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    Property ref: S16019

    • Bedrooms 4

    • Sleeps 8

    • Baths 2

    • Pets No

    • Reviews (28)

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    About this property

    In the tranquillity of a secluded rural valley, this single-storey converted barn provides excellent holiday accommodation, equipped and furnished to a high standard. Next to the owners’ home, it has a private patio with furniture and enjoys countryside views, yet Alton Towers is just minutes away. This is truly lovely walking country where nature is at its most majestic. Dimmingsdale is particularly good for walkers, offering everything from a gentle stroll to a half day hike. Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. Ashbourne, the Potteries, including Trentham Awakes and adjacent monkey park, and the Peak District are within easy reach. Golf 3 miles. Shops 2 miles, pubs/restaurants 1 mile.

    Beamed sitting room. Modern fitted kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further double bedroom with 6ft bed (can be two 3ft beds). Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom (full-size bunks). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Elec, full oil CH, bed linen and towels inc
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • Four TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • M/wave
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Patio
  • BBQ
  • Shared use of owners’ grounds
  • Parking
  • Bicycle store/shed
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Water feature in grounds
  • Accommodation

    - Barbecue
    - Bike Store
    - Cot Available
    - Detached Property
    - DVD player
    - Dishwasher
    - Ground Floor Facilities
    - Fuel and Power Included
    - Garden / Patio
    - Ideal for Golf
    - Highchair
    - Pub within 1 mile
    - Horse Riding Nearby
    - Rural Location
    - Stairgate
    - Television
    - Short Breaks All Year
    - Car Parking Available
    - Bed Linen & Towels Included
    - Washing Machine

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    • Dark Forest
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    • Congo River Rapids
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    Reviews (28)

    "A delightfully peaceful and remote location, yet just a few miles from Alton Towers, which the children enjoyed greatly! Very well equipped and very clean. The owners live nearby, and were very friendly and accommodating."
    "Lovely stay at Marmaduke's Folly, thank you!"
    "A lovely cottage in the middle of the countryside, with everything you need for a great stay. Highly recommend for getting away from it all with very pleasant and accommodating owners. Thanks again for a lovely weekend."
    "It was all perfect, it was beautifully clean with everything you could possibly need. The owner was so helpful. We will difinately be back. Thank you so much."
    "A hidden jewel. Everything you could ever want supplied - even dishwasher tablets.4 good size bedrooms.We were 3 generations and all of us loved it. Warm, cosy, peaceful, constant hot water and fabulous courtyard - very private. We'll cared for even the plants outside the cottage. Owners fabulous hosts and could not do enough for you. Would not hesitate to recommend this and we will return."
    "This is an excellent, well appointed cottage. On arrival it was great to find the basics were in the fridge Even better was that due to it being Easter weekend the owners had left chocolates in the cottage. The only drawback of the cottage is that there is limited living space if the cottage is full. If the weather is bad and you find yourself stuck indoors then you might find it a bit of a squeeze."
    "This Is Without A Doubt, The Best Cottage We Have Ever Stayed At.The Owner Is Very Friendly And Informative.Cottage Is Very Clean And Has Everything Needed.Will Be Stopping Here Again."
    "The cottage is very clean and cosy. The living area and kitchen are rather too small for 8 people unfortunately and an extra ensuite would be advantageous. Also, the drive down is very uneven and we were glad that there wasn't any snow or ice. The owners were extremely helpful as there was a problem with a car just as we were leaving. They provided accommodation and lunch in their home whilst waiting for the breakdown recovery service, which took much longer than it should have done."
    "6 adults stayed was great was only a 10 min drive from alton towers which is why we were there. the cottage its self was great we all had a great laff."
    Previous guest
    "The cottage was lovely. Warm, cosy and very nicely decorated. Four nice size bedrooms and functional kitchen. If you’re going with toddlers, don’t bother taking toys. The cottage contains loads to keep the youngsters happy. Excellent location with lots to do and see for all age groups. Would thoroughly recommend and hope to go back sometime. April 2012."
    Previous guest
    "Lovely venue but the living area/kitchen are quite compact although it is redeemed with more than adequate bedrooms. The outdoor area would be lovely in the summer; although you are very close to the owners actual home. Overall very enjoyable stay. Dec 2011."
    Previous guest
    "We spent the most wonderful 3 days at Marmaduke, it was a terrific cottage, well equipped well appointed. We really couldnt have asked for more. I would recommend this cottage and location to anyone, 5 star in my book. Oct 2011. "
    Previous guest
    "Clean, comfortable, well equipped. We were a group of 4 couples so it meant using all the bedrooms including the bunk beds, which was fine they were a good size and very comfortable (I speak from experience as I slept on top bunk)Owner very welcoming and friendly. Lots of local info, we ate out at a recommended pub, we all enjoyed it. Went to Alton Towers, great day out only 6 miles away. If possible a sign on the lane to the property would be helpful. We all enjoyed our visit and agreed it would be lovely in summer to eat outside and use the barbeque, and enjoy the wonderful countryside. Feb 2011."
    Previous guest
    "Very well maintained and attractive property in an isolated location. Very helpful owner. Nov 2010."
    Previous guest
    "Great provisions and cleanliness throughout. Oct 2010."
    Previous guest
    "Such a wonderful place, we are sure to return. Oct 2010."
    Previous guest
    "Very clean, well-maintained and equipped. Sept 2010."
    Previous guest
    "The property was tidy and well kept throughout with enough furnishings. It felt very homely. July 2010."
    Previous guest
    "Well placed for walks, friendly owner. July 2010."
    Previous guest
    "Lovely rural setting. Helpful and friendly property owners. Great bedroom spaces. May 2010."
    Previous guest
    "Very welcoming owners and lovely extra touches - easter eggs for children. April 2010."
    Previous guest
    "We are a centre for learning disabilities and the children and staff all commented on how much they liked the property and the children asked if we could go there again. This is high accolade indeed. Feb 2010."
    Previous guest
    "Lovely surroundings. Very clean. Adequate utensils. Towels etc. The only point I would make is the sofas were not very comfortable. Other than that it was very good and we had a lovely break. Great walks. The owner was very welcoming. Nov 2009."
    Previous guest
    "A lovely cottage which is tastefully decorated and had all we needed to make our week’s stay comfortable. Owner was extremely welcoming and helpful. Beautiful location with great walks. Being just 10 minutes drive from Alton Towers was great for our two teenage sons. A throughly enjoyable holiday. April 2009."
    Previous guest
    "Have stayed in about ten of your cottages over many years and this was on e of the very best. Lovely personal touches and particularly clean and fresh. Oct 2008."
    Previous guest
    "Excellent situation and very well equipped cottage. Oct 2008."
    Previous guest
    "Friendly owners, lovely clean accommodation, everything we needed was there. Spent a very happy afternoon sat around the outside table in the sun, drinking wine, chatting and BBQ-ing. A fantastic weekend. Highly recommended. Sept 2007."
    Previous guest
    "The barn conversion has been completed to a high standard to make an excellent holiday home. We enjoyed the setting, being several hundred metres from the road, surrounded by the farm’s hay meadows; a very peaceful location -- yet just a short drive to the town. The walled barbecue area provides a very pleasant area for eating outside and enjoying the long summer evenings and a glass or two of wine. July 2006."

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