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2 AWARD WINNING Eco conversions,sleep 6 & 10,Peak District views,Nr Alton Towers - TROUTSDALE FARM: The Old Cartshed

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights




Cottage sleeps up to 10

AWARD WINNING Eco Barn conversion. Sleeps 10 + cot in 4 bedrooms (2 ensuites, 1 bathroom)

GROUND FLOOR: Spacious and well equipped open plan kitchen with dining area and seating for 10. Spacious and comfy lounge with Cleaview log burning stove, Flatscreen TV, DVD and CD player, & full glass door leading to enclosed garden with BBQ and seating with panormic views over open countryside and the Peak District National Park. Utility room with belfast sink and washing machine. Seperate downstairs toilet with washbasin. Stone flagged entrance hall with original stone granary steps leading to first floor.

FIRST FLOOR: 1 5ft (Kingsize) bed + adult size bunks with ensuite shower, 1 Double with ensuite shower, 1 Twin, Family bathroom with shower over.


Doorstep footpaths leading to Tiitesworth Reservoir circular nature trail. Full character of original barn retained with quality conversion with exposed wooden beams, A-frames, brick & stone work

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About the property

Troutsdale Farm

At Troutsdale Farm there are 2 AWARD WINNING Eco barn conversions on the family farm in a quiet location, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, by Tittesworth Reservoir. Fully renovated by the owners with care and attention to detail, Troutsdale Farm offers quality accommodation of real character and charm and seamlessly combines all the old original features to still give a 'barn feel' with modern design and home comforts that make them ideal for family get-togethers. There are well equipped kitchens, hand crafted from oak with double belfast sinks, with large dining tables (seating 6 and 10). Both have spacious sitting areas with Clear view log burning stoves, flat screen TV and DVD player. There are en suites in both properties and exposed original beams, stone and brickwork and solid oak flooring on the 1st and 2nd floors. There is off road car parking and an enclosed garden area, ideal for sitting out and barbecues. Doorstep footpaths lead to circular nature trail

In November 2011 we won the 'MOST ECO-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY LET' category in the 'Fields of Opportunity' national competition and then went on to become the OVERALL WINNER out of all 5 categories

The greener features of the barn are carefully incorporated so that you hardly know they are there and require no expertise or knowledge. Central heating comes from the ground source heat pump and solar panels. Rainwater harvesting system works for all grey water. . Timbers replaced in the conversions were cut from local woods, and we have planted 20 acres of new woodland. The traditional lime plastered walls are painted in Earthbourne natural Clay paint, the windows are all made from wood and painted with organic linseed oil paints, Sheepswool insulation is used throughout the building, and natural clay aggregate forms the floor insulation in the limestone floor.

There are 4 herb borders from which guests can enjoy and pick their own herbs.

Both properties have been inspected by VISITENGLANDS ACCOMMODATION GRADING SCHEME and have been awarded 4 STARS as well as a coveted GOLD AWARD

The 2 properties can be booked seperately (sleeping either up to 6 or 10 + cots) or can be booked together sleeping up to a total of 16 + cots.

Due to the type of property and location both properties are not suitable for what is known as 'house party venue' or for 'louder' hen or stag parties - we can recommed other nearby places if you are after this type of accommodation

Payment for the booking will be arranged when we confirm your booking - with deposit requirement & full terms and conditions

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Mrs Barbara Turnock
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here for a family gathering for our daughter's wedding at The Ashes. Great place to stay; congratulations on a superb conversion. Thanks
Feb 2014
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Our changeover days are normally Friday to Friday, or Monday to Monday.

* WEEKEND BREAKS: we can accommodate 2 or 3 nights (but HomeAway will not us show prices for 2 nights, only for agency cottages)

3 night breaks from Fridays:-
- Normally 3 nights Friday to Monday - (On HomeAway/Owners Direct website only allow us to show 'Minimum stay for 3 nights Fri-Mon').

2 night weekend breaks:
- We can do a 2 night weekend break with a lazy Sunday checkout, leaving anytime on the Sunday - same weekend rate normally applies (as the cottage is booked out to stop anyone else coming in for this option). See our own website for 2 night weekend break bookings with lazy Sunday checkout option) - or contact us.

Thursday start weekend breaks - any weekend break starting on a Thursday will be charged at the weekend rate (for 2 or 3 nights weekend rate) plus additional for the Thursday night. - any incorrect quote from HomeAway/Owners Direct systems will be corrected by us.

Midweek breaks Monday - Friday are exceptional value - please e-mail for more information.
Midweek rates are shown on this website under 'Min Rate' column.
PLEASE NOTE: We do midweek breaks Mon - Frid - for 3 or 4 nights (with 4 nights for the price of 3 (if available) - please enquire.

* We can sometimes accommodate other dates eg Wed- Wed or Wed-Mon please contact us.

A 25% Deposit is required to book the property - Remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival.
Full Booking Terms and Conditions can be see on our Website

Prices/quotes may be changed or corrected at our discretion.


