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. Max Fischer and James Payne create ten-course tasting menus for omnivores and vegans. The three-course menu might include pan-braised halibut with fennel, orange and langoustine bisque or sirloin of 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 fresh croissants’. (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.