The following comments are taken from the guestbook we keep. Verbatim.
This is the second time I have rented a house from Peak Venues and I wasn't disappointed. We were a group of 21 friends travelling from all parts of the country to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. The accommodation perfectly suits big groups who want to cook, eat and socialise together. The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated feeling luxurious yet practical. The kitchen is kitted out to cook easily for 20 plus people and the dinning area allowed us to eat comfortably together. The house is located in a beautiful part of the country, well placed for walks, fantastic real ale pubs and pubs that serve a great Sunday lunch. It is a pleasure to book with Peak Venues, always efficiently responding to emails, responding to queries and offering useful advice. Their customer service goes above and beyond. I would not hesitate to book Thornbridge Manor or any house owned by Peak Venues again. IN fact this would be the first place I would go to to find a big house for a big group wanting to enjoy a weekend away.
McKenna, Nov 2013
I'm not really sure where to start. The whole weekend was perfect. We had a group of 28 friends, all adults. 20 in the main house and 8 in the cottage next door.The propert(ies) are in their own grounds, with a lovely little garden area set out with tables and chairs.
The first thing that strikes you as you enter in the sheer size, lovely high ceiling and lots of space. The main room is set out as a lounge and dining area, there is also a separate lounge with tv and a lovely kitchen at the back. The kitchen was very well equipped in terms of equipment, nice large cooker and work tops, loads of crockery, glasses and cutlery. There was 28, of us, 14 couples, and we never ran out of anything. The bedrooms in the main house are well presented, clean and have stunning views. There are a mixture of types of room, some suitable for families of 4 etc. Most of the rooms are en-suite, some had showers and a couple with baths, not just ordinary baths but beautiful standalone baths. The main master suite on the top floor overlooking the viaduct and down the dale was simply stunning, and the views are on par with the best views I've ever seen (and I've travelled to a lot of countries globally!).
The cottage next door had three nicely presented bedrooms, beautiful luxurious bathroom with large shower and standalone bath and the open plan lounge/kitchen worked well, although we tended to spend time in the main house.
We had caterers in for the Saturday night and all we had to do was set up the tables in the format we wanted. There was two big wooden tables and additional fold up tables that we could use and we managed to get 28 people all seated at the same time with space for the waitresses to get around. This was one of the highlights of the weekend.
The actual location could not be faltered, across the road is the Monsal Trail and enough walking to keep the most ardent rambler happy. We were a bunch of friends who don't mind a walk if there is a pub at the end of it, so not serious walkers, but for each walk we went on we either ended at a pub (across the road or another around the corner and down the lane) or we selected a route where there was pub half way round.
Would be back there in a shot and would thoroughly recommend.
Cubley, Oct 2013
Firstly we would like to say thank-you, what a great weekend we spent at Cliff House, it was the perfect location for my 40th birthday celebration with our friends and all the kids. Everyone loved the house and we managed to at least start our mini-festival themed party with a bbq in the garden on Saturday night before the rain came down! The thing I love most about the house is the way it is so beautifully styled throughout, yet instantly relaxing as you walk through the door, it had this effect on everyone!
We cant think of any suggestions for improvement for Cliff House, everything we needed was provided, my mum suggested a zip wire from the house to the viaduct would be handy, not sure how she'd get back up though? :-)
We'll certainly be looking at your group of properties for future events and several of our party will be looking at options themselves am sure. It's opened up our eyes to the beauty of the Peak District and how close we are.
Wright, Aug 2013
Firstly let me say the family loved the house and its location. We tend to move round the country with our annual family holidays but we shall certainly keep you on the list for a revisit. The beds were great, everyone was telling us how comfortable they were. Loved the flexibility that the various rooms allowed. Bathrooms were a wow!
Thanks for a great holiday and please thank the staff who looked after us both in arranging the booking and during our stay.
Higgins, Aug 2013
We had a wonderful time at cliff house this weekend, and couldn't fault the property at all. We do a reunion weekend every year and everyone agreed this was our best one to date, so am sure we will be back. I have also passed the details to another friend who is looking to arrange a family weekend, so hopefully they'll come your way too.
Roy, Jul 2013
I would just like to thank you all so much for a wonderful stay in Cliff House. We all had a fabulous time and were so impressed with the house, location and all of the facilities provided.
You have been extremely helpful with all the arrangements, very accommodating and made it an incredibly stress/hassle free team event to organise.
We will definitely be using Cliff House again and recommending it to other friends/colleagues - everyone was really taken aback by how lovely the house was (and the idyllic location!).
Thank you so much once again
Store Development, Argos
Argos Store Development, Jun 2013
We had an absolutely fabulous time and all of the group have all said how fantastic the place was and what a lovely holiday it was. We may well be back next year some time! Your other larger property at Thornbridge looks great and we may enquire later in the year.
We absolutely loved it, the kitchen is especially well equipped for a large group and we thoroughly enjoyed catering for ourselves.
We had www.thedinnerpartycompany.com cater for us on the Saturday night and they were superb and very reasonable cost-wise.
Pearson, Apr 2013
We spent a weekend at Cliff House for my sister's hen weekend. We were 20 girls who had planned a classy weekend away and Cliff House fitted the bill perfectly. Every part of the experience was fantastic, from making the initial enquiry, the helpfulness of the owners throughout the planning (every one of my silly questions were answered so efficiently) to the arrival, the stay and even the departure (when Justin helped us start our car). The house is amazing, so spacious and fully equipped for every eventuality (there were no waiting lines for bathrooms and we were able to make cocktails and a 3 course meal effortlessly). To top it all off, the location and views are fantastic. I would not hesitate to recommend Cliff House and will be booking one of their other houses in the autumn for my husbands 40th.
