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November Newsletter

The weather is getting colder and the fires are being lit at Gainsborough Retreats as we prepare for the busy Christmas season. If you haven't sorted out your festive break yet why not take a trip up to the stunning Derbyshire Peak District, we have plenty to offer come rain or shine! A visit to Chatsworth House is a must at this time of year with lots happening and if you make your trip an annual outing you can take advantage of our new Loyalty Scheme set up for our regular visitors.
This month we have added a new Special Offers category to our newsletter. Make sure your Special Offers box is ticked on your preferences in order to receive the latest Discounts and promotions that we are running. This month take advantage of our un-missable deal to treat your family for Christmas or new Year!

What's on in November - Bonfire Night & Christmas Market at Chatsworth




Let's kick off with Bonfire Night at Chatsworth on the 2nd & 3rd of November in the gardens with fireworks, bonfire, music and entertainment.


Visit the house from the 4th to 8th of November to see how the house is prepared for Christmas with a festive celebration of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!




Finish off with the Chatsworth Christmas Market from 14th to 24th November with garden & gift shops, live seasonal music with brass bands, mulled cider and german beers in the bavarian tent, stalls and glorious food treats.


Site News - New Loyalty Scheme & Youtube Videos


New Loyalty Scheme

We have introduced a " Birthday List" so that every year you will be able to choose a gift that you would like to receive on your arrival or thing's to do over your stay.  After your first visit to one of our holiday sites you will receive a letter inviting you back so that you can enjoy a special gift for your next stay, but remember you must book within a year from staying with us to claim your next special treat.

Gifts you can expect- 2nd year choose from champagne & chocolates or a 30 minute facial or manicure, 3rd year choose from a voucher to use at our local pub or family ticket to an attraction nearby and so on...

Each year gets bigger and bigger so what are you waiting for; book your break with us today!!


New Youtube Videos!!

Check out our new videos for Gainsborough Retreats and let us know what you think. The videos give a brief description of all of our sites and cottages available, what you can expect, and what you can do..

Search for Gainsborough Retreats on YouTube and sit back and see which cottage you would like to choose for your next Derbyshire Peak District Break, you won't be disappointed!!


Local Recommended Business - Flashbak

Flash Bak Party Photo Booth

Photos taken throughout an event in the FlashBak booth allows you to entertain your guests and create a bespoke guest book in a luxury album. For 3 hours of unlimited use you get two instant sets of prints each visit, with four different and unforgettable shots divided by a message of your choice. One set goes to your guests for them to take home with treasured memories of your special event, the identical set is fixed into your luxury album with a personalised message from your guests. 
The album is then presented to you at the end of the evening, and for an extra special treat the FlashBak team go through all the prints taken on the night choosing the best ones and produce a movie which is then sent to you after the event at no extra cost. No other company offers this service!!! 

Make it a night to remember and let us help to capture your memories to relive forever!!

 All of the above is included in our special package:

The booth hire includes:

3 hours of unlimited use/prints

Double Prints + Guest Book

A box of props to capture your guests imagination

Your own personal message on the prints

A friendly and professional service

We can match your theme of your event on our prints

A DVD/Movie of all the best shots taken on the night

2 booth operatives attend every event

Price: &595


Contact:  Andrew

T: 07855672286       E:      W:


November's Recipe of the Month - Rosemary and Garlic Chicken

Rosemary and Garlic Chicken

Serves 4, Preparation time 10 minutes, Cooking time 45 minutes


8 chicken thighs with skin on

1 tablespoon of seasoned flour

1 head of garlic, separated but not peeled

3 large stalks rosemary

300ml/half pint dry white wine

2 tablespoons olive oil


1. Pat the chicken with kitchen roll to dry then toss the chicken in the seasoned flour.

2. Add the oil to the frying pan and when hot fry the chicken skin side down until the skin is crisp and brown. Then turn the chicken until it is browned on all sides.

3. Add the garlic and rosemary to the pan and then pour in the white wine, season and cover.

4. Simmer for approximately 40-45 minutes until the chicken is tender.

5. You can serve this with almost anything; rice, tagliatelle, mashed potato...

Walk of the Month - Bonsall

 Bonsall Walk 

Length - 5.5 miles

Start/Finish - Park by the roadside at the bottom of the dale

Location - Off A5012 Cromford to Buxton Road

Terrain - Some moderately steep sections, but nothing too strenuous


Bonsall Feature

The first Carnival and Well Dressing took place in 1927.

The ancient former lead mining village of Bonsall was once described by the Daily Mail as ‘the healthiest village in England’

At the start of the new millennium Bonsall Village was called "The UFO Capital of Britain" 

The road from Grangemill to Cromford was given the name Via Gellia by the Gell family

At the foot of The Dale is The Fountain, a prominent local landmark.