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Excellent 5/5 8 reviews

Swallows Barn Cottage - an 18th century former cow shippon with corn loft on the first floor

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Swallows Barn is set on a lovely working farm in Cheshire - nestled in the foothills of the Peak District National Park. The cottage has been newly created from a farm barn and has been tastefully converted to create a spacious, warm, cosy and comfortable cottage with two en-suite bedrooms, open living/dining/kitchen area with wood burning stove, utility room with washer / drier, and flat screen TV's in all rooms. Ample parking is available on site for up to four vehicles and an exclusive patio and garden are provided. Lovely walks are available from the doorstep including a farm walk and you can even fish in our stream. The Gritstone Trail is nearby and lots of other superb walks. If you like cycling, then super off road cycling opportunities are available in Macclesfield Forest, Delamere Forest the Biddulph Valley way and the Middlewood Way. Golf courses, fishing, sailing and horse riding are nearby. This is the perfect base from which to explore the beauty and delights of our lovely coutryside. We are ideally located to visit the delights of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Numerous local attractions are within easy access including historic houses, NT properties, superb gardens, Jodrell Bank, Alton Towers, the historic market towns of Leek and Macclesfield and the spa town of Buxton. The historic city of Chester is under an hours drive away and the cities of Manchester and Liverpool are also within easy access. For the shopaholics then why not try the Trafford Centre, Cheshire Oaks, Liverpool One and Manchester. An array of cosy rural pubs and restaurants are nearby.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Llandudno / Blackpool / Southport
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester, Nearest railway: Macclesfield
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking

The Heart of England/Peak District

Swallows Barn is situated on a working farm in a small rural village with a view of Bosley Cloud - the local landmark - and superb walks from the doorstep or within easy access. The location is a perfect 'central' position for exploring the many delights of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The farm is nestled in the foothills of the Peak National Park of Derbyshire - with it's outstanding beautiful countryside, villages, the spa town of Buxton and stately homes such as Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Staffordshire similarly enjoys outstanding countryside including the Roaches and also has lovely villages, the towns of Stoke 'Potteries', Trentham Gardens and Shopping Village, Rudyard Lake and Alton Towers theme park. Cheshire has an abundance of places to visit - from historic houses, spectacular gardens, museums of all types, historic woodlands such as Macclesfield and Delamere Forests, Jodrell Bank and National Trust properties such as Styal Mill. If you wish to enjoy the great outdoors - then this area is a must for fantastic panaromic views and fabulous walking routes whatever your walking ability. Teggs Nose and Shuttlingslow are a must ! Cyclists can get 'off road' in the forest routes or on the nearby Biddulph Valley Way or Middlewood way. Golf courses are in abundance and horse riding, fishing and sailing opportunities are nearby. You can even bring your horse to our farm and perhaps visit Somerford Park Farm's superb farm ride and facilities. Country pubs and lovely restaurants are all nearby. Visit the market towns of Leek, Congleton and Buxton during your stay and enjoy a trip to the theatre - Buxton Opera House is an absolute gem. The historic 'Roman' city of Chester is under an hour's drive away and also the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Serious shoppers may enjoy a trip to the Trafford Centre or to Cheshire Oaks. All in all - whatever your interest may be - it can be found here from a beautiful location - and we guarantee that you won't be disappointed.


This must be one of the most beautiful areas in England - from the Cheshire plains - to the fabulous 'Peaks' of the Peak District and Staffordshire. There is an abundance of things to see and to do - whatever your interest may be. Lovely quaint villages with their own annual well dressings or fetes, market towns with outdoor markets, and the spa town of Buxton with its original well of healing water, pavilion gardens and historic Opera House. Canals - such as Macclesfield canal with its 12 locks at Bosley and other waters such as Rudyard Lake, Tittesworth Reservoir and the three reservoirs at Langley are there to be enjoyed. The Gritstone Trail and Pennine Way can be accessed nearby, as can Macclesfield Forest and Delamere Forest, rural pubs and restaurants. Golf courses to play golf, reservoirs for sailing, rocks to climb, horses to ride, fishing lakes to fish , a local brewery to enjoy, Alton Towers for a theme park or 'go ape' in the woodlands - the list of interesting places to see and activities to do are endless! The roman town of Chester with its racecourse and Zoo are under an hour away. We can guarantee that there is something for everyone of all ages in this lovely area. But be warned - once seen - you will have to return again and again to further enjoy the fabulous countryside and local experiences on offer.

