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.
Cross Dale Taxi Service: 01629 820028
PacMan: 07971 400015
Longstone Taxis: 07818 432345
Hudson Private Hire: 07715 668861
Paul Smith guided walks: www.myguidedwalks.co.uk
For outdoor adventure: www.dolomitetraining.co.uk
Balloons & Cards: Stewarts of Bakewell: 01629 815656
Florist: Violets and Daisies: www.violetsanddaisies.co.uk
Beauty & Pampering
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 Packhorse Inn – Little Longstone – Not sure whether to call this a gastro-pub, or just a very very good pub, but it's certainly a personal favourite. Fantastic food. Locally sourced meat dishes (sometimes including lamb from our farm). Definitely book in advance to get a table as it’s very popular. www.packhorselongstone.co.uk
The Bulls Head – Monyash – 45 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive. Good value pub food, known for its large portions. www.thebullsheadmonyash.co.uk
The Bulls Head - Ashford in the Water - 45 minutes walk or 5 minute drive (down the hill). Be warned, it's a long climb back up after a big lunch!
The Crispin – Great Longstone – Extensive menu and big enough to accommodate large groups by prior arrangement. www.robinsonsbrewery.com/pubs/the-crispin-great-longstone
The Taproom - Bakewell, Riverside Industrial Estate - At the back of Thornbridge brewery, the taproom serves beer and pizza. www.thornbridgebrewery.co.uk/visit-us/tap-room/
The Blind Bull - Little Hucklow - Exceptionally well prepared and presented food in relaxed luxury surroundings. Excellent vegetarian menu on Mondays. You won't be disappointed! www.theblindbull.co.uk
The George - Alstonefiled - Recognised by Michelin and The Good Food Guide, and recently shortlisted for 'The Taste of The Peak District Awards'. www.thegeorgeatalstonefield.com
Lovage – Bakewell's newest fine dining experience. Exceptional taster menu. www.restaurantlovage.co.uk
Fischers - Baslow Hall - www.fischers-baslowhall.co.uk
The Peacock - Rowsley - Part of the Haddon Hall estate. www.thepeacockatrowsley.com
Rafters at Riverside - Ashford in the Water - www.riversidehousehotel.co.uk
Hassop Station café – At the start of The 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.
The Eating House – Calver gift center – A lovely café and gift shop; this is a destination in itself. www.theeatinghousecalver.co.uk
Edensor Tea Rooms – In the Chatsworth village of Edensor. A small popular place for lunches or tea & cake.
Quackers Café – The Thornbridge Estate - Quackers can be accessed either from the main Thornbridge Hall entrance, or directly from The Monsal Trail. www.thornbridgehall.co.uk/quackerscafe
Piedaniel’s Restaurant – Bakewell – French Cuisine. www.piedaniels-restaurant.com
The Woodyard – Bakewell – Beautifully located by the river. A lovely place for Italian food. They also offer takeaway pizza. www.thewoodyardbakewell.com
St Moritz – Buxton - This is a recent find for us. Exceptional Italian food at reasonable prices. Definitely worth a visit. Perfect for pre-theater dining. www.stmoritzbuxton.co.uk
Our Farm Shop - Our own farm produce can be bought on site. We usually stock bacon, eggs, sausages, and a variety of lamb products including burgers for the BBQ. Click here for more details. www.manorhousefarmcottages.co.uk/farm-shop
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.
Chef Louisa Ellis - www.cheflouisaellis.com - Private dining and onsite catering for celebrations. Minimum group of 12.
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. www.rajas-restaurant.co.uk
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. www.tollbarfishandchips.com
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 www.myguidedwalks.co.uk
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: