Dovedale Cottages at Church Farm

The Farm

Relax on our organic farm with stunning views

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Church Farm has been a farm as far as we know since the 16th century and has been in our family for over half a century. We have evidence of the occupation on the site of Church Farm in much earlier times with Stanshope being mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It has always been farmed traditionally in the old-fashioned way and was converted to be fully organic in 1997. Our family’s farming philosophy has been to protect and preserve the environment and the animals and wildlife on the farm for the future generations who should be lucky enough to live here. Animals spend their summers grazing the meadows and pastures with the sun on their backs and are allowed to mature gradually as nature intended. We use no fertilizers or pesticides with the fields containing a host of wild flowers and herbs, many are quite rare. The animals are all our family friends and are treated with respect and love. Guests are welcome to get to know our many 'pets’.

In addition to the cows and the sheep, there are free-range hens and ducks. No farm is without the farmhouse cats, we have three - Oscar, Ellie and our gorgeous Maine Coon, Lily. Our friendly Red and White Irish Setter, Fergus can also be seen at the farm and is always happiest when running around in the countryside!

Stanshope is a tranquil farming hamlet in the heart of the southern Peak District. Our lovely area offers some stunning walks so you can explore Dovedale and the Manifold Valley straight from the cottage door. We feel it is a real privilege to be living in such a wonderful area and welcome anyone who wishes to join us, so come and enjoy.