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About Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages

Welcome to Lower Damgate Farm, Holiday Cottages, Wedding Venue

and Animal Rescue Farm

in Dovedale Ilam - Peak District National Park


“One of the Finest barn conversions I have ever seen”
Fidler Taylor, Estate Agents, Ashbourne


Lower Damgate Farm is situated in the Peak District National Park, nestled between the magnificent Valleys of Dovedale and the Manifold Rivers with far reaching views over the Peaks and surrounded by National Trust land.


We specialise in
Family Gatherings, Large Groups, Reunions, Special Occasions, Birthday Parties,
Team Build and Corporate Events.


We also offer all different kinds of activity retreats such as yoga, art and adventure weekends, plus DIY workshops for local and corporate guests throughout the year


We host 12 weddings and 2 Charity and Community Events

a year in our Dovedale Barn


Our Philosophy is that nothing is a problem and our aim is for you to have a wonderful stay in a stunning location with your family and friends.


We provide luxury self-catering accommodation for Large Groups on our beautiful working farm which specialises in providing a forever loving Home for a range of rescued Animals; these include Alpacas, Goats, Ponies, Chickens, Ducks as Geese.


The largest accommodation we have is the courtyard property which used to be three holiday cottages, incorporating Reuben's Roost, Bremen's Barn and Hope's Hideaway, these are connected and access is via the courtyard. Together the "courtyard property" sleeps up to 22 guests in beds plus Cots and Sofa Beds. We can accomodate up to 30 guests on site. Reuben's Roost has a large living and dining room area that can seat everyone on site and is mainly used as the cottage where everyone gets together in.  


At the end of the Farmhouse and part of our 16 century home, we also offer limited availability in the Old B&B Rooms. This includes two bedrooms with a living and dining area plus a bathroom and is perfect for up to 5 people.

Both Properties share the Hot Tub and amenities on site.
For those wishing to stay in the courtyard property, there is ample space to get together and for dining most guests use the main room in Reuben's Roost. This area is large enough for everyone to sit and eat together in and has a great kitchen with enough equipment to cater for everyone on site. The whole property is fitted out with luxury furnishing and antiques, comfy leather sofas and Beds as well as Wi-Fi and Free Sat TV’s with all the appliances you could need. We have been told it is like a Tardis as it is bigger on the inside!

The property is very unique and the layout has both upstairs and downstairs living and bedroom areas. There are also lots of break off rooms, plus another couple of kitchens and dining areas so you can breakfast or eat separately or just have your own space depending upon what suits you.
The property lends itself to mix and mingling as much or as little as you like.


All the double bedrooms are large, beautifully furnished with antiques and unusal and comfy beds, including a 4 poster!. Each room is unique so whether you choose the beautiful Truss room in the eaves or the four poster bedroom you will be assured a comfortable night’s sleep!

All of these rooms can easily accommodate cots, and we have a couple of put up and sofa beds.


Light pollution is non existant and it is very quiet at the farm, though we cannot guarantee that you won’t wake up in the night, but if you hear a noise it might just be from the sound of a fox or night owl!


Other facilities include a separate Laundry room and indoor Games Room. Plus we have a large Event Barn. Dovedale Barn which is hired seperately.

Outside we have a great social gathering spaces, including Decking areas with 3 Stone built BBQ's and garden furniture, there is a safe enclosed garden area also with garden furniture as well as a toddler play area. These gardens then lead to the paddocks and farm, where there are large mown fields for outside games and also 22 acres of grounds with stunning far reaching views for you to explore.


On site we have a forever Animal Rescue Farm, with Goats, Ponies and Alpacas as well as chickens, Geese and Ducks. We are happy for you interact with the animals and collect eggs, explore and enjoy your time away on our farm; we feel we are very lucky that we can share our home with you.


We also manage our own bio-diversity woodland above Dovedale where you can enjoy the most spectacular views across Ilam, Bunster Hill, Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud. All parts of our 22 acre farm are organic as we do not use any pesticides ever. We have created wild flower meadows and sow wild flower and grass seeds every other year which we then make into Hay for our own animals.

Our woodlands are situated onsite and above Ilam Park at Bloor Pastures with stunning views across Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud. It really is one of the most spectacular views in the country and our guests are welcome to use this area as well as the grounds of the farm. Within the woods we have built hedgehog habitates as well as placed bat and owl boxes.


Walking and exploring this area is a must and you can walk straight from the door down into Dovedale or across the hills to Alstonefield and Wetton, Thorpe or Tissinton thereby ending up at one of the many local pubs or tea rooms.


Our property was featured as one of the Best Holiday Properties in Britain in the Sunday Telegraph and we are very proud of that accolade, However we do not stand on ceremony and the ethos of our farm is relaxed with a no problem attitude where we try and create a warm ambience for you to relax, unwind and get away from the stresses of the world.


The photos on this website are a little old, so if you would like to see a little more please look at our Facebook Page (link above) or go to LowerDamgateFarm on your facebook page. We post regularly on our facebook page so Please visit and look at the reviews and comments and then hopefully will meet you too one day.

If you would like more information please call directly or email carolynwilderspin@icloud.com and look at the following pages for more information. holiday cottages. We have combined our family into one, though our children are still called Reuben, Bremen and Hope and each one has their individual character as s Reuben’s Roost, Bremen’s Barn and Hope’s Hideaway (The Courtyard) plus there is Purdy’s Place. now the Old B&B Rooms attached to our 16C farmhouse.

