2 (all year)
Troutsdale Farm is home to two Four Star Gold award winning self-catering barns that offer families and friends the chance to enjoy a taste of country living. Sitting on a family run farm in a tranquil spot, this impressive Eco barn is located close to Tittesworth Reservoir on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park.
A great deal of care and attention has gone into the renovation of the barn to provide all the modern conveniences required to ensure a relaxing break, whilst preserving the abundance of character features throughout adding to the charm. Kitchens are hand-crafted and well equipped with everything needed to cater for all occassions and welcoming sitting rooms with Clearview stoves provide the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.
An excellent choice for a get-together of family or friends, Old Shire Stables sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms and The Old Cartshed sleeps ten in four. They can also be rented together for larger groups of up to sixteen (plus cots) and are well suited for those who enjoy walking, cycling or want to explore the areas many attractions. Circular walks start straight from the front door taking you around the nature trail at Tittesworth Reservoir which also has a playground for the little ones, cafe and watersports centre for those who enjoy kayaking and canoeing. The impressive rock formations of The Roaches attract climbers to the area, as do the cycle routes of the Manifold Valley Track, High Peak and Tissington Trails offering miles of traffic free fun.
The Peak District is one of the most visited national parks of all and a vast outdoor playground with a stunning backdrop for a host of outdoor adventures. It spans across the four counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and also Yorkshire. Tittesworth sits in the Staffordshire Moorlands (also known as the Staffordshire Peaks) on the national parks south west edge, close to the Derbyshire border. The market town of Leek is only a five minute car ride with Buxton's spa town fifteen minutes away. Ashbourne, Macclesfield and Bakewell are too within easy reach and less than half an hour away.
The area offers plenty of attractions for day trips out. Alton Towers is only twenty minutes by car and bound to be a holiday highlight with the younger party members, whilst the adults are sure to enjoy a visit to Chatsworth, Haddon Hall and Tatton Park to name just a few of the areas stately homes. Take a nostalgic trip on one of the local steam railways (including Foxfield, Rudyard Lake and Churnet Valley) or enjoy a game of golf amongst stunning scenery. There are underground adventures which make perfect rainy day activities at Pooles, Speedwell and Peak Cavern as well as horse riding, fishing and RSPB reserves for nature enthusiasts. The Potteries are also within easy reach by car as is the Joderall Bank Observatory and Discovery Centre.
Alternatively, stay locally and enjoy everything this peaceful location has to offer with three good pubs in the local village for a meal out, stunning scenery, and a view you will never want to leave!
Barbara Turnock joined Independent Cottages in December 2016
The Old Cartshed is perfect for large parties of ten and great for a reunion of friends or family get together.
Accommodation and facilities:
Ground floor (with underfloor heating)
First floor (heated via radiators)
Second 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 is available. Short break available - please enquire with the owner.
Star Rating: 4 Star Gold
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Late Availability and special offer for The Old Cartshed for October Half Term