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 12 – 40 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

Ideally situated, cannot fault it!

We hired Chels and Toft Barns for a colleagues retirement party for a weekend. The surroundings are perfect, situated on the edge of the Peak District with so much on offer it’s more a case of narrowing it down to fit it all in. With so much space, the rooms are only used for sleeping in, the living rooms are well equipped and comfortable and a huge dining room enabled The Dinner Party Company to cook us all a terrific meal on Saturday night (also extremely highly rated – well priced and superb food) so we could celebrate together in private.
The Royal Oak pub was also very welcoming and gave some a lift home – there’s service.

Stephen F

Stag party at Merrymeet

Just a note to say thank you to party houses for helping me find a great venue for our stag party. Everyone had a brilliant weekend and the merrymeet was an excellent house – perfect location and setup for us. Great kitchen facilities for a large group, big living room which we used for a disco, fantastic games room for table tennis and table football. All bedrooms were good and there were plenty of bathrooms for a group of 15.

TheoFaul

Amazing stay

We stayed in April at Hamps Hall and barn for a joint stag and hen party. The house was absolutely perfect for what we wanted and everyone had a fabulous time!
The boys were in the barns and the girls in the hall so there was enough separation when we wanted it but we all came together to have a party in the big space in the barn each night and was great having enough room for us all to eat together in the dining room as well.
All the rooms were really nice and beds comfy. The kitchens were well supplied with all the glassware/pots/pans/plates you need to entertain 40 people for a weekend and there were even some new board games when we arrived.
Faultless weekend, can’t recommend enough!

GorgoanRose

Fabulous location and property, perfect for large parties

We stayed in Toft Hall for a multi generation get together. The house is massive and beautiful, well suited to all ages (we had pensioners and small children) with more than enough space for our 20 guests and 5 dogs. The lovely enclosed garden was well utilised by everyone & we ate outside every night. We also hired a hot tub from a recommended 3rd Party supplier which was great, they dealt directly with the Party Houses team to get in and set it up for our stay, I didn’t have to do anything extra. Every room in the house was well decorated & lovely and clean with everything you’d need.

Lesley333

Wonderful stay

Had a wonderful stay over at Chels Barn for a 30th birthday in December. I got to experience for the first time the lovely Peak District. Chels Barn was the perfect venue to do this from. The venue was clean and well decorated, and the dining room was huge so we could all sit together comfortably! Would recommend to walk down to the Royal Oak in Rushton for the Sunday lunch. Can’t wait to return to this part of the world!

Nuriafebrer