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Leek

The historic town of Leek hugs the southern border of the Peak District National Park. Traditional markets and Victorian architecture are at the heart of the town, with the River Churnet flowing through, rugged countryside and the wonderful rock formations of The Roaches are on the doorstep.

Discover antique shops and independent retailers housed in former Victorian silk mills, an unspoilt shopping centre where you’ll find great local produce. General outdoor markets for handicrafts and furniture are great fun for the bargain hunters, with regular indoor and farmers'' markets providing the best of local produce and collectors'' goods. The beautifully restored Butter Market dates back to 19th Century and provides an authentic market experience.

Historical figure and founder of the Arts and Craft Movement William Morris lived and worked in Leek in the late 1800s, and a legacy of interiors and furniture trade remains. Art galleries that boast both traditional and contemporary works are scattered about the town and the Leek Arts Festival is held in May and growing every year.

There is a lot to do in the surrounding areas too, with the nearby Rudyard Lake Steam Railway still chugging through the countryside. Walk, cycle or pony trek through the rugged Peak District or visit one of the many tranquil gardens like the award winning Trentham Estate. The epic theme parks of Alton Towers and Drayton Manor are close by, with Peak Pursuits catering for the adrenaline junkies with kayaking, mountain biking and climbing in the region.

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  • The Cow Shed

    Kingsley Holt

    Grade
    10
    5
    1
    3
    Ref: RGG2

    This large detached barn has been converted to a very high standard and combines a strikingly modern interior with the features expected in a barn conversion. Situated on a non-working farm and adjoining another residence, The Cow Shed enjoys a paved sitting area perfect for enjoying pleasant summer evenings. The large living area boasts a gallery and a wood-burning stove. The property also boasts a unique double bedroom with a very large bed and a walk-in shower in the bathroom. Kingsley Holt is an ideal area for Alton Towers and for exploring the great outdoors in the Southern Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands, one of Britain’s best kept secrets. Riding, cycling and walks are in abundance locally, especially on the Staffordshire Way and Tissington Trail. The Potteries with Trentham Garden Estates, Churnet Valley and Dovedale are all within 12 miles. Market towns such as Ashbourne, Cheadle, Leek, Bakewell, Stone and Uttoxeter are all a short drive away. Two steam railways, historic places of interest such as Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House, many industrial museums and potteries are all within easy reach. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Spacious modern living/dining room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. Large, well-equipped, modern kitchen with gas range (for cooking). Utility. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Two beamed double bedrooms, each with oak floor; one with 7ft bed, one with en-suite double shower room with toilet. Further double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms, one beamed. Beamed bathroom with walk-in shower, Victorian bath and toilet. Large bathroom with large walk-in shower and Victorian-style bath, toilet and trusses. Additional open-tread spiral stairs from kitchen to first floor landing.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Full gas central heating (underfloor on hard floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Small CD library
    • Gas range with 6-ring hob included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small paved sitting area with furniture
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • The Water Tower

    Cheddleton, nr. Leek

    Grade
    11
    5
    3
    4
    Ref: RFFJ

    Set in 137 acres of private park and woodland, this stunning Grade II listed Victorian water tower is the tallest building on the Staffordshire Moorlands. The tower, which is constructed from red brick and stone, dates back to 1896 and was transformed in 2006 to provide accommodation over 8 storeys. The Water Tower effortlessly combines character and original features with the latest technology and conveniences including free wi-fi, and a built-in Bang and Olufsen music system which can be played in several areas in the house. There is a spacious, well-equipped kitchen and two living rooms, one of which is on the 8th floor and has stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding Staffordshire countryside. The games room is located on the 7th floor and, apart from its full size snooker table and darts room, also has an attached kitchenette with fridge and microwave, which again will save having to walk down several storeys to the main kitchen. Most of the bedrooms are en suite and the master bedroom also has TV and DVD with surround sound system. The spa-like family bathroom has twin wash basins, a free-standing tub and a double walk-in shower. There is also an intercom system throughout the tower which is very handy given all the stairs! Accessible for both the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District National Park, this holiday property is an ideal base for those who love the great outdoors. There are lots of great walks from the doorstep, including walks along the canal paths. Cyclists and mountain bikers are also well catered for and climbers will enjoy the famous Roaches, which are just a 10-minute drive away. Water sports are available at Rudyard Lake and Tittesworth Reservoir, which are both within a short drive. Located in Cheddleton, the property is just 2½ miles from the popular market town of Leek, which has a good range of shops, supermarkets, eateries and antique shops. Other places of interest within easy reach are Churnet Valley Steam Railway (2 miles), Alton Towers (12 miles), Manifold Valley (15 miles), Buxton (16 miles), The Potteries at Stoke-on-Trent (9 miles) and Macclesfield (16 miles). The Water Tower is a really unique property in a great location which definitely has the wow factor. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Main door entrance: Utility. Lower ground floor: Second utility. Cycle/pushchair store. Separate toilet. Main staircase to first floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor (also accessed via narrow spiral stairs from second door entrance). Dog leg spiral stairs to second floor: Large kitchen with TV, breakfast area and wooden/tiled floor. Dog leg spiral stairs to third floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with steamer and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with steamer and toilet. Dog leg spiral stairs to fourth floor: Very large bathroom with large bath and relaxing seating area, twin walk-in shower cubicles, twin basins and toilet. Dog leg spiral stairs to fifth floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with steamer and toilet. Double bedroom leading to room with single bed (for +1). Dog leg spiral stairs to sixth floor: Master double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, walk-in wardrobes and en-suite wet room with toilet. Dog leg spiral stairs to seventh floor: Magnificent games room. Kitchenette with fridge and microwave. Narrow spiral, open tread stairs to eighth floor: Sitting room with galleried mezzanine overlooking games room and breathtaking panoramic 360 degree views.

