Old Castle Inn
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
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD 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.
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8 Sep 2014
"Quirky place to stay right next to Alton towers"
We had a lovely time, the owner gabi was on hand for any issues. The house is beautiful! It has a real old style to it and we tried to convince ourselves there was a ghost in the house but we didn… More
30 Aug 2014
"Would stay again if cleaned well and had working oven!"
Stayed Monday to Thursday, two families 11 of us in total. First impressions weren't great I'm afraid. Rather dirty, had to venture under the sofa to find the TV remote, wish I hadn't!!… More
We are very sorry to hear about these misgivings. From our perspective, we did respond immediately to you telling us about the broken cooker, and offered to send somebody in to mend it - but you didn't respond to the offer! (or contact us again to say that you were still having problems for the remaining 2 days of your stay) He came in the day you left and mended it - it was just a problem with the ignition, and was resolved with using matches to ensure the ovens lit up properly.We had a problem with this cooker over a year ago, but of course we got it sorted, as we would not expect guests to have to manage without one. It would have been helpful if you acknowledged that we offered profuse apologies and voluntarily refunded some of the money you paid for your stay for the inconvenience you experienced.
We can't really comment about the cleaning, as we use the same team and have had very few complaints over the years. Sorry too if you did not like the decor and the TV was too small...ho hum, I guess we can't please all the people all the time.
5 Jun 2014
"Excellent house for visit to Alton with large group"
Great locationf for Alton Towers. Plenty of room and toys in house for our 3 families of 2 adults and 2 young children. Great pub across the road, great food. They allowed us to carry the food on plates over to the house so us Adults could enjoy nice evening meal all together once children in bed. Had chinese delivery on second night which pub recommended. Loved the open fire, and kitchen was very well equipped! The accommodation offered everything we needed for our families to get together and enjoy each others company. Would definately stay again :-)
11 May 2013
"Great location for a weekend break near Alton Towers"
Good service from the owner. Quick response to booking enquiry, timely receipt of house details and very helpful during our stay. We had a problem with the heating on arrival and the owner was quick to respond by text and phone which meant the problem was sorted within an hour.
Property was well suited to a large party of 10 people. 5 decent sized bedrooms over 2 floors. Although none of the bedrooms had an en-suites, this was not a problem as there was a bathroom on each floor. House was well equipped and we liked the unusual character of the place. Location in the village of Alton was great. Good local pub across the road and Alton Towers is within walking distance (30 m inutes). Only draw back was that, even with the heating working, the house was a bit cold for our stay in April.
24 Mar 2013
"Great spot for a gathering of friends"
Spatious accommodation at a very competitive price in a lovely village location. The owners were very helpful and friendly, as were the villagers. We were there during a cold spell in winter, and had to get additional firewood - this can be obtained either from the village store or post office. There is no off-street parking, but this was not really a problem for us. There are two decent-looking pubs very close to hand. We'd like to come back in the summer.
1 Feb 2013
"Perfect for a weekend getaway"
Stayed here with a group of friends for my birthday. Lovely big property with plenty of character, great value and location.
30 Aug 2012
"Very good for accomodating large number in large property"
Overall I found this property to be very good for a short stay in the locale of Alton Towers. The property was extensive with plenty of room for kids to play without getting on top of each other. The dining room and living rooms were large and comfortable with the kitchen well stocked. A few problems with kitchen appliances but these were sorted during the time of visit, which is a plus point. Plenty of games, jigsaws and books available which was a massive bonus to keep kids occupied. Lots of nice pieces of classic and quirky furniture all contributing to make it comfortable and a relaxing place for a break.
Excellent pub across the road with very good food. Another couple within a few minutes' walk. Some nice walks in the village too. A lot of effort has gone into making the place welcoming which was appreciated.
15 Aug 2012
"Everything we hoped it would be"
This Rental was just superb for our groups needs, myself and 4 of my friends traveled to Stoke-on-Trent from all over the country to meet for my 25th birthday, where we were spending some time in alto… More
28 Mar 2012
"Beautiful house peaceful location ideal for Alton towers"
We booked this house for a group break away and to visit Alton towers! It was everything the owner said it would be and more, the house is beautiful with big open fire and and amazing looking dinning table!the house seemed to go on forever with enough room to sleep 12 in beds, there was a lovely pub across the road serving food and another pub a few doors up with a lovely beer garden!
All in all it was a wonderful break and we will defantly be back
9 Feb 2012
"Great family home in the Peak District."
We had a great short break in this beautiful family home which has all amenities. We loved the way the house is decorated and the beautiful furniture. It was a delight to stay somewhere that felt so user friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed having an open fire in the sitting room which we managed to light with ease. The house is situated almost opposite the local pub but there is no noise. It serves good hearty meals. We were fortunate to be there the night there was a local band playing. All the villagers we met were extremely helpful and friendly. There are some lovely walks locally - in particular Dimingsdale but suggest you take the car down the hill and avoid the very steep climb back up to the house as after 6 miles it is a killer. We plan to return again in the warmer weather to explore more on foot and by car.
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