Dovedale Cottages

Dovedale Cottages at Church Farm

What our visitors say...

A beautiful poem written by two of our lovely guests, Dinah and Keith, who have visited the Ancestral Barn and Church Farm Cottage several times in the last couple of years.

Forget the rest, Derbyshire's the best!

The White Peak with its rivers and hills
Is a jewel amid this land
Where, as you walk, the skylark trills
Over countryside rolling and grand.

Hall Dale in the hamlet of Stanshope lies;
Take a stroll in the early morn.
The breeze through the valley gently sighs,
Dew underfoot, the earth reborn.
From Hartington cross fields to Beresford Dale,
The river and trees cool retreat.
Continue through Wolfscote on paths strewn with shale
Or back to Hartington for something to eat!

The Manifold Valley, that enchanted land
At daybreak lies misty, still.
Thor's Cave, formed by some unknown hand
Presides; a brooding sentinel.
Where fish once swam, long millennia past,
Now birds on air currents soar.
How many centuries still to last?
As many as gone before?

Above Ilam, Blore Pastures is a favoured spot
To pause and enjoy the view.
Sitting on the bench with a flask, nice and hot,
For a while, nothing pressing to do
But watch the shadows of the clouds pass by
On opposite Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill;
Sheep graze on that hillside, way up high.
Return, I always will.

The River Dove gently winds its way
Through the dale that bears its name;
It's solitude and beauty
Are the secrets of its fame.
Of all the places in Derbyshire
This is the one I like best;
Dovedale is for me,
Where the wonders of nature rest.

I'd heard about the stepping stones
Some time before I saw them;
Then of course my one desire
Was to get myself across them.
At 79 though perhaps
This might be a step too long,
But afterwards I felt so good......
A bit like Neil Armstrong!

"Carpe Diem", the Blore Pastures bench proclaims,
Wise words, I'm sure you'll agree.
Whatever the season, enjoy the terrain,
Grasp the moment, it's all here to see!

And for friendliness, cleanliness, comfort and style,
Church Farm is the place to stay.
You'll not find better in many a mile,
Or if you searched for many a day.

Susan, James, little Beth, and Henry the setter
Are a lovely family of four!
They've thought of everything to make your stay better;
Who could ask for anything more?

You find new-laid eggs, and homemade bread,
All's tasteful, pristine, like new;
The delightful embroideries, big canopied beds,
And of course, the wonderful view!


So give to them the same consideration
That they show to every guest.
Come and go quietly, shutting the gate,
And you'll keep their minds at rest!

Here are a few comments left by our kind guests in the visitor books...

Picture perfect and charming hosts in Susan, James and Beth. We enjoyed having our tea in the garden as much as any walks and days out. Had a wonderful time. Lovely cottage. Thanks!

Luke and Mary, Tenessee (Aug 2013)

Each year we get older - but the happiness grows each time we come back.

Ted and Joy, Camberley (visiting since 1998)

It's not often we can say our holiday cottage is perfect in every way, but this really is. Thank you for your welcome, for all your help, and for introducing us to your beautiful countryside.

Stella and friends, Kent (April 2013)

A very impressive holiday home, that delivers on every aspect promised on the website - and then some. We had a great week that was over all too soon and we are already planning a return visit.

Wood family, Austria (Apr 2013)

So glad to be back again in this little piece of heaven. I love it here. Thank you.

Rosemary, Lincs (May 2014)

Best mini break for a long time. Loved your beautiful cottage and garden. Thank you for the delicious scones and your warm welcome.

Jenny, Notts (May 2014)

Thankyou Susan and James for a very warm welcome, exceptional accommodation we did not want to leave!

Yvonne, Norwich (July 2014)

Warm welcome and wonderful week. Luxuriously appointed, cosy and so comfortable. A hundred happy memories including unforgettable walks, birdsong and buttercups.

Dick and Sally, Norwich (May 2014)

Absolutely perfect - just what the doctor ordered.

Liz, Colin and Josie, London (Apr 2013)

Fantastic cottage and such a lovely welcome - bread, eggs and scones a delightful treat. We had some lovely weather and took advantage of it visiting Bakewell and Castleton. Such a relaxing week. Can't rate the cottage enough.

Rob and Marnie, Bedfordshire (Jun 2013)

Lovely, relaxing visit - beautiful, well thought out Barn. Excellent attention to details.

Fenella and friends, Cheshire (Nov 2013)

Wonderful stay at a perfect Barn and location with wonderful hosts. Lovely welcome with the best scones and fresh bread. Sad to leave, can't wait to come back.

Majithia and family, Berkshire (Sept 2013)

Outstanding, first class, stunning! A superb stay and will be one of many. Thank you.

Tracy and Brian, Northamptonshire (Jan 2013).

What a perfect cosy cottage in one of my favourite parts of the world! Susan and James are wonderful hosts and the cottage is idyllic. We are coming back!!

Sally and Anthony, Folkestone (Nov 2014)

28 years ago my grandparents took me on holiday to a farm, feeding lambs and collecting eggs. 28 years on, I still talk about it and it's a treasured childhood memory. We wanted to do the same for our children and they've loved feeding the lambs and making friends with the dogs. And the icing on the cake was seeing 2 lambs born! Thank you for making us so welcome and helping us create these memories. A lovely cottage in a lovely position. Thank you!

Nigel and Joanne (Apr 2014)