Sleeping up to 9, Lower Farm is a five bedroom, three bathroom, south-facing farmhouse tucked into the hillside with beautiful uninterrupted views across the valley. The farmhouse is one of four farms that make up the hamlet of Brushfield, 10 minutes from Buxton and Bakewell. There are many spectacular walks from the green lane in front of the house, including the Monsal Trail, (with the excellent Monsal Head pub en route), Cressbrook Dale, High Dale and the beautiful River Wye. The house has a small, enclosed lawn and pretty cottage garden, three stone terraces (two south-facing for al fresco eating; one tucked round the back with a 10’ netted trampoline for the kids), a front and back croft, often occupied by some friendly sheep and lambs, and a garage (occasionally occupied by lambs or used as a hay storage / play area).
Farmhouse in Brushfield, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England - Lovely Views And Idyllic Walks From The Doorstep
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 17, 2019
About Joanne Bain
We are the Bain family (Jo, David, Saskia and Louis) and we live part time in London, and escape as often as possible to Lower Farm. Jo's maternal grandmother's family came from Derbyshire, and many are buried in Hope churchyard; David was brought up north of the Peak District in Cheshire, and we all feel very at home in this beautiful part of the country.
Joanne Bain purchased this Farmhouse in 2010
Why Joanne Bain chose Brushfield
We bought Lower Farm as our much loved weekend and holiday home in 2010. We chose it, after looking all over the Peak National Park, because it's in a very special location: beautifully rural and peaceful, close to a huge range of interesting things to do (caves to explore; horses to ride; rocks to climb; endless walks through extraordinary landscapes) and very easy to get to, as we're just off the main road between Bakewell and Buxton, though the steep lane means you'd never know you were so close.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Lower Farm has a warm and welcoming character and manages to be both cosy and spacious, even when it's full of people. Perhaps our favourite part is that we can walk straight out from the door on any number of lovely walks, whether it's a short circuit around High Dale (a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an astonishing display of cowslips in late spring) or a day-long adventure across to Cressbrook Dale or across the valley to Shelton. Wherever you go you see such wonderful wildlife: a toad sitting on the footpath, an owl on the dry stone wall at dusk, fox cubs playing on the lane to the house, little lambs in every field in the spring and early summer. We hope you'll enjoy it all as much as we do.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
It was fantastic - brilliant space for a mixed age range. Highly recommended.
a gem in the peaks
perfect accommodation for 6 friends away for the weekend - fabulous walks from the door, comfy sofas in front of the fire, kitchen big enough for us to cook together and eat in front of the Aga. Loads of useful information available from Jo who responded quickly to all my questions. a gem of a place ....loved it. So much so that I think we will be back ......
Thank you for your lovely comments Janie, much appreciated! And thank you for looking after the house so well - Libby was delighted by how neat and tidy you left it. All the best, JO
A lovely rural retreat
I had a great time with my family here for three nights. We found the house homely, warm and very comfortable with everything we needed. My elderly father is not very mobile so was able to sleep downstairs, which was a great bonus of this property, especially with the downstairs toilet and shower room. The beds are all very comfortable and the Aga was a welcome and constant source of heat! Many thanks.
Lovely time, beautiful House
Was a beautiful homely house, perfect for all the family !
Quintessential LARGE English Farm House
This home was a perfect home to house us all!! We had privacy and space and and experience all in one. We will be returning as this home gives one the experience of cooking on an Aga, having an open fire during dinner or while watching a movie and snuggling in the sofa. You can walk right out the door and walk to your hearts content or just sit on the terrace and great the hikers on their way by. I have nothing but lovely words to say about this venue. Do know that it does come with its quirks but Joanne is lovely and quick to answer any question you may have!!
We stayed here for 3 nights - 2 families with children aged 6, 3 and 2. Theres lots of space and lots for the kids to do, they loved the trampoline and the circuit round the house going up one flight of stairs and down the other!
The cottage was lovely and clean and in a brilliant location for exploring Buxton and Bakewell. Would definitely stay here again!
We’ve never yet made it out of the Peak National Park, enjoying the odd dip in the River Wye, a twenty minute walk from the house. But should you wish to visit the coast, Blackpool (Pleasure Beach and Theme Park) is served by a direct train from Buxton station in two hours twenty minutes. The beautiful north Wales coast is about two hours drive and the end of pier delights of Cleethorpes about an hour and fifty minutes away.
M1 junction 28 is a forty minute drive from the house. M6 junction 18 is a fifty minute drive from the house.
Nearest airport is Manchester International (one hour by car).
Nearest rail stations: Buxton (15 min drive); Chesterfield (30 min drive); Macclesfield (30 min drive).
Avis have a car rental office at Macclesfield station.
Enterprise Car Hire operate a local pick-up service.
Brushfield is excellently located in the heart of the White Peak (limestone) area of the Peak National Park.
The towns of Buxton and Bakewell are only about ten minutes drive away. Bakewell is an attractive and busy market town with lovely places for lunch, interesting independent shops and plenty of Bakewell puddings for sale. Buxton is a spa town with a grand Opera House and Pavillion Gardens, and, helpfully, a Waitrose and a Morrisons.
Ashford in the Water, just four miles down the road from Brushfield, is a very pretty traditional Derbyshire village, famous for its Well Dressings in early summer, with a lovely church, post office, village store & delicatessen (Ibbotsons), hotel, restaurant and good pub. Feed the ducks by the Sheepwash Bridge or have a cup of tea at the cafe.
Chatsworth House is a 20 minutes drive away and a favourite of ours: it has an amazing children’s adventure playground and stunning gardens (including a maze) that delight everyone in our family.
Haddon Hall is a similar distance away and is the finest medieval house in the country.
Hardwick Hall is a forty minute drive, owned by the National Trust and is a classic example of an Elizabethan manor house.
There are too many to detail here, but we can provide plenty of guidance should you want to plan ahead. Some of our favourites from the house include Monsal Dale, the walk to Ashford, looking for the rare orchids in High Dale or walking across to Cressbrook Dale.
Beyond that we often take a short drive to the Dark Peak (a wilder, rockier landscape) to explore Stanton Moor, the Roaches (like a giant rocky, naturally formed, playground) or Kinder Scout.
Other easily accessed activities include rock climbing, horse riding (both for experienced adults and children’s lessons), gliding, fishing, mountain biking or cycling, golf and swimming. We can help direct you to many of these in advance of your stay and the house has a good selection of guide books and information.
Additional information about rental rates
GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE We regret that we are unable to accept bookings from non family groups under the age of 30. NUMBER IN PARTY A list of guest names must be provided on booking. This must not exceed nine guests. LOSS, DAMAGE & CARE OF PROPERTY The hirer is responsible for any loss or damage to the property (excluding reasonable wear and tear), for taking good care of the house and leaving the whole property in a clean and tidy condition. Specifically, please ensure any of the games, books, DVDs are put away neatly and all the kitchen cookware and utensils are washed and put away. Obviously it’s fine to fill the dishwasher and leave it running when you go. A refundable damage deposit of £250 will be required before the start of your stay. This will be refunded in full unless it is found (a) that there is damage, accidental or not, and / or (b) that an excessive amount of tidying or cleaning is required. In either case a charge will be deducted from the damage deposit. Libby, our cleaner, is paid for six hours of cleaning: occasionally if guests haven’t tidied up as above she’ll need longer. Additional hours will be charged to the guest. COTS & HIGHCHAIRS We have two high chairs (in utility room) and a travel cot (in wooden chest in downstairs bedroom). Please ask for these when booking. Note that linen is not provided for the travel cot.