Best of British Getaways 2023

SME News- Best of British Getaways 2023 | 12 Best Rural Farm Cottage Accommodation - Peak District Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages, Wedding Venue & Dovedale Animal Sanctuary is nestled in a community of local people who expertly work together in order to create something truly unique and special for those visiting the Peak District. This community expands to more than just people, it is the animals on the farm that truly contribute to the diverse way of living that has been fostered here. The premier stand out at this location is its series of award-winning holiday cottages and accommodation, but the team also host weddings, events, and workshops, complete with an unparalleled backdrop. Those who stay at Lower Damgate Farm are immediately made to feel welcome, with this small family business opening its doors to those guests who want to experience this fantastic pocket of the Peak District National Park. Comprised of more than 22 acres that guests are free to make the most of, this rural setting has an abundance of space, gardens, and breathtaking landscapes for patrons to enjoy, whether they want to walk and explore rivers such as the Dovedale or Manifold, or visit local attractions, which include an array of local towns and villages, and even such famous locations as Alton Towers and Chatsworth House. Over the centuries, this landscape has played host to key groups throughout British history, with the area initially serving a family during the Roman Empire, who built the culvert that runs down the drive to this day. A few hundred years later, a Viking Longhouse graced the locale, before the Tudors built the house on the land that still stands to this day and that host Carolyn Wilderspin lives in with her family. The environment is stunning, and thanks to its former Viking residents, the space is perfectly situated, having its own eco-climate so that it remains hot when the sun shines and the wind blows over the top of the buildings. As for the stellar accommodation offerings that have won Lower Damgate this award, these span a host of different settings, such as the luxury selfcatering holiday cottages that make up the farm’s courtyard properties. These cottages each possess their own distinct features and personalities, and are named Reuben’s Roost, Bremen’s Barn, and Hope’s Hideaway, respectively, as well as Purdy’s Place, the main 16th-century farmhouse. Each of the abodes gracing this landscape have been adapted to suit the modern guest and can even accommodate large groups, with the entire property as one having 11 bedrooms and sleeping a minimum of 24. Facilities can also be hired on a private basis. Individually, Rueben’s Roost has 3 bedrooms and can sleep 7+, Bremen’s Barn has 4 bedrooms and can sleep 8+, Hope’s Hideaway too has 4 bedrooms, sleeps 9+, and also comes with a large games room. Purdy’s Place found at the end of the farmhouse houses an additional 2 rooms and a small living area, sleeping a total of 5. A final key offering that can sleep 2 adults in the summer months is Rose’s Retreat, an authentically styled gypsy caravan, located just a stone’s throw from the lush outside areas. Other amenities gracing Lower Damgate Farm include a unique “Alpaca Hut”, with this luxury little space also having a hot tub for guest use, a secure play area, BBQ and decking space, and a range of comfortable outdoor furnishings are available that really serve to complete the scene. On a guest’s travels, they may even meet some of the resident animals, and are more than welcome to stop and say hello. Beyond its bespoke accommodation, those staying for either a wedding or an event may find themselves utilising the spaces of the Dovedale barn and Garden Room, with this location boasting the claim of being much more than just a traditional barn, rather, it has been expertly converted to serve as the perfect space for all wedding, event, and workshopping needs. Just one of the many magnificent facilities sported by the farm, the sights on offer there really need to be seen to be believed. Ultimately, folks that visit Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages, Wedding Venue & Dovedale Animal Sanctuary will bear witness to an ethos that is relaxed and informal, with hosts that want to ensure their guests that no request, however big or small this may be, is a problem. From romantic weekends to large-scale family holidays, Lower Damgate Farm serves as the premier choice for those seeking to tour one of the UK’s finest vistas. Contact: Carolyn Wilderspin Company: Lower Damgate Farm Holiday Cottages, Wedding Venue & Dovedale Animal Sanctuary Web Address: