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Porter's Lodge

Polesworth, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 27119)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely accommodation."

    Very homely and spacious, rooms all good sized and everything you could wish for there.

    Reviewed by GrahamApr 2022

  • "The property is really old & unique - feels like you're stepping back in time."

    It is also very well maintained & tastefully decorated with the relevant style. We would definitely consider staying their again if we're ever visiting the area again in the future.

    Reviewed by IanMar 2022

  • "This is a wonderful historic place to stay, cosy and well equipped."

    The stairs into it are steep but once inside it is beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. We were made to feel very welcome by Fr Philip. The National Memorial Arboretum is an extraordinary place to visit and the Staff at the Spread Eagle opposite the Porters Lodge made us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by PennyDec 2021

  • "Great property."

    full of character. great heating. lovely bath. excellent parking. I had family business to attend to and stayed in the cottage for 2 weeks and it felt like a home from home. great location to get around by car and not far to big roads bur also great to walk out of door and have a good few hours walk. highly recommend and father Philip is a hoot.

    Reviewed by LouNov 2021

  • "A cosy and well situated lodge."

    Loved the interior. Kitchen well equipped. People of Polesworth very friendly. Spread Eagle pub just over the road. Great live music on Friday and Saturday night. Private parking. Father Philip very welcoming. Milk and cake for us on arrival. Thank you.

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful lodge."

    The road was a bit busy so maybe not good for light sleepers. Locals were very friendly and accommodating.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2021

  • "Sykes communication was first class."

    accommodation was spotless and facilities and items provided were way above normal expectations. Father Philips at the church was knowledgeable and keen to assist, we found the village itself to be very friendly and welcoming. Ideal for couples looking for a romantic getaway. As stated in the details, the stairs to the first floor accommodation are slightly steeper than normal but have a sturdy handrail and should not really be a problem. There were some nice little touches on arrival, basics such as loo rolls, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, tea, sugar etc plus there were four vases of fresh flowers, fresh milk in the fridge and a fruit cake with a welcome note. Strongly recommend you try the Sunday morning service at the church, a 1 hour service presented in a light hearted way by father Phillip, best ‘landlord’ your ever likely to meet. Quick mention again on the village, has Chinese, Indian and fish and chip takeaways, nice selection of local shops and a well stocked modern coop, pubs and Indian restaurant are dog friendly and there’s a park, river and canal walks to enjoy. Bottom line, we consider ourselves lucky to have stayed here.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "Had a great time at porters lodge and polesworth a great place with very friendly people."

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2021

  • "Fantastic chance to spend a few days in a place that is 100’s of years old."

    More room (especially headroom) than expected for such an old place. Accommodation was very well equipped and had comfortable facilities throughout. Only a small Tv but it worked well and frankly we weren’t really there to watch tv! Access through narrow, steep staircase might be a challenge for less mobile visitors. We were made very welcome by Father Philip.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2021

  • "It was a real privilege to stay in such historic accommodation; beautifully clean, well equipped and comfortable."

    Father Philip was a gem and we were made to feel welcome; the fresh flowers, milk and cake were lovely touches. The Spread Eagle pub opposite was very friendly and we enjoy a complimentary drink being neighbours - a bit of noise, but we had ear plugs because of previous reviews. About an hour’s drive from the ‘Peak’ walking we were after - our mistake, but then if we had stayed elsewhere, we would not have had such amazing accommodation..

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2021

  • "The stairs both to access the lodge and once inside to access the different levels were very steep and extremely difficult to carry a suitcase and shopping up."

    Very noisy as all of the smokers from the pub opposite stand under the arch and you can hear every word of the conversation. Also right next to a busy road traffic noise starts at 6am pub noise doesn't stop until 1 30am Friday and Saturday nights.

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely time at the Porters Lodge."

    A brilliant little cottage with everything you need for a break away from home. We were made to feel very welcome by Father Philip from the Abbey, and by everyone we met in the village. We went down to the Bulls Head pub and had a great night with the locals and the landlord. Would also recommend the Green Man in Middleton, approx 20 min drive for a cracking roast dinner

    Reviewed by LewisAug 2020

  • "What an amazing experience staying at Porters lodge."

    Lovely warm welcome from Father Philip, lodge itself was perfect! Far exceeded our expectations. Beautifully restored and furnished. 5 pubs and a supermarket all in walking distance were a bonus. Can't wait to return

    Reviewed by VanessaAug 2020

  • "The space was totally unexpected, the property was absolutely spotless and obviously loved by the people who maintain it."

    The welcome by Fr Phillip was so relaxed and ‘unofficial’, it felt like being welcomed by a friend. We had noted the comments about weekend noise from the pub over the road but were fortunate to a) stay midweek, and b) stay during the Coronavirus pandemic when live music wasn’t permitted so we didn’t get disturbed. We will definitely return as there was so much to see and do that was out-of-bounds for the time-being, and we’ll be prepared with ear plugs if the music might be a problem!

    Reviewed by JaneJul 2020

  • "We had a very warm welcome from Father Philip."

    Accomodation was breathtaking !! and so many extras, Christmas tree and jugs of holly/flowers. We lacked for nothing, hardly any noise at all from the pub opposite even on New Years Eve ! We enjoyed walks from the Abbey Church along the river, and along the Coventry Canal. Slightly further afield beautiful walking in the Charnwood Forest area, and then New Year's day we enjoyed travelling by steam on The Battlefield Line, from Shakerstone Station, only about 5 miles from the Lodge. Complimentry mince pie and sherry was handed out before we got off, its a 15 minute walk then up to the Battle of Bosworth site before heading back for train. We hope to return .

    Reviewed by DianeDec 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our stay, and the warm welcome from the host!"

