Deborah and Martin Hofman Wheeldon Trees Farm  

Welcome to our Peak District Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

In autumn 2006, we discovered an escape from the city and a chance to offer a little bit of what we love - a great place to stay, a friendly, professional welcome and an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Previously, we’d lived all our lives in North West London and ran a small business that grew to over 40 staff members. After a gap year travelling the world and a decision to sell the business, it was time for a change.

We travelled to Leeds to take our son to university and stopped off in the Peak District on the way home. Waking up to stunning scenery and hills that rolled on for miles, we were instantly taken by the location. We thought “wow, where are we?  This is amazing."

At the time we had no plans to run a self-catering business, but were looking for an opportunity to take on a new challenge. In March 2007 we became the new occupants and owners of Wheeldon Trees Farm.

Later that year, we began the conversion to create wonderful holiday accommodation and provide our guests with a fantastic and sustainable tourism experience.

We totally renovated the seven existing cottages, created two new additional units (including one which is fully wheelchair accessible), laundry facilities and a communal games/dining room.  All central heating and hot water is now generated by two ground source heat pumps.

In April 2008, we re-opened, in effect, a new business and all the challenges that entailed.  We were (and remain) absolutely delighted with the responses we receive from our guests and their feedback continues to be invaluable in helping us to improve all aspects of our business.

We are fortunate in continuing to have a steady influx of guests year-round (which initially came as a bit of a surprise to us !).   During their stay, we encourage visitors to make maximum use of their legs and minimum use of their cars and it’s brilliant to see them enjoying the stunning surroundings and all the huge range of activities and sites the Peak District has to offer.

Since our arrival, our dog Oz is no longer with us (well, strictly speaking he is, as we buried him in our dog meadow...), but we adopted Bernie as a puppy, were adopted ourselves by Mister (who turned up at our door), and have been joined by hens, ducks, rabbits, and lambs (although they come and go) and most recently by some trout in our experimental aquaponics system.

We look forward to welcoming you to Wheeldon Trees...

Deborah and Martin

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