Heaps to do for the young or the young at heart

There's so much to do at High Ridge, you might never want to leave the grounds. But should you feel the urge, there's heaps to do just minutes away, and plenty of Big Days Out.

Below are just a small selection of the things to do, see, eat and drink. If you need any more ideas, pop along to our Pinterest page.


Because sometimes you just want to go out and let someone else worry about the cooking and washing-up.

The Lazy Trout
Passionate about fresh food and local ales. A great gastropub with spectacular views. Booking not essential but highly advisable.
The Ship
The "local". Fine ales set in the heart of the pretty Wincle village.
Award-winning Indian food to eat in, pick up, or have delivered here! The usual favourites and some very special dishes.
Lovely hot fish and chips from a traditional chippie. Close enough to bring back to the barn and still be hot.


This is Walking Country. Here are some walks you can do directly from your door, or a very short drive away.

The Roaches
One of the Peak District's most notable walks. Take a stroll directly from High Ridge for some spectacular views. You can see High Ridge from here! Our favourite walk is along the Roaches to Doxey Pool... about a 5-mile round trip. It's almost impossible not to get a great photograph from here to impress your friends on social media.
Dane Valley Way
A few minutes away from High Ridge, the Dane Valley Way starts in Buxton and runs for 50 miles to Northwich. You don't have to walk it all, but at least take a stroll along the lovely River Dane to 3 Shire Heads where Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire converge. If you're feeling brave you can take a dip in Pannier's pool.
Known by some as the Matterhorn of Cheshire. Although to be frank, that's probably by people who haven't seen the Matterhorn. It is lovely though, and will give your legs a fair workout. We suggest a short drive to Macclesfield Forest as your base camp for the summit.
Rudyard Lake
So lovely that Mr and Mrs Kipling named their son after it. Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel, entertained crowds by demonstrating his swimming here. As well as a stroll around the lake you can take a ride on the delightful miniature steam railway.

Fancy striking out just a little further? No problem... you're in the Peak District after all. Big Walks are what it's all about.

Goyt Valley
One of our favourite places, and a real hidden gem. Easy flat walking, sparkling water, quiet tracks, birds, sheep, flowers. Just don't tell too many people, or they'll all want to be here.
Winnats Pass
Starting from the ever-popular Castleton, why not walk up Cave Dale, past Peveril Castle, pop up to the top of Mam Tor, then back to Castleton for some Blue John shopping and a cup of tea (or something stronger). Another of our absolute favourites.
Monsal Trail
"The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales." Don't take our word for it; that's a quote from the Peak District official website.
Kinder Scout
The Grand-daddy of them all. This is where it all started with the mass trespass of 1932. If you don't want to actually walk to the summit, there's plenty of walks around it.


Fun for kids of all ages.

Go Ape
Exhilarating outdoor adventure in Buxton. From zip wires, to super-springy trampoline nets in the trees, to off-road Segways, they have an adventure for everyone.
Alton Towers
Just 40 minutes drive away, it's the ultimate Big Day Out with the kids. From rollercoasters and rides to gardens and golf, there's something for everyone of all ages.
Pootle along the flat and friendly Manifold Track or Monsal Trail, or off-road it if that's your bag. There's plenty of cycle hire available, or we have secure storage and washing facilities if you prefer to bring your own steed.
Churnet Valley Railway
Prefer something a bit more sedate? How about a cream tea on a steam train, or even having a go at driving a locomotive? Quintessentially British.


Adventurous, adrenaline-fuelled fun just 8 minutes drive away from High Ridge Barn!

Strap yourself into a giant inflatable sphere and hurl yourself down a massive hill. Hop onto a Segway and test your skills on the UKs ONLY off-road obstacle course. Or challenge your friends & colleagues in a brand new game of Body Zorb Football. They have it all at Madrenaline.

Have you got what it takes to go on a Segway safari? These thrilling experiences will see you heading out on a challenging and fun off road circuit onboard a personal Segway transporter.
Ready to take aim and Learn the tricks of the trade and refine your technique with this excellent archery experience. With expert tuition from an experienced instructor who will help you perfect your aim and hit that target!
Harness Sphereing is not for the faint-hearted and could not be described as a gentle ride! More importantly though it ll be the most fun and biggest adrenaline rush you may ever experience.
Air rifle
Check your stance, line up your shot and pull the trigger! A one hour shooting experience with air rifles to test your shooting skills to the max.

Stately homes

Perhaps Sir or Madam would prefer a little more culture and refinement? Not a problem, we have plenty of class up here.

Chatsworth House
A historic stately home, fabulous gardens, lots of stuff for the kids. An unforgettable day out that really should be on your "must do" list.
Lyme Park
Regency splendour with a great art collection and exhibits. Good one for the dogs; there's 1400 acres of deer park for them to explore.
Biddulph Grange
One for the plant lovers. Here you'll find an impressive collection of plants and trees from all over the world.
Little Moreton Hall
Dress like a Tudor, follow a trail, find out more about the building or have a go at stained-glass window making.
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Lynne R

Coolstays user

Never have I stayed in such a perfect property for humans and dogs alike. The house has a contemporary twist on a beautiful traditional building and as you can see from the photos, everything is to the highest standard from the bed linen to the bathrooms. The most important aspect for us, travelling with 3 dogs, was that the whole place was absolutely secure. One of our dogs is a small terrier but the boundary was secure even for her. So much thought has gone into making this a relaxing place to come, providing dog beds and dog bowls to cut down on what you need to bring. Making the house dog friendly by covering the sofas with throws and allowing the dogs on all hard floors which is most of the downstairs including one of the bedrooms. We came in the wet and wintery weather so the doggy parlour outside was great to get the dogs really clean after a muddy walk, before going in the house. This was a fabulous place and I would highly recommend to anyone, particularly with dogs.

