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Vale Barn

Dronfield, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 931313)



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Reviews & Ratings

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Great week staying in Vale Barn."

    The property has been thoughtfully converted and has everything you need for an enjoyable holiday. The welcome pack was a particularly nice touch and much appreciated. The location is excellent - within walking distance of most ameneties and close to the railway station if you fancy a trip to Sheffield or Chesterfield. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely week at Vale Barn."

    The accommodation was comfortable, well stocked and very clean. The welcome pack was very much appreciated and the flapjacks delicious! Thank you.

    Reviewed by ClareSep 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Vale Barn."

    It's a beautiful and spacious barn conversion. Very well spec'd, comfy, homely and warm. The kitchen is huge, very well equiped, top notch and has all the utensils, pots pans etc that you would need. The living room and dining room are spacious and comfortable with nice lighting and well equiped with FreeSat, Samsung TV and a DVD player. Plenty of choice for enterntainment.There is a selection of DVD's and books in the bookcase and plenty of tourist brochures for numerous attractions and places ot visit in the Peak District. The main bathroom is spacious and gorgeous with a huge bath, shower head and plate shower over. The master bedroom also has an ensuite with shower. Towels are provided so you don't have to worry about packing extra. There is a washing machine and drying room if you need it just off the entrance hallway with a 3rd toilet downstairs. The owner, Lucy, had left us some nice touches you don't often see. She left us teabags, coffee, milk, brioche loaf, jam and fruit to ensure we had some provisions when we arrived. There is a Sainsbury's and Lidl a few minutes away so easy to stock up for your stay. There are also some lovely pubs and restuarants on your doorstep. Recommend Simply Chinese and Casa Latina (open Fri & Sat). The railway line is mentioned but wasn't really noticed and didn't bother us at all. The walk down from the car parking just off the road is a bit of a slope but not slippery at all and is well lit with automatic lighting as you approach. Everything was spotless and clean. There are instructions on what to do when leaving due to the current Covid issues - nothing major, just leaving bedding, towels and bath mats in the laundry bags in the shed and leaving internal doors and the windows open when leaving to air out. It's nice to know that cleanliness, especially during these dificult times, is taken seriously. Lucy and David will give you a warm welcome, if not in person just yet. We will be back soon.

    Reviewed by JonathanSep 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation in a great location for easy access to the Peak District."

    Very clean and comfortable with all facilities that might be needed. Lucy left a lovely welcome pack and was very good to check with us about possible night time tree felling in the area, with mitigations if we were disturbed (the felling didn’t happen in the end, but we appreciated Lucy’s efforts to prevent it affecting our holiday). We enjoyed being in Dronfield, which has plenty of shops, restaurants and takeaways within walking distance.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage."

    Newly refurbished, so fresh and clean. Beds were very comfy and kitchen & utility had everything we needed. Plenty of space. We would stay here again if we wanted to be near the Peak District.

    Reviewed by LeeAug 2021

  • "Beautiful barn with everything you need - home from home."

    owners live next door so are on hand if you need anything, but also left you to enjoy your holiday. numerous restaurants, pubs and shops nearby and the train station just 2 minutes away if you want to head to sheffield for a night out (10min journey), or further afield to Leeds or Nottingham. Couldn't fault the location or accommodation - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2021

  • "We have just returned from a thoroughly enjoyable 2 week stay in Vale Barn, booked very last minute as Portugal, our original destination, went onto the amber list 36 hrs before we were due to fly!"

    On arrival, we couldn’t believe our luck at having found this beautiful property at such short notice. Lucy was great, we spoke and she emailed information before we arrived, and whilst staying there she was very helpful and responsive to any questions. The barn was spotlessly clean on our arrival and we felt very safe with the additional COVID measures in place. The property is very spacious, it felt like a home rather than a holiday property, and is very tastefully and comfortably furnished. The kitchen is very well equipped with every utensil you could need. We were lucky enough to have great weather for our stay and enjoyed relaxing in the two patio areas, particularly the top one which gets the late afternoon sun, perfect for pre dinner drinks! This was our first visit to Derbyshire, we found plenty to fill our stay, enjoying some spectacular walks in the nearby Peak District, the scenery really is breathtaking. Lucy had left a list of recommended local eateries, we particularly enjoyed The Peacock at Barlow, about a 10 min drive away, and also had a very nice meal at The Blue Stoops which is just a 5 min walk. Almost forgot to mention the generous welcome pack left in the kitchen when we arrived, very thoughtful and all much enjoyed, particularly the delicious flapjacks!

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2021

  • "First time staying with a Sykes Cottage the owner of this is Lucy she was fantastic it’s set in a real eye opening location with a great atmosphere your with in walking distance of a local shop as well as the train station, and Dronfield it’s self is a great location!"

    Everything inside the property was up to standards and the detail was also great and efforts didn’t go unnoticed I would stay here again if I had to in the future if I wanted to do more walks within the peaks!

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2021

  • "The property owners went to great lengths to ensure that we were safe and also welcome."

    The COVID measures were excellent, and we were very pleasantly surprised by the welcome pack. The property was exactly as described. Everything worked. I was worried by the proximity of the railway line, but I can absolutely confirm that there was almost no noise disturbance. Dronfield itself has excellent facilities, and is on the edge of some very fine countryside.

    Reviewed by TimothyMay 2021

  • "We put a very positive review of Vale Barn on Trip Advisor."

    Its a beautiful "cottage";despite the proximity to the railway station, it was very tranquil, immaculate, the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in and extremely comfortable. It accomodated 6 easily but when there were 2 of us, we didn't feel as though we were rattling around. As the owners point out, the path from the parking is steep but do-able unless someone is significantly disabled. Its within easy walking distance of the centre of Dronfield, pubs, shops etc and we were pleasantly surprised at the old historical part. Well worth staying in and the hosts were very helpful,

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2020

  • "The barn is lovely and well positioned to travel around Derbyshire."

    The hosts were very responsive if we had any questions.

    Reviewed by CorinneJul 2020

  • "Vale Barn is an excellent choice for 4 people."

    It is very comfortable and well appointed and professionally managed. Whilst we used it as a base to be near our children for Christmas, it is also so well placed for the lovely pubs and shops in the old village and on the doorstep of the Peak District and excellent country walks. I enjoyed cooking Christmas Dinner in the very well appointed kitchen and we were very cosy and comfortable in the Barn. It is tastefully decorated and a warm and relaxing place to be in. We also felt that if we had a problem, which we didn't, it would be sorted quickly. I really enjoyed cooking Christmas Dinner for our family in the very well appointed kitchen. The layout of the Barn is very well designed with a useful utility and downstairs cloakroom, a great en-suite to the main bedroom and a large main bathroom. Excellent heating system and always hot water. A great property in a good location, we were not disturbed by the train line and felt very relaxed and peaceful throughout the week.

    Reviewed by NicholasDec 2019

  • "Vale barn is a great place to stay with great hosts."

    10 out of 10

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2019

  • "A fantastic sizeable cottage right in the center of Dronfield."

    Super clean with every amenity you would need. The host even left handmade flapjack which was absolutely delicious and enough basics to start the week relaxed and not rush straight to the supermarket. I highly recommend this place. Book it if you have a chance.

    Reviewed by TimOct 2019

  • "I have been to many Sykes cottages but Vale Barn was at the top of my list for cleanliness and presentation, on arrival there was home made cake , jam and other goodies."

    David and Lucy the owners should be very proud of their property. The cottage is in a lovely conservation area close to shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend this cottage if you are visiting this area.

    Reviewed by CarolineAug 2019

  • "Vale Barn was extremely well appointed and Lucy and David could not have been more helpful."

    Stunning walking only a short drive away.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2019

  • "Owners of the property were very friendly and welcoming."

    It was a bonus to have home made flap jack and other foods stuffs left for us. We enjoyed playing the piano and appreciated the location which was excellent for catching the train - 3 minutes walk from the station. Thank you. Winifred.

    Reviewed by WinifredJun 2019

  • "A very high standard property ideally located to explore the local area."

    Hosts were perfect, met us on arrival, explained where everything was and how it worked and then left us to enjoy our holiday. Excellent-thank you.

    Reviewed by MarcJun 2019

  • "The barn was a perfect base."

    We were able to leave the car when travelling to Sheffield and Chesterfield as access to the station was so handy. When we did venture out by car there was plenty to explore, including Hardwick Hall, a magnificent Tudor house and a working water mill. Dronfield is a lively village and our hosts were helpful and welcoming. In all we had a great week.

    Reviewed by LesleyMar 2019

  • "We chose Vale Barn as our base for a family Christmas on the outskirts of Sheffield."

    We needed somewhere that could accommodate a number of elderly (80+) relatives for the Christmas period including a home made Christmas lunch. Vale Barn proved to be an excellent choice. It was well equipped, spotlessly clean, easy to keep warm and the layout was ideal for our less mobile relatives. The owners, David and Lucy, were very friendly and had decorated the barn for Christmas, a really nice touch. We would not hesitate to return to Vale Barn for future breaks.

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2018

  • "This is the second time I have stayed at Vale Barn and absolutely love it."

    The barn is beautiful, laid out with such care and attention to detail it has everything you could want. The home made flapjack on arrival go down a treat as well! It's in a brilliant location perfect for a stroll to the brilliant pubs in Dronfield, going out to the peak district or a day out in Chesterfield or Sheffield. Hired the Barn this time for a weekend away with Friends and as one of them comment 'it doesn't feel like a holiday let, it feels like home'

    Reviewed by FionaNov 2018

  • "Vale Barn is, without a doubt, the cleanest of properties that we have visited."

    It has a well equipped kitchen with the oven and auto washer in excellent condition. Parking can be tricky for a larger vehicle. Acess to the barn is down a steep, but well constructed, path. Our disappointment was that many of the places we wanted to visit, usually old industrial sites, were only open on weekends. Having said that, there are still many places to visit and enjoy.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2018

  • "Vale Barn was absolutely perfect."

    The home was very spacious, very clean and had everything that we needed. We loved it so much that we didn't want to leave. You could easily walk to the pub and shops in Dronfield and was also close to the train station and a short drive to Sheffield city center. The kitchen was very well appointed and had all the things we needed for cooking. Lucy was very easy to communicate with and very helpful. This was probably the best home I've rented in all my years of travel. We highly recommend Vale Barn and will stay there again next time we're in the area.

    Reviewed by CatherineSep 2018

  • "The barn was fantastic, in a very good location as near to Dronfield town centre, railway station and buses that go into Sheffield and Chesterfield."

    David and Lucy were very helpful and made me feel relaxed. I would certainly like to return to Vale Lodge for another lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by JaniceJun 2018

  • "Just returned from a lovely week in Vale Barn."

    Great accommodation with everything you could need. Ideally situated to explore the Peak District. We enjoyed a walk to Mam Tor / Castleton, Alton Towers & a bike ride round Ladybower Reservoir. The Blue Stoops pub is a short walk from the Barn and offers great food. Chesterfield is a short drive away & has many shop & resturants in the retail parks. If looking for a full days shopping we thought Meadowhall in Sheffield was great, roughly 20 minutes away. Hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by RachaelMar 2018

  • "David and Lucy are wonderful hosts, it's a great location with so many things to do around and about."

    We had another great time (coming back after a holiday earlier in the year) and would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by JonathanNov 2017

  • "The accommodation was lovely and the owners were friendly."

    Lovely welcome package. Local amenities were good. Noise from the trains was minimal.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2017

  • "Vale Barn is a lovely place to stay, in a very good location and the owners were very friendly and helpful."

    There was a great "welcome pack" on arrival.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2017

  • "Vale Barn is how all holiday cottages should be presented."

    A warm welcome from the charming hosts but then left to enjoy the property. They are nearby but secluded should you need anything. The barn conversion was absolutely spotless both inside and out. Even the surrounding paths are pressure washed between bookings! The Chesterfield - Sheffield railway runs close by but hidden. This really did not interfere with our enjoyment at all. Comfortable beds, beautiful bathrooms, private position although within walking distance of all the many aminities Dronfield has to offer. If I had to suggest something, a strong light to read by in the lounge would have helped but that may say more about my aging eyesight than the lighting provided! One night we took advantage of Lucy's offer to cook. We strongly recommend this. Her food was delicious, piping hot and plentiful. We may well return!

    Reviewed by IanJul 2017

  • "The owners are absolutely lovely and the accomodation extremely comfortable."

    The hospitality was fantastic and we felt incredibly welcome.

    Reviewed by WilliamMar 2017

  • "Hello, I and my family visited our son for three days in Dronfield and we are coming from Germany."

    We had a wonderful time in the barn. The owner were very friendly and hospitable. We thanks them for it all. Greetings from the Zebisch family

    Reviewed by ReinerMar 2017

  • "The hosts were extremely kind and helpful during our week's stay."

