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Chequer Stable

Sandbach, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 26406)



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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio

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63 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is perfect, it is really comfortable and well equipped and has a lovely outside seating area where you can enjoy watching the ducks, chickens, geese and llamas."

    Lovely bottle of wine awaiting our arrival from wonderfully friendly and helpful hosts. We would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by AlexJun 2022

  • "This is our third visit and we love this property, it is very cute and clean and well appointed."

    Anthea and Peter are very friendly and we feel very much at home. We especially like the animals and birds

    Thank you, lovely to see you all again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LucyMay 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean."

    Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by HeatherApr 2022

  • "Lovely setting with a nice seating area outside where you can watch the animals and sunrise."

    The welcome gift of wine and biscuits on arrival a nice touch. Sandbach which is a short drive away has a good variety of places to eat and drink.

    Reviewed by AshleyMar 2022

  • "The property was clean comfortable and cosy the log burner was easy to use ."

    The bathroom was very clean and all the facilities were of a high standard. The only things did miss was not having an oven other than that everything was perfect.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. I just wanted to say that the microwave is a combi one so it can also be used in just the same way as a normal oven when required. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and do hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeeFeb 2022

  • "Just perfect."

    This. beautiful restoration provides anything you you possibly need, and if you do find something missing , you can rest assured the kindness and professionalism of Anthea and Peter as hosts will do their best to accommodate you. There were so many personal touches which made our stay even more enjoyable. Thank you, and we would love to come back someday.

    Reviewed by LorraineDec 2021

  • "Anthea and Peter are great hosts and Chequer Stable is a little gem, packed with everything you need in a beautiful setting."

    We will be returning in th future.

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2021

  • "A lovely conversion of an old stable, everything about it of good quality."

    Peter and Andrea were charming and thoughtful having very simply decorated the stable for us and left us a very nice bottle of wine. We would certainly take the opportunity to stay there again.

    Reviewed by CorinneDec 2021

  • "A very nice cottage well equipped owners extremely helpful would recommend anytime"

    Reviewed by StevenNov 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at Chequer Stable, it's cosy, relaxing and immaculately clean."

    Anthea couldn't have been more helpful, we're already planning our next visit!

    Reviewed by WillOct 2021

  • "Fantastic little property, ideal for a country break."

    The owners have thought of everything and we spent s very comfortable week exploring the area and visiting family.

    Reviewed by JanetOct 2021

  • "This was our second visit to Chequer Stable and we had another excellent holiday."

    We had a great week watching the animals and the cottage had everything we needed. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by RebeccaSep 2021

  • "We had a great holiday at Chequer Stable, the owners were really friendly and approachable."

    The cottage had everything, and more that we could want or need. Loved seeing all the different animals. Would love to go back one day

    Reviewed by VanessaAug 2021

  • "The Chequer Stable is compact but perfectly formed."

    It was ideal for us as a couple with a small baby and had everything you need. The kitchen was well stocked and we also liked that all the soap and toilet rolls were provided so we didn't have to buy in a load for the week. It is noisy but to be expected on a smallholding. Our baby was fascinated watching all the chickens. The owners are just next door and very friendly if you need anything, they made us feel very welcome and we're kind enough to post back on eof our muslins we left behind. We would definitely stay again if it's available next time we're visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Lucia FrancescaJul 2021

  • "Everything it was very clean and more utensils that you would ever need ..."

    Everything it was very clean and more utensils that you would ever need throughout the property, also the animals were lovely to see on your doorstep and the proprietors were very friendly indeed and I would go again

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2021

  • "Chequer Stable was extremely comfortable, and had everything we wanted."

    It was very clean and everything had been well thought out. When we arrived, we were delighted to find that the friendly owners had provided tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and a bottle of wine. The small patio area was a real suntrap, with a good view of the llamas, ducks and poultry. We loved it and would very happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by TimothyMay 2021

  • "Absolutely everything you could wish for."

    A real home from home.

    Reviewed by JacquelineApr 2021

  • "The accommodation was excellent & a great place to just relax & unwind."

    Reviewed by MatthewApr 2021

  • "The Chequer Stable was a delightful place to stay, it was extremely well equipped for a holiday cottage and very comfortable."

    The owners had thought of everything. The setting was amazing and the Llamas, Geese, Ducks and Chickens were very entertaining. Excellent place to wind down and as a base for exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by JanetOct 2020

  • "We had a brilliant week at Chequer Stable."

