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The Gate House

(Ref. 955163)

Oakamoor near Alton Towers, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map

4.9

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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104 Customer Reviews

  • "What a wonderful place in a beautiful location, the house was just perfect and catered for all our needs…Great walks from the doorstep meant we hardly needed the car…We would love to come back soon…Thank you."

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a wonderful time staying in this beautiful, unique little house."

    The attention to detail is perfect, creating an atmosphere that is both home from home yet stepping into somewhere special at the same time. The facilities are first rate. We've stayed in many holiday homes, but none has left the impression that this one has. We hope to be able to stay again!

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely place to spend some time."

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Oct 2023

  • "Perfect cottage in a fantastic location."

    Clean and comfortable, every mod con that you need. Bike storage a massive bonus for us, inside under cover. Right by a cycle track and surrounded by locations to travel to, we went to Trentham Estate, Monkey Forest, Stoke museums, Monsal Trail, Biddulph Way, Manifold Way, so much to do locally. Very minor niggle from me is that I found the mattress too soft and as Im virtually blind without glasses its hard to see the shower controls without them on, plus a shelf in the shower would be very helpful.

    Reviewed by Coral4.7Sep 2023

  • "We were totally blown away when we arrived by the view & the cottage."

    It's absolutely stunning. A beautiful kitchen with everything you need. Spotless throughout. Large drive & secure garden which our dogs loved. Special touch with a welcome note, fresh flowers, chocolate cookies, crisps & a bottle of wine from Karen & Phil. Comfy bed & slept well. WiFi is excellent .Lots of books, puzzles & games to keep you entertained. Beautiful walks on the doorstep. We didn't want to leave & will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is our third time staying at the Gatehouse and although the cottage wasn’t ready for our arrival at 3pm we had a wonderful weeks stay (helped by the glorious hot dry weather)."

    The cottage is situated in a lovely village with dog walks straight from the door. The mattresses have been changed which ensured we had a perfect nights sleep and the cottage was clean and well equipped which we have got to expect from the Gatehouse. The only comment I would like to make is the two seater couch by the living room door is very uncomfortable with the padding worn on the one seat - I appreciate that the cottage is decorated and filled with wonderful period pieces and it really is lovely but it did mean our evenings sitting relaxing indoors were not as relaxing as they were in previous years. Apart from that I would highly recommend this cottage although part of me wants to keep quiet about it so we can continue to return to this little piece of heaven.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Sep 2023

  • "Great location, house and garden fabulous, we absolutely loved it, Would definitely recommend."

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2023

  • "One of if not the best cottage we have stayed at a credit to the owner."

    The cottage was clean and well presented with everything needed for our stay.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fabulous property."

    Clean, comfortable, well equipped and so beautiful and full of character. Couldn’t fault it. Lovely location, perfect for a break with your dogs, as there is an enclosed garden and walks direct from the door. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2023

  • "4th visit which speaks for itself."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "We were met by the friendly owner who made sure we had all the information we could possibly need."

    A fascinating historic house which has been made cosy and comfortable and benefits from a large well equipped kitchen. We had hot and sunny weather so were able to spend plenty of time, and have most meals, in the delightful secluded garden. A gem of a house in a pleasant village which has a fascinating history. Good walking on the doorstep and well placed for exploring the delightful Staffordshire Moorlands and wider Peak District.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "This was a lovely stay at an amazing property and location."

    Comfortable, relaxing & Peaceful. I will definitely book to return. Only a few minor things noticed which I mentioned in a note left for the owners. I hope that they did not mind.

    Reviewed by Marie4.1Jun 2023

  • "Excellent property."

    Kind hosts . Lovely area we will be back !

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2023

  • "Great property in a very nice location."

    So much to do on your door step. Good walks local pubs and not to far for shops. Everything you could need had been thought of and more. Will definitely return at some point.

    Reviewed by Wayne4.7May 2023

  • "Enjoyable stay unique cottage , great location ."

    Reviewed by David4.7Mar 2023

  • "A very well presented holiday cottage, with everything you need."

    Home from home. A very well equipped kitchen, lovely big family fridge/freezer. Lovely shower in the roomy bathroom. Beds were very comfortable, with lovely bedding. We hope to return, when the weather is warmer

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Bed’s super comfortable , cleanliness 100% all the facilities you could need, ..."

    Bed’s super comfortable , cleanliness 100% all the facilities you could need, wonderful unique property , lovely flowers and treats on arrival, just completed our 4th stay and will be back , Karen and Phil fabulous hosts,

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Feb 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyable stay in a lovely characterful cottage with nice walks on your doorstep."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Feb 2023

  • "Had a great seven night stay in this stunning period gate house, property was clean and comfortable, easy walks from the doorstep."

    The welcome pack was appreciated. Would highly recommend. Ray/Elaine Turner

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Jan 2023

  • "We loved our stay at the Gate House."

    We rent in the area once or twice yearly as I have a lot of family nearby. The house had all the utensils we could need, which is generally what we hope for as we both cook and the location was fab for us with the dog. Your straight onto the old disused railway for a nice off lead walk. We were left a welcome gift of wine, biscuits, crisps, tea, coffee and milk which was very well received. With it being a hectic Christmas it was great to be able to have a cup of tea to unwind when we arrived. The bedrooms of the property are very generous as was the heating! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to rent in the area.

    Reviewed by Lucinda5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful historic cottage in a fantastic location."

    Everything you need for a very relaxing stay. I’ll be rebooking this one!

    Reviewed by Adam4.7Dec 2022

  • "Cosy and comfortable cottage with all you could require, and more."

    Excellent location even if only relaxing.

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property, everything you could need for a relaxed stay."

    Many thanks for the flowers, etc.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2022

  • "Third stay here, only reason not to recommend is so its free next time we want it"

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is our 2nd visit to The Gatehouse and we have already booked to visit again in September 2023."

    The property is wonderfully decorated and kept in pristine condition. The welcome pack with fresh flowers is always gratefully received. I wish there was an award offered by Sykes for the most welcoming and well kept and stocked property because Karen and Phil would surely win. There is nothing they haven’t thought of to ensure that our holiday was relaxing and most enjoyable. Please pass on my comments (reading comments in the book left by other guests certainly echo the above).

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Sep 2022

  • "The Gate House is certainly unique & was immaculately presented & a true credit to the owners considering its popularity in bookings & usage over the seasons."

    We had a lovely week in Oakamoor, the cottage does have everything you need plus some nice little extras that we haven't found in other cottages which certainly didn't go unnoticed by us. The garden is lovely to sit out in, listening to the babbling spring which serves as an excellent wine cooler & the visiting robins that are almost tame. As mentioned in the cottage details pets & small children would need to be supervised due to the low front wall & the spring & uneven surfaces around the garden. We took our dog & there are numerous walks from the door down the disused rail tracks & the lovely parkland area opposite the cottage. We thought we would support the local pub, the Cricketers Arms as they are finding it hard to survive nowadays. The reception at the pub was reminiscent of the pub scene in the film "American Werewolf in London" & I was half expecting to hear "The Bad Moon Arising" in the background. We didnt stay for a second drink & stuck to the road on the way home & luckily didn't encounter a Werewolf. It appears to be a local pub for local people. They are missing a trick there as they could turn it into a theme pub & rename it the "Slaughtered Lamb", and next year Rodney they would be millionaires. One issue we brought to the owners attention was the mattress on the double bed which was past its sell by date but Karen the owner said that it was already in hand to be replaced. In summary we had a great week at the Gate House & the locals we met were very friendly. We would certainly revisit in the future.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Jul 2022

  • "The Gatehouse, ,,,,well so special!"

    Ironically we had the 2-3 days of huge heat, right in th e middle of our week! The old tunnel creates a fab cool draft, which was fantastic! Just a gorgeous property, so well equipped! Cosy n comfortable! And The walks around so wonderful! Cool n canopied!

