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The Devonshire Arms at Beeley
Ranked #1 of 2 Beeley B&B and Inns
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Pleasant Stay”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The greatest asset of the Devonshire Arms are the staff - charming and helpful. We stayed for 2 nights in the Peak Dale room. Quite compact and the bath is in the room itself, fine by us, but that might not suit everybody. The food was OK rather than excellent, for a place that is apparently the best Gastropub in Derbyshire.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wiltshire, UK
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Let me start by saying that our stay here in September represented good value for money and overall was lovely. The setting of the pub in the village of Beeley is very picturesque and the proximity to Chatsworth, a short drive through stunning parkland, really can't be beaten. There are some improvements that can be made though, and if management sort out these issues, it could be fantastic.

Our room was Dove Dale, a twin room above the main bar area overlooking the pub entrance. Pretty and bright, it was a little overcrowded with furniture so that we had to move things around in order to open the wardrobe doors. The beds were nice and comfy and the room has a small bathroom with a fantastic shower, no bath though if that's important to you. Tea, coffee and shortbread biscuits are provided and modern amenities of flat screen TV and free wifi are available in the room (the wifi is patchy though and I got fed up trying to stream the US Open tennis on my laptop as I kept losing the connection). Bigger issues are that the bathroom window didn't shut at all and the door to the room had a very dodgy lock, so that once it was locked, you couldn't get it unlocked for ages. I expect a few quirks when staying in a property of this age so wasn't overly concerned about anything except the door, as this was a fire safety issue and we got locked in our room on two occasions. The staff seemed unconcerned which was disappointing and this resulted in us having to leave the door unlocked while sleeping which was a bit disconcerting. This needs to be fixed asap.

There was also noise from the bar below, but this is to be expected and all goes quiet about 11.30pm. If this is an issue for you, ask to stay in one of the rooms opposite the pub as I imagine there is much less noise over there.

The pub itself is charming, with a modern brasserie at one end and a more traditional pub style throughout the rest of the interior. The brasserie is a lovely place to have breakfast and the Beeley breakfast and porridge were very good. One wall is glass and sitting reading the papers, drinking coffee and watching the comings and goings of the villagers was a lovely way to start the day. We had one evening meal in there though and the ambiance wasn't right, it felt exactly the same as is did in the day which was a shame as it could be easily remedied by dimming the lights a little to make it more cosy.

The food was a bit hit and miss to say the least and this is the biggest area for improvement. We heard lots of other guests echoing our thoughts of "good accommodation, breakfast and location, but eat somewhere else for dinner". I had visited the pub for an evening meal on a previous visit to the area in February and the food had been fantastic at that time. It was that and the location that had brought me back so it was very disappointing to find such a difference in the standard and there has obviously been a change of chef. One meal we did enjoy was the Poussin followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding, so it wasn't all bad, but the food prices are quite steep for the area so consider this when deciding whether to eat here. I would recommend The Peacock in Rowsley though, we had a fabulous evening there, and there are a few restaurants in nearby Bakewell.

Location wise, Beeley is situated perfectly, whether you want to walk or drive the surrounding area, there are lots of places of interest in close proximity. Chatsworth is a wonderful day out, as was Haddon Hall (rather unexpectedly), and I'd also recommend a visit to the Tea Shoppe in Edensor for coffee and cake and a walk around the village (the churchyard has previous Dukes, Joseph Paxton and even a Kennedy buried there). The Dowager Duchess lives in Edensor too, otherwise known as Debo, the youngest of the Mitford sisters.

Back at the pub, the staff were very friendly and tried hard and we were sad to leave when it came to the end of our stay. Would I return? Possibly, but the food will need to improve in the meantime.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Arriving at the Devonshire Arms is like pulling into a fairy tale - the village is so lovely and picturesque. We had booked into their Brookside Accommodation which was just lovely, beautiful stylish room, lovely space, very very comfortable bed and a lovely bathroom. They say they accommodate dogs but they couldn't provide a dog bowl - a shame as had we known we would have organised something ourselves. That aside, it was a lovely stay.
We ran into problems in their dining room. Our meal was a comedy of errors unfortunately - it started well with a couple of their wonderful ales on tap and a very nice chicken terrine and a seafood plate - both very tasty. We had ordered the Turbot and the Venison as our main - two venisons came to the table no turbot, and unfortunately the venison was cooked to almost well done, there was one slice that had a bit of colour,the waiter apologised (he was very young, I did feel sorry for him) and took them away. My husband was told that his turbot would take 15 minutes ...45 minutes later it arrived, along with a complimentary bottle of wine (which was lovely of the manager and much appreciated by us) - we heard the two tables close to us muttering about the quality of the food during the evening and one customer actually asked if the normal chef was in the kitchen - she is a regular diner there and was also disappointed - apparently he is not well at the moment so this appeared to be the problem.
Our breakfast the following morning was nothing short of superb.
I would certainly give this place another try - as I said, our room was fabulous, and we were just very unlucky to strike the kitchen on a bad night, I'm willing to forgive and forget.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We had a very relaxing and enjoyable night here. The atmosphere was great. Cosy, good service, good food, good beers, nice staff and good room. Some reviewers grumble about the "bath in the room" (peak dale) but we thought it was nice and quirky.

Evening meal was very good. 5 way cauli missed the spot but was countered by excellent ham hock terrine. The ham and eggs for main course were very good indeed. I was expecting gammon but this was much better. Sea bass was another hit but could do with more veg.

Breakfast was very good. Full Derbyshire with massive spread of cereal, fruit, breads and fresh juices.

Overall, a very, very nice stay. One minor improvement..........Bose radio needs a better aerial to improve reception.

Ela's service and smile was exceptional

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The food here was lovely and the accomodation was very nicely furnished. However, for the price, the room was very small. It didn't have a wardrobe as it wasn't big enough but there was a small cupboard in the en suite (shower ) room. There is accommodaton of equal standard in the immediate area at half the price. There was no bath although the shower was a good one. I didn't feel we had value for money staying here

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Epsom, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2013

If you are thinking of having a few days in peace and quiet, look no further.

The accommodation is excellent, the food is great, the service is second to none.

We spent two nights in the Peak Dale suite with the roll top in-room bath and couldn't be more satisfied.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Food, location and ambiance was great.... But the amount of waiting and attention to detail let it down for the price. It was understaffed when we went and it showed (Sunday Night). The staff were trying to hold it together but were struggling. One waiting staff was literally running everywhere. A shame and might give it another go incase it was just a particularly off evening.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: The Devonshire Arms at Beeley
Address: Chatsworth Estate, Beeley, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE4 2NR, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Bakewell > Beeley
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Beeley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Devonshire Arms at Beeley 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the Chatsworth Estate, Beeley is one of those picturesque unspoilt country villages. And The Devonshire Arms is one of those picturesque country inn at the heart of village life. But with a difference! It offers the charm and character of an historic inn with a warm and comfortable interior full of oak beams and stone crannies. Make your way through to the brasserie and be amazed at the contrast of the startlingly different décor with panoramic windows overlooking the village, the contemporary bar, the glass fronted wine store and colourful furnishings. And for the ultimate escape, why not stay in one of our eight stylish cottage bedrooms. ... more   less 
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