    The accommodation was wonderful - really spacious, beautifully finished, and with generous little welcome gifts when we arrived. We could not recommend this highly enough and hope to come back again!

    Reviewed by JonathanFeb 2017

  • "The weather was really kind to us and the Barn had everything we needed and more."

    Dronfield itself also has all the essentials and is perfect as a base to visit Derbyshire and the Peak District etc. We would just like to add a massive thank you to the owners Lucy and David for their friendliness and their considerable help when we had the puncture problem with our car.

    Reviewed by AnthonySep 2016

  • "An ideal base for Derbyshire, Yorksire and Nottinghamshire."

    Local train station was ideal for leisurely travel. A gorgeous property very spacious and secluded.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2016

  • "Vale Barn was very comfortable and spacious, yet cosy."

    The accommodation was very clean, neat and well presented. The owners were very friendly and approachable. We enjoyed a lovely week there and managed to find plenty to do within a reasonable distance. Bakewell and Buxton were lovely towns to visit and we loved cycling the Monsal Trail, a former Railway line near Bakewell. We travelled further afield to Alton Towers, and we also went to Barnsley to the Metrodome leisure complex where we swam and bowled as a family. It worked well for our family of five but can sleep six. I would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by KellieAug 2016

  • "Very spacious and tastefully decorated creating a relaxed holiday feel."

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2016

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The property

Vale Barn is a fantastic, detached barn conversion in the centre of Dronfield in Derbyshire.

The cottage cleverly combines the original fabric of the building with 21st century living, with a galleried landing which is complemented by the beautiful feature beams in the bedrooms.

With a comfortable double and twin room, the cottage provides flexible sleeping arrangements, with the use of a sofa bed in the sitting room.

The double bedroom has an en-suite shower room, there is a family bathroom and a ground floor basin and WC for extra convenience.

The spacious sitting room has an upright piano and is a fantastic space for everyone to gather together and plan the next day’s activities.

Vale Barn was once the carriage house to Vale House which was home to a family of substance who patented malleable iron.

Dronfield lies midway between the vibrant city of Sheffield and the historic market town of Chesterfield, on the outskirts of The Peak District.

Historically, the town has great significance and the Grade I listed Church of St John the Baptist is testament to this as it has stood at the centre of this community since the 12th century.

You will find all the local amenities you require in Dronfield, including The Green Dragon pub which is believed to have been established in 1547.

The Peak District’s varied and breathtaking landscapes are among the most beautiful in Britain.

There are activities available to keep you busy whenever you stay, with walks on the moors, cycle routes, country fairs in summer, traditional markets and a vast choice of stately homes to visit.

This cottage is in an ideal location and with so much to see and do in the area you will see yourselves coming back again and again!


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast island (seats 4)
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and sofa bed.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, Blu-ray, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Secure bike/buggy shed
  • Two patio areas with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking including vaping
  • Shop,pub and railway station 3 mins walk
  • Note: Steep slope with handrail approaching property followed by 8 stone steps to front patio
  • Note: No stag/hen parties, or similar
  • Note: The galleried landing overlooks the sitting room, therefore care should be taken
  • Note: A range of home-cooked meals/salads and desserts is available from the owner at additional cost
  • Please contact the owner for more information
  • Note: Maximum 6 guests including infants.

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About the location


Chesterfield 6 miles; Sheffield 7 miles.

Dronfield is a Derbyshire market town with a history dating back to before the 1086 Domesday Book, and has a number of 12th century buildings which are still in existence. The town has a wide range of shops, pubs, restaurants and also a modern sports centre, and is surrounded by wonderful Peak District countryside where the walks are asking to be explored. Dronfield is situated between the Peak District National Park and the city of Sheffield while close by is the historic town of Chesterfield which is most notable for its famous crooked spire of St Mary and All Saints Church. The impressive Damflask, Agden, Dale Dike and Ladybower dams make for an interesting afternoon's ramble, while the attractive village of Hathersage (thought to be the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre) is also within easy reach and is home to a selection of shops, pubs and inviting eateries, plus an outdoor lido. There are many stately homes to visit including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall, whilst the historic and ever popular town of Bakewell and the rest of the Peak District, are within a short drive.

Region Information

Note: No stag/hen parties, or similar.

Note: Maximum 6 guests including infants.

Note: Railway station close by, some noise may be heard.

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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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