Churn Cottage is a pretty brick barn conversion with beautiful views. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms, with guests enjoying a spacious open-plan living/dining area and a private patio overlooking fields and a river. The layout is suitable for couples, families and friends, including those with limited mobility or who use an assisted wheelchair. Churn Cottage is one of three lovely properties at Sambrook Manor. It's a short drive from Market Drayton and Newport and within an hour's drive from Shrewsbury and Stoke-on-Trent. There are beautiful walks and bike rides from the door, with fishing, golf, horse riding and other outdoor activities nearby.
The Old Shippon ("shippon" being a cattle barn) is a beautiful conversation in a spectacular location. It is one of three lovely holiday cottages on Sambrook Manor House's grounds in Shropshire, a short drive from Market Drayton and Newport and within easy reach of Shrewsbury and The Potteries. The cottage sleeps eight people in four bedrooms with the potential for a further two to sleep on a double sofa-bed. The layout works well for two families sharing the cottage as there is a central living area with two bedrooms and a bathroom at either end.
Dapple Cottage sits in a peaceful setting in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside and within easy reach of plenty of attractions including Alton Towers (twenty five minutes). This welcoming holiday cottage sleeping up to 3 is ideal for a relaxing weekend break and provides the opportunity to enjoy a flavour of country life! Blithfield reservoir is close by and Abbots Bromley is just 2 miles with a good choice of pubs.
This lovely holiday cottage is within easy reach of the southern Peak District National Park, Cannock Chase, the Potteries, and favourite attractions like Alton Towers and Trentham Gardens. It sleeps up to six people in two bedrooms, with the living room having a comfortable double sofa bed. Little Barn is in Stone in Staffordshire, within walking distance of The Roebuck pub and only a few miles from Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. The owners offer short breaks and long stays all year round, making Little Barn ideal for couples or families in the area for a wedding, an event at the Staffordshire County Showground, or a fun and relaxing holiday.
Newton Hurst Barn is a detached self-catering holiday home located in a tranquil countryside position within Staffordshire within easy reach of a host of attractions including Alton Towers (just 25 minutes). Ideal for a relaxing weekend break and a taste of country life or an action packed family holiday.
The Orchards' views are so beautiful that you will be mentally moving in before the end of the stay. This lovely holiday cottage is near the village of Ilam in the Peak District National Park, surrounded by fields and woodland on the owner's farm. There are no near neighbours (unless you count the horses and lambs in the meadow!) and no passing traffic to interrupt your peace and privacy. The opportunities for walking and cycling are plentiful, and The Orchards is within easy reach of favourite attractions like Chatsworth House and Alton Towers. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is ideal for families and couples. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Mixon View is a newly renovated barn with all the luxuries couples look for in a romantic holiday cottage. It's within the courtyard of Lane Head Farm – one of the oldest farms in Onecote in the Peak District National Park. Leek, and the stunning sights and attractions that make the Peak District one of Britain's favourite holiday destinations, are all within easy reach. You'll love the views of fields and farmland from both the house and the garden and the gorgeous footpaths and bike routes from the door. The one-bedroom cottage has been finished and furnished to a very high standard. It's a stunning spot for your next holiday.
Foggs' Barn enjoys a picturesque location with footpaths and cycling trails from the front door. Formerly used to house the cows, the barn has been brought back to life as a stylish holiday home which sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms. Located in the Manifold Valley in the Peak District National Park, Foggs' Barn is half a mile from the Black Lion pub in Butterton and within easy reach of Buxton, Bakewell, Chatsworth House, Alton Towers, World of Wedgewood and other favourite attractions. The layout is ideal for families or friends. The owners also have a second, similar holiday home and the two can be booked together to accommodate extended families or group of up to 14 friends.
Fenns Barn is a superb barn conversation with space for up to seven people to sleep in three bedrooms with a layout that suits families and friends, located on Fenns Farm in the beautiful Manifold Valley in the Peak District National Park. There are footpaths and cycling routes from the door and an excellent pub half a mile away in Butterton. It's perfect for a holiday at any time of the year as it is within easy reach of favourite attractions that include Chatsworth House and Alton Towers, and picturesque towns like Bakewell and Buxton.
Cosy yet spacious, this impressive barn conversion provides self-catering for large groups of up to ten guests and is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities with super walking, cycling, watersports and climbing in the local area. Sitting in the Staffordshire Moorlands on the edge of the Peak District National Park, there are an abundance of attractions close by. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
This characterful barn conversion perfectly blends comfort with Eco principles to provide a cosy holiday retreat for exploring the Peak District National Park. Sitting on a family run farm in the hamlet of Tittesworth with three pubs and Tittesworth Reservoir within walking distance, Old Shire Stables is a great base for walkers, cyclists and exploring the areas many attractions including Alton Towers (just 20 minutes away). Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Relax in the beautiful surroundings of The Barn at Wylde Goose. The stylish barn conversion sleeps eight people in four well-appointed ensuite bedrooms, boasting a spacious open plan living area, fantastic views, and extras like TVs in every bedroom and an outdoor pizza oven. It is ideal for families or friends, with guests enjoying gorgeous walks and bike rides from the door. The Barn is in the quiet Staffordshire village of Bradnop, less than two miles from Leek and just over the border from the Peak District National Park. Chatsworth House, Buxton, Bakewell and Alton Towers are all easily accessible in under 40 minutes, while The Potteries and Stoke-on-Trent are even closer.
