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Gun End Cottage
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Gun End Cottage

Nestled in Peak District National Park with the nearby Staffordshire Moorlands beckoning, Gun End Cottage in the remote rural hamlet of Swythamley near Rushton Spencer in Staffordshire, is the perfect countryside cottage for a large family on holiday in Central England.

Constructed in 1904, this child-friendly cottage comfortably sleeps eight, offering four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a modern, fully equipped kitchen and cosy sitting room with open fire, LCD TV with Free-view, and a small library of books, games and CDs to entertain the family after a day spent exploring the region. The adjoining sunroom provides gorgeous views of the Staffordshire countryside, while the large lawned garden comes with patio furniture and barbecue.

Guests can visit historic Swythamley Hall, once a medieval lodge belonging to the Abbey of Dieulacres, or the Hanging Stone, which offers majestic views of the countryside. A short drive away, the ancient market town of Leek with its unique antique shops awaits.

To make an enquiry or book Gun End Cottage, please use the Visit Website buttons for further information. When making an enquiry, please tell us that you found this Rushton Spencer holiday cottage in Staffordshire on the My Favourite Holiday Cottages website. Thank you.




Difficult to find but well worth the effort

Great cottage if you want a peaceful, semi secluded break with some nice scenery. Lovely property but didn't fully meet our needs as the living area would have been better for our group if it were more open.

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Lovely quiet location

Our family had a great week at Gun End Cottage.The only thing that was disappointing was the weather but it didn't stop us enjoying the area.The cottage had all we needed and the owner left us bread,milk,coffee and biscuits for our arrival,even special cakes for my husband and son's gluten free diet.Every thing was very nice.We met the owners and they are very friendly people.
We would love to return sometime.

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One of the best holiday homes we have rented. Would highly recommend it.Lovely part of the country. Quiet and rural but near to the particular places we wanted to visit i.e alton Towers.So much to see and do.Something for everyone.

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Great family holiday in a rural location

We took our three children (ages 4-6) for a two week family holiday. Blessed by good weather, which helped. They (and we) had a fantastic time and they never stop talking about the things they did there - both the location itself and the surrounding area of the Peaks. Although on the edges of the Peaks, the house is very close to the Roaches area which has to rank as some of the most outstanding countryside in the UK, IMO. The house was well equipped, though the DVD player didn't work properly which seems to have been noted by previous guests and not rectified. We also had a problem with the heating, which took the owners a few days to sort out, though they did make every effort to resolve it. Beautiful quiet situation. We tried to book it for the following year but left it too late and it was booked out! :-(


Perfect for a family of 6 with 2 pint-size

We took advantage of the extra long weekend and stayed at Gun End Cottage for Jubilee week. With 3 double bedrooms and 1 twin it was perfect for our family - 6 adults, a 2-year old and a 12-week old. It's charmingly old-fashioned with leaded windows and feature fireplaces, but has all the mod cons such as power showers, washer, dryer, TV and DVD.
It's literally in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by sheep and a handful of other cottages. You'll find the nearest shops in Leek, about 5 miles away, and the nearest pub about a mile and a half down the road in Wincle.
We'd recommend Gun End to anyone looking for a chilled out base to explore the peaks.


An idyllic cottage and surroundings

This a beautiful cottage, wonderfully and lovingly restored.
Excellent amenities, beautiful garden and surroundings.
Great views from every room, and very peaceful.
We just loved everything about it, and hope to return.

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Absolutely Wonderful!!

We travelled with our two children and their Grandad and Auntie. We chose this cottage, partly because of it's location and also as we had seen it on the 'Homes Under the Hammer' programme and liked what we saw. We were not disappointed. Located in an idylic setting, the cottage is lovingly and beautifully decorated and a joy to stay in. It has a lovely garden which our children enjoyed playing in (there are a selection of outdoor toys in the shed) as well as the use of a playground and football field in the community centre directly opposite. We had a very useful welcome pack waiting for us from the owners and the neighbours were very friendly and helpful. The cottage was ideally situated to gain access to all that is on offer in the Peak District and surrounding area. Alton Towers, Buxton, Bakewell, Trentham Monkey Forest and Manifold Valley Cycle Track to name but a few. We were busy everyday and it was great to come back to some peace and quiet at the cottage. Thank you so much to the owners for sharing this wonderful house with us!!


peacefull and relaxing

a wonderful cottage set in beautiful surrounding in the country no hustle and bustle peace and quite but not to far from the local town of Leek. very well equipped cottage all you need is your self and some food, spotlessly clean, highly recommended.

edward j

A beautiful house in idyllic surroundings

This is a beautiful house in idyllic surroundings, presented to a very high standard. It was a delight to be able to sit in the lean-to conservatory and watch the lambs in the field no more than a few feet away. It was quite surreal to sit in the lounge and watch an episode of 'Homes under the Hammer' filmed in the same room!

