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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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  • Merry Cottage

    Waterhouses, nr. Ashbourne

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: E4639

    At the end of the Manifold Valley, midway between the market towns of Ashbourne and Leek (6 miles), this smartly furnished cottage is one of a row set in a quiet cul de sac overlooking Waterhouses’ playing fields and bowling green. This is a splendid walking and cycling area – the lovely Manifold Trail leads from the village through Wetton Mill (NT) towards Hartington. Dovedale, Blackbrook Park Zoo, Alton Towers and Splash Landings are all under 6 miles whilst Chatsworth and Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood (NT) are about 20 miles. Shop and cycle hire 0.25 miles, pub serving food 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor and French doors. Kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Grange Holiday Cottage

    Foxt, nr. Cheadle

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 27232

    Ideal touring base

    Dating back to around 1620, this Grade II listed, detached barn has been lovingly transformed into a stunning and contemporary holiday home which caters for every need. The property contains features such as oak floors, bespoke staircase and a kitchen which includes an integrated dishwasher, coffee machine, and wine cooler. Each of the comfortable bedrooms has its own TV, providing the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the surrounding area. The Grange Holiday Cottage is on the same site as the owner’s property, enjoying a peaceful location in the heart of the Churnet Valley and is well placed for exploring the surrounding Staffordshire countryside and nearby Peak District. There is something here to suit everyone, from historic market towns, leisurely walks and cycle trails, to the thrills and spills at Alton Towers which is just on the doorstep. Carsington Water, Tittesworth Reservoir, Churnet Valley Steam Railway, Tissington Trail, the Roaches, Manifold Valley and Chatsworth are also within easy reach. There are many paths and trails for walks to suit all capabilities, as well as golf and cycle hire available nearby. Stoke-on-Trent is a short drive away and has pottery museums, factory shops, theatres, cinemas and a dry ski slope. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Wet room with free-standing bath and toilet. Beams and sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVD and small library. CD. Xbox. Induction hob. Two electric ovens. Microwave. Laundry service on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, shared enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture. Shared gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • The Barn at Ivy House Farm

    Warslow near Buxton

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: UK4001
    Located towards the southern end of the Peak District National Park, The Barn at Ivy House Farm nestles down a quiet no-through road within the village of Warslow. Contemporary in design, this semi-detached barn conversion has made the most of stunning countryside views, with first floor living space complete with a cosy wood burner. Adjoining the owner’s home, its position is close to the Manifold Valley, with the Manifold cycle track just one mile away. This follows the route of the former Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, and is flat and mostly traffic free. A good variety of walks are also available direct from the door, ranging from hardy, all-weather, all-terrain ramblers, to those wanting to just enjoy a gentle stroll. The village has a great local pub serving food, and Hulme End, two miles, has further local facilities including a village shop, pub and tea room with live jazz. Out and about you’ll be truly spoilt for choice with a whole host of attractions in the surrounding area. Chatsworth House and the ever popular market town of Bakewell can be reached in around a half-hour drive, as can Haddon Hall, Ashbourne, the former spa town of Matlock and Matlock Bath, with its cable car to the Heights of Abraham. Carsington Water, where you can kayak, cycle, sail or fish, is also around a 30-minute drive. The UK’s premier theme park, Alton Towers, complete with water park and spa is just 20 minutes away.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Open plan living space: Beamed with wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 26" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Wi-Fi. Telephone. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Shawside Farm

    Upper Hulme, Leek

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: RPP3

    Shawside is set in stunning, peaceful countryside within a short walk of The Roaches, a beautiful part of the Peak District ideal for walking, cycling, climbing and riding. Buxton is a 20 minute drive, Leek 10 minutes, though the main road is almost entirely out of sight and sound from the house. Shawside is a classic Victorian Staffordshire farmhouse and barn conversion set in four acres of grounds, with unrestricted views along a moorland valley and very few buildings in sight. In summer the heather blooms turn the valley a gorgeous purple. Shop 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Sitting room with Bechstein grand piano. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Utility with Belfast sink. One step to bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with exposed trusses. Two beamed twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Grand piano available for guests’ use on request
    • Oil range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (honesty box, not international calls)
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio
    • 4-acre natural grounds
    • Parking (for 6 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Fenns Barn

    Butterton, nr. Leek

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: REEF

    In a traditional farmyard setting on the edge of the village of Butterton, this traditional stone barn has been converted into a comfortable holiday home. It has its own private patio area and there is shared lawn space and access to the owners’ grounds. Walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep, and the Manifold Valley is within short walking distance and has a cycle route to enjoy. Ashbourne, Buxton, Bakewell, Dovedale, Chatsworth and Alton Towers are easily reached. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Open-plan living room with kitchen area and tiled floor. Doorway to open-plan dining room with central beam and kitchen area with tiled floor. Double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip & link, can be twin). Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed (zip & link, can be twin), one with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Z-bed (for +1)
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio with furniture
    • Lawned garden
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Chorlton Moss Cottage

    Baldwins Gate, nr. Newcastle-under-Lyme

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29325


    This tranquil and charming, semi-detached character cottage, which is over 200 years old, creates a comfortable and cosy holiday home situated on the borders of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. Located at the end of a quiet lane in the small village of Baldwins Gate and enjoying unspoilt countryside views, Chorlton Moss Cottage is a place to relax and unwind in. A pretty brook side walk leads to a shop, pub and restaurant, whilst a wider range of amenities can be found in Newcastle-under-Lyme, which is approximately 6 miles away from the cottage, with Keele University just 3 miles. It is also ideally located for visiting Chester, Alton Towers, Trentham Gardens, historic 5 potteries towns and the Peak District National Park, making this an ideal base for families. Other places to visit within the immediate area include various farmers markets, Whitmore Hall, pretty villages such as Maer which has links to Charles Darwin, Churnet Valley Steam Railway and Ironbridge Gorge. Further afield, there is a train station within 20 minutes, with good rail connections into Birmingham and Manchester, within an hour, and even London, 1½ hours. Horse riding, tennis courts and golf can be found within 15 minutes of the cottage. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with sofa bed and laminate floor. Kitchen with breakfast area and laminate floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with wooden floor, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over P-shaped bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi available at £20. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Football net. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Step and stream in garden, 10 yards.

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  • Shaw House

    Alton

    Grade
    7
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E1981

    With superb walking from the door into Dimmingsdale Nature Reserve and the Churnet Valley, with its steam train, this peaceful comfortably furnished semi-detached farmhouse is ideal for bird watchers yet only 3 miles from Alton Towers. Waterworld Swimming Pool, Drayton Manor Park, Shugborough Hall, Trentham Gardens and Monkey Park and Carsington Water are all within easy reach. Visitors are welcome on neighbouring farm. There is a ‘seasonal’ pub (open March - November) just 200 yards away and shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area. Dining area/kitchen. First floor: Two double bedrooms, both with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Z-bed (for child).

    Open fire in living room included. Solid fuel central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Playstation 2. Microwave. Washing machine. Large garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Croquet.

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  • Little Bent

    Bradnop, nr. Leek

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44105

    Little Bent is a stunning detached cottage, nestled in a rural location with amazing views over the picturesque Derbyshire and Staffordshire countryside. The cottage boasts comfortable living with a bespoke pine kitchen offering the benefit of a cosy woodburner. There is also a woodburner in the living room for those cosy nights in. Within easy reach of all the riches of the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District with several walks from the front doorstep, Little Bent offers something for all the family. Close by you will find the historic market town of Leek, with a large selection of antique shops, or you may wish to explore the magnificent rocky ridge called ’The Roaches’ which is just north of the town. The thriving picturesque market town of Ashbourne and the spa town of Buxton are within driving distance. For family’s and the more adventurous, Alton Towers is only a 5-mile drive away. Nearby is superb walking with Dovedale, the beautiful Manifold Valley, and the popular Manifold Cycle Track, all within easy reach. There are lots of pretty villages to explore close by, many with good pubs. After enjoying a day at one of the superb locations mentioned, head back to the house, to its peaceful countryside surroundings, kick off your shoes and just relax. Shop and pub 2 miles, restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with additional single, 1 bunk. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburners in living room and kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Flint Mill

    Consall

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: RPP4

    Set within Consall Forge Nature Reserve adjacent to the Caldon Canal, this former mill (one of a pair) dates back to the 1830s. Lovingly refurbished, this spacious holiday home retains its character with beams and vaulted barrel ceilings, alongside modern day comforts. The Churnet Valley Steam Railway runs through the reserve close to the mill, as does the Staffordshire Way and several marked trails. Chatsworth, 11 miles. Alton Towers, 7 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile along towpath.

    Six steps to entrance: Living/dining room with electric fire and wooden floor. Kitchen with gas range and tiled floor. Double bedroom. Spiral staircase to lower ground floor: Games room with patio doors and vaulted ceiling. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Three beamed bedrooms with Velux windows; two double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, and one twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle, toilet and Velux window.

