Our team recently had the pleasure of a private tour around Derbyshire's most glamorous holiday venue, the newly completed “Hollywood House” situated west of Belper in the village of Blackbrook. The house itself was originally the site of a farm known as Holly Farm owned in the 18th Century by the Slater family. One of the sons, Samuel Slater, worked for Strutt and Arkwright who owned the world renowned cotton mills in the Derwent Valley, a pillar of England's economic success during the 18th Century. He then emigrated to America in 1789, having memorised the concept of the spinning jenny.
Up to this time America produced cotton but could not process it themselves and it was exported to England. Slater became very successful as his knowledge enabled the Americans to produce the spinning frame so that they could process their own cotton. The great grandson of Samuel Slater, also Samuel, returned to England in the Edwardian era and decided to build Holly House on the land owned by the family and it was constructed in 1910 to a fine American colonial style which reflected many modern features of this era and many of which are still contained within the house today.
In 2014 Planning Design achieved permission to extend the house to accommodate an additional master bedroom with en suite, large dining and entertainment space and sun terrace. We felt this addition was essential to accommodate 40 guests comfortably and to create more useable outdoor space.
The venue has a unique arrangement of guest rooms, each with a different Hollywood theme. Our personal favourites, the Walt Disney & Marilyn Monroe rooms, were finished to a high standard with lots of little touches which gave each room its own character. The house also has its own bar, casino, outdoor swim spa pool & jacuzzi.
In early 2016 we achieved an additional consent on behalf of Ashbourne Self Catering for an “Arctic Cabin” in the woodland to the rear of the property. This is now a popular addition to lots of events in both the summer and winter months.
For more information about Hollywood House please see the Ashbourne Self Catering website here:
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