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Staffordshire

Staffordshire, the home of elegant pottery, is also a county of contrasts. From charming canals and tranquil rolling hills to exciting rollercoaster rides and a forest of monkeys, there really is something for everyone here.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with so many places to go, whether you are looking for relaxation, exhilaration, things to do or a delightful view. In fact, Staffordshire has more packed into its compact size than almost any other county.

Take for example Alton Towers, one of the world’s top theme parks for white-knuckle rides. The award-winning Drayton Manor Park offers fun for all the family, or perhaps the Waterworld aqua park at Etruria. You could wind down a gear and explore the region’s canal network, dotted with fascinating remnants of industrial history. Take a look at the lovingly restored Churnet Valley Railway and take a nostalgic ride on a steam train, or enjoy steam transport on a smaller scale with the narrow gauge Rudyard Lake Steam Railway.

The county is most famous for its pottery, especially Wedgwood, and there are plenty of Staffordshire holiday cottages conveniently close to places like the Wedgwood Museum or the Gladstone Pottery Museum at Stoke on Trent. You can also snap up a bargain at the Poole Pottery and Royal Stafford factory outlet in Burslem.

Enjoy an intoxicating visit to the National Brewery Centre at Burton upon Trent to learn about the county’s legendary beers. You could even experience a little animal magic; just visit the Trentham Monkey Forest, Blackbrook Zoo or a nature reserve such as the Wolseley Centre, Ipstones Edge or George’s Hayes.

The county offers a great opportunity for exploration, in a landscape where calming countryside meets exciting attractions. Its gently rolling hills and canal towpaths make for superb and not too energetic walking for visitors of all ages. There’s wildlife aplenty too, both flora and fauna, so you can take home some beautiful photographs.

Why not find out for yourself. Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Staffordshire today and discover a little of what this enchanting county has to offer.
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  • Gaia Lodge

    Hulme End, near Ashbourne

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UK4047
    This fabulous, cosy barn conversion can be found on the family run camping site of Upper Hurst Farm, adjacent to the owner’s home, in a rural idyll surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Peak District National Park. The cottage itself has exposed beams and stone flag flooring, in true keeping with the design. It is enhanced further by full underfloor heating, a wood burner and its own private hot tub, to provide a truly special stay.
    Upper Hurst Farm has a nature-based, ethos encouraging biodiversity in fields and hedgerows. In addition, the majority of energy is provided from sustainable sources or solar panels. Resident animals include a pair of alpacas, a free range peacock and peahen, four characterful and friendly mini Shetland ponies and free range chickens, in turn, making eggs available to buy. There are resident little owls as well as other indigenous owls and buzzards, and peregrine falcons are a common sight.
    An area popular with walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers alike, the River Dove is just 1 mile away and takes you to Hartington, Dove Dale and Biggin, via Biggin Dale. It is also just 1 mile to the River Manifold and the start of the Manifold Trail. The Tissington Trail is around 3 miles away, and a dog friendly, food serving pub is within walking distance of the cottage, as is the local village stores. The picture postcard village of Hartington is just 2 miles down the road and the market towns of Buxton, Ashbourne and Leek are all around 20 minutes from the site, providing a wide range of shopping and leisure facilities. Bakewell, Chatsworth Estate and Haddon Hall can all be reached in around 30 minutes, as can one of the country’s most popular theme park, Alton Towers. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Beamed throughout.
    Open plan living space: With stone flag floor.
    Living area:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and bluetooth speaker.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Bio mass underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. External utility room with freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer (shared with other properties on site).Small lawned garden with patio, garden furniture, BBQ and fire pit. 4.5 acre natural unspoilt grounds (shared with other properties on site). Hot tub for 4 (private). Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Harvey Gate Farm - The Stables

    Onecote

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: B6205
    Reached by a good farm road, this barn conversion is set in the valley of the River Hamps, amidst the Peak District National Park. It occupies a secluded position with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. There is excellent walking from the door with numerous local footpaths. Froghall Wharf, Foxfield Steam Railway and Alton Towers are within a 10 minute drive, with Gladstone Pottery Museum and Waterworld a little further afield. Sudbury (NT), Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are all within 17 miles. Harvey Gate Farm makes an ideal base for visiting all the attractions the Peak District has to offer. Shops 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor.

    First Floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels included. DVD/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Welcome pack.Private patio area with decking and furniture. Shared grounds. BBQ. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: There are two unfenced water troughs in grounds.

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  • Groom’s Cottage

    Dunstall Cross, near Barton-under-Needwood

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: E5398

    Designed to exacting standards, and with a fabulous indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, games room and gymnasium on the doorstep (open all year), these three extremely comfortable adjoining properties enjoy a peaceful courtyard setting on the owners’ non working farm. Footpaths cross the local farmland and the National Forest, and a nature reserve is in 0.75 miles. Lichfield Cathedral, Uttoxeter’s racecourse, cinema and bowling, and Sudbury Hall’s Museum of Childhood are all under 10 miles. Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Tamworth SnowDome, Shugborough Hall and Calke Abbey (NT), and Dovedale in the Peak District National Park are all within 20 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub serving food 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with tiled floor and vaulted ceiling. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Fridge/freezer. Shared courtyard and furniture. Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi and changing rooms/toilet (open all year, 8.00am – 6.00pm). Shared games room/gym (open all year, 8.00am – 9.00pm, gym equipment for over 16 years only). No smoking.

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  • Little Summerhill Cottages - Beech Cottage

    Dilhorne, near Cheadle

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC680

    Enjoying wonderful views, these cosy and comfortable barn conversions Beech Cottage (ref UKC680), Chestnut Cottage (ref UKC681) and Oak Cottage (ref UKC682) are set on the owner’s working farm, from where you can watch the cows grazing in the field nearby. The Staffordshire Moorlands provide ample opportunities to enjoy the countryside, canals, railways and the historic towns of Cheadle and Leek. The Churnet Valley Railway runs at weekends and bank holidays from Caverswall, 2 miles away, to Dilhorne, which was used as the backdrop of the railway crash in an episode of Cranford. The Roman-Catholic church of St Giles in Cheadle is known as Pugin’s Gem, and is listed among the finest examples of his work in England.

    The historic town of Leek is about 5 miles away, as is the city of Stoke-on-Trent, with its world-famous potteries and The Staffordshire Hoard. For adventurous visitors, there’s Alton Towers, the Trentham Estate, Aerial Extreme and The Monkey Forest all within a 10-mile radius. Further afield, The National Forest Adventure Farm and St George’s Park are both within a 45-minute drive. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles. These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player and tiled floor.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and tiled floor.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas included.

    LPG underfloor central heating on ground floor, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi (first 500 megabytes) included. Small courtyard with patio and garden furniture. Shared natural grounds. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Inglenook Boathouse

    Rudyard, near Leek

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: RFFC

    This architect-designed boathouse enjoys a beautifully quiet location on the banks of Rudyard Lake. Set on arguably the best spot, it has stunning views up and down the lake. From the first floor balcony of the boathouse, visitors can take it all in and, on a still day, observe the surrounding lush woodland’s inverted reflection in the lake with all its colour, like in a mirror. Rudyard Lake is abundant in wildlife and offers various activities including birdwatching, fishing, sailing, canoeing, walking and cycling. Hire boats available on the lake. Rudyard Lake is located on the edge of the Peak District National Park in the Staffordshire moorlands and is surrounded by blanket tree preservation order. Other places of interest within easy driving distance include the market town of Leek, Macclesfield, The Potteries, Biddulph Grange, Buxton, Tittesworth Reservoir and The Roaches. Shop and restaurant 3 miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Access via first floor: Open-plan living room/kitchen with breakfast bar. Steep stairs to ground floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, underfloor electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Two satellite smart HD TVs, one 23", one 42" with home entertainment system
    • Blu-ray
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer, freezer in external utility
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden, terrace, sitting-out area, furniture
    • Balcony
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle/canoe store
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Lake 5 yards from property, steps in garden (which is on several levels, railings in place)

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  • Swallow Barn

    Butterton, near Dovedale

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E2804

    Enjoying views over beautiful White Peak countryside, and a peaceful location midway between Leek and Ashbourne, this little detached barn conversion sits just a 0.75 mile walk from a popular dining pub in an area that boasts many excellent country inns. Within 1 mile, the Manifold Valley provides a glorious backdrop for superb walking as well as a cycle trail (cycle hire is available 3 miles away) and all the fun and excitement of Alton Towers is just 10 miles away. This lovely area of the Peak District has a vast array of activities and places of interest to offer – The Potteries, Chatsworth House, Matlock Bath with its famous Heights of Abraham cable cars, and a variety of water sports at Carsington Lake are among the numerous attractions found within 15 miles. Golf and pony trekking are both about 8 miles. There is a general store 2 miles away and both Leek (8 miles) and Ashbourne offer interesting shopping. Shop within 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and beams. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams.

