Hello and welcome to Bolehill Farm Cottages and soon to be B&B!
We're excited to introduce ourselves as the new owners taking over from Chris and Shirley in November 2017.
We are not from far flung areas of the country - far from it! Fay grew up just over the road at Melbourne Farm (dairy farm opposite) and her parents still live there, so it's feels like coming home. It's her dad's cow's (more on Andrew below) in the fields and it was one of his happiest days learning that Fay would be returning home - living just over the road, who would have thought that.
Dan is from the next county along, Nottinghamshire (hush hush, we keep this quiet as the rivalry between Derby County and Nottingham Forest is quite something!).
Dan has always loved the area too - walking, cycling, village exploring and last but certainly not least, the fantastic pubs our local area has to offer.
It's a new and exciting time for us; we recently got married, left our home and careers but we couldn't be happier in starting the next chapter of our lives, running Bolehill Farm. We have lots of great ideas for the site moving forwards (nothing too drastic!) and look forward to sharing these with you when you stay. We look forward to your comments, ideas and views on the site as we are a small business that genuinely cares what people think.
We are here to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible - from making the booking, through to the end of your stay so if there is anything you would like or require advice on where to visit, eat or walk - please just ask.
We're rebuilding our local knowledge so will keep you updated on social media on our adventures as to the places of interest. We would love to hear ideas from existing guests that have visited Bolehill previously. Dan loves his bike so hopefully this will get more use than it did when we lived in Leeds!
An initial plan is to open two rooms in the farmhouse as B&B rooms with the intention of opening them in the first half of 2018. Please do follow us on Instagram and Facebook and we will post updates on our progress. Further plans to follow.
We are proud to call this home and look forward to welcoming you to this special slice of the Peak District National Park.
Dan and Fay
About Andrew ( the local farmer - Fay's Dad)
Just over the road from Bolehill is Melbourne Farm which is where Fay grew up. Despite leaving Bakewell for 10 years, we have ended up living just over the road.
Fay's parents Andrew and Joanna still live at Melbourne Farm running the family dairy farm. Despite the photo, Andrew doesn't normally farm in his suit (this is a photo from our wedding day - he couldn't resist a photo with these lovely ladies!)
It is their cows which spend there summer on the fields around Bolehill. These cows are generally expectant mothers, getting ready to give birth.
It is purely a dairy farm. They milk approximately 120 cows, twice a day. They rear all their own calves and have nearly 300 livestock in total on the farm.
The farm has been in the family since Andrew's dad bought it in 1974, moving from the Ashbourne area. Jake works on the farm alongside Andrew who also lives on the farm with his family.
Despite all of the trials and tribulations with dairy farming; they are proud dairy farmers who would not choose to do anything else. Please wave if you seem them on or around the fields!