    Anthea and Peter were so friendly and welcoming but unobtrusive. The cottage itself is very cosy, clean and comfortable. The llamas, geese and chickens were a delight to spend time with! We’ll definitely be coming back in the future. I can’t rate the cottage or hosts highly enough!

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2020

  • "This is a delightful property and beautifully converted stable."

    Very well equipped and ideal for our short stay in the area. Great care had been taken over every detail and the accommodation was spotlessly clean and comfortable. The hosts were welcoming and friendly. The accommodation is on a small holding and we were wakened early each morning by the sound of the cockerels and ducks! It was on a small holding so to be expected! The one down side was that you could hear the road noise as it is on a busy A50 road. (But probably not as busy as usual due to pandemic restrictions). For this reason I would not be keen to stay here for more than a few days as would find it hard to relax in the small garden area with constant road noise. (On the plus side it was easy to find from the M6). We tried a couple restaurants in Sandbach and would highly recommend the Phanthong Thai on Crewe Road- just near centre roundabout. Would not however recommend the Leg of Man pub near the accommodation- food very average, served margarine with the bread and when I asked they said they don't serve butter! Enjoyed some walks and especially around the Brereton Heath, Congleton CW12 4SU

    Reviewed by MaySep 2020

  • "This was the nicest place I have ever stayed, it was such a lovely cosy little cottage & the outdoor area looking out onto the fields with animals in was amazing!"

    !! My daughter didn't want to leave after our 2 night stay!!! The owner was very friendly & welcoming & took my daughter to meet & feed the animals which she absolutely loved!!! Could not reccomend this place enough & will definitely be back!!!

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2020

  • "Absolutely perfect, beautiful welcoming bottle of wine and yummy biscuits."

    Milk in the fridge. Clean, tidy and everything you need. The owners are so lovely, friendly and welcoming. We had a lovely 4 night stay. We didn’t go out much as we just needed some time to chill out and that’s what we did! I could have sat and watched the chickens, geese and llamas all day. Perfect and highly recommend

    Reviewed by TinaSep 2020

  • "A really lovely cottage and the hosts were friendly and helpful."

    We loved the cottage and the animals outside were great! We would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2020

  • "Fabulous little barn surrounded by wildlife would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2020

  • "Had a lovely few days just total relaxation."

    Anthea & Peter are the perfect hosts, on hand when needed. The Stable was spotlessly clean, well catered for in terms of kitchen facilities, excellent shower and comfortable bed. The Llamas, geese & hens were a joy to watch throughout our 4 days. Thank you both for a lovely break.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation"

    Reviewed by AbigailFeb 2020

  • "A beautiful countryside retreat."

    The cottage is lovely - really modern but also a nice, cosy rustic feel too. Everything was really clean and there’s lots of utensils etc to use for cooking, as well as board games and dvds. It was lovely to greet the llamas every morning! We spoke with Anthea and she was really kind and accommodating, making us feel very welcome and giving us tips on what to do and see. We drove into the Peak District which didn’t take long, and the views are really beautiful. A perfect getaway :)

    Reviewed by KirstyNov 2019

  • "The Chequer Stable is close to Jodrell Bank with good information centre and facilities for the use of!"

    ! and the Stable and surrounding land is so tranquil ,seeing the animals being cared for so well. Thank you Peter and Anthea.

    Reviewed by Margaret HSep 2019

  • "We received a very warm welcome from our hosts Peter & Anthea & 3 beautiful Llamas in the Small Holding that love to eat carrots."

    It was lovely seeing the Llamas throughout our stay & the Small Holding is very well kept. The stable is decorated to the highest standards & was very clean, comfortable & cosy. It was equiped with everything needed to make our stay enjoyable. Peter & Anthea were very helpful if we needed information on places to visit & had left lots of infomation available, together with menus for local eateries in the stable for our perusal. If we decide to visit the area again, then we will definitely book the Stable if available & have no hesitation in recommending it to our family & friends. We had a lovely week with good weather. Our thanks to Peter & Anthea for the wine & cookies & also for helping to make our holiday so special. - Linda & Ian.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2019

  • "Absolutely loved my week away!"

    The farm was calming and peaceful and the scenery was beautiful. The owners were so welcoming, and even though we were staying on their property with them our privacy was upheld and it was like were in our own little world with the animals. Would 100% go back, really do recommend!

