Note from House Owners

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  1. Weirdo

    Weirdo UKA Editor in Chief
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    Jun 21, 2004
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    Hello everyone,
    How much are you looking forward to your arrival at gorgeous Portland House c1870 at 3pm on Friday?

    Have a sneak peek - follow on Instagram click here @mycountryhouses or on Facebook - click here and “Like”

    Your Arrival
    On arrival you will find a complimentary welcome drink of local tea, coffee and a pint of milk in the fridge

    Your Stay
    Heights of Abraham Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are open with seasonal events

    Matlock Bath General Stores in the centre of Matlock Bath is open every day for local meat, milk, bread, provisions, gifts and newspapers

    Weather Forecast
    Sunny spells and snow showers are forecast with a temperature of around -3 to 2 degrees

    House Etiquette
    Here are some useful guidelines to help you make the most of your stay

    Things to Bring
    You may like to bring slippers for upstairs with polished wooden floors

    Things We Provide
    As award winners of the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark, at Portland House c1870 you can enjoy the best of British furnishings, energy friendly devices and our guide to lovely local places (ask your chief organiser for a copy)

    For your 5* comfort the utilities, bed linen, bath towels, hairdryers, tea towels, initial kitchen provisions (e.g. washing-up liquid, toilet paper, dish washer tablets) and other goods are provided with our compliments for use during your stay and are chargeable if removed

    For your 5* experience a list of pre-approved caterers/suppliers, fabulous local places and some extra special suggestions have been given to your chief organiser

    House Tips
    Portland House c1870 is a town house in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, in the famous tourist town of Matlock Bath with neighbouring properties

    Please keep the doors and windows closed after nightfall and this will also help to keep out the local wildlife from the nearby Derwent River and woodlands

    Things Not Permitted
    You will have a great time at Portland House c1870 but please bear in mind that unfortunately the following are not permitted: your own music systems or amplification systems, excessive noise, extra guests, camping, fireworks, external noise, pets, naked flames, smoking or electronic smoking devices

    To preserve the historic décor the movement of furniture or fixtures, use of adhesive or any other fixing (e.g. tacks, pins, cellotape) is not permitted but do take advantage of the handy hooks (see below)

    For your own safety the levelled bar billiards table with a heavy slate bed must not be moved

    Balloons, Banners & Bunting
    In the sitting room and in the dining room you will find white hooks at mid height on the window frames to attach your banners, decorations or balloons

    For your pleasure there is a background music system in the Bar Room cupboard which controls the music throughout the ground floor rooms and hallway
    1. select your music source (right hand side of cupboard) - on the Teac Music System use the Source button to choose
    2. Radio
    3. CD player
    4. Aux 1 - plug our lead into the headphone socket on your phone or on your MP3 player
    5. USB - plug your connector into the front of the music system
    6. Bluetooth - on your device select the Teac Music System but remember to keep your device in the bar room to keep in range
    7. select your room speakers (left hand side of cupboard) – on the speaker system press in the button to turn on a room speaker
    The Rangemaster electric double oven has the latest induction hob. All of the pans we provide are induction friendly. Once an induction pan is placed on a ring it will heat instantly. During cooking do not leave it unattended. When the pan is removed it stops heating instantly

    There are 2 American built in BBQ pans. Place the charcoal (bring your own) on top of the bottom grill. Place your food on the top grill

    Recycling & Waste
    Recycling is clearly labelled in the utility room. When full and on departure please remove your recycling and rubbish to the large outside bins through the utility back door (no key required just turn the handle up)

    In every room you can adjust the heating by turning the radiator thermostats. In the hallways, the electronic wall display shows the current temperature of that spot in the hallway. The heating and constant hot water from 3 tanks are automatically controlled by a computer in an outside boiler house

    If you have requested a complimentary cot at the time of booking then please bring baby's bedding

    Bedroom Layout
    Ground Floor - cloakroom
    • twin with en-suite
    1st Floor - main bathroom with bath & separate shower
    • four poster with en-suite
    • king with en-suite
    • 3 x twins with en-suites
    • small twin
    2nd Floor
    • Lloyd Loom king with en-suite
    • king with en-suite
    • 2 x twins with en-suites
    • small twin
    Fire Safety
    On arrival please make yourself aware of your nearest exit. The fire escape exits are labelled. Fire extinguishers are available in every hallway and in the kitchen

    Free Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi is usually available for light use at Portland House c1870 with our compliments. If you choose to use the internet facilities then you agree that you will only use it for lawful purposes and light use. On your PC or mobile device select “Portland House” and enter the code 56125612 to access the internet

    There is a car park for around 10 cars and unrestricted parking on the lane leading to the car park
  2. Weirdo

    Weirdo UKA Editor in Chief
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    Address: Portland House, New Bath Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PX

    From the A6 Derby Road go to the New Bath Hotel (in Matlock Bath you go past Gullivers Kingdom on your right, go past Clifton Road on your right, then take the next Right Turn to the New Bath Hotel)
    Turn right through the 2 white gate posts and drive alongside the New Bath Hotel to the end of the lane

