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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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  • Villa Lodge

    Cheddleton, nr. Leek

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30329


    This lovely holiday property, adjoining the owner’s home, sits in the quaint old village of Cheddleton, which is south of the River Churnet and Calden Canal. 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. There are numerous self-guided walks available to fully appreciate the beauty of the area, and the Churnet Valley Railway has an old Victorian country station, complete with signal box and mainline locomotives, in the village. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with additional folding single (for child) and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large, shared, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Garage (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bank Top Farm Cottages - Arches Cottage

    Dilhorne, nr. Cheadle

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 27651

    Rolling views over the valley

    These holiday barn conversions are situated on the owners’ quiet hill farm and enjoy rolling views over the valley in the Staffordshire moorlands. With walks from the doorstep, Bank Top Farm Cottages are the perfect place in which to relax and unwind. Stable View (ref B4436) is semi-detached and Arches Cottage (ref 27651) stands as one of a row. By car, the Peak District can be reached in 10 minutes and Alton Towers in under 30 minutes. Cheadle is also within easy reach, as are the small pottery towns with museums and factory shops. Other places to visit include the Wedgewood Visitor Centre, Shugborough Hall (NT) and the railways of Churnet Valley, Foxfield and Rudyard Lake. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    Gas included. Gas cooker. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Gas central heating and electricity included (£50per week, £30 per 4/5 nights, £20 per 2/3 nights September-October). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2-acre natural grounds. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • The Dairy Cottage

    Endon, nr. Leek

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W43835

    This beautifully and tastefully converted former dairy offers everything you need for a truly relaxing break. It is reached via a quiet country lane and is situated in the delightful and peaceful countryside. The ’upside down’ holiday accommodation offers character and charm, with exposed beams, with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor, and the kitchen, dining and living area on the first floor. Outside there is a garden area where you can enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside. This is an ideal base from which to explore many local attractions including Rudyard Lake, Churnet Valley with its steam railway and network of canals, the Peak District and popular theme park ’Alton Towers’. Endon is a village within the moorlands district of Staffordshire, 4 miles from Leek and 6 miles from Stoke-on-Trent. The village is one of only a few outside Derbyshire which practises the ancient custom of well dressing. A weekend fair accompanies the dressing of the well at which a local girl is crowned as the ’Well Dressing Queen’. The fair also includes a contest called ’Tossing the Sheaf’ where local men compete to see who can toss a bale of straw the highest over a raised bar. The fair is known for bringing together the entire village and boosting community spirit. So whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday or a more active one, the immediate location and surrounding area have it all, making the cottage the ideal year round destination. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 steps to dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor, 2 steps to living room with low beams and wooden floor.

    Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Two Freesat TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Swiss Cottage

    Alrewas, nr. Lichfield

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E5375

    In the centre of a quaint canalside village, this charming original cottage, one of a pair, combines contemporary country style with original beams and panelling, to offer a lovely holiday home within reach of a host of visitor attractions. Alrewas has three dining pubs and a mix of shops and takeaways, and there are lovely country walks along the canal tow path just 100 yards from the cottage. The National Memorial Aboretum is 0.5 miles away and Lichfield is 5 miles. Drayton Manor, Twycross Zoo and Tamworth Snowdome are 12 miles away, and Calke Abbey, Shugborough and Sudbury Hall (NT) are 15 miles away. Alton Towers, Trentham Gardens and the Peak District National Park are within an hour’s drive. Shop 300 yards, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and beams. Dining area/kitchen with tiled floor and beams. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with beams and sloping ceiling, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room. Electric central heating included (£21 per week 1st October-31st March poa). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio garden and furniture (access to owner’s artist studio). Parking. No smoking.

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  • Offley Grove Farm - Shires Stable

    Adbaston, nr. Stafford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44146

    On a small working farm, these five cottages are beautiful conversions of a range of traditional farm buildings (refs W44143, W44144, W44145, W44146 and W44147). They are situated in the vicinity of many well known attractions in both Staffordshire and Shropshire. Within a 25 mile drive is Alton Towers, famous for its gardens and incredible theme park rides, the Ironbridge Gorge (a spectacular sight amidst lush woodland), Cosford Aerospace Museum, the Royal Doulton pottery, the Wedgwood pottery, the town of Shrewsbury and many more places of interest. Surrounded by picturesque countryside, there are plenty of quiet country lanes to explore, ideal for walking or cycling. Bicycles are available for hire (no helmets available). Canal boat trips are available along the Shropshire Union canal, and fishing, golf and horse riding can also all be found within 5 miles. Bed and Breakfast is available in the adjoining farmhouse. Many guests return year after year to these excellent properties. In a courtyard setting, the cottages retain much of their original character, making them an excellent base for a countryside holiday. Relax and dine in the courtyard garden and barbecue area after a busy day exploring; while the children play in the enclosed children’s play area. A favourite with the children is ‘Percy’ the pot bellied pig, and guests are welcome to come and see all the farm animals, walk through the fields, or picnic in the wooded area by the stream. Property also has a licence to hold civil ceremonies. Coarse fishing available. Ideal for golf and horse riding. Shops 6 miles, pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH and electricity by meter reading. Towel hire.

