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Set on a working farm and nestled in the foothills of the Peak District - Swallows Barn Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 nights


Swallows Barn Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)

Swallows Barn was formerly a cow shippon with loft above for the storage of corn. An 18th century brick built building, it has been sympathetically converted to create a warm, spacious and comfy cottage with two en-suite bedrooms to sleep four persons. Downstairs there is an open plan kitchen / living / dining area with oak beams, underfloor heating and a luxury wood burning stove. A fully fitted kitchen including dishwasher leads to a separate utility room with washer / drier, sink unit and a separate downstairs WC. The living area has a feature fireplace, comfortable seating and a 40" flat screen freeview TV with DVD player. Books, games and information on local attractions are stored within the sideboard. The dining table seats four person albeit it will extend. A generous sized under-stairs cupboard is provided for useful storage space. The oak stairs lead to a small landing to the two en-suite bedrooms. One room has a double bed and the other has twin beds.

About the property

Swallows Barn & Farmhouse

Our cottages were a former cow shippon and a workman's cottage which were completely renovated in 2013. The cottages are set on a working sheep and beef farm surrounded by farm land, streams and the River Dane. Farm walks, picnics and fishing are a feature of your stay here - as well as enjoying lambs, calves and wildlife in the farm fields. The Cottages are conveniently located on the A54 Congleton to Buxton road and are only 15 minutes drive away from the pretty market towns of Macclesfield, Congleton and Leek and the spa town of Buxton. It is also conveniently positioned for visits to the Roman City of Chester with its zoo and race course, and vibrant cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Beautiful countryside and scenery is all around and for the walker, then Bosley Cloud, Macclesfield Forest, Teggs Nose, the Roaches and Hanging Stone are a must. Sailing, fishing, golfing, horse riding, mountain biking & cycling are all nearby as are historic houses, Jodrell Bank, Alton Towers & more. The Peak District is within reach with the glorious architecture, gardens and Opera House in Buxton together with lots of beautiful countryside and lovely villages to explore. Chatsworth House is approximately one hours drive away which is an absolute 'must see' as the 'Queen of the Peaks'. There are a vast array of National Trust properties in this area and historic houses and beautiful gardens.

Brenda Lomas
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 February, 2017

About Brenda Lomas

Tom, Brenda and daughter Jennie warmly welcome you to Colley Farm and their newly created quality holiday cottages. Colley Farm is a working farm and Tom is the third generation to farm sheep, beef cattle and wheat/barley crops. Lambing is done in two batches - at the end of March and April and the calves arrive during the spring and summer months. The farm is only small scale in today's farming business and therefore we converted a redundant cow shippon and a former workman's cottage into two quality holiday homes in 2013. Building work started in October 2012 and they were completed by August 2013. All work has been done to the highest standard incorporating oak beams, doors and staircases underfloor heating, log burning stove / open fire, new kitchens and bathrooms to create two warm, cosy and we think - beautiful cottages. We maintain the cottages to the highest standards of cleanliness and providing all that you may require during your stay.

Why Brenda Lomas chose England

The best thing about living at Colley Farm is its fabulous location. Whilst it's positioned in Cheshire - it's also nestled beneath Derbyshire's Peak District and is adjacent to the Staffordshire border. It is therefore ideally located to explore the delights of all three 'Shires' - being 15 minutes drive from each one. Each of the three Counties have spectacular scenery, fabulous walks, pretty market towns and villages and quaint traditions such as well dressings and fetes. An abundance of historic houses such as Chatsworth House and Tatton Park are close by. For the young at heart - Alton Towers theme park and Chester Zoo are within easy access. Beautiful gardens, shopping opportunities, golf, cycling, horse riding and sailing are all nearby. Whatever your interest you'll find it here!

What makes this cottage unique

Colley Farm is only 25 minutes drive away from Manchester Airport and also the M6 motorway and 10 minutes from Macclesfield Railway Station. It is one hour's drive from the historic Roman City of Chester, and the cosmopolitan cities of Manchester and Liverpool. The farm is located in a rural village and surrounded by farmland. Guests are welcome to enjoy peaceful walks through the fields and picnics by the streams and River Dane. If you fancy fishing - then we can offer this too. Lovely walks from the doorstep are available such as the Bosley locks (12) and Bosley Cloud (hill). Within 10 minutes drive you can travel to Wincle's fish farm and brewery, walk up Hanging Stone and the Roaches, Teggs Nose and Macclesfield Forest - which also offers mountain biking routes. You'll love this area!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I stayed several weeks in Swallows Barn and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. My three children particularly loved going to see the farm animals. The cottage was very warm with under floor heating and I loved the wood burning stove. It was spotlessly clean with all new furniture and beds. The bedding was lovely and having two bathrooms and televisions in each of the bedrooms really helped me with the children. Good parking and a large garden for the kids. Brenda and Tom were super hosts and couldn't do enough for us" Tina

