Recommended Local Attractions...
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, standing on the east bank of the river Derwent. The house, labelled ‘Palace of the Peak’, features more than 30 rooms and a 105-acre garden. It has events all year round from the RHS flower show, to horse trials and country fairs.
A stunning English Tudor country house on the River Wye near Bakewell. One of England’s finest examples of a medieval manor house. This castellated medieval manor house around two courtyards has remained unchanged since the reign of Henry VIII. It reeks with antiquity and with fine untouched interiors including the Long Gallery, Great Hall and Chapel.
The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales. The trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8 miles from Blackwell Mill in Chee Dale and Coombs Road at Bakewell.
Just south of Sheldon, an easy 10-minute walk from the farm brings you to one of the most famous lead mines in the Derbyshire Peak District. Mining for lead was carried out for over 250 years until the 1950’s and is one of the best examples of its kind in the country. The area is protected by scheduled monument status and more can be learned about it in the Peak District Mining Museum, housed in the Pavilion at Matlock Bath.
The historic market town of Bakewell is a little gem of a village in the heart of the glorious Peak District, and just a five-minute drive from our farm. The wonderful old buildings, the character cottages and the meandering river with banks of green willow, make it an ideal place to explore. Famed for its unique pudding, a visit to one of the many tea shops should be on your list.
Buxton Spa Town
Buxton lies just outside the Peak District National Park. It was founded by the Romans, who built baths to use the warm spa water. In the 18th & 19th centuries, Buxton was famous as a spa. It has an opera house, a fine crescent and Pavilion Gardens. Other things to see in Buxton are the museum, the Pool’s cavern and Grin Low country park. It has a well dressing and carnival in July.
A former spa town, Matlock is situated on the River Derwent. The Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath is a unique Hilltop park reached by a spectacular cable car journey over the Derwent Valley. At the summit, there are exciting underground tours of two show caverns as well as exhibitions, shops, picnic area and café.
An outstandingly pretty village at the head of the Vale of Hope, surrounded on 3 sides by steep hills and close to the mighty Mam Tor. The Blue John Cavern is one of four show caves in Castleton. A newly refurbished visitors centre has a fascinating museum and a wealth of information on local attractions.
We'll be lambing on the farm from around 6th April onward.
15th - 17th May
A three-day event of thrilling world-class equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family.
23rd - 25th May
The spiritual home of Baking hosts a 3 day baking extravaganza!
11th - 14th June
Enjoy an inspirational day out packed with stunning show gardens, colourful floral displays, top nurseries, have-a-go workshops, unique shopping and delicious food and drink.
3rd - 19th July
One of the UK's leading arts events taking place in July each year; a cultural celebration of the very best opera, music and literature.
Also Buxton Fringe Festival.
Walking and Cycling
Perhaps best known as walking country, the Peak District National Park offers a spectacular variety of scenery and routes to be explored – from steep sided limestone dales to the dramatic high moorlands. There is something for everyone – individuals, families and groups – whether you want a challenging hike or a short stroll.
Here at Manor House Farm Cottages you can walk directly from the door along the public footpath on our land which leads you directly down to Deepdale. Monsal Head is also a good walk from site with many lovely pubs and tea rooms en route.
If you don't want to organise your own walk, why not join a group walk or book a privately guided walk at
We have books of walks and information available in the games room, and some suggested walks from the door in your information folder in each cottage. Here's an example of a full day walk from site:
We recommend these websites for further information on local walks:
We offer safe cycle storage for up to 12 bikes plus a bike stand, tools, pump and bike washing all thanks to Pedal Peak for Business, delivered by Peak District National Park Authority who awarded us a grant to encourage more cyclists to the area.
Explore the spectacular countryside by bicycle on quiet lanes or traffic-free trails such as Monsal Trail and Tissington Trail - both very close by and offering several miles of flat, traffic free easy cyling along dis-used railway lines.
We recommend these websites for further information on local cycling routes:
Pedal Peak feel as passionate about providing for cyclists as we do. Check out their video to see more about our cycling storage and how it impact our business and the local economy.
Eating In or Out
Derbyshire has some great local produce. Whether your planning to eat in or out, here are some suggestions to make your stay easy and enjoyable:..
The Cock & Pullet - Sheldon – 5 minutes walk from your door. Good Value traditional Pub Food.
The Bulls Head – Monyash – 45 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive. Good Value pub food, known for its large portions.
The Packhorse Inn – Little Longstone – A personal favourite. Fantastic food. Locally sourced speciality meat dishes (including lamb from our farm). Definitely book in advance to get a table as it’s very popular.
The Crispin – Great Longstone – Extensive menu and big enough to accommodate large groups by prior arrangement.
The White Lion – Great Longstone – A more contemporary menu and décor than most in the area. Large enough to accommodate large groups by prior arrangement.
Piedaniel’s Restaurant – Bakewell – French Cuisine. It’s number 1 on tripadvisor for a reason!
Ithaca Greek Taverna – Buxton – The best Greek Restaurant in Buxton!
Hassop Station café – At the start of Monsal Trail, this is the perfect location to start your day. For full meals of just coffee and cake. Good vegetarian choices. Also with a bookshop, and cycle hire.
Hobbs Café – Monsal Head – Treat yourself when you climb up to Monsal Head. For lunches or coffee and cake.
Edensor Tea Rooms – In the Chatsworth village of Edensor. A small popular place for lunches or tea & cake.
Junipers – Bakewell – Specialising in Gin & Pizza; what a great combination!
The Woodyard – Bakewell – Beautifully located by the river. A lovely place for Italian food and a cocktail on a sunny day. They also offer takeaway pizza.
Peak District Deli - https://peakdistrictdeli.com/ - For locally sourced on-line shopping, order by the Tuesday before you arrive, for a delivery on the Friday or Saturday. Peak District Deli also offer private dining experiences and will prepare and serve a fantastic celebration meal for you in your cottage.
Scoff online - http://www.scoffonline.co.uk/ - Home cooked oven-ready meals. Prepared by one of our neighbours in Sheldon, and ready to pop in the oven.
Project Dinner Party - https://www.projectdinnerparty.co.uk/ - For the full dinner party experience. These guys will cook and serve a full celebration meal in your cottage.
Sourced Here - https://saucedhere.co.uk/ - Locally sourced produce, ordered on-line just like your regular on-line food shop, and delivered to your door. They also provide easy cooking kits designed for big group holidays. Place your order before your holiday instead of using a national supermarket.
Raja’s Indian Takeaway – They will deliver to you cottage.
Bamboo Cottage Chinese Takeaway - No delivery service and cash on collection.
Ricci’s Italian and Pizza Takeaway - Bakewell
Bakewell Fish and Chips – There are several fish and chip shops in Bakewell.
Toll House Fish & Chip Bar - Stoney Middleton – Multi-award winning Fish & Chip shop.
……………And don’t forget that you can buy our own lamb chops, burgers and steaks direct from the farm. They’re in the games room freezer and we run an honesty box system.