I booked the hotel, on one of their Winter Dinner Bed & Breakfast breaks, as a birthday surprise for my wife.
Overall it was a very good experience. The staff were excellent, being both friendly and efficient. The public areas were well maintained and cosy and the food excellent.
The disappointment was the room. I'd booked an executive suite as I wanted this to be a special experience, but the room had seen better days. Overall it was clean, but the furnishings and carpets were grubby and outdated. The ancient TV with video player summed up the room.
It's a great shame, as it took the edge off the surprise for me, although my wife enjoyed her treat. She was particularly impressed by the staff and the food.
Apparently the place is slowly being refurbished and once the rooms have had a make-over I would highly recommend. Maybe they need to speed up the refurbishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Callow Hall is a unique 4 star country house hotel with an unrivalled setting and renowned restaurant, situated at the gateway to the Peak District National Park, close to the lively market town of Ashbourne. Surrounded by 35 acres of private garden, fields and woodland overlooking the Bentley Brook and vale of the River Dove, this ivy-clad Victorian hotel really is a haven of peace and tranquillity but also a perfect base for exploring the splendours that Derbyshire and the ´Peak District´ have to offer. ... more less
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