Foxes' Retreat B&B - Peak District


Location

Foxes Retreat B&B, Okeover, Ashbourne, Staffordshire.

Description

Foxes’ Retreat will welcome you warmly, and you will leave nurtured, relaxed and re-energised.

As well as the B&B,  Myzska and Adam also offer yoga and wellbeing retreats as well as quilting and  writing retreats (please click on each retreat for full information)  and they both look forward to making you feel welcome and relaxed in their home.

There are stables attached to the B&B which house Adam and Myszka's horses when they aren’t in the paddock opposite. The chickens roam free in the fields and provide the free range eggs that are used alongside local produce to create  heart-warming home-cooked meals which are served in the homely farmhouse kitchen. This is available upon request and if notified in advance (Gluten free and vegetarian options available too!)

A delicious spread of croissants, pain au chocolate, homemade jams, fresh fruit, yogurts, cereals and toast is served in the farmhouse kitchen at breakfast times. Outside of breakfast time You are free to use  kitchen as you wish and if you prefer to cook your own meals this is also ok..Just remember to wash up after. 

Myszka and Adam have 2 cats and 4 dogs that wander the farmyard and often pop in to say hello to  guests!

You will find Foxes Retreat to be a completely open and non-judgemental space, Myszka and Adam have a great understanding amd awareness of autism, and the house is open and welcoming.

Myszka makes sure all guests are looked after and if there is a specific brand of cereal that your child eats for example, she is happy to have them in for your arrival if you let us know in advance. 

Adam enjoys inventing and has made some great little additions to the farmyard (ask about the automated chicken coop doors!) and he is very happy to share some of them with you.

Adam has installed a fun outside light display… these lights change colour, and sequence according to the programme that is set, or run through a variety of sequences if left to their own devices…. low energy, eco-good, and lots of fun!

The B&B is set on a working small holding with all the sights, sounds and smells of a farm environment.

There is an area at the side of the farm that is used for the retreats, When retreats are in session they are held in a big yurt style tent, around this area there is a big woodland space that is enclosed by a wire fence with felled trees and the start of a tree house which should be a very exciting development when complete.

The location of Foxes Retreat is rural and quiet with lots of views over the countryside. The Peak District is an area of outstanding natural beauty and  is so varied. Market towns nestle between rocky hills, sweeping grasslands, and craggy rocks. You can leave everyone else far behind, or join a bustling market day, whichever suits your mood on each day.

Bedroom 1 - Clematis

A double room overlooking the farmyard and farmland towards Ashbourne.

This is the largest room and benefits from a wardrobe, writing desk, bedside tables, chest of drawers and TV.

A spacious room, with a comfortable double bed, fresh bedlinen, luxury quilt and eiderdown, two armchairs and views across our fields onto Peak District rolling farmland.

The ample desk is positioned by the window, with paper and pens for you to use.

There is also the option of adding a good quality, single folding trundle bed to this room if required,

Relax and enjoy Tea and coffee making facilities in your room and your complimentary breakfast will await you in the morning. What more could you need for a break away?

Room 2 - Rose

A double room overlooking the farmyard and farmland towards Ashbourne.

With a wardrobe, writing desk, bedside table and Chesterfield armchair Rose room is a comfy space with tea and coffee making facilities too.

Cosy Rose Room has a super comfortable soft bed and an armchair to sit in whilst reading as well as an oak writing bureau, should you wish to send a letter or a postcard during your stay.

A complimentary buffet breakfast is served in our farmhouse kitchen in the mornings

Room 3 - Honeysuckle 

A double room overlooking the farmyard and farmland towards Ashbourne.

Spacious with a wardrobe, writing desk and bedside tables. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided in the room too.

Honeysuckle Room has a large oak writing desk, as well as plenty of space around the comfortable double bed so a fold out, good quality single trundle bed can be provided if required

Tuck yourself under the feather duvet and eiderdown quilt and open the windows at night for fresh Peak District air and a delightful soundscape of birdsong.

We will welcome you into the farmhouse kitchen for breakfast in the morning.

The Spectrum Set-up

This accommodation has been visited and has met our criteria to ensure suitability for a family with a child or children on the spectrum.  Take a look at our criteria list and find out more about what equipment will be available and how we prepare all our properties for your stay here.

