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Church Barn

(Ref. 4149)

Fenny Bentley near Ashbourne, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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73 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved our stay at Church Barn and can’t wait to book again."

    A lovely comfortable cozy cottage. Just a couple of things we would change but that is purely personal preference and in no way a negative comment.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2024

  • "A lovely little cottage that has everything you require to make your stay comfortable."

    Kitchen isn't set up for lots of cooking due to limited space but that's OK. There is a great pub nearby that serves great food! Also have use of a lovely summerhouse in the garden which is great after a day of exploring! We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jun 2024

  • "Stayed here last year as very handily placed for exploring Dovedale and further afield as required."

    Very clean tidy cottage - everything to hand. Nice garden with summerhouse for relaxation after a hard day on the hills. Great pub, the Coaches and Horses, just across the busy main road from the village, so within easy walking distance. Shower room a little cramped but manageable.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Jun 2024

  • "Ideal cottage for two quests, owner very friendly , nice secluded garden with summer house."

    Very comfortable, good facilities for breakfast and snacks but not easy to cook a main meal,on the plus side there's a very good pub 2 minutes walk away

    Reviewed by Philip4.1Jun 2024

  • "We liked our accommodation, quite small but fine for our needs."

    Location of pub for evening meals couldn't be better, nice quiet spot.

    Reviewed by Marilyn4.1May 2024

  • "All the superlatives you can think of,quaint ,charming,peaceful,in a lovely setting,very comfortable,Ken the owner greeted us when we arrived which was nice,beautiful area would love to go back."

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Mar 2024



    Reviewed by Leonard5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, great location."

    You will enjoy your stay.

    Reviewed by Leonard5.0Mar 2024

  • "A beautiful, cosy, and comfortable cottage."

    It's quiet, safe, and well located. Owner was most welcoming and unobtrusive, despite living next door. Everything I needed for a single person stay. Local pub (mainly now a food place rather than a drinking establishment) less than two minutes walk. All the facilities of the lovely town of Ashbourne about five to ten minutes drive away.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, very warm and comfortable."

    Good food at the local pub within walking distance.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2024

  • "Very enjoyable stay, warm and cosy and comfortable."

    A couple of improvements would be some cooking pots and pans as this is a self catering holiday. Also it would be nice to have the tv tuned into local station and not London. Overall an enjoyable stay, would hope to return in the future.

    Many thanks for your comments, will attend to pots and pans issue. Ken Property Owner

    Reviewed by Doreen & Barrie4.1Nov 2023

  • "Excellent location, accommodation, garden and gardenhouse; a very warm and snug little cottage."

    Would be pleased to come again. Sorry we had to curtail our stay.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.4Sep 2023

  • "Ken , proprietor , very helpful and genial Cottage in an excellent location for ..."

    Ken , proprietor , very helpful and genial Cottage in an excellent location for walks , exploration of sights and the best local pub The barn/ cottage is bijoux , tiny ,, and compact , well equipped -but all one needs for a holiday

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "Shower curtain was a little awkward and sink in bathroom made a funny noise when emptying"

    Reviewed by Philip3.4Aug 2023

  • "Clean and cosy cottage with warm welcome from owner."

    The summer house was lovely to relax in after a days walking.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.7Aug 2023

  • "Comfy, compact little cottage, nice little garden with summer house, handy for a local pub which serves very good meals."

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage for 2."

    Some beautiful walks directly from cottage. Warm welcome from Ken but after that a very private property. Lovely garden with summerhouse, excellent for enjoying a glass of wine in the early evenings! Superb food at the local pub which is a short walk from the cottage down a footpath. Previous comments about bathroom, yes, tricky to manage with shower curtain but perfectly doable with a little care. Owner is aware and also thinking about improvements.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.1Jun 2023

  • "The Barn is very well equipped with everything needed to make it a real 'home from home'."

    It was very clean throughout and very comfortable to live in. The location is idyllic, with the garden and summer house available for the guests to use, which makes it a great place to relax, and a convenient location from which to explore the local area.

