What our visitors say...
A beautiful poem written by two of our lovely guests, Dinah and Keith, who have visited the Ancestral Barn and Church Farm Cottage several times in the last couple of years.
Forget the rest, Derbyshire's the best!
The White Peak with its rivers and hills
Is a jewel amid this land
Where, as you walk, the skylark trills
Over countryside rolling and grand.
Hall Dale in the hamlet of Stanshope lies;
Take a stroll in the early morn.
The breeze through the valley gently sighs,
Dew underfoot, the earth reborn.
From Hartington cross fields to Beresford Dale,
The river and trees cool retreat.
Continue through Wolfscote on paths strewn with shale
Or back to Hartington for something to eat!
The Manifold Valley, that enchanted land
At daybreak lies misty, still.
Thor's Cave, formed by some unknown hand
Presides; a brooding sentinel.
Where fish once swam, long millennia past,
Now birds on air currents soar.
How many centuries still to last?
As many as gone before?
Above Ilam, Blore Pastures is a favoured spot
To pause and enjoy the view.
Sitting on the bench with a flask, nice and hot,
For a while, nothing pressing to do
But watch the shadows of the clouds pass by
On opposite Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill;
Sheep graze on that hillside, way up high.
Return, I always will.
The River Dove gently winds its way
Through the dale that bears its name;
It's solitude and beauty
Are the secrets of its fame.
Of all the places in Derbyshire
This is the one I like best;
Dovedale is for me,
Where the wonders of nature rest.
I'd heard about the stepping stones
Some time before I saw them;
Then of course my one desire
Was to get myself across them.
At 79 though perhaps
This might be a step too long,
But afterwards I felt so good......
A bit like Neil Armstrong!
"Carpe Diem", the Blore Pastures bench proclaims,
Wise words, I'm sure you'll agree.
Whatever the season, enjoy the terrain,
Grasp the moment, it's all here to see!
And for friendliness, cleanliness, comfort and style,
Church Farm is the place to stay.
You'll not find better in many a mile,
Or if you searched for many a day.
Susan, James, little Beth, and Henry the setter
Are a lovely family of four!
They've thought of everything to make your stay better;
Who could ask for anything more?
You find new-laid eggs, and homemade bread,
All's tasteful, pristine, like new;
The delightful embroideries, big canopied beds,
And of course, the wonderful view!
So give to them the same consideration
That they show to every guest.
Come and go quietly, shutting the gate,
And you'll keep their minds at rest!