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Gatehouse Croft

Polesworth, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 27120)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "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 AnthonyJul 2022

  • "That are a brilliant cottage."

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

    Reviewed by AngelikaMar 2020

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

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

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 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 RobertSep 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 MarianaAug 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 GuyApr 2019

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

    Reviewed by KatieApr 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 MMar 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-marieNov 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 PeterOct 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 AngelaMar 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 KathyMar 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 JanDec 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-marieDec 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 GeorgJul 2017

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

    Reviewed by CoralNov 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 AmandaNov 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 StephenSep 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas