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Self Catering Accomodation

Suitable for one to three persons, The Annexe, in the grounds of The Old Furnace, overlooks a trickling brook as it wends its way past leafy hillsides towards the pools of Dimmingsdale and the River Churnet. It is situated in the delightful Churnet Valley, with Dimmingsdale (Forest Enterprise and SSSI) and Hawksmoor Nature Reserve (National Trust) both a five minute walk away. The Staffordshire Peak District is one of the finest areas of England for biodiversity

Your accommodation is completely self-contained and is separated from the main house by a garden and driveway. You are therefore far enough from us so we are not "in your face", but close enough should you need us.




Your Accommodation

The accommodation comprises kitchen, dining/lounge, through single bedroom, shower/cloakroom and upstairs twin bedroom. We also have a superb oak conservatory overlooking the stream which makes a lovely sunroom by day, and star & bat watching area by night. It has underfloor heating, and makes an ideal retreat for any time of the year. All rooms are furnished to a high standard, with linen, heating and lighting included. You also have separate laundry facilities and a lockable cycle store.

The Central Heating is by means of a modern condensing boiler, all radiators having controllable thermostats, and the shower is of a high specification. The kitchen is well equipped with microwave and gas cooker. You have your own lawned garden area, ample car park/ hardstanding, and patio area overlooking the stream and hillside.


We provide a smoke-free environment (the smoke detectors are very sensitive!), plenty of books, games, puzzles and radio/CD player. We are fortunate enough not to be able to receive a television signal, so your peace and quiet is guaranteed!

There are also maps, tourist information leaflets for the area, and free sheets of wonderful local walks devised by us to take you straight from the door.

Guest Services

Newspapers and milk are delivered regularly to the door. The nearest shopping centre is three miles. One mile away is a micro brewery and you can order some real ale in advance of your arrival if you wish. We keep a few free range chickens, so occasionally have some eggs that you can have. Our water is excellent to drink (it's Ashbourne water without the plastic bottle!), so there's no need to bring your own.

For disabled guests, we can meet M1, M2, H1 and V1 standards. Please enquire for other special needs. Please note that the naturally hilly terrain of the immediate area may affect some disabilities. We have a comprehensive Access Statement, a copy of which will be sent to you upon request.


Our Local Area

The Annexe at The Old Furnace ia an ideal base for a short break whether you are walking, birdwatching, cycling, or simply sightseeing. A Staffordshire Moorlands walk (leaflets available) takes you directly from The Old Furnace into Dimmingsdale, a valley of extreme beauty with tree-shaded pools, woodland walks and rocky outcrops. Within one mile are Hawksmoor National Trust Nature Reserve and Cotton Dell, described by David Bellamy as one of the finest valleys of its type that he had ever seen. The pretty stone village of Alton, with its viewpoint of Toothill Rock, the panoramic Weaver Hills and the delightful Caldon Canal, are all within walking distance.

The Staffordshire Peak District is a Biodiversity Enhancement Area (BEA), which in simple terms means we have a greater variety of flora and fauna than most other places in England. It also contains some of the best scenery in the country.

How to Get Here

You can reach us by regular bus (32a service connects with train services at Uttoxeter rail station and national coach at Hanley bus station); alight at Greendale.

It is a ten minute walk down hill from there. For car drivers, we are located between the B5032 and B5417, south of Oakamoor. Full transport information/ map will be sent with your booking confirmation.


The Old Furnace
Staffordshire Moorlands
ST10 3AP

Telephone: 01538 703331
Text: 07876 572729