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Derbyshire Dales and Dovedale Farm Holiday Group

Holiday on a farm in beautiful Derbyshire, close to the magnificent scenery of Dovedale and close to the edge of the Peak District National Park. Wonderful farmhouses and cottages in countryside locations.

Holiday on a farm in beautiful Derbyshire, close to the magnificent scenery of Dovedale and close to the edge of the Peak District National Park. Wonderful farmhouses and cottages in countryside locations.

Please visit the Derbyshire Dales & Dovedale Farm Holiday Group website and browse superb farm holiday accommodation.

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With a choice of Bed and Breakfast or Self-Catering options. Everything you would expect from quality accommodation plus superb farm fresh food, beautiful countryside and a friendly home-from-home service.

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Stay on a farm in the Derbyshire Dales
Somewhat off the beaten track in the tranquil backwaters of the Derbyshire Dales and Dovedale are the farmhouses and cottages you often imagine when you think of the countryside.

Large farmhouse kitchens, roaring log fires, the wonderful aroma of homebaked bread or pretty cottages hidden away, with windows flung open to greet the morning sun - reminiscent of childhood, family holidays, honeymoons, solitude.

We are proud of our high standards of accommodation and service, the warmth of our welcome and our excellent food.

Our warm welcome awaits you whatever the season. As a member group of the Farm Holiday Bureau UK we are selected by strict criteria and accommodation is rigorously assessed and inspected annually.

Our homes are as individual as we are and the discerning guest will find a large variety of beautiful properties to discover. From lovingly cared for holiday cottages where you can self-cater to farmhouses of character where your hosts are able to offer service of quality and individuality.

Throughout, the emphasis is on quality with informality, the very best accommodation and food in relaxed and peaceful surroundings. Our warm welcome awaits you whatever the season.

The Derbyshire Dales ~ A wealth of places to visit...

The Derbyshire Dales and Dovedale area contains a wealth of attractions, ranging from Museums to Theme Parks, and from sailing facilities to painting classes.

There is lots of history here too, and the area contains some of the finest Great Houses in England. Prime among these is Kedleston Hall (below), Robert Adam's finest and most perfect creation, built for the Curzon family. Situated just outside Derby, this is now in the stewardship of the National Trust.

Almost at the centre of the area is the small town of Ashbourne, noted for its antiques trade.

Other towns in the area include Matlock, the county town of Derbyshire, which has a Lead Mining Museum, a cable railway, and several caverns which are open to visitors.

Further down the River Derwent lies Belper, a former mill town with some fine, newly restored cotton mills. The Derwent Valley was the cradle of the cotton industry in this country and the valley is now a World Heritage Site.

Further south, the village of Sudbury is the location of one of the country's finest Restoration mansions. Sudbury Hall, now owned by the National Trust was built in the 1660s and is notable for its fine Long Gallery, gardens and portraits of Charles II's mistresses. Also located here is a Muesum of Childhood - a fascinating visit for both modern children and adults.

...and things to do...

The walking in this area is second to none. Dovedale (below, which is the part of the River Dove upstream of Ashbourne) is a famous walking route which can be thronged by visitors on a summer weekend.

Quieter locations can be found both further downriver and in the Manifold Valley - a subsidiary of the Dove, in the Churnet Valley, near Alton Towers, around Wirksworth and Brassington, and along the low hills which flank the River Derwent on its western side.

The area contains many quiet country lanes so cycling is a popular pastime around here. To the north of the area two former railways have been converted into cycling tracks, (the High Peak Trail and the Tissington Trail) where you can ride your bike free from fears about traffic.

Cycle hire is available on the High Peak Trail at Middleton, just north of Wirksworth, and at Ashbourne on the Tissington Trail. Carsington Water is also ringed by cycle tracks, and horse riding is available locally too.

Trout fishing is available in Dovedale (apply at the Izaak Walton Hotel at Ilam) and coarse fishing is available at some of our members' farms.

The reservoir of Carsington Water caused controversy when it was planned in the 1980s, but is now appreciated by many as a leisure facility. Severn Trent Water have a visitor centre here which acts as a magnet, bringing in visitors from far and near.

Besides the visitor centre, Carsington has sailing facilities, waymarked walks, cycle routes and picnic locations.

For the more adventurous, the Derbyshire Dales and Dovedale area offers a wealth of opportunities for more dangerous sports, such as rock-climbing, pot-holing and hang-gliding.


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