The Cow Barn is exceptionally well-equipped, with generous supplies of towels, excellent cooking and washing facilities, and lots of books, games and DVDs. The house sleeps 8 comfortably and there are two very good bathrooms. The owners are welcoming and friendly. We were ever so grateful to Tony for his help with the cars when the roads became icy after Christmas.
We loved the wood burner and enjoyed our cosy evenings by the fire. The hot tub was great and we made good use of it despite the cold weather, sitting comfortably in the warm bubbles while admiring the snow-covered hills (special fluffy towels are supplied!).
The location is idyllic, with a number of walks starting on the doorstep and the pretty village of Youlgreave nearby. We had a wonderful family Christmas at the Cow Barn and hope to come back soon.
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We booked this cottage for a family break to celebrate a 60th Birthday. We were all delighted with the cottage which has been finished to the highest of standards. The open plan living area is great for socialising and the kitchen had everything you could possible need. The wood burning stove was a fantastic feature and made the evenings in cosy and relaxing. Outside there is a large paved sitting area and just beyond a wonderful hot tub with views to die for. The owners, Tony and Belinda, were always on hand to help with any questions and give recommendations for things to do and places to eat. All in all a wonderful holiday, in an exceptional cottage. Thank you!
We had a lot of choice in Peak District accommodation as we were after a fairly standard 4 be property, but after trawling through options for about 2 days I knew I had found the perfect place when I saw The Cow Barn. OK, so I had to increase my budget slightly, but it was worth it and the photos are an accurate representation of the property. It is a quality, new, building kitted out with everything you could need. But, it also has a rustic charm because it has been so well designed with stone walls and country cottage style décor. We hung out in the open plan kitchen / diner with the large wood burner. It pumped out the heat and we actually had to open a window for a while. The hot tub can easily accommodate 6 people and has beautiful views over the countryside. The hot tub was new and clean. The only slight downside to the tub was that when used for over half an hour the temperature would drop and so after a while, it was necessary to cover it up and wait for it to regain heat. But, it was a cold and wet weekend and if it had been summer this would not have been an issue.
The property is situated near to the village of Alport and infact you can walk to the village pub and church quite easily (although bring a torch for dark nights). There was so much to see and do nearby. We spent a day at Chatsworth House and another day exploring Matlock and the Heights of Abraham. There were lots of walking trails and it seemed a really popular place with hikers. My husband went for a long run on Sunday morning and loved it.
We had a young baby with us and the cot, bedding and high chair were provided which was great. We were all very comfortable, but the house did seem to carry noise easily so we made sure to take the baby into the sitting room in the early morning rather than wake the other guests.
There is a separate studio property that adjoins the main house. We didn't see the other folk staying there except that there is a polite rota for the hut tub - they can also use it and so you can request it for a specific time. This is not an issue as it's impossible to stay too long in a hot tub anyway.
All in all a very good choice of property. We will probably be booking it again next year for another family holiday.
Tony was a great host and was always available should we need him....which we didn't. He lives with his wife next door to the property.
Ali and Patrick
The Cow Barn is totally delightful There has been great thought into the decor and furnishings.
The bed linen was superb. A good supply of bottled water, milk, A very welcoming bottle of wine, truffles, fresh laid eggs, tea, coffee etc and biscuits........ all a very nice touch,
A plentiful supply of wood for the wood burner. Superbly large towels for use with the hot tub. Plenty of toilet roll, cleaning products and complimentary bathroom toiletries.
The Cow Barn was very clean and very very welcoming. Beautifully decorated. The kitchen was very well stocked apart from only having 2 pans - not enough to cook for 8 person. but otherwise plenty of everything else
There were DVDs, CDs, Books, Games TV and WiFi
An obviously large amount has been spent on making this property a very high standard...... so why then is there a (very expensive) just one hot tub to share that comfortably only accommodated 4 - 6 When the cottage sleeps 8? And having to share with the annex (Cow Shed - sleeps 2) was uncomfortable.
There was also the disturbing smell of bad drains that hit us every morning except our last one - it had rained all night.
Would we go back? Yes if the hot tub was big enough for 8 - 10* adults and not shared.
* The annex is offered as part of the Barn for groups up to 10 persons
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