Farmhouse in Brushfield, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England - Lovely Views And Idyllic Walks From The Doorstep
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.
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Beautiful Peak District home
Beautiful home, lovingly restored, and the perfect stay for our daughter’s wedding. Jo, the owner was so helpful, and made our stay perfect!
Dream English countryside rental
We came all the way from California, hoping to have a classic English countryside experience, and we certainly did! This house is a very old, restored farmhouse in a beautiful location. The decor is as classic and authentic as I could have hoped, while still being incredibly comfortable. Our two families loved the flagstone floors, old fireplace, low ceilings, beams, and many other period details. We especially wanted to go on walks, and the location was good for that. There is a wonderful dining room, but we also ate outside on the patio. We enjoyed learning to cook on the Aga--something we do not have in the US!
Over our stay, we discovered all the crisscrossing footpaths that brought us to neighboring villages. Our two favorites were the 1.5-mile walk to the Monsal Head pub, and the scenic trail across the fields to Taddington. We recommend the 7-mile loop starting at the house and going through Monsal head and Ashton. (There are lots of guidebooks and maps in the house.)
Favorite pub: Monsal Head. Very atmospheric (an old converted stable). We also heard the one at Little Longstone was even better.
Favorite tea room: Eyam. The cafe in Ashton was also lovely.
Most picturesque villages: Ashton-on-the-Water, Castleton, Eyam, Beeley, Edensor.
Most dramatic walks and drives: Mam Tor, long causeway through Stanage Edge (beautiful moors), Winnats Pass (on way to Castleton).
Most fun for the kids: Hours on the trampoline, interacting with the many sheep and cows (especially fun in spring because of all the babies), feeding the ducks by the river in Ashton (buy feed at the little shop), watching the many DVDs available.
Places to shop: We made trips to the big supermarkets in Bakewell. Not picturesque, but very practical and affordable (Aldi and the Coop, plus Morrison's in Chapel-en-le Frith).
Beautiful cottage in quiet spot in the heart of the Peak District
We stayed with a group of friends and loved the charm and location, and the fact that the house felt like a real home, furnished with love. Great mattresses, nice crockery and cutlery were really appreciated. We had a cold and rainy spell so was lovely to gather in the kitchen with the heat thrown off by the cooker. Great walks nearby and on the doorstep and Haddon Hall and Chatsworth close by. Hopefully will return here with family.
Idyllic location, great walks and very helpful owner
This property is in a fantastic location with unspoilt views and great walking from the doorstep. We enjoyed a lovely walk to monsal head and a lovely pub meal. Nearest pub is around 2 miles away though so not one to nip to for a quick pint really.
The accommodation is full of character with good furnishings in the bedroom. The lounge only accommodates 6 on the sofas comfortably so we had to use additional seats from the dining room or sit on the floor as we were 9 people. A minor niggle though really.
I'd highly recommend and we may well be back.
Dear Margaret, Thanks for your review, I really appreciate the feedback. I think your point about the sitting room is a good one and has made me think that the house is perfect for up to six adults plus kids but less comfy perhaps for larger groups of adults. I'll find a way to add that to the HomeAway listing so that it's clearer for future guests. Unfortunately I can't think of a way to re-jig the sitting room to accommodate more seating - maybe fit a seat cushion on the window seat?
Thanks for taking the time to pass your thoughts on - very helpful! And I do hope you'll come back.
All the best, JO
Beautiful, homely, welcoming place, perfect for two families. We got lucky with the weather for a Feb half term, so the location was spot on for walking, cycling, running, climbing and beer tasting. Delightful spot.
Beautiful character spacious cottage in heart of countryside
Our group of seven had a lovely stay in this roomy and stylish cottage, tucked away in the hills. The Aga made the kitchen very cosy and cooked food in no time.
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.