In all honesty, this is no 5 star establishment but to its credit it does not pretend to be. What it does provide is wholesome honest food, decent accommodation and great charm and conviviality.
We organised a group stay (there were 10 of us) and we thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality offered. Food and drink were great. On the first night there was a limited choice of vegetarian dishes but after a brief conversations with one of the members of staff this was rectified the following evening. Breakfast and dinner were both extremely satisfying and the choices of wine, beer and soft drinks extensive.
The outside terrace was a good meeting point before and after our evening meal. Our rooms were basic and decor certainly a throwback from the 70s! Most importantly, although there was an abundance of flowery curtains, frilly bedspreads and patterned wallpaper, facilities were extremely clean. Only 2 of our rooms had showers and they didn't work very well but I actually enjoyed taking the time out to have a bath so did not miss the shower.
We paid £100 per person dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 nights and given the quality of the food and out enjoyment over the weeknd I find this extremely good value for money. The Bentley Brook Inn is undergoing a plan of refurbishment and no doubt by 2007, the 70s style rooms will no longer exist but I also am certain that next time we stay we won't be paying £100!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small Inn with 11 en suite bedrooms. We are fully licensed for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies and have a large function room. Located just outside the town of Ashbourne, close to the Tissington trail and Dove Dale. ... more less
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