Self Catering Romantic Weekend Breaks




The Secret Sanctuary is ideal for a romantic break for two people where you can relax with the deer and the wildlife of this unique position set amid a bluebell woo

The Cottage History
The Cottage dates from 1871 and was part of a hunting lodge built by the 7th Earl Cowper in part of old Sherwood Forest. The Cottage is Grade II * Listed and was converted from the Grooms' quarters, the harness room and the scullery for the old kitchen. The former stables, coach house  and Kitchen to Beauvale House, are also now converted to a character homes. The Cottage is part of the North wing of the imposing Beauvale House with its Victorian folly 90ft Hunting Tower, high above the wood. Beauvale House retains a strong connection with the writings of DH Lawrence, with many of the characters supposedly based on staff and residents of Beauvale at the turn of the 19th/20t century. The game keeper's cottage now lies derelict in the nearby woodland and the red gate (of Lady Chatterley's Lover fame) remains in the walled garden of Beauvale House

The Setting
The Cottage sits in mature woodland (old Sherwood Forest) at the end of a private driveway passing along Moorgreen Reservoir, (Scene of the drowning tragedy in DH Lawrence's "Sons & Lovers"). The Cottage is a great base to explore Nottingham the Peak District and Derbyshire's Castles and Country Houses. The village of Moorgreen is approximately 1.5 miles away with a traditional country pub and the town of Eastwood 2.5 miles with supermarkets and more traditional shops available. Nottingham is approximately 12 miles (30 mins drive) to the east. The Cottage sits on the Derbyshire side of the M1 so the Peak District is within easy reach (30 mins drive) and Chatsworth House (45 minutes drive to the North, well worth a visit) Hardwick Hall (20mins drive) and Bolsover Castle, to name a few. The Cottage sits ideally between the Peak District and the rich history of Nottingham and its surrounding area. Sherwood Forest visitors centre is 20 minutes drive.

The Accommodation
The Cottage has a double bedroom with King size pine bed and washed pine and Shabby Chic furniture with leaded windows overlooking Beauvale House. The Bathroom is on the same floor with a walk in Shower with sink and toilet. On the ground floor there is a split level living area with a raised dining area suitable for 4 people with a church pew built into the alcove and bench seating round a pine table. The lounge retains the wood panelling of the original harness room and saddlery and now has a modern suite consisting of two  2 seater sofas, with a coffee  table on a traditional stone floor. Freesat satellite TV is available with Free Wireless Broadband from BT, subject to local conditions. The kitchen is reached up stone stairs from the living area and is actually the old scullery to Beauvale House with high vaulted ceilings and a ceiling fan. The kitchen is hand crafted with a large Belfast sink but retains modern appliances, fridge/ice box, electric oven and gas hob, microwave and washer dryer. Kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery are all provided. The kitchen windows look out over the inner courtyard. 

 The entrance to the Cottage is from the inner courtyard through a large church style gothic door. A parking area for two cars is 30 metres away there is a fenced garden area to the front of the cottage with table and chairs.

Moorgreen reservoir has public footpaths that skirt the lake and enter the woodland which runs to the North and rolling farm land. There is a circular walk around the reservoir and through the woodland (5 Miles).

No smoking, No Pets, No Children (not suitable), Central Heating is available from 1st October to 1st June.

All bedding and towels supplied for a £10.00 linen hire fee, already on the bed for when you arrive.
Ideally situated for touring Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. In the heart of D H Lawrence country.
Because the Secret Sanctuary is not on a Digitised road please use Postcode NG16 3QZ for nearest location, then follow signs for Beauvale House into the woods up the woodland track, from the directions page.