Where you will stay
Right at the top of the lovely village of Bonsall, Derbyshire, UK. Bailey's Barn is in the Peak District National Park, in fact the boundary of the property is the boundary of the park! Stunning views, brilliant night skies: walk, run or ride from the door.
What is Bailey's Barn?
Bailey's Barn is the building attached to our home, Bell House. It is a single storey barn, stone built and probably 200 years old, with an enclosed courtyard garden. Luxurious and finished to a very high standard, with one en-suite bedroom, it’s a great place to relax and also a base for outdoor activities.
We'd love to meet your dogs, who get their own welcome pack. You are able to walk - from your door - to fields, footpaths and bridleways including the Limestone Way. We are close to Carsington Reservoir, and Cromford canal, for swimmies.
We are all set up for cyclists, with a locked outbuilding and steel floor fixings giving you double peace of mind, as well as a bike wash station. There are several Strava segments in the area and some challenging hills to ride, from the door.
There are many footpaths for walking, from the door, over fields, footpaths and moors. You are in the heart of walking country here and the hills and valleys (or tors and dales as we call them) and the Peak District is perfect for a stroll or serious hike. We provide OS maps and walk guides too.
Opposite Bailey's Barn at the corner of the lane you will see a map which shows several history trails round the village. There are also copies of leaflets for these walking trails in the barn as well as OS maps and a copy of the local footpaths map.
Your visit to Bailey's Barn is easy to manage as it is all on one level, with 83cm doorways and laminate flooring.
Cosy and luxurious
Whether to want a romantic retreat or a great quality base for touring, Bailey's Barn is the perfect choice. Select twin beds or super king size, when you book. If you are arriving late, why not ask for a delicious home-made meal to be waiting for you, or enjoy our local foodie guides to choose your own dining experience?
We have some activities that you can book for fun and for something 'a little bit different' to do. Learn simple rag rug techniques to make a little owl, bee or colourful corsage, or make unique hand-made scented and coloured candles using a mould.
A historic and award-winning lead mining village, there is plenty to see and do. Most of Bonsall is a conservation area (open the map) and some of it is also in the Peak District National Park. There are several listed buildings, including framework knitting workshops, the church and cross.
Eating and drinking in Bonsall - There are two pubs: The Barley Mow and The King's Head, both of which serve food. There is also a very good tea room which serves food, called The Fountain, next to the park.
Plants and gardens
Just a few metres along the road from Bailey's Barn is Hollies Farm Plant Centre where you can view and buy plants. admire the award-winning hanging baskets and look round the beautiful gardens. Also worth a look is Cascades, at the bottom of the village; a private house with 4 acres of gardens including a cascade. Cascades opens as advertised and also has plants for sale.
Bonsall's newsletter is called Mutterings and has information about events and contact phone numbers for various places.
Open Gardens (June 2 2018)
Carnival Day (procession, fun and music in the park) starts on the last Saturday of July
Well dressing starts on Carnival Day and the wells usually last all week; there are several around the village. If you want to help with a well they are usually being made on the Thursday and Friday just before Carnival Day
Carnival events all week from wheelbarrow races to hill runs and treasure trails
Carnival fireworks (the best we have ever seen, anywhere) are on the Friday after Carnival Day, when Carnival finishes
World Championship Hen Racing is at The Barley Mow pub on the Saturday after Carnival
Nearby villages of interest
Eyam (the "plague village")
Cromford (historic mills)
Matlock Bath (amusements, river walks, cafes)
Matlock (high street shops, parks, restaurants, market) - great for antiques, collectables, vintage on Dale Road
Wirksworth (independent shops)
Buxton (theatre, independent shops)
Bakewell (puddings, riverside, shopping)
Nearby cities and larger towns
Chesterfield (shopping and the crooked spire church)
Derby (shopping and historic mills)
Nottingham (nightlife, Robin Hood and shopping)
Peak District National Park
There are fewer than 20 homes in Bonsall that are in the Peak District National Park and Bailey's Barn is one of them. In fact the Peak District starts as you walk through the gate, as Bell House and Bailey's Barn form part of the eastern boundary of the park.
Nearby stately homes
Haddon Hall (6 miles)
Hardwick Hall (11 miles)
Chatsworth House (12 miles)
Kedleston Hall (12 miles)
Renishaw Hall (15 miles)
Newstead Abbey (16 miles)
Wollaton Hall and deer park (20 miles)
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood (19 miles)