Sunday, 25 December 2016


Hope you have a lovely time!
A festive photo of The Malthouse taken in January 2010 on a cold but sunny day. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Merry Christmas from The Malthouse

Very best wishes for a wonderful Christmas to our family, friends and guests.

Hope you've been good so that Santa brings a lovely gift to you!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Winter has Arrived in Alton!

It's been steadily getting colder here but this morning we were sure Winter had arrived in Alton when we opened our curtains and were greeted by a frosty scene.  It was so cold that we didn't want to go out so took these photos from our lounge at the front of the house.  Lazy we know but the heating was on so it was cosy inside!

If your out and about wrap up!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Autumn in Alton

I've just been out to take our dog Poppy for a walk around the village and wanted to share a few photos that I took along the way.  As you will see from the beautiful colours Autumn has arrived in Alton!

It's really lovely at the moment.  Mild dry days with nights that cool but not too chilly.  Perfect weather for tidying up in the garden!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Bus Services and Taxis - Important Information

We are located in the village of Alton in Staffordshire.
Our Bed and Breakfast, The Malthouse is just one mile from Alton Towers.
First time visitors to the area are often surprised to find that Alton and Alton Towers is in the countryside!  It's lovely here, really beautiful!   

Most visitors travel to the area by car and then use their vehicle to get about while they are here. 
Some guests use public transport though.
Sadly, a few days ago First Buses who operate local buses drastically reduced many services including the 32/32A that runs between Alton village and Alton Towers.
We hope that services may be re-instated in the Spring but will have to wait and see.
If you are using public transport or taxis please plan/book all your journeys (including return journeys) well in advance.  Don't forget to check the cost of fares.

If you plan to travel by bus there is a bookable bus service that operates in the local area. 
Bookings must be made in advance:
8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday
8am to 4pm Friday 
To book telephone 01335 342951 

Taxis are of course a good option but please be aware that short journeys can be expensive.
If you are coming to stay with us and need local taxi telephone numbers please contact us.
If you are using taxis or public transport please plan/book all your journeys (including return journeys) well in advance.  Don't forget to check the cost of fares.

Bon Voyage!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Red Sky at Night Alton's Delight!

We live in a lovely place, Alton really is a beautiful part of the world.  Sometimes we are guilty of taking our surroundings for granted.  On Tuesday this week just as the sun was setting we were treated to a spectacular view and reminded just how lucky we are. 

We know the saying is "Red sky at night, shepherd's delight"
but for us it was "Red sky at night, Alton's delight"!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Breakfast Art

As you might imagine August is a busy month at our B&B in Alton and this year it's been REALLY busy.  No complaints, we're pleased!  

August might have been all too much though for one member of our team.  Recently we caught them being creative with left over fried bread, tomato ketchup and brown sauce.  Here is their breakfast art creation.

This masterpiece gave us a laugh, hope it makes you smile!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Heat is on in Alton

The weather is fantastic at the moment.  The heat really is on here in Alton!

Our bedding plants have been out for a while now.  Here are a couple of pics, hope you like them!

Hope the weather is good wherever you are.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Use Tesco Clubcard Vouchers and get a Ticket to Alton Towers

If your planning a day out at Alton Towers and are a Tesco Clubcard holder why not use your Tesco Clubcard Vouchers to save money on entry to the theme park.

Alton Towers Resort

For just £13 of Tesco Clubcard Vouchers you will get a one day entry ticket to Alton Towers. 

For full details visit
and follow the instructions. 
Make sure that you check the fine print to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Summer is on it's Way!

It's lovely to see the change of the seasons but Spring turning into Summer is really special. 
At the moment we can't believe how much our garden is changing from day to day. 

Here are just a few of the plants in our garden that are bursting into flower right now.

Hope the weather continues to be kind for a little while longer. 
A few more days of sunshine would be great!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Smudge Chills Out

Just had to share this picture of our cat Smudge enjoying the Alton sunshine.

Chilled out or what!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Alton Towers Free Entry Child Voucher with Birds Eye

If you're coming to stay at our B&B and plan to visit Alton Towers you might like to know about a Free Entry Child Voucher that we found on a pack of Birds Eye Peas.

Most of the money off coupons we come across for Alton Towers are 2 for 1 for adult tickets so, it's good to see something that's a bit different!

This voucher is valid until the end of the year and gives one child free entry to the theme park with a full priced adult ticket purchased at the park entrance.  As with all offers there are some restrictions (including dates over Halloween etc) so we suggest that terms and conditions are checked carefully  to avoid disappointment. 

If you would like a voucher check out packs of Bird Eye Peas in your local shops OR give us a call, if we have a voucher we are always glad to pass it on to our guests!

