We stayed at the Fox House for two nights with friends in November. The pub is really great, cosy, and with great staff. The dining aspect of the pub is also great, we had two very good meals with great wine and friendly service. What let our trip down was the standard of accommodation.
It should be noted that the rooms are not really run by the hotel - they're managed by a different company - Innkeeper's Lodge - who, in my opinion, the Fox House should part ways with as there is such a disparity between the standard of the two halves of the business. The rooms smelled of damp, there was visible mould on the ceilings in our room which had obviously been painted over and then grown through again; rather than been treated.
The decor is not dissimilar to that of a 1990s city centre budget hotel chain, rather than the characterful decor of the pub. And, though the rooms are not expensive so we wouldn't expect luxuries, the hand wash in the bathroom was a bottle of tesco value hand wash and in the shower was a half-used bottle of radox.
Finally, on our last night, we were kept up most of the night by rustling, gnawing and scratching. The staff (who were really lovely and helpful throughout) speculated that it was a squirrel but we suspect mice. Not ideal. As we left, the staff were already looking for the cause so hopefully the matter will soon be resolved.
If the standard of accommodation matched the standards of the pub then I would whole-heatedly recommend staying here. As it stands, I would recommend the pub for a drink and a meal but don't expect to be as satisfied when you retire for the night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just three miles from the historic village of Hathersage, this charming country lodge dates back to 1773 and is one of the cosiest hotels in the Peak District. What's more, it's only a short drive from Sheffield and Chesterfield. The lodge, which you'll find within the Longshaw estate, offers 9 comfy, characterful rooms, a menu of hearty, seasonally inspired food, and a wide range of regularly changing cask-ales and well-chosen wines. Longshaw is a lovely place with many hidden gems: spectacular views, ancient oak woods, sleepy meadows, heather moorland, archeological treasures and millstone quarries. Locals will proudly tell you that it's also home to the oldest continuous sheep-dog trials in the country. If you've brought your walking boots, head for Hathersage - a great place to start your exploration of the area's intriguing rock formations. The area is a haven for walking and climbing, but it's also a popular with swimmers. That's because it's lucky enough to have its own heated outdoor swimming pool, set within a lawned enclosure and usually open from March through to September. There are plenty more pursuits to keep you busy, with Chatsworth House, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield Ski Village and the ancient village of Eyam all on the doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fox House Vintage Hotel Sheffield