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The Old Smokehouse

Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 957685)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a fantastic stay at the smokehouse."

    The location was superb a stones throw away from Cannock chase. The owners were a delight and extremely helpful. The jacuzzi was a wonderful feature of this property as well as the private garden thank you for the fantastic facilities here at the smokehouse we will will be back in the future.

    Reviewed by AleyaApr 2022

  • "Amazing little lodge, after not having a holiday in nearly 3 years this was exactly what we needed!"

    The property is well thought out and the owners are super helpful and attentive, they really made our stay extra special thank you.

    Reviewed by SophieApr 2022

  • "Brilliant hosts, well kept and maintained property and the hot tub is amazing."

    Lovely location, plenty to do and see for everyone and close to everything you need for your stay. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a fabulous location with great hosts."

    Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2022

  • "The host was lovely, the hot tub amazing, the only minus is not really a table ..."

    The host was lovely, the hot tub amazing, the only minus is not really a table to eat on, so we ate outside in the garden, luckily we had nice weather, the property is lovely and clean

    Reviewed by MirelMar 2022

  • "We spent our honeymoon at the old smokehouse."

    It was truly perfect, the cottage was clean and has everything we needed. Tea,coffee,milk even orange juice for the morning. Paul and Lesley are the most loveliest people you’ll met, they went out their way to make sure we had everything and even tried to help when my husband broke his glasses. Would highly recommend staying at this beautiful cottage where you can relax in the hot tub and listen to the birds around you. Will definitely be staying again Louise and Danny

    Reviewed by LouiseMar 2022

  • "Had a lovely birthday getaway at the old smokehouse."

    Amazing location and facilities, tub was the icing on the cake. Couldnt have asked for a better host in Lesley very attentive and helpful. Would definitely recommend here to anybody looking for a relaxing time away! Cant wait to visit again ☺️

    Reviewed by JamesFeb 2022

  • "A lovely stay and a lovely host."

    The location is perfect and very secluded which is perfect for relaxing in the hot tub. The property is clean and compact and has all you need for a few days away.

    Reviewed by MarkFeb 2022

  • "Very nice cottage and owners very polite helpful and approachable ..."

    Very nice cottage and owners very polite helpful and approachable Only thing I would say is the structure that the hot tub is under would benefit from covering around it to protect users from wind etc especially when you rent it out in winter

    Reviewed by RichardFeb 2022

  • "We were greeted on arrival by the lovely property owners who could not have been more welcoming and helpful."

    Was given a run through on the property and the hot tub and advise on local attractions, shopping and restaurants. The property is very small but is nicely done. Our stay was for a week and even though small, we found the cottage had everything we needed to make our holiday comfortable and enjoyable. Our only feedback to the owner was that some sort of table or lap trays would be good for meal times, turns out they already have this in hand for the future. The local area is stunning and if you enjoy being outdoors, this is a perfect location to walk or cycle from or to have easy access to other suitable areas. The hot tub is just perfect to return to after a long walk, nicely positioned in the garden with cover and high fence to provide privacy. We would definitely consider coming back to this property.

    Reviewed by LeeFeb 2022

  • "The property is well decorated and is in a good clean condition."

    For us it lacked somewhere to actually sit an eat…possibly because the accommodation is so very small. We think it would be better to remove the sofa bed and chest and replace with a small table and chairs. It is shame there is no TV in the living space, TV can only be watched from the bedroom and hot tub. Plus the bathroom is accessed from the living space and not the bedroom which we found odd. Overall the accommodation just wasn’t big enough for what we like.

    Reviewed by NicolaJan 2022

  • "An amazing little retreat!"

    Beautiful decorated and furnished. Bed is a small double which makes it very cosy! Lovely welcome pack, owner very accommodating and friendly. Definitely return. Thank you so much for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by SandraJan 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay at the old smokehouse."

    Such a cute place. The owners have made the most of the space and have thought about everything, even down to dressing gowns and slippers. The hot tub was a real luxury. The property was clean and fresh and Lesley gave us all the info we needed. Will be back.

    Reviewed by TracyJan 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Smokehouse."

    Hosts were really kind and informative. The property was in the perfect location for a winter walk at Cannock Chase.

    Reviewed by RachelDec 2021

  • "Amazing place owned by lovely people will definitely return!"


    Reviewed by LornaNov 2021

  • "We had an amazing stay, hosts were lovely and we had everything we needed."

    Lovely and quiet with good walks around and not far from a town.

    Reviewed by LeighNov 2021

  • "Wonderful property."

