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Luxury self-catering In a lovely setting on the doorway to the Peak District - Gorsey Hayes, Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Gorsey Hayes, Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)

This lovely converted threshing barn maintains its ancient beams used in the original 17th century timber frame. It has a contemporary kitchen featuring cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, dishwasher and washer/dryer. There is a four poster bedroom on the ground floor with an en-suite shower/wet room and extra wide doors to facilitate a wheelchair.

The large, cosy lounge houses a 19th century stone fire surround, natural stone flooring, knotted oak beams, coal effect fire and a 36 inch screen TV with DVD. Upstairs there is a super kingsize 7ft bed (which splits into 2 x singles) in one bedroom and a kingsize bed in the other bedroom. Flatscreen TV/DVD players and radio/IPod docks are in all bedrooms.

The second bathroom contains a Jacuzzi bath, matching Jacuzzi suite and free-standing shower.

Outside, with lovely views of our fields up the hill, there is a large private patio and lawn. A gym and table-tennis table are also available for guest's use in the grounds.

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About the property


Diane and Vaughan offer all our guests a warm welcome to our farm which is set in 12 acres of delightful Derbyshire countryside. Nestled in the quiet valley of the River Dove just south of the pretty market town of Ashbourne and several hundred yards from the inspirational birthplace of Handel’s ‘Water Music’ and Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’, is Oldfields Farmhouse with its barn conversions of Handel’s Muse and Gorsey Hayes. Formerly part of Snelston vicarage, the farmhouse was built in 1828 and designed by Cottingham (the father of Gothic Revival architecture, teacher of Pugin and designer of Snelston Hall and its ‘chocolate box’ conservation village, just down the lane). Our lovingly restored barn and mews are a mixture of contemporary and antique country furnishings offering a fabulous opportunity to relax in idyllic and secluded surroundings. High quality fittings, furnishings and decoration throughout make Oldfields an ideal destination to relax and enjoy the countryside.

Vaughan Collins
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
15 February, 2017

About Vaughan Collins

My wife Diane and I are a very friendly couple who are happy to welcome people to our property located in a lovely part of Derbyshire. We enjoy being able to walk out the front door and explore the lovely surroundings nearby on foot, or by car if we want to go further afield into the Peak District.

Vaughan Collins purchased this barn in 2013

Why Vaughan Collins chose Derbyshire Dales

We moved to this property early in 2012 after searching the midlands area for a lovingly restored country property with grounds and accommodation facilities. We fell in love with the place as soon as we first drove up to it and have felt at home ever since.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mr. J.B., Dubai, U.A.E.

A Passion for Perfection

Thank you!

Paul & Viv H, Cambridgeshire, England

Lovely cottage. We were made very welcome & appreciated the extra touches like scones on arrival. Information folder was very well organised and helpful. Thank-you!!!

A.D., Stamford, Lincs, UK

Such a lovely place; the small touches really made it special. We will recommend it to everyone!

M&S, Dijon, France

Superb decor, excellent surroundings, really welcoming hosts – couldn’t have been better. Thank you, thank you!
May 2013
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Booking Notes:
Reservations will only be secured on receipt of a Booking Deposit of 25% of the total holiday cost. Deposits can be made by direct payment into our bank account or by cheque. A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75 for Handel’s Muse or £100 for Gorsey Hayes will also need to be paid, in addition to the balance of the total cost of the holiday, 6 weeks prior to the date of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred change-over day is Friday, but we are happy to consider any other arrangements that may better suit our guests. Accommodation will be available from 4.00 pm on the day of arrival and we request that guests leave by 10.00 am on departure day.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for full weeks, however we are happy to consider a minimum stay of 3 nights in some circumstances.


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Sarah and Chris's wedding

  • 5 of 5

Staying in this property, close to where our daughter was getting married, complemented the wonderful weekend. We were warmly welcomed by the owners upon arrival and nothing was too much trouble for them, both this and the adjacent one bedroom cottage were immaculate and as advertised, fully equipped and tastefully decorated. On the morning after the wedding we invited friends and family to join us for brunch, a dozen cars and 30 plus people were comfortably accommodated in the spacious and perfectly maintained grounds. Unfazed, the owners simply asked if we would like more chairs, we gratefully accepted. Everyone who came remarked on how beautiful it was, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be recommending these properties to anyone who wants to visit this delightful part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review of your stay with us. We so pleased we could accommodate all your family and friends in our grounds and that you enjoyed everything we offer here at Oldfields Farm.
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Gorsey Hayes for a much needed three day break. I cannot recommend this accommodation enough!. It is one of the finest places I have had the pleasure to stay. Diane & Vaughan made us all feel very welcome, the facilities are second to non too. Our 7 year old daughter had an amazing time as did the rest of us. We will definitely return for another dose of Ashbourne hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very positive review of you and your family's stay with us. We are so glad you enjoyed the accommodation and facilities we offer and we look forward to welcoming you back again some time.
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Relaxing break away in the Dales

  • 5 of 5

We had a idyliic and restful stay - the cottage was absolutely wonderful and the pictures didn't do the property justice.....very tastefully decorated - all mod cons! Diane was very hospitable - lovely scones awaiting us on our arrival, coffee, tea and milk in abundance - a wonderful restful stay!!! Will definitely return again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Ashbourne in Derbyshire

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Downstairs Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Downstairs bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Four poster
    Upstairs king-size bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Upstairs super-king bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super-king bed can be split into 2 x single beds by request
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: For those wishing to explore the area we have an extensive selection of guide books for your perusal. If you have forgotten the wellies, we have a modest ‘welly bank’ which you are free to use. Cycles are also available (nominal £5 per day, fully serviced) and can be secured with a refundable damage deposit. Please note that we do not supply adult safety helmets and recommend you bring your own. The less energetic of our guests may simply wish for a pleasant picnic at Monsal Head, or a romantic glass of bubbly by the bridge at Chatsworth House; in which case, Oldfields can provide a picnic set for such a venture. Please let us know. For couples with a young family we have a travel cot and high chair available for use. Outside: With over 12 acres of land there is plenty of grounds to explore. We have a small orchard where there are two brick built BBQs, patio, grass lawn, swings and additional furniture. Boules, rounder’s bats, footballs and other play items are available on request. Visitors are welcome to ramble across our fields, although there are lots of great walks in the immediate vicinity either down by the river, along quiet lanes or a stroll around Snelston conservation village.

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