|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
The Duck House is a beautiful ground floor barn conversion, recently refurbished to a very high standard. It has a modern feel, but still boasts wonderful old beams throughout the property allowing a sense of space with pitched ceilings in both the sitting room and bedroom. French doors on the west side of the property give the barn wonderful amounts of light throughout the day, and has a private terrace and garden which is completely dog proof. Well behaved dogs are welcome.
We are thrilled to offer a lovely modern cottage with incredibly spacious living accommodation that has super views and is yet wonderfully private. Beautifully converted with apex ceilings and open plan living. Decorated to a very high standard with lovely furnishings and those special home touches to make your stay even more enjoyable.
Wonderful open plan kitchen/dining and living area with 60" TV/ surround sound, DVD, sound bar.
A dining table that seats 6 comfortably allowing you to host your visitors. Super comfy sofa with a love chair and large coffee table. There is a selection of DVD's, games and books for guests to use.
The kitchen has everything you should need in a working kitchen. It is modern, with cream gloss units. Plenty of storage cupboards for food etc. There is a generous amount of kitchen utensils, crockery, glasses etc. There is a dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, electric oven with ceramic hob. Upright fridge freezer and coffee machine. There is also an additional storage room to hang coats/store shoes, wellies etc.
Two bedrooms are located at the back of the property.
Bedroom one has a kingside bed and a super ensuite which has a bath/shower combination, WC, and sink. There is also an electric towel rail. The bedroom has good storage, flat screen TV and hair dryer.
Bedroom Two can either offer a super king size bed or twin beds as the matress can be unzipped/zipped. It has a flatscreen TV, hairdryer and built in wardrobes. A further ensuite wet room with a fabulous shower with dual shower heads, WC and sink. The wet room has underfloor heating.
High quality bed linen is provided (Egyptian cotton) with super king size duvets (Seasonal duvets are used, hypo allergenic). Also provided are sumptuous extra large bath towels, hand towels and flannels.
The whole property has underfloor heating provided through a biomass boiler system. The property has fibre optic broadband.
The verandah is at the front of the property and as it is south facing you wake up with the sun but have the bonus of watching magnificent sun sets in the west. The verandah is a wonderful sun trap and not only holds a very comfortable outdoor sun couch, but also a table with two benches. It's the most wonderful place to eat breakfast, lunch or supper. There is also a BBQ for guests to use.
The garden is completely fenced and dog proof.
The lockable garden shed is located at the back of the property and can store bikes or fishing equipment.
From the cottage, it is a 10 minute walk to the village shop/off licence/post office. A fifteen minute walk will get you to Tesco Express, chemist, fish and chip shop, Domino Pizza and Aldi.
We have slowly and lovingly restored the family farm back to life - it has taken over ten years, but we have almost finished. We are incredibly proud to have achieved a Five Star Gold Award, and a Breakfast Award for the Bed and Breakfast accommodation which has now been running for over 5 years. We have a wonderful flow of returning guests. Some say its the cooking, others come to admire the views of a working farm, especially during the summer months at harvest time. We are really thrilled with The Duck House conversion, and there is already a list of guests forming who would like to move into it permanently! The Old Tea Room is a superbly appointed wooden cottage conversion which is tucked away from the main farmhouse but sits on the edge of the garden allowing visitors to have that extra bit of privacy. Both properties can be rented out together for larger groups and we can also offer room only in the B&B if that extra bed is needed and the barns are full!
The farm was inherited over fifteen years ago, and we are the fourth generation to live here. Originally it was one of the biggest dairy farms in Derbyshire. Now however, it is run as an arable farm. The farm is easily located and because we are so central, you can get to various parts of the country really easily which also means you can have a touch of the rural qualities without being off the beaten track. Very accessible to the M1 and M6, and yet you can be in the Peak District within 10 minutes drive.
Incredibly private accommodation and not overlooked at all. The property offers open field views and there is a small enclosed verandah with tables and chairs for guests to use.
The lake during the summer months is wonderful, and offers some superb coarse fishing, or if you are feeling a little more keen, open water swimming is allowed. The lake is only a very short walk away from the cottage - literally 100 metres. There is also a lockable shed for bicycles and fishing equipment. The verandah is dog proof and has a gated entrance onto it. The garden is also fenced with a gated entrance onto the cottage driveway.
The duckhouse was absolutely fantastic and better than we could have ever imagined. We stayed for 1 week over Christmas. Sally had tastefully decorated The Duckhouse House in preperation for our arrival, along with mince pies and a jug of milk. The house was spotless when we arrived and there was plenty of room for the two of us and our two dogs. Parking is in the courtyard right next to the duckhouse front door. There are lots of places to walk around the farm and into the village. Dovedale was 25 minutes drive away. Sally and Charlie were fabulous hosts and were on hand with anything we needed. We are definitely going to book again and will be recommending to our family and friends.
What an amazing place! As far as I understand there is a small B&B on site and also 2 cottages that could be rented. We stayed in the smallest which was 'The Duck House.' This was a lovely, well decorated one bedroom property with an open plan kitchen/diner and living room. Everything was finished to a high standard and truly felt no that expense had been spared.
Upon arrival we had a lovely welcoming committee of ducks and hens greet us. I'm not sure if they were trained to do so but it was a nice surprise all the same and a reminder that you are on a working farm. The host had left us 6 gorgeous chicken eggs, a pint of milk in the fridge, a packet of luxury biscuits and two very tasty caramel slices. These are all small touches which did not have to be made but really did make the difference to us and made us feel welcomed and looked after.
You have all you will ever need inside the cottage however a stones throw away in either direction you have a number of village pubs and restaurants. There is a supermarket not too far away and it is about a 20 minute drive into Burton if you want to wander around the shops.
Sally who hosted us was really friendly, polite and we felt could not do enough to help us. All of this together made for a truly relaxing stay. We would really recommend to anyone who is after a nice relaxing break.
Thank you for having us!
There are dog friendly cottages then there is the Duck House. The garden is enclosed and secure, open fields for the dogs to run in and the icing on the cake as far as our 4(yes 4 were allowed) were concerned a fantastic lake for swimming. For us humans the cottage had absolutely everything we could ask for and was An easy 15 min stroll to the village shops and two nice pubs. We have booked for next year already.
Bill, Liz & Roy, Poppy, Jethro and Bawbee
This was our third visit to the Duck House as it is ideal for a couple with the added advantage of allowing a well behaved dog. The property is modern, bright, exceptionally clean and has everything you need for an enjoyable stay.
Situated at Hall Croft farm with a large lake it makes an excellent holiday location for our four legged friends. We will be back.......we love it.
We had a lovely stay at the Duck house. Very comfortable. Enclosed garden was perfect for the dog. Would definitley stay again. Perfect, i would recommend to anyone wanting a rexaing stay away
Sally and Charlie made us feel very welcome. The property had all we needed and lots of extra's too. The cream tea was lovely and the free range eggs a bonus. The courtyard garden a pleasure to sit in, lots of places to visit nearby.
The fishing for Mick was enjoyable scenery wise but weather still a bit chilly but caught Bream and Tench.
We had a wonderful holiday and would recommend it to friends and family. Sally a great host, thank you.
East Midlands Airport is approximately 20 minutes drive from the farm, just off the A50 and Junction 5. The M1 is south of the farm, junction 24, and access from the M6, junction 15 is west and approximately 30 minutes drive. Hatton & Tutbury train station is a 5 minute drive. There is a fairly decent bus service V1 that stops almost at the bottom of the farm drive every hour. It is recommended that guests have use of a car.
The farm drive is approximately a quarter of a mile long, but it is flat, so walking into the village is a pleasant walk, and to get a morning paper would probably take you about 10 minutes. Tutbury is 3.5 miles. Uttoxeter is 6 miles and is well known for its race course. Castle Donington race track is approx 15/20 mins drive just off the A50. We are in easy reach of The National Trust properties - Kedleston Hall (approx 9 miles) Sudbury Hall (approx 4 miles) and Calke Abbey (approx 15 mile
There is an excellent selection of shops in the village, which include a post office/off licence, Tesco Express, Aldi, Chemist, Doctors Surgery, Optician, Beautician, Hair Dressers, and a variety of takeaways. There are some great food pubs not far from the farm. The Talbot in the village doesn't serve food, but has guest beers.