3 (all year)
The Hayloft could not be in a better location with superb walking straight from the front door and fantastic views. Expertly converted from a former hayloft and cow byre, the stone-built Hayloft sits in the Hope Valley in the Peak District National Park, enjoying spectacular views of the countryside. It sleeps six people in three en-suite bedrooms, and offers a high standard of accommodation for families and friends. Although it is tucked away on a quiet lane and surrounded by farmland, the charming village of Eyam is only a mile away and easily accessible on foot, by bike or by car, and a relaxed 20-minute stroll along Eyam Edge will see you at the welcoming Barrel Inn at Bretton.
Eyam’s history is one of noble sacrifice. The so-called “plague village”, its residents willingly isolated themselves from the outside world in an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly disease to neighbouring communities. The Eyam Museum, which is open between March and November, is an excellent place to learn more about this history of the village and those who lived there. In the centre of the village, Eyam Hall is a magnificent Jacobean manor house open to the public on certain days of the year, while St Lawrence Church dates back to Saxon times with a rare Celtic Cross that is even older. Eyam is certainly not stuck in the past, as it has a good pub, post office, village shop and several excellent cafes.
The Hayloft is perfectly situated for exploring the best Peak District attractions. The market town of Bakewell is just nine miles away. Here you will find a busy open-air market every Monday with a large and popular farmers' market held on the last Saturday in the month. Buxton is only 14 miles away, with stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture paying testament to its popularity as a spa town, lovely walks, shops, restaurants and cafes.
Chatsworth House (one of the country's finest stately homes) is within easy reach, as are Haddon Hall (an impressive fortified Medieval and Tudor manor house) and Castleton (with its show caves and ruined Norman castle). Spend an hour or two on a sunny day strolling through Thornbridge Hall Gardens, or hire a bicycle and tackle the impressive Monsal Trail or one of the other cycle routes in the Peak District. There is excellent walking, from gentle to challenging, straight from the Hayloft's doorstep.
Whether you are a first time visitor to the Peak District National Park or regularly enjoy the natural beauty and friendly atmosphere of its countryside and communities, the owners of The Hayloft have taken care to ensure your stay there will be one of your favourite holiday memories.
Duncan Porter joined Independent Cottages in April 2018
The Hayloft is a wonderful barn conversion, providing a standard of accommodation that is anything but rustic! The upside-down layout allows you to get the most enjoyment of the fantastic views.
All bedrooms benefit from an en-suite with shower, WC and handbasin. Thick stone walls and slate floors with underfloor heating keep the bedrooms warm in winter and cool in summer. The bedrooms are as comfortable as they look, with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, Hypnos mattresses and hypo-allergenic bedding.
The living room, dining room and kitchen are all open plan and multi-aspect to allow in lots of natural light and make the most of the views. Exposed oak beams and warm-neutral shades give it a timeless country appeal.
Outside: To the rear of the property, the sunny terraced garden is the perfect spot for barbecues and eating alfresco. It is mainly grass, and with several terraced levels. There is off-street parking for three cars at the front of the property. The owners can arrange secure bicycle storage if required.
Additional Information: The property has WiFi and central heating throughout. All utilities, logs for the wood burning stove, linen and towels are included. Short breaks are possible, depending on availability. A travel cot, high chair and baby bath are available - please ask when booking. No smoking. No pets.
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