Keepers Cottage

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Quirky, rustic old piggery: 4-poster, Windsor chairs, books, maps. The Peak District National Park, Chatsworth, the Weaver Hills are close


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Down a lane in a hamlet with views to the Weaver Hills, find an old piggery characterfully converted, with a pitched roof swathed in creeper. You get your own garden and access to the owners’ alongside yours – a great plus: there’s summer croquet, lawn tennis, and a pretty orchard to wander. Inside is one open space, cosy with wood-burner and surprisingly lofty. Expect masses of open brickwork and stone, antique furniture that’s solid and well-worn – Windsor dining chairs, a lovely old trestle table – new sofas, a box of maps, an overflowing bookcase. More rustic and quirky than luxurious or stylish, this is a great little place for those seeking big views and peace: you are on the edge of 170 acres grazed by rare-breed cattle and sheep. Rustle up something delicious in your brand new kitchen – you’ll find a treat from the nearby farm shop in your welcome pack – then settle in for the night. There’s a lovely old four-poster in the little oak-panelled bedroom, and, up a few steps, a snug twin – plus beams to duck. The charming owners will pop in once you’ve settled, and know the area like the back of their hand. Alton Towers is two miles away but, for walkers, the Peak District National Park is the greater draw. Chatsworth and Haddon Hall are enticingly close.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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: 2 nights. 5 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.


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


Thanks for creating a gorgeous and peaceful place to come back to after endless days of beach walks, castles, big skies and great food. We've fallen in love with Northumberland and will definitely be back. All the walks in the little books are great (Happy Valley, Craster, Holy Island). Alnwick Castle is the best we've ever been to (not just for Hogwarts fans), and Alnwick Brown Ale is worth the trip on its own

Louise & andy, London

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

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