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The Lazy Mare by The Water

(Ref. 1079029)

Admaston near Abbots Bromley, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "The Hut was unexpectedly small compared to the photos on Sykes cottages, we was greeted by the host and she showed us the hut she explained you would have to heat up hot tub ourself and how to do it she then explained the shower only stays hot for 2 minutes the hut does have all cooking essentials, the bed was all made up lovely and was a nice surprise to have a full size fridge as was not shown in the photos, the toilet room is not functional as your chin is touching the sink as it so close to the toilet and I think the sink is not needed as you can wash hands in kitchen area to allow more room."

    The hut has lots of spider nest outside the door and they ended up coming into the bathroom area and there was cobwebs and baby spiders all over the bathroom and these have only got worse as the days went on. The shower was practically useless as only stayed hot for 1 mins then went ice cold so ended up having to wash hair in the sink you cannot move around the bathroom at all. We found that a few spider live in the skirting on the walls was not comfortable sleeping near it. The cats are lovely and friendly was with us the whole time we was here they are cheeky and let them selves feel at home in the hut and wakes you up everyday scratching on the door. Over all lovely cats but wouldn’t recommend for non cat lovers. I think the hut is good for a 2 night stay no longer and I wouldn’t not be returning.

    The Shepherds Hut is compact but has everything you need in it . I always fill and light the hot tub for guest arriving so they can start there break as soon as they arrive but obviously part of the experience is filling the hot tub with logs or having to relight your self .It is glamping and we do live on a farm so the wild life is on your door step. Unfortunately I can’t keep all wildlife away ! The cats can be put away but spiders, ladybirds, birds, owls, foxes, bats, deer etc have the run off the place . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hollie2.5Apr 2024

  • "Lovely little stay in what was kind of like a glamped up mini cabin."

    Most comfortable bed i have slept in away from home.Very small but compact and had everything you needed to cook with.We took our airfryer as it was March and a charcoal bbq was too much hassle to have to light and get up way to early.Perhaps a gas bbq would benefit,just light it and go.Bathroom could be slightly bigger,you had to tilt your neck to one side while on the loo because of sink.But overall a lovely pleasant and peaceful stay,and we would come back.

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Mar 2024

  • "I had a great time, very relaxing and loved the hot tub!"

    Would love to come back in the Spring/Summer and would recommend for a break as a couple but also great on your own! :)

    Reviewed by Dominika5.0Nov 2023

  • "We loved our time here!"

    The hut was so perfect and nestled away quietly in the fields over looking the water. Mandy was lovely and messaged before to ask if we wanted the hot tub lit before our arrival. The hut had everything we could have needed; a full size fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, camping stove, all the towels/plates/bedding were provided along with milk and Prosecco, we couldn’t have asked for anymore! The location was ideal too, plenty to do in the area but the hut was so amazing we spent most of our afternoon sat in the hot tub in the sun with a bottle of bubbles! My only fault with it and it’s ever so minor, was the cat. Great if you like cats but I’m allergic so having the fluffy guy rubbing up on everything and scratching at the door in the early hours to get in wasnt so great. But again only minor and not at all a reflection of Mandy and her property, we would 100% come again and we will be recommending the stay to everyone we know! Thank you for such a pleasant weekend x

    Reviewed by Tayah4.7Sep 2023

  • "Really lovely property, the host were fantastic and the views were to die for"

    Reviewed by Annabel5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely time, the location was wonderful and very relaxing."

    The hot tub was lovely and the farm cats were very friendly.

    Reviewed by Nia4.4Jul 2023

  • "Lovely and peaceful very clean All in all absolutely perfect place to relax ten ..."

    Lovely and peaceful very clean All in all absolutely perfect place to relax ten out of ten we loved it and will be going back

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Jul 2023

  • "Me and my wife had a fantastic, relaxing 2 night stay."

    The woodfired hot tub is fab & it's so peaceful to chill out it such a great location, thank you Mandy.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2023

  • "Had a lovely and relaxing stay, host was very welcoming."

    Hot tub was sublime, highly recommended and would visit again.

    Reviewed by Alyia5.0May 2023

  • "Amazing little shepherds hut, with a fantastic view, a fantastic wood burner hot tub, very welcoming hosts, and two beautiful furry visitors who love to make your acquaintance."

