ABOUT US

Situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park, the large self catering Holiday Barn comfortably sleeps up to 24 guests and Mires Cottage comfortably sleeps 2 guests.  They can be rented out together or independently of each other.

 

The barn is the perfect venue for friends and family to relax and stay together under one roof and is ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, leisure groups, chilled stag or hen dos, reunions and weddings. It's equally suited to accommodating corporate groups for training and team building events. 

The barn and cottage form a great base for walking, climbing, cycling and caving, with numerous outdoor activities on the doorstep.  The barn and cottage are fully insulated with gas fired central heating throughout and a large multi fuel stove in the lounge, with plenty of drying space in the utility room for wet gear, wellies and walking boots in the barn. 

 

The site was renovated over 4 years from a dilapidated series of old agricultural buildings, to the contemporary barn, cottage, playroom and wedding barn that have been created today.

 

LOCAL AREA

The barn and cottage sit in the tiny hamlet of Wardlow Mires, across the road from Wardlow,  a typical one street limestone village set high up in the glorious White Peak landscape.

 

Wardlow is a small community of farms and cottages, formally an agricultural and lead mining community and part of the Chatsworth estate, on the road between Monsal Head and Tideswell.   The name Wardlow means 'watchhill and slope', with the hill known as Wardlow Hay Cop which is a nature reserve.  Before mains water was brought to the village, people had to collect their water from the village pumps; although no longer in use the remains of the pumps can still be seen.   A local village landmark is the VR postbox, which is mounted in the wall near Manor Farm.

 

The surrounding scenery includes the Dales of Cressbrook and Monsal a short distance away.  A spectacular birds' eye view can be had from Wardlow Hay Cop south of the village and paths radiate out to Longstone Moor and Foolow.   Well Dressings are held annually in early September.  Nearest villages include Ashford in the Water, Litton,  Tideswell, Eyam, Stoney Middleton and Bakewell.

 

SCARY STORY…

The bleak moorland crossing from Stoney Middleton to Wardlow offered rich pickings to Black Harry, a notorious 18th century highwayman, who preyed on the travellers of that time. He was eventually captured, hung, drawn and quartered on the Gallows Tree at Wardlow Mires, right in front of Peak District Holiday Barn – but his spirit still roams the route at nightfall, and motorists have reported seeing a black-clad ghostly figure and horse.