18 of us arrived for a long weekend on Friday 1st June for my friends hen do. On first impressions the house looked nice but defiantly needs updating, some sockets did not work, dishwasher, paper coming of the walls in the lounge area, smelly cushions, rusty outside chairs etc.
The pool area was lovely which got us excited as this was going to be were we spent most of our time.
The system in the upstairs bedroom plays music in the pool area only, so if you want music in other places in the house bring your own speakers, BUT do NOT have them too loud! It states in the terms and conditions that no loud music was to be played after 12:30 but if you close all the doors in the pool area it's ok. We abided by the rules, however we still received visits from the owner every night of our stay (he lives in a building attached to the house) telling us to quiet down and even sent threatening messages at 10.23pm saying if we did not turn the music off he was calling the police.
During the day he was walking around the gardens of the house watching us which was invasion of our privacy and made us uncomfortable. His behaviour completely ruined it for everyone.
You can not let loose and have a laugh in this house, I do not know what he expects from 18 girls on a hen do who has paid thousands to be there?!
I do not recommend this to anyone under the age of 90 as you will have to go to bed at 10pm each night!
We stayed in the house for my sister's hen party as a group of 18. The house is well situated and has plenty of space. The leisure facilities are a big bonus although be very careful round the pool area as the floor when wet is extremely slippy.
Communication with Tim was easy and they were on hand for any issues during the weekend
Had the most amazing stay at the Gate House. The pictures do not do the place justice! There is everything you could possibly want!Made full use of the facilities with Aqua Zumba in the pool and a spa day using the sauna and jacuzzi! Lovely communal kitchen space! Owner and family very helpful! Easy proximity to Derby for meal out and drinks! My Sister thoroughly enjoyed ! Hope we have an excuse to come back!
This house is absolutely beautiful, with enough room to sleep all our 18 guests for my sisters hen party. We had a pool party the first night and then on the second night made the most of the sauna and hot tub! If you are looking for a big house to spend time with your loved ones, playing games, eating, dancing and just generally have a fabulous time then this is perfect :)
The owner Tim was very helpful with any queries we had during our stay, I even left my shoes there and he posted them back to me.
Would without a doubt recommend you stay here!
Cannot recommend this place enough, from the useful range of comfortable bedrooms, gorgeous bathrooms, large sitting room with plenty of comfy sofas, huge dining area to the amazing pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna facilities. The garden is delightful and has so many lovely places to sit at various levels allowing sun chasing into the evening. As the cook for a big group of people, I found the kitchen really well equipped, with loads of extras you wouldn't normally expect like deep fat fryer, griddle and huge wine fridge. The open plan design is great for letting the cook be part of party. Only downside; not having the time to be able to stay for a whole week!! Can't wait to come back again.
Lots of lovely places to walk in the vicinity; we had a great walk on the Sunday to Bluebell pub where we had a really nice lunch.
This is the second time we've booked this venue and both times have been a great success.
It's wonderfully grand and spacious. The kitchen is well stocked. The pool is perfect - big enough to swim properly. Hot tub was a massive bonus this year and we loved the steam room.
It's a great venue to walk from. I swam in the river which fishermen assured me was perfectly clean and full of happy healthy salmon.
This is a great venue for families and for groups of friends. Relaxing and grand enough to feel like a treat from start to finish.
The Gatehouse has everything you could want for a birthday weekend away! The hot tub is a lovely feature to have and the pool is big enough to feel you can really swim. Kitchen table allows everyone to sit and eat together and the layout means the cook doesn't feel left out! Only downside is the wifi is very poor but everything else is perfect!