2 (all year)
Haddy's Hut is a romantic escape for couples. The beautifully restored shepherd's hut sits in a peaceful spot on a family-run farm just outside of Hope in the Peak District National Park, within walking distance of the 16th-Century Cheshire Cheese pub and close to some of the region's best footpaths and mountain bike trails. Its charming interior with its cosy log burner makes Haddy's Hut a welcoming holiday destination for couples in any season.
Whether you're in the Peak District for the breathtaking scenery, delectable food, fascinating history, or the thrill of an outdoor adventure, Hope's location in the centre of the national park makes it a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore. Local footpaths lead to beauty spots that include the Great Ridge, Win Hill, Lose Hill, and Ladybower Reservoir and the Derwent Dams. Mountain biking in the Hope Valley is another favourite attraction, with a network of trails that suit all abilities and take in some of the region's most breathtaking sights.
Spend a day exploring beautiful Buxton. The spa town was a favourite of stylish Georgians and, later, Victorians who came ostensibly to "take the waters" but really just to see and be seen. Bakewell is equally famous but with a very different atmosphere to Buxton. Instead of elegant Georgian buildings and carefully laid-out gardens, the market town of Bakewell was built for a purpose. Stroll along streets lined with attractive stone buildings, browse the Monday market place where over 100 sellers display their wares, and tempt yourself with a portion or two of Bakewell pudding.
The sheer opulence of Chatsworth House and Gardens means you'll need to allow a day to get around it all - longer if you are there for one of the many regular events or exhibitions. The Orangery Shop is one of the most attractive retail spaces in England, especially when it is stuffed with festive goodies at Christmas. Other local attractions include Haddon Hall, the plague village of Eyam, and the Fairhomes Visitors Centre. Further afield but still accessible in about an hour are Alton Towers, Sheffield and Manchester.
In addition to Haddy's Hut, the owners of Oaker Farm have three charming self-catering cottages. These properties can be booked together to accommodate bigger groups of extended families or friends. More information is available on the owner's website.
Julie Hadfield joined Independent Cottages in May 2020
Haddy's Hut is a newly built hut crafted in a traditional style and incorporating lots of space and natural light. Accommodation is all on one level.
Outside: The hut has a gravelled courtyard at the front with a table, chairs and parasol so that guests can make the most of being outside in good weather, with fairy lights to add to the romantic atmosphere. There is parking for one car. Guests have shared use of on-site laundry facilities.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, bed linen and towels are provided. Smoking and pets are not permitted.
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