Knowles House

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4


Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village

Knowles House is a superbly restored, elegant, spacious and luxurious Grade II listed Georgian house. It beautifully combines its original character with smart and contemporary furnishings to give the ambiance of a boutique hotel along with the freedom of self catering.

A wonderful house for reunions and family gatherings, it sits in a peaceful conservation area cul de sac overlooking the River Derwent and beside a park with colourful gardens, bowling, tennis courts, children's play area and boating pond.

There is a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés all within close walking distance. The house is also situated close to the railway station, which has regular connections to Derby and Nottingham.

Glorious walking country surrounds the town, and the delights of the Peak District are readily accessible. In particular, the splendor of Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Peveril Castle provide a glimpse into times gone by.

Matlock Bath boasts the Heights of Abraham Cable Cars and Caverns Mining Museum. A wide variety of activities are available locally, including water sports, cycle hire and pony trekking.

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What you should know…

  • Parking outside the house can sometimes prove a little tricky. However, alternative parking places are available very close by.
  • There is not much in the way of outside space private to the house, but there's a beautiful park just over the road offering a plethora of activities!

Property Features

Internet Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Ground Floor
The house enjoys a large, elegant lounge with stone fireplace, wood burning stove, and feature bay window. The lounge has comfortable seating, television with DVD player and mini hifi system. An additional reception room, (the original kitchen) is found off the corridor with further sofas. Double doors lead from the kitchen into the cosy second lounge, with a sofa and chairs and original fireplace. A lovely hideaway in which to read, chat or relax.

Adjacent to the lounge is a spacious dining room, with large bay window, restored fireplace and large oak dining table. The kitchen, with original quarry tile flooring, incorporates a dishwasher, fridge, microwave, double gas oven and 7 ring hob with a large range of cooking equipment and utensils. The dining table has benches, ideal for breakfast and informal dining. The utility room houses washing machine, tumble dryer, freezer and recycling facilities.

First Floor
The stairs, with original Georgian balustrade lead to the first floor bedrooms and a large family bathroom. The master bedroom has a king size bed with an original Georgian fireplace, oak wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside cabinets. Television and DVD player. Opposite the master bedroom is a twin bedroom decorated in classical Georgian style, with chest of drawers, built in wardrobe and en-suite toilet and shower room. Towards the back of the house is a double bedroom with wooden furniture, storage, en-suite toilet and shower room. There is a further double bedroom, with wardrobe and en-suite toilet and shower. The large Victorian style panelled bathroom, freestanding bath with hand held shower, basin and toilet are situated on this floor.

Second Floor
The fifth bedroom is located on the second floor. A large twin room, with wooden furniture and views of Knowleston Gardens. The sixth bedroom has a double bed, built-in wardrobes and en-suite toilet, hand basin and shower.

The courtyard garden comes with original flagstones and salting sink. There is a range of planting and seasonal herbs. The area is enclosed by a gate and has seating for guests. There is plenty of parking on Knowleston Place, a quiet cul-de-sac where, generally, you can park right outside the house.

- A washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board, together with a retractable washing line and pegs.
- The kitchen has a dishwasher, large fridge, microwave, double gas oven with 7 ring hob and a large amount cooking equipment and utensils.
- In addition to central heating throughout, the main lounge has a wood burning stove with plenty of logs and fire lighters.
- A selection of music CDs and DVDs is left for guests. The stereo system has a USB port for MP3 players to play your personal favourites. The 3 televisions all have DVD players attached.
- A range of books, puzzles and games are provided within the house, together with footballs, badminton rackets and other outdoor games, for use in the park.
- Two hairdryers, highchair, cot and stairgates are available.
- A telephone and wifi access is provided in the house. The telephone can be used to make out-going calls. We ask guests to leave money to cover the cost of any calls made.


About the surrounding area of Knowles House
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Fine Country Houses
- Chatsworth. Home to the remarkable Duchess Georgiana.
- Kedleston Hall. Masterpiece of neo-classical architecture, designed by Robert Adam
- Hardwick Hall. Built for 'Bess of Hardwick', Elizabethan England's second most powerful and wealthy woman.
- Haddon Hall. A fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century.
- Tissington Hall. The history of Tissington can be traced back as far as 1086, when it is mentioned in the Domesday Book among the possessions of Henry de Ferrers.

