Return from valley walks and hill climbs to this handsome stone barn in the Derbyshire village of Lea, once home to Florence Nightingale. Sleeping six guests and also welcoming four-legged friends, the three-bedroom, split-level abode is a splendid place to relax after adventures in the great outdoors. Nestled in scenic countryside close to the Derwent Valley, it is 4 miles from the Peak District National Park and 4.5 miles from Matlock.
Head inside the characterful barn to find an open-plan lounge/kitchen/dining room, with a vaulted ceiling, wooden beams and beautiful, exposed stonework. With three steps between the kitchen and the lounge and dining areas, the large space has ample room for guests to spread out and relax. The kitchen is well equipped for whipping up hearty feasts for your friends and family and there is sumptuous seating to relax on in front of the Smart TV. There are also games and books, as well as a dressing up box, for the younger members of your party. Three more steps lead up to two of the king-size bedrooms, while another king-size bedroom, with an additional single bed, is on the first floor. The family shower room is on the ground floor. Spill out into the garden on sunny days, lighting the BBQ in the covered, barn as you watch the children and pups play on the lawn. There is parking for four cars at the property.
Those eager for adventure will relish a day down at Carsington Water, 7.5 miles away. Here there are opportunities for paddleboarding, kayaking and hiring bicycles. The children in your group will also love to head into the Peak District to visit Robin Hood’s Stride, 13 miles away, where they can climb on the rocks, explore a hermit’s cave, and even find a rope swing.