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Browse through our blog posts to find out what life is like at Hoe Grange Holidays along with some great ideas for days out in the Peak District.

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Dairy Herd Sale

July 21, 2009
Farm, General,

Our farm sale last Friday was a day of mixed emotions. Very sad and tearful at times as we watched 30 years of hard work sold of bit by bit, however we could not help but smile as things that we considered as scrap sold for £10 here, £50 there, or even over £100! Have you ever been to a live auction? It can certainly get the adrenalin going and people can't help getting carried away bidding over their original limit! Going, going, gone... I felt no regret as bits of soulless machinery and tractors were auctioned one after the other; the hea...

Cow wash

July 16, 2009
Farm, General,

Well you will have heard of a car wash, but have you ever herd of a cow wash ? Shampoo and set for cows at Hoe Grange Power shower! In preparation for our farm sale tomorrow all our cows had a shampoo and set today - well I say shampoo and set, but really it was more of a pressure wash! I thought the cows would be terrified, but they really seemed to quite enjoy it - I suppose it must have been a bit like a power shower for us. The specialist team  arrived complete with equipement and managed to wash the entire milk herd in the space ...

Rosie with new calf Ruby It is a sad decision, but after much heart ache and angst we have decided to sell our Friesian dairy herd and go out of milking. Sadly Ruby is one of the last Friesian cows to be born at Hoe Grange. We shall of course continue farming, but we will be concentrating on rearing beef and perhaps some sheep, as Hoe Grange is too rocky to comercially grow crops. This has all come about due to a little publicised European directive to reduce the nitrate levels in ground water. Under these new regulations, known as NVZ (Nitro...

Roger Allen - watercolour artist painting at Hoe Grange At Hoe Grange we have our very own resident watercolour artist Roger Allen, who has been living and capturing our fabulous scenic landscape on canvas for over 15 years. Roger's watercolours are extremely detailed and he works with a traditional technique of overlaid washes to achieve the realistic effect  he desires - the detail is so amazing his paintings are almost photographic. Roger is well known for his depictions of the Peak District through the seasons and sets out each mo...

electric profile bed with memory foam mattress Just to keep you all in the picture we have recently added to our accessible facilities in Hipley cabin with the purchase of an electric profile bed with memory foam mattress. It really is extremely comfortable - I think I could do with one at home! It is one of the single beds in the twin room, but where necessary the second bed can be removed to allow full access from either side.  The bed has an adjustable frame allowing independent operation to support the five key areas - neck, back, hips...

Silaging at last !

June 22, 2009
Farm, General,

Silaging at Hoe Grange You never know with the English weather these days - the forecast seems to constantly change which makes it very difficult when trying to decide whether or not, or indeed whether the weather is right to make silage! Silage, for those who don't know, is grass that has been cut and left to partially dry so it can be used as feed in the winter. The difference to hay is that silage is collected when it is still damp and then piled up in a pit and covered with black sheeting to keep the air out to stop it going mouldy. The fi...

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Hoe Grange Holidays Tripadvisor Comments...

  •   Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more


      We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more


      We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more

  •   Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more


      It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more


      A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more

  •   For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more


      Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more


      We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

  •   Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more


      Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C

      On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more

  •   What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more


      We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more


      Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B
  •   We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more


      We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more

    Jan Horsman J

      We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B
  •   Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more


      We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    David H

      Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M
  •   We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more


      We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more


      lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s
  •   What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more


      We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more


      Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more

  •   We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more


      What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more


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