Good Hotel Guide Review
The style is 17th century and the interiors Jacobean, but Max and Susan Fischer’s manor house in ‘stunningly beautiful’ grounds on the edge of a Peak District village was built in 1907. House bedrooms (refurbished since last year) are individually styled. Haddon, overlooking an arboretum, has a new bathroom. Rutland has a sitting room with a ‘very comfortable sofa’, ‘a bathroom with a really deep bath’, ‘a comfortable bed with effective reading lights’, a view of the ‘impressive vegetable garden’. More contemporary-style annexe rooms have their own walled garden. All have a coffee machine and organic toiletries. Head chef, Nathan Wall, creates eight-course tasting menus for omnivores and vegetarians. The three-course menu might include dry aged duck breast with blueberry and broccoli or sirloin of locally-raised Baslow beef. ‘Dinner was everything others have written effusively about.’ The staff are ‘charming and helpful’. A new sound system is likely to divide opinion. Breakfast includes ‘freshly squeezed juice, wonderful granola, perfect kippers, and honey from hives to go with freshly-baked pastries’. (Andrew Warren, and others)
11. 5 in Garden House, 4 on ground floor.
all year except 25/26 Dec, restaurant closed Mon.
lounge/bar, main dining room, drawing room, wine room, function facilities, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 5-acre grounds, restaurant and lounge wheelchair accessible.
in bar/lounge and dining rooms.
all ages welcomed, no under-8s in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £185–£265, double £260–£339, D,B&B £366–£496. Set menu £78.50, tasting menu £90.