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Jul 2022

  • "Amazing property and area."

    The owners have done a brilliant job maintaining this historical house, all done sympathetically but with modern touches throughout too. My family and I would definitely return. Anyone staying here should also check out The Ramblers Retreat for lunch, delicious food in beautiful surroundings

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fantastic house in a perfect location."

    We really appreciated how tastefully the house had been furnished and decorated, and how clean and well equipped it was. Lovely walks from the door in all directions.

    Reviewed by Nicholas Paul5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, nice area, close to numerous attractions & places to visit."

    Our dogs enjoyed the garden & the open area behind the car park. My wife & I are both getting on a bit so the stairs were a little steep for us, but nothing we could not manage. The only gripe we had was that, although the kitchen was extremely well equipped, the small pan had, at some point, lost its handle rendering it useless. Needs replacing! Other than that the Gatehouse suited our needs perfectly, we would go back again, possibly next year.

    Reviewed by John3.8May 2022

  • "We absolutely loved staying here!"

    Everything you could need for a short or long stay. Perfectly located for walks.

    Reviewed by Lisa-marie4.7Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful!"

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Mar 2022

  • "This was one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed in."

    We really enjoyed that there are lovely places to walk from its doorstep (we hardly used our car whilst we were there!) The cottage has loads of character & is very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a delightful property."

    A restful environment, well equipped, and feels welcoming. Perfect for the railway enthusiast with decoration empathetic to history and past role - LMS colours, and wonderful touches like 1930/40s style items. Loads of walking in the area, but can be rather muddy in places. Clearly welcomes dogs - poo bags in the drawer - and the entrance area/utility is fabulous for muddy boots and dogs! Note - there aren't a lot of pubs with food locally, and the supermarkets locally are not large and selections limited. We will go back again, it was that good.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fabulose thank you very much x"

    Reviewed by Leah5.0Jan 2022

  • "A real gem of a property."

    Everything was perfect from the amazingly well equipped kitchen, to the huge bath and oh! so comfy beds. A large safe enclosed garden. We had a truly enjoyable short break. The walking in the area is suitable for all with short and long trails, flat or inclined.

    Reviewed by Margarette5.0Jan 2022

  • "Cottage was excellent, the photos don't do it justice, inside or outside."

    We will certainly return, for longer next time.

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Dec 2021

  • "Loved this property and its location, will definately be back."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had such a wonderful stay in this characterful property for our first family holiday with our new baby and little Dachshund too."

    Karen and Phil were extremely kind hosts, and you really feel their warmth from the moment you arrived. Will definitely be recommending to friends and family looking for a break disconnected from the world.

    Reviewed by Josh5.0Nov 2021

  • "Such a wonderful stay at The Gatehouse!"

    The house is full of character and extremely well equipped with everything you could need. It’s in a wonderful spot with walks straight from your door. The utility is an amazing space to take your wet gear off and clean the dogs up before taking them back into the house. We will return and would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful, unique, peaceful, loads to see and do"

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2021

  • "A really well equipped property."

    Lots of lovely walks from the doorstep. A good welcome pack.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2021

  • "A nice cottage in a good location for walking and cycling."

    The local pub is a short walk away unfortunately it doesn't serve food but is very welcoming. The surrounding area is great for walking and plenty of places of interest and some good country pubs with food. If you're of a certain age were you need to go to the loo during the night beware that the loo is downstairs lol. We enjoyed our stay and would go again

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Aug 2021

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage everything has been thought of."

    Beautiful walks right on the doorstep would definitely recommend the cottage to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location for walking and visiting attractions in the near by Peak District and Stoke on Trent."

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Jul 2021

  • "A unique holiday home that was a former crossing keepers cottage on the now defunct North Staffs Railway."

