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Little Gem

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Marchington, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful Little Gem."

    Very classy fittings with a great hot tub. Relaxing break with everything we needed to hand. Many great places to visit nearby. Beautiful Little Gem in a little known scenic area.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2024

  • "Family of three we had a lovely time thank you, perfect get away x"

    Reviewed by Justine5.0May 2024

  • "As discussed with cleaner on day of departure - needs a washing machine - if ..."

    As discussed with cleaner on day of departure - needs a washing machine - if you are staying 2 weeks that's a lot of clothes to bring black bits in hot tub water pressure too high - you can get very wet the first time you turn a tap on

    Reviewed by Chris4.4May 2024

  • "We had a lovely Holiday staying at Little Gem."

    Very clean upon arrival. Description of property and amenities as published. Would highly recommend booking a holiday. Hoping to return next year. Thank you to the owners.

    Thank you, We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and will look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Apr 2024

  • "Very well presented, the owners have made a great effort to make everything nice."

    Our first impressions were good, however it was let down a little by whoever does the cleaning. We found lots of dust and cobwebs. We thought it was going to be very quiet, but the dogs barked quite a lot. We found the beds to be uncomfortably hard and we ended up buying our own mattress topper from Argos, and that made all the difference. The owners left a nice welcome pack of wine & chocolates, which was lovely of them. I’d say this property is more suited to 2 guests as it felt too small for 4 people. We had a nice time thank you.

    Thank you for your feedback, I am sorry you were not happy with certain details, if we had been made aware of these I am sure they could have been addressed and resolved. The mattresses are both medium to firm orthopaedic which are widely recommended but obviously don’t suit everyone. We are aways available to answer any concerns or give any advice as we do live adjacent to the property. Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris3.4Mar 2024

  • "What an unforgettable stay!"

    I visited this beautiful cottage on my own to have a recovery week to heal from burnout that I succumbed to from working too much. Relaxing in the hut tub, reading books by the log burner and being in such a peaceful setting for a week has given me the energy I need to continue with my professional career. Thank you so much for helping me get back on my feet! Ash

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Feb 2024

  • "Stayed here during a very cold January and the property was lovely - warm and cosy."

    All the furnishings were very nice quality, as was the hot tub. Had a couple of questions whilst I was there, which the owner responded to very promptly. Couldn’t fault it.

    Reviewed by Sonia5.0Jan 2024

  • "One of the best properties we have stayed in."

    A fantastic, peaceful location with a well furnished cottage. Prosecco and chocolates lovely on arrival - would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2023

  • "Had a lovely few days there."

    Well equipped and beautifully decorated. The fridge door could do with being opened the other side! Water pressure poor as others have said but we managed. Would like to have seen some hot tub maintenance records available and known it was serviced daily but we didn’t, doesn’t mean it wasn’t of course. Lovely touch to have chocs and prosecco on arrival. Spoke to no one but a man doing some maintenance outside. Overall it was just what we needed.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time at Little Gem and we loved the location with lots of great walks in the Peak District and coming back to the hot tub for a soak."

    Cottage is really well equipped and we loved the Prosecco and Chocolates in the welcome pack. Thank you for a great week.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2023

  • "My wife and I had a most relaxing and quiet week, little gem cottage is both stylish and comfortable."

    We highly recommend little gem and will return to maybe stay longer, lovely environment and lots of walks and places to visit. Thank you Adi & Mandy

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had an excellent holidays at the Little Gem."

    My granddraughter thorough enjoyed the hot tub and also had the opporunity to ride a horse. The property was top class with all the necessary modern things. It was very much like home to home. the hot system only allows for one shower to used at any one time. Also if there use of water anywhere in the property the water to the shower reduces considerably. There needs to an outside lights at the front door.

    Reviewed by Jairaj4.7Aug 2023

  • "This is a great place to stay - very comfortable, and we really appreciated the hot tub."

    A road closure nearby was a bit of a problem, but we can also recommend the Dog & Partridge for dinner. Had a problem using the main TV - turned out the remotes had been swapped - so probably need to be marked. I also left some notes for the owner - just a few small things that need attention, and some suggestions for additions.

