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Peak District Self Catering cottage, The Old Barn, Farley, sleeps 12

Areas: Peak District

The Old Barn
ST10 3BQ

The Old Barn, Farley, Staffordshire

  Booking through:
Sykes Cottages
Telephone Sykes Cottages booking line   01244 352 197

Sleeps a maximum of: 12

Pricing From: £736.00

This property is a beautifully restored detached barn conversion in the village of Farley offering comfortable accommodation for up to 10 people.

This barn is a superb detached conversion in the rural hamlet of Farley on the Alton Towers estate. Contemporary furnishings have been married to original features to provide a dwelling full of character in a tranquil location. The property has a bright and spacious sitting room with a dining area and a lovely open fire set in an impressive fireplace.

The large kitchen is well appointed and equipped and boasts a breakfast bar and a dining area. There are five sumptuous bedrooms, a bright and airy bathroom and an equally stylish shower room. Outside the mature garden has a barbecue and furniture to dine al fresco.

This is the perfect property for a family get together and to enjoy all that the Peak District has to offer.


A run down poorly maintained and dirty property at a rip off rental cost.
At a cost of over £1800 for a week in August we arrived expecting to find as per the Sykes Cottages description 'first class accommodation'. From the outside the property looked promising BUT that's where it ended. A large 5 bedroom property with just 1 smoke detector situated upstairs to me is a big safety problem but lets add that to this further compilation of unacceptables that make this property unworthy of it's description and cost. The house was filthy with ingrained dirt from previous renters down to cobwebs inside next to the non existent door handle on the french doors in the downstairs bedroom. There were cupboard and drawer doors hanging off and the downstairs toilet door wouldn't shut due to warping. 2 out of 3 toilet seats were ill fitting and slid around on sitting down. Bedroom blind strings were broken and repaired with bits of string, cord holders hanging off along with holes in the actual blinds. Black mildew in showers and at back of sinks. The duvets and pillows were obviously ancient being full of lumps with areas of nothing. The water boiler broke down and we had to wait most of day to be repaired, it turned very cold that week and we attempted to put heating on, it didn't work another day of waiting for repair and even then did not heat downstairs. Handle broken of upstairs bedroom with a scribbled note of apology so unable to open and let shower/bath steam out. Several ceiling light bulbs blown. The wood was rotten and falling apart on many of the window sills. Sitting room wooden coffee table had varnish peeling off with drink stains. One of the sofa arms was broken and hanging off with stuffing protruding. Although property description mentions open staircase there are other elements that make this property totally unsuitable for young children and toddlers and should be noted in description. For a property advertising suitable for 12 people it's impossible to cook on the tiny electric hob along with 1 nonstick frypan large enough for only 2 eggs!!!! All the above and more was related to Sykes Cottages who have been unforthcoming making the comment of 'if you'd let us know we would have got cleaners in'!!!!.....should at the cost we have been expected to have to do this? I gave them fair chance for a decent acknowledgement but have been ignored so compelling me to write this review. Therefore I would suggest you do not waste your money by staying at this property or use Sykes Cottages. Happy to provide numerous photos.

Weekend away
Wow. What a lovely place to stay. There was 12 off us. We never felt like we was on top off each other once. Lovely cottage everything you need is there. Lovely big court yard. We even watch the fireworks at Alton towers which the kids loved. Was great having 3 bath rooms too. I?m sure we will be back soon.

Amazing for Alton Towers
This house was a perfect base for visiting Alton Towers; closer to the gates than the resort hotels! It's spacious and great for large groups! The description makes this house sound very grand and upmarket, but is in need of a deep clean, maintenance and attention to detail to live up to those expectations. For example there is no breakfast bar, no hairdryer or full length mirrors. The bathrooms were mouldy, one of the showers was stuck on scolding hot and a number of light bulbs were blown. Being able to come home from Alton Towers for lunch and a little rest in the middle of the day is a revelation. The WiFi was decent and the kitchen well equipped. I would stay here again next time a group of us want to visit AT.

Poor Quality
We booked this cottage as it is close to Alton Towers. The cottage looks nice but it lacks any quality given the high cost of rental. We stayed there for the week of 28th July to 4th August 2017. The first thing you notice is that the entrance to the drive is hidden and poorly signposted, actually the overgrown hedge covers most of it. The drive needs repair as it may damage your car underside when driving out due to uneven private road/drive, which is part of the cottage grounds. The rooms look great in the pictures but the beds are squeeky and mattresses are very poor, with no comfort. The bedrooms are not spacious. The dining table was too small for everyone to eat together, and a mismatch of plastic chairs and a few wood chairs. The kitchen was not high standard and definitely not clean. There are no quality cuttlery,plates or dishes, and all mismatched. The living room was spacious but again on closer inspection needed cleaning. The cottage is advertised with WiFi but there is none! Only one shower (from two) worked and a bath tub. The general hot water was not working after 4 days and it was not repaired within the time we were there. So, no hot water for two days. For the cost, definitely one to miss. The location is great for Alton Towers and that is the only positive thing. Definitely would not go again and would not recommend for the cost.

Booked for a week to celebrate Mums 80th birthday. Was perfect for all the family. Loved the big table in kitchen. Lounge was fantastic. Had a couple of problems when we arrived but they were sorted straight away. Would have liked more fridge space rather than lots of freezer space. Bit tired but suited us. Great location.



Parking Space Parking Space
Linen Provided Linen provided
Towels Provided Towels provided
Dishwasher Dishwasher
cookewr Cooker
Refrigerator Fridge
Washing Machine Washing Machine
Televsion Television
High Chair High Chair
Cot Cot
WiFi WiFi


Single Beds

Double Beds

Twin Beds


Oil central heating and woodburning stove
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
4 x TVs with Freeview, WiFi
Fuel and power inc in rent
Bed linen and towels provided
Starter pack for woodburner inc in rent
Cot and highchair provided, stairgates can be supplied on request
Ample off-road parking
Large mature gardens with garden furniture
Sorry, no pets and no smoking
Shop less than 2 miles & pub less than 1 miles
Note: There are open tread stairs, please see photos
Note: This property does not accept hen/stag parties or similar
Note: The window in the downstairs bedroom is a floor to ceiling static window and not an opening patio door
Note: Check-in 4pm
Note: Property is within ten minutes walk from the pay gates of Alton Towers enabling guests to pop in and out of the park

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Croxden Abbey - 2.8 miles (Abbey) Heritage Rating

Old Manor - 3.6 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Norbury - 3.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Ilam Park and Hall - 5.6 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Ilam, Holy Cross Church - 5.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Casterne Hall - 6.1 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Dovedale - 6.4 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Tissington Hall - 8.3 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Sudbury Hall - 9.1 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Wedgwood Museum & Visitor Centre - 11.7 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

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