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Karl and Carolyn
Lower Damgate Farm
Ilam Dovedale
Nr Ashbourne

A Review from the Sunday Times Travel Supplement

Carolyn is a warm and welcoming host and ensures you feel at home as soon as you meet her. She is originally from a farming background and purchased Lower Damgate Farm in 1996. Having worked in the corporate world and overcoming cancer as well as wanting to start her own family it was a dream come true when this run down and derelict property came onto the market. Not to be phased she started out with a small baby and put her heart and soul into providing a lovely home, wonderful self-catering properties as well as building a small organic working farm and Animal Sanctuary that provides a forever loving home to neglected animals.

Since 1996 the house and cottages (originally cow sheds)have undergone a complete transformation and a program of major restoration was undertaken, initially starting with the farm house and moving on to the cottages which were completed in 1999. All of these have been sympathetically renovated keeping original features and characters of the buildings and working with the Peak District National Park Authority which has enabled Carolyn and her family to provide you with the best holiday accommodation and holiday experience possible. After dealing with the Foot and Mouth situation in her first year Carolyn has continued to invest in her holiday business and farm and has transformed her properties into a beautiful and homely place for her family and her guests to enjoy year round.


Carolyn lives at the farm with her partner Karl and three children Reuben, Bremen and Hope and they continue to manage, maintain and update the properties for your enjoyment, ensuring that your stay is as perfect as it can be.

I certainly found this when I stayed here with my family this summer. It is important to Carolyn that the properties are right for you and that you have a wonderful time during your stay, with this in mind Carolyn’s has made it her mission that “nothing is a problem” and she goes out of her way to ensure this is so..

 Carolyn and her family pride themselves on old fashioned values and think that it is important for you to feel the ambiance of the farm before booking so any pre visit is always welcomed, normally with a cup of tea and a piece of cake. 

Carolyn goes out of her way to make you feel special and provides an intensive helpful list so that you can plan to do things before you arrive, though you will probably just want to explore the area and put your feet up in these luxurious surroundings. There is plenty of character about these cottages and attention to detail shines through in every room on top of that there is the general feeling of being at home in a relaxed and welcoming environment. 

The grounds are extensive with gardens and sheltered areas all leading to a well maintaned farm. We walked from the doorstep down to the River Dove and it only encapsulates why they made this area into a National Park.   

 I really enjoyed my time at Lower Damgate Farm and when I come back I know that I will have a warm welcome and a wonderful stay.

 Mark F – Editor – The Sunday Telegraph


If you have any queries about Lower Damgate Farm Cottages, our event venue, weddings, charitable functions or information on Dovedale Animal Sanctuary please feel free to contact us as we are always happy to help.

We would much rather talk to you in person and happy to discuss your requirements, whether for a holiday, a wedding or a business function.

Thank you for looking at our website and thinking of staying with us and meet you soon or welcome you back with us again

Karl and Carolyn

Lower Damgate Farm
Holiday cottages and wedding venue
Dovedale Animal Sanctuary