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The Old Smokehouse

(Ref. 957685)

Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire, 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
  • Broadband / WiFi

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92 Customer Reviews

  • "My partner and I stayed here for a week in June, the cottage is lovely and the hosts were really friendly."

    Location is perfect, central to everything you need.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Jun 2024

  • "The Old Smokehouse is exactly as pictured."

    We had everything we needed and were very comfortable. The owners were very welcoming and really looked after us, they were the best hosts we have had so far. The cottage is central to everything in the area either walking or by car and we had some great days out, some at the suggestion of our hosts. We would definitely go back as there are still more places to visit. The garden and hot tub were a definite plus, private and peaceful, we loved it!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2024

  • "Me and my partner stayed here for 2 nights and it was absolutely amazing the hot tub was nice and clean and very relaxing the cottage itself was cozy and clean and was perfect for a relaxing getaway."

    unfortunately the weather wasn’t the great but we enjoyed it nonetheless. the owners were very lovely would come back again

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Mar 2024

  • "Perfect for a weekend away, me and my partner will definitely be returning."

    Property is very well kept, location is ideal and the owners are very friendly.

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a great little weekend away!"

    We would recommend, very lovely service & place to stay. We would recommend keeping a little book so we can write our reviews in as a little touch, also recommend bigger / more towels :)! More cleaning facilities like antibacterial wipes / spray, tea towels or kitchen paper to dry the dishes so we can maintain the cleanliness.

    Reviewed by Chloe4.4Dec 2023

  • "Everything was perfect, will definitely be going back again, woke up the first ..."

    Everything was perfect, will definitely be going back again, woke up the first morning to a blanket of snow and the cottage was still nice and cozy

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Dec 2023

  • "Had a great 3 nights here,the hot tub was brilliant would recommend it."

    Reviewed by Carl4.7Nov 2023

  • "Nice tidy little cottage Everything you need Would recommend to others We missed the first night due flooding but the owner came out the next day and we followed him for quite a few miles."

    Which was very nice of him Only noticeable thing was that the space to get into bed was limited for anyone much older than us That could not be helped and it didn't affect our holiday

    Reviewed by Norman4.1Oct 2023

  • "Me and my partner booked to stay here for the weekend as we needed a getaway I cannot recommend the place enough we met the owner who was absolutely lovely who went out of her way to accommodate us even to the point where she ironed a jumper for me to go out."

    .... set to my partner that we're all definitely have to do this once a year at the same place

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2023

  • "Me and my friend stayed here for a few days for my birthday."

    We were both really pleased with the entire experience. The owners were really friendly and accommodating. We appreciated how they went out of their way to make the place feel welcoming, and it was especially nice that they decorated the place for my birthday. The place itself is cosy and is exactly as shown in the pictures. There are lovely forest walks and pubs nearby, so the Smokehouse is in a great location if you're wanting a peaceful getaway. We would definitely come back here again and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about coming to stay here.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2023

  • "Good little property hot tub very welcome Little surprised the owner checked the hot tub most days a little inconvienient Generally though very helpful and friendly."

    Hi Thanks for the feedback and sorry for the inconvenience when checking the hot tub but unfortunately it a requirement of the regulations surrounding hot tub use. We do try to time our visits so as not to cause inconvenience but this is not always possible. Safety of our guests is a priority and a clean well maintained hot tub will ensure that everyone has a pleasant hot tub experience. Regards Paul and Lesley Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Sep 2023

  • "I booked the Old Smokehouse to surprise my girlfriend for her birthday and it was amazing from start to finish!"

    Lesley greeted us upon arrival and really went above and beyond to make sure that we enjoyed our stay. This stay was everything that we wanted and more! The accommodation was immaculate and the hot tub was so relaxing. If I could give the accommodation and the service a rating higher than 10 then I definitely would! If you're looking for a couples getaway for you and your significant other I can't think of a better option than the Old Smokehouse. We will definitely be returning and I can't wait to book again! Thank you so much Paul and Lesley for making our stay so memorable ❤️

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2023

  • "Just back from a fabulous 2 day stay at The Old Smokehouse."

    Lesley was a great host nothing was too much trouble and she was very informative of the area . The property is very enclosed and private with the super hot tub , chiminea and barbecue. We certainly plan to go back and would highly recommend it to other couples who just want to chill as we did or explore the beautiful area . Bob & Tracey Handshaw .

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely amazing stay was absolutely imaculate"

    Reviewed by Jordaine5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had an excellent stay here."

    Great reception from Lesley who was lovely. The facilities were excellent and we will definatley book again.

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Jul 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Lesley was very helpful in suggesting places to visit. Overall a great break. Lovely hot tub and nice secluded area to relax in.

    Reviewed by Terry4.7Jun 2023

  • "Great accommodation."