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Jane D

Return visit

Having spent a wonderful family weekend at High Ridge Barn in September last year we were eager to return. We received a warm welcome from owners Rob and Rosie. The welcome pack is the best I’ve come across. Homemade bread, muffins, local beer and bottled water. 6 months on the barn is still in pristine condition. The weather was glorious and we were able to further explore the local area. Another great weekend.

Nicky G

From our guest book

We've had a truly outstanding experience over the course of the week.  A huge thank you to Rosie & Rob for making this happen.  A trip to Bakewell, a tour around Wincle brewery, a ride on a steam train and lots of lovely walks help us to remember how good England can be.  This lodge is very welcoming and in impeccable order: both with cleanliness and quality.  Our hosts Rosie & Rob should be very proud of themselves for making an unbeatable experience possible.  The beer, eggs and bread upon arrival added to this exceptional stay.  We could not be happier with this stay. Many thanks.

Emily K

From our guest book

Only a short stay but what an amazing break!  Everything was thought of and catered for!  Rob & Rosie were great hosts, and were very helpful whenever we needed them.  Thank you so much for decorating the barn with balloons and bunting.  Also big thanks to Rosie for arranging the cake.  It looked and tasted amazing!  (We have left some for you to say thank you!)   Dog friendly doesn't cover the Barn! The dogs loved the garden and the dog parlour!  Rob & Rosie provided everything, we didn't need to bring our own! Thank you so much for a lovely weekend.  Hope to be back soon!

From our guest book

Sitting there on the terrace on the 25th February in 14 degrees at 9.30 in the morning, and all I can hear is a woodpecker - absolutely glorious. The location is sublime and extremely private and secluded, and yet Rosie & Rob are available in an instant, if you need anything. As our first real family outing with our 2 new grandchildren this was a perfect choice. The bedrooms are placed in such a way that the 'oldies' can be far away from the children if need be, but the large communal kitchen/lounge is perfect for all being together. The standard of 'fit' is exceptional in every regard and well thought through to the last detail. Didn't get a chance to use the sauna because we were too busy - maybe next time! Thanks so much for a wonderful break in a wonderful part of the world.

Thomas W

From our guest book

What a wonderful stay at your beautiful property!!  So many thoughtful touches all around the home - we were discovering new things every day.  The cake and balloons were a hit!  Thank you so very much for the surprise :-)  The girls loved feeding the chickens and we all enjoyed befriending the friendly pheasant.  He was nicknamed ''Fairy the Pheasant''.  We hope to return to this slice of paradise.

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Sue H

Sue Hinnett recommends High Ridge Barn

Six of us stayed in the barn the weekend before Xmas, what can I say... Stunning surroundings, the barn was incredible, every detail had been thought of, so tastefully decorated for xmas I honestly could not find anything which would have improved our stay (perhaps better weather)!! The owners were very friendly and accommodating. Our two dogs loved it as well!! We will be back!!

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Peak District Barn Conversion: a wonderful holiday retreat, stylish and architectural, yet comfy and a real home. We stayed at High Ridge Barn during five days in august, 2018. It is a surprisingly complete and very well designed cottage with plenty of room for eight people; three bathrooms; a very complete kitchen, open plan with dining area with superb views. All a fine combination of fresh and tasteful modern design and functionality with warm features such as sumptuous sofa's, pillows, beautiful oak flooring, luxuriously large and comfortable beds and exquisite decoration. All high end but tastefully done and non-intrusive. The owners are very kind and really made us feel most welcome. In the outside area the views of the wonderful Peak district continue; it allows for perfect breakfasts in the morning sun and al fresco dining. A fine bbq, a sauna, a large terrace, a lawn with the possibility to improve one's golf swings. Walks into the surrounding countryside start at the doorstep. Although we did not bring a pet ourselves, we could see dogs are very welcome, based on e.g. special amenities for them and the enthusiasm the owners displayed in this respect. The house is very clean and contains everything one could wish for. Pleasant surprises were the extremely fast wifi, the continuous hot water supply and details such as boot heating in the entrance/cloakroom. A splendid extra after long autumn and winter walks we imagined. Buxton is nearby, a wonderful town with an opera house an fine independent shops. Furthermore some very nice restaurants(the owners know the area and are happy to inform you about the possibilities). A perfect base to explore and enjoy The Peak District and to relax! We certainly recommend High Ridge Barn to others and plan to come back to it.

Sarah G

From our guest book

We have had a wonderful time in your fabulous barn.  We were disappointed that our festival was cancelled but it allowed us to spend so many more hours here.  The attention to detail and lovely accommodation has made for a perfect weekend.  As hosts you could not have been more helpful.  One of the best places we have stayed at.

Lisa S

From our guest book

A massive thank you once again to our hosts Rosie and Rob.  We could not be happier with our stay, but tinged with an element of sadness that we have to leave.  Fabulous accommodation, excellent hosts and beautiful scenery.

Even though we only meet with Rosie and Rob once a year we all feel like one big family.   Surely this is what holidays are all about.  Until next year, Happy New Year!!!