    Reviewed by Clifford Philip5.0May 2023

  • "Much appreciated the warm welcome."

    The cottage was cosy, quiet and well heated and had all the facilities we needed. It is in an ideal location for walks in all directions. Plus the nearby church does not have a clock or chiming bell so a good nights sleep is guaranteed. Many thanks to Ken for being so generous in dealing with my boots. Highly recommend for any couple.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Friendly owner next door and hope he feels better soon. Well equipped and the welcome goods supplied were gratefully received. There is no baking dish for cooking home made meals in the oven, so bring your own. The driveway is narrow at the entrance with a slope from there down to the cottage. There is a dedicated parking place at the bottom and the entrance to the cottage is behind the owners garage. The bins are at the opposite end from the cottage door. We will book to stay again later in the year.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jan 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in Church Barn."

    Very warm, comfortable and cosy and conveniently situated for the local pub with great food. A beautiful area!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely warm and welcoming little cottage, just right for two."

    Loved it. Enjoyed sitting in the pretty summer house with a good book and glass of wine. Lots of good walks near by and a pub 5 minutes walk away serving excellent food. Would love to go back one day.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent stay, every little detail considered by the lovely owner Ken, who took us in last minute after a problem in a different property."

    Lovely comfortable bed, instant hot water, beautiful surroundings in the garden and summerhouse, private parking, smart tv. Can’t fault anything.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2022

  • "A cosy place to stay."

    The garden with garden furniture and sun house was lovely. The bed very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2022

  • "A delightful cottage which suited us perfectly!"

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "Very good base for the Southern Peak district."

    Very well placed for the excellent pub 200 yards away. We went several nights! The accommodation was small yet perfectly acceptable The Summer House in the garden was a really good place to relax. Ken was ever helpful on arrival.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

  • "A warm welcome by the owner ken."

    Property was well equipped and added bonus of a garden summer house. It is well situated for walking and bus stop. The local pub 2 mins walk, served excellent food.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7May 2022

  • "So pleased we returned!"

    We last stayed at Church Barn 8 years ago and we are so pleased we decided to return. Everything about Church Barn is how we remembered it with the bonus of a lovely summer house. We enjoyed a fabulous week. Being able to walk from the door was amazing. So such to see and do around the area. Thank you to Mr Pearson for such a warm welcome too.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Apr 2022

  • "What a charming little holiday cottage, equipped with everything we needed for a self sufficient stay."

    Owner Ken lives onsite but the barn is completely private and enclosed within its own garden, with a new summerhouse which was really warm even on a cold day. Ken is about the friendliest man we've met and is always able to give advice on walks, local sights etc. The welcoming pub is within a few hundred yards stumbling distance and the landlord even remembered our drinks order when we emerged from a long day of walking, two days after our first visit! The cottage is perfectly situated close to Dovedale which can be walked to directly from the front door. There is a generous stack of fuel for the logburner which is no extra charge. Cottage appears small in the photos but this is part of its charm, you need to be willing to compromise on space but it is perfect for a couple and the comfy chairs were huge and cosy. We were able to use the dining table as our cooking space and even baked fresh bread daily, had a roast dinner etc so had no problems. Photo on the description was slightly out of date as the TV is now a larger flatscreen with freeview/netflix etc. All in all a lovely relaxing week and a great base for local national trust, walks (and brewery tours), thanks for the stay Ken!

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Apr 2022

  • "Perfect place to stay for a couple."

    Great location for exploring the white peak area and with a variety of walk options from the door of the cottage. Lovely local pub only 200 metres away as well. Wouldn’t hesitate to book again if we decide to return to the area later in the year

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Mar 2022

  • "Nice compact cottage ideal for 2, could have done with 2 more pans for cooking."

    Enjoyed nice chat with friendly owner , lovely location for walking on Tissington Trail, very good food in local pub Coach and Horses , Enjoyed our stay Thank you Ken ,Regards Bruce and Mary

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Mar 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay, thank you!"

    The cottage is beautiful, well stocked, cosy and warm. The host was also very helpful, informative and kind. We really enjoyed the stove and the food in the lovely pub nearby. It is perfectly located for trips out into the Peak District and we would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage and surroundings."

