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Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages
Certificate of Excellence
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“There's nowhere better”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

If you are looking for a self catering holiday with an extra special touch - I cannot imagine you finding anywhere better than Blakelow Farm. We have just returned from a week in Candle Cottage; truly the most romantic of these luxury converted properties, which include cottages suitable for anything from one to 4 geusts. The owners have been running Blakelow Farm as holiday accommodation for about 10 years now and they really know how to make a holiday perfect....when you arrive there is a welcome pack with fresh bread, milk, butter, chocolates, biscuits, eggs laid by the hens who live here at Blakelow Farm, and a snifter of sherry in an attractive decanter to tempt your appetite. Kitchen facilities are top quality for those who like to cook in - for those who don't there is comprehensive information about good local pubs and restaurants to visit. In your cottage you'll find a key to a little outhouse which is well stocked with fresh eggs, sausages, bacon(from their own pigs), luxury toiletries, books, DVD's and useful leaflets about local attractions.
There is too much to praise about Blakelow Farm to mention it all here....all I can say is if you are thinking about a self catering holiday in the Peak Districk don't look anywhere else.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

From the bouquet of herbs in the kitchen to the table laid with candlesticks and flowers every detail has been thoughtfully and carefully taken care of. You have your own terrace and feel very private, Steve welcomes you with charm and a hamper that has eggs from his own chickens. The area has wonderful walks and is close to some of the finest country houses including my favourite Hadden Hall.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We booked "Christmas Cottage " online, using both the recommendations on TripAdviser and also the very good Blakelow Farm website. We kept our fingers crossed - hoping that it would look something like the pictures that were in the brochure and that it would meet our expectations....after spending a wonderful week there.......I can honestly say that it surpassed our expectations and that it is the best Holiday cottage we have ever, ever stayed in......anywhere!
Arriving on a rainy and windy August night at 10pm directly from Manchester Airport we were met as soon as the car arrived in the driveway by Steve, who assisted us with our copious luggage and got us settled in. The welcome basket and fridge containing basic provisions was a lovely touch, and our request for firm pillows for the main bedroom was also met.
Christmas cottage is beautiful, with fantastic views across to Chatsworth and a secluded patio area overlooking the garden and fields beyond. The quality of everything in the cottage is of the highest standard, whether it be the bathrobes, crockery or even the outside chairs!
Steve as host is attentive, available but also discreet. He even apologised about cutting the grass in case it spoilt the tranquility of the place......and said he could do it later! The are lovely touches everywhere, like a picnic bench at the top of the field - with a pathway cut through the long grass so that you could easily walk up. A well stocked DVD library and outdoor games for when the weather is good.
Did I mention the peace.....aaahhhh! So quiet and tranquil - not even the distant thunk of a farm generator which you usually get with a country cottage.
There is so much to see and do in the area, be it grand houses like Chatsworth or Haddon Hall, plague villages (!), Go Ape in Buxton or general walks. There is a good pub rambling distance away, and The Fountain cafe in Bonsall Village which does a good breakfast if you don't fancy cooking. Did we mention the chickens.....they were a hoot and the best guard chickens we have ever seen!
We honestly didn't want to leave - and we do plan to return. As there is also a single occupancy cottage it would be a great place to visit alone.

Room Tip: Christmas Cottage has a wonderful view across the valley, an upstairs shower room with loo and the b...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Fabulous relaxing weekend in a wonderful property, in a picture-perfect location. Very nice welcome from Steve and the hamper was a lovely treat, filled with yummy goodies - and much appreciated after the drive. Very clean in all rooms, with amazingly comfy beds (we slept 10 hours!), total peace and quiet, we couldn't bare to leave. This place is a gem.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

This was our third trip to Blakelow Farm, so we do obviously love the place!

We stayed in Christmas Cottage which has a stunning view to Chatsworth in the far distance. Furnishings are excellent as are the quality kitchen, bathroom and shower-room. You would like to say it's home from home, but it's actually better than home!

We adore the peace of the place - breakfast outside on the terrace when its sunny, walking along the lane after dinner and being greeted by hens after a day's sight-seeing. The wood burning stove is also a key feature - nothing better than the glow of a real fire in the evening.

The cottages and farm are still immaculate and everything is very clean. The Utility Barn provides a DVD library, book library, washing machine and tumble drier and also a selection of food from the freezer.

We can not rate the cottage enough - we have to return as it would be so difficult to find anything better.

Room Tip: All the cottages are stunning, however Christmas Cottage probably doe have the best views!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

I couldn't have asked for anything better than what I received, the cottage was lovely with excellent decoration and little touches to make it even more cosy. With 6 inches of snow on the ground outside it was amazing, a little difficult to get to with the snow but I was kept up to date right up to the front door by Steve which was great. With views across the valley, fresh peak district produce such as eggs, butter etc, the log burner crackling in the back ground and the welcome hamper on arrival, the only word I can use to describe it is PERFECT. With the owners willing to do that little bit extra to make things extra special, Blakelow is top of my recommendations list and we will definately be back again! Thank You so much.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leicester
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

From the minute we arrived and right through to our departure we were made to feel at home, being welcomed by Stephen on arrival. Candle Cottage was a beautiful and very cosy hideaway with the Derbyshire Dales and Peaks right on our doorstep. Everything that we could have possibly needed or wanted was in the cottage and even more items such as walking guides, books and DVD's provided in the Utility Barn. A fantastic holiday cottage setup by Stephen; Blakelow Farm laid eggs were even provided in our welcome hamper along with freshly baked bread, locally made butter, chocolates and shortbread. We couldn't give this resort anything other than our highest recommendation. It's just a shame we didn't have any snow during our stay (I guess that is out of Stephen's control to organise!). Everything you could possible want from a holiday in unspoilt UK countryside. Fantastic.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages

Property: Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages
Address: Blakelow Farm Bonsall Lane, Winster, Peak District National Park DE4 2PD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Winster
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Winster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Graded 5 star GOLD by VisitEngland, our 4 cottages touch every comfort button, calming colours and designer touches, private terraces and pretty gardens, luxurious simplicity and rustic charm, your very own slice of the Peak District. A piece of heaven for walkers, sightseers, seekers of peace, and explorers of some of the best country houses and gardens in the land. ... more   less 

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