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A wonderful weekend in a barn made even more idyllic by the perfect festive decorations. Rosie & Rob made us feel so comfortable and welcome on arrival, none happier than the two dogs with us, ''go and pee on everything boys!'' We can't wait to come back in the summer time to sample some of the local hiking that we hear is around once the mist and rain parts! Thanks so much

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Vicky J

A hidden gem in the most wonderful setting

We stayed at High Ridge Barn and I have to say this is we had the most amazing break we could ever wish for. If I could give Rosie at 10* rating I would!

The accommodation is out of this world, the best we have ever stayed in. There are so many thoughtful touches, from the bread, beer and cake upon arrival. To items that surprised us in every from toiletries, the vast array of coffees and the games for adults and children. Not to mention the quality of the furnishings.

But the bit that surpassed us all is the way we welcomingly warmed by Rosie and Rob. Both children and dogs have some fond memories of the doggy bath and chicken feeding and egg finding.

We will definitely be returning.

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Emma C

Emma Clarke recommends High Ridge Barn.

If you are looking for a lovely place to relax in beautiful surroundings then I highly recommend High Ridge Barn. The barn is beautifully renovated, very spacious and easily accommodates a large group of all ages. It is in such a peaceful location with great walks from the door though if you don’t want to move you can watch the sheep grazing and the birds feeding from the lounge. The dogs loved it too and the doggy spa, it’s dog heaven! Rosie & Rob are very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Can’t wait to return.

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Jessica R

Exceptional accommodation

We stayed at High Ridge Barn for a weekend in April and absolutely loved it. The accommodation is gorgeous and Rob/Rosie have thought of everything you could possibly need and more! The barn is in a stunning area with lots of countryside walks and we especially appreciated how dog friendly it was. Would highly recommend this as a place to stay and we hope to visit again in the future.

Nicola S

From our guest book

Our booking for Xmas!  Moved to June and we were so lucky with the weather - no rain until last day when packing up to go home.  Nonetheless, we managed to make use of the dog bath :-)

A perfectly well equipped holiday home.  Surrounded by wonderful walks enjoyed by us all.  We really appreciated the effort that had been made with all of the 'extras' and we were left wanting for nothing.  A long awaited family holiday, very much needed, very much enjoyed.  Thank you.

Chris F

From our guest book

Wow!  What a wonderful stay at High Ridge Barn.  From the moment we arrived, we were blown away.  The quality of the barn to all the toiletries and equipment were fantastic - a 5* retreat. The welcome pack and extra bread and eggs were really appreciated too.  During our stay we enjoyed walks in Macclesfield Forest, walks to Wincle and visits to the Ship Inn.  Thank you so much for a superb break, we've loved it and will be back!  Happy New Year.  PS: Star loved the treats and doggy bath!

Sue H

From our guest book

Just wanted you both to know how much we enjoyed our weekend at High Ridge Barn. You truly have created a very special place! Wonderful facilities and doggy heaven! The dog wash was fantastic as all our dogs love swimming and finding mud - a true godsend.

The barn itself we could not fault- you clearly have thought of absolutely everything! Thank you for being such wonderful hosts too - it really is the best place we have stayed with friends and our dogs. We will return as we only scratched the surface of the wonderful walks and fabulous scenery.

Thank you again - a fabulous time enjoyed by us all and especially Doug, Bea, Mabel and Reggie.

Sue x

Chris W

Lovely stay

Lovely stay, everything you could possibly want.  Really well equipped accommodation with lovely grounds.  Enjoyed using the sauna and chilling on the terrace.  So nice to be able to access local walks (Roaches, Ludd Church etc.) without having to take the car.

Local pubs e.g. Ship really lovely.  Had excellent meal in really lovely atmosphere.   Nice to have fresh bread in morning.  Thank you.

Kate W

From our guest book

Right from our initial enquiry Rob & Rosie couldn't have been more helpful.  We've stayed in many cottages/barns over the years but never experienced the quality and attention to detail!   We've especially never had anyone offer to unpack our food delivery in advance - really lovely touch but watch Rob doesn't pinch your chocolate :-)  We were celebrating our daughter's 14th birthday and found a great mix of chill time with walks (sorry for the dents in the grass - boules got competitive).   Lucky for us it was Wincle Fete during our stay.  What a lovely traditional family afternoon with a few Wincle Ales.  Thank you so much Rob & Rosie, you have a very special spot and all the extras have made for a wonderful family break.

Elliot G

From our guest book

Well, what can we say, what an amazing pad, so well equipped, the hostess so welcoming and a great touch of home-made bread, local beers etc.  Had a great walk to Wincle, beer in brewery and pub.  All the family are now hooked on bird watching, what a variety.

Impressed with all the organic products, you should both be proud of yourselves for having such a beautiful place.  Weather disappointing today so we think a walk along the river Dane may be cancelled, but that means we'll have to come back!  Thanks once again.

Mike D

From our guest book

We came for a stay for my 60th birthday.  On arrival I was 'wowed' by birthday bunting, balloons and 2 gorgeous cakes - amazing.  So many thanks to Rosie & Rob.  Well High Ridge was stunning - we were all stunned at how every detail was there, things we had never seen before i.e. boot warmers, everything a dog could want too.  Such a beautiful place.  Thank you both for providing and contributing to our perfect stay.

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Carolina J

Best Peak District experience

I could not recommend High Ridge barn or the hosts more highly. The barn is absolutely beautiful: the views are sublime, it is tastefully decorated and cleverly converted keeping original features while adding all the mod cons and absolutely everything you may need to feel at home away from home. Our children aged 9 and 10 loved it all, the garden, the sheep in the field next door, the hens, the birds, the board games, the dog grooming area, the fire place and of course the superfast wifi. The barn is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and we really enjoyed some fantastic walks soaking in the views and the pure air. The hosts were the kindest and most attentive I’ve met so far, they even set up an office for my husband to work in and provided alternative food for our dog when she refused her usual one. Stay at the barn if you get the chance, we will come back as soon as we can!

