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Common Barn Farm

Common Barn Farm Smith Lane, Rainow, Macclesfield SK10 5XJ England
View from Common Barn Farm field, towards Cheshire plain
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Meadow Cottage
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Our traditional working sheep farm is situated at 1200 ft above sea level, on the quiet, unspoiled western side of the Peak District National Park in Rainow, near Macclesfield, Cheshire. We enjoy excellent open countryside with far-reaching views over the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh mountains. On the farm we have five Bed and Breakfast rooms, plus two self catering holiday cottages in tastefully converted stone barns.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Hiking
Video game console
Business Centre with Internet Access
Non-smoking hotel
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Desk
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Refrigerator
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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BRIAN L wrote a review Jul 2016
1 contribution2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a 3 night stay and it was like staying with friends, I had a lovely clean room and to lay in bed listening to the local birdlife was living the dream. It is situated in the middle between the hustle and bustle of Buxton and Macclesfield you could have been anywhere in the world, my drive to and from work through the Coyt valley was so calming
I actually came home feeling as though I had been on holiday. Breakfast menu was full of choices and the full Cheshire will set you up until dinner in the evening..
the families local knowledge as to where to eat and how to get to places is fantastic. I cant wait to go back.
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Date of stay: June 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: room 5 has a better view
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Jacquila_Sayers wrote a review Apr 2016
Teddington, United Kingdom49 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The farm is a great place to stay for getting away from it all and it suited us and what we very much needed. Easy to access by car but easy to not use the car too if you are a keen walker. As we live in central London this is our main criteria. (You can still walk to and from the pub in Rainow - even in the dark with a torch as the track is very straightforward!). There was some lambing happening when we were there which made for a perfect Easter weekend and it was great to walk around a proper farm and chat to the farmer! Breakfasts were of course wonderful, plentiful and tasty and great to sit and chat with the owner over our coffee - interesting farm history! The countryside in and around the farm is great for walkers and exploring by foot is a must (especially down to the reservoir where you can see the old farmhouse that was abandoned when the reservoir was bulit.) Footpath goes right through the farm so easy to find your way (although keen walkers will of course have a map) Room was clean and comfortable, great shower too. Cute little lounge with some fun games to play too. It's not the most glamorous B&B but it is a working farm and we would definitely recommend as it's great value for money from some hard working genuine people!
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alan G wrote a review Oct 2014
4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With 20 guests to accommodate before and after my daughter's wedding, we found this superb venue that could fit everyone in adequately, with 6 in the main farmhouse and 6 in Croft Cottage, all B&B, with the other 8 self-catering in the 5 star Cook Hill Cottage close by.
Everyone that stayed commented on how comfortable they found the venues, all within easy reach of Macclesfield, but with spectacular views all around. It also certainly helped that the owner (Rona) couldn't do enough to ensure our stay would be memorable.
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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David S wrote a review Feb 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom1 contribution6 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
In short, our stay was awful. This is largely due to the owners attitude toward their guests and unclean bathroom with a bag with used tampons and other waste.

My girlfriend and I stayed here one night for our anniversary and thought we could come back every year. But, the rooms have nasty mattresses and cheap quality furnishings- like a bad dorm room. No apology was offered for rubbish in bathroom and filthy kettle. Not worth the money!!!

Very disappointed!
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Date of stay: August 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Itsluci wrote a review Aug 2014
Manchester21 contributions18 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I attended my friends wedding in July. In the run up to the wedding my friend was delighted with the staff whilst planning and there seemed to be no concerns.

On arrival the location was amazing.