    The host also responded virtually immediately to any questions we had. Property is very nicely renovated, and we appreciated very much the attentions (woodstove ready to go, cake etc). In addition, the kitchen was very well equipped, and bathroom was great. Off-road parking was comforting. The only downside was the noise of the pub across although it wasn't too bad (not rowdy, and it didn't go on all night). It was a great weekend!

    Reviewed by BrunoSep 2019

  • "Privileged to be able to stay at such a historic and unique property ."

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2019

  • "Porters Lodge was far better then the photos showed."

    We loved everything about the cottage itself and getting the keys all went smoothly. However we did have some concerns before we came about the noise level from the pub across the road and our concerns were justified. Saturday night was especially loud and it partly ruined our stay. We would never stay there again which is a shame because we loved the cottage.

    Reviewed by JennyMay 2019

  • "A beautiful property with lots so stunning period features."

    Has everything you need.Great slipper bath and lovely comfy bed.A pity the village isn't prettier,but get into the cottage and it's so cosy with the lovely wood burner.

    Reviewed by JanetNov 2018

  • "A remarkable conversion of a fabulous historical building - a privilege to be able to stay there."

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2018

  • "Amazing refurbishment of 14th century building."

    Lots of info on the history. Felt spacious and cosy. Didn't want for anything. Great to be in the Abbey grounds. Lots of fresh flowers and beautiful furniture. Father Phillip v welcoming and helpful. Our little dog loved it too. A little noisy Fri and Sat night from pub but good the village is lively tbh and didn't go on too late. We hope to come back and stay in the winter to use the wood burner. Good fish and chips over the road.

    Reviewed by JessicaJul 2018

  • "We had a fantastic time, this property is truly wonderful and we couldn't have been made more welcome."

    The lodge is so full of history and and has been beautifully restored retaining so many original features, it was absolutely well equipped with everything we need, and was beautifully cleaned and presented with some lovely additional touches in our case a Christmas tree which gave it a lovely festive homely feel. The area was great with lots to do and see we visited Stratford upon Avon for the theatre and Warwick Castle, but you do not need to go far, the village itself has a lovely river walk and poetry trail and the people were incredibly friendly in the local shops and pubs. We would highly recommend a visit to this special property.

    Reviewed by LisaDec 2017

  • "Wonderful! The Porter's Lodge is a wonderful building and has been renovated to an exceptionally high standard and is incredibly well-equipped."

    It is spotlessly clean and is very well looked after. Father Philip made us feel very welcome indeed. The best views from the cottage are out over the abbey grounds, which were beautiful in the snow. Despite the falling temperatures outside, we were lovely and warm thanks to the log burner and great central heating. The village of Polesworth has a few shops (including a well-stocked Co-op). There aren't many eating out options in the village itself - the Spread Eagle pub right across the road from the Porter's Lodge was friendly but didn't seem to serve food. However, as the cottage is so lovely and the kitchen so well-equipped, it was a pleasure to stay in and eat. The village makes a great base but you do need a car (or bikes) to make the most of the area. As suggested in the details, there was some noise from the pub and the social club, but it didn't disturb us at all. We would thoroughly recommend the Porter's Lodge - it's a wonderful cottage.

    Reviewed by JaneDec 2017

  • "The Polesworth Porterhouse Lodge was so much more than we ever expected."

    It was beautiful, cozy, and very clean. The history is amazing. The people of the Abbey are genuine and welcoming. We cannot wait to return!!

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2017

  • "Words do not do the porters lodge justice!"

    Not only did the property it's self wow me but all the lovely touches, such as fresh flowers, milk and a delishous cake, is what took my stay from amazing to absolutely beyond Words!!!

    Reviewed by CherylSep 2017

  • "Loved our stay at the Porter's Lodge - photos don't do it justice and Father Philip made us feel so welcome - thank you"

    Reviewed by GillianFeb 2017

  • "Porters lodge was amazing, very romantic & we had a wonderful stay."

    Father Philip was a terrific host with nothing being too much trouble - a genuinely nice man. We hope to return again in the not too distant future

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2016

  • "The character and location of the property, only downside is the steepness of ..."

    The character and location of the property, only downside is the steepness of the steps to get to the holiday let , not suitable for large dogs but manageable

    Reviewed by DerickSep 2016

  • "Great to stay in a place with such history, that's been beautifully restored."

    Enjoyed walks along the canal in both directions.

    Reviewed by StuartSep 2016

  • "Polesworth Abbey cottage was a superb cottage and was by far the best cottage we have stayed in."

    There was so much history and the cottage has retained so much of its' originality. It was very peaceful and comfortable.

    Reviewed by DanSep 2016

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  • Over first and second floors
  • One second floor king-size double bedroom
  • First floor bathroom with freestanding slipper bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven, 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
  • folding bed on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Full use of abbey grounds
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Internal wooden staircase leads from the front door to the first floor accommodation, some pets may need to be carried up and down, and there is a further shorter staircase leading to the bedroom
  • Note: The bedroom has a sloping, beamed ceiling
  • Note: There is a pub and social club across the road and some noise may be heard.

The property

This beautiful Polesworth cottage occupies the first and second floor of one side of the medieval gatehouse leading to Polesworth Abbey, extending across the arched entrance way.

This Polesworth cottage provides a charming double galleried bedroom with sloping ceiling, exposed beams and a luxurious bathroom with freestanding slipper bath.

Set in the oldest part of the gatehouse, a three-bay chamber provides open plan living accommodation which has been lovingly furnished with a well-equipped fitted kitchen, a dining area and a sitting area with an original stone fireplace and warming woodburner.

Note: This property can be booked with Gatehouse Croft (ref 27120), 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