    Reviewed by SamanthaAug 2019

  • "The cottage is a lovely relaxing place to stay."

    It had everything you needed with a lot of thought put into helpful things like a torch and plenty of books to read. It was spotless and the owners were so kind and friendly too. The animals were such fun to watch. They did make a bit of noise but we soon got used to it.

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2019

  • "Anthea and Peter are the loveliest people, and they have put so much time and love into Chequer Stable."

    The accommodation is beautiful, with high quality facilities and the under floor heating was a great feature! The animals were definitely a highlight - the Alpacas are amazing and we sat and watched them for hours. Would definitely recommend Chequer Stable to anybody who wants a well located getaway for a few days!

    Reviewed by KatieMar 2019

  • "Very comfortable, clean and well equipped."

    All that we wanted for our stay

    Reviewed by BrianMar 2019

  • "Everything was as expected facility wise but the cockrels were very noisy from about 10."

    30 at night. Also the road is very busy and a bit annoying.

    Reviewed by JeremyFeb 2019

  • "A lovely and well equipped little cottage, set in a nice location, was close to a busy road but didn’t really notice any traffic noise."

    . the animals were pleasant to have around and owners were a delight. Very happy with our stay here

    Reviewed by DaveOct 2018

  • "Excellent property."

    Great location for potteries, peak district and much more. Owners lovely and very helpful. Loved the Llamas. Will recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2018

  • "Lovely week in a great cottage."

    We were made to feel very welcome, tea coffee sugar milk biscuits and a bottle of wine when we arrived! Chequer Stables is a great place to stay, very central area and the cottage is finished to a very high standard.

    Reviewed by NadineSep 2018

  • "Really enjoyed our stay everything has been well thought out and very well equipped."

    The host was very friendly and helpful .

    Reviewed by WarrenJul 2018

  • "Everything was perfect!"

    ! The animals at the site were lovely, and the owner's were really helpful and genuinely lovely people

    Reviewed by HollyJul 2018

  • "Had a marvellous week at Chequer Stable, wonderful venue for 2 people, easy access to the Peak District."

    Exceptionally clean, everything you need. Owners were very friendly and helpful will be using again .

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2018

  • "A really outstanding nice little cottage, near to Peak District as well as to small tiny towns and also big ( Liverpool, Manchester)."

    The cottage is kept very clean with very good equipment. Anthea and Peter Hughes are so friendly and helpful for all things, I never experienced that in this way in making holidays in Britain since 1970 ( 30 times or more ).

    Reviewed by RainerJun 2018

  • "Very enjoyable break of 4 days."

    weather was very good. accommodation is very nice. chickens and Llamas are very tame and do interact with you. quite an unusual added bonus with them .would certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage and wonderful owners."

    The attention to detail for everything supplied in the cottage for a perfect stay was fantastic! Absolutely recommended.

    Reviewed by HazelMar 2018

  • "This little stable is THE most beautiful place ive ever stayed in and im well travelled."

    The interior is furnished and finished to a high class standard,is immaculate and everything little thing you may need is provided. The owners are warm,welcoming and friendly and the other residents,the chickens,geese,ducks and llamas are an amusing and fascinating enjoyment to be around. I was allowed to hold a baby duckling i was in my element. In my opinion this is five star accomadation with lots of places to visit around to make your stay even more enjoyable.... I just want to go back.

    Reviewed by NiaiMar 2018

  • "The owners were extremely nice and friendly, nothing was too muchtrouble and the cottage was well equipped as well as being tastefully decorated."

    It was all we could have wished for and more, definitely recommended.

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2018

  • "The chequer stable was an amazing property, very cute, full of every gadget required in your home."

    The family at the main house were extremely friendly, and it was great to be close to the Llamas, geese, chickens and other animals.

    Reviewed by KenFeb 2018

  • "We absolutely loved this beautifully converted little gem, very cosy and warm."

    The owners have thought of everything you may need and the animals are a welcome source of entertainment. The Cockerells only disturbed our sleep on the first night and the road noise didn't bother us at all. It was really easy to find and we will definitely be back. We didn't get chance to meet Peter but Anthea is a lovely, friendly lady. It's no wonder this place is such a success.

    Reviewed by JulietFeb 2018

  • "Excellent cottage extremely well equipped and very friendly owners."

    Reviewed by MarkJan 2018

  • "Loved this property."

    Owners were helpful but unobtrusive. Everything you need is there, and it's very comfortable. Enjoyed my daily interactions with the geese, chooks and ducks. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by VickiDec 2017

  • "Very clean and bright cottage, pictures don't do it justice."

    Comfy bed and we loved the log burner in the evenings. Owner friendly and it was fun to see and hear the ducks, geese and llamas.

    Reviewed by PhilSep 2017

  • "We had a fabulous stay in Chequer Stable."

    This lovely little cottage has everything you need for a relaxing break. Very modern facilities and loved sitting out watching the ducks, geese, hens, chickens, llamas etc! The cottage is situated quite close to a busy road but we didn't find this a problem - in fact we loved that it was so close to everywhere! 10 minutes from the M6 makes it perfectly situated for exploring the area and there is so much to see and do! Book it, you will not be disappointed!

    Reviewed by ElaineSep 2017

  • "It was as described and perfect for me ."

    Reviewed by MarySep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need to have a great holiday."

    One of the most comfortable beds have ever slept on. Animals were very entertaining. Owners were very friendly always on hand if needed(all was good so never needed them) would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2017

  • "My husband, son and I enjoyed a great week in this quirky cottage."

    The owners have thought of every little detail to make this a wonderful place to stay. The antics of the llamas, chickens and ducks provided lots of entertainment. Sandbach is ideally situated for exploring Cheshire and the peak district. We would definitely make a return visit to Chequer Stables.

    Reviewed by CarolAug 2017

  • "Really lovely place, private and relaxing and very well presented, owners very ..."

    Really lovely place, private and relaxing and very well presented, owners very welcoming and helpful with the extra bonus of beautiful wildlife

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2017

  • "Exceptional cottage, very clean and well laid out, nice touch of wine, cookies and milk on our arrival, the location of the cottage is excellent for exploring the peak district, and despite the weather (rain!"

    ) we managed to get out and about, there are 2 good pubs within walking distant who do good meals and very friendly atmosphere. The collection of animals on the property make for a great atmosphere and you can lose hours just watching the ducks, geese rabbits and llamas in the field or feeding them, the star is the female duck that thinks shes human and follows you around and acts more like a cat than a duck. Many thanks to the owners who made us very welcome and went out of their way to make our stay and enjoyable one. Will look to return again in the future

    Reviewed by SteveJun 2017

  • "The host, Mrs."

    Anthea Hughes, is very friendly and helpful. The little cottage has been furnished with surprising thoughfulness. We even had expendable barbecue sets, all spices for cooking on hand, vegetable oil, a bottle of milk in the fridge and even a bottle of wine as a welcome gift. The place is on a type of hobby farm with lots of different animals (geese, ducks, chicken, and even lamas). People who like animals will enjoy it very much. We are sure to come back.

    Reviewed by MatthiasJun 2017

  • "A fantastic property, really comfortable and well decorated."

    Everything we needed was there. This property is more than adequate for a couple and is well located for visiting the surrounding area. The owners were very friendly and helpful and we were made to feel very welcome. The llamas in the neighbouring piece of land completed the stay for me.

    Reviewed by JaneMar 2017

  • "Everything was lovely but the property is a little closer to the very busy road than we had appreciated when booking."

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2017

  • "A big thank you for providing such a brilliant week away."

    To sum up Chequer Stable it is cosy meets modern with uniqueness thrown in for good measure, The owners are welcoming friendly people who have thought of everything and fitted out the property to an excellent standard.

    Reviewed by JasonFeb 2017

  • "We've just returned from our stay at Chequer Stable which has been absolutely wonderful."

    We received a very warm welcome from the owners who couldn't do enough for us. The cottage was lovely, fitted out to an exceptional standard with a fully equipped kitchen, luxurious bathroom and beautiful galleried bedroom. The log burning stove was a real treat, making the cottage very warm and cosy along with the underfloor heating. Last but not least, the hens, geese, ducks and llamas were fantastic neighbours, providing us with daily entertainment! Many thanks for a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday in a perfect setting.

    Reviewed by PatriciaFeb 2017

  • "Well what can I say."

    ... A warm welcome from the owners, I think that's a good place to start, Chequer Stable is simply breathtaking, recently converted and I was lucky enough to be the first person to stay there, Every conceivable need was not only met but far exceeded, from the luxury furnishings to super fluffy towels and quality bedding. I used the Stable as a base while looking for a new property in Cheshire and while working, the super fast broadband and wifi puts most hotel chains to shame, other highlights of my stay were to name but many my neighbours, if you like geese and chickens oh and lamas you will be in heaven, the underfloor heating meant that it was always warm and toasty and the log burner was quite simply hypnotic!. This place is a true gem and my only fear in writing this glowing review is that it will now be fully booked week after week and that next time I want to escape there it won't be available!, but then again the owners deserve such success, A very big thank you and I hope to see you again soon.

    Reviewed by MauriceDec 2016

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • 1 x double mezzanine bedroom
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with double sofa bed and wood burning stove.
  • Electric underfloor heating with electric panel radiator, electric plinth heater and woodburning stove
  • Electric 2-ring ceramic hob, combi microwave/oven, fridge with ice box, TV with Freeview, CD/radio, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and all fuel for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars on shared driveway
  • Bike storage on request
  • Enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 12 mins walk (some walking along road, narrow pavement)
  • Note: Cottage is next to a smallholding with cockerels, ducks and geese, which can be noisy in the early morning and when feeding
  • Note: Some road noise may be heard outside at peak times of the day
  • Note: An optional privacy screen is available for the mezzanine balcony
  • Note: Children over the age of 10 or babes-in-arms only
  • Please note: owner can offer use of her washer/dryer for bookings of longer than a week

The property

Sandbach 3 miles.

A superb, detached cottage, located on the owner's 2 acre smallholding, ideally located close to the popular market town of Sandbach.

Dating back to 1881, this delightful cottage has been sympathetically converted from an attractive Victorian stable building, with wooden windows and doors and homely modern styling, making it ideal as a romantic retreat.

This charming cottage, next to the owner's home, offers cosy, open plan accommodation with a galleried bedroom looking onto the sitting room and a ground floor modern and stylish bathroom.

The first floor bedroom feels open and airy with skylights, a round window and a stylish glass balustrade.

Entering into the open plan living area you will find a comfortable double sofa bed and tub chair set in front of the warming woodburning stove, with a flue stretching up past the mezzanine to the roof.

The kitchenette is practical and modern with soft close doors, offering the ideal area to prepare simple home-cooked meals, to be enjoyed at the dining table.

A full length glazed door leads off the sitting room onto a gravel patio seating area, with far-reaching views and overlooking the smallholding with llamas, ducks, chickens, geese and cockerels all roaming happily together.

Sandbach is a large historic market town dating back to Saxon times, with its famous Saxon Crosses still visible in the picturesque cobbled square where it still holds regular weekly markets, and a monthly farmers' market.

Sandbach offers an array of independent specialist and high street chain stores, interspersed with gastropubs, specialist food stores and real ale pubs.

Local parks include Congleton Park and Sandbach Park with bowling greens and outdoor gym, or nearby Brereton Heath Nature Reserve with its wildlife and woodland walks.

The cottage is an ideal base to access the towns of Congleton, Alsager, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel, where you can also take the train into Manchester.

Join the Dane Valley Way, South Cheshire Way or Cheshire Ring Canal Way for miles of beautiful cycle trails.

The nearby National Trust properties of Little Moreton Hall and Tatton Hall are well worth a visit as are The Potteries at Stoke-on-Trent.

This cosy cottage is an ideal, romantic getaway or perfect touring base, from which to relax and explore the delights of the surrounding area, and the Peak District is just a half hour drive away.

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About the location


Holmes Chapel 5 miles: Jodrell Bank 7 miles; Chester 27 miles.

Sandbach is a large historic market town located off the M6 in Cheshire and dates back to Saxon times with its famous Saxon Crosses still visible in the cobbled square. The town offers plenty of interesting shops with many pubs and restaurants to visit. In the centre of Sandbach the market square holds regular weekly markets and a monthly farmers' market as well as a great Christmas market to keep everyone happy. The Brereton Heath Nature Reserve is a place to visit with some lovely walks and some interesting wood sculptures to see. For something a little different you can visit St Mary's Church, a Grade II listed building with some beautiful stained glass windows as well as the church yard which is a peaceful place to explore.

Region Information

Note: Children over the age of 10 or babes-in-arms only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas