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A Stylish Rural Retreat

Escape from the pressures of everyday life in our rural paradise.

Located in sublime Derbyshire countryside on the fringes of the Peak District, Cruck Barn Cottage, an ancient Grade II listed building, has been lovingly restored and renovated, offering the most cosy, comfortable and yet luxurious accommodation for couples.

Steeped in History

The origin of Cruck Barn Cottage is steeped in history. Cruck barns are rare buildings, and are more usually of medieval construction.

They are so called thanks to their cruck frame, usually constructed of curved timbers, the cruck blades, using the natural shape of a tree to construct an A-frame which goes from the top of the building to the ground.

In many cases the tree was sliced long-ways down the middle so that whatever the shape of the curve the two sides are symmetrical. The two beams are joined together at the top by a ‘collar’ or tie-beam. However, these bent timbers were comparatively rare, as they were also in high demand for the ship building industry.

A Sympathetic Restoration

Sadly, Cruck Barn was a derelict wreck when Max and Susan Fischer moved out to beautiful High Ashes Farm in 2009. They set about the sympathetic restoration of neighbouring Cruck Barn, welcoming their first guests in 2011.


Max and Susan have been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. They own and run the eponymous Fischer’s Baslow Hall; the multi award-winning country house restaurant and hotel as well as Rowley’s Village Pub & Restaurant, both in Baslow, a short drive from Cruck Barn.

Their vision has created a peerless marriage of ancient and modern, rural and modern, offering couples an idyllic bolthole from the pressures of everyday life.