Where we are

Orchard Farm, with our two luxury holiday cottages for two, is idyllically situated on the edge of the very attractive village of Parwich, in the Derbyshire Peak District. We are right in the middle of the country, easily accessible from every direction as you can see from the potted directions below.

We feel we are very lucky to live where we do, in such a beautiful and peaceful part, so apparently tucked away – Parwich is not on the way to anywhere – yet so easy to get to. People can and do come here with great regularity from all four corners of the country.

Many of our guests come up from London and the Home Counties and are invariably surprised and amazed that such a striking contrast to their metropolitan lives is so relatively close. No noise, no crowds, no sirens, no traffic, no light-pollution.

Another thing that initially surprised us – but always pleases us – is how many of our guests from nearby – the neighbouring counties of Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire – even Derbyshire itself – come here and keep returning, invariably delighted to have found such a beautiful and comfortable Five Star retreat for two so easily reached after work on a Friday.

Equally – see above – we have some fabulous faithfuls from further afield, in fact from all ends of the country.

Getting here

Before our guests arrive – in fact as soon as we receive the final payment for the stay – we always send a map of the village, with arrows and directions to guide you safely here. It is actually very simple, but new road signs and warnings of ‘Changed Priorities’ do their best to confuse matters.

Also, be warned: some SatNavs are also confused by the fact that about a quarter of the houses in our village share the DE6 1QB postcode, so there comes a point when that wretched voice keeps telling you – increasingly annoyingly – that you’ve reached your destination when you patently have not!

But if that throws you completely, or if at any stage you are lost in the village, do try ringing if you have a signal. Failing that, ask anyone you see. Everybody local knows Orchard Farm and should be able to help you although if luck is against you you’ll find you’ve asked another visitor who may be feeling as lost as you are.

Please note, it is difficult – although not impossible – to get here by public transport. However, once here, it is very easy to be completely green and do everything on foot if you feel like keeping abandoning your car. See our (nearly-two) Two Times Ten Top Tips on our blog.

M1 from the North

Leave the M1 at junction 28. Take the A38 towards Derby. After a few miles, leave at the Ripley turn off and take the A610 towards Ambergate. When the A610 meets the A6 take a right turn towards Matlock. At Cromford traffic lights, a few miles short of Matlock Bath, turn left towards Wirksworth on the B5036. After 400m take the right hand turn towards Newhaven and Buxton on the A5012.

After approximately 3 miles turn left at a crossroads signposted to Ashbourne on the B5056. After approximately 3 miles take a right turn signposted Parwich & Ballidon. Follow this road as it twists and turns until you find yourself on the edge of the village, with 30MPH and Parwich signs.

*See village directions to the barns below.

M1 from the South

Leave M1 at junction 23a. Do NOT be lured into going to Derby (Junction 25/A52). Take the A50 towards Stoke on Trent, following signs for Stoke and Uttoxeter. After approximately 20 miles, just after the Sudbury roundabout (where the southbound A515 goes off left to Lichfield) take the A515 north to Ashbourne.

*Follow Directions to Parwich from Ashbourne

**Follow Directions to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

M5 / M40 from the South

Take the M42 at J4A from the M5, at J3 from the M40. Take the M6 toll (beware – it will cost at least £4.50 but it is (almost) worth it. Come off at T4, take the A38 towards Lichfield/Burton/Derby. Come off quite soon at Alrewas on the A513 then turn right onto the A515 at King’s Bromley. Follow the A515 to Ashbourne.

*Follow Directions to Parwich from Ashbourne

**Follow Directions to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

M5 / M6 from the South

EITHER: Leave junction 15 of the M6 and take the A50 east for approximately 20 miles passing Stoke on Trent and Uttoxeter. Turn left on the A515 towards Ashbourne.

OR: Leave the M6 at Junction 14 towards but virtually bypassing Stafford, then follow signs to Uttoxeter on the A518 then Ashbourne on the A515

*Follow Directions to Parwich from Ashbourne

**Follow Directions to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

M6 from the North

EITHER: Leave junction 15 of the M6 and take the A50 east for approximately 20 miles passing Stoke on Trent and Uttoxeter. Turn left on the A515 towards Ashbourne.

*Follow Directions to Parwich from Ashbourne

**Follow Directions to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

OR: Leave the M6 at Junction 14 towards but virtually bypassing Stafford, then follow signs to Uttoxeter on the A518 then Ashbourne on the A515

*Follow Directions to Parwich from Ashbourne

**Follow Directions to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

OR: Leave M6 at J19 and take the A537 from Knutsford to Macclesfield to Buxton (this is the scenic route but don’t try it on a foggy day!). From Buxton take the A515 towards Ashbourne. Turn left on an unmarked road 1 mile after Newhaven Crossroads. Follow this road into the village; turn right at the T junction and left immediately before (i.e. in front of) the church. At the end of this little road turn left where you will see the Road Narrows sign on the grassy island…

**Follow Directions to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns

*Directions to Parwich from Ashbourne

Go straight through Ashbourne, up through the market place, taking the A515 towards Buxton. After roughly two miles, turn right onto the B5056 by the Bentley Brook hotel at Fenny Bentley. Carry along this road for roughly four miles or so until you turn left at a sign which says Parwich and Ballidon.

Follow this road as it twists and turns until you find yourself on the edge of the village, with 30MPH and Parwich signs. As you pass a modern bungalow on your left, and on your right a stone house then a modern bungalow you will see a sign indicating a right turn. Turn right here…

**Directions to Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns, Orchard Farm, once you’re in the Village

… (Follow this road as it twists and turns until you find yourself on the edge of the village, with 30MPH and Parwich signs.) As you pass a modern bungalow on your left, and on your right a stone house then a modern bungalow you will see a sign indicating a right turn.

Turn right here; as you do so you will see a pond on your left, and a sign proclaiming Children’s Playground and ‘Changed Priorities’. Carry on up this road, giving way ‘right’ twice although actually you’re still facing up the hill (they changed the road markings very confusingly several years ago…!).

Almost as soon as you give way right the second time you will see (Croft Avenue on your left but ignore it) and a green island in the middle of the road, with a Road Narrows sign. (This is where many SatNavs collapse.) There is a lane going off right immediately before the island after first Court House and then Church Farm driveways on your right.

Take this right turning. Follow the road round right. Looming ahead of you will be a rusty dutch haybarn (this is us – you are nearly there!). You will pass two modern bungalows then the Orchard Farm house drive. If you have a large unwieldy 4×4 turn right here, otherwise carry on round the back of the building and your gateway will appear at the end, on the right. (Whatever happens, Orchard Farm is the third property on the right, and the barns’ gate is the fourth gateway.)

The parking spot for both barns is side by side in the obvious parking space by the firewood/rubbish bins opposite the house but do drive up to your barn to unload first.

Location Maps

The M42 is the unnamed semi-circular route round the south of Birmingham which both the M5 and M40 meet.

Tom's Barn and Douglas's Barn Location Map

Finally, to pinpoint us exactly on a Google Map map: Lat. 53.088547 and Long. -1.717256

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