Leek Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , ensuite to bedroom 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , ensuite to bedroom 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Family bathroom on first floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Seperate downstairs toilet room with wash basin
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , with ensuite shower & bunk beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , with ensuite shower
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , on the second floor with roof light windows
  • This property sleeps a maximum of 10 + cot. We do not supply hairdryers.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • limited accessibility
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Low allergen environment refers to the inside of the barns, as the property does not allow pets, & also natural eco friendly environmental paints & wood protectors have been used throughout the property, natural cotton bedlinen, & alternative duvets are available. We have tried to limit the use of any toxic glue & substances throughout the building preferring to use natural products such as lime plaster, Earthbourne Eco label paints & natural sheep wool insulation. However there are nectar rich flower borders outside the property & a wild flower meadow which is normally in flower in June/July. Price inclusive of Central Heating by geothermal ground source heat pump & solar panels (Underfloor heating on ground floor, radiators 1st floor), bedlinen, towels, tea towels & initial basket log (additional logs available to purchase) The local pub The Three Horseshoes has WI-FI in the bar area for anyone who needs access to this service. NO SMOKING & NO PETS


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average rating of 5.0 based on 73 reviews

Towler Wedding

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 4 nights in November when our daughter was getting married - various members of the family stayed at different times, and eating together at the large Kitchen/Dining room table sharing memories before (and after) the big day was a memorable experience; we loved it - spacious, warm - a wonderful log fire, and incredibly hospitable owners.

We bought freshly laid eggs from the owner's young grand children who look after the hens, and took home joints of lamb reared on the farm.

The only draw back was the lack of sound proofing, so going to bed early when other members of the family were talking/watching TV was a bit frustrating.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Beautiful barn is stunning location

  • 5 of 5

The converted barn was beautiful, very spacious, it had all the facilities we needed, lovely kitchen and outside space. Would highly recommend for family/friend groups how a nice stay in the countryside. It was cleaned to a very high standard and the host was very accommodating throughout our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Gold Coast Australia

Wonderful property had everything you require

  • 5 of 5

Could not fault this property everything provided ,Barbara was very accomodating when we changed our arrival time and explained how everything worked ,lovely setting with beautiful views would defiantly stay again.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful summer days at Troutsdale Farm Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A good time was had by all!

We spent a few days in late August in the Old Cartshed accommodation. It was a family reunion with grandma, granddad, daddies, mummies and six children.

We enjoyed every minute of it. The place was immaculate so we didn't want for anything. We loved the warm welcome from Barbara who showed us round and explained the ins-and-outs of the place to us. Every detail was taken care of, so we could just slip into holiday mode and unwind.

To our great surprise a delicious home-baked Victoria sponge cake waited on the table which was decorated with a bunch of exquisite flowers, picked fresh from the meadow. We had a cuppa, sat down and relaxed.

The children loved the nooks and crannies of the house and enjoyed the secure outside space where they could play at their leisure. It was possible to take extended walks from the cottage without having to take cars, and the children enjoyed exploring those and the hills beyond. There is also a lot to do within a radius of an hour's car drive which again is a bonus if you are coming with children.

There is a good atmosphere about the whole place. It's a happy place. We can highly recommend it.

Alas, the time there was too short. Hopefully we can stay longer next time.

Thank you to the people of Troutsdale Farm for providing such a beautiful place.

The Hall family from Hamilton, New Zealand, Hitchin, Hertfordshire and Stockport, Cheshire.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Lake District Treasure

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What an incredible stay we had in The Old Cartshed on Troutsdale Farm!

We had the privilege and pleasure of spending four memorable days in early July on this unique farm ... the rejuvenation and inspiration we garnered there made us we wish it could have been a month or more!

Our family's stay at this family-run, working farm was an unforgettable and treasured experienced, seeded by the exquisite and charming accommodations and capped-off by the warmth of the owners' hospitality.

We enjoyed an extremely relaxing and tranquil time while on-property at Troutsdale Farm and were more than pleased to share our vistas and our peace-and-quiet with the farm's sheep -- which are actively living on and enjoying acres of open pasture on the farm's property east of Tittesworth Reservoir. A walk to the close-by village of Meerbrook or a hike along "The Roaches" ridge in nearby Blackshaw Moor provide excellent excursions to enjoy the people and landscapes of this Staffordshire hideaway.

Perfectly situated at the south end of the Peak District (only a few miles north of the lovely town of Leek), Troutsdale Farm is an ideal location to explore The East/West Midlands as well as the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales. It is equally perfect for going absolutely nowhere and remaining at the farm for the duration of one's stay.

