Guest Book

Hi Pat

I wanted to say thank you so much for such a lovely stay at the weekend for our friend’s hen do.

All of the ladies had the most wonderful time and everyone commented on the beautiful house and garden! It was the perfect location for our bohemian garden party themed hen do!

I will be highly recommending Billy’s Bothy to anyone looking for a large holiday home.

Thanks again!

Janet B


Hi Pat

This is just a quick message to thank you for a lovely stay in Billy’s Bothy over the weekend, we had a wonderful time, everything was perfect and everyone loved it. I will definitely be highly recommending your accommodation. Good luck with the wedding you are planning on hosting and hope you have a fabulous anniversary.

Best wishes,

Sarah Dronzek


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I organised a hen weekend at Hillside Croft recently for 12 professional women who wanted a different kind of hen weekend, that involved mostly relaxing and eating but also some walking and running. This cottage is beautiful, feels luxurious, is very well maintained and so is the perfect place to relax.
The kitchen is well equiped, hot tub a real treat, beds comfy with good quality linen. Log burning fire and beautiful bathroom were also a hit. The large dining room was perfect for long slow breakfasts and evening meals for everyone.
On organising the weekend Pat was very helpful answering my endless questions patiently and clearly.
A beautiful part of the Peak District. I would recommend this idyllic, secluded cottage to anyone. Many of the ‘hens’ asked how I found it and were very impressed. The cottage was pivotal in making the weekend a success and by Monday is was quite missed by all!Clare Lovatt
Date of arrival

16 October 2015


29 Sept. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Great place for our family reunion. Pat, your house is so well equipped, you have thought of everything. Thank you. We will never forget Billy’s Bothy.

The Ward family


25th Sept. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Dear Pat and Chris,

Thank you both for such a fantastic weekend, allowing our family get-together for my 50th birthday celebrations. Billy’s Bothy was fantastic and the BBQ, the hot tub and gardens were beautiful. A truly memorable experience.

The Smith family


18th Sept. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

A fantastic stay had by all families! Beautiful place – really enjoyed staying here. Uni friends get-together plus wives, husbands and now children too! Great space to get together.

One of the nicest places we’ve stayed and we’ve been doing this for a long time! Thank you!

The Kutty, Modha, Navin and Sanders families


14th Sept. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

A wonderful way to have our Golden Wedding. The accommodation is superb, with every facility, and the outdoor space fantastic – lots of family competitions in football and cricket… and donkeys to feed… fantastic memories to keep.

The Hopley family


30th Aug. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Had a lovely time at Billy’s Bothy. Had everything we needed and more. Both Pat and Chris were very helpful. Will definitely come back and will recommend to friends. Five-star without a doubt.

The Shah and Parekh families


22nd Aug. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

A lovely holiday had by three different generations of the family. Children loved the donkeys, adults loved the tranquility of the surroundings. Thank you for being so welcoming – we’re sorry to be going home!

The Fraser family.

1st Aug. 2015

Lovely week with the family. Really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you.

The Dack family


25th Jul. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Thank you Pat and Chris for a great stay, superb accommodation, beautiful gardens and your warm welcome. Thank you again. [Picture of a donkey]

The Rayner, Cox, Hill and Arne families


27th Jun. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

A dream place! Will always remember our arrival in this magic set-up!! Perfect! Sampled many of the memorable walks and of course the Derby oatcakes! Thanks to Pat and Chris for their warm welcome!

The Brown family


15th Jun. 1015, Billy’s Bothy

Thanks for hosting our team building residential. The house is lovely and we had everything we needed. Thanks.

University of Derby


5th Jun. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Could not have asked for a more beautiful place for my hend do. Such a lovely barn and a gorgeous setting. Pat has made our stay so easy and has been wonderful to us. Going home with plants for my garden – she is such a generous lady – thank you Pat! Will definitely be back to make more fantastic memories.

Claire and hens


15th May 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Thank you Pat and Chris for such a warm welcome and creating a perfect reunion venue. Could not have been better. What you said on your website was delivered and more. Wonderful. Thank you.

WIMPS medical reunion


26th Apr. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Lovely cottage. Everything we needed.

Laura and hens


10th Apr. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Great hen party cottage! Flappers, Charleston and a butler in the buff! Thanks very much!

Rachael and hens


4th Apr. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Worth the £10 p/p for hot tub. Excellent accommodation, very friendly and helpful owners: approachable and let us arrive early. Fab location and very relaxing. Billy’s Bothy is well equipped – has everything we need and more! Would love to come back again.

Laura and hens


23rd Feb. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

Superb accommodation for a 65th birthday celebration. Everything about our few days was excellent. Outstanding countryside and Pat extremely helpful and friendly. Highly recommended.

The Hewitt family


20th Feb. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

We thought the cottage was beautiful and had a really beautiful weekend, enjoying walks, snow flurries and wedding preparation. Stunning location and very helpful hosts. Thank you!

Bernadeta and hens


29th Dec. 2015, Billy’s Bothy

We all had a lovely, superb time. Amazing time with the snow, sledging, snowball fights, etc. Beautiful cottage and views,s great accommodation. Thank you for your hospitality. Enjoyed visits to Buxton, Bakewell and Matlock.

The Tatlock and Davis families










Name: Gary and Margaret Snowball and family - 17th May 2014

Dear Pat,

We all had a such a wonderful week at Billy’s Bothy and everyone loved the place (its defintely not your ordinary holiday cottage!)They will take back their own memories of their time there from sitting in the garden in the evening sunshine having a glass of wine or beer (sorry for filling your recycled bottle bin up) to the cows munching at the grass outside the bedroom windows in the early morning. We all enjoyed the meal you prepared for us and Tom especially loved your puddings (he did eat three!).

Best wishes,

Gary and Margaret


Sue Jackson and family  25.2.14
Dear Pat
Well, everyone arrived home safely and I guess after two days back into the daily routine, our holiday might already be a distant memory.  However, they all agreed they had enjoyed the week at Billy’s Bothy and I even heard it said, that it was the best house we had ever used.  In particular, I am grateful that mum was able to spend the time with her 4 great-grandsons. It was an extra bonus that you arranged such ‘good’ weather for us – let’s face it, all things are relative and the fact that it did not rain has to be something of a miracle so far this year .Once again, thank you for making our week in your neck of the woods so enjoyable and for allowing us to use Billy’s Bothy, which we would not hesitate to recommend to friends and acquaintances.

Name: Julia Dunning  18.2.14
Thank you so much to Pat and Chris for their warm welcome and friendly manner. We had a fabulous celebratory weekend in this gorgeous place – the location stunning and accommodation worthy of its 5 star rating and many accolades. Looking forward to our next big family gathering so we can book in to Billy’s Bothy again!

Hi Pat & Chris   9.1.2014
Just a quick message to say how much we enjoyed staying in Hillside. The property is stunning. You have restored it to the highest standard and it was a great experience living in such a fantastic house for a few days. We all enjoyed it so much. What a start to 2014.
Thank you.
Kind regards
Sheila & Dave

The Kays and the Clarkes   24th August 2013
Beautiful House in a wonderful setting. Everything on hand we could have wished for. Perfect for our family holiday. Thank you Chris and Pat




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