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The accommodation provided is to the highest standards combining modern luxury with a traditional country feel. The Cottage has a spacious ground floor with under floor heating, perfect for getting together with friends and family. The fully fitted kitchen has a large range cooker, central island sink unit, dishwasher, washer dryer and leads out to a south facing morning terrace complete with hot tub, perfect for those cold country evenings! The central dining room has an extendable table seating up to 12 people and is open to the large lounge area with original feature beams and brickwork. The lounge is centred around a log burner and provides access to an evening terrace with stunning views over the rolling Derbyshire countryside. 


To the first floor the sleeping accommodation is suitable for both families and couples, with three of the bedrooms being able to be set out as double or twin rooms. ‘The purple suite’ with original feature king post oak beam also has a single day bed with pull out single bed, perfect for families. Off the master suite a luxurious bathroom with two-person bath provides the ideal place to retreat. The two additional bedrooms to the first floor both have en suite shower rooms with large fixed screen showers. The second floor comprises ‘the blue suite’ with separate bathroom, again with two-person bath. All bathrooms have under floor heating, heated towel rails and anti-mist mirrors. 


Sunshine Cottage was refurbished during 2008 when it started out as a disused barn and only the roof had been renewed! The end kitchen wall had to be underpinned before anything could be done to the upper floors and the whole property had to be newly wired and plumbed. Underfloor heating was added to the ground floor and the pillar in the lounge was salvaged from an old Mill to hold up the ceiling. The first floor was not seen for the first 4 weeks of the work as no-one could access it, and once the development was a little further on the baths had to be lifted up before the stairs were fitted due to their size - so we ask our guests to please be careful with them as we can't get them out again! The original design hit a problem when the middle bedroom was not big enough for a double bed so our very clever joiner managed to fit the bed into area above the stairs hence why you can only get in and out one side!!

We hope you enjoy using and staying in Sunshine Cottage as much as we enjoyed refurbishing it and hope it provides you with somewhere to make many happy memories with your friends and family!