Award Winning Accommodation

Beechenhill Farm offers award-winning eco-friendly accommodation with a wood-fired hot tub and sauna, in the most stunning, secluded location in Ilam in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Although peaceful and secluded, you couldn’t be closer to so many beautiful Peak District gems, such as Dovedale, with walks in every single direction! With amazing farmland views and only the relaxing sounds of birdsong, Beechenhill Farm is the most serene base in which to enjoy this fabulous area.

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There are three beautiful cottages to choose from at Beechenhill Farm, each with wood-burning stoves, sleeping 2, 4 and 6 people, making them the ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic hideaway, families looking for a fun-filled farm stay, and groups of friends wishing to travel together, with their own bit of space. 

One of the properties is also very accessible with electric profile beds, wet room, hoist, etc, so it’s ideal for those with mobility issues who perhaps need to travel with carers. Not only accessible, Beechenhill Farm is also proud to be deaf-friendly, autism-friendly and dementia-friendly with various measures in place to help when required.  

Children will love spending time in nature, exploring the onsite farm trail, spending time on the garden swing, or flying kites in the uninterrupted countryside that surrounds them! Of course, all before heading out to discover the nearby treasures in the heart of the Peak District National Park!

  • Trying to keep the properties allergy-free, sorry only service dogs are welcome.
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout – which can be turned off for those looking for pure, uninterrupted relaxation and quality family time!
  • The environment is of the upmost importance, and Beechenhill Farm does all it can to be eco-friendly and protect this precious landscape, including an ongoing rewilding project by planting thousands of trees in 9 acres of canopy woodland!
  • There are also two electric charging points.
  • Last but by no means least – Beechenhill Farm is home to contemporary folk artist, Sue Prince, with an onsite gallery for you to browse!
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Cottage By the Pond – Sleeps 6 – Accessible

Cottage By the Pond is the largest of the properties at Beechenhill Farm and has been very carefully laid out to make it accessible to all, so that everyone can enjoy this magical retreat. 

The open plan living space is simply beautiful, with original timber trusses and light flooding in through the large patio doors that showcase the picturesque landscape. This roomy space is great for wheelchair users who can gather with the rest of the group for a meal at the dining table, or to enjoy the warmth of the welcoming wood burning stove. There are plenty of comfortable sofas and a riser recliner chair, ideal for everyone to relax in front of the TV at the end of a fun-filled day. 

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The country style galley kitchen has all essential appliances including oven, hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, perfect for those looking for a home from home stay. There is also a low level breakfast bar suitable for wheelchair-users.

On the ground floor you will find two of the three bedrooms, the third being tucked up in the rafters up a narrow staircase, which no doubt the children will love! This room and one of the ground floor rooms has a super king bed, which can be converted to make two singles to suit your party’s needs. The other ground floor room is fully accessible with two electric profile beds, again ideal for those with care needs, and great for children too.

Also, on the ground floor there are two bathrooms. One a small shower room, with sink and WC, the other a full accessible wet room with shower, bath, sink and toilet with grab rails.

The large patio doors lead out to a gorgeous private paved courtyard and, as the name suggests, a walled pond attracting wildlife. With patio furniture and barbecue on request, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a morning coffee or a little alfresco dining in the evening.

Guests at Cottage by the Pond also have full access to the farmhouse garden where you will find a swing, seesaw and giant chess – perfect for the children (even the adult kind!) Tucked away in the garden there is also a wood -ired hot tub and Swedish sauna which can be hired out for an additional charge, adding to your memorable stay at Beechenhill Farm.

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The Old Wash House – Sleeps 2-4

The Old Wash House is the guest wing of the main farmhouse at Beechenhill Farm with direct access to the fairytale garden and the most magnificent views! This charming cottage for two can also open an extra bedroom on request, making it a fabulous place for couples, smaller families or a few friends. 

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Although the guest wing, it’s surprisingly spacious and very beautiful. The lounge area is bright and airy, with a large picture window taking advantage of the breathtaking views by day and a wood burning stove to snuggle in front of in the evenings.

