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Luxury Animal Rescue Farm by Dovedale - Peak District National Park. Sleeps up to 30 Guests

Bedrooms 13
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Dovedale, Ilam. Peak District - Stunning Location Nestled between Dovedale and Manifold Valleys. Ideal for any Occasio

Lower Damgate Farm (Damgate.com) is a 16th Century Farm nestled between Dovedale and the Manifold valley in a stunning area of The Peak District National Park. Our 20 acre four star property, sleeps up to 23/4 guests in the Courtyard property, plus another 5 in the Farmhouse. Exclusive use for 28/ 30 guests. Hire is for either the courtyard, or the whole. (However The Old B&B Rooms (5) can also be hired separately). The property is ideal for large groups, get away breaks, family holidays, birthdays, reunions, gatherings, special events, weddings or relaxing weekends.

Bookings are directly with the owner on 01335 310367.

The spacious courtyard property (Reuben’s Roost, Bremen’s Barn and Hope’s Hideaway) is set up for large groups only, sleeping up to 23/24. This property as one is the ideal setting for group gatherings with the space to all get together or to be separate depending upon your needs. If you include the farmhouse property sleeping a further 5 guests, you have exclusive use of the whole property sleeping up to 28 plus 2.

As well as being fitted out to a very high standard with luxury furnishings, good beds and luxury linen included, the whole property has all the latest technology with Wi-Fi and Satellite TV incorporating distinctive and original features, plush furnishings and antiques. There is also a separate games room with entertainment and a super league pool table and there is a large laundry room with shared utility equipment. Featured in the Best of Britain Sunday Times Travel Section, Lower Damgate Farm offer stunning views, luxurious and comfortable home surroundings where you can relax and escape the world.

Outside there are many areas to explore. Patio decking areas with garden furniture and stone built BBQ's. Large lawn enclosed garden which is "safe" for children with a little tykes play area, further garden seating and an adventure climbing frame for the older children.

We mow the paddock and orchard during summer months for outdoor games with picnic tables and lovely views. There are also 20 acres of farm grounds that you are welcome to use and explore.

We have a small working farm and provide a forever home to a number of alpacas, goats, horses and ponies as well as ducks, geese and chickens. All ages love to interact with them and many enjoy helping to feed the ducks on the pond or collecting eggs straight after lay, as well as holding a handful of corn for a greedy goat to nibble.

Animals are part of our farm so guests should be aware of this before booking.

Dogs are welcome in the courtyard property, however we keep the farm house rooms free of animals in case anyone has allergies.

In addition we also have a hot tub & party barn by separated negotiation

Our policy is that "Nothing is a Problem" and a warm welcome is always assured.


More Details

Carolyn Wilderspin
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
9 October, 2017

About Carolyn Wilderspin

It is important to me that my guests have a wonderful time and that my property is right for them. I have a policy that "nothing is a problem" at the farm and my aim is to make my guests feel that they can relax and not have to worry about anything. I try my best and provide a "helpful list" so that my guests can make use of all this area has to offer, or even find a suitable chef or take away to order in for when they arrive. Nothing is problem at the farm. However it is my guests who make it special not me.

I am only an email or phone call away and am happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your accommodation or event needs personally. I look forward to talking to you and hopefully meeting you soon.

Carolyn Wilderspin purchased this farmhouse in 1996

Why Carolyn Wilderspin chose Derbyshire Dales

Lower Damgate Farm is a Grade 2 listed Derbyshire longhouse. The stone structures dates back to 1585 though the farm is years older than that. We found a Neolithic axe head in the stone walls and Vikings settled in this area. Later the Romans used the farm for smelting and a kiln was forged. We unearthed an original Roman Culvert when we renovated the farm. This runs along the length of the drive and is fed by our own well further up the hill.

The farm had been left to go into disrepair and was derelict before we bought it in 1996. We have spent many years lovingly restoring it to its original beauty. The properties have been sympathetically restored using original materials and though there is state of the art technology hidden in the walls, we have tried to retain as much of the character and look of the buildings as possible.

The is an abundance of history surrounding the farm, Neolithic remains have been found on site as has a Saxon knife in one of the walls. The Vikings have a big History around this area as do the Romans with a hoard of gold found only a mile away.

In 2014 a hoard of coins was found in one of the caves along Dovedale, this is a mere mile from the farm, so who knows what's buried beneath us!

What makes this farmhouse unique

Set in Dovedale within the Peak District National Park, we are easily accessible from all travel routes as we are centrally situated in the UK. Our farm is an ideal location for large groups where everyone is based all around the country as we are based in the heart of the country.

