If you are looking to trade the hustle and bustle of city life for an outdoor, country lifestyle then Vicarage Farm offers the perfect escape.
With a spacious and comfortable farmhouse, four holiday cottages, spacious garden with a tennis court, a large paddock and a woodland, this is the ideal opportunity to set up a family home and a business in the idyllic and peaceful High Peak, yet with the convenience of an easy commute to Buxton and Manchester.
The location of the property is ideally suited to exploring the splendour of the Peak National Park and for visiting local attractions such as St John the Baptist Church, Chatsworth House, Litton Mill and many more. Vicarage Farm borders an array of well-known walking, cycling and hiking trails. Notably, the property leads directly onto the Pennine Bridleway, one of the first and longest trails in England. There is direct access to Limestone Way, Monsal Trail and many circular routes one can explore via foot, horse or cycle.
Consisting of only 11 properties, Wheston is located about a mile and a quarter from Tideswell, one of the original and largest market towns, owing its early wealth to lead mining and wool production. Today Tideswell is renowned for its independent artisanal food stores, pubs, and cafes.
Historically Vicarage Farm was a church farm which provided produce for the Tideswell parish. Farmers would come in from the fields and hold church services in the front room of the farmhouse before going back to work the land. In the 1980’s Vicarage Farm was taken over as a private residence and substantially extended to almost double its original footprint. At this time the conservatory was added.
The ethos of the owners of Vicarage Farm has been to provide a peaceful refuge to all who visit it and you would be hard pressed to find a more idyllic and serene location to escape the city. Whether you are looking for a tranquil family home in the countryside, or a burgeoning business opportunity with plenty of development opportunities, Vicarage Farm provides an abundance of options. Its centuries old tradition of being a gathering point for the community has in recent years been transformed as a guest lodge, holiday location and spiritual retreat.
The property itself is set on approximately “4 acres, 1 rood and 24 perches” as historically recorded which is just short of 5 acres. These are fairly equally distributed between an unspoiled woodland area, stonewalled grazing paddock and the developed residential area with lawns and landscaped gardens. The terraced gardens are immaculately maintained with well-established hedges strategically planted to provide privacy and tranquillity without obscuring the views. Outdoor facilities include a children’s play area, two outdoor alfresco dining areas and a newly re-surfaced tennis court. One of the garden buildings has been converted into a small sanctuary: a space for reflection and restoration. There is also a chicken run and a pathway leading to the adjacent woodland areas which children may enjoy exploring.
The original farmhouse front exterior is Grade II listed and built of local mellow stone. The owners have lovingly restored the original farmhouse to the highest specification in keeping with the ambiance of the home. A sunny conservatory leads off the farmhouse kitchen, which currently has a large centre island, ideal for family gatherings. It features a Rayburn Range and a Belfast sink, as well as a walk-in pantry, large enough to also be used as an office.
Leading from the kitchen are two reception rooms, the first of which is a charming sitting room with a wood-burning fireplace, window seat and beamed ceiling. The original mullion windows have been tastefully clad with secondary glazing to provide efficient insulation yet maintain the feel of the original construction. The second multipurpose reception room is luxurious in its size and impact. Also featuring a stove in the wide fireplace with dramatic wooden mantlepiece, impactful original beams and delicate lighting, this timeless room truly is the heart of the home.
There is a downstairs cloakroom with w/c, shower and sauna room. Four well-appointed bedrooms share two upstairs bathrooms. The master bedroom features vaulted ceilings with high exposed beams and a modern bathroom with large frameless glass shower.
The adjoining stone barn has been expertly converted into three separate holiday cottages each with independent access, providing ample accommodation for visitors to the Peak District and ensuring privacy for the occupants. The first cottage, known as Princes Seat, is a large unit suitable for accommodating 7 people in three comfortable bedrooms. A downstairs shower room includes a sauna and w/c and upstairs is a second family bathroom. There is a generous living area with a woodburning stove in the fireplace, providing a cozy gathering point during winter months. The large family kitchen is fully equipped and has a dining area suitable for hosting up to 15 for dinner. The neatly plastered walls are contrasted again by the beautiful original wooden beams and doors, a theme featured throughout the rooms.
