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The Old Sty

(Ref. 982176)

Alton, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "A very nice and clean cottage."

    Just right for two people.For us the layout was perfect.Would definitely consider booking again.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, very clean, well equipped."

    Peaceful location. Ideally situated for exploring the area.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    Shame it looks out onto a wall. Good cafes in the area and trails but public footpaths impassable due to lack of maintenance.

    Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Oct 2023

  • "The accommodation was largely uncomfortable including the bed, sofa and indoor and outdoor seating areas."

    The TV was impossibly high and uncomfortable to watch given its highly elevated position. Overall, very disappointing and poor value for money.

    Reviewed by Ann-marie2.2Sep 2023

  • "Idyllic stay at The Old Sty, a perfect getaway."

    Spotlessly clean and comfortable.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2023

  • "Exceptional high quality accommodation."

    Perfect for a couples get away.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Comfortable and clean with pleasant surroundings."

    Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "My wife and I enjoyed a pleasant stay with everything we needed."

    All the amenities were good quality. We particularly felt the bed was extremely comfortable. As we both suffer with arthritis, the inclusion of a deep bath (shower over the bath) where we could enjoy a couple of hot baths was really beneficial. We wholeheartedy recommend the The Old Sty.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2023

  • "It was a lovely setting with beautiful countryside all around."

    The house was very clean and tidy and the arrangements for access very straightforward and unobtrusive. It was on the small side and their was a shortage of some essential kitchen items eg a decent sized sharp knife for instance.

    Thank you for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ray4.1Dec 2022

  • "We had a great time."

    Owners are lovely & very friendly.

    Thank you for your feedback, it was lovely to meet you both. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed staying in the old sty."

    There was everything we needed at hand. The people were very helpful to us

    Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed your stay in The Old Sty Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely warm and cosy cottage in beautiful location."

    Julie and Jason were always available if we needed anything. Certainly would visit again.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was warm, cosy and attractive and while small contained everything I needed for comfort."

    Julie and Jason were wonderful friendly hosts who sorted me out with a flat tyre and helped me search for my mislaid glasses when it was time to vacate the property, but I couldn't go without them. What more could you want?

    Reviewed by Mara5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely 5 night stay in the Old Sty."

    I can’t normally sleep the first night of being away from home, but had no problems at all, the bed was very comfy and the accommodation and facilities were spotless. We new when we booked the Old Sty, there wasn’t much around within walking distance, and that is why we chose this accommodation. There are plenty of nice walks, the nearest pub is 45mins walk away. We had a lovely trip to Dovedale, Alton Towers is only 10 mins drive away. Julie and Jason are very friendly and are only a text away if you need them. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. If you want to get away from it all, this is definitely a place for you. The fresh eggs were lovely too and the welcome pack of biscuits and a bottle of wine was a lovely gesture.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at the old sty, lovely little cottage with everything you would need."

    Only 10 minutes away from Alton towers and some lovely little towns. Owners were lovely and so welcoming would 100% stay again, also loved the alpacas they were so friendly!

    Reviewed by Keanna5.0Aug 2021

  • "The "Old Sty" was ok and the people were friendly enough, although they were away on holiday the following day for a week."

    The problem we had was the extremely uncomfortable beds. So very hard that we may as well have slept on the floor. So bad that after 4 nights I really wanted to come home. I did explain this to the Father in Law who I saw in the yard and he said that he knew they were new beds and could only sympathise. We were taking pain killers before going to bed and again in the morning when we struggled with lack of sleep and pain. The only reason we stayed was the cost of the weeks break. We struggled on until the Thursday and I just couldn't take another night in that bed. So we left a day early and have never been so glad to be back in my own bed. Over many many years we have slept in no end of beds but never ever been so uncomfortable as in those beds.

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Aug 2021

  • "The holiday and our stay was lovely we where able to go to many places in the area."

    The only thing I lacked was another cupboard to put groceries we took food and had to store on worktop.

    Reviewed by Debra4.1Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, peaceful location with great views, friendly hosts."

    Lots to see in the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Marlene5.0Jul 2021

  • "Weather wasn’t very good but the cottage lovely."

    We would certainly stay there again. We got a thank you for leaving the cottage clean and tidy by text message. We are watching for offers on the cottage looked for the autumn but to expensive at this time.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7May 2021

  • "The property owners are lovely!"

    They have done an amazing job converting The Old Sty. The cleanliness was incredible and the facilities are fab, also close to many fun things to do. We will be coming back to stay in this wonderful place.

    Reviewed by Toni5.0Apr 2021

  • "The Old Sty was really well equipped with everything we needed and more."

    It was absolutely spotless and extremely comfortable. The location was great for a few walks out, and for a trip to the local pub for an excellent lunch. I certainly hope to return.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely property, owner very helpful."

    Will definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by Penelope5.0Oct 2020

  • "The property listing showed "fridge,freezer" when "fridge with ice box" would have been more accurate but luckily I asked the owners about the size of the freezer beforehand otherwise I would have been extremely disappointed."

    This needs rectifying as it's one of our requirements when booking a property especially in these covid times when we don't eat out so much. Great property with very welcoming owners.

