Our Holiday Accommodation in the Peak District National Park
We would love to welcome you to share our home and we have a wealth of beautiful accommodation options which will hopefully suit your needs.
Lower Damgate Farm is situated near Dovedale in the Peak District National Park. Nestled between the Rivers of Dovedale and the Manifold Rivers ourfarm has far reaching views and stunning walks straight from the door. This is a wonderful setting for you to get together with friends and loved ones.
Our accommodation lends itself to a those looking for a break that is relaxed versatile and something that is a bit special. So whether you are in a large group wanting a celebratory occasion, family gathering, reunion or workshop, or whether you are looking for a romantic weekend, you will find the ambiance of the farm perfect for any occasion.
At weekends we specialise in large groups and family gatherings, birthday celebrations, reunions or we can host your wedding or business workshop. We also welcome smaller family breaks in the Farmhouse B&B as well as romantic breaks in the Alpaca Hut with the Hot Tub. During the week all our accommodation can be hired individually.
Whatever your occasion you will find the natural setting of the farm a perfect place to relax and enjoy time away together.
Our ethos in life is that ‘nothing is a problem’ and though we are only a small family business we take pride in what we have created over the last 20 years and it gives us great pleasure to be able to share it with you.
Our luxury self-catering holiday accommodation is situated around our 16th Century Farm House as well as the B&B accommodation in our own home. The Alpaca Hut is a little self-contained seasonal shepherds hut for two adults, and also comes with a Hot Tub.
Also onsite is a dedicated event barn. Dovedale Barn and garden room is where we host weddings and workshops as well as business and charity events. The farm is licenced to hold weddings and we have facilities on site to ensure all your needs are met when you stay with us. Our accommodation has to be booked if you would like to hire Dovedale Barn.
Lower Damgate Farm is also home to Dovedale Animal Sanctuary which was founded in 1996 by Carolyn and started when she rescued two sheep! Over the years the Sanctuary has grown and now has nearly 100 animals making up a ménage of Alpacas, Goats, Horses, sheep, geese ducks and chickens. It is almost obligatory for our guests to feed the animals and collect eggs from the hen house for breakfast!
Whatever combination of accommodation you need, we can hopefully provide something a little different for you to enjoy.
Our properties comprise of:
The Courtyard Property:
(Reuben’s Roost, Bremen’s Barn and Hope’s Hideaway, these have been adapted for large groups as well as individuals depending upon your needs)
The Courtyard property has been sympathetically converted from 17th century outbuildings and are full of character as well as being highly commended in the Sunday Times Travel Reviews. As a whole the courtyard properties have 11 bedrooms sleeping up to 22 guests in beds, plus a couple of sofa and occasional beds. There is a large vaulted communal kitchen and a dining area that can cater for up to 30 + guests. As well as break off rooms and a games room. There are also large outdoor gardens and BBQ areas which can also cater for large groups
The Farmhouse B&B
Situated a little away from the Courtyard property with its own amenities, you can hire our B&B rooms in the Farmhouse. This comprises of two lovely characterful ensuite bedrooms sleeping up to 4 guests as well as a living room to relax and escape to.
The Alpaca Hut
Situated closer to the barn and the Animal Sanctuary, you will find our little Shepherds hut with a difference! A perfect seasonal romantic getaway or honeymoon suite for 2.
Our quirky Alpaca Hut is a wooden little shepherd’s hut which has all the luxuries you could wish for as well as a Hot Tub for you to escape to……
A little more information
All the accommodation at the farm has been sympathetically converted using original and natural materials as well as doing a lot of the work ourselves we also use local suppliers and trades people.
The farm is environmentally friendly, all our land is organic and we have solar panels on the barn to help power the cottages. We recycle as much as we can and have our own compost. The cottage’s walls are 2ft thick which retain heat in winter and keep you cool in summer; heating is via individual combi boilers and natural products have been used for insulation such as wool fibre in the roofs as well blanket thermal lined bespoke made curtains at the windows to keep you warm.
