Living on a farm fosters an affinity with the seasons and the natural rhythm of country life. Over the years I have shared and learnt from this experience and visitors to Ladderstile have commented on the peacefulness that they`ve felt whilst at the farm.
I still take time to appreciate the breathtaking views from here as the seasons change and as a Holistic Therapist I recognise the importance of time to “simply be”. It was upon reflection of all these experiences that Ladderstile Retreat was born.
Natural relaxation around the farm
Ladderstile Farm is in Natural England's Higher level stewardship scheme which recognises the farms ecological value and our commitment in preserving it.
During your stay, you`re welcome to enjoy the 120 acres of farm land. “Follow our farm walk”. Dotted around are natural sitting places where you can simply absorb the view and listen to the natural sounds of the countryside, paint or take photographs. From the garden room watch families of woodpeckers, nut hatches and finches to name but a few feed and entertain you at the bird table right outside the window. Books and binoculars are provided to help identify less well known birds.
Around the garden are a number of nest boxes, the blue tit box with camera has provided us with our own mini dramas over the last few years as families of blue tits have been raised. Share our viewing next spring time! Wander through the rolling pastures and woodland down to the peaceful stretch of the River Dane that borders the farm.
You may catch sight of a dipper or see the flash of colour as a kingfisher whizzes by, let us know if you do. Allow the sound of the river to mingle with the other natural sounds around you, skim a stone or dip in your toes. Watch for trout rising and for those who fly fish bring your fishing tackle and as our guest you are welcome to sit and enjoy.
As the sun sets; Take an evening stroll and listen to the birds as they settle to roost. You may even see a barn owl as he starts his night time hunting. I`ve been lucky enough to see one fly close by, I hope you are too. Watch the nocturnal animals come to life from close quarters. We can show you the best places to sit and wait, or simply take in the peacefulness and notice how brightly the stars shine in the night time sky.
We are just a minute or two`s walk away from the Macclesfield Canal with superb views of the Bosley Cloud from the tow path. For those who are feeling more energetic, a circular route from the farm can take you over the top of Bosley Cloud in a morning or afternoon.
We have lots of books with circular walks, I`ll be happy to point out my favourites.
We are only a few minutes drive away from the Peak District National Park and The Staffordshire Moorlands with walks suitable for all abilities, Historic houses, National Trust Properties, Pretty Market Towns and naturally beautiful countryside!