    • Electricity, gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVDs
    • Two additional ovens
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Double dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with pergola, gravelled areas and furniture
    • Shared 137-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Games room with snooker table and darts
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Broadmeadows Farm

    Butterton

    Grade
    12
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: QMJ

    This truly magnificent famhouse is perched on the edge of the beautiful Manifold Valley, famed for its lime-stone crags and caves. Approached by a farm drive, nestling in a secluded spot, it enjoys breathtaking valley views. Very well furnished and equipped, its history is impressive - its date-stone pin-points the farmhouse’s origin at 1810, however, field name documents reach as far back as the 13th century. Set on the edge of the owners’ working farm, cows and calves herd themselves across over one hundred acres of farmland, with an abundance of wildlife and walks from the doorstep.

    At Wetton Mill in the Manifold Valley amidst some staggering scenery, a cycle trail, closed to traffic for most of its route, follows the line of a narrow-gauge railway, (which ran from the turn of the century until the 1930s) and a river for some seven miles - even passing through the old railway tunnel. Cycle hire is available locally. Ideal for exploring Staffordshire and Derbyshire, Ashbourne, Buxton, Bakewell, Dovedale, Carsington Water, The Potteries and Alton Towers are all within a 25-minute drive. Butterton 1 mile. Butchers 1 mile. Shop 7 miles.

    Large, beamed sitting room with feature walk-in inglenook open fireplace with seating. Covered verandah. Cosy study/TV room. Dining room with wood-burning stove and opening to large, fitted kitchen. Laundry. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Further double bedroom with four-poster bed and additional bed (for +1). Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom. Separate toilet. Shower room.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs at cost
    • Electricity, oil-fired central heating and bed linen included
    • 2 cots
    • High chair
    • Z-bed (for +1)
    • TV (Sky digital)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Private parking for 6 cars
    • Games room (table tennis, pool table and dartboard)
    • ‘Fun’ tennis lawn

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  • School House

    Bradnop, near Leek

    Grade
    12
    6
    1
    3
    Ref: UKC330

    The School House is a truly wonderful detached, Grade II listed stone built cottage situated in a rural position in the hamlet of Bradnop, less than 1 mile from the picturesque Peak District National Park.
    Thoughtfully and extensively renovated throughout to offer spacious, comfortable accommodation and even boasts its very own private hot tub for guests use. Many of the original features have been carefully retained including beams, exposed stone walls and fireplace to name but a few. There is a well-kept enclosed garden at the front of the property and a paddock area to the rear - ideal for ball games.
    The small and pretty rural hamlet of Bradnop is situated on the western edge of the Peak District National Park. Close by you will find the market town of Leek with its array of antique shops and quirky crafts. The thriving picturesque market town of Ashbourne and the spa town of Buxton are within driving distance. For families and the more adventurous, Alton Towers is only a 5 mile drive away.
    Nearby you will find superb walks with Dovedale, the beautiful Manifold Valley, and the popular Manifold Cycle Track, all within easy reach. There are lots of pretty villages to explore one being Hartington where you will find tasty local cheeses in the village cheese shop, also close by there are several pubs serving fantastic home cooked food. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV and beams.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric range cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Utility room: With fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 6: With twin beds and sloping ceiling.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and barbecue. Paddock. Hot tub for 8. Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking.

