The Old Dairy at Rowdale Barns

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The Old Dairy is one of a Beautiful Collection of Stunning Barn conversions in the Village of Great Longstone on The Monsal Trail, close to Chatsworth, Ashford in the Water and Bakewell


  • Two stylish bedrooms with 1 ensuite and one family bathroom
  • Sleeping up to 4 guests 
  • Dog friendly
  • The  former dairy offers a real treat with the most amazing open plan kitchen with  large dining room 
  • Located right on the Monsal Trail - a converted railway track with tunnels, stunning scenery and viaducts perfect for walking and cycling in a traffic free environment  
  • Situated on the cusp of the charming village of Great Longstone with a selection of country inns and gastro pubs.
  • A great base to visit the nearby town of Bakewell, the picturesque village of Ashford in the Water and a short drive to Chatsworth  

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The Old Dairy is a self contained barn with two en suite bedrooms which lead off the super main social space consisting of open plan lounge with wood burning stove, large dining area and fully equipped kitchen.  

The two double bedrooms are light and airy one with modern ensuite bathroom facilities and a further family bathroom.

The beds will be set up as a double unless otherwise stated at the time of booking, and made up for your arrival with fresh towels provided for each guest.

Cooking and Dining

The former dairy with attractive high beamed ceiling offering a wonderful light and airy space designed as a fine tribute to the buildings previous existence. 

The Old Dairy has been fabulously styled with modern fabrics and furnishings as well as a high end kitchen transforming this former ‘cow shed’ into a gorgeous space

Living Space

With a feel of traditional country charm The Dairy offers relaxed comfortable seating round the wood burning stove. The spacious living and dining area is cleverly designed so that the living area feels warm and cosy and with plenty of comfy seating for all guests. 

WiFi is available.

Garden and Outdoor Space

Rowdale Barns is located in the heart of the Peak District National Park, just 2 miles from the market town of Bakewell and Chatsworth Estate on the main road between Hassop and Ashford in the Water. It is approach via a sweeping driveway and is surrounded by fields to the rear and side. You can enjoy a traditional farm setting with a garden supplied with picnic benches and BBQ's (please remember to bring your own charcoal). 

Hop over a stile to the rear of the garden and walk over the field which will lead you directly onto The Monsal Trail. A fabulous off road former converted railway for travel by foot or bicycle to Bakewell or Buxton. You are a short walk down the trail to Hassop Station cycle hire and its fabulous cafe.  Alternatively, travel in the other direction through the tunnel and arrive at the famous viaduct with an awesome view. Travel off the beaten track down into Monsal Dale and you have access to the most incredible walks and dramatic landscape the Peak District has to offer right from your door step.​

BBQ available for use from 01st April through to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment.

There is parking  within the grounds

The Peak District and Surrounding Area

Rowdale Barns provides wonderful village accommodation just on the cusp of Great Longstone. You can walk up to the village and enjoy a selection of heart-warming country pubs, a village store and buy fresh milk and eggs at the farm. 

Take a leisurely walk down the trial through fields to the picture postcard village of Ashford in the Water, one of the most scenic and popular villages in the Peak District National Park. 

Rowdale Barns makes a great base for visiting the most amazing of Peak District treats for you to enjoy - the ancient market town of Bakewell, Chatsworth House (a few minutes minutes drive), Haddon Hall (10 minutes drive), historic spa town of Buxton (15 minutes drive) to name just a few.

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How To Find The Old Dairy at Rowdale Barns


The address of Rowdale Barns is:

Ashford-in-the-Water, Bakewell. Derbyshire. DE45.  Please note the postcode takes you to a neighbouring property, so please follow the directions below.

