Good Hotel Guide Review
Readers on their annual pilgrimage to the Buxton Festival assure us yet again that all is as good as ever at Maggi and Gerard Heelan’s 'excellent B&B guesthouse'. It is perfectly situated, overlooking the lake in Joseph (Crystal Place) Paxton’s Pavilion Gardens, five minutes’ walk from the Opera House, in this splendid Peak District spa town. The bedrooms vary in size but are similar in style, with a feeling of solid, good, reliable quality: heavy floral drapes, patterned blue or red fitted hotel-style carpet, soft-hued decor, and traditional furniture. All have an en suite bathroom, except one single with separate private facilities. Dual-aspect Room 4, with its lovely lake views, is a great choice. A crimson-walled guest lounge overlooking the lake has comfy seating, exotic ornaments, shelves of travel books (Gerard and Maggi, former adventure tour guides, are a fount of local knowledge). ‘The owners cannot do enough for you,’ say other readers. A ‘lovely breakfast’ brings grapefruit segments, pear halves or prunes, croissants, porridge, cheeses, a full English or vegetarian, free-range eggs with smoked salmon. ‘Quiet and considerate hospitality. We have booked again for next year.’ (Stephen and Pauline Glover, and others)
19 Broad Walk
13. 1 on ground floor, 1 single with private bathroom (not en suite).
25 Jan–30 Nov.
lounge, breakfast room, in-room TV (Freeview), parking, unsuitable for disabled, parking.
classical baroque in breakfast room.
not under 18.
B&B doubles from £120, singles from £85. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends, bank holidays (call to check).