We have animal sanctuary on site with a ménage of animals including alpacas and goats, and our guests often go an pet feed and interact with them all. We are a forever farm and all our animals have had sad beginnings but you can be assured they are very happy now and you can see this for yourselves when you visit. All our animals the Alpacas, ponies and goats are very friendly and like nothing better than have an ear rubbed or an apple or carrot fed into their eager mouths. Often children are wary when they first arrive but by the end of the stay or they will often have all the animals eating out of their hands m. I often go and get you and the children to come and help feed them, or collect eggs. We are a very relaxed venue and with the policy that nothing is a problem many guests come back to us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a rare find, there are'nt many properties like this. We had space, luxury, fam animals, perfect scenery and quite frankly Carolyn couldnt have accomodated us better. It was a fantastic place in which to celebrate our combined 90th Birthdays, we will be back. Robinson Family Berkshire

Our 8th stay and still as wonderful as ever, Thank you Carolyn for making our stay so special. Archer family Liverpool.

I've been in a dream, I dont want to go home. You have made our stay perfect. Thank you. Lucas family. Hong Kong

The most amazing place ever to have found for our wedding day, we cant believe our luck. Not only is the farm perfect but carolyn made all those special things happen and her relaxed way helped to make everything run smoothly. Thank you so Much. Kurt and Carmel

Absolutely perfect, better than home! Loads of space for the grandchildren & the properties are like a Tardis, we kept losing people. Especially loved the petting farm and all the fields to picnic in
Nov 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Ashbourne in East Staffordshire District

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 28 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - RR - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - BB - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 3 - BB - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - HH - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - HH - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - PP - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 x bathrooms with bath and wc 3 x shower rooms with wc
  • 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed , BB Downstairs triple room
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , BB This downstairs bedroom has bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , RR twin room has a half bed for a small child (no bedding)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , RR downstairs bedroom has a pullout bed for occasional use
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , RR Upstairs double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , BB - Downstairs Double
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Large Double Bed , BB Upstairs double
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed , HH Downstairs Double
    Bedroom 9 - 2 Single Bed , HH Downstairs Twin
    Bedroom 11 - 1 Large Double Bed , HH Upstairs Double
    Bedroom 10 - 2 Single Bed , HH Downstairs Twin
    Bedroom 12 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , PP - Upstairs Double with a Single Bed
    Bedroom 13 - 2 Single Bed , PP Upstairs Twin
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Courtyard Property Sleeps up to 23/24 guests in 11 bedrooms Plus the Farmhouse Old B&B Rooms sleep up to an additional 5 guests in 2 bedrooms. Exclusive Use sleeps up to 28/30 guests. In 13 bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: 5 x Double Bedrooms 2 x Double Beds plus a single 4 x twin 1 x triple 1 x bunk bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 10 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All details can be found on Damgate.com. The farm is suitable for large groups, family get-together reunions and wedding parties. We have a large barn for events and 20 acres for DIY corporate functions. There are gardens for relaxing, dining, safe play and decking areas with stone built massive BBQs. Hot Tub. Childrens play equipment, Swings, a little Tykes play area. Outside: 20 acres of grounds for everyone to use. There is a large decking area and stone built BBQs, a separate (safe) garden area for smaller children, this includes a little Tykes play area and large lawn. There is a paddock with an adventure play areas for older children with ropes and swings. We have Hot tub for use by arrangement. On site we also have an animal sanctuary and encourge young and old to meet and feed the animals. There is also a large event barn ( by seperate negotiation) for those wishing to have events such as weddings and corporate team buildings. Utility Room: Freezer 2 x Washing Machines Airers Irons & Ironing Boards HighChairs Cots Videos WiFi Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is provided and Beds made up Guests need to bring their own bath towels. Other: There is a games room with super league pool, Free Wifi, TV with Free sat. Board games, sofas. There is also a pet farm and Animal Sanctuary on site We provide a helpful list so you can order catering or food delivery plus activities etc.


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Luxury Animal Rescue Farm by Dovedale - Peak District National Park. Sleeps up to 30 Guests
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I have to echo the other reviews and after looking at all the information and checking out the internet decided to book the whole property for our annual reunion with friends.... This is it, we have found the place to come back to year after year.

You will not be dissappointed, in fact our expectations were met and then some. The welcome gift was a bonus, The properties clean, cosy , beds very comfy and the owners very welcoming. I wasn't sure about the layout of the property before booking but as the owner explained it used to be three properties all connected but now merged into one. It was perfect. There is a big area for us all to meet up in but as our families have grown over the years ( we are now in our 40's with young children) we also had the added bonus of separate areas to put the children or there was the games room for the older ones. There was plenty of room to explore and find space if we needed. Which we didn't, as most of the time was spent in the big main room with a cosy fire catching up with friends.

The Animals were hilarious and we managed to feed the goats and alpacas. The children had never seen an alpaca up close and by day three it was first to the hen house to collect eggs for breakfast and then first in the field to feed the animals.

