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2 AWARD WINNING Eco conversions,sleep 6 & 10,Peak District views,Nr Alton Towers - Troutsdale Farm: Old Shire Stables



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Troutsdale Farm in the glorious South West Peak District National Park area

At Troutsdale Farm there are 2 AWARD WINNING Eco barn conversions on the family farm in a quiet location, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, by Tittesworth Reservoir. Fully renovated by the owners with care and attention to detail, Troutsdale Farm offers quality accommodation of real character and charm and seamlessly combines all the old original features to still give a 'barn feel' with modern design and home comforts that make them ideal for family get-togethers. There are well equipped kitchens, hand crafted from oak with double belfast sinks, with large dining tables (seating 6 and 10). Both have spacious sitting areas with Clear view log burning stoves, flat screen TV and DVD player. There are en suites in both properties and exposed original beams, stone and brickwork and solid oak flooring on the 1st and 2nd floors. There is off road car parking and an enclosed garden area, ideal for sitting out and barbecues. Doorstep footpaths lead to circular nature trail

In November 2011 we won the 'MOST ECO-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY LET' category in the 'Fields of Opportunity' national competition and then went on to become the OVERALL WINNER out of all 5 categories

The greener features of the barn are carefully incorporated so that you hardly know they are there and require no expertise or knowledge. Central heating comes from the ground source heat pump and solar panels. Rainwater harvesting system works for all grey water. . Timbers replaced in the conversions were cut from local woods, and we have planted 20 acres of new woodland. The traditional lime plastered walls are painted in Earthbourne natural Clay paint, the windows are all made from wood and painted with organic linseed oil paints, Sheepswool insulation is used throughout the building, and natural clay aggregate forms the floor insulation in the limestone floor.

There are 4 herb borders from which guests can enjoy and pick their own herbs.

Both properties have been inspected by VISITENGLANDS ACCOMMODATION GRADING SCHEME and have been awarded 4 STARS as well as a coveted GOLD AWARD

The 2 properties can be booked seperately (sleeping either up to 6 or 10 + cots) or can be booked together sleeping up to a total of 16 + cots.

Due to the type of property and location both properties are not suitable for what is known as 'house party venue' or for 'louder' hen or stag parties - we can recommed other nearby places if you are after this type of accommodation

Payment for the booking will be arranged when we confirm your booking - with deposit requirement & full terms and conditions

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Details for holiday cottage Troutsdale Farm: Old Shire Stables, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Old Shire Stables is a lovely property that is cosy enough for 2, has a bathroom each for 4 (if couples),yet is spacious enough for a family or small group of 6.

AWARD WINNING Eco Barn conversion: Sleeps 6 + cot in 3 bedrooms: 1 Double Ensuite with shower, 1 Double, 1 Twin, Family bathroom with bath and shower over.

*Spacious and well equipped open plan KITCHEN with dining area.

*Spacious and comfy LOUNGE with Cleaview log burning stove, Flatscreen TV, DVD, CD player and French windows leading to ENCLOSED GARDEN with BBQ & seating with panoramic views over open countryside and the Peak District National Park.

*Doorstep footpaths leading to Tiitesworth Reservoir circular nature trail.

*Full character of original barn retained with quality conversion with exposed wooden beams, A-frames, brick and stone work.

*Lovely entrance hallway with original features and downstairs toilet just off.

*Separate utility room with washing machine and plenty of space for walking boots.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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We had a fantastic time! An absolutely lovely start to the New Year. Always very impressed with the attention to every detail. Thank you so much!
Dec 2014
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Stunning property in a beautiful rural location

  • 5 of 5

A very warm welcome to a beautiful, spotlessly clean, well equipped property. We would thoroughly recommend staying here and couldn't fault Barbara and her family. There is masses to do in the surrounding area regardless of weather. We will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and idyllic - would definitely visit again

