If you have ever taken a stroll by the locks of Castlefield, then you would’ve seen the “Lock Keeper’s Cottage” – a little house perched on the canal opposite Albert’s Shed.
I personally have walked past this house many a time and never thought about the fact that people could actually live there. For some reason I’ve always assumed it was owned by the council and used as a gallery or something along those lines.
Which is why I was shocked to discover that it was listed on Airbnb.
The cottage, which is believed to be the only detached property in the city centre, dates back to the 1800s and was once the residence of the Lock Keeper (hence the name). It was then purchased by the Ramsbottom family in 1984 for only £15,000…which is an absolute steal!
The three-bedroom house has now been transformed into a modern oasis on the inside but without losing the heritage and charm which makes the property so special.
The house, which looks smaller than it really is, can accommodate for up to five people. It’s in an ideal location – just off the beaten track so it feels as though you are outside the city but only a short walk to some excellent restaurants and bars.
The Lock Keepers Cottage is available to rent on Airbnb from £79 a night and currently has a five star rating. So if you’re looking to stay in town for a weekend and would to stay in a place with a bit history and character, then this is the place for you.