The Grange Barn: sleeps 14 + 4 in six bedrooms.
The Grange is a conversion from a large barn built in 1847 from sandstone quarried on the farm and retains features from its previous use. It is situated in beautiful open countryside, officially designated a Special Landscape Area, between the villages of Kirk Ireton and Idridgehay, providing extensive views down the Ecclesbourne Valley to Derby (12 miles) and beyond.
It provides accommodation for 14 guests in six bedrooms in permanent beds. There are two double bed settees available for a maximum of 18 guests. There are two cots and two high chairs available at no extra cost but I do not supply cot bedding and have none. N.B. Prices quoted are for up to 14 guests using the permanent beds. There is an extra charge of £50 per person exceeding those using the permanent beds to be arranged and paid in advance.
To the front there is a patio and lawn enclosed by a stone wall, while to the rear the former fold yard provides more parking than you will need.
On the first floor there is a family bedroom with a double and two single beds and an en-suite WC, shower and basin, two double bedrooms each with similar en-suite facilities, two twin bedrooms and a main bathroom equipped with a bath with separate shower cubicle, WC and basin. The sixth bedroom is on the ground floor with a WC close by but not en-suite. The beds have been praised for their comfort and each bedroom is provided with a hair dryer.
On the ground floor the lounge is comfortably furnished and provided with a large TV and DVD player. It has glazed doors opening on to the paved area.
The exceptionally spacious dining area has tables, seating, crockery and cutlery for all 18 to enjoy a meal together. It is open plan with the kitchen which is generously equipped, including a large ‘fridge/freezer and two double oven cookers, so no problems in providing that special meal for everyone.
A TV monitor with a Wii is here so that guests can enjoy their games without taking over the main TV, or moving the furniture, and there is a Sony all in one audio system with wireless streaming and I-pod dock.
High speed wireless broadband provided by W3Z ( www.w3z.co.uk ) is available throughout the house and grounds.
The back entrance opens into a spacious utility area, which houses the boiler, washing machine, tumble drier and sink. There is also a WC cubicle.
The ground floor twin bedroom adjoins this area.
Outside there is a large high roofed area, the former cart shed, with two open archways into the former fold yard. This provides a smoking area and storage for the garden furniture.
The spacious hallway has access to the patio and lawn and is lit by the fully glazed wall where the large barn doors formerly hung.
A quarter sized (6’ x 3’) snooker/pool table is provided in this area and other games are stored here.
There is an elegant staircase leading to the first floor landing providing access to five of the six bedrooms and the family bathroom.
Attractions in the area include Carsington Water (3 miles) providing sailing, sailboarding, cycle hire, shops and a restaurant.
The charming town of Wirksworth (3 miles) has reminders of its heritage as an important lead mining and stone quarrying town with traditional shops, the restored Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and a Heritage Centre. Other nearby small towns well worth a visit are Ashbourne, Belper and Bakewell.
The Derwent Heritage Trail has the old mills, cradle of the industrial revolution, some now used as shopping outlets.
There are stately homes within easy reach, notably Chatsworth House, Kedleston Hall and Sudbury Hall, while for the more daring the premier theme park in the country, Alton Towers is less than 20 miles away.
The accommodation, the countryside and the attractions make The Grange an ideal venue for your family holiday or reunion.