This delightful village lies in the Staffordshire Moorlands, on the edge of the spectacular Peak District. A holiday cottage in Ipstones gives you easy access to some of the region’s most idyllic countryside and the chance to unwind in a traditional farming community which is largely untouched by tourism. Ipstones’ dramatic location makes it an atmospheric choice for self-catering holidays in the Peak District. To the north of the village, Ipstones Edge rises to 1,250 feet, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding moorland. In the centre of this welcoming community, you’ll discover pretty cottages and businesses, many of which are built from local sandstone. There’s a church, school, railway station, corner shop and three cosy pubs to choose from. Ipstones is located just to the north of Churnet Valley and just to the south of the national park border, making it a great base for long walks, horse-riding and wildlife-watching.
If you are visiting Ipstones for a self-catering holiday, don’t miss the excellent RSPB Coombs Valley nature reserve, renowned for its abundance of rare birds. Ipstones is also conveniently located for trips to one of the UK’s best-loved theme parks, Alton Towers, which is only a short drive away. For a pint of local ale or a bite to eat, head to the Marquis of Granby, in the heart of the village. This historic inn is the perfect place to unwind after a day’s exploring and serves good pub food, including burgers, steaks and a popular Sunday carvery. Drive northwards from Ipstones and you’ll soon reach the limestone dales, rugged moors and dramatic gorges of the Peak District National Park. Whether you want to hike, enjoy exhilarating water-sports or visit ancient stone villages, this 555-square-mile area is not to be missed. Ipstones is well positioned for day trips to some of the region’s prettiest towns and villages, such as Matlock Bath, a former spa resort in a stunning river gorge.