The Moat House
“A unique setting adds to the charm of this 17th-century building” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
This 17th-century timbered building, with an idyllic canal-side setting, has been skilfully extended and is indeed moated. Bedrooms are stylishly furnished, well equipped and comfortable. The bar offers a range of snacks and the restaurant boasts a popular fine dining option where the head chef displays his skills using top quality produce. Main courses on the seasonally-changing carte can be complex too but equally satisfying. For dessert try a Vanilla custard brulée with rhubarb jam doughnut and rhubarb sorbet.
Facilities – at a glance
Electric vehicle charging
- En-suite rooms: 41
- Family rooms: 4
- Bedrooms Ground: 15
- Free TV
- Broadband available
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- New Year entertainment programme
- Lift available
- Night porter available
- Outdoor parking spaces: 200
- Accessible bedrooms: 2
- Walk-in showers
- Single room, minimum price: £80
- Double room, minimum price: £100
- Holds a civil ceremony licence
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About the area
It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.
In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.
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