Good Hotel Guide Review
Overlooking the Joseph Paxton-designed Pavilion Gardens in the heart of Buxton, this family-run guest house with its comfortably traditional rooms is much loved by Guide regulars, who ‘strongly endorse the excellent B&B’. Maggi and Gerard Heelan’s Victorian home is both richly and colourfully furnished. Public rooms have polished-wood tables, chesterfield sofas, pelmeted curtains, and Victorian prints and curios. Bedrooms are similarly traditional, with patterned carpets and curtains, wing armchairs and fuss-free bathrooms. The best ones are at the front, with views over the tree-fringed lake; there is one single room with a separate private bathroom. Breakfast is a pleasant affair – go down early to bag a window table – with home-made banana loaf and ‘summer pudding’ (layers of fruit and yogurt) plus cooked-to-order choices including scrambled egg and smoked salmon, a full grill, and a vegetarian option. The owners, who were both tour guides, have excellent local knowledge on everything from Buxton’s Opera House, a short stroll away, to longer Peak District walks. (S and PG)
19 Broad Walk
13. 1 on ground floor, 1 single with private bathroom (not en suite).
15 Jan–12 Dec.
lounge (computer for guests’ use), breakfast room, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled, parking.
classical/baroque in breakfast room.
not under 6, no additional beds.
B&B doubles from £94, singles from £59. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends, bank holidays (call to check).