Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Hayfield - 'Peak Retreat' Peak District
S/C for 9, 4-bed,3-bath Peak District Cottage for a walking & relaxing holiday.
Sleeping 9, “Peak Retreat” self catering holiday accommodation promises tranquility and far reaching views. The house offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, gardens and modern contemporary living making it perfect for a relaxing holiday. Wi-Fi. Private parking, 5 minutes walk into Hayfield village and within the Peak District National Park.Weekends and short breaks & last minute stays - the house is ideal to self cater for large families or groups of friends, super large kitchen/diner for convivial dining. Kinder Scout and the Pennine Way are on your doorstep famous for excellent hill walking and mountain bike trails. Rock climbing, walking, mountain biking, cycling, golf - the Peak District has it all in a relaxing environment. Lots of Peak District attractions, Chatsworth House, Castleton Blue John Caverns, Buxton & Opera house Alton Towers. Peak Retreat is a comfortable base for both outdoor enthusiasts and relaxing alike. Hayfield offers 10 country pubs within a mile, all walkable - leave the car parked up. Many do excellent food. The village has food shops, a Post Office plus a pharmacy and there are larger supermarkets within 10 minutes drive.
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- suitable for elderly or infirm
About Louise Hall
My roots into Hayfield started to spread when my husband Brian and myself Louise, bought a disused shop with living accommodation in the centre of the village back in 1982 when we first got married. We rolled up our sleeves and started renovating furiously and eventually opened the doors of 'Kinder Kitchen' Easter 1984. This became a successful village cafe with home cooked food in demand from both locals and visitors from afar. A licence was applied for and a bistro style restaurant also ran three nights a week. We also catered in the marquee for the famous Hayfield International Jazz Festival where the virtues of KK's chilli-con-carne were extolled on stage by both Acker Bilk and Slim Gaillard!! Things took off and Louise found herself non stop cooking (luckily a passion) for the next 5 years. We decided to sell the business whilst it was at the top of its game and before Louise wore herself out!. Our next project was a cottage conversion in nearby Chinley. In the middle of all this Louise returned to work - as long haul cabin crew for British Airways and travelled the world bringing home innovation from hotels, restaurants and ideas picked up along the way. We next tackled Pike View Barn (our other holiday property) - and turned a cow shed into a super luxurious home, bursting with beams, views and history. However the affinity with Hayfield had always remained with us and its a place that we would like to retire to in several years time. So when the unusual property that is now 'Peak Retreat' came on the market we saw an opportunity not to be missed!
Louise Hall purchased this house in 2005
Why Louise Hall chose Hayfield
The views from this house are amazing but they had not been taken advantage of by the previous owner. You walked into what was essentially a corridor with small rooms off it.' Oh this cannot be!' we cried and opened it all up into the huge, light and airy kitchen diner that is there today. The original kitchen had been a tiny pokey affair yet left behind was the most amazing original gas cooker (see photo) in really good condition. I wanted to keep it but was out voted and it took 4 men from the scrapyard to carry it away.They almost smashed our stone steps in the process it was so heavy.
Still ever the keen cook Louise wanted a convivial open kitchen which could accommodate large families or a group of friends. A cook should never be alone slaving away whilst dinner guests chat away in another room. The cook should participate in both the conversation and the wine! We must have achieved our aim as we get more comments in the visitors book about our kitchen-diner than anything else. A large dining table with comfy solid dining chairs sits well in the room and there is even a sofa tucked under the stairs for a more relaxed chat.
What makes this house unique
Private parking in Hayfield is at a premium so at Peak Retreat we made a space for three cars. The house has great views from both front and back - over fields and farm animals to the hills afar. Kinder Scout and the surrounding walking country is literally on your doorstep. You will be awoken gently by birds tweeting and cows lowing as you snuggle under your duvet planning what the day ahead can bring. The position of the house is perfect - five minutes walk to Hayfield village centre yet you feel feel away from everything and it is so quiet and peaceful. The farm below sells fresh eggs and all small food items, newspapers etc. can be bought in the village although two major supermarkets are within 10 minutes drive. Another BIG plus is the number of fine ale houses and eating options that Hayfield has to offer, all accessible on foot so you don't need to use the car at all.
Bathrooms were also a high priority on the agenda when converting Peak Retreat. Gone are the days when big groups pile into ski chalets and all share facilities, everyone expects en-suites nowadays. So we juggled architect plans and found the space somehow to install three full bathrooms, plus a wash basin to satisfy the demands of a full house of nine visitors. Our central heating system is state-of-the art and there is lashings of hot water when you come home from your days activity.
Brian and I are both well travelled and have strived to put everything a visitor could possibly need into our holiday home, small comforts count and often do not cost much to provide. However we also wanted to make it accessible to most with competitive pricing. We hope to have provided a good quality holiday home at a reasonable price that can be enjoyed by all. One only has to read our reviews or the Visitor Book to see that this has been achieved.