Telephone ExchangeSleeps 24

Unique Holiday Cottage on The High Peak & Tissington Trail

Highlights.....

  • This property has been completely transformed from a former telephone repeater station to achieve a truly individual and contemporary country get away for large groups.
  • Slap bang in the middle of the Peak District the unrivalled location is unbeatable and sits within 200m of The High Peak and Tissington Trail and a short drive to the pretty village of Hartington.
  • Lock the car up for the weekend and enjoy exploring the Peak District by foot or bike, bikes can be hired  just a minutes walk away from Parsley Hay Cafe and Cycle hire.
  • Stylish and contemporary design with a huge open plan living/dining space furnished with beautiful designer sofas and 3 long contemporary tables and chairs providing dining space for up to 24 guests.
  • Nine modern stylish bedrooms all with private bath/shower rooms sleeping up to 24 guests.

Interior Decor (candles for decorative purpose only)
Interior Decor (candles for decorative purpose only)
Log Burner with Complimentary Basket of Logs

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Ground floor bedroom 2
Bedroom 9
First floor bedroom 9

All nine bedrooms have been decorated to the same high standard, so this makes for easy pickings to decide who sleeps where without worrying who has the best room!. You can enjoy en suite facilities in all the bedrooms with a mix of spacious rainfall shower enclosures and others equipped with full size baths with showers over. In order to ensure all guests have private showering /wc facilities, we have compromised on the size of some of the bedrooms which are compact yet still beautiful.

Each bedroom offer flexible options that can be made up as twins or doubles so you can pick and choose your layout to suit. Your beds are made up for your arrival and for added comfort we provide each guest with fresh towels, hand soap and shower gel.

Click here for the bedroom layout.

Cooking and Dining

This super cool kitchen hosts a minimalist design giving it an ultimate modern feel in a mix of gloss white and slate grey finish.

The kitchen is a fabulous place if you do wish to do the cooking yourselves. The central island with a breakfast bar to one side and electric hob to the other is fantastic for those wanting to be sociable whilst they cook!.

Equipped with four electric ovens, plenty of cookware, microwave and crockery/utensils/glassware. A abundance of storage cupboards and units with plenty of work surfaces, two dishwashers, washing machine, tumble dryer and sink areas. As the property is so well equipped, you can totally self cater or use one of our many highly recommended outside catering contacts.

The kitchen over looks an open plan dining area- with 3 long contemporary tables and chairs providing dining space for up to 24 guests.

Please click here for the finer details of what to expect in the property.

Fully Equipped Kitchen
Suberb Open-Plan Downstairs Area
Dining Area with seating for up to 24
Spacious Living/Dining Area

Open Plan Living

Living Area with Log Burner (candles for decorative purpose only)
Living Area with Corner Sofa (candles for decorative purpose only)
Interior Decor
Large Open-Plan Living/Dining Area

The downstairs area is a huge open plan space with a large living space. The lounge area is styled with a fresh modern approach with bursts of colour throughout creating and impressive contemporary finish.

You will be warmly drawn towards the wall mounted log burner and fireplace which is the focal point of the room. With varied seating options to sink into, from funky futons to bean bag armchairs to a huge white leather corner sofa.

To keep you entertained, there is a table football, large 52 inch flat screen TV and DVD player.

Click here to view the floorplans.

Garden and Outdoor Space

Set back from the road that leads between Buxton and Ashbourne (A515), the property stands alone with great views to the rear over the trail and fields beyond.

The outside has been landscape with shrubs and trees which are maturing over time. To make the most of the view the flagged patio area has been positioned at the rear in a private sunny location. There are three long tables and benches offering plenty of outdoor seating and BBQ provided (please provide you own coal).

Plenty of private parking for up to 10 cars.

Stone Flagged Patio Area with seating for up to 24
Beautiful Location between Buxton & Ashbourne
Outside Dining with Seating for Up to 24 - Mixture of Chairs & Benches

The Peak District and Surrounding Area

Situated a stone's throw from the High Peak Trail
Large Oil Drunm BBQ
Great location on the High Peak Trail

You really cannot beat the location of The Telephone Exchange -  park the car up for your stay and enjoy getting out and about by foot or bike. A minutes walk just down the lane you will stumble upon Parsley Hay Cafe and Cycle hire right on The Tissington and High Peak Trail. You can walk and cycle until you hearts content - popular destinations such as Hartington, Tissington and even Ashbourne can be reached off road on this converted traffic free former railway line.