However on getting into the cottages, both myself and my partner were slightly disappointed. Although not awful this is 3 star accommodation at a stretch.
We stayed in the first cottage. The front door is directly opposite the bathroom door, which didn't lock. So that isn't very relaxing, especially with a lot of family and friends bumbling around. The toilet seat was clearly broken and came off completely before the end of the first day. Wasn't replaced or repaired despite the owners being informed.
The rooms are very rustic and to be honest it makes it seem a bit shabby.
The grill didn't work in the biggest cottage kitchen. The whole place just needs a good going over to check these maintenance issues really and probably a bit of an update.
There is plenty of living space with lovely views.
My biggest surprise was the attitude of the staff on site. I was really surprised to see that the venue literally provided nothing save the hay bales for seating and the farm dogs who barked all night and kept the wedding party awake in one cottage, including the bride, who admitted defeat at 5 am and got up.
However basics such as drinking water -We had to send someone out to buy litres of it from tesco. Along with ear plugs...
The b&b owners saw fit to hang their washing out and sunbathe on the day of the wedding. Clearly not really considering the occasion they are hosting you can see them on the back ground of some of the wedding pictures. It's those small things that make you feel a place hasn't quite got the hang of hosting events.
There is free camping for guests who wish to do so- a good selling point as I know taxis were a problem at 1am. However they hadnt cut the grass on the 45 degree 'camping' field. It was raining that night so the families who camped had to wade through knee high wet grass to get to bed- the smaller children of course it was more like waist height. you can't drive on the field so be prepared to carry all your camping gear up. I'm not sure that is anyone's fault- the entry to the field is very steep. Most cars wouldn't make it even if allowed.
Out of anyone's control was the terrible rain the next morning. All campers packed up sharpish. One friend rushed through the down pour to take two small children to the toilets in the reception of the b&b to be greeted by the owner who was eager to turn them away to dredge back over another field to the portaloos that came for the wedding. Fortunately wet children and determined guardian insisted on common sense prevailing and used the facilities. And the bride clarified later that the portaloos had actually been locked overnight so would have been no use.
Clearing up wasn't much fun with no vehicle access and again I think that some solutions could be offered by this venue which would really make it a more enjoyable experience and less diy. It seemed that there is a reliance on the bride and groom to bring it all with them so you better think of everything if you plan to use this venue.
Not clear on the link between the wedding side and the b&b side but the small things would make a difference. Breakfast being available to campers, not putting your washing out, being clear on the rules for using the swing (no children), access to facilities for campers, maybe offer a clean up team for the morning after?, bit of a revamp in the cottages etc would have really meant there was nothing to bad to say.
The wedding was amazing and nothing would have ruined it but i cant say how much of that can be accredited to the staff when it seems the bride and groom made it all happen- if you are thinking of this venue then these are the issues I suggest you consider.
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Date of stay: July 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from jcooper87, Manager at Common Barn Farm
Responded 24 Aug 2014
Thank you for your feedback. We display photos and video tours clearly on our website so that potential guests know the standard of accommodation they can expect. In addition, the bride and groom of this wedding inspected the accommodation twice both before and after booking and were delighted with it. It was discovered that the bathroom lock was indeed faulty, however this has now been fixed and it locks correctly. The toilet seat was new prior to this cottage booking - it is unclear why it broke, and it was not possible for us to replace this item on a Saturday evening due to shops being closed - the toilet seat has now been replaced. The grill in Croft Cottage (our largest cottage on the farm) is in full working order - we would have been happy to show you how it works if this matter was brought to our attention. In answer to your comment regarding nothing being provided except from hay bales for seating - our wedding venue is a DIY wedding venue and we simply hire our field and our accommodation. The bride and groom are able to purchase hay bales from us and this is often used as seating during the ceremony. We pride ourselves on not being the typical 'package' wedding venue you see at most hotels as we allow the bride and groom the freedom to put their own stamp on their wedding. All the water in the B&B and cottages, as well as a tap outside, are all suitable for drinking as they are purified through a UV filter. We are a working farm and our private residence is on site. Photos are normally directed towards the marquee/tipi or at the wonderful surrounding views rather than at our private residence. Local taxi firms such as Silvertown or Macclesfield radio cars are happy to pick up / drop off from our venue. Camping is provided free of charge although we are not a campsite and do not mow the grass in the camping field - cars are not permitted in this field as we do not want any tyre tracks/mud to be created for our next guests. There are B&B rooms and cottages to sleep 22 onsite, in addition to many close hotels / B&B's if guests prefer not to camp. The portaloo's are hired in from an external supplier by the bride and groom - we do not lock these overnight. All campers should use these toilets and these are infact the closest toilets to use. The B&B facilities are for B&B guests only. In regard to cleaning up the following day - again we are a DIY wedding venue and therefore we ask that all rubbish is put in bags behind the marquee (we dispose of this) and all personal items are cleared away. Car access to the field is not permitted as we want to keep the field pristine for all weddings and with the help of friends/family the clean up process is not normally an issue. Takeaway breakfast baps are available for campers - we ask that these are pre-ordered the night before in order to reduce waiting times in the morning. Thank you again for your feedback and we will take the issues you have raised on board in order to improve service.
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Ange N wrote a review Aug 2014
1 contribution3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Common Barn Farm is an idyllic venue for a wedding (weather permitting), however we were left feeling that the proprietors are more concerned about their revenue than the happiness of the wedding couple and their families.

Bearing in mind that the owners of Common Barn Farm charge for the use of their field as a wedding venue and nothing else, we were astounded that they had not anticipated that there may be innocent damage occasioned to their property which should be covered by the cost of hiring their field. During our wedding, a 5 year old child broke a sapling and we were told that we would be charged £25 for this. This left a bitter taste after paying for the wedding venue, hiring two cottages and all the B&B rooms for two nights (several members of the wedding party didn't even have cooked breakfast on both days).