    Ideal for a getaway with your significant other. Hot Tub was amazing. Hosts were lovely and couldn't do enough for us!! All round a fantastic break me and my partner had.

    Reviewed by RachelNov 2021

  • "Absolutely would recommend!"

    Paul and Lesley were amazing! Nothing was too much hassle! Such a beautiful place, surrounded by lots of nature. The hot tub and fire pit was lovely, even used the BBQ on our last night. Will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by LeonieOct 2021

  • "Lovely and clean property everything you need and the hot tub a bonus."

    Location excellent channock chase forest on your doorstep . The hosts Lesley and Paul very helpful friendly and informative

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2021

  • "Lesley was lovely met us on arrival, explaining everything we was very well looked after."

    The smokehouse was small but cosy and great location. Great for a few days stay, the hot tub was the icing on the cake fire pit and bbq one night too. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by KellyOct 2021

  • "We had an excellent holiday - the location couldn't have been better for a week of exploring the forest and biking and hiking."

    The accommodation itself was really clean and comfortable and the hot tub was fantastic - a real asset. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by KateOct 2021

  • "The owners were very helpful and knowledgeable about the local area."

    Provided us with some good places to go and visit. Facilities were excellent, the hottub is so worth having especially after long walks and cycle rides.

    Reviewed by JamesSep 2021

  • "The location is amazing, so many lovely walks around Cannock Chase Forest."

    The hosts were lovely, nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely return.

    Reviewed by CharlotteAug 2021

  • "We stayed for 3 nights for my partners birthday."

    I opted to add decorations for our arrival to make that little bit more special, the decorations were fantastic! The Old Smokehouse was just perfect for a little get away. Lesley and Paul were warm, welcoming and attentive hosts. The facilities were fab, everything you could need! We also hired bikes for the day and the organisation was extremely easy and I would definitely recommend! Cannot wait to stay again!

    Reviewed by HannahAug 2021

  • "My partner and I booked 5 nights at The Old Smokehouse."

    This is the first time we have booked a holiday like this together and we where unsure what to expect. On arrival the owners where plesant and informative explaining everything clearly and then leaving us to settle in. The Smokehouse itself is small but beautifly and perfectly formed giving you everything that you could want or need. As well as some lovely little bits from the owners to instantly make you feel at home. The garden itself is an absolute oasis away from the world with a fantastic little suprise. The owners have been nothing but the best of hosts nothing is too much. They have worked amazingly hard to build what they have ensuring that the history of The Old Smokehouse remains something that will live on for generations. Their future plans for the area will only make this place more beautiful. Will we be coming back??? Without a doubt!!

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2021

  • "We had a brilliant time, the cottage was perfect for the 2 of us, very well finished and the host was lovely."

    We be returning.

    Reviewed by JoshuaJul 2021

  • "The owners were so helpful and friendly and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was the best it could be."

    The old smokehouse was a lovely place to stay and was so cosy. The surrounding areas were stunning and if you visit I highly reccomend Savannahs tea room in the town for a delicious breakfast! Highly reccomend staying at the old smokehouse.

    Reviewed by LynnJun 2021

  • "We had a lovely experience here!"

    The hosts were so welcoming and informative, they were able to provide recommendations on local walks, bike hire, shops, pubs etc. I would highly recommend staying here, it’s the perfect getaway place!

    Reviewed by KyleJun 2021

  • "What an amazing little find."

    The Smokehouse is small, but perfectly formed. The accommodation is bijou,but so clean and it has everything you could need. The kitchen is ideal, the bathroom is new, the bedroom is great with bifold doors onto the garden. The jewel in the crown is the hot tub which is just fabulous and can be used in all weathers because of the covering. The location is opposite Cannock Chase and so you cross the road and you are on the trails. Great for runners, walkers and cyclists. Cannot recommend highly enough. The hosts are also fabulous- so keen to ensure you have the best time!

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2021

  • "Excellent clean modern compact cottage all fully equipped, private area with covered hot tub area."

    Hosts Lesley and Paul made us very welcome and ensured we had everything we needed for our stay, hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by JefferyMay 2021

  • "Good place for a short break, great new Hot Tub, under cover so can use even in poor weather, friendly and helpful owners."

    Nice pubs nearby.

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2021

  • "Really enjoyable, perfect for a couple looking to get away for a few days."

    Leslie & Paul we’re both very helpful. Great location, plenty to do at Cannock chase.

    Reviewed by GageApr 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Smokehouse Cottage."

    Beautiful property. Very clean and well equipped. The hot tub was fab- very big too! The whole place is presented to a high standard. The owners are very helpful and friendly. I especially loved the decor- everything matched perfectly and felt really homely. All the little added extras were a nice touch.

    Reviewed by TimOct 2020

  • "What a gorgeous little snug!"


    Reviewed by LewisOct 2020

  • "Lovely welcome from Lesley and thoughtful care package."

    Beautiful cottage and area, small but all we needed for the 2 of us. Cottage and garden immaculate, we loved the hot tub and bbq eating al fresco one of the nights. Couldn't of asked for anything more, thank you Lesley and Paul.

    Reviewed by HayleyOct 2020

  • "We spent a weekend here and loved our time, perfect for a couple."

    Very friendly hosts, Lesley first welcomed us with a tour of the place,with fresh milk, bread and a few treats left for us. The property was cosy and had all we could want for a holiday, with the hot tub being the most notable attraction. The main highlight of the holiday is that the property is a 2 minute walk from several woodland trails and we spent a whole day wandering round the lovely scenery of Cannock Chase. If you're driving further out I'd recommend visiting Lichfield, an attractive town with an amazing cathedral, perfect to walk around in good weather.

    Reviewed by JaredSep 2020

  • "Immaculate accommodation, the owners were lovely and super helpful."

    Fantastic area, directly opposite Cannock Chase forest, and many local facilities very close by. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by JessicaSep 2020

  • "The cottage itself was perfect and was lovely and clean for our arrival."

    Bread, milk, wine and jams were all left for us on our arrival which was a lovely added touch. The hot tub was fabulous and lovely to relax in after a long day. The bathroom was a little small,.however it was perfect for what we needes for our time away. Overall we had a lovely time at the old smokehouse and would return again in the future.

    Reviewed by EmilyAug 2020

  • "We had a very warm welcome by the host and was walked through how everything at the property worked."

    The old smoke house was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need with a few nice extras such as fresh bread and wine. The environment felt very safe and the hot tub was checked/cleaned throughly. The location was perfect for a relaxed holiday and right next to Cannock case Forrest with lots of activities available on your doorstep. Would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by AliceAug 2020

  • "We had an absolutely lovely stay at the Old Smokehouse."

    Paul and Leslie are the perfect hosts, the property is brilliant and the attention to detail is superb. The property is brilliantly located for all of Cannock Chase with Go Ape just across the road and multiple walking trails beginning from the same point. An absolutely lovely week and we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2020

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, close to lots of activities but also perfect to just relax and chill in also."

    The bbq, chimnea and hot tub were brilliant touches and great to use in the evenings when we were winding down after a long day of exploring! Paul and Lesley were the perfect hosts and could not have been more helpful. We would love to come back one day :)

    Reviewed by FranceskaJul 2020

  • "We had such a relaxing visit to the old smokehouse, the cover over the hot tub means it can be used during all weather conditions which was perfect."

    Paul and Lesley were so helpful and got us anything we needed. The cottage is a 5 minute walk from the forest which was very useful as it gave us lots to do. The cottage itself was very clean and we weren’t expecting to have all the little extras that were provided like orange juice, milk, cookies, bread, butter, Jams, etc. Overall a lovely experience.

    Reviewed by ChloeFeb 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay in this cottage, the attention to detail was noticeable!"

    The complementary drinks and snacks as well as breakfast bits really made us feel welcomed! The cottage was in immaculate condition very clean and modern, myself and my partner thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to return at some point. The openers were very thoughtful and kind, they offered their knowledge of the local area and nice places to dine. Overall we had a fabulous time for our birthdays and could not think of one single negative. The facilities available exceeded our expectations, we would certainly recommend! Thank you again for our stay.

    Reviewed by SineadJan 2020

  • "What a wonderful break!"

    Paul and Lesley go above and beyond with so many little touches. The Old Smokehouse is in such a lovely location and cannot be faulted. We were greeted as soon as we arrived and Lesley was so helpful. Would highly recommend and would love to return! :)

    Reviewed by SianJan 2020

  • "Paul and Lesley we wonderful hosts."

    We went for my fiance's birthday and they decorated the cottage with balloons and banners and made it really special. There was lovely touches like things for breakfast and biscuits, which were lovely and made it really homely. We would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by KomalDec 2019

  • "Lovely cute little house with great facilities and thoughtful touches."

    Reviewed by GeorgiaDec 2019

  • "The old smokehouse was lovely ."

    Just what we wanted .everything we wanted was there in the right area. ideal place to explore the great place place of beauty which is staffordshire.

    Reviewed by WayneNov 2019

  • "Enjoyed our stay at the Smokehouse would highly recommend, cosy place ."

    . thanks

    Reviewed by AdrianNov 2019

  • "Well what can I say?"

    ! Firstly - THANK YOU!! What a beautiful cottage in a stunning location with faultless owners. From the minute we arrived we were greeted by the owner Paul and made to feel welcome. The property is absolutely amazing, cute and cosy, yet with everything you could need and more. The finer attention to detail with welcome pack, matching dressing gowns and classy interior made this the ultimate relaxing break. With the Forest on the doorstep and plenty of attractions within easy reach we couldn’t have chosen better. The garden with hot tub, chiminea and bbq was nothing short of pure tranquility to relax away the dark evenings. Perfect place that we will be most definitely returning to. Well done Paul and Lesley - you should be very proud

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2019

  • "The smokehouse was a really lovely place, very comfortable and had everything you needed."

    We will definitely be going back next year and will be recommending it to all our family and friends.

    Reviewed by CarolineOct 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double with TV
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with sofa bed.
  • Electric heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge, Smart TV with Netflix and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed lawned garden and patio area with furniture, barbecue, fire pit and hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.3 miles and pub 1.2 miles

The property

Situated on the outskirts of Rugeley in Staffordshire, is this delightful former smokehouse.

The Old Smokehouse has been converted into a one bedroom property with a lovely light decor and modern fittings, ideal for a couple's retreat.

Stepping through the front door, you enter into a small but well-equipped kitchen where you can rustle up some delicious meals or a hearty breakfast before starting your day.

Discover a small sitting room with a sofa bed available if you want to bring any small children, or simply use this as a quiet space to catch up on some reading.

Once the evening draws to a close, retire to the spacious double bedroom to get some much needed rest or to cosy up and enjoy the large TV and a Netflix package available.

Outside is a small enclosed garden with plenty of furniture to top up on that tan during the summer months, dine alfresco with the barbecue, or take a refreshing dip in the bubbling hot tub.

Resting on the outskirts of Rugeley, you are well-placed for accessing a number of nearby country trails for long walks and cycling opportunities.

This is the midlands premier destination for mountain biking, from relaxing family rides through picturesque valleys to the dedicated single-track of Follow the Dog and the Monkey Trail for enthusiasts.

Further to this the Forestry Commission are currently working on an entirely new cross country trail which will be designed specifically for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Discover The Birches Valley Forest Centre in Cannock Chase Forest, run by the Forestry Commission is the beginning of the Cannock Trail Centre which ranks in the top five trail centres in the UK and attracts thousands of riders from all over the UK.

The site is also popular for its adult and junior Go Ape as well as off-road segways, and cafés, perfect for people of all ages.

There are national events on a regular basis such as races and an annual music festival weekend, so make sure to see what's available ahead of time.

A little further afield is the stately home of Shugbourough Hall and Western Park, also a National Trust property.

The Chase also has a huge war cemetery which attracts visitors for all over the globe, not to forget the popular theme part of Alton towers, 24 miles away.

The Old Smokehouse is an excellent choice for couples seeking to explore everything this wonderful area of Staffordshire has to offer.

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About the location


Handsacre 3.5 miles, Hill Ridware 4 miles, Lichfield 7.9 miles

A historic market town nestled next to the captivating scenery of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rugeley can be found close by to the River Trent, making it a brilliant base for exploring the lands of Staffordshire. Once thriving for its iron workings and glass manufacturing, the town now stands as a well-built area popular with both locals and tourists. Within the town itself you will stumble across ample opportunities to indulge in delicious foods, from well-known pubs to independent restaurants, the town offers something for all tastes, and that doesn't just go for the food. Holding markets since the 13th century, Rugeley makes a wonderful spot to gather fresh produce and souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Cannock Chase is a must-see whilst in the area, with wonderful landscapes, history and wildlife, it offers a great area for the avid walker to the leisurely stroller. Within the forest itself you can find wonderful amenities such as the tree-top adventures of Go Ape, woodland trails, and ways to experience the scenes in a different way via segways. A short journey away (20 mins) is the Cathedral City of Lichfield, with plenty of history to explore whilst roaming the streets; the beautiful Victorian gardens of Beacon Park, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, and the National Memorial Arboretum, just to name a few. Rugeley is a fantastic location for your tranquil trip, surrounded by beautiful lands with an abundance of activity nearby, it makes a brilliant spot for all the family to enjoy.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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