2 (off peak)
Old Dairy Cottage sits on the family-run Oaker Farm just outside the village of Hope in the Peak District National Park. This charming stone cottage was formerly a farm building but, thanks to skilful craftspeople and the owner's eye for detail, is now a welcoming retreat for couples and independent travellers. The farm and cottage are only half a mile from the Cheshire Cheese Inn, a 16th Century pub that is a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
The Hope Valley is one of the most picturesque regions of the Peak District. It is in the centre of the national park and ideal for people who want to explore as much of this region as possible. Hope village is a lovely place with a convenience store, farm shop and deli, butcher, and several takeaway restaurants. It has all of the essentials for self-catering visitors, with a wider variety of places to shop, including Aldi and Morrisons supermarkets, eight miles away in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Many people come to the Peak District for walking and cycling opportunities, which are plentiful. The Hope Valley, particularly the area around Hope and nearby Castleton, is full of footpaths and mountain bike trails leading to stunning views. The long-distance Pennine Way starts a few miles away in Edale, covering 268 incredible miles to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. However, less intrepid walkers may prefer to tackle the shorter, 7-mile loop from Hope's train station. Favourite routes in the Hope Valley include trails to The Great Ridge Walk, Win Hill, Lose Hill and the Derwent Dams.
Using Old Dairy Cottage as a comfortable base means you can readily visit places like the beautiful spa town of Buxton, beloved by Georgians and Victorians who left a legacy of elegant buildings housing shops, cafes and restaurants. Bakewell is famous for its pudding, while its Monday market is the biggest in the Peak District. The residents of Eyam saved lives during the Great Plague by isolating the entire village to minimise the risk to the surrounding area. Their sacrifice is commemorated in the church's stained glass windows and the museum.
Local attractions include Chatsworth House and gardens, Blue John Cavern, and Haddon Hall. Alton Towers is about an hour's drive from the cottage, as is the Dovedale Valley. Manchester is just over an hour's drive or train trip from Hope station, while Sheffield is even closer. You will never be short of things to do or places to visit, regardless of the weather.
Old Dairy Cottage is one of four lovely self-catering properties at Oaker Farm and can be booked on its own or together with one of the other cottages to accommodate friends or extended families. Please see the owner's website for more information.
Julie Hadfield joined Independent Cottages in May 2020
The Old Dairy Cottage is a stone cottage with accommodation over two levels and an upside-down layout to make the most of the beautiful views.
Outside: The cottage has a paved patio at the rear, with a table and chairs so that you can enjoy a glass of wine or a lazy dinner when the weather is warm. A separate building has shared laundry facilities, and there is parking next to the cottage.
Additional Information: All bed linen, towels, utilities and WiFi are included. A cot (no bedding) and high chair are available on request. The owner regrets that pets cannot be accommodated. Smoking is not permitted.
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