The Derbyshire famous spa town of Buxton is a short drive away as are the market towns of Ashbourne and Bakewell. Alton towers Resort is within a 25 minute drive. For a more gentile afternoon perhaps a visit to Chatsworth Estate or Tissington Hall maybe be preferred.

To complete your perfect Peak District holiday, just two miles down the trail, you can walk to our award winning Royal Oak Pub. We take great pride in offering a very traditional style of hospitality complete with cosy pub atmosphere, great service, cask-conditioned ales, a fine selection of wines, and a menu of hearty home-made English pub food.

Click here for our recommendations to help you plan your stay.

How To Find Us

Directions

The registered address of the property is The Telephone Exchange, Parsley Hay, Near Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DG. Please note that the address is not listed as a private dwelling because of its former use as a commercial premises.

The Telephone Exchange at Parsley Hay is situated on the A515 that runs between Ashbourne and Buxton so it is really easy to find as Parsley Hay Cycle Hire is well sign posted.

The property is located on the main road 8 miles south of Buxton and 12 miles north of Ashbourne.

The address of The Telephone Exchange is:

Parsley Hay Biggin Buxton SK17 0DG

Approx GPS coordinates of the property are:53.169106, -1.780140

It is really important that the first guest to arrive checks in at The Royal Oak at Hurdlow (SK17 9QJ) before going to The Telephone Exchange. THERE WILL BE NO STAFF TO MEET YOU AT THE VENUE & POSSIBLY LIMITED MOBILE RECEPTION TO CALL US. Please call 01298 83288 or 07866 778847 if you require any assistance.

Directions to The Telephone Exchange from The Royal Oak (approx. 5 mins):

  • Turn left out of The Royal Oak carpark and follow road over the bridge and back up the hill to the A515
  • At the junction take a right towards Ashbourne and follow the road for 1.8 miles
  • Take a right turn signposted to Pilsbury, Parsley Hay & High Peak Trail (white building & red telephone box on the corner- this is The Telephone Exchange)
  • The Telephone Exchange is immediately on your left hand side on the corner
  • Enter through the second set of wooden gates
  • You have arrived at The Telephone Exchange!

Directions to The Telephone Exchange from Buxton (approx. 15 mins):

  • From Buxton follow signs to the A515 to Ashbourne
  • Follow A515 for 8.5 miles
  • (On your way you should go past two pubs on your left hand side- The Duke of York & The Bull I Thorn continue forward past these)
  • Take a right turn signposted to Pilsbury, Parsley Hay & High Peak Trail (white building & red telephone box on the corner- this is The Telephone Exchange)
  • The Telephone Exchange is immediately on your left hand side on the corner
  • Enter through the second set of wooden gates
  • You have arrived at The Telephone Exchange!

Directions to The Telephone Exchange from Bakewell (approx. 15 minutes):

  • From Bakewell centre, take the B5055 between The Rutland Arms Hotel and The Bakewell Book & Gift Shop signposted to Over Haddon & Monyash (King Street, becomes S Church Street)
  • Follow the B5055 (turns into Monyash Road) for 5 miles
  • Continue through the village of Monyash
  • When you get to Monyash Primary School on your left and The Bulls Head on your right, take a left turn up ‘Rake Road’ signposted to ‘Newhaven, Youlgreave’
  • Continue along Rake Road for 1.9 miles
  • When you get to the junction joining the A515 take a left towards Ashbourne
  • Continue for approx. 60 metres and take a right turn signposted to Pilsbury, Parsley Hay & High Peak Trail (white building & red telephone box on the corner- this is The Telephone Exchange)
  • The Telephone Exchange is immediately on your left hand side on the corner
  • Enter through the second set of wooden gates
  • You have arrived at The Telephone Exchange!

Directions to The Telephone Exchange from Ashbourne (approx. 20 minutes):

  • Follow signs for A515 to Buxton- follow A515 for approx. 11.5 miles
  • On your left hand side there will be a white building on the corner with a red telephone box and it will be signposted to ‘Pilsbury & Parlsey Hay’- take this turning (this building is The Telephone Exchange)
  • The Telephone Exchange is immediately on your left hand side on the corner
  • Enter through the second set of wooden gates
  • You have arrived at The Telephone Exchange!