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Pauline S

Stunning barn in the Peak District

Beautiful spacious barn in the most peaceful of surroundings. Everything you need is here and more. We were two couples and were spoilt for choice when it came to the bedrooms and who was sleeping where! Our two dogs loved the outside which was fully enclosed and even got to use the dog wash house too. Our first visit to the Peak District and it didn’t disappoint. Rob and Rosie were the perfect hosts, the weather was glorious and the barn was wonderful. Highly recommended!

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Linda McG

Simply superb - luxury home from home for pooches and people!

Wow! What can I say that the other reviews have not. Rosie and Rob are fantastic. Attention to detail is amazing right from their first communications. When we arrived, it was clear that every small detail had been thought of. We were a group of 7 girls and 3 pooches. The house is stunning and given that we had a great week of weather we spent most of it outside. The views are fantastic and it's a really peaceful setting. It's fairly remote which is how we loved it, 10 mins drive to the pub and 15 mins into Leek. We has a Tesco delivery on day 1 and popped to Macclesfield mid-week. Enjoyed lovely BBQs and lunches out. Just one thing to be mindful of. We ate at The Ship Inn one evening and it was really not good. Not sure if it was just a bad night as reviews seem quite mixed but our experience was poor, food-wise. We enjoyed walks on the doorstep, with a path up to The Roaches. We would definitely recommend Rosie and Rob's place and will look forward to visiting again in the future. Rosie and Rob thank you so much.

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Claudia C

Weekend break

We had a lovely weekend at this gorgeous property. Rob and Rosie have thought of everything and are very accommodating. The property is decorated and furnished to an extremely high standard which helped make our stay perfect. The location is brilliant and there are some lovely walks right on the door step. The doggy barn was a huge bonus and the house was also very dog friendly. We had a fabulous time and would reccomend!

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Jessica R

Jessica Dickinson recommends High Ridge Barn

We stayed at High Ridge Barn for a weekend in April and absolutely loved it. The accommodation is gorgeous and Rob/Rosie have thought of everything you could possibly need and more! The barn is in a stunning area with lots of countryside walks and we especially appreciated how dog friendly it was. Would highly recommend this as a place to stay and we hope to visit again in the future.

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Absolutely fabulous and stylish property, in an incredible location

The property is wonderfully presented and is absolutely immaculate throughout. The furnishings and fittings are of an extremely high standard, it has been modernised with great care and detail whilst managing to retain character with its original features subtly positioned in each room. As soon as we entered the property we were immediately taken in by it’s cosy atmosphere which certainly helped us relax and enjoy the fabulous countryside and views. The surrounding area is simply beautiful. The property is ideally positioned for walking and exploring this exquisite part of the Peak District. On arrival, we were provided with a guided tour and the owners had baked us fresh bread and muffins and had left a few bottles of real ale from the Wincle Brewery, and some fresh eggs which was a lovely gesture. If you book this property, you will not be disappointed I promise. Thank you Rob and Rosie for an amazing break!

Lynn J

From our guest book

What a fantastic long weekend we've had at High Ridge Barn!  Completely exceeded all expectations; the Barn is beautiful, everything to the highest spec with all the mod cons and gadgets you could wish for!  Rosie & Rob - thank you so much for all your assistance, Jack and Sam loved feeding the chickens and the adults all enjoyed the sauna - what a treat!  Marley also loved the 'doggy' spa, everyone's been pampered!

We had a lovely meal at the Lazy Trout (portions are massive), we had a fun ride on the Steam Train from Rudyard Miniature Railyway and we would recommend GloPamper if you fancy a spa treatment in the comfort of the Barn!  Thanks for a fab weekend!

Jessica R

From our guest book

Thank you so much for a brilliant stay at High Ridge Barn!  The house is gorgeous and we loved how child + dog friendly it is!  We enjoyed exploring the local area, had a trip to Rudyard Lake and dinner at the lazy trout.  The weather was great to see the surrounding scenery!

Dave S

From our guest book

What an amazing week we have had.  The barn is stunning and there are so many lovely walks in the area.  My children were very excited by the games cupboard.  Everything was perfect.

Paul C

From our guest book

Beautiful barn and surroundings - our 2 labs Max and Molly loved exploring the garden.  Hubbie and I with my parents enjoyed peace and quiet - nice walk to the Ship Inn with the dogs, albeit rain!  Max and Molly enjoyed their 5* pamper day!

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Lucy M

Lucy Morris recommends High Ridge Barn

We had a fantastic stay at High Ridge Barn and couldn’t have asked for more. Beautifully appointed with everything you could need. Great scenery and walking right on the doorstep - something for everyone. We had a lovely meal out at The Lazy Trout and the curry from Pabna was sublime. Safe to say that we cannot wait to come back for another stay in the new year!

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Stewart H

Stewart Hastings recommends High Ridge Barn

6 Adults, 2 young Granchildren and a huge Dog all over prepared for a winter break, coats galore, scarves, base layers,hats, walking boot etc. What we actually needed was shorts, flip flops, sun cream for what turned out to be the highest February temperatures on record!!

For my sins I run a lovely Guest House near Cambridge which apparently is very good! So whilst I was keen to get away , I have to confess to being a little apprehensive as to what the place was going to be like. Well I needn't have bothered, from what I can see the bar has been raised... considerably!

