Arrival is very important to me when I’m on my luxury travels, and the arrival at Axe Edge Green Farm certainly doesn’t disappoint. As you turn off the English country lane, you first pause to open the gate at the top of the long drive and then embrace the urge to drag that pause out as you take in the sweeping view across to the farm; somehow both dramatic and instantly soothing.
Why We Love This Hotel
Axe Edge Green Farm offers everything a countryside escape should; stunning vistas everywhere you look, wonderful hosts, peace, quiet, and serenity, of course, not forgetting the wonderful farmyard animals – which here even include a pair of very friendly Emu’s!
The farm lies in the heart of the Peak District just outside of the village of Flash, which holds the title of England’s highest village. You are about 10 minutes drive south of the delightful town of Buxton; another title holder, this time England’s highest town. As you can probably tell, the Peak District is all about rolling hills, green valleys, and of course, those peaks!
Best Time To Visit
Our visit fell in the summer, and it was lovely to see the area lusciously green and in full bloom, but the Peak District pulls its visitors all year round, and indeed a peruse of the Guest Book found that many guests had loved their visit to the farm as a snowy white winter wonderland just as much. I can’t imagine there’s a bad time to visit, even if the English weather does its worse, you can snuggle indoors and admire the views from the warm and dry.
How To Get There
The farm is easy to find, partly because the postcode is totally reliable and turns up right at the gate! You are 20 minutes southeast of Macclesfield, 10 minutes south of Buxton, and an hour northwest of Derby. You really need a car as you’re going to want to explore the beauty of the surrounding Peak District.
Style & Character
The farm is spread across 10 acres of beautiful Peak District countryside. So much of the character of this enchanting farm is made up of the epic views and the animals who call it home. However, the cottages are lovely inside too. Quirky, full of character with exposed stone walls, fabulous views, and wood burners, there’s almost as much reason to be inside as out.
Service & Facilities
The service is lovely here. The charming owners welcome you like old friends and clearly delight in having people visit their little corner of paradise. Nothing is too much trouble; the local knowledge and information is excellent, and their sheer joy at showing you the farm and animals is infectious. Nowhere is out of bounds; they have worked hard adding gates and fences across their property so large areas are safe for dogs to run and explore away from the farm animals. You are encouraged to go in the pens and meet the animals too. Feeding the emus simply has to be a part of every day here for young and old. The very sociable turkeys are a great surprise, and the owners breed the rare and gorgeous pedigree ginger Tamworth pigs. There are also sheep, geese, bees, chickens, ducks, and even 2 stunning Shetland Ponies, one of which is particularly keen on a cuddle or stroke. Plus, there are four cats and four dogs, so your four-legged friends will be in good company.
Indoors the cottages are very well equipped with everything you could need for a real home-from-home experience. You also have a large BBQ and can help yourself to unlimited wood, which in the winter is ideal for the wood burners to create a cozy atmosphere. There are two large picnic tables outside and a swinging hammock lounger too.
There is also onsite parking, Wi-Fi, linens, and towels are provided, as are the very handy pair of binoculars and a range of wildlife books, ideal to dip into when you want to check on the latest farm visitor!
There are just three holiday cottages on site and each offers something a little different. Axe Edge Cottage is the quirkier of the properties, with a theatrical feel thanks to the double-height ceiling, exposed stone walls, and cast-iron spiral staircase. The mezzanine floor bedroom is the best place to take in the views, but snuggling in front of the wood burner after a day in the hills is a rather special way to pass the time too.
For a more contemporary vibe, The View is about more than just the breathtaking vistas from which it gets its name; though you don’t want to ignore that they are rather obviously the main event. The panoramic window brings the outside into the stylish open-plan lounge, kitchen, and diner. It’s a great option for a couple who just want to pass some time admiring those far-reaching views.
If you are a small family or a group of 3 adults, The Hayloft is for you. The very spacious first-floor apartment is housed in the beautiful rural barn. It boasts 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with a large open-plan living space which benefits from a triple aspect position; all the better for those unforgettable views.
Your room choice largely depends on the size of your party. If you are more than a couple, then the Hayloft is perfect. For a couple, it really depends on whether you are hypnotized by those views (in which case opt for The View) or would prefer the unique interior of Axe Edge Cottage.
Food & Drink
The cottages are well equipped for self-catering, and our attempts were very much helped by the daily addition of fresh eggs, which my daughter adored collecting right from the hens that had just laid them. Several major supermarket chains deliver here, too, making purchasing your provisions super easy. There are also many country pubs in the vicinity, and your hosts provide a very useful folder explaining in detail what the experience is at each and whether they are family-friendly and dog-friendly – essential for our party, which included both!
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