Places to Visit

Places to visit near to Heywood Hall

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Alton Towers Theme Park

A fun packed day for children and adults.
The gardens are spectacular and a quiet retreat from the action on the rides. Perfect, if you’re not as keen as your friends or family on roller coasters.

Stoke on Trent and the ceramic Trail

Much investment has been made over the past few months to make it a world-wide attraction.

Churnet Valley Steam railway 

10 miles of restored railway along the beautiful Churnet Valley, known as Little Switzerland

Trentham Gardens

The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain.
Alan Titchmarsh called them “one of the UK’s must-see gardens“. Home to a fabulous collection of wire fairy sculptures.

This also includes the Monkey Forest  A great day out for the family where friendly monkeys wander free.

Biddulph Grange Garden

An amazing Victorian Garden created by Darwin’s contemporary, James Bateman.
A wonderful collections of plants.

Shugborough Hall

On Cannock Chase, now owned by Staffordshire BC. The estate belonged to Lord Lichfield and has a working museum, servants quarters, a farm, mill and a train, as well as craft workshops.
Set in 900 acres of parkland. Breath-taking!

Sudbury Hall

Museum of Childhood. Discover two contrasting experiences sitting side by side.
Sudbury Hall, the country home of the Lord Vernon, offers the delight of 17th-century craftsmanship.

The Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages with something for everyone.
Watch your children discover something new, or relive nostalgic memories by exploring the childhoods of times gone by.

Leek Town

Did you know Leek Town was the centre for embroidery?  In 1879 the Leek Embroidery Society was set up by Elizabeth Wardle , wife of Sir Thomas Wardle, a silk importer.

They also used designs from William Morris who lived nearby. Some of his designs can also be seen in the local churches in Leek.

Uttoxeter (10 minute drive) 

A market town with small shops, supermarkets: Waitrose, Tesco, Lidl, Asda, Iceland.  Market day Wednesdays 10 till1 pm Ashbourne 10 minutes drive, on the edge of the Peak district. A pretty market town with antique shops, artisan cafes and boutiques. Market days on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Canal Boat Hire

Hire a Canal Boat for the day near Leek  on the Caldon Canal. “Joshua” is a 35foot day boat will take up to 10 people.

Around and About Alton

Walking

Walkers Welcome

Facilities and Services:

  • A separate space is available for walkers to dry clothing and footwear, so clothes can dry overnight
  • We provide an outside water supply for hosing off muddy footwear etc
  • A first Aid kit is available

Roaches-stock-big-boxWe’re perfectly positioned for walking  in the Staffordshire Roaches , Peak District and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

There are two walks which include Denstone/ Rocester in their Itinerary:
Click here for more information : Limestone Way and  Staffordshire Way

For a great 3.5hr local walk, try Denstone Village and up to Alton

Alternatively try the walk around the nearby village of Ellastone, on the way to Ashbourne.

We also have a special walk available at reception if you would like to ask Alison or Joseph. It does involve a little bit of road walking at the beginning.

Treasure Trails are a hugely popular way of exploring the sights in the area. Find a trail in Alton or Rocester villages.

Cycling

   Cyclists Welcome

   Facilities and Services:

  • A separate space is available for cyclists to dry clothing and footwear, so clothes can dry overnight
  • We provide an outside water supply for cleaning bikes etc
  • First Aid kit available
  • Pre-ordering & delivery of grocery items prior to arrival, for cyclists without a car, can be arranged through Tesco’s in Uttoxeter
  • Lockable undercover area for safe overnight storage of bicycles and panniers, with an unobstructed entrance
  • Emergency cycle and puncture repair kit, available on site

Cycling around Denstone

cycling_350x234We are blessed with a disused railway line that runs right past Heywood hall.
For a fantastic, level route, jump on your bike and cycle all the way to Oakamoor. Stop at the Ramblers Retreat for a late breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, then cycle back. A great way to spend the day.

Alternatively meander off the railway line and cycle your way around the countryside, taking in the pretty views of the Churnet Valley.

Information:

Horse Riding

  Horse Riding

  Holme Farm Equestrian Centre

The Equestrian Centre offers riding lessons and hacking either privately or as a group. They have their own land where they adventure out at a pace to suit the riders.

Holme Farm Equestrian Centre,
Sweetholme Farm,
Watery Lane,
Derby DE65 5PL
01283 813284
www.holmefarmequestriancentre.com

Where to Eat

You’ll Be Spoilt For Choice.