We loved staying in Farmhouse Cottage. The queen size bed was so comfortable that we wanted to take it home with us! The large bedroom with its lovely view of Bosley Cloud was a delight. We really enjoyed the open fire, comfortable suite including a reclining chair and 40" freeview television. We found so many lovely and interesting places to visit - that we want to come back again. Our host, Brenda, made us feel very welcome and we look forward to a return visit. B
Jan 2014
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Booking Notes:
Our booking procedure is simple. Contact us by telephone or by e-mail to discuss your requirements. If you wish to confirm a booking, then we will send a booking form with terms and conditions and ask for a deposit of 20% of the total holiday cost. The remaining amount should be paid in full no later than 6 weeks before your arrival. We also ask for a damage waiver of £75 - which will be returned to you within 10 days of your leaving our property provided no damage or loss has been incurred.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our normal changeover day - however, we will be flexible wherever possible. We ask that you leave the property by 11am on your day of departure and that new arrivals arrive after 4pm. However, where we can - we will also be flexible with time


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(5 traveller reviews)


Five star accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Amazing, top class quality accommodation - could not be bettered anywhere. Would not hesitate to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comment. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed our cottage. Your comment confirms that we are achieving our aim to ensure that Farmhouse Cottage it is always presented to a high standard in terms of cleanliness, comfort and attractive interior and exterior.
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A brilliant barn conversion

  • 5 of 5

A superb conversion - with 2 en-suite bedrooms AND a ground floor toilet - nicely appointed, immaculate and well equipped with easy-to-use appliances. The property gets our 5* rating, and Brenda gets 6*.

We've been renting for many years and this property ticks all our boxes and more.

Don't miss a visit to Jodrell Bank or the canals and locks.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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High Class farm cottages

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Swallows Barn for a week. It has been fitted out too a very high standard for a holiday cottage. One of the best ones we have stayed in.

Welcoming and helpful owners.

Colley Mill Farm is situated in a lovely area of Cheshire with and abundance of National Trust properties near by if that is of interest.

Lots of good pubs for evening meals nearby if you do not want to cook evening meals whilst on holiday.

Would definitely recommend.

Party of 4 adults

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed in Swallows Barn cottage with my husband and 9-month old son and absolutely loved it. The cottage is so cosy and welcoming - a real home from home. It's been renovated to a very modern standard but still has lots of lovely original features. Brenda had thought of everything to make our stay comfortable, even providing a cot and high chair. It felt so luxurious to have such cosy beds and two en suite bathrooms. Having the baby with us meant we couldn't really go out in the evenings but the cottage was so cosy we didn't mind that at all! And our son absolutely loved popping out the back door to see the sheep and cows on the farm! There's lots to see in the area and the cottage is a great base from which to explore. Would definitely like to stay again - it was a perfect family holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Stay

  • 5 of 5

I rent properties all the time as it is easier when traveling with children so I know a great find when I come across it . Although Brenda doesn't advertise the property as Luxury I feel she should . It's beautifully and thoughtfully finished , high end and yet cozy. Spotlessly clean - and I am fussy ! Great beds and linens and the location is perfect for exploring Cheshire and The Peak District . Brenda was great to deal with and I know we will be back . Congleton was home for many years so it's lovely to have found a base we can use to visit friends . Please leave it nice for me if you visit :)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for awarding us a 5 star rating. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our cottage and that you appreciated all the care and furnishings that we have inputted towards making our guests' stay as comfortable as possible. It was lovely to meet you and your family and we look forward to your return visit. kind regards Brenda & Tom
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Congleton, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottages share a new stone flagged patio area and spacious garden with quality outdoor furniture and a barbecue. There is ample safe parking in the directly in front of the cottages for up to four vehicles. Both cottages have been newly created and furnished to a high quality standard. Clean, spacious and in the most convenient location for exploring Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire - what more could you wish for. Convenient for Manchester Airport, the M6 motorway or Macclesfield Railway Station. Outside: Swallows Barn and Farmhouse Cottage share a frontage which has ample parking for a number of vehicles. There is a large garden which is for the exclusive use of cottage guests and a new patio area with quality garden furniture and barbecue. The farm yard is to the rear of the cottages and guests are welcome to see the farm animals and to follow a farm walk around the farm fields to enjoy wild life at its best. Streams and the River Dane provide a lovely peaceful environment for a picnic or even a spot of fishing. Lovely walks from the doorstep can be enjoyed such as exploring Bosley Cloud or the Macclesfield canal at Bosley with its 12 locks.

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