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Horton Lodge Boathouse

Rudyard Lake near Leek, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 1060047)

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “We arrived very late due to an accident but Tony was very understanding and was there to meet us and help us with our bags down the 50 or so quite steep steps that lead to the accommodation from the quiet road with ample parking.”

    He then took time to explain where everything was and how it all worked including the large TV which came with free Netflix. After that he left us to enjoy our break and although he and his family live above the accommodation it feels very private apart from the occasional footsteps heard from above. When we did need to text him once he replied quickly. There was a welcome basket of fresh bread, milk, butter, jam etc and most welcome of all after our long and stressful journey, a chilled bottle ...

    He then took time to explain where everything was and how it all worked including the large TV which came with free Netflix. After that he left us to enjoy our break and although he and his family live above the accommodation it feels very private apart from the occasional footsteps heard from above. When we did need to text him once he replied quickly. There was a welcome basket of fresh bread, milk, butter, jam etc and most welcome of all after our long and stressful journey, a chilled bottle of Prosecco! The boathouse is so lovely with an open plan kitchen/living area and large bright bedroom with huge bed! There is a fabulous shower in the en-suite but we were a little taken aback that there was no door on the ensuite with just a gap through to it from the bedroom. We got used to it though! Everything you could need is provided including thoughtful items such as a cafetiere, hairdryer and 2 f towelling bathrobes. The large outside decking area has table and chairs + 2 sun loungers, perfect for taking in the breathtaking view of Rudyard lake. There is also a small bbq and a wood fired hot tub, neither of which we used. The hot tub does take around 4 hours to heat up and this, as well as the very hot weather whilst we were there, meant we didn't use it. We did however use the rowing boat supplied and enjoyed going up and down the lake - hubby fishing and me admiring the lakeside houses! There are also 2 canoes supplied with lifejackets. On a couple of evenings we went to the nearby Rudyard Hotel - a 15 min walk through lovely woodland. The range of food and drink here is excellent, the staff are really friendly and there is a large garden with lots of tables. We also had a takeaway delivered from the Rajah Tandoori in nearby Leek which was very good. Whilst in the area we visited Luds Church (a rock chasm), Matlock Bath, Buxton (inc Pooles Cavern) and Bakewell, all of which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had the most wonderful break and would highly recommend the accommodation and the area in general.

    - Jane, July 2021

The property

Set within a beautiful Victorian boathouse perfectly positioned on Rudyard Lake, Horton Lodge Boathouse is a ground-floor apartment in the Staffordshire Moorlands, home to original features, ideal for a couple's romantic break.

This one-bedroom dwelling benefits from stunning lake views and even has its own private decking and jetty, with kayaks and a rowing boat provided by the owner for leisurely lake cruising.

Accessed via a private driveway with two off-road parking spaces, the property is reached by climbing down around forty steps, with the charming front door leading you straight into the homely open-plan living space.

Delight in relaxation within this carefully-styled setting, with a cute kitchen area home to a combination microwave oven, fridge with a freezer box and a two-ring induction hob, it's perfect for whipping up home-cooked romantic meals for two!

Dine at the pretty dining table before settling on the sofa before the Smart TV, with the decking offering a tempting spot at any time of the year, head out here to find lovely outdoor dining furniture and a gorgeous sunken Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub to relax in!

Stargaze on the decking before heading back inside to find your beautiful bedroom, passing a window looking into the inside of the boathouse, whilst the roomy super-king-size bed faces towards the window overlooking the ornate iron gates of the boathouse over the lake, with a resident kingfisher to look out for too.

Freshen up within the rustic yet contemporary shower room with its exposed brick wall and Victorian style fixtures, you can stand under the rainfall shower to wake up in no time.

Admire the amazing original fixings within the ceiling that would have been in use in the property's past life, now serving as unique decoration within a romantic retreat.

Delight in launching the rowing boat from your private beach area onto the lake and taking in the beautiful scenery as you drift along the waters, with fishing allowed on the lake, with all fishing rights included from the garden and the rowing boat provided.

Head into the charming market town of Leek for anything you might need during your stay, with several shops, pubs and restaurants to discover, along with more excellent places to explore like the Ladderedge Country Park.

Enjoy a wonderful day out over at the National Trust's Biddulph Grange Garden inspired by the East, it is home to a beautiful dahlia walk along with a host of plants from around the world, with the Biddulph Grange Country Park being perfect for scenic strolls.

Spend a day meeting some new furry friends at Peak Wildlife Park with a collection of small mammals and birds, or take a scenic train ride back in time on the Churnet Valley Railway.

Venture into the beautiful Peak District for incredible scenery, plenty of walking trails and some amazing attractions, with a day trip to Buxton being a must, making sure to go to Poole's Cavern & Buxton Country Park, The Pavilion Gardens and the Buxton Crescent.

Thrill seekers will love being within easy reach of the fantastic Alton Towers theme park, where rides and rollercoasters will provide tons of excitement!

Make memories to last a lifetime with your loved one at Horton Lodge Boathouse on Rudyard Lake.

Summary

  • Ground-floor apartment
  • One super-king-size bedroom with en-suite rainfall shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Combination microwave oven, fridge, Smart TV, Bluetooth speakers, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Complimentary welcome pack provided
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Private decking with outdoor furniture and access to lakeshore to launch boats
  • Hot Tub
  • Rowing boat and two kayaks provided for guests' use at own risk
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.6 miles, pub 3.5 miles
  • Note: Approximately 50 steps needed to access the property, therefore it is not suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Property accepts adults only

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

RUDYARD LAKE

Leek 4.5 miles.

Rudyard Lake lies in a thickly wooded hillside area of the Staffordshire Moorlands. The 2.5 mile-long lake, part of which is a conservation area, offers many activities including sailing, boating and fishing, as well as many lovely walks and cycle routes and is a haven for wildlife, flora and fauna. There is a small shop and cafe on the lake, as well as a steam railway, a sailing club which offers courses for all abilities, and a hotel with a friendly bar and restaurant. Just 3 miles away is the hillside market town of Leek, known as 'The Queen of the Moorlands'. Leek boasts numerous antique shops, real ale pubs, restaurants and a local park and leisure centre. The town’s cobbled market place has many examples of fine Victorian architecture influenced by William Morris, a reminder of when the town was a silk manufacturing centre. The Three Shire Head is close by, the meeting point of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, as is Tatton Park, a beautiful historic estate with manor house, landscaped gardens, parkland, shops and a restaurant. Styal County Park and Gawswirth Hall are also well worth a visit, and Alton Towers and the beautiful Peak District National Park are just a short drive away.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas