Welcome to the peaceful country idyll of Church Farm, deep in the heart of the Peak District National Park. We offer the perfect place to escape the demands of modern life!
Church Farm is our little patch of heaven in the Peak District. It has been a farm since the 16th Century, and has been in our family for more than 50 years. It is located in the beautiful hamlet of Stanshope, perfectly positioned between the Dovedale and Manifold Valleys, both renowned for their outstanding natural beauty and tranquility.
At Church Farm we are very proud to share our way of life with guests, and we have two luxury self-catering holiday cottages for visitors to enjoy. Our Dovedale Cottages are both Grade II listed, lovingly restored and furnished to the highest standards, and have a cosy “Country Living” feel. Both have been awarded Visit England Gold Awards, awarded to establishments that outperform in their category and offer exceptional quality within their star rating.
Ancestral Barn (Sleeps 6)
Our 5 star Gold Award-winning Ancestral Barn oozes charm and character. This luxury barn conversion has beamed ceilings and panelled walls, polished floors and richly-coloured rugs. The lounge has a glorious open range fireplace and antique furniture. Three bedrooms (one accessible for the mobile disabled downstairs) feature splendid canopy beds that are the very essence of comfort and luxury. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, two with showers, and the master bedroom has a roll top bath.
Treat yourselves to the peace of this rural retreat in delightful countryside. Just walk, talk, relax, enjoy the fantastic scenery, and then return to laze around a roaring fire.
The Barn comprises:
A splendid beamed lounge with comfortable chairs to relax by the cosy open fire, plus a 42″ TV with FreeSat, DVD and music centre.
Delightful Kitchen/Dining Room, complete with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, electric cooker, microwave, etc.
Separate Utility Room, with washer, dryer and hanging facility with ironing equipment.
Bedroom 1 – featuring a magnificent king-size French canopy bed, dressing table, chairs etc. En-suite bathroom with roll top bath, washbasin and toilet.
Bedroom 2 – with two single canopy beds, dressing table, chairs. En-suite shower room, washbasin and toilet.
Bedroom 3 (situated downstairs) – elegant king-size regency canopy bed, dressing table, and chairs. En-suite walk in shower, washbasin and toilet. Fully equipped for the mobile disabled and the elderly.
Splendid open countryside view over our Organic farm.
Church Farm Cottage (Sleeps 4)
Our 4 Star Gold Award-winning cottage originally formed part of our main farmhouse, which is Grade II listed, dating from around the 16th Century, and was featured in the Period Living and Traditional Home magazine.
Church Farm Cottage has been lovingly restored and beautifully converted to a very high standard. It is full of character with many original features of interest. As you enter the main hall there is a stone flagged floor and beamed ceiling. To the left is a fitted kitchen/dining room (with fridge, freezer, dishwasher, electric cooker, microwave, etc.), also with a beamed ceiling, a gritstone fireplace, window seat and a quarry-tiled floor. Off the hall is the second bathroom with a shower cubicle, hand basin and toilet. The L-shaped lounge has a full-beamed ceiling and sandstone fireplace, inset with an old black range for cosy open fires.
There are polished floorboards throughout, covered with richly coloured rugs, which add to the charm and tradition. The main bedroom includes a king-size canopy bed and wonderful open views across the surrounding countryside. The second bedroom has two good-sized 3’6″ single beds. Both bedrooms are decorated to a high standard. The main bathroom consists of a bath, hand basin and toilet. The cottage has a secure private cottage garden.
We believe in farming our land in the traditional, old fashioned way, as it has been managed for generations, and Church Farm has been an organic farm for more than a decade. Wildflowers still bloom in our lush meadows and our animals are all treated with respect and love. It is very important to us to protect and preserve the environment and wildlife on the farm for the future generations who should be lucky enough to live here.
The wonderful landscape of the Peak District National Park, and Dovedale in particular, is a paradise for walkers, cyclists and all outdoor enthusiasts. There are innumerable beautiful walking trails in the area, many of which start right from the doorstep of the cottages.
There are also miles of cycling trails, along country lanes and former railway lines such as the Tissington Trail, High Peak Trail, Monsal Trail and Manifold Way. There are cycle hire stations at Mapleton (near Ashbourne), Parsley Hay (near Hartington) and Middleton Top (near Wirksworth).
The area is also wonderful for horse riding and the bridleways and country lanes across the Derbyshire Dales offer superb riding with spectacular views.
There really is no better place to unwind and explore the beauty of the Peak District National Park, all the time knowing that you have a luxurious cottage to return to, and a cosy fire to relax in front of.