Just three miles from the village of Longnor, School House Cottage is a rural retreat that has been blessed with the best views of the Staffordshire Peak District.
If you and your loved one are into nature and take every opportunity to be far from the madding crowd, then this cottage for two is where you should be heading.
A little under six miles from Buxton, the charming spa town in the Peaks, and close to trails in the Manifold Valley and on the Tissington Trail, there are various things to do if you can drag yourself away from this romantic hideaway.
At A Glance
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About School House Cottage
An immaculately presented traditional Staffordshire stone cottage, it sleeps two in a king-size bed upstairs bedroom with a skylight and an en suite that comes with a roll-top bath that has a rain shower overhead.
The open plan living has a table for two at the window and a comfy sofa in front of a wood-burning stove in the original stone fireplace. The kitchen has everything you need to cook up a romantic meal for two, and there is a dishwasher, washing machine and larder fridge.
On the patio, equipped for alfresco dining, you can sit back and enjoy the panoramic views of the Peaks, and there is off-road parking for two cars and secure bike storage.
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Things To Do in Longnor
Longnor is famous as the village where the TV series Peak Practice was filmed and for Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a typical Peak District pub in the heart of the national park. Although very much a locals’ pub, with live music throughout the year, it serves good pub grub too. Dog-friendly, it also has a beer garden, a popular pitstop for walkers and cyclists.
Longnor isn’t short of cycling and hiking trails; starting in the charming market square, some options include the Manifold Trail and routes on the stunning Staffordshire moorland. Longnor has a walk named after it where the Upper Dove and Manifold valleys are incorporated and have the novel angle of crossing from Staffordshire to Derbyshire and back again. The view from Dove Ridge as you leave Longnor is an inspiration as you head to the path dropping down to Beggar’s Bridge.
Buxton is only a 10-minute drive from the cottage’s door and is certainly worth setting aside a whole day for it. Visit its Pavilion Gardens and the Opera House in this delightful spa town in the Peaks. Go on a subterranean tour at Poole’s Cavern and Country Park. Tours are every 20 minutes and after marvelling at the crystal stalactites that have lined the chambers over millions of years, stroll through its woodlands to its panoramic hilltop viewpoint. At the summit, known as Solomon’s Temple, there are picnic areas.
School House Cottage has everything you need for a scenic break for just the two of you and your pooch. If you want to immerse yourself in your surroundings, then take the three-mile walk to the village of Longnor. It has a bustling square and streets of quaint stone-fronted shops. There are hidden alleyways and passages where you can find fresh local produce.
If you travel to Bakewell, visit the Pudding Shop, famous for its Bakewell Pudding, but closer to home you can buy a Buxton Pudding too. Furness Vale’s Old Buxton Pudding Company has won several Great Taste awards with its 200-year-old recipe. Seek out a Derbyshire Fidgety Pie made from potatoes, apple, bacon and onions.
Once you are back at base, the cosy cottage with its original stone floors and wooden beams will provide the perfect setting for quality time for the two of you. If weather permits, take your meals outside because the views are going to set your heart racing.
Time away in a location like this is guaranteed to relax, revitalise and restore your faith in the wonders of nature that is right on your doorstep.