    The cottage had all mod cons & was decorated sympathetically to reflect its former use & character. Everything you could possibly wish for had been provided by the owner & nothing was too much trouble. This was truly a home from home. Walks from the door, locals friendly, and an area steeped in local history. Big thanks to owners Phil & Karen, we enjoyed our holiday so much, we will definitely be back. Can’t give more of a recommendation than that!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2021

  • "We enjoyed a fabulous few days at The Gate House!"

    Lovely and very welcoming owners. A beautiful, historic, comfortable and and very well equipped cottage with many extras and little touches provided. Stunning countryside and walks right on the doorstep. All in all, a wonderful stay had - thank you!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0May 2021

  • "Was a fabulous stay , within easy reach of lots of fabulous walks , warm , ..."

    Was a fabulous stay , within easy reach of lots of fabulous walks , warm , comfortable , clean home with all the facilities you need , Lovely welcome pack from the owners too and some beautiful flowers, would definitely not hesitate to return,

    Reviewed by Julie4.7May 2021

  • "Great holiday in quality accommodation."

    Extremely well equipped, everything we needed and some nice ‘touches’ from the owner on arrival. Would have rated comfort higher but felt the seating in the sitting room was a little uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by David4.4May 2021

  • "We have just returned from a delightful stay at the Gate House."

    The cottage is full of history and its location clearly shows this with the old railway tunnel which fascinated our boys. The property was extremely well equipped. The owners have thought of everything. We were made to feel very welcome. Beautiful walks on your doorstep and local amenities so close by with a short drive to the nearest town and convenient locations for pubs to eat out. Alton Towers a very short drive away. Comfortable beds, clean and cosy. Although we had a wet week, this did not dampen our time away! We would love to return.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage with top quality kitchen, everything you could need including top quality appliances."

    No need to bring a thing. Great bathroom with both modern shower and full size bathtub. Spacious dining room, loads of games, books, local information provided. A welcome gift of wine and biscuits was most appreciated. Utility room with washer/dryer ( we searched all over for wine glasses, and found them here in the cupboard above the washer). The garden is amazing, with high banks and a small brook running through. Lovely to sit out and watch the birds and sqirrels.Plenty of parking and scenic walks from the doorstep. Handy for access to the Peak District but local scenery is pretty spectacular too.Alton Towers is in the next village along. The owner popped by on the first night in case we needed anything. Altogether just a perfect experience, I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, great location and a much needed break."

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Oct 2020

  • "Great location excellent walks from the Gate House door-step."

    Owners very helpful.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2020

  • "Friendly owners made me feel very welcome with nothing too much trouble."

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Aug 2020

  • "Even though the garden is small, the picnic area opposite the property is big enough for children to play games and ride bikes."

    It is opposite a cycle path with no traffic that allows access to Ramblers Retreat, Alton Bridge pub and Denstone farm shop. It is an unmade path with pot holes so not suitable for beginner riders. Toilet is downstairs via a very steep staircase, this may be a concern with younger children. Ours soon got used it. The "lean to" at the back of the house was excellent to keep two adult and two children's bikes with space for all the muddy wellies. Kitchen is extremely well equipped with everything you need to cook. A proper American fridge with plenty of space for all the holiday treats. Tea, coffee, milk and wine on arrival to help you settle in. Modern smart TV with access to most online television applications. Plenty of books to keep you busy on any wet afternoons. Rudyard lake narrow gauge railway is just 20 mins away. Alton Towers 5mins away.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2020

  • "2nd time in this lovely cottage."

    Very well equipped, very clean and comfortable Lovely welcome gifts. Didn't want to leave.

    Reviewed by Rosie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Really lovely and very well-appointed cottage that delighted our train-mad kids with its history and the old tunnel in the garden."

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely property, full of character and with excellent amenities, great base to explore the Peak district"

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage is a real home from home there was nothing we needed that wasn’t provided."

    We met the owner who was extremely helpful.Highly recommend and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Mar 2020

  • "Spent a week at the gate house didn't want to leave."

    It has everything you need and is warm and cosy. Is right next to a road and a car park for the walkers so did get noisy early in the morning on the weekend but didn't spoil our holiday. Lovely walks for the dogs right from the door step. The owner popped to say hello very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Mar 2020

  • "Wonderful holiday cottage."

