Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
TRIP ADVISOR "EXCELLENT" 5* RATING:
HOT TUB, log burner, LUXURIOUS getaway! MEAL with wine on arrival too.
For the kids (or grown up kids!) Alton Towers is only 8 miles away so why not enjoy the peace, tranquility & luxury of the barn & then grab some excitement & fun at the park, a short drive away.
You won't need to bring anything with you apart from your luggage! The barn is fully equipped including towels, duvets, bedding & additional towels & robes for use with the hot tub.
We provide coffee, tea, sugar, milk, home baked bread, butter, eggs (freshly laid by the hens next door), wine & all detergents for dishwasher & washer, plus other kitchen basics.
A basket of logs to start you off to set your cosy atmosphere with the Scandanavian log burner.
Leave the car parked for the holiday if you want to experience the beautiful Peak National Park on foot, there are walks right from the door, you can do a different walk each day.
If you see 10 cars a day in Ford it will be considered 'busy'! You are more likely to encounter the odd tractor or two.
At Ford Old Hall we strive to exceed your expectations & will try to accommodate any special requests you may have.
For cyclists the terrain is very diverse, from converted railway tracks to very challenging routes, the choice is yours, we have access to 3 excellent, flat, converted railway tracks which are great for either walking or cycling.
There are 3 very good golf courses within an easy drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midland/Manchester 50 km, Nearest railway: Macclesfield/Stoke On trent 22 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|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), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The barn is immaculately converted with an 'upside down' living arrangement, with stone floors downstairs & solid oak floors upstairs, both with underfloor heating provided by our eco friendly heat pump which provides constant hot water too. A very sociable open plan living/dining/kitchen space upstairs which has a high ceiling & beams. The Kitchen is fully fitted in Oak with granite worktops, there is a breakfast bar area for 4 or a more formal dining table for 4. A Britannia oven with 6 ring gas hob & double multi function electric oven/2 fridges (for those Christmas & New Year groceries - 1 is never enough!)
A Bosch dishwasher, microwave & kitchen gadgets to make life easier. If you don't want to bother with breakfast, we can offer you a continental basket for an additional charge. 2 very large Alston sofas provide for a relaxing lounge whilst watching the freeview TV or listening to music. The Scandinavian log burner for those cosy winter evenings. Downstairs a utility/boot room on entering with oak units & granite worktops, washer/dryer/freezer/heated towel rail & clothes rack. 2 bedrooms: a super king double which we can convert to a twin with a fully tiled en suite wet room & a twin with a fully tiled en suite bathroom with shower over, both have underfloor heating.
Plenty of wardrobe & drawer space in both rooms. Under stairs storage for luggage. Hall wardrobe for robes for use with hot tub, 'hotel style' slippers also provided. Access from double room onto covered porch which houses hot tub & seating area, no need to venture outside in inclement weather, this leads onto a wrap around patio area which faces west, getting fabulous night skies as no light pollution. Bar b q/table & chairs/shed for bicycles.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking for up to 4 cars. Secure alarmed parking for motorcycles. Lockable storage for bicycles.
The west facing patio & totally private covered porch area with hot tub look out over a meadow.
Parking is off the road. If we get 10 cars a day it's considered busy! We are located in a farming hamlet so if the kids love animals they will be in their element, visiting ducks & chickens from the farm next door will entertain.
There are great walks across the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands part of the Peak District, some straight from the door, the Manifold Valley is right on our doorstep, so too the Hamps way. Dovedale & historical Ilam are 10 mins by car. It is safe to walk the circular 5 mile route on our single track lanes without worrying about too much traffic, perhaps the odd tractor or two!
Welcome pack on arrival including a home baked loaf, butter, eggs, breakfast oatcakes, coffee, tea, sugar etc.
A basket of logs & a hot home made supper with wine will be ready for your arrival.
Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda & Ocado all deliver, so why not place your order, we are happy to put it away so everything is ready & waiting for you, hassle free.
We can advise you where the best places to visit are, we are both brought up in the National Park so our knowledge may help you to make the most of your time here.
We have 'heavenly' mattress toppers on all beds & offer you a choice of pillow type, please ask. All our bedding is hypo allergenic & for your comfort our property is strictly for non-smokers & is pet free.
We can offer a mid week housekeeping service on request.
Logs for the log burner are readily available.
The Heart of England/Peak District
The Staffordshire Moorlands are the real 'hidden gem' of the Peak District, very unspoilt & less busy than other areas. We are in the white peak area which includes the fabulous Manifold Valley.
The National park covers an area of 555 square miles & a population of 38,000, most of it's area is pastureland & includes 80 square miles of open country or access land.
The white peak , an undulating limestone plateau of high pastureland, scattered villages, hamlets & beautiful river valleys, is girdled in a horseshoe shape by the far larger dark peak.
We are surrounded by fabulous moors & valleys, with views on the top of the moor across in the distance to the mountains of Wales.
The Churnet Valley Steam railway has been lovingly restored for the visitor to enjoy as in days gone by.
The grandeur of Chatsworth House, the simplicity of Haddon hall & the uniqueness of Sudbury hall are just some of the stately homes dotted across this very diverse landscape.
Ford itself was originally a Quaker village when the Quakers were persecuted, it was the ideal place to retreat from society & live their simple lifestyle in an uninterrupted way. The old ford has been replaced with a stone hump backed bridge, so no need to attempt the water in the car any more, although there are many fords across the area should you wish to try!
There are 12 properties dotted across this secluded hamlet, with dairy & sheep farming being the main employment in the area, with many families passing down the farm through the generations. The rest of the properties are lived in by people who enjoy the quieter lifestyle, off the beaten track, but still very close to local amenities & travel infrastructure, we have the best of both worlds here.
ALTON TOWERS is only 8 miles away, approximately 10 minutes by car, if you are not one for the thrills of the rides, don't worry, it's hidden away.
Both LEEK (also known as The Queen of the Moorlands town) & ASHBOURNE are traditional market towns with full amenities. Ashbourne is famous for it's antique shops, gingerbread & the 'infamous' shrovetide football.
Leek still has a traditional cattle market & street market, If you are looking for individualism & less 'high street branding' then both Ashbourne & Leek are the towns to visit.
A walk through both towns will allow you to step back in time as they are both steeped in history.
DOVEDALE & the famous stepping stones is approx 10 minutes by car with historic ILAM on the way, why not stop off at Ilam Hall & enjoy this National Trust property with it's excellent Cafe serving home made meals & delicious cakes & pastries.
There are 3 very good golf courses: Leek welcomes visitors, summer fees £30 day & £35 at week ends.
Ashbourne is Derbyshire's friendliest & oldest golf club, 18 hole, £70 for 2 weeks for visitors.
Bakewell, 25 minutes away, green fees £15 per round week days & £20 week ends.
LITTLE MORETON HALL, near Congleton is perhaps the best known example of timber framed architecture in England. The Moretons had been powerful, local landlords since the 13th century. Only 30 minutes away with fabulous tea room & restaurant
HARDWICK HALL, it was the formidable 'Bess of Hardwick' who first created Hardwick in the late 1500's, visit both the ruins of the original Hardwick Old Hall & let your imagination take you through the life she led, or the 'newer' Hardwick Hall, built only 30 years later, to impress the nation with her power, influence & standing, considered to be 'second' only in terms of power of position, to Queen Elizabeth 1st. Bess had close links with Chatsworth House too.
HADDON HALL & CHATSWORTH estates are both within 30 minutes drive & provide contrasting buildings which will take your breath away, one 'olde world' charm whilst the other, Chatsworth, offers opulent splendour.
SUDBURY HALL & Museum of Childhood, Tissington Hall, Ilam Country Park, Biddulph Gardens & Calke Abbey are within 30 minutes drive, most are National Trust properties & have fabulous tea rooms with home made cakes & pastries to enjoy.
The CHURNET VALLEY steam railway lies 10 minutes away & provides a step back in time & a nostalgic look at the ways of the railways, again, tea rooms along the route, run by volunteers, it is a real testament to the rail enthusiasts in the area who have provided something a little bit special for the rest of us to enjoy too. A great day out is to take the train to Cheddleton from Froghall, take lunch at the Black Lion Pub where you can sit outside, enjoy a hog roast sandwich whilst watching the steam trains cross over the canal where boast meander along, a real 'step back in time' view. It is an easy 2 mile walk back along the canal, or catch the last train! (It's around 4pm!)