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self catering accommodation that sleeps a family of 5 in two bedrooms. Rural tranquil location - yet.... only a couple of miles from Alton Towers theme park and waterpark.
self catering accommodation that sleeps a family of 5 in two bedrooms. Rural tranquil location - yet.... only a couple of miles from Alton Towers theme park and waterpark.

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Award winning holiday cottage in Staffordshire!
Oh my goodness we won an award in the Staffordshire Tourism Awards. Silver award in the Staffordshire Tourism Awards We are thrilled to have won Silver in the Dog Friendly Business of the Year category. We were up against some stern competition, and the Gol...

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Pickle the blogger dog
We live and work in the heart of the Churnet Valley. Such a wonderful area, full of natural landscapes and heritage features. Over the last few years £3m has been invested in enhancing and restoring the area, mostly due to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and a...

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Getting fit in the countryside
Churnet Way, Oakamoor to Alton At this time of year gyms are packed with people burning off the seasonal excess that clings persistently to our midriffs. I am actually a member of two gyms! I justify that on the grounds that the spa at Alton Towers is shut ...

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How about this for efficiency? The new 2017 booking form...

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Alton Towers 2017 season details
I have just received the Alton Towers 2017 opening details:- The Theme Park will re-open on Saturday 25th March and close on Sunday 5th November next year. Scarefest dates haven’t been confirmed yet, but it will be back in October and they'll be running the...

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Last Alton Towers fun for 2016
31st October for 4 nights £295 On the 31st October Alton Towers is open 10am - 9pm with rides in the dark. The theme park is then closed the rest of the week until the weekend of 5th and 6th November when it is the dazzling Alton Towers fireworks spectacula...

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Half term Oct 2016 and Alton Towers Scarefest
Funny how flurries of bookings come at once. Suddenly, the mini breaks over half term are booked. The last available is for two or three nights from Friday 28th October. Scarefest is still on at Alton Towers. In fact Scarefest is different this year as ther...

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Autumn is here... dog walking time
Where did the summer go? It seems to have gone by in a whoosh. I didn't go anywhere this summer because I was in charge of the cottage and our pigs, ducks, hens and dogs. My poor, poorly dog... But luckily the holiday atmosphere comes to me and we met lots ...

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Summer holidays 2016
We have just had an enthusiastic enquiry from a lovely lady wanting a date in August and it is so sad to have to turn someone down when we have no availability that week. Aagh, we have the weeks either side ... This is the situation as of today.  Please che...

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Staffordshire Way in Churnet Valley
Our holiday cottage is in the Churnet Valley - an area of natural beauty that is starting to become better known. Recently I was commissioned to re-write the guide to the Staffordshire Way. So I decided to start with the sections near to home. It has been a...
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