Five stunning barn conversions with views across the countryside are available as holiday cottages.
The 15,000-acre country estate surrounding Welbeck Abbey has been home to the Dukes of Portland and their families since 1607. Nestled in Nottinghamshire's Sherwood Forest, it has provided the perfect country retreat for centuries... And continues to do so.
Tucked away in a quiet part of the estate is the newly transformed Holbeck Farm Barns, providing the chance to truly get away from it.
These self-contained barn conversions are set in the estate's picture-perfect village of Holbeck, with uninterrupted views of rolling fields. Here you can immerse yourself in a slower pace of life, enjoy the peaceful surroundings and explore the paths that flank the barns.
A trail that starts by the side of the Barns leads right into the picturesque limestone gorge of the estate's Creswell Crags, home to the only Ice Age cave art in the UK. If art's your thing, there's easy access to The Courtyard at Welbeck, too, with its contemporary art gallery and museum and a trip there isn't complete without a stop off at The Harley Café.
If you're able to stay a little longer and have time to explore, there are plenty of places to visit right on the doorstep, including Sherwood Forest and Rufford Abbey Country Park. The National Trust's Clumber Park, Hardwick Hall, and Mr Straw's House are English Heritage's Bolsover Castle is within a short drive. Other attractions nearby include Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Tropical Butterfly, Wildlife & Falconry Centre, Gulliver's Valley and White Post Farm.
Each barn within this private courtyard has its distinct style. Stylishly furnished by Welbeck based interior specialists, PR Home combine a contemporary feel with a nod to its historical past. At Holbeck Farm Barns, you get the best of both worlds – it's somewhere to unwind and escape and provides a brilliant base to explore.
The barns offer:
- Far-reaching views of rolling countryside
- South-facing gardens and/or private patios
- Easy access to a network of footpaths
- Parking for at least two cars
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hot tubs in Mrs Butterwick, Mowerina and La Roche
They're all equipped with beautiful white cotton bed linen, towels, toiletries, kitchen equipment and basic supplies (coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper and olive oil). A selection of Welbeck Farm Shop hampers filled with fresh regional produce can be pre-booked in advance.
How will you spend your break?
• Walking the Robin Hood Way alongside the Welbeck estate and beyond.
• Stepping back in time with a stroll to the gorge and caves of Creswell Crags.
• Exploring The Courtyard at Welbeck with its café, art gallery, shop and museum.
• Stocking up on fine foods at Welbeck Farm Shop.
• Fishing on the private Welbeck lakes.
• Enjoying a short course at The School of Artisan Food.
• Joining a behind the scenes tour at Welbeck Abbey Brewery.
• Take a horse ride, carriage trip or pony trek from Coloured Cob Equestrian Centre.
This exclusive group of barn conversions are steeped in history. They were originally used by Holbeck Hall Farm, a farm that backs in the 17th century had a Catholic chapel with two resident Jesuit priests. The local community later used it for prayer. The barns gradually fell out of use, but they have now been carefully transformed and include some of their original period features.
As for the names of the barns? They, too, are a nod to the past as they commemorate the horse racing victories of Welbeck Abbey's 6th Duke of Portland. His racing successes were legendary, as were winning horses - Mrs Butterwick, Mowerina Marquesa, Phaleron and La Roche.
Mowerina - Three-bedroom, dog-friendly property with hot tub, sleeps up to six.
This spacious three-bedroom dog-friendly barn conversion has a hot tub and offers comfortable, contemporary living over two floors with fantastic views from all bedrooms. It sleeps up to six guests in three spacious and beautifully styled bedrooms and is decorated throughout in calming tones of blues and grey. Find out more.
La Roche - Three-bedroom property with a hot tub, sleeps six
If you're looking for a luxurious country escape, the stunning three-bedroom La Roche has it all. Sunlight floods the whole place thanks to a wow-factor floor-to-ceiling window at the very centre of the property. And if that wasn't enough, there is a hot tub in the garden. Find out more.
Marquesa - Three-bedroom dog-friendly barn sleeps up to six
This three-bedroom dog-friendly barn conversion has more than its fair share of original features and offers plenty of space. With open plan living, a beautiful sunroom overlooking the courtyard and a gate from the garden straight onto a footpath. Find out more.
Mrs Butterwick - Four-bedroom with a hot tub - sleeps up to eight.
A roomy four-bedroom barn conversion with a lounge and separate snug and a stunning farmhouse kitchen including original feeding troughs. Find out more.
Phaleron - Two-bedroom property, sleeps up to four
This quaint two-bedroom one-storey barn conversion has a certain charm and style. Step inside, and you'll find an open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge complete with comfy seating and large television. Outside is a pretty patio and seating overlooking the courtyard. Find out more