    • Electricity ‘coal effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Gas range included
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge
    • Freezer
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Games room with children’s pool table and full size table tennis table
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • NB: Access for last 1/4 mile is via limestone track. Garden overlooks fenced canal

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  • Dove Farm Barns - 7 White Dove Barn

    Caverswall, nr. Stoke-on-Trent

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC82

    Dove Farm Barns are based in the centre of the village of Caverswall, a village steeped in history which stretches back over centuries. Perhaps best known for its 13th century moated castle it also has another unusual historic landmark – the village stocks in the centre of Caverswall for all to see! At Dove Farm Barns, exquisitely renovated to the highest specification and beautifully furnished throughout, these holiday homes (refs: UKC76, UKC77, UKC78, UKC79, UKC80, UKC81 and UKC82) provide a luxurious retreat, fully-equipped and designed to a high standard. These stunning cottages are surrounded by a beautiful landscaped courtyard with seating areas dotted around to enjoy the views.

    Dove Farm Barns are perfectly placed to explore the area packed with world class attractions and things to do. Load up on thrills with two of the UK’s best theme parks, Alton Towers and Drayton Manor. Explore the stunning countryside of the crags, limestone dales and forest tracks. Admire famous ceramics and visit amazing pottery factory shops, such as Emma Bridgewater and Wedgewood, in the world capital of ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent. For train enthusiasts, Blythe Bridge is home to the Foxfield Steam Railway, and under 10 miles away is the Churnet Valley Railway.

    Now add the surrounding fascinating towns and villages, bustling street markets, and the UK’s only Monkey Forest at The Trentham Estate to the list of places to visit in Staffordshire, and you’re guaranteed a fantastic time. These properties are located on the edge of one of the UK’s national treasures, the Peak District, with perfect walks, historical towns and plenty to see and do.

    Dove Farm Barns really are a perfect base for a truly unforgettable holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Spacious living room with double sofa bed and wood-burning stove. Spacious kitchen with granite worktops/dining room with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove(s) - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared landscaped courtyard with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Springfields

    Leek

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: RZZ4

    This substantial and spacious detached family holiday home is set in beautifully maintained formal gardens and provides a tranquil retreat while only being one mile from the centre of the market town of Leek. Internally the beamed ceilings, leather furnishings and parquet flooring exude an air of elegance and comfort. After a hearty meal cooked on the traditional kitchen range, enjoy a drink at the bar in the games room, on the elevated terrace, or just relax and wind down in the hot tub. The traditional market town of Leek, known as the ‘Queen of the Moorlands’, is a well known centre for the antiques trade and sits close to the Peak District National Park. Enjoy the many dining and shopping experiences on hand in the town and visit Brindley Mill, next to the River Churnet, where corn is still ground or explore the abundant attractions in the surrounding area. Within four miles take a ride on the Churnet Valley Steam Railway or visit Rudyard Lake for walking, sailing, fishing or canoeing. Alternatively for walking and climbing don’t miss ‘The Roaches Rocks’ on the southern uplands of the Pennines. A little further afield Biddulph Grange Gardens, Whiston Hall Golf Club and the famous Alton Towers theme park can be found. At Froghall Wharf in Stoke-on-Trent you can take a canal boat trip on the Cauldon Canal or visit the world famous Wedgewood Potteries visitors centre. For day trips the stately home of Chatsworth House and many other National Trust properties are also within easy reach. Shop 430 yards.

    Spacious living room with wooden floor. Dining room with parquet flooring. Large farmhouse-style kitchen with gas Rangemaster oven (for cooking), TV, beams and patio doors to garden. Utility. Study. Games room with bar. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and wooden floor; one four-poster. Double bedroom. Further cosy double bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Seven Freeview TVs
    • Gas rangemaster oven included
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Private hot tub
    • Private games rooms with bar, air hockey, fruit machine and darts
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steps from garden to terrace, with pond in garden

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  • Old Smithy Barn

    Wincle, Macclesfield

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    5
    Ref: E5276

    A superb contemporary barn conversion with spacious beamed rooms, lots of character and a delightful enclosed garden. Set in a peaceful and pretty countryside location on a quiet lane in The Peak District National Park, on the borders of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. There are a host of visitors attractions within half an hour’s drive including Alton Towers and Splash Landings, Waterworld, Trentham Gardens Monkey forest, a variety of pottery centres, the National Trust houses of Little Moreton Hall, Styal Mill, Lyme Park and only 5 miles away are Biddulph Grange Gardens. For the active visitors there are many marked footpaths locally in the Wildboarclough Valley and extended walks onto the Roaches Rocks, cycle hire at Manifold Trail, caverns and Go Ape in the spa town of Buxton 10 miles. Chatsworth House and Bakewell are 25 miles. Carp and trout fishing 1.25 miles. Shop 5 miles, renowned pub serving food and micro brewery 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with oak floor. Kitchen/dining area with tiled floor and beams. Games room with stone floor. Separate toilet. Two staircases to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (two 5ft), each with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. Chair bed available (for child).

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVDs. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden. Woodland. Parking. Games room with pool table. No smoking. NB: Small stream just outside garden.

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