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful barn set in an idyllic place overlooking a reservoir. The lovely pub up the road, the Three Horseshoes, served delicious food and well priced drinks. It's a bit of a trek (about 1.2 miles and not much pavement to walk on - take a torch if dark), but it was worth it. The owners at the barn, who live locally, really went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The history of the barn itself is available to visitors to read about for those who are interested, and the addition of wifi is helpful due to the intermittent phone signal. Would definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to see you had such a lovely stay with us - with a winter break at the beginning of January. I know you said how much you had enjoyed the superb spa facilities at the nearby Three Horseshoes County Inn and it was great to be able to get some good food after your spa treatments. We are very lucky in this beautiful Peak District countryside to have such excellent facilities so close by (for the countryside!) - from the door of our cottages it is only just under 1/2 a mile along our private tarmac drive, and then just under 1/2 a mile across the main road which has a footpath. Or you can also get to it by footpaths from the cottages going in a different direction and we were just wondering if you perhaps went via this route which is fields footpaths and then a minor road with no footpath, way which seem a bit more of trek in January and when nights go darker so much quicker - and we do have flash lights in the property for guests use! We did have a few issues with the EE/Orange mobile phone mast for everyone in the area at one point - but this has now been mended thank goodness but glad to hear the free Wifi was working. We look forward to welcoming you back for another winter break with our cosy log fire, great Peak District views and good local pubs.
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A wonderful barn with beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

The barn is first class, with everything you need. Barbara is lovely, very friendly & helpful & made us very welcome. The views from the barn are stunning & there are lots of interesting walks right on the doorstep. Thank you for your kind hospitality, we have recommended your properties to our friends & family. Wishing you every success for the coming year!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Such a beautiful cottage in an idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous! We couldn't have asked for more for Samantha's hen do during May bank holiday weekend. The cottage was beautiful - photos really do not do it justice, it was set in beautiful surroundings and ran by such a wonderful family who really added to the special weekend.

The cottage was immaculate both inside and out with beautiful, finishing touches. The beds were comfortable with lovely duck down bedding, a hand-made kitchen with all necessities and a gorgeous wood burner in the living room that Barbara was more than happy to help us light when we were having problems on the Sunday evening. To me, meeting Barbara and her family made our visit even more worthwhile, seeing and hearing the amount of effort and love that has gone into the two barn conversions. Nothing was too much trouble and I felt the family went out of their way to ensure we had a pleasant stay; I think everyone in the hospitality industry should be taking tips from them!

We all felt so relaxed and at ease whilst staying in the cottage; it really did feel like home and not a holiday rental. We will definitely be back, hopefully later into 2014 and have recommended Troutsdale Farm to all of our families and friends. Keep up the fantastic work as your efforts and personal touches really shone through. Thank you! xx

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing!! Stunning views, beautiful barn!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Old Shire stables for a week just before Easter. We arrived early evening and were met with a warm friendly welcome, the log fire already burning and a yummy home baked cake to enjoy! The barn has been beautifully converted by the owners, no expense has been spared. Thought has been put into every last detail. The pictures on here just simply do not do it justice! It was also spotlessly clean, even by my own extremely fussy standards! Beds were all very comfortable, bedding was beautiful to sleep in. Waking up to beautiful views of the countryside and the sound of the lambs just outside can't fail to put a smile on your face. Barbara and her family made us all so welcome and at ease. They love their surroundings and are happy to share this with their guests. Can't wait to visit again! Thank you Barbara, Ray and Kathrine, we all had a lovely time.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning.

  • 5 of 5

Only superlatives are applicable to this beautiful cottage. The Cartshed has a homely feel and is beautifully presented, providing a central location for many of the areas local attractions. Barbara and Ray have thought of absolutely everything to ensure anyone staying there are fully equiped and very well looked after. Loved every minute of our stay and already wishing we were back there, looking out of the kitchen window, taking in the breathtaking landscape. Great places to eat and within a 5 minute radius and Barbara's baking (amazing scones and cakes) are a reason in their own to stay. Really can't recommend this stunning cottage enough.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Manchester - approx. 50 minutes drive, (47.6km), at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Three Horse Shoes Inn, Buxton Road, Blackshaw Moor at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : 2 open Clubs in Leek (+ driving range in Buxton) at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Stoke on Trent (14m), Macclesfield(18m) or BUXTON at 10 Miles Nearest Motorway : M6 Junction 15, 16 or 17 at 26 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Three Horse Shoes Inn, Buxton Road, Blackshaw Moor at 1 Miles Car: recommended

