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Curlew Barn in Ipstones, Staffordshire

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sleeps 7
3 rooms
2 bathrooms

Curlew Barn description

Holiday home
This unique and welcoming, detached barn conversion was originally an 18th century pig sty situated in the rural hamlet of Bottomhouse. This property offers well-equipped accommodation with beamed ceilings and superb views over rolling countryside. The cottage has a sitting room with dining area, separate kitchen, two shower rooms and three bedrooms, making this an ideal cottage for families. The cottage also comes with optional use of a hot tub and access to a garden and off-road parking.

Located on the western fringes of the Peak District, the attractive rural village of Ipstones is set in moorland countryside between the market towns of Leek and Ashbourne. The village itself offers a post office, village shop and pubs serving food, although other amenities are available close by. The surrounding countryside is excellent for walking and offers miles of woodland trails and moorland hikes to enjoy. Dovedale and the limestone Churnet Valley are within easy driving distance and the Manifold Trail is also close by. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, and the National Trust's Lyme Park - used in the television adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' - are all easily accessible, as are the National Trust's Ilam Estate and Blackbrook Zoological Gardens.

The ultimate in "year-round" appeal, the Peak District offers countryside, picturesque villages and magnificent scenery. It touches upon six counties and encloses 555 square miles of open moorland, flowing rivers, and wooded dales.


