Location is unbeatable - gorgeous scenery and numerous walks from the front doors. The land backs on to the imposing Wetton Hill which dominates much of the view from the outside. Both Gateham Cottage and the Coach House are lovely places to stay, cosy and comfortable. It is perfect for people looking for a delightful rural escape. The wifi is limited in most places other than the cottage's front room/ bedroom, and phone reception is sporadic and pretty much non-existent at the Coach House. But this just adds to the sense of escape and seclusion. There is land backing onto the properties which is great for a ramble and view over the valley, and our children loved exploring and clambering, even in the gale force winds that buffeted us over Christmas!
Alstonefield and Wetton are short walks (c. 1 mile) away, with great pubs at both (the George at Alstonefield is more 'gastro' with prices to match; the Royal Oak at Wetton is more down to earth and affordable. Both are great places for a cosy drink though). Further away is Hartington which is a delightful village with a wonderful store and a couple of great pubs.
Teresa the owner was extremely helpful and friendly and really made us feel welcome and her son Sam was excellent: he introduced us to the bulls and calves, talked us through the farm and took our 7 year old (also Sam) on tour of the farm and to help out with getting the sheep in, feeding the animals and various other things. Really lovely people who made a Christmas break even more magical.
Highly recommended, and we would love to return some time.
My wife and I traveled with our daughter and two young granddaughters. There was something to suit all of us. The adults enjoyed the great comfort and facilities of the Coach House and the beauty of the surroundings, whilst the two children threw themselves enthusiastically into the life on the farm.
Our hosts could not have been kinder or more welcoming.
We were all sorry to leave (our eldest granddaughter cried) and we have already had a return visit.
We will go again and would certainly recommend the premises to people of all ages seeking a truly relaxing break.
This was a thoroughly relaxing holiday. The cottage was much larger than expected from the pictures and suited both adults and the children alike. The owners were fantastic and the children were able to hold chicks and stroke a new-born calf in the barn. Walks straight from the door were a perfect way to see the countryside and there were fantastic panoramic views from the top of the hill accessed through the cow field. The beautiful village of Hartington provided excellent farm shops and country stores or for a bigger shop, Ashborne was only a short drive away. The best part of all was the peace and tranquility of our surroundings. We could enjoy a glass of wine in the garden above the house and watch the sun set. There is so much to do in the surrounding area with Thor's cave (recommended by our hosts) being an absolute must-see. This is a cottage from which you can explore the best of DerbYshire and Staffordshire or simply enjoy relaxing on the peaceful, idealistic working farm. We will definitely be returning!
The Coach House at Gateham Grange, Alstonefield is such a lovely place to stay. As two married couples, and pensioners, we can be a little picky about where we stay, as we know what we expect to find. No problems here - our expectations were definitely exceeded.
The welcome we received was unexpected. Six fresh bantam eggs as well as fresh flowers were there on the dining table. Everything we needed, and more, was available in the kitchen, so we were very optimistic as we explored the rest of the cottage. No disappointments there either.
Everything was just as described on the website. The reception from the Flower family could not have been better. All three were prepared to chat about their farm and this made a big difference to us. We felt welcome and not an inconvenience on their working farm. Even their bull was so docile we thought it was actually a pet. Life on the farm appeared to be like a silent movie as work was taking place. We could see it all but there was so little noise we could relax in a quiet atmosphere.
As a base to explore from it is ideally situated, and we had no problem driving to the towns and attractions in the Peak District. The weather was also very kind to us. Even when using the washing machine and iron during the week we were surprised just how little it cost for electricity.
When can we visit again? It will certainly be on our wish list for next year.
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Had a lovely weekend break here. The cottage is really spacious and tidy but also homely and welcoming. It has a garden with fantastic views, even with the bad weather it was lovely to watch the rain rolling in over the hills. The working farm adds a great bit of interest and we got to see some newborn calves, stroke some lambs and even pat a bull! All thanks to the really friendly and welcoming owners. Would definitely recommend this cottage as a place to stay and was sad to leave.