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August Newsletter

Welcome to August in the Peak District and at last we have a summer we can actually be proud of! With so much going on it is difficult to know where to start... Carsington Water has an array of watersports you can take part in and is conveniently located just across the road from our Knockerdown Cottage site. There is also lots on at Chatsworth Estate over the Summer months and if you are trying to keep the cost down why not just enjoy the weather on a local walk. We have some special discounts for last minute bookings during the school holidays so call us now to see if we can squeeze you in and make the most of the lovely weather. If you are planning a wedding soon have a look at our Local Business this month where they have recently "trashed the dress" at Knockerdown! We also have some new arrivals at Egginton Hall, if you ask nicely they might even to join you on your big day!

What's on in August - The best events, shows and films, all in the Derbyshire Peak District

Chatsworth Party in the Garden



2nd August


Chatsworth Outdoor Theatre


   20th August

Chatsworth Country Fair

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   29th - 31st August

Y Not Festival at Pikehall

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   1st - 3rd August

Summer of Cycling in the Derbyshire Peak District

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   1st - 30th August

Ashbourne Show

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  20th August
 Summer Nights Film Festival at Calke Abbey
 8th & 9th August

Summer Nights Film Festival at Hardwick Hall

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 29th & 30th August

Elvaston Castle Garden Show

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  16th & 17th August

Site News - Egginton Hall - Swan Lake and History!

What a wonderful sight - the Cygnets have arrived! They are grey in colour and gradually they will turn brown over the first six months. This is the time when they learn to fly. By one year old they are predominantly white but the beak remains grey/pink. Full white plumage and orange beak come with maturity.

Did you know that Swans at rest will often tuck one foot up on their back, possibly to dry - this can give rise to speculation that they have an injury!!


Doesn't everyone love a happy ending...

Egginton Hall History


Egginton Hall mansion stands in it's own grounds in the village of EGGINTON. Egginton is a village and a parish in the district of Burton-upon-Trent, and county of Derby. The village stands on the verge of the county, near Icknield-street and the river Dove, adjacent to the Grand Trunk canal.

Egginton Hall was visited by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra on their way to Doncaster Races in 1902

Picture of the Hall in 1930

A major flood in 1932 surrounded the  village, doing a great deal of damage.

Years of neglect during the war and other untreated damage meant that the Hall was no longer weather proof and after  the war there was not the money, materials or inclination to do up large  houses. As a result it was pulled down in 1954.


Another major flood in 1964 led to the  building of a flood bank around the village in 1967, which succeeded in  keeping further floods at bay

1994 sees the start of the building of the new Egginton Hall

Through the Lodge gate can be see the re-incarnated Egginton Hall. ... As part of the landscaping a lake and cascade were created and an iron bridge 

For a trip down memory lane please click here to see more photos.


 Now a stunning unique wedding venue to hire




Viewings are taking place throughout summer so please book a day & time with the events team but hurry only 4 dates left for 2015


Local Business of Interest - Field Photographic "Trash The Dress"

Trash the Dress

Merv Spencer (Field Photographic) did a photo shoot at Knockerdown Cottages to show us the "NEW" wedding trend thats sweeping the country. Some of the photo shoot was taken in our indoor heated swimming pool. Viewings at Knockerdown are taking place throughout the summer so please ring our events team but hurry as we only have 2 dates left for 2015!

Merv has one of the most experienced professional wedding photography studios in the area, having captured over 2200 weddings in the 20+ years he has been working. The professional photographic studio is snuggled between Derby and Nottingham.

Imagine all the salon visits, fittings, and alterations, it's no wonder that many brides opt to preserve their gown after the wedding day. But some brides are taking a decidedly different approach: They're wearing their wedding dress once more in a much less careful manner better known as "trashing the dress" (or TTD).


Who "trashed the dress" first? Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper is credited with staging the first TTD shoot. After becoming bored with more traditional wedding photo sessions

Is the wedding dress ruined? Not necessarily. Should you decide to give this trend a try, you (and your wedding photographer) will discuss beforehand just how badly you'll trash your gown


The Photo Shoot 


Fancy something a little different!!


