Easily accessible from the motorway network or by a short train-ride from Birmingham, The Lodge is an ideal bed and breakfast location for recreational travellers and business travellers alike.
We are located in South Staffordshire, on the door-step of Cannock Chase and near to many heritage and tourist sites, including the medieval city of Lichfield (7 miles), The National Memorial Arboretum (16 miles) and Alton Towers (25 miles). This beautiful area offers so much to see and do, and our website can only give you a flavour of the many possibilities.
We do have a selection of tourist literature available for guests, but if you would like more information, please email us or talk to us on arrival and we will try and help you plan your itinerary!
Apart from many beautiful walks, Cannock Chase has everything for the adventurer: challenging mountain bike trails, mountain bike skills coaching, run-and-ride events, pony trekking, water skiing and wake-boarding, Segway and 4x4 driving experiences, the Go Ape tree-top experience, and much more.
FOR FAMILY TIME
The Lodge is well-situated for access to attractions that all the family will enjoy. Just a 30 minute drive away is Drayton Manor Theme Park and Zoo, while Alton Towers can be easily reached in 50 minutes. There is a small ice-skating rink and cinema in Cannock, and indoor skiing, tubing, ice skating, bowling and a multiplex cinema are all available in nearby Tamworth.
For those who prefer a more authentic cinema experience, The Red Carpet cinema at Barton Marina offers general-release films, live-screen events and a lovely café bar. The Marina has a variety of restaurants, a pub walking trails, shops and the "Mug Tug" where kids can paint their own pottery, and is a great family day out.
If you aren't feeling particularly adventurous but would rather relax and rejuvenate during your stay then 'hot yoga' sessions are available locally, as well as a range of other fitness classes. If you fancy a full-on luxury spa experience we are only a 25 minute drive from Hoar Cross Hotel and Spa, an historic 19th-century mansion set in beautiful countryside and offering an extensive range of spa packages and treatments.
And for any golfers among you, there's a public golf course and driving range only ten minutes away by car.
FOR BUSINESS TRAVEL
In addition to being handy for the M6, The Lodge sits just outside the business centre of Cannock, with its many industrial estates and larger employers. Birmingham and the Black Country are easily accessible by road and local rail links. Even Jaguar Land Rover's Engine Manufacturing Centre is less than half an hour away.
FOR EATING & DRINKING
Staffordshire is lucky enough to be home to a number of specialist food producers and micro-brewers, many of whom can be found showcasing their wares at the area's farmers' markets and festivals. Stone and Lichfield both have regular farmers' markets, whilst Shugborough plays host to one of the country's largest food festivals in July.
Our local area also boasts a huge number of fantastic pubs and restaurants. Amongst our local favourites are the Rag at Rawnsley (walkable from The Lodge), The Red Lion at Longdon Green and The Nags Head in Burntwood. A night out in Lichfield offers ample opportunities to experience fine bistros (including Poms Deli and The Faro Lounge), high-quality Indian and Chinese restaurants, and to drink in a range of inns and taverns serving real ale and high-quality pub food. Afternoon tea at Netherstowe House is also a must!
FOR HERITAGE LOVERS
The Cannock Chase area has a rich historic heritage. It was an important mining area for over a century, a centre for British racehorse training and home to two large army training camps. The writer J.R.R Tolkein was stationed here during the first world war. As testament to its military significance the Chase has several war memorials including German and Commonwealth war cemeteries.
Just a short drive away is the medieval city of Lichfield. This bustling market town has a full cultural programme including the annual Greenhill Bower, Arts Festival, Mystery Plays and the Real Ale, Jazz and Folk festivals.
Also within 30 minutes drive are National Trust Properties including Shugborough Hall, Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood, Moseley Old Hall, Wightwick Manor and Gardens, and Letocetum Roman Baths and Museum.