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Old Hay Barn
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Reviewed March 22, 2010

Superb location, outstanding accomdation, friendly hosts, excellent breakfast and very reasonable. This has to be the best B&B in the country let alone the Peak district. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel very welcome - the hosts could not do enough for us. The room was comfortable with one of the best viewsavailable - we made the mistake of not booking the room which had its own sitting room which would have been even better. The B&B is right in the heart of the peak district with excellent walks in all directions - plenty of good pub food within a short distance. We will be back.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank trevor6410
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Reviewed November 22, 2009

lovely hosts, good breakfast, incredible location. The walk by the river is a must.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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Thank jayaKL
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Reviewed March 20, 2009

The Old Hay Barn B&B is situated in a superb setting in one of the most picturesque locations in the Peak District. Everything about it exudes quality and attention to detail. The approach to the property and the external view is architecturally pleasing and in keeping with the history of the community. Inside has been elegantly and tastefully furnished to a very high standard with all the comforts of a top class accommodation. The hosts are warm, friendly and welcoming. They make every effort to provide for the needs and desires of their guests. All we needed to do was to ask and they went out of their way to accommodate our requests. We found Iain and Diana to be a charming couple and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Peter_and_Robin
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Reviewed February 15, 2009

We recently spent a lovely weekend at the Old Hay Barn in the Derbyshire Peak District.
It is located in the most stunning position overlooking the river Wye about 4 miles upstream of Bakewell which is a charming market town.Although it was a very cold January weekend, we were able to go on a couple of beautiful walks directly from the Old Hay Barn. We also walked to the local pub/restaurant which is about a mile away.
The accommodation is in a large old stone-built barn which has recently been beautifully restored. The interior is light and airy and tastefully furnished with a mixture of antiques and modern furnishings which works well. We had a suite consisting of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom and sitting room (which is impressively stocked with quality books,vid eos and information about Peak District attractions). All very clean,fresh and warm. The breakfast room is in the nearby conservatory which is cosy and quite stunning.
We were warmly welcomed, shown around the accommodation and had local walks/restaurants explained to us. Thereafter, the hosts left us to enjoy our stay but were available when we needed specific information (eg WiFi connection). We enjoyed the privacy we were afforded.
Breakfast was a delight. There is a large selection of cereals,fresh fruit,yoghurt etc.to which guests help themselves. Toast and tea/coffee are served (the coffee,was good,hot,and strong!). I am vegetarian so I had scrambled eggs with hash browns,mushroom and tomato whilst my boyfriend had the full English which was substantial and just what was needed prior to going on a long walk. The food was beautifully cooked and presented. The hosts were attentive at breakfast and helpful with maps and tips relating to our walks.
The nearest restaurant is at Monsal Head which has a large menu with vegetarian options. We ate there on the first evening. It was excellent although the service was rather slow. On the second night we went to the Red Lion at Litton (2 miles away). This was more rustic but again very good and affordable.
The price we paid was £33 per person per night which is very good value relative to other Peak District B&Bs with similar/lower Tourist Board ratings.
A great weekend. We will be back!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank soph94uth
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Reviewed October 31, 2008

We decided to stay at The Old Hay Barn after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. We were looking for somewhere close to Chatsworth, yet in a quiet location, to spend a couple of nights.
We arrived just after dark and were glad of the detailed instructions provided by the owners at the time of booking. The Old Hay Barn is in a fabulous location in a lovely valley, perched above a body of water called Water-cum-Jolly. The building is a barn conversion - all the modern conveniences but with the character of a 200-year-old stone barn.
We were given a friendly welcome by Iain, the owner, and shown to our room which had a small private sitting room attached (for our exclusive use). The furnishings were very nice - a mix of modern country and some antique pieces, and they have some nice artwork.
The sitting room was equipped with lots of tourist information (pamphlets, guide books) and a generous supply of novels, coffee table books and videos. There was a hospitality tray but disappointingly this did not include any biscuits - we've never stayed anywhere where you weren't provided with at least one of those little individual packs of 2 or 3 digestive biscuits, and after a long day travelling and exploring Chatsworth we would have appreciated a biscuit with our cuppa! This was not an oversight either - the following evening when we arrived back the hospitality tray had been refreshed but sadly, still no biscuits.
Our bedroom was nicely furnished and the bathroom was OK but there was no heating in there (aside from a heated towel rail which wasn't quite up to the task of heating the whole room on a frosty Peak District night!).
Breakfast is served in the lovely conservatory but again, this was quite chilly. We are not averse to cool temperatures and in fact often find places overheated, but the downside to this particular room being chilly was that the plates, cups etc were freezing cold, meaning that as soon as food or coffee was served it went cold almost instantly. Although our host was quite solicitous the cooked portion of breakfast - on both days - was, frankly, quite mean in terms of serving size. The first day I had scrambled eggs with what could only be called a tomato and mushroom garnish - one half of a tomato and three small pieces of mushroom! The second day, by way of varying the fare, we were offered 'a poached egg' with tomato and mushroom. It was indeed only one egg, not two (and 'machine poached', not authentically poached), and again with the same meagre tomato and mushroom 'garnish' as the day before. The other couple staying were meat-eaters and had bacon and sausage with their tomato and eggs. I think their portions were also very modest.
Overall the location was wonderful and the hosts friendly and happy to provide advice on local walks and places to eat, but we were disappointed with the frugality of the refreshments. If that's not an issue for you, you'd probably enjoy staying here. It's a lovely quiet location, and a beautiful area.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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4  Thank mareepsasja
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idid43, owner at Old Hay Barn, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2009

Really disappointed by this review.
The first partly 'negative' review we have ever had.

We set out to do everything to make our guests' stay very enjoyable and judging by the response week after week we normally succeed.

On the specific points:

The breakfasts we provide are invariably described as excellent and generous. Guests are routinely encouraged to have more of anything. We will ensure in future that this is explicitly made clear and we will include pictures and descriptions on the webpage.

All ingredients are locally sourced and 'authentically' cooked. There are definitely no 'machines' involved in poaching the eggs!

With regard to the temperature in the bathroom & conservatory: The barn is 200 years old but has a modern interior with modern insulation. The radiators/towel rail generate more than enough heat. When fully turned up they can create a sauna-like temperature so are set to create a gentle heat. They are easily adjustible by guests if more/less heat is required. The guests who wrote this review are Australians who wore T-shirts and shorts throughout their stay in the last week of October. The other guests at the time were warmly clad. Someone was bound to feel too hot or too cold!

These guests were really pleasant people and, like most Australians, they were not shy, so why did they not mention any of these things and ask for double/triple/quadruple breakfast helpings and sauna like temperatures?? We would have been only too happy to comply!!

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