  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Near pub

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Mrs Hughes
November 2014
Our weekend stay was very good, the owner was pleasant and very helpful. The cottage was lovely and warm on arrival - would definitely go again.
Mrs Goulding
November 2014
Really enjoyed staying here. Quite quirky. Hot tub was fab and plenty of space in the courtyard outside. Very private too. Would definitely recommend to others and come and stay again.
Ms Cooper
April 2013
We loved the hot tub! Was a great detail for the holiday.
July 2014
Fantastic holiday! 5-10 minutes drive to Alton Towers so kids were very happy! Hot tub was amazing-perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine after standing in queues all day! Greeted by the owner when we arrived and was presented with a lovely bottle of rose wine to get our holiday off to a good start. Would visit again!
Mrs Smith
September 2012
Hot tub. Close to Alton towers.
Mr Lyons
August 2012
The owner was very helpful and gave us plenty of advice. It was an ideal base for a family holiday with plenty to do. The cottage was lovely with lots of room for the six of us.
Ms Rowley
August 2010
Peace and quiet, being able to come and go as we please. Friendliness of owners.
Mrs Bowman
July 2012
8 members of my family went up met for a family wedding in Stoke-on-Trent. The cottage was very easy to find and very easy to get to Alton Towers from which is where my Son new Daughter-in-Law's wedding day was held. The hot tub was great at the end of a long day and enjoyed by us all.
Miss Pajot
April 2010
I loved the environment and the cottage fitted exactly into my wishes.
March 2016
We stayed here in November for a girls weekend to celebrate two of my friends birthdays. I couldn't fault the place at all, the barn was what we expected and more. And we took full advantage of the hot tub the whole long weekend we stayed there even on the Saturday when it started to snow it still didn't stop us having a good time. It was cosy and the scenery was lovely to look at. The owners Henry and marianne were lovely and pleasant and answered all questions asked to their full knowledge. I am grateful of the experience because you don't realise how long it took me to find a cottage with a hot tub that allowed a young group of girls between 20-23 to enjoy a break away without an age limit of 25 years and over or having to be in couples. Overall it was a weekend to remember and we enjoyed out complimentary bottle of wine too
January 2014
We were met by the owner who was really nice and friendly. He showed us round the cottage and gave us a free bottle of wine and box of cakes as a welcome gift. The service all in all was very good. The cottage is very old but had been well modernised with all the mod cons you would need for todays living needs. The lounge nice and bright and a really comfy space. Kitchen had plenty of equipment and anything that we needed we could borrow from the farmhouse so no need to want for anything. The Hot tubs are brill and a real luxury item, although it does take a bit of figuring out how to use the jets and turn everything off for the tub to work properly but we managed it ok. The locality is ideal for travelling in four directions through the peaks as situated quite nicely on a crossroads. There is a bus that drops you off at the property if you fancy leaving your car at home. Plenty of places and sights to see. The least thing I liked was going home as it was a really nice place and so quite a culture shock from town life. Will defo come back.
June 2013
The cottage had great heritage and was impeccably clean and tidy. The hot tub made a great weekend, including the visits to alton Towers and Monkey Sanctuary. Loved the modern kitchen and allowing space to prepare meals whilst children waited in the dining area. The bedrooms were cosy and comfortable, whilst the patio outside was lovely to use for BBQ and relaxing in the hot sun. Lovely weekend! Would definitely recommend! Thankyou
Miss Mckeswick
November 2015
Curlew Barn was just how it looked in the pictures, only the views were more stunning
alicia r
December 2012
Good time had by all. Been to Bottomhouse Barn before and booked this one for smaller group. No probs all round. Nice farming community and very quiet. Recommend yes
Pippa E
March 2013
Visited the smaller barn for a weekend in February, for an annual reunion with friends. Owner met us upon arrival and was friendly. We have stayed in cottages/barns for the last 5 years; this was the only one we have ever felt disappointed by. Positives: Fairly inexpensive, very convenient for Alton Towers, plenty of parking, nice backyard area for summer. Negatives: FREEZING cold downstairs. Heating hadn't been on when we arrived, but even with all heaters on, we were still sitting in coats and duvets by the end of the weekend. Leather furniture and no carpet in lounge don't help. Never had this issue in any previous accommodation at same time of year. Sleeps 7 adults max. 'Sofabed' in (the bitterly cold) lounge is suitable for a child and was extremely uncomfortable (when we complained, we were first told to contact the manufacturer and then given a camp bed, which literally fell apart as it opened). Hot tub was broken. The owner explained on the first night that it wasn't working reliably and was likely to be warm, not hot, so gave us a discount. He said he was willing to discuss it further if there was a real problem. We tried to use it and found that, upon getting in, it was colder than lukewarm, so we got out. We spoke to the owner the next day, explained and asked for our Hot Tub money back as we couldn't use it. Despite original promises of further discussion, he said no immediately. He then said that as someone had got in to test, he wouldn't refund the money, because he would have to clean it (this had not been mentioned originally; had we known, we would have changed our attempt to use it). He did eventually refund the money on Sunday, but this was uncomfortable discussion for all concerned and spoilt the feel of the weekend. Lacked practicality; odd things missing from kitchen equipment, such as a tin opener, corkscrew (despite an impressive wine fridge). Asked to top up hot tub, but no hose; suggestion was to boil kettles and carry them through the house.
December 2012
We stayed here for Christmas in a group of 8 adults and 2 toddlers. After all it is considered suitable for 9 people so we took our own travel cot for the baby. This accommodation is not suitable for 9 people in fact I would say more suitable for 6 and 2 of those would need to be children. It is very small with small amenities all crammed in without a thought. The kitchen has a very small oven, slim line dishwasher (which the large plates do not fit in) 2 fridges and no freezer! The living room is cold with uncomfortable small leather bucket sofas, a table to fit 8 chairs around at squeeze and a small tv (just remember you specs) right down the opposite end to the sitting area. The bedrooms all link into each other and the beds are uncomfortable, about 20 years old I'd say. When we arrived it was almost like the place had not been cleaned. The rugs were filthy, as we're the sinks and showers (one which we found an old beer can in) and the towels were stained. And when we asked where the Hoover was kept as it had clearly not been done. The owners response was "I have done them they're alright" Only when we said we would have children crawling around he finally said " it's in the shed over there". We made the most if our stay as it was Christmas but I would not recommend this place to anyone. We payed the same price as we've payed every other year and in comparison this barn was cramped with poor facilities and an unhelpful owner. The hot tub was small and cold but the owner will try and fob you off with some story about not leaving the lid off for longer than half hour at a time. When paying this amount of money you will definitely find a lot more for your money so look elsewhere and if you can't find anywhere I would recommend you stay home.
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