Geri, Mar 2013
Thank you so much for letting us stay at Cliff House, we all really enjoyed it and everyone congratulated me for finding such a lovely place to stay. I will try my best to find time to leave you a full review and I would love to return again in the future!
Beard, Mar 2013
We had a fantastic time at cliff house (everyone raved about it) and wouldn't hesitate to recommend both the house and your support both before and during the weekend
Mckenna, Mar 2013
Thank you SO much for letting us stay in your beautiful house! We loved it and my whole family are thinking of trying to come again later in the year. It is the nicest house ever - I will be writing a review of it on trip advisor for sure. The cottage was also beautiful and everyone wanted to stay longer.
Martin, Mar 2013
I am sorry that we did not get to meet in the end but I can say that we had a truly wonderful weekend. The house was stunning and had everything we needed. The snow, once we were all there safely gave us a magical setting and a lovely walk on the Saturday.
Just to let you know Park Pantry and Gourmet Express were both superb in their help and food provided. Top recommendations thank you.
Fenn, Jan 2013
Hey, we had a fabulous weekend, the house was excellent and the location brilliant. Thanks for making it possible.
Porter, Jan 2013
We are a group of 20 friends who have just returned from a fantastic weekend at Cliffhouse. I have never written a review before, but felt compelled to write, as the House was perfect, with its beautiful decor, fixtures and fittings and amazing views. We enjoyed the Monsal Trail, and the refreshments afterwards, with great pubs within walking distance. We had a lovely meal in the White Lion, which I would highly recommend. Thanks to Justin for being really friendly and helpful with our arrangements. We have had several such gatherings in recent years, but all agreed this was the nicest so far. Our next gathering will have a lot to live up to!!
O'Connor, Nov 2012
Just to thank you for your part in the organisation of hiring Cliff House. We all had an amazing time, everyone was so thrilled with the location, the house, the amenities. We couldn't have chosen a more perfect location.
Cakaunitabua, Oct 2012
We really enjoyed our visit to Cliff House and all our friends and family who visited also thought it was a great place. It was particularly helpful to be able to deliver our food and luggage on the Thursday afternoon before our stay on the Friday afternoon and to be able to let ourselves and family in on the Friday immediately following our wedding ceremony so thank you for the flexibility.
Brace, Oct 2012
Many thanks again for such a fantastic weekend and for your warm welcome to Cliff House. We all had such an amazing time, the place really made my 30th birthday that extra special and will be something I will remember for a long time. The place is absolutely gorgeous and I’ll definitely be recommending it too all my friends for weekend dates, Hen does or family gatherings.
Birchall, Sep 2012
Thanks for your effort in coordinating our stay at Cliff House. We had fantastic time and everybody still talking about how good the venue is and the rooms and facilities were up to scratch.Thanks again for your help, we have left Cliff house with many things to reminisce about
Akrawi, Aug 2012
We had an absolutely brilliant time at Cliff House and everybody commented on how wonderful a property it is. It was the perfect place for a small-medium celebration/family get together and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anybody looking for something similar. The high standard of the bathrooms/kitchen and the beautiful décor of all the rooms makes it somewhere really special to stay.
In addition, each of you who I've had interaction with have been so helpful and we really couldn't have asked for anything more leading up to or during our stay.
Moody, Aug 2012
What an amazing weekend,we could have not have asked for anything more perfect!
Wong, Jul 2012
I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you. We had a lovely time at the Cliff House. It was really beautiful and everything was perfect. We even got sunshine for our BBQ!!! We will definitely recommend you to our friends and colleagues and we are already looking at dates we can use your venues in the next few months.
Johnston, Jul 2012
I just wanted to write to you to say thank you for letting us rent the house at the weekend. We had a fabulous time and made loads of new memories, ready to be relived at the wedding at the end of August!
O'Brien, Jul 2012
We had a wonderful stay at Cliff House. The house and surroundings were beautiful with a wonderful selection of kitchen equipment and luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms, more than sufficient to serve our large party of 28.
I would gladly recommend the house to anyone. Thank you very much.
Charlton, Jun 2012
We had a fantastic time at Cliff House it was perfect for my hen weekend everyone commented on what a fabulous place it was. Thank you
Durkan, May 2012
The house was comfortable and spacious, well equipped and with good quality facilities, and we all thought it was a really good venue for a family gathering with such fantastic countryside, with a range of walks literally on our doorstep and a variety of venues in easy reach, including Edale and Buxton railway stations for public transport access. The views from the house are spectacular! We found Supermarket delivery on arrival was easily arranged, there is a local well stocked shop in Ashford which can be reached by foot paths or road, with Bakewell in easy reach for a wider range of shops.Great sized house and the views were incredible. Kitchen area particularly well designed for a large group of people, the bedrooms all very roomy and beds extremely comfortable. Location good - plenty of pubs!
Glennon, Apr 2012
I have just returned from a 3 night stay at Cliff House. I don't normally write reviews but felt compelled this time! I’ve been on big group weekends away in the Peak District many times but nothing comes close to this experience. The location is really quite unbelievable. The views from the top floors of the property are breathtaking as if you are looking at real life postcards. The property itself is huge with so many rooms and corridors it is quite easy to get lost! The fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms are the same standard as a 5* hotel and the kitchen is a marvel. A real joy to cook in for a large group. The local pubs are great too and 4 are really close. We particularly loved the Packhorse who now in homage to our visit have added a cocktail repertoire! Our group of 18 had such a good time and we were all appreciative of all the additional effort the owner, Justin, put in to may us all feel extremely welcome. I don’t think there will be anywhere else on the shortlist for the 2013 university reunion.
Aiken, Apr 2012