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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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  • Moorgate Cottage

    Grindon, nr. Leek

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E4895

    Enjoying panoramic views over the Staffordshire Moorland countryside, in an area thickly threaded with footpaths, this cosy and comfortable cottage sits in a peaceful off road location. Adjoining the welcoming owner’s home, it offers a delightful base from which to explore the Peak District and Cheshire. Just 1 mile away is the beautiful Manifold Valley with its fantastic 8-mile cycling track, whilst Dovedale is 4 miles and Alton Towers, Splash Landings and the Churnet Valley Steam Railway are all under 8 miles. Buxton, Ashbourne, the Heights of Abraham cable cars, Chatsworth House, Festival Park for cinema and bowling, the Potteries, and Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest are just some of the attractions found within 20 miles. Leek, a historic market town with interesting shops and good inns, is 6 miles. Painting classes are available by arrangement with the owner. Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room. First £5 electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio area and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Brooklyn Barn

    Rolleston-on-Dove

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E5033

    Quietly tucked away in the heart of a pretty riverside village, just a stroll from two dining pubs and the local shops, this charming detached single-storey cottage boasts a smart contemporary interior and a great location for a relaxing break. Tutbury’s castle ruins and picturesque high street are just 2 miles away and Sudbury Hall (NT) is 5 miles whilst Melbourne House, Kedleston, Caulk Abbey and Donnington Park are under 15 miles. Thrill seekers will find Alton Towers, Cariba Creek and Drayton Manor are within 25 miles as are Shugborough and Cinebowl in Uttoxeter (10 miles). Trentham Gardens, Waterworld and Chatsworth in the Peak District are under an hour’s drive. Golf is available 5 miles away, and horse riding is just 1 mile away. Shop and pub serving food 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Dressing room with sofa bed and access to 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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