We chose to stay here once for one of our regular trips to Alton Towers back in 2014, and we've never wanted to stay anywhere else since. It really says something about a B&B and the owners when staying here is genuinely something I look forward to more than visiting the theme park itself. From the moment you pull into the driveway the calmness and serenity of the place sweeps over you, only to be greeted by some of the loveliest people you could ever wish to meet. Chris and Margaret are both an absolute ray of sunshine, totally accommodating and welcoming to anyone and you really feel at home staying with them. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and cosy, with everything you need to feel totally at home.
We're always tempted to a lovely cooked breakfast and they're perfect every time. The breakfast room, just like the rest of the house, is beautifully furnished and it's always a treat to meet new people round the breakfast table and find out about what brings them there. Even with a nut allergy I feel totally comfortable eating breakfast here, something I rarely get without considerable fuss elsewhere.
We always leave wanting to immediately come back again and we always try to make sure it's not long until we do!
We had an enjoyable 2 night stay at Chris and Margarets farmhouse which has been lovingly tended by the owners, whilst they are not tending their cows. The house has been in Chris's family since 1848 I believe and is a labour of love for him to furnish. Rooms are all individual and the Red Room was very comfortable. Wonky floors and bathroom doors all add to the character. Considering we were the only guests staying at the time breakfast was a lavish affair with full English cooked however you like and fruit/cereal options too. Chris was horrified that he did not have the requested sparkling water on the first day (no big deal honestly Chris) but some appeared for our 2nd day, thank you so much!! The weather was lousy and we did not get an opportunity to walk around the gardens which was a shame. Next time. Terrific value for money. Chris politely (and understandably) requested we stay two nights rather than just one and we were very glad we did.
The house is just wonderfully historic and very warm and welcoming.
Hosts were lovely and friendly. The breakdfast was really nice and we had a fantastic stay. We had a lovely room and access to a very comforatble sittig room. Would highly reccomend it.
Another excellent visit again with family in the pleasant location with very comfortable bedrooms with coffee making facilities and small fridge and ensuite bathrooms.
Morning breakfast excellent as normal with cereal, fresh fruit, yogurts, juice and tea plus coffee followed by home cooked full English breakfast plus toast.
Lovely walks also in the countryside near cottage. Plus few minutes drive to Alton towers theme, also the lovely town of bakewell and chatsworth house etc.
After days out and evening meal we sat in the lounge with the open fire with the family with a few drinks and chatting about our day out and watching TV which was lovely.
Below are a few photos of our recent visit and would fully recommend.
Thank you again Chris and Margaret for making us feel welcome and look forward to our next visit.
I recently stayed again at Manor Farm, for the second time in a few months. I defy anyone to find a better B and B anywhere!
Let's look at what a good B and B should have: good welcome, hosts who know and recommend the area's attractions, comfortable rooms that include more than the bedroom, good food, quiet setting. Manor Farm has it all but for "good" read "excellent."
Margaret and Chris are the perfect hosts and guests are made to feel at home in this wonderful historic gem of a building set in exquisite grounds that they are free to explore. After a day out walking what a joy it is to come back to a roaring log fire in the lounge.
What a another joy it is it to sleep in an ancient and comfortable fourposter bed that seems to talk to you about its history. In fact the whole building oozes tradition.
Farmhouse breakfast? This one is sheer perfection, cooked to order using local produces and served in an oak paneled dining room.
The whole is, to quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "a consummation devoutly to be wished." (And at a price that belies the quality of the experience.
Thank you, Margaret and Chris, for given your industry such a marvellous name.