2 (all year)
Troutsdale Farm offers a choice of two holiday homes: Old Shire Stables (featured in this advert) sleeping up to six and perfect for families and friends; and Old Cart Shed, the largest of the two sleeping up to ten. Receiving Four Star Gold status, the barns are a popular choice with friends and families who want to escape away to the peace and tranquility of the countryside and can also be rented together for extended groups of up to sixteen (plus babies in cots). Ideally placed on the edge of the Peak District National Park near Tittesworth Reservoir, Troutsdale Farm is close to an abundance of attractions.
The owners have beautifully blended the lovely original features of the barn, with all the comforts required for modern day living to provide an environment that is perfect for relaxing. Stone walls and beams add to the charm of the kitchen / diner with lovely hand-crafted cupboards; whilst a Clearview wood-burning stove beckons in the sitting room - what better way to relax at the end of a fun-filled day.
With Tittesworth Reservoir on the doorstep, Old Shire Stables is a great choice for outdoorsy types with lovely circular walks accessible directly from the front door. Follow the nature trail at the reservoir, let the little ones have fun in the playground or splash around at the watersports centre and try canoeing and kayaking. Then head to the cafe to refuel. Tackle the peaks of The Roaches, a popular attraction with climbers or cycle the Manifold Valley, Tissington Trails and the High Peaks, with miles of tracks and trails to explore.
The Peak District is reported to be the country's most visited national park which is hardly surprising given its central location, and pure natural beauty. It's a vast outdoor playground which stretches into the four counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. Tittesworth nestles amongst the Staffordshire Moorlands on the southern fringe of the Peak District National Park. It is near to the Derbyshire border and within easy driving distance of the market town of Leek where you will find a good range of amenities. The popular spa town of Buxton is also close by (fifteen minutes car ride away) or travel slightly further (within half an hour) to Ashbourne, Bakewell (famed for its pudding!) and Macclesfield.
There are no shortage of great days out in this area. Enjoy a fun day at Alton Towers (just twenty minutes by car) or visit Chatsworth House. Haddon Hall and Tatton Park are equally as popular with those who love country houses, gardens and beautiful scenery, as is a trip on one of the areas steam railways that allow you to see the sights of Rudyard Lake, the Churnet Valley and Foxfield in a leisurely manner. Rainy days can be a holiday highlight with Pooles, Speedwell and Peak Cavern all providing underground adventures; go pony trekking, fishing, play golf or bird watching at one of the RSPB reserves. You can also drive to The Potteries for a day trip out, as well as Joderall Bank Observatory and Discovery Centre.
Alternatively, stay put and enjoy the tranquility and beauty on the doorstep with glorious scenery to immerse yourself in and a choice of three local good pubs in the village for a long lazy lunch.
Barbara Turnock joined Independent Cottages in December 2016
Old Shire Stables is equally as appealing for parties of six as it is just for two being cosy and full of charm.
Accommodation and facilities:
Ground floor (with underfloor heating)
First floor (heated via radiators)
Additional information: The barn has been cleverly designed to incorporate green credentials (such as ground source heat pump for central heating, lime plastered walls with clay paints and sheep's wool insulation) whilst ensuring there is no compromise to guest comfort. The holiday homes are not suitable for use as a 'party house' so unfortunately hen and stag parties cannot be accepted. No smoking and unfortunately no pets. Prices include heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and a welcome basket of logs. WiFi available. Short breaks available - please enquire with the owner.
Star Rating: 4 Star Gold
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