Floor Plans

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Guestbook

The following comments are taken straight from the guestbook we keep for Telephone Exchange. Verbatim.

Myles stayed in February '18

Marshall stayed in December '17

Penny stayed in December '17

Hempson stayed in December '17

Parsons stayed in November '17

Parsons stayed in November '17

Bryan stayed in November '17

Saxton stayed in October '17

Wright stayed in October '17

Hopcroft stayed in October '17

Bradbeer stayed in September '17

Sleigh stayed in August '17

Lefevre stayed in July '17

Burgess-Shannon stayed in June '17

Lamb stayed in May '17

Drury stayed in May '17

Green stayed in April '17

* stayed in April '17

Hickley stayed in April '17

Palin stayed in March '17

Lewis stayed in March '17

Statham stayed in February '17

Baker stayed in February '17

Pennock stayed in December '16

Bamford stayed in December '16

Ordish stayed in October '16

Dumpleton stayed in October '16

Clark stayed in September '16

Sharratt stayed in September '16

Badri stayed in September '16

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Stew stayed in April '16

Gittins stayed in April '16

Yapp stayed in March '16

Kidsley stayed in February '16

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Your Stay At Telephone Exchange

Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby

Country Pubs

  • Royal Oak, Hurdlow –Just 2 miles down the trail, our very own award winning pub offer open fires, hidden corners, local ales and of course ‘great homemade pub food’.  Situated within walking distance (if you are feeling energetic) we would welcome you to drink or dine with us. Booking advised.
  • The Packhorse, Crowdecote - Located at the bottom of the bank just outside Longnor, the owners Mick and Sharon provide a warm welcome. There are well kept ales which change regularly and traditional home-made pub food. It’s a lovely place to visit for the scenery – careful of the hair pin bends on the way!
  • The Bull’s Head, Monyash - A traditional pub located in the heart of Monyash, serving good pub food. Popular with families and walkers.
  • The Manners,  Bakewell - Great local Chef has returned to his roots to provide excellent food in the heart of Bakewell. Family friendly Beer Garden. BBQ in the summer months.
  • The Bull, Ashford in the Water - Traditional Robinson's small character pub serving great food in a lovely Derbyshire village with the River Wye flowing through the heart of it.
  • The Packhorse, Little Longstone - Lovely historic character features in this compact pub – promotes itself with ‘Walkers and Muddy boots welcome.’
  • The White Lion, Great Longstone - Recently refurbished gastro pub situated in the pretty village of Great Longstone.
  • Devonshire Arms, Hartington - Located in the heart of the village – good stop for lunch.
  • The George at Alstonfield - The George is an unspoilt, historic, family run pub in the Peak District village of Alstonefield, above Dovedale.


Restaurants

  • Simply Thai,  Buxton - Great local Thai restaurants located in the centre of town – booking is definitely recommended.
  • Taj Mahal, Buxton - Excellent curry house in Buxton.
  • Pizza Express, Buxton  -Well known pizza chain in a great location for town and the Opera House – kid friendly.
  • St. Moritz Restaurant, Buxton - Swiss and Italian cuisine, great pasta dishes and also has a excellent pre- theatre menu.
  • Indian Palace, Buxton - Great Indian restaurant in the centre of Buxton
  • Lone Star, Buxton - Mexican/American cuisine, known for their large portions.
  • Pointing Dog & Duck, Bakewell - Great location by the river in Bakewell for an upmarket family friendly Italian Restaurant – Home-made pizzas and pasta are both excellent. Serves both lunch and dinner.

Cafes

  • The Café, Green Pavilion, Buxton - Good breakfasts with a variety of vegetarian options, also fantastic lunch menu with a variety of salads/quiches/sandwiches. Excellent coffee and great staff.
  • No 6 The Square, Buxton - Relax and enjoy morning coffee, light meals or a traditional English afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of No. 6 The Square.
  • The Old Smithy Café, Monyash - Rustic! Famous for its breakfast featured in the Top 50 Breakfast Book in the country. Character décor, open year round – walkers and bikers welcome. Also serves lunch daily with dinner on certain days.
  • Manifold Tea Room and Café, Longnor - Commonly known as the ‘Longnor Chippy’ and is frequented by all the locals. It serves the best fish and chips in the area which you can eat in or takeaway. Well worth a visit. Lunch and dinner served but check for opening times.
  • Longnor Craft Centre and Coffee Shop - Longnor Craft Centre occupies the old Market Hall sitting proudly at the top of the cobbled square in the heart of the village. Food served all day with huge slices of home-made cake on the menu!
  • Hassop Station Café & Bookshop - A new family friendly cafe with outdoor covered seating and play, with a focus on food, family & fresh air. Enjoy brunch, lunch or afternoon tea on the terrace on the renown Monsal Trail or in the newly refurbished station building.


Fresh Delivered Meals and Take-Aways

  • Sauced Here- fantastic selection of home made prepared meals from local chef/cooks -great for large groups. They also provide a full basket of groceries from local producers that can replace a supermarket delivery
  • Scoff - Delicious, home-cooked food, delivered to you in the Peak District
  • Manifold Tea Room and Café, Longnor - Commonly known as the ‘Longnor Chippy’  it serves the best fish and chips in the area which you can eat in or takeaway. 
  • Simply Thai
  • Pizza Express
  • Taj Mahal
  • Khomkhai Thai Cuisine
  • Indian Palace
  • The Great Panda Restaurant (Chinese)
  • Maazi- Sumptuous Indian meal or buffet delivered to your door. Numerous catering options and can also provide waiting on staff and even take away the washing up.


Our Top 5 Places to Visit Nearby


1. The Tissington and High Peak Trails

With the Tissington and High Peak Trails on your doorstep you can walk for miles along these old railway lines. Both trails meet at Parsley Hay, the Tissington Trail runs along a 13 mile route from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, while the High Peak Trail is 17.5 miles long route from the High Peak junction near Cromford to Dowlow. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the traffic-free trail is ideal for horse riders, cyclists and walkers of all abilities. It is also suitable for wheel chairs and pushchairs along the flat sections and the trail is mainly mud free which is quite rare in the Peak District. Access to the trail is just across the road from the property at the Parsley Hay information centre and cycle hire.

Click here for more information on Parsley Hay cycle hire.

2. The Spa town of Buxton

The spa town of Buxton can really offer something for everyone;  enjoy a stroll around the pretty Pavilion gardens. The kids can enjoy the playground areas or you might chose to go for a swim at the recent refurbished swimming pool. The more adventurous may want to try out ‘Go Ape’ the treetop adventure course, for those without a head for heights a visit to Poole’s Cavern is fascinating, and it’s a great activity especially for kids when the weather does not cooperate for outdoor activities. For theatre lovers, seeing a show in the intimate Buxton Opera House is a must, and for the shopaholics the pretty Cavendish Arcade has a range of lovely little boutique shops. Lovers of real ale will enjoy visiting Buxton Tap House, which is Buxton’s own brewery pub serving its very own ales and bitters.

Click here for further information on Buxton

3. The Royal Oak Pub

As our award winning pub is only 2 miles away (40 minute stroll down the trail or a 5 minute car journey), it would be rude not to pop in and sample the extensive menu and try the various local beers on offer. Reservations are recommended, please call 01298 83288.

For further information please visit the Royal Oak website.

4. Chatsworth House and Park

No visit to the Peak District would be complete without visiting the fabulous Chatsworth Estate. There really is something to do for every member of the family - The Farmyard and Adventure playground, the magnificent house and the gardens which are equally as impressive as the house , with the maze, the garden trails, and the famous water cascade to keep the little ones occupied.

Click here for a link to Chatsworth House and Park.

5. Alton Towers

Arguably one of Britain’s best theme parks, Alton Towers is only a 30 minutes’ drive away. The infamous Alton Towers resort offers a great family day out, as well as the renown rides which provide enough excitement even for the most ardent fun seeker, the Cbeebies land is a great addition to cater for the youngest family members. The waterpark is also not to be missed, with rides for the adrenaline junkies as well as relaxing areas for those who just want to chill out in the Lagoona Bay, and for those looking for a more relaxing day, the Spa is a great place to unwind and chill. The Spa also offers a great selection of treatments if you are feeling indulgent.

Click here for further information on Alton Towers resort.


