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Bedrooms 3
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Secluded cottage with its own acre of woodland & garden with Log Burning Fire

Recently chosen by the National Guardian Newspaper as 'Top 50 Places to stay', Ford Wetley Cottage is nestled in wooded grounds in the magnificent Staffordshire Peak District National Park, the self catering holiday cottage is the ideal place to retreat to. Escape the hustle and bustle, kick back, put your feet up or put your boots on and go exploring! The choice is yours, in fact you’ll be spoilt for choice. Ford Wetley Cottage is situated about quarter of a mile outside the picture postcard hamlet of Ford. Away from the main house and secluded by trees, just the rolling fields and sheep around. It’s the perfect place if you want some privacy. The cottage enjoys its own formal garden and is set in an acre of land, sometimes home to our miniature Shetland ponies Breeze and Storm, sometimes thenliev in the surrounding fields. You are welcome to explore our field which including two little brooks with waterfalls and woodland. This area is fenced off for our younger visitors safety. There is garden furniture, BBQ, fire pit for those hot summers and if you are bringing your bikes a secure place to store them. Plenty of parking space for at least three cars.

Two well behaved dogs are welcome on prior arrangement at a fee of £30 (No puppies or large breeds). Although we welcome dogs, we have 2 collies ourselves who roam around, we have a few rules to keep the cottage to our high standard. Please note that dogs are not allowed to be left alone in the cottage at any time and must be kept downstairs and out of the bedrooms.

The cottage is very close to Alton towers within a 20 minute drive away.

We have now installed WIFI, free of charge for use at the cottage. If you prefer pure tranquility, this of course can be turned off! It's not the fastest but fine for checking emails and looking up places to go.


The Roaches: Roaches (or Roches) is a wind-carved outcrop of gritstone rocks straddling the parishes of Leekfrith and Heathylee in the Peak District National Park about 4 miles north of Leek, Staffordshire.

The name Roaches has evolved recently from 'Roches' as the area used to be known only 100 years (or less) ago. 'Roches' is the french word for rocks.

The Roaches are particularly popular with climbers because of the diversity of the climbing routes there. Also there are many miles of paths to satisfy the most seasoned rambler.

The Roaches area includes Hen Cloud, so named because with a little imagination it looks like a roosting hen and Ramshaw Rocks which includes the weird rock formation called the Winking Man.

For many years, from the 1930s to the early 2000s, Wallabies roamed the Roaches. Some say they are still out there. They had been released from a private zoo. 3 Yaks were also released at the same time but they died out in the 1950's.

Bakewell Market Town: Bakewell in Derbyshire and the Peak District , is a beautiful, small, market town situated on the River Wye which is crossed by a 13th century 5 arched bridge still open to traffic. The famous Bakewell pudding was invented accidentally at the Hotel, when a cook misinterpreted instructions and poured egg mixture over the jam instead of mixing it in the pastry and what should have been a tart was now a pudding. Bakewell puddings can be bought at several shops in the town centre.

There are lots of unique shops, cafes and restaurants to visit and Market day every Monday and farmers market on Saturdays once per month.

The Manifold Valley and Trail: Great for Cylcing/Walking/Climbing

The Manifold Trail is a multi-user route along the Manifold valley following the former Leek and Manifold Light Railway. This trail is an easy route and is suitable for children and the elderly. The Tissington trails has been open since the 1930s when the railway closed, and is probably the earliest case of a disused railway line being converted to a walkers and cyclists route.

Waterhouses official car park is just off the main Ashbourne to Leek road, the A523. Here you will find cycle hire and toilets.

En-route high up in the cliff you can see Thor's cave. Worth a climb up for views of the valley. Further on is Wetton Mill where toilets and refreshments are available. There is another cave to explore above the cafe.

More Details

Louise Croome
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About Louise Croome

Louise & Adrian have owned Ford Wetley Cottage since 2008, they have renovated it over the years and have installed new bathrooms, exposed stone walls, put in new carpets and wooden floors, Log burning stove, Wifi and all beds and furniture are new. The final addition was a new kitchen last year. They have a passion for making this cottage really special as they have had plenty of experience in staying in cottages themselves and have had their share of good and bad, which they understand can really make the difference to your holiday experience. They live in the house along a track from the cottage so are generally on hand in case of any problems or if help is needed.

Louise Croome purchased this barn in 2008

Why Louise Croome chose Ford

Everyone who visits Ford Wetley Cottage remarks on how special it is, especially the location. It really is a unique spot, away from everyone and anything, other than nature, wildlife and farmland. Very peaceful, tranquil and it really gives you the chance to relax and unwind. There is plenty of outdoor space for kids to explore and keep themselves occupied. There are streams for paddling and netting cray fish. A rope swing for the more adventurous and our ponies, cats, dogs and chickens which our visitors love to come and help feed and collect eggs.

What makes this barn unique

It is not very often that you can sit still and not hear the roar of traffic, Ford Wetley Cottage is at the end of a dead end track and there really is nothing to hear other than birds and the wind blowing in the trees. Kids love the freedom to explore and play in our fields. For the nature enthusiast, there are swallows who nest in our barns in May, a buzzard who feeds from mice in our fields, regular sightings of bats, badgers, fox and you can hear the owls if you are lucky. See if you can find the fox tracks down the lane, hear the woodpeckers or spot the Buzzard feeding.


Ford Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Ground Floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The shower rooms were replaced in 2008, so are all very recent fittings. Each bathroom has a mirror and a shaver socket. Molton Brown hand soap & moisturiser and luxurious Hand & Bath Towels are supplied.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fold up bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Each Bedroom has its own en-suite bath or shower room with luxurious towels and Molton Brown hand soap and moisteriser. All the quality bed linen and towels are supplied. There is a fold up full size comfortable bed if required, also two travel cots. There is a bedroom with an en-suite shower room on the ground floor, which is ideal for the elderly. There is only 1 step down into this bedroom.
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
The cottage has three large bedrooms & can sleep 7 and we have a travel cot & a high chair.On the ground floor there is a double bed & en-suite shower room. Upstairs there is a double bed bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a twin bed bedroom with shower room. The oak beamed farmhouse kitchen is well stocked with electric hob & oven,fridge freezer,washing machine,microwave,toaster, kettle & a dining table. Across the flag stone entrance hall is the spacious lounge, again with oak beams, exposed stone walls, log burning fire, sofas, TV & DVD player, & a selection of games.There is a small step into the cottage & a step down to the ground floor bedroom, making it the perfect place for those not able to climb lots of stairs. The cottage has full central heating throughout. We supply all bed linen, tea towels, hand & bath towels. There is also washing up liquid, washing powder & Molton Brown hand soap/mositerser in each bathroom. A welcome pack of wine, eggs, milk, tea & coffee, and jams.


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A beautiful and remote winter-wonderland getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were blessed with snow on the day we arrived, which set the scene for an idyllic four day stay over New Year. The cottage was home from home, with all amenities on hand, and tastefully dressed like something out of Good Homes magazine. It was beautifully presented with a seasonal, festive feel: a traditional Christmas tree with crooning music and a burning log fire on our arrival. We spent our holiday roaming the North Staffordshire countryside and it was always a pleasure to return to the cottage. Louise and Adrian were excellent hosts, and the dogs and ponies were an extra bonus for the children. Thank you for a lovely holiday!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow what a lovely review, thank you so much. We like to make New Years Eve and Christmas extra special but the snow setting brought the Magic!! Thank you for choosing Ford Wetley Cottage for your stay. Louise & Adrian
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Quiet and comfortable, ideal for extended families and anyone wanting quiet countryside.

  • 5 of 5

Six adults and one infant, a surprise birthday celebration and Ford Wesley Cottage was ideal. We had plenty of room, a log burner to keep us warm and some beautiful and exceptionally quiet countryside to explore. Louise and Adrian are excellent and helpful hosts and we all enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad your weekend went well and you enjoyed it at Ford Wetley. Hope to see you again one day. Louise & Adrian
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Great stay in wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

Great stay, lovely cottage, friendly owners. Very well stocked kitchen.

Lots to do in the locality (driving distance for most), cafes, bars, restaurants, with extensive info in the cottage (menus, phone numbers etc.). We had no mobile signal in the cottage but the wifi was ideal.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and very glad you enjoyed your stay at Ford Wetley. Louise & Adrian
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Wonderful stay, thoroughly recomend

  • 5 of 5

Right from the moment we entered the property we had a very warm welcome. The cottage had all that was required for a perfect weekend retreat in the winter. The cottage was furnished to a very high standard with extremely comfortable beds and a more than adequate heating system topped up with a log burning stove and a large basket of logs. The bountiful gift pack was very much appreciated. The kitchen had all the appliances and utensils that were required together with a plentiful supply of crockery and glasses. Particularly useful when celebrating a special birthday for my wife!

Louise and Adrian were the perfect hosts always available but never overbearing. We especially enjoyed the location and setting, together with their Shetland ponies and dogs.

Thank you for a wonderful and memorable stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything was perfect and just as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

House was warm and comfortable. Well equipped and easily accommodated 6 people. Scenery beautiful, plenty of walking. Very family friendly and the owners so helpful and welcoming.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Lovely to meet you and your family and do hope we meet you again one day. Louise & Adrian
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Surprise 30th Birthday Weekend!...He loved every s

  • 5 of 5

6 of us stayed at the cottage, 2 couples and 2 friends sharing. I have to say upon entering the cottage I was so pleased, its like a home from home with lovely decoration. Nora Jones was playing on the stereo and it was all lit so lovely and was nice and warm! We had a gist of wine, eggs, milk and chocolates!

The bedding was pretty and the beds themselves were like sleeping in a giant marshmallow! I was pleased to see there were en-suite bathroom/shower room for each bedroom so we didn't need to share.

We went to the chicken pen one morning and collected eggs, we stroked the ponies who were so friendly and we enjoyed having the odd visit from the family dog Murphy (wish we could have kept him all weekend)!

It was a bit chilly the weekend we stayed so we enjoyed the log fire and used the fire pit outside one night and cooked marshmallows!

The kitchen has everything you need! wee cooked pizzas, Mexican and a Sunday roast!

There are walkways around the cottage and a hidden table and tyre swing!

I cannot recommend this place highly enough, although the pictures look lovely they do not do it justice!

We will definitely be back!


Kate, Gregg, Laura, Steve, Joel & Jim!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, were very glad your weekend was a success. Hope to see you again one day. Louise & Adrian
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
M6 or M1
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Car: necessary

Whether it’s adventure and action at Alton Towers, just 7 miles away, rock climbing on the stunning cliffs and crags, getting dirty on a mountain bike which can be hired locally or just a good long walk around Dovedale, the Manifold trail to name but a few it’s all here. Or maybe you’re after a more relaxing time, a stroll around the excellent Peak Wildlife Park just 2 miles away or why not go and visit the magnificent Chatsworth House or browse around the market towns of Leek, Ashbourne, Buxton & Bakewell. Take a trip down memory lane on the Churnet Valley Steam Railway or visit the place that inspired Rudyard Kiplings parents. Or just get some of the fantastic local foods and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the cottage and all the wildlife that comes to visit. It’s so peaceful, no road noise, just the birds and the sheep, the ultimate in tranquillity! The cottage is just 15 minutes drive from the picturesque market towns of Leek & Ashbourne with all the essential shops

Other Activities: Rock Climbing

Golf: Golf Clubs are located at Leek and Buxton, within easy reach of the cottage. There is also a club in Whiston.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We do allow up to 2 well behaved dogs. Dogs are not allowed on bedding, furniture and must be kept out of all bedrooms and upstairs. They are also not allowed to be left alone in the property at any time. There is a £30 extra cleaning fee added to bookings, but if any damage or extra mess is left, then a further cleaning fee will be payable. Family friendly dogs only and no puppies under 12 months old. Sorry no cats.

Please only bring dogs that are 'country friendly' and get on with other dogs, chickens and other animals as we have our own animals roaming around and the fields are covered with lambs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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