A welcoming 'bolt hole' just for two, this dog-friendly ground floor holiday cottage is an excellent base for exploring the many attractions of the Peak District and sits on Blackshaw Moor in Staffordshire. Spectacular views over The Roaches, dog-friendly and wonderful walks on the doorstep. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Perfect for couples and small families, this dog-friendly holiday home offers value self-catering in a wonderful position on the outskirts of the Peak District National Park on Blackshaw Moor overlooking the magnificent Roaches. Sitting in Staffordshire the cottage is within easy reach of Leek and Buxton as well as lots of attractions. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Just perfect for those who enjoy being outdoors, this comfy welcoming holiday home is ideally placed overlooking The Roaches on the edge of the Peak District National Park on Blackshaw Moor in Staffordshire. Both the market town of Leek and the Spa town of Buxton are within easy driving distance and there are an abundance of attractions for day trips out. Dogs welcome! Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Field House Cottage is a gorgeous home-away-from-home in a stunning location where you can escape to the beauty of the Peak District National Park. This lovely stone holiday cottage is close to The Roaches, Lud's Church and Hen Cloud, and within easy reach of Leek, Buxton, Chatsworth House, Alton Towers and many other favourite Peak District attractions. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms, with space for two more people on a double sofa bed if more room is required. The layout is ideal for families, couples or friends.
Highfields Barn is so idyllic that you'll never want to leave! The charming holiday barn is in the Staffordshire Moors in the Peak District National Park, a few short miles from Leek and Buxton and within easy reach of favourite attractions that include Alton Towers and Chatsworth House. This area is famous for its beautiful walks with routes to the Roaches, Monsal Trail, and Mam Tor being favourites with guests who stay here. There is room for four people to sleep in two bedrooms, making the property suitable for families and friends. Couples and solo travellers have the option of closing off the upper floor and only using the downstairs kingsize bedroom at a discounted rate.
Herdwick Barn is a stone holiday barn on a family-run farm near Leek and Buxton in the Peak District. Apart from the owners, your nearest neighbours are their flock of 100 white-faced, fluffy Herdwick sheep that thrive in these spectacular upland surroundings. The location is perfect for walking, mountain biking, fishing and visiting favourite attractions that include Chatsworth House and Alton Towers. Herdwick Barn sleeps four people in two bedrooms, one of which can have two single beds or one kingsize bed. The flexible layout is perfect for couples, families or friends, and the cottage welcomes guests all year round.
The best of the Peak District National Park, Cheshire and Staffordshire are all within reach of Allmore Cottage. Surrounded by 14-acres of grounds, which include a coarse fishing pond, visitors can spend their days discovering the many attractions of the Peak District, relaxing or fishing on-site and walking for miles through beautiful countryside. The pet-friendly holiday cottage is light and spacious with a relaxing king-sized bedroom, cosy log burner and sunny conservatory, as well as a home gym and all the peace a couple could wish for. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold
Here's a place with room for everyone! The Grade II listed Mermaid Inn is in a fantastic spot, offering a high-standard of self-catering accommodation in the Peak District for up to 34 people in 13 ensuite bedrooms. It feels remote and rural with no neighbours for a country mile, but Buxton is only a 20 minute drive and Leek is even closer. The house is a former pub and built for hospitality and entertaining, making it ideal for extended family celebrations, hen and stag weekends, and fun team building events.
The countryside area of Cannock Chase is located in Staffordshire and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The park contains many woodland trails, including a challenging cross-country bike trail, as well as a remarkably diverse wildlife population. The area is popular with birdwatchers as it is home to many rare species of birds including Skylark and Woodlark. Many museums and memorials are also located within Cannock Chase and the area is sometimes used as an open air venue for live music.
Whilst the major part of the Peak District National Park sits in Derbyshire, part of it also lies in Staffordshire. The countryside region is a popular area for a vast range of outdoor activities, including cycling, climbing and walking.
Staffordshire contains a huge number of notable historic attractions. These include Lichfield Cathedral, a unique medieval cathedral in the small city of Lichfield; Shugborough Hall, a historic estate near Cannock Chase that includes a working model farm; and the Wall Roman Site (also known as Letocetum), a former Roman settlement in the village of Wall.
The county is also home to two of the UK's most popular theme parks. Alton Towers is located near the village of Alton and was the most visited UK theme park in 2012. Open between mid-March and November every year, it provides a great day out for the whole family. Staffordshire's other major theme park, Drayton Manor, is situated near the town of Tamworth and is also open from mid-March through to early November, but occasionally opens for selected days outside of the season and features a zoo that is open all year round.
Several major towns and cities can be found in Staffordshire, each offering their own unique attractions. The city of Stoke-on-Trent has numerous live music venues and theatres, as well as notable museums such as the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Newcastle-under-Lyme is home to several award-winning parks and gardens, a traditional town market that has been in operation since the 12th century and the New Vic Theatre, the first arena theatre built in Europe. The county town of Stafford features numerous ancient buildings, including St Chad's Church, which can be traced back to the 12th century, Stafford Castle and the Ancient High House, an Elizabethan residence that now houses a museum.
While easily overlooked, Staffordshire is packed with enough historic attractions, entertainment options and remarkable areas of natural beauty to easily fill any visitor's itinerary and may leave travellers considering a second visit to the area to fully explore what Staffordshire has to offer.