Cottage in Hayfield, Derbyshire, Peak District, England - Looking For Something Different? Part Of A Smallholding Of Several Acres
About James Ellson
My wife Sarah works in Manchester, while I work from home. I run our smallholding which we are busily developing. We have a large veg garden, a young orchard, a fruit tree nursery, over 250 trees (lots of bird boxes), bees, chickens and turkeys. We are keen on a more sustainable way of life; we have installed PV (solar panels), and have changed our oil heating system to wood pellet (biomass). I am an independent writer and have written for Living Woods, Smallholder, Climber and Summit magazines. I have written a memoir, Cop Down, and a trilogy of novels about a fictional DCI. Looking for a publisher! We love the walking from the door. We are keen mountaineers and backpackers. We often chat with our guests, and we welcome new ideas, and look forward to discussing both our and your plans and aspirations.
James Ellson purchased this Cottage in 2010
Why James Ellson chose Hayfield
We moved to Hayfield in 2004 for the hills – fantastic walking, and some climbing. But, it is still only 25 mins and 45 mins from the culture of Buxton and Manchester respectively. We moved to Farlands in 2010 (the holiday cottage is attached to our house) because it is even closer to the hills (3 footpaths from the door), and is a unique property in a truly stunning location. We will not be moving again!
What makes this Cottage unique
Fab walking from the door. Great mountain biking, or more leisurely cycling on the Sett Valley trail. Also, horse-riding, and of course fell-running! Enjoy a tour of the smallholding or the Green tour. Enjoy free-range eggs and Farlands honey. Relax in front of the log fire after a day on the hills or a hard period at work. Plenty to see from the window or in the immediate local area, both for kids and adults.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The Joy of Farlands
We had a lovely stay at Farlands and James Ellson was an attentive but unobtrusive host. The location is truly stunning with breathtaking scenery very close by and the cottage is comfortable and well equipped.
We had an interesting tour around James's smallholding and were able to buy wonderful honey, marmalade and eggs. We would highly recommend Farlands and we hope to be back for another visit soon.
Great little cottage, perfect for walks
We really enjoyed our stay here. Communication from James before we arrived was very good, the cottage was just as described.
The cottage is a great base for walks up and around Kinder Scout, we managed to scale it twice.
Our children enjoyed feeding and looking after the chickens.
The cottage was nice and warm and blissfully quiet at night, apart from the odd owl !
Would recommend this cottage to anyone looking to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful Peak district (though if you do need to stay in touch with civilisation the newly updated wifi works perfectly)
Many thanks to James, we’d love to come back.
It's great that the wifi is now sorted.
Excellent base for walking
There are so many walks around here that we did not use the car all week.
Beautiful location . Walks from the doorstep.
Very warm and cosy with an open fire and plenty of hot water. A well equipped kitchen . Fresh eggs and 'homemade' honey for sale which was delicious. Only stayed 2 nights but would have loved to stay longer. Great local pub 15 mins walk away (but definitely need a torch in the dark evenings and walking boots/shoes). James has lots of offer if you want it from guided tours of the property and guided walks. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to do this .
Comfortable cottage in great location
We enjoyed our two night stay in this stunning Peak district location. Cottage had everything we needed. particularly liked the log fire. We are happy to recommend this property and will stay here again in the future.
Well situated for hiking and touring Peak District destinations
Farlands is excellently situated for using the area walking trails, and an excellent pub down the road. Peak District destinations like Peveril Castle, the village of Eyam, and others are well less than an hour drive. Ample parking and well equipped kitchen. Guest house itself is full of character and owner was able to provide honey, eggs and apples produced at the property.
45 mins by car to Manchester airport.
The attractive village of Hayfield is only 1½ miles (a pleasant 20 min walk, 6 mins cycling (downhill, 12 mins back up) or 4 mins by car.
Local places of interest include Lyme Park, Chatsworth, Bakewell and Buxton (opera house and weekly markets). Manchester with its many cultural highlights (inc. Bridgewater Hall, the Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery) is only 45 mins (10 mins by car plus 35 mins by train).
Sorry, no smoking and no pets.
The closest pub (which also does food) is only half a mile away. The village has lots of amenities (PO, chemist, chip shop, newsagent, greengrocer, general food shop, antiques shop, DR's surgery, restaurant, several pubs and a tea shop). There is a stream that runs through the village with ducks etc. The stream runs past the village cricket square and the Royal pub.
There is fantastic walking from the holiday cottage. There is a local OS map and guide books in the cottage, and we can send you off in the right direction. We now also offer accompanied walks - showing you some of the locals' footpaths, helping you carry your gear and telling you something about the local area. Please see Cottage website for further details.
In 2012 we replaced our two oil boilers with a state-of-the-art wood pellet boiler (biomass) that runs both our house and the Cottage. This involved an extension to contain the boiler and the 4-tonne hopper. As a result we are (effectively) zero consumers of non-renewable energy:- the wood pellets supply heating and hot water, PV panels supply the electricity (on a yearly basis), we have spring water and use septic tanks.
Accompanied walks - further details on cottage website.
Treatments and Massages - if you are interested in these, then please email for further info and a price list.
Smallholding Tours - more details on cottage website
- meet the livestock
- see the large veg garden
- visit the orchard
- tour the tree projects
- discuss the green energy systems
We can also usually sort out the following to make your stay even more special / different:- chocolates, champagne, baby-sitting, weekend papers, lifts back from local pubs / restaurants, a breakfast tray (mainly home-made and local produce) and dinner at Farlands House (ie with us! - 3 courses including wine).