This is a traditional early C18 limestone barn, its back resolutely turned against the north winds.
We have renovated it meticulously to keep the original features from its days as a place where cows sheltered from the Pennine winters. There are old beams and stone flags – but also lots of insulation and lovely cosy central heating which you can control yourself. Exceptionally for one-bedroomed holiday accommodation, there are several rooms downstairs plus all the upstairs to relax in as well.
The sitting room is warm and welcoming, with a log burning stove, comfy chairs, antiques, books and jigsaws. Walk through to the pretty dining room with pine table and chairs, and there’s a door out to one of the little sheltered courtyards where the pigs used to snuffle. On a sunny day you can eat al fresco!
The kitchen is all bespoke, with plenty of equipment for as much cooking as you fancy – and a microwave if you don’t. This also goes out into a little courtyard, and then through into our croft where you can watch the sun go down over Wetton Hill. (There are tables and chairs there in the fine weather.)
At the other end of the barn is the bedroom. This is carpeted to be cosy for bare feet, and has a superb French antique bed – with brand new luxury mattress!
The bathroom is actually a wet room with shower, so it’s really easy to wander in and out. And easy for anyone who is stiff in the joints, there’s even a little stool so you can sit under the shower. Towels are provided of course.
If that doesn’t sound special enough already – go up the old outside steps to the raftered hayloft, which we have turned into a sort of leisure area. There’s an antique snooker table, a well-tuned piano and lots of books. Another log burning stove and comfy chairs makes this a perfect place to relax on a wet day or after a long walk.
You will be able to enjoy seeing here the Dark and White Collection of engravings of the Peak District – a wonderful artistic surprise!
Our holiday cottage in Alstonefield has off-road parking and the two courtyards, the croft – and all the rest of the glorious Peak District to explore – just walk from the barn to start the adventure.
- Two log burning stoves
- Snooker table
- TV with freesat and dvd player
- Rural wifi
- Range-style cooker with gas hob
- Large wardrobe
- Hair dryer