Beavers Croft

Derbyshire, Britain

Big converted barn next to Howden Dam reservoir in stunning Derwent Valley. Bring friends & family for fantastic yomping in the Peaks


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


The road that leads you into the Derwent Valley is stunning: through verdant trees you catch a glimpse of two majestic reservoirs, then suddenly the Howden Dam tower looms into view, and there is your smartly converted 17th-century barn slap bang next to it. Step into a soaring open plan space with stone walls, wooden rafters and floors; a big wood-burner (logs on the house), thick rugs, lamps and pale blue sofas and armchair keep you snug. At the back of this room is a big dining table for hearty meals and behind that a good-sized kitchen. Big open stairs (beware toddlers) take you up to neat bedrooms with views – one’s on the mezzanine – and modern bathrooms. Outside: two acres for kids to run riot (there’s a games room in another barn) and a patio for the grownups to loll on. This is a delicious part of the world for walking – from flat gentle walks to the rolling Peaks for the adventurous. And there’s heaps to do and see: Chatsworth House, Peveril Castle, Bakewell, Buxton, and buzzing Sheffield’s only 15 miles. Then back to utter peace and quiet.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 6 miles.


Nightly price
from £220
Weekly price
from £1540
Damage deposit
1 House for 8
From £2203 bedrooms


Stayed here for a week with my wife and two young children. The accommodation was more than big enough for us and the scenery surrounding it is stunning and despite being in the middle of nowhere we still had internet access which we all appreciated. The barn was spotless and included all the amenities we needed, along with a HUGE garden where the kids could run around safely. We also really appreciated being greeted by the owner on our arrival who was happy to answer a few questions that we had. Would definitely recommend it to others.

Nick, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sarah Lesley

  • From the doorstep of Beavers Croft, guests can embark on one of the three reservoir circuits (maps in our welcome pack). Ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours, surrounded by the most stunning woodlands and water, they are the perfect way to begin your stay!
  • Often referred to as a "A Cyclist's Paradise", you will find endless trails to explore nearby for all levels. Bikes can be hired at Derwent Cycle just down the road. Mention that you are staying at Beavers Croft and they will reserve them for you.
  • The Bakewell Tart Shop and Coffee House in Bakewell (where Bakewell tarts are made!) is a lovely place to visit for afternoon or cream tea – you can even post a personalised Bakewell Tart home to your loved ones!
  • Another magnificent place for a day out is Chatsworth House. During the Summer they often host exhibitions and fairs - make sure you check out what's on prior to your stay! They also have a lovely cafe for a lunch stop.
  • Beavers Croft is the perfect place for a home cooked meal - outdoors on the terrace in the Summer or by the cosy log burner in the Winter. Why not sample some of the local produce and visit one of the farmers' markets? Details in our welcome pack.