If anyone feels that they would like to take the "plunge" into something completetly different then contact Merv Spencer for more details :- 

Tel: 01773 769900 / 252000  Mob: 07970187728,,

August "Sizzling Hot" Special Offers

August is a great month to enjoy precious family time before School starts again. It’s not easy to find cheap holidays in August, but here at Gainsborough Retreats remember we streamlined our pricing to take you past the most important time of year for School Holidays.

For a cut-price holiday in August, stay in one of our comfortably furnished cottages at Knockerdown and you’ll find great facilities including a swimming pool and sauna, hot tub, games rooms, childrens play area, fishing lake, meadow for activities, free parking.....

If you are feeling a bit more energetic, take a bike ride around Carsington Water or try out the local watersports or quad biking.

A great way to pack in lots of sights in a comfortable relaxed environment without the stress of packing and unpacking every day.

The Offer

Stay in one of our larger (4 bed to 7 bed) self catering cottages for a week in August and get a whopping 10% OFF


The offer is on throughout August so hurry DONT MISS OUT!!

All bookings must be for a stay from 1st to 31st of August 2014 and offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Ring our booking line on 01629 540 525 for more details



Brackendale Spa Offers

Brackendale Spa our offering a delightful treat for your fingers and toes throughout the summer months


Book in for a Brackendale Smart Polish on fingers & toes for &30. Offer includes a mini manicure & mini pedicure Advanced bookings only.


Brackendale Spa are also offering our guests staying at Knockerdown Cottages over the summner months 20% off all  treatments excluding the offer above. Advanced bookings only.

Booking is advised as  the spa does get busy during weekend and holiday periods.

Please like their facebook page and log into the website for all the latest information and monthly offers.

Tel: 01629 540727 E:      

August's Recipe of the Month - Thai Pork and Peanut Curry

Serves 4, Preparation time 10 minutes, Cooking time 30 minutes


1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

A bunch of spring onions

A bunch of coriander, stalks chopped and leaves picked

400g pork tenderloin, sliced

4 tablespoons thai red curry paste

4 tablespoons peanut butter

1 tablespoon soft brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

400ml can light coconut milk

175g pack of baby corn

juice of 1 lime

rice to serve


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the spring onions and coriander stalks and cook for a minute.

2. Add the pork and cook for 5 minutes until browned.

3. Stir in the curry paste and peanut butter. After 30 seconds add the sugar, soy sauce and coconut milk. Stir and cover with a lid, simmer for 15 minutes. If the curry starts to go a little dry just add a splash of water.

4. Remove the lid and add the baby corn. Increase the heat and bubble for 3-4 minutes until the corn is cooked, the sauce should also have thickened slightly.

5. Stir in the lime juice, coriander leaves and add seasoning as necessary. Serve with rice.

6. If freezing, put in individual containers and ensure that the curry is thoroughly defrosted before reheating. Heat in the microwave or on the hob ensuring the curry is hot all the way through before serving.

Walk of the Month - Stanton Moor & Birchover



Start :- small lay-by on the B5056, can be reached by car or bus or start from the bottom end of Birchover village.

Finish:- Birchover village

Distance:- 2 or 4 miles (two routes)

Refreshments:- The Druids Inn or The Red Lion in Birchover or The Flying Childers at Stanton In the Peak

Terrain:- Very easy walking

Please click here to see the 1st route, click here to see the 2nd route


Walking Route Refreshments


       The Druids Inn, Birchover

A traditional country pub, serving well kept local cask ales and delicious freshly cooked food.

A delightful mix of modern dining and traditional pub character

If you’re looking for somewhere to dine out or an impromptu beer stop then call in to The Druid Inn.

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The Red Lion, Birchover

A traditional Peak District pub offering good quality food, real ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Wood burning stove in each room, oak beams and local gritstone walls, we encourage our guests to settle in and relax with a good drink and a plate of satisfying, home-cooked food.

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The Flying Childers, Stanton in  peak

An authentic village pub

Set in the heart of the pretty village of Stanton in Peak the pub retains the charm of a 'proper' British pub - where good real ale is top of the menu!

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