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Beautiful 18th Century Limestone Farmhouse In The Peak National Park

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,810 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Farmhouse in Brushfield, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England - Lovely Views And Idyllic Walks From The Doorstep

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).

Joanne Bain
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse around the Brushfield around the Derbyshire Dales District

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1810 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No more than three cars maximum. Please do not book if you've more.
  • Owner will require a list of guest names & ages of under 25's.
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Downstairs Shower Room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • The First Bathroom, off landing, opposite Master Bedroom with free standing bath; the Second Bathroom, off landing, opposite Brass Bed Bedroom with bath. Downstairs the Shower Room has a cubicle shower and large heated towel rail.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bedroom over kitchen, Tempur mattress.
    Victorian Brass Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bunk Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Full size, very well built bunk beds (sleeps 2)
    Bunk Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Full size, very well built bunk beds (sleeps 2)
    Downstairs Single Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom One (Master Bedroom) with 7' long double bed with Tempur mattress, Bedroom Two with restored Victorian brass double bed, Bedrooms Three and Four with full size Warren Evans bunk beds (mainly used by children, but they are very comfortable for grown ups too), Downstairs Single Bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Notes on accommodation: We’d like Lower Farm to feel as homely to you as it does to us. That’s why we’ve left a selection of our books, DVDs, games and our best kitchen equipment for your use. It is not an anodyne rental: it is a real home with character and the odd little flaw. There are Derbyshire stone floors throughout the ground floor, with rugs in most rooms. Upstairs, the double rooms have wooden floors with rugs; the bunk bed rooms are carpeted. All the bedrooms have high quality mattresses, either pure linen or Egyptian cotton bed linen and feather/down pillows. There are generous down duvets on the doubles and the best quality synthetic duvets on the bunks. Oil-fired central heating plus the Aga, open fire and wood-burning stove keep the house cosy and warm. There is free wireless internet throughout. The landline is available and calls will be charged at cost. Mobile phones tend to work well. Sorry, no pets. No smoking indoors please. Outside: Lower Farm has about an acre of land which includes the garden and terraces detailed earlier and the front and back crofts. There are two outside tables with chairs, plus a couple of benches. The garden and terraces are, of course, always accessible, though if the crofts have sheep or lambs in them, parental supervision of children and careful closing of gates is important! The ‘green lane’ that runs past the house is gated at either end. This is a public bridleway and also allows 4x4s and trail bikes through. Most weekdays you’ll only ever see walkers passing, at weekends you tend to get a few land rovers and trail bikes. Our children play tennis, football and ride bikes in the lane and any passing drivers have always been extremely considerate. Car parking is to the side of the house. Utility Room: The Utility Room has the washing machine, pegs, clothes horse, ironing board and iron. (The washing line is up near the pigsties. You can avoid any ironing by folding clothes on the Aga.) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen (bedrooms and kitchen) are included. The house will be cleaned and linen changed after seven days. Other: The Dining Room has a large open fire and a table seating eight comfortably. The Play Room, with colourful rugs, and wall mounted blackboard, contains a table & stools, table football, games, arts & craft stuff.


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Beautiful 18th Century Limestone Farmhouse In The Peak National Park
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Comfortable farmhouse in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect facilities for a group of adults, or for a family group who want a base in the beautiful Peak District. The Aga creates a cosy feel in the kitchen and there's plenty of room for cooking, dining together and sitting about / playing games in lounge.

A short drive takes you into the pretty town of Ashbourne, where we enjoyed a predesigned murder mystery walk with clues that mean you get to see most of the town.

Loved every minute of our stay ... so much so that we plan to go back again in 2018!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Jane - I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay and am looking forward to your return in May this year! All the best, Jo
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely little cottage in a beautiful area. Good fa

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage, clean and well presented. Beautiful neighbourhood and friendly neighbours. Basics like soap, shampoo and toothpaste would be helpful. Easy checkin and out process. Thanks Joanne and family.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, lovely cottage, owners extremely helpful, great communication.

  • 5 of 5

I visited with my partner, son, 3 year old granddaughter & my 78 year old father. It was a birthday present for my father & it far exceeded any expectations!! Location was great , friendly neighbours, able to walk from property without using the car! Everything available to make a very relaxed, comfortable stay. I would highly recommend this property to others.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful & very peaceful!!

  • 5 of 5

We (group of 6) absolutely loved our stay at Lower Farm. The house is great for larger groups with 4 bedrooms upstairs and 1 downstairs. Really lovely cosy place. Very peaceful but still only 5-10 minutes drive to Bakewell with its many shops and restaurants. Loved having an Aga and learning to how to use it!! We will certainly return, it's a very special place which we're sure would be wonderful any time of the year.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An absolutely great venue for our family get-together. Well-appointed and in a fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant stay at Lower Farm and the owner, Joanne, was a pleasure to deal with. The house is very solid and that was great in the hot weather but would

no doubt be great in the cold weather too. Just loved the picture perfect stone walls, Aga and location. Would have loved to stay for longer!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

Further Details:

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.

Local Walks

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse around the Brushfield,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October Half Term 2018
12 Oct 2018 - 29 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
Xmas 2018 & New Year 2019
14 Dec 2018 - 10 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
February Half Term 2019
15 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
Summer Rate 2019
5 Apr 2019 - 5 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

We regret that we are unable to accept bookings from non family groups under the age of 30.
A list of guest names must be provided on booking. This must not exceed nine guests.
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.
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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