Hire Halls, Manors & Barns

If you love interesting architecture, Party Houses has a variety of halls, manors and barns in which you can stay on an exclusive use basis for groups of 10 – 80 guests.

The listed Toft Hall is a Jacobean manor house dating back, experts believe, to approximately 1590. It is full of fabulous architectural features such as old beams, wattle and daub panels and some low doorways. Built of local stone, it is one of the few surviving houses in the district with a cruck frame. Interestingly, you can see where the roof has been raised at some point in history with the addition of extra oak beams making the second floor higher.

If you look carefully, some of the purlins have a faint red paint on them – perhaps decoration from previous servants who lived in the top floor rooms? Other changes have taken place over time – you can see where the original mullion windows (still on the top floor) have been replaced with more fashionable Georgian sashes on the lower floors. And one of the windows at the front of the house is false – a result of the window tax! It has a fascinating history, William Arnott, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire lived here for any years.

If you prefer your architecture interesting, but with a more open feel, you can choose to stay in one Party Houses converted stone barns. Within the curtilage of Toft Hall, we have Chels Barn and Toft Barn. Again, both are constructed form the gorgeous pink local stone and they too are both listed buildings. Toft Barn in particular is believed to be very old – maybe 300 years plus. The stonework at the rear of the barn has very small cut stones and is majestically wonky! Both Toft Barn and Chels Barn as well as Party Houses Hamps Barn and Merrymeet have oak beams – so very different to today’s modern construction.

For a completely different feel again, Party Houses Hamps Hall is a converted farmhouse. Built after a fire destroyed the original farmhouse, it is mainly of Victorian construction. However, it is the vernacular of a local farmhouse rather than a grand high ceiling Victorian Hall. It has a much more intimate feel, with lower ceilings and more cosy rooms. Again, it is of local stone construction and has many beams showing in the top floor rooms.

For yet another contrast, Party Houses Roaches Hall is the epitome of a small manor house. It was built in 1876 as a gentlemen’s residence for a leading local businessman who owned silk mills. Roaches Hall has high ceilings, huge windows and a spacious entrance hall. All designed to impress! Until the 1930’s it had a third floor, but local legend has it that this was removed by the owners, Sir Philip Brocklehurst and his brother Courtney, so they could better enjoy the fabulous views from their roof terrace! They had a mini zoo of animals provided by the Zoological Society of London, where Philip was a Director. Apparently this included Yaks, Bison and Wallabies (who lived wild on the Roaches Rocks for many decades – only dying out recently).

So whatever your preference; Halls, Manors or Barns; bring your friends and family or business colleagues to stay at Party Houses and experience these wonderful architectural delights for yourself!

Take a tour

Merrymeet

Excellent facility in a beautiful location, the Peak District National Park is on its doorstep. The house is well equipped providing everything a large family group requires to make your stay a pleasure. There are plenty of places to visit and walks to do.
Loved everything about this party house and would recommend it. My family had a wonderful get together ?

Elaine A.

Beautiful house, beautiful location

A huge house with everything we needed for the long weekend. Very easy to find despite it being down some beautiful long country lanes. The house itself had plenty of space and bathrooms for all the guests, games room was a bonus! The rooms were old fashioned but exactly what you want from a house in the Peak District, it brought charm to the house. It was clean, tidy and in a beautiful location. The perfect get away from the rest of the world!

We had a BBQ outside by the grass and had the benches to relax on all day through, great place to look up at the stars.

There are local shops not too far away for anything you need and lovely walks and trails nearby. Plenty of parking.

Amelia K.

Lovely Toft Hall

Toft Hall was the perfect place for us to celebrate our friend’s hen party. We couldn’t have asked for better! The location was great, comfortable, cosy, beautiful interiors, nice garden and there were separate games, music, and quiet rooms. There was a dining area for all of us and 2 fully-equipped kitchens. We found our chef service from the Party Houses website and also booked Dandelion Events so we never had to leave the property. We were a bit worried that the Tesco delivery wouldn’t be able to find us because of the confusing location, but we faced absolutely no problem!

Amanda H.

Fun stay at Hamps Barn

We visited Hamps Barn for a hen party and were very impressed. The facilities were excellent and the pictures do not do the bedrooms justice. We had caterers organised and had a fantastic stay.

Aileen Y.

Hen Party at Merrymeet

15 of us stayed at Merrymeet for a hen weekend. This was just the perfect group size for the number of bedrooms and bathrooms! There was a games room which was very fun and perfect for prosecco pong! The kitchen had everything we needed and we also had local food and drinks delivered to us all weekend long. We had lots of activities planned in the local area and we would recommend visiting the Red Lion Pub which is only a 10-minute walk. It is also very close to Alton Towers! We had a nice time!

Caroline M.