    Warm and cosy and it didn't matter that the weather was disgusting.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Feb 2020

  • "A superb little house set in a beautiful location for getting outdoors."

    A real home from home feeling and very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Jan 2020

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage in fantastic location."

    Very generous and tasty gifts. Met one of the owners (Phil) who was very friendly and helpful. Loved the big boot room in entrance, great for taking off wellies and cleaning muddy paws!

    Reviewed by Rita5.0Dec 2019

  • "Amazing setting ."

    great for walks . cottage very cosy.and well equipped. lovely local pubs. Great owners.

    Reviewed by Jacky5.0Dec 2019

  • "Just amazing ,stayed in many cottages and B&Bs over the 10 years we've been coming to the area to go to Alton Towers with our son and now taking our dogs for wonderful walks while he goes into the theme park with his mates."

    This is by far the best place we have stayed.Perfect location, both for getting to Alton Towers quickly and also for long walks with the dogs down to Dimmingsdale for them to play in the river. Felt so homely and we didnt want to leave. Booking again as soon as we can for next year!

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need, great walks from the door."

    really thoughtful welcome pack including fresh flowers. thank you!

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Oct 2019

  • "This is the second time we’ve stayed at the gatehouse and it doesn’t disappoint."

    Phil, the owner, is friendly and makes us feel right at home, including max the schnauzer. There is plenty to do in the area and we will definitely be back to enjoy the comfortable, unusual gatehouse.

    Reviewed by Jacky5.0Sep 2019

  • "Excellent cottage in a lovely area will definitely do it again"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2019

  • "We spent a week here and thought the cottage was fantastic nobody wanted to ..."

    We spent a week here and thought the cottage was fantastic nobody wanted to leave it was so peaceful the local pub which was a five minute walk away was very welcoming as were the people we came across when we were out walking the dog we will definitely be booking the gatehouse again

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Aug 2019

  • "Cottage was amazing and was equipped with everything you could possibly need."

    Beautifully decorated and stunning surroundings. We arrived to a bottle of wine, biscuits and fresh flowers in the kitchen and dining room which was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Aug 2019

  • "We booked the Gate house because our eldest son is a train enthusiast."

    Set in the most beautiful and quiet surroundings it was a holiday we will never forget for all the right reasons. The weather threatened to ruin it a few times but we managed to miss it nearly every time. I cannot recommend the lovely walk to dimmerdale and the ramblers retreat enough, it is a lovely oasis in a sea of hills and trees perfect for walkers, cyclists and dogs alike. Staffordshire is a beautiful county and we loved exploring it. The only downfall was that there isn't a local shop or resturant within easy walking distance but if you go you just have to go to the goldfish fish and chip bar in Cheadle as it was the best chippy i have ever been to. A beautiful house in a beautiful location. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Aug 2019

  • "Stayed for a couple of days in October 18 so booked again for the week."

    Excellent location for walking and arrived to find a vintage car show and then a village fate on which was nice. Met the owners and couldn't ask for a better hoist thank you again

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "Really appreciated the owners concern that everything was okay on arrival,the property itself was a lovely quirky house,really comfortable with everything provided to ensure that we wanted for nothing,lots of books and leaflets on the area and it’s history which we found very helpful,we would not hesitate to recommend the Gate house to our friends."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jun 2019

  • "The Gate House was one of the cleanest and well equipped cottages we have ever stayed in."

    A true home from home. A gem of a holiday cottage. Lovely walks from the door, beautiful area for exploring. The garden is secure for most dogs but if you like us have loopy lurchers, they can run up the very steep bank side of the garden. We had a wonderful stay at the Gate House, we can highly recommend this gorgeous cottage x x

    Reviewed by Brian4.7May 2019

  • "The Gate House is just amazing."

    Very well presented and the owners think of everything. It’s a fabulous location to explore the surrounding area or just to relax for a few days. It’s way better than the photos so don’t delay just book it!

