3 (all year)
High Ridge Barn dates from the 1600s and has been brought firmly into the 21st century with a sympathetic architect-designed renovation to provide very comfortable accommodation for eight people in four bedrooms. It's ideal for families, including those with dogs, yet also relaxing for a group of adult friends who appreciate its convenience, sensational Peak District views and fantastic restaurants. Being in Swythamley near Macclesfield makes High Ridge Barn perfect if you want a leisurely self-catering holiday home for a soul-nourishing stay full of walking, cycling and unforgettable panoramas. You can add to the well-being effect with yoga sessions and spa packages. If you're celebrating with family and friends, talk to the owner about cake, decorations and private catering.
Swythamley is a small but perfectly formed hamlet in the western part of the Peak District, close to the River Dane and the Staffordshire/Cheshire border. The region is full of fantastic sights that lure walkers from around the country. The Hanging Stone is around two miles from the cottage, with other local landmarks including The Roaches, Lud's Church, Three Shires Head, and Shutlingsloe. Macclesfield Forest, a former royal hunting ground, is seven miles north, while Solomon's Temple, Poole's Cavern, and Buxton County Park are only a few miles further. There is no need to worry about returning to the house with dogs muddy after their walk, as you have a dog grooming cabin to get them fresh and fluffy again.
You don't have to be a walker or a mountain biker to appreciate a self-catering holiday in the Peak District. Attractions like Chatsworth House, Rudyard Lake, the Monsal Trail, Go Ape, Alton Towers, Biddulph Grange, Lyme Park, and the Madrenaline outdoor activity centre cover virtually every interest. Treat yourself to a spa day in Buxton, wander around Bakewell's narrow lanes before treating yourself to a slice of cake and a stroll beside the river. Manchester is only 30 miles away for a day of city shopping and sightseeing.
The owners' attention to detail ensures your comfort is virtually guaranteed. With extras like bathrobes, a sauna, and landscaped gardens with outdoor games, it is the setting for a holiday you will never forget.
Rob & Rosie Watkins joined Independent Cottages in January 2022
High Ridge Barn is a spacious holiday home with lots of room for socialising. Accommodation is over two levels.
Outside: The exterior of High Ridge Barn is as carefully planned as the interiors. Half an acre of grounds includes a lawn and paddock for playing outdoor games and football. There's seating for eight people on the terrace and two charcoal barbecues. Separate sheds provide secure bike storage and professional-standard dog grooming facilities, and there's off-street parking for four cars. The house has a sauna that can be used for an extra cost.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, bed linen (including cot bedding) and bath towels are included. An initial supply of wood, kindling and charcoal for the log burner and barbecues is also provided. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Smoking is not permitted.
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