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June Newsletter

June has brought some glorious weather so far in the Derbyshire Peak District and we hope it continues so you can enjoy the fantastic Ashbourne International Streetfest, a walk through Brassington, the stunning countryside and views you can see from Carsington Water and then settle back at the end of the day in our fantastic newly refurbished cottage Two Dales on Knockerdown Farm site and try out June's recipe of the Month! Remember if you can't see all the articles just amend your interests by ticking or unticking the preference boxes...

What to do in June - International Streetfest



21st June to 7th July 2013




Performing in the street, Kangaroos as never seen before.  A favourite of festivals worldwide, you won’t be able to miss the giant bouncing kangaroos.


DIEGO SPANA from Argentina


A multi-talented actor, impressionist, mime artist and musician; performing in the street




28 June at 8.30pm

3 July at 8.00pm



 International streetfest - for more information click here



Exciting News! Our new cottage Two Dales is waiting to lavish its 5 star luxury on its first guests


Set in the picturesque setting of Knockerdown Cottages our newest self-catered cottage is now up and running. An amalgamation of two older cottages, Two Dales has been renamed and refurbished to offer a charming 4 bedroom cottage sleeping up to 11 people.

The property has been designed for open plan living so you can enjoy the company of your friends and family throughout the ground floor areas. A brand new fitted kitchen with American fridge freezer, island unit and large open plan dining area lead into the lounge with 32” flat screen TV.

The ground floor bedroom with spacious shower en suite is suitable for guests with limited mobility and can be set up for double or twin occupancy.

Stairs from both the merged properties have been retained meaning that in one half they lead to a generous sized bedroom with bathroom en suite and two additional single beds if required making this the perfect family suite.

To the other half of the property a similar family bathroom serves a twin bedroom and larger room with zip and link beds and additional single bed if required.

Two Dales has its own fenced garden areas to the front and back and even has its own gate taking you straight to the pub across the road! Use of the on site heated swimming pool, games room and spa are also available. The furnishing has been specifically designed to maintain that country feel that our guests always enjoy at Knockerdown Cottages yet bringing in a touch of modern luxury to allowing you to relax in this home away from home for the duration of your stay.

To be one of the first guests to experience the luxuries of Two Dales call us now on 01629 540525.

June's Local Place of Interest

CARSINGTON WATER a popular visitor attraction




Carsington Water is a popular visitor attraction since the reservoir was opened by the Queen in May 1992. It is home to water sports and leisure in the Derbyshire Peak District. Located next door!! to one of our holiday sites Knockerdown Farm just off the B5035 Ashbourne to Cromford road.


Carsington Water boasts the following:-

·         Fly Fishing

·         Bird and Wildlife Watching

·         Walking and Cycling

·         Bridleways for Horse Riding

·         Sailing, Kayaking and Windsurfing

·         Adventure  Playground for children

·         Restaurant, Cafe and Shops

·         Picnic Areas & BBQ stands



What to do:-

·         8 mile perimeter route around the reservoir for walking, cycling or horse riding, make sure you stop off half way round to visit The Miners Arms a traditional pub in Carsington village. The pub offers varieties of delicious meals that are home cooked and are all freshly prepared on the premises with the finest ingredients. Children and pets welcome.

·         Try water sports “taster sessions” to sample the delights of the reservoir

·         Visit the shops for gifts, clothing, books, toys, souvenirs and ceramics

·         Children’s learning activities


June's recipe of the month - Warm Vietnamese-style chicken salad

Serves 4 people, preparation time 20 minutes, cooking time 15 minutes



1 small carrot, trimmed and shredded

1 spring onion, shredded

Half a cucumber, shredded

Handful of mangetout, halved lengthways

Handful each of mint and coriander

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

3 shallots, thinly sliced

4 skinless chicken breasts

2 little gem lettuces

Limes to serve


2 red chillis, finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

1.5 tablespoons of soft brown sugar

3 tablespoons of lime juice

1.5 tablespoons Thai fish sauce

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar



1. Toss the carrot, spring onion, cucumber and mangetout in a bowl with the mint and coriander leaves.

2. Gently fry the shallots in a little of the oil until golden and then set aside.

3. Slice the chicken into strips and fry or griddle for 5-6 minutes until cooked.

4. Mix all the dressing ingredients together and toss the vegetables in half of the dressing.

5. Separate the little gem lettuce leaves and place a few on each plate, top with the vegetable mixture and the chicken. Drizzle with the rest of the dressing, sprinkle on the shallots and serve with the lime halves.

June's Local Walk - Brassington


 For Brassington Walk please click on the link below. This walk is local to one of our holiday sites in the Derbyshire Peak District. Knockerdown Holiday Cottages.

Length: 5.5 miles


Start/Finish: Wirksworth Dale Car Park. 


Location: Between the B5056 Ashbourne to Bakewell road, and the B5035 Ashbourne to Wirksworth road.


Terrain: Steady ascents, generally easy going. The walk joins the High Peak Trail.


For more information please click here


Brassington Features 

Brassington is a Limestone village, with quaint winding streets, has two pubs located in the heart of the village called Miners Arms (18th century) & Ye Olde Gate Inn which has been named one of the cosiest pubs by “The Times” and is nearly 400 years old!!!!

On either side of the village you will find strange rock formations called Rainster Rocks & Harborough Rocks.