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“Possibly the best farm stay in UK” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beechenhill Farm

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Beechenhill Farm
Ranked #1 of 2 Ilam B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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London
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Possibly the best farm stay in UK”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

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

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank cheerfulsoul
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beechenhill, Owner at Beechenhill Farm, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
How lovely! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. What super photos, I would love copies, thank you! We look forward to seeing you again, I shall be busily painting over winter!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Absolutely fantastic place to stay, lots of character and such a lovely room. We were given a very warm welcome with a breakfast not to be missed - you can choose what time and what eggs you want with lots of local produce available! Seriously couldn't suggest a better place!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jonesek
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beechenhill, Owner at Beechenhill Farm, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
So glad you enjoyed your stay and your breakfast! We have started getting ideas for next year's breakfasts- hope you come back to try them!
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wiltshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

We had a wonderful time. The location is superb with excellent walks and breakfast is delicious. Terry and Sue could not do enough to make us welcome. We have not found anything better in many years, If you want peace and quiet on a working organic farm in the Peak District then this is the place for you.

Room Tip: There are two B and B rooms, both look down the valley.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank richard l
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beechenhill, Owner at Beechenhill Farm, responded to this review, September 17, 2012
Thank you for your kind words, we look forward to your return!
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Sydney Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

It is difficult to meaningfully add to the other reviews. Beechenhill is simply outstanding and was phenomenal value. Wonderful thoughtful comforts for B & B guests located in an excellent example of a farm which walks the organic talk. Sue & Terry and their family have very obviously made a significant commitment to a model of sustainable rural tourism and thought leadership in the Peak district. Their environmental message is subtly advanced by the surroundings. No environmental proselytising at Beechenhill Farm! The Farm's recent history and key operational information is recorded in a divertingly clever farm summary and in answers from Sue and Terry who somehow manage to have time for everyone. We felt privileged to be there. Thank you.

Room Tip: All the rooms are fine. A feature of Beechenhill Farm is the restrained and thoughtful way in which...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John G
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beechenhill, Manager at Beechenhill Farm, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thank you- it means an awful lot to us that you understood what we are trying to achieve- enabling guests to be even more comfortable, have more fun and be more relaxed all by being more sustainable! x
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

We recently spent three nights at Beechenhill Farm for a friends wedding. We stayed in one of the B&B rooms and were very pleased with the standard of the room. The decor fit very well with the farm and everything was clean and comfortable. Tea and Coffee making facilities are provided within your room and as Beechenhill is a working farm you just need to ask for milk when you need it and they provide you with fresh milk from their cows. I think I put on half a stone during my stay as the breakfast was amazing. I could have eaten the poridge until I burst as it was so creamy and tasty but made sure I kept some space for the vast amount of bacon, eggs, sausage etc etc that followed.

Our friends had their wedding breakfast and evening do in the barn which was a fab venue and we all had the most amazing time. The barn is a lovely space and a great place to host such an event.

The evening after the wedding a group of 6 of us hired out the hot tub for £75. We spent the evening drinking champagne and looking at the unspoilt views and the beautiful night sky - it was perfect. It really was an amazing, relaxing evening and I would recommend it to anyone staying at Beechenhill.

This is a family run business and all the family made us feel very welcome and were always happy to help. They have two beautiful dogs on the farm including a little cross bread Jack Russell who has endelss energy and it's hard to get bored of throwing the ball for her to catch.

This place is a real gem and is worth consdiering for a venue, a romantic getaway or a group vacation. Beechenhill can cater for any eventuality and they do so very well.

Room Tip: All the room options are a high standard.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ladyrokeby
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beechenhill, Owner at Beechenhill Farm, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thanks for your lovely review! We really enjoyed the wedding too! It was such a nice family and friends' celebration.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

We celebrated our wedding here in June, and everything was wonderful! We were made so welcome for the whole weekend, the place looked beautiful, the hot tub on the Friday evening (in the rain!) was very welcome after hours of barn decorating, accommodation was very cosy, breakfast on the Sunday was great! Hattie the dog gave us hours of entertainment, and a calf was born while we were eating dinner after the ceremony - all our guests spent a long time outside cheering it on as it tried to stand up! We enjoyed playing swingball in the garden while all dressed up, and after all our guests had departed we explored Dovedale and ate lots of ice cream. Thank you so much to everyone at Beechenhill for a great weekend!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rachel J
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beechenhill, Owner at Beechenhill Farm, responded to this review, August 12, 2012
Thank you for your lovely words- it was a pleasure to be involved in your special day! We named the calf after you!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Beechenhill nearly 40 years ago, when it was in the care of different owners. It was our favorite getaway spot, and it remains our favorite. Terry, Sue, Alex and Rob welcome you into their family before, during and after your stay. It is a working farm, with footpaths all around, both within the farm itself and over to Dove Dale. The food at breakfast is exceptional (NB the porridge!) and the bedding is scrumptious. The setting is about as tranquil as one could imagine. And then there is Hattie the dog.....amazing.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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beechenhill, Owner at Beechenhill Farm, responded to this review, August 12, 2012
It was so nice to have you to stay- especially with your long association with Beechenhill, we really enjoyed your company xxx
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Property: Beechenhill Farm
Address: Ilam Moor Lane, Ilam, Peak District National Park DE6 2BD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Ilam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ilam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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