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Southwood House Farm


Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

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This 18th-century brick farmhouse is situated in an isolated position on the south side of the Calke estate. Formerly a dairy farm, the house sits within a farmyard setting flanked by a range of historic buildings. It has wonderful character with many rooms and a large rear garden with views over open farmland. Situated in the Midlands and near to the motorway network, this large house is ideal for family gatherings and friends reunions.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance into kitchen, utility room with lavatory, dining room, two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and en-suite wet room and 1 twin), two sitting rooms (main sitting room with open fire).
First floor
three bedrooms (2 doubles with 5' beds and 1 twin) and two bathrooms.
Other floor
Second floor: two twin bedrooms and large landing area.
Visitor notes

Heating: oil central heating included.

Parking: parking available for five cars at the front of the house.

Garden: large informal lawn area to the rear with a stream at the bottom of the garden.

Utilities: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.

Children: there are some external steps to the farm buildings, parents are advised to keep children away from them, there is no access to the farm buildings.


Calke Abbey is a fabulous location for a wedding.

Enjoy your special day at the Riding School set in the rolling green hills of the Calke estate.

The Riding School boasts high windows, oak beams and a viewing gallery and our partners Honeysuckle and Castle have a range of decor and fine dining packages to suit your taste and budget.

For further information please visit

Where better to stay during the wedding than in one of 4 holiday cottages located at Calke Abbey. Those who book a full wedding package at Calke Abbey are eligible for a 5% discount when booking these cottages.

The offer is subject to the following terms & conditions:

A minimum 2 night stay, subject to availability, applies. It must be booked in conjunction with a full wedding package from Honeysuckle & Castle (Reception and evening reception as a minimum). Booking dates must include the day of the wedding. A discount code will be provided upon receipt of the wedding booking deposit. The cottages must then be booked through National Trust Holiday Cottages, or Tel: 0844 8002070 (not through Honeysuckle & Castle or Calke Abbey), quoting that code.

Discounts do not apply to a ceremony only wedding package.


Hazards for children
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

The Peak District, Derbyshire and Cheshire
Visitors sitting in the orchard at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire © John Millar

We have looked after this lovely area for over 100 years. From the high moorland of the Dark Peak Estate on the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border to the gentler rolling landscapes of south Derbyshire, we now care for some 40,000 acres of wild natural beauty. Staying here brings you close to some incredible wildlife, like white mountain hares and wild kestrels, as well as glimpses into our fascinating industrial past.

Peak District
One of the gritstone boulders standing amongst smaller stones on the heath, part of the Kinder Scout Rock formation. © Joe Cornish

With its spectacular and contrasting scenery, the Peak District is a region of outstanding natural beauty and one of Britain's loveliest National Parks. The National Trust has been hard at work here for over 100 years and now cares for some 40,000 acres. High Peak Estate is the largest estate, over 33,000 acres of high moorland straddling the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border. Although only ten miles from the centre of Sheffield, the Longshaw Estate boasts more than 1,700 acres of open moorland, gritstone edges and ancient oak woodland, while the 4,400 acre South Peak Estate lies in the magnificent limestone hills, centred upon the well-known beauty spots of Ilam and Dovedale. On the foothills of the Peak District, Lyme Park contains an Italianate mansion and Victorian garden surrounded by a medieval deer park of almost 1,400 acres.Hardwick Hall is ideally situated for exploring the Peak District, while the gentler landscapes of South Derbyshire contain pretty village and bustling market towns. The area is steeped in history with ancient castles, grand houses and sites that reveal the ingenuity of our industrial past.

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  • Derby City
  • Donington Park
  • Melbourne Hall and Gardens
  • Twycross Zoo
  • Conkers
  • The National Forest
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Calke Abbey
Calke Abbey A country house, park and garden where time has stood still
Staunton Harold Church
Staunton Harold Church Imposing church built in 1653, with fine panelled interior
Ulverscroft Nature Reserve
Ulverscroft Nature Reserve Reserve in the care of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Kedleston Hall
Kedleston Hall Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors, pleasure ground and parkland
Duffield Castle
Duffield Castle The remains of one of England's largest 13th-century castles
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood Late 17th-century house with sumptuous interiors and the Museum of Childhood, where you can take a fresh look at childhood


Comments from past visitors

  • Ms C Waite
    • April 2016
    • Edgewood
    Really clean and welcoming

    The location was lovely and it was a bonus to have free access to NT property. The farmhouse was large enough for our party. The property was really clean and welcoming touches such as tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and fresh flowers were appreciated.

  • Nuala Trace
    • April 2016
    • Scarborough
    Made enjoyable...

    Great space for family get together, both inside and out. Although unconventional the layout of the property gave each family within our party enough privacy and space. The rustic feel of the property was lovely- fixtures, furnishings and decor, both new and old, felt in keeping with the property style and purpose, so it felt like we were stepping back in time. The 5 men in our group loved the microbrewery tour and the beer they bought. The children loved the garden and the scope for adventures, football etc The fully equipped kitchen enabled us to cater well for a large party and the huge dining table meant we could sit and enjoy meals all together. The large sitting room accommodated us all well for games and films in the evening. Staff responded quickly to us contacting them about a broken DVD player and delivered a replacement (to keep the 5 children happy and grown ups sane on the inevitable early mornings and have a little downtime when children were exhausted from their adventures). Location and feeling that we were away from it all! Lovely Calke Abbey nearby and other places of interest we would have visited had we stayed longer. Our children loved the egg hunt in the grounds of Calke, the play area and the stables that has been set up as various different types of places for them to play in.

  • Mr Greaves
    • March 2016
    • Surrey
    Made enjoyable...

    We are a group of females who belong to a Book Club and go away once every year. Loved the house as we could all have our own rooms and, being used to hiring bunkhouses in the past, this lovely house gave us a taste of luxury at a very good price! It was remote, quiet and beautifully furnished. Really loved the deep baths and masses of hot water. We all go walking a lot so spent a lovely Saturday out and around - stopping for coffee and lunch en route - visiting Calke Abbey on the way home - and then back to a real log fire .... what more can we ask! Unfortunately it was quite a drive - 3 hours - so we are looking at more local properties for next year.

  • Ritz
    • December 2015
    • UK
    Made enjoyable...

    Great location, good walking, well proportioned property

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • ---------------
    Fabulous house/fabulous location


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