I stayed at the Peacock for 2 nights while attending a friend's wedding in the area. The hotel is in a lovely old building (1692 is the date over the door), and the rooms are luxurious.
On arrival, I was offered complimentary tea of coffee with home-made shortbread and told firmly not to carry my own luggage. There was a slight confusion in that I's booked a double room for single occupancy, but when i arrived I was asked when my partner would be arriving! However, the room was lovely, and staff very welcoming. I had room 15 which overlooks the garden, and it was very quiet, despite the hotel being right on the A6.
We didn't dine at the hotel but I had the breakfast buffet each day, which was varied and generous - cereal, toast, croissants, yoghurt, fresh fruit, ham, cheese, and muffins were all available, with waffles or porridge available on request.
My waffle was rather disappointing, and I was slightly surprised, given that the room costs over £200 a night, that cooked breakfast is not included in the room rate, but it has to be admitted that the buffet does provide an excellent start to the day.
There were a couple of minor irritations - I cannot imagine who thought it would be a good idea to design a bathroom with a full-length mirror on the back of the door facing the WC, for instance. the shampoo wasn't replaced in my room for the second morning despite my having used up what was provided the first night - my friends mentioned they were only only left one chocolate between them when the bed was turned down, so it does seem that there is sometimes a slight lack of attention to detail.
Also, it would be nice if fresh milk were available in the room, rather than having to ring down for it - there is a small fridge, so it would not be difficult!)
That said,these are very minor issues, and if the hotel was not so expensive I wouldn't bother commenting about them.
All in all, however it's a lovely place to stay, and the hotel has details of local walks and, I believe, arrangements for fishing for those who wish.
I think this would be lovely place for a romantic get away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1652 and a hotel since 1820, The Peacock has 14 bedrooms plus one suite and three dining rooms. The hotel has been awarded 3 Red Stars and 3 rosettes from the AA. Informal dining available in our cosy and atmospheric bar Monday through Saturday lunch and fine dining in our restaurant Monday through Saturday evenings. Private dining available with no extra charge. Excellent dry fly fishing on Derbyshire Wye. Located on A6 in Derbyshire Dales. Excellent walks. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Peacock At Rowsley Hotel Rowsley
- The Peacock At Rowsley Derbyshire