Suffice to say we were all superbly catered for in every way possible. The location is to die for and the specification, both internal and external, is second to none. The property is perfect for entertaining at home with ample space and comfort should you want to stay in. Having said that The Lazy Trout was extremely good, the fish and chips were superb on the first night, the Wincle Brewery and it's location is just magical, and the beer is not bad either.

We enjoyed several of the recommended walks which were exhilarating and with stunning scenery and sensible because we all survived. I think you get the idea, so well done to Rob and Rosie (who incidentally are on hand should you need them but otherwise very discreet) for creating this masterpiece and will we be returning .... but of course!

Lisa C

From our guest book

Well we did it!  We changed our habit of holiday time and returned to this amazing cottage!  We had forgotten how perfect it is, from the high quality of the cottage and its gorgeous location.  Lots of walking again.  We explored the Roaches and certainly recommend Goyt valley/Erwood reservoir.  The reservoir has some brilliant walks around/over the hills (free parking too).  Revisited the Lazy Trout for yummy lunches and did try the Ship Inn but was closed (due to unforeseen circumstances on that day).  Also for ref the Cat & Fiddle isn't open any more.  (We don't live in pubs but do like a good lunch!)

Well done Rob and Rosie, special thanks again for everything and being on hand if required but not intrusive.  We will be back in 2020 as there is still so much to explore and enjoy!

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Gill H


This is an amazing property. Furnished to a very high standard. Everything you could imagine you may need is there. Lovely hosts and amazing views. Comfy beds and beautiful bathrooms. We will definitely be back!

Jim I

From our guest book

Wow, wow, and more wow.  What a great place and such wonderful hosts - Rosie and Rob.  The barn is superbly equipped and very comfortable and spacious.  Coming here with the family was like a second Christmas.  All together having fun and enjoying the countryside walks despite the pretty awful weather.  Sam the dog couldn't believe the treats he was in for. Rosie and Rob have certainly made it dog friendly. A lovely time was had by all and so great to escape the city with all its pressures.  100/100 for Rosie & Rob

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Lynn J

Family break at High Ridge Barn

Our family gathered for a 'big' birthday celebration at beautiful High Ridge Barn. The barn and grounds were fantastic. Everything done to such a high specification with no expense spared. Rob and Rosie were so helpful and couldn't do enough for us. 3 year old Jack loved feeding the chickens and playing in the garden with all the outdoor games provided. Marley the dog enjoyed a wash and blowdry in the pet parlour. The adults in the party loved relaxing in the sauna after a busy day. All the furnishings and bed linens were of the highest quality and the kitchen provided more gadgets than we could imagine. It was lovely to arrive to a fresh loaf of home made bread. cake and local brewery beer, as well as milk, tea etc. We highly recommend High Ridge Barn and thank Rob and Rosie for providing such a super property.

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Catherine D

Catherine Devoy recommends High Ridge Barn

We've just returned from a fantastic week at High Ridge Barn and would thoroughly recommend this lovely holiday property. We were a party of four adults, three children and one dog and all had a very enjoyable time. Rosie and Rob were great hosts and made sure everything was perfect. Thank you!

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Luxurious, stylish yet homely pet friendly country barn

Nestled in the beautiful Swythamley valley, High Ridge barn is modern and stylish yet still retains traditional features. It is the perfect location to escape the hustle and bustle of life. There are numerous country walks from the doorstep and other activities and attractions nearby if required. The barn has been renovated both inside and out to an extremely high standard. The kitchen, bathrooms and furnishings are second to none. The outside area includes a lawn and patio all beautifully and sympathetically landscaped. The owners Rob and Rosie who live in the house next door were very welcoming and friendly without being intrusive. Upon our arrival there was a welcome pack of groceries, including amongst other delicious goodies homemade bread and cake and beer from the local Wincle brewery. It was the little touches that we really appreciated. Toiletries in the bathrooms. Binoculars to view the wildlife including the local woodpeckers at the bird feeders. Treats and toys for our 2 labradors. Even earplugs in the bedrooms. Rob and Rosie have thought of everything to cater for both human and canine guests. We made full use of the garden sauna and our 2 dogs enjoyed the dog spa on our final day. All in all a wonderful weekend and I’m sure we will be back.

From our guest book

8 humans and 1 dog meeting in the Peak District as the halfway point between our homes in Bath and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We feel so privileged and lucky to have found High Ridge Barn - what a fabulous property and so well equipped - we wanted for nothing. We loved the sauna and all the thoughtful inclusions for the canine member of the party. 2 fabulous walks to the Roaches and Lud's Church - both very much recommended. Thank you Rob & Rosie - we will be back

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Beautiful Barn Conversion with Stunning Views

I was looking for somewhere in the Peak District for two families of four to meet for a long weekend and I was fortunate enough to find High Ridge. From the very first enquiry Rob and Rosie could not have been more helpful and when we arrived at the barn we were not disappointed. The barn was newly converted to a very high standard, every little detail has been considered and it is extremely well equipped. There was a hamper and delicious homemade cake waiting for us and the whole place felt so cosy and homely. The beds were comfortable, the towels soft and really you couldn't want for anything. As far as the local area goes we didn't really venture out other than for some walks which we loved. If we had been there longer then there are plenty of places to visit within easy reach.We also took our dog who was made to feel very welcome and being able to clean her up easily after our walks in the grooming cabin was such a treat. Rob & Rosie are fabulous hosts and always on hand if you need them, we are already planning our return visit.


