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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Town End Barn

    Warslow, nr. Buxton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: RDD5

    This delightful, sympathetically converted barn lies on the edge of a village in the heart of the Peak National Park. Surrounded by pretty countryside, with wonderful unbroken views over the Manifold Valley and Thor’s Cave, it offers comfortable detached accommodation for couples and small families. Excellent walks and footpaths from the door - the Manifold and Tissington cycling trails are nearby. Both Dovedale and the delightful village of Hartington are a short drive away. The market towns of Buxton, Bakewell and Ashbourne are 10-12 miles away. Shop 1½ miles, pub 350 yards.

    Compact kitchen/dining room. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Spiral staircase (accessed via twin bedroom) to first floor: Large, light and spacious beamed living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Double bedroom with exposed stonework, TV, door with stone steps to garden, and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity and full Calor gas central heating included (October-March £25per week, £15 per short break poa)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Three TVs
    • Two videos
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer (in adjacent store)
    • Garden with patio and secluded seating area
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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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 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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  • Caldon Canal Cottage

    Denford, nr. Leek

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E3975

    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. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floor. Z bed (for + child).

    Washer/dryer. Freezer.

    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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  • Oldfield Barn

    Basford, nr. Leek

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 28622


    A detached barn conversion adjacent to the owner’s property in a tranquil, rural holiday location on the edge of the Peak District, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with delightful views of the surrounding countryside and a VisitEngland 4 star grading. Set within 16 acres of meadow land and paddocks where the guests are free to roam. An ideal base to explore the Peak District National Park and such notable locations as Chatsworth House, Alton Towers and many other National Trust properties. Within 3 miles are the village of Cheddleton and the market town of Leek with shopping, pubs and restaurants. Guests can enjoy walking, golf and fishing which are all available locally, as well as the Churnet Valley Steam Heritage Railway. Nearby, cycling at the Manifold track or climbing at The Roaches. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden, patio and furniture. Use of owner’s 16-acre natural grounds and paddock. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Pond in owner’s grounds, 220 metres from property.

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  • Offley Grove Farm - The Forge

    Adbaston, nr. Stafford

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44145

    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 room. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single. Separate 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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  • Old Wood Farm Barns - The Stables

    Hollington

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 18936

    Peacefully situated surrounded by open countryside and fields on the owners non working farm (although there are a few chickens) these two barns have been sympathetically converted retaining many original features, including trusses, beams and exposed stonework. They boast a shared games/laundry room and are set in 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 locally. Potteries, Ashbourne, Churnet Valley and Dovedale all within 12 miles. Market towns such as Cheadle, Ashbourne, Leek, Bakewell and Uttoxeter all a short drive away. Two steam railways, historic houses and visitor centres, many industrial museums and potteries all within easy reach. An ideal holiday base. Shop 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with beams.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared games room with snooker table. Ample parking. No smoking please. VisitEngland 4 star.

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  • Smithy Cottage

    Hopedale, nr. Alstonefield

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 27607

    This detached 18th century limestone cottage has been sympathetically restored and retains many features and beams throughout. Situated in hamlet of Hopedale, close to the award-winning conservation village of Alstonfield and only ¾ mile from the pretty hamlet of Milldale at the top of Dovedale where it is a further 2 miles to the famous Victorian stepping stones that cross the River Dove to Lovers Leap. The charming village of Ilam is 3 miles away, with llam Park set in 158 acres of parkland with its Victorian Gothic turrets and Ashourne is 8 miles away, with its many antique shops, cafés and restaurants. Shop 3½ miles, pub/restaurant 10 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft) with beams, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Small courtyard, sitting-out area, furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Old Wood Farm Barns - The Hayloft

    Hollington

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18937

    Peacefully situated surrounded by open countryside and fields on the owners non working farm (although there are a few chickens) these two barns have been sympathetically converted retaining many original features, including trusses, beams and exposed stonework. They boast a shared games/laundry room and are set in 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 locally. Potteries, Ashbourne, Churnet Valley and Dovedale all within 12 miles. Market towns such as Cheadle, Ashbourne, Leek, Bakewell and Uttoxeter all a short drive away. Two steam railways, historic houses and visitor centres, many industrial museums and potteries all within easy reach. An ideal holiday base. Shop 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door and beams/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single. Gallery with double bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared games room with snooker table. Ample parking. No smoking please. VisitEngland 4 star.

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  • The Old Post Office

    Eccleshall

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: RQ4


    This detached Victorian cottage has been beautifully refurbished to a high standard to offer well presented family accommodation and benefits from superb views over Lake Copmere. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside, it is an ideal base for exploring the area with the Potteries, Chester, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Alton Towers all within easy reach. Golf, swimming, riding, cycling and walking available locally. Eccleshall (2 miles) offers specialist shops, restaurants, and many historic inns. Quiet country pub next door serving excellent home cooked food and real ale. Shop 2 miles.

    Three steps to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room with electric ‘wood burner’ and tiled floor. Galley-style kitchen. Garden room with roof lantern. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Both bedrooms with views over Mere. Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Enclosed patio with furniture
    • Paddock and stable available by arrangement
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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