Sandy’s Barn – Directions & Cottage Information

About Your Cottage

Foolow is a small but delightful village in the White Peak area of the Peak District. It offers quiet, country lanes, pretty limestone cottages, a village green with a medieval cross … even a picture-perfect duck pond, complete with white Aylesbury ducks.

The sweet little church of St Hugh is well worth a visit.  It was once a smithy, but was consecrated as a church in the late 19th Century.  Foolow also has an architecturally interesting Wesleyan chapel dating from 1836.

The Bull’s Head pub is situated in the centre of the village and serves honest, locally-sourced food and real ales.  The Barrel Inn in the nearby village of Bretton is also within easy walking distance, however, and is reputedly the highest pub in Derbyshire, as evidenced by the spectacular views from its front lawns.

Foolow is surrounded by the most glorious Peak District countryside of gently rolling hills, ancient dry-stone walls and tumbledown barns. This is a haven for walkers, with a great many easy routes to follow on mostly level, well-made trails, all offering beautiful views.

Foolow was once a thriving centre for lead mining. Rich veins of lead were discovered along the edges to the north of the village and led to the opening of a number of mines in the early 18th Century, which in turn brought miners and their families into the area.  The Watergrove Mine, located to the south of the village, was in use until 1853.

What do we need to bring?

We have tried to make the cottages a home-from-home so hopefully you will find most things you need at the cottage. These are self-catering cottages so you will need to bring (or buy locally) your own food and other supplies you may need. The cost of your holiday includes bed linen, quality towels and face flannels for each guest. As part of your starter pack, we will also equip the cottage with:

    • A pint of milk, some tea, coffee and sugar
    • Two clean tea towels & oven gloves
    • Clean table cloth on dining table
    • An initial supply of toilet rolls
    • Roll of kitchen paper
    • Bottle of washing-up liquid, new J-cloth & new washing-up sponge / scourer
    • Spare bin-liners for kitchen bin
    • An initial supply of dishwasher tablets
    • Salt & pepper in grinders
    • Liquid soap in dispensers at hand basins
    • A small supply of toiletries in case you forget something!

The full address of the cottage is Sady’s Barn, Foolow, Eyam, Hope Valley S32 5QR

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You will find the cottage 50 yards up from the Bulls Head, on the same side of the road. Parking is available on the road outside the cottage and is not restricted. The key safe is by the door to the cottage.

Please note that the driveway outside the main entrance belongs to a neighbour and should not be blocked

Keeping Safe & Secure

 We care about your safety. We suggest that you familiarise yourself with the layout of the property and how you would escape should fire occur. To help minimise the risk of fire:

    • Don’t let children play with matches or lighters;
    • Don’t leave children alone near the cooker when it is in use;
    • Watch chip pans;
    • Check heaters;
    • Make sure everything is switched off last thing at night;
    • Do not smoke inside the cottage;
    • Make sure the young or elderly take special care.

There are fire alarms in the cottage. They are sensitive so they may let you know very quickly if a piece of toast is getting a little ‘well done’. Once the ‘smoke’ has cleared they will re-set themselves in about a minute.

There is a fire extinguisher and fire blanket in the kitchen. Familiarise yourself with their instructions for use but do not tackle a fire if you think it will put you at personal risk. Above all, if there is a fire:


Telephone  & Broadband

Mobile reception is reasonable on most networks in the village.

Free WiFi is available at the cottage. You will need to enter a security key into your computer to access the network:

SSID: PeakHols

Password: peak6375hols

Heating & Hot water

The barn has electric heaters in each room. which can be controlled individually.

The kitchen tap has a built in electric heater to make hot water, and there is a water heater above the basin in the shower room.

The shower room has an electric shower. The isolation switch is outside the shower room, by the microwave.


The TV is Freesat – use the Input TV button at the top right hand corner of the remote control to toggle the TV sources.

If you are not familiar, Fressat channels run 101, 102, 103 etc

The TV is a smart TV, connected to the internet, and you can use your own streaming service login if you wish.


Out of consideration to other visitors who will subsequently occupy the cottage, we ask guests not to smoke inside.


Dogs really enjoy a holiday in the country with their families, so we have made our cottages dog-friendly where we can. We ask you to ensure that your dog is well-behaved, remains  off the furniture at all times. You should never leave your dog alone in the cottage or the patio areas.

Please take care allowing your pets to use the spiral staircase unsupervised

Local Shopping & Pubs

There are no shops in the village

The main shopping centre is in the nearby market town of Bakewell where you will find many local shops and some of the high street names – Co-op supermarket, Aldi (on A6 towards Buxton), Boots, Bank and Post-office – and a general and farmers’ market (Mondays). A similar distance is Buxton, which is also a major shopping centre – you will find a greater selection of food shopping including a Morrison’s supermarket, M&S Food, and Waitrose. Buxton also has a wide range of high street names as well as local shops.

Matlock, Ashbourne are also major shopping centres.

Below are some of the local pubs, with good feedback from previous guests:

Bulls Head: The village pub, the Bulls Head is just a few yards away, and also serves food.

The Barrel Inn, Bretton: It has panoramic views of the majestic Hope Valley and on a clear day you are able to enjoy views over five counties.

The Miners Arms, Eyam: A 17th century coutry pub &  restaurant in Eyam

The Moon In, Stoney Middleton:  A traditional country pub with a good reputation for food

Doctor, Dentist & vet etc

There are numerous practices in the area, all of which can be found online. The nearest to the cottage are:

Doctor: The nearest GP Surgery is at Eyam, 01433 630836.

Emergency A&E: There are 2 hospitals with 24h A&E, both are around 13 miles from the cottage;

Dentist:  The largest local practice in Bakewell, at Diamond Court, 01629 812 991

Vet: The nearest veterinary practice is also in Bakewell, 01629 812744


We ask that you vacate the cottage by 10am on your day of departure. Please can you lock the cottage and put the keys back in the key safe.


 The dustbin is located across the grass (in front or the main door to the barn) on the right hand side.

Only use the household grey bin for general household waste. Any materials that can be recycled should be placed in the appropriate recycling container.

There is just one recycling bin:

Blue Bin – Main body of bin

    • Mixed glass bottles and jars (green, brown, clear and blue glass – please remove caps, tops, lids and corks)food and drinks cans
    • aerosols
    • aluminium trays/foil trays
    • plastic bottles (including plastic caps) and containers
    • beverage cartons

Blue Bin – Basket insert

    • newspapers
    • magazines
    • postal advertising
    • white and brown envelopes
    • paper (including shredded paper)
    • telephone directories (including yellow pages)
    • card / cardboard

Should anything else break or get broken, please let us know so we can get it replaced.


If you have any problems at the cottage please call: 01629 828 301