Brushfield is in an ideal location in the heart of the White Peak – the limestone area of the Peak National Park. The towns of Buxton and Bakewell are only about ten minutes drive away and each offers excellent facilities with its own unique atmosphere.
There are many excellent picturesque walks from the doorstep. Monsal Dale, with its famous trail, Millers Dale and High Dale are only a short walk away. Walkers can enjoy spectacular views and the opportunity to observe an abundance of wild flowers, animals and bird life.
Middle Farm Holiday Cottages provides a good all year round base for a full range of activities including; rock climbing, caving, horse riding, gliding, fishing, mountain biking, golf and swimming.
Villages and Towns
Ashford in the Water, just down the road from Brushfield, is a delightful traditional Derbyshire village with all the basic amenities including post office, village store / delicatessent, hotel, restaurant and public house. Enjoy a stroll by the river and across the Sheepwash bridge and be sure to visit the beautiful Church which dates back hundreds of years.
Bakewell, capital of the Peak District is only a few miles away. Agriculture is still the basic activity and the Monday cattle market is one of the largest in the country. It is an attractive market town, so pop in for lunch, take a walk by the river, visit the Bakewell Pudding shop or do a little shopping, it’s well worth a visit!
The Spa town of Buxton with its imposing architecture, beautiful Opera House and Pavilion Gardens is a 15 minute drive away.
Visit the pretty village of Eyam, famous for the plague brought from London in 1665 in a consignment of clothes. Or the underground limestone caverns at Castleton where semi-precious Blue John can be found.
Houses and Halls
Chatsworth and Haddon Hall are within easy reach offering different insights into the life of a bygone age.
Chatsworth House, owned by the Duke of Devonshire, is steeped in history and full of beautiful works of art. The parks and gardens have been enhanced by famous landscape gardeners such as Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton.
Haddon Hall dating back to the early 1300s is the finest medieval house in the country.
Hardwick Hall now owned by the National Trust has been left largely untouched and is a classic example of an Elizabethan manor house.
Varied Walking: Trails, Dales and Hills
Across the White Peak limestone plateau several disused railway lines have been converted to recreational use for walking and cycling. A walk along the nearby Monsal trail, the former Midland Railway trackbed reveals bridges and other constructional feats that made this line so famous.
The local area is famous for its Dales, offering delightful walks. Dovedale, Mosal Dale and Lathkill Dale are among the few Peak landscapes which have been left entirely untouched by man. On the steep rocky faces of their sides are found some of the rarest and most beautiful plants and insects in the Park.
Much of the nearby delightfully wooded Lathkill Dale is a nature reserve reflecting its ecological value.
Enjoy the wild moors and rocky escarpments of the millstone grit moors of the Dark Peak. Dramatic landscapes and edges: Bleaklow, Blackhill and Kinder Scout. Stanage, Baslow and Frogatt Edge.
Whether you want to simply walk from the cottage or travel further afield there is an abundance of varied and beautiful countryside waiting for you to explore and a host of interesting places to visit.