The Old Smithy

Great Gate near Alton Towers, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 951792)


  • Sleeps 4 people

  • 2 bedrooms

  • 1 bathroom

  • Pets allowed

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Reviews

    “The cottage and its location was perfect.”

    Judy and Frank were very accommodating. Thank you Ed Maria and Noah

The property

Alton 2 miles.

This stone-built detached cottage, a former smithy, is located in the small hamlet of Great Gate, close to Alton.

Lovingly furnished by its owners it retains many of the cottage's original features and offers beautiful accommodation for a family or couples looking to explore this area.

Walking into the open plan living area with its exposed beams, original lead windows, and quarry tiled floors you immediately appreciate the character and cosiness of the property.

The fireplace houses an electric fire ideal to snuggle up in front of on the comfortable settee after a busy day.

The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to prepare a family meal, and the dining area has enough room for you all to sit together as you reminisce about the day’s adventures.

Also on the ground floor there is a reading room.

The staircase adds further character with its exposed stone walls and beams.

Upstairs are two bedrooms a double and a twin.

There is a real sense of history in this property with the bedrooms having beams and sloping ceilings and the doors being of stripped wood with some low doorways, so please mind your heads!

The twin room has wonderful views over the countryside through the leaded windows.

The shower room on the first floor is rustic and in keeping with the character of the property.

This cottage is located in a small hamlet but the local pub is less than a mile away and for thrill-seekers the delights of Alton Towers theme park is under a 10 minute drive away.

Enjoy a visit to the English Heritage Croxden Abbey and wander around the impressive ruins.

This area has plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling and the Peak District National Park is easily accessible with its market towns and historic houses.

Stoke on Trent is a short drive where you can immerse yourself in the history of the potteries at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

Whatever you choose to do, this welcoming cottage will be waiting for you on your return.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with TV, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire
  • Reading room.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x TVs with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 small cars or one larger car due to shared access
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: The cottage has some low doorways and sloping ceilings in the bedrooms, care to be taken.

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About the location


Ashbourne 7 miles, Ashbourne 9 miles, Leek 13 miles, .

The attractive rural village of Alton lies on the western fringes of the Peak District in lovely moorland countryside, between the market towns of Leek and Ashbourne. The village offers a post office, village shop and pubs serving food. The surrounding countryside is excellent for walking and cycling with miles of woodland trails and moorland hikes to enjoy. Dovedale and the limestone Churnet Valley are on the doorstep and The Manifold Trail is close by. There is easy access to many of the area's attractions including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Lyme Park (NT) as seen in TV’s Pride & Prejudice and the NT Ilam Estate. A great touring base for all the Peak District - and Alton Towers is just a 10 minute drive away.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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