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January Newsletter

Sweep away those January blues with a visit to the Peak District, there is still plenty to do after the Christmas festivities are over. Visit the Buxton Opera House for a bit of culture or lose a few of those Christmas pounds with a walk around the beautiful Chatsworth countryside. If you prefer something a bit more relaxing why not visit The Three Horseshoes pub on Long Lane and cosy up by the fire or enjoy a bit of pampering at the Brackendale Spa where our guests can now enjoy an amazing 20% discount.

What's on in January - Dance, Music & Comedy

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre




All this under one roof in January; have a look at the website to see what takes your fancy!

Site News - Change of Ownership of the Brackendale Spa

Between Lisa & Laura they have over 20 years experience in the industry and have both worked for the previous owner for over 6 years.



New treatments include:-

Gel Nails

Individual Lashes

Micro Dermabrasion



Billion Dollar Brows


Lisa & Laura are happy to discuss your requirements whether you are booking for a special occasion, group booking, birthday, hen party etc they are also offering wedding packages.

Special Offer

All of our cottage guests at Knockerdown will receive 20% off on advanced bookings. Booking is advised as  the girls do 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                                                                                   


Local Recommended Business - The Three Horseshoes


When you visit The Three Horseshoes, you're in for a treat. Experience the off-the-pier-fresh seafood, hand-cut chips, scrumptious stews or any of the other mouthwatering dishes.

Long Lane village in Derbyshire, is approximately 6 miles north west of Derby off the A52, and set on the old Roman road bearing the same name. It has a very rural setting and is not much more than a cluster of cottages, a village school that serves the local farming community, a church and a pub.

The Three Horseshoes Inn is an extensive building, dating back to 1750. It was formerly a grain store, where ale was brewed for the adjacent blacksmith. The pub is unusual in that it is owned by Long Lane village itself. It was theatened with closure a few years ago, so a group of customers averted the danger by clubbing together and buying it.

The Three Horseshoes is the perfect destination for your next night out, whether an intimate dinner for two or a large group celebration.

Chris Peach the Landlord has been at Three Horseshoes since June 2010 and in this time he has added a certain charismatic charm with a fantastic atmosphere, his enthusiasm of bringing the community together with a variety of successful events such as live music, festivals and family fun days. Chris is always looking for new and exciting ventures for the pub to take which is always supported by the pubs loyal locals. After a long string of previous short term land lords Chris has turned the pub around and made it a lovely home from home country pub with fantastic traditional home cooked food and an extremely warm welcome to all!


The Three Horseshoes, Long Lane, Dalbury Lees, Nr Ashbourne, Derbys, DE6 5BJ. Tel:- 01332 824481 

January's Recipe of the Month - Lamb with turmeric, lime and fresh Mango Chutney

Lamb with turmeric, lime and fresh mango chutney

Serves 4, Preparation time 10 minutes, Cooking time 50 minutes


3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lime juice plus wedges to serve if you wish

1 green chilli, chopped finely

1 teaspoon root ginger, peeled and chopped finely

2 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon turmeric

12 lamb cutlets or 4 lamb steaks

For the Mango Chutney:

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

2 mangoes, peeled and diced

75g caster sugar

1 red chilli, chopped

1 and a half tablespoons lime juice


1. Making the marinade - Whisk together the oil, lime juice, green chilli, ginger, garlic, garam masala and turmeric.

2. Toss the lamb in the marinade coating it as much as you can and leave for at least half an hour or up to a day.

3. Making the chutney - Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the mustard seeds and stir until they start to pop.

4. Stir in the diced mangoes, sugar, red chilli, and some salt to taste. Cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes until slightly syrupy.

5. Add the lime juice and season as necessary and then set aside to cool.

6. When ready to cook preheat a griddle, grill or barbecue, drain the excess marinade off the lamb and cook them for about 2 minutes on each side if using a griddle or barbecue and about 6-7 minutes on each side if grilling so they are lightly charred on the outside but still pink in the middle.

7. Serve with the mango chutney and lime wedges if you like.

Local Walk of the Month - Chatsworth Long Walk

Length - 9.5 miles

Start/Finish - Carlton Lees Car Park

Location - Leave the A6 south of Bakewell to join the B6012 to Chatsworth. The car park is on the left 200 yards after crossing the bridge into the estate.

Terrain - Good walking conditions mainly using surfaced tracks and well trodden field paths. There is some ascent, but nothing particularly strenuous.


The walk takes you across Beeley Moor, gives you high top views of Chatsworth House and gardens, passing Swiss Lake, Emperor Lake and arriving at the Hunting Tower

 The route continues through Chatsworth Park close to the banks of the River Derwent and takes you on the way to Baslow.

 A short detour will take you to Baslow Church where the tower clock does not display the usual numerals! 

On leaving Baslow the walk will take you through the attractive estate village of Pilsley, heading onto Ballcross where a rough track leads down to Edensor. 


 The view of the house and gardens as you walk across the park is unforgettable, even if the Emperor Fountain is not sending up jets of water nearly 300 feet high.

You will be sorry the walk is over unless you have a nice cosy cottage to head to? Imagine this; feet up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate topped with cream and marsh mallows!  

"ooh I can almost smell the chocolate!"