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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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  • 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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  • 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 - Redhurst

    Wetton, nr. Ashbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: NT007002

    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.

    Two steps to entrance. Step to open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area with stone tiled floor. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom (no door).

    • Wood-burning 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
    • Small enclosed garden with picnic bench
    • Parking
    • One dog free of charge
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced river in grounds

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  • Mill Stone

    Pattingham, nr. Wolverhampton

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W44259


    On the Shropshire/Staffordshire border between Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth, this single-storey cottage offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a cosy cottage. There is easy access to some of the UK’s best loved visitor attractions, such as the Severn Valley Railway Station at Bridgnorth, Dudley Zoo, RAF Cosford, Ironbridge, Victorian Village and museums, stately homes and many shopping centres that surround this location in the Midlands. There are golf courses within a few miles at Perton, Patshull Park, Worfield and Bridgnorth. Horse racing at Wolverhampton, an all-weather track. There is also a spa and fishing just 2 miles away at Patshull Park. The property has its own private rear garden. Over the land directly opposite is a horse riding centre. Lessons and hacks are available at cost, by arrangement with the owner. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Dining room with double sofa bed. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Covered, fenced pond in garden.

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  • The Old Carthouse

    Nr. Uttoxeter

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: E4422

    Beautifully converted in smart, contemporary style, this charming little barn and its lovely orchard garden sit in an enviably peaceful and secluded location amidst pretty pastureland. Abbots Bromley (2 miles) boasts 5 pubs, a restaurant and local store while Uttoxeter’s shopping, cinema, bowling and racecourse are 8 miles. Dovedale in the Peak District, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, The Potteries and Tamworth Snowdome are all under 30 minutes’ drive as are Calke Abbey, Sudbury Hall and Shugborough (all NT). Ironbridge Gorge museums and the NEC are an hour’s drive. Pub 3 miles, restaurants 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Additional use of owner’s freezer. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced stream.

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  • Frinsmoor Croft

    Cauldon Low, Alton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W3520

    4 miles from Alton Towers

    A delightful detached barn conversion, restored and decorated offering quality family accommodation set in its own secure grounds with open countryside views and just 3 miles from the Peak District National Park. This holiday cottage offers a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a shower room on the ground floor, whilst the twin bedroom is accessed by a beautiful spiral staircase from the living room. A superb location being only 4 miles from Alton Towers, the property is 6 miles from Ashbourne and within a short driving distance of the many historical attractions of the surrounding Peak District and Potteries. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom with beams.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Canal View

    Bloxwich, near Walsall

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC367

    An ideal base for whether you’re visiting family, friends or just relaxing. Canal View is a contemporary, semi-detached home set on the Wyrley and Essington Canal which borders the property. The location creates a tranquil place to stay whilst allowing you to be close enough to a wide range of amenities and travel links. Walsall town centre is just 2.5 miles away and is excellent for shopping and entertainment for all ages. The Wyrley and Essington Canal is nicknamed the Curly Wyrley, due to its twisting course. Its peaceful, meandering waters see few boats, but it is popular with walkers, cyclists and anglers. Parts of the canal are very rural, and it runs past a number of nature reserves and wildlife hotspots, including Pelsall Common and Rough Wood Nature Reserve. The tranquil, slow-moving waters of the canal itself are home to thriving aquatic plant life, including protected floating water plantain and grass wrack pondweed. Chasewater Country Park has 900 acres of open space and water. The park centres Chasewater Reservoir, which was constructed to supply water to the canal. It is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with plenty of walking and cycling trails. You can make the most of the water with lots of exciting activities, including sailing, water-skiing and sub-aqua diving. So whatever your reason for visiting, Canal View has plenty to do and see. Shop 500 yards, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With Freeview TV and patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With breakfast area, electric cooker, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Snug:
    With TV.
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car, additional on-road parking available. No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • Hollybush Cottage

    Denford, nr. Leek

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E2800

    Beside the Caldon canal and enjoying views over the water and meadows these lovely cottages offer very comfortably furnished retreats amidst pretty countryside, close to many year round attractions. They stand adjoining a renowned country pub in the hamlet of Denford, adjacent to a country park and within 4 miles of the Peak District National Park. Leek is 3 miles. Waterworld swimming pool, china factory tours, museums, steam railways, Alton Towers, Biddulph Grange gardens and Little Moreton Hall (NT) are within 10 miles. Canal fishing (licence required) and an adventure playground are also nearby (100 yards).

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility area. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floor.

    Video. Washing machine. Table top freezer (on request).

    Both properties: Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced canal in front of property.

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  • Milking Parlour

    Betley, nr. Crewe

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28466

    This barn conversion, adjoining the owners’ home, enjoys a quiet rural setting. Ideal holiday base with walking, mountain biking, golf and fishing locally. A 15-minute walk takes you to the privately owned ruins of medieval Heighley Castle. Visit Bridgemere Garden World, Nantwich and the Potteries of Stoke on Trent, Chester Zoo and Alton Towers. Shared outdoor covered recreation area with table tennis, badminton and darts. Shop and pub 1½ miles, restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (sport package). Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed decking, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 30-acre natural grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. No children under 5 years, except babies under 6 months. NB: 6 steps to decking.

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  • Little Summerhill Cottages - Chestnut Cottage

    Dilhorne, near Cheadle

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC681

    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.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floors.
    Living area: With Freeview TV/DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With walk-in shower and chair, toilet and heated towel rail.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: Galleried with twin beds, Freeview TV and DVD player.

    Wheelchair access. Toilet riser available on request.

    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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