    All properties: Bed linen included. Cot. High chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Grassed open area. Barbecue. Enclosed children’s play area. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Boosley Grange Cottage

    Fawfieldhead, nr. Buxton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E5372

    For visitors searching tranquillity and panoramic views, this very comfortable single-storey cottage stands detached, and offers an ideal haven and a private setting on the owners’ small farm. Set amidst the stunning limestone scenery at the head of the Manifold Valley, 6 miles from Buxton with its lively market and summer festival, there is excellent walking and cycling from the door with the Manifold Trail nearby and a choice of good dining pubs in the local villages. The lovely houses of Lyme Park, Little Moreton Hall (NT), Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Castleton Caverns and Matlock Bath are all within a half hour drive. Golf is 7 miles and horse riding is 4 miles away. There is also a swimming pool 6 miles away. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining area with beams. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Enclosed patio and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Peacock Barn

    Dunstall Cross, nr. Barton-under-Needwood

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E4713

    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. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Shared courtyard and furniture.

    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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  • Redhurst and Darfar - Darfar

    Wetton, nr. Ashbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: NT007003

    National Trust Holiday Cottages


    These pretty holiday cottages (refs NT007002 and NT007003) sit on the north bank of the River Manifold and are in a truly get-away-from-it-all location. The cottages are ideally placed for couples or families who like the outdoor life, with outstanding walks and a hard surface cycle way close at hand, together with abundant wildlife and freshwater fishing. Enjoy the view over the river whilst relaxing on the riverbank outside the cottages. They both have bags of character and have been sympathetically converted into comfortable holiday homes using traditional building methods wherever possible. Manifold Valley is a favourite with visitors to the Peak District. There are several caves close to the Manifold Track, the most impressive of which is Thor’s Cave, a former home to Stone Age dwellers and believed to have been inhabited for some 10,000 years. Wetton Mill, which was established in the valley by William Cavendish, second son of Bess of Hardwick, was abandoned in 1857 and one of the buildings has been converted into a very popular tea room. Shop and tea room on-site (limited opening hours), pub 1½ miles.

    Step to open-plan living/dining room with multi-fuel stove and kitchen area with stone tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with low beam. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared washer/dryer and payphone in external utility
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Telephone
    • Garden area
    • Parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds

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  • The Coach House

    Cheddleton, nr. Leek

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 29425

    Set in the grounds of the owners’ home, this former coach house has been converted into an open-plan, detached studio which provides spacious and thoughtfully designed holiday accommodation, perfect for couples or a small family. The property occupies a great position within the village of Cheddleton, and there are lovely countryside views which can be enjoyed from the well-kept gardens and orchard. Cheddleton is situated above the Caldon Canal and River Churnet in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, making it a great area for walking. There are lots of amenities available in the local area including pubs, restaurants, take-aways and recreation facilities. A wider range of amenities can be found in the market town of Leek, which is famous for its antique shops and is just 3 miles away. There are lots of attractions and places of interest within easy driving distance such as The Flint Mill, 220 yards away, and the Churnet Valley Railway which is 2 miles or a 15-minute walk. Also, Waterworld and The Potteries at Stoke on Trent is 10 miles, and Alton Towers is 12 miles. National Trust properties in the area include Biddulp Grange, 6 miles, White Peak, which incorporates Dovedale and Manifold Valley, 10 miles and Sudbury Hall ,17 miles. The Peak District National Park is also very accessible from here. Shop ½ mile, pub 80 yards and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double bed (5ft) and sofa bed/ kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Satellite TV (sports package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Access to freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared garden. Sitting-out area with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Covered pond in grounds.

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  • The Olde Chapel

    Winnothdale, nr. Tean

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E4008

    Set on a country lane just 4 miles from Alton Towers and Dimmingdale, this delightful, smartly furnished and romantic chapel conversion lies amidst pretty countryside near the Cheshire border. There is good walking locally and Uttoxeter’s racecourse and cinema are 6 miles. Ashbourne, gateway to the Peak District, and Stoke-on-Trent, with Waterworld swimming pool, bowling, indoor skiing, pottery museums and china factory shops, are both 10 miles. Sudbury, Kedleston and Little Moreton Hall (all NT) are easily accessible. Trentham Gardens, Trentham Monkey Forest, Uttoxeter Ice Rink and bowling are within easy reach, and Drayton Manor Theme Park is 35 miles. Shops 1 mile and pub serving food 0.5 miles

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (for children) with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over 6ft double ended spa bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Drops in garden.

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  • The Old Byre

    Thorncliffe, Leek

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: RKK5


    Situated on a country road, this attractive detached barn set in the grounds of the owners’ home has been lovingly converted, retaining many original features and beams. Celebrating excellent views over the surrounding countryside and superb walks from the door, with numerous local footpaths, the Old Byre makes an ideal base for visiting all the attractions the Peak District has to offer including Chatsworth House, Alton Towers (just 10 minutes away) Haddon Hall, Carsington Water, Cheddleton Steam Railway, Rudyard Lake and Meerbook Reservoir to name just a few. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Six steps to entrance. Cosy living/dining room and kitchen area with stable door. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Beamed and with wooden floors throughout.

    Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally. Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Flatscreen TV (Freeview). DVD. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in laundry room). Use of owner’s freezer. Small lawned garden with decked area with furniture. 6 acres of shared natural grounds. Parking (for 2 cars). Cycle store. Natural spring water supply. No smoking. NB: Step to decked area and fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Spring Cottage

    Hollinsclough, nr. Buxton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W7927

    Ideal touring base

    Situated in the small conservation village of Hollinsclough, some 1.75 miles from Longnor, this excellent detached barn conversion makes an ideal holiday base in the heart of the Peak Park. The spacious living room is open to the eaves with exposed timbers, a Peak Stone fireplace with black cast iron stove and flagged floors with scatter rugs. Rockery gardens and a walled herbed garden surround this superb home which is set in 6 acres with footpaths from the door. Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Buxton, Matlock and Bakewell are close by. Horse riding and golf within 5 miles. Shop, pubs and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio door, beams and stone floor. Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. NSH, underfloor heating (in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Built-in barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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