  • Sebbi

  • Millie

  • Cesar


Included in your stay

WIFI, Freeview, continental breakfast, tea and coffee making facilities, sensory toys and equipment as part of our Spectrum Pack including:

  • A selection of handheld fidget toys
  • Disco light
  • Easy hold mirror
  • A range of sensory tactile toys
  • Visual resource pack

Before and During your Stay

We understand that preparing an autistic person for a holiday can be challenging. At spectrum holidays we are always looking for ways to make this process easier for our families. We have visited each of the holiday homes personally and have put together a social story for each one. Just let us know how we can best support you in your holiday preparation and we will create personalised visual countdown calendar or timetable for you!

Inside the holiday homes you will find a set of visuals to help support you while on holiday, there is also a “now, next, later” travel keyring to take out and about with you as well as some information about the local area.

We work closely with all of our holiday home owners so there will always be someone available to help should you have any problems during your holiday. Please contact Spectrum Holidays in the first instance with any queries or issues and if applicable we will contact the holiday home owner on your behalf. We can also provide information on the surrounding area, local amenities or visitor attractions


Helpful information

We understand that some families may require additional safety and security features. Here you will find some helpful information about the security features of The Stiddle

  • Key locks on windows. Keys available from Myszka
  • This is a B&B so may be other guests staying at the same time
  • This is a working smallhold and children should be supervised at all times.
  • There is no entry to the stables without Myszka or Adam.
  • There is a small pond on the ground and a wood pile to store firewood
  • The garden area had a wire fence around the perimeter and fallen trees along one side
  • Owners live on site and are freinldy and approachable and happy to help with any questions or requests.
  • The stairs leading to the bedrooms are especially steep
  • There is CCTV in operation around farmyard
  • Stair gates available for use in your room and if no one else is staying in the B&B Myszka and Adam can secure doors that lead from the bedroom corridor to the stairways allowing a safe space to run
  • If you are staying for more than 1 night you are welcome to use your room during the day as much as you like.
  • For reviews from previous guests click here

      Local Amenities and places to visit

      The Stepping Stones at Dovedale

      Walk along the footpaths on the River Dove’s banks to the famous Stepping Stones.  You can keep it as a flat walk, or enjoy a scramble up to Thorpe Cloud or Bunster Hill, for spectacular views through the valleys.

      Carsington Water

      A large reservoir, surrounded by all weather walking/cycling paths, totalling 8.5 miles, complete with Visitor Centre, local craft shops, cafe, restaurant and an ice-cream parlour.
      There is cycle hire (including electric bikes), as well as a Watersports Centre offering tuition, as well as Canadian Canoe hire, Paddleboard hire and dinghy sailing.

      Chatsworth House

      Visit beautiful Chatsworth, for the house, the grounds, or the superb afternoon teas!

      Ashbourne

      Our local town is only five minutes or so away by car and has a range of independent shops and cafes for you to enjoy. There are many historic buildings and a large well kept park with a bandstand at the end of the High Street.

      Dimmingsdale

      Take a stroll along the old railway line from Oakamoor to Alton, perhaps calling in at the Rambler’s Retreat for a light lunch or a luxury hot chocolate to break your journey. There are many side tracks and smaller public footpaths through these woodlands, allowing a delightful exploration into denser woods, should you venture off the main path.

      The Okeover Arms

      This welcoming, dog and family friendly pub is a popular place for visitors. The home cooked food is delicious (we tested this for you too!) there is also a small playpark behind  the pub

      Alton Towers

      The UK's biggest and best theme park is a short drive away. Enjoy 40 rides and attractions!  Alton Towers is the perfect place for thrill seekers of all ages,


      Pricing

      Clematis

      £77 per night based on 1 person. 2 additional guests can be accommodated using the double bed and 1 trundle bed at £5.50 per person per night)

      Rose

      £66 per night based on 1 person. 2 additional guests can be accommodated (using the Double bed and an additional trundle bed) at £5.50 per person per night

      Honeysuckle

      £66 per night based on 1 person. 2 additional guests can be accommodated (using the Double bed and an additional trundle bed) at £5.50 per person per night

      For weekend breaks (Friday-Sunday):

      A deposit of £50% of the overall booking cost is due to secure your dates with full payment  due 2 weeks before arrival.

      For midweek stays or breaks of 7 days or longer:

      A deposit of £150 is due to secure your dates with full payment due 6 weeks before arrival.

      For more information please contact us.


      How to Book

      If you would like more information about this accommodation or would like to enquire about availability, please complete the form below - we will check availability for you and will be back in touch asap.   If you would like to enquire about several properties at the same time, please make a note of the name of the properties and head over to our booking enquiry form.  If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.