7 (all year)
The Old Shippen allows you to experience everything that makes the Peak District unique and wonderful. Located on the 250-acre Wheston House Farm, where the owners rear sheep, pigs, beef and dairy cows, the gorgeous holiday cottage is a pleasing contrast to agricultural surroundings. "Shippen" is a traditional farming word for a cattle shed. The original inhabitants of this charming stone property would be so surprised to see it now, with space for six people to sleep in three bedrooms and a layout that suits families or friends.
Wheston House Farm is just outside of Tideswell village. You'll fall in love with its pretty buildings and magnificent church, which dates entirely from the 14th Century and which is called The Cathedral of the Peak due to its scale and grandeur. It's always been a social and economic hub for the region and still serves the community well, with a small supermarket and various cafes, pubs and other amenities. Tideswell is one of the Peak District villages to participate in the ancient custom of Well Dressing. If you're there for Wakes Week (late June or early July), you'll see incredible pictures made from flowers and other natural objects pressed into a clay base around the village's four wells. Tideswell also hosts a popular annual food festival and other regular events that attract locals and visitors all year round.
The footpaths and cycling routes around Wheston House Farm are some of the best in Peak District National Park. The Limestone Way goes on for 46 miles through the limestone-rich White Peak region, and you're also close to footpaths going to Cliffs Chee Dale, Monsal Head, and Monk's Dale. Closer to the cottage, the Tideswell Walk route goes to Tideswell Dale, Litton Mill, and Cressbrook Mill. Cycling, mountain biking and horse riding are all readily accessible, with routes, trails and bridleways to suit every ability.
Day trips can be spent shopping in Buxton, admiring the un-ashamedly opulent house and parkland at Chatsworth House, and browsing over 100 stalls at Bakewell's busy Monday market. Go underground into the Blue John Cavern in Castleton or Pooles Cavern in Buxton Country Park, where there is also a Go Ape venue. You can get to Alton Towers and Manchester in under an hour, giving you even more choice for fun days out.
The Old Shippen is one of two Peak District cottages on the farm. Neighbouring Stable View comfortably sleeps four people, and the two properties can be booked together to accommodate extended families or two families on holiday together.
James & Laura Drabble joined Independent Cottages in June 2021
The Old Shippen is a period stone barn converted into a beautiful holiday cottage with accommodation over two levels.
Outside: There is an enclosed paved garden with a charcoal barbecue, parasol and a table and chairs. The cottage has off-street parking for two cars.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are all included. This is a working farm with animals, so guests will hear (and sometimes smell!) them during their stay. The owner regrets they cannot accommodate pets. Smoking is not permitted.
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