Local Market Towns
They all have a wealth of interesting buildings and churches to explore, and are perfect for shopping for gifts.
- Ashbourne
- Bakewell
- Castleton
- Hathersage
- Eyam
- Buxton. This Georgian Spa town with its Crescent (rival to Bath), Opera House and Pavilion Gardens is well worth a visit.

Other Activities
- Ladybower Fishery for fishing.
- Blue John Cavern. At Castleton, the tours are of immense educational interest showing clearly how the caverns are formed in limestone strata.
- Carsington Water. For water sports, horse and bike riding.

- Crich Tramway Museum. For a great day out visit and pay an old penny to ride on the tram.
- Alton Towers. Half an hour from the house for the ultimate theme park thrill!
- Gulliver’s Kingdom. A more suitable attraction for  younger children and those of you that are not as adventurous!
- Uttoxeter Race Course. Meetings are held throughout the year, with a number of themed special events.
- Heights of Abraham. A cable car ride and show caves, located in Matlock Bath.

- The hills and dales of the Peak District and surrounding area are ideal for walkers.
- White Peak. The fields are outlined by dry stone walls and criss-crossed with footpaths.
- Dovedale Valley Manifold Valley. Close-by both valleys provide riverside walks at the foot of towering limestone gorges.
- Kinder Scout Staffordshire Moorlands. In stark contrast these offer more adventurous walking both within an hour of the house.
- The Tissington Trail. An old railway track from Ashbourne to Buxton, makes for easy walking.
- High Peak Trail. This also joins the Tissington trail and takes you west towards Wirksworth.
- Howden. If you drive to the north of the Peak District National Park you will enter the Dark Peak, due to the grit stone rock deposits and moor land. Here you will find the 3 dams. Derwent and Howden dams were made famous in 1943 when the RAF 617 Squadron used them to practise their famous Dambuster raid against the Ruhr dams in Germany.


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Baby Proofing

Knowles House is located right next to the award winning Hall Leys Park, a wonderful destination for kids, complete with play area, paddling pool, boating lake, miniature golf, tennis courts and skating ramp.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Stair gates
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)
  • Baby Proofing

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit None.
Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? Included.
Linen & towels included? Included.
Pets welcome? Owner must be notified. There is a £25 additional fee, and pets are not allowed upstairs.
End of stay cleaning included? Included.
Changeover day Bookings are made from Friday-Friday or Monday-Monday.
Smoking Allowed? No Smoking.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 25th 2019 - Jul 12th 2019 £1,452 £1,595 £1,738 £2,043
Jul 12th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 £1,608 £1,762 £1,916 £2,204
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 29th 2019 £1,452 £1,595 £1,738 £2,043
Oct 29th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 £1,317 £1,438 £1,558 £1,720
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - £3,172
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 7th 2020 £1,317 £1,438 £1,558 £1,720
Feb 7th 2020 - Mar 6th 2020 £1,452 £1,595 £1,738 £2,043
Mar 6th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 £1,452 £1,595 £1,738 £2,043
May 22nd 2020 - May 29th 2020 £1,608 £1,762 £1,916 £2,204
May 29th 2020 - Jul 10th 2020 £1,452 £1,595 £1,738 £2,043
Jul 10th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 £1,608 £1,762 £1,916 £2,204
Aug 28th 2020 - Oct 27th 2020 £1,452 £1,595 £1,738 £2,043
Oct 27th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 £1,317 £1,438 £1,558 £1,720
Dec 18th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020 - - - £3,172

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 25th 2019 - Jul 12th 2019 €1,553 €1,696 €1,839 €2,185
Jul 12th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 €1,719 €1,874 €2,028 €2,357
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 29th 2019 €1,553 €1,696 €1,839 €2,185
Oct 29th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 €1,409 €1,529 €1,650 €1,840
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - €3,392
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 7th 2020 €1,409 €1,529 €1,650 €1,840
Feb 7th 2020 - Mar 6th 2020 €1,553 €1,696 €1,839 €2,185
Mar 6th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 €1,553 €1,696 €1,839 €2,185
May 22nd 2020 - May 29th 2020 €1,719 €1,874 €2,028 €2,357
May 29th 2020 - Jul 10th 2020 €1,553 €1,696 €1,839 €2,185
Jul 10th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 €1,719 €1,874 €2,028 €2,357
Aug 28th 2020 - Oct 27th 2020 €1,553 €1,696 €1,839 €2,185
Oct 27th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 €1,409 €1,529 €1,650 €1,840
Dec 18th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020 - - - €3,392

