Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: The Stableblock Ilam Park, Ilam, nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AZ

Contact: 0344 3351296

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ilam-park-dovedale-and-the-white-peak/places-to-stay/

Description

The bunkhouse provides the perfect base for exploring the Peak District including Ilam Country Park, nearby Dovedale, the Manifold Valley and the rivers Dove, Hamps and Manifold.

The Bunkhouse is in a wing of the old stableblock behind Ilam Hall and sits within Ilam Park, a beautiful landscape open to the public all year round. Ilam is a small idyllic village in the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park and is situated just 10 minutes north of Ashbourne.

It is also close to other Peak District attractions such as Chatsworth, The Heights of Abraham, Cromford Mills and Crich Tramway Museum. Alton Towers is also just 20 minutes away.

The accommodation is accessed via a key code pad. A pay phone is available for public use in the entrance hallway. A National Trust Ranger is always available if required in the park each day and an out of hours emergency contact service is also provided.

Do you have a video link on YouTube or anywhere else regarding your accommodation?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4PT0168K8M 

Are you on twitter or facebook? If so what are the links for our users to follow?

http://twitter.com?PeakDistrictNT    

http://www.facebook.com/PeakDistrictNT

What size groups do they cater for?

The bunkhouse accommodates groups of up to 16 people.

Please provide location information?

The Bunkhouse is in a wing of the old stableblock behind Ilam Hall and sits within Ilam Park, a beautiful landscape open to the public all year round. Ilam is a small idyllic village in the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park and is situated just 10 minutes north of Ashbourne. 

why you are great for educational visits?

The bunkhouse provides the perfect base for exploring the Peak District including Ilam Country Park, nearby Dovedale, the Manifold Valley and the rivers Dove, Hamps and Manifold. It is also close to other Peak District attractions such as Chatsworth, The Heights of Abraham, Cromford Mills and Crich Tramway Museum. Alton Towers is also just 20 minutes away.

 Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

- Guided walks in the White Peak, including the famous Dovedale.

- Visits to a Peak District farm,

- Natural Art

- Habitat studies

All available through the National Trust – bookable through our Visitor Experience Officer. Available throughout the year. Advanced booking essential. Contact our Visitor Experience Officer for further details – 01335 350503.

 Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

The Bunkhouse is on two floors, with the main accommodation upstairs, and showers and toilets downstairs.

Downstairs:

• Front door with combination entry lock and doorbell leading to entrance lobby with boot rack, payphone, first aid kit and notice board;

• Three shower rooms with hand basins and toilets;

• Drying room for wet coats and boots.

Upstairs:

• Bedrooms: there are three separate bedrooms with bunk beds, two sleeping six people, and one sleeping four people. Each bed has a reading light, plug socket and storage box. Each room has a wash basin and shaver socket.

• Communal open plan kitchen/dining and lounge area: The kitchen has a ceramic range oven, microwave, fridge freezer, washer dryer, wall mounted kettle, spacious food preparation area, storage cupboards, double sink and a full set of cutlery, crockery, glasses, pots and pans etc.

There is a large English Ash table with benches to cater
comfortably for 16 people. The lounge area has two large fitted sofas.

• Upstairs toilet.

• Cleaning Cupboard with equipment and supplies.

Heating: Both floors of the Bunkhouse benefit from underfloor heating powered by an air source heat pump. This also provides hot water for the basins and sinks. Showers are electric.

The washing machine is now positioned on the ground floor in the shower room. A dishwasher is now in the kitchen area on the 1st floor.

 Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?

Visitors are free to use the grounds and take personal photographs or videos of their experiences. More formal requests for organized photo or video sessions should be made through the White Peak National Trust office.

 What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Workplace Inspections are conducted on a 6 monthly basis. Fire alarm servicing is currently conducted on an annual basis. Fire Extinguishers and Emergency Lighting is checked between every booking.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Our Visitor Experience Officer for Ilam Park is Zoe Stevens – 01335 350503

What is the cost of the accommodation?

The accommodation is based on sole occupancy use.

The cost of staying in the bunkhouse is £170 per night Monday-Thursday and £250 per night Friday -Sunday.

Please list facilities available?

Facilities in the adjoining Stableblock include the National Trust - Manifold Tea Rooms serving daily specials, hot and cold snacks, home-made cakes and scones and hot and cold drinks.

Packed lunches can be booked through the Tea-room if required for the day. The Tea-Rooms close at 5.00pm, so early evening meals could be provided if booked in advance so you don’t need to cook for the group. The National Trust gift shop is just across the courtyard with souvenirs, gifts, maps and toys available.

The National Trust visitor centre next door has information on Ilam Hall and the surrounding Country Park and beautiful White Peak Area of the Peak District. The National Trust also operate a Learning Room, with educational visits and walks available to book through our Visitor Experience Officer based at Ilam Park. The Bunkhouse itself has an excellent lounge/dining area for socializing and relaxing.

The fully equipped kitchen has everything you need to cater for your group.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

A fully stocked First Aid Kit is provided. All duty Rangers are first aid trained, as are the Emergency contact Rangers, however it is recommended each group have their own First Aider present.

Are there disabled facilities?

The accommodation is on the 1st floor accessed via a flight of step with no lift or ramp access It is therefore unsuitable for wheelchair users or guests with mobility restrictions.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?

These are from Trip Advisor reviews (both family visits, not an educational visit)

Review 1

We had our whole family to stay at the Ilam Bunkhouse and had a lovely stay in this very beautiful area of Britain. We were right in the centre of great walking opportunities for short walks and longer too! The Bunkhouse had everything to allow us to cater for ourselves and a washer/dryer for any laundry that we required. There was ample crockery, glasses and cutlery with a very usable cooker, microwave and fridge freezer.The combined living eating area was comfortable and a good place for play and chatting very airy and spacious a home from home. We all agreed we would book the Bunkhouse again. The time went too quickly.

Review 2

I was part of a small party staying at the Ilam Bunkhouse, a newly renovated part of the stable block at Ilam Hall. The location in the Peak District National Park is beautiful,ideal for walking and cycling. We had an excellent evening meal at the adjoining Youth Hostel, but could have self catered at the Bunkhouse where the kitchen facilities and equipment were ample. Sleeping arrangements were in rooms with 4 to 6 bunks - not much space in the rooms but very comfortable bunks. Shower rooms were very clean with plenty of hot water. The large communal living area, open plan with the kitchen, had plenty of seating and table area which was conducive to easy socializing.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

The booking information is as follows:

Booking Tel No: 0344 3351296

E-mail: bunkhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses


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