Stayed for a week with a group of students - great facilities including football field, hot tub, and 'mini-zoo'. Close enough to the peaks for hiking, Chatsworth etc. Staff friendly and professional. Would recommend and return, no complaints.
We took over the whole of Oakerthorpe Holiday Village on bank holiday weekend in May 2018. We were getting married nearby and used the cottages as accommodation for our guests and a venue for a celebratory BBQ on the Sunday.
Oakerthorpe couldn't of been more perfect, firstly the accommodation itself is gorgeous, spacious and done to the most impeccable standard. Secondly FarmerVic, Rachel and the whole team are friendly, helpful and made our stay easy from the moment we booked to the moment we left. They couldn't of been more accommodating to all of our guests and Vic even gave tours of the Orchard to guests old and young which were loved!
If you are looking for somewhere for a large gathering with family and friends I would reccommend Oakerthorpe without hesitation, you will not be disappointed!
This is a lovely place for a get together.
The accommodation cannot be faulted, it is spotless and there is everything you need. If you have kids the local farm animals and "Farmer Vic" are great. There's a BBQ area and plenty of local pubs/ restaurants.
They will provide you with all the info you need for a great stay to enjoy the area.
Our only difficulty was with the bark garden, carpets inside and 3 dogs it became difficult to ensure the place was kept tidy. Wooden floors would have helped but this did not affect our enjoyment one bit.
We spent a long weekend and the Old Milking Parlour as part of a larger family group taking up other properties on the holiday village.
The property is easy to find and only a short hop off the motorway - but you'd never know it while you were there. The owners have obviously invested a considerable sum in restoring all of these properties to a very high standard and it shows from the moment you arrive. There are four bedrooms downstairs, then two more upstairs and a spacious living area. the bedrooms are on the smaller side but comfortable and well furnished - comfortable mattresses and the en suite shower rooms worked well - and with the heat of the weekend, it was easier to keep the downstairs bedrooms cool!
The living area had a massive dining room table with benches, two large couches, Sky TV (with Sky Sports), bluetooth speakers (very handy, thank you!) and a large kitchen with all mod cons including large fridge freezer. There's no shop in walking distance but a large superstore is only a couple of miles away by road and is available 24 hours to get supplies as needed.
The grounds are available with play areas, football pitches, barbecue area and animal orchard and our wider family made use of them all. Vic was very entertaining and seemed to care that we were all enjoying our stay when we spoke to him - and under his "Farmer Vic" guise, was a great guide to the children going to collect eggs from the chickens.
Only two minor gripes to mention. The first one was simply the heat while we were there. This is nothing the owners can deal with, obviously, but the ability to open the windows a little wider, or a portable air conditioner unit would have been great. Air coolers were provided but they didn't assist much and spent most of their time beeping at us when they were switched on, (with windows closed as per instructions) so we just left them off. The properties are all designed for cooler conditions (ie, normal British weather) and with the living areas upstairs taking advantage of the heat rising, it could be quite uncomfortable. Again, this was during the hottest weekend so far in 2017 - so out of the ordinary. (As an aside, the basement apartment elsewhere in the holiday village was lovely and cool, we're going to try and bag that one next time! :) )
My only other gripe was the additional charge of £150 per property for use of the hot tubs. This seems quite expensive to me, especially considering the amount already invested in the property for a weekend rental.
But these are only two small issues in what otherwise was a flawless stay. Was great that there was a place that could accommodate so many people comfortably. The wider holiday village itself has had a lot of thought put into the design. We truly enjoyed every moment there and we're already talking about returning next year. Highly recommended!
We recently stayed here (9 adults and 2 children) to celebrate my Dad's 70th birthday. From the initial enquiry, Rachel was extremely helpful and professional. The property is well equipped with everything you could need and the onsite facilities were brilliant, especially for the children. Vic was always on hand and even personally delivered a dozen freshly laid eggs. I would highly recommend the property and holiday village!