Hilltop Farm

Greater Manchester, England

Hilltop Farm

The Curlew is a bespoke, luxury, 1 bedroom Shepherd’s Hut, in a spectacular, get-away-from-it-all location with uninterrupted views of magnificent Kinder Scout – the highest fell in the Peak District. Nestled in a private wildflower paddock, at Hilltop Farm, your stay is in the quiet village of Mellor - a stone’s throw from the Derbyshire border and is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy magnificent scenery and walks galore.
The space
The cosy, Curlew has been craftsman built and has been lovingly furnished by its owners, with no expense spared, using designer fabrics, furnishings, fixtures and fittings throughout, to provide couples or solo guests, with a relaxing stay.

The Curlew’s wonderful hilltop location provides guests with some of the finest views in the area.

The Curlew is beautifully designed to maximise space and luxury:
king Size bed, a comfy seating area with breakfast table and a bijou blacksmith-crafted, wood burning stove to keep guests cosy.

The handmade fitted kitchen features a Belfast sink, oak worktops, a fridge stocked with a essential starter supply of milk, eggs, and ice cubes. There is a microwave oven and a two-ring electric induction hob.

The Curlew has all dinnerware, cutlery and essential utensils provided, and a welcome pack of locally ground coffee and tea bags.

The stylish bathroom has a full-size walk-in shower, washbasin and sumptuously soft towels, plus a clever and discreet, Swedish engineered, Seperatt eco-friendly, waterless loo.

Eco friendly hand soap and shower wash are provided for our guests.

The Curlew also offers guests free Wi-Fi and a 4G signal for use throughout their minimum 2 night stay if you feel the need to connect with the outside world.
The Curlew’s guests have full access to the pretty wildflower paddock that surrounds it. Choose from two outdoor dining tables and chairs and the wooden Lutyens bench is the perfect summer spot to while away an afternoon listening, to the Curlew and Lapwing calls.

Grounds and nearby

Nearby there are designated footpaths giving access to the Peak District, 4 Local pubs within walking distance, local bus service, local village 2 miles away with shops, cafes, restaurants and post office. Local Riding stables, Local Golf Course, National Trust Properties, Local train station with direct line to central Manchester.

The Forest of Bowland has the most stunning valleys. Take this opportunity to learn more about the international importance of the area for birds of prey and the rare upland habitat they call home during the spring and summer. Birds to look out for include the ring ouzel, a regular breeder in the valley, our smallest bird of prey the merlin and, if you’re lucky, you may be rewarded with a sighting of England’s rarest bird of prey, and emblem of the AONB, the hen harrier.

The Curlew is the only holiday let at Hilltop Farm and therefore enjoys letting privacy.

The Curlew’s wonderful hilltop location provides guests with some of the finest views in the area. It’s a special moment to draw back the curtains and watch the magical spectacle of the sun rising over the fells, from the cosy comfort of the Curlew’s king-size bed with its silky-soft pure linen bedding.

And it’s the perfect spot for a sundowner too, drinking in the views from the paddock gate, down the Goyt valley and out for over 90 miles across the Cheshire plain as far as the Welsh Hills, to watch the sun set in the West.

Do as little or as much as you like while staying at The Curlew. Maybe you simply just want to escape, hunker down, relax and recharge, or perhaps explore the historic and beautiful local area, which is bursting with things to see and do.

The Curlew is in a walker’s paradise, surrounded by a vast network of footpaths and bridle paths, providing moorland, woodland, countryside and canal walks from the door.

The local area is steeped in history being at the heart of the industrial revolution and home to Samuel Oldknow’s 18th Century cotton mills powered by the fast-flowing rivers in the valleys surrounding Mellor.

An array of local pubs offer a variety of eating opportunities, together with a deli, post office and tapas eatery in the nearby village of Marple Bridge and a selection of cafes and restaurants in the little town of New Mills 2 miles away.

Two highly popular, local pubs are within a 10-15 minute stroll down the hill from The Curlew’s door.

Historic St Thomas’ Church is a delightful short walk over the fields and apart from breathtaking views from the Churchyard towards Manchester and beyond, the Church has a pulpit that is nearly seven hundred years old and a font reported to be from the first Millennium. It sits within an ancient settlement featuring an Iron Age hillfort excavated by the Mellor Archaeological Trust.

The National Trust’s Lyme Park is just 4 miles away and the Spa Town of Buxton is a 30-minute car ride in the other direction. Stunning Chatsworth House and Gardens are a scenic 27 miles drive away.

For anyone looking to explore the restaurants, theatres and retail delights of Manchester, Marple Station (3 miles) has a direct line to Manchester Piccadilly which gets you to the city in approx. 25 minutes.

Golfers can enjoy a game with tremendous views from nearby Mellor and Townscliffe or News Mills Golf Clubs. For experienced horse riders, the renowned, Tarden Farm Riding Stables is 5 minutes down the road.

The Curlew is not suitable for children or pets, but offers discerning adult couples or solo guests, a tranquil, rural idyll in which to relax, with plenty to see and enjoy right on the doorstep.