From our guest book

4 adults, 4 teenagers and 1 dog in stunning locations.  A perfect retreat for a get together.  The Barn is so well equipped and finished to a high standard.  Most excellent weekend with a walk to Lud's Church - the maps are fantastic.  Wished we could have stayed longer.  Rosie & Rob are perfect hosts :-)  Wildlife paradise - even spotted a badger.  We will return.  Many thanks Rosie & Rob.  Wonderful weekend.

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Chris F

Great house, great location, very welcoming hosts

We had a lovely break in the Peak District, and really enjoyed staying at High Ridge Barn. It’s newly refurbished, well designed, and stocked with everything we needed for our mixed troop of kids, teens, middlers and oldies. Rosie and Rob were so welcoming and really cared about the quality of our stay. Thoroughly recommend and hope to return in the future.

Andrew T

From our guest book

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in the Peak District.  Rosie and Rob were so friendly and welcoming and great hosts throughout.  The Barn is a fabulous place to stay, with great family space and equipped with everything we needed and more!  It was peaceful and quiet, and a great location for exploring - meaning we could get to Chatsworth, the Roaches, Leek, Middleport Pottery, Peak Wildlife Park, Quarry Bank, Buxton and Macclesfield - we have been busy and there is so much more to explore.

We had some great food too at the Jervis Arms Onecote, the Ship Inn Wincle/Danebridge, the Castle Inn Congleton, and the Knot Inn Rushden Spencer.  We would love to come back and explore the places we didn't make it to.  Thanks again.  Also, Granelli's Ice Cream in Macclesfield well worth seeking out!

Tracy H

From our guest book

Arrived late from London to beautiful lights and decorations, mince pies, cake and champagne.  Beautiful barn with absolutely everything you need.  I cannot understand why we have not been away for Christmas before.  A very welcome and luxurious change from a difficult year.  The sun came out today and lit the beautiful countryside.  Would love to come back with friends in the summer.  Exceeded all my expectations.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, with thanks.

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Nigel L

Warm, welcoming and extremely comfortable stay - all mod cons !

A group of seven of us stayed for two nights, for some weekend hiking through The Roaches, Lud's Church and surrounding areas. The barn was very clean, spacious, and well presented, and renovated to a high specification making the whole experience very comfortable. We cooked for ourselves, and the kitchen was very well equipped. The place has plenty of bathrooms and is well set up for groups, so at no time did we feel crowded. The hosts were very welcoming, and set up the wood fire sauna for us after our hike, which was a fantastic treat after a long days hike. We would certainly return and highly recommend to all.

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Tony T

Ultimate luxury in perfect country location

Just wanted to get away for a few days after lockdown, somewhere the dogs would be welcome but with good food, good pubs and spectacular walks, this is the place to stay. It's a four bedroom barn conversion done to a luxury scale in which you'll want for nothing. In addition to the walks and the pubs, in the four nights we were there, we visited Chatsworth House and (the younger ones) Alton Towers - both less than an hours drive in spectacular country side. The owners provided freshly laid eggs and freshly baked bread every morning making breakfast a real treat.

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Superb place to stay

This luxurious, yet homely, Peak District barn was perfect in everyway. The owners have created a contemporary interior but maintained and restored the barn's characteristics. The sitting room with its high beamed ceilings and large window, which enabled you to watch the birds feeding on the pergola and look out onto uninterrupted countryside views was probably a favourite of mine. The barn was very well equipped with everything we needed. The indoor and outdoor games were an added bonus to our entertainment. Everything from the bed linen & towels to the free standing bath were of superb quality. Rosie and Rob were always on hand if you needed anything. Thank you for the wonderful welcome pack and the organic bathroom toiletries. We all had a truly amazing and fabulous time. We will certainly be booking to stay here again.

From our guest book

A weekend to relax - in front of the fire, in the sauna, chopping wood, feeling alive on the Roaches with driving hail and wind. (Ice cream van still at the bottom!) Back in the great company of family in complete luxury. Thank you to Rosie & Rob for being the perfect hosts and for being so accommodating. We hope to be back at some point in the future.

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Brett F

You’ve got to try this!

This place is THE place to stay. Rob & Rosie cannot do enough. Everything you need to stay is here.... & more! The quality is superb, location is gorgeous and it all leads up to a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable stay. Please try it. We all recommend 100%!

Eleanor K

From our guest book

Only a short stay but we tried to squeeze in as much as possible.  We walked the Tittesworth Reservoir and followed Rob & Rosie's instructions for Lud's Church.  We ate out at the Lazy Trout and The Ship Inn - both fantastic. The accommodation has been first class and Rob & Rosie went above and beyond for us.  Absolutely brilliant place that we would highly recommend!

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Gary O

Wonderful dog-friendly barn conversion

We had a brilliant weekend here celebrating a family birthday. Rosie and Rob are fantastic hosts - very generous and friendly, they really made us feel welcome. The barn conversion is stunning and immaculate. It is also cosy and a lovely place to relax even if the weather isn't great. We really appreciated how dog friendly everything was and how welcome our dog was! There were lovely and easily accessible walks. We highly recommend it.

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Rachel D

Christmas Stay

We booked the barn for a family Christmas week, the whole booking process and communication with Rosie and Rob was great, nothing was too much trouble. The barn is gorgeous such fabulous attention to detail and lovely treats left on arrival, we would definitely book again.

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Ruby W

Pristine and well thought out barn

Beautiful Barn conversion set in picturesque and peaceful surroundings. The owners have thought of everything, from a dog grooming shed, slippers and dressing gowns, a lovely welcome package on arrival, and even offered to receive and put away our online shopping. Would highly recommend and will hopefully return again.

