The Parlour

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  • Sleeps 2 (max 2 adults, 1 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Private Bathroom
Beautifully crafted Shepherd's hut just south of the Peak District, with a riverside village on your doorstep
  • Completely self-contained, with a private terrace framed by small potted trees
  • Fantastic kitchen space and full-sized double bed
  • Cook up a storm on your Indian kadai firebowl

The Owner Says

The Parlour is a brand-new addition at Greenacres. It's a beautiful, completely self-contained luxury Shepherd's Hut, built by Blackdown Shepherd's Huts. It comes with a fully-fitted kitchen, en-suite shower and toilet, and a full-sized double bed and dining area. There's a radio, but there's no TV or Wi-Fi. You won't need it, with the countryside around you to explore. It is your chance to embrace life in the slow lane, get off grid and leave your hectic life behind for a few days. Watch the sun setting or the cows go up for evening milking.  Cook dinner on your Indian kadai firebowl and keep warm sitting around it as the evening cools. There's even a wood-fired pizza oven in a sheltered courtyard, if you fancy having a go! Have fun on our antique swing, which hangs from the branch of an old ash tree nearby.

 Listen to the dawn chorus in the morning while you wake up after a good night's sleep, then enjoy your coffee and a proper Staffordshire breakfast on your terrace. ​Surrounding the Parlour is an orchard of fruit trees, and your front doors open to a spectacular view of open fields, trees and The Weaver Hills in the distance.

​The Parlour includes:

  • Double bed

  • Ensuite with shower

  • Fully-fitted kitchen with fridge and induction hob

  • Outdoor patio area with kadai barbeque and seating

  • Wool insulation

  • Dining area

  • Storage space

  • Log burning stove

  • Logs ( your first bucket is free)

  • Complementary "welcome to Staffordshire"pack

  • Off-road parking

  • Open all year (including Christmas and New Year)

  • Weekly or short stay options available

About The Parlour at Greenacres

Suitable For

The shepherd's hut sleeps 2 people and is suitable for adults only. Dogs aren't permitted, but welcome dogs at Greenacres Barn though, our converted barn which is close by. If you're interested have a look at our site at


There are ample local walks directly from Greenacres-we are on the routes of two long-distance paths,as well as rambles alongside the River Churnet and into Denstone and to the farm shop or pub. For many, it's the appeal of the Peak District National Park, to the north, that is strongest. It's 7 miles (a 15-minute drive) to the park boundary, though, for a little culture, stopping short in the Georgian town of Ashbourne one day is recommended. If the history takes your fancy, National Trust-owned Calke Abbey (01332 863 822) is a 45-minute drive east – a Baroque mansion built between 1701 and 1704, the National Trust has deliberately left it in the condition they found it, telling the bitter-sweet story of the end of a family line, complete with peeling paintwork and overgrown gardens. 50 minutes north, meanwhile, grand Chatsworth House (024 6565 300) was completed in the same year but is quite the opposite – impeccably well kept (and features in a number of renowned, period films). Closer to home, the volunteer-run Churnet Valley Railway runs steam trains throughout the year and has a good cycling route alongside much of it, while the Staffordshire Way is a top pick for walkers (as well as, of course, the Peak District and The Roaches to the north). Finally, it goes without saying that Alton Towers theme park is 3 miles away, so if you really want some high-octane fun, there are rollercoasters aplenty on your doorstep.

Food & Drink

It's easy to buy local around here. There's a farm shop in Denstone (01889 590050), ½-mile from your shepherd's hut, while Nigel the Butcher (01335 342073) in Ashbourne (7 miles) comes highly recommended by Tessa (as does the Bakehouse on the market square for "the best bread you've ever had"; 01335 347206). Sam's Hens (07967 437896), reared just down the lane, produce delicious free range eggs, which are sold in the Spar in Rocester (2 miles). For pre-made pies, bacon, meat and other good things, Staffordshire Traditional Meats (01889 568411; 4 miles) looks unassuming (just barns from the outside) but is an absolute must. If you don't fancy cooking yourself, say hello to Chris, the friendly landlord in The Tavern (01889 590847), the local pub half a mile down the road or try The Bull's Head (01538 702307) in Alton where there is often a live band. Further afield, the Black Lion (01782 550294) in Consall Forge serves real ales and is well-placed for a good canalside walk and views of the steam trains on the Churnet Valley railway line.
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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews


A perfect cosy spot

Super Helpful owners, fabulous views, great cosy wee spot. The location is great for walking and running. We loved cooking using the fire bowl but decided the pizza oven was beyond our capabilities. Very pleased with the covid proofing measures in place too.
Sep 18, 2020 by Kat Wood Verified Review

Response from The Parlour at Greenacres

Thanks for your lovely comments Kat, much appreciated. Hope to see you again soon, Tessa & David 

Everything we could have hoped for and more

We had a wonderful stay at the Parlour. The hosts were extremely friendly, helpful and very professional in their approach to making sure the place was safe in these COVID times. The shepherd's hut was cosy, spotless and extremely peaceful, we couldn't recommend this place more! Many thanks once again Tessa and David, Del and Alex

Response from The Parlour at Greenacres

Using lockdown to catch up on our belated ‘thank you’s’ so, thank you for you lovely review! Hope to see you in Staffordshire again soon, Tessa & David


A great value escape

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Parlour as a getaway from a stressful few months. The Parlour is well designed with lovey decoration and everything you need for a very comfortable stay. We particularly enjoyed the use of the fire pit and wood burning stove. The site is quiet with lovely views across fields of grazing cows. Our hosts were very nice, making sure we had everything we needed for our stay. Given the current challenges of COVID-19 we particularly appreciated the care our hosts has taken with cleaning etc. The Parlour is perfectly situated for day trips to the Peak District, and also has access to lots of great local walks (as well as a very nice farm shop just down the road). Can't recommend the value of this stay enough and we look forward to coming back.
Jul 25, 2020 by Olly Smith Verified Review

Response from The Parlour at Greenacres

Better late than never with our response! Thanks for your great review Olly, we hope you’ll stay again. All the best, Tessa & David 

Cosy haven in a beautiful setting

We stayed here for new year and it was absolutely wonderful. David gave us great directions by phone and welcomed us on arrival with homemade bread and jam. He gave us good advice on the local area and the place was spotless. The cabin itself was cosy, had plenty storage and really prettily done up. Fairy lights and bunting and lovely furnishings. We didn’t have to get in the car once as you can do hundreds of walks from the front door and the local pub, The Tavern, is wonderful. Would happily return and would recommend this place to anyone!

Response from The Parlour at Greenacres

Hi Hannah, thank you for your wonderful review!
We are delighted you enjoyed your break, we hope you’ll stay again.
Lovely to meet you both.
David & Tessa



Lovely stay and gorgeous views. Tessa and David are so friendly and great hosts. Left us to it but helped us if we asked/needed anything. Great stay, would 100% revisit
Sep 12, 2019 by Alicia
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The Parlour at Greenacres is located at Greenacres, Alton Road, Denstone, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 5DH

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Getting There

Greenacres Barn is 15 minutes from Uttoxeter by car, off the A50 trunk road. Just follow the signs for Alton Towers, then, when you are on the B5032, look out for the signs and the turning as you come out of Denstone (on the right).

Uttoxeter is the nearest railway station and has a taxi rank outside (it's a 15 minute journey from there to Greenacres Barn).