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Large Unusual House In Village Conservation Area

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

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.

More Details

Gabrielle Lees
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017

About Gabrielle Lees

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Alton in Staffordshire Moorlands District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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
  • 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. A large landing area with another single bed with pull out trundle
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • 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
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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average rating of 4.625 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful, quirky house!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with 7 other adults and 3 kids all under 6 years old. The kids had an amazing time discovering all the rooms and toys on offer! The adults enjoyed relaxing in the various communal areas and garden :D

This is a really quirky property with loads of character, it felt like a real home away from home. Unlike some places I've stayed in previously, I instantly felt comfortable here.

There are a couple of pubs within less than a minutes walk, we would really recommend the Alton Bridge pub, which is down the road from the house, about 5 minutes walk away, though it's a decent uphill walk on the way back!

In summary, a great stay enjoyed by all!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely & unusual

  • 4 of 5

Really nice, homely, great for kids.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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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: 01-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 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: 11-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 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: 24-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 19-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Alton, South East England

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
near christmas weekend
15 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
New Year
28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
low season
4 Jan 2018 - 8 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
half term
9 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
low season
19 Feb 2018 - 15 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
16 Mar 2018 - 3 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
may bank hol
4 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 May 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
summer holidays
13 Jul 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
bank holiday
24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 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.

Notes on prices:
Weekend only stays are very welcome all through the year. These range from £395 to £640 per weekend - REGARDLESS OF 2 or 3 NIGHTS. We know some people are unable to use a 3rd night, but you will be able to have use of the house all day Sunday rather than having to leave in the morning. This pricing arrangement is very difficult to capture in the new automated system, so please double check cost with us (most weekends in spring /summer are around £600, and winter around £400. If the quote you have received is way above this, it is probably a mistake). 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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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