    Just home from a 4 day stay at Church Barn, totally relaxed. Our stay was toasty warm, definetely the warmest get away we have stayed in, control over the central heating in the barn, along with a log fire with endless supply of logs. Ken, the owner is wonderful, a very welcoming and informative host. Highly recommend this barn to couples who want to get away from it all. Thank you so much Ken and Sykes.

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0Feb 2022

  • "Nice to have the privacy which the owner totally respected although living nearby."

    We had a really nice holiday, and the cottage is beautifully situated. In an ideal world we would have welcomed a larger sink in the bathroom however that could be organised and perhaps a screen which would prevent water splashing out of the shower onto the floor instead of a curtain which could not be drawn round because of the ceiling slope. However, a very comfortable bed and cosy cottage.

    Reviewed by Jean4.4Oct 2021

  • "Quiet location, lovely summerhouse to sit in with a book and coffee after a day out."

    Ken and Sue made us very welcome. A relaxing week and just what we needed.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2021

  • "Perhaps a little more info regarding local facilities."

    Pub opposite very good for food. No local shop to get fresh milk etc. Nearest shops at Ashbourne which is only 2/3 miles away but not really walkable as on a main 50mph A515.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Sep 2021

  • "It was nice to sit in the Sunhouse in the evening."

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2021

  • "Our second visit to Church Barn and again we had a wonderful stay."

    The property & gardens are immaculate with a lovely summer house. Ken the owner lives next door if you need anything but leaves you to it after the hand over. Fantastic pub a minute and a half walk away with lovely food and a good choice of Ales.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2021

  • "I appreciate this property is quite small, and available space has been mostly well used."

    However, in the kitchen it was necessary to keep moving the toaster from a window sill to a power point in top of the electric hob, not a safe arrangement. Upstairs, the shower curtain over the bath was awkward to use to prevent water leaking into the floor. The garden was lovely, and summerhouse a good addition. Overall, the property was well presented, very clean, and the owners made us very welcome, and were helpful without being intrusive.

    Reviewed by William3.8Jun 2021

  • "Lovely property with a great private garden."

    Very warm welcome from Ken the owner!

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2021

  • "Nice comfortable cottage Ken the owner makes you feel very welcome lovely ..."

    Nice comfortable cottage Ken the owner makes you feel very welcome lovely private garden a little bit of paradise with lovely summer house a really nice setup

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage is nice and quant, 'cute' my wife described it as."

    The small space is used efficiently, the facilities provided are adequate for short stays. The fireplace is the biggest feature we went with it. The cottage also comes with a private garden which would be lovely to spend a warm summer evening however we went during October and it was mostly wet and windy.

    Reviewed by Bodrul3.8Oct 2020

  • "Had a wonderful week at Church Barn."

    Property very clean warm & cosy ideally situated for great walks along the tissington trail and behond. 2 minute walk to the local pub which serves excellent food and real ales. A perfect stay for us and will be back for sure.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2020

  • "A cosy cottage in beautiful surroundings and dramatic scenery."

    Some homely added extras were most welcome, simple things like a torch and an umbrella proved to be quite an asset on dark or wet evenings going from the local pub or just to the car. Information on the local area was interesting and informative.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth5.0Oct 2020

  • "Our second stay at Church Barn."

    It’s in an excellent location for the Tissington Trail and other walks or bike rides. The Cottage is ideal for a couple, it’s snug, comfy and has a lovely garden with summerhouse, ideal for afternoon teas or a glass of vino after being out on a long walk. Parking is close to the cottage and the owners are on site if needed. A great pub just a couple of minutes walk away which has excellent food. Overall this is a wonderful place to stay with plenty or as little to do,if you just want to relax.

    Reviewed by Raymond4.7Sep 2020

  • "Great cosy barn and garden fantastic location for wonderful walking break"

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Aug 2020

  • "A perfect 3 days away in a fantastic and very well kept cottage with beautiful garden and surrounds, we will definitely be booking Church Barn again in the near future."

