|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Overbrook is a detached traditional stone barn (sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms). Bedroom 1 with en-suite is on the ground floor and has a super-king size bed. The other 3 bedrooms are upstairs: all have twin beds which can be joined to make super-kings if you prefer. All bedrooms have TV/DVD. Main bathroom upstairs with bath and shower-over. Downstairs en-suite to bedroom 1 has a shower. The kitchen has plenty of space to cook for a full house. Neff oven, microwave, and ceramic hob, full-size dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer. Well equipped for those who want to do some adventurous cooking! The living and dining room has a log-burning stove, TV/DVD/SKY, and beautiful picture-window views over the farm. Bed linen and towels included. Overbrook Barn has its own gated and lit garden which is secure for small children. There's gated and lit gardens which are secure for small children and dogs, and includes a barbeque area with seating for a full house.
Hi, I'm Gemma. Simon and I have been living at Farbrook Farm since 2000. Farbrook is a beautiful 18th century farm sitting in a quiet valley in the south west corner of the Peak District National Park on the edge of the village of Flash, the highest village in Britain.
Farbrook is a working farm where we breed excellent quality alpacas for the fine fibre industry. We have young children ourselves, and yours are very welcome. None of our livestock pose any danger to humans, both Overbrook Barn and The Farmhouse have their own gated gardens, the farm is secure, and our access road is very quiet. We also have chickens, ducks, sheep, and often pigs: a paradise for city children! We have an enthusiastic and friendly black lab so we're very pet friendly and your well behaved pets are most welcome. We're in the centre of a network of footpaths and bridleways that offer some of the best walking and riding you'll find in the country. There's a huge amount to do locally, along with great eating and drinking. I do hope you'd like to come and share our life on the farm for a little while, if there's anything you'd like to know do get in touch with me.
We had a wonderful and very memorable stay in this beautiful farm house! The house was clean and well equipped throughout. The beds were extremely comfortable - definitely 5 star hotel quality! The surrounding farm was truly peaceful with beautiful walks, some by a river, and many different animals to see. The owners were very friendly and helpful with suggestions for walks and other needs we had (like finding a fed x office in the area). On our last day, they were so accommodating when we accidentally missed checkout time (those beds were just too comfortable to get up in the morning!). All of our children who range in age from 4 to 22 have asked to return and stay longer. And finally I must not forget those curious, funny alpacas! What a treat to play with them!
While many people visit us just to enjoy life on the farm there is also an enormous amount to do locally. Countryside enjoyment starts with some of the best walking and cycling in the country on a network of bridleways and footpaths which start on the doorstep. There's a trekking centre in Flash so you can enjoy the same on four legs; the less experienced can sign up to a week's course of riding lessons at the local school. And if you're bringing your dog there's plenty of space for off-the-lead running around on the farm. Get involved in local farm life: watch milking, visit farm shops and the mushroom farm, or try your hand at some alpaca husbandry. This is great badger country: in the evening there's nothing so exciting as watching the dusk exodus of tens of badgers off on their nocturnal rounds.
We're surrounded by some of England's most beautiful and exciting country houses. Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Little Moreton Hall, Biddulph Grange, Gawesworth Hall, Capesthorne Hall, Tatton Park, and Lyme Park are all within 20 to 40 minutes drive. Many have spectacular gardens and children's playgrounds. Chatsworth has an outstanding adventure playground.
For more structured entertainment Buxton Opera House has great family productions as well as higher-brow opera and ballet. Clonter Opera (the Glyndebourne of the north) is about 30 minutes drive and they will cater for your interval dining if you don't want to take your own picnic. The local 'classic' cinema screens exclusively new releases, and Alton Towers (rides, theme, and water park) is a short drive away. The various caves in Buxton and the Hope valley provide a fascinating insight into these natural and man-made caverns and are always popular with the children.
Macclesfield was the centre of silk production in the 18th century. Many of the mill buildings are still standing and there are several museums covering this great part of our history. Buxton (10 minutes drive) is a spa town and was built by the Romans, there is lots to see here including some fine Georgian architecture. It's our nearest town and probably has all you'll need. Good restaurants including Italian, Indian, Chinese, Pizza Express, and an excellent Thai. Good parks and playgrounds. There are Waitrose, Morrisons, and Aldi, supermarkets.