A warm welcome to the spectacular scenery of the Manifold Valley, Dovedale and the luxurious self catering cottages of Swainsley Farm.
We are located in an elevated position looking south down the beautiful Manifold River which flows through spectacular crags and wooded valleys before joining the Dove several miles downstream. Guests staying at Swainsley Farm self catering cottages have amazing panoramic views of the Peak District National Park in all directions with wonderful walking straight from the door!
The idyllic and private location of our self catering cottages is along a tree lined drive leading from the quiet lane between Butterton and Hulme End. Swainsley Farm is sheltered by the majestic limestone dome of Ecton Hill which was part of Chatsworth and the Duke of Devonshire’s holdings.
It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with lush tranquil dales and wild romantic highlands. In the 19th century Swainsley Farm became part of Sir Thomas Wardle’s estate and had many distinguished visitors including Mark Twain and Baden Powell. Today, we are a smallholding of 12 ½ acres with three self catering cottages in an area rich in birds, wildlife and flowers.
Great care has been taken to convert traditional 18th century farm buildings into three high quality self catering cottages. With beamed ceilings and many original features they provide the homely comforts of a bygone age with modern essentials such as well equipped kitchens and bathrooms. Each is spacious with coordinated furnishings, ideal for a holiday at any time of year.
The area is steeped in history, there are many National Trust properties, great houses
and magnificent gardens. Some of the best cycling in the Peak District is available
on the Manifold Trail running below Swainsley Farm (also suitable for wheelchair
users and mums with push chairs). Riding, trekking and fishing are all available
locally, while the more adventurous can try their hand at rock climbing, caving,
sailing, canoeing and hang gliding. The less adventurous may just want to stroll
through fields, walk along the banks of the Manifold River or visit some of our pretty
villages with their lovely old churches and ancient inns. Village shops are close-
The ancient market towns of Buxton, Bakewell, Ashbourne and Leek are within 10 or 12 miles. All have regular markets, good shops, cafes and antique centres. There are many family attractions close by including Alton Towers, Matlock Bath and Chatsworth. The Potteries has the factory shops of Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Spode and others.
The international sporting and concert venues of Manchester, Sheffield, Derby and
Our three self catering cottages sleep from 2 to 7 people and can be booked individually or in any combination to take up to 14 people.
If you want to pamper yourself we can arrange for holistic and beauty therapists for that extra special treat.