This is a wonderful holiday location and we would return again in a heartbeat and highly recommend the experience at Troutsdale Farm without any hesitation!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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The Old Cartshed

  • 5 of 5

I have never been moved to write a review before, which is really bad because I always choose according to other people's reviews, but I felt I simply had to this time. We stayed in the The Old Cartshed converted barn. It is absolutely beautiful. The generosity of the hosts ooze through the barn from the welcome cake and vase of flowers we found in the kitchen, to the soaps, hand washes, washing up products etc. The barn has a contained garden with spectacular views, had the weather been fit we would have had a BBQ. However the weather did not stop us from enjoying the lovely walks. The property feels spacious, we had 8 adults and 2 children staying, the property was able to accommodate us very comfortably. I will be recommending this property to anyone who stands still long enough to listen.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Manchester - approx. 50 minutes drive, (47.6km),
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Three Horse Shoes Inn, Buxton Road, Blackshaw Moor
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
2 open Clubs in Leek (+ driving range in Buxton)
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Stoke on Trent (14m), Macclesfield(18m) or BUXTON
Nearest Motorway
26 Miles
M6 Junction 15, 16 or 17
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Three Horse Shoes Inn, Buxton Road, Blackshaw Moor
Car: recommended

The Peak District National Park offers stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes for you to enjoy and explore, covering 4 different counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. The small rural parish of Tittesworth sits on the SOUTH WESTERN EDGE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK near the North Staffordshire/ Derbyshire border between the market towns of Leek (5 mins) and the spa town of Buxton (15 mins), Ashbourne and Macclesfield (20 mins) and with one of the most beautiful runs over the hills of the peak district to Bakewell (30 mins) with its famous Bakewell pudding - so is ideal for exploring the Peak District National Park and wider area. The area is also known as the 'Staffordshire Peaks' or the 'Staffordshire Moorlands' and has excellent walking and outdoor pursuits including cycling and climbing close by. Tittesworth Reservoir has its own circular nature trail with excellent children’s playground, cafe and gift shop and Peak Pursuits watersports centre offer a variety of water sports activities on the reservoir, including kayaking and canoeing

THE ROACHES are some of the most spectacular gritstone rock formations in the UK. Very popular for CLIMBING as well as WALKING and are situated on the western edge of the Staffordshire Peak District National Park From here you get some of the areas most dramatic and scenic landscape and with panoramic views over the tranquil Tittesworth Water and its green valley or on the other side you get beautiful views over purple heather moorlands. Voted one of the top ten walks in the country by The Daily Telegraph and featured on BBC Countryfile programme.

Being situated on the North Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire borders ideally situated for visiting some of the countries TOP ATTRACTIONS:

ALTON TOWERS Theme Resort is Britains premier theme park and is only 20 minutes drive away where you can take on all the thrills of the rides and then return to the peace and quiet of the countryside at night.

HISTORIC HOUSES with beautiful variety of GARDENS in the area include the magnificent Chatsworth House, medieval Haddon Hall, Shugborough Hall, Gawsworth Hall, Little Moreton Hall and Tatton Park. Other gardens in the area include the unique National Trust Victorian Biddulph Grange Gardens, and Consall Hall's 70 acres of landscaped gardens

COUNTRYSIDE: Popular areas include nearby The Roaches, Tittesworth Reservoir, Rudyard Lake, Manifold Valley with manifold cycle/walking track, Dovedale, Ilam, Churnet Valley, Goyt Valley

STEAM TRAINS: Churnet Valley Railway, Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway

CAVES AND CAVERNS: Pooles Cavern at Buxton, Blue John Mines, Speedwell Cavern at Castleton

CYCLING: 3 cycle trails that are mainly traffic free with bike hire available include Manifold Valley Track, High Peak Trail, Tissington Trail

HORSE RIDING: Horse riding or pony treking at nearby Northfield Farm at Flash (englands highest village - so some spectacular view)

GOLF: 2 courses in Leek at Leek Golf Club and Westwood Golf Club, Whiston Golf Club near Alton, High Peak Golf Club at Buxton which also has Peak Practice floodlit driving range.

SWIMMING: Splash Landings Caribbean Themed Water park at Alton Towers (can enter seperate to Alton Towers) has fantastic water rides including a sensational water rollercoaster as well as more sedate lazy rivers. Waterworld, the UK's no1 Indoor Tropical Aqua Park at Festival Park in Stoke. Swimming pools at Leek and Buxton

FISHING: 3 nearby pools at Thorncliffe, Danebridge, Blake Hall Fishery near Cheadle.

RSPB: Coombes Valley RSPB Nature Reserve

POTTERIES: Visit Stoke on Trent, the world capital of pottery with museums & factory tours & over 20 factory outlets including Denby, Emma Bridgewater, Moorcroft, Wedgewood, Spode, Burleigh

SCIENCE: Joderall Bank Observatory & Discovery Centre with its world famous giant Lovel Telescope and from where BBC programme Star Gazing Live 2012 came from

STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD: The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found with ermenant display of items at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke with events

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM: The UK's Centre of Remembrance and set in 150 acres of tree, gardens and wildflower meadows

EATING OUT:There are 3 good local village pubs serving home cooked food and real ale and Three Horse Shoes family owned country Hotel offers bar carvery, casual dining in the Brasserie and finer dining in Kirks restaurant. The Abbey Inn will deliver takeaways to accommadation. Various tea rooms in the area. 2 private chefs have previous cooked for guests.

FESTIVALS: Peak District Walking Festival, Leek Arts Festival, Buxton Festival, Well Dressings in surrounding local villages throughout the Peak District

LOCAL SHOPS in Leek include Chemist, Butchers, greengrocers, bakery, Post Office, variety of restaurants and takeaways as well as many independent shops, with local market days and fine food fair