I really wish I could be a bit more positive about this review, but cannot. I booked a room in the main house for £115, but then received an e-mail from the owner saying that we had doubled booked and someone associated with the wedding being held today (15th July 2012) had booked just before me, despite me being told there was availability. I sent a message back saying how disappointed I was as I was booking for my wifes birthday and our wedding anniversary. I then got an e-mail offering me a lodge where the bride and groom stay - in Lower Lodge, but at £160, not £115 for the house. Because my wife is worth it I agreed to this.
The whole experience was further enhanced when we arrived. The owner looked at us blankly. I gave my name which produced no response, but it was only when my wife explained what had happened were we recognised as guests staying that night. We were then taken to the lower lodge and were asked to ensure we left as soon as possible after breakfast so the bride could use the lodge to get ready, not very welcoming. Now reading this what do you expect from a £160 a night room. Hairdryer - nope, biscuits - nope, quality toilet tissue - nope, high quality fittings, bedding, a television that works (it was a TV box, picture froze (OK I know, romatic weekend, why was I watching TV!!)) - nope, at least a 32" LCD?PLASMA TV - nope, sizeable king-size bed - nope. Great view from the slipper bath, whilst you were sat in it, but do not expect to be able to lay in it!! When you stand up in the bath the view is hindered by a flat roof. Please check out my pictures to see what I mean.
The views and the area was beautiful, quiet and away from the buzz of city life that drains us all. The problem is that I could not understand the owner, she seemed very happy to see us this morning, but again let enlighten you about the breakfast experience. Quality places I have stayed, and I do consider myself well travelled, offer options at breakfast. Here it is juice and breakfast cereal/fruit, followed by full English - but you are not asked what you would like, so you get the lot, bacon, sausage, eggs on Derbyshire oat cakes, tomatoes and mushrooms. You do not get toast until after the hot breakfast. Great coffee though and plenty of it.
I do feel a little guilty, but this is definitely NOT worth £160 and if this is for a Bride and Groom on their wedding night, then I would recommend them staying in the house or looking elsewhere. I just feel from reading a number of the reviews, that if you qare a wedding party, great, but if not are you getting in the way. I and my wife certainly felt we were in the latter group.
- Also Known As:
- Cressbrook Hall Hotel Buxton