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.
Detached traditional stone farmhouse. Bedrooms 1, 2, 3, and 4 are on the first floor with views over the farm and garden. Bedroom 5 is on the ground floor overlooking the garden. Bedroom 6 has its own staircase and a lovely view of the pond. Bedroom 1 is always a double, the other bedrooms have twin beds which can be joined to make super-kings if you prefer.
Bathroom 1 is downstairs with bath and shower-over, bathroom 2 has a walk-in shower, there's also an additional separate toilet.
The kitchen has plenty of space to cook for a full house. Neff oven, microwave, and ceramic hob, full-size dishwasher, fridge/freezer: well equipped for those who want to do some adventurous cooking, there's also an AGA so if you've always wanted to try one here's your chance!
The living room has a log-burner, TV/DVD/SKY, and beautiful views over the farm.
Bed linen and towels included. Washing and drying machines.
The Farmhouse has its own gated and lit garden which is secure for small children
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.
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The Farmhouse is only available in July and August.
Usually we only offer full week bookings but we sometimes make exceptions to this at short notice so please see our website for definitive prices and dates: www.farbrookcottages.com
Deposit: 25% to secure booking, the balance payable 6 weeks before letting. Refundable damage bond of £150. Payment method: electronic transfer, cheque, credit card (incurs a 5% surcharge).
Please see our website for full details: www.farbrookcottages.com