Local area guide

John German Estate Agents sell and let all types of property in Stafford and its surrounding towns and villages from state-of-the-art contemporary houses to Grade II Listed cottages; whatever your taste, central or rural, urban living or country life, Stafford a has great choice of homes.

This guide is an insight into the areas we cover and what each location has to offer.


Stafford is a superb place to live, with its town centre having lots of amenities to enjoy. There are a host of bars, restaurants and well-known high street shops, including M & S, H & M, Pandora, Outfit and Waterstones, along with independent retailers.

The town centre also has a college, local leisure centre with swimming pools facilities and a selection of gyms. A new luxury cinema complex has recently opened too.

The Stafford area is a popular residential location, great for commuters who benefit from an inter-city railway station (London Euston is approx. 1 hr 20 mins away) and the M6 linking many Midlands towns and cities.

The exclusive private estate Rowley Park, located close to the town centre and railway station, resembles an affluent area of London. Whilst just two miles from the town centre are the highly desirable Weeping Cross, Walton On The Hill, Wildwood and Baswich, appealing to families due to the excellent schooling in the area.

Popular primaries include Oakridge, Barnfields, Leasowes, Berkswich and St Anne’s, to name but a few. High schools include Walton High School, Weston Road Academy and Stafford Independent Grammar School.

Brocton and Milford

Brocton and Milford are highly desirable areas with a range of individual properties nestled against Cannock Chase, a haven for wildlife and an idyllic place to walk, jog and cycle or trek. Brocton Hall Golf Club boasts a fabulous 18-hole course and an impressive club house built in 1760.

Great Haywood, Little Haywood and Colwich

A short drive through the charming small village of Tixall and Ingestre with its golf course and Grade II Listed 17th Century Jacobean Hall, you will reach the larger adjoining villages of Great Haywood, Little Haywood and Colwich. The villages enjoy a range of amenities including Great Haywood mooring where there is a canal-side shop and café. There is a doctor’s surgery and the Clifford Arms country pub, along with primary schools Colwich Primary, Ansons Primary and St Johns Primary.

The three neighbouring villages have the picturesque Trent and Mersey Canal running alongside them. A short walk over the canal bridge and you are in the National Trust Shugborough Estate, a stunning stately home with beautiful gardens, grounds and farm.


The village of Weston approximately 4 miles to the east of Stafford has a typical English-country feel with its village green and pretty dining pub, The Woolpack. In fact, the village is spoilt for choice having The Saracens Head dining pub and Weston Hall, a grand building with origins dating back to 1550, providing fine dining and afternoon tea.

Weston has a primary school and a beautiful picturesque church, along with excellent road links to the east and north Midlands and Lichfield.


The village of Hixon enjoys the benefit of the surrounding main arterial roads and also has a primary school, excellent post office/store and welcoming county pubs.

Derrington, Bradley, Church Eaton, Haughton and Gnosall,

From Stafford Castle, the adjacent A518 runs west vertically parallel with the old railway cutting which provides a lovely level cycle path through the popular villages of Derrington and Haughton. Haughton like so many of the Staffordshire villages benefits from a housing mix of styles and ages to suit all budgets. The village also has a selection of shops, a church, country dining pub and St Giles Primary School.

Bradley has a lovely garden centre and café shop whilst Church Eaton has a wonderful country pub that is known for its excellent restaurant. A little further to the west lies the larger village of Gnosall, recently expanded by three impressive residential developments which help sustain local businesses. Within the village is St Lawrence Academy Primary School and excellent health surgery. Gnosall is also a gateway to the west being just 6 miles from the market town of Newport.


In 2015 the Sunday times named the lovely villages of Eccleshall as 1 of 50 Best Places to Live in the UK. The high street is thriving and bustling with a range of independent and classy shops, bars and restaurants. For commuters, the Eccleshall is within easy access of both Stafford and the canal town of Stone.

Acton Trussell & Penkridge

Acton Trussell is convenient for commuters being less than 5 minute drive from J13 of the M6. Surrounded by some lovely countryside and within easy access of Cannock Chase. The highly impressive Moat House Hotel and Restaurant stands in extensive grounds adjacent to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Penkridge is a short drive away, where there is a railway station.


The local market town of Stone lies 7 miles north of Stafford. Stone’s reputation for its excellent food and drink is cemented by the monthly farmers’ market and annual Autumn food and drink festival. A pretty and warming place to spend an afternoon shopping and eating out, whilst enjoying views of the scenic Trent and Mersey Canal.

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