The Hay Store is one of six non-smoking and pet free holiday lets at Cotterill Farm . This lettings is situated on the first floor of a barn, converted in 2005, with the second bedroom in the mezannine above. From the outside stone steps leading to the entrance door (and just inside) there are some wonderful views over surrounding dry stone walls, hills and dales (valleys). The cottage, well above average size, itself has bags of charachter, and was given sufficient points as would ordinarily make it a five star property, but lack of a washing machine in the cottage itself - its in the shared laundry room - precludes the grant of 5 star but the points awarded in the grading process reflects the quality. The open plan living area has the most wonderful beams, and also an extremely comfortable and high quality upholstered three piece suite and a kitchen in a raised area to delineate it from the living/dining area.The kitchen is extraordinarily well equipped, with some guests having joked that they have struggled to find anything that they considerd was actually missing in that department. In this area there is also a dining table and chairs, giving ample space for four to dine. Off the living area is a small passage way, leaving to the main bedroom and to a good quality bathroom. Above the bathroom and bedroom is a second double bedroom, partially open to the living area, and therefore this wont suit all groups of four, with their being a small lack of privacy and also noise transmission from the living area. Despite being in the countryside, the cottages at Cotterill Farm never feel remote, not least due to their being less than 400 yards to its nearest village (and pub). In the cottage there are 10 highly organised personalised information folders, much praised by guests and Tourist Board inspectors alike, - almost certainly amongst the best in the business - ensuring guests are never short of ideas as to what to do in the area and most comment that one week's stay only scratches the surface. Events lists are supplied in advance of guests' arrivals. Numerous other services are offered by the owners who strive to go the extra mile to ensure that guests thoroughly enjoy their stay at Cotterill farm
The cottages at this non-working farm of 12 acres are located just one easy mile off the main Buxton to Ashbourne artery road, making it extremely well located, being very easy to access within 30 minutes drive most of the extraordinary number of attractions within the Peak District. It is also an absolutely superb base for walking being so close to the favoured walking areas of the district.
Cycles can be hired from Cotterill farm about about a half of the rate charged by commercial operators and one electric bike (worth £1600) is also available for hire. Ready meals cooked by a local lady can be purchased at Cotterill farm.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 50 km, Nearest railway: Buxton 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
The cottages at Cotterill Farm are within easy reach of many splendid historic houses. Chatsworth House is the spectacular home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire set in a magnificent deer park and boasting activities for all the family. Haddon Hall is a Jacobean mansion that has been scarcely altered since its building.
You may also choose to visit Hardwick Hall, Lyme Hall, Sudbury or Kedleston - all within easy reach.
We are centrally located to visit the market towns of Ashbourne, Leek, Buxton, Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock - each having something special to offer. Ashbourne is a lovely market town with a good range of shops, art shops, antique shops etc. Buxton has fine Victorian and Edwardian buildings, a fine park and a range of collectors fairs in the Pavilion Gardens or entertainment in the newly restored Opera House. Bakewell is, of course, home of the Bakewell Pudding and well worth exploring.
The former spa town of Matlock has a lot to offer and the spectacular location of Matlock Bath is the setting for a mining museum, cablecar rides, showcaves etc.
The varied landscape of the Peak District makes it ideal for the walker, the cyclist or for those seeking more adventurous pursuits. There are opportunities for climbing, caving, watersports, hang-gliding, mountain biking etc.
Numerous footpaths and bridle ways are on our doorstep and offer unrivalled walking in the best part of the White Peak - this is the area of the Peak District of rolling hills, dry stone walls, villages and dales, the Dark Peak being mainly moorland.
The highly popular Tissington Trail, which runs for 17 miles, is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and is less than 1 mile from us.
Two further trails, the High Peak Trail and the Manifold Valley Trail (both almost as long), are within 3 miles. These three tracks are ideal for family cycling as is the network of quiet minor roads leading off at various places from the trails. Indeed Sustrans Route 54 passes within 50 yards of the end of our drive along bridleways linking all three trails.