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 25th 2019 - Jul 12th 2019 $1,770 $1,913 $2,056 $2,491
Jul 12th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 $1,960 $2,115 $2,269 $2,688
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 29th 2019 $1,770 $1,913 $2,056 $2,491
Oct 29th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 $1,606 $1,727 $1,847 $2,098
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - $3,868
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 7th 2020 $1,606 $1,727 $1,847 $2,098
Feb 7th 2020 - Mar 6th 2020 $1,770 $1,913 $2,056 $2,491
Mar 6th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 $1,770 $1,913 $2,056 $2,491
May 22nd 2020 - May 29th 2020 $1,960 $2,115 $2,269 $2,688
May 29th 2020 - Jul 10th 2020 $1,770 $1,913 $2,056 $2,491
Jul 10th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 $1,960 $2,115 $2,269 $2,688
Aug 28th 2020 - Oct 27th 2020 $1,770 $1,913 $2,056 $2,491
Oct 27th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 $1,606 $1,727 $1,847 $2,098
Dec 18th 2020 - Dec 26th 2020 - - - $3,868

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile


The House is built in coursed gritstone, with a 1753 date plaque, although the house has evolved throughout the centuries. The middle section of the house is believed to date from the 17th century, whilst the rear was built during the Victorian period. The double-fronted bay windows were also added around this time. The house is a charming Grade II listed property with beamed ceilings, original fireplaces and quarry tile floors. It was the home of members of the Knowles family, who were involved in lead mining and railway construction. The house is mentioned on the Matlock trail.

John Knowles, a descendant of the family, built the houses next to Derwent House in 1857, hence Knowleston Place. Prior to this Knowleston Gardens, opposite the house, was a hive of industrial activity with hemp yards (used for producing linen, rugs and paper), lead mining and lime burning. Knowleston Place was also once the home of a local boys' school and the head, Thomas Bunting, was also a lead miner. The land where the park now stands was part of the estate of the Knowles’ family and in 1898 Henry Knowles, nephew of John, bequeathed this to the parish of Matlock. This became known as Hall Leys Park. Over a century later, much of the splendour of the original park can still be enjoyed today.



  • An amazing place!

    Created on 16/06/2018

    What an amazing place to gather for my husband’s 70th birthday. The house was so welcoming. The location is superb and the facilities are amazing. The weekend could not have been bettered and we will be back. Lovely home form home. You have thought of everything. A big thank you.

  • Excellent...

    Created on 27/02/2018

    Knowles House provides excellent holiday accommodation in a quiet location near the centre of Matlock. We appreciated the efficient heating, a log burner (wood provided) and a utility with space to dry wet outdoor clothes. Vases of fresh flowers in the reception rooms and teddy bears on the beds were a nice touch. The large kitchen is extremely well equipped with a good range of utensils. There is an ample supply of books, games, DVD's and CD's in the cosy snug. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this very comfortable house; we would definitely return and recommend to others.

  • Fabulous house and child friendly...

    Created on 31/08/2017

    We were visiting family in England and wanted a house that would fit 8 adults and 3 young children. We couldn't have been more pleased with this house. This house is well equipped and spacious. Great kitchen with large refrigerator and lots of cookware, washer and dryer, cupboards full of games, and beautiful bedrooms. Little patio was very pleasant with beautiful flowers. Stairways had stair gates which was great with our 2 one-year olds. Five of the six bedrooms had an en suite and all very up to date. The house has beautiful touches throughout. A bonus was the large park just a few feet from the house. The kids were well entertained. We did not use our car the entire time as anything we needed was in walking distance. Love, love, love this place and it is highly recommended.

  • What a wonderful place to stay!

    Posted by Helen on 13/06/2016

    “What a wonderful place to stay! The location was unbeatable. Close to amenities, the park, and the station within Matlock, but also a great place from which to explore the surrounding area. There are some lovely walks from the house itself. Lumsdale valley was a highlight. And we made use of the direct bus to Chatsworth House. The house itself was very well equipped, very clean, spacious and comfortable. All who stayed said that the beds were very comfy, and the fancy bath was very well used! I would highly recommend this characterful house to anyone, and the owner was very helpful throughout the whole booking process.”

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