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The Gate House

Oakamoor near Alton Towers, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales (Ref. 955163)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • “Cosy little cottage in beautiful countryside”

    We came here for summer holiday with 2 dogs and a child, and had a lovely stay. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, perfect for walking and cycling (especially the old railway line), and there is plenty to do in the local area too. ...

    We came here for summer holiday with 2 dogs and a child, and had a lovely stay. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, perfect for walking and cycling (especially the old railway line), and there is plenty to do in the local area too. The cottage is well equipped, and the owners are friendly and welcoming and live very nearby in case of any problems. There is a little porch/utility area for bikes, the garden is mostly dog safe (though there is a low wall on one side which a determined dog could scale) and there is a lovely breeze through the old railway tunnel which is perfect for the recent heatwave. We enjoyed sitting and eating meals outside. Inside is cosy, but has everything you need for a pleasant stay. Be aware that the bathroom is downstairs (the stairs are pretty steep) so if you have any mobility issues this may cause you problems. The only reason I haven't given 5 stars is that the mattresses were not very comfy at all! Not an issue if you're a good sleeper, but seeing as my wife was heavily pregnant it was a shame for us! Would definitely recommend to small families, we really enjoyed our stay.

    - Dave K, August 2018
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  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

This Grade II listed former crossing keeper's home is in a fantastic location in the village of Oakamoor which is surrounded by walking and cycling tracks.

You will be impressed by the unusual exterior reputedly designed by Pugin (architect of the Houses of Parliament) as soon as you arrive and the cottage is full of quirky nods to the building's heritage and the North Staffordshire railway which ran past.

With original stonework, quarry tiled floors and beautiful features, the cottage has been stunningly restored to reflect its former life.

There is a well-equipped kitchen with a Belfast sink, a fabulous range cooker and a very useful utility which houses the laundry facilities and provides a great place to leave your muddy boots at the end of the day.

The delightful dining room has a feature fireplace which is currently not in use and the sitting room has large windows and a cast iron electric stove to keep you warm and create a cosy atmosphere.

The family bathroom is also on the ground floor and boasts a freestanding roll top bath where you can soak away any stresses and strains at the end of the day.

Upstairs are the two bedrooms which have views out to the village and are lovely rooms to wake up in.

The lawned garden has a patio area with furniture and there is the unusual addition of the fenced off entrance to the Oakamoor railway tunnel at the far end.

This cottage is the perfect base for friends, families or walkers as routes lead from the doorstep out into the surrounding countryside.

With Alton Towers, so many places of historic interest, the beautiful countryside and lovely towns and villages of the Peak District National Park all nearby, this cottage is fantastically located, will appeal to most, and is a fantastic choice for a break away at any time of the year.


Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin. Ground floor bathroom with freestanding roll top bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility. Dining room. Sitting room with electric stove.


  • Gas central heating with electric stove
  • Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, Smart TV with Freeview, 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 4 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Lawned garden and patio area with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: There is a fenced entrance to the railway tunnel and an uncovered natural spring in the garden, children and pets to be supervised at all times.

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About the location


Ashbourne 10 miles; Leek 14 miles.

The picturesque village of Oakamoor, which has recently been granted Conservation Area status, and which is immaculately maintained, is located in the beautiful and peaceful Churnet Valley, in the Staffordshire Moorlands. As the name suggests, it is surrounded by woodland, and is an ideal base for walkers, ramblers, cyclists and nature lovers. There is a former railway line running alongside the River Churnet from Oakamoor Picnic area to Denstone which is perfect for gentle cycling and walking, and there are numerous public footpaths, many of which converge in “Woods and Ways” and “Heritage” Trails around the village. There are lovely locations for picnics in the village itself, and a good pub is situated in the centre of the village. Set between the lovely market towns of Ashbourne and Leek (approximately 15 minutes’ drive away) both of which feature an array of delightful antique stores, independent shops, markets, and a great selection of good pubs and restaurants. Historic attractions like Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Sudbury Hall, Calke Abbey and Shugborough Hall, the many fantastic Peak District Villages like Ilam, Hartington, Tissington - famous for the well dressings, and the Spa town of Buxton, are also within easy reach.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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