Beechenhill Farm ticks a lot of boxes. High on a hill above the picturesque Peak District village of Ilam, close to the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border, it's first and foremost a working organic dairy farm, but one which has recently won an award for sustainable tourism. And deservedly so. Artist Sue Prince and her family have turned Beechenhill into a glorious eco-retreat, which is home to one of the most bucolic and peaceful B&Bs you could imagine, a self-catering cottage for two in the grounds (charmingly romantic), as well as a further cottage that can accommodate six – perfect for families or for people after a country cottage walking holiday. It also has a converted Haybarn which makes a fabulous wedding venue, and Sue and her posse are superb and welcoming hosts.
As part of what is a generally Scandinavian theme, there's a Swedish hot tub and sauna in the woods to really get close to nature. In fact, the whole place gets all the details right – using local (or often their own) organic produce (they prefer food metres to miles!) and focusing on the sustainability of everything on the farm, from biomass boiler and induction hobs to the first electric car charger in the region. There's free wifi throughout and the location is perfect for walks and exploring the fabulous local countryside.
Open from March to November.
Beechenhill Farm, Beechenhill Farm Ilam Ashbourne Derbyshire, DE6 2BD
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