Holly Bush Farm RetreatSleeps 50

A Luxury Country Farm Retreat For Large Gatherings In a Beautiful & Peaceful Rural Hamlet With Twenty Four Fabulous En suite Bedrooms

Highlights..........

  • Offering a total of twenty four exquisite bedrooms
  • Twenty four brand new en suite or bathroom facilities ​
  • Sleeps up to 50 guests
  • Nestled in a beautiful peaceful rural hamlet offering the perfect retreat for relaxed country stays. Wonderful for family groups wanting a big meet up in the heart of the UK
  • Fabulous games room
  • We welcome cyclists! Holly Bush Farm has great access to the High Peak Off Road Cycle Trail
  • We welcome dogs! Fabulous walks from your door step
  • Equidistant to Ashbourne, Matlock and Buxton. Close to Dove Dale, Tissington, Alstonfield, Ilam, Carsington Water and Hartington 
Large dining table in the Barn
Large dining area in the Barn
Games Room
Exterior of the Farmhouse
Holly Bush Farm Living Room
The Barn - Bedroom 8

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The Barn - Bedroom 1
The Barn - Bedroom 2
The Barn - Bedroom 3 en suite bathroom
The Farmhouse - Ground floor bathroom
The Farmhouse - Bedroom 4
Interior decor

There are a total of twenty four boutique styled bedrooms each with private bathroom facilities which have been individually decorated and carefully styled. Each bedroom boasts stunning wallpapers, plump cushions and luxurious bedding. 

The three dwellings are set up as follows:

  • The Barn is a stunning converted barn with a total of nine bedrooms and nine en suites with four of the bedrooms on the ground floor.
  • The Annexe situated in the courtyard has six ground floor en suite bedrooms each with its own external access.
  • The Farmhouse, this character filled grade 2 listed building has nine bedrooms all enjoying private facilities. 

Most bedrooms offer the flexibility of twins or double beds and some have additional bunk beds for children.

Please click here for the bedroom layout.


Cooking and Dining

The main communal dining room is located in The Barn with high beamed ceilings, warm lighting and oak floors throughout. Furnished with a mix of chairs and bench seating, the table offers flexible dining arrangements for up to 48 guests. 

The stunning designer kitchen leads off this amazing space and is fully kitted out with a bespoke range of modern units and a large expanse of work surface which incorporates a generous island with seating beneath. The kitchen is well stocked with all the equipment and mod cons required to cater for large groups of guests. 

A second fully equipped kitchen is situated in The Farmhouse with an dining room for 10 - 12 guests. You can choose to totally self cater or use one of our highly recommended outside catering companies. 


For further details of what to expect in the property please click here.

Large fully equipped kitchen in the Barn
Flexible dining arrangements for up to 48 guests in the Barn
Large dining area in the Barn
Large fully equipped kitchen in the Barn
Kitchen in the Farmhouse
Separate formal dining room in the Farmhouse

Living Space

Living Room in the Farmhouse
Soft seating area in the cellar room in the Farmhouse
TV room with soft seating at far end of games room
Games room
Soft seating area in the Barn
Interior decor

There is an abundance of open plan space in The Barn for gatherings, yet oodles of cosy corners tucked away for the quieter moments throughout the venue.

On the first floor in the eaves of The Annexe, you can enjoy the fabulous games room. The games room is furnished with a pool table and a few more facilities to keep you entertained. To the far end there is a TV room with soft seating and kitchenette.

A cosy lounge with rich decor sits in the heart of the Farmhouse and a converted cellar room is perfect for a children's den! 

Please click here for floor plans.

Garden and Outdoor Space

Outside to the front of The Barn is a sizeable patio where we provide picnic benches and a charcoal BBQ (please remember to bring your own charcoal) so you can eat and drink whilst enjoying some fresh country air.

To the front and side of the Farmhouse, is a simple lawned garden which lends itself to garden games. A further patio area offers a private sheltered spot to enjoy outdoor dining.

As you enter the venue there is private parking for up to 15 - 20 cars.