    Reviewed by Sean5.0May 2019

  • "The property was in a fabulous position, great for dog walking, and beautifully kept."

    We met the owner when we arrived and he couldn’t have been more welcoming, with recommendations for eating out and places to visit. The gate house was lovely and warm as we had some very chilly nights. I would certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Jacky5.0Apr 2019

  • "Comfortable, very well equipped holiday cottage with friendly, helpful owners."

    Ideal location for exploring The Peak District or Staffordshire Moors. Great walks from the holiday cottage as well as further afield with moors, trails, historic properties and gardens all within an easy reach. Plus interesting market towns and of course the potteries. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great house in a lovely location which is both secluded but also right near Alton Towers and other local attractions."

    Good setup with everything we needed and a great interior finish standard. The owner was also kind enough to drive home and back to help us out with cooking oil which I'd forgotten which was a really nice touch. Overall a great stay!

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Mar 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful place, very quirky and a dream to railway enthusiasts."

    Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely location and excellent accomodation."

    Very friendly and helpful owners. We happened to hit the jackpot with the weather so we had a great weekend. Thanks

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Feb 2019

  • "Sykes staff were most helpful in re-arranging dates when important appointments overlapped our original booking."

    The cottage is beautifully decorated, very well equipped and absolutely charming. Phil and Karen were very welcoming, approachable and helpful. We had a most enjoyable stay and would like to book again at a later date.

    Reviewed by Lizzie5.0Jan 2019

  • "Very comfortable, very well equipped, lovely area."

    Ideal as a base. Village very much a dormitory, but lots of pubs and restaurants within a few miles. A place for quiet, rural escape not for show. Stairs a challenge for young children and elderly with sticks.but loads of local walks of varying degrees of difficulty from easy and flat, to hilly and steep.

    Reviewed by Rod5.0Dec 2018

  • "Excellent cottage and location."

    The older of our two dogs suffers after too long a walk but the railway line is just perfect. We ate out every night which is the only let down having to drive. Cheadle is close and as a good choice though. The last night we used Alton Bridge hotel which was excellent. We look forward to booking in the summer

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2018

  • "This is a really lovely, well equipped cottage."

    It has pretty much everything you need for a self catering stay. The owners are really lovely and welcoming. We had an issue with the wifi and they tried so hard to sort it out. It was up again before we left. There is a large fenced in garden for the dog and great park across the road for a quick morning and afternoon walk as well. Only downside is that there is nothing in the village, no shop or pub within walking distance. It didn't stop us from enjoying our break though.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2018

  • "Fantastic place to stay."

    Great walks near by and brilliant if you have dogs. Pictures do not do the place justice, nice and cosy, everything you need is there. Shops are only a 5 minute drive away. Owners are very helpful and only at the end of the phone if you need any help. Will book this place again and thoroughly recommend it. Many thanks to Phil and Karen, the owners.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2018

  • "We had a wonderful week in oakamoor."

    the gate house was a perfect getaway for us & our 2 dogs. it was all that we needed. so many beautiful walks on our doorstep thanks

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Sep 2018

  • "Would be nice if you could control the weather !"

    ! Joking apart This was a fabulous character cottage with great deal of thought to general needs. We did meet the owner on arrival and he was ever so helpful knowing it was our first visit to the area. We so enjoyed ourselves and will definitely book again next year. .

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage which was very comfortable and well equipped."

    The owners were very welcoming. Extremely helpful information pack. The cottage is ideally placed with beautiful walks literally on the doorstep. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Aug 2018

  • "Best holiday we have had in a long time."

    The cottage was amazing, the facilities fantastic and so much to do in the local area.

    Reviewed by Huw5.0Aug 2018

  • "This Cottage has been Lovingly and sympathetically restored to the highest of ..."

