Hoe Grange is a farm in Matlock, Derbyshire that I came across on Twitter. I took one look at their range of accessible cabins and booked a holiday for the autumn half term break. I was really impressed with the price – including hot tub and off road wheelchair hire, four nights came in at under £900 with insurance. Given that the other holiday I’d seen was £1400 (doubled up due to half term) that’s damn good value.
Hoe Grange has won awards for the accessibility and eco-friendliness of their cabins, and it was easy to see why – the cabin we stayed in was absolutely beautiful and well-fitted out. The front door lead into a small porch and then the kitchen-diner. This is open plan into a cosy living room with French doors onto the decking. There was plenty of room to manoeuvre H’s wheelchair and gorgeous views from every window.
First thing I did was get H in the shower. This is the first one he’s been able to get since coming home, instead of the quick body washes, and he loved it. Elizabeth made us breakfast and we chilled in the cabin for a while before driving to the nearest petrol station and the farmers’ market.
I had wanted to save more money for the holiday but didn’t manage that, so I wasn’t able to spend as much at the market as I’d have liked. I did pick up a handmade goat’s cheese with shallots and jalapeno jam for £4. The jam wasn’t as hot as I expected, but sweet with a nice after-kick. It went lovely with the cheese.
One problem with having an assisted wheelchair is it requires pushing, which up some of the hills is damn hard! Though the sun broke out in the afternoon, I opted for the hot tub rather than a hike as I was just too tired. Later Elizabeth and I drove to Aldi for some bits and bobs.
Unfortunately we woke up to thick fog. As I wasn’t overly confident on the country roads anyway, we decided to stay at the cabin until it cleared. This did enable me to have a lovely chat with Gillian from Accessible Derbyshire. Their website is a fabulous resource for people with disabilities and their families, and we sorely need something similar in Lancashire.
The fog didn’t clear until late afternoon, and we went to Ye Olde Gate Inn for a pub dinner. This 17th century inn is absolutely gorgeous. Small, but very cosy and the staff were extremely friendly. The kids and I had their beef burger meal while H had crispy duck. The portions were generous and the prices reasonable, and we’ll definitely be going back next time we’re in the area.
More fog! We eventually wandered over to Matlock Farm Park, but I wasn’t particularly impressed. It was pricey for what there was to do – though perhaps the rain was partly to blame for this. I’ve definitely been to better farm parks.
Since the weather was grey, we opted for a hot tub afternoon. We’d been supplied with a hoist and sling so H could get in, and he’s now quite keen on us getting a tub at home. Not sure where that’s going to go! After a pizza dinner, it was sadly time to start packing. I had hoped to get over to Wirksworth to see the StarDisc but the forecast wasn’t great, so we came straight home.