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The best self-catering accommodation in the Peak District

Local author Helen Moat shares her favourite self-contained lodges, cottages and shepherds’ huts from the region.

From holiday cottages and farmhouses to shepherds’ huts and safari tents, we round up the best self-catering accommodation in the Peak District.

Beechenhill Farm

Ilam DE6 2BD

This tranquil farm, with wonderful views over the South Peak, offers two cosy self-catering cottages: The Old Wash House and Beechenhill Cottage, both sleeping two. There’s also a (wheelchair-friendly) converted barn – Cottage by the Pond – for six. For a touch of romance under the stars, you can wallow in the Swedish-style hot tub and the wood-fired barrel sauna hidden in the garden, where there’s also an outdoor shower and fireplace.

It’s a great location for families, with a child-friendly garden, treehouse, swing and even an adventure map of the farm, which will keep the little ones entertained.

Brosterfield Farm Cottages

Foolow S32 5QB

There are plenty of options at Brosterfield Farm. The farmhouse sleeps up to 20. There are a number of beautifully converted cottages and barns: Brewers Cottage, Fern Cottage, Brosterfield Suite and Cottage all sleep two; Shippon and the Old Dairy sleep six, and for rustic romance, there are also two shepherds’ huts.

All the accommodation is exquisitely furbished. If you don’t mind paying for a little bit of luxury in the countryside, Brosterfield Farm is an excellent choice. Good for friend and family groups.

Darwin Forest Country Park Lodges

Two Dales

These contemporary-styled self-catering lodges (sleeping two to eight people, some with hot tubs), are set in tranquil parkland between woods and moorland. There’s plenty to do within the grounds with a restaurant and bar; leisure centre with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa and gym.

You can rent bikes, take walks in the woodland, or try out the orienteering course and trim trail in the grounds. Other options include tennis, mini-golf and an indoors games room – or just relax on the terrace with a glass of wine and watch the rabbits and squirrels at play.

Dovestone Holiday Park

Dovestone Park, 1st right of Bank Lane, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7NB

Beside Dovestone Reservoir and close to the pretty canal-side settlement of Uppermill, with easy access to the Dark Peak villages of Holmfirth and Marsden across the ‘Isle of Skye Road.

Dovestone Holiday Park is a good choice for those who prefer glamping to camping. Choose between the four- and six-berth cabins, complete with spa and dining terrace or the more modest glamping pods.

The Gathering

Grindslow House, Grindsbrook Booth, Edale

‘Roam far, gather near’ is the motto of this farm, which sits just below Dark Peak moorland and abounds in walking potential. The lodges are strung out along the wooded valley of Grindlow Brook, enticing guests to have fun in nature in the true spirit of an Enid Blyton adventure story: swim in the stream below a waterfall, pick bilberries or build dens in the woodlands.

The meadows are set up for badminton, rounders, cricket, football and cross-country croquet. The tented safari lodges balance the romance of camping with luxury. With running water, soft mattresses, wood-burner (with daily wood delivered), chest with games and books, chic patio outdoor living and luxurious bathroom facilities, the Gathering is a far cry from old-fashioned camping.

Hoe Grange Holidays

Hoe Grange Farm, Brassington DE4 4HP

This immaculate farm, in rolling countryside below the High Peak Trail, offers four spacious cabins, three sleeping four and one sleeping six. Owners Felicity and David have worked hard to reduce the business’s carbon footprint with solar panels and a wind turbine, supplying much of the farm’s energy requirements.

Hoe Grange best self-catering accommodation peak district

The couple are fastidious in their attention to detail and in their care of visitors, personally greeting guests on arrival, and welcoming them with homemade biscuits and bread, along with free-range eggs from the farm. Always seeking to extend their range of accommodation (in an environmentally sensitive way), there are now two camping pods, fully equipped with kitchen and bathroom) and a romantic gypsy caravan in a secluded corner of the farm. The lantern lit, barrel-shaped sauna and wood-fuelled hot tub on the edge of the farm also add a nice touch for total relaxation under the stars at the end of a busy sightseeing day.

But it’s the award-winning ‘access for all’ accommodation, along with stabling for horse owners that makes this accommodation special. A few hundred yards up through fields will take walkers, cyclists and horseriders on to the High Peak Trail. Bicycles can be hired (there’s also a secure bike shed) and a Boma 7 all-terrain wheelchair for guests with limited mobility.

Hopton Hall Holiday Cottages & Gardens

Hopton Close, Hopton Hall, Hopton DE4 4DF

For anyone interested in gardening (or prefers to admire the handiwork of others) this is a lovely place to have a break in the grounds of Hopton Hall with its restored gardens.

Hopton Hall best self-catering accommodation peak district

There are five beautifully furbished holiday cottages: The Granary (sleeping 14); Butler’s Quarters and Gardener’s Quarters (sleeping eight); The Card House (six) and Dovecot (four). Live as if to the manor born – or at least as a very comfortable servant. Carsington Water, offering water sports, cycling and walking, is close by.

Kiss Wood Cabins

Nettlebeds Farm, Wincle SK11 0PQ

If you are looking for peace and tranquillity in beautiful nature, Nettlebeds Farm is the place for you. The nearby woodland is inhabited by deer and filled with bluebell colour in spring, while the now defunct feeder canal for Rudyard Lake is a haven for wildlife.

There are three camping pods on the farm, two with jacuzzies. All come with en-suite bathroom, kitchen, dining area, an outdoor picnic bench and chairs. Free-range eggs and charcoal packs (for the barbecue) are available for purchase.

New Hanson Grange

Near Milldale, Ashbourne DE6 1NN

Close to Milldale and Dovedale, as well as the Manifold and Tissington Trails, the bungalow and shepherds’ huts on this old farm surrounded by countryside are the perfect location for cycling and walking. The bungalow is well equipped and tastefully decorated.

The shepherds’ huts, tucked away on the edge of newly planted woodland with an outlook over to Dovedale and Milldale, have a wood burning stove, double bed and outside seating, with the shower block and toilets just a short stroll through the apple orchard. You can choose between self-catering or from a selection of breakfast hampers that can be delivered to your door.

Oaker Farm Holiday Cottages

Lose Hill Lane, off Edale Rd, Hope S33 6AF

Situated at the base of Lose Hill these cottages have fine views out over Edale. There are four cottages, all beautifully presented: Losehill and Winhill sleep four (both with wood-burning stoves and private patio area); while the Old Dairy Cottage sleeps two.

Oaker Farm best self-catering accommodation peak district

For something really special, try the tucked away Haddy’s Hut, a bespoke shepherd’s hut for two, fully kitted out.

Swallow Bank Shepherds Huts

Swallow Bank Farm, Bank Vale Rd, Hayfield SK22 2EZ

Think Thomas Hardy, bygone times, secluded farmland and leafy trees – far from the madding crowd – and you get the picture.

Swallow Bank best self-catering accommodation peak district

The two bijou and utterly romantic traditional shepherds’ huts sit beneath the Lantern Pike near Hayfield, with easy access to the Sett Valley Trail and Kinder Scout.

Thimble Cottages

Youlgreave DE45 1UR

Cutesy hideaways of bijou proportions in the heart of Youlgreave village: The Thimble Cottages. Thimble, Dawson and Tweddledee cottages each sleep two.

These cottages (with pint-sized patio gardens) are surprisingly well equipped for their size and are nicely decorated throughout.

Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages

Earl Sterndale SK17 0AA

Immaculately maintained farm accommodation. There are nine cottages, sleeping between two to four people, contemporary in style but homely. The breakfast basket includes homemade jam and eggs from the owners’ own chickens. Children can use the play room and there are various animals to pet and feed.

Wheeldon Trees Farm best self-catering accommodation peak district

Best of all, there are four electric bikes available free of charge for guests – a real bonus in the hilly Peak District.

The Wriggly Tin

Wormhill, Millers Dale

Delightfully quirky holiday let near the Monsal Head in Millers Dale. This property just oozes character, with its stone base and corrugated sheet-iron upper floor. Despite its rustic appearance, the accommodation has been furbished to a high spec throughout; modern, fresh and airy while retaining some original features.

There’s a patio and grassed area with views out to open countryside. Sleeps up to nine people. The self-catering accommodation is in the heart of the Wye Valley, just within a stone’s throw of the Monsal Trail and delightful river walks on the Wye.

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