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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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  • Garden Cottage

    Onecote, nr. Leek

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E5566

    Set in lovely countryside, this traditional holiday cottage, bursting with character sits adjoining the owners’ home in the village of Onecote. The local dining pub is just 100 yards away. There is superb walking from the village through the valley of the River Hamps and further into the Manifold Valley. The town of Leek, 7 miles, has a variety of antique emporiums to browse in and various shops to explore. Cycle hire is 4 miles away on the Manifold Trail. Alton Towers with the Splash Landings Waterpark and Churnet Valley Steam Railway are within 10 miles. Approximately 15 miles away are the Trentham Gardens, Monkey Forest, Waterworld and the Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as Chatsworth House and Sudbury Hall (NT). Uttoxeter offers horse racing and other showground events. Golf 4 miles. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with stone floor. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break, September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. Small patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Gable Cottage

    Onecote, nr. Leek

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E3386

    Set in glorious countryside in the south of the Peak District National Park, this charming beamed and attractively furnished cottage adjoins the owners’ 17th-century home in the hamlet of Onecote, just 100 yards from a welcoming dining pub. There are numerous marked footpaths locally for extensive walking. Leek is 7 miles away, with interesting shopping, and Ashbourne and Buxton, with its summer festival, are 12 miles away. There is cycle hire available on the Manifold Trail, 5 miles, and Alton Towers is 10 miles away. Trentham Gardens, Monkey Park, Waterworld, Chatsworth House, Little Moreton Hall (NT) and the Heights of Abraham are within a 45-minute drive. Golf 7 miles, riding 12 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor and patio doors. Dining area. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (First £5 included 1st September-31st May, remainder by meter reading). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Fermain

    Kingsley Holt, nr. Cheadle

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 27284

    This extended and refurbished bungalow, located in the small hamlet of Kingsley Holt provides a comfortable holiday base from which to explore the surrounding Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District. The market towns of Leek and Ashbourne are within a short drive. The Churnet Valley Steam Railway, Kingsley Bird and Falconry Centre and Alton Towers are all within easy reach, as well as the numerous museums and historic houses this area has to offer. The Staffordshire Way is just a few minutes’ walk from the doorstep. Shop and restaurant 1½ miles, pub serving food ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed paved garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: 2 steps or ramp to garden.

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  • Manifold Valley Barn

    Hulme End, nr. Hartington

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E4640

    In idyllic countryside crisscrossed with footpaths, at the head of the Manifold Valley Trail’s 8 miles of traffic free cycling, this contemporary barn conversion at the side of a 0.5 acre of land in the tiny hamlet of Hulme End. There is a general store 100 yards away, a small visitor centre and seasonal café as well as a good dining pub within 0.75 miles and further shops, cafés, pubs and famous cheese store in Hartington (2 miles). The Tissington Trail is 3 miles; Bakewell, Ashbourne, Buxton, Leek, Alton Towers, Trentham Gardens, Waterworld, Heights of Abraham and Chatsworth House are under 15 miles. Shop 100 yards, pub and cafe 0.75 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 bunk bedroom. First floor: 1 double bedroom with wooden floor, beams and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. NB: Small stream/pond in grounds.

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  • The Granary

    Kinglsey Holt, nr. Ashbourne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E5483

    This detached contemporary barn conversion offers a smart and beautifully furnished holiday home boasting a spectacular setting on the owner’s 30-acre working farm, with panoramic views over the Churnet Valley towards Alton Towers and wonderful local walks from the door. There are two pubs within 0.5 miles, and restaurants and shops within 2 miles. Alton Towers, Splash Landings water park, a steam railway and cycle hire on the Manifold Trail are all within 5 miles. Ashbourne and Dovedale, Trentham Gardens Monkey Park and the Potteries are 10 miles, and Chatsworth House, Sudbury Hall, Kedleston Hall (NT) and Bakewell are 25 miles. Pony trekking 10 miles, pay and play golf 2 miles. Shop 1.5 miles, pubs 0.5 miles, restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with French doors, tiled floor and vaulted ceiling. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite toilet. First floor: Galleried area with double bed and beams. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and low beam.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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