    Reviewed by Esther4.4Aug 2023

  • "Nice cottage."

    Close to Uttoxeter. Beds comfortable. Cottage clean and well furnished. Good quality china and utensils. Baking pans and trays could do with updating. Shower floor could do with mats as slippery. Good quality bedding and towels. Lovely welcome of wine and chocolate. Owner quick to sort out a problem that happened with water supply. One bedroom has shutters and no blinds so lots of light coming in. Would be good to have a bigger size fridge and freezer and a washing machine would be helpful. Enjoyed our time there. .

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Aug 2023

  • "This is a true little gem the cottage is amazing a true home from home and is ..."

    This is a true little gem the cottage is amazing a true home from home and is very nicely in the middle of nowhere but in the middle of everywhere a fantastic location, and has everything you will need to enjoy your stay from tv to dishwasher to the other hidden gem the hot tub which you can relax in after a hard day, definitely a place you will re visit again

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, generally well provided."

    But it would have been so much better if we had been informed that the electric car charger only takes one or two £ coins. Nowadays most people don’t carry lots of coins with them. In general it would help if cottages with EV chargers would have such information included in the description, as well as the price per kw. We really enjoyed our week stay at “Little Gem” cottage.

    Reviewed by Edward4.4Jul 2023

  • "My wife and I have used this property 3 times now and formed a friendship with the property owners as they are really easy to get on with and are on hand for any issues or questions you may have."

    It is so well placed for relaxation but within 1/2 an hour of Derby, Burton and some lovely waterside eateries and walks at Barton and Findern. Thank you also to the lady who looks after the property on behalf of Sykes, another great addition, Tony and Mel C.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Jul 2023

  • "Little Gem is a stunning property in a beautiful quiet setting."

    It has been renovated and furnished to a high standard (hard to believe it was once a tractor shed) yet is cosy and comfortable and has retained it's charm. Alison, the owner, is a lovely lady who made us feel very welcome. When we needed assistance, she was there instantly to offer help. We found it very useful having an EV charger at the property - however, remember to take lots of £1 or £2 coins for the meter. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend Little Gem.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2023

  • "A delightful holiday cottage situated just outside the Peak District National Park in the charming village of Marchington."

    The cottage has been tastefully decorated, has been furnished with modern appliances and provides cosy accommodation for up to four people. We particularly enjoyed the hot tub, a real bonus after a days hill walking to soothe and rejuvenate tired muscles. Overall a great holiday experience and full marks to the owners who have made ‘Little Gem’ a real home from home.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Little Gem - blessed with good weather we had fun exploring the area."

    Cottage was wonderful, quiet and very comfortable - with lovely furnishings and well equipped kitchen. Thoughtful in that flowed, chocolates and wine were left too. We would be very happy to stay again. The couple who owned the cottage were very helpful and kind.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Little Gem!"

    It was spotlessly clean with great quality fittings, furniture, soft furnishings and the kitchen was well equipped. The area was lovely and peaceful and was well positioned for trips to Drayton Manor and Alton Towers as well as a more peaceful couple of days at the Trentham Estate. I would definitely recommend staying here and we'd love to come back in the future.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0May 2023

  • "We stayed at Little Gem cottage in April 23."

    What a delight it was, the cottage did not disappoint and truly was a little gem with fantastic hosts that were happy to help with anything throughout our stay. The cottage was spotless, well equipped with high quality fixtures and fitting throughout and it was clear from the moment we stepped into the cottage that a lot of love and effort has gone into making the cottage perfect and the fresh flowers, chocolates and prosecco being the perfect welcome. The location of the cottage was great, set in beautiful scenic surroundings but a short drive to the town which has lots of lovely places to eat and shops to explore. Lots of beautiful walks and many local attractions in a short driving distance with details of these in the information booklet provided. The Hot tub was a great addition and we really enjoyed our time chilling while enjoying the peaceful surroundings. We will certainly come back again in the future.

    Reviewed by Daisy5.0Apr 2023

  • "A well appointed cottage with everything you need for your stay."

    A lovely welcome pack that was very appreciated. The cottage is in a lovely location with lovely views, it is very peaceful and quiet, but also convenient to explore the wonderful area in which it is located. We would not hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Apr 2023

  • "The house was wonderfully presented and was the perfect setting for our first anniversary!"

    Wonderfully clean and well stocked with everything that we needed to cook dinners. We found the sofas and Bed ever so slightly uncomfortable to sit/lay on for extended periods of time but this may just be because we're not used to a firm mattress. Amazing place to stay and will probably be coming back soon!

    Reviewed by Sam4.7Mar 2023

  • "The only little pick up would be, a couple of pans had obviously been cleaned in the dishwasher but still had a bit of grease on them, we washed them by hand as we never use a dishwasher."

    Maybe the addition of a knife sharpener would be a good idea, unless we just couldn’t find it ! Thanks Alison and Andy and the staff at Sykes. Happy New Year

    Reviewed by Antony4.7Dec 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely, cosy and clean with everything we needed, welcome ..."

    The cottage is lovely, cosy and clean with everything we needed, welcome chocolates and Prosecco and fresh flowers on the table,was a lovely touch, The welcome pack was useful, but maybe some instructions on what to do on keavingy(no bins accessible so left kitchen bins full) Some idiot guides on using the hob and oven for us old technophobes please Absolutely loved the place, Massive apologies to the owners for leaving the grill pan,dirty, out of sight was out of mind Thank you for a lovely break away

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Dec 2022

  • "We enjoyed a lovely, restful 4 night break in Little Gem."

    It was warm, cosy and situated on a farm out of the main village up a quiet single track lane, but within easy driving distance of towns and places to visit. The cottage was very modern with everything provided that we needed, including dish cloths, tea towels, toilet rolls and extra towels for the hot tub. We took a lot of items with us that we didnt need, as the information received prior to arrival was still following covid guidelines. We enjoyed using the hot tub after our daily trips out. There were 2 large double bedrooms both with ensuites. The host left flowers, prosecco and chocolates on our arrival, which was a nice touch, and spoke to us on leaving to check everything had been ok. They were easily contactable if there were any problems, but leave you on your own to enjoy your stay.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Little Gem."

    The house was just what we needed for our weekend stay. It was very clean, well equipped, cosy and the hot tub topped it off! Would highly recommend staying here!

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Nov 2022

  • "Our stay at Little Gem was overall very good, the sofas are lovely and comfy (though I would imagine a bit small for anymore than 2 adults), the kitchen is well equipped, the log burner was lovely as was the hot tub - brilliant for soothing sore muscles after a day of walking."

    There were a couple of negative points which took a star off the rating for us. Firstly, the beds weren’t very comfy, so none of us slept very well whilst there. Secondly, there needs to be black out blinds in the front bedroom, the wooden shutters are beautiful, however they do still let a lot of light in whenever a car comes down the road or the security light comes on at the property opposite, which happened a couple of times in the night. This may also help with the noise from dogs barking - a 6:30am wake up was not ideal!

    Reviewed by Lisa4.4Oct 2022

  • "Lovely spacious cottage."

    Clean and warm. Private use of hot tub. Within easy reach of shops after a short drive. Pleasant and peaceful stay. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Julienne5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in this ‘little gem’."

    Perfect size for the 4 of us. Very well equipped and incredibly clean. Some lovely touches too with flowers, fizz and chocolates!

    Reviewed by Molly5.0Sep 2022

  • "Me, my partner and our son really enjoyed the little gem cottage!"

    It was clean have everything we needed, it was so comfy and welcoming it was just the break my family needed! There’s loads of attractions around like Alton towers MacArthur glens outlet and much more for the family, couldn’t recommend this cottage enough! It was perfect!

    Reviewed by Molly5.0Sep 2022

  • "It was in a lovely position nice and quiet."

    It would have been nice to have a washing machine as we were going on to another property. Showers very slippery needed a mat in the bottom or some sort of non slip base. We had a great time at this property. Really good Indian restaurant just down the road. Would certainly book again. Wendy

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2022

  • "Little Gem apt name for a comfortable well appointed and tastefully decorated property."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Little Gem."

    The cottage was very clean and had everything we needed, with the added bonus of a hot tub. I read other reviews which mentioned bad internet and barking dogs, we didn’t experience either of these. The internet worked great and the 3 farm dogs were lovely. We would definitely return

    Reviewed by Haley5.0Aug 2022

  • "Booked to stay for 2 nights as we were doing a day at Alton Towers."

    Booking was really easy and the directions given were very clear so it was all easy before we even got there. The cottage is so pretty and beautifully decorated, we all loved it. Spoke briefly with the owner when we arrived who was friendly and kindly left some milk in the fridge for us. Cottage itself is superbly stocked, everything you need and more for a self catering cottage. Some lovely touches such as fresh flowers, Prosecco and chocolates (which my daughter made the most of!). Extra touches really made this cottage stand out for us such as charging cable, hair dryers in both bedrooms and Netflix account already set up with kids account attached to it. We all enjoyed the hot tub too! We have already said we would definitely go back again the next time we go to Alton Towers. We could not recommend this cottage enough !

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2022

  • "Little Gem is a perfect place to unwind ."

    Lovely quite setting with nice helpful owners plus three lovely dogs . The cottage was tastefully decorated and very well equipped with all you need to have a great break . We had a lovely week , thanking you . Lesley and Jenni .

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jul 2022

  • "A really special holiday home where you can tell the effort and attention that was put in to make it a nice place to stay."

    Super clean and excellent facilities. It is also in a lovely part of England. Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Cecilia5.0Jul 2022

  • "The little gem is the perfect holiday lodge to visit!"

    ! We booked it for the week and I can honestly say I wish I had booked it for longer. As soon as we had walked into the place we were so blown away by how amazing it was, it was so clean and airy, the photos don't do it any justice with how lovely it is! The hot tub was amazing and we definitely made the most of it, was even better at night with all of the lights on! Alison and Andy were so lovely, if you needed anything they were straight onto it, they were kind enough to let me use there washing machine all i had to do was ask. They are such kind and prideful people and want their customers so be happy with the place just as much as they are. The little gem has everything you need for a holiday, including an iron, ironing board, hoover and mop, she was so kind and gifted us a bottle of prosecco and chocolates. I have had such an amazing time there and I would highly recommend staying there, there's also so much to do around the area and didn't take us any longer than 30 mins to drive to the places! Also thankyou to Alison for letting me ride coco, it was amazing and has bought back with many memories for me. I will definitely be booking again!

    Reviewed by Arianne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Little Gem is just that, a little gem ."

    It was exceptional clean and well presented. A wonderful place to relax and unwind, that is quiet and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Jun 2022

  • "Overall the property was in good order and suitable for a families stay, however, there are a number of issues that if rectified, would make the property more than adequate."

    1. The on-suite bathroom in the Pink Bedroom is fitted with an Electric Radiator/Towel rail; this was “Dangerously Hot” and could not be switched off, we had to make sure it remained covered so as not to burn ourselves. 2. Internet connection was poor: The provided internet connection was provided using an old 4G (mobile telephone network) Wi-Fi router rather than broadband or newer 5G Wi-Fi router; this made the Internet connection incredibly unstable, slow and sometimes unavailable. Notwithstanding that, the router had only been configured to use the 2.4 Gigahertz Wi-Fi band only and not the 5 Gigahertz Wi-Fi band again affecting overall performance. 3. The Televisions (Living Room/Pink Bedroom) provided were not connected to a Standard TV Aerial and as such could not receive “Live Television”, i.e. traditional ITV, BBC etc including all the Free-view channels. Although the hosts had provided access to some internet TV subscriptions services, this was limited and with the internet issues described above did not make for a great viewer experience with poor picture quality and continuous picture drop-outs. 4. Although the property is within a farm environment, the continual barking of a number of dogs especially in the early evening was quite annoying and tedious. Every-time a horse, walker or another dog passed the farm on the road the dogs started barking again. Despite these small irritations, we thoroughly enjoyed our time away at Little Gem, and the standard of the property was on the better side of some available. The Furnishing were of a high quality and comfortable, beds were also very comfortable and spacious. The Hot tub and its location is a great asset and was really relaxing.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2022

  • "The property was absolutely lovely, clean, welcoming and great striking distance from Burton, Derby and the National Memorial Arboretum, the only reason for the markdown was the lack of covered clothes hanging, ie, wardrobe space, although there is an open hanging rack."

    The owner was only too willing to offer help and was very friendly ! The whole feeling was one of relaxation and calm. Thank you Alison and Andy ! From Tony and Mel

    Reviewed by Antony4.4Jun 2022

  • "Beautifully appointed ‘Little Gem’ of a property."

    Great layout and with lovely high quality fixtures and features. Hot tub is great and outside furniture stylish and comfortable. The TV’s are FireTV’s which take a little getting your head around, and can be a bit hit and miss when the internet is intermittent. Parking plentiful and has added feature of electric charging point for those who require it. Sainsbury’s delivery available if you’re travelling from a distance. Easy access to Alton Towers, about 30 minutes away, and easy access to the Derbyshire Dales as well. Information which would be useful for future guests would be practical things such as how to dispose of refuse, contact telephone number for housekeeper, how to work the oven, hot tub, tv’s etc. in the information folder. I hadn’t realised until we arrived that there was no washing machine or dryer, which are usually standard. Recognising that Little Gem is small, a facility to wash and dry clothes somewhere on site would be beneficial, particularly as we had a 2 year old with us. We had an issue with an odour from the septic tank, however once reported this was dealt with swiftly and successfully (drain blocked with wipes - not ours!). We would definitely stay here again, but especially so if a washing machine was available. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.1May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Little gem and the owners were very helpful, when filling out this questionnaire we have marked down listing by one mark as we took this to be advertised at my time of booking and some items were not listed like the log burner etc."

    Comfort was marked down by one mark on the account that we found the two sofas to be hard to rise up once seated. Overall we found the accommodation to be first class and would recommend to stay here. We didn't do much cooking in the cottage, but the appliances took a small time to figure out on how to work them, we did check the welcome folder but no instruction/operating manuals where there to help out, but we did figure it out, maybe leaving some sort of operating instruction would help other users of the property. We found an odour in one of the toilets which we told the owner and this will be looked into, we also passed this on to the handyman upon our departure, so this should be looked into for the next user coming into the property. We firmly believe if the owner was made aware by the previous users this would have been sorted. Under no circumstances did this deter or spoil our stay there, We used the hot tub on a few occasions, fortunate we have used hot tubs before and had a rough idea on how they worked, we feel some sort of instructions for the operation of the hot tub would help other users. we had difficulty taking off and on putting on the foil cover over the lid of the hot tub this need some more clearance from the lounge window. We were both down visiting family and choose Little gem for its location, features and the cleanliness from the pictures and the lovely welcome from the dogs was an added feature, we both agree this was the perfect choice for us. Although we were down visiting family we did get out and about, Uttoxeter is 3.5 miles from Little gem with the supermarkets easily accessible and your within easy driving distance of many tourist attractions and we would recommend Dovedale for walking, there are toilets and a snack bar at the car park, Carsington water visitor centre, Trentham gardens there are shops and a garden centre here too, there is loads to do around the area and the scenery is beautiful. We both would choose Little gem again to stay in and many thanks to the owners on delivering a charming cottage for us to stay in.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4May 2022

  • "From a converted tractor shed to a Property called Little Gem."

    Clean and Airy with every consideration given to this holiday let, well furnished with quality fittings, is true to say that gremlins had got into the TV systems but owners Alison and Andy had got this matter in hand. Andy and Alison made us feel very welcome compounded this wit a wonderful welcome pack. Brian /Pauline Christian

    Reviewed by Brian4.7May 2022

  • "Beautiful property."

    Cosy, well equipped, comfortable and pristine. Great location, rural but easy access to main roads and locations. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Anne-marie5.0May 2022

  • "This is an understated property."

    The setting is beautiful with stunning countryside views. The cottage is very well appointed. The hot tub was great. Dove dale and Cannock Chase were lovely. The hosts were really nice people Would recommend

    Reviewed by Brian David5.0Apr 2022

  • "So lovely and quiet."

    Hot tub was great, shame about the sun

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "The name for this holiday home was very appropriate as we instantly fell in love with "littlegem" On our arrival we were greeted by the owners and were made to feel very welcomed."

    Littlegem has two nice sized bedrooms both having en-suites. The kitchen and dining/living room areas were very well decorated and immaculate throughout and the hot-tub was lovely. We will definitely return to "Littlegem" when we visit the Peak district in the future.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "Little Gem is a super property, we based ourselves here for Alton Towers and other local attractions with our little boy."

    It was clean and spacious with a well equipped kitchen. The host left us some lovely welcome goodies, fresh milk and eggs, such a kind gesture. It was lovely to meet Alison and hear a little more about the conversion of Little Gem. We will definitely be coming back to stay at this beautiful holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful property."

    Wonderful hosts. Wonderful holiday. Definitely recommend and already planning a return trip!

    Reviewed by Ryan3.8Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage well equipped and in a nice location not far from the Peak District."

    We especially like cottages on their own and not on complexes.Our only slight downside was the smart TVs which we didn't like.Overall would recommend and would return as we had a great break.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2022

  • "We wanted a quiet relaxing weekend and this ticked all the boxes."

    Super clean and cosy. We had total privacy and the owners were genuinely friendly and on hand for anything we needed. Lovely weekend thank you :-)

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Mar 2022

  • "Amazing property."

    Really close to amenities (7 min) and about 35 min drive from some nice hikes including Dovedale and Thors Cave Lovely sheets, very cosy and logs were provided for the fire. Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Naima5.0Feb 2022

  • "Very relaxing"

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2022

  • "A beautiful countryside cottage with a lovely warm welcome with added extras from the owner - eggs, local cheese, butter and milk ."

    Beautiful log wood burner and was surprised to see a full basket of logs and kindling . Beautiful kitchen with absolutely everything possible you could need . Decorated beautifully with lovely ornaments . Beds very comfortable , bedding I believe was Egyptian cotton and very comfortable . Bathrooms both had beautiful showers and plenty of towels for hot tub and bathroom. Everything at this cottage was of high quality from the soap in the bathroom to the crockery in the kitchen. Hot tub very nice . We did have an issue with the filter but this was sorted immediately by the owners with a complimentary bottle of wine . Highly recommend this cottage which is of a extremely high Standard for a relaxing country break ….. but I had to go home .

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic place to stay, the hosts were so welcoming and couldn't do enough for us!"

    Everything was clean and well maintained and well stocked apart from the tin opener which we told the hosts about! Would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Brendan5.0Jan 2022

  • "My friends and I went to Little Gem for a girls weekend away and it did not disappoint!"

    The cottage is done beautifully and was very homey. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you'd need and we were even welcomed with a bottle of bubbly and chocolates. The cottage is in a lovely area and only a short drive from countryside walks and village pubs. I can't fault anything from our stay and would highly recommend to anyone wanting to escape busy city life and have a relaxed break away.

    Reviewed by Devon5.0Jan 2022

  • "Had a wonderful relaxing stay, the cottage was beautiful and had everything we needed."

    We didn't explore the surrounding area as the break was just for relaxing and re-charging the batteries, which is exactly what we did. The cottage was so cosy and beds extremely comfortable, we made the most of the hot tub every night and the owners were very welcoming and on hand if needed. Spotlessly clean and the extra touches (xmas tree, cinamon spiced cones, welcome pack and flowers) were a really lovely touch. Felt very homely and will be sure to go again

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with Smart TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • 2 x Smart TV's, Amazon Alexa, Netflix, Amazon Prime, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars on private driveway
  • Electric car charger available on driveway
  • Rear patio with furniture and hot tub
  • Front gravelled area with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: Stables are available for guests with horses, which can be arranged with the owner prior before arrival
  • Note: We are encouraging sensible use of energy so if you do not require the use of the hot tub please let the Sykes office now and we will pass this on to the owner

The property

A delightful, detached barn conversion, Little Gem is nestled on the outskirts of Marchington, Staffordshire.

