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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

The Hunt family   9th August 2013
30th, 30th, 60th and 65th birthdays. We had an amazing time and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting and accommodation, The kids loved all the animals. Thank you for all your help to make our stay special.

Jacob Hunt   and the Hackett family  9th August 2013
I had a nice time with donkeys and chickens, I liked playing with my friend Isebeller..  Beautiful home environment, could not have found a better place to celebrate with our family, you made us all feel very welcome x

Caroline Elder and hens    19th July
What a place, amazing venue for a hen do, made my weekend very special thank you

Susan Hilton    21st July 2013
Love this, can we book for New Year. Think you deserve 6 stars, what a fabulous place hope to come again.

Sarah Elder    July 2013
Lovely place to stay  really enjoyed our stay, superb location very comfortable and relaxed, thank you.

Laurie Churchman      July 2013
Wonderful weekend good to meet Pat and Chris

Carolines Hen do  19th July 2013
Fantastic venue, we have had an amazing time thank you

Julies Hen do         13th July 2013
Thank you so much for a fab stay in your fab barn with my fab friends, we have all had such a fab, fab time. I’m sure we will  be back.

Winters   8th July 2013

Thank you so much- superb accommodation, very well equipped and a fantastic location for our birthday weekend celebration.

Ali, Hils, Alex and Dan and friends     27th to 30th May 2013
What a superb base to visit Alton Towers. WE had a lovely stay in a fantastic luxurious conversion, testament to some years of hard work, thank you for  making us all so welcome thank you

Tam, Jools, Freddie hen/stag weekend     10th to 13th May 2013
Fantastic weekend , beautiful house which was clean and fresh. Chris and Pat have been brilliant hosts, nothing has been too much trouble for them and they have always been happy to help especially with the onions! Our hot dogs were very happy. We will be back for our debriefing after the wedding.

Gill, Tracey, Laura and family 6th to 13th March 2013
We’ve celebrated mums 90th birthday in style in Billys Bothy. had a lovely week and lucky too with the weather. Pat and Chris very helpful in anything we needed. We loved the first class accommodation and were very comfortable thank you

Deannas 75th   15th -21st March 2013

This has been the perfect place to celebrate Deannas 75th and Williams 70th. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay, thank you

Tanya J and all the Hens  8th to 10th Feb 2013
Amazing thank you


Jim and Nancy Bingley 1st to 4th Feb 2013
What a fab place for our family reunion. Ideal space and facilities. Very welcoming and comfortable , thank you

Taylors, Raynors and Howarths     29th December to 5th January 2012
Fab House , comfy beds, ideal location for our New Year week. Plenty to do for the kids- who love the donkeys. Very welcoming and comfy house- Fab thank you

Hannah’s Hen do 14th to 16th December 2012

This is a beautiful house and a perfect place to spend time with my wonderful friends, thanks


Pennells and Dockree families  14th to 16th December 2012
Fabulous place to chill out and have as a base to explore Derbyshire and the Peaks, Very friendly welcome, loved the donkeys and chickens. Will definitely recommend to others. Thank you.

The Bell Family ( 13th to 15th Sept 2013)
Beautiful holiday house in a beautiful setting. We’ve had the perfect family get together and would love to come again.


Amy, Lucy, Kate, Bill (6.8.10)
It was the most amazing place to meet up with the rest of my family from Scotland. The cats were so adorable and we all enjoyed feeding the chickens, the pond was sinply beautiful. Thank you for the warm welcome , the stay was just not long enough.

O’Neil Family  (Christmas 2011)
What a fabulous place to spend Christmas. We had a great time watching the boxing day bloodhounds hunt. Planning our next stay.

The Porter family (October 2011)
Lived up to expectations and more. Had a fabulous weekend for our mums 80th birthday. Would love to return thankyou.

