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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
3 nights minimum
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This delightful cottage in Moneystone, near the Churnet Valley, sleeps five people in two bedrooms, and offers accommodation all on one level.Set in the small hamlet of Moneystone to the south of the Peak District, this lovely cottage makes a superbly cosy and welcoming base for enjoying the walks, cycling, market towns, pretty villages, theme parks and historic houses of the area. There are two comfortable bedrooms here, one double and one family room with bunks and a single bed. The accommodation is set over the ground floor, meaning young and old alike can relax in front of the open fire or enjoy the lovely views over the Churnet Valley. Two dogs welcome, and the owner even offers a dog-sitting service, allowing your four legged friend to enjoy long walks with you and then be fussed ove...This delightful cottage in Moneystone, near the Churnet Valley, sleeps five people in two bedrooms, and offers accommodation all on one level.Set in the small hamlet of Moneystone to the south of the Peak District, this lovely cottage makes a superbly cosy and welcoming base for enjoying the walks, cycling, market towns, pretty villages, theme parks and historic houses of the area. There are two comfortable bedrooms here, one double and one family room with bunks and a single bed. The accommodation is set over the ground floor, meaning young and old alike can relax in front of the open fire or enjoy the lovely views over the Churnet Valley. Two dogs welcome, and the owner even offers a dog-sitting service, allowing your four legged friend to enjoy long walks with you and then be fussed over while you indulge in a fine meal or quiet afternoon. The attractive garden is a nice spot for relaxing, and the area is well placed for Staffordshire, the Peaks and more. Amenities: LPG central heating with open fire in sitting area. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and radio, broadband, library of books and games. Fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair. Ample off road parking. Electric car charging point. Solar Panels. Pretty garden with furniture, not fenced in. Two well-behaved dog's welcome. Dog sitting service by arrangement with owner at £5 per morning/afternoon session. Sorry, no smoking. Shops 3 miles, pubs 1 mile. Region: The ultimate in "year-round" appeal, the Peak District offers countryside, picturesque villages and magnificent scenery. It touches upon six counties and encloses 555 square miles of open moorland, flowing rivers, and wooded dales. Town: Moneystone lies just south of the Peak District National Park, and the hamlet is surrounded by walking trails along country lanes, through valleys and over hills. Overlooking the Churnet Valley, this is a lovely spot for getting out and about, and cyclists have a choice of two former railway routes which now offer picturesque rides through lovely countryside. Amenities can be found in the nearby market towns of Ashbourne and Leek, while those who fancy a wilder day out will enjoy Alton Towers theme park, just a few miles away.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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Sykes Holiday Cottages
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:October 2009
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Happiness25032025472
Happiness25032025472
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We booked this 4-night break at Barks Cottage to spend the last week of the summer holidays with our 2 young kids and our dog. We booked Barks Cottage because they allowed dogs and also gave you the option to leave your dog in the property which a lot of holiday lets do not allow. This was our dog's first holiday and also the first time we had booked somewhere to stay in the UK as we usually travel abroad. We traveled 6 hours and arrived at the property around 6pm as you could not check in until 5pm. When we arrived at the property no one was there to greet us or give us a key to the accommodation. We tried to contact the owners via phone for 3 hours and could not get a hold of them. We found out from a neighbour who tried to help us gain access to the property that the owners were on holiday. Unfortunately, we were not able to use the property and any of its amenities as we could not get into it. We did try to arrange accommodation elsewhere locally however, as it was a bank holiday, there was no availability and most places did not take dogs. At 9pm, after trying to contact the owners but to no avail, we decided to give up and head home as the holiday was effectively ruined. We were halfway home before we heard from the owners of the property with the information regarding the key access but by this point, we were not willing to turn back again to the property. The one week we took off with our children had been ruined. During the time we were meant to be at the property we were going to visit Alton Towers and Waterworld but instead had to get refunds for them. We would not recommend booking this accommodation due to our awful experience.
Visited August 2021
Written November 25, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Nick L
Nick L
London, United Kingdom43 contributions
We (my wife, toddler, dog and myself) stayed for two weeks. It was a great stay and an ace property in a good location - excellent value for money especially if you book direct. Location. Good for the Peak District (Chatsworth/Bakewell 45 minutes drive; Ilam/Dovedale 20 mins); good for some great country walks in Staffs including from the door and via a short drive (eg National Trust Hawksmoor); and good for Alton Towers too (not our bag but it is close by). Cheadle (larger supermarkets, takeaways etc) is 15 minutes’ drive. Some really lovely walks and tea shops nearby (Froghall wharf / Hettie’s was our favourite). For young ones the Peak District Wildlife Park is a short drive away and the nearest pub is less than two miles’ walk. Property. Very very clean. Well looked after and if you need any equipment etc (eg for the kitchen) the owners are next door and can help. Very comfortable. Good outdoor area and access to large field at back to exercise the dog. Lovely sitting out of an evening enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace. I’d strongly recommend this as a place to stay especially if you haven’t visited this very pretty part of the world before. I don’t give five stars lightly but it was really nice.
Visited September 2020
Written September 19, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lucy K
Lucy K
Luton, United Kingdom1 contribution
We stayed at the cottage at the beginning of September and it is situated in a fantastic location, which is very peaceful and serene. The cottage is fantastic to use as a base to travel around to all the surrounding villages, peak district and Alton Towers which is right on your doorstep. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Visited September 2019
Written September 16, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Helen
Helen
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We had a really lovely week, cottage in such a beautiful setting. So tranquil and yet 10 mins drive from shops, Alton towers etc.
Visited August 2019
Written August 25, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

kdcpea
kdcpea
Bathgate, United Kingdom2 contributions
We are a family with a small dog and teenagers and we discovered that Barks offered us everything and more. With Alton Towers a short 10 minute journey away, we were able to drop the teens off at the very convenient Alton Towers drop off point (under 5 min walk to main entrance) and head off ourselves to explore the surrounding area - Dovedale Stepping Stones, the beautiful Trentham Gardens and the Ramblers Retreat in Dimmingsdale for a delicious lunch. We also took advantage of the dog walking service one day and joined our girls at Alton Towers which we thoroughly enjoyed. We booked directly with Catherine and James via their website and found them very easy to deal with and so accommodating. The bottle of Prosecco in the fridge when we arrived was a lovely touch and very well received. The cottage is surrounded by a lovely garden, perfect for sitting outside with a glass of wine after a busy day exploring. We found the cottage to be very clean and it had everything we needed. We will definitely return. It is perfectly situated for Alton Towers, exploring the beauty of the surrounding areas or if you're just looking for somewhere to chill, relax and recharge in the peaceful hamlet of Moneystone.
Visited July 2019
Written July 17, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Seamus B
Seamus B
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Lovely cottage very well equipped and clean, James and Catherine the owners are lovely and really helpful. We stayed for 4 nights and being dog friendly was a real bonus, we also made use of the dog sitting service provided by the owners, which allowed us to visit Alton towers!. The cottage has lovely walks right on the doorstep with gorgeous tea rooms serving coffee and cakes. Thank you James and Catherine for a lovely stay and we will definitely be coming back in the future😊
Visited April 2018
Written April 7, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

James G
James G
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Lovely cottage. Clean and well-equipped. Convenient for Alton Towers and the Peak District. Had a really good week here
Visited August 2017
Written August 19, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Norm T
Norm T
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Visiting family in the area I was disappointed to discover how little dog friendly accommodation there is in the area of Alton Towers. In fact a recommendation from another B&B owner pointed me towards Barks and we were very happy with what we found. A great location with stunning scenery all around, perfect for relaxing, we fully intend to go back later this year.
Visited December 2016
Written February 4, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Daniel B
Daniel B
Atherstone, United Kingdom22 contributions
We stayed at Barks Cottage for a short New Years break for 4 nights at the end of December. We left it late to book anywhere but luckily they had the dates available. We were attracted by the fact its pet friendly and the location just on the edge of the Peak District. It's a new area for us, but we really enjoyed it. The cottage is lovely, tucked down a track in the quiet Hamlet of Moneystone, yet not far from Oakamoor, Cheadle and Alton. There were 2 adults and 1 Border Collie. The cottage is 2 bedroomed and has a large kitchen, large dining/lounge and a good bathroom with a large shower. The real fire was lovely and a bonus. The supply of logs was very generous. Most cottages give you the 1st basket free, but that usually consists of 6 logs!! We probably only used half the logs provided and had a fire every night. The kitchen is really well equipped with a good dishwasher, full sized oven and a fridge freezer. The lounge had a brilliant 32 inch TV which also makes a change! It was also nice to have a decent supply of essentials like condiments, cleaning materials etc. We are walkers and this cottage didn't let us down in that sense! There are loads of walks from the door (the track is actually a public footpath) and the walks in the area are lovely. We walked approx 10 miles each day, didn't touch the car and hardly met anyone which is nice when you have a slightly grumpy dog! James and Catherine were lovely people. The booking process was simple and they live next door if you have any problems. They also keep hens and ducks if you want eggs, you can purchase some. A nice touch was a bottle of Champagne waiting for us to celebrate the New Year. There are nearby supermarkets and shops in Cheadle which is only a 10 min drive away if you need it. They also offer pet sitting services, though we didn't use them. All in all a lovely break in a really nice cottage. Thank you!
Visited December 2016
Written January 3, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Emma C
Emma C
Chelmsford, United Kingdom8 contributions
Loved the cottage, appreciated the wildlife, especially the owl. Fantastic location. 8 year old son & 14y.o daughter loved the holiday too. There are no fences, which if the description is read properly mentions this along with "free roaming fowl and livestock" if you have well trained & well behaved dogs/kids this should not be a problem. I arrived to the property & left the property in a clean state. If the previous guest had a problem then I am sure the owners would have done something about it. I found the owners very welcoming & pleasant. would love to come back oneday. Love the ability to see all the stars at night. Dogs loved it too.
Visited August 2014
Written September 26, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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