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).
Top Traveller Review
Lovely home from home!
About the Owner
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 Derbyshire Dales
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.
(4 traveller reviews)
Lovely home from home!
We had a lovely time at Lower Farm. The house was a home from home and everything you needed was there. It was spotlessly clean, well maintained and tidy. It was very warm and cosy with the Aga in the kitchen and the log burner in the living room. We used the space for a CPD training weekend and it was brilliant as there are so many breakout areas. Having 3 bathrooms was quite handy also. The neighbours were lovely and even gave us some butter when ours did not arrive with our food delivery. Jo, the owner, gave us lots of details about the house and local area and was very helpful. You are only a stone's throw away from Bakewell, Castleton and Chatsworth to mention a few of places nearby. We would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it to others.
Charming house in the heart of the Peak District
The house is located halfway up a peak amongst only a handful of other cottages. The bedrooms and bathrooms are great with the AGA giving the place the proper farmhouse feel radiating a wonderful warmth in the kitchen. Perfect if you are travelling with children, lots to do and play with for them. It's also perfect for exploring the area. Chatsworth House and Bakewell are only a short drive away. There is a hiking path right in front of the house which leads to the Monsal Trail but can also be used to explore quieter areas.
The owners are lovely and there are clear instructions regarding the house and the 'manual' also gives you plenty of ideas about what to do, in the sun and in the rain.
Very happy family stay
We had a wonderful time at Jo Bain's beautiful and characterful farmhouse. We wanted somewhere that would feel like home, and it did. It was warm, both in atmosphere, and cosy thanks to the aga, log burner and effective central heating. The beds were all comfortable, and the kitchen equipment good - one of the reasons I love Owners Direct. And of course spotlessly clean. We were two families, with plenty of room to be either together or separate - with large central dining room, separate sitting room, and a kitchen with breakfast table. We woke up to gorgeous views of the valley opposite, and plenty of choice of walks right from the doorstep. Buxton Spa is only a short drive away. The kids appreciated the trampoline. Jo has been excellent - friendly and helpful in all regards. We would love to come back and I very much recommend the farmhouse.
Fabulous, homely farmhouse. Gorgeous location
We had a fantastic stay at Lower Farm during the Feb half term. The house is really cosy, and feels a real home from home. We enjoyed some beautiful local walks and also a couple of cycle rides on the Monsal trail nearby. Jo was very helpful with local info and made it all easy for us. We will definitely be back - can't wait to stay at Lower Farm again.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
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.
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.
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 pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
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.
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
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From the Owner
“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.”
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Kitchen ...
- Microwave ...
- Oven ...
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player ...
- Games ...
- Video Library
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Bidet
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Downstairs Shower Room 3 - Shower Enclosure
- 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 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Bedroom over kitchen, Tempur mattress.
- Victorian Brass Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Bunk Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Full size, very well built bunk beds (sleeps 2)
- Bunk Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Full size, very well built bunk beds (sleeps 2)
- Downstairs Single Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
- 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.
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- 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.