The compact dining kitchen is a lovely sunny space with a glass roof, making it a delightful place to enjoy breakfast, and of course to listen to the rain whilst all warm and cosy inside. Here you will find all essential appliances including oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, and microwave.

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The main bedroom is on the first floor with a gorgeous, canopied king-sized bed where you can lie and enjoy those inviting views over the valley, pondering where to head next. This room has the advantage of an ensuite shower room with rainfall shower. An extra bedroom can be opened up to accommodate two more guests on request.

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Outside you have direct access to the stunning garden where you can sit and relax all day if you wish, while children enjoy time on the swing and seesaw. Alternatively, soak in the hot tub watching the world go by during the day or enjoy a little stargazing by night, or perhaps spend time in the Swedish sauna. (Both available to book for an extra cost.)

Should you wish to have a little time to all to yourselves, you can also enjoy the private patio to the rear of The Old Wash House, which is a great space to enjoy the evening sun.

Beechenhill Cottage – Retreat for 2

Beechenhill Cottage is a romantic little hideaway for two, tucked away on Beechenhill Farm, with a private walled garden, where you can be completely isolated if you wish, with only the odd chicken checking in on you!

The open plan living space has rugged timber beams and a woodburning stove at its heart, with another picture window overlooking farmland, making a lovely cosy retreat. There’s a small comfortable sofa perfect for two, ideal for watching the TV in the evenings and a romantic table for two by the window. The compact kitchen has all essentials including oven, hob, fridge and microwave.

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The bedroom is equally as pretty with a king-sized bed, and a bathroom with bath and overhead rainfall shower.

Outside you have the best of all worlds! Relax in your own private walled garden watching the sunset with not another house in sight, only views of open countryside. Or, spend time in the main farmhouse garden, having fun on the swing if you wish, or why not hire out the wood-fired hot tub or Swedish sauna for a romantic evening under the stars!

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Hot Tub, Swedish Sauna and Secret Cave!

The wood-fired hot tub and Swedish sauna are wonderful little extras to enhance your stay at Beechenhill Farm, and can be found tucked away at the bottom of the farmhouse garden together with a secret, hidden log-fired cave! Whether you choose to soak during the day, immersing yourself in this tranquil lifestyle with only the sounds of birds and country life, or maybe enjoying an evening dip whilst stargazing by night, the setting and ambience here is just a magical!

In another private section of the farmhouse garden, you can enjoy the calming joy of a Swedish Barrel Sauna! There’s a small changing area, a hot and cold rainfall shower, together with chairs and a firepit where you can toast marshmallows under the stars!

Each of these are available to book for an additional charge.

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Walks in Every Direction

The tranquillity and seclusion of Beechenhill Farm is idyllic and peaceful. However, with walks in every direction, it’s also the perfect base to explore this fabulous area without having to move the car!

Ilam itself is a picturesque Staffordshire Peak District village, with a cluster of pretty cottages, close to the River Manifold and River Dove, where you can discover the famously picturesque Dovedale Stepping Stones and explore the magnificent landscaped gardens and tea room at Ilam Hall, all of which can be reached on foot through pretty farmland and riverside paths from the door.

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The walking opportunities here really are endless. Why not head over the hill to Thorpe, on a three-mile walk, taking in the elevated views, enjoy a browse and meal or pint, before heading back in time for sunset? Or maybe enjoy a 3 mile stroll over the fields to explore Thor’s Cave, rewarding yourself with lunch at the riverside tea rooms in Wetton?

For those who enjoy cycling, Beechenhill Farm is perfectly positioned between the Manifold Way and the Tissington Trail, both of which offer beautiful traffic-free trails ideal for walkers, cyclists, riders and those using wheelchairs.

If walking or cycling is not of interest, you’ll find many lovely shopping villages and towns nearby, such as Hartington and Ashbourne. There are also nearby wildlife parks, nature reserves and activities for the children to enjoy, plus you’re less than 10 miles away from Alton Towers!  

With a location as amazing as Beechenhill Farm, you’ll be torn between exploring the beautiful surrounding area or simply staying put and enjoying everything this dreamlike location has to offer.

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Contact Beechenhill Farm

For more information, please contact Beechenhill Farm, who can’t wait to welcome you.