    For a holiday home to relax and get away from it all, including tv and WiFi, Lazy Mare is second to none, highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Carl5.0Apr 2023

  • "The hut feels like it's been placed in the middle of nowhere despite knowing we traveled through small towns/villages to get to it."

    Lovely walks, views and coffee shops nearby. Mandy was there to greet us, made sure we knew she was available for anything we might need. The hot tub was the cherry on the top! Just a wonderful mini break for two burnt out teachers! ♥ Thank you!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely compact residence, would highly recommend if you want to escape daily routines, the hot tub was brill."

    Just went for a couple of days, but it was definitely enough to come home feeling relaxed and recharged.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Sep 2022

  • "Me and my partner stayed in the Lazy Mare for 2 nights and we had such a wonderful time."

    The hot tub is most definitely the best thing about the place. It’s on the small side so we recommend you not bringing too much luggage with you. It has everything you need pots and pans etc, the fridge is actually quite big which is a plus. We cooked one night and ate out another there are some lovely places to eat around the area. There is also a barbecue but we didn’t use it. The cats on the farm love to come and join you too, one sat on my knee which was lovely. It’s such a lovely romantic place to stay and at night looking up at the stars while in the hot tub!

    Reviewed by Lucy4.1Sep 2022

  • "Perfect little getaway and just what we were looking for."

    Although, being pregnant and already having a bad back didn’t work well with the bed being as uncomfortable as it was. Granted, it’s a space saving bed which replaces the dining area so of course we were not expecting top comfort, but in my condition we did have to go out and purchase an extra duvet to lie on for our second night. This was the only thing that let it down in our opinion but something that can’t really be helped. So just a warning to anyone planning to go - if you need that extra comfort during the night, pack an extra duvet for a bit more of a softer surface :) Other than that, lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Khloe4.1Sep 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing stay and very welcoming!"

    Would 100% recommend to anyone Looking forward to staying here again :)

    Reviewed by Jess5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely stay, would highly recommend."

    Very relaxing and enjoyed the company off the two cats. The hut was perfect, and very private. Mandy was nice enough helping us find the hut by waiting for us at the top off the road. We had the hot tub heated for us on arrival which was lovely! Thank you, we would love to come back again!

    Reviewed by Molly5.0May 2022

  • "Mandy was a lovely host very attentive."

    Had a lovely stay and really enjoyed it for our first holiday together. The Shepards hut and the facilities were lovely and had everything you could ever need. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Lazy Mare and would love to return one day!"

    Mandy supplied us with everything we needed for a comfortable stay, as well as got the hot tub ready for us, and gave us a taxi number to use for transport from the station. We loved cooking on the BBQ and the welcoming and loving cats who kept us company! I would highly recommend the Lazy Mare (just maybe not if you’re tall as the bed and bathroom are quite snug) but it was perfect for us! Thank you Mandy <3

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had such a fabulous Easter weekend and cannot thank the lovely hosts enough for having us."

    The hut is cosy (so don’t overpack!) and we had the benefit of glorious weather so we could eat outside and didn’t have to make up the bed into the table and chairs. The hut is equipped with enough pots and pans so you can do basic meals, and the lovely addition of Prosecco and milk to the fridge for our arrival was a lovely touch. The views are absolutely amazing, and sitting in the hottub overlooking the fields and reservoir is heaven. It’s great if your a pet lover as the friendly cats often paid us a visit! What’s more, this is a lovely part of the UK with fabulous walks and friendly people. Would definitely come back!

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7Apr 2022

  • "An amazing stay with everything I wanted and more."

    Great location, great accomodation (Swedish hot tub a real bonus), amazing surroundings and truly amazings hosts. One could not ask for a better stay anywhere in the UK. Highly recommend a visit.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely stay at the lazy mare."

    Mandy was very helpful, views was stunning, it was very quiet an relaxing would definitely stay again x

    Reviewed by Beth4.7Mar 2022

  • "Maddy was always at the end of the phone whenever we had any queries and always happy to help."

