Southwood House Farm, Ticknall

Leicestershire. Sleeps up to 14

If you’re after a large house for an upcoming gathering, Southwood House Farm will more than suffice. Not only does it have seven large bedrooms, each room nods to its 18th-century character. Period fireplaces, dark wooden floorboards and exposed beams have been preserved, while fine furnishings have been added to create a comfortable holiday home with hints of luxury. The house sits in a former farmyard flanked by a range of historic buildings and views over open farmland of the Calke estate. 

You’ll be on the peaceful south side of the estate with a stream running at the bottom of the garden and 600 acres of parkland on your doorstep. Pick up a map and discover trails through its National Nature Reserve, flower gardens and deer parks. 

The nearby Georgian market town of Melbourne is less than a 10 minute drive from the cottage. Here you’ll find a wealth of tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. For walks in the Peak District, you can reach the southern end in less than an hour’s drive. 

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