Lapwing Barns occupies a beautiful rural position boasting breath-taking uninterrupted panoramic views across the Peak District. A great base for visiting nearby Alton Towers, Lapwing Barns offers total seclusion in this truly spacious yet homely farmhouse perfect for large groups of up to 30.
The Finer Details
WHAT TO EXPECT
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
- 3 x travel cot (if requested please supply your own cot linen)
- 3 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
- Three lounge areas with TV with free view and dvd player in each
- Log burner in the snug at the end of the open plan dining kitchen– 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).
- 2 x Ipod docking station & Bluetooth speakers
- The annexe is located in a separate building a few metres from the main house. There is a basic kitchen with a fridge, toaster, microwave and tea/coffee making facilities. No formal dining space. Living area with a couple of sofas and TV with free sat and DVD player
- All TV’S have HDMI facility, but guests do need to bring their own HDMI
- Games room is located in a separate barn on site a few metres from the main house with Pool table, dart board, TV with free sat and docking station.
- Extra tall fridge in entrance hall to games room
- On line deliveries welcome but please make sure that you have booked the slot to arrive after you have checked in as there are no staff on site to accept your delivery. Location and address is on the directions page – please note the post code does not take you direct to the property
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
- 2 x microwaves
- Kitchen Scales
- Second smaller double oven in the utility area behind the kitchen, with grill and 5 induction hobs
- Belling electric double oven, grill with 6 induction hobs and warming zone
- Large American fridge/freezer and a further smaller under the counter fridge
- 2 x Double toaster
- 2/3 cafetieres
- 2 x Kettle
- Hand blender
- 2 x Dishwasher
- 2 large oblong dining table with 23 chairs are in situ. An extra trestle table can be requested by the guests to increase dining capacity- please bring you own table cloths. Two benches can be moved from the kitchen for extra seating.
- Extra farm house dining table and chairs in the kitchen
- Large oil drum BBQ – please bring your own coal
- 4 x Garden picnic benches
- Lawned garden with amazing views and plenty of space for children to run off steam!
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 your information, 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
- 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.
- Mobile reception - as this is a lovely rural location mobile reception can be limited dependent on your network
- Access is via a single track farm lane
- The postcode is SK17 0QS– Important check directions page as the post code does not take you direct to the property
- The nearest town is Buxton
- The nearest village of Longnor is 2 miles away with a village shop, pub and tea room and fish and chip shop
- Parking for 10 cars (behind each other) on the drive
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
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
- Check in 3pm or after
- Check out is by 10am prompt
STANDARD SUPERMARKET DELIVERIES
For ease, lots of our guests organise a pre-ordered 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).
ALTERNATIVE SUPERMARKET STYLE DELIVERY THAT SUPPORTS LOCAL PRODUCERS - SAUCED HERE.
Keep it local! This is a brilliant alternative to the supermarkets. Our guests often ask for recommendations for local farm shops and butchers for the all-important celebration meals. Sauced Here has similar functionality to an on line supermarket but is only stocked by 30 or more 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.
Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby
- Royal Oak, Hurdlow– Our very own award winning pub offer open fires, hidden corners, local ales and of course ‘great homemade pub food’. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Steak and Burger Merchant, Bakewell - Contemporary restaurant and bar in the centre of Bakewell.
- 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 Café, Green Pavilion, Buxton - Good breakfasts with a variety of vegetarian options, also fantastic lunch menu with a large selection of salads/quiches/sandwiches. Excellent coffee and great staff.
- 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 forlarge 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. A visit to the village of Wincle
A great day out for the family with something for everyone to enjoy. Start off with a visit to the famous Danebridge Fisheries a great place to visit with kids, here you can fish in the well-stocked pool, catch your own supper or feed the trout (food supplied). Then a visit to the Wincle Brewery, where you can even do a one day brewing course! After a trip to the brewery why not call into the Ship Inn, just down the lane where you can sample Wincle’s fine ales in the pretty beer garden. Follow up
with finally finishing the day off with a visit to Blaze Farm, a working farm that has become famous for their awarding winning Hilly Billy Ice Cream which is all made on the farm using the milk from their dairy herd. With tea rooms, nature trials and animals to pet there is something for everyone!
2. Tittesworth Reservoir
Located just outside the mill town of Leek on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this Severn Trent reservoir is another great day out for all the family. There are two lovely walks around the reservoir, the shorter trail is only 1.5miles and is ideal for a gentle stroll and suitable for pushchairs. For bird watchers and wildlife lovers, there are two hides available to use. The fantastic large adventure play area is suitable for children between the ages of 2 and 15 years old. The large sand pit is especially popular so don't forget to bring your bucket and spade! You are very welcome to take your own picnic and there are plenty of idyllic spots for this, but you can also enjoy a barbecue in the new designated area.
Please click here for more information on Tittesworth Reservoir
3. The Manifold Trail
A short but very attractive walking/cycle route along the route of the former Leek & Manifold Light Railway. Look out for the impressive Thor’s Cave and interesting rock formations along the way and stop for lunch at the lovely National trust tea rooms at Wetton Mill, or take a picnic to have down by the river.
Click here for information on the Manifold Trail
4. The Roaches
The Roaches, with Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks form a gritstone escarpment which marks the south-western edge of the Peak District. A mecca for walkers and climbers with some of the best gritstone climbing in the country. Once you have reached the top of the rocky ridge there are stunning viewing across the Staffordshire moorlands. Obviously no trip would be complete without catching the ‘winking man.’
Click here for more information on the Roaches
5. 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.