Approx GPS coordinates of the property are: 53.233594, -1687527

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Directions to The Old Dairy by car from Bakewell (Rutland Arms Roundabout) (approx. 5 mins):

  • From the centre of Bakewell (Rutland Arms roundabout) follow signs for A619 towards Chesterfield & Sheffield (A621)
  • Follow the road round for approximately 0.8 miles
  • (You will go past ‘Newholme Hospital’ on your right)
  • You will come to a wide left turn signposted to Hathersage (B6001), Hassop & Calver
  • Take the left turn and follow Hassop Road for 0.7miles until you come to a roundabout with ‘Hassop Station Café’ on your right
  • Take the 1st exit onto A6020 signposted towards Ashford & Buxton (A6)
  • Follow road for approx. 0.5 miles, you will go under a bridge and the road will bend to the right
  • There is a driveway on the righthand side also immediately after with gateposts, this is Rowdale
  • Follow the driveway round - turn left down to the parking
  • You have arrived at Rowdale Barns!

Directions to The Old Dairy by car from Buxton (Morrisons Roundabout) (approx. 20 mins):

  • Follow signs to the A6- continue along this for 12.2 miles
  • Turn left at the junction which says Ashford-in-the-Water/Monsal Head/Chesterfield/Sheffield. A6020 / (A619)
  • Carry on this road, for approximately 1 mile you will see a junction on your left signposted Gt Longstone / Rowland do not take this turning carry straight on.
  • There is a slight bend in the road and on your left you will see the back of some buildings carry on passed these until you come to a driveway on your left hand side – please turn here.
  • Follow the driveway round and turn left down to the parking.
  • You have arrived at Rowdale Barns! – if you have gone under a bridge you have gone too far,  but don’t worry - please carry onto the roundabout and then come back on yourself, once you have gone back under the bridge the driveway is on your Right hand side .

Directions to The Old Dairy by car from Baslow (approx. 5 miles)

  • From the large roundabout coming from Chesterfield and Sheffield follow the signs for A619 Bakewell, follow this road for approximately 1 mile.
  • You will go passed The Cavendish Hotel on your left.
  • Take the 1st exit on the roundabout towards the A619 signposted Bakewell / Rowsley / Chatsworth
  • Follow the road for 0.5miles
  • Turn right at the first junction heading for Bakewell / Buxton / Haddon Hall
  • Continue on this road, which is quite bendy so please be aware, for about 2 miles
  • You will come to a turning on your right which is signposted for Buxton (A6) / Ashford in the Water – turn right here.
  • Follow this road for about 1 mile until you come to a roundabout.
  • You will see Hassop Station Café on your left
  • Take the 2nd exit, heading towards Ashford A6020 and Buxton (A6)
  • Carry on this road for 0.5 miles and you will go under a bridge and the road will bend slightly to the right.
  • There is a driveway on the righthand side with a set of gateposts, this is Rowdale Barns – turn right into the driveway.
  • Follow the driveway round and turn down left to the parking.

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The following comments are taken straight from the guestbook we keep for The Old Dairy at Rowdale Barns. Verbatim.

Mandy Simms stayed in June '21

Daye stayed in June '21

Stevenson stayed in May '21

Potter stayed in October '20

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Your Stay At The Old Dairy at Rowdale Barns

Our Favourite Places to Eat Nearby


  • The Bull, Ashford in the Water - Traditional Robinson small character pub serving great food. Lovely cosy fire in the winter months.
  • The Manners, Bakewell - Gastro pub with great food and a family friendly beer garden in the heart of Bakewell.
  • The Royal Oak, Hurdlow - Our award winning pub offers open fires, hidden corners, local ales and of course ‘great home-made pub food’ as it should be. Groups welcome - booking advised.
  • The Packhorse, Little Longstone - Lovely historic character features in this compact pub – promotes itself with ‘Walkers and Muddy boots welcome.’ It is worth booking a table for a group as it is popular with the locals.
  • The White Lion, Great Longstone - traditional Sunday roasts, homemade pub food, serving local real ales and a great selection of wines all situated in the pretty village of Great Longstone.
  • Monsal Head Hotel and Stable Bar, Monsal Head - This place has a great viewing area and is a fabulous place to rest and enjoy a pint in the old Stable Barn when walking along the Monsal Trail.
  • The Red Lion at Litton - Nestled on the green in the picturesque village of Litton, The Red Lion is one of a very few unspoilt traditional Peak District pubs. This historic inn combines character & quality in a way that is rare in modern pubs.
  • Devonshire ArmsBeeley - Set on the Chatsworth Estate, The Devonshire Arms is one of those picturesque country inns at the heart of village life. It offers the charm and character of an historic inn with a contemporary twist! The Brasserie is modern, bright and relaxing while the Inn is cosy and inviting.
  • The Bull’s Head, Monyash - A traditional pub located in the heart of Monyash, serving good pub food. Popular with families and walkers.
  • The Bridge Inn, Calver - A pub which serves great Spanish tapas. 
  • The Crispin Inn, Great Longstone - A 2 mile / approximately 30 minute walk away into this popular local village you have this Traditional Pub serving all the pub favourites,  home made pies, and also enjoy the lighter snacks at lunch time.  it also has a  great beer garden to relax in on those warmer days.


  • The Woodyard, Bakewell - Great location by the river in Bakewell for a family friendly Restaurant –  Serves both lunch and dinner.
  • PieDaniels, Bakewell - A fine French restaurant and cafe bar in the heart of Bakewell offering a selection of fine French & English cuisine.
  • Rajas Indian Restaurant, Bakewell - A great Indian restaurant located in the Bridge House just on the edge of the famous Bakewell Bridge. They also do take-aways.
  • Riverside House Hotel, Ashford in the Water - A luxury Hotel with a fine dining restaurant, they also offer afternoon tea.
  • The Merchants Yard, Tideswell- a stylish restaurant with a private dining area for large groups.  A great place to enjoy lunch or an evening meal with family or friends. Or just go to unwind and enjoy the selection of cocktails on offer.


  • Hassop Station Café & Bookshop - A  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.
  • ​Aisseford Tea Room, Ashford in the Water - Pretty village tea room with lots of outdoor seating.
  • The Bean and Bag, Bakewell - Family run café in the heart of Bakewell offering locally sourced freshly prepared meals, cakes and scones.
  • The Upstairs Café, Bakewell - A nice child–friendly café located in the centre of Bakewell.
  • Lavender Tea Rooms, Bakewell - A lovely quaint tea room, hidden in the corner of Hebden court, the charming décor includes vintage memorabilia and there’s outside seating in the sheltered courtyard. A great place for afternoon tea.
  • Hobbs Café, Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head - Situated at Monsal Head this cosy café offers great views and serves locally made ice cream.
  • 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. 

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.
  • Bakewell Fish and Chip Shop
  • Rajas Indian Restaurant
  • Eastern Court (Chinese)
  • Hope Valley Pizza Co - Take away pizza with free delivery
  • 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.
  • Curry Cottage at Lovers Leap, Stoney Middleton - all the authentic Indian Dishes that you should wish to choose from, will deliver to the local area.

Our Top 5 Places to Visit Nearby

1. Cycle or Walk the Monsal Trail

With the Monsal Trail being so close by, just over the stile from where you park and then a very short walk away -  it would be rude not to take the opportunity to cycle/walk along this old Midland Railway line which runs from Bakewell right up to Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale. The trail offers 8.5 miles of traffic free and mud free cycling/walking and with the recently reopened tunnels offers one of the most spectacular leisure routes in Britain for cycling, walking and horse riding. The nearest cycle hire is at Hassop station which is a great place to stop for refreshments and a well earned nice piece of homemade cake! There is also a lovely little gift shop and book shop and a children’s play area. In the Summer Months it is open into the evening to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the world go by! If walking it is also worth leaving the trail and dropping down in to Monsal Dale itself to enjoy walking along down by the river.

Click here for a link to cycle hire at Hassop Station or here for more information on the Monsal Trail.

