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Shippon Cottage

Shippon Cottage is a spacious, luxurious and romantic cottage for two with wonderful views of Lose Hill and the surrounding countryside. Built in 1872 from local limestone, this substantial stone cottage originally housed the farm's cows, dairy and hay loft. Converted in 2000 it now provides spacious, high quality holiday accommodation and is a perfect retreat after exploring the delights of the Peak District.

Uniquely, upstairs Shippon Cottage features a large, beamed 7m by 5m open plan double bedroom and adjoining sitting room (with TV). The room features a spectacular antique four poster bed and items of antique furniture. This upstairs sitting room and bedroom can be separated with drapes into two rooms with a very comfortable sofa bed giving flexibility for a third guest.

There is a second sitting area downstairs, also with a TV and DVD, giving additional substantial living space. This downstairs sitting room has a fireplace with a cast iron living flame gas stove all of which gives a cosy, as well as, luxurious feel to the cottage.

The downstairs bathroom has a bath and power shower while the dining-kitchen is fully equipped with an electric cooker, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Gas-fired central heating and double glazing make the cottage comfortable at all times. It is equipped with everything you could possibly need including maps and walking guides.

The downstairs sitting room opens onto a private terrace looking directly to the slopes of Lose Hill and grazing horses. It is an ideal place to relax in summer for drinks and dine ‘al fresco’ with the barbecue. Parking is available with the cottage plus plenty of storage for bikes and climbing equipment. The cottage has Wi-Fi internet access. Full laundry facilities are available if required. Well behaved and friendly dogs are welcome at no extra charge. Maximum two dogs. No puppies or very young dogs please.

History of Shippon Cottage

Records show that William Wells Gould inherited Spring House Farm in 1849 and farmed here until his death in 1876. We know that originally he was a ladies' stay (corset) dealer in Sheffield and married Abigail Cheetham from Stockport. We are lucky to have the original farm ledger written by Abigail and know that their main income was from butter and eggs.

In 1872 he wanted to build a new ‘shippon’ for his milking herd. Hidden among the routine of everyday farm life are details of the building of this new dairy. We know that the stone came from Smalldale (near Buxton), that Wilfred Isaac supplied the timber at a cost of £9-13-0 and that Robert Shirt built it.

Most poignant perhaps is an entry in the ledger which says that on the 8th June 1872, Joe Shirt was paid one shilling (5p) for carving the initials and date which can still be seen in the lintel above the front door of the cottage- "WWG 1872" The Gould family farmed here until selling the property in the 1940s.

The shippon was last used for milking in 1962 when the Cunningham family lived and farmed here. It was then used for general storage before being converted to a cottage in 2000.

Please call 01433 623625 or e-mail to make a booking

shippon cottage
Shippon Cottage
shippon bedroom and lounge
The bedroom from the upper lounge in Shippon Cottage
shippon cottage rear terrace
The terrace and view at the rear of Shippon Cottage
ground floor lounge
Ground floor lounge
building date on the lintel
The date of building the Shippon is inscribed on the lintel

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