    The hot tub was fantastic (Maddy can put it on in time for it to be hot when you arrive if you arrange this with her), and the hut lovely and warm with all the essentials. To find the place easily we used the coordinates from a previous review, so I've added a dropped pin to Google Maps so it should be searchable now. Hope that helps future holiday makers find it without a hassle in the dark as it's not signposted from the main road. Really lovely place, would be even better in summer as you could use the decking and outdoor furniture too. We must come back!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely 4 night stay in The Lazy Mare for my partners birthday."

    The hot tub was lovely even in January and Mandy was kind enough to text us before arrival to ask if we would like it heated. The shepherds hut is exactly how it is described, really cute and stays very warm with the heater provided. The shower room is very small so if you are on the larger side then I wouldn't recommend it. The bed was surprisingly comfortable considering it is a convertible table and bench seats, however I do think an even thicker mattress topper would have helped. The duvet provided kept us very warm and cozy and we both slept well. There was a surprise bottle of prosecco waiting in the fridge for us too! The highlight of the stay was the farm cats coming up for a cuddle on the deck outside and the lovely black lab who came by on our last night for some belly rubs. :) I would highly recommend The Lazy Mare!

    Reviewed by Jodi4.4Jan 2022

  • "Had a lovely 3 night stay with my partner in early December."

    Needless to say, the hot tub was the highlight and an amazing treat even in winter - refreshingly crisp, cold air coupled with steaming, toasty water! We thought we would need heated blankets and hot water bottles to keep us warm in the hut, but actually the portable heater provided was already enough to keep us warm and cozy. Mandy was very welcoming and friendly, and just a text message away from bringing us more logs for the hot tub. There were also friendly cats and a dog that liked to come say hello. The hut also has plates/bowls/glasses/mugs/utensils all provided, and also basic pots and pans. There's also a good-sized fridge that has plenty of space to store several meals (though we mostly went out to restaurants, plus a takeaway from Infinitii on our last night who were able to deliver straight to the hut). We really enjoyed our stay and are thinking of coming back again one summer to experience the hut during warmer weather! PS. Future guests can use these coordinates on Google maps to navigate to the exact location! 52.8166047, -1.9359762

    Reviewed by Chan-an4.7Nov 2021

  • "We had a lovely time, just what we wanted, from the animals coming staying with us, the hot tub was such a treat at night looking at the stars, we had the best time."

    Reviewed by Kimberley4.7Oct 2021

  • "Amazing place would definitely go back again!"


    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2021

  • "It was perfect!"

    The lazy mare was quant with the added benefits of the surrounding nature and hot tub, the owner Mandy was brilliant and extremely helpful. We will definitely return here. It’s ideal for anyone that love the quiet and being surrounded by nature and beautiful walks, with the added bonus of the lovely cats and dog that came to visit us every day/night.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Sep 2021

  • "Wonderful views, very historic."

    And a brilliant host would love to stay again!

    Reviewed by Dean4.7Sep 2021

  • "Holiday amazing, lovely hosts very helpful and friendly."

    Accommodation was lovely everything you needed. Would defo recommend.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2021

  • "Realising after many months in lockdown we didn't need an extravagant holiday, so we chose to glamp it up and stayed in this most charming little Shepherds hut, in the middle of the countryside on the edge of a farm."

    Warmly greeted by Mandy and her daughter, we were explained the ins and outs, and left to our own devices! No TV, WiFi or Internet connection, it was pure bliss and tranquility. We ventured out a couple of times, but quite frankly just enjoyed sitting out on the deck with a cuppa, chatting and playing games. The fire heated hot tub was the best ever! Mandy even text us before our arrival to see if we wanted it pre-heated, very thoughtful and I jumped at the offer. The tub was super toasty, and stayed warm enough to jump in first thing in the morning-and I took full advantage of this. Kitchen was well equipped for our needs, the fridge was much bigger than expected and we were able to fill it with more supplies. There was also a cheeky bottle of prosecco left for us and a bag of ice! An unexpected treat and very well received-nice touch that! The bed was a little hard, so 3 nights seemed a good amount of time to stay before any aches begin. Shower had a good pressure and heated quickly. I was worried with the recent cooler mornings/night I would get cold, but actually it stayed a very comfortable temperature throughout the day/night. And lastly, had regular visits from the resident and dog, super friendly and affectionate and just added to our wonderful stay. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jessie4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely relaxing 3 night stay."

