Good Hotel Guide Review
In a beautiful setting in the Peak District, this historic country house offers a homely atmosphere and excellent value for money, which draw guests back year after year. The 17th-century building with stone mullions and leaded windows, and surrounded by gardens, is a higgledy-piggledy mix of rooms and corridors. Original features – beams, wood-panelling, vast stone fireplace in the lounge – are the backdrop to traditional furnishings, gilt-framed pictures and the odd bit of armour. Comfortably unstuffy, ‘it’s like staying with an old friend’, comments one guest. Bedrooms are spread between characterful rooms in the main house – some with four-poster or half-tester – and a more cottagey style in converted outbuildings. All are light and include a welcome beer or Prosecco, plus fresh milk. Guests gather in the lounge or library for drinks before a ‘straightforward’ dinner that could include beef feather blade with bubble-and-squeak mash, and sea bream with a warm salad. At the ‘plentiful’ breakfast, which includes the local Derbyshire oatcakes, you might spot hens clucking around the lawn. ‘Amazing value.’ (JR, and others)
21. 13 in annexes, some on ground floor.
all year, restaurant closed Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat lunch.
sitting room, library, dining room, meeting room, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 8-acre grounds, restaurant and toilet wheelchair accessible.
not under 12, extra bed £25.
allowed in annexe bedrooms (no charge unless for damage), not in main house.
B&B doubles from £110, singles from £90. À la carte £32.50, Indulgence menu Fri and Sat (for whole table) £75 per person, incl. wine. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.
VisitEngland Two Star Country House Hotel
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