Horton Lodge Boathouse

England / Rudyard, Staffordshire
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Float blissfully back to Victorian times in a charmingly converted boathouse, set in the soothing Staffordshire Moorlands.

If you find the stresses of modern life just a bit too much every now and again, then how about gathering together some of the people you love the most - including the dogs! - and taking a trip back to warm and tranquil times past?

Horton Lodge Boathouse, with its luxurious lakeside location on rippling Rudyard Lake in the Staffordshire Moorlands, is the ideal place to reconnect with friends and family, surrounded by picturesque views...and your very own kayaks included, to make exploring the local area extra-interesting!

Take the welcoming steps leading to your holiday boathouse conversion and you'll find that the building's historic features have been kept lovingly in tact, enhanced by contemporary furniture, fixtures and fittings all around to ensure your holiday home contains all you need to sit back, relax and enjoy your precious time away.

You'll discover soothing lakeside views from every room in this warmly welcoming, three-floor accommodation that features four TV-equipped bedrooms that are perfect for snuggling in!  A fully fitted kitchen is the perfect place for concocting homely feasts, while a basement games room comes equipped with a pool table and a dart board...so beware if you're bringing any competitive personalities along with you!

Dining and relaxing is an indulgent pleasure, in rooms that feature their original wall tiles and amazing views from the windows.  On colder evenings, an open fire will keep everybody toasty as you swap stories and catch up over wine and nibbles, while welcoming patio doors will lead you outside to luxuriate in the sunshine by day, as you watch the local wildlife and breathe in fresh lakeside air.

You'll find your private terraced garden, with its lakeside patio and wooded area, offers the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy a spot of al-fresco dining and conversation, while a small beach area is ideal for launching boats and enjoying the odd impromptu fishing expedition!  

Two kayaks are available for you to use throughout your stay...so why not explore the 2.5 mile lake and watch the fish as they feed from the surface?  You'll also find a shop and pub conveniently located on the lake itself, perfect for stocking up on essentials and for a pit stop after a day out.

If you prefer more adventurous activities, Rudyard Lake is also home to plenty of sailing, boating and fishing experiences, and for those preferring life on two feet or two wheels, the surrounding area features walking and cycling routes that really make the most of the flourishing local flora and fauna.  

A nostalgic steam railway will transport you even further back in time, and for a longer day out, why not head into the ‘Queen of the Moorlands', otherwise known as the hillside market town of Leek?  You'll find plenty of antique shops, Victorian architecture and real-ale pubs to while away your holiday hours as you stroll through the cobbled marketplace.

For those seeking a touch of refinement, how about a trip to Tatton Park - a beautiful estate with historic manor house, landscaped gardens and a restaurant to explore?  Alton Towers and the stunning Peak District National Park are also close by.

You'll soon find that Horton Lodge Boathouse isn't just a boathouse, it's a welcoming waterside wonder where you can relax and reconnect, surrounded by a sense of soothing times past.  So...just what are you waiting for?

Things to note

No smoking, up to 3 well-behaved dogs permitted upon prior arrangement, travel cot and highchair available on request, refundable housekeeping deposit of £200 applies, infants and children over 8 only permitted at this property. There are 40 steps leading to the property, making it less suited to those with mobility issues, minimum stay 2 nights.

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The basics

Region: Rudyard, Staffordshire
Cost (from): £1066 (7 nights)
Sleeps: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 408

Facilities

Sleeps up to 8, 3 double bedrooms (one ensuite), basement double room, bedding & towels provided, private bathroom, kitchen, electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, sitting room, open fire, 5 Freeview TVs (one Sky+), DVD player, DVDs, CD/DAB radio, iPod dock, WiFi, books, games, parking for 4 cars, 2 kayaks, garden, outdoor furniture, BBQ.

Local activities

Kayaking, Alton Towers theme park, water park, biking, wildlife park, steam railway, markets, farm shops, caves & caverns, potteries, opera, museums, horse riding.

At a glance

  • Converted Victorian boathouse cottage with four bedrooms, a games room and a private seasonal beach, set on Rudyard Lake in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
  • Two kayaks are available for use, and a rowing boat can be hired on request.
  • Easily accessed by road, with off-road parking for up to four cars.
  • Up to three well-behaved dogs are welcome. Children are welcome if they are either babies or over 8 years old (regrettably, toddlers are not permitted). No smoking is permitted.
  • Linen and towels are included.
  • Close to local amenities. Rudyard Lake offers sailing and fishing activities, and the hillside market town of Leek is close by.
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