We recommend the following Pubs

The Tavern which is within walking distance of Heywood Hall Tel 01889 590847

The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone is 5 minutes drive towards Ashbourne Tel 01335 324275

The Rose and Crown, Mayfield is 10 minutes drive towards Ashbourne  Tel 01435 872200

The Royal Oak, Alton. Just a few minutes away. Good gourmet style food open from 6pm daily  Tel 01538 702625

The White Hart, Alton. A community run pub warm & friendly.  Limited but delicious lunches and light meals  Tel 01538 703384

The Blacksmith’s arms, Alton is 6 minutes drive  towards Alton Towers Tel 01538 702111

Mr Woo Restaurant in Uttoxeter 10 minutes  drive,  Chinese eat in or takeaway Tel 01889 565676

The Ramblers retreat, open for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

This is near Oakamoor along the disused railway line, about 1 hours walk. Tel 01538 702530.

The-lighthouse-restaurant.co.uk In Boylestone, near Ashbourne, a real treat and worth the 15 minute drive 01335 330658

The Dapple Grey: Town Centre Uttoxeter ST14 8AZ 01889 562117 (Good for families )

Alton Bridge Hotel Station Road  Alton St10 4BX 01538 703088

Fish & Chips: Cod’s Corner 444 High Street Uttoxeter ST14 7HT 01889 564282

Indian : Indian Spice, 83 High Street Uttoxeter, St14 7JJ 01889 569992

Divine Punjabi, 25 Market Place Uttoxeter ST14 8HL 01889 568020

Recommended in the good food guide.

The Rocester Tandoori  Indian Restaurant and Takeaway  01889 590169

Indiana Kebabs and Pizza, Rocester,  Takeaway or delivery 01889 564440

 

Denstone Hall Farm Shop & Cafe

Within walking distance.  Great for Breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and  afternoon tea.

And a beautiful farm shop stocking high quality meat, sausages  and poultry, cheese, fruit and vegetables.

There is also a wonderful selection of dry goods and present ideas. Tel  01889 590050

 

Gorgeous Gourmet 2 GO

Will deliver freshly prepared meals for you to heat up and enjoy in the comfort of your suite.
Prices available on the website. Please allow 24 hours notice.

Pampering

Treatments available at Heywood Hall

Here at Heywood Hall we can offer treatments you can relax and enjoy in the comfort of your suite.

Whatever appeals to you most! Perhaps a manicure or a mini pedicure to make you feel fabulous from top to toe? A hair cut and finish, or blow dry. Gent’s and children’s hair as well as ladies. Prices on application.
Treatments to be booked in advance.

Hair, eyes and nails by Kate who will pamper you in the comfort of your suite. Bookable in advance on 07812749503 .

Should you wish to receive more information please contact us.

 

Pilates

Fancy stretching out those tired muscles after a day walking around Alton Towers theme park, or wondering along the Staffordshire Way?
As a Body Control Pilates Certified Teacher I can organise a session of Pilates for individual tuition or a group class at Heywood Hall. Just ask Alison for more details.

 

Make Your Own Chocolates

If you prefer to indulge your sense of taste, how about spending the morning making chocolates!

About 30 minutes from Heywood Hall why not try a Chocolate Heaven Workshop (for groups of minimum 8) where you can enjoy a day making chocolates guided by award winning chocolatiers.
Sessions last about 3 hours.

Please visit the website The Bittersweet Chocolate Co. for more information.

Stately Homes

Historic homes in our area

Sudbury Hall 18 minutes

Sudbury_Hall_350x262Sudbury Hall, the country home of the Lords Vernon, offers a delight of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals. Be amazed by the grandeur of the Great Staircase, Long Gallery and the captivating story which the house tells, brought to life by their knowledgeable volunteers and guides.

Haddon Hall 40 minutes

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Described by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye.

Chatsworth 50 mins

Chatsworth-House_350x233You can admire the splendour of the Chatsworth House, explore the garden, meet the animals in the farmyard, enjoy an afternoon tea and shopping in the stables or take a trip to the award winning Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop in Pilsley.

In addition they have a busy events programme including the annual International Horse Trials, Country Fair and Christmas market, as well as a brand new event for 2015, Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud. They are hosting many exciting exhibitions throughout the year from contemporary sculpture in the garden to Old Master Drawings in the house. There’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy at Chatsworth this year.

Kedleston Hall 36 mins

Kedleston Hall_350x263Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland.
Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland.
Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam.

Calke Abbey 38 mins

calke-abbey_350x184With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story.

Uttoxeter Racecourse

Uttoxeter-racecourse1_350x262Uttoxeter Racecourse, located on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, is set in spectacular rural surroundings and offers one of the best dual tracks in the country.

Steeped in history, they’ve been home to the Midlands Grand National since 1969 and host meetings all year round.

Golf

golf2_350x262Set over 120 acres Whiston Hall is one of the most beautiful golf club in Staffordshire. Situated only 4.3 miles from one of the greatest theme parks, Alton Towers.

Why not come up for a round of golf and afterwards you can enjoy a few drinks sitting on the benches enjoying the beautiful view of Staffordshire.

Uttoxeter Golf Course is undoubtedly one of the country’s best kept secrets. With its small greens and tight lines, the course is a fine test of golf for the low handicapper whilst providing the high handicapped player with a variety of options at each hole.Excellent putting surfaces and manicured fairways, uniform rough and extensive views across the Dove Valley to the rolling hills of Staffordshire and Derbyshire all collude to intensify the sheer joy of just being there.

 

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon ShootingWhether you are looking for a new pursuit or just want to try something new, clay pigeon shooting may well be the sport for you. Why not come and try your hand at a fresh and exciting hobby!

Doveridge Clay Sports is one of the very few Premier Plus Shooting Grounds in the country which offers a wide variety of all clay shooting disciplines. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before, our in depth clay lessons will ensure you have all the skills to develop into a confident shooter.

On your shooting lessons you will meet one of our expert instructors, who will take you to one of our clay shooting stands and then here you will be taught how to hold, load and hit clay targets. Our expert instructors are on hand to help you step of the way, and if you’re worried about recoil, don’t be! Our dedicated teachers are highly experienced in making your lesson stress free and enjoyable.

Paintballing, Quad Bikes, 4x4 and more!

Wild Park Derbyshire

Quad BikingWild Park is a centre of excellence for great Quad Biking ! We are an “Extreme” Quad Bike trekking centre, whether you are an experienced Quad Bike Off roader or a Quad Bike first timer Wild Park is the place for you. There is no other venue like us in the UK.

They also offer paintballing, laser tag and archery

 

Ashcroft Park and National Paintball Games provide the very best in UK Corporate Events, Country Pursuits & Outdoor Team Building Activities in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the Midlands.

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Go Ape & Other Aerial Walkways

Go ApeGo Ape: Awarded Silver in the Best Small Visitor Attraction category in Enjoy Staffordshire Awards 2014

Based at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, you’re in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Their Tree Top Adventure takes Cannock Chase’s breathtaking scenery, a smattering of tree-top high wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires. It’s a proven recipe that never fails.

 

 

Aerial ExtremeAerial Extreme

Their tree based High Ropes Adventure Course, set within the tranquil 725 acre grounds of Trentham Estate is a truly spectacular journey. Aerial Extreme is ideally suited for everyone, and can cater for groups and birthday parties.

Watersports

sailing2_350x233We’re close by a number of watersport centres.

Carsington Water 26 mins

RYA Sailing Training Centre, Windsurfing, Kayaking

Blithfield Reservoir

Anglers Club. 11 miles of bank, trout fly fishing & 35 powered boats

Blithfield Sailing Club & RYA training centre

Rudyard lake 38 mins

Rudyard Lake Railway

Wildlife Parks

Peak Wildlife Park.

Newly opened wildlife park featuring an amazing variety of animals

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Twycross Zoo.

45 minutes drive. Over 500 animals, 150 species, daily talks about animals, and events organised during  school holidays.
Tel:  0844 4741777or visit www.twycrosszoo.org

Motor Racing

donington1_350x233Donington Park motor racing circuit was the first permanent park circuit in England.

It’s first motorcycle race took place on Whit Monday 1931 on the narrow lanes of the Donington Hall Estate. 1933 the track was widened, made permanent and became a venue for Grand Prix car racing.

The second world war put an end to all racing at the circuit in 1939, after being requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence to be used as a military vehicle depot.

Darley Moor Motorcycle road racing club
Meetings throughout the season

Transport

Heywood Hall lies close to the Staffordshire and Derbyshire county borders and not far from the popular towns of Ashbourne and Uttoxeter which provide excellent shopping and leisure facilities.

A huge advantage to the village of Denstone is its location for fast access to major road networks including M1, M6, M42, and M40.
These are reached via the modern A50 dual carriageway, only 4 miles distant and is the main link to the M6 in the west and M1 in the east. Only about 35 minutes to each. The A50 also links to the A38 dual carriageway route to Birmingham.

The nearest rail station is only a 12 minute drive.
For as little as £7.50 and a 26 minute ride, you can spend a day in Derby Westfield or the even larger shopping destination of Nottingham, from £8.60.
From Stafford there is a fast mainline rail service to London ( 1 hour 25 minutes).
London from Uttoxeter Station is 2 hours 16 minutes.

Roads
M1 motorwayM6 motorwayA50A38
50 Minutes38 Minutes8 Minutes26 Minutes

 

Airports
Manchester StationEast Midlands AirportBirmingham AirportHeathrow Airport
59 Minutes46 Minutes45 Minutes2 Hrs 35 Minutes

 

 

Other Locations
Ashbourne & The Peak DistrictUttoxeter Train StationUttoxeter RacecourseDerby Shopping
Ashbourne Uttoxeter train stationUttoxeter RacecourseDerby Shopping
15 Minutes12 Minutes15 Minutes38 Minutes
Central LondonManchester CentreBirmingham CentreNottingham Centre
Central LondonManchester CityBirmingham CityNottingham City
2 Hrs 48 Minutes1 Hr 35 Minutes1 Hr 11 Minutes57 Minutes
Family Roots

Ancestry in Denstone

Discover your family connections!

Here in Denstone there is wealth of history to discover. There are many unusual historical places, some of which may even have a connection to your family.

DEnstone MapStaffordshire County Council has a Start Your Search website to help you. Just remember to bring with you proof of identity and address, when visiting the records office.

There are record offices at Stafford, Stoke and Lichfield, plus the William Salt Library.

Staffordshire views are a collection of William Salt’s original collection

Staffordshire Past Track  gives a brief history of places within Staffordshire and has pictures of buildings no longer standing.

The Nicholson institute  in Leek offers free access to Ancestry.com

Local villages which are featured on Staffordshire Past Track near to Denstone are

Ellastone, Mayfield, Uttoxeter, Quixhill, Oakamoor, Rocester and Stramshall

History

Denstone, Heywood Hall and some local history

Heywood HallHeywood Hall is an imposing substantial Victorian family home. The largest house in the village, with over 8,000 square feet of accommodation covering 2/3rds of an acre. 
It has been the family home of Alison & Joseph Petitjean and their two boys for the past four years.

It was built in 1885 as the residence of the Provost, for the local Woodard Independent Schools, the closest of which, Denstone College, is a short walk along College Road.

The builder of Heywood hall, George Percival Heywood, was also one of the original patrons of Denstone College, gifting the land and funds to complete the magnificent Gothic buildings which include Denstone College, the Church,  Vicarage, the Curates House, School Room and Old School building which still dominate the village today.

Denstone and Damsons?
Did you know that Denstone is widely known for its delicious damsons. In May the blossom is spectacular.
The fruit was sent to Lancashire for use in dyeing materials. It also makes wonderful jam.

Although there are records of Denstone going back to Norman Times, it was not until the arrival of Sir Thomas Percival Heywood in 1840 that the village was really established. Prior to this time, Denstone was an agricultural area Denstone Collegebounded by the river Churnet and consisting of sparsely populated, scattered Hamlets.

The Heywoods were a wealthy banking family from  Manchester and Sir Thomas had a wish to become squire of his own village and Parish. To this end he employed one of the  finest architects of the day, George Edmund Street, a leader in Victorian Gothic Revival, to build Denstone Church. The Church  was completed in 1862 and Sir Thomas then had the original village school built in 1870, the Provost’s house, now Heywood Hall  in 1885, and the Church Room in 1890.  The school is now a private dwelling, but the church room has not been used for the last 20 years. The fountain was erected in in 1900 in memory of Sir Thomas as part of the village water supply piped from a nearby spring.

Sir Thomas was instrumental in founding Denstone College, which opened in 1873. The major housing developments in Denstone have taken place in the last 50 years. Denstone has been transformed from a small village of about 50 dwellings, firmly based on agriculture, to a thriving community today with 250 dwellings within the village and another 100 approximately in the hamlets of Stubwood, Quixhill and Prestwood, which are part of the Parish.

Ghosts, Myths and Legends of Alton, Staffordshire

Swimming, Skating, Cinema, Bowling and More

Uttoxeter Cinebowl

Cinema, Ice Skating and bowling  at  ST14 8AZ tel 01889 566644  www.cinebowl.co.uk . Look for special offer vouchers if you book in advance.

Swimming in Uttoxeter

A state of the art swimming pool and leisure centre opened by Adam Peaty Olympic Gold medalist from Uttoxeter in 2015 . Timetables can be found on the website http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/uttoxeter-leisure-centre or telephone 01283 508160
Cost per swimming session, approx £4.05 per adult

Just in Case
Doctor:
   Mill Street
   Rocester
   ST14 5JX
   01889 590208

 

Hospital:
  Stoke Hospital 22 miles
   University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
   City General
   Newcastle Road
   ST4 6QG
   01782 715444

 

  Queen’s site
   Belvedere Road
   Burton upon Trent
   Staffordshire
   DE13 0RB
  01283 566333

 

   5-6 Trinity Square
   Uttoxeter
   ST14 8TH
  01889 560818

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