My 4 year old son and I were at the Y Not festival at the weekend and, as the weather turned our tent and all our belongings into a muddy, wet mess we decided to pack up and seek refuge for the last night. We happened upon Cotesfield Farm locally by chance and turned up there unannounced at 10am Sunday morning while the owners were preparing breakfast for the guests. We were a complete state - I was still in my muddy pyjamas! But Ali and David greeted us with a smile (totally unperturbed by the state of us), invited us in, explained that there was a room but it was in use until the guests checked out and instead of turfing us back out into the rain for a few hours invited us in to 'their' farmhouse, put cartoons on the TV for my son, made me a cup of tea (also offered breakfast!) and as soon as they could got the room ready for us, all while offering the same high level of service to their existing guests. More than we could have hoped for. We went back to the festival for the day once we were showered and refreshed and returned last afternoon and enjoyed the B&B. Ali, David and Gemma were more than welcoming and friendly (which is what you'd want at best from a B&B): they spent the afternoon chatting with me; showed my son around the farm, introduced him to the animals and let him 'find' eggs for breakfast. David even sat and read books with my son while I was enjoying a drink in the garden with Ali and Gemma! They recommended a local Thai takeaway and went to fetch it for us (and tried very, very hard not to charge me for it). The room was perfect, beautifully made up with complimentary drinks and biscuits but also access to a kitchen and living room, all of a wonderful standard. Breakfast was at the time we wanted (and my son was sleeping in so was later than I'd requested - no problem) and included choice of cereals, fruits and yogurt, tea, coffee and juice, freshly baked bread, cooked breakfast (my son's made up as a smiley face with 2 types of eggs as requested by him) - cooked to perfection and huge portion. It's just such a lovely place and like others have said we found it hard to leave and felt as though we'd made friends in less than 24 hours. I can't recommend it highly enough. We will definitely be back, hopefully in better weather so we can enjoy and appreciate the garden area and local walking trail. I loved chatting to Ali, David and Gemma and understand exactly what they want to achieve with this place and hope everybody that visits appreciates all their hard work and amazing hospitality. Being on my own with my son we do travel a fair bit and take the chance that we'll stay somewhere we'll feel confined to our room or I'm constantly worried that my son is being, well, a kid...but no such worries here: we were made to feel completely at home and like friends of the family rather than guests. Wonderful place, really.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cotesfield Farm, dating back to the 12th century as a Monastic Grange, is a working farm of approximately 280 acres.It is located in the heart of the beautiful Peak District and raises juvenile dairy cows, accommodating up to 500 during the summer months. The farm boasts its own private gateway to the Tissington Trail, offering traffic free access to miles of beautiful countryside for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders.At Cotesfield you will find a resident Cockerel and his beautiful ladies Lily, Pippi and Chickadee. We also have Rosie, a lovely grey broodmare, two dogs, Finn and Jessie, Tiggi the friendly mouser, our rescued bunnies including Mr Boombastic our giant rabbit, Woody the woodpecker and one of the most beautiful choruses of birdsong heard in the Peak District. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cotesfield Farm Hartington, United Kingdom