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  • Far House

    Upper Hulme, near Leek

    Grade
    12
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: UK4011
    Far House is a fabulously designed house with many character features and sits quietly on the edge of the Peak District National Park, ¾ mile outside the tiny Hamlet of Upper Hulme, surrounded by breathtaking views. It stands detached within 11 acres of private rural land, with brooks running through the grounds and gardened areas for simply enjoying the vast amounts of private space. It sits almost directly beneath the infamous ’Roaches’, a spectacular wind-carved outcrop of granite rocks, comprising Ramshaw Rocks and Hen Cloud, both of which are extremely popular with hikers and climbers alike.
    To the south you will find Tittesworth Reservoir which offers a wide range of activities for outdoor enthusiasts - whether you want a steady stroll around the water’s edge; make use of the dedicated BBQ areas and keep the children happy with a new play area; take in a spot of food and drink at the café overlooking the water; or something a little more challenging, this place has it all.
    This is a peaceful setting with fabulous walks, challenging climbs or relaxing strolls, only a few miles from the moorland market town of Leek. The village pub, only a mile away, serves traditional ales and home cooked food. Next door are the Roaches Tea Rooms, where you can sample some homemade delights.
    The spa town of Buxton, famous for its warm springs, offers a host of fine eateries, good shops and gardens including a fascinating museum and art gallery. Visit Buxton Opera House which is the venue for varied and often hosting big name productions. If cycling is your thing, then there are countless routes out into the flatlands of Cheshire, local routes around the moorlands, head out into the stunning Peak District National Park for more challenging terrain, or follow the beautiful High Peak Trail, all of which are right on the doorstep. Enjoy day trips to Peak Wildlife Park where you can pet, feed and meet with some of the animals, or enjoy a thrilling day at Alton Towers with its rides, water parks, spa and gardens. Explore the Peak District, perhaps pay a visit to the market town of Bakewell, or enjoy elegant Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Spa 3 miles. Shops 4½ miles, pub 1 mile, restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With wood burner, 50" Freeview TV, DVD player, bluetooth sound systems, oak floor and French doors.
    Dining room: With oak floor.
    Kitchen/dining area: Farmhouse style with breakfast bar, Aga, electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, iPod dock and tiled floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine, fridge and tiled floor.
    Theatre room: With 55" TV, DVD player, games console and oak floor.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, twin beds, TV and en-suite with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet, bidet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With double bed.
    Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack.Large garden with patio and garden furniture. Bike store. Parking for 6 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are brooks in the grounds.

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  • The Farmhouse at Gradbach

    Gradbach near Buxton

    Grade
    16
    7
    0
    7
    Ref: CC412129
    Located on the banks of the River Dane in the tiny hamlet of Gradbach, this superb farmhouse complete with a private hot tub, can be found in an unspoilt corner of the Peak District National Park, close to the borders of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. It is within the secluded grounds of an 18th century stone built silk mill. Both the former mill and farmhouse are steeped in history, with a quote dating back to the 1700’s describing the two ancient buildings as ‘being in one of the most delightful and romantic settings in the valley’. Surrounded by 16 acres the setting is indeed spectacular and the accommodation pays justice to this. With all bedrooms en-suite, a stylish farmhouse kitchen with wood burner and range cooker and a beautiful oak beamed lounge the result is warm, comfortable and spacious. There is a chef available who can cater in the property for special occasions at an additional cost. They also provide packed lunches, pre-prepared dinner options (ready to cook) and breakfast baskets. Please book in advance direct with the owner with at least 7 days’ notice.
    The Gritstone Roaches, one of the UK’s premier climbing destinations and the wonderful hidden gem of Lud Church with its fantastic myth and legend, are also just a stones’ throw away. The spa town of Buxton with its magnificent architecture, shops, swimming pool and Opera House is just 20 minutes away, and the other Peak District towns and villages such as Bakewell, Tideswell and Hartington can all be reached within around half an hour. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and the beautiful honeypot village of Castleton are around 40 minutes away, and the National Trusts Quarry Bank Mill, Little Morton Hall, Tatton Park and Biddulph Grange are all nearby. Finally for those thrillseekers Matlock with its cable car to the Heights of Abraham can be reached in around 45 minutes and Alton Towers in around half an hour.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance
    Living Room: Spacious with beams, stone floor, Freeview TV, DVD player, i-Pod dock, CD player and patio doors.
    Dining room: Large with stone floor and TV.
    Kitchen: Large with wood burner, electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and TV.
    Bedroom 1: Beamed with double bed, TV and en-suite with shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, TV and en-suite with shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds, TV and en-suite with shower and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 4: With double bed, single bed, TV and en-suite with shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 5: With twin beds, TV and en-suite with shower and toilet

    Second Floor: Bedroom 6: With double bed, single bed, TV and en-suite with shower and toilet
    Bedroom 7: With twin beds, TV and en-suite with shower and toilet.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Welcome pack. Outhouse with tumble dryer on the ground floor and games room with table football on the first floor. Shared washing machine. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Shared 16-acres of natural grounds. Ample parking. Hot tub. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: 1 step in garden, unfenced river in the grounds, 5 yards.
    Couples and family bookings only, sorry no hen or stag parties.

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