We've rented quite a few times in Crich before - it's our favourite place to go in the UK - and we've always been happy with the places we've stayed. This one, however, knocked the others into the proverbial cocked hat. It's a gorgeous, historical building, beautifully furnished and equipped, with lots of space for a group of up to six and you can take your well-behaved dog along, too.
The Coach House is right in the centre of Crich, so it's just footsteps away from all the village's amenities and shops, pub, bakery/deli/cafe, post office and so on. The week got off to a splendid start when we arrived at the beginning of gorgeous Spring weather and found a cracking cream tea awaited us in the kitchen. There's off-street parking in the grounds (shared with the lovely family who own The Coach House, but don't worry - they're on hand if you need them but never invade your privacy), a great, enclosed garden for games with your dog, quiet contemplation or a nice read in the sunshine and a cute, enclosed patio outside the cottage door which is good for morning coffee or an early evening snifter.
There is a good-sized lounge with wood-burner (although the central heating works well), a separate dining room which seats six diners and a kitchen in which two can sit - we ate most of our meals there when there was just the two of us, but appreciated having the dining table when our friend came to join us. Upstairs is the loveliest bathroom - complete with claw-foot bath tub and a separate shower cubicle - that I've encountered in a rental cottage. There are three generously-sized bedrooms (one double and two twin), each with its own TV (there is, of course, a TV and dvd player, plus lots of dvds, in the lounge). There is wifi broadband...
I'm writing this on the fifth night of our 7 night stay. After that, I'm going to have a look at when we might come back again!