We kindly ask you to respect the peaceful location and our late night curfew of being back inside the buildings by 10pm

Exterior view of the Farmhouse
Exterior View of the Barn with patio area to the front
Holly Bush Farm Exterior View - Gateway
Exterior view of the Annexe

The Peak District and Surrounding Area

Water activities at Carsington Water
UK Derbyshire Holiday family activities walking
UK Derbyshire Holiday family activities walking
Sailing at Carsington Water

There is heaps to explore in the immediate surrounding area and beyond, with stunning countryside and majestic peaks where every season can be enjoyed winter or summer. From the doorstep there are a variety of stunning walks to tempt you, including Long Dale, Gratton Dale and Minninglow, of course not forgetting the High Peak Trail which boasts 17.5 miles of traffic-free trail, ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. 

Less than 20 minutes from the property is the amazing Carsington Water, there is plenty to see and do at this reservoir with activities such as walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and water sports, including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and paddle boarding.

Holly Bush Farm is also conveniently located for exploring the pretty Peak District villages of Hartington, Alstonefield, Tissington and Winster as well as the spa towns of Buxton and Matlock Bath and the historic market towns of Ashbourne and Bakewell. 

Click here for our recommendations to help plan your stay.

How To Find Us

Directions

The address of Holly Bush Farm is: 

Pikehall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2PH

Approx GPS co-ordinates of the property are 53.128759, -1.713098

Directions to Holly Bush Farm from Buxton (approx. 20 mins):

  • From the centre of Buxton (roundabout near University of Derby dome & The Palace Hotel) follow signs to the A515 to Ashbourne going through the town
  • Follow A515 (towards Ashbourne) for approx. 11 miles
  • (On your way you should go past The Duke of York on your left hand side)
  • You will approach a petrol station on your left handside (Newhaven Services) – take the left turning immediately after the petrol station onto A5012 (signposted Cromford A5012 & Matlock A6)
  • Follow the road for approx. 1.9 miles (you will go past a lane for Croft Farm Holiday Cottages on your right – keep going into Pikehall)
  • Just after you have gone past the sign for Pikehall there will be a large farm on your left and a lane on your right – continue straight following the road
  • Holly Bush Farm is the next property on your right
  • You have arrived at Holly Bush Farm!

Directions to Holly Bush Farm from Bakewell (approx. 15 minutes):

  • From Bakewell centre (roundabout in Bakewell Square by The Rutland Arms Hotel), take the exit on the roundabout for A6 towards Matlock
  • Follow A6 for approx. 2.2 miles (you will go past Haddon Hall)
  • There will be a bus stop/lay by on your right then just after a right turn (with a middle lane)
  • Turn right onto B5056 towards Ashbourne & Youlgreave
  • Follow B5056 for approx. 4.2 miles
  • You will reach a pub on your right called ‘The Miners Standard’
  • You need to take the next right after the pub (goes to national speed limit – country lane)
  • Follow the road for approx. 2 miles
  • You will then merge onto the A5012 (merge right signposted Pikehall, Newhaven A5012 & Buxton A515)
  • Follow the A5012 for approx. 0.8 miles
  • You will come to the sign for ‘Pikehall’ and Holly Bush Farm is the first collection of buildings on your left (you will see the main farmhouse first and the drive is just after)
  • You have arrived at Holly Bush Farm!

Directions to Holly Bush Farm from Ashbourne (approx. 20 minutes):

  • Follow signs for A515 to Buxton- follow A515 for approx. 9.2 miles
  • You will enter ‘Newhaven’
  • Shortly after the signs into Newhaven you need to take a right turn for the A5012 (signposted Cromford A5012 & Matlock A6)
  • (*TIP* If you reach the petrol station on your right you have just missed the turning)
  • Follow the road for approx. 2 miles (you will go past a lane for Croft Farm Holiday Cottages on your right – keep going into Pikehall)
  • Just after you have gone past the sign for Pikehall there will be a large farm on your left and a lane on your right – continue straight following the road
  • Holly Bush Farm is the next property on your right
  • You have arrived at Holly Bush Farm!

Floor Plans

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Your Stay At Holly Bush Farm Retreat

Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby

Country Pubs

  • Royal Oak, Hurdlow - Our award winning pub offers open fires, hidden corners, local ales and of course ‘great homemade pub food’ as it should be. Please call to make a reservation or just pop in.
  • Ye Olde Gate Inn, Brassington - A 17th century village pub serving gastro pub style food. 
  • Sycamore Inn, Parwich - Quaint Robinsons village pub serving food.
  • The Red Lion, Birchover - Traditional Derbyshire village pub serving great food, they also brew their own beer! 
  • The Druid Inn, Birchover - Traditional country pub, serving well-kept local cask ales and delicious freshly cooked food.
  • The Old Bowling Green, Winster - Cosy country pub with open fire serving nice food.
  • Devonshire ArmsHartington - Centrally located in the heart of the village – good stop for lunch.
  • The George, Alstonfield - The George is an unspoilt, historic, family run pub in the Peak District village of Alstonefield, above Dovedale. 


Restaurants

  • Carriages, New Haven - A Quirky restaurant serving great food, only a 5 minute drive from the property. 
  • The Greyhound Restaurant and Bar, Cromford - Serves British gastro pub style food, located on the square in Cromford. 
  • Stones, Matlock - Fine dining restaurant in the centre of Matlock, ideal for a special occasion.
  • Maazi Indian Restaurant, Matlock - Indian restaurant serving authentic dishes in a relaxing atmosphere with excellent service.They also offer a take-away service and can provide outside catering.
  • Viva Italian, Matlock - Italian restaurant in the centre of Matlock


Cafes

  • Parkys Eatery, Cromford - A lovely café in the centre of Cromford offering a varied menu, known for their breakfasts and afternoon teas. 
  • The Green Way Café, Matlock - Café serving just vegetarian dishes, also had a good selection of vegan dishes.
  • When the Clock Strikes 3, Matlock Bath - Traditional English tea shop, a lovely place to have afternoon tea and they can cater for large groups.
  • Mad Hatter, Matlock - A great tea room and cocktail bar, with scrumptious cakes! Look out for the ‘cake and cocktail’ offer!
  • F’ coffee, Matlock Bath - Lovely place to have breakfast and coffee, the cakes are also amazing! 


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
  • 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.
  • China Rose, Matlock Bath- Chinese take-away and restaurant
  • There are a selection of fish and chip shops in Matlock Bath, Promenade Fish Bar, Riverside Fish and Chips, Tucker Fish and Chips, Kostas Fish Bar, Halls Traditional Fish and Chips to name a few! 


Our Top 5 Places to Visit Near Holly Bush Farm

1.The High Peak Trail

With the High Peak Trail on your doorstep you can walk/cycle for miles along this old railway line, this 17.5 mile trail runs from the High Peak Junction, near Cromford all the way to Dowlow near Buxton (the nearest access to the trail is 0.5 mile walk up a track from Pikehall.) The High Peak Trail follows the route of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway. This was one of the world's first long-distance railway lines, built between 1825 and 1830. Many important railway buildings and features can still be seen, including High Peak Junction Workshops, Middleton Top Engine House, Hopton Tunnel and Hopton Incline. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the traffic-free trail is ideal for horse riders, cyclists and walkers of all abilities. The nearest cycle hire to property is at Middleton Top Cycle Hire. 

Please click here for further information on the High Peak Trail and here for further information on cycle hire


2.Carsington Water

Carsington Water is a 2 mile long reservoir managed by Severn Trent Water which is only a 20 minute drive from the property. There is plenty to see and do including cycling/walking around the reservoir there are two routes, a 3 mile route perfect for little legs (and big ones too) and an 8 mile cycling route for those who want a bit more of a challenge. There is also the opportunity for bird watching, fishing and water sports, including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and paddle boarding. A large modern visitor centre at the reservoir includes a restaurant, shops and water sports centre. There is also large outdoor area suitable for picnics and BBQ facilities for those warm summer days and a fantastic children’s outdoor play area for the little ones to enjoy.

Please click here for general information on Carsington Water and here for details on sports and leisure at the reservoir 

3.Visit the pretty town of Matlock

The town of Matlock is situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park. A former spa town lying alongside the River Derwent, Matlock is the historic County town of Derbyshire. The popular tourist resort of Matlock Bath is a short distance away following the course of the river valley which is renowned for its industrial heritage sites. Within Matlock and Matlock Bath there is abundance of places to visit, if you have children within your group then Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock Farm Park or the Heights of Abraham are all great days out. For those interested in history then obviously Sir Richard Arkwright’s Mills are worth a visit, the Peak District Mining Museum is also in Matlock.

