- Leek, EnglandMegs Cottage Butterton can be found on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands and Derbyshire Peaks in the picturesque conservation village of Butterton. Situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park, the detached cottage is an eco-friendly stable conversion, full of character with the staircase and beams crafted from reclaimed wood from the Royal Doulton Pottery. Antique furniture including a magnificent 18th-century oak chest and farmhouse oak table add to the wonderful eclectic and individual style, as do rustic ornaments and the farmhouse style kitchen, handmade by the owner himself. The property offers flagstone flooring with underfloor heating on the ground floor, and two en-suite bedrooms with super kingsize beds (can be twin on request) dressed with crisp Egyptian cotton linen. Outside, the private lawned garden and patio offers truly beautiful and unobstructed views across the surrounding fields and peaks. Sounds of the stream and birdsong play in the background and the view of the sunset is spectacular.
Megs Cottage Butterton is perfect for a quiet hideaway, away from life’s hustle and bustle but also as a base for more energetic activities. The Peak District offers excellent walking, climbing and cycling, and with the Manifold Valley, Dovedale, The Roaches, High Peak and Tissington Trail all in the local area you really are spoilt for choice. Finally for those thrill seekers, Britain’s premier theme park Alton Towers is just 20 minutes by car. Leek, with its supermarkets, is about 15 minutes’ drive. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 180 yards.£72From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stafford, EnglandWelcome to The Stables at the Oaks – an enchanting, eco-friendly, off-the-grid retreat nestled within the owner’s picturesque small holding, home to adorable pigs, sheep, and chickens. This lovingly renovated stable conversion has been thoughtfully designed to offer you an unforgettable stay.
The heart of the property is its inviting open plan living space, where a crackling wood burner creates a warm and cosy ambiance, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration. Exposed beams add rustic charm, and the grand decor throughout exudes elegance. With two inviting bedrooms, a peaceful night’s sleep is assured, and the well-appointed shower room ensures all your needs are met.
Step outside, and you’ll be greeted by breath-taking vistas of open fields and captivating scenery. The outdoor area is a delightful setting for al fresco dining or simply embracing the beauty of nature. Nature enthusiasts will be in their element here, as The Stables at the Oaks provides direct access to an abundance of footpaths and walking opportunities, promising adventures at every turn. Nearby, the lively village of Yoxall offers a wealth of amenities, while Needwood Forest beckons with its ancient woodland and stunning bluebell displays during spring. For those seeking a touch of history, the National Memorial Arboretum and the National Brewery Centre are well worth a visit, offering fascinating insights into the region’s heritage.
If you crave tranquillity, the magnificent Cannock Chase and the peaceful Peak District National Park provide idyllic escapes. For history aficionados, the vicinity boasts impressive historic estates, including Chatsworth House, Shugborough Hall, Kedleston Hall, and the charming Sudbury Hall.
Discover the perfect haven for a memorable holiday at The Stables at the Oaks – where comfort, sustainability, and natural beauty come together harmoniously. The local shop, pub, and restaurant are just a mile away, ensuring convenience along with an unforgettable experience.£57From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stafford, EnglandBeautifully converted from traditional farm buildings, these two, single-level holiday cottages provide warm, stylish and comfortable accommodation amidst a 600-acre working farm. With floor to ceiling windows in the open plan living space the result is charming, bright and airy, and full underfloor heating guarantees cosy guests no matter what the weather. During warm summer months, the private and secure gardens provide the perfect place to relax and dine al fresco.
For families, seasonal farm attractions operate during the school holidays, such as lamb feeding or pumpkin bales. Any visitors will have the opportunity, if they choose, to get up close and personal with some of the farm’s residents and learn all about them.
The location of Lower Drayton Farm as you would expect is rural, but also convenient lying just 1 mile from the M6. The charming market town of Penkridge is just a 5-minute drive away, and offers a good selection of dining out or takeaway options, together with several pubs and convenience stores. Alternatively, the county town of Stafford is 15 minutes away and offers all the usual high street stores, supermarkets and cinema. The location is also a perfect base for exploring the Peak District National Park, Staffordshire, Shropshire and the Black Country. Finally for any big kids, Britain’s premier theme park Alton Towers can be reached in under an hour. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1¼ miles.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.£41From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Leek, EnglandTollgate cottage is a former working Tollgate, a charming retreat nestled centrally between the town of Leek and Buxton. As you step into Tollgate Cottage, the ground floor unfolds with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The well-designed kitchen, featuring a convenient breakfast bar, is a delightful space for culinary enthusiasts to craft delicious meals. The adjacent living room and dining room provide ample space for relaxation and shared meals, creating a cosy ambiance for gatherings with friends and family. Please note both the dining room and living room have wood-burning stoves for decoration only, not functional. Venturing upstairs, the first floor unveils two tastefully appointed double bedrooms, one of which boasts an en-suite shower for added convenience. A third bedroom, featuring a bunk bed with a small double on the bottom, adds a touch of versatility to the accommodation. The family bathroom on this floor, equipped with a double sink, cubicle shower and a relaxing bath, ensuring that every guest’s needs are met. Tollgate Cottage doesn’t just offer a comfortable abode; it also provides a private drive with parking space for three cars, eliminating any concerns about finding suitable parking. The ample outdoor space surrounding the property allows guests to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of the Staffordshire countryside.