Looking for Accommodation close to Alton Towers?
Call us at The Malthouse B&B on 01538 703273 OR if you prefer check our availability / book online hope to see you soon!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Thanks for the Card

Wanted to share with you this beautiful card that arrived in our post a few days ago. 
The photo of the card doesn't do the artwork justice, the blue glitter is dazzling - sunglasses needed!

Getting such a lovely surprise in the post really made our day!

Thank you for the card Belle.  Glad you both enjoyed your stay.  Looking forward to your next visit.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Family Fun at Uttoxeter Racecourse

Fancy a family day out? 

Head to Uttoxeter Racecourse  on Saturday 30 April 2016 and join in the fun.

Live music from Only One Direction!

The racecourse holds lots events throughout the year.  The bank holiday weekend sees it's first family event of 2016.  During the afternoon there will be seven horse races taking place and entertainments for the kids - face painting, crazy golf, funfair and much more.  As well as live music from the Only One Direction Tribute Band. 

Vsit for more information and full details.

Our B&B is located in Alton approximately 8 miles away from Uttoxeter.  After a busy day Alton is a perfect place to relax and unwind.  Need accommodation?  Call us at The Malthouse 01538 703273 or visit our website

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Railways Near to The Malthouse B&B

If trains are your thing you should steam ahead (get it) to us!
Within a 10 mile radius of our B&B we have railways from a by gone era that operate regularly and also hold special events throughout the year.

Here are just a few of the events taking place:

Churnet Valley Railway

1st & 4th June 2016 - Children's Favorite Characters

10th & 11th September 2016 - War in the Valley, 1940's wartime weekend

Lunch, Cream Teas & Evening Dining - various dates throughout the year

Foxfield Railway

29 & 30 May 2016 - Miniature Railway Gala, a variety of mini locomotives

Stream Train Driver & Steam Train Footplate Ride Experience Days - selected dates

24 & 25 September 2016 - Autumn Steam Gala

16th & 17th April 2016 - Diesel Gala

16th & 17 July 2016 - Teddy Goes Free

Why not visit the railways websites to see their timetables and a full list of their special events.

Dates / Events  may be subject to change OR you may need to book. 
Please contact the railways for more information.

Need Accommodation? 
Contact us at The Malthouse B&B!
To check our availability / book visit our website OR phone 01538 703273. 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Rain Changes to Spring Sunshine in Alton

It's been a day of two halves in Alton.  Light rain and dull skies this morning followed by a dry afternoon that ended in Spring Sunshine.  A lovely finish to the day, perfect!

Here are a couple of photos that we took in our front garden this week while we enjoyed the sun.
The first is of Grape Hyacinth (a favourite of ours) beautiful colours and a sign of Spring arriving.  The second is white heather, if you look carefully you can see a honey bee busy at work.

Hope you're enjoying Spring wherever you are!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Offers for Familes with Young Children

We welcome guests of all ages at our B&B.  Lots of couples come to visit us but we also get plenty of families staying too.
If you are planning to come and stay with us and have young children here are a few of the offers you might want take advantage of:

The Malthouse B&B
Stay with us mid week for two nights or more and get a £10 discount per room, per night.
Family Room for three, two adults and one child under 5 is £90 per night (usually £100 per night)
Family Room for four, two adults and two children under 5 £100 per night (usually £110 per night)
A full English breakfast is included in the cost.

To try and make our young guests feel at home we have travel cots, cot sides, high chairs, night lights etc.  Making sure our guests (young and old!) are comfortable is our priority!

Visiting Alton Towers?
A trip to CBeebies Land at Alton Towers is a must!
Little kids (and big ones!) love it, we get great guests feedback.
- Remember theme park entry for children under 3 is FREE!
- Parent & Toddler, Theme Park.  Save 25%, book online at least 7 days in advance..
- Parent & Toddler, Waterpark.  Session for £7 (excluding school holidays) book in advance.
- Parent Queue Share Pass, Theme Park.  Parent ones queues and goes on the ride as usual, they gets a pass punched at the ride.  Parent two takes the pass to the ride via the access point / exit and goes on the ride.  The pass cuts down on queuing and makes sure that little ones are looked after.  Parent Queue Share Passes are available near the theme park entrance.  

These are just some of the ways to save time and money.  Please contact Alton Towers for further information.

Going to Drayton Manor?
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor is a big hit!
If you are coming to stay with us the theme park is about an hour away by car and well worth a visit.
Why not stop off to see Thomas and his friends on your way here OR your way home?
- Taking you own Lunch?  There are plenty of areas where you can eat your own food.
- Theme Park Entry - Free for under 2's!  Just £6 for children 2 to 3 years old.
- Adult & Toddler Day Ticket - One adult and one toddler 3 years and under can visit for £20
- Visit the Zoo - While you are at the theme park don't forget to see the zoo!

If you have any queries please contact Drayton Manor.  We are told that a day at this theme park is great, particularly if you have young children with you! 

