We offer luxury self-catering accommodation in our Derbyshire holiday cottages, some are on our Organic farm situated in Dovedale within the Peak District National Park. Our Dovedale Cottages are Grade 2 listed and have a cozy "Country Living" feel in one of the most peaceful and tranquil settings deep in the heart of the Peak District National Park, with stunning scenery in all directions. These lovingly restored cottages are situated in a truly unique position at the top of Hall Dale in Stanshope and therefore are ideally positioned for the Dovedale and Manifold Valleys. If you are looking for first class accommodation, surrounded by peaceful/quiet countryside then Church Farm is the place for you to get away from the demands of modern living!
Church Farm has been a farm as far as we know since the 16th century and has been in our family for half a century. We have evidence of the occupation on the site of Church Farm in much earlier times. It has always been farmed traditionally in the old fashioned way of using very little pesticides and fertilizers. Animals were allowed to spend their summers grazing the meadows and pastures with the sun on their backs and a friendly pat from the farmer who is boss. They had the very best sweet smelling hay and silage to eat, and were allowed to mature gradually as nature intended. The massive downturn in farming has caused so many of the small farmers like ourselves to either grow into large factory type units or to sell and move out. We did not wish to lose our family home nor leave our land and animals to be farmed more aggressively so we made the decision to fully convert the farm to be organic in April 1997 in an endeavour to protect and preserve the environment and the animals and wildlife on the farm for the future generations who should be lucky enough to live here.
Church Farm is therefore an organic farm (no fertilizers or pesticides) with the fields containing a host of wild flowers and herbs. Beautiful walks start from the doorstep of the cottages. So, if you enjoy the countryside you cannot find a better place to relax, unwind and explore it. At the end of the day you have a lovely cottage to come back to and that cozy open fire to laze in front of. If you can drag yourself away, our local pub is just a short stroll.
Ancestral Barn & Church Fm Ctg, Stanshope, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AD