Gatekeeper Lodge

Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5
Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended

Gatekeeper Lodge is a six bedroom country house located within a large estate. It is surrounded by some magnificent scenery, with beautiful woodland and rolling fields surrounding the house.

The Estate has been a very popular hunting ground throughout history. In fact it has proved to be a popular place for Royalty to visit in years gone by. The surrounding Estate has 1100 acres of surrounding Hunting and Sporting rights, as well as over 100 acres of Woodland and 50 acres of pasture land.

 

Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What’s included?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

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Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • Try your hand at a round of golf at one of the many courses a short drive away.
  • Explore the grotto-like Tinkerborough caves on the Estate.
  • Feel transported to a far away land while relaxing by the Koi pond.

What you should know…

  • Short stays won’t allow you to sample the wide plethora of activities available!
  • Keep an eye on young children by the pond.

Property Features

Vill’otel (Like a Hotel!) Internet Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed Cable TV DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Gatekeeper Lodge benefits from a multitude of exclusive features including underfloor heating on the ground floor, piped music throughout ground and first floor, handmade bespoke oak kitchen and a utility room based on arts and crafts most famous new York furniture maker.

In the kitchen there is a large AGA fridge and freezer, seperate double drawer, AGA fridge, LPG AGA four door range cooker, seperate AGA on demand and an LPG cooker with gas hobs, ideal for use in the summer when range AGA can be switched off. Water filtration at the two kitchen sinks.

The utitlity room offers: Bosch washing machine, Bosch Dryer, Leiberr dual zone wine cooler and seperate beverage fridge.

In addition there is a central broadband server with wall points in all bedrooms, a handmade oak fireplace with log burner in the main living room. There are solid oak floors throughout the main house and stone floors in kitchen and utility room.

There are three en-suite double rooms on the first floor, two King size and one double.  There is also another 'Double en-suite room' on the first floor with a King size bed.  The top floor has two bedrooms, one with a King size Bed and the other is a flexible room which can be set up as two singles or as a Super King double.  These two rooms have a shared family bathroom.

Furniture includes: handmade copper lamps from Bishops Castle Galleries, handmade massai figures from Africa, a collection of handmade glass chickens from China, lighting from Portugal, flowers from Ruckley and oak furniture from Canada.

The Estate provides a wonderful playground for nature lovers, with some amazing wildlife and plant life. There are some extremely exciting features within the Estate. There is a beautiful ravine which, through the wetter winter months, turns into a glorious waterfall.

There are also the Tinkerborough Caves, that used to be part of the Tinkerborough Cottages. Located by David's Rock these caves have panoramic views and look back towards the Idyllic village of Salt. There is also a great cave to explore around the corner from the Tinkerborough site. The grotto like cave provides a lovely place to sit and have a drink, enjoying the peace and quiet and beautiful surrounding countryside. 

The Lodge is surrounded by some fabulous walks. There are a plethora of footpaths available and a huge stretch of bridleway available for horse lovers. The river and Canal are both extremely close for great walks. The Estate enjoys the sporting and fishing rights along a huge stretch of the river.

Location

About the surrounding area of Gatekeeper Lodge
Walkable Village Walkable Restaurant Waterfront Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Gatekeeper Lodge is conveniently located just off the A518, 3 miles from Stafford town centre, 7 miles from Uttoxeter, 5 miles from Stone and 8 miles from Rugeley. Importantly, access to the M6 motorway is only a 3 mile drive, with both Manchester and Birmingham approximately a 40 minute drive away. Inter city trains are available at Stafford station which is on the West Coast mainline with London Euston only 1 hour and 20 minutes away. East Midlands airport is also less than 1 hours travel.

For very keen walkers, the beautiful Peak District is only a 40 minute drive away. Cannock Chase is a 10 minute drive away, also providing a wonderful playground for hikers, horse riders and bike lovers.

There are an abundance of lovely local pubs to be enjoyed. The closest pub is in the village of Salt which borders the Estate and is called The Hollybush Inn. This pub is the second oldest registered pub in the UK, has won many awards for its food and ale and is also listed in the Good Food Guide. There are also two good pubs in Weston, The Saracens Head and The Woolpack Inn. Weston Hall is also located only one minutes drive from the house and offers a fabulous bar and restaurant.

For golf lovers, the Lodge is only a short drive from lots of fantastic courses including the highly renowned Brocton, Ingestre and Uttoxeter courses. For horse enthusiasts, the very popular Ingestre stables are 5 minutes drive away too.