Finer Details

What To Expect At The Telephone Exchange

A basic weekend supply of the following essentials are supplied (as there are no staff on site if you run out you will have to replace):

  • Hand soap
  • Shower Gel
  • Loo rolls (1 x on the holder and 1 spare per bathroom)
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cling film & kitchen foil
  • 5 x dishwasher tablets
  • 2 x tea towels
  • 1 x dish cloth
  • Basic cleaning materials
  • Store cupboard essentials – a basic supply of tea, coffee, sugar and salt and pepper.
  • Utilities - Electric, gas, heating and hot water
  • Wifi

Useful Information

  • 2 x travel cot (if requested)
  • 2 x high chairs (if requested)
  • Hair dryer (if requested)
  • Fresh linen with beds made up upon arrival
  • Fresh towels - Bath towel for each guest & hand towels in the bathrooms
  • Iron & ironing board indoor clothes airer
  • Hoover and mop.
  • Washing machine and separate tumble dryer
  • Wall mounted log burner - 1 x complimentary basket of logs supplied upon arrival (due to health and safety we cannot supply fire lighters or matches so please bring your own).
  • The music system is a blue tooth speaker compatible with any phone or device with blue tooth. If your device does not have blue tooth you could bring a jack cable.
  • There are 3 TV’s with DVD players located throughout the property. The largest TV is in the living room and is free view with a DVD player. The other TV’s are located in bedroom 3 and 6.
  • All TV’S have HDMI facility, but guests do need to bring their own HDMI

Cooking and Dining

Any kitchen items that are absolutely vital for your stay, please check with us before your visit to ensure that it is at the property (as things do sometimes get broken).

  • Pots, pans, roasting tins, crockery, glassware and cutlery
  • 1 x microwave
  • Kitchen scales
  • 4 individual ovens
  • 5 ring electric hob
  • Large American fridge/freezer
  • 2 x Double toaster
  • 2/3 x cafetieres
  • 2 x kettle
  • Electric hand blender
  • Food processor
  • 2 x dishwasher
  • 3 large oblong dining tables with 24 chairs, with flexible dining options.

Outside

  • Large oil drum BBQ – please bring your own charcoal
  • There are 3 large outdoor tables and seating (mixture of benches and chairs) for guests to enjoy.

You Should Know

  • Please note that we are dog friendly at this property however there are livestock in the surrounding fields so dogs must be kept under control at all times. For you information, a maximum of two dogs are allowed on site if pre-arranged - you will be expected to keep them out of the bedrooms and off the soft furnishings.  We do charge £20 per dog for the duration of your stay. Please see our dog policy for further details.
  • No fireworks due to nearby live stock
  • Mobile reception - as this is a lovely rural location mobile reception can be very limited but if you walk 100m up the hill or onto the nearby trail you will be in signal with most networks.
  • Please note that there are three deep steps up to access the main door of The Telephone Exchange which can be clearly seen in the photos
  • Noise Policy - due to quiet rural location, late night noise must be confined to inside the building by 10pm. Neighbours are in close proximity.
  • Wifi – we provide free wifi however as the Peak District is in a beautiful rural location sometimes there can be intermittent wifi signal that is beyond our control, we also hope you appreciate that we cannot guarantee wifi if there are technical issues out of our control.

Location

  • The postcode is SK17 0DG.The Telephone Exchange at Parsley Hay is situated on the A515 that runs between Ashbourne and Buxton so it is really easy to find. The property is located 8 miles south of Buxton and 12 miles north of Ashbourne - please check our directions page for more information
  • Ample parking for 10 cars

Booking and Payment Process

  • ​We ask for a 25% deposit to confirm a booking
  • The balance is due 12 weeks prior to arrival
  •  Full payment is due upon booking if it is booked with 12 weeks prior to arrival
  •  A cautionary damage deposit of £500 is held and returned after your stay
  • Click here for a full description of how to make a booking

Arrival and Departure

  • Check in 3pm or after
  • Check out is by 10am prompt

Shopping Delivery Information

For ease, lots of our guests pre-ordered a shopping delivery. You are very welcome to organise this however, please do make sure you have arrange the delivery time slot to arrive after you have checked in, as we are unable to accept it on your behalf (as the property is let as exclusive use there is are no Peak Venus staff on site).

Local Shopping Delivery From Local Producers - Sauced Here

Keep it local! Our guests often ask for recommendations for local farm shopsand butchers for the all-important celebration meals and this is a brilliant and very easy service.  Sauced Here has similar functionality to an on line supermarket but is only stocked by local suppliers in the Peak District - order your wine, meat, vegetables, dairy and so much more with a choice of over a thousand products and at reasonable prices. It's a great service which delivers straight to your holiday cottage or you can click and collect at a local pick up point.

Click here to book a delivery slot.