House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
New on the market, Old Castle Inn is a large converted public house full of character and with unusual architectural features.
The beautiful village of Alton sits above the Churnet Valley adjacent to glorious Dimmingsdale on the edge of the Peak District. It is ideal for walkers and cyclists (a disused railway line passes through the village).
It is situated less than 5 minutes from Alton Towers resort - a bus is available from the bottom of the road.
The village has 5 pubs, most of which offer good food, and an excellent restaurant on the same street as the property.
Nearby are the historic towns of Ashbourne and Cheadle (with it's fine Pugin church). Leek , with William Morris trail, a little further away (30 mins) and the spa town of Buxton with Opera house and many cultural events 45 mins away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: East Midlands 40 km, Nearest railway: Uttoxeter 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Further details indoors|
Old Castle Inn has plenty of seating downstairs, with a lounge (boasting a huge open fire), dining room (with log burner), large kitchen (with seating) and a large conservatory. It has original pub floor tiles and exposed floorboards. It also has a piano and library room.
The property has 2 bathrooms, and 10 beds in 5 large rooms, with a fold out double sofa for extra guests.
|Further details outdoors|
The house has a safe enclosed garden with seating and a large sand pit.
Linen provided, but please bring your own towels.
Baby sitting and dog walking available by negotiation (reliable local family)
The Heart of England/Peak District
Alton is in the Staffordshire Moorlands, overlooking the beautiful Churnet Valley, at the foot of the Weaver Hills. Within 20 minutes drive of iconic Dovedale, the property provides ideal accommodation for those wishing to access both Alton Towers, and the moors and dales of the Peak District National Park.
Nearby towns include Cheadle (4m) with it's unique Pugin church, Uttoxeter (7m) home of the Midlands Grand National, and Ashbourne (8m) home of the historic, annual Shrovetide football match. Leek (12m) provides numerous antique emporia and the William Morris trail, whereas Stoke-on-Trent (14m) is home to potteries museums, premiership football, and a major canal network. The area has fantastic cycle pathways along the Tissington Trail, Manifold Way and disused Churnet Valley railway line.
Alton has an impressive Saxon Church, Pugin-designed buildings and it's own Castle. With several pubs, a park with children's play area, woodland and river walks, a post office, mini-mart, restaurant and conservation area, the village is both historic and attractive. Two summer shows in the village, situated in the castle and school grounds, play host to live music, tug-o-war and traditional games.
Well-dressing celebrations take place across the Peak, the only Highland Games in England features each July in Ashbourne, and the famous Alton Towers firework display rounds off the autumn. Alton Towers theme park,and Splas Landings Water Park are only 5 minutes by bus or car.