A highly contemporary stone barn conversion, this is an ideal retreat for two, with the option of adding on extra guests with the use of a sofa bed.
Although in a village location, you are still treated to High Peak views through the skylight in the king-sized bedroom. Fill your glasses with ice from the icebox, add some award-winning Forest Distillery Gin from nearby Macclesfield, head for the private, luxurious hot tub and immerse yourself in the warm bubbles.
With stunning finishes such as a feature hearth by the woodburning stove, underfloor heating and heated towel rails, this is 5-star luxury living on the edge of one of the country’s premier national parks.
At A Glance
Stone barn conversion
About The Cosy, Hayfield
The open plan living space has a made-to-measure ceiling to floor frameless glass door that leads to a patio with outdoor string lighting, and furniture making it the ideal place for alfresco dining and a dip in the hot tub.
Inside, a feature, state-of-the-art fire hearth with a basket of logs for the burner and a sofa that converts into a comfortable bed if there are more than two of you. The kitchen, complete with a built-in oven and gas hob, overlooks the sitting room and the downstairs area also has the luxury of underfloor heating.
A wrought-iron spiral staircase leads to a king-sized bedroom in the eaves with a skylight and an en suite with a spacious walk-in shower.
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Things To Do in Hayfield
Once you’ve settled in, you have to appreciate Hayfield’s dramatic setting with a walk up Highgate Road at the south end of the village. Once you’ve come to the footpath sign, turn back because this vantage point will take your breath away. The view extends from the River Sett’s deep valley to Kinder Scout and its Downfall, a waterfall that can go from a trickle to a cascade.
Back in the village, full of architectural wonders such as the town’s clock, a diminutive dead ringer for London’s Big Ben, there are Millie’s Tearooms and The George. This pub sells excellent ales from the nearby Torrside Brewery.
There is a bus stop right outside The Cosy, so take advantage of it and take the 11-minute bus ride to New Mills, home to the Torrside Brewery, famous for its Smoke Fest, usually held in November. Here you can sample an abundance of beech, peat and oak-smoked ales, as well as smoked cheeses and other cured delicacies.
One of the many practical features of this cottage is an endless supply of ice which should prompt you to take a tour of the Forest Distillery in Macclesfield Forest, a 30-minute drive from Hayfield. Its gins have garnered international awards, as has its Cat and Fiddle whisky. You will likely take a trip to Buxton at some point during your stay. There you can sample the distillery’s wares at The Little Shop and Gin Garden in the spa town’s Pavillon Gardens before bringing some samples back to the cottage to pair with your ice and relax in your private hot tub whilst lavishing in its refreshing taste.
While you enjoy your morning coffee on the patio that has views of the countryside and sheep grazing so close you could touch them, plan your day that doesn’t involve you having to venture too far afield. Hayfield is full of things to see and do and you are right there to enjoy those just minutes from your doorstep.
The village has become famous for its conversions by some of the country’s top architects and The Cosy is no exception. This holiday home offers all the modern conveniences while still remaining sympathetic to its High Peak heritage. Inside, the numerous skylights from the stairwell to the shower allow the light to flood in, providing a feeling of space in this desirable destination, not to mention the perfect stargazing opportunity of an evening.
Don’t be surprised if you are reluctant to get back in the car to do some sightseeing because you have so much on your doorstep, including a regular bus service where you can take in your surroundings from an elevated position and make note of places where you can explore, shop or dine while someone else is at the wheel.
You couldn’t have chosen a more awe-inspiring retreat than this and just beyond your door are some of the Peak District National Park’s most popular features, such as the Kinder Scout and Downfall.