    Thank you very much for the feedback and apologies regarding the error, we will have this amended on the advert immediately. Thank you for letting us know and we're glad you liked the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Sep 2020

  • "A fantastic stay - gorgeous cottage and well priced"

    Reviewed by Calvin5.0Sep 2020

  • "Owners very friendly."

    Beautiful location for stunning scenery and walks close by.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2020

  • "Friendly hosts."

    Very well designed small space. Ideal for couples getting away from it all. We enjoyed discovering a bit of the country we hadn't visited before.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great location, quiet and beautiful setting."

    Lovely hosts with extremely high standards of cleaning prior to our arrival.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage is amazing."

    We had a fabulous week staying here and would highly recommend this property. Julie and Jason are amazing hosts. They are lovely, friendly and on hand for advice on a variety of places to visit. 5*.See you both again soonx

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2020

  • "Everything was perfect other than the sofa wasn’t the comfiest."

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jul 2020

  • "The apartment was too a very high standard in all areas, owners couldn’t do enough for you, location fantastic for bike riding or walking, highly recommend the “The Star” pub just a short walk away, would re book again."

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had a really nice time here !"

    It was very quiet and peaceful. We loved watching the sheep being moved to a different field and watching the alpacas waiting to be feed . The hosts are very friendly and welcoming . Thank you again and happy new year.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2019

  • "Wi fi is not provided, but there is a good signal so you can use mobile data."

    Also none of the windows open, but you could prop the door open. Otherwise, the cottage was compact, had everything you needed and was finished to a high standard. The location is good, peaceful and quiet with easy parking. The welcome pack was a great touch.

    Thank you for your feedback, you are correct WiFi is not provided as per the property details however this is something we are working on and are hoping to have in the near future. The windows do open and have been checked. Glad to hear you loved the location and enjoyed the high standard of our property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Sep 2019

  • "The Old Sty is a comfortable and well located property from which to explore the surrounding area of the Peak District."

    The house contained all necessities for a self catering stay and the welcome pack was indeed very welcome. Access and parking was easy, shops could be found within 8 miles and a couple of pubs and cafes were also available. The hosts were friendly and helpful with information and I was impressed with the organisation of the Sykes person who helped me.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Aug 2019

  • "Great cottage!"

    Everything we needed. Lovely owners. Good location to things we wanted to do such as peak District wildlife park, some walks, etc. Peaceful farm location. Would definitely recommend to others. Thoroughly enjoyed our time.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jul 2019

  • "First class cottage all recently done to an excellent standard."

    Lovely welcoming touches, wine/bread/biscuits etc. Very welcoming and friendly hosts. We explored the local area and did a number of easy cycle rides. Thank you for an lovely break. Terry & Lorraine

    Reviewed by Terry5.0May 2019

  • "Had a lovely stay over the Easter bank holiday the place is set in a lovely location, so peaceful and equipped with everything you would need while you are there, both the hosts were polite and welcoming and the property has been finished to a high standard."

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Apr 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size (zip/link)
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Eco heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge with ice box, Wi-Fi, T.V with freeview, kettle and dishwasher
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Small patio area with furniture to side of the property
  • Lockable bike storage with an outside tap
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.8 miles and pub 1.9 miles

The property

The Old Sty is a delightful converted single storey brick building within the grounds of Garston House Farm situated in the pretty hamlet of Garston near the village of Whiston, Staffordshire, nestled on the edge of the Peak District.

Internally, this former sty has been completely renovated to provide stunning modern accommodation for couples, giving a real home-from-home vibe.

Step through to the open-plan interior, wonderfully appointed to the front of the property.

A compact kitchen has fitted units and sleek worktops, with a range of modern appliances.

With a dining area and seating for two people, a lovely space to enjoy a romantic meal together of an evening, with a refreshing glass of wine.

The sitting room has a sofa, where you can curl up with your loved one and enjoy a relaxing evening together.

Down the hall, you will find one king-size bedroom, which has zip and link features and can be made into a twin upon request.

Boasting a light bathroom with a bath and shower over, with high-quality fixtures and fittings.

Outside there is a small patio area with furniture, a place to sit out in a morning with a cup of tea and watch the sunrise.

Situated on the owner's small farm, home to Dorset sheep, a pedigree Welsh pig and three Huacaya alpacas.

The nearby village of Denstone boasts the lovely Award Winning Denstone Hall Farm Shop, selling local artisan produce, also offering a rustic café, serving light bites and drinks with a beauty salon on site.

Originally named the Blackbrook Wildlife Park, now known as the Peak Wildlife Park, this wonderful attraction is also within driving distance of the property, with access to a range of exotic and endangered animals and meerkats.

While you're in the area, why not take a drive to the fantastic adventure park of Alton Towers?

Offering so many exciting and thrilling roller coaster rides, you'll struggle to fit them all into one trip!

Local character pubs within a short distance with a shop in the nearby village of Waterhouses, you won't be short of eateries to visit.

Also nearby are many great walking and cycling paths to get involved in and the beautiful town of Asbourne.

The Old Sty also offers a lockable bike store, with an outside tap to wash muddy boots.

The Old Sty is a wonderful base for exploring the nearby regions.

This cottage can be booked with ref 1026268 sleeping a total of 8 people

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About the location


Ashbourne 7 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.

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