The Courtyard Properties are laid out in a traditional square, and are south by south west facing so you get the sun all day and evening. They have also been specially adapted for large groups where there is space to be together or separate depending upon your needs.
Though there are individual facilities such as living, kitchen and dining areas in all of them, there is also one very large bespoke communal kitchen with a high vaulted ceiling in Hope’s Hideaway. It is very well equipped and this is the perfect space to cook and cater for everyone on site as well as dine together. The main living areas also are large enough to meet greet and seat everyone as well as there being a large snug and games room to play pool or watch a film in. In Reuben’s Roost part of the Courtyard there is another large vaulted room where you can roll a rug back and dance or socialise. Often referred to as the “Tardis” the courtyard properties are spacious and luxurious. For larger groups such as weddings and events, or business and workshop gatherings there is also the use of Dovedale Barn.
Every cottage is individually charming with unique fittings and luxurious furnishings, comfy sofas, as well as antiques and plush fabrics, though the emphasis is on comfort and relaxation, so you can go out for a day’s walk and come back and put your feet up without worrying about anything. Many bedrooms are on the ground floor close to bathrooms as well as the main kitchen and dining room, so limited mobility is catered for and most ground floor rooms are flagged and easy to get around. However, the cottages are over 300-year-old so there are uneven floors and some small steps to manoeuvre. The main living room in Bremen’s Barn is upstairs as is the games room and snug. Living and cooking facilities are on the ground floor in the other cottages.
All bedrooms are large and have space for cots, they are furnished with very comfortable beds including 4 posters and tasteful fabrics.
There is no light pollution at the farm and you can hear the bird song (or our cockerel Wilson) in the morning as well as enjoy the almost silent nights or an occasion bleat of a sheep when outside on the decking watching the stars.
The cottages are self-catering; and we provide a welcome pack to get you started. We have also kitted out the kitchens with enough crockery and cutlery to cater for all onsite so you shouldn’t need to bring your favourite saucepan! Many guests cater for themselves but often get a takeout or have food catered and dropped off when they arrive! With this in mind we have put together a “helpful information” list that is not finite but if you want a take away or to get caterers in then this list covers that and a lot more!
Our helpful information also details as many attractions as we can find, we are in the heart of the Peak District National Park and Chatsworth and Alton Towers as well as the Towns of Ashbourne and Bakewell as close by. Buxton is also close with its new and updated Spa. On our doorstep is Dovedale and the White Peak, we are surrounded by National Trust land, beautiful scenery and stunning walks and you can walk to our village of Ilam (a mile down the road) where you can visit the NT Ilam park as well as enjoy afternoon tea in the Manifold Tea room or Wetton tea rooms.
We accommodate you as much as possible and we are always happy to book a local restaurant or pub meal as there are many fine and great local pubs and restaurants close by. We can even order you a keg of our local ale tapped and ready to go for when you arrive and happy to book a table at the local restaurant for you.
Outside you will find a lot of space and areas to play and escape to. We have 22 acres on the farm which our guests can explore.
There are large BBQ areas and decking with dining facilities and outside furniture as well as soft seating in a secluded private area where you can relax and enjoy the sun trap! This area leads to an enclosed lawned garden with a children’s play area. This garden then leads into our mown paddocks where you can play ball games or go into the wood to explore!
Our Farm is home to Dovedale Animal Sanctuary and every animal (apart from Ozzi-Bear one of our dogs) is rescued. Our animals love to interact with our guests, especially the Goats and Alpacas, but like any farm your safety is our priority and though guests are welcome to explore the farm and pet or feed the rescued animals, all interaction must be supervised. We work very closely with our animals to ensure they are loved and feel safe and with your booking and the donation this provides we are able to offer them a forever loving home.
Pets are welcome at the farm in the courtyard property however we try and keep The B&B Rooms and The Alpaca Hut pet free, though with the farm being home to an animal sanctuary this isn’t always easy!
Lower Damgate Farm is a little haven away from an ever increasingly busy world and whatever your occasion our aim is to make your stay as comfortable and as special as we can.
we look forward to having you to stay,
Karl and Carolyn
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