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Long Valley Yurts at Knotlow Farm

UK England East Midlands Derbyshire Bakewell

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Back to nature but not back to basics, with four gorgeous yurts on a whopping 100 acres of rolling Peak District farmland

Bringing a bit of central Asian steppes style to the undulating hills of Derbyshire is the Long Valley Yurts operation at lovely Knotlow Farm, a family-run campsite which sits bang in the middle of the Peak District National Park. The four cosy yurts have the run of a whopping 100 acres of rolling English farmland, with not a car, road or streetlight in sight – brilliant for a relaxed getaway in breathtaking countryside. 

Long Valley have honed their operation at four glamping sites in the Lake District (search for Long Valley Yurts on this site), so it's back to nature but definitely not back to basics. The yurts are traditionally designed – spacious and airy (sleeping up to six), and sturdy as you like, equipped to fight any unpredictable weather. But in keeping with the Long Valley style they're all lovingly furnished in warm Moroccan hues, and feature futon-style beds, twinkly fairly lights, an efficient wood-burning stove and oven, and a central skylight for star-gazing on those crisp Peak District nights. They also come with everything you're likely to need, from gas hobs and grill, cutlery and crockery to bedding and firewood.

Toilets and hot showers are a short walk away (shared with the other campsite users), but the clincher for us at this site are the two Scandinavian wood-fired hot tubs, set on a decking platform with stunning views over the Derbyshire Dales. You get exclusive use for the duration, so that's Prosecco all round then after a day out walking or cycling! The site also allows open fires, so you can do the whole backwoods marshmallow experience whenever you feel like it. There's breakfast available and evening pizzas on site, a visiting fish and chip van once a week, and several pubs within easy walking and driving distance.

This part of the Peak District is also fantastic for hikers and bikers, with easygoing footpaths right from the campsite, tougher peak trails for more adventurous walkers, and bike trails (and bike hire) nearby – including the 13-mile traffic-free Tissington Trail. It's the kind of location that's great for a family break or a couples' retreat, and the yurts certainly work for both kinds of holiday, where you can be as relaxed or as active as you like, knowing that you have a fabulously cosy base to come back to each day.

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Facilities

Yurts sleep up to 5 (1 double futon, 2 single futons, and 1 blow-up mattress); bell tents sleep up to 5 (1 double and 2 single futons, and 1 single blow-up mattress – all bed linen supplied). Fully-equipped kitchen includes gas hobs and grill. Solar powered lighting and fairy lights. Numerous showers (20p for 2 minutes) and loos located nearby. There’s also a washing-up area.

Suitable For

Big groups – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs, young groups – no. However, these can all be accommodated on the existing campsite.

Nearby

Derbyshire and the Peak District are positively brimming with scenic strolls, the Thornhill Trail and Cressbrook Dale to name but a couple. Head further north and take a bike ride through the Derwent Valley (01433 651261). For the more intrepid, Stanage Edge and Mam Tor pose epic climbs with suitably epic views from their respective summits. At the foothills of the latter lies the chocolate-box village of Castleton. 'Gem of the Peaks' and historic heart of the Hope Valley, be sure to visit the ruins of Peveril Castle (01433 620613). This pocket of the East Midlands is also home to many of the country's finest stately homes such as Haddon House (01629 812855), Hardwick (01246 850430) and Renishaw Hall (01246 432310) and the much-filmed Chatsworth House (01246 565300). Going further back in time, the Arbor Low Stone Circle, Gib Hill Barrow and Nine Ladies Stone Circle offer an atmospheric glimpse into Ancient Britain. For all you culture vultures, the beautifully restored Buxton Opera House features a jam-packed performance schedule with everything from stand-up comedy to tribute acts and Hollywood blockbusters on throughout the year.

Food & Drink

The farm shop/reception stocks eggs, milk and other provisions plus homemade pizza and filled ciabattas, legendary breakfasts, and hot drinks. Pub-wise, just half a mile along the Limestone Way you'll find The Bulls Head (01629 812372) in Monyash with its sprawling garden and a warming log fire in the winter. The Royal Oak (01298 832288) at nearby Hurdlow is famous for its huge pies and access to the gorgeous Tissington Trail. The Duke of York (01298 83345) at Pomeroy offers pub grub favourites and spectacular views. The Bull i' th' Thorn (01298 83348) has been refreshing weary travellers for over 500 years while The Staffordshire Knot Inn (01298 84329) in Sheen boasts a sophisticated menu of seasonal locally-sourced dishes. The Carriages (01298 84528) serves authentic Sicilian dishes (courtesy of hosts Enzo and Karina) in a restored pre-war railway carriage. Of course, a visit to the Bakewell Tart Shop and Coffee House (01629 814692) is obligatory. For the purists, the Bakewell Pudding Shop (01629 812193) is just across the square. Don't worry, you'll soon walk it off.

Pricing

Special off-peak rates: Yurts range from £199 (weekdays) – £385 (week). Peak/Bank & School Holidays: £340 – £560. See website (www.luxury-yurt-holidays.co.uk) for full details.

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