From: Georgina Phillips (07/10/2011 20:43)
Dear Pat Another week has flown by since our wonderful weekend in the cottage. Thank you so much for your hospitality.It was an action packed weekend and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themsleves. One thing was certain every single one of us was captivated by the beauty of the area and the stunning Hillside Croft All the very best Georgina Phillips

From: Emma CAnfor (09/04/2009 12:36)
Hi Pat and Chris, Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for such a lovely stay on Thursday night. Sadly, I’m back home now but your lovely home and fantastic welcome made such a difference. I’ve already sent your website address onto three people who’ve seen my holiday snaps and have asked where we stayed as it looked so lovely! I must be honest too, Jamie took a photo of his breakfast which he was most excited about and has created much interest and envy amongst our friends! Anyway, thanks again and hope to stay with you again, kind regards Emma canfor

From: Siobhan Toomey (21/05/2011 20:55)
We stayed at Billys Bothy for a girly hen weekend – pampering and relaxation was the key, and that is certainly what we found. The cottage was fantastic – sleeping and catering for all 11 of us very comfortably, with room to spare – and the area so peaceful and tranquil. I hope our Saturday night celebrations didn’t keep the local wildlife awake! I would certainly recommend the cottage to a large group of people wanting to relax and wind – Thanks Pat and Chris for a fantastic weekend. We hope to see you again in the future.

From: Katherine (02/10/2011 11:48)
Thank you for a lovely weekend at Hillside Croft. The cottage was perfect for a hen weekend and we were all impressed with the standard of the accommodation. Would definitely recommend this venue for a relaxing break in the country!

From : Tim Vaughan ( 24.7.09)
I organised a group booking for some friends at Hillside Croft way back in May 2009,I meant to leave a note in the visitors book, but forgot hence the much delayed email. My friends and I were incredibly impressed with your preoperty, the size, locatioN, finish and facilities were far and above what we expected. We were all very impressed with your competetive pricing too. You have always been very pleasant and accommodating to deal with prior to our stay and this continued on arrival and through to our departure.  You are very lucky to have such a wonderful place for people to saty and we would happily recommend Hillside Croft to any friends or family looking for somewhere for a quiet, relaxing retreat. Thank you very much for sharing with us your fantastic property, and welcomming us so kindly to the area.

John and Dewi    – Canada, South Africa  and Leicester  (16.2.12)
Thank you so much Pat, we had a wonderful time. THis is a tranquil and beautiful place to be.

L Marks, Nottinghamshire   (25.3.12)
A really lovely weekend to celebrate. Very well equipped, everything we needed and more, the weather made it even more special.

P Hand (25.3.12)
A great weekend we have had for Linda’s 50th birthday. Billys Bothy is a lovely place to come and relax. We hope to come again.

The 12 Apostles ( 4th May 2012)
Beds too comfortable,accommodation too well appointed, Setting too appropriate, views too splendid, proprietors too friendly, chickens too hungry, wee will return too soon and see if things have improved.

The Moseleys ( 29th June 2012)
Celebrating 40th and 70th birthdays. Grandchildren excited and loved exploring. Weekend over too quickly,

The Cookes  ( 13th July 2012)
What a wonderful way to celebrate Maureens 50th birthday! Excellent accommodation, fantastic scenery and even some sunshine. A weekend full of wonderful memories. thank you.

 Kate, Bill, Ed, Jo, Helena,Olivia, Mia, Amy, Lucy, Grandma and Robin 28th July 2012
This is our second stay here and its as good as the last. Thankyou very much for such a welcoming week, the beds were extremely comfy after fun packed days. Billys Bothy has everything we needed and more. We enjoyed feeding the chickens and the donkeys are incredibly cute. Thanks again.

The Mellor Family, The Whiteheads and The Bowns  ( 8th August 2012)
Everyone loved our stay at this cottage, fantastic place to chill out, we needed for nothing, will definately be back. Owners very friendly.

Pips Hen do Party – from London, Leicester,Newcastle and Lancashire ( 17th August 2012)
An amazing weekend , a perfect setting, everything we needed to relax for a brilliant weekend not to forget! Special mention must go to Chuck and the Donkeys, and your fresh eggs- we’d all love to live here.



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