Leek itself is a delightful town, offering a plethora of activities and attractions. Guests can explore the local shops, dine in charming restaurants, and immerse themselves in the rich history and architecture of the area. For nature enthusiasts, the Staffordshire Moorlands provide a picturesque backdrop for leisurely walks and outdoor pursuits. The neighbouring town of Buxton offers further walking routes, many restaurants, plus The Opera House. With Tollgate Cottage as your base, you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy the best of what Leek and Staffordshire have to offer. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or an active holiday, this charming property is the perfect choice for a memorable stay.£68From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stafford, EnglandPerfectly situated in the lush Staffordshire countryside, this converted barn annex makes the perfect choice for couples or families and friends looking to spend quality time together. Stunning and spacious, this bright and modern property offers everything you could want for a stress-free, relaxing break. Park Barn is located adjacent to a footpath which leads directly to the beautiful Fisherwick Lakes. Set amongst large grounds and overlooking open farmland and woodland, this gorgeous conversion will wow you from the moment you arrive.
Enter into a large hallway and kick off your shoes to enjoy toasty underfloor heating. Then onto a generous open plan living space which has clearly been designed for socialising. The kitchen, with stylish units and a large island seating area, will inspire lengthy, relaxed breakfasts and endless dinners where guests can feast and the wine flows until the early hours. The dining table by the large windows allows diners views towards the surrounding woods and fields, and the kitchen is well appointed. With it being open plan, the cook never needs to miss a moment of the fun. After dinner, retire to the comfy living area which has the most amazing large patio doors to look out from. You don’t even need to move to shut the large blinds - just pick up the remote to close them! Choose from one of the two en-suite bedrooms, both beautifully furnished and with crisp linens. Outside you will find huge patio area with seating looking over the wonderful countryside.
The property is located one mile from the village of Whittington which has a supermarket, pharmacy, newsagent, Chinese take-away, hairdresser, two village pubs and the beautiful church of St Giles originally built in the 13th century. It is a thriving village with monthly village markets and regular community events throughout the year.
A wonderful array of amenities and a selection of charming walks can be enjoyed straight from the front door. A short drive away is the lovely market towns of Lichfield and Ashbourne. Lichfield retains its original character with a beautiful cathedral, Samuel Johnson’s home, a centre dedicated to Erasmus Darwin, St Mary’s Centre (where the Staffordshire Millennium Tapestries are on permanent display) and wonderful places to stop and enjoy some food. The market town of Ashbourne is worth visiting, with its original cobbled lanes, old market stalls and grand Georgian buildings which are home to a good selection of restaurants, interesting shops and traditional coaching inns. Why not visit nearby Burton-upon-Trent? Here you can enjoy a fascinating day discovering the art of brewing beer, whilst the National Memorial Arboretum is just a short drive away. The peace of the Peak District, with its maze of footpaths and cycle routes, is within easy reach, as well as the magnificent Cannock Chase. Both of these are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering walking, cycling and horse riding.
The National Trust Dovedale Valley is a wonderful place to visit; a renowned beauty spot, it offers excellent walking and cycling amidst spectacular scenery. A short drive away is Tamworth Castle, the ancient capital of Mercia. Take time to visit one of the local historic estates including Chatsworth House, Shugborough Hall, Kedleston Hall and nearby Sudbury Hall. Thrillseekers can enjoy fabulous Alton Towers Theme Park, a day out for all the family. This really is a special place to stay.£62From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Leek, EnglandWhite Park Cottage is the largest of the two barn conversions on Broad Ecton Farm. The ground floor has an open plan, social space made up of the kitchen, dining and living space. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you should need during your stay to rustle up your favourite meals. The living area has comfortable seating and a TV plus a dining table with chairs. There is warming underfloor heating throughout the property. The first double bedroom is located on the ground floor, up a few steps and has an en-suite shower room. On the first floor are two further bedrooms made up of two doubles, and a family bathroom with shower over bath.
The location is central to many walking routes, with the most popular being the Manifold Valley just over the hill; from the door you can take on different hikes each day, never needing to take the car if you don’t wish. Aside of walks, there are many tourist attractions such as Alton Towers theme park. The nearest village of Hartington lies just a few miles away and features a famous cheese shop which is a must visit, you can also hop on the Tissington Trail or the High Peak Trail. Towns such as Ashbourne, Buxton and Bakewell are all close and fun to explore as well as the historic house of Chatsworth.
You can book White Park Cottage with Swaledale Cottage (UKC6835) to sleep up to 12 guests; the properties have interconnecting doors on the ground floor, as well as a gate in the garden, giving you a fantastic space to enjoy as your larger group.£132From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Leek, EnglandThe Piglet is located within a working farm and is the end wing of a 400-year-old former cow house. There are five steep steps up to a small decking area with a bistro set, where you can sit outside the front door and take in the farm life, as well as the stunning views down the hills. Enter into the property to the open plan living area and kitchen; this is a warm and cosy environment. The living area has ample comfortable seating, with a sofa that doubles up as a sofa bed, and there is a TV and an electric wood burner. The kitchen has everything you should need to have a hearty breakfast before you head out exploring or to cook your favourite meals on your return home after a fun-filled day. Upstairs is a double bedroom with an en-suite shower, it is lovely and light and has many original characteristics.
