|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Old Shire Stables is a lovely property that is cosy enough for 2, has a bathroom each for 4 (if couples),yet is spacious enough for a family or small group of 6.
AWARD WINNING Eco Barn conversion: Sleeps 6 + cot in 3 bedrooms: 1 Double Ensuite with shower, 1 Double, 1 Twin, Family bathroom with bath and shower over.
*Spacious and well equipped open plan KITCHEN with dining area.
*Spacious and comfy LOUNGE with Cleaview log burning stove, Flatscreen TV, DVD, CD player and French windows leading to ENCLOSED GARDEN with BBQ & seating with panoramic views over open countryside and the Peak District National Park.
*Doorstep footpaths leading to Tiitesworth Reservoir circular nature trail.
*Full character of original barn retained with quality conversion with exposed wooden beams, A-frames, brick and stone work.
*Lovely entrance hallway with original features and downstairs toilet just off.
*Separate utility room with washing machine and plenty of space for walking boots.
At Troutsdale Farm there are 2 AWARD WINNING Eco barn conversions on the family farm in a quiet location, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, by Tittesworth Reservoir. Fully renovated by the owners with care and attention to detail, Troutsdale Farm offers quality accommodation of real character and charm and seamlessly combines all the old original features to still give a 'barn feel' with modern design and home comforts that make them ideal for family get-togethers. There are well equipped kitchens, hand crafted from oak with double belfast sinks, with large dining tables (seating 6 and 10). Both have spacious sitting areas with Clear view log burning stoves, flat screen TV and DVD player. There are en suites in both properties and exposed original beams, stone and brickwork and solid oak flooring on the 1st and 2nd floors. There is off road car parking and an enclosed garden area, ideal for sitting out and barbecues. Doorstep footpaths lead to circular nature trail
In November 2011 we won the 'MOST ECO-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY LET' category in the 'Fields of Opportunity' national competition and then went on to become the OVERALL WINNER out of all 5 categories
The greener features of the barn are carefully incorporated so that you hardly know they are there and require no expertise or knowledge. Central heating comes from the ground source heat pump and solar panels. Rainwater harvesting system works for all grey water. . Timbers replaced in the conversions were cut from local woods, and we have planted 20 acres of new woodland. The traditional lime plastered walls are painted in Earthbourne natural Clay paint, the windows are all made from wood and painted with organic linseed oil paints, Sheepswool insulation is used throughout the building, and natural clay aggregate forms the floor insulation in the limestone floor.
There are 4 herb borders from which guests can enjoy and pick their own herbs.
Both properties have been inspected by VISITENGLANDS ACCOMMODATION GRADING SCHEME and have been awarded 4 STARS as well as a coveted GOLD AWARD
The 2 properties can be booked seperately (sleeping either up to 6 or 10 + cots) or can be booked together sleeping up to a total of 16 + cots.
Due to the type of property and location both properties are not suitable for what is known as 'house party venue' or for 'louder' hen or stag parties - we can recommed other nearby places if you are after this type of accommodation
Payment for the booking will be arranged when we confirm your booking - with deposit requirement & full terms and conditions
We had a fantastic time! An absolutely lovely start to the New Year. Always very impressed with the attention to every detail. Thank you so much!
Booked to stay for three nights in The Old Cartshed over my birthday weekend to celebrate with family and friends.
On arrival, Barbara met us at the cottage with an open fire glowing in the lounge, homemade birthday cake and balloons in the kitchen!
We spent the days exploring the local country side, going into Leek which is a lovely quaint town or trying the local beer and hot chcoclate in The Lazy Trout pub just down the road.
The Cottage is so well equipped, so some evenings we cooked, another we went to the Three Horseshoes pub which had great, homely pub grub food.
There were eight of us and we all had the best time- hard not to with good food, good wine and an open fire!
Barbara topped it off though with the little touches and made us all so welcome.
A thoroughly enjoyable, relaxing & memorable birthday, cannot recommended enough!!
Thank you Barbara & family.
Adele Lavin, family and friends xxx
A very warm welcome to a beautiful, spotlessly clean, well equipped property. We would thoroughly recommend staying here and couldn't fault Barbara and her family. There is masses to do in the surrounding area regardless of weather. We will be returning.
A beautiful barn set in an idyllic place overlooking a reservoir. The lovely pub up the road, the Three Horseshoes, served delicious food and well priced drinks. It's a bit of a trek (about 1.2 miles and not much pavement to walk on - take a torch if dark), but it was worth it. The owners at the barn, who live locally, really went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The history of the barn itself is available to visitors to read about for those who are interested, and the addition of wifi is helpful due to the intermittent phone signal. Would definitely visit again.
The barn is first class, with everything you need. Barbara is lovely, very friendly & helpful & made us very welcome. The views from the barn are stunning & there are lots of interesting walks right on the doorstep. Thank you for your kind hospitality, we have recommended your properties to our friends & family. Wishing you every success for the coming year!
Absolutely fabulous! We couldn't have asked for more for Samantha's hen do during May bank holiday weekend. The cottage was beautiful - photos really do not do it justice, it was set in beautiful surroundings and ran by such a wonderful family who really added to the special weekend.
The cottage was immaculate both inside and out with beautiful, finishing touches. The beds were comfortable with lovely duck down bedding, a hand-made kitchen with all necessities and a gorgeous wood burner in the living room that Barbara was more than happy to help us light when we were having problems on the Sunday evening. To me, meeting Barbara and her family made our visit even more worthwhile, seeing and hearing the amount of effort and love that has gone into the two barn conversions. Nothing was too much trouble and I felt the family went out of their way to ensure we had a pleasant stay; I think everyone in the hospitality industry should be taking tips from them!
