We spend 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, Harwick 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’s half of a house (the left part) and has all modern conveniences that you would need for a comfortable stay in Derbyshire.A cosy lounge with gas fire, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and a very nice kitchen. All foodies out there will note that the kitchen has an AGA cooker and also a more modern cooker. So if you would want to use the AGA, let Simon Wills (the charming owner of the cottage) know a day in advance to start-up the beast. There’s also some literature in kitchen to figure out how and what to do when you wish to cook on it. I don’t think it’s an easy undertaking so if it fails, you can also go for the electrical cooker. 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 (www.candlelightcottage.co.uk).
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) Red Penny 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 nor strength of the English ovens.