The day after the wedding, the task fell to us to clear up. Although we were expecting this to be a substantial task, we did not count on the proprietor's reluctance to let us take a van and two cars up to the wedding marquee to successfully undertake the clearing up task. We were told that they did not want tyre tracks leaving all over their field - I'm not sure whether they were expecting me to spend the clearing up time doing handbrake turns all over the field or what!

It is a shame that the wedding couple were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after an almost perfect wedding day.

Accommodation - totally average
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Date of stay: July 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from jcooper87, Manager at Common Barn Farm
Responded 8 Aug 2014
Ange, thank you for providing your feedback. On this occasion a number of children were left unsupervised to pull a number of flowers from the garden, and also broke a young tree. It is stated in our terms and conditions that any damage to the property will be charged. A fee of £25 was charged for the replacement of these flowers and the tree. It is important to us that we are able to offer all brides the use of the garden and you'll appreciate that we have to maintain it as it is often used for photographs. With regard to vehicle access to the field, we have to restrict vehicle access on certain occasions in order to ensure the field is left in a pristine condition. As we are holding a number of weddings this summer we cannot risk tyre marks being left on the field which would essentially cause upset for the next wedding party. Rubbish disposal is to the back of the marquee and this is collected by the venue at the end of the wedding. Access to the field is therefore only necessary to collect personal decorations or belongings left and this can easily be done with the help of friends/family.
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cookie89Manchester wrote a review May 2014
manchester310 contributions129 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my boyfriend stayed here one night for our anniversary as stayed here the previous year and wanted to make it our yearly stay.

On entry to the room, everything looked nice as did last year but in the bathroom floor was a bag with used tampons and other waste, which I figure was left when cleaning room.

We went to use the kettle which was stained yellow and the piping was worn, dated and filthy. We asked if we could have a different kettle, no apology was given for dirty one or rubbish in bathroom and a new kettle was supplied. This time the kettle had been glued shut and we couldn't get into to to fill with water, the third kettle we recieved actually had mould in it, and we where told to give it a clean in the room! Pretty appalling.

Shame this happened as we would have continued to book here yearly.
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Date of stay: May 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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UralGloucester wrote a review May 2013
Gloucester4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for the week, wonderful breakfasts cooked by Rona who was able to cope with gluten free and soya needs. Very comfortable and warm accommodation. Rona could not be more helpful. The location is great, walks from the farm or ideal position to access the south and north peaks. Wonderful scenery to be found along the back roads to reach local attractions, Buxton and Chatsworth House are easy to reach. We would love to come back in the future to explore further.
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Date of stay: May 2013
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DezJo wrote a review May 2013
Staffordshire2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came with our three year old and one year old boys who enjoyed being able to get close to the farm animals. Rona kindly showed us around the farm yard and was very helpful. The breakfast was lovely and the farm had a homely feel. The room was very nice and Rona had clearly thoughts of lots of things for a young family to do. Thankyou
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Date of stay: May 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lorraine S wrote a review Feb 2013
Coventry, England, United Kingdom12 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I enjoyed a one night stay whilst visiting relatives in Rainow. Our room was very clean and comfortable, couldn't ask for more. We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed a superb breakfast the following morning. All in all a great little find.
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Date of stay: February 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anne P wrote a tip Aug 2016
Batavia, Ohio13 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only saw our room and common rooms."
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BRIAN L wrote a tip Jul 2016
1 contribution2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"room 5 has a better view"
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Andrew P wrote a tip Mar 2015
Scottish Borders, United Kingdom20 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms equally quiet - traffic on the the nearest road can't be heard."
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Julian C wrote a tip Sept 2014
London, United Kingdom62 contributions37 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms seem very nice, but some have a bit better view than others."
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Karen B wrote a tip Jan 2014
Nottingham9 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 5 (twin) has a lovely view over the farm fields - also has a bath with shower over. Very clean and spacious."
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Which popular attractions are close to Common Barn Farm?
Nearby attractions include Escape Quest (3.7 miles), Silk Museum (3.7 miles), and Tegg’s Nose Country Park (2.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Common Barn Farm?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Common Barn Farm?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Common Barn Farm?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Common Barn Farm?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bayleaf Lounge Restaurant, Aquila, and Sapori Di Casa.
Are there any historical sites close to Common Barn Farm?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bugsworth Basin (4.8 miles), Adlington Hall (4.7 miles), and St Alban's RC Church (3.9 miles).
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Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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