Click here for further information on Matlock 

4.Chatsworth House and Park

No visit to the Peak District would be complete without visiting the fabulous Chatsworth House. At Chatsworth there is something to do for every member of the family. The Farmyard and Adventure playground is a brilliant day out for children of all ages - with animal handling, milking demonstrations and daily activities, plus a woodland adventure playground with slides, trampolines and more! Then there is obviously the House itself, steeped with history it’s one of Britain’s greatest stately homes and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The Gardens are equally as impressive as the house, over 100 acres and as well and the beautiful flowers and plants, there are giant water features and sculptures dotted around. Again suitable for all the family, 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 40 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. For more information on the resort and to check open times please have a look at their website.

Click here for further information on Alton Towers 

Finer Details

What to Expect at Holly Bush Farm

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​


The Barn

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 and indoor clothes airer
  • Hoover and mop.
  • Washing machine and separate tumble dryer
  • 1 x Blue tooth speaker compatible with any phone or device with blue tooth. 
  • There are 3 TV’s located in the open plan living area (1 x 55” LCD smart TV) and bedrooms 6 and 9 (2 x 32” SMART TV’s – no DVD player)
  • 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 including champagne flutes and cutlery
  • 1 x under counter microwave
  • Kitchen scales
  • 2 x large electric double oven with grill 
  • 2 x 6 gas ring hob
  • 1 x Large tall fridge and 1 x fridge/freezer 
  • 2 x Double toaster
  • 5 x Cafetieres
  • 4 x Kettles 
  • Food processor
  • 2 x Dishwashers
  • Dining (tables and benches) for 48 guests in various layouts.


The Farmhouse 

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 and indoor clothes airer
  • Hoover and mop.
  • 3 x Blue tooth speaker compatible with any phone or device with blue tooth. 
  • There are 4 TV’S located throughout the property. 1 x 43” LCD/DVD Smart TV in the lounge and 1 x 43” LCD/DVD Smart in the snug in the cellar. Bedrooms 2 and 6 both have 22” LCD/DVD Smart TV’s. 
  • 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 including champagne flutes and cutlery​
  • 1 x microwave
  • Kitchen scales
  • 1 x Double electric oven with grill and further single electric oven
  • 7 x gas ring hob
  • 1 x Tall Fridge/freezer 
  • 1 x Further fridge in utility room 
  • 1 x Double toaster
  • 3 x Cafetieres
  • 1 x Kettles
  • Food processor
  • 2 x Dishwashers
  • Dining table and chairs for 12 guests

The Annexe

Useful Information

  • 1 x travel cot (if requested)
  • ​1 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
  • Each bedroom has its own kettle with tea/coffee tray. 
  • Games room with pool table located on the first floor of the Annexe.
  • Kitchenette at far end of games room with fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. 
  • 1 x Blue tooth speaker compatible with any phone or device with blue tooth in games room
  • There are 4 TV’s located throughout the Annexe. 1 x 32” LCD/DVD Smart TV in games room and 1 x 32” LCD/DVD Smart TV in kitchenette area. Bedrooms 4 and 6 both have 22” LCD/DVD Smart TV’s. 
  • All TV’S have HDMI facility, but guests do need to bring their own HDMI


​Outside 

  • 2 x Large oil drum BBQ – please bring your own charcoal​
  • 6 x 6 man picnic benches 
  • Games room with pool table located on the first floor of the Annexe.


​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. You will be expected to keep them out of the bedrooms and off the soft furnishings. We are happy to accept up to a maximum of 6 dogs at the venue, please note unfortunately dogs are not allowed in the Annexe. 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.
  • Not suitable for hen & stag celebrations or parties.
  • Noise Policy - due to the quiet rural location, late night noise must be confined to inside the building by 10.00pm. 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.
  • The mezzanine beds in bedrooms 5 & 6 in the Annexe are suitable for adults only (they have paddle board ladders which you need to go down backwards)


​Location

  • The postcode is DE4 2PH. Please check our directions page for more detailed information
  • Located in the hamlet of Pikehall
  • The nearest town is Matlock (8 miles away), Ashbourne (12 miles away) or Buxton (13 miles away)
  • Parking for up to 20 cars with additional parking on the lane.


​Booking and Payment Process

  • Click here for a full description of how to make a booking
  • A cautionary damage deposit of £500 is held and returned after your stay


​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 are no Peak Venus staff on site).

As our properties are in rural areas please make sure you use our  directions page for more further directions details for your supermarket delivery.

Local Shopping Delivery From Local Producers - Peak Venues Recommend Sauced Here

Our guests often ask for recommendations for local farm shops and 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 for your arrival or you can use a click and collect point. 

Click here to book a delivery slot.


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