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The Old Lockup
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   46 North End, Wirksworth DE4 4FG, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Wirksworth B&B and Inns
nottingham
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“The old lock up”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

As stated in previous reveiws, Tim, the new owner is a great host. we had a 3 course evening dinner which was lovely. we enjoyed the breakfast but the cereals and fruit were limited. it will really help him when he gets an assistant so he can keep up the standard, as running it alone is a big job and it would be a shame if things slip.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Greater London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Stayed here overnight before embarking on the High Peak Trail by bike. We arrived about 8.30 pm on a wet bank-holiday Sunday evening. New owner Tim was a perfect welcoming host and kindly allowed us to park in the privately-owned drive, store our bikes in his garage and bring our bags into the house while he made us a well-needed cuppa in lovely bone china cups which we enjoyed in his lounge. We had booked the Magistrates Room and were completely charmed by the old police house building, all the lovely historic curios and decorative touches although none of us could fathom out the mechanical clock-face thingy high up on the wall!

Ian asked us if we had plans for dinner which, with our combined dietary requirements, we had been dreading and had resigned ourselves to a drab baked-potato in a pub somewhere. "Let me see what I have in", he said. In five minutes he was back offering us a mouthwatering fish menu which sounded impossible to rustle together at such short notice but he sent us off to walk round the town for 45 minutes while he did his stuff in the kitchen and, arriving back in ravenous anticipation, we were not disappointed!

Needless to say we slept well in the lovely old bedstead and the breakfast the next day certainly set us up well for the cycle ride ahead. It was just a shame we had to be off so promptly without sampling the delights of the spa bath which is not available in the evenings, I am guessing due to the noise factor.

Our only criticisms were that the stairs to the upstairs bedrooms might be a bit steep and winding for some and the [rack] room rates are certainly at the top end of the scale but still represent decent value for money for a night or two (a slight discount is offered for a second night) particularly for a special occasion. £20 a head (we brough our own wine and were not charged corkage) for the evening meal he cooked us to order was also good value - you'd pay easily £30 a head for such a meal in a quality restaurant.

Wirksworth also makes a very convenient base for White Peak attractions.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

My wife and I stayed for a long weekend and visited Chatsworth, the old market town of Bakewell, drove up the Snake Pass and walked on the Pennine Way. All of these attractions are close to Wirksworth, so the location is a great base for exploring the region.
Tim was an attentive host, is a very good cook and has an excellent and very reasonable wine list. Wirksworth itself is a happening place with lots going on and friendly locals. The walk up the hill (steep!)to see the Stardisc is well worth the effort and the views are fabulous.
Go for the Wirksworth festival in early September - it'll be brilliant!
If you tour on a motorbike, Tim welcomes you and can garage your machine overnight too.

Room Tip: The Magistrate's room faces the main road, so there is some road noise. We found the mattress to...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Warm and welcoming. Chose the old lock up for a special weekend with friends. We were all sixty this year. We live all over the country and could not of picked better accommadation. We had tea and cake on arrival. Tim was the perfect host good local knowledge. Rooms are large clean and beautifully quaint. Lovely Steak and ale pie on Sunday night. Succsesful weekend.
Thanks Tim

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We booked to stay at Tim's B&B from a great looking website. The stay did not disappoint - tea and cake (and Tim!) greeted us on arrival, the room was full of character and the breakfast fantastic. There are great places to eat within walking distance and good walking routes nearby. An ideal location and a home away from home.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

A very warm welcome by Tim. We stayed for three nights in the Solicitors Room and it was very comfortable and clean. The bed was extremely comfortable. A building with a lot of history. Excellent food. Great base if you want to explore the lovely countryside. We have already recommended the accommodation to someone else! Ray & Julia, Stockton on Tees

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Having just spent 4 nights at the Old Lock Up in Wirksworth I cannot fault the stay at all. The room was very comfortable, the breakfast superb plus the added bonuses of the licensed bar and spa bath which is great for aching legs from walking round the hills of the Peak District. The owner Tim is an excellent host - it's hard to believe that he has only been in the B & B business for a few months. The Old Lock Up is also excellently placed for visiting attractions such as Chatsworth house, the Heights of Abrahams and many more sites of the Peak District. Wirksworth itself has plenty of eating places. We tried the Red Lion and Le Mistral which both had good food.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Address: 46 North End, Wirksworth DE4 4FG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Wirksworth
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Wirksworth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Old Lockup 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1842 as the magistrate's house and later used as a police station The Old Lockup is now a quirky but luxurious guest house boasting four double bedrooms, all en-suite, and fantastic breakfasts. Set in the Derbyshire Dales on the edge of the Peak District National Park and just four miles from Carsington Water there really is something for everyone. Chatsworth House, the Tissington and High Peak trails and more walking than you can shake a stick at are all on the doorstep. Looking for an unusual place to spend that romantic break? Well maybe you just found it! ... more   less 
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