Welcome to the main building at Elm Tree Farm – a single holiday unit incorporating both the barn conversion (centre and right) and the original farm cottage, enclosed by the low garden wall (left).
We will enter by the main front door, shown open in the picture below:-
The floor before us has stone-style porcelain tiles which give an attractive and practical finish throughout the ground floor of the property. Enjoy the warmth of the underfloor heating in winter!
After glancing up at the high beamed ceiling in the hall, we will turn right and go southwards into the main kitchen and living room.
In addition to the double sink and range cooker with induction hob, the main section of the kitchen includes a freezer, combination microwave oven and full size dishwasher. The adjacent utility area contains a washing machine, condenser dryer, a full-height fridge and a 3/4 height fridge.
The dining area includes two tables, one of which is ideal for up to 10 guests. A second extendible table is provided so that 14 or more guests can dine together.
The raised lounge area contains 5 sofas and is spacious enough for groups of 14 to sit around the 50 inch plasma screen television, which has the facility to rewind live TV, is connected to the internet and a DVD player, and has a long HDMI cable to connect to your laptop.
Three further steps lead up to the characterful former Dairy with its comfortable king-size bed. The two roof lights open to give comfortable ventilation and a low doorway leads directly outside to a sheltered stone paved patio.
Returning to the entrance hall, we now climb the stairs to the Hayloft with its stylish king-sized bed with a pocket sprung mattress.
Also on the first floor of the barn is the gallery area looking out over the kitchen and living room. Illuminated by roof lights on both aspects of the building, it is an ideal place for craft activities. It can also be used as a play area with lots of children’s games and the chest with dressing up clothes of all shapes and sizes!
Heading northwards from the entrance hall, on the ground floor, we come to the Byre with its king-sized bed. The ceiling is low with an oak beam still in situ making the Byre the cosiest room in the house. Again a door leads directly outside – ideal for those who like early morning walks – or who creep in late!
The Dairy, Byre and Hayloft bedrooms all require a short walk, including steps or stairs, to reach the modern ground floor shower room and toilet which serves the southern end of the building.
The next room northwards down the building is the Parlour – named to reflect its original function as the room in the old farm cottage reserved for ‘Sunday Best’. It is furnished with a grand four-poster bed which affords a degree of privacy in this walk-through seventh ‘bedroom’.
At the foot of the stairs at the north end of the cottage is the Sitting Room with a futon that converts into an extra double bed if required. Accessed from the Sitting Room is the light and airy bedroom called the Old Kitchen. Furnished with a king-sized bed and bench seat, it has its own access to the courtyard and great views of the surrounding area. The Old kitchen is also on the same level as the adjacent bathroom. The remaining two bedrooms are on the first floor at the northern end of the building and are accessed up the northern staircase. The two bedrooms are linked by the landing, with a cosy seating area and a small table for laptop users.
The Cruck Room is high and spacious with a king-sized bed looking across to the mediaeval cruck frame. There is also a single bed in this room. A full-size wash basin is fitted in the corner of the room. The low sash window is original and, as on the adjacent landing, looks across to Riber Castle.
The northernmost bedroom, the Apple Loft, is a delightfully asymmetric room, perfectly suited to both a double and a single bed, so that it can be used as a double or twin room as required. Both beds have high quality pocket sprung mattresses. There is a superb view over Patchett Wood and the tower of Dethick church is just visible.
The Parlour, Old Kitchen, Cruck Room and Apple Loft all share the second ground floor bathroom at the north-eastern corner of the cottage. This has a full size bath, separate shower cubicle and modern wash basin and toilet.
Opposite the main building is an open-fronted barn giving a sheltered area for outdoor dining or barbecues. We supply a portable barbecue with a bag of easy-light charcoal and set of tongs. A collection of outdoor games and toys are also kept here.
The small room forming the northern end of the open barn, which we call the Shippon, is not included in our lettings.