North Lees hall has been tastefully renovated by the Vivat Trust and our stay there was a magical experience. Our friend rented the property and his partner's anniversary surprise was completed by four of us knocking on the door as the sun went down to announce we were staying with them for a couple of nights. The view from the roof of this Elizabethan tower house comes with the melancholy knowledge that Charlotte Bronte once stayed here and based 'Thornfield Hall' and her novel 'Jane Eyre' on the experience. The six of us fashioned a course each for dinner that evening and drew lots for the two four poster beds. After a brisk walk toward, but not quite reaching, the gritsone of stanedge edge next morning we took in the stepping stones over the River Derwent and the grave of Little John, Robin Hood's pal in the local churchyard. If only we had come in the summer we could have tried out the magnificent open air swimming pool that must be the greatest attraction of Hathersage. North Lees is a unique property and gives a you a great feel for how life must have been led led in bygone times.The fresh air , the quiet evenings, the walks and the countryside surrounding the property are a potent mix. Might not suit all tastes but for us the stay was pure pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic property that inspired Charlotte Bronte to write her novel "Jane Eyre." ... more less
- Also Known As:
- North Lees Hall Hotel Hathersage
- North Lees Hall Hathersage, England