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Aug 2020

  • "Stunning cottage, great location."

    Coach and Horses pub is literally a minute away on foot and does good food and good beer. There is everything you need in the cottage, including a desk fan which was extremely useful when I was there. The cottage and the garden are immaculately kept and are great place to relax. The Tissington trail is only a 15 minute walk away, making walking to Ashbourne a nice steady 3 mile stroll along a flat well maintained path. The owners of the cottage live next door, and are around if you need them but leave you alone to enjoy your holiday. When I arrived I as met by Ken who told me all I needed to know about the cottage. Overall a beautiful place to stay and relax, couldn’t ask for more. Got a feeling I’ll be going back soon!

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is a fantastic cottage for two."

    It is clean and ideally located for getting round the Derbyshire Dales area. The gardens are very well kept and we were able to sit out and enjoy the good weather. Would highly recommend and we will definitely be looking to return.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

  • "Hi Sykes Cottages We had a fantastic holiday at Church Barn, It is a very quaint Cottage in the Peak District."

    Ken the host was excellent. it is a beautiful part of the country with Rolling hill etc. The Coach & Horses was only 3 mins walk too I hope to visit again ! I can highly recommend this property Andrew Myatt

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2020

  • "Church Barn was a great place to stay."

    Lovely and cosy and warm. Every detail is thought about for your needs whilst away. The host was very friendly and helpful. Lovely little village and Tissington was only two miles away and so was Ashbourne which is nearest shop. The pub two minutes walk away was amazing food and very friendly.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Feb 2020

  • "Church Barn is wonderful!"

    Small, cosy and comfortable, you have the feel of the countryside but Ashbourne is 5 mins away. Lots of lovely walks nearby, especially tissington. Ken the owner obviously cares about customer service as he has anticipated your every need. Well worth a visit !

    Reviewed by Monica5.0Dec 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a wonderful location for stunning walks, cottage owner was most helpful & has arranged the cottage in such a way that all your needs are met."

    A lovely log burner with an abundant supply of logs was most appreciated & a small path walk took you to a gorgeous friendly country pub with great food and real ales. Adjacent to a stunning church the cottage itself was a real home from home comfortable experience. I would definitely recommend Church Barn as a holiday location.

    Reviewed by Brendan5.0Oct 2019

  • "Greeted by the owner and given a tour of the cottage."

    Good location and lovely garden to relax in. Would recommend and stay again.

    Reviewed by Josie4.1Aug 2019

  • "Church barn was a perfect place to stay, it had everything you needed for a quiet getaway and with so many choices of things to do in the area we couldn't fit them all in so another visit will be needed."

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely and quite"

    Reviewed by Chris4.7May 2019

  • "The cottage was cosy and warm and the owner was very helpful he tried to make us very welcome."

    Reviewed by Joyce4.7May 2019

  • "A perfect getaway."

    The cottage is lovely and cosy with fantastic views. Would recommend!

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0May 2019

  • "The only issue and I meant to mention this to the lovely gentleman who owned it but it slipped my mind is that the WiFi was very slow indeed."

    But that's a minor issue really, the cottage is lovely.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Mar 2019

  • "Nice cosy cottage great friendly owner."

    lovely gardens and village location, Super efficient heating and fabulous wood burning stove All very good

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Feb 2019

  • "Generally good and good value for money."

    One thing that could be improved are the wonky taps in the bathroom.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.1Oct 2018

  • "Beautiful little cottage, extremely warm , lovely owner Ken , pub is 1 minute walking distance with fantastic food ."

    I would highly recommend this place for 2 people . Loved it

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Oct 2018

  • "Very well located for walks & cycling."

    Well equipped with welcoming tea coffee and milk. Very friendly owner with lots of ideas for walks right from the door, only half a mile from Tissington cycle trail. Sylvia & Roy

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Jul 2018

  • "Location of the cottage was excellent, enabling us to explore the beautiful countryside and nearby towns with ease , both on foot and by car."

