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Horton Lodge Boathouse in Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire

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sleeps 8
4 rooms
2 bathrooms

Horton Lodge Boathouse description

Holiday home
Horton Lodge Boathouse is a detached boathouse on the shores of Rudyard Lake. The cottage has three first floor doubles, a first floor bathroom, a ground floor cloakroom, kitchen, dining room and sitting room, and a basement games room with pool table plus master double with Sky TV. Most rooms have views of the lake, and there is a balcony with furniture which overhangs the water. Outside is off road parking for four cars, and terraced gardens with different areas including a lakeside patio and two 'beach' areas from where boats can be launched or fishing enjoyed. Horton Lodge Boathouse makes an ideal base for Leek, Matlock, Alton Towers, the Peak District National Park and the Staffordshire countryside.

Set in a lovely countryside location the charming village of Rudyard boasts an interesting claim to fame. Alice Macdonald and her fiancé Lockwood Kipling met on the shores of the nearby lake and so decided to name their first-born son after the place. Rudyard Kipling, born in 1865 went on to become a world renowned poet,novelist and short story writer. As well as this fateful lake, the Staffordshire village boasts excellent picnic spots, boating, walking and fishing opportunities as well as the steam railway. The thriving town of Leek is nearby and offers a variety of good pubs and restaurants as well as many antique shops. The beautiful Manifold Valley offers further walking opportunities with the "Manifold Trail" – an excellent route through superb scenery for walkers and cyclists.

The ultimate in "year-round" appeal, the Peak District offers countryside, picturesque villages and magnificent scenery. It touches upon six counties and encloses 555 square miles of open moorland, flowing rivers, and wooded dales.

LPG central heating with open fire. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 5 x TVs with Freeview (one with Sky+), DVD, CD/DAB radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 4 cars. Terraced garden with furniture, BBQ and small private seasonal beach with rowing boat on request. Three well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 3 miles, pub 10 mins walk. Note: Babes-in-arms and children over 8 only accepted at this property. Note: Approx 40 steps to access property, not suitable for less mobile. Note: Two kayaks available at own risk.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fishing
  • Fishing available
  • Fridge
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Great view
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