English Tourist Council - 4 Star Self Catering  


We would love to welcome you to our farm and invite you to stay, interact with our animals, collect eggs and enjoy time together, taking in ambiance of the property and surrounding countryside. We really are a unique and quirky venue with the old fashioned ethos of life, enjoying all we do and happy to share our little world with you...

after all we can't take it with us.......

Lower Damgate Farm - Holiday Cottages

  Lower Damgate Farmhouse

Lower Damgate Farmhouse

Though we have lived here for many years, we still feel that we are only caretakers as we cant take it with us and it is a pleasure to share it with our guests.

A dwelling has been on the site of Lower Damgate Farm since the Bronze and Iron ages. The Vikings and Romans lived here and we have our own water well situated 200m above the farm, though this is not piped anymore. However the orginal Roman culvert remains and brings the water from the well to the house, feeding the original stone troughs and pond, and in its day the farmhouse and barns. There is a lot of History here and it was very exciting uncovering this when we converted our property 20 years ago!

From old cow sheds to disused buildings, we have sympathetically repaired and rebuilt using original and finest materials in keeping with our listed buildings.

Even the rill running along the drive was hidden and unearthed by us all those years ago, you can now hear the running water that has supplied people and animals at the farm for centuries.

There are burial mounds (tumuli) in the farm fields and archaeological remains have also been found onsite including Roman artifacts and a Bronze age axe head which is now on display in Matlock museum. We still have the sharpening stone and a few other artifacts found in our excavations.

The land is listed in the Doomsday book and we have deeds to the house dating back to 1580. It has changed its name many times, However in excavations of the farm we know that it was originally a Viking Long house called Wallsitch, (water by the wall) and then in turn changed to Damgate (which is the english version of wallsitch!) The name Damgate was then lost to the neighbouring property (1887) apparently over a game of cards in 1927 and our farm then became Lower Damgate. Field Names such as pingle and little Hock as well as kiln drove still exist. We also know that the farm was used as a Kiln for the Roman Villa at Throwley Hall, (just over the hill) as many peices of Roman pottery are still found today and the rill is still in existance. The old road from Wetton used to meander past the house down to the River Dove and pick up the Pack Horse Way, this old road is closed and mostly hidden now but a foot path remains and if you walk towards wetton over the Hills to the west of us you can still pick up the tarmac road that used to end at our drive. There is a diverse History at the farm but over the centuries very little has changed and the past structure is very evident still. For us as a family we never take for granted our how lucky we are to live here.




Since the 1950s the farmhouse was allowed to fall into disrepair until our family moved here in 1996. We have put up pictures of how the farm used to look before we started the program of restoration. This originally started with the farmhouse and moved on to the cottages and finally the rest of the farm, but we are always a "work in progress" and strive to keep up to date with technology and furnishings.

If you visit the farm you will see that the properties have been sympathetically renovated keeping original features and characters of the building and using old and authentic materials in all our work. We did a lot of the work ourselves and got a lot of help and support from the Peak District National Park Authority which has enabled us to provide you with the best holiday accommodation possible.


“One of the Finest barn conversions I have ever seen”
Fidler Taylor, Estate Agents, Ashbourne


Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the cottages and the farm through our interactive map and image gallery and virtual tours. (Sadly these pictures are old and you can see many more on our facebook page)
We have also provided information on this website that gives you details on the local area and facilities which range from local supermarkets and shopping as well as Local Pubs, restaurants, walks and leisure Interests.









Damgate Aerial Holiday Cottage


Our cottages have been completely renovated to a very high standard using original materials and local craftsmanship. They offer impressive holiday accommodation in their quality of fitting and furnishings. The properties are grade 2 listed and retain many of the original features such as beams and stonework sometimes lost in renovation. These have been complemented by selective use of antiques, furnishings and modern day appliances. This quality is reflected in the statement “of exceptional standard” when awarded with 4 stars by the English Tourist Board.

The Farm’s idyllic rural location is a perfect place to escape the city crowds, unwind and relax in beautiful surroundings. Enjoy romantic weekends, family gatherings or just get away with friends. Peace and tranquillity abide here and you can listen to the birds sing, the sheep and goats bleat and cows moo. Count the stars at night and soak up the ambience of our soon to be hot tub…check out our News page for further developments.

"A fabulous fortnight in wonderful surroundings. Thanks Carolyn and family for being so welcoming" The Eaton Family [read more testimonials]

Lower Damgate Holiday Cottages

Lower Damgate Holiday Cottages

Alternatively have an adventure and go exploring. There’s no shortage of leisure activities in the surrounding area and we will be happy to help you plan your stay. After exploring our lovely countryside choose to stay in by the fire and dine with self catering ease or we can arrange for local catering which will delight your taste buds and save you stacking the dishwasher!

We have a policy on our farm that is working towards sustainable eco tourism and helping to protect the environment in which we live. We have solar panels on the roofs of the barns and the farm is a natural habitat to some rare and unusual plants and flowers which we have protected under a stewardship scheme from DEFRA. Additionally we share our home with bats, swallows, skylarks, cormorants and also to an occasional field mouse!
Our Animal Rescue Farm

Lower Damgate Farm provides a 'Forever Home' to a number of animals. On the farm you can help feed our pet Alpacas, Ponies, Ducks, Chickens, Geese and Goats. You can also bring your pets too! See our Booking Conditions on Pets.

We have a policy that "Nothing is a Problem" so please feel free to call with any questions or for some further information and we hope to welcome you soon.
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