Castle Hill Farm House has been our home since 1988, when we moved from London. It has always been a place where it is easy to unwind, and we would frequently come here for holidays when my parents lived here before, and my 3 children were young.
Our aim is for you to have a relaxing and enjoyable stay with us, and for you to be able to experience many delightful and interesting places in the Peak District. We are always pleased to help with directions and maps to places of interest, and you will find a selection of tourist leaflets available to browse.
Across the road from the house are a few steps down to the natural riverbank of the Wye, where there are numerous brown trout to be seen when the water is clear. In Spring, moorhens and coots nest on the opposite bank where sheep often graze, and the water meadows are filled with wild flowers. It is truly idyllic. To the right, across the meadow, lies a narrow packhorse bridge with ford (not to be chanced now as it is so deep). If you walk to the left, you arrive at Bakewell Bridge. Over that is the town centre of Bakewell, wher there are many tourist shops, a supermarket, post office, pubs and places to eat to suit all tastes. There are many good cafe's open during the day, and we can recommend a few reliable ones for supper.
We are certified and committed to the objectives of Welcome to Excellence, England's Regional Tourist Board's quality customer service training for the tourism industry, and we are allowed to display their logo. More information about this can be found on their website www.welcometoexcellence.co.uk.
Whenever possible, we source the ingredients for your breakfast and cake for afternoon tea from the best local suppliers, which is why we can display the Peak District Cuisine logo.
Our aim is to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We recycle plastic, glass and paper, and have a very active compost heap. Pesticides are not used in the garden as there are toads, who we encourage to eat the slugs, although we don't have enough of them yet. A pond is at the planning stage. We are trying to make the hedges more dense for the numerous blue tits, robins, sparrows, chaffinches and blackbirds to nest in.
We have used high quality designer environmentally friendly paint from Farrow & Ball to achieve a stunning finish to our walls and paint work. More details on this can be viewed on their website www.farrow-ball.com.
We are currently in the process of applying for the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark - an award which recognises businesses who have good environmental practice and who contribute to the conservation of the Peak District.