Jacobean farmhouse with oodles of history on a working rare-breed farm – set in the Churnet Valley, a beautiful, little-known area. Chris inherited the house and has been expanding and improving the garden ever since. Yew trees, hedge walls and terraces mean that you have the fun of wandering and discovering as you go – and you’ll find many seats dotted here and there for the lovely views.
Play tennis on the grass court, read by the wood fire, stock up on Chris and Margaret’s breakfasts from the land: eggs from their own hens, sausages and bacon from their pigs and home-grown tomatoes as well as bowls of fruit and muesli.
You can hire bikes, arrange pony trekking, walk or climb nearby in The Roaches. Then barbecue and eat in the garden, or walk to the Duncombe Arms, Ellastone (about 20 minutes) for good pub food.