We stayed here for one night at the end of November.
I booked it as I loved the look of the castle and it seemed to be in a great location.
When we arrived I wasn't disappointed - it looked impressive on the drive up to it and our room had amazing views.
We stayed in room 30 which was at the top in the corner, we had 3 windows which gave stunning views and the room was spacious with a large bathroom.
The decor could do with updating - but I think this added to the charm of the hotel.
There is a woodland walk to Matlock Bath which adds to the experience, but you have to walk the long way back to the hotel at night as there are no lights on the path (which you wouldn't expect anyway in the middle of the woods!)
Matlock Bath has a variety of country pubs and chip shops, and a mile or two further is Matlock. We walked to Matlock and back stopping at the pubs on the way, and at night the castle and grounds are really quiet and peaceful.
In the morning we paid for breakfast at £7.50 each - we wouldn't normally as I prefer to go out - but the hangover needed feeding!!
There were cold + hot buffet options, unlimited juice,tea/coffee and toast, plus items cooked to order. The egg and soldiers went down a treat!
I would definately stay here again, we paid £57 for a deluxe room which I think is absolutely worth the money.
In the morning we left the car in the car park and walked to Cromford Mills - quaint little shopping area with handmade items.
Matlock is a lovely area, and perfect for a Winter weekend away sampling the local beverages!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Willersley Castle is a 200 year old Grade II listed building, commissioned by the great industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright. It occupies a magnificent position on the edge of the Peak District, overlooking the River Derwent.Designed in the Georgian style, Willersley Castle stands in 60 acres of grounds ranging from meadows to limestone crags, on the outskirts of Cromford, just south of the spa town of Matlock Bath.It makes an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park. With its dramatic gritstone edges and vibrant limestone valleys, Derbyshire is a walkers’ and climbers’ paradise, full of geological gems like the show-caverns at Castleton and the imposing cliffs of Matlock Bath.The area is steeped in history, from the grandeur of Chatsworth House to the elegance of the spa town of Buxton and the rich industrial heritage of Wirksworth, Cromford, and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Willersley Castle Hotel Cromford, Derbyshire