There are an array of attractions and potential activities surrounding the Lodge. Trentham Monkey Park and Floral Garden Estate is a 15 minute drive away. Paintballing at Penkridge is also a 15 minute drive. The Cinema, Bowling Alley, Stafford Castle, Riley's Snooker and Pool hall and Stafford's bars and nightclubs are all within a 10 minute drive from the house. The County Showground is only a couple of minutes drive too.

Children and adrenaline seekers will be pleased to know that Alton Towers is only a 45 minute drive.

For the sporty there are an array of gyms and sports centres to choose from, and swimmers can enjoy the pool at the main sports centre. For children who love slides, Waterworld is only a 30 minute drive away in Hanley.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport East Midlands

(55 km)

Nearest Ferry port  Liverpool

(115 km)

Nearest Village Stafford

(4 km)

Nearest Town/City Stafford

(4 km)

Nearest Restaurant Weston Hall

(0.5 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Hollybush Inn

(1 km)

Nearest Golf Ingestre Golf Club

(3 km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

Interested?
If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on villotel@oliverstravels.com for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £1000. This is paid by transfer prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 5 pm onwards.
Departure time 10 am.
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 22nd 2017 - December 9th 2017 £1,995.00 £2,121.00 £2,625.00
December 9th 2017 - December 21st 2017 £1,995.00 £2,121.00 £2,625.00
December 21st 2017 - December 28th 2017 - - £4,725.00
December 28th 2017 - March 24th 2018 £1,995.00 £2,121.00 £2,625.00
March 24th 2018 - April 6th 2018 £2,793.00 £2,969.40 £3,675.00
April 6th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 £1,995.00 £2,121.00 £2,625.00
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 £2,793.00 £2,969.40 £3,675.00
August 25th 2018 - December 8th 2018 £1,995.00 £2,121.00 £2,625.00
December 8th 2018 - December 21st 2018 £1,995.00 £2,121.00 £2,625.00
December 21st 2018 - December 29th 2018 - - £4,725.00
December 29th 2018 - May 26th 2019 £1,995.00 £2,121.00 £2,625.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 22nd 2017 - December 9th 2017 €2,164.64 €2,290.64 €2,848.23
December 9th 2017 - December 21st 2017 €2,164.64 €2,290.64 €2,848.23
December 21st 2017 - December 28th 2017 - - €5,126.81
December 28th 2017 - March 24th 2018 €2,164.64 €2,290.64 €2,848.23
March 24th 2018 - April 6th 2018 €3,030.51 €3,206.91 €3,987.52
April 6th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 €2,164.64 €2,290.64 €2,848.23
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 €3,030.51 €3,206.91 €3,987.52
August 25th 2018 - December 8th 2018 €2,164.64 €2,290.64 €2,848.23
December 8th 2018 - December 21st 2018 €2,164.64 €2,290.64 €2,848.23
December 21st 2018 - December 29th 2018 - - €5,126.81
December 29th 2018 - May 26th 2019 €2,164.64 €2,290.64 €2,848.23

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 12 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 22nd 2017 - December 9th 2017 $2,541.43 $2,667.43 $3,343.98
December 9th 2017 - December 21st 2017 $2,541.43 $2,667.43 $3,343.98
December 21st 2017 - December 28th 2017 - - $6,019.17
December 28th 2017 - March 24th 2018 $2,541.43 $2,667.43 $3,343.98
March 24th 2018 - April 6th 2018 $3,557.99 $3,734.39 $4,681.58
April 6th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 $2,541.43 $2,667.43 $3,343.98
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 $3,557.99 $3,734.39 $4,681.58
August 25th 2018 - December 8th 2018 $2,541.43 $2,667.43 $3,343.98
December 8th 2018 - December 21st 2018 $2,541.43 $2,667.43 $3,343.98
December 21st 2018 - December 29th 2018 - - $6,019.17
December 29th 2018 - May 26th 2019 $2,541.43 $2,667.43 $3,343.98

The Region

England isn’t just divided into the north and the south – there’s a whole stretch of the country that sits right between them, a wonderful and often overlooked area known as the Midlands. It’s here you’ll find Shakespeare’s birthplace, the rich cultural heritage of the Industrial Revolution and beautiful countryside that’s as wonderful to look at as it is to explore.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the great stuff to do in the region, we’ve put together this handy Midlands travel guide – great place to start when you are holidaying in one of our cottages in the Midlands.

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