    This Cottage has been Lovingly and sympathetically restored to the highest of standards, a unique venue with fantastic walks and exploration, It also has a microclimate of its own with a lovely cool breeze coming through the near by tunnel a real relief on a hot day, The owners are very caring and conscientious and I would recommend this venue to all To sum up I would definitely go again

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2018

  • "Had our 2 dogs, walks straight from the door."

    Lovely area, so quite and peaceful Local pub a few min walk away Cafes within walking distance too Alton towers just up the road Shops 10 mins House itself comfy and clean, very quirky and lots of history with it

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Jul 2018

  • "Fabulous cottage, beautiful area, exceeded all expectations."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2018

  • "Everything at the gate house was lovely."

    The beds were the comfiest we have slept in. Everything there that you could possibly need except one small thing, it is small but worth a mention, there wasn't a clothes maiden for hanging your washing out. I do know they have a dryer which is lovely but when the weather is nice I like to put my clothes outside to dry. Apart from that all was lovely. Phil and Karen was very welcoming and told us the best places to go for food ect. Would definitely recommend. It is such a lovely quirky place and the interior is gorgeous. Keep up the good work x

    Reviewed by Ivy5.0Jun 2018

  • "Just spent a lovely week here."

    The gate house is beautiful and very clean and tidy. The village is lovely and very friendly. The walks just in the village are beautiful. A must is to visit ramblers retreat for a snack or just a coffee it is very pretty and food delicious. We had a great week our dog loved all the walks on the doorstep. Would highly recommend the gate house. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2018

  • "This cottage was great."

    It was furnished well with all mod cons - washer dryer, under floor heating, dish washer, great shower, roll-top bath, range cooker, plenty of cutlery, crockery etc. Books, maps, ideas for walking, eating, visits were all available. The owners were really friendly and have made a great job of restoring this unique cottage. Oakamoor is a lovely little village and within striking distance of the Peak District so plenty of opportunities for walking in glorious countryside. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Gate House.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2018

  • "The Gate House is a wonderful property - it had everything we needed and more."

    I have already recommended it to several people!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2018

  • "This is a very special place; the owners have put a lot of thought into everything that you would need to have a great experience."

    Very well maintained and clean throughout, extra household supplies, and modern electrical appliances. We found everything we needed for a pleasant seven-day break. And what a beautiful part of the country, with lovely walks from the front door. I can recommend The Railway Gate Keepers House, in Oakamoor.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Apr 2018

  • "Chosen as have childhood memories of an old railway crossing house which a school friend lived in."

    What an absolutely wonderful stay we had. Owners hospitality and generosity appreciated. Loved the walks down the former railway...but not as much as our dog who was in heaven. Cottage itself is simply amazing, really tastefully decorated and furnished. Quality of everything was impressive from furniture to cooking appliance and crockery. Had some great days out in the area, and will certainly rebook at some point in the future as would like to see more of the area.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2018

  • "Unique cottage in a lovely area."

    We hit some bad weather in the form of snow but it didn't detract from a great weekend in a lovely, well equipped, cosy cottage. Local pub just a short walk away friendly locals and a very good bistro just 10 minutes drive. We'll definitely be back here.

    Reviewed by Patrick4.7Mar 2018

  • "In a brilliant location with lovely walks straight from the doorstep."

    A nice welcome pack in the warm and cosy accommodation.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Dec 2017

  • "The Gatehouse is in a lovely location."

    The accommodation is superb. Credit due to the owners for all the work they have done to make it the ideal holiday home . We enjoyed our stay there and will be looking to book again.

    Reviewed by Rod5.0Nov 2017

  • "Such a fab cottage."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Comfy beds, well equipped kitchen, and stunning bathroom.

    Reviewed by Laura4.8Oct 2017

  • "Nothing else."

    Property very high standard, had all the right facilities. Very clean. Nicely located. Lots of useful and up-to-date information about walks, good pubs, restaurants etc.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2017

  • "Perfect holiday for walkers and dog owners"

    Reviewed by Sue4.8Jul 2017

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Summary

  • 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.

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.

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About the location

OAKAMOOR

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas