We visited Willersley as part of a church group. This was our fourth time here. Our group was much smaller than the last time and so there was much less pressure on the staff, particularly at mealtimes, so service was better. The regular staff are very helpful but some of the newer staff did seem to need a bit more training on how to serve food and collect dishes. Our room was, as usual, clean and tidy and this year I managed to get the radio to work. A couple of our friends had a disquieting experience, literally, as previous guests had set the alarm for very early. Please note -no TVs in rooms. We did have a room at the front facing across the valley which was a big plus.
There were mixed views on the food. We thought it not so good as previous years but others disagreed.
There are great walks from the Castle. We managed to make it down to Cromford Mill for the first time which overall we found a bit disappointing.
Our church voted to return next year and we will almost certainly return as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Willersley Castle is a 200 year old Grade II listed building, commissioned by the great industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright. It occupies a magnificent position on the edge of the Peak District, overlooking the River Derwent.Designed in the Georgian style, Willersley Castle stands in 60 acres of grounds ranging from meadows to limestone crags, on the outskirts of Cromford, just south of the spa town of Matlock Bath.It makes an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park. With its dramatic gritstone edges and vibrant limestone valleys, Derbyshire is a walkers’ and climbers’ paradise, full of geological gems like the show-caverns at Castleton and the imposing cliffs of Matlock Bath.The area is steeped in history, from the grandeur of Chatsworth House to the elegance of the spa town of Buxton and the rich industrial heritage of Wirksworth, Cromford, and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Willersley Castle Hotel Cromford, Derbyshire