    Matlock Bath (0.5 miles, 5 minutes)
    Chesterfield (15 miles, 25 minutes)
    Buxton (22 miles, 30 minutes)
    Matlock Bath or Chesterfield with Traveline phone 0871 200 22 33 or
    Neil' Taxis 07816201746
    DJG Taxis 01629 650025
    Mini Bus
    Slacks 01629 582826

    Food Supplies
    Matlock Bath General Store (5 minute walk) North Parade Matlock Bath DE4 3NS
    Chatsworth Farm Shop and Cafe (12 miles) recent “Farm Retailer of the Year”

    Supermarket Shopping & Petrol
    Sainsburys supermarket and petrol station (2 miles) Cawdor Quarry Cawdor Way Matlock DE4 3SP

    Supermarket Delivery
    Sainsburys will deliver after your arrival or Waitrose

    Breakfast & Quick Lunch
    Takeaway rolls and jacket potatoes are available from the Riverside Kiosk (Pavilion car park) just around the corner. Telephone orders welcome on 01629 584100

    Lunch & Dinner
    · The Fishpond offers a great selection of freshly baked bread, non-alcoholic drinks, local food based on an artisan baking oven, a ballroom for functions and seating areas for large groups (01629 581529)
    · Victorian coffee shops, fish & chips, pubs, restaurants and an award winning Indian restaurant are also available in Matlock Bath
    Top tip: find out why people travel from all over to drink a chocolate in the Chocolate Shop

    Cash Point
    On the left hand side of the Pavilion car park

    Indoor pools are available in Matlock and Bakewell There is an outdoor heated pool in Hathersage

    Explore viaducts and tunnels from Hassop Station 01629 815668 with cycle hire (all sizes) and large café with good food on the Monsal Trail

    “Matlock Parks Trail”
    “Walks in the Matlocks” is available to buy in advance

    Attractions - Matlock Bath (please check seasonal opening times)
    Outdoor Areas
    • Derwent Gardens, Matlock Bath with play area and rowing boats for hire on the river
    • Lovers Walks, Matlock Bath
    • Hall Leys Park, Matlock with miniature railway, boat pond and play area
    Local Information
    Departure before 10:00 am

    Please ensure that you have completed the following steps before 10:00 am
    • add a comment, sign or draw in the Dodo guest book (hallway stand)
    • note any suggestions and breakages in the Housekeeping Book (hallway stand)
    • ensure that the property is left in the same clean and tidy condition as at the commencement of hire; the housekeepers will take care of the laundry (bed linens, towels, tea towels and table cloths)
    • empty the fridge, freezer, ovens and cupboards. You are welcome to leave any unopened food or drink on the kitchen island for the housekeepers
    • put your recycling and rubbish into the large outside bins (accessed through back door by turning handle up)
    • check for clothes on hooks behind the bedroom doors and for your phone chargers
    • check that all of the windows and doors are locked and that the front door closes firmly behind you
    • call or text Juliet on 0787 614 0726 on departure to enable us to take over responsibility for Portland House
    Please ensure that you have removed all of your belongings from the house before departure time as the housekeepers will arrive promptly by 10:00 am

    Top tip: are you staying in the area any later? Park for free on the lane leading to Portland House c1870

    And finally…
    My Top 5 Tips for your Stay:
    1. visit Chatsworth House estate
    2. lunch at Hassop Station Café open every day with cycle hire for all on the Monsal Trail
    3. shop at Bakewell, try baking a Bakewell tart and have dinner at The Pointing Dog & Duck
    4. explore Poole’s Cavern open every day, play in the Pavillion gardens, take tea in the Pavilion Gardens Café and watch a play at Buxton Theatre
    5. walk along the Derwent River in Matlock Bath then try a hot chocolate from The Chocolate Shop
    Any Other Questions
    Please feel free to ask me, Juliet, anything about gorgeous Portland House c1870

    Best wishes
    Juliet and Martin Harrop


    01629 734414
  3. -Danielle-

    -Danielle- Whore dollas all over the place...

    Dec 27, 2011
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    Yus dont need to bring a hairdryer!!
  4. Necro

    Necro Grim User

    Jan 19, 2010
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    I'll still bring everything provided out of paranoia.

    I hope the drawing from last year is still in the guest book.
  5. Elliotpage

    Elliotpage Lazy Podcast Lord

    Dec 6, 2010
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  6. Matt Kamen

    Matt Kamen Secret Mod. Shh!

    Aug 29, 2009
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    Nothing about various drugs that aren't smoked. Seems a bit of an oversight, tbh.
  7. Necro

    Necro Grim User

    Jan 19, 2010
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    lets bomb some speed then
  8. -Danielle-

    -Danielle- Whore dollas all over the place...

    Dec 27, 2011
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    Crunch up ma pain meds and have some fun. Make sure no white powders left anywhere lol.

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