“Fab Weekend” 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.
“big and beautiful place and a beautiful location!” I have a rather large family, 31 of us when we all get together and this was the perfect place to do just that!
Mark, who let us in, was helpful and chatty. He was able to tell us all the information we wanted to know for our stay and show us around (which we needed, this place is a little maze!)
The view is amazing and they have displayed it well with a massive window. Some of the pictures are a little deceptive as it feels larger when you are there than it looks in the pictures.
There was not one moment that we felt crammed in or cramped - even with 6 children running around! We had enough room for everyone to have a round the table chat, a chill out area with comfortable sofas some alone or quiet space when people needed it and a rowdy pub when they didn't!
There are lots of puzzles and board games and a good welcome pack to give you the basics.
The kitchen is tidy and large, there was only one thing that didn't work (tin opener) and that was replaced the moment we mentioned it. It had pretty much everything we needed in there, including salt and vinegar!
The bar was a wonderful gathering place and the games machines were well used by the whole family. There are stains on the pool table, but it is not ruffled or broken and the whole place has been well looked after and refurbished to a high standard. The local brewery can deliver barrels for you as well, and there are optics to use and two good fridges behind the bar
The garden space, although not landscaped, fits into the surroundings and is large enough to play a good game of fetch with the dogs and have other games on with the humans! It is mostly enclosed, but has a bit of a gap, so had to keep an eye on the little ones. The car park is big enough for quite a few cars, we had a lot of room to spare. It is easy to find as it is directly on the main road, which was fast, but not busy and we barely noticed it most of the time. The sign for the inn is slightly awkward while trying to turn right out of the carpark, but did not cause any problems.
The water pressure was amazing, I expecting to have to run around in the shower to get wet because there were so many of us showering at the same time, but it was so strong that i had to be careful not to soak the whole room!
The booking of the venue went smoothly and the owners were friendly and helpful throughout the process, answering questions promptly and politely, even when I changed things around at last minute and then changed them back again!
The only thing that was not great about this place was the wifi. It does not extend throughout the house and is not completely reliable in the areas that it is in, but to be honest it was nice to get away from it all for a few days.
This place is not cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for and more besides.
We stayed in Cedar cottage for a couple of nights, wish we'd booked for longer!
The photos don't do it justice, it was a beautiful old stone building, with all the mod cons needed inside.
Warm and cosy, even dvds and a few games were there, plus milk, tea, coffee and biscuits. An appreciated touch.
We took our 2 dogs too and they were made to feel just as welcome as we all were, a lovely field to run them in, great walks nearby. Plus a great cafe at an equestrian centre down the road that the dogs could come in too.
We'll definitely come back, a great place for larger families and groups and a beautiful rural setting, with helpful friendly hosts. …
great place to stay
great place to stay, went for a quite couple of days after christmas took the dog had no problems with letting her out she could have a good run place was clean and tidy would recommend …
brilliant friendly people lovely cottage and they did every thing i needed included sorting the hot tub for me. we when in even tho it snowing ps and we met many of there lovely animals too xxxx …
Pine Cottage, Broadhurst Farm
Great location, plenty of room for our party,(4adults and 6 kids) everything you need in the house. Paul was very helpful, anything we needed he would sort. Would definitly stay again and recommend. Kids loved the hot tub, they used it more than the adults!! …
The Mermaid Inn, Peak District National Park
Even better than the pictures
Every year, I get together a common interest group of friends from across the country to relax, enjoy ourselves, explore the local environment and catch up. Finding somewhere to host all of us is tricky - but Pete, Marie-Axelle and Mark couldn't have made it easier or more hospitable or been more helpful in the lead up and on arrival.
The Mermaid Inn itself is remote, beautiful and superbly kitted out. Every room had everything everyone needed. The entrance into the bar makes you feel special, the dining room is just breathtaking (not a single person didn't walk in and go "look at this view," or an expletive filled version!) and the social areas are the right size for groups to break off and have a chat.
Then there's the environment around you. I could tell you about the view, and how the photos don't do it justice. I could tell you about the hills around you and the potential to explore. I could tell you about the peace, the shooting stars, the sunset and sunrises you feel so lucky to see. There are so many great things I want to say or explain, but if the words exist in the English language to express how happy being there surrounded by my friends made me feel, I don't know them yet.
There are supermarkets nearby, enough space for everything you need, excursions, walks and sheep who'll leave you alone. We'd been somewhere else the previous years, but this blew the other venue out of the water.
I'm hoping to go back next year, and so is everyone else. Hope no-one beat us to our preferred date!! …
Great place for a large family gathering
Our family stayed at OId Beams for my dad's 60th birthday. 12 adults and 2 children.
The living space was perfect for us, especially the large conservatory for mealtimes. The rooms were well kitted out and many of the bedrooms were really spacious en-suites. The garden was pretty with a climbing frame and slide.
The local area is really beautiful, although the house itself is on an A-road. I will defintely visit the area again and if we ever have such a large gathering again we will probably come back to Old Beams.
I would recommend it to anyone with a similar group. …