"...spectacular, get-away-from-it-all location with uninterrupted views..."

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"...spectacular, get-away-from-it-all location with uninterrupted views..."

The Curlew is a bespoke, luxury, 1 bedroom Shepherd’s Hut, in a spectacular, get-away-from-it-all location with uninterrupted views of magnificent Kinder Scout – the highest fell in the Peak District. Nestled in a private wildflower paddock, at Hilltop Farm, , your stay is in the quiet village of Mellor – a stone’s throw from the Derbyshire border and is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy magnificent scenery and walks galore.

The cosy, high-end Curlew has been lovingly furnished by its owners with no expense spared, using designer Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics and high quality furnishings, fixtures and fittings throughout, to provide couples or solo guests, with a relaxing stay.

The Curlew, is named after the endangered birds with the highly distinctive and evocative call, which can often be seen and heard in the nearby meadow in season.

The Curlew’s wonderful hilltop location provides you with some of the finest views in the area. It’s a special moment to draw back the curtains and watch the magical spectacle of the sun rising over the fells, from the cosy comfort of the Curlew’s king-size bed with its silky-soft pure linen bedding.

And it’s the perfect spot for a sundowner too drinking in the views from the paddock gate, down the Goyt valley and out for over 90 miles across the Cheshire plain as far as the Welsh Hills, to watch the sun set in the West.

Private use of meadow garden for guests
Beautifully designed to maximise space

The Curlew is beautifully designed to maximise space and luxury, with a king Size bed with 100% linen bedding and underbed storage, comfy seating area with breakfast table and a blacksmith-crafted, wood burning stove to keep guests cosy. There is also hanging space in a small wardrobe.

The handmade bijou fitted kitchen features a Belfast sink, oak worktops, a fridge, microwave and a two-ring electric induction hob.

The stylish bathroom has a full-size walk-in shower, heated towel rail, washbasin, flushing Saniflo toilet and sumptuously soft towels.

The Curlew also offers guests free wifi and a 4G signal for use throughout their minimum 2 night stay if you feel the need to connect with the outside world.

The Curlew has its own attractive gravelled terrace, with two outdoor storage boxes for walking shoes, wellies and ruck sacks.
As a Curlew guest you will have private use of the pretty perennial wildflower paddock that surrounds the Hut and you can choose from an array of seatings areas – a bistro dining table and chairs, a wooden Lutyens bench, or two handmade wooden Adirondack chairs – for the perfect spot to while away an afternoon listening to the sound of Curlew, Lapwing and Skylark calls when in season. 

On cooler evenings there is also use of a private summer house for you to sit and enjoy a drink or two. It’s decorated outside with festoon solar lights and inside with pretty bunting. It has two comfy chairs, a side table, lamp and glorious views!  

The Curlew’s wonderful hilltop location offers you some of the finest views in the area. It’s a special moment to draw back the curtains and watch the magical spectacle of the sun rising over the fells, from the cosy comfort of your  king-size bed with its silky-soft pure linen bedding.

There is also a fire pit and a portable BBQ for you to use if you’d like to cook outdoors.


Things To See & Do

Do as little or as much as you like while staying at The Curlew. Maybe you simply just want to escape, hunker down, relax and recharge, or perhaps explore the historic and beautiful local area, which is bursting with things to see and do.

The Curlew is a walker’s paradise, surrounded by a vast network of footpaths and bridleways, providing moorland, woodland, countryside and canal walks from the door. The local area is steeped in history being at the heart of the industrial revolution and home to Samuel Oldknow’s 18th Century cotton mills powered by the fast-flowing rivers in the valleys surrounding Mellor.

Local pubs offering a variety of eating opportunities, together with a deli, post office and tapas eatery in the nearby village of Marple Bridge and a selection of cafes and restaurants in the little town of New Mills 2 miles away. Two highly popular, local pubs are within a 10-15 minute stroll of The Curlew’s door.

Historic St Thomas’ Church in Mellor, is a delightful short walk over the fields and apart from breathtaking views from the Churchyard towards Manchester and beyond, the Church has a pulpit that is nearly seven hundred years old, a font reported to be from the first Millennium. It sits within an ancient settlement featuring an Iron Age hillfort excavated by the Mellor Archaeological Trust.

St Thomas' Church - Mellor
Lyme Park
Chatsworth House

The National Trust’s Lyme Park is just 4.5 miles away and the Spa Town of Buxton is a 30-minute car ride in the other direction.  Stunning Chatsworth House and Gardens are a scenic 27.5 miles drive away. 

For anyone looking to explore the restaurants, theatres and retail delights of Manchester, Marple Station (3 miles) has a direct line to Manchester Piccadilly which gets you to the city in approx. 25 minutes.

Golfers can enjoy a game with tremendous views from nearby Mellor and Townscliffe or New Mills Golf Clubs. For experienced horse riders, the renowned, Tarden Farm Riding Stables is 5 minutes down the road. 

Local Golf Course

Local Restaurants & Pubs

The Oddfellows Arms

Traditional home cooked foods, fine wine and cask ales.

The Devonshire Arms

Top quality food... locally sourced & cooked from fresh

Pack Horse Inn

Fine hand-pulled real ales compliment the excellently prepared, locally sourced food.

The Hare & Hounds

Hidden gem serving fine food and drink in rustic surroundings

The Little Mill Inn

Located in a beautifully tranquil, secluded valley in the northwest of the Peak District

Local Amenities

In the Village of Marple Bridge – 2.3 Miles
  • Dutsons Deli – Sandwiches/Hampers, wine, beer, cheese
  • Libby’s Bread & Wine – Bakery, Café, Bar
  • Town Fryer – Fish & Chips
  • The Marple Bridge Post Office, General Store & Off Licence
  • Marple Bridge Doctors Surgery
  • Chemist
Marple Bridge
  • All things Nice – Bakery, Café, Bar
  • Various Takeaways
  • Marple Station – 25 miles – Direct trains to Manchester Piccadilly – City Centre
  • Direct trains to Edale
  • Supermarkets – Asda & Small Co-op (3 Miles)
New Mills
  • A Tavola – Scillian Food – 2.8 miles
  • The Shrub Club – The Torrs – 2.9 miles
  • Supermarkets – Co-op & Sainsburys (2.4 & 2.7 Miles)
  • Plus takeaways & fish & chips
  • New Mills Central Station – 2.7 Miles
Bus Service
  • 375 – From Mellor to Stockport (Limited Hourly Service – check times)

The Curlew is not suitable for children or pets, but offers discerning adult couples or solo guests, a tranquil, rural idyll in which to relax, with plenty to see and enjoy right on the doorstep.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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