We managed a long walk into Dovedale from the farm, so no parking issues and the local pub was great and not too far, worth it for the local brew!. Without coining a phrase we will be back, it really is the perfect place.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Lower Damgate Farm as part of a group of university friends. We have gone away every year for the past 15 years and this is the best place we have ever stayed. Our ever growing numbers meant we needed something large but independent so we utilised the whole site. Cant fault it, loads of space, comfy beds, great facilities. The weather was great so we spent a lot of time outside having a BBQ and playing Rounder's, but as the evening got colder we went inside and there was plenty of room for all of us by the fire. I don't think the website does this place justice as we looked before we came and everything was better than we imagined. The added bonus of feeding the animals especially the comical goats was a treat for the children and they could get eggs from the hen house. After one or two broken eggs (sorry) we made the best and largest omelette. Carolyn was very kind and generous and we forgot to thank her for our welcome gift, a nice surprise after a long travel journey to meet up with old friends. I would definitely recommend and looking again for next year I don't think we will go anywhere else now we have found the perfect place.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lower damgate

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Carolyn for a lovely few days at your beautiful property ! We had such a fabulous time! Glorious weather - the sunshine just made the stunning location all the more enjoyable! The cottages are near to a lovely little village and country park and there are some fantastic walks at nearby Dovedale. The barn cottages were perfect - clean and comfy - and the welcome gift was a lovely touch! We had everything we needed for a wonderful family reunion! It was perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Manchester, East Midlands, Birmingham
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Watts Russel, Izzac Walton, The George & Royal Oak
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Derby (fm london 1.5 hrs) 24 mls or Buxton 16 mls
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
M6, M1 and M6 Toll
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ilam Hall NT Tea Rooms - 1 m away
Car: necessary

Lower Damgate Farm is also home to Dovedale Animal Sanctuary. We invite all guests to join in feeding the Goats, Alpacas, Ponies and Horses, as well as collecting eggs and feeding the ducks.

We host 12 weddings a year in our dedicated Event barn with capacity for 120 guests. We provide a DIY venue for weddings and charity events to include the accommodation.

Hire of the Barn is by separate negotiation and we often have corporate meetings and workshops using the barn.

We have 20 acres of grounds which are perfect for Outdoor Activities and Team Building. Other activities include Caving, Climbing, Kayaking, Fishing, Shooting, Outward Bound Horse riding, Paragliding etc. We provide details of local providers who takes groups out for adventure days. We have facilities for interest holidays, painting, Healing work shops.

We host corporate team meetings and team building event where exclusivity and privacy is assured.

Please call 01335 310367 or view our website damgate.com for details


Manchester and East Midlands are both a little less than an hour away. Birmingham airport is 1hr 15 mins. The nearest Train stations are Derby 35 mins ( London to st pacaras 1.5hrs) and Buxton 30 mins.


Dovedale - Rover Dove 10 mins walking from the farm over stunning views.

Manifiold River - 10 mibs walking from the farm with stunning views.

National Trust Ilam Park is 1.5 miles away and we are surrounded by National Trust properties of Lyme Park, Kedleston and Sudbury Halls.

Ashbourne and Leek Towns are 15 min away.

Bakewell is 20 min.

Alton Towers is 15 mins away.

Chatsworth (Home to the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire) is about 30 mins away.

Further Details:

The area is one of the most outstanding natural beauty spots in the country and many of our guests return year after year.

There are many hidden treasures to explore this part of the Peak District National Park. There are so many activities to do in and around Dovedale and we provide a detailed information folder of local walks from the doorstep to exploring many hidden areas of our beautiful area.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas / New Year Courtyard
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 24 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 24 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
There are two tiers to costs. Prices on Owners Direct are for the Courtyard property only which sleeps 24 guests in 11 bedrooms.

In ADDITION there are the Old B&B Rooms ( No breakfast) with 2 bedrooms at the end of the farmhouse sleeping 5.
Hire is either for the courtyard property up to a max 24 guests, or for exclusive use of the whole to a max of 28 guests plus 2.


We offer a discount when booking exlusive use of the farm. Please call or email for details. Additional information can be found on our website www Damgate.com. . Or search LOWER DAMGATE FARM COTTAGES. I am always happy to answer any questions a it is important that you have a wonderful time on our farm.

The Hot Tub is pre bookable and all additional proceeds for this go to the Animal Sanctuary.

Changeover Day:
Monday and Fridays are changeover days. Other days by arrangement

Notes on prices:
For Prices view our website Damgate.com. Discounts on large group booking. Price is for weekend Fri-Mon either in the courtyard property sleeping up to 23/24 guests or as a whole to include Purdys sleeping 5 part of the farmhouse. All together we can sleep up to 28 + guests in 13 bedrooms ensuring complete exclusivity and privacy.
During Low Season and Mid weeks it may be possible to separate the property. All Mid weeks breaks are at low season prices.
Hire is also available for DIY Events and Weddings. Additionally we do Weddings and events in our Wedding Barn hosting up to 140 guests. Please look at our facebook page. Lowerdamgatefarmcottagesandweddingvenue.
Total accommodation 28 plus cots

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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