I don't leave trip advisor reviews as a matter of course but having booked this property largely on the basis of reviews on this site I thought I should leave my views! We know the Peak District well and travel there often. Well priced 'boutique' B&B rooms are hard to come by so we were really looking forward to our stay at Peak District Spa which sounded idyllic from reviews on this site.
First the good bits - the staff are very friendly, helpful and accomodating. Check in is efficient and welcoming. The location is superb, in one of the prettiest parts of the Peaks. Our room - a ground floor room with wet room, was well appointed, clean, bright and had a very comfortable bed. The shortbread biscuits and fresh milk in the room were a nice treat.
However, we left Peak District Spa feeling distinctly underwealmed. At £80 a night (for 2 or more nights) or £98 for one night stays, these rooms are pricey for what they are. Despite claiming to be soundproofed there is a lot of noise from the people upstairs walking around in their room or people coming in/out and letting doors slam. The toilet seat was cracked and the wet room did not drain properly leaving the floor of the bathroom wet for several hours after we had showered. The water pressure in the shower was very low indeed. The underfloor heating is impossible to control (carries on pumping out heat even after its been switched off - our room was like a sauna by 2am after the heating was turned off at 10pm). But the thing that really did it for me was that these rooms are right in the middle of the reception/pub/cafe area of a campsite. So far from feeling as though we had found a romantic Peak retreat, we felt like we were in a holiday club. Breakfast is served in the on-site cafe, so on a rainy morning there is a wait for a table as all the campers flood in (though to be fair they did prioritise B&B rooms). The breakfast was okay, but nothing more - bacon and sausage were overcooked and we had to ask 3 times for toast. For some people the on-site cafe, pub, BBQ etc might make this place what it is, but its not really what we were after. Although the website makes clear that the B&B is part of the campsite, it is photographed in a way to suggest it is separate and away from the camping, and this is not really the case.
Would I return to Peak District Spa? Possibly, but not at those prices. I could put up with the 'downs' at the right price but for my money there are much better places out there in this price range.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoying a secluded location overlooking Eaton Dale only 1.5 Kilometres from Wolfscote Dale, Peak District Spa lies within the heart of the most spectacular limestone scenery of the Peak District National Park, in between the picturesque villages of Tissington, Hartington and Parwich. With the Tissington Trail cycle way just a few hundred metres away and footpaths leading directly from our rooms into Eaton, Alsop, Wolfscote and Biggin Dales, this is the ideal location for walking, cycling, climbing and other outdoor pursuits. We also offer fly fishing on our lake with the possibility of tuition and excellent fishing opportunities on some of England's most famous limestone rivers such as the Dove & the Wye. However, if the weather is poor, there is loads to do with Chatsworth, Alton Towers, the National Tram Museum, Gullivers Kingdom, Buxton Opera House, Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, Ashbourne, Matlock and Bakewell all within easy reach. With its own landscaped gardens, hot tub and cobbled parking area, Peak District Spa's bed and breakfast rooms offer luxurious accommodation in which to relax and unwind in a tranquil location overlooking Eaton Dale. Our guests also benefit from a WiFi cafe, bar and licensed restaurant on site just a 100 metres or so away from the accommodation serving simply-cooked excellent local produce (please see our web site for details of opening times). Rivendale caravan park is about kilometre away, offering caravan and tent pitches, holiday caravans, Yurts and luxurious lodges for hire the ideal solution for groups of friends or relatives with different accommodation preferences. Accommodation Converted from a picturesque stone barn overlooking Eaton Dale, the four bedroom suites all include showers, or baths with showers ensuite. Despite the traditional external appearance of the building, the suites have an uncluttered contemporary interior and are technically superior to many hotel suites charging twice as much. The two ground floor rooms are graded M2 wheelchair accessible suitable for occasional & accompanied wheelchair users. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peak District Spa Alsop En Le Dale, Peak District National Park