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Beautiful 18th Century Limestone Farmhouse In The Peak National Park

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,810 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Farmhouse in Brushfield, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England - Lovely Views And Idyllic Walks From The Doorstep

Sleeping up to 9, 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).

Joanne Bain
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
3 May, 2018

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 Brushfield

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Brushfield in Derbyshire Dales District

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1810 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 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 9
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
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.


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Beautiful 18th Century Limestone Farmhouse In The Peak National Park
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Comfortable farmhouse in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Perfect facilities for a group of adults, or for a family group who want a base in the beautiful Peak District. The Aga creates a cosy feel in the kitchen and there's plenty of room for cooking, dining together and sitting about / playing games in lounge.

A short drive takes you into the pretty town of Ashbourne, where we enjoyed a predesigned murder mystery walk with clues that mean you get to see most of the town.

Loved every minute of our stay ... so much so that we plan to go back again in 2018!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Jane - I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay and am looking forward to your return in May this year! All the best, Jo
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Perfect base for the weekend

  • 5 of 5

Lower Farm proved to be the perfect place for a group of friends to share a weekend amidst the dales. The location was superb; authentic and tranquil but with reasonably easy access to everything we needed. The farmhouse itself was warm and welcoming warren of a building; plenty of room to spend time all together but also space to break up into smaller groups or have some solitary peace and quiet. A lot of thought has gone into the logistic and artistic side of this property and the farmhouse is both beautiful and practical for a weekend visit or longer. The neighbours were friendly and helpful. We had a memorable weekend amongst stunning countryside but it's fair to say that Lower farm was the star of the show.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming and historic

  • 5 of 5

This house feels more like a home than a holiday property. It has real charm and character. We loved all its nooks and crannies, the stone floors, the open fire and woodburner and the feel of a place that has been standing looking out over beautiful views for hundreds of years. The kitchen Aga keeps the place lovely and cosy. The property is scrupulously clean but it is definitely somebody's home so you have to be prepared for the odd mark on the worktop and a bit of chipped paint here and there. For us, these little faults just made it cosier and more like a real place. The owners are really helpful and very quick to respond and the property is well-located for walks and for Bakewell and Buxton . We visit this area a lot and love walking in the area, especially up to Monsal Head. We also always make sure we visit the joy which is Tideswell where the cafes are so welcoming and serve scrumptious food at great prices. There are so many things to do in Derbyshire - caverns, historic buildings, beautiful walks, charming towns and villages - just try it.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful farmhouse full of peace

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful comfortable family house. We love the comfort and cosiness of the aga, the log burning stove and the effective central heating. You can tuck yourself in the window seat and gaze at the view of trees across the valley. There is a deep peace and tranquility here, despite the inaudible proximity of the A6. I’d just as happily stay in all day, as go out exploring. We love the walks from the house: down to Monsal Dale, through Tideswell Dale. And trips further afield are easy - not far from Edale or the Hope Valley. We love the comfy beds,the big dining table for special dinners. You can tell Jo and her family are artistic, it shows in the taste and character of this loved family home. This is a special place for us to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Emma. Reading that brought a tear to my eye. I'm very glad you seem to love it as much as we do, despite its slightly scruffy style! Please come back. All the best, Jo
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A lovely winter holiday

  • 5 of 5

The house fulfilled all expectations. It is a lovely house. It was clean and very comfortable, with plenty of space for us all. The owner was very responsive and friendly, even when we broke her cafetiere and accidentally walked off with her Guinness Book of Records! We were there in some real winter weather - deep snow and blizzards - but were cosy and warm. We enjoyed long walks along footpaths and tracks, with stop overs at the pub and cafe just a mile and a half away, and some of us enjoyed sledging in the snow! It is beautiful countryside with lots to do even on the days it rained (Buxton, the agricultural auction and market - and Bakewell tarts - in Bakewell, Castleton). The neighbours were very helpful with making sure we could get in and out by salting the access road, and it was a boon to have plenty of logs provided for the fire. We struggled a bit with the Aga with its fluctuating oven temperatures but did manage to cook some lovely meals in the spacious kitchen. Altogether a very happy stay in what really does feel like a family home.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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peaceful country retreat

  • 5 of 5

A spacious, cosy farmhouse with loads of character nestled in a rural location overlooking hills. A great place to unwind, but also close to plenty of footpaths for walking.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.

Further Details:

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.

Local Walks

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Brushfield, Derbyshire

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Rate 2018
13 Apr 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
Xmas 2018 & New Year 2019
14 Dec 2018 - 10 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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