- Completely self-contained, with a private terrace framed by small potted trees
- Fantastic kitchen space and full-sized double bed
- Cook up a storm on your Indian kadai firebowl
The Owner Says
The Parlour is a brand-new addition at Greenacres. It's a beautiful, completely self-contained luxury Shepherd's Hut, built by Blackdown Shepherd's Huts. It comes with a fully-fitted kitchen, en-suite shower and toilet, and a full-sized double bed and dining area. There's a radio, but there's no TV or Wi-Fi. You won't need it, with the countryside around you to explore. It is your chance to embrace life in the slow lane, get off grid and leave your hectic life behind for a few days. Watch the sun setting or the cows go up for evening milking. Cook dinner on your Indian kadai firebowl and keep warm sitting around it as the evening cools. There's even a wood-fired pizza oven in a sheltered courtyard, if you fancy having a go! Have fun on our antique swing, which hangs from the branch of an old ash tree nearby.
Listen to the dawn chorus in the morning while you wake up after a good night's sleep, then enjoy your coffee and a proper Staffordshire breakfast on your terrace. Surrounding the Parlour is an orchard of fruit trees, and your front doors open to a spectacular view of open fields, trees and The Weaver Hills in the distance.
The Parlour includes:
Ensuite with shower
Fully-fitted kitchen with fridge and induction hob
Outdoor patio area with kadai barbeque and seating
Log burning stove
Logs ( your first bucket is free)
Complementary "welcome to Staffordshire"pack
Open all year (including Christmas and New Year)
Weekly or short stay options available
Features & FacilitiesThe Parlour sleeps 2 in a full size double bed and features a fitted kitchen, en-suite shower (towels provided) and toilet, a dining area and a wood-burner. The kitchen has induction hobs, a fridge, sink, kettle, toaster, all the expected utensils, cutlery, crockery and tea and coffee making items. Outdoor patio area with kadai barbecue and seating. There's a radio and a hair drier, but there's no TV or WiFi. There's free off-road parking as well as all the logs you need for your log burning stove and kadai. Surrounding the Parlour is an orchard of fruit trees, and your front doors open to a spectacular view of open fields, trees and The Weaver Hills in the distance. There's an antique swing you can enjoy it all from, hanging in the branch of an old ash tree close by.
ActivitiesThere's so much to see and do here! There's the beautiful countryside of course to explore, and there are ample local walks directly from Greenacres, including rambles alongside the River Churnet and into Denstone and to the farm shop or pub. The Peak District National Park, to the north, that is strongest. It's 7 miles (a 15-minute drive) to the park boundary, though, for a little culture, stopping short in the Georgian town of Ashbourne one day is recommended. If the history takes your fancy, National Trust-owned Calke Abbey (01332 863 822) is a 45-minute drive east – a Baroque mansion built between 1701 and 1704, the National Trust has deliberately left it in the condition they found it, telling the bitter-sweet story of the end of a family line, complete with peeling paintwork and overgrown gardens. 50 minutes north, meanwhile, grand Chatsworth House (024 6565 300) was completed in the same year but is quite the opposite – impeccably well kept (and features in a number of renowned, period films). Closer to home, the volunteer-run Churnet Valley Railway runs steam trains throughout the year and has a good cycling route alongside much of it, while the Staffordshire Way is a top pick for walkers (as well as, of course, the Peak District and The Roaches to the north). Finally, it goes without saying that Alton Towers theme park is 3 miles away, so if you really want some high-octane fun, there are rollercoasters aplenty on your doorstep.
Food & DrinkIt's easy to buy local around here. There's the awarding-winning Denstone farm shop in Denstone (01889 590050), ½-mile away, while Nigel the Butcher (01335 342073) in Ashbourne (7 miles) is highly recommended by us (as does the Bakehouse on the market square for "the best bread you've ever had"; 01335 347206). Sam's Hens (07967 437896), reared just down the lane, produce delicious free range eggs, which are sold in the Spar in Rocester (2 miles). For pre-made pies, bacon, meat and other good things, Staffordshire Traditional Meats (01889 568411; 4 miles) looks unassuming (just barns from the outside) but is an absolute must. If you don't fancy cooking yourself, say hello to Chris, the friendly landlord in The Tavern (01889 590847), the local pub half a mile down the road or try The Bull's Head (01538 702307) in Alton where there is often a live band. Further afield, the Black Lion (01782 550294) in Consall Forge serves real ales and is well-placed for a good canalside walk and views of the steam trains on the Churnet Valley railway line.
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Greenacres Barn is 15 minutes from Uttoxeter by car, off the A50 trunk road. Just follow the signs for Alton Towers, then, when you are on the B5032, look out for the signs and the turning as you come out of Denstone (on the right).
Uttoxeter is the nearest railway station and has a taxi rank outside (it's a 15 minute journey from there to Greenacres Barn).