The second cottage, Miller’s View, provides picturesque views of Wye Valley towards Miller’s Dale. It has two bedrooms and a shower room with basin and a separate w/c. The newly renovated kitchen is fully equipped with glass-top electric hob and oven. An exposed natural stone wall is a feature of the hallway leading to the comfortable lounge / dining room. On the ground floor, prior to access to Millers View, there is the laundry area, easily accessible to guests.
A family games room is located between the second and third cottages and is equipped with table tennis and pool tables with space available for additional activities. Adjacent is a workshop and tool store; beside that a guests bike store and a log store. Upstairs is the first-floor housekeeping and linen room.
The third cottage completes the barn conversion and is aptly called Verger’s End. This unit is bathed in sunlight provided by the floor to ceiling window offering spectacular views of the gardens and the countryside. Yet the unit remains cozy in the winter months thanks to a large open-hearth fireplace. A family sized dining kitchen is well specified and recently re-furbished. Two comfortable bedrooms share a family bathroom with a shower over the bath and a private sauna room.
Across the road is a remarkable addition to the suite of properties: with its large double-opening doors giving access to an ever changing southerly view over to Miller’s Dale and the hills, is the “accessible cottage’, Hope Cross.
Built to enable a family to get away together with one member who has reduced mobility, Hope Cross was built with accessibility and comfort in mind. The outstanding design and meticulous fitting out of this stable conversion, opened in 2017, provides for a peaceful escape to the country that able-bodied visitors have long taken for granted in the Peaks. Features include the use of solid oak in the ‘live-edge’ wide window sills, feature skirting and architraves, and oil-finished doors; the dining and coffee tables were crafted from a tree planted in 1739.
In recognition of this it won 2018 Best Newcomer from Accessible Derbyshire, a nationally known charity which promotes the needs of people with disabilities/access needs. It has become well known by this community and has resulted in large group bookings for the whole place by family groups with a member with access needs. Perhaps one day, all properties will be built like this!
Accessible features include extra wide doors throughout, low thresholds and easy open handles, giving independence for disabled visitors. The open-plan lounge / dining / kitchen area provides uninterrupted views over the grazing fields towards Miller’s Dale. The double bedroom has an en-suite shower room, while the twin room features a profiling and electric tilting bed, a mobile hoist and emergency fire door system for maximum safety. The large adjacent wet room has an accessible height toilet, grab rails, non-slip floor, wheelchair accessible basin and shower with fixed and handheld heads as well as a self-propelling shower chair.
Underfloor heating throughout the cottage is zoned with independent controls for each room. The sliding living room window gives access to a wide, level patio and sensory garden, with wide paths round the entire building; the cottage is on a single level and generous parking, both directly outside right the front door as well as to the side. With an emphasis on the ‘building fabric’, the design includes an exceptional level of insulation and airtightness; it has continuous fresh air ventilation with heat recovery, and triple glazing.
This unique guest house has created its own demand since it was opened – a distinct offering of accommodation in the High Peak district. See independent reviews at Hope Cross Cottage at Vicarage Farm with Disabled Access - Euan’s Guide.
The property is being sold with most of the furnishings, linen, cutlery, crockery, televisions and equipment required to run the holiday business. The personal furniture of the management couple will be removed and these will be specified on request. Vicarage Farm has a well-established regular clientele and consistently receives excellent guest reviews, whether for its self-catering cottages or the high-end Bed and Breakfast. Whilst run on as a commercial business, the objective of the owners and managers was also to provide a place of well-being and retreat/refuge for individuals and families who had experienced great demands in their vocation or work; they chose not to maximise the commercial earnings of the property. There is room to grow the occupancy of the cottages which enjoy all year-round demand. Their website can be viewed on www.vicaragefarm.co.uk.
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