The Old Beams
House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
See a review of The Old Beams from “The Times”: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/holiday_type/family/article3264016.ece
Old Beams is located on the southern edge of the Peak District, offering a perfect base for those wishing to avoid the busier central Peak District, with easy access from both the M1 and the M6. Perfect for larger groups, it boasts all modern conveniences within a period property, offering separate relaxation spaces for adults and kids, or communal spaces large enough to accommodate both. For entertainment, there is a large flat screen tv in the lounge with full Sky+ HD, there are additional tvs in the kitchen, snug and every bedroom with Freesat digital channels. We also have a selection of board games, including Trivia Pursuits, Scene It, Cranium, jigsaw puzzles, murder mystery dinner party, Trivia Pursuits for kids...
In additional to the period style of the property, featuring old beams and open fireplaces, it also boasts three en-suite double bedrooms and a massive conservatory dining room plus a large lawned garden with bbq facilities and water features. For activities, Old Beams is on the doorstep of the cycle trails of the Manifold Valley, minutes from beautiful ramblers paths and within 5 miles of Alton Towers.
Centrally located between Derby and The Potteries, there are a wealth of additional attractions including china factory tours, craft areas, shops and museums, as well as the Waterworld swimming pool, indoor skiing and bowling. The great houses of Shugborough Hall, Little Moreton Hall and Chatsworth all lie within easy reach, and golf and riding are available nearby.
There are two dining pubs, a village shop, a take away cafe and a post office within a 5 minute walk and numerous additional pubs within a short drive. There is also a swimming pool at the local school in the village which can be booked for private parties. Please contact me directly if you would like to check rates and availability.Sainsbury's and Morrisons are both within 7 miles. Grocery deliveries can also be arranged from www.Tesco.com and www.asda.com.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 59 km, Nearest railway: Buxton 31 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
* Original oak beamed ceilings
* Open double-sided fireplace
* Two tv rooms with dvd players (main lounge with 42" lcd widescreen tv) and independent Sky tv plus study area with wi-fi internet access
* Full Sky HD tv in main lounge
* Massive dining-conservatory
* Well stocked kitchen-diner with tv connected to Freesat
* Ground floor double bedroom with adjoining shower/bathroom with steam-box shower
* Master bedroom with super kingsize bed, open fireplace and en-suite with steam-box shower
* Second en suite with kingsize bed
* Third en suite with twin beds
* Fourth and fifth bedrooms (1 x double and 1 x twin) share a bathroom with over-bath shower
* All bedrooms with tvs
* High standard of decoration and furnishing
* One cot bed and baby highchair included in rental rates
* Stair gate available if required
|Further details outdoors|
* Off-road car parking for 6-8 vehicles
* Considerable lawned garden area with night lighting
* Secret garden with paved area
* Beautiful water-feature ornamental pond with fish (secured with internal grid)
* 6 seater plus 4 seater outside dining
* Two 3-person garden swings
* Children's climbing frame/slide
* Gas bbq facilities
* The main staircase is quite steep, so not recommended for those with walking difficulties
* The new ground floor bedroom can, however, accommodate those with walking difficulties more easily
* Parents with young children must be cautious around the ponds and accept liability for the safety of the children - despite the recently added safety grid within the pond.
The Heart of England/Peak District
The Peak District National Park is the first national park in the heart of England, and is the second most visited national park in the world. It consists of over 500 square miles of bustling market towns, impressive stately homes and country houses and breathtaking landscapes with craggy peaks, gentle valleys and unspoilt villages. With an abundance of cultural and historical heritage, there's always lots to discover.
The stunning and diverse scenery of the Peak District makes it a paradise for walking, family cycling, mountain biking and adventure sports such as caving, rock-climbing, hang-gliding and paragliding, but there's also plenty to do for those with a more relaxed approach to nature and the great outdoors!
For a more detailed list of the wide range of activities available in the Peak District, see:
Waterhouses is the largest village on the southern edge of the Peak, and the most substantial settlement in the Hamps valley. The village centre is where the Leek to Ashbourne road, the A523, crosses the Hamps and the road to Cauldon turns off south. There are rows of cottages clustered around this junction and a pub, The Crown Inn, on the corner. Just above here is the old station, once the terminus of the Manifold and Hamps Light Railway, and the remaining station buildings have been restored by the Peak Park and converted into an information and cycle hire centre. There is one other noteable pub in the village, the George Inn. There is a local village shop, a post office and a butchers within the village.
A kilometre and a half away to the north is the small farming hamlet of Waterfall. This is a pretty little village with a quaint inn, the Red Lion, and a fine late Georgian church. It gains its name from the fact that the Hamps disappears underground not far away. (http://www.cressbrook.co.uk/towns/waterhouses.php).
There are numerous walks within a few miles of the property. See: http://www.walkingworld.com/results/walkresults.asp?type=typedref&txtgridref=SK080504
Nearby places of interest include:
Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud (http://www.cressbrook.co.uk/visits/dovedale.php):
Ilam Church and Hall (www.cressbrook.co.uk/visits/ilamch.php);
Ilam Hall and Park (www.cressbrook.co.uk/visits/ilamhall.php);
the Manifold and Hamps Trail (www.cressbrook.co.uk/visits/manifoldtrail.php);
Thor's Cave (www.cressbrook.co.uk/visits/thorscave.php);
Alton Towers (www.altontowers.com)
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25 Feb 2014
"Great house for group gathering and party"
This was easy to find and had plenty of parking spaces for our group. We enjoyed the layout of the house and the bathroom/bedroom ratio was great. We had organised our own food and were easily able to… More
28 Dec 2013
"Old Beams- charming & delightful"
We have just celebrated my mother's 90th birthday at The Old Beams, and it was the perfect location- centrally placed for family travelling from Bath, London, Wales & The Lake District. The prope… More
Thank you so much for the comments.
