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Relax in a 4 star gold awarded, luxury self catering holiday cottage, recently converted stone barn

Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car essential

We are Brian and Isabel Smith and we are proud of the holiday accommodation we have created and our aim is for all our guests to enjoy a stress free stay in our comfortable converted barn.Enjoy its amenities along with the delightful setting, on the edge of a nature reserve and within easy reach of all the riches of the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District. Ballfields Barn is a luxury self catering holiday cottage converted in 2011 and sleeps up to 4 adults. You can unwind in peace and tranquility in the midst of spectacular rural countryside. Spend days out walking The Coombes or wander around local market towns and picturesque villages, or visit the wealth of historic buildings,and gardens such as Biddulph Grange.We are well located near the historic market town of Leek, and in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area offers wonderful opportunities to explore the ceramics trail, go geocaching, enjoy adventure and excitement.There are many attractions within a short drive, Alton Towers(9miles), Rudyard Lake and The Churnet Valley Railway , and the Manifold Valley. The area offers wonderful walking, riding, cycling and climbing opportunities.The Barn is graded 4 star with a Gold Award. The Barn has a traditional stone exterior and offers spacious open plan living with a modern fully fitted oak painted kitchen, comfortable lounge with woodburning stove;quality contemporary furnishings throughout, natural slate and oak floors; superbly equipped with quality appliances, dishwasher, microwave, washer, dryer, fridge, freezer, flatscreen freeview TV, DVD, WiFi, iron, ironingboard and hairdryers. The bath and shower rooms are beautifully appointed with Travertine marble and luxury fittings. The 2 twin bedded rooms have low beams (one room can be made into a super king size double on request,only if there are just 2 guests). The beds have pure luxury goosedown and feather toppers and are fitted with quality 100% Egyptian cotton bed-linen, and soft luxurious towels are all provided. The wow factor is the location which offers stunning views. We face south down a sheltered valley, next to farmland and surrounded by wooded slopes.The property is situated 0.8 miles from the A523 Leek-Ashbourne Road, opposite the entrance to RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve.

This incredible location, with superb views in an area of outstanding natural beauty is ideal for walkers and cyclists. Cycle hire, horse riding, fishing and golf nearby. In addition,stable facilities are available for those visitors wishing to bring their horses with them to take advantage of the superb equestrian facilities in the area.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 5.6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester 56 km, Nearest railway: Stoke on Trent 18 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property
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, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Heart of England/Peak District

The spectacular Staffordshire Moorlands is set in The Peak District National Park.Some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The terrain is mostly moorland with forests and lakes stretching out across rolling hills and crags and fragmented farmland. The Staffordshire Moorlands is within the 'White Peak' area, which stretches from Ashbourne to Castleton, including Manifold Valley, Dovedale and Ilam Park.

The area provides opportunities for fantastic outdoor adventure for everyone. From great climbing on The Roaches to cycling in the picturesque Manifold Valley and Tissington Trail, canoeing on Tittesworth Reservoir to walking in lovely Dovedale and horse hacking and trekking from Flash.

Visit the many places of interest the area has to offer; Eyam Hall and village,Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall and Park Tissington Hall, Trentham Gardens, Alton Towers and many National Trust properties, Biddulph Grange Gardens, Haddon Hall.

Stoke on Trent the home of the pottery industry, visit the Moorcroft Heritage visitor centre, Wedgewood Museum, and don't forget to see the Staffordshire Hoard at Hanley Museum.

Many picturesque villages to visit with good places to shop and eat.

Only 9 miles from Alton Towers.


The characterful market town of Leek lies at the heart of the Staffordshire Peak District. Steeped in history with links to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement. Leek is a lovely town to explore. Don't miss the fantastic weekly markets held for more than 800 years. The unspoilt town centre is a refreshing change from modern shopping malls and has some unique speciality antique shops and you'll be able to explore huge Victorian mills, formerly silk mills but now housing antique centres and traditional and contemporary art galleries.

The lovely Rudyard Lake has been a favourite beauty spot for visiting families for over 200 years. The lake is surrounded by lush woodland with beautiful walks that take you around the lake which are quite gentle. The perfect spot for a picnic, some tranquil fishing, sailing, rowing boat hire, boat trips up the lake or a narrowguage steam train ride.

RSPB Coombes Valley Reserve is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK, in an SSSI. Just across the road from Ballfields Barn. Many birds come to our feeders and garden, greater spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, blue-tits, great-tits, longtailed tits, chaffinches, wrens, robins, treecreepers, black birds, bull finches, jays and collared doves. And the ever present sparrowhawk, lovely but lethal. Buzzards mew overhead and beautiful barn owls fly silently over the fields. Foxes, badgers, hares, weasels and deer can be seen.

You can walk through delightful oak woodland, follow fascinating nature trails and sit and muse by the babbling Coombes brook.

Churnet Valley has a truly beautiful heritage railway deep in the heart of Staffordshire Moorlands enjoy a steam train ride between Cheddleton and Froghall, incorporating the splendour of Consall Forge and the Churnet Valley. Special events include 1940's weekend in summer, Hallowe'en special and Santa and Steam throughout December.

Ballfields Barn is so situated that there is a vast selection of places to visit and sights to see and novelties to explore. Because this is an area of such natural beauty then a quiet restful holiday in rural tranquility is just as possible as a holiday of activity and exploration, and if Heritage is your thing then you will be delighted to discover that a host of interesting properties are all within easy driving distance.

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Review 1-5 of 5

9 Apr 2014


"Wanted to recharge the batteries and relax - just the place to do it"

The barn was fantastic - well appointed and there was nothing we could want for. We took our two dogs and they had a ball as they had their own field to run about in. The weather wasn't great but… More

Thank you for such a great review. We enjoy having guests to share our lovely views and where we live. So glad the dogs had a great time.

14 Jan 2014


"highly recommend"

Our first time away from home at Christmas and we could not have chosen a better cottage to spend it in. Beautifully converted barn, with everything you could want for a cosy week, the kitchen is ver… More

Thank you so much for your comments. They were very much appreciated.

16 Sep 2013


"A Absolute Gem"

We booked this cottage as a late booking and, having never visited the area before were a little concerned . Should we have been ? Absolutely not ! From arriving at the property and being greeted by I… More

Thank you so much Oxlee family. So very kind. We love having guests and you were great. The cottage was so clean and tidy, it makes such a difference.
Hope to see you soon. Isabel and Brian

17 Aug 2013


"Nature, peace and quiet."

This beautiful cottage is the perfect retreat from the frenetic rat race we may find ourselves embroiled within.This peaceful setting is a home from home and all attention to detail and beyond is tast… More

1 Jul 2013


"we loved it ... 2 thumbs up‏"

my wife and me and my 2 kids (10 & 5) stayed 1st week of Jun at the barn and it was by far the best place we visited during our 1 month visit to the UK. Upon arrival Isabel and Brian were waiting for … More

Review 1-5 of 5

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