Friday, 25 September 2009


On Monday we had some time off and took a drive to Bakewell in Derbyshire.

Bakewell is a lovely old fashioned market town situated on the river Wye. It's about a 45 minute journey by car from our bed and breakfast in Alton. The drive from The Malthouse to Bakewell is very scenic. We went via Ashbourne (another small town) and then through lots of rolling countryside to reach Bakewell. But if you're feeling adventurous you can go via Dovedale and Tissington in the Peak District National Park. This route will take longer as you will have to go slowly up and down lots of hills, cross cattlegrids, cross a ford (small stream) and avoid the sheep and cattle that roam the roads! Lots of fun though.

Monday is a great day to vist Bakewell as it's usually market day. There is an outdoor market in the town centre with lots of different stalls,plenty of bargains. The indoor cattle market is a short walk away, very interesting (but smelly!) if you have not been to one before. There are also lots of small independent shops in the town and plenty of cafe's selling the famous Bakewell Pudding or Tart.

We can highly recommend the fish and chip shops. We got fish and chips to take away for our lunch and took them next to the river where these are lots of seats (see above photo).
If you have any chips left (unlike us) the ducks love them!

Monday, 14 September 2009


Did you know that there is a Spa at Alton Towers?

If you looking for a break away why not take a two or three nights stay with us at The Malthouse bed and breakfast. Tel 01538 703273 for enquiries.

Spend your first day at Alton Towers Theme Park doing all the fun rides followed by a second day relaxing at the Alton Towers Spa.

For more details see for the theme park or for information regarding the spa.

Thursday, 3 September 2009


Calling all adults!

Now that the kids are starting to head back to school it is a great time to visit Alton Towers Theme Park in Staffordshire.

Malthouse Tip! If you are planning a trip to Alton Towers, a good time to visit is mid week during September or the first couple of weeks in October. Usually the park is much quieter at this time which means that you spend less time queuing!
Don't forget - The Halloween Scarefest at Alton Towers starts on Saturday 17th October this year. See for more details. This event is extremely popular with couples and families. There are trick or treat doors for little kids and lots of frights for 'big kids'. The rides in the dark should not be missed!

After a busy day at Alton Towers you should be staying with us at The Malthouse. We offer bed and breakfast accommodation in Alton village and are just one mile away from Alton Towers. You'll be glad that you don't have far to travel, after a day at the theme park you'll be shattered!