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Overton Guest House in Leek refurbished and reopened

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

By Olivia Hine and Belinda Hargreaves

  • Barbara and Steve Prentice in one of the bedrooms at Overton Bank House.

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A historic town property has been refurbished and reopened as a holiday home.

Overton Bank House has been transformed into a high quality get-away for groups or families.

The building, in Overton Bank, Leek, features five double bedrooms, a twin room and one family suite, able to house 12 to 16 people.

The Grade II-listed building is a Georgian town house which, until recently, has been the family home of owners Barbara and Steve Prentice, as well as part of it being used by their son Simon as a recording studio.

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However, the studio business has now moved to Manchester, and the couple have also moved home – meaning they were able to turn the building into a holiday home and tap into Leek's growing tourism sector.

Every detail of the house, which also used to be the home of silk manufacturer George Davenport, has been perfected to create a splendid house.

The bedrooms are themed and then decorated to match their name – the Aztec room, Wedgewood room, India Room and China Room.

The final bedroom is the Balcony Room, which has a Juliet Balcony and so is decorated with Romeo and Juliet artwork to match.

The China and India rooms feature artwork and decorations that Barbara and Steve have brought back from their travels.

Bookings range from two night, self-catering stay.

There is a well-equipped kitchen, and a dining room which can seat 16 people.

There are also three living rooms throughout the house.

These boast widescreen televisions with Sky packages and surround sound.

There is also a PS3 fitted within one of the living rooms.

At the rear of the house is an elevated, walled garden, with a barbecue and a fire pit for the cooler nights.

While decorating the house Barbara and Steve made sure to use local businesses for most of the décor and used photographs of the area on the walls.

Mrs Prentice, who is in charge day-to-day maintenance, said: "When people go away they want it to be as good, if not better than being at home, and we have worked hard to achieve that here."

The couple wanted to keep the house preserved in its immaculate condition, and after several test bookings the property is ready to be opened up to the public and can be booked via websites Hoseasons and TripAdvisor, or from their official webpage.

Any enquiries or for more information call either Steve on 07785 375545 or Barbara on 07890 750367.

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