    The views are beautiful and the surroundings very peaceful. We loved the hot tub and bbq in the evenings and Mandy was on hand whenever we needed anything (extra logs for the hot tub!)

    Reviewed by Alexandra3.8Jul 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the lazy mare."

    Situated at the end of the farm track it is very private when you are sitting in the deck and in the hot tub, with views to for 360. The bed is a little small for someone tall but what do you expect from a Shepard’s hut. It is refurbished to a high standard and the whole thing is so pretty. Owners on hand to help us out and we’re very accommodating. Big thanks to Mandy and her daughter for our wonderful stay x

    Reviewed by Hannah4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lovely holiday,, I went to relax and that’s exactly what I got, would definitely return, the view are amazing"

    Reviewed by Dawn4.4Jul 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Open-plan studio accommodation with double bed, kitchen and dining area
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Electric one-ring hob, microwave, mini fridge
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Decking with furniture and charcoal barbecue
  • Lawned area with hot tub and access to fields and reservoir
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.6 miles, pub 3.1 miles
  • Note: Though the property is on one level, there are steps up to the decking
  • Note: This property does not accept children
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100

The property

Abbots Bromley 3.2 miles.

The Lazy Mare by The Water is a delightful shepherd's hut, surrounded by rolling countryside and resting just alongside the Blithfield Reservoir in Admaston, Staffordshire.

Offering a solid fuel-fired hot tub and a compact yet romantic dwelling, this charming shepherd's hut is perfect for a couples break in the glorious greenery of Staffordshire's countryside.

Arriving at the hut, an off-road parking space greets you; park up and climb the steps onto the decking to make your way into the space.

An open-plan layout benefits from a dining table with benches where you can enjoy your breakfast and plan your day of adventures, before swapping it into a plush double bed for the evening.

Whip up a quick meal with the kitchen facilities, including a mini fridge, an electric one-ring hob, a microwave, and an all-important kettle for your morning cuppa, before snuggling up in bed and getting some rest.

Guests will also benefit from a shower room, fit with a walk-in shower, a basin and a WC, where you can freshen up and prepare for the day.

Making your way outside, the decking provides a wonderful space for savouring a glass of wine in the warmer months while gazing over the nearby reservoir and open fields, while the charcoal barbecue offers more cooking facilities for a spot of alfresco dining.

Take the steps back down from the decking and treat yourself to a dip in the hot tub to soak your muscles after an adventurous day.

Private access across the open fields and along the reservoir make this property a haven for avid walkers and explorers alike.

Fishing and sailing can be enjoyed in the reservoir, with plenty more activities to be found just a short drive away.

Gospel Place is within easy reach of the hut, here you can wander through the moorlands and varying terrains on foot or by bicycle.

If you are looking for more of a thrill during your trip you will not be left short, with Go Ape Cannock resting a scenic drive away in the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the famous Alton Towers theme park situated further north.

For a peaceful day out with your loved one, take a stroll around the gardens of Shugborough Hall and admire the grand Georgian mansion.

Racing enthusiasts will be please to discover Uttoxeter Racecourse within easy reach, with meetings taking place throughout various points in the year, The Lazy Mare by The Water is ideally located as a base for your trip.

Closer to your dwelling you will find a handful of pubs and restaurants; why not treat yourself to a pint and some pub grub at The Crown before heading back to the hut?

If what you need is a relaxing retreat in a beautiful area, choose The Lazy Mare by The Water.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Rugeley 6.3 miles; Stafford 13.5 miles

This charming village and civil parish is located in Staffordshire, just a few miles from Rugeley, and is well-placed for discovering the Cannock Chase AONB and the town of Stafford. Abbots Bromley has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as a village hall, cricket field and children's playground. Close to the Blithfield Reservoir, you can enjoy scenic walks by the water, as well as at Brankley Pastures nature reserve, Fradley Pool and the ancient woodland of Needwood Forest, all within easy reach. Venture into the market town of Rugeley, your gateway to the Channock Chase AONB, to discover the National Trust's Shugborough Estate, the treetop adventures at Go Ape Channock and a multitude of stunning walking and cycling trails through forest parkland and elevated heaths.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas