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Beautiful 18th Century Limestone Farmhouse In The Peak National Park

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Farmhouse in Brushfield, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England - Lovely Views And Idyllic Walks From The Doorstep

Sleeping 8, Lower Farm is a five bedroom, three bathroom, south-facing farmhouse tucked into the hillside with beautiful uninterrupted views across the valley. The farmhouse is one of four farms that make up the hamlet of Brushfield, 10 minutes from Buxton and Bakewell. There are many spectacular walks from the green lane in front of the house, including the Monsal Trail, (with the excellent Monsal Head pub en route), Cressbrook Dale, High Dale and the beautiful River Wye. The house has a small, enclosed lawn and pretty cottage garden, three stone terraces (two south-facing for al fresco eating; one tucked round the back with a 10’ netted trampoline for the kids), a front and back croft, often occupied by some friendly sheep and lambs, and a garage (occasionally occupied by lambs or used as a hay storage / play area).


Brushfield Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Shower Room 3 - shower
  • The First Bathroom, off landing, opposite Master Bedroom with free standing bath; the Second Bathroom, off landing, opposite Brass Bed Bedroom with bath. Downstairs the Shower Room has a cubicle shower and large heated towel rail.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Bedroom over kitchen, Tempur mattress.
    Victorian Brass Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bunk Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Full size, very well built bunk beds (sleeps 2)
    Bunk Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Full size, very well built bunk beds (sleeps 2)
    Downstairs Single Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom One (Master Bedroom) with 7' long double bed with Tempur mattress, Bedroom Two with restored Victorian brass double bed, Bedrooms Three and Four with full size Warren Evans bunk beds (mainly used by children, but they are very comfortable for grown ups too), Downstairs Single Bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Notes on accommodation: We’d like Lower Farm to feel as homely to you as it does to us. That’s why we’ve left a selection of our books, DVDs, games and our best kitchen equipment for your use. It is not an anodyne rental: it is a real home with character and the odd little flaw. There are Derbyshire stone floors throughout the ground floor, with rugs in most rooms. Upstairs, the double rooms have wooden floors with rugs; the bunk bed rooms are carpeted. All the bedrooms have high quality mattresses, either pure linen or Egyptian cotton bed linen and feather/down pillows. There are generous down duvets on the doubles and the best quality synthetic duvets on the bunks. Oil-fired central heating plus the Aga, open fire and wood-burning stove keep the house cosy and warm. There is free wireless internet throughout. The landline is available and calls will be charged at cost. Mobile phones tend to work well. Sorry, no pets. No smoking indoors please. Outside: Lower Farm has about an acre of land which includes the garden and terraces detailed earlier and the front and back crofts. There are two outside tables with chairs, plus a couple of benches. The garden and terraces are, of course, always accessible, though if the crofts have sheep or lambs in them, parental supervision of children and careful closing of gates is important! The ‘green lane’ that runs past the house is gated at either end. This is a public bridleway and also allows 4x4s and trail bikes through. Most weekdays you’ll only ever see walkers passing, at weekends you tend to get a few land rovers and trail bikes. Our children play tennis, football and ride bikes in the lane and any passing drivers have always been extremely considerate. Car parking is to the side of the house. Utility Room: The Utility Room has the washing machine, pegs, clothes horse, ironing board and iron. (The washing line is up near the pigsties. You can avoid any ironing by folding clothes on the Aga.) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen (bedrooms and kitchen) are included. The house will be cleaned and linen changed after seven days. Other: The Dining Room has a large open fire and a table seating eight comfortably. The Play Room, with colourful rugs, and wall mounted blackboard, contains a table & stools, table football, games, arts & craft stuff.


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Beautiful 18th Century Limestone Farmhouse In The Peak National Park
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

A wonderful stay in a home from home location

  • 5 of 5

A stay at this cottage was exactly what was needed to relax, unwind and recharge. Beautiful views, peace and quiet, nice dark skies for star gazing and wonderful walks on your doorstep for people of all ages, including young children.

The owner of this cottage provides an extensive help guide for house use, and this was very much appreciated. Especially with recycling, how to use the lovely Aga and the fire place.

The cottage itself is cute, large, warm and as a large group we were never without hot water. There is also WIFI, and so even though you can switch off you don’t have to be disconnected if you don’t want to.

We highly recommend this cottage as a ‘go to place’, not being far from Bakewell you can enjoy the quiet but still seek out civilisation if you want.

We will be staying again.

Thank you for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Rebecca, for taking the time to write that lovely review - that's pretty much how we feel about Lower Farm so it's really good to hear you think the same! Best, Jo
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A lovely winter holiday

  • 5 of 5

The house fulfilled all expectations. It is a lovely house. It was clean and very comfortable, with plenty of space for us all. The owner was very responsive and friendly, even when we broke her cafetiere and accidentally walked off with her Guinness Book of Records! We were there in some real winter weather - deep snow and blizzards - but were cosy and warm. We enjoyed long walks along footpaths and tracks, with stop overs at the pub and cafe just a mile and a half away, and some of us enjoyed sledging in the snow! It is beautiful countryside with lots to do even on the days it rained (Buxton, the agricultural auction and market - and Bakewell tarts - in Bakewell, Castleton). The neighbours were very helpful with making sure we could get in and out by salting the access road, and it was a boon to have plenty of logs provided for the fire. We struggled a bit with the Aga with its fluctuating oven temperatures but did manage to cook some lovely meals in the spacious kitchen. Altogether a very happy stay in what really does feel like a family home.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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peaceful country retreat

  • 5 of 5

A spacious, cosy farmhouse with loads of character nestled in a rural location overlooking hills. A great place to unwind, but also close to plenty of footpaths for walking.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful old farm house with lovely unspoilt views over the countryside. The aga in the kitchen heated the whole house and gave plenty of hot water and was surprisingly easy to cook on. There was a nice homely feel to the farm house. In a peaceful setting but not too far from all the attractions the Peak District has to offer.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely large farmhouse with lots of character

  • 5 of 5

As a group of friends meeting up for a weekend get together, we needed a place to stay that had lots of bedrooms and this property fit the bill! The farmhouse was clean and warm with a lovely Aga in the kitchen an open fire in the dining room and a wood burner in the sitting room. The large table in the dining room was ideal for us too. Three bathrooms meant there were no problems and everyone was happy in a room of their own. We will definitely book the farmhouse again for next years meet up!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kath! Very glad you had such a nice time & thanks for reviewing on line. Hope you'll be back soon. Best wishes, Jo
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Excellent weekend away

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, charming cottage with full modern facilities. Located in a small hamlet along the walking path to Monsail Head. Very peaceful and gorgeous views around. Cottage is rather big with several well-equipped bedrooms. I loved plastered walls, feature stones and comfy beds. Adults and children all were equally happy and my son wants to come back in December! I loved aga, dishes cooked were slightly different but had rustic charm and tasted delicious. There are several well-known attractions nearby; you can visit local pubs (food served till 2pm for lunch), Chatsworth farm shop offers excellent variety of organic food. I was pleasantly surprised with cottage and all things to do nearby.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Joanne Bain
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Joanne Bain

We are the Bain family (Jo, David, Saskia and Louis) and we live part time in London, and escape as often as possible to Lower Farm. Jo's maternal grandmother's family came from Derbyshire, and many are buried in Hope churchyard; David was brought up north of the Peak District in Cheshire, and we all feel very at home in this beautiful part of the country.

Joanne Bain purchased this farmhouse in 2010

Why Joanne Bain chose Brushfield

We bought Lower Farm as our much loved weekend and holiday home in 2010. We chose it, after looking all over the Peak National Park, because it's in a very special location: beautifully rural and peaceful, close to a huge range of interesting things to do (caves to explore; horses to ride; rocks to climb; endless walks through extraordinary landscapes) and very easy to get to, as we're just off the main road between Bakewell and Buxton, though the steep lane means you'd never know you were so close.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Lower Farm has a warm and welcoming character and manages to be both cosy and spacious, even when it's full of people. Perhaps our favourite part is that we can walk straight out from the door on any number of lovely walks, whether it's a short circuit around High Dale (a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an astonishing display of cowslips in late spring) or a day-long adventure across to Cressbrook Dale or across the valley to Shelton. Wherever you go you see such wonderful wildlife: a toad sitting on the footpath, an owl on the dry stone wall at dusk, fox cubs playing on the lane to the house, little lambs in every field in the spring and early summer. We hope you'll enjoy it all as much as we do.



We’ve never yet made it out of the Peak National Park, enjoying the odd dip in the River Wye, a twenty minute walk from the house. But should you wish to visit the coast, Blackpool (Pleasure Beach and Theme Park) is served by a direct train from Buxton station in two hours twenty minutes. The beautiful north Wales coast is about two hours drive and the end of pier delights of Cleethorpes about an hour and fifty minutes away.


M1 junction 28 is a forty minute drive from the house. M6 junction 18 is a fifty minute drive from the house.

Nearest airport is Manchester International (one hour by car).

Nearest rail stations: Buxton (15 min drive); Chesterfield (30 min drive); Macclesfield (30 min drive).

Avis have a car rental office at Macclesfield station.

Enterprise Car Hire operate a local pick-up service.

Further Details:

Brushfield is excellently located in the heart of the White Peak (limestone) area of the Peak National Park.

The towns of Buxton and Bakewell are only about ten minutes drive away. Bakewell is an attractive and busy market town with lovely places for lunch, interesting independent shops and plenty of Bakewell puddings for sale. Buxton is a spa town with a grand Opera House and Pavillion Gardens, and, helpfully, a Waitrose and a Morrisons.

Ashford in the Water, just four miles down the road from Brushfield, is a very pretty traditional Derbyshire village, famous for its Well Dressings in early summer, with a lovely church, post office, village store & delicatessen (Ibbotsons), hotel, restaurant and good pub. Feed the ducks by the Sheepwash Bridge or have a cup of tea at the cafe.

Chatsworth House is a 20 minutes drive away and a favourite of ours: it has an amazing children’s adventure playground and stunning gardens (including a maze) that delight everyone in our family.

Haddon Hall is a similar distance away and is the finest medieval house in the country.

Hardwick Hall is a forty minute drive, owned by the National Trust and is a classic example of an Elizabethan manor house.

Local Walks

There are too many to detail here, but we can provide plenty of guidance should you want to plan ahead. Some of our favourites from the house include Monsal Dale, the walk to Ashford, looking for the rare orchids in High Dale or walking across to Cressbrook Dale.

Beyond that we often take a short drive to the Dark Peak (a wilder, rockier landscape) to explore Stanton Moor, the Roaches (like a giant rocky, naturally formed, playground) or Kinder Scout.

Other easily accessed activities include rock climbing, horse riding (both for experienced adults and children’s lessons), gliding, fishing, mountain biking or cycling, golf and swimming. We can help direct you to many of these in advance of your stay and the house has a good selection of guide books and information.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Contact owner direct.
Deposit of 30% to secure booking, the balance is payable 6 weeks before letting. A refundable damage bond of £200 is required at this stage (this is returnable within 7 days of vacating the property subject to Lower Farm's inventory remaining intact, and the house left in a satisfactory condition, fair wear and tear excluded.)
Payment by electronic transfer or cheque.

Changeover Day:
We are flexible, but for week long stays, the best changeover day tends to be Friday.
Normally guests should arrive after 4pm and depart by 10am on their last morning.

Notes on prices:
Prices include all oil central heating and electricity costs. Telephone calls will be charged at cost. Logs are provided for an evening's fire; any additional logs will be available at a small cost.
Per night rates for peak periods are from £145/nt; mid season periods from £135/nt; for low season periods from £130/nt.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.