The farm is located between the River Dove and the River Manifold, both fantastic walking spots where you can roam for miles. Longnor village is around 2 miles from the property where there is a local shop and village atmosphere, further afield is the nearest town of Buxton which is full of restaurants and shops, a park, and the famous opera house with shows frequently put on.
To the other side of The Piglet is the town of Leek, which also has some great food spots and shops. You are in a prime location here to explore the Dales of the Peak District and this central position means you are close by to all it has to offer. Please note to expect some noise from either tractors or the animals but this just adds to your experience.£49From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Leek, EnglandGretna is located on the outskirts of Longnor, a village nestled within the Peak District hills. Although the bungalow itself is quite rural, you are just a few minutes’ drive into the centre of the village where there is a pub and shop, around 5 miles is the nearest town of Buxton which has many independent shops, cafeé, and a variety of restaurants plus the opera house, which has shows on weekly, and the Pavillion Gardens which are lovely to walk around. There are other towns close to Gretna such as Leek, Ashbourne, Bakewell and the Chatsworth Estate. If you are an avid walker, you will be spoilt for choice, step outside the property and immediately be surrounded by the rolling hills offering endless countryside walks, if you prefer to follow a trail and cycle route you are just a small number of miles from the High Peak Trail which is relatively flat and has pub and ice cream stops on route.
As you arrive at Gretna you will find ample parking down the driveway for all guests’ cars. There is a private back garden with comfortable furniture to sit on whilst spending the morning planning your exciting day ahead. There is a large living room with enough seating for all guests on the L-shaped sofa, which conveniently faces the Smart TV and wood burner; the views from this room are stunning and far reaching, especially on a clear day. The views can also be seen from the kitchen, which has all the appliances and equipment you should need to cook your favourite meals, and includes a dishwasher to ease clearing up; there is a dining table that can be extended to seat more guests. The property has three bedrooms, made up of a king, a double and a single with a pull-out bed option (for a child). There is a family bathroom with shower over the bath and an additional toilet. The property also offers a gym which is shared with other properties on the land, inside the gym is a designated study area should you need somewhere peaceful to do a few hours work.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 9 guests.£66From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stoke-on-Trent, EnglandLocated opposite the fantastic Trentham Park with Trentham Lake, which is stunning to walk around or paddle round in a hired canoe. There’s also a shopping centre, Italian gardens and a forest with Monkeys and Treetop Adventures, as well as an abundance of activities right from the doorstep, not to mention the cafes, crepe and waffle houses, various eateries, bars and Trentham golf course.
A 9-minute car journey takes you to Hanchurch Woods, which makes for a fantastic day out walking. If you want to head into the city centre of Stoke-on-Trent, which is known for its pottery industry, and is the perfect place visit the museum and art galleries. The owner has great skill in this and offers 1 hour lessons to her guests (by arrangement), who can then keep their creation to take home.
Trentham Cottage is acessed by a gated, gravelled driveway. It is a beautiful two bedroom property, offering high standard self-catering accommodation. On the ground floor is a stunning, light and airy kitchen with a beautiful breakfast bar, a conservatory/dining room and access to both the front and rear gardens with a summerhouse. Enjoy the views from the conservatory, or relax in the living room with Smart TV and wood burner. Upstairs are two double bedrooms and a fantastic bathroom with separate walk-in shower.£81From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Leek, EnglandThis beautiful cottage has been lovingly and stylishly restored in 2022 by the existing owners and provides a real home from home just south of the Peak District National Park.
As you enter the property via the spacious kitchen, dining area you’ll immediately notice the fabulous stone stag flooring. The snug and living room lead off the kitchen and have a double-sided wood burning stove just perfect for cosy winter evenings, and then upstairs you’ll find a roll top bath in the family bathroom and three comfortable bedrooms for an excellent night’s sleep. Outside the large lawned garden is secure meaning those with children and four legged friends can truly relax. Ample walks are available from the door including around Ladderedge Country Park which covers 70 acres of parkland, woodland and meadows. For amenities the traditional, historic market town of Leek with its charming, cobbled marketplace provides a wide selection and is just 5 minutes away by car. For steam rail enthusiasts the delightful Churnet Valley Railway is just a 10-minute drive together with Cheddleton Flint Mill which provides a nod to Staffordshire’s industrial past. Cycle hire is available on the Manifold Valley Trail which starts in nearby Waterhouses, and the popular towns of Ashbourne and Buxton can both be reached in around a 30-minute drive.
For any thrill seekers Alton Towers is also just 30 minutes as is Trentham Gardens and Monkey Forest. Just slightly further afield are Chatsworth House, the ever-popular market town of Bakewell and the wonderful cable car ride up to the Heights of Abraham which can all be reached in around 50 minutes. It’ll be really difficult to know where to start!£93From price per night based on 7 night stay