Lower Damgate Farm is our little haven in the Peak District, providing a rural retreat where guests can escape from everyday life and relax with friends and family. Whether you are staying in one of our cottages, visiting for a wedding or event, or just passing through, whatever your occasion we hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy yourselves. Our philosophy is that nothing is a problem, and we love sharing our little world with you.
We are small family business providing guests with holiday accommodation and hosting 12 weddings a year in our barn, both of these ventures support our onsite Animal Sanctuary where we provide a forever loving home to over 100 animals.
Our Farm has over 22 acres for guests to use, it is very rural with lots of space, gardens, and stunning landscapes to enjoy. The area is great for walks straight from the door and the location perfect for exploring the Peak District National Park. We are situated in the heart of the White Peak, nestled between the famous Dovedale and Manifold Rivers (Thors Cave) and surrounded by National Trust land. Only a mile from the local village of Ilam. Here you will find the NT Ilam park and tea rooms, The Stepping Stones and Dovedale (which is also walkable from the doorstep). You will find the villages of Alstonefield, Wetton, Milldale, and Thorpe surrounding us, and there are good pubs and local teas rooms close by.
The self-catering holiday cottages on site sleep from 2 -32 guests and won the Best Farm Accommodation 2020 and 2021 in the tourism prestige awards, they come highly commended in the Sunday Times Travel Reviews, have 5-star reviews and we are Airbnb super hosts! Affectionately known as the Tardis, the Courtyard cottages include Reubens Roost, 3 bedrooms sleeps 7 +. Bremen’s Barn, 4 bedrooms sleeps 8+ and Hope’s Hideaway, 4 bedrooms sleeps 9+. They are often booked for groups as Hopes has a large kitchen and dining area to seat everyone on site, plus a games room, however they can also be hired individually, and we pride ourselves on versatility.
In addition, there is Purdy’s Place (4) which is part the main 16th Century Farmhouse and our bespoke Alpaca Hut (2 adults only) with the Hot Tub. In the summer months we rent Rosie’s Retreat (2) a beautiful original Romani caravan overlooking the amazing views of the farm. Pets are welcome in the Courtyard Properties.
All guests are welcome to explore the farm, the outside is beautiful and includes private decking and BBQ areas, large gardens, and lawns with a safe play area for little ones, outdoor furniture, and plenty of space to run around and play games. In addition, you can use the fields and paddocks including the woods and a pond area where you can watch the ducks and chickens whist enjoying a drink on the arbour, plus you may meet, greet, and feed our rescued Alpacas and Goats.
Lower Damgate Farm hosts 12 DIY weddings a year in Dovedale Barn. Winner of the Lux Life Rustic Wedding Venue of the year 2022, the barn and adjacent field, with its far-reaching views across the peaks is licenced for wedding ceremonies both inside and out. The Barn is a beautiful bespoke 4800 sq. ft of space with a vaulted roof wooden roof with twinkling lights and wow factor! Our couples create their own bespoke day with a helping hand if needed. Dovedale Barn & garden Room, paired with the onsite accommodation has all the facilities you need to make your wedding or event amazing
Our ethos is relaxed and informal with a philosophy that “Nothing is a problem” The farm has a unique ambiance that guests are drawn to, and whatever your occasion we try and make your stay as special as we can. There is everything you need to enjoy a break away where you can feed the animals, watch the sunsets, put your feet up, light the BBQ and enjoy quality time with your favourite people. You create your occasion, bringing your walking boots, provisions and a carrot and apple or two for the animals and we give you the space and respect to do your own thing.