheffield. by the master cutlers formerly Arthur Richardson, but now part of the Amefa Group, Luxurious place settings can be completed with ‘Lady Clare’ mats and coasters and silver rings with neatly rolled napkins.

For the smallest children there are four sets of nursery plates, bowls, drinking vessels and cutlery.

We aim to make self-catering a pleasure, not a drudgery to be avoided by always eating out or sending for a take-away; although there is an extensive good quality choice of both literally on the doorstep.

With that in mind, the kitchen, which has tiled walls and floor setting off gleaming white cabinets, has been fully equipped with high quality appliances and an inventory of utensils and equipment far exceeding any standard specified by the Tourist Board for any grade of accommodation.

Hollybank House Kitchen

In particular, there is at least double the recommended quantity of highest quality Stellar and equivalent saucepans and other cooking pots and pans.

The stainless steel gas hob is complemented by an AEG double fan oven which also incorporates a grill. There is a ‘commercial’ quality stainless steel Panasonic microwave with drop down door and inverter technology needing no turntable. This also incorporates a conventional oven and grill.

There is a tall frost free Bosch fridge and freezer and a new eco-friendly Bosch dishwasher under the sink unit which has a high quality 1.5 bowl ceramic sink from an AGA Group company. There is a six slice Dualit toaster, a boon at breakfast time in a large house full of people.

The adjoining utility area contains the Hotpoint washer dryer and also a rotary dryer for which a socket is provided in the garden.

The ultra-modern gas boiler is pressurised and in a sealed case shutting down automatically on the slightest leakage. Nevertheless, an automatic Carbon Monoxide alarm is located adjacent to the boiler. Automatic radio linked alarms, sensitive to heat or smoke as appropriate, are fitted throughout the house. There is a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket near to the exit door from the kitchen.

We do not expect our guests to perform domestic chores, except by choice for their own comfort, or at all beyond the little things that do arise in any house day by day. Our own cleaners are always able and willing. For any needs you do have all cleaning materials are provided, especially for the kitchen and including dishwasher and washing machine tablets.

Should you need it, there is a powerful vacuum cleaner and also an iron and ironing board.

Guests often remark about our comfortable beds – see what our guests say!

All the mattresses are pocket sprung from suppliers by Royal Appointment and the fine Egyptian Cotton bed linen, also from Royal Warrant Holders, is complemented by soft and luxurious duvets and pillows. The beds are all dressed with velvety cushions and fleecy throws.

Each guest bedside cabinet has a touch dimming bedside lamp, a water carafe and glass and a tissue box. In each bedroom the television is carefully positioned for restful viewing.
The personal amenities are just as carefully considered. Behind the bedroom door each guest will find a freshly laundered white towelling bathrobe complementing the thick soft towels provided. A hair dryer is provided in every bedroom as is a fan heater for use in the unlikely event that additional heating is wanted.

There is a hospitality tray with electric kettle in every bedroom, offering tea or coffee and biscuits whenever wanted.

On the first floor a fully tiled luxury bathroom has an over-sized designer bath as well as a separate curved glass shower cubicle with both a fixed overhead and hand held thermostatic shower. In addition, the front bedroom, with a zip&link bed that offers a Super King size or twin beds to choice, has an en-suite shower room. For flexibility, this shower room also has alternative access from the first floor hallway. There is a fully tiled separate WC, with washbasin, conveniently placed on this floor. The fully tiled bathroom on the upper floor provides a P shaped bath with both fixed and hand held thermostatic shower. There is also a low flush WC in this bathroom.

There are always beds for at least eleven guests in the five bedrooms, providing either 3 sets of twin beds and 2 doubles, or 4 sets of twin beds and one double – both arrangements also having a single bed in the family room. Two additional guests can be accommodated using a double sofa bed in the Blue lounge which if desired, can also be made available simply to avoid the need to use stairs. There is also a WC with washbasin on the ground floor for your convenience.

Hollybank House En-suite Bedroom

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