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About Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages

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Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages

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Dovedale Animal Sanctuary.


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 Peak District. There are some magnificent walks straight from the farm with Dovedale  easily accessible from the front door via Hall Dale enabling you to course the river either to the Stepping Stones and Ilam or to Milldale, Hartington and beyond.  We are surrounded by National Trust land and our local villages of Ilam, Alstonefield, Wetton and Thorpe all have lovely pubs and tea rooms. Ilam is home to the National Trusts White Peak Estate and has many tourist facilities for you to enjoy. Our local towns of Ashbourne, Leek, Buxton and Bakewell all have great amenities and Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Alton Towers and many visitor experiences are all within close proximity. Our Farm is a perfect place to relax and unwind and enjoy time with family and friends.

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


We look forward to welcoming you to our home for any occasion including

Family Gatherings, Large Groups, Reunions, Special Occasions, Birthday Parties,
Weddings, Retreats, Workshops, Team Build and Corporate Events.

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

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.



Lower Damgate Farm Cottages

Lower Damgate Farm cottages are nestled between Dovedale and the Manifold valley in a stunning location in The Peak District National Park. It is the perfect private destination for families and large groups where we provide luxury accommodation in and around our 16th Century Farm House and converted outbuildings.
Our accommodation is made up of the “courtyard property” converted from the farm buildings and sleeps up to 22+ guests in 11 Bedrooms. For larger groups and to ensure exclusivity, you can the “whole property” which includes guests using two of our 16th Century Farmhouse bedrooms, The Old B&B rooms. This enables guests to use the whole of the farm and sleeps up to 30 + guests.

The spacious courtyard property is often referred to as the "Tardis" Though originally Reuben’s Roost, Bremen’s Barn and Hope’s Hideaway, these have been adapted to be used together as one property and been sympathetically converted for large groups where there is space to be together and dine as a group, or separate depending upon your needs.
Featured in the Best of Britain Sunday Times, Lower Damgate Farm offers stunning views, lovely rural grounds and luxurious accommodation which include comfy 4 poster beds with linen included, luxury furnishings and antiques as well as Wi-Fi and Satellite TV in the three breakoff rooms. There is a separate Games Room which has a super league pool table, games for indoor and outdoor use, as well as TV, Music and Wi-Fi. There is also a Large Laundry room where guests can find extra equipment, including cots and high chairs, Freezer and extra fridges to add to those already in the kitchen areas of the cottages.

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 with a large long dining table set up under the mezzanine and vaulted ceiling. This area of the courtyard property has a great little kitchen with enough equipment to cater for everyone on site.

The courtyard property is 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, 4 poster or unusual and comfy beds, all of these rooms have space for a cot or two! The twin rooms are also all individual and apart from the bunk room each has space for a cot or small child. Every room is tastefully furnished and all are unique with beds made up for  your arrival, so whether you choose the beautiful Truss room in the eaves, the grand ground floor bedrooms or the four posters, you will be assured a comfortable night’s sleep with no light pollution!

Other facilities include a separate laundry room and indoor Games Room with lots of games and a super league pool table. Plus we have a large Event Barn (Dovedale Barn) and a Garden room which is hired separately.
Guests can also hire the Sanctuary area where we have a Hot Tub and room for pampering, sadly hire is dependent on the weather and time of year and separate booking is required.

Outside we have a great social gathering spaces, including the sun trap garden and decking areas where we have built three stone BBQ's for you to use with garden furniture and outdoor seating areas, 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 or go and feed the animals.


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 habitats as well as placed bat and owl boxes.


Walking and exploring from the farm is a wonderful experience as you can walk straight from the front door down into Dovedale or across the hills and into Manifold Valley. There are also easy and lovely walks to Ilam, Alstonefield and Wetton, where there are some great ocal pubs and tea rooms.

The photos on this website are a little old, so if you would like further information please look at our Facebook Page (link above) or go to LowerDamgateFarm on your Facebook page. We post regularly update this so please visit and look at the reviews and comments.  


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...we welcome a relaxed and informal attitude to life whilst at the farm and our philosophy is that “nothing is a problem” so please feel free to contact us and if you have any questions or need any information as we are always happy to help


Dovedale Animal Sanctuary
Since 1996 we have been providing a forever loving home at Lower Damgate Farm to a number of animals, from Alpacas, Goats, Horses, Sheep, Ducks, Chickens, Geese and some little critters like Hedgehogs, Ferrets, and Field Mice!
Plus our own dogs and cats, who love people so much they may follow you home! So if you visit please don’t take them.
Every animal has a story to tell and all have individual characters just like us! We work with every animal at the farm from the moment they arrive, interacting with them and getting them to trust and socialise with us and each other.

Our Holiday Cottage guests are welcome to enjoy and say hello to the animals as they love people and are very inquisitive.
 We often ask our guests to come and feed the animals with us and this is a lovely experience for our guests and the animals.


Dovedale Barn – Weddings & Events
For those looking for a special wedding or social event between 60 and 150 guests please have a look at our Wedding page

We offer a DIY wedding or event experience to suit you.  
All our weddings and events are bespoke occasions that you create, however we are there to guide you if you need us!


We also offer workshops, corporate events and team building experiences, utilising the accommodation, barn and farm grounds.