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Mr Drew
June 2013
Fantastic property in brilliant location.
Mr Williams
February 2016
The setting is spectacular and the house is comfortable enough to afford appreciation of this.
Ms Fisher
June 2016
Horton Lodge Boathouse is a fantastic looking building in a glorious location. It was great to be able to get straight onto the lake from the garden, and to be able to sit and look at the lake from almost all the rooms.
Mrs Thomas
January 2016
We particularly liked the peace and quiet at Horton Lodge Boathouse. Being able to walk around Rudyard Lake was a plus and as such we had lovely stroll around the lake.
Mr Ferrier
August 2015
Wonderful place to stay, feel lucky to have shared such beautiful accommodation.
Ms Baalham
August 2014
We loved the quirkiness of staying in a boathouse and the peace and serenity of being right on the edge of Rudyard Lake. Everyone enjoyed improving their pool skills in the games room. We had an amazing holiday and would love to come again sometime.
Mrs Wells
September 2014
Exactly what we were looking for, allowed three dogs, fishing on the doorstep, availabilty of kayaks, canoe and boat. Beautiful house, excellent local shops, pubs, takeaways within a few miles. Garden was perfect for dogs, they had a great holiday too.
Jane C
July 2016
The positives - good location, some lovely unique features, cosy lounge with fab outlook, shabby yet comfy sofas, nice big fireplace (shame about the layer of dust), clean bedding The negatives - desperately needs a thorough clean especially in the kitchen. There was a large bin that was filthy inside and out that we moved to an unused room along with the flies that were in it. Some of the crockery and cutlery needed a good wash, all the work surfaces were sticky, the drawers had crumbs in them, the fridge froze everything initially and when temperature was altered kept it lukewarm at best, the freezer drawers were frozen stuck, the windows were filthy, the list is pretty much endless. There were cobwebs in most rooms. The carpet had holes in places. Dusty surfaces throughout the downstairs. The only shower is over the only bath and the head would only face the wall so relieved there wasn't a full house of us staying for a week as had to resort to washing in the bathroom sink. We wanted dog friendly so didn't expect it to be brand new and spotless but for the price we paid I don't think clean is an unreasonable expectation.
Mr Kettle
May 2013
The Boathouse is a stunning location and fantastic home. I would have no hesitation in recommending this beautiful Boathouse, in fact we are already planning our return next year, and I doubt you will find a better and more reasonably priced holiday home in the whole of the UK.
Tracey C
September 2014
8 family members stayed in this beautiful property a week at last month. The house is well equipped with with everything you could need. It has it's own beach where I spent many hours relaxing whilst fishing. The games room was great fun in the evening for family pool tournaments. The only couple of downfalls were two of the bedrooms had the beds pushed against the wall because they weren't really double rooms. Ours in particular was swashed between a wall and a massive fitted wardrobe making it tricky to get in and out of bed. The second was all the steps leading down to the house. Wasn't really ideal for our disabled mum. Overall, the house was amazing and fantastic for just escaping for a week to chill out. I could have actually stayed longer and that's unusual for me! The youngsters had fun on the canoes provided at the property. Leek was a short car ride away and a lovely place to visit.
Mrs Morgan
December 2013
It was all perfect.
Mr Johnson
December 2013
We had a great family Christmas holiday together in the Lodge.
Terry B
May 2016
Booked this lovely sounding place for a week, left after five days, wife couldn't stand it nay more, dirty, in need of work to bring up to standard, reeked of wet dogs, carpets dirty, kitchen even worse, lovely garden as shown for property overgrown and run down. Reality compared to the pictures you see when booking do not match. Sorry, nice house in lovely area with great potential. Lots of issues and have raised formal complaint
September 2015
We love this house so much, and have stayed twice. But the maintenance of facilities is poor, damp sheets, kitchen falling apart, garden overgrown, promised row boat unavailable ( despite assurance otherwise) rubbish overflowing at top of steps ) We wont return again...such a shame as it has a unique charm and ambience.
November 2015
Great house perfect for outdoor types. Yes, its a bit shabby, but all the better as you are not fretting about the muddy boots, wet clothing, damp dogs etc. All the problems mentioned in previous reviews had obviously been fixed, although the washing machine/drier was out of order, but there are plenty of radiators and clothes horses around so that didn't matter too much. The facilities provided were great (a knife sharpener would be a handy addition!) and the whole place was toasty warm, especially with the fire blazing away! Tip - bring extra firewood or buy from Aldi in Leek. The local garage stuff is damp! All in all, a great place to stay and explore the local area
May 2015
Nice location. Kitchen needs updating - including oven. Comfortable furnishings etc. nice view. Convenient for Leek and surrounding countryside and walks. Could do with more information on short cut to local hotel, Found it by trial and error.
Andrew M
June 2015
Just got back today. To begin with, our bedroom which was in the cellar was amazing, the huge windows opened up with the water just below and you can actually see small fish feeding off the surface. The living room and balcony were very special and homely. Yes the oven could do with updating and the wifi isn't great but that's more than made up for by the house. I highly recommend jumping in one of the kayaks on a calm morning and head left to row all the way to the end of the lake. If you go into leek and have dogs as we did, some of the pubs are very dog friendly. Some of the other lets along the road had hot tubs and seemingly better boats but didn't seem to make our stay any worse off as this is the most impressive house on the lake in my opinion. I also recommend going on the rudyard lake light railway which is a lovely little steam engine the runs along the lake and back which you can actually see from the house. A great family holiday.
Jeanette W
November 2014
Great location, dogs had a fabulous holiday, safe enclosed garden, fishing on doorstep kept husband happy. Enjoyed using canoe and kayaks too.
February 2015
we have just come back from a weeks stay at this property. we booked this house as it is pet friendly and we were going to take our dog but in the end decided not to as we were planning days out and didnt know if dogs would be allowed. with it being pet friendly we werent expecting the house to be of a high standard inside but got to say the ground floor which consists of kitchen, dining room and lounge did smell and we even bought extra air fresheners which didnt make any difference. the kitchen is pretty run down and in serious need of a make over. when you tried opening one drawer the drawers underneath would also pull out same as when opening the cupboard doors. the microwave hadnt been cleaned as also the oven. the freezer hadnt been defrosted and all the drawers were frozen over. the toilet on the ground floor was constantly flushing which we ended up complaining about as it was so noisy, also when having a shower water was leaking through the ceiling in the dining room. we contacted sykes who passed it on to the owner who then in turn contacted us. to be fair the owner did come straight over. he then disconnected the downstairs toilet which then couldnt be used throughout the rest of the stay. he looked at the shower and did reseal it but couldnt find where the water was leaking from but when we next had a shower water was still dripping through the ceiling though not as bad as it had previously. the bedrooms were all very clean and airy and had no issues with them. the house is an old house and with pets being allowed you do assume there will be some wear and tear but i personally think the owners could do with addressing the smell on the groundfloor and updating the kitchen. the house does have a great view and the walk around the lake though very muddy due to the time of year was lovely. there is alot of steps down to the house which sykes dont make you aware of and would say it certainly isnt advisable for anyone elderly or in a wheelchair. the smell, cleanliness of the kitchen and toilet not being useable did slightly spoil the experience of our stay as this is the first time we have ever rented a holiday home and unfortunately myself, husband and my parents have said we wouldnt stay again as for the money we paid we did expect better.
September 2013
We stayed at Lower Horton Lodge Boathouse for my mother's birthday and it was wonderful. We were in a perfect location for dog walking and for exploring the Peak District. The Boathouse was particularly good for our dogs and our basement bedroom was amazing. Will definitely return.
October 2013
On our arrival to Horton Lodge we were greeted by the friendly owner and shown around the house, the bedrooms were all very good standard and the house was stunning with great character and set on the beautiful Rudyard lake. There was a slight misunderstanding with towels, as to whether they were supplied, this would be our one recommendation, that all websites on which the property is advertised should state the same thing as to whether they are included or not, but the owner was very accommodating a supplied some towels for us all in the end. All in all, a wonderful house for the price and we had a great time. We would definitely consider coming back again.
simon p
May 2013
The presentation and the price set our expectations high and unfortunately we were disappointed. All outdoor areas and furniture are dirty and poorly maintained The two "boats" are equally old and decrepit (make sure you wear a lifebelt !) The 4th downstairs bedroom (we nicknamed the "dungeon") is a great novelty location just above the water but is cold and damp, especially when we first arrived. Thin synthetic duvets and poor quality mattresses No dishwasher (8 people !) In summary it has been, and could be again, a great three bedroom house in a lovely location but needs a large amount of TLC to regain its former glory.
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