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Gatehouse Croft

(Ref. 27120)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Gatehouse Croft is a true gem."

    It is so atmospheric and historic. Very clean and well maintained. There was quite a lot of noise from the club / pub across the road on Fri and Sat nights, but we used ear plugs. Father Phillip was a great host. There was a monthly market on the car park behind the house on Saturday with lovely food stalls. Fruit pies from the SPAR were to die for. If you have a small dog the garden won't be secure, as the bars on the fence are quite far apart. Our Staffy could easily get through. Beautiful accommodation. Lots of stairs.

    Reviewed by Kaye5.0Apr 2024

  • "A beautifully furnished historic house in an interesting area."

    Gatehouse Croft is extremely comfortable and there are extensive walks along the canal in either direction. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Nicholas Paul5.0Mar 2024

  • "Polesworth Abbey Gatehouse croft is by far the most tastefully presented accommodation we have ever stayed in."

    (It was 1 of 5 in 2023 alone). The furniture is all in country-house elegantly-mismatched style. Solid wood, no veneered chipboard and certainly no laminate anywhere ! The kitchen and all the pans, crockery, cutlery etc are of the highest quality. As are the bedrooms and bathrooms. On entering I turned on the radio - tuned to Classic-FM - says it all ? A wonderful very relaxing week away over New Year. Plenty of good canal towpath and other walks straight out from the cottage door.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely great,father Philip was very kind and considerate."

    Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Dec 2023

  • "We absolutely loved staying at Gatehouse Croft."

    The history of the building was so interesting and Father Phillip was very welcoming and helpful. There isn’t much in the local area, but everything is just a short ride away. The pubs that were local didn’t serve food, so we drove to another village a few times to eat. We would totally recommend staying at Gatehouse Croft, it was very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Sheryl5.0May 2023

  • "Gatehouse Croft is extremely well equipped compared to other accommodations where we have stayed."

    It is very good for a range of walks directly from the door; we stayed for 4 nights and the cars did not move. The garden space is also a bonus with outdoor chairs and table for enjoying sunny days and evenings. The living area is dark necessitating a ceiling light even on bright days, but that is due to the nature of the building. Overall we were very pleased and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7May 2023

  • "Gatehouse croft is a lovely cosy place to stay."

    It's full of history and is furnished in keeping with this. That said, the property is also right up to date with all the conveniences required. There's a walk right outside that takes you over the river and back to a fab chippy across the road. Father Philip is a lovely host. We appreciated the tea, coffee, milk and cake waiting for us. The location was great as we used it for a base to visit family and friends. Tamworth a short drive away is a direct train journey to London (1 hrs 10 mins)

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Apr 2023

  • "Delightful place to stay, the building itself is full of history and everybody around was very welcoming."

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Feb 2023

  • "A quality property, very well appointed."

    This is a historic building and very evocative, and the chosen furniture and furnishings complement it very well - the tester bed in the main bedroom is amazingly comfortable. Father Philip's friendly and helpful presence was much appreciated. Along the drive from the Gatehouse is the Abbey Church, which is also very fascinating and atmospheric.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Gatehouse Croft."

    The property was absolutely spotless, I don’t think I’ve ever stayed anywhere so clean! Father Philip made us very welcome and the accommodation had everything we needed. The building was beautiful and the history behind it fascinating. It had a lovely feel to it and was clearly very well cared for. It was a truly unique experience to stay there and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. We had a lovely walk along the canal to Pooley Park and a good curry from Yard Spice. Fabulous.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Sep 2022

  • "Wooden stairs made it not completely dog friendly for older dogs but if they sleep downstairs it’s great."

    Some noise from the pub opposite and a few cars occasionally racing up the road, but only for 30 min or so in the late evening. Otherwise this was a great place to stay with lovely surroundings. Very warm welcome, would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jul 2022

  • "That are a brilliant cottage."

    So lovely in details. Father Philip say so kind. We come back.

    Reviewed by Angelika5.0Mar 2020

  • "The character of the property and the surrounding area."

    Welcome by Philip. The feeling of peace in the flat.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent and we would have no hesitation in returning."

    We were met by Father Philip who explained all and nothing was too much trouble for him. The cottage was well equipped and indeed exceeded out expectations in this respect. We found the location ideal for visiting the area and was easy to find. All in all a great couple of days if you need somewhere in the area.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2019

  • "Beautiful historical building very well maintained, adapted for all modern facilities whilst maintaining its character."

    Warm welcome and flexible hours for check-in/check-out was very much appreciated. Wifi signal is not as strong as it could be, just a heads up if you are planning to work online during the stay.

    Reviewed by Mariana5.0Aug 2019

  • "The property is situated on the busy high street @ Polesworth with your daily needs very close to hand."

    The cottage has lots of character & we found it spotlessly clean with lots of little extras. Parking a bonus & a lovely small garden.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Apr 2019

  • "The description of the village was not accurate."

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Apr 2019

  • "We found Gatehouse Croft a delightful place to stay."

    The facilities are excellent, staying in this well-modernised medieval building was a pleasure, and Polesworth is a good centre to be in. We also appreciated the little things provided, including on arrival two pints of milk in the fridge, and a cake.

    Reviewed by M5.0Mar 2019

  • "Everything was great at the Abbey."

    Father Philip is so kind and warm. The accommodation is always very clean. Again the internet was a problem. We were without internet for half of our 21 day stay. This did cause problems with work, but we did not let it spoil our stay. It would stop me from booking again though if not corrected.

    Reviewed by Anne-marie5.0Nov 2018

  • "We loved our stay from start to finish!"

    Sykes Cottages were helpful, friendly and courteous, our greeting at Gatehouse Croft was warm and genuine. The property is simply stunning inside and out, it;s warm and cosy from the underfloor heating downstairs - so much so that we didn't light the fire even with overnight temperatures below freezing. The property is clean, tidy and well equipped, particularly in the kitchen which for someone like me who enjoys cooking is a real bonus. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Gatehouse Croft and will most definitely be back on a future visit to the UK.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2018

  • "Beautiful medieval cottage, sensitively restored, perfectly chosen furnishings to maintain feel of the place and wonderfully well equipped."

    Everything of good quality, cutlery, saucepans glasses etc Comfy bed and cosy woodburner - with logs! Warm welcome from Father Philip and lovely cake to welcome us with milk, tea bags etc. Dog friendly with blanket and bowls. Polesworth itself is not particularly attractive, but the two cottages that form part of the old abbey gatehouse are utterly delightful. There are lots of stairs if you are using the second floor bedroom, so suggest mobile adults and no tiny children. There is social club and a pub immediately opposite, which may have been a noise issue if we were using the second floor bedroom, but the main bedroom, on the first floor, is at the back of the cottage, so no problem on our stay. Sykes, as an agency are really helpful and friendly and this, too, makes for a lovely holiday!

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Mar 2018

  • "The accommodation is fantastic."

    If you appreciate history, you will love Gatehouse Croft. It has been really well modernised inside, and I don't think there was anything which could be improved in terms of comfort, cleanliness or facilities. Our host, Father Philip, gave us a warm and generous welcome, and was on hand to help during the day when I couldn't turn the heating down! The only downside was outside noise. We had been prepared for noise from the pub and club opposite, but the real problem was the young men who frequented the car park area behind the property at night. We were subjected to handbrake turns in a car plus lots of shouting on our first night, then football and lots of shouting between 1am and 3am on our last night. We left early for this reason, such a shame as it is a lovely property.

    Reviewed by Kathy4.7Mar 2018

  • "Gatehouse Croft is a historic building which has been imaginatively repurposed as a holiday let."

    It has ALL the facilities you could possibly desire. The ground floor living space is expansive, and each of the bedrooms has its own small sitting area. We did experience some noise from the local pub and social club. However, this is specifically mentioned in the description of the accommodation, and it is worth this minor inconvenience to stay in such a lovely place.

    Reviewed by Jan4.4Dec 2017

  • "The property was very good and to the description given."

    Father Philip was most helpful and really pleasant. We were without internet for two days. We will not ask for a refund on this occasion. However it did cause a couple of problems for us. I would like to request that you please stop sending me all the emails I receive from you. I have requested this already. Every time I enter your site I get emails. If I wish to book a property I will contact you. I found the staff at Sykes very pleasant but the constant emails are extremely off putting as a client.

    Reviewed by Anne-marie4.4Dec 2017

  • "We were stunned by the space and facilites the accomodation offered."

    Father Philip gave a real warm welcome and really cared if everthing was alright. The Pub next door can be somewhat noisy sometimes.

    Reviewed by Georg4.6Jul 2017

  • "LIke something out of a period drama, like going back in time, beautiful, historic and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Coral5.0Nov 2016

  • "A wonderful historic cottage that has everything you need for a perfect holiday."

    The underfloor heating was as warm as the welcome from Father Phillip! It was a privilege to stay in such a lovely place.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Nov 2016

  • "Our "greeter" Father Phillip Wells was very pleasant and helpful."

    The setting was quite outstanding with the property containing a wealth of history. One slight confusion concerned some visitors reference (in the visitors book comments), to a "welcome pack" which we did not receive although this was not expected. We thought that "welcome packs" may be connected to possible religious groups booking the cottage. Otherwise a nice stay with very friendly people.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.2Sep 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x half tester double with reading area and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x second floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating in sitting room and woodburner
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and wood for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and folding bed on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: There is a pub and social club across the road and some noise may be heard.

The property

This atmospheric holiday cottage in Polesworth is set over three floors and forms the larger side of the ancient Abbey Gatehouse.

It oozes character and charm, with a spacious sitting room with a warming woodburner, antique furniture and a charming half tester double bed.

On the second floor is a twin bedroom with exposed beams and its own sitting area overlooking the ancient roof and datestones.

Exposed beams, leaded windows and stone windowsills all add to the charm, whilst the contemporary furnishings make this Polesworth cottage first-class accommodation for family and friends all year round.

Note: This property can be booked with Porter's Lodge, (ref 27119), together they sleep 6.

Polesworth Abbey

Situated in the centre of the large village of Polesworth in North Warwickshire, and close to the borders of Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire, these two Polesworth cottages are located in the medieval gatehouse at the entrance to Polesworth Abbey which dates back to the 9th century. These delightful Polesworth cottages have been lovingly restored to their original use and are uniquely furnished and decorated, retaining character and charm. Both of these Polesworth Abbey holiday homes boast many pieces of antique furniture that is in keeping with the age of the cottages. Positioned on the edge of the abbey grounds, itself a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and close to the River Anker, guests are invited to visit the original porter's office and his family's meagre living quarters to learn about its connection with William Shakespeare who, it is believed, was educated here. It provides a fascinating insight into what life was like at the abbey over the years. Guests are also invited to enjoy walks around the abbey grounds. The village of Polesworth boasts many amenities including pubs, a village shop and a Post Office, as well as offering a Heritage Centre, Poetry Trail and lovely walks and cycle paths. The area surrounding these two cottages in Polesworth offers many activities including, horseback riding and fishing, good golf courses including The Belfry, water parks and theme parks. Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick with its magnificent castle are both within easy reach. A fantastic location for a memorable holiday at these two cottages in Polesworth.

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About the location


Atherstone 3 miles; Tamworth 4.5 miles; Lichfield 9 miles; Market Bosworth 10 miles.

The Saxon village of Polesworth in North Warwickshire, lies close to the borders of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire, on the banks of the River Anker. The village is popular with anglers and is just three miles from the medieval town of Atherstone which has many independent shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as a twice weekly market which has been held in the town for over 750 years and sells local produce and crafts.The small market town of Market Bosworth is just a short drive away, home to the Battle of Bosworth, with an excellent visitor centre at the battlefield site. It has many amenities, including small independent shops, pubs and a renowned fish and chip shop, all located around the market square. Straddling the River Trent, Burton-on-Trent, is famous for its breweries and home to many award-winning ales. Alabaster carving, cloth working and manning the cotton mills are all central to the town's history. Twycross Zoo, Drayton Manor, Alton Towers, The National Space Centre, beautiful Derbyshire Dales and historic Stratford-upon-Avon are all within easy reach and make for great family days out.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas