Keepers Cottage

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
+44 (0)1889 590415

Tuck yourself away in this ancient, beautiful cottage surrounded by glorious countryside - for walkers and lovers of nature


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You’ll be happy here in any season: in winter, after walks on the snow-covered hills return to the deliciously warm and cosy sitting room with books to read, the log burner blazing away and heavy curtains to keep in the heat. On summer days spill into your own large and verdant garden or wander through the owners’ perfect patch complete with orchard.

Friendly Chris and Margaret leave you lots of maps and a welcome pack and will pop in once you’re settled. They’re a mine of local information so do ask about hiring bikes, good walks and where to eat. You can play tennis on their grass court too, or croquet on the lawn which has views of the wonderful Weaver Hills.

You are on the edge of 170 acres grazed by rare-breed cattle and sheep, so make yourself a packed lunch and head off. Townies will be astonished at how far they can walk or bike without meeting another soul, and at the clear night skies filled with stars and the gentle hooting of owls.

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We think you'll love

  • Being cocooned in such a fairy-tale space
  • Feeling private in your own lovely garden
  • Walks from the door and being able to bring your dog
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You should know

  • Low ceilings upstairs
  • You need to get in the car for sightseeing
  • It's not for the Jimmy Choo brigade - bring wellies


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £75
Weekly price
from £250
1 Cottage for 4
From £752 beds2 bedrooms


We found the little Keepers Cottage to be cozy, delightful, beautiful, and unique. Chris and Margaret have beautifully restored and decorated the cottage and have managed to preserve the historic quaintness while seamlessly incorporating (greatly appreciated!) a modern kitchen, shower, and a clothing washer/dryer. The gardens are a treasure all their own. Exploring them we felt like wide-eyed children as there was something delightful, different and new around every corner. The love and energy that has been invested is unmistakable. We can't wait to visit again!

Tiagar & artos, Rochester

This charming and unusual cottage is full of character, and with a roof covered in Virginia Creeper; it feels like staying in a fairy tale place. The private garden is huge and has views over to the Weaver Hills - dramatic in any season. Guests also have access to the owners' vast garden and orchard with statues, stonework, grass tennis court and a stunning array of plants and trees. Special.

Mandy, Sawday's inspector

A lovely peaceful retreat well off the nearest main road down little lanes. The cottage is deceptively spacious, the kitchen is new with everything you need. The four poster bed is a real-treat. Chris and Margaret are wonderful hosts - never intrusive but always on hand to help. I couldn't believe they had been hosts for 38 years it is as if you were their first guests. We also stayed one night in the house as bed and breakfast guests - the rooms are gorgeous - the shower rooms newly done and everything you need including bath-robes and toiletries. I would recommend to anyone!

Sandy, London

Keepers Cottage, enchanting. Like living for a few days in our very own fairy tale. Well equipped, clean and very very homely and cute. Beautiful gardens that our little dog Beckham enjoyed sniffing all the interesting smell. Over looking fields of lambs with their babies, a joy to sit with eyes closed listening to the bleeping. Plan to return, we had a wonderful stay and was very sad to leave. Thank You to the hosts. X


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The neighbourhood

You're tucked away down a narrow road at the back of the farm belonging to the owners, so you'll feel incredibly private. Nature is on your doorstep starting with your bird-filled garden and long views. The nearest village (one mile) is Denstone which has a church, pub, shops and an award-winning farm shop with a café. The Peak District National Park and the Staffordshire Moorlands are on your doorstep, Ashbourne and Uttoxeter six miles and Chatsworth House a short drive. This is the world capital of ceramics so it would be a shame to come and not visit the potteries.

Local points of interest from Chris & Margaret Ball

  • Many walks straight from the door.The area is ideal for those wishing to walk the many local footpaths and disused Churnet Valley Railway Line,which incidentally has now been re-opened north of Oakamoor
  • Come and view our prize winning cattle.Cattle showing has been a large part of our farming activities,although age has now reduced this. The Hereford Cattle are very quiet and you will always find some in the field above the garden during summer months
  • Sereral quality golf courses nearby.
  • Try our own cycle hire..We are ideally situated for exploring the Churnet Valley. Which will allow you to use quiet country lanes and the disused railway line to explore this beautiful part of the country
  • For those requiring Horse Riding.The nearest available horses for hire are 10-12 miles away.But we are happy to provide more information if required
  • Enjoy a great day out at either the local stately homes and National Trust Gardens or the Alton Towers Theme Park. If you prefer just explore the beautiful Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands..I will try to organise fishing nearby if required


Chris & Margaret Ball

Chris and Margaret are both passionate about all that they do. Chris was born here and the farm has been in his family for approaching 200 years. Margaret is a local lady whose family have very deep roots in this area. They are now entering the fortieth year of running B&B at the farm and also run a small herd of Rare Breed Cattle of which they are justly proud. They are passionate gardeners and keep extending their garden. They love their patch of England and really like to share it with guests.