    Electricity wood burner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Microwave. Patio garden and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Churnet Lodge

    Cheddleton, nr. Leek

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28654

    Set atop a small wooded hill overlooking the Churnet Valley, the small but perfectly formed Churnet Lodge is ideal for couples looking for a rural holiday retreat. This detached property is located in the grounds of the owner’s home, a 16th century country house which was rebuilt in the 1800s as a gentleman’s residence, and next to a working farm. Enjoying a peaceful location on the outskirts of Cheddleton and accessed by a private gated driveway, the property is ideally located for exploring the surrounding Staffordshire moorlands, with some amazing walks right from the doorstep, as well as being within easy reach of the Peak District. Alton Towers 20 minutes’ drive. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Sitting-out area with furniture. Shared garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • L’ Hermitage

    Stanley

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 18684

    This comfortable converted apartment forms part of a former barn, now the owner’s home, in the conservation village of Stanley. There are super walks from the door with 18-hole golf course (pay as you play) and horse riding school within a mile. Ideally suited for Staffordshire Moorlands, Peak District National Park, Trentham Gardens, Ceramica, Stoke Potteries, Cheddleton Railway Centre, Coombes Valley Reserve, Bridgemere, Biddulph Grange Gardens (NT) and Alton Towers all an easy drive away. Leek is just 5 miles whilst Ashbourne and Buxton are both within 12 miles. The perfect holiday destination. Shop 3/4 mile, pub 300 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Step up to 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electricity by £1 meter. NSH, bed linen and towels included. Video. Stereo/CD. 2 ring electricity hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children.

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  • Nield Bank Bungalow

    Quarnford, near Buxton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: UK4044
    For lovers of the great outdoors, Nield Bank Bungalow, standing detached, offers an idyllic picturesque location, with the final approach to the cottage taking you directly to the centre of the fabulous White Peak countryside. An abundance of walking is available direct from the doorstep, including to the village of Flash (the highest village in England), where you can embark on the Three Shires Heads route, where the counties of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meet.

    Although a truly rural location and perfect for getting away from it all, the spa town of Buxton, famous for its water and opera house, is just 5 miles away. A friendly local shop and pub serving food is less than a mile away, and a number of other Peak District towns and villages are easily accessible, including Longnor with its quaint cobbled market square which is just a 10-minute drive. The ever popular villages of Hartington, Eyam and Castleton are all easily reachable in around half an hour, as is the busy market town of Bakewell and the Alton Towers theme park. The magnificent historic houses of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall can be reached in around 40 minutes, as can Matlock with its cable car to the Heights of Abraham. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor:
    Living/dining room: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and beams.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freeview TV and beams.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available on request.Courtyard with patio and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Queen Street Cottage

    Longnor, near Buxton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W4096

    Open fire

    This stone built traditional terraced cottage offers cosy and welcoming holiday accommodation with an open fire in the living room. Situated in the popular peak park village of Longnor, the cottage overlooks the church and is only 50 yards from the market place. An excellent base from which to explore the Peak District National Park, with Dovedale and the Manifold Valley conveniently close. The spa town of Buxton, complete with botanical gardens, opera house, swimming pool, golf course and excellent shopping centre is 7 miles. Shop 100 yards, pub 150 yards, restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small front garden. Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Moorgate Cottage

    Grindon, near Leek

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E4895

    Enjoying panoramic views over the Staffordshire Moorland countryside, in an area thickly threaded with footpaths, this cosy and comfortable cottage sits in a peaceful off road location. Adjoining the welcoming owner’s home, it offers a delightful base from which to explore the Peak District and Cheshire. Just 1 mile away is the beautiful Manifold Valley with its fantastic 8-mile cycling track, whilst Dovedale is 4 miles and Alton Towers, Splash Landings and the Churnet Valley Steam Railway are all under 8 miles. Buxton, Ashbourne, the Heights of Abraham cable cars, Chatsworth House, Festival Park for cinema and bowling, the Potteries, and Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest are just some of the attractions found within 20 miles. Leek, a historic market town with interesting shops and good inns, is 6 miles. Painting classes are available by arrangement with the owner. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

    Ground floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    First floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Electricity by meter reading (first £5 included). Patio area with garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Brooklyn Barn

    Rolleston-on-Dove

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E5033

    Quietly tucked away in the heart of a pretty riverside village, just a stroll from two dining pubs and the local shops, this charming detached single-storey cottage boasts a smart contemporary interior and a great location for a relaxing break. Tutbury’s castle ruins and picturesque high street are just 2 miles away and Sudbury Hall (NT) is 5 miles whilst Melbourne House, Kedleston, Caulk Abbey and Donnington Park are under 15 miles. Thrill seekers will find Alton Towers, Cariba Creek and Drayton Manor are within 25 miles as are Shugborough and Cinebowl in Uttoxeter (10 miles). Trentham Gardens, Waterworld and Chatsworth in the Peak District are under an hour’s drive. Golf is available 5 miles away, and horse riding is just 1 mile away. Shop and pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Dressing room with sofa bed and access to 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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