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Review 1-8 of 8

18 Aug 2014


"A wonderful cottage and a great host"

We had a 10 day stay at this great cottage. Brenda and Tom have gone to great lengths to make this a wonderful place to stay. The place is beautifully furnished and meticulously clean and our receptio… More

Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay in Swallows Barn. Our aim is always to provide a high standard of comfort, quality furnishings and cleanliness and your recognition of these qualities is much appreciated. It was a pleasure to meet you both and to have you to stay with us. We hope to be able to welcome you again in the future. With best wishes, Brenda & Tom

23 Jul 2014


"Wonderful in every way!"

We enjoyed an extended stay at Swallows Barn during February and March 2014, and highly recommend it . Brenda and Tom went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable and enjoying our stay. The cottage is beautifully renovated to a very high standard, and everything is provided that you may need. Our young children loved being on the farm and being able to see the animals and pet the farm dog. The area is beautiful, with wonderful views from the cottage itself and lovely walks directly from the farm, which Brenda was happy to show us. Overall, we had a wonderful stay and thank Brenda and Tom for looking after us so thoughtfully.

Thank you for your lovely review of Swallows Barn. It was our pleasure to have you to stay and it seemed so strange when you left after your extended stay. We particularly missed the children walking round the farm and being so inquisitive - and enjoying sitting on the tractors and playing in the hay barn. It was fortunate that your stay coincided with lambing time so they were able to see and hold the new born lambs. We wish you well in your new home and life abroad. With kind regards Brenda & Tom

19 Jul 2014



The best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in. Well furnished and very comfortable.Brenda had put a lot of effort into ensuring we had an enjoyable holiday.… More

Many thanks for your lovely review and for affording our cottage a five star rating. Our consistent aim is to provide a high quality standard both in furnishings, fittings, cleanliness and customer service. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope we may be able to welcome you back again in the future. best regards Brenda & Tom

14 Jul 2014


"Fantastic cottage"

I recently stayed in Swallows Barn cottage with my husband and 9-month old son and absolutely loved it. The cottage is so cosy and welcoming - a real home from home. It's been renovated to a very… More

Many thanks for your lovely review. It was lovely to have you to stay with us - and your gorgeous baby was the 'smiliest' baby that we've ever met! We're so pleased that you enjoyed our cottage and also that you found our location to be the perfect base from which to explore our beautiful area. Whatever your interest and whatever direction - there's lots to see and do! We do hope to be able to welcome you back in the future. Best regards Brenda & Tom

18 Jun 2014


"A wonderful find"

Myself and husband and our daughter and grandchildren stayed at this gem of a holiday rental. We had absolutely everything we could possibly need in the cottage, and we all had such a relaxing time. … More

Thank you for reviewing our cottage and for your super comments both for this review and also during your stay with us - it is so much appreciated. It was lovely to meet you and your family and we look forward to seeing you again soon. kind regards Brenda & Tom

17 Jun 2014


"A relaxing break in superior accomodation"

It is remiss of me not to have posted our review sooner:Dave, Jake & I enjoyed a lovely break at Swallows Cottage during whit week, we found the cottage to be furnished to a high standard and were ver… More

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure to have you to stay with us and we're so pleased that you enjoyed our cottage - and visiting the local area - including your walk up Bosley Cloud to enjoy the spectacular views. Thank you also for your good wishes (and also for the birthday cake!).

16 May 2014



We have stayed in many self catering cottages but Swallows Barn has to be one of the best. The cottage was spotlessly clean upon our arrival, very well equipped & fitted out to a high standard. The l… More

Many thanks for your lovely review of our new holiday cottage, Swallows Barn. We really enjoyed having you to stay with us and felt that you arrived as strangers but left as friends - so we were really sorry to see you leave. We particularly enjoyed chatting whilst sharing a bottle of wine on the patio on a lovely sunny evening - most enjoyable! We'll look forward to your return visit. Best regards Brenda & Tom

27 Jan 2014


"Excellent facilities, well-equipped & beautifully presented"

I stayed in Swallows Barn with my three young children for 7 weeks whilst I was waiting to move to a longer term rental property. We had a wonderful stay in the Cottage. The owners, Brenda & Tom, co… More

Many thanks for your lovely review of our new holiday cottage. We aim to present a clean, comfortable and cosy cottage with high quality standards. We also aim to offer a warm and friendly welcome and every assistance to make your stay at with us as enjoyable as possible on our working farm. We are therefore so pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay at Swallows Barn / Colley Farm. We really enjoyed having you and look forward to your return visit. With every good wish from Tom & Brenda

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