If you want to immerse yourself in a tiny farming community in the heart of the Peak District, a holiday cottage in Priestcliffe could be exactly what you’re looking for. This peaceful hamlet is surrounded by beautiful countryside, a mile or so north of the village of Taddington. Priestcliffe is little more than a scattering of local sandstone buildings, overlooking gently sloping fields, separated by ancient drystone walls. A series of country lanes meander through the ancient woods and farmland around the hamlet, and you can walk for miles with only the sound of the birds in the hedgerows for company.
Don’t miss Priestcliffe Lees, a lovely nature reserve on a steep, limestone hillside, with breathtaking views of the River Wye and surrounding moorland. As you explore this enchanting environment, you’ll notice lead spoil heaps, a reminder of the area’s history of lead mining. In summer, the heaps are alive with yellow mountain pansy and the fragrant scent of thyme. Look out for rare birds, such as nuthatches, green woodpeckers and tree-creepers.
Broadway Barn at Lydford Farm in the rural Peak District hamlet of Priestcliffe is a large high-quality holiday cottage lovingly created from converting a traditional Derbyshire barn. This pet friendly holiday home sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms (2 en suite), perfect for large or dual family holidays.
Cottage holidays in Priestcliffe are great if you want to explore the Peak District’s unique scenery and charming market towns. Within short drive of your accommodation, Bakewell, Buxton and Ashbourne are all worth a visit. Some of the region’s most impressive historical attractions are nearby, including Chatsworth House, a magnificent stately home with an incredible art collection and stunning gardens to explore. With its grand Tudor hall and Elizabethan gardens, Haddon Hall is also worth a visit. Just to the south of Priestcliffe is Taddington. Perched on a limestone plateau, it’s one of England’s highest villages, at 1,100 feet. In its centre, you’ll find a selection of independent businesses, including the Queen’s Arms and an excellent hilltop café. Don’t miss the Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels, known as one of the Peak District’s prettiest, thanks to its decorative broach spire and extravagant lychgate.