HOLLY MEADOW FARM

Things to Do

Holly Meadow Farm is located on the outskirts of Ashbourne in Derbyshire at the gateway to the Peak District and is therefore perfect for exploring the glorious landscape and walks around the Peak District. There are also some lovely places of interest such as Chatsworth House and the local caves around Castleton for a souvenir of Blue John stone.

Here are some of our favourite places to visit, both locally and further afield.

Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern An underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils and home of the unique Blue John stone. Tours and activities daily.

Ashbourne Town

The pleasant market town of Ashbourne is known as the Gateway to Dovedale, one of Derbyshire's most picturesque and beautiful dales - and perhaps its most visited! The town is also generally regarded as the southern entrance to the beautiful and varied landscape of Derbyshire's White Peak area and lies about ten miles to the south of the Peak District National Park.

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire, England. It is in the Derbyshire Dales, about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north-east of Bakewell and 9 miles (14 km) west of Chesterfield (SK260700). It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549.

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is an English country house on the River Wye at Bakewell, Derbyshire, one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland. It is currently occupied by Lord Edward Manners (brother of the current Duke) and his family. In form a medieval manor house, it has been described as "the most complete and most interesting house of [its] period".[1] The origins of the hall date to the 11th century. The current medieval and Tudor hall includes additions added at various stages between the 13th and the 17th centuries.

Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Hall is a country house in Sudbury, Derbyshire, England. Sudbury Hall is one the country's finest Restoration mansions and has Grade I listed building status. The Vernon family came to Sudbury as a result of the 16th-century marriage of Sir John Vernon to Ellen Montgomery the Sudbury heiress. The house was built between 1660 and 1680 by George Vernon, grandfather of George Venables-Vernon the 1st Baron Vernon and is notable for its superb Great Staircase, fine Long Gallery, and portraits by John Michael Wright, and of Charles II's mistresses. Inside there are a mixture of architectural styles with carvings by Grinling Gibbons and Edward Pearce, murals by Louis Laguerre and elaborate plasterwork by Samuel Mansfield, James Pettifer and Robert Bradbury. The carvings above the main entrance porch were sculpted by William Wilson. There are formal gardens with a tree-fringed lake.

Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall is an English country house in Kedleston, Derbyshire, approximately four miles north-west of Derby, and is the seat of the Curzon family whose name originates in Notre-Dame-de-Courson in Normandy. Today it is a National Trust property. The Curzon family have owned the estate at Kedleston since at least 1297 and have lived in a succession of manor houses near to or on the site of the present Kedleston Hall. The present house was commissioned by Sir Nathaniel Curzon (later 1st Baron Scarsdale) in 1759. The house was designed by the Palladian architects James Paine and Matthew Brettingham and was loosely based on an original plan by Andrea Palladio for the never-built Villa Mocenigo.

Carsington Water

Boasting a Country Park with plenty of space for family games and picnics, and also the recently refurbished visitor centre and a brand new children's play area, Carsington is a great place for a family day out. There is also a sailing club and trout fishery for those looking for an activity to get involved with. Dogs and barbeques are welcome in the Country Park.