Second homes in the Peak District: enjoy the soaring landscapes

Marvel at the stunning scenery of the BBC's new drama, The Village, from your own Peak District holiday home
Alcoholism, spousal abuse and grinding poverty; BBC1's new flagship period drama The Village is certainly giving viewers a glimpse of 20th century life far removed from the gowns and galas of Downton Abbey.

What it also offers is a lingering look at the simply spectacular soaring landscapes of the Peak District and its lovely traditional towns and villages like Edale, Hayfield and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The Village, holiday homes in the Peak District
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The Village series captures life in the Derbyshire Peak District, with its stunning scenery and close communities

Unfortunately, at around 175 miles from central London — trains from Edale to Euston take just under three hours — the Peaks are beyond the capital's commuter zone. But as a location for a weekend bolthole or family holidays they would be a great choice, with exceptional value for money.

And the area's enduring tourist trade (which will inevitably be boosted by the series) means letting a property out while you are not using it is a distinct possibility.

According to the latest research by holidaylettings.co.uk, owners of holiday lets in the Derbyshire Peaks earn an average of £425 per week.

The Village, holiday homes in the Peak District
£895,000: Ardeevin in Chapel-en-le-Frith, is a late Victorian country house standing in about 3.5 acres of gardens and with a paddock

One of the key locations featured in The Village is Edale, a perfect location for keen walkers since it sits at the start of the Pennine Way, a 268-mile marathon which ends in Scotland. There are, happily, plenty of less gruelling walks to discover too, as well as mountain biking and climbing. The village has a pub, café — and a riding school if you'd rather avoid using your own legs to get about. The village is pristine Peak District; all 17th century stone cottages and vistas of rolling hills.

"People like Edale because you have got a station, with trains to Sheffield and Manchester, it is very picturesque, and there is a real village community," said Louise Downs, branch manager of Saxton Mee estate agents.

Despite its beauty, the area has barely been discovered by London's second home owners, which means prices are reasonable. Downs estimates that you could buy a two-bedroom traditional cottage for between £200,000 and £250,000, and a three-bedroom property for up to around £280,000. Another key location for The Village is Hayfield. Its pretty high street stars in the show, although in real life the village is popular with commuters from Manchester and Stockport and is considered one of the smartest addresses in the Peaks.

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"It is very welcoming and warm," said Lorraine Batty, manager of Gascoigne Halman estate agents. "The views and the countryside are just glorious and stunning; people come here and then fall in love."

The village has some pleasingly old-school shops — greengrocers, butchers, general store and post office — plus several cafés and pubs. The nearest station is New Mills, a 10-minute drive away, and from there you can be in Manchester in less than 45 minutes, making city nights out more than feasible.

A pretty two-bedroom village cottage would cost around £185,000, while a four-bedroom barn conversion would typically cost from £500,000 to around £700,000. The Village also shot scenes at the extravagantly named Chapel-enle-Frith (the local area was once a wooded hunting ground and the village has a medieval chapel, hence the Norman name "chapel in the forest"). This village is a little larger than Hayfield, and has more going on.

There are several pubs, cafés and restaurants, a smattering of shops, a leisure centre and several active sports clubs, plus a train station with services to Manchester. To the north is heather-covered moorland, while to the south is White Peak, a spectacular swathe of grassland.

For days out, the Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park comes highly recommended, and there is a weekly street market.

Expect to pay up to £125,000 for a traditional two-bedroom stone cottage with a courtyard garden — although you will pay a premium for particularly great views and off-street parking.

"The people are really friendly in Chapel," said Lorraine Brookes, senior sales executive at Sutherland Reay estate agents. "It is very much a typical High Peak village, very family orientated, and with a lot to do. It is a thriving little town and everywhere you look there are hills."

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