    The beautiful sunny garden was provided with a good range of seating facilities and was an excellent place to relax . Within the area, are many places of historical interest as well as wonderful walking and cycling trails. Something for all weather!

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0May 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage in lovely peaceful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Janet4.7May 2018

  • "We, enjoyed our stay at Church Barn, everything we needed was there."

    Tea, coffee, milk were awaiting our arrival, which we appreciated .

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2018

  • "Path & Car Parking, would be nice, if a bit closer to cottage, not a proper base to path so unable to use wheels on suitcase`s, this makes it quite difficult to carry heavy case`s."

    Road noise quite high, with windows open in bedroom, having to close very early in morning . Plumbing requires better maintenance, kitchen sink blocked for to days of holiday & pipe work banging when hot and cold water taps are turned on in bathroom sink. Dinning chair broke, when getting off of chair, wife fell onto floor.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.2Nov 2017

  • "Great cosy cottage."

    Very friendly & helpful owner, nice extra unexpected touches, would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Marc4.6Oct 2017

  • "If you are looking for a good broadband/WiFi connection, you will be disappointed!"

    We were very happy to go with the flow & it didn't bother us at all. Lovely place to come back to at the end of the day, very cosy with the logburner :)

    Reviewed by G4.2Apr 2017

  • "Great little holiday let, Ken and Sue are very welcoming"

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Mar 2017

  • "A very lovely, cosy cottage suitable for a couple."

    Very nicely decorated and comfortable. Close to excellent Pub with good food, the 'Coach and Horses' is a 2 mins walk away. Close to Tissington walking trail which we enjoyed a few time. Hosts were very welcoming when we arrived and unobtrusive during our stay. Would love to stay again. A good, relaxing break away from the 'rat-race'.

    Reviewed by Sandra4.8Oct 2016

  • "This was our third visit to this property."

    We look forward to our fourth. For two people it is excellent. Fantastic location, warm and very comfortable. Friendly and very helpful owner who is always on hand if needed but never intrusive.

    Reviewed by Terry4.6Aug 2016

  • "Comfortable cottage for two people in secluded and quiet location."

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Aug 2016

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  • One double bedroom with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with well equipped kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner (Oct - April inclusive)
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Pretty, lawned garden with furniture, summerhouse and BBQ
  • Garden shed for bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub with restaurant 2 mins walk.

The property

A traditional, detached stone barn conversion set in the owners' grounds, in the quiet village of Fenny Bentley, 2 miles from Ashbourne.

This Peak District cottage is decorated and furnished to a high standard.

This former byre is comfortable and welcoming, with flagged floors and beamed ceilings throughout, a cosy sitting room, a delightful light and airy bedroom and beautiful, mature gardens, ideal for enjoying the idyllic surroundings.

Excellent footpaths lead directly to Dovedale, the Tissington Trail and surrounding areas from the doorstep of this Peak District cottage, whilst the village pub offers a choice of real ales and a friendly atmosphere.

Discover the National Trust's Sudbury Hall and Calke Abbey, or visit the market town of Ashbourne, with its antique shops and traditional coaching inns.

Enjoy superb cycling and walking in the Manifold Valley, or a day at Alton Towers.

Plenty to see and do from this characterful Peak District cottage.

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About the location


Ashbourne 2 miles; Alton Towers 13 miles.

The pretty village of Fenny Bentley lies 2 miles north of Ashbourne. Life in Fenny Bentley revolves, as it has done for years, around the pub and the church. The Church of St Edmund dates back to the 14th century. Some particular features of the church are its 16th century screens and the alabaster Beresford tomb. The heart of the village is surely the Coach & Horses, a welcoming coaching inn with real ales. Just 2 miles away, the traditional market town of Ashbourne, once a fashionable social centre in the 18th Century, boasts an eccentric street plan, quaint cobbled alleyways, old market stalls and welcoming coaching inns. Many fine Georgian buildings remain and host a good selection of restaurants and interesting antique shops. For those who prefer outdoor pursuits, the Dove and Manifold valleys are close by offering excellent walking and cycling opportunities, whilst the thrills and spills of Alton Towers are just a short drive away.