With two double bedrooms hosting en-suite shower rooms, this property is the perfect rural escape for two couples.

The barn conversion is located on a gated property with off-road parking providing space for four cars, as well as an electric charge point, where you can unpack with ease and admire the picturesque countryside setting.

Step inside to feel the luxury of underfloor heating throughout and find a combination of rustic and contemporary features in this beautiful all-ground-floor barn conversion.

Relax in the inviting sofas after a long journey in the bright and airy open-plan living space, whether that's to plan your holiday or host a movie night on the Smart TV, and there is the addition of Netflix, Prime and an Amazon Alexa.

Set the stylish glass dining table ready for dinner, which can be prepared by the designated chef in the kitchen area; soft grey and blue cupboards and tiling make for an attractive space equipped with electric oven, induction hob and dishwasher to keep the space tidy.

A long day trekking through the countryside requires plenty of rest in the evenings; choose between a king-size with a Smart TV and a double, both of which have contemporary en-suite shower rooms to rinse off the day.

Why not unwind in the outdoor hot tub under the stars and let any stress roll off your shoulders?

The rear patio also offers stylish outdoor rattan dining table and furniture to sip a well-earned glass of wine to end the day.

Explore your wonderful surroundings by venturing along one of the numerous bridal paths and country lanes, with Marchington Woodlands around a mile away.

Take a break from cooking and head into Marchington for dinner at the welcoming, Georgian country pub, The Dog & Partridge, or stock up on the essentials at the convenient store before taking a riverside walk along the picturesque River Dove.

For a taste of history, head to the superb Sudbury Hall, one of Britain's finest country houses and Grade I listed building, now hosting The National Trust Museum of Childhood.

Thrill-seekers are in a prime location to visit Alton Towers with an abundance of rides, rollercoasters and attractions on offer for the whole family, from a waterpark and crazy golf to child-friendly rides and play areas.

Uttoxeter is an excellent market town where visitors can discover the stories and events that shaped the town in Redfern's Cottage Museum, pack your clubs and head to the golf club, and picnic in the sunshine at Bramshall Road Park.

Journey south east to Burton upon Trent for a variety of riverside bars and restaurants for an evening out, after a guided tour of British brewing at The National Brewery Centre, whilst Branston Water Park awaits for wildlife and walking paths along a serene waterfront.

Further north takes you to Ashbourne, another pretty market town and the perfect pit spot before your adventures into the Peak District's outstanding landscapes; admire St Oswald's Church, walk or cycle through Ashbourne Tunnel, or pick up takeaway food from the market place and find a quiet spot in Ashbourne Park.

Escape to Little Gem away from the hustle and bustle to this picturesque countryside setting.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Uttoxeter 5 miles; Ashbourne 15 miles.

The scattered village of Marchington is set in some beautiful rural countryside in the boundaries of the Marchington Woodlands, within easy reach of the Peak District National Park. Marchington is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and offers some beautiful walks as it runs adjacent to the River Dove. The village has a couple of friendly pubs with The Dog and Partridge serving good food, The Barn Indian Restaurant, a small shop and two churches. The village is situated five miles from the bustling Staffordshire town of Uttoxeter with its popular racecourse, golf club, and cinema. NT Sudbury Hall and its Museum of Childhood are very close by, offering a fascinating insight into days gone by. The market town of Ashbourne is within driving distance, with its eccentric street plan, narrow cobbled alleys and quaint coaching inns. Ashbourne is something of a haven for antique hunters, boasting superb shops, as well as offering a variety of good pubs and restaurants. The Dove and Manifold Valleys are also nearby, and with both Tittesworth and Carsington Reservoirs and the thrills of Alton Towers an easy drive, this is a beautiful and relaxing location to enjoy all year round.

Note:We are encouraging sensible use of energy so if you do not require the use of the hot tub please let the Sykes office now and we will pass this on to the owner

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas