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Large Unusual House In Village Conservation Area



Updated: 24-Nov-2016
House in Alton, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire / Derbyshire, England, UK - 1 Mile From Alton Towers Theme Park, Edge Of Peak District

Old Castle Inn is a historic converted public house with 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 downstairs seating areas, a wood burner and unique architectural features with gothic themes. It provides characterful and substantive accommodation for families, ramblers, cyclists and visitors to nearby Alton Towers. Well behaved dogs are welcome with pre agreement. The house sits in the heart of the beautiful listed village of Alton, close to pubs, excellent restaurants, late opening shops and the famous Pugin roofed Alton Castle.

The house has a large conservatory overlooking a good sized and part walled garden. The downstairs has a library and music room, and there are lots of books, toys and videos for children.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We lived here until 2011, and unable to sell it when we moved down south for work, we have now converted it to a holiday let. We love this house and come up as often as we can.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you so much for letting us use your fantastic house. We had a lovely holiday and hope to be back soon'

'Wow, what an amazing and unusual house!. We were 2 families together and all fitted in fine. Had a wild time at Alton Towers, but also had the chance to explore some beautiful areas we never new existed!'
Oct 2015
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Had a fantastic time staying in the property for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

A holiday rental that is definitely someone's home rather than a standard holiday let. With all of the hosts individual furnishings it is a unique place to stay with a big open fire to keep you warm in the winter. Village of Alton has lots of character with many pubs to frequent, lovely walking in the surrounding countryside and woods. We had an excellent time.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quirky and characterful property

  • 5 of 5

Quirky property with loads of character and plenty of space. Lovely fireplaces for hunkering down for chats and wine (well we were 7 ladies!) Comfortable beds and well equipped in the pretty town of Alton.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Characterful village house

  • 5 of 5

Quiet and peaceful except for the noise that you and all your people that this house can accommodate create yourselves. So, it's a big house ideal for family reunions.

Although the owners were not present or nearby, communication with them was quick and excellent. When we had questions, the answers were there in just some minutes. (But there is enough information sheets given in the house.)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very quirky with lots of interesting features.

  • 3 of 5

Property generally clean but some attention to details required-cooker, floors under sofas. Everything supplied that was needed, such as dishwasher tablets, tea towels, spare loo rolls, which was a bonus. House was the right size for our large family, but garden a bit messy-a bit of TLC needed.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice looking old terrace Pub

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic well kept house with 5 large bedrooms. A fine dining room, cosy living room and extremely large kitchen which kept 10 adults very comfortable over a long weekend.

This in a very picturesque little town with a plethora of nice pubs, excellent walks and beautiful scenery.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Brilliant stay in fabulous house

  • 5 of 5

We choose this property for a family get together and it turned out to be a great choice. There's was loads of room for the kids, the toys and music room kept then enterntained for hours. The well equipped kitchen was spot on and had everything we needed, the beds were comfortable and rooms were amazing. The village of Alton was friendly and accessible with amazing pubs on the doorstep. we'll definately be returning soon I hope!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


Bit short of beaches-1hr 30m drive to North Wales and Wirral beaches.


East Midlands Airport, 35 minutes by car. Car would be useful, but not essential as plenty of places to visit by foot or bus (including Alton Towers).


Alton Towers 1 mile. Dimmingsdale and Churnet Valley 1 mile. Cheadle, including 'Pugin Church', 4 miles. Uttoxeter, 7 miles. Ashbourne, 9 miles.

Dovedale, 12 miles. Leek, 14 miles. Stoke-on-Trent, 14 miles. Derby 18 miles. Buxton, including Poole Cavern and Opera House, about 25 miles

Lichfield, Dr. Johnson museum and cathedral about 30 miles.

Further Details:

Alton Village: Castle and Pugin buildings, churches, post office, 4-5 fine pubs, many provide food and/or have restaurant attached, late-opening mini-mart, children's recreation area, riverside and country walks.

Further afield: Dimmingsdale and Staffordshire Way a short walk away.

Alton Towers Theme Park and gardens. 'Pugin Church' at Cheadle.

Uttoxeter racecourse and Redfern's Cottage Museum. Peak District walks and cycle paths including Dovedale, Tissington Trail, and Manifold Valley.

Blackbrook Zoo. William Morris trail at Leek. Trentham Gardens and monkey world. Steam Trains at Froghall and Cheddleton. Potteries museums and galleries at Stoke on Trent. Football grounds at Port Vale, Stoke City and Derby County.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
7 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
near christmas weekend
16 Dec 2016 - 21 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
22 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
New Year
28 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
4 Jan 2017 - 9 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
half term
10 Feb 2017 - 27 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
28 Feb 2017 - 23 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
24 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Book via website or by e mailing. Refundable 'good house keeping' deposit of £150 against damage or unacceptable mess. 25% on booking, full payment 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Please note this is a terraced house with children next door, so although a certain amount of noise is perfectly acceptable, and the walls are thick (castle stone!) it is not suitable for large groups of adults only if think you may be noisy after pub times.

Changeover Day:
Friday or Monday, but flexibility for short breaks.Weekend rates are the same for 2 or 3 nights. Friday and Saturday only stays have access to the house for as long as needed on the Sunday.

Notes on prices:
3 night stays welcome all through the year from £385 to £625 per weekend. Please enquire about midweek rates as they are cheaper out of school holidays. These prices can be viewed on owners website.
20% reduction on the price for groups of 6 people or less, and cheaper deals for artists and workers needing accommodation in the area.
Groups of more than 8 adults will be charged an extra £35 per person per stay.
Dogs £15 per stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 24-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath, sink and WC. Shower room with sink. Separate WC with sink .


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 + 2 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with twin beds, sink and stone fireplace. Bedroom 4 with double bed. Bedroom 5 with twin beds.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The house is suitable for children, tasteful toys and games available, including playstation with games. Cot can be provided on request. Well behaved dogs welcome, for an additional £15. Do check 'tripadvisor' for reviews of the property Outside: Secluded fully enclosed, tree-lined garden with patio area, outdoor furniture and big sandpit.Free parking on street outside the house. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and toilet towels included. Babysitting and dog-sitting service available by negotiation with reliable local family. Other: Large atmospheric conservatory with seating and french doors opening onto garden. Additional library/music room with piano and seating.

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