We booked here at the last-minute, looking for somewhere to stay near Matlock. It was easy to find, up a drive from the main road, secluded but not too far from the peaceful buzz of Matlock.
We checked in and were upgraded to a larger room, the receptionist (young chap) was very friendly, showed us to our room which was huge with a clean, smart en-suite shower room. Stylish but traditional and a lovely big bed!
We went down to dinner and sat in the bar area with a G&T, chatting to the same chap who checked us in. Relaxed atmosphere with a bit of background music. Went through to the restaurant for dinner, again, very relaxed and not too prim and proper. Food was delicious, with nice hearty portions and friendly service from our man again.
Retiring full and happy to bed, the only very slight drawback was dodgy television reception, but who needs telly in an away-from-it-all place like this.
Next morning was a perfect spring morning, and we lay in bed, watching the birds in the trees through thte windows for an hour. Breakfast was a hearty full English, with everything free-range and local (including absolutely DELICIOUS bacon from the nearby Chatsworth Estate!).
A fantastic stay, with friendly service, lovely food, a chilled-out but slightly traditional atmosphere and in a beautiful setting. We'll definitely be back!
PS: Perfectly situated for Peak District, East Midlands Outlet Centre, Nottingham, etc, etc
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within 7 acres of peaceful grounds and gardens, just a short walk from Cromford and Matlock Bath, this elegant Georgian-style House offers locally sourced food, free Wi-Fi and parking.Originally built by the Arkwright family and set in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, this recently renovated 18th Century Country House is the ideal base for those wishing to explore the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. With its tranquil surroundings and relaxing atmosphere, it evokes an elegant charm that is almost impossible to resist. All of the 16 en-suite rooms are tastefully decorated and serviced to the highest of standards. As one would expect from a property of this calibre, all rooms include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, direct dial telephone, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, including Single, Small Double, Classic Double or Twin and Deluxe Room types as well as delightful self-catering cottage located just across the courtyard. Alison House is pet friendly and they accept well-behaved dogs in their Ground Floor rooms at a small charge.Overlooking the gardens, the elegant restaurant has earned a well-deserved reputation amongst locals for the quality of its cuisine. With the emphasis on using fresh locally sourced produce wherever possible, they offer a classic British menu and an extensive wine list.With such wonderful surroundings and great facilities, the Hotel is the ideal venue for special occasions particularly weddings where they have three rooms licensed for the ceremony. The self-contained Garden Suite is also perfect for a variety of business events and is fully equipped to cater to all kinds of meetings, seminars and training courses.The Hotel is situated in the heart of Derbyshire in the village of Cromford just a 7 minute drive from Matlock. They also ample on-site parking for all guests. The city of Derby is just under a 30 minute drive away and offers excellent public transport links. There is also a local train station at Cromford just a 20 minute walk from the Hotel. For those flying in, East Midlands International Airport is a 45 minute drive away.The surrounding Derbyshire countryside is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and nowhere is this more evident than the nearby Peak District National Park. Outdoor enthusiasts will certainly be in their element and there are plenty of footpaths and walks in the immediate area, rock-climbing, potholing and caving in the many limestone dales as well as canoeing and sailing on the River Derwent or Carsington Water. Other nearby attractions include the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath, a fantastic hill-top park with its own cable car system, the Blue John Cavern in Castleton, a fascinating series of underground caves, and the family-fun of Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park. There are also several stately homes and gardens just a short drive from the Hotel including the magnificent Chatsworth House and the enchanting Haddon Hall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alison Hotel Matlock
- Alison House Hotel Cromford, Derbyshire