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Paradise in the Peak District

Sometimes reality does not match the anticipation. Nothing could be further from such at Highridge Barn as the ”WoW” factor kicks in from the moment the outstanding hosts, Rob and Rosie, welcome you. The accommodation surpasses any anticipation from the pictures on the website - spacious, light, fitted out to the highest specification and equipped for every eventuality. The dog grooming facilities were so good that Grandpa contemplated using them as a private facility! The sauna is a must - as it is a proper sauna with cold (and hot!) shower. The scenery is stunning and the walks from the front door are awesome. By now you will have gleaned that our time in Highridge Barn was very, very special. Rob and Rosie have endeavoured to make your stay as special as they can - successfully; no self-catering accommodation will ever be the same again as they have set the benchmark very high indeed. Have no qualms, this is one booking you will not regret!

From our guest book

We arrived on Friday 31/8/18 and were taken aback with the very warm welcome, beautiful surroundings & weather. The Barn is fantastic, extremely well equipped and everything is of a very high standard. Looking forward to our return visit. Thank you Rob & Rosie we love it here.

Rob B

From our guest book

Fantastic barn with everything you could ever need here.  A wonderful welcome from Rosie and Rob topped off with a lovely welcome pack, including local beers.  Despite the wet weather we had a lovely walk to Wetton pub for lunch (via Thor's Cave), have seen the woodpecker on the feeder and played lovely games in such a great space.  Including that our dogs also had 5* luxury in their spa...including a blow dry!  Overall, a great weekend for us all to meet, relax, walk, eat and chill out in such a lovely place.  Thanks so much.

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Wayne R

Week away with Bro & families

Absolutely fabulous, great welcome pack and lovely clean property and everything was of the highest quality, great hosts as well.

Claire B

From our guest book

What a week!  We have had such a fab time in the Peak District :-)   We have rock climbed, bouldered, 'done' Edale, swum in the Three Shires Head pool (well one of us anyway), walked The Roaches and visited Lud's Church.  The weather was variable, but it didn't dampen our experience.  However, if we had been stuck inside every day we wouldn't have cared!  The Barn is beautiful, equipped with everything you could possibly need and of it such high quality.  We have stolen quite a few decor ideas :-)

Rob and Rosie made us so welcome and the dogs were treated as VIP guests with everything catered for - even posh doggy treats!  The sauna was amazing and everything so well thought out - even our rubbish magically disappeared when we weren't looking!  Thank you so much.

From our guest book

What a fantastic holiday break! This is our first time away from our homes around this festive period and we couldn't have chosen a more tranquil and idyllic location than High Ridge Barn. Rosie & Rob are the perfect hosts and made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived to our regrettable departure. The Barn is fantastic and finished off to an extremely high standard with every amenity you could wish for. The Barn was perfect for our Labrador dog and Rosie and Rob took centre stage in ensuring Bobbi (the dog) enjoyed the doggie spa, with a shampoo and blow dry!! We will not hesitate to recommend this place to all our friends and are planning next year's trip already. Rosie and Rob are our friends for life! Thanks a bunch.

Lisa C

From our guest book

The xxxxxx Clan, including 3 hounds.  As you are reading this, you don't need us to tell you how amazing the barn, location and hosts are.  We have stayed at some holiday lets but this one by far is the best!  Every detail has been carefully thought out.  Rob & Rosie you have created a unique holiday home and have raised the bar to an exceptional standard, well done!

A few tips for your stay.  Loads of great walks from the barn (thanks to Rob for the maps!).  Ship Inn, Wincle - great food and do 'doggie dinners' (but they don't serve food all day). Tittesworth Reservoir - great walk (but you will need change (for the car park £5 per car per day).

Look out for the woodpecker on the bird feeders and enjoy this brilliant property.  I have always said, we wouldn't go back to the same holiday cottage as there are so many to discover but after here, I think I will struggle to beat.

From putting our grocery delivery away to supplying dog beds/treats & toys to the fabulous 'welcome hamper' - a great place to stay and revisit.


Peter J

From our guest book

We have had a lovely time feeding the chickens and staying here.  The pond is great and little Pond Book helps us see the small insects.  The Pond Book is great too...we read it.  We climbed the Roaches and at the top it was lovely.  We also went to see Blue John, it was blue and yellow and really pretty, and we learnt abut the slimy rock Flowstone. (age 6, 8 and 9)

Joanne H

From our guest book

Wow!  What a fabulous, relaxing stay we've had at the Barn.  Absolutely 1st class accommodation.  Rosie & Rob have thought of everything and then some.  Such wonderful hosts!  Our labrador Buckley has been living his best life in beautiful surroundings, and has been totally spoilt with all the treats and toys.  What a place to pick for our pup's first proper weekend break!  The property could not be in a nicer setting and to sit outside in the sun having a BBQ was just perfect.  Our visit was far too short but we will definitely be back and for a whole week next time.  Just a perfect stay!

Martin O'G

From our guest book

Wonderful hosts, wonderful barn, wonderful time!  Rob and Rosie have crafted a piece of magic from the old barn, turning it into 5* luxury.  The dogs enjoyed a good pamper also.  We hope to return soon.

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Chris C

Beautiful, secluded, luxury property

From start to finish, a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The barn has everything you could possibly need surrounded by stunning countryside. Rosie & Rob are excellent hosts.

Dorothy H

The Year of Coronavirus we will never forget!

