S/C for 9, 4-bed,3-bath Peak District Cottage for a walking & relaxing holiday.
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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. We decorated it with 1000 daffodils! 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 her original line of 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 (a second holiday property, now sold) - 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 so when the unusual property that is now 'Peak Retreat' came on the market we saw an opportunity not to be missed! The rest is history!
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 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 far away from everything and it is so quiet and peaceful. All small food items, newspapers etc. can be bought in the village but several 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 and a wash basin in the 4th b/r 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 cost friendly with competitive pricing which works well with a full house (9 beds). 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. This house is ideal for a short breaks where we charge 70% of the full week cost for a Fri - Mon. 3 night w/end or Mon - Fri 4 night mid-week stay.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Peak Retreat Hayfield
The perfect spot if you like walking- a different route from the doorstep every day, we hardly used the car.
The house was perfect for a family of eight- well equipped and most importantly to me...,, spotlessly clean!
Lovely quiet location, we happily got 2 family cars and a small car in the parking space
Very comfortable for 2 families
Had a great walking holiday with my sister and her family. Beautiful countryside for hikes and house well equipped. Would happily recommend to friends.
Perfect for family walking holidays,very cosy and comfortable
Despite the weather we had a great time and after a long walk the cottage was perfect for relaxing.Would love to go back in the summer
Summer in Hayfield is lovely! So different to the winter and when the heather is in full bloom (August) it is truly amazing. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and found the property cosy and relaxing - thats what we all want at the end of the day. Come back anytime! Discounts given to second timers.
Fantastic new year break in a stunning location!
Great accommodation with everything you need. The views from the lounge and kitchen are stunning. The village is fantastic with great, family friendly pubs. Lovely walks with a steep walk back up the hill to park retreat!
Stayed at Peak Retreat for a family Christmas and had a great time.
Communication with the owner was spot on - going beyond minimum and giving really useful info about the local area and the property itself.
Property was clean and tidy, with a cosy sitting room and a fantastic kitchen that was well equipped and a great space to socialise. Ample bathrooms.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I would highly recommend Peak Retreat. We would definitely consider a return.
A family Christmas should always be spent in a house that can accomodate you all comfortably without living on top of each other. Children want to play with presents or watch TV and the adults like to reminisce around a laden table with a glass of wine in hand. We hope to have achieved this with the layout of Peak Retreat which I always like to send to guests in a document beforehand. So glad that you had a good time and come back anytime!
Hayfield is at the edge of the Peak District National Park and is a one hour drive to both Manchester and Sheffield. This area, known as the High Peak boasts fantastic walking country and amazing scenery. You are on the doorstep of Kinder Scout, the highest hill in Derbyshire situated on the famous “Pennine Way” up the backbone of England and where the "Mass Trespass" took place in the 1930's which has resulted in the "Right to Roam" bill that allows you unrestricted freedom in the hills nowadays. Hayfield itself is a pretty Peak District village with stone built cottages and the River Sett weaving through the centre. Feeding the local duck population is a popular pastime. Hayfield cricket pitch is at the heart of the village and matches are played all season. Behind it is an excellent children play area with zip lines, slides and swings.There are an abundance of good pubs and coaching houses – six in the village, ten within a mile. So along with excellent eating options you also find food shops, a chemist, newsagents and a Post Office plus two artist studios all in Hayfield centre. A TV Production 'The Village' series one and two were filmed here so you may recognise 'Hankins Grocers', various cottages, the war memorial and surrounding countryside spots. Glossop and Chapel en le Frith are close by, market towns with supermarkets and a larger choice of facilities. Manchester only 20 miles away, has an international airport, rail and bus links. Nearest railway stations to Peak Retreat and Hayfield are New Mills (2), Chinley and Glossop.
Sleeping 9, “Peak Retreat” self catering holiday accommodation promises tranquility and far reaching views. The house offers 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, (2 en-suite) 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, Bakewell (tarts!) Lyme Park (Colin Firth wet shirt!) Haddon Hall, Manchester FC Ethiad Stadium, Manchester velodrome. 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.
We do not allow pets at our property. You are surrounded by farmland with fields often full of sheep.
Other Activities: rock climbing. bouldering. cycling, MTB, hiking.