A perfect location for exploring the Peak District and destinations such as Buxton, Bakewell and the Heights of Abraham. An added bonus was the discovery of the Wincle Brewery in a Farmyard just over a mile along the lane! The Ship Inn at Wincle is also highly recommended, especially for its food.

Richard L

Interesting hideaway

We stayed here as a family group and found we had everything we needed. It was a little bit difficult to find - 2 of the 3 groups of us got lost on the way there. The parking for 3 cars was a bit of a squeeze but we managed. It's a lovely house with an interesting history and it's fun to see the 'Homes under the Hammer' video. There is some lovely countryside nearby and we enjoyed a walk to Lud's Church and The Roaches.

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Excellent holiday

We had a wonderful family holiday at Gun End Cottage, plenty of lovely walks near to a number of National Trust properties and the wonderful views from the conservatory were second to none.
The cottage had every thing one required for eight of us, comfortable beds, a lovely sitting room where we were able to enjoy a log fire when the evening chilled although the central heating was more than adequate.
We are certainly going to put it on the list for a return stay. Thanks ladies for the careful renovation it was really appreciated.

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A lovely house in a scenic location

Gun End Cottage is a lovely comfortable house set in pretty countryside. Spacious enough for 8 people plus toddler.
The only slight drawback we found was the distance to the downstairs bathroom from the ground floor bedroom but only because my husband is disabled and needs assistance when walking. It wouldn't really be a problem for somebody with mild mobility problems.
However we managed and still enjoyed our week there very much.

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Very well equipped, quiet location

This cottage is lovely, with many original features, in a quiet rural location perfect for hiking.
The house is very well equipped in the kitchen, and providing for small children. And we had a fabulous New Year's Eve stay there.
Only minor points we had were that the living room was smaller than expected, if the kids had been a bi bigger I could imagine this being a bit more of a problem in the winter months if you can't get outside.
No wifi - with no 3G coverage in the district it seems, wifi would have been useful for planning our days.


Great for a family get together

We used the cottage as it promised to be ideal for four couples celebrating twin brothers' 65th birthday. It was all we hoped it would be. Warm, roomy, full of character. The kitchen was spacious and we lingered long in it. The conservatory was perfect for storing food and drink and logs. The fire was a treat in early winter. Lovely walks around nearby reservoirs. Leek easy to get to you. The cottage was not easy to find even with sat nav but we loved the isolation. The ship inn was a joy discovered late with exceptional food and ale though we were so comfortable in the cottage we ate in most nights.


Excellent accommodation

We have just returned from a great weekend away with our family at this cottage. It is in a very peaceful area with lambs outside in the fields, which our grand-children loved to watch from the sun lounge. The house is really spacious and we loved all sitting round the large kitchen table having our meals. The cottage is exceptionally well equipped with everything you could need and more. The bedrooms were large, beds and pillows very comfortable. Parking for two cars was fine but three would be very tight.

We spent Saturday at Alton Towers and on the Sunday drove into Stoke to visit Waterworld, an indoor swimming complex with lots of slides and flumes.

Would definitely recommended to family and friends.

Anne K

Cosy, comfortable traditional cottage, lovely location

Great customer service from the owners as they decorated the cottage for Christmas and bought candles when there was a power failure in the area due to the extreme weather conditions! The location was amazing, the house was incredibly warm with everything you could possibly need at your disposal. Great value for money for a big family Christmas. The only down side was the matresses were a little too soft for our liking!


The cottage was lovely, cosy and warm and the beds were so comfortable! Very well decorated. The kitchen was well stocked and the conservatory was great for taking off muddy boots etc. Lovely walks in the area.

Miss Lifton

Beautiful location yet easy access to towns and city. Loads to see and do for our family - with three children - 17, 14 and 4. My husband went running in the hills most mornings. Very comfortable and spacious accommodation. Lovely views. Such a pretty house to look at. Everything and more than we expected.

Mrs Bretton

Lovely house, great conservatory overlooking sheep! Good location. The garden was very well maintained. The toys and games were a real bonus.

Mrs Hull

Lovely week, lovely spot, lovely cottage.

Mrs Rayner

The cottage was well equipped and we had a wonderful time, to top it up the owner is such a warm and kind and thoughtful person. The children loved the sheep. It a very peaceful place good for the type of holiday we were looking for. Thank you very much Sykes to find us such a beautiful place.

Miss Santos

The cottage was situated in a calm area and the kids had a lot of fun at Alton Towers.

Mr Attard

The house was lovely and the location perfect.

Mrs Wood

What a wonderful cottage. We had a lovely relaxing time at Gun End Cottage, made even more special by the very thoughtful owners. The photos on the website do not do justice to how beautiful the inside of the cottage is. Well recommended and worthy of another visit.

Mrs Gooden

The property was spotlessly clean, the beds were comfortable and it was in a great location - could have stayed longer!

Mrs Harrison

Not too far away from home (Bath) - good area for exploring, and we found some bargains at National Trust properties just before Christmas. Lovely area, and excellent pub in neighbouring village.

Mrs Owen

The location and condition of the property were very good. Also, it was extremely well equipped throughout. Top notch accommodation with good walking and some lovely pubs close by.

Mrs Armstrong

We loved waking up to the sheep right next door to the house and the views were breath taking! Thank you also for catering for the children so well, we all had a fantastic short break!

Mrs Westell

A well equipped property in a lovely location. It made relaxing with friends very easy!

Mrs Strange

Gorgeous cottage in a relaxing setting and at a very reasonable price! Very homely and stocked with useful items - DVDs, games and towels etc. The owner and neighbours were very helpful and friendly. We had a lovely time.

Miss Wardle

The owners were generous and had thought of every little thing we might need. It was one of the best weekends I've ever had. We were so relaxed.

Mrs Martin

The cottage is beautiful. The location was really good in a quiet lane, but there again not that far from several main roads. There was plenty of room for our party of six adults and plenty in the area to do.


Lovely cottage and garden in a quiet rural location but still within reach of places that we wanted to visit. Very spacious. Would stay there again and recommend it to others.

Ms Bisset

The area was idyllic and the cottage was beautiful, the beds in particular were very comfortable. We loved having the sheep over the garden wall and waking up to them calling in the morning. The area had plenty of things to see and do. We would love to come again!

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We enjoyed the tranquility of the location and being able to walk from the house. The Ship Inn is within easy walking distance and offers excellent food. This was our second visit to the house and I wondered if the high standard would be the same the second time around, and it was. Thank you to the owners once again.

Mrs Owen

The cottage was fantastic, as was the location. The local pubs were very welcoming and the food was excellent in quality and price.

Mrs Park

The property, the location, the views and the peace.

Mr Phillips

The cottage was beautifully presented, well equipped and in peaceful surroundings.

Mr Hughes

Wonderful place to chill; you could literally, just take your tooth brush :-)
But you may also need a change of clothes and some porridge!

Mr McEvoy

Beautiful, comfortable and well-equipped property in a lovely position.

Dr Allen

We can't speak highly enough of this cottage. Wonderful location and the owners had gone out of their way to provide essentials for our arrival, which was very welcome. A lovely pub 'The Ship Inn' about a mile away served super food. Everything about Gun End Cottage was superb. Would thoroughly recommend, hope to return again!

Mrs Hollands

Perfect setting, lovely scenery and house had everything we needed.

Mrs Debenham

Location and charm.

Mr McCrindle

The love and care that has been lavished on Gun End Cottage by the owners is tangible. One of the nicest cottages we have ever stayed in. Particularly liked the 'Welcome Pack'. Hope to return in the future.

Mr Knox

The cottage is in a beautiful, unspoilt rural area and we loved the view from the garden and being able to watch the sheep in the field. We had a lovely Sunday afternoon tea in the garden with our family to celebrate our golden wedding. Lots of information in the cottage regarding local pubs and places to eat and visit. An excellent base from which to explore the countryside and towns of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. When it poured with rain (which it did quite a lot!), we turned on the heating and watched the television and were perfectly happy.

Mrs Curnock

A comfortable house in a wonderfully peaceful location with sheep grazing right outside. It was very interesting watching the DVD about the property as it featured in Homes Under the Hammer - it really made the house feel like a home when you learned the history. There were plenty of great pubs to chose from for meals out and great scenery everywhere.

Mrs Davies

We liked that there was lots of space so all the family could be together - a lovely cottage.

Mr Howard

A lovely house to stay in a beautiful area. A fabulous holiday let, tastefully furnished and well appointed in an idyllic setting in an unspoiled area of the country.

Mrs Bebbington

Tranquillity, gorgeous cottage, great location.

