Belgian Foodies visit Candlelight Cottage

 Word is spreading about Candlelight Cottage and we were recently given a lovely review on the Tasting and Living website, a Brussels based foodie blog magazine. Our guests found plenty of local specialities: Locally produced cakes, biscuits, butter, milk and bread were waiting for them in our welcome basket when they arrived.

A typical Candlelight Cottage Welcome Pack

 They bought Bakewell Pudding (not to be confused with the tart!) in the famous Original Bakewell Pudding Shop in (yes, you guessed it) Bakewell. They sampled some of the many local products on sale at one of our famers’ markets and discovered the famous Chatsworth Farm Shop at Pilsley.

Here are some of the things they wrote about Candlelight Cottage:

A Cute Cottage in the Heart of England (with AGA!)

We spent a great long weekend in Litton, the tiniest of Derbyshire villages. A pub, a village shop and that’s more or less what the village consists of, however what it lacks in mod cons, it scores high on cuteness and coziness level.

We decided on Litton because we were visiting some stately homes, like Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall and Keddleston Hall, all of which are in easy reach from the village

Our choice of cottage fell on Candlelight Cottage, right across from the Red Lion pub (listed in some good pub food guides). It has all modern conveniences that you need for a comfortable stay in Derbyshire.

The Candlelight Cottage AGA is perfect for warming winter casseroles or scones for afternoon tea

All foodies out there will note that the kitchen has an AGA cooker and also a more modern cooker. There’s also some literature in kitchen to figure out how and what to do when you wish to cook on it. We were graciously met by Simon and found the cottage to be spotlessly clean and more than adequate. We can recommend the cottage to all discerning walkers and lovers of low-key village life.

There’s lots of walking trails from Litton so we enjoyed a nice short hike at the back of the village to start off with.

Bakewell (check out the Bakewell tarts) and Buxton are within 20 minutes driving. We were lucky to make it to the weekly Farmers Market in Bakewell, right in the centre of the town. It’s a great place for English game, cheeses and even English wines. We tried the (award-winning) Penny Red from a Staffordshire vineyard and found it alright but not really noteworthy, also at £8.50 it doesn’t live up to its expectations. However the game was really outstanding, which we probably overcooked a bit not knowing the exact time or strength of the English ovens.” Tastingandliving.com

If you’re a fellow foodie contact us and we will help you plan your own break in the Peak District. Our kitchen is equipped with everything you need for a luxury self catering break and with all the local food on offer, you’ll need plenty of time to walk off all the Derbyshire oatcakes, Thar cakes, Bakewell pudding, Hartington stilton, wakes biscuits, Ashbourne gingerbread and so much more…….

Bakewell puddings at The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

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