    Very snug but perfectly formed perfect for a long weekend. Hosts were lovely, very welcoming and informative. Hot tub was lovely. Location was perfect across the road and straight into Cannock Chase Park with a hive of activities- bikes, segways, go-ape, walking etc. would recommend for a long weekend.

    Reviewed by Jenni5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay here!"

    The location is amazing, only a short walk to Cannock Chase where there is lots to do and see. Also, only a short drive to Rugeley for shops and pubs. The smokehouse was a lovely place, cosy but had everything you need. The garden is perfect for summer with a bbq, fire pit, chairs and a hot tub. With the weather being so nice, we spent most of our time in the garden. Lesley came round to check the hot tub and she was so friendly and welcoming, and couldn’t do enough for us. Lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Shower screen didn’t shut properly and internet didn’t work on TV, however only noticed on last day and then didn’t see the owners otherwise would have said and positive they would’ve helped as they were lovely."

    Great location for walks, well thought out and decorated property. Couldn’t ask for more.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely loved it!"

    Me and my partner stayed for 2 nights after silage season and we loved the friendliness from lex ( apologies if we got your name wrong) who gave us gin to try and many other facilities! Absolutely loved it will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Josh5.0May 2023

  • "Myself and my wife stayed here for 4 nights after our wedding as a mini honeymoon."

    The place is fantastic, right in the heart of the Chase, with a hot tub as an added extra. Our hosts (Lesley and Paul) were amazing, from decorating our room with celebration banners and balloons for the occasion, to offering us ice each night for our Gin. We will definitely be returning and would recommend this place to anyone.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation and helpful staff"

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Apr 2023

  • "Me and my partner had a lovely romantic weekend at the old smokehouse."

    Lesley was the perfect host, so helpful she even offered us snacks for our long journey home! The cottage itself had everything we needed, we made use of the bbq on the first night and knocked up a full English in the fully equipped kitchen the following morning, then went out for Sunday lunch at a pub the second day. It was much bigger than we thought but yet still cosy! The hot-tub was fab and so relaxing at the end of each day! There is plenty to do around the local area, with the forest just across the road for walks, lots of country pubs a short drive away and we even stopped at the McArthur glen shopping outlet on the way home! Overall would definitely recommend and will probably be back again soon!

    Reviewed by Monica5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful little holiday home set In a quiet area perfect for a couples get away."

    Lovey host who shared information on local places to visit and dine out if you wished too. Perfect place to get away and relax absolutely loved our stay.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Apr 2023

  • "We met Lesley, the owner shortly after arrival."

    She was lovely, friendly and genuinely cared that we enjoyed our stay and time in the area. The old smokehouse conversion is done to a high spec and a very clever use of space. We had a comfortable stay with everything we could need. The outdoor area and hot tub is well set out and a nice area to relax after a walk in the forest or a day shopping! We felt so cozy and relaxed, that we didn't go out for a meal as intended, but were happy to cater for ourselves and use a local take away. Lesley is planning to make some tweaks to improve the cottage further, but we were more than satisfied and wouldn't hesitate to return if back in the area. Cannock Chase Forest is just over the road and we enjoyed a lovely walk, even though our weather wasn't that good. It has some great features for families and a good little cafe too.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Mar 2023

  • "Great nice clean cosy place hotub nice and warm great location"

    Reviewed by Myles5.0Mar 2023

  • "Perfect little getaway, more than what we expected, really enjoyed our time here and Lesley was the nicest person going who was very helpful couldn’t have asked for a better host."

    Was well worth it

    Reviewed by Tommy5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a great weekend away at the old Smokehouse."

    Lesley was on hand when we arrived to show us round, she had everything covered. The facilities and amenities are very good in the cottage. The hot tub was out of this world!! The location is great, litterally over the road from the cannock chase forestry centre. Perfect for a nice walk then to relax in the hot tub after. Thank you Paul and Lesley for your amazing hospitality, we will certainly be coming again

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Mar 2023

  • "It is a quirky, small but very comfortable and cosy cottage."

    The hot tub was a delight. The host lives next door and is very helpful. The cottage is in a brilliant place, quiet and secluded but walking distance to Cannock Chase centre, where the mountain bikes and Go Ape are.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Feb 2023

  • "Whilst the cottage was very well equipped we did find it rather small which made it not as comfortable as other properties that we have stayed at."

    TV is in the bedroom not in the lounge so if you wanted to watch tele whilst eating or drinking you had to sit on the bed! Outside space was great. Hot tub didn't have the most powerful jets and temperature dropped quite quickly. Having said that perfect base if you want to stay in the heart of Cannock Chase and explore.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Dec 2022

  • "Owner, Lesley was lovely, welcoming and really helpful."

