“Understated luxury at an idyllic hideaway off the beaten track with stunning views” - VisitEngland Assessor
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
We are allowing a 72 hour gap between bookings therefore not doing back to back bookings. We will review at the end of August. Cottages given hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, masks and hand wash to us in or out and about, as well as other cleaning/disinfectant products for cleaning the cottage. Guest information on our website and sent to in coming guests. Each cottage has designated outside area.
Our Inspector's view
Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life at Swainsley Farm. Relax in understated luxury at this idyllic hideaway well off the beaten track. It's a spectacular location with stunning views and great walking straight from the door. Explore lush, tranquil dales and wild, romantic highlands or just stroll along the banks of the Manifold River into Dovedale. Lots of pretty villages to visit with lovely old churches and ancient inns. Shops and wonderful pubs and places to eat close by.
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It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.
In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.
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