We all felt so relaxed and at ease whilst staying in the cottage; it really did feel like home and not a holiday rental. We will definitely be back, hopefully later into 2014 and have recommended Troutsdale Farm to all of our families and friends. Keep up the fantastic work as your efforts and personal touches really shone through. Thank you! xx
We stayed in the Old Shire stables for a week just before Easter. We arrived early evening and were met with a warm friendly welcome, the log fire already burning and a yummy home baked cake to enjoy! The barn has been beautifully converted by the owners, no expense has been spared. Thought has been put into every last detail. The pictures on here just simply do not do it justice! It was also spotlessly clean, even by my own extremely fussy standards! Beds were all very comfortable, bedding was beautiful to sleep in. Waking up to beautiful views of the countryside and the sound of the lambs just outside can't fail to put a smile on your face. Barbara and her family made us all so welcome and at ease. They love their surroundings and are happy to share this with their guests. Can't wait to visit again! Thank you Barbara, Ray and Kathrine, we all had a lovely time.
The Peak District National Park offers stunning scenery and breathtaking landscapes for you to enjoy and explore, covering 4 different counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. The small rural parish of Tittesworth sits on the SOUTH WESTERN EDGE OF THE PEAK DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK near the North Staffordshire/ Derbyshire border between the market towns of Leek (5 mins) and the spa town of Buxton (15 mins), Ashbourne and Macclesfield (20 mins) and with one of the most beautiful runs over the hills of the peak district to Bakewell (30 mins) with its famous Bakewell pudding - so is ideal for exploring the Peak District National Park and wider area. The area is also known as the 'Staffordshire Peaks' or the 'Staffordshire Moorlands' and has excellent walking and outdoor pursuits including cycling and climbing close by. Tittesworth Reservoir has its own circular nature trail with excellent children’s playground, cafe and gift shop and Peak Pursuits watersports centre offer a variety of water sports activities on the reservoir, including kayaking and canoeing
THE ROACHES are some of the most spectacular gritstone rock formations in the UK. Very popular for CLIMBING as well as WALKING and are situated on the western edge of the Staffordshire Peak District National Park From here you get some of the areas most dramatic and scenic landscape and with panoramic views over the tranquil Tittesworth Water and its green valley or on the other side you get beautiful views over purple heather moorlands. Voted one of the top ten walks in the country by The Daily Telegraph and featured on BBC Countryfile programme.
Being situated on the North Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire borders ideally situated for visiting some of the countries TOP ATTRACTIONS:
ALTON TOWERS Theme Resort is Britains premier theme park and is only 20 minutes drive away where you can take on all the thrills of the rides and then return to the peace and quiet of the countryside at night.
HISTORIC HOUSES with beautiful variety of GARDENS in the area include the magnificent Chatsworth House, medieval Haddon Hall, Shugborough Hall, Gawsworth Hall, Little Moreton Hall and Tatton Park. Other gardens in the area include the unique National Trust Victorian Biddulph Grange Gardens, and Consall Hall's 70 acres of landscaped gardens
COUNTRYSIDE: Popular areas include nearby The Roaches, Tittesworth Reservoir, Rudyard Lake, Manifold Valley with manifold cycle/walking track, Dovedale, Ilam, Churnet Valley, Goyt Valley
STEAM TRAINS: Churnet Valley Railway, Rudyard Lake Steam Railway, Foxfield Steam Railway
CAVES AND CAVERNS: Pooles Cavern at Buxton, Blue John Mines, Speedwell Cavern at Castleton
CYCLING: 3 cycle trails that are mainly traffic free with bike hire available include Manifold Valley Track, High Peak Trail, Tissington Trail
HORSE RIDING: Horse riding or pony treking at nearby Northfield Farm at Flash (englands highest village - so some spectacular view)
GOLF: 2 courses in Leek at Leek Golf Club and Westwood Golf Club, Whiston Golf Club near Alton, High Peak Golf Club at Buxton which also has Peak Practice floodlit driving range.
SWIMMING: Splash Landings Caribbean Themed Water park at Alton Towers (can enter seperate to Alton Towers) has fantastic water rides including a sensational water rollercoaster as well as more sedate lazy rivers. Waterworld, the UK's no1 Indoor Tropical Aqua Park at Festival Park in Stoke. Swimming pools at Leek and Buxton
FISHING: 3 nearby pools at Thorncliffe, Danebridge, Blake Hall Fishery near Cheadle.
RSPB: Coombes Valley RSPB Nature Reserve
POTTERIES: Visit Stoke on Trent, the world capital of pottery with museums & factory tours & over 20 factory outlets including Denby, Emma Bridgewater, Moorcroft, Wedgewood, Spode, Burleigh
SCIENCE: Joderall Bank Observatory & Discovery Centre with its world famous giant Lovel Telescope and from where BBC programme Star Gazing Live 2012 came from
STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD: The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found with ermenant display of items at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke with events
NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM: The UK's Centre of Remembrance and set in 150 acres of tree, gardens and wildflower meadows
EATING OUT:There are 3 good local village pubs serving home cooked food and real ale and Three Horse Shoes family owned country Hotel offers bar carvery, casual dining in the Brasserie and finer dining in Kirks restaurant. The Abbey Inn will deliver takeaways to accommadation. Various tea rooms in the area. 2 private chefs have previous cooked for guests.
FESTIVALS: Peak District Walking Festival, Leek Arts Festival, Buxton Festival, Well Dressings in surrounding local villages throughout the Peak District
LOCAL SHOPS in Leek include Chemist, Butchers, greengrocers, bakery, Post Office, variety of restaurants and takeaways as well as many independent shops, with local market days and fine food fair