The Peak District National Park offers stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes for you to enjoy and explore, covering 4 different counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. The small rural parish of Tittesworth sits on the SOUTH WESTERN EDGE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK near the North Staffordshire/ Derbyshire border between the market towns of Leek (5 mins) and the spa town of Buxton (15 mins), Ashbourne and Macclesfield (20 mins) and with one of the most beautiful runs over the hills of the peak district to Bakewell (30 mins) with its famous Bakewell pudding - so is ideal for exploring the Peak District National Park and wider area. The area is also known as the 'Staffordshire Peaks' or the 'Staffordshire Moorlands' and has excellent walking and outdoor pursuits including cycling and climbing close by. Tittesworth Reservoir has its own circular nature trail with excellent children’s playground, cafe and gift shop and Peak Pursuits watersports centre offer a variety of water sports activities on the reservoir, including kayaking and canoeing

THE ROACHES are some of the most spectacular gritstone rock formations in the UK. Very popular for CLIMBING as well as WALKING and are situated on the western edge of the Staffordshire Peak District National Park From here you get some of the areas most dramatic and scenic landscape and with panoramic views over the tranquil Tittesworth Water and its green valley or on the other side you get beautiful views over purple heather moorlands. Voted one of the top ten walks in the country by The Daily Telegraph and featured on BBC Countryfile programme.

Being situated on the North Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire borders ideally situated for visiting some of the countries TOP ATTRACTIONS:

ALTON TOWERS Theme Resort is Britains premier theme park and is only 20 minutes drive away where you can take on all the thrills of the rides and then return to the peace and quiet of the countryside at night.

HISTORIC HOUSES with beautiful variety of GARDENS in the area include the magnificent Chatsworth House, medieval Haddon Hall, Shugborough Hall, Gawsworth Hall, Little Moreton Hall and Tatton Park. Other gardens in the area include the unique National Trust Victorian Biddulph Grange Gardens, and Consall Hall's 70 acres of landscaped gardens

COUNTRYSIDE: Popular areas include nearby The Roaches, Tittesworth Reservoir, Rudyard Lake, Manifold Valley with manifold cycle/walking track, Dovedale, Ilam, Churnet Valley, Goyt Valley

STEAM TRAINS: Churnet Valley Railway, Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway

CAVES AND CAVERNS: Pooles Cavern at Buxton, Blue John Mines, Speedwell Cavern at Castleton

CYCLING: 3 cycle trails that are mainly traffic free with bike hire available include Manifold Valley Track, High Peak Trail, Tissington Trail

HORSE RIDING: Horse riding or pony treking at nearby Northfield Farm at Flash (englands highest village - so some spectacular view)

GOLF: 2 courses in Leek at Leek Golf Club and Westwood Golf Club, Whiston Golf Club near Alton, High Peak Golf Club at Buxton which also has Peak Practice floodlit driving range.

SWIMMING: Splash Landings Caribbean Themed Water park at Alton Towers (can enter seperate to Alton Towers) has fantastic water rides including a sensational water rollercoaster as well as more sedate lazy rivers. Waterworld, the UK's no1 Indoor Tropical Aqua Park at Festival Park in Stoke. Swimming pools at Leek and Buxton

FISHING: 3 nearby pools at Thorncliffe, Danebridge, Blake Hall Fishery near Cheadle.

RSPB: Coombes Valley RSPB Nature Reserve

POTTERIES: Visit Stoke on Trent, the world capital of pottery with museums & factory tours & over 20 factory outlets including Denby, Emma Bridgewater, Moorcroft, Wedgewood, Spode, Burleigh

SCIENCE: Joderall Bank Observatory & Discovery Centre with its world famous giant Lovel Telescope and from where BBC programme Star Gazing Live 2012 came from

STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD: The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found with ermenant display of items at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke with events

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM: The UK's Centre of Remembrance and set in 150 acres of tree, gardens and wildflower meadows

EATING OUT:There are 3 good local village pubs serving home cooked food and real ale and Three Horse Shoes family owned country Hotel offers bar carvery, casual dining in the Brasserie and finer dining in Kirks restaurant. The Abbey Inn will deliver takeaways to accommadation. Various tea rooms in the area. 2 private chefs have previous cooked for guests.

FESTIVALS: Peak District Walking Festival, Leek Arts Festival, Buxton Festival, Well Dressings in surrounding local villages throughout the Peak District

LOCAL SHOPS in Leek include Chemist, Butchers, greengrocers, bakery, Post Office, variety of restaurants and takeaways as well as many independent shops, with local market days and fine food fair


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Half Term Holiday
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn into Winter
28 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Pre Christmas
16 Dec 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2016
22 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 2016/17
29 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

* WEEK BREAKS - Our changeover days are normally Friday to Friday, or Monday to Monday.
* WEEKEND BREAKS - Normally 3 nights Friday to Monday - On HomeAway/Owners Direct website we can only show 'Minimum stay for 3 nights Fri-Mon'. We can do a 2 night weekend break with a lazy Sunday checkout, leaving anytime on the Sunday - same weekend rate normally applies, as the cottage is booked out to stop anyone else coming in for this option. (see our own website for 2 night weekend break bookings with lazy Sunday checkout option) - or enquire.
Midweek rates are shown on this website under 'Min Rate' column. PLEASE NOTE: We do midweek breaks from Mon - Frid - and are generally 4 nights for the price of 3 (if available) - please enquire.

* We can sometimes accommodate other dates eg Wed-Mon please contact us.

A 25% Deposit is required to book the property - Remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival.
Full Booking Terms and Conditions can be see on our Website www.troutsdalefarm.co.uk.

Prices may be changed at our discretion.

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  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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  • Freezer
  • Grill
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  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
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  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En-suite to Double bedroom
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Family bathroom
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Seperate downstairs toilet roon with wash basin
  • Both the bathrooms have Mira Eco power showers - which gives you the feel of a power shower but the water is aerated and so uses 75% less water. Toilets are dual flush. Bath/shower mats are provided. Velux roof light in the vaulted ceiling in the family bathroom enables you to relax in the bath and enjoy the starlit night sky. There is a downstairs toilet room.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, with ensuite shower room
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • This property sleeps a maximum of 6 + cot We do not provide hairdryers. 1 x MASTER BEDROOM ENSUITE: with lovely view, high vaulted ceiling with beams and A-frame adds lots of unique character, lovely quality oak flooring. Bedside chest, tall chest and wardrobe. Ensuite Shower room. 1 x DOUBLE BEDROOM: with unique view over the Peak District countryside - lovely panelled walls and exposed stone, with vaulted and beamed ceiling. Bedside chest, tall chest and wardrobe. 1 x TWIN BEDROOM: panelled walls and exposed stone, with vaulted and beamed ceiling. Bedside table, tall chest and bespoke clothes rail. DOUBLE SOFA BED in the lounge - please ask if you would like to use this so it can be set up. *All quality bedlinen is provided *All beds are made up for your arrival with bottom sheet, duvet covers and pillows - spare pillows are available if you need more. *Non allergenic duvets are available if required. *2 cotton towels are provided per guest - a bath towel and a hand towel


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  • Self-catering


  • Low allergen environment refers to the inside of the barns, as the property does not allow pets, & also natural eco friendly environmental paints & wood protectors have been used throughout the property, natural cotton bedlinen, & alternative duvets are available. We have tried to limit the use of any toxic glue & substances throughout the building preferring to use natural products such as lime plaster, Earthbourne Eco label paints & natural sheep wool insulation. However there are nectar rich flower borders outside the property & a wild flower meadow which is normally in flower in June/July. Price inclusive of Central Heating by geothermal ground source heat pump & solar panels (Underfloor heating on ground floor, radiators 1st floor), bedlinen, towels, tea towels & initial basket log (additional logs available to purchase) The local pub The Three Horseshoes has WI-FI in the bar area for anyone who needs access to this service. NO SMOKING & NO PETS

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