Ilam Bunkhouse, Ilam Bunkhouse, Ilam Park, Ilam, nr Ashbourne, DE6 2AZ
Ilam bunkhouse is located in an 18th century stable block which originally formed part of the Ilam Hall Estate. The estate is now managed by the National Trust and the bunkhouse sits within the grounds of Ilam Park. Ilam bunkhouse provides high quality group accommodation for up to 16 people. There are 3 bedrooms with bunk beds, with each bunk provided with a locker, night light and plug socket, there is also a hand basin in each room. There is a sociable main living area comprising of a large dining table with benches, an open plan kitchen area with dishwasher and 2 large comfortable fitted sofas in the sitting room area. There are 3 individual toilet and shower rooms and an additional toilet room. A good base to explore the Peak District National Park, in particular the limestone hills and gorges, meandering rivers and beautiful woodland of the White Peak. Explore Dovedale with it’s famous stepping stones and our own Ilam Park with it’s beautiful views, popular tea room and shop. Dogs welcome.
Photos ©National Trust/Chris Lacey
or call Ilam Bunkhouse at National Trust Holidays on
0344 335 1296
In Ilam follow signs for National Trust Ilam Park. Use main car park.
Trains at Uttoxeter (12 miles). Bus; Moorlands Connect service – bookable service stops in Ilam village 0300 111 8003.
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… it seems almost unfair that such a place exists…
Ilam might be one of my favourite places in the world. The bunkhouse is part of the Ilam Hall estate in this stunning village. It is run by The National Trust, sleeps 16 in 3 bedrooms with a large open plan communal area and kitchen and plenty pf toilet and cleaning facilities. And because it is run by The Trust, you can be sure of the cleanliness and quality. Yet the real reason you’ll come is for the location.
I have brought both school groups and family groups here and enjoyed it more each time. My favourite way to approach is to walk from Hartington. It is a gentle 9-mile riverside walk. After leaving Hartington, you soon pick up the picturesque, winding River Dove as it enters the wooded gorge right next to Izaak Walton’s fishing lodge, the inspiration for his famous ‘The Compleat Angler’. You stay in this steep valley almost all the way, being treated to caves, high pinnacles, ice cream shops and darting kingfishers until the valley opens out in the shadow of Thorpe Cloud. Here, you can cross the widening river by stepping stones and take the track the remaining short distance to Ilam. At some point it joins the Manifold River and they become one.
The village is almost too lovely for words, with its stout church and intriguing hexagonal chapel. St Bertrand, an 8th century Mercian, is buried here and gives his name to the nearby bridge. The houses and school are picked out in black and white with intricate gingerbread-work roofs. Central to the village is Ilam Hall, owned by the National Trust but managed by the YHA. It sits within landscaped park grounds beside the river, the Bunkhouse is tucked away behind in the old stable block. In the evenings, as the swooping swifts swap shifts with the bats, I have sat on one of the simple benches in front of the hall, cool ale in a bottle at my side. At my back, the solid splendour of the Hall buildings; in front of me the square church tower, the intriguing cut-off-flat summit of Thorpe Cloud and the horseshoe of hills around. I’ve often commented that it seems almost unfair that such a place exists.
Starting Saturday 26 November and then every day from 10am to 4pm
Longshaw has a tradition of selling Christmas trees to people from Sheffield and the local area. Come to buy your tree and explore the wintery woods, following our reindeer trail around our Christmas tree sales area in the grounds of the Moorland Discovery Centre. Or taking part in our festive craft events in the Moorland Discovery Centre. We’ve been busy making reindeer and wreaths from sustainable materials found on the Longshaw estate. What better way to bring some Christmas cheer to your home and support the work of the National Trust.
Our self catering bunkhouse is now fitted with a dishwasher.
You can now enjoy cooking your own meals without doing the washing up when you visit Ilam Bunkhouse on the Ilam Park National Trust Estate