No foreign holiday this year due to Coronavirus and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay!  The barn is the best, we have been having home-made bread every day and I don't think I will buy a supermarket egg again!  We have had a great time in the Peak District and we have enjoyed our adventures....

  • Canoeing the River Derwent - Rapid Horizons
  • Paddle-boarding on Tittesworth Reservoir - Tittesworth Watersports
  • Roller-coastering at Alton Towers
  • Go-Karting in Buxton - Buxton Karting
  • Cycling - Middlewood Way and Macclesfield Canal
  • GoAPe - swinging through the trees
  • Walking - the Roaches and Lud's Church
  • Exploring the caves - Treakcliffe Cavern

100% recommend the Barn and the Peak District.  Thanks for everything.

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Jo H

Jo Hickman recommends High Ridge Barn

We have just got home from the most perfect weekend at High Ridge Barn. Rob and Rosie have thought of absolutely everything. The barn is stunning and has everything you could possibly need, and even things you never knew you would need! We were 8 adults and 3 dogs, it was great knowing we could fully relax in the garden as they were completely secure for the dogs The walks they recommended were stunning and the dog bath was a brilliant help after a muddy walk! Couldn’t recommend it highly enough and we will definitely be back!

From our guest book

We have had a fabulous time and couldn't have asked for more from Rosie, Rob or the cottage! We were celebrating my mother-in-law's 70th birthday - there were six of us and little Kevin, the Norfolk Terrier, who loved meeting Dixie and Jessie. We couldn't have been made more welcome (with eggs, bread and beer) on our arrival. Rosie was also up to greet us, which was very nice after a long drive! We went on a couple of walks in the local area, coming back to doggie baths and a sauna, which was amazing! The pub recommended (the Lazy Trout) was great for Sunday lunch. We're really sad to be leaving and looking forward to coming back soon!

Emma C

From our guest book

We've had a fabulous few days.  The Barn is absolutely beautiful, superbly equipped and the location is idyllic!  Plenty to keep the children entertained after a day out walking. Had a great meal at the Lazy Trout.  Would love to come back to this perfect spot.  Many thanks.

From our guest book

We were a group of seven for our annual hiking trip! After a very long drive from London on Friday night, we were made very welcome on arrival by hosts Rosie & Rob. The house was in amazing condition with the eggs, home made bread, and local ales - a much appreciated gesture. We spend the Saturday on a wonderful hike through the Roaches, with Lud's Church a highlight. Upon return, the sauna was prepared and was a novel way to relax sore muscles! We certainly hope to return for future trips! Thank you again so much Rob & Rosie!

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Kim M

Fantastic stay in a beautiful house - highly recommend!

Eight of us came to stay at High Ridge Barn to celebrate our 30th birthday's. From the start Rosie and Rob were fantastic hosts, and extremely helpful - even unpacking our food shop delivery for us! The fresh eggs & homemade bread on arrival was a lovely extra. The house itself was fantastic, with all the amenities you could possibly need. Lovely big rooms and bathrooms (robes and slippers were a great bonus), all nicely done out. The location was great for us with lots of nice walks right on your doorstep. We will definitely be visiting again next year!

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Emma C

Emma Chamberlain recommends High Ridge Barn

Just wow wow wow!! High Ridge Barn is not only in a fantastic peaceful real countryside setting but the cottage itself is total 5 star luxury! Every detail and comfort has been thought through... from 1000 thread count bedding to boot warmers, a dog washing hut, dimming bed side lights, a fabulous free standing bath and huge wet room shower, super fast broadband, DVDs and games, massive comfy sofas, nightlights, binoculars and bird feeders (total bird spotting convert!), eggs fresh from their hens, top of the range kitchen and every gadget you could need... I could go on and on!! The owners are charming, fun, genuine and care deeply. There is a huge amount of substance and love that has gone into this inspiring renovation! No corners have been cut, it actually is as spacious and lovely as the pics look and the bedrooms are all lovely and a decent distance apart. An absolute must if you want to visit this area and a good excuse if you haven’t considered the area before!

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Michelle H

Beautiful barn in an away from it all location

Barn is of the highest standard with all equipment you could think of available. Beds very comfortable and showers and baths excellent. We really enjoyed our relaxing stay, would highly recommended:)

Chris A

From our guest book

We've had a lovely relaxing stay, gorgeous place, with everything you could possibly need while away!

Elsie (age 1yr) has enjoyed the sheep next door, birds in the garden, and lovely flowers. She has learnt to say Baa Baa :-) Everyone is sad to leave and will miss the peace and quiet and beautiful walks and scenery.  Thanks.

PS - sauna was great too!

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Amazing high-spec barn in a beautiful setting with fantastic hosts!

Loved this fantastic barn, everything was perfect! It was spacious, well-equipped and all 8 of us felt very comfortable in this high-specification holiday rental. The owners were very friendly and great hosts. Nothing was a problem. They live next door which is ideal if you need to ask anything but they give you privacy if/when needed. They reassured us from the outset that they have no issue with noise. They absolutely love dogs and provide for pets also. They provided a bed, toys, treats and even a professional grooming area to wash them in. The sauna is a lovely add on and it had the best view I've ever had from a sauna!

Hazel C

From our guest book

Blessed with a week of good weather but the barn would be great in any conditions.  Thank you Rosie & Rob you are wonderful hosts.  Lovely to have fresh eggs and bread for breakfast every day.  Buddy the dog has had a marvellous time in the secure garden and the long walks we all endured/enjoyed!  We will happily recommend High Ridge Barn to all our friends.  Hopefully we will return!  Thank you.


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