There are lots of tourist attractions that offer great discounts to families with little ones.
Look about, there are plenty of deals to be found!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Alton Towers Opens for 2016 This Weekend.

Spring is usually a busy time at our B&B and this year is no exception.  We are always cleaning but as the weather starts to warm up it makes us want to clean everything in sight, I guess it's what's called spring cleaning!  Lots of hard work means lots of tea breaks!  Here is snap of our dog Poppy that we took during one of our well earned breaks.

This coming weekend (19th March 2016) Alton Towers Theme Park opens.

Looking for accommodation close to Alton Towers?  Why not come and stay with us at The Malthouse?
To check availability or book you can visit our website OR if you like to chat (like us!) you can telephone us on 01538 703273.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Enjoying The Dry Weather in Alton

After days of rain the weather has taken a turn for the better and we've been getting lots of dry, cold and sunny days in Alton.  We really enjoy the outdoors (when it's dry!) so it's been great to wrap up warm and get outside.  It's been pretty chilly here until mid morning and by mid afternoon it's started to turn cold again.  So, first thing and last thing we've been doing indoor jobs getting ready for what we hope will be a busy B&B season.  Then in the middle of the day we've spent some time outside doing jobs or sometimes just taking a walk.


These are a couple of photo's that we've taken lately.  We don't remember cutting our grass before in February.  The grass was looking a bit long, the weather was sunny and dry so we thought why not get the mower out?  So we did!

MALT TIP: Get outside, fresh air makes you feel great!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Stay at The Malthouse and Use Tesco Boost and Save £'s on Great Days Out

We received a letter from Tesco today, enclosed were our lovely Tesco Clubcard Vouchers and a leaflet all about Clubcard Boost.

If you have Tesco Clubcard Vouchers you can save LOTS of money on days out! 
If you are planning a short break here at The Malthouse B&B save £'s on entry to local attractions by using Tesco Clubcard Vouchers.  You can get up to 4 x voucher value with their Boost Partner offers.
Here are the current Tesco Boost Partner offers for attractions near to us or a car ride away:

Alton Towers, 1 day ticket = £13 in vouchers

Black Country Living Museum, £10 to spend on admission = £2.50 in vouchers

Drayton Manor, 1 day entry = £10 in vouchers

Foxfield Railway, £10 to spend on your trip = £2.50 in vouchers

Shugborough Estate, £10 to spend on admission = £2.50 in vouchers

The National Brewery Centre, £10 to spend on entry = £2.50 in vouchers

Trentham Gardens, £10 to spend going into the gardens = £2.50 in vouchers

Wedgewood Visitor Centre, £10 to spend on entry = £2.50 in vouchers

These Boost offers can change so, if you want to take advantage of the current deals get moving!
Please check all offer details carefully including the small print to avoid disappointment..

If you shop at Tesco or know someone that does, take a look at their website to see all the great offers.

MALT TIP: If you don't have any Tesco Vouchers find a generous relative or best friend that does and beg them to give you their vouchers!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Feeling Blue? Book a Holiday!

As soon as Christmas and the New Year celebrations are over life can seem a bit dull.
Booking a holiday might be just the thing to chase the blues away and give you something to look forward to!

Why not come and visit us at The Malthouse B&B in Staffordshire?

10 reasons to stay with us:

1.  We are friendly!
     Making sure our guests have a great stay is our priority.

2.  It won't take you too long to get to us as we are in the heart of England.
     The sooner you arrive the sooner you can switch off and start enjoying your break!

3.  Our accommodation is clean, cosy, comfortable and good value for money.
     All our bedrooms are en-suite.  Wifi and Car Parking are free.

4. Breakfast!  We love to eat and enjoy serving food to our guests.
    We offer a variety of breakfasts from light bites, veggie options through to belly busters.  

5  Our location is great! 
    Our home is in the pretty village of Alton perfect for rest and relaxation.
    But if hustle and bustle are your things there are cities just 30 minutes drive away.

6.  Evening Meals.
     There are lovely pubs in Alton serving delicious food all within very easy walking distance. 
     Fancy a drive out?  You will find everything from fast food to fancy restaurants nearby.

7.  We are in the heart of the countryside, the Peak District is just 5 miles away. 
     It's really beautiful here with plenty of places to sit and relax, walk and cycle.

8.  Shop till you drop!  If you like to spend take a trip out and away you go.
     You will find, high street stores, charming independent shops, local market towns,
      pottery factory shops and shopping villages.  You won't have a problem spending your money!

9.  Be a tourist and visit: Chatsworth House, Gladstone Pottery Museum, Alton Towers Theme Park,
     Heights of Abraham, Wedgewood Museum, Churnet Valley Railway to mention a few 

10.  We are sure you will enjoy time here and want to come and stay with us again
       It will be our pleasure to welcome you back!

To check accommodation availability or book visit our website OR please telephone us on 01538 703273.  Have a query?  Please email us