We are working to try to make the conservatory warmer during the winter months, a mammoth task given the size of the windows! We are installing new, larger radiators and are currently researching glass covers to try to retain the heat.
I am so glad your mother enjoyed her birthday at the Old Beams.
15 Oct 2013
"Perfect weekend getaway"
Our extended family group size was 10 adults plus our grand-daughter who is a toddler. Old Beams was probably the best accommodation we have stayed in for such a family weekend in the UK. There is amp… More
Thanks for your lovely review. It is always nice to hear that guests have enjoyed their stay!
23 Sep 2013
Lovely property in a nice rural location. The house is every bit as lovely as it looks in the photos - the conservatory is a great room and there's a great kitchen. Our room (the furthest from th… More
Thanks for your review. It's always nice to hear that guests have enjoyed not just the Old Beams, but the local area too.
23 Aug 2013
"Tag Stag '13"
We just had a stag do here and the place was fantastic. Great kitchen and large dining room in the conservatory with a table to sit 12 easily. Perfect to hang out in and cook dinner and have drinks. T… More
Thanks for the review. I'm glad you all had a great time. Hope the wedding goes well too.
22 Jul 2013
"A sparkly jewel for a girlie getaway"
We had the most amazing stay at old beams for a girlie getaway recently and would highly recommend it if you are after a beautiful place with character, luxurious showers (enough of them to keep 12 ladies happy!!) and a stunning conservatory to eat your meals in! The owners went out of their way both before and after our stay to facilitate our special requests including helping us have a hot tub delivered which I also reccommend-fits great in their garden! The local pub owner was very welcoming and we enjoyed a stroll around some of the local countryside...helped that it was one of the hottest weekends of the year and after an extra night at the end spent watching DVDs on one of the many super TVs we went home happy, tanned and already planning our next trip....Thank you old beams!!
Thanks for your glowing review!
I'm so glad the hot tub worked out and you had a great weekend. We look forward to welcoming you again another time!
25 May 2013
"Big house in a good location."
The conservator is great for entertaining and partying day or night. Top floor shower is not for tall people but others are good. Breakage fees are a bit steep so advise you replace glasses yourself, £3 a glass,especially as broken due to Belfast sink not being very forgiving.
Thanks for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.
I'm sorry you found the breakage fees a bit steep - but I don't make anything on breakages! The prices are set at the actual replacement/purchase costs. In fact, they should have been £4 each but I purchased the last replacement ones in the sale! http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-vino-wine-glasses-set-of-4/p230211128
4 Jun 2012
A group of 12 stayed at Old Beams for a long weekend, we walked, cycled and had quality time together. Our group was mainly runners (or ex runner in my case) from our athletics club, who meet up a few times a year. We have not stayed at this house before, but had a fab weekend.
The house is very old and I believe is Grade II listed. Although the house was cold when we arrived, we were told the heating was on constant! Although the rooms are very clean, the wiring is a bit doggy in places, extension cables everywhere and should be rewired especiallly for families travelling with children lights were not working in one of the rooms. We had a few BBQ's although the weather was not too warm, and would take a few warmer clothes if staying here in May, can't guarantee if the heating will work, although the log fire was very welcoming. The location was fantastic as it wasn't far from the Tissington Trail and would certainly cycle this again, although the goats that attacked my hubbies bike were a bit of a laugh.
Thanks for the review.
Just to re-clarify what I mentioned in my follow-up email - the heating was on timer, the hot water was on constant. The thermostat is set to 20 degrees. If guests require constant heating they can request this on arrival and will be billed accordingly. The boiler and system is only 3 years old and is serviced annually, most recently in December 2011.
There are in total 4 extension cables in the whole house - covering a total of 15 living and sleeping spaces, excluding bathrooms! These are recommended for surge protection purposes, as in any property.
Unfortunately, fuses do blow, as do bulbs in any house. The house was entirely rewired after we purchased it, 4 years ago. We had an electric safety certification completed only a week before your arrival, although this is not something required by law for self-catering accommodation, I do take the safety of our clients very seriously. The certificate stated the electrics in the house were all safe and complied with current standards. The blip with the fuses in the conservatory has now been resolved, and I wouldn't want future guests to have the impression that there is a long standing problem!
18 May 2012
"Spacious traditional property in a stunning location"
Old Beams is a great property.
Our stay was for a few days and we used Old Beams as a base for a cycling weekend around the Peak District.
Dealing with the owner was a pleasant experience and all questions about the booking, property and area were responded to promptly and in detail. We were given a really detailed fact sheet a week or so before our stay and that answered all the questions we had and proved a useful reference.
The property itself is traditional and has been well looked after. It has pretty much all the mod cons you could need (although a washing machine would have been handy to save us hand washing our sweaty lycra!). It is really spacious and will comfortably take a dozen people.
Anyway, overall a spacious traditional property in a stunning location. Would definitely stay there again.
Thanks for the review - I am so glad you enjoyed the house.
We have recently installed a washing machine and dryer for guest use, and I will make sure it is highlighted in the literature for future guests.
1 Dec 2011
"Wonderful and comforts of home"
We booked this as a family get away for 12. It was so nice for us all to sit at the table together as well as being able to relax by the open fire in the evening, playing board games (all provided) and relaxing.
Everything was provided for all our needs, even to cook a wonderful roast meal for 12!
We shall certainly be recommending this to our friends and returning for a future visits.
Thanks for the review! We are glad you had a lovely stay, and look forward to welcoming you and/or your friends in the future!
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