We have just come back from a short break in Beechenhill Farm. We didn't stay at the B&B as it is closed this time of the year. Instead we hired the self catering Cottage by the Pond. It is a 3 bedroom cottage, converted from a cow shed, beautifully refurbished. We arrived on a cold Friday night and walked straight into a cosy, warm home. Sue and Terry had lit the wood burner in the sitting room to welcome us. Couldn't have a better start! They had also filled the fridge with our order of local sausages, bacon, eggs, home cooked bread and meals and, the highlight, raw milk, produced at the farm. Tasting that alone is worth the visit.
In the morning we woke up to the most delightful views of surrounding landscape: all rolling hills, sheep, cows and trees. The generous living room faces due South affording the best views over the valleys, as you bask in the sunshine.
The kitchen is well equipped, the shower strong and powerful. Personally a good shower is key and normally in these places you find electric showers which don't have the same satisfactory result. They also have a bath to soak into if you wish. The bed we had is very big, probably a super king size, the mattress on the firm side, which my other half likes but I prefer a bit softer, so this is a personal thing.
There are plenty of places for walks, there is real natural beauty everywhere, as well as more 'cultured' visits within easy reach, such as Chatsworth or the David Mellor Design museum.
On Saturday night we booked the Swedish hot tub and cave. From it we enjoyed some fireworks in the distance (it was Fireworks weekend) and afterwards went to the adjoining 'cave', a cosy cocoon built by them and lit with candles and wood burner. It gets toasty in there!
Last but not least, do not go without looking at Sue's egg tempera paintings in the barn. They are unique and beautiful and we are saving up to buy one of them!
All in all, a delightful and blessed location and accommodation and super helpful and kind hosts. Thanks Sue and Terry!
PS: Please note photos seem to have been cropped on uploading them
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Where art and organic farming meet. A friendly and comfortable bed and breakfast. You can bring your walking boots, maps, sunglasses, binoculars and coats, bikes, shorts, woollies, swimwear and lots of books to our warm, award winning organic farm B&B in the English Peak District National Park. We have wifi, glorious views and an extremely good breakfast. You can also stay in little romantic Beechenhill Cottage for two or warm and comfortable (wheelchair accessible) Cottage by the Pond for six. We're passionate about our place and enabling you to enjoy it best. We have a Swedish style hot tub, a wood fired barrel sauna, electric bikes (all book-ahead please) and miles of walks from the door. ... more less