At the south-eastern corner of the site, oak gates give access to the main cycling
and walking tracks, leading to Fair Oak fishing pools, Birches Valley Forestry Centre,
Marquis Drive Visitors’ Centre, Cannock Chase Museum & the whole of the Chase.
Presently occupied by the owners of the self-catering holiday cottage, the Old Cottage
sits in the centre of the site with attractive gardens and natural vegetation.
Lawns, pond, orchard, vegetable garden, flower borders and rhododendrons, all within
a strong hedge: but still the wild rabbits invade and gambol beneath the trees.
In 1820the Old Cottage was described as a ‘dog kennel’. The 2.5 acre plot was part
of the Marquis of Anglesey’s estates. Later, as three cottages, it became the homes
of miners from Derbyshire who worked in the ill-fated Fair Oak colliery.