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“Novel experience” 5 of 5 stars
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North Lees Hall
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| c/o Vivat Trust Holidays, Hathersage, Peak District National Park S33 1BR, England   |  
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Novel experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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Godalming, UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Dec 2012 - We had a great time at North Lees Hall, only spoiled slightly by the relentless rain! It is a fantastic property and lived up to all our expectations - in fact we were pleasantly surprised to find one more double bedroom than we'd expected so we had a spare! I think this may have been a 2nd kitchen in the past. This extra bedroom came in handy when the roof started leaking and we had to move the 2 children down a level. We did inform the housekeepers about the leak and they are aware of an issue with the roof in extreme weather. I believe there is an ongoing dispute with the roofers. For us, this was only a very minor inconvenience.

On the whole, the property was larger than we'd anticipated and the 3 main tower rooms (2 main bedrooms and lounge) were absolutely stunning and quite huge. They are wonderfully 'historic', appropriately decorated and furnished very comfortably.

The whole property was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The organic welcome food basket was lovely and the many extra touches like fresh flowers, and festive decorations were very much appreciated. It felt very homely and cosy, unlike so many bland holiday properties. We were surprised and delighted by the massive amount of logs supplied for the wood burners - unfortunately, with the weather being so grim, we did spent a lot of time indoors and burned our way through many of these in the main lounge. Having said this, we were very pleasantly surprised to find the property in general was so warm in the middle of December. We'd packed plenty of warm clothes as we thought it would be freezing, but we actually found ourselves turning the heating down when we arrived.

Only a couple of minor negatives - the 2 bathrooms, although very clean, were a little '1970s'. They both had baths with a hand held shower attachment, which meant either taking a bath or sitting in the bath and attempting to shower without spaying water all over the bathroom. However, they were perfectly adequate and you cannot reasonably expect all mod cons in such an old property. In addition, the cooker was also pretty basic and the oven was a bit smokey. Although the kitchen is 'getting on a bit' we thought it was quite charming and spent a lot of time in there, sitting around the table, drinking wine, chatting and playing games. Finally, and again because of the weather, we spent quite a bit of time indoors and the TV in the main lounge is tiny.

On the whole, we were delighted with North Lees Hall and would love to return in better weather. I can imagine eating on the roof terrace in the sunshine - it would be perfect. I cannot imagine that anybody would be disappointed with a trip to North Lees Hall. The property is stunning and the location is absolutely idyllic. We will certainly explore other Vivat Trust properties in the future.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

Myself and four family members were fortunate enough to have the pleasure of a long weekend break here, we had the run of the whole property and massively enjoyed ourselves, we spent much of our time watching the lambs which surrounded the property, walking the gorgeous countryside and relaxing reading our books either wrapped up warmly on the roof or snuggled by the gorgeous wood burning fire, my husband and I slept well in the ground floor room on our canopied bed, the house was well stocked and immaculate and we had a fantastic time, even though we kept getting lost and were all a bit scared of the staircase!:) all this break was lacking was a few more sharp knives in the kitchen and the shuffling of a ghostly form in the attic!! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2011

Just returned from 5 day stay at North Lees Hall. What a fantastic place. Went with friends, hall is divided into two apartments, both with own fully fitted kitchen including dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and fridge freezer. Four poster beds in each main bedroom and in our apartment extra twin bed room inter connecting. This is a fabulous place to stay and get away from the maddening crowd. Lovely walks (we are not walkers but enjoyed the area so much). Had our evening meal around 5.00 as then we bolted down for the evening sitting in our lounge with our friends, lit the log fire (lots of logs already prepared for your stay) enjoyed good wine, good snacky food and excellent friendship. Hardly any phone signel so great to get away and just contact who you want when you want. Glorious views from on top of the tower can see for miles and miles. This is a place where you really must stay. As this place was so good and the facilities extra special (on arrival basket including wine, jam, bread, pasta, pasta sauce and milk, butter and bacon in the fridge) we have just booked to stay in Arley Tower at the next bank holiday and get a 5% discount as we have stayed in North Lees. Great place for adults and also if you have children historical place to stay and good for visiting surrounding areas. You will NOT be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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18 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

North Lees Hall is a 17th century Hall, renovated by the non-profit Vivat Trust. My wife and I stayed in the ground floor appartment for a week last July. The appartment had an very spacious combined sittingroom/bedroom. We slept onder a canopy. The citchen is also spacious and very well equiped (washer, dryer, dishwasher, oven). The bathroom is on the first floor, the stairs are rather narrow. The sitting room has furniture in the 17th century style. Our only comment is that the twoseater was really too small for two people to sit comfortably.
North Lees Hall is situated in the middle of nature. The views from the house are fantastic. It is an excellent base to walk in the Peak District countryside. Stanage Edge is just 10 minutes walk from the door. Hathersage is a nice little village (you absolutely need a car to get there) with a couple of nice pubs that serve good meals and sufficient shops to get all the stuff to prepare your own meals. On arrival in the Hall you will find a basket with ample food for the first evening.
We did not have very good wheather all the time. No problem, read Emily Bronte or watch the dvd of Jane Eyre.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bristol UK
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2008

We stayed at North Lees Hall on a long, get away from it all weekend. A perfect location, with a great standard of fixtures and fittings and a real feel for the properties age and history. Added extras such as molton brown toiletries and super hamper made the weekend have a touch of luxury. Plenty of cut logs for the open fire for you to sit and drink your bottle of red wine. The kitchen is more than adequate with large centre kitchen table. The views are to die for, even when taking a long hot bath after the brisk walk across the hills. An excellent way to spend a long weekend with your favorite person. Booking through Vivat.org

  • Liked — Location, location, location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Oakland, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2005

This is a 17th century "tower house," in an amazing location in the Peaks District. The view was astounding, the building itself fascinating. The main bedroom included a canopied bed straight out of the Elizabethan era. Persian rugs were scattered in each room. Very well equiped and functional kitchen. Rooftop patio with panoramic view of the surrounding area. However, the upper apartment requires walking an old wooden spiral stair with rope guides from room to room -- difficult if you have any mobility problems. Great place to stay, one of the nonprofit Vivat Trust's historic properties ---.

  • Stayed May 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: | c/o Vivat Trust Holidays, Hathersage, Peak District National Park S33 1BR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hope Valley > Hathersage
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Hathersage
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 2
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Historic property that inspired Charlotte Bronte to write her novel "Jane Eyre." ... more   less 
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North Lees Hall Hathersage, England

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