2. Take a tour around the Thornbridge Brewery

This award winning brewery is just down the road from the property and for any real ale lover taking a tour of this state-of-the art brewery is not to be missed. Tours take place very Wednesday and Friday at 3pm, booking is advisable. Also if you are lucky enough to be staying with us in the last week of the month, the brewery holds two socials on the last Wednesday (5-9pm) and the last Saturday (12-8pm) of each month. They generally have a range of 10 cask and keg Thornbridge beers, including Thornbridge favourites and also some of their rarer beers. They also run brewery tours on these socials at 6 and 7pm on the Wednesday and 3 and 5pm on the Saturday, again booking is advisable. 

Click here for a link to Thornbridge Brewery.

3. 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.

4. Spend a day exploring the historic market town of Bakewell

Bakewell is the largest town within the Peak District National Park and is a hub of activity. Market day is on a Monday and as well as a large range of stalls there is also an agricultural market which is definitely worth a look around as it offers a great insight into today's farming community. The town also hosts a craft and gift fair every weekend in the Brigade Town Hall. The Bakewell Old House Museum occupies one of the oldest buildings in Bakewell and dates back to 1543, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the towns past and is very interesting and informative with lots to appeal to all ages. Obviously no trip to Bakewell would be complete without sampling an original Bakewell pudding. The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop claims to have the old original recipe and still makes the puddings by hand to this day from the secret recipe. 

Click here for a link to further information on Bakewell.

5.Walk along the Edges

Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges are only a short drive away and offer a spectacular walking route where you can view both the Dark and White Peaks. These three gritstone edges are part an almost continuous line of cliffs running from Stanage Edge down to Birchen Edge at the southern end. These Edges once famous for millstones, are now known as great places to rock climb. There over 200 rock-climbing routes on Curbar Edge alone, making the edges a mecca for walkers and climbers alike. For walkers Baslow Edge also offers interesting features including a memorial to the Duke of Wellington, a giant rock called the Eagle Stone which in years gone by the young men of Baslow used it to show off their prowess and fitness for marriage by climbing to the top and even some resident Highland cows.There are many different routes, some circular, some linear around the edges and also different staring/finishing points. A nice circular route which also includes walking along the river Derwent can be viewed by clicking here.

Finer Detail

What to Expect at Rowdale Barns

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):

  • Anti Bacterial Hand Wash
  • 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
  • Utilities - Electric, gas, heating and hot water
  • WiFi

Useful Information

  • 1 x Hair dryer (if requested)
  • 1 x High Chair (on request)
  • 1 x Travel Cot
  • Fresh linen with beds made up upon arrival
  • Fresh towels - Bath towel for each guest & hand towels in the bathrooms
  • Iron & ironing board
  • TV with Sky box (free channels only) and HDMI facility.
  • DVD player available upon request
  • Log burner in lounge- 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).

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 Double electric oven with grill
  • 1 x 5 ring electric hob
  • 1 x Microwave
  • 1 x Tall full height fridge
  • 1 x Tall fridge/freezer
  • Kitchen scales
  • 1 x Double toaster
  • 1 x Cafetiere
  • 1 x Kettle
  • 2 x Dishwashers
  • Dining table and chairs 


  • Large drum style BBQ – available for use from 01st April through to 31st October, please supply your own charcoal and lighting equipment.
  • Outdoor furniture 1 x picnic bench
  • Parking for 1 cars

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 1 dog at the venue.  We do charge £30 per dog for the duration of your stay. Please see our dog policy for further details. 

Access to the Monsal Trail is on foot only (no bicycles), across the field to the rear of the property.

This venue is on a shared site .

No fireworks due to nearby live stock.

Noise Policy - due to the shared site, late night noise must be confined to inside the building by 11.00pm.

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.

Please note this venue is situated off the A6020 which is a main road. 


Situated just off the main road A6020. The postcode is DE45 1NX. Please check our directions page for more detailed information.

The nearest town is Bakewell

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 between £100-£500 (depending on properties booked) is held and returned after your stay
  • Click here for a full description of how to make a booking

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 arranged 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 Venues staff on site).

Local Shopping Delivery From Local Producers - Sauced Here

Keep it local! 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 or you can click and collect at a local pick up point. 

Click here to book a delivery slot.


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