Ms Hockley

Peace and quiet and the the outstanding views of the country side. Very well equipped cottage and a credit to the owner.

Mr Janiszewski

Cottage is in a great location and has all the amenities that you could possibly want. We all had a lovely, comfortable stay.

Miss Cooper

Gun End Cottage has been decorated and furnished with great thought and love. The accommodation made our weekend a very special time, we spent the evenings enjoying the comfort of the cottage in front of a real fire. Everything had been thought of and the cottage was extremely well equipped.

Mrs Rennie

Being able to relax away from the city.

Mrs Smith-Straney

Great location, nicely furnished and in keeping with the property.

Mr Fernandes

A well stocked kitchen, very warm house/hot water and comfortable rooms with the extras like children's toys and games.

Mr Garcia

A well appointed house, that is comfortable and tastefully presented with an open fire.

Mrs Groves

Great location for many attractions and local walks. Very friendly locals and wonderful views of countryside. Lovely homely cottage which spaciously fitted 8 of us and was very well equipped.

Mrs Dashwood-Ball

There was also a playground immediately opposite at the village hall which was perfect!

Mrs Allen

The house provided excellent accommodation for 3 branches of the same family. The beds were very comfortable. It was really interesting to see the Homes under the Hammer DVD. The location was very peaceful and the field at the back with the sheep was wonderful! The information pack was useful and interesting.

Mrs Allcock

We were well placed for exploring both near and further afield. We were pleased to be able to return to the comfortable, warm house after a day in the Peaks and Dales.

Mrs Taylor

Absolutely perfect cottage for a weekend for 4 couples. Surprisingly beautiful area. The Ship Inn was amazing. Thoroughly recommend this cottage.

Mr Ball

Cannot fault the cottage, we all loved it. The surroundings are wonderful. Now I've found your little gem, I hope to visit again as it's near my son and granddaughter so a great place for a get together . Thank you

Mrs Digman

Great location, the property worked for all ages. There was peace and quiet, bird song and just sheep for neighbours. The cottage was very nicely decorated and furnished.

Mrs Powell

Situated very well for potteries, walks, but not cycling

Dr Kinsman

Very cosy, quiet. A garden for the little one to play safely in, with a field and little play area across the road for him to run around in. Would come back again. Had a lovely time.

Mrs Hunt

The house was warm and comfortable. The location of the cottage was excellent - both in terms of the immediate environment - very quiet with beautiful walks right on the doorstep, and in relation to Peak District attractions - lovely walking country and pleasant market towns. The whole family agreed that we would like to return here for a holiday next year or the year after!

Mrs Heydon

The cottage was a beautiful property with genuine character in a beautiful area. The location was perfect for walking.

Mr Pickup

The house was perfect for our party of 8, including 3 children, there was nothing that we could honestly say that we needed that wasn't there. The owners have been very thoughtful to peoples' needs. The house itself is very comfortable, warm and beautifully done out. It's situated on a very quite lane, and a great location to explore. We truly had a brilliant time there, and would highly recommend. The owners are very easy to talk to, and are very helpful. Top marks from us!

Mrs Parker

This cottage was in a lovely quiet location, was very spacious and exceptionally well equipped with everything we needed and more.

Mr Kingston

We had such a lovely time in Gun End Cottage, the house was so well equipped, we could ask for no more. The views were beautiful, the area was peaceful and we thoroughly enjoyed our family short break. Attractions around the area were brilliant. It was such a fantastic base to explore a wonderful part of the world. Thanks so much for the opportunity of experiencing this beautiful house. Hope to visit again.

Mr Carmody

A very suitable accommodation to celebrate our golden wedding with our family and friends(8 of us). Very clean and comfortable with a pleasant garden in which to enjoy the sunshine.

Mr Perks

The location was very rural and the setting beautiful. We enjoyed the large table in the kitchen to all sit round and eat together at breakfast and dinner. We walked to The Hanging Stone and the views were amazing.

Mrs Silvey

A beautiful cottage in fantastic surroundings. It was well equipped with everything you need and more for an enjoyable holiday. I will definitely look at booking this cottage again as there is so much we could have done in the area but didn't have the time to do!

Mr Chappell

It was extremely comfortable in an excellent location. We had a very relaxing week and hope to be back next year.

Mrs Davies

Good amount of space for eight people; excellent for quality family time.

Mrs Virtue

An idyllic and peaceful rural location for our multigenerational family get together with all the facilities we expected and more; a delightful home from home much enjoyed by us all.

Rev Loveday

Well equipped cottage and central location for areas of local interest.

Mrs Griffiths