    Showed us round and asked if there was anything we needed. The Smokehouse was a relaxing getaway, which was what we had planned. Didn't really want to venture out too much, only downside to this was the property is small & the only TV is in the bedroom. We cooked a few times and there isn't anywhere to sit and eat, apart from your plate on your lap. Sitting in the garden in the summer would be fine, but we stayed in November. That said, we appreciate they have a limited space and have tried to squeeze in as much as possible. On the whole, it was a great stay, relaxing & quiet, lovely countryside if you want to take walks etc. We would recommend a short break there.... And oh yeh the hot tub if fabulous!!!

    Reviewed by Louise4.4Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning property and Paul and Lesley were more than accommodating and brilliant hosts."

    One of the best getaways I’ve ever been on! Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Ashleigh5.0Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic break away."

    Exactly what we needed. The hot tub was brilliant. Lesley called once a day to check the hot tub levels.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Oct 2022

  • "I had an awesome holiday in the old smokehouse house."

    The Hosts were amazing. Solo holiday relaxing in the amazing hot tub. Defo want to go again. I am a professional holiday cottage cleaning the cottage was spotless. Highly recommended. First night I cooked steak and chips. Thank you so much for a wonderful belated birthday getaway.. I did not want to leave.

    Reviewed by Bettina5.0Sep 2022

  • "Received a nice warm welcome at the cottage."

    Lesley and Paul were very friendly showing us around the property, how to work the hot tub etc and other facilities.The property is a perfect getaway for couples nice and quiet lovely atmosphere good to relax. Cannock chase forest on the door step plenty of activities there lovely walks overall a good break.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property with everything needed for an enjoyable stay."

    In a great location in Cannock chase forest with plenty to do close by

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Sep 2022

  • "We recently had a little romantic week away and this place was perfect."

    It was so clean and had everything we needed. Lesley was so friendly and welcoming and always checked if we needed anything! (Will definitely buy your woodwork too) Hot tub and bbq was amazing and relaxing. The bed was very comfy and shower was lush. In the first morning The electric hob wasn’t working but after letting Paul know their lovely son had brought us a new one within the hour. The only small issue we had was the oven is a tad small and it takes double the time to cook anything. Nearly an hour on 220 for potato waffles. But we just then used the bbq as the weather was good. Overall it was lush and perfect accommodation for our little holiday! Location was perfect for exploring around the area, lots to do that we want to come back again!

    Reviewed by Gabriella4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay here, beautifully located in peaceful countryside and an amazing hot-tub."

    Paul and Lesley gave us a warm welcome and we will be back!

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 2022

  • "Amazing people and place such little gems xx"

    Reviewed by Damion5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fantastic !"

    ! That’s it

    Reviewed by Anneka5.0Jul 2022

  • "I enjoyed a wonderful week at the Old Smokehouse it is set in the most beautiful location with Cannock Chase literally over the road."

    Nothing was too much trouble for Lesley who made sure I had everything I needed. The cottage itself was very well thought out with everything needed for a relaxing stay. The hot tub is a very welcome addition to the well maintained outdoor space which with the large sliding doors of the bedroom open merges it all into one brilliantly relaxing space. I would definitely recommend The Old Smokehouse and will be back as I did not want to leave!

    Reviewed by Stefan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cozy stay, Lesley was most welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay."

    Everything was extremely clean and the hot tub was very well maintained. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Jun 2022

  • "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 Aleya4.7Apr 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 Chris5.0Apr 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 Sophie5.0Apr 2022

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

    Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 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 Mirel4.4Mar 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 Louise5.0Mar 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 Mark4.4Feb 2022

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

    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 Richard5.0Feb 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 Lee4.4Feb 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 James5.0Feb 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 Nicola4.4Jan 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 Sandra4.7Jan 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 Tracy5.0Jan 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 Rachel4.7Dec 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 Rachel5.0Nov 2021

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


    Reviewed by Lorna5.0Nov 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 Leigh5.0Nov 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 Leonie5.0Oct 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 Angela5.0Oct 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 Kelly4.4Oct 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 Katherine5.0Oct 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 James4.4Sep 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 Charlotte3.8Aug 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 Hannah5.0Aug 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 Joshua5.0Jul 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 Stephen5.0Jul 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 Lynn5.0Jun 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 Kyle5.0Jun 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 Simon5.0May 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 Jeffery5.0May 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 Philip4.4May 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 Gage4.1Apr 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 Shelley5.0Oct 2020

  • "What a gorgeous little snug!"


    Reviewed by Lewis5.0Oct 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 Hayley4.7Oct 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 Jared5.0Sep 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 Jessica5.0Sep 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 Alice4.7Aug 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 Kevin5.0Aug 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 Emily5.0Aug 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 Franceska5.0Jul 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 Chloe5.0Feb 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 Sinead5.0Jan 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 Sian5.0Jan 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 Komal4.7Dec 2019

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

    Reviewed by Georgia5.0Dec 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 Wayne5.0Nov 2019

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

    . thanks

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Nov 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 Helen5.0Oct 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 Caroline5.0Oct 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double with TV
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • 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.

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas