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Set on a working farm and nestled in the foothills of the Peak District

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottages near Congleton, Cheshire - convenient location for exploring and enjoying the delights of Cheshire, Derbyshire & Staffordshire

Our cottages were a former cow shippon and a workman's cottage which were completely renovated in 2013. The cottages are set on a working sheep and beef farm surrounded by farm land, streams and the River Dane. Farm walks, picnics and fishing are a feature of your stay here - as well as enjoying lambs, calves and wildlife in the farm fields. The Cottages are conveniently located on the A54 Congleton to Buxton road and are only 15 minutes drive away from the pretty market towns of Macclesfield, Congleton and Leek and the spa town of Buxton. It is also conveniently positioned for visits to the Roman City of Chester with its zoo and race course, and vibrant cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Beautiful countryside and scenery is all around and for the walker, then Bosley Cloud, Macclesfield Forest, Teggs Nose, the Roaches and Hanging Stone are a must. Sailing, fishing, golfing, horse riding, mountain biking & cycling are all nearby as are historic houses, Jodrell Bank, Alton Towers & more. The Peak District is within reach with the glorious architecture, gardens and Opera House in Buxton together with lots of beautiful countryside and lovely villages to explore. Chatsworth House is approximately one hours drive away which is an absolute 'must see' as the 'Queen of the Peaks'. There are a vast array of National Trust properties in this area and historic houses and beautiful gardens.

Brenda Lomas
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2018

About Brenda Lomas

Tom, Brenda and daughter Jennie warmly welcome you to Colley Farm and their newly created quality holiday cottages. Colley Farm is a working farm and Tom is the third generation to farm sheep, beef cattle and wheat/barley crops. Lambing is done in two batches - at the end of March and April and the calves arrive during the spring and summer months. The farm is only small scale in today's farming business and therefore we converted a redundant cow shippon and a former workman's cottage into two quality holiday homes in 2013. Building work started in October 2012 and they were completed by August 2013. All work has been done to the highest standard incorporating oak beams, doors and staircases underfloor heating, log burning stove / open fire, new kitchens and bathrooms to create two warm, cosy and we think - beautiful cottages. We maintain the cottages to the highest standards of cleanliness and providing all that you may require during your stay.

Why Brenda Lomas chose Macclesfield

The best thing about living at Colley Farm is its fabulous location. Whilst it's positioned in Cheshire - it's also nestled beneath Derbyshire's Peak District and is adjacent to the Staffordshire border. It is therefore ideally located to explore the delights of all three 'Shires' - being 15 minutes drive from each one. Each of the three Counties have spectacular scenery, fabulous walks, pretty market towns and villages and quaint traditions such as well dressings and fetes. An abundance of historic houses such as Chatsworth House and Tatton Park are close by. For the young at heart - Alton Towers theme park and Chester Zoo are within easy access. Beautiful gardens, shopping opportunities, golf, cycling, horse riding and sailing are all nearby. Whatever your interest you'll find it here!

What makes this cottage unique

Colley Farm is only 25 minutes drive away from Manchester Airport and also the M6 motorway and 10 minutes from Macclesfield Railway Station. It is one hour's drive from the historic Roman City of Chester, and the cosmopolitan cities of Manchester and Liverpool. The farm is located in a rural village and surrounded by farmland. Guests are welcome to enjoy peaceful walks through the fields and picnics by the streams and River Dane. If you fancy fishing - then we can offer this too. Lovely walks from the doorstep are available such as the Bosley locks (12) and Bosley Cloud (hill). Within 10 minutes drive you can travel to Wincle's fish farm and brewery, walk up Hanging Stone and the Roaches, Teggs Nose and Macclesfield Forest - which also offers mountain biking routes. You'll love this area!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I stayed several weeks in Swallows Barn and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. My three children particularly loved going to see the farm animals. The cottage was very warm with under floor heating and I loved the wood burning stove. It was spotlessly clean with all new furniture and beds. The bedding was lovely and having two bathrooms and televisions in each of the bedrooms really helped me with the children. Good parking and a large garden for the kids. Brenda and Tom were super hosts and couldn't do enough for us" Tina

We loved staying in Farmhouse Cottage. The queen size bed was so comfortable that we wanted to take it home with us! The large bedroom with its lovely view of Bosley Cloud was a delight. We really enjoyed the open fire, comfortable suite including a reclining chair and 40" freeview television. We found so many lovely and interesting places to visit - that we want to come back again. Our host, Brenda, made us feel very welcome and we look forward to a return visit. B
Jan 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Macclesfield in Staffordshire Moorlands District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottages share a new stone flagged patio area and spacious garden with quality outdoor furniture and a barbecue. There is ample safe parking in the directly in front of the cottages for up to four vehicles. Both cottages have been newly created and furnished to a high quality standard. Clean, spacious and in the most convenient location for exploring Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire - what more could you wish for. Convenient for Manchester Airport, the M6 motorway or Macclesfield Railway Station. Outside: Swallows Barn and Farmhouse Cottage share a frontage which has ample parking for a number of vehicles. There is a large garden which is for the exclusive use of cottage guests and a new patio area with quality garden furniture and barbecue. The farm yard is to the rear of the cottages and guests are welcome to see the farm animals and to follow a farm walk around the farm fields to enjoy wild life at its best. Streams and the River Dane provide a lovely peaceful environment for a picnic or even a spot of fishing. Lovely walks from the doorstep can be enjoyed such as exploring Bosley Cloud or the Macclesfield canal at Bosley with its 12 locks.


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Set on a working farm and nestled in the foothills of the Peak District
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful cottage and very friendly owners.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very clean, cosy and comfortable. Nothing could have been improved on, only the weather. The highlight of the stay was being able to witness the birth of the new lambs on the farm.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to welcome you here and thank you for your lovely comments. We pride ourselves on maintaining the cottage to a very high standard and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We were also glad that a ewe co-operated by giving birth during your visit to the sheep shed. New birth and little lambs are indeed a delight! Thank you for staying with us.
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Very well-kept property

  • 4 of 5

The property was absolutely beautifully kept and very well-located for travelling around Cheshire. It was scrupulously clean and had everything one could wish for in terms of furnishings. The only downside for us was its location by the side of the A54 - we had not appreciated this and the traffic noise was irritating for a supposedly quiet getaway. I got woken up the first night at 3 a.m. by lorries clattering along the road! However, if someone is unfazed by that, it's a lovely spot and Brenda was extremely pleasant and welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An excellent base to stay

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed in Cheshire for a family weekend. The house was of the highest standard with 2en suites and high standard accommodation.our hosts were welcoming and helpful.

Whilst the weather was good surrounding footpaths were muddy so we visited rudyard teggs nose and local NT gardens.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Five star accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Amazing, top class quality accommodation - could not be bettered anywhere. Would not hesitate to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed our cottage. Your comment confirms that we are achieving our aim to ensure that Farmhouse Cottage it is always presented to a high standard in terms of cleanliness, comfort and attractive interior and exterior.
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A brilliant barn conversion

  • 5 of 5

A superb conversion - with 2 en-suite bedrooms AND a ground floor toilet - nicely appointed, immaculate and well equipped with easy-to-use appliances. The property gets our 5* rating, and Brenda gets 6*.

We've been renting for many years and this property ticks all our boxes and more.

Don't miss a visit to Jodrell Bank or the canals and locks.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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High Class farm cottages

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Swallows Barn for a week. It has been fitted out too a very high standard for a holiday cottage. One of the best ones we have stayed in.

Welcoming and helpful owners.

Colley Mill Farm is situated in a lovely area of Cheshire with and abundance of National Trust properties near by if that is of interest.

Lots of good pubs for evening meals nearby if you do not want to cook evening meals whilst on holiday.

Would definitely recommend.

Party of 4 adults

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
36 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Robin Hood
Nearest Ferry
84 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Robin Hood
Nearest Ski
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
97 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Swallows Barn and Farmhouse Cottage are set on a working farm. Guests are welcome to view the farm animals, take part in farm walks and fish in our streams. The area is wonderful for walking - whatever your distance or preferred terrain.


The nearest beaches are at Llandudno, Blackpool, Rhyll & Southport. Each can be accessed by car or train - approximately 1.5 hours drive / train journey. Llandudno is a quintiscential Victorian beach front with a wide promenade, land train, band stand and lovely pier. The town has a lovely array of shops and visitors can enjoy the 'happy gardens' on the Great Orme (hill) together with a cable car ride ora Victorian tram ride to the top of the hill. Blackpool and Rhyll offer fun fairs.


Manchester Airport is 40 minutes drive by car

The nearest port will be Liverpool - 60 minutes drive away


Colley Farm is situated within the rural village of North Rode. The market town of Congleton is 3 miles away, Macclesfield is 5 miles away, Leek is 5 miles away and the Spa town of Buxton is 10 miles away. Numerous places of interest are within a 5 mile radius. The vibrant cities of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool can be reached within an hour by train or car. Alton Towers theme park is 45 minutes drive, Jodrell Bank & Little Moreton Hall are 15 minutes drive, Tatton Park is 25 minutes drive.

Further Details:

The nearest shop is 2 miles away and the nearest pub is under a mile away. The area is scattered with traditional rural pubs which also serve meals. The nearest towns of Congleton, Macclesfield and Leek offer a range of restaurants, shops, tea rooms and take-aways and markets. The nearest leisure centre is 2 miles away and has a gym, swimming pool, fitness classes and sport hall. The spa town of Buxton must be visited to enjoy its beautiful opera house which has a constant and ever changing range of entertainment to suit all tastes. Buxton also has a fabulous Victorian Park and its famous Pavilion Gardens as well as beautiful architecture such as The Crescent. Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is one of the finest historic houses in the country with large park, gardens, play area, farm, cascading water and fountains and hosts many annual attractions such as a Country Fair and Horse Trials. In Cheshire, Tatton Park is a similarly spectacular historic house with lakes, an Old Hall, Victorian farm, parkland deer, restaurant, gardens and outdoor play area. For those who enjoy trips to the theatre, then Buxton, Manchester, Stoke and Crewe all provide lovely theatres. Jodrell Bank with its Lovell telescope is only 15 minutes drive away. A number of beautiful lakes and reservoirs are nearby for enjoyment / sailing / fishing or walking. Rocky outcrops provide good climbing opportunities. A local firm offers kayaking and climbing activities and there are also plenty of facilities for golfing, fishing, mountain biking and general cycling - including the off road routes of the Biddulph Valley Way and the Middlewood Way. Visits to Macclesfield Forest and Delamere Forest are a must for walkers, bikers and horse riders. Delamere also has a zip wire and a 'go ape' facility. If you wish for a theme park, then the famous Alton Towers is 45 minutes drive away.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Our booking procedure is simple. Contact us by telephone or by e-mail to discuss your requirements. If you wish to confirm a booking, then we will send a booking form with terms and conditions and ask for a deposit of 20% of the total holiday cost. The remaining amount should be paid in full no later than 6 weeks before your arrival. We also ask for a damage waiver of £75 - which will be returned to you within 10 days of your leaving our property provided no damage or loss has been incurred.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our normal changeover day - however, we will be flexible wherever possible. We ask that you leave the property by 11am on your day of departure and that new arrivals arrive after 4pm. However, where we can - we will also be flexible with time

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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