Please look at our Facebook page LOWER DAMGATE FARM, website WWW.DAMGATE.COM or call us on 01335 310367


If you would like more information please call us as we are always happy to talk to you personally and answer any questions that you may have. If you browse our website you can find more information on the holiday cottages. We still sometimes hire the cottages seperately, and happy to work to your requirements, however we mainly hire the cottages for large groups and each cottage has enough equipment to host for the either your whole group or individually. All the cottages are individual, quirky and unusal, however they are beautiful, comfortable, fully equipped, generous in space, happy and full of love and fun just like our children whom they were named after.Reuben’s Roost, Bremen’s Barn and Hope’s Hideaway


We are also happy to share our home with you and occasionally let the The Old B&B Rooms where we have a further two bedrooms to add to those already on site.

Thank you for looking at our website and please call if you have any questions as we would love to meet you and welcome you to our farm.

with best wishes

Karl and Carolyn

English Tourist Council - 4 Star Self Catering  



Lower Damgate Farm - Holiday Cottages

  Lower Damgate Farmhouse

Lower Damgate Farmhouse

History of Lower Damgate Farm

Many Generations have lived at Lower Damgate Farm and we are just the caretakers of our age. When we bought the farm in 1996 it was derelict and in need of some major replairs. For us it has been a labour of love renovating the farm over the last 22 years. It is our pleasure to share it with you.

Since we arrived we have sympathetically repaired and rebuilt both the farmhouse and barns and we have used original and finest materials in keeping with our listed buildings. We are not finished yet as there are always things to do but we hope that our future generations will love it as much as we do.

If you visit the farm you will see our progress over the years in pictures and we hope you will feel the ambiance of the farm and the love poured into it. The farm was unused and run down, the roofs were full of holes and the earth had built up to the windows which were  rotten and decaying, the wind and elements coming in and the buildings home to mice, birds and spiders!

The cottages were once old cowsheds and the farmhouse home to large families and children; you could almost hear and feel the history of the farm when we first saw it. Though at that time it was sadly derelict, cold and damp with the roof falling down and cracks in the walls that let the rain and snow in!

We were up for a challenge and our first priority was to make the house livable, so pregnant with our first child and having just had the first battle with cancer we started plans for renovating the house and barns….first and foremost we needed listed building consent as the farmhouse is grade 11 listed. Living in a National Park means that we get to enjoy the beautiful countryside and it also protects our heritage so we worked with the Peak Park to create what we hope you will enjoy today.


The roof came off and new windows went in, the house was tied together literally! Electrics, plumbing, unearthing a magnificent fireplace, finding a priest hole, a filled in cellar, a well and a mine shaft was so exciting. We did some re-walling and found an Iron Age axe head as well as the sharping stone to go with it; we lifted floor boards to find hand written notes from the 16th century as well as a family prayer book dating to 1750, all mixed in with wood worm and rot!

However the real find was digging the drive out and finding an original roman culvert with thousands of pieces of roman pottery (makes sense of the old field names of kiln and wall sitch! As this farm used to be an old Roman Kiln for the Villa at Throwley (a mile west of us) however before then it was an old Viking long house, Wallsitch meaning water by the wall (Damgate) and our fields still go by the names of  Pingle and Kiln Sitch. We are still finding fragments of old pottery and ironmongery around the farm as well as musket shot from Cromwell and royalist times in the late 1600’s, and in early 2018 an old Viking shield boss was found in the area near to the pond.

We know this house was renovated and rebuilt in 1585 as we have the deeds to that time. Stanshope is mentioned in the magna-carta, Long Low the Longest burial barrow in England stands a mile North West of us just above Stanshope and Ilam has two Celtic crosses dating before the Vikings. If you explore the farm you will see a few little hillocks (tumuli on the map) these are very ancient burial mounds.

Guests often wonder about the name Lower Damgate. The earliest records name it as Wallsitch and then the Farm was called Damgate. Dam Gate is the English translation of the Viking words Wall (Gate) and Sitch (Water/Dam). In 1887 Upper Damgate was built along the old road which used to lead to Wetton (now a footpath)

In 1936 the brother of our farm (Sutton) moved across the road to Upper Damgate, however the brothers wanted the same name, so in order to decide who took the name they played a game of cards. Upper Damgate became Damgate and Damgate became Lower Damgate!
From as early as the Iron age right up until today, Lower Damgate has had many caretakers, each adding and taking something from teh farm. We know a dwelling has been at the site since the Bronze and Iron ages. The Vikings and Romans lived here and the farm still has its own water supply situated 200m above the farm. However the spring now only feeds the pond but the original Roman culvert remains and brings the water from the well down to the house and into the original stone troughs and pond. Once upon a time it would have fed the house and barns as well.

The farm that once housed livestock to feed the family now house animals that have been rescued and have become a part of the family.

It hasn’t always been easy creating the dream that we now live, however 22 years and three children later we have brought to life the farm that you see today and it has been a wonderful experiance. We hope that you enjoy the craftsmanship that we have put into caring and creating: the old cow sheds into lovingly used holiday accommodation, the Viking longhouse into a loving family home and an old disused farm barn into a lovely warm and welcoming wedding and event venue. The barn is our latest